Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

August 5, 2014, Sunnyvale, CA—PMC released a new family of FlashTech NVRAM drives to create a new level of storage devices. The PCIe-based card uses DRAM with a super cap for supply backup as the main storage medium, and backs up the data on flash. This combination provides the speed and endurance of DRAM and [...]

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. [...]

May 2014, Internet of Things Conference, Santa Clara, CA—We talked with Uday Mudoi from Vitesse about the company and their products. They are falling back on their years of experience in Ethernet products to change the company focus. The drivers are in the growing acceptance of FbE in enterprise networks. Although the internals of the [...]

May 7, 2014, Internet of Things Developers Conference, Santa Calara, CA—Kin-Yip Liu from Cavium talked about the bigger industry drivers for semiconductors. Of course, performance and power are at the top of the list, but integrated functionality is starting to matter. For example, in security functions, new issues are for transactions and access authorizations, especially [...]

January 2014, At the annual Data Center Conference held by the Linley Group, the focus was on the semiconductors being used in the current solutions and there approach to addressing the two main issues of scale-out for the data center and efficiency. Efficiency is a combination of power, utilization, throughput, and code/data optimization for the [...]

 We talked with Renesas about their latest products at Design West, formerly the Embedded Systems Conference. Among the new releases were a low power microcontroller, a motor control kit, a capacitive touch evaluation kit, and new software support for the various products. The 32-bit RX62G group are optimized for digital power control applications, including motor [...]

 While at the OTT conference, we talked with Cavium about their latest wireless interfaces and media processors. The company focuses on high-performance processors and interfaces. They now have a reference design featuring their media processor that should cost less than $20 for the total BoM. The reference design allows mobile devices with WiFi to connect [...]

 January 9, 2012, CES, Las Vegas—Sandisk introduced a number of new storage products for consumer use. The most interesting announcement was the iNAND Ultra embedded flash memory which will be built in a 19nm process technology. The latest parts are still using the 2-bit per cell architecture from previous generations. Early testing shows that the [...]

 We talked with Xilinx at the ARM TechCon about some of related packages for the Zynq programmable platform. The Zynq is an ARM dual-core Cortex-A9 embedded in a programmable fabric that was released earlier this year. The family of devices has been in development for over 4 years, to optimize the architecture and create an [...]