Companies come; companies go. I don’t focus a lot on who buys whom – there are plenty of folks breathlessly watching that stuff, so I mostly leave the drama to them. After all, it’s an age of consolidation and accumulation of immense corporate power. So your typical low- to mid-level merger may not be particularly noteworthy.
But lately, there … Read More → "Unlikely Pairings"
Where else can you go for not one but two electronic engineering interviews with two of the coolest executives in the biz? Yep, right here. First up, Robert Blake (Achronix – CEO) and I discuss the details of their Speedcore custom blocks, the issues surrounding the efficiency of computation in SoC design, and the benefits of FPGA acceleration core integration. Also this week, Mike Wishart (efabless – CEO) … Read More → "Go Configure and Multiply"
In the decades-long battle between Altera (now part of Intel) and Xilinx, no title has been more hotly contested than “Ours is Biggest.” Way back in the days when real LUTs had 4 inputs, FPGA companies resorted to measuring their density with “system gates” in order to obscure the pathetically small (at the time) amount of logic that could actually be implemented in the programmable … Read More → "The Biggest SoC/FPGAs"
Just over a month ago, GlobalFoundries (GF among friends) had their technology conference, and it would appear that they stored up all kinds of news to release at the same time. Some announcements were more significant than others; we’ll review what’s new here, with a focus on the bigger issues and a passing nod to the others.
I Could Use … Read More → "GlobalFoundries Puts Their Cards on the Table"
The wild wind whistles strange
through the bright gloom of eternal daylight
in the tightly-sealed semiconductor fab.
In the power-assured place where progress never pauses,
where cryptically-coded wafers plod persistently
through mysterious machines in the acrid vacuum
of the multi-billion-dollar bay-and-chase clean room.
Where white-suited phantoms pass silicon slices
through evil rays and deadly potions and spinning saws.
Something is … Read More → "Nightmare at Seven Nanometers"