Saturday, March 28th, 2015

February 23, 2015, ISSCC, San Francisco—Willy Sansen from Katholieke Universiteit in Belgium looked at the history of analog CMOS designs and applied some of the developments and solutions to analog designs going into the 5 nm generation. The challenges of analog design remain fairly constant independent of the underlying process technologies. In the early ’70′s, [...]

October 1, 2014, Atmel, Santa Clara, CA—Laurence Barberis from Atmel introduced the latest SAMA5 ARM Cortex-A5-based microcomputer family. This new set of chips adds a floating point unit and other functions to the A5 family to extend the family and offer increased features and performance. Part of the new releases are geared for low power [...]

September 10, 2014, Intel Develop Forum, San Francisco—Stan Baran described the requirements and recommendations for HD video communications. The capabilities require numerous hardware and software functions that are highly interactive and open to a wide range of optimizations. The basic application uses the capabilities of the base processors, optimized drivers, and a number of tools [...]

July 23, 2014, Casual Connect Conference, San Francisco—A panel looked at the pressures that technology changes will bring to mobile gaming. Kyle Russell from TechCrunch moderated the panel with panelists Greg Hartrell from Google, Jean-Christophe Cimertiere from Unity, and Brian Shin from Pocket Gems. New platforms? Hartrell noted that game developers are considering second screen [...]

July 7, 2014, IMEC Technology Forum, San Francisco—A panel considered the likelihood of an inflection point in the semiconductor industry. Debra Vogler from Instant Insights moderated the panel. Panelists were: John Chen from nvidia, Richard Gottscho from LAM Research, Terry Brewer from Brewer Science, Christophe Fouquet from ASML, and Luc Van den Hove from IMEC. [...]

June 24, 2014, Creative Storage Conference, Culver City, CA—A panel considered the challenges and opportunities for storage in post production. Philip Hodgetts from Intelligent Assistance moderated the panel. Panelists were Jesse Adams from EditShare, Chris Schell from Front Porch Digital, Jeff Greenwald and Shane Archiquette from HDS, Elaine Kwok from Promise Technology, Bernard Asare from [...]

June 24, 2014, Creative Storage Conference, Culver City, CA—Alex Grossman from Quantum described the requirements for cloud-based workflows. The industry is one of constant change that is looking for consistent steps in production. new camera formats, collaboration, and more tools are all increasing workflow complexity and making the older file-based flows incompatible with the newest [...]

June 24, 2014, Creative Storage Conference, Culver City, CA—Steve Canepa from IBM talked with Marty Shindler from the Shindler Perspective about reinventing IBM’s media and entertainment offerings. The changes in technologies and user expectations calls for changes in business. Canepa commented that change happens and the core services need to change over time to follow [...]

June 4, 2014, PCI-SIG Devcon, Santa Clara, CA—Al Yanes and Ramin Neshati from the PCI-SIG described the updates, strategy, and roadmap for the PCI systems. The organization is looking at new apps and the technologies to enable those functions. The organization is growing and has a good financial status. The emergence of IoT as a [...]

April 29, 2014, Ethernet Technology Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Gilles Garcia from Xilinx presented a case for a highly flexible infrastructure to meet the requirements for 400G. Ethernet services in the future. The number of system-level unknowns is the biggest driver. IP traffic is expected to increase by an order of magnitude in the next four [...]