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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Quantum Computing Researchers in China are putting a damper on Google’s claims of achieving quantum supremacy after they were able to use normal processors to complete a difficult calculation in a few hours. Sycamore, Google’s quantum computer, completed the same calculation in a few minutes back in 2019, but the company said it would take a supercomputer more than 10,000 years to do the... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Pervasive computing, connectivity Semtech Corporation announced that it will acquire Sierra Wireless, an IoT services company. The acquisition will combine Semtech’s LoRa end nodes and cloud service with Sierra Wireless’ cellular capabilities. Telit will incorporate Thales’s cellular IoT products business under a new name Telit Cinterion, led by Telit. Telit Cinterion will be Californ... » read more

Need Design Talent? Create a Contest


Amid a labor crunch for qualified engineers, semiconductor ecosystem participants are coming up with new strategies to entice university students, such as design competitions. In one design competition sponsored by Renesas earlier this year for European university students and their educators, teams were tasked with building a self-guided robot that could drive along a track in a virtual sim... » read more

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


The U.S. Congress approved the CHIPS Act, a mammoth bipartisan achievement the New York Times called “the most significant government intervention in industrial policy in decades.” As passed, the full package — now called the Chips and Science Act — contains $52 billion in direct assistance for the semiconductor industry, along with $24 billion in tax incentives. In addition, the bill c... » read more

Week In Review, Design, Low Power


Financial News Cadence announced second quarter revenue of $858 million, an increase of 17.9% compared with the same period a year ago when revenue was $728 million. President and CEO Anirudh Devgan said the company’s results are “emblematic of the megatrends of the long-term strength of semis, systems companies investing more in silicon, and the convergence of system and chip designs.... » read more

Radar For Automotive: Basics Of FMCW Radar


Radar (acronym for Radio Detection and Ranging) uses radio waves to detect objects in the environment. It allows determining the distance (known as range), angular position (bearing), and velocity. Radar technology was developed for military use during World War II, but has now many civil applications, including air or marine traffic control, astronomy, ocean and meteorological monitoring, alti... » read more

Understanding Linear Regulators and their Key Performance Parameters


Low-dropout regulators, commonly known as LDOs, are used extensively in a wide variety of electronic applications across many different industries. An LDO is generally perceived as a simple and inexpensive way to regulate and control an output voltage that is delivered from a higher input voltage supply. However, cost and simplicity are not the only reason for their widespread use. In fact, tod... » read more

Fab Investments Head Toward Record High


Corporations and governments around the globe are making record-breaking investments in chip manufacturing plants amid a major push to make the semiconductor supply chain more robust and less prone to shortages caused by everything from market variations to geopolitical interruptions. These investments — which range from updating existing fabrication facilities to building entirely new fab... » read more

Blog Review: July 27


Siemens' Keith Felton expects a greater emphasis on several areas of semiconductor package design next year, including accelerated growth of heterogeneous integration, multiple die, and chiplet SiPs, emergence and adoption of organic-based interposers, and early detection of thermal and electromechanical issues. Cadence's Paul McLellan visits Imec to find out about getting the heat out of 3D... » read more

Week in Review: Design, Low Power


Acquisitions Renesas completed its acquisition of Reality Analytics, which specializes in embedded AI and TinyML solutions for advanced non-visual sensing in automotive, industrial and commercial products. Siemens Digital Industries Software will acquire Zona Technology, which develops aerospace simulation software. Siemens plans to integrate that software into its wXcelerator and Simcenter... » read more

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