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Holiday Series on Fringe Physics – Philadelphia Experiment

December 28, 2012 - By John Blyler

Although associated with anti-gravity and UFO stories, Dr. Thomas Brown did patent an electrical thrust-producing device that became today’s silent air purifier. Continue reading

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STMicroelectronics Pushes SOI While Leaving the Mobile Space

December 18, 2012 - By John Blyler

Why is one of Europe’s leading semiconductor IDMs pushing into leading-edge, 28-nm FD-SOI technology while leaving a market were such technology might be useful? Continue reading

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Chipestimate.com and SMIC Showcase Chinese Domestic Semiconductor IP

December 14, 2012 - By John Blyler

China’s chip-design and verification communities will benefit from ready access to both international and domestic IP cores. Continue reading

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Platform-based vs. Model-Driven Design

December 6, 2012 - By John Blyler

Ten years ago, platform-based design was gaining traction for system development. Today, model-driven design may be a better choice. Does that affect IP usage? Continue reading

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Chinese Embedded-Design Contest Offers Insight

November 29, 2012 - By John Blyler

Reviewing the list of first-, second-, and third-place winners reveals the technology direction of China’s university/industrial embedded-development community. Continue reading

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Semiconductor IP Faces Cloud Division

November 26, 2012 - By John Blyler

Cloud computing offers many challenges including the division of graphic processing IP and rendering tasks between the mobile device and cloud-based servers. Continue reading

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Big Data Means Big Business for Semi IP

November 13, 2012 - By John Blyler

Vast amounts of machine-to-machine and human data promise plenty of work for information analysis and semiconductor IP designers. Continue reading

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Imagination-MIPS, Dassault Experiences, and TSMC Videos

November 9, 2012 - By John Blyler

IP giant Imagination is acquiring MIPS while Dassault Systemes eyes semiconductors. At the TSMC OIP, Sean and I drop in on Imaginations, True Circuits, and ARM.
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Chip Design Enters the Third Dimension

November 2, 2012 - By John Blyler

How will stacked die affect the IP supply chain? FinFet transistor structures will require new Spice models. But what else? Continue reading

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Video: Virtual Reality, RF Harvesters, and Lemon Power

October 31, 2012 - By John Blyler

In this October issue of “Industry Trends”, John Blyler and Sean O’Kane ponder the possibilities of inner space and thin air (think Dassault Systemes and Imec). Continue reading

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