Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work. – Mark Twain
With all the media hype and heavy emphasis on the leading-edge semiconductor process technologies that will soon reach single-digit nanometer numbers, working-class process technologies often get no respect. That’s why I was so pleased to learn that GlobalFoundries Read More → "Zap! Zap! Zap! GlobalFoundries’ UHV 180nm Process Hits 700V"
In IoTland, communication is king. It puts the Internet in the IoT. But how to communicate? LTE? BlueTooth? WiFi? It partly depends on the application and the location, but it also depends on how far you are from a wall plug.
Because many IoT devices are small, portable, and – this is key – battery-powered, they will forever be infinitely far away from the wall plug. While WiFi has … Read More → "Full-Power WiFi at Half the Power"
We know that energy is all around us, but how exactly do we harness it? To start things off this week, we take a closer look at an interesting new energy harvesting technology developed at MIT called a “thermal resonator.” By utilizing the gradual ambient temperature changes that occur over the course of a day, this technology can literally pull electricity out of the … Read More → "It’s Getting Hot in Here"
For the five decades of Moore’s Law, the main thrust of semiconductor technology advancement has been about shrinking geometries, lowering voltages, and lowering power consumption. Silicon CMOS has dominated that domain, of course, and most of the world’s semiconductor production is now CMOS for digital circuits.
Quietly, however, significant progress has been made on … Read More → "Wide Bandgap Wakes Up"
From source to sink to the current in-between, this week’s Fish Fry is all about power delivery and how we can solve our power delivery network problems. My guest is Brad Griffin (Cadence Design Systems) and we’re talking about how we can catch the PDN issues earlier in our design cycles and how “shifting left” can make all the difference in your next PCB design. Keeping with … Read More → "Climbing the PowerTree™"
Let’s start by getting one thing straight: Minima Processor is not a processor company. It’s a processor-related IP company, and, most specifically (at least for now), it’s a DVFS (dynamic voltage and frequency scaling) IP company.
If you’re not familiar with DVFS, it’s a way of changing power … Read More → "Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Schooling"