Week in Review: IoT, Security, Auto

Internet of Things Microsoft this week introduced IoT Plug and Play, a no-code toolkit for connecting Internet of Things devices to the cloud. The company touts it as a new modeling language to pump up the capabilities of IoT devices through the Microsoft Azure cloud service. The Azure IoT Device Catalog lists devices that support IoT Plug and Play, such as the STMicroelectronics SensorTile.bo... » read more

On-Chip Monitoring Of FinFETs

Stephen Crosher, CEO of Moortec, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to discuss on-chip monitoring and its impact on power, security and reliability, including predictive maintenance. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: What new problems are you seeing in design? Crosher: There are challenges emerging for companies working on advanced nodes, including scaling and trans... » read more

Ultra-Low Power Memory IPs Using Mentor coolSRAM-6T Technology

The use of embedded static random access memory (eSRAM) in complex ICs has significantly increased in the past three decades. This trend will continue with the growth of ICs designed for rapidly expanding markets such as automotive, virtual reality (VR) / augmented reality (AR), implantable medical devices, gaming, sensor hub, medical devices, wearable computing, data center, and artificial int... » read more

EEMBC Offers Benchmark for Bluetooth LE in IoT

The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium is introducing the IoTMark-BLE benchmark, for certifying the performance of devices using the Bluetooth Low Energy wireless protocol for Internet of Things applications. It is the first in the group’s IoT-Connect benchmark series. EEMBC also is preparing the ULPBench 2.0 standard, which will test the ultra-low-power capabilities of connected... » read more

Cryptography For ULP Devices

Soon virtually everything and everyone will be connected to the IoE in one fashion or another, and much of it will be wireless. To make it all work, these wireless, and low-power devices will need a new paradigm for handling cryptography. Ultra-low power devices have an interesting, and challenging set of metrics. There are, in general, two approaches that can work, with a variety of sub-sce... » read more

TSMC Tech Tour De Force

TSMC held the first of its three North American Tech Symposiums on April 7 in San Jose, with the other two coming up in Boston on April 14 and in Austin on April 16. As was mentioned previously here, the record fast ramp-time of the 20nm node was highlighted among other technological achievements. TSMC also released its March revenue report on April 10, and it shows a dramatic 49.8% increase in... » read more

UPF-Driven RTL Power Budgeting For Energy-Efficient Designs

Energy efficiency of devices has become more critical than ever, with shrinking geometries and increased performance requirements of SoCs in applications ranging from mobile, storage, automotive to processors. Power management, therefore, becomes an important part of IP and SoC design methodology. While power management is critical in all design stages, an important aspect of this methodolog... » read more

Tech Talk: IoT Design Changes

eSilicon's Lisa Minwell talks with Semiconductor Engineering about what's needed to push Internet of Things designs down to the microwatt range, and how to bridge the gap between what's available today and what's needed for the future. [youtube vid= bk3BgtJnFpg] » read more

sureCore: ULP SRAM

Ultra-low-power technologies are suddenly very much in vogue. While three years ago it was almost impossible to raise venture funding in this space, it has become far easier in the past year as power becomes both a stumbling block and a competitive differentiator in the Internet of Things world. This is particularly true for wearable electronics such as multi-function watches. The ability to... » read more