Connectivity Key To Growing MCU Market


“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an MCU without connectivity, must be in want of a Wi-Fi.” A picture paints a thousand words and for ambitious companies with microcontroller unit (MCU) technology, the picture below is very clear – market growth in IoT-oriented connected devices offers great opportunities. In a slow-growing market, each new design win requires the removal... » read more

Bluetooth LE Audio Makes Its Debut


The Bluetooth Low Energy 5.2 specification introduces LE audio, which is a significant step forward for Bluetooth audio, both in terms of sounds quality and functionality. LE Audio, based on our new iEB110 IP, will enable manufacturers to create low power audio devices that offer several revolutionary new features that weren’t possible before, even with third-party proprietary solutions. T... » read more

Blog Review: Feb. 26


Cadence's Paul McLellan listens in as Warren Savage of the University of Maryland explains how security threats are increasing as IoT devices broaden the attack surface and why the semiconductor industry needs to take responsibility. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding argues that a key first step to complying with new and upcoming consumer privacy laws should be ensuring cybersecurity to protect aga... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Dialog Semiconductor will acquire Adesto Technologies for $12.55 per share in cash, or for approximately $500 million enterprise value. Founded in 2006 and based in Santa Clara, CA, Adesto provides application-specific semiconductors, embedded systems, and specialty memory for IoT and industrial IoT applications. “This acquisition substantially enhances our position in the Industrial IoT mark... » read more

Blog Review: Feb. 19


Arm's Urmish Thakker takes a look at TinyML, some of the challenges in developing efficient architectures for resource constrained devices, and an explanation of Kronecker product compression. Mentor's Colin Walls considers whether it's better to use single or multiple returns for a function when writing understandable, readable code. Cadence's Paul McLellan shares highlights from a prese... » read more

Blog Review: Feb. 12


Complexity is growing by process node, by end application, and in each design. The latest crop of blogs points to just how many dependencies and uncertainties exist today, and what the entire supply chain is doing about them. Mentor's Shivani Joshi digs into various types of constraints in PCBs. Cadence's Neelabh Singh examines the complexities of verifying a lane adapter state machine in... » read more

Authentication In The IoT Age


We all know passwords are a problem. We have too many of them to remember, but too many of them are reused to make them secure. No surprise that they are the root cause of the vast majority of data breaches. Fortunately, clever minds are working at ways to replace them and they have come together to create the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance. The FIDO Alliance was created in 2013 to de... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Apple and Imagination inked a new multi-year license agreement under which Apple has access to a wider range of Imagination’s intellectual property in exchange for license fees. In 2017, Apple had announced it would be developing its own graphics chips and phasing out use of Imagination's IP. Imagination, which had recently restructured, saw its stock price fall by half in the wake of the new... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Cadence signed a deal to buy National Instruments’ AWR business unit for about $160 million in cash, a move that Cadence describes as a way to broaden its market into intelligent system design. AWR’s strength is high-frequency RF design automation tools, particularly in the millimeter wave and microwave spectrums, which are critical for radar and 5G. It also has technology for III-V materia... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


ANSYS will acquire Dynardo, a provider of simulation process integration and design optimization (PIDO) technology. Dynardo's tools include algorithms for optimization, uncertainty quantification, robustness, scenario variation, sensitivity analysis, simulation workflow building and data mining. Based in Weimar, Germany, Dynardo was founded in 2001 and has been an ANSYS software partner; the ac... » read more

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