Power/Performance Bits: Dec. 5


Solar jet fuel Researchers at ETH Zurich demonstrated the ability to use solar energy to create the precursor to jet fuel from water and carbon dioxide, a process that could lead to carbon-neutral air travel. The scientists performed 295 consecutive cycles in a 4 kW solar reactor, yielding 700 standard liters of hydrogen and carbon monoxide (syngas), the precursor to kerosene and other liqu... » read more

The Week in Review: IoT


Commentary Chris Voce of Forrester Research writes that the Internet of Things next year will move beyond experimentation in this piece. “At Forrester we believe IoT extends beyond devices and connectivity,” he writes. “But it's the business impact of IoT that truly defines what it is: the insights that you can derive with analytics and the business outcomes you can achieve.” M&A M... » read more

Deals: Mentor-Solido, Marvell-Cavium


Marvell today signed a definitive agreement to buy Cavium for roughly $6 billion, ending weeks of speculation about whether the deal would go through. And Mentor, a Siemens business, paid an undisclosed price to buy Solido Design Automation, which tracks variation in complex designs. Both deals are part of a new flurry of M&A activity across the semiconductor industry as the industry ret... » read more

The Week in Review: IoT


Security Mocana said it is working with Avnet, Infineon Technologies, Microsoft, and Xilinx to provide Industrial Internet of Things systems that meet cybersecurity standards. The systems utilize the Avnet UltraZed-EG system-on-module, Mocana’s security software running on the Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoc, and Infineon’s OPTIGA Trusted Platform Module 2.0 security chip. The Microsoft Azur... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Fab tools In a move to expand its product portfolio, Lam Research has acquired Coventor, a provider of simulation and modeling solutions for the semiconductor and MEMS industries. Lam Research held an analyst event at the recent Flash Memory Summit. The topics included 3D NAND and other technologies. In a blog, here’s what executives from Lam said at the event. Analysts from RBC Cap... » read more

Carriers Push Datacenter-Style Virtualization


The world’s largest telco carriers are leading a broad movement to bring data center-style virtualization to the core of their telecommunications networks. In an industry known for being extremely conservative when it comes to change, this one appears to be significant. The move has set off a scramble among a number of companies for unified control and forwarding plane designs, starting fr... » read more

Conflicting Goals In Data Centers


Two conflicting goals are emerging inside of data centers—speed at any cost, and the ability to extend hardware well beyond its expected lifetime to amortize that cost. Layered across both of those are concerns about how to move data back and forth more efficiently, how to secure it, and how to best integrate different generations of technology. But these widely different goals have create... » read more

Users Talk Back On Standards Process


One of the major themes of DVCon this year was the standard that currently goes by the name of Portable Stimulus (see related story, Portable Stimulus – The Name Must Change). It is not ready for prime time yet, but there was plenty to hear and learn about the emerging standard, including what users think about it and the standardization process. The panel gave the users the opportunity to vo... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


Tools Synopsys announced the latest version of its VCS functional verification solution, which integrates native fine-grained parallelism (FGP) and additional engine optimizations for simulation on existing x86 CPU server configurations. Aldec released the latest version of its requirements lifecycle management solutions for FPGAs/SoCs, adding certification document templates and review c... » read more

Constructing The Pillars Of The ARM HPC Ecosystem


In talking with HPC users at SC15 following the announcement of the OpenHPC project, I consistently heard that while they valued having a common open source framework covering a baseline set of HPC codes, they wanted to see more than one chip architecture represented. This is important when you consider that many HPC users are focused on getting to exascale computing for future supercomputer de... » read more

← Older posts