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The Valley of FPGA

Where Green Pastures End

by Kevin Morris

Just about every electronic technology on the market today has alternatives. Between custom chips, ASSPs, pre-built modules, embedded processors, microcontrollers, FPGAs, and a host of other silicon-based goodies, there are always numerous ways to solve any given problem. As engineers, we make our choice based on any number of criteria - cost, power, size, reliability, our familiarity and experience with the technology, our company’s preferences... all of them weigh into our decision.  Read More


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Micro-Metallica

Posted on 07/06/15 at 9:44 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
I just had a follow-on conversation with the Imec gentleman and got a bit more info, although not everything.

According to him, the primary reason for switching to damascene in the first place was etch rate: with 1-um or 500-nm layers of copper, it si…

Decoupling Formal Technology from Formal Technology

Posted on 07/06/15 at 8:57 AM by bmoyer

bmoyer
What problems might you solve if you could leverage formal without needing to get a PhD first?

Sensing a New Generation

Posted on 07/05/15 at 5:28 PM by Lord Loh.

Lord Loh.
Congratulations Amelia !!!

IoT Security

Posted on 06/29/15 at 11:43 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
As stated in the article, the more complex the IoT solution is, the more points there will be for exploits.

The real problem is the complete lack of old school KISS -- Keep It Simple Stupid!!!

There is significant security in a $100 bill, targeted s…

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/27/15 at 9:46 AM by gobeavs

What will happen next is that Xilinx will get bought too. That seems to be the pattern in the semiconductor industry. If Broadcom and Altera can get bought so can Xilinx. Semiconductor industry is consolidating rapidly.

Maximizing Flash Lifetimes

Posted on 06/24/15 at 4:06 PM by Lord Loh.

Lord Loh.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/memory/flash-memory-survives-100-million-cycles

This article appeared in 2012. Macronix was annealing flash to extend it's life.

Does anyone know whether it has been commercialised yet? or Licensed out?

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/24/15 at 12:29 AM by beercandyman

Intel will use it's sales force to get FPGAs into places that Altera never sold into before. While Intel loves margins they can take lower margins with strategic accounts that Xilinx won't be able to match. Also Intel makes boards. Altera and Xilinx only …

Micro-Metallica

Posted on 06/23/15 at 11:56 PM by bmoyer

bmoyer
I'll see if I can get a more detailed response out of Imec. I suspect the qualification is with "just like Al" - that it can be etched just like Al can be etched, but they're doing something different that they're not disclosing.

After Intel and Altera

Posted on 06/23/15 at 2:49 PM by qursan

Intel is a poor player in the Architecture field. It certainly produced one of the most successful CPU architectures in the industry (besides the ARM). However, it always relied on its circuit design and semiconductor strength to improve performance. A si…

Micro-Metallica

Posted on 06/23/15 at 12:30 PM by MistyMcGarr

So thinner copper is able to be etched like aluminum but the thicker copper of yesterday was not? What gas are you using to etch the copper today? According to http://www.plasmaetch.com/plasma-etching.php you can etch AL but not CU?

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