Blog Review: Jan. 23


Synopsys' Taylor Armerding investigates what's happened with the Stuxnet malware since 2010, when it destroyed hundreds of centrifuges at an Iranian nuclear enrichment facility. Cadence's Paul McLellan provides an update on the current state of EUV and what's needed to make high-volume manufacturing possible. In a video, Mentor's Colin Walls explains software's role in embedded system pow... » read more

Week in Review: IoT, Security, Auto


Internet of Things A dairy barn without any people working in it. An automated greenhouse for produce. Coming soon, little robots that will weed crop fields and look for diseased plants. This is Rivendale Farms, in the countryside west of Pittsburgh, which is 175 acres serving as a beta site for agricultural Internet of Things technology. The small farm has about 150 Jersey cows, each of which... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


M&A Rambus acquired the assets of Diablo Technologies. Founded in 2003, Diablo Technologies specialized in NVDIMM technologies, but was hit with a patent lawsuit by Netlist in 2013. While Diablo won the lawsuit and several subsequent appeals, it declared bankruptcy in December 2017. Rambus says the technology will provide a foundation for integrating existing DRAM and Flash along with emer... » read more

Mostly Upbeat Outlook For Chips


2019 has started with cautious optimism for the semiconductor industry, despite dark clouds that dot the horizon. Market segments such as cryptocurrencies and virtual reality are not living up to expectations, the market for smart phones appears to be saturated, and DRAM prices are dropping, leading to cut-backs in capital expenditures. EDA companies are talking about sales to China being pu... » read more

PCIe 4.0 Hangs In, PCIe 5.0 Coming On Strong


First introduced in 2003 as a universal serial chip-to-chip interface running at 2.5 Gbps, PCI Express (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express), also known as PCIe, has advanced several revisions with significant improvements to performance and other features with each new generation. Through broad support, backwards compatibility, and a consistent cadence of upgrades that doubled lane sp... » read more

What Does Cybersecurity Have To Do With Semiconductors?


More than ever, electronic devices are critical to everyday life and semiconductor chips are the brains inside the devices that run the world. They wake us in the morning, keep us up to date with the news, emails and conversations, handle our daily chores, and even keep us alive in the hospitals. For example, laptops, smartphones, the Internet, the banks, automobile controls and an endless list... » read more

IoT Merging Into Data-Driven Design


The Internet of Things is becoming more difficult to define and utilize for an effective business strategy. While an increasing number devices send data to the cloud or some local server, so much data is being generated and moved around that new strategies are being developed to rethink what needs to be processed where. Back in 2013, when the IoT concept really began taking off, connectivity... » read more

Making Autonomous Vehicles Safer


While self-driving vehicles are beta-tested on some public roads in real traffic situations, the semiconductor and automotive industries are still getting a grip on how to test and verify that vehicle electronics systems work as expected. Testing can be high stakes, especially when done in public. Some of the predictions about how humans will interact with autonomous vehicles (AVs) on public... » read more

Architecting a Hardware-Managed Hybrid DIMM Optimized for Cost/Performance


Authors: Fred Ware,(1) Javier Bueno,(2) Liji Gopalakrishnan,(1) Brent Haukness,(1) Chris Haywood,(1) Toni Juan,(2) Eric Linstadt,(1) Sally A. McKee,(3) Steven C. Woo,(1) Kenneth L. Wright,(1) Craig Hampel,(1) Gary Bronner.(1) (1) Rambus Inc. Sunnyvale, California (2) Metempsy, Barcelona, Spain (3) Clemson University, South Carolina Rapidly evolving workloads and exploding data volumes ... » read more

Week in Review: IoT, Security, Auto


Internet of Things Unmanned aerial vehicles are delivering vaccines to the very remote village of Cook’s Bay, on the island of Erromango, one of 83 volcanic islands in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. The drones can go from island to island faster than boats, which often are not a travel option during rough weather. Vanuatu this week began its vaccine deliveries by drones with support fr... » read more

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