Author Archives: Chris Edwards

About Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards has spent a long time covering electronics and EDA. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of Electronic Engineering Times UK and electronics editor of the IET's Engineering & Technology. His work has appeared in a variety of international newspapers including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Age and the South China Morning Post.
March 14, 2012

DATE notebook: EDA for the rest of us

Old processes don't necessarily equate to old tools, panelists argued at DATE, especially when a lot of future work will be done on more-than-Moore, 3DIC technologies.
March 13, 2012

DATE notebook: Forget automation, give us acceleration

The CTO of one European design house wants better acceleration features from analog design tools, not automation that overrides their judgement.
March 13, 2012

DATE notebook: Stack those servers high

Concern over energy consumption could be the key to European companies moving back into the compute server market – or at least that's what the European Commission and researchers think is possible as social networks, GPS data and public video cameras pour data into a growing collection of online storage banks.
March 13, 2012

ARM decodes a surprising power benefit

ARM has found that in its work on processor design looking at the system-design and process issues as well as the way software interacts with the machine can yield surprising results.
March 8, 2012

Technical Newsletter #2: 14nm and Beyond, Low Power, Double Patterning, CPTF

In this issue Chris Edwards introduces our interviews with key speakers at next week’s Common Platform Technology Forum, and highlights our presence at Cadence’s CDN Live and Europe’s DATE conferences. Dr Mukesh Khare of IBM Research discusses the ‘Innovation Pipeline’ beyond 14nm. Kelvin Low of GlobalFoundries describes how fabless companies can exploit 28nm processes. Michael […]

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March 7, 2012

Highlights of DATE 2012

The Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) is approaching fast. This year the conference has two special days: one focuses on more than Moore technologies; the other on e-mobility and electric transport.
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March 6, 2012

IMEC readies finFETs for 14nm PDK

FinFETs are among the options in a 14nm process design kit developed by IMEC: a kit that attempts to cater for the effects of immersion and EUV lithography.
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March 6, 2012

ASSP shift continues as design starts fall

Gartner has released its estimates for chip design starts out to the middle of the decade. Both are falling but the emphasis is shifting to ASSPs and mainstream processes.
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February 29, 2012

Full-flow 450mm line in 2015 says IMEC

Belgian research institute IMEC has stepped up its plans for 450mm development and now aims to have an operational full-flow pilot line by the end of 2015, according to president Luc Van den hove speaking at ISS Europe this week.
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February 28, 2012

‘Virtual foundry’ plan for plastic chips

The COLAE project will use the production facilities at European research centres to provide printed-electronics production services to startups. But it will probably involve more joint process work than the conventional foundry model.
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