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The 6 Must-Do’s for Fabless Start-ups

March 24, 2015, anysilicon

Getting funding for a semiconductor startup is not getting easier. According to CBInsights, there have been fewer than 20 Angel/Seed and Series A deals in the US in each year since 2009.
So where is all the funding channeled to? In 2013, close to a quarter of all VC funding

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Corner-based Timing Signoff and What Is Next?

March 23, 2015, anysilicon

The corner-based timing signoff approach is a historical and traditional method that has justified a development and enhancements of conventional STA tools and signoff flows. The number of signoff corners exponentially grows along with an increase of variation sources, their magnitude, and timing margins. It becomes a bottleneck in

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Wireless Transceivers RF CMOS Front Ends

March 18, 2015, anysilicon

During the last decades, important advances in microelectronic techniques and technologies had been fueling the introduction of new wireless enabled products accessible to a large number of people around the world. Without the competitive price offered by CMOS, the widespread use of wireless enabled engineering complex devices, e.g. smartphones, tablets, etc. would certainly have been delayed.

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Physics, Not Economics, will end Moore’s Law

March 16, 2015, anysilicon

Bob Colwell, Director of the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), recently made a compelling statement about the end of Moore’s Law: “When Moore’s Law ends, it will be economics that stops it, not physics. Follow the money.”
 
If we move beyond Moore’s

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Design-for-Variability and Signoff – Tips

March 12, 2015, anysilicon

The corner-based timing signoff approach is a historical and traditional method that has justified a development and enhancements of conventional STA tools and signoff flows. The number of signoff corners exponentially grows along with an increase of variation sources, their magnitude, and timing margins. It becomes a bottleneck in the

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Switching Noise in Wireless ASIC Applications

March 09, 2015, anysilicon

There has been a substantial amount of discussion about the noise of power supplies and its harmful effect inside wireless electronic devices such as cell phones and WiFi or bluetooth enabled portable devices. Due to an increased pressure to extend battery life in portable devices, switching (or DC-DC) regulators have

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