AMD Gets All Tokyo with Fiji

Twenty-two die in a single package?

by Jim Turley

The semiconductor business is a lot like selling real estate. It’s not the dirt you’re paying for; it’s the location. A square acre in the middle of Manhattan will cost you a lot more than an acre in the desert (provided it’s not in the middle of a Saudi oil field). Likewise, a square millimeter of 28-nanometer silicon can cost a lot or a little, depending on who made it and what they did with it.

To stretch the analogy a bit further, the cost of the real estate also depends on what “improvements” you’ve made to the property. An empty field isn’t worth as much as a developed lot with a four-story apartment building on it (again, assuming your field isn’t atop a gold mine).  Read More

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Lime Microsystems and ZyXEL Partner to Deliver Open Source Solutions for Next Generation Wireless Mobile Networks

Synopsys' IC Validator Signoff Physical Verification Delivers 2X Memory Reduction in Latest Release

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Synopsys Initiates $100 Million Accelerated Share Repurchase Agreement

Proven Power Solutions for Altera Arria 10 FPGA

August 27, 2015

ETC Simulation Contracted by Concordia University to Expand ADMS Training System with Utilities Capabilities

Neonode Will Showcase zForce DRIVE at the 66th Frankfurt Motor Show IAA

Fairview Microwave Expands Waveguide Portfolio with New Family of Waveguide Directional Couplers

STMicroelectronics Pushes MEMS Innovation in Smart Things, Smart Environments, and Smart Driving

August 26, 2015

Honeywell Introduces Quadrature Speed and Direction Sensor with Enhanced Reliability

Synopsys Announces Results of Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition

New Power MOSFETs from STMicroelectronics Approach “Perfect” Switching Performance

ANADIGICS WiFi Infrastructure Solution Enables Ubiquiti Networks' Link Distance Milestone

Keysight Technologies' Webcast Series Helps Customers Overcome PCI Express® (PCIe) Design Validation, Test Challenges

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor to Present at the 2015 Drexel Hamilton TMT Conference

August 25, 2015

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Silicon Pioneer

Posted on 09/02/15 at 2:34 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
I never found out! Guess it was something like shout louder.

(Almost) Like FPGAs, Only Better

Posted on 09/01/15 at 11:50 AM by TotallyLost

Oh YES smiling

Now for a device that is the best of both ... large dense hard logic IP section for core invariant algorithms, plus a fair sized FPGA section, for the data center compute applications.

Thanks Kevin!

Silicon Pioneer

Posted on 09/01/15 at 1:21 AM by

Thanks for the article Dick. So what was the correct answer in the assessment?

IoT Security Artifacts

Posted on 08/31/15 at 12:56 PM by bmoyer

Some interesting follow-up discussion going on here:

In particular, the browser consideration for using CA certificates may not apply...

A New Silvaco Emerges

Posted on 08/31/15 at 9:35 AM by bmoyer

What do you think about the change Silvaco has ahead of them?

Silicon Pioneer

Posted on 08/27/15 at 9:34 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
Do you recognise this portrait of Moore?


Posted on 08/26/15 at 11:19 AM by TotallyLost

It comes down to responsibly taking risks and doing due diligence for mitigating and evaluating those risks.

When dealing with other valuable items, there are well established vetting processes, and more importantly required bonds, for doing business.

New FPGAs... From China?

Posted on 08/26/15 at 10:06 AM by kevin

@gobeavs, Achronix is not toast. They are busy making and selling FPGAs. See Steve Mensor's reply on the other thread where you asked about them:

New FPGAs... From China?

Posted on 08/25/15 at 7:14 AM by gobeavs

Speaking of FPGA startups, what is the latest with Achronix?

They must have died by now. I see no new press releases. I see no new funding for them.

They must be toast.

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