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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Siemens Digital Industries Software acquired Fractal Technologies, a provider of tools for IP validation and comparison checks of standard cell libraries, IO, and hard IP that reports mismatches or modeling errors, as well as comparing new IP releases close to tape-out. Siemens plans to add Fractal’s technology to the Xcelerator portfolio, joining the Solido software product family, which inc... » read more

Blog Review: April 28


Arm's Tiago Azevedo explains why it's important to measure uncertainty when using object detection, especially in critical applications such as automotive, and introduces a architecture that can do so while balancing complexity and efficiency. Cadence's Paul McLellan digs into the ISO 21434 standard for addressing and managing cybersecurity risks in vehicles and why it's a good sign for secu... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Chipmakers and OEMs Micron will cease development of 3D XPoint, a next-generation memory technology. Micron also plans to sell a fab that produces 3D XPoint chips. For some time, Intel and Micron have co-developed 3D XPoint, which is based on phase-change memory technology. Intel sells solid-state storage drives (SSDs) using 3D XPoint. In a fab located in Utah, Micron is producing this memo... » read more

Blog Review: May 13


Mentor's Neil Johnson considers when in a project certain verification methods should be deployed and the relative impact of techniques at a given point in subsystem design. Cadence's Paul McLellan looks back at the development of mobile standards with 2G, GSM, and the transition to all-digital transmission. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding highlights five online courses to boost your software ... » read more

Blog Review: March 18


Arm's Divya Prasad investigates whether power rails that are buried below the BEOL metal stack and back-side power delivery can help alleviate some of the major physical design challenges facing 3nm nodes and beyond. Rambus' Steven Woo takes a look at a Roofline model for analyzing machine learning applications that illustrates how AI applications perform on Google’s tensor processing unit... » read more

Blog Review: Jan. 15


Cadence's Paul McLellan looks back at the history of lithography, from its fundamental equation to multiple patterning and the challenges facing EUV today. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding warns that medical device security isn't keeping up with new threats, despite positive steps, due in part to lack of funding, delayed initiatives, and a focus on critical service delivery. In a video, Mentor'... » read more

Blog Review: Sept. 25


Mentor's Dave Rich points out that unexpected values from a constraint solver can often be explained by how Verilog expression evaluation rules affect the solution space of SystemVerilog constraints. Cadence's Madhavi Rao points to the need for new and updated safety and cybersecurity standards for autonomous vehicles and highlights one of the most challenging parts of AV deployment. A Sy... » read more

Blog Review: Aug. 7


Synopsys' Taylor Armerding considers whether ransomware attacks on cities aren't only about money but if there are political motivations for intentionally sowing chaos and dysfunction. Cadence's Paul McLellan takes a look at the different way radio spectrum for 5G is being allocated in the U.S., which recently auctioned 24GHz bands for mmWave, and the rest of the world, which has focused on ... » read more

Blog Review: April 17


In a video, Mentor's Colin Walls digs into power management in embedded software with a particular look at the Power Pyramid model. Synopsys' Taylor Armerding checks out the state of application security at this year's RSA and finds that while organizations are paying attention to security through training and dedicated teams, roadblocks still remain. Cadence's Paul McLellan considers how... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Public policy The rise of the digital economy is creating millions of new jobs, but it’s difficult to fill these positions. So, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a U.S.-based trade group, is encouraging hi-tech companies to offer more apprenticeships. This is especially true for software engineering, networking, data analytics, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. The Semic... » read more

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