The Week In Review: Design


Tools Real Intent launched Verix SimFix, an intent-driven verification solution for gate-level simulation (GLS) of digital designs designed to eliminate X-pessimism. SimFix uses mathematical methods to identify conditions under which pessimism can occur, and to determine the correct value when those conditions occur. It then generates files to use in simulation that detect and correct pessimis... » read more

The Future Of Mobile PC Is Here


The smartphone has fundamentally changed the way other types of computing devices are being designed. Focus on energy-efficient compute, portable form factor, long battery life, and connectivity has spread far wider than just the smartphone in your hand. Nowhere has this design influence been more significant than in the area of notebook PC. The era we are just now entering is that of th... » read more

Intelligence At The Edge Is Transforming Our World


Innovation comes in all forms in technology, from software and hardware to displays all the way to the human-machine interface. As devices and systems become more intelligent, the onus on humans to learn the machine‚Äôs ways is shifting. Until now, interaction with smart devices has largely relied on our ability to manipulate the machines; to learn their language to input and extract the inform... » read more

Tech Talk: 5G


Mike Fitton, senior director of strategic planning at Achronix, talks about the new wireless standard, which will make its debut at the Winter Olympics, when it will go mainstream, and what kinds of technical issues need to be addressed to make that happen. https://youtu.be/tUEMKZpbN2Y » read more

Hedging The Chip Industry


The chip industry has changed significantly since the last big downturn. And while there is no indication a downturn is on the horizon, analysts are beginning to ask questions about what comes next. Inventory is building at systems companies because of weaknesses in some of the key markets such as mobile phones and tablet computers, and there is a growing risk of trade wars due to recently impo... » read more

Large-Screen Compute Transformation Is Here


Mobile development never sleeps. Unlike some application areas where a technology takes root, grows and evolves quickly, and then plateaus when the products are mature, mobile is a different beast. It influences other areas of technology, bringing a new look and life to older applications. Since 2009, each smart phone generation has delivered improved performance at the same or lower power c... » read more

Mobile Processors Move Beyond Phones


Mobile processors, also known as application processors, are well-known as the engines that run smartphones, tablet computers, and other wireless devices. But these chips increasingly are finding their way into autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, unmanned aerial vehicles, virtual reality, and other applications far beyond phone calls and text messages. Moreover, they are gaining in com... » read more

Integration IP Helps IP Integration


You might not know much about the MIPI Alliance if you aren't designing mobile phones, but you will soon. Other application areas are taking interest in what this group has accomplished. The alliance was founded in 2003 to create standards for hardware and software interfaces in mobile devices. Successful examples include a camera serial interface (CSI) and a display serial interface (DSI), ... » read more

Automating Inter-Layer In-Design Checks In Rigid-Flex PCBs


Flexible PCBs (flex/rigid-flex) make it possible to create a variety of products that require small form factors and light weight, such as wearable, mobile, military, and medical devices. As flexible PCB fabrication technology has matured in response to demands for smaller, lighter products, new design challenges have emerged. This paper discusses some of the key challenges to address and also ... » read more

Top Mobile OEM Uses NetSpeed to Boost Its Next Gen Application Processor


The smartphone segment is certainly the most competitive market for chip makers today and the yearly product launch cadence puts a lot of pressure on the application processor design cycle. End-users expect to benefit from higher image definition, better sound quality, ever faster and more complex applications which push the limits of application processor performance in terms of higher frequen... » read more

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