Five Features Of The ‘Always-On’ Mobile Experience


Today’s technology consumers – labeled as the ‘always on, always connected’ generation – are some of the most demanding when it comes to what they expect from their devices for work and play. Not only do consumers want devices that are able to manage their multiple demands on the go – from mobile gaming to video streaming – but they also want devices to work continuously without t... » read more

In-Design Power Rail Analysis


Tech Talk: Kenneth Chang, senior staff product marketing manager at Synopsys, talks about what can go wrong with power at advanced nodes and why in-design power rail analysis works best early in the flow in helping to reduce overall margin. https://youtu.be/0oiWQPS1-Xk » read more

Right-Sizing Your Cryptographic Processing Solution


The cornerstone of all security solutions that deal with confidentiality, integrity and authentication is cryptography. Cryptography is a complex math problem used to help create security applications. Algorithms vary for different applications and are used for specific purposes. The common cryptographic algorithms are symmetric block ciphers for confidentiality, hash functions for integrity, a... » read more

The Power Of De-Integration


The idea that more functionality can be added into a single chip, or even into a single system, is falling out of vogue. For an increasing number of applications, it's no longer considered the best option for boosting performance or lowering power, and it costs too much. Hooman Moshar, vice president of engineering at Broadcom, said in a keynote speech at Mentor's User2User conference this w... » read more

Smaller, Faster, Cheaper—But Different


The old mantra of "smaller, faster, cheaper" has migrated from the chip level to the electronic system level, raising some interesting questions about where the real value is being generated. Smaller as it pertains to gate size, line widths and spaces, will continue in an almost straight line for at least the next decade. The ability to print three-dimensional features on a nanoscale using E... » read more

In-Design Rail Analysis Is A Beautiful Thing


As a long time designer, ASIC flows amaze me and making them better is my goal. Although a very complex and intricate process, each part of the ASIC flow abstracts the complexity underneath it to ultimately create silicon that could end up in your smartwatch, your electric vehicle, or the latest cell phone – how amazing! Consumers concerns include product reliability and robustness, which bri... » read more

Why All Nodes Won’t Work


A flood of new nodes, half-nodes and every number in between is creating confusion among chipmakers. While most say it's good to have choices, it's not clear which or how many of those choices are actually good. At issue is which [getkc id="43" kc_name="IP"] will be available for those nodes, how that IP will differ from other nodes in terms of power, performance, area and sensitivity to a v... » read more

Energy Requirements And Challenges For IoT Autonomous Intelligence At The Edge


Recently, on a cold February night at San Jose State University, I attended the fourth episode of the talk series IR4: The Cognitive Era. IR4 talks focus on the fourth Industrial Revolution that is currently taking place and how cognitive science affects education, careers, and life. This latest part involved four esteemed experts on cloud and edge computing and the ramifications of energy effi... » read more

By the Power Vested in Me, I Now Pronounce You (The SoC Designer)…


…Doomed. Well, maybe that’s a little harsh, but your job won’t be getting any easier; that “happily ever after” may be harder to achieve than you think, and there are a number of reasons why. And by “me” (of vested power), here I’m really talking about the power of the consumer market as a whole and our collective insatiable demand for newer, shinier…well, just plain “coo... » read more

Low-Power Deep Learning Implementation For Automotive ICs


Examples of automotive applications abound where high-performance, low-power embedded vision processors are used, from in-car driver drowsiness detection, to a self-driving car ‘seeing’ the road ahead with pedestrians, oncoming cars, or the occasional animal crossing the road. Implementing deep learning in these types of applications requires a lot of processing power with the lowest possib... » read more

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