March 8, 2012

ISQED focuses on systems, education and sensors

The International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED) enters its 13th edition later this month, running March 19-21 at Techmart in Santa Clara. Although ISQED traditionally concentrated on tools and IP blocks, its agenda has broadened as the industry has migrated to SoCs and full electronic systems where process and manufacturing interactions have come to […]

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February 29, 2012

Technical Newsletter #1: Common Platform, Samsung, ARM, Cadence

Our first email newsletter previews next month's Common Platform Technology Forum 2012 and features exclusive interviews with senior staff at Samsung, ARM and Cadence Design Systems.
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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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February 27, 2012

System-level design meets power

In the world of power semiconductors, not many companies try to go fabless. The tradeoffs between design and process offer many more options for system-level design, argued Infineon's Reinhard Ploss at the ISS Europe conference.
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February 27, 2012

Synopsys verification IP launch has bite

Synopsys has rolled out its SystemVerilog-based verification IP portfolio for a bunch of interconnect standards – and built in support for all the three major verification methodologies.
February 23, 2012

ISSCC notebook – Back to the future

The International Solid State Circuits Conference is one of the most important technology shows, but you've gotta be careful in using it to cite market trends...
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February 20, 2012

Intel takes considered route to FinFET

The International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) this year provided an opportunity to see how the team that was first to put a finFET or trigate-based process into action on a multi-million transistor design did it.
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February 15, 2012

Can envelope tracking save LTE?

The high peak to average power ratios of LTE signals pose a power challenge to handset designers. Envelope tracking may help ease the problem.
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February 15, 2012

Washington seeds market for unmanned aviation

Unmanned aerial vehicles have received a boost from a Senate vote, opening up opportunities for electronics designers.
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February 9, 2012

New SystemC reference simulator open for public comment

A reference simulator for the latest version of SystemC is now available for public review and comment, writes Accellera's Dennis Brophy.
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