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Blog Review: Nov. 18


Arm's Roberto Lopez Mendez finds that holographic displays can now be achieved on mobile processors thanks to recent algorithmic and computational advances. Mentor's Colin Walls examines the reasons the consolidate a number of automotive sub-systems onto a smaller number of powerful ECU to reduce complexity and increase system reliability. Cadence's Paul McLellan takes a look at the devel... » read more

Blog Review: Nov. 4


Arm's Joshua Sowerby points to how to improve machine learning performance on mobile devices by using smart pruning to remove convolution filters from a network, reducing its size, complexity, and memory footprint. Mentor's Neil Johnson checks out how designers can write and verify RTL real-time using formal property checking in the style of test-driven development and why to give it a try. ... » read more

A Mid-Year End Market Recovery For Semiconductors


Although the semiconductor chip and capital equipment markets performed well in the first half of 2020, many of the electronic equipment end markets struggled globally. World electronic equipment sales declined almost 10% in 2Q’20 vs. 2Q’19 (chart 1). Better mid-year end market demand However, world business conditions are improving. The global purchasing managers index, a measure of broa... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 16


Cadence's Paul McLellan checks out what's new for TSMC's advanced packaging solutions and the ultra-low power, RF, eNVM, and CMOS image sensor specialty processes. Mentor's Ron Press points to an automated solution to measuring pattern value that provides a consistent, “apples to apples” assessment of patterns detecting defects based on the likelihood the physical defects occurring. S... » read more

Semiconductors Up Globally, Warnings Ahead


Things are picking up. Purchasing managers indices indicated July manufacturing increases in most key countries with only South Korea and Japan having PMIs still in contraction territory (chart 1). The Global PMI recovered sharply (chart 2), reaching 50.3 in July. Service sector still fighting pandemic The manufacturing sector is recovering but the service sector is still struggling, hit h... » read more

Blog Review: July 29


Rambus' Scott Best digs into low-cost attacks against security chips that are often used to gauge how resistant and well-designed they are and defensive countermeasures that can be taken. Mentor's Colin Walls urges embedded developers to put a priority on writing clear, maintainable code and considers when using a higher level language like C++ may be helpful. Synopsys' Scott Knowlton fin... » read more

Blog Review: June 30


Cadence's Paul McLellan examines Fully Homomorphic Encryption, which allows for operations to be performed on encrypted data without decrypting it, and why it's now entering the realm of practicality. Mentor's Shivani Joshi explains the basics of using keepouts to prevent the placement of specific or all design items within a specified area and why they can make or break a first pass at crea... » read more

Blog Review: March 25


Rambus' Steven Woo checks out common memory systems that are used in the highest performance AI applications and points to the differences between on-chip memory, HBM, and GDDR. Mentor's Colin Walls considers whether software for embedded systems should be delivered as a binary library or source code and warns of some key potential issues when requesting source code. A Synopsys writer poi... » read more

Impact Of Coronavirus Could Threaten Global Electronics Growth


Data through December showed a steady recovery in the global electronic supply chain with SEMI equipment leading the way in 3/12 growth (Chart 1). The global purchasing managers index moved into expansion territory (PMI>50) in January indicating accelerating growth in world manufacturing activity (Chart 2). But in late January the Coronavirus (COVID-19) began to make its negative impact f... » read more

Blog Review: Nov. 27


Arm's Ben Fletcher digs into what's needed to make wireless 3D integration a reality from a tool to automate the design and optimization process for inductors used in wireless 3D-ICs to exploring how the data can be encoded in the transceiver to reduce power consumption. Cadence's Paul McLellan listens in as Eli Singerman of Intel explains the importance of platform security and why firmware... » read more

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