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Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test


Lots more fabs and capacity The chip industry sees opportunity in shortages, and is racing to meet demand. SEMI reports 19 new worldwide high-volume fabs already have started construction, or will start by end of this year, and another 10 are scheduled in 2022. “Equipment spending for these 29 fabs is expected to surpass $140 billion over the next few years as the industry pushes to addre... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Automotive U.S. electric truck manufacturer Lordstown Motors has an electric truck but after a large buyer fell through, it admitted it does not have any firm orders on its trucks, according to an AP story. The CEO and CFO resigned earlier this week. The electric car company Canoo announced its US manufacturing facility will be in Oklahoma. Cadence revealed its Tensilica FloatingPoint DSP (... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Pervasive computing — IoT, edge, cloud, data center, and back Xilinx introduced its Versal AI Edge series of adaptive SoCs, or adaptive compute acceleration platforms (ACAPs), that can be manage AI-ML workloads in edge applications. The chip is designed for flexible, low latency, edge applications where algorithms may need updating. The software programmable chips have an AI Engine-ML featur... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Pervasive computing — IoT, edge, cloud, data center, and back To simplify IoT workflows, Arm announced that it is putting parts of its Common Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS) into an open project called Open-CMSIS-Pack. The CMSIS is a vendor-independent abstraction layer for MCUs, especially Arm Cortex-M processors, that makes it possible for developers to deal with softwa... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Valens Semiconductor will become a publicly traded company on NYSE as VLN after a merger with PTK Acquisition Corp. Valens provides long-reach, high-speed video and data transmission for the audio-video and automotive industries. The transaction is expected to provide proceeds of approximately $240 million, including up to $115 million in trust from PTK Acquisition Corp. (assuming no redemption... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Pervasive computing — IoT, edge, cloud, data center, and back Cadence announced it has found a cost-conscience way to scale capacity for 3D electromagnetic (EM) simulations using a hybrid cloud consisting of local computing resources and cloud services from Amazon Web Service (AWS). Data stays safe on the local resources, and, if more computing resources are needed, encrypted simulation-spec... » read more

MaxLinear And Calibre RealTime Digital


MaxLinear implemented the Calibre RealTime Digital interface for fast, iterative, signoff DRC checking and fixing during floorplanning and placement. They not only reduce the total of batch DRC iterations, but also eliminate potential late-stage issues during final physical verification signoff that are exponentially harder to fix. Adopting the Calibre RealTime Digital interface enabled MaxLine... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Siemens will acquire Supplyframe, a supply chain intelligence, sourcing, and marketplace platform for the electronics industry, for $700 million. The company operates on a software-as-a-service model and will serve as the nucleus of Siemens’ digital marketplace strategy, according to Cedrik Neike, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG. “Supplyframe’s ecosystem and marketplace intelli... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Pervasive computing — IoT, edge, cloud, data center, and back Combining AI with IoT not only gives another acronym AIoT, or Artificial Intelligence of Things, but it puts AI systems on the edge. Infineon Technologies has released its ModusToolbox Machine Learning to make it possible to run deep learning-based workloads on Infineon’s PSoC microcontrollers. The toolbox has middleware, softwa... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Siemens Digital Industries Software acquired Fractal Technologies, a provider of tools for IP validation and comparison checks of standard cell libraries, IO, and hard IP that reports mismatches or modeling errors, as well as comparing new IP releases close to tape-out. Siemens plans to add Fractal’s technology to the Xcelerator portfolio, joining the Solido software product family, which inc... » read more

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