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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Tools Imperas Software released updated simulator and reference models that support the latest RISC-V extensions for Bit Manipulation 1.0.0, Cryptographic (Scalar) 1.0.0, and Vector 1.0, plus Privilege Specification 1.12. They are offered both as freely available, open-source reference models for the RISC-V community as well as commercial products. Ansys' multiphysics signoff solutions were... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Synopsys will acquire the semiconductor and flat panel display solutions of BISTel. The acquisition will add an integrated and comprehensive yield management and prediction solution for manufacturing quality and efficiency. BISTel provides engineering equipment systems and AI applications for smart manufacturing in a range of industries. "Combining Synopsys' and BISTel's expertise in fab soluti... » read more

The Case For FPGAs In Cars


Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) thrive in rapidly evolving new markets before being replaced by hard-wired ASICs, but in automotive that crossover is likely to happen significantly later than in the past. Historically, FPGAs have held temporary positions until volumes increased enough to cost-reduce the FPGAs out in favor of a hardened version. With automobiles, there are so many chan... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


IP, FPGA, Tools Arm released new details on its new Neoverse N2 and Neoverse V1 platforms. A range of companies announced they will be using the platforms, including Marvell and SiPearl. Aimed at server and HPC workloads, Neoverse V1 uses wider and deeper pipelines compared to the N1 and supports a 2x256bit wide vector unit executing the Scalable Vector Extension (SVE) instructions with sup... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Pervasive computing — IoT, edge, cloud, data center, and back Arm shared new features and some design wins for its Neoverse V1 and N2 platforms, which it introduced in September 2020. Neoverse V1 is optimized for high-performance computing. Arm has licensing wins from India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for its exascale HPC project; and European exascale comp... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive/Mobility With the chip supply so tight it is shutting down automotive production lines, U.S. chip company CEOs signed a Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) letter asking the U.S. president to include funding incentives for the chip manufacturing in U.S. economic recovery plans. The letter references the CHIPS for America Act and asks the president to work with Congress to suppo... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Siemens will acquire UltraSoC, a provider of embedded analytics and monitoring solutions for applications including cybersecurity and functional safety. Founded in 2006 and based in Cambridge, U.K., the company's technology will be integrated into the Xcelerator portfolio as part of Mentor’s Tessent software product suite where it will form part of a ‘Design for Lifecycle Management’ stra... » read more

ML Opening New Doors For FPGAs


FPGAs have long been used in the early stages of any new digital technology, given their utility for prototyping and rapid evolution. But with machine learning, FPGAs are showing benefits beyond those of more conventional solutions. This opens up a hot new market for FPGAs, which traditionally have been hard to sustain in high-volume production due to pricing, and hard to use for battery-dri... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


AI/Edge The United States now has the highest number of COVID-19 cases, and the state governments in the U.S. are asking technologists for help, according to a story in The Washington Post. Data scientists, software developers, and others are needed to help. New York State started a Technology SWAT team calling for help from the tech community. Intel AI Builder program participant DarwinAI ... » read more

Week in Review: IoT, Security, Automotive


Connectivity, 5G Rambus has revealed a PCI Express 5.0 interface on advanced 7nm finFET process node for heterogenous computing aimed at performance-intensive uses, such as AI, data center, HPC, storage and 400GbE networking. With a PHY and a digital controller core recently acquired Northwest Logic, the interface has 32 GT/s (gigatransfers per second) bandwidth per lane with 128 GB/s bandwidt... » read more

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