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Chip Testing Continuum Gets New Voice

Former EDA industry expert makes the case for pre-silicon testing using post-silicon tools. What part will IP play? Will design and test languages be a problem? Most engineers typically think of traditional test equipment as stand alone bulky oscilloscopes, digital-voltage-meters, logic analyzers and the like. But the trend over the last several decades has been toward modular test systems based on software. Today, modular boxes are used to perform every test function imaginable, from signal generator, spectrum analyzer, digital data source, to buss monitoring and control. These modules are connected together in a buss oriented backplane, controlled by software on the front-end. Read the complete post on the Chipestimate.com IP-Insider blog.  

Fashion Meets Semiconductor Technology Sans Nanix

Fashion intersects with semiconductor technology and IP; ghosts of wearable past emerge; and the cows are well.

The Internet of Things (IoT) movement promises to bring major changes and billions of devices into our lives. In this video, John and Sean focus on a few of these changes and devices, touching on the intersection of fashion and technology, wearable ghosts like Transmeta and Nanix, health and fitness experiences, the “well cow” bolus, and more.

John and Sean talk about how fashion intersects with semiconductor technology, ghosts of wearable past emerge and the well cow.

John and Sean talk about how fashion intersects with semiconductor technology, ghosts of wearable past emerge and the well cow.

Are Semiconductor Fabs and EDA-IP Ready for FD-SOI?

Recent announcements by the semiconductor foundry and chip design tool industries confirm the growing viability of Silicon-on-Insulator technology.

The recent announcement that Samsung Electronics would source SOI manufacturing is welcome news to the chip community. But does this additional manufacturing capability mean that EDA and IP tool vendors will give greater support to the SoI technology, as Peter Clark suggests in a recent article? Does the gain of the Samsung foundry suggest a loss of support from the GLOBALFOUNDRIES? Let’s focus on the first question.

Read the complete post on the Chipestimate.com IP-Insider blog.

List up for DAC “IP Talks”

The Chipestimate.com DAC “IP Talks” speaker list is now live. Speakers from the entire EDA-IP ecosystem will have 30 minutes to talk about important trends and technologies. Be sure to include a few sessions in your DAC schedule and don’t forget about the free cocktail hour Monday (6/2) at 5pm in booth 1533.  See you there!
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Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2014
June 1 – 5, 2014
Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

At DAC 2014, ChipEstimate.com will present the latest solutions from the leading IP suppliers and foundries on the IP Talks! stage. Watch this space to see the schedule of participating partners and plan your DAC 2014 agenda. Also, be sure to join us in booth 1533 for hands-on demonstrations of IP exploration and chip estimation, and discover how to estimate your next chip’s size, power, and cost.

Nanix and Transmeta? Ghosts from Wearables Past

The charmed life(cycle) of wearable technology will expand the market for both hardware and software IP.

The market for wearable devices – a big part of the Internet of Things (IoT) movement – will be huge, anywhere from hundreds of millions to billions of device by 2018. What makes this market so large?

The analysts at IHS define wearable tech as being both wearable and smart (wireless connectivity and independent processing capability). Wearables is a growth industry in part because it will drive other industries, such as batteries ($70million) and sensor hubs (1.3Billion shipments) over the next four years. And that doesn’t including the lighting and display part of many but not all wearable devices.

Read the complete post on the ChipEstimate.com IP-Insider blog.

Millimeter-Wave Moves beyond Airport Scanners

Imec’s millimeter-wave technology promises new application in motion sensing.

Many of us first learned about millimeter (mm) wave technology while passing through the relatively newer scanning machines at most US airports. This technology was originally thought to replace the older X-ray machine scanners. With mmWave’s, the radiation energy passes through clothing but bounces off the person’s skin before returning to the receivers. An image of the energy pattern is then available for viewing by airport TSA personel.

Read complete post on the Chipestimate.com IP-Insider blog.