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Deeper Dive-Imagination promises a game-changer for multi-core design

In a recent announcement, Imagination Technologies introduced the first IP cores to combine a 64bit architecture and hardware virtualization with scalable performance through multi-threading, ...

Blog Review – Monday, Sept 01, 2014

The generation gap for connectivity; seeking medical help; IoT messaging protocol; Cadence discusses IoT design challenges.

Blog Review – Monday Sept. 08 2014

Semiconductor sales – good news; Namibia’s Internet project; Rambus fellow considers IoT security; Intel fashions a year of wearables.

Top Stories

IoT vs. Traditional Embedded for Analog, Low Power and Security

In Part III, technology leaders from STMicro, Atmel, Mouser, Synopsys, Movea, and ARM, define the big challenges in IoT – mixed signal, low power and security.

Security Levels the IoT Device and Server Landscape

Best practices, standards and a diverse ecosystem are essential for embedded developers to mitigate threats such as stack overflows and software backdoors.

An EDA View of Semiconductor Manufacturing

Cost and Complexity of designing and producing products using processes at 32 nm or smaller geometries is changing significantly how EDA companies approach the market, both with new ...

Analog Designers Face Low Power Challenges

Can mixed signal designs achieve the low power needed by today’s tightly integrated SoCs and embedded IoT communication systems?

Digital Designers Grapple with Analog Mixed Signal Designs

Today’s growth of analog and mixed signal circuits in IoT apps raise questions about C-code compilations, simulations, low power, latency and IP integration.

Technology Features

Feature Articles

The Wheels of Industry Roll On

The wheels of industry roll on. Themes at Embedded World in Nuremberg were predictable, with automotive, industrial automation and IoT but there were some twists and revelations too. ...

Deeper Dive – Software Attacks

In response to security vulnerabilities, system level designers have made the security of data and content a prime objective in our connected lives

Security Challenges in a Connected World

One of the joys of today’s electronics devices is that they are connected. However connectivity and sharing files can make a system vulnerable.

High Level Synthesis (HLS) Splits EDA Market

Recent acquisitions and spin-offs by the major electronic design automation company’s reveals key differences in the design of complex chips.

Verification Management

As we approach the DVCon conference it is timely to look at how our industry approaches managing design verification. Much has been said about the tools, but I think

Business Models and Divisions Challenge Connected World

Connected devices like wearables highlight the business challenges faced in rolling out the Internet of Things (IoT). This is Part I of a three part story.

Wearable Wireless Tackle Old and New Apps

At CES, smart watches, networked glasses and fitness products highlighted the need for low power, connectivity and data algorithms and control.

Wearable Technology Steps Up a Gear

Initial momentum in fitness and wellness may be surpassed by growth in the infotainment market. But challenges lie ahead.

EDA Industry Predictions for 2014 – Part 1

Leaders of the EDA industry provide their opinions on key developments in semiconductor and electronics for 2014

Deeper Dive – Graphics Processing

Whether in tablets, wearable fitness devices or huge infotainment screens, graphics plays an important role - but there are considerations and challenges to be met.

Round Tables

Deeper Dive – Is IP reuse good or bad?

Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor asked four industry experts, Carsten Elgert, Product Marketing Director, IPG (IP Group), Cadence, Tom Feist, Senior Marketing Director, Design Methodology ...

Deeper Dive – Dec. 05

By Caroline Hayes, Senior Editor The twists and turns of FinFET In an earlier Deeper Dive (Nov. 21) we looked at how TSMC’s 16nm FinFET reference design was encouraging harmony

Connected IP Blocks: Busses or Networks?

David Shippy of Altera, Lawrence Loh from Jasper Design, Mentor's Steve Bailey, and Drew Wingard from Sonics got together to discuss the issues inherent in connecting IP blocks whether ...

Experts Roundtable: Design-for-Test

System-Engineered Design discusses the evolution and future of design for test (DFT) with Synopsys, OptimalTest, Mentor Graphics and Cadence Design Systems.

Fundamental Laws of (FPGA) Nature: Similar, Yet Different

Lattice and Xilinx muse on parallelism, partial reconfigurability, and the state-of-the-art in IP and EDA tools.

2013 Trends: New Standards, Lower Power, and Rugged

The military’s infatuation with SWaP-C begins to drive non-defense suppliers as myriad markets and applications need better-than-commercial.

M2M Promises Growth for Embedded, Wireless, Sensors, and More

The machine-to-machine (M2M) phenomenon is accelerating and is coming to just about any connected technology near you.

Power Drives MCU Evolution

Requirements for portable, low-power consumer devices, as well as energy-efficient embedded systems, drive MCU development and offer options for embedded engineers.

MEMS Get Smarter, Making Developers’ Jobs Tougher

Cheryl Coupé Fueled by new technologies, sensors have become ubiquitous, providing better user interface experiences and more natural interaction with devices. Rapid advances in MEMS ...

M2M Hits the Road (and Rails)

Cheryl Coupé, Editor Machine-to-machine (M2M) capabilities—and challenges—are proliferating in transportation applications such as intelligent highway, railway control and fleet ...


Why IP Providers Need the New 1149.1/JTAG

Intellitech's CEO CJ Clark explains why the latest JTAG update brings much needed capabilities to IP providers and IC developers alike.

Imec’s mm Wave Motion Sensing Technology

Motion sensing applications with mm wave technology at Imec is the topic of this interview between Liesbet Van der Perre, Imec Program Director of Wireless Communication, and John Blyler, ...

Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein

Drawing on the lives of five renowned scientists, Mario Livio shows how even these geniuses made major mistakes and how their errors were an essential part of the process of

In Focus – System News for Feb. 2014

Shannon covers the last news in the semiconductor systems engineering industry and research developments for February 2014. This month's highlights include the paper brain, MEMS and ...

Nanotechnology Transforming Material Civilization

What are the implications of atomically precise manufacturing on today's lithography-based semiconductor fabrication? Dr. Eric Drexler from the Oxford Martin Programme at the University ...

Sensor and Instrumentation Issues for the Indy Race Cars

Interview with Warren Wilson, Damper Engineer for KV Racing, during the August 2013 Indy car race at Sonoma Raceway. Wilson talked about the instrumentation challenges for the tire ...

Imagination Tech’s Tony King-Smith talks about IP, verticalization and products.

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Mentor’s Wally Rhines – Learning Curve; Golden 28nm, IoT Innovation and Systems Engineering

Wally Rhines, Chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics, talks about Moore's Law in light of the Learning Curve; 28nm as the golden node; critical need for IoT innovations; and

Connected Key and Freescale IoT at ARM Tech Con

ARM connected keg hardware and application software demonstration provides a great segway into Freescale’s IoT exhibit.

John’s and Sean’s ChipEstimate.TV Travel Log

Highlights from the IEF event in Dublin, Ireland and Imec's technology forum in Leuven, Brussels.