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Managing IC Qualification – A Quick Guide

March 31, 2018, anysilicon

Many IC designers pay little attention to IC qualification and consequently pay high price and delays before the chip reaches to high volume. The mindset of experienced IC designers is considering IC quality (and production test) through all phases of the IC design process. Today, more than ever, re-tapeout is

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Mindtree announces BQB qualification of its Bluetooth Mesh v1.0 Software Stack and EtherMind Bluetooth v5.0 Software Stack & Profiles

March 28, 2018, anysilicon

Mindtree Ltd., has announced the BQB (Bluetooth Qualification Body) qualification of its Bluetooth Mesh v1.0 Software Stack along with its Bluetooth v5.0 Software Stack & Profiles (Declaration ID #D038060). These IP cores have already been licensed to major semiconductor companies and will be showcased in the upcoming Bluetooth Asia (May

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The Real Benefit of using an ASIC in Your Next Project

March 27, 2018, anysilicon

An Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) is an integrated circuit (IC) which is designed and customized for a particular use rather than being used for general-purpose applications. An example for ASIC is a chip that is designed to run a high-efficiency Bitcoin miner, or a chip designed specifically for BMW’s brake

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Addressing SRAM IP Verification Challenges

March 27, 2018, anysilicon

SureCore Limited is an SRAM IP company based in Sheffield, UK, developing low power memories for current and next generation silicon process technologies. Its award-winning, world -leading, low power SRAM designs are process independent and variability tolerant, making them suitable for a wide range of technology nodes. Two major product

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U.S. Companies Maintain Largest Share of Fabless Company Semiconductor Sales

March 26, 2018, anysilicon

Research included in the March Update to the 2018 edition of IC Insights’ McClean Report shows that fabless semiconductor suppliers accounted for 27% of the world’s semiconductor sales in 2017—an increase from 18% ten years earlier in 2007.  As the name implies, fabless semiconductor companies do not operate an semiconductor fabrication facility of their

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To Understand Analog ASICs, First Weed Out the Pretenders

March 23, 2018, anysilicon

A recent on-line Blog by John Dunn (analog guru and prolific blogger) titled “The Weed-eater Circuit” got me thinking. Basically, John shared a simple 2 transistor schematic (Figure 1 shown below) that he has used as a test when he needed a way to see just how competent someone was

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