Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

February 11, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Low-power wireless for short-range communications is becoming widely in demand for such devices as personal area networks, ID cards, and medical applications. The newest radios are operating in a wide range of frequencies and bandwidths to address many diverse applications. for wireless, low power is the key factor. Wee Liang [...]

February 10, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Erik Heijne from CERN talked about how chips pave the road to the Higgs particle and the atto world beyond. Fundamental research on elementary constituents of matter need more sophisticated tools with greater performance and resolution. Researchers working in high energy physics are taking advantage of microelectronics trends for smaller, [...]

February 10, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Ming-Kai Tsai from MediaTek presented his vision of the next generation cloud and how it will call for new technology to overcome the many challenges. Cloud 1.0 has seen the construction of major infrastructures, and now we will soon see how this system of systems will evolve. Taiwan has changed [...]

February 3, 2014, Photonics West, San Francisco—Roger Howe from Stanford described his work in electrical-mechanical switches. This work will allow further investigations into alternatives to CMOS. Relays can be used to it is logic elements, since they have discrete on and off properties. Some applications for MEMS switches include RF filters and charge-based measurements One [...]

September 23, 2013, CICC, San Jose, CA—Greg Yeric from ARM talked about the conjunction of design and technology in the sub-20 nm nodes and the need to use end product metrics as a part of the technology choice. Technology scaling has been going on for a long time, and the Moore and Denard scaling tricks [...]

October 5, 2013, IEEE Communications Society and Consumer Electronics Society, Santa Clara, CA—Michail Tsatsanis from Entropic talked about the silicon innovations that enable the next generation cable architecture. The cable systems are facing challenges due to the changes in their media mix. Now the cable is not just for delivering video to the TV, but [...]

September 10, 2013, IDF, San Francisco—Brian Krzanich declared that it is different being at IDF as the CEO for Intel. Nevertheless, the company continues to move along and innovate. The increasing rates of change and innovation now exceed those of the last 30 years. The company’s vision and strategy is to continue on the 40-year [...]

August 26, 2013, Hot Chips Conference, Stanford, CA-Praveen Dongara from AMD described the changes and advances in the latest APU called Richland. This processor SoC addresses the needs for variable thermal profiles and performance in a client device. The performance in the CPU and GPU are improved through higher frequencies due to process improvements and [...]

August 26, 2013, Hot Chips Conference, Stanford, CA-David Kidd from Suvota presented an ARM Cortex implementation that reduced power by half, using deeply depleted channel transistors. Although the ARM core is not a power hog, the implications for the other functions in an SoC are significant. In a deeply depleted channel transistor, the basic FET [...]

August 26, 2013, Hot Chips Conference, Stanford, CA—Prakash Iyer from Intel presented the internal details of the latest Atom processor. Clovertrail+ is a dual core processor manufactured in a 32nm high-k, metal gate process and is directed towards phones and tablets. The 32-bit machine has integrated memory controller, graphics subsystems, GPU, various encoders and decoders, [...]