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Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Nvidia's proposed acquisition of Arm is officially off. The deal faced significant pushback from regulatory agencies in the UK, USA, and Europe, which feared it would reduce or limit competition in areas like data center. Nvidia indicated it would continue working with Arm, and it will retain a 20-year Arm license. (SoftBank will retain the $1.25 billion prepaid by Nvidia.) SoftBank said it wil... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Intel intends to take Mobileye public in mid-2022 on a US market through an IPO of newly issued stock. The subsidiary, which Intel acquired in 2017, develops SoCs for ADAS and autonomous driving solutions. Mobileye has achieved record revenue year-over-year with 2021 gains expected to be more than 40 percent higher than 2020, highlighting the powerful benefits to both companies of our ongoing p... » read more

Startup Funding: November 2021


        There's nothing virtual about the level of interest in AR/VR startups. As the concept of the 'metaverse' becomes more widespread with Nvidia's recent GTC announcements and Facebook's rebranding, investors poured money into startups with enabling technology for augmented, virtual, and extended reality. Most of those are developing waveguides and other disp... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Synaptics will acquire DSP Group, a provider of voice and wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, at $22.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal is worth $538 million. "We continue to invest in technologies that tilt our product mix toward IoT applications," said Michael Hurlston, President and CEO of Synaptics. "DSP Group's expertise in SmartVoice and ULE wireless so... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Rambus is making a push for Compute Express Link (CXL) with two acquisitions and the launch of its CXL Memory Interconnect Initiative. The initiative aims to define and develop semiconductor solutions for advanced data center architectures, with initial research and development focusing on solutions to support key memory expansion and pooling use cases. CXL is an open interconnect specificat... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Skyworks Solutions will acquire Silicon Labs' Infrastructure & Automotive (I&A) business for $2.75 billion cash. The transaction includes Silicon Labs' power/isolation, timing and broadcast products, intellectual property, and approximately 350 employees. Silicon Labs said it will focus on its IoT business, which includes integrated hardware and software wireless platforms for multiple ... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Xilinx filed a patent infringement countersuit against Analog Devices, alleging infringement of eight U.S. patents including technologies involving serializers/deserializers (SerDes), high-speed ADCs and DACs, as well as mixed-signal devices targeting 5G and other markets. The counterclaims are in response to Analog Devices' December lawsuit alleging unauthorized use by Xilinx of eight ADI pate... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Allegro DVT acquired Amphion Semiconductor, bringing together two developers of video codec IP. Allegro DVT said the merger will make it the first semiconductor IP company to offer commercially available hardware-based, real-time encoder and decoder solutions for the new AV1 video encoding format for SoC implementations, supporting 4K/UHD up to 8K. Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Amphion wa... » read more

Week In Review: Design, Low Power


Rambus completed its acquisition of Northwest Logic, a supplier of memory, PCIe and MIPI digital controllers. The Hillsboro, OR office of Northwest Logic will remain in place, along with the entire staff. SureCore launched a new low power design service. The company's offering includes concept-to-tape-out low power mixed-signal design expertise such as design and layout capabilities, technol... » read more

Target: 50% Reduction In Memory Power


Memory consumes about 50% or more of the area and about 50% of the power of an SoC, and those percentages are likely to increase. The problem is that static random access memory (SRAM) has not scaled in accordance with Moore's Law, and that will not change. In addition, with many devices not chasing the latest node and with power becoming an increasing concern, the industry must find ways to... » read more

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