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Samsung’s 512 Gbyte SSD pushes SATA 3 Gbps to the limit with “30nm class” Toggle NAND Flash chips

Samsung just announced that it will be in volume production with a high-speed, 512 Gbyte SSD next month. The company rates the drive’s sequential read and write performance at 250 Gbytes/sec and 220 Gbytes/sec respectively. According to Samsung, these...  Read More »
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DAC Keynote 3: EDA Gets Wake-Up Call From Motorola Droid

Iqbal Arshad, corporate vice president of innovation products at Motorola, slept in his office many nights when his team was designing the Motorola Droid smartphone. If he had had better tool support for system-level power management, driver development...  Read More »
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DAC Keynote 2: Why Cloud Computing Is Inevitable For EDA

While the Wednesday Design Automation Conference keynote speech by Bernie Meyerson, vice president of innovation at IBM, covered several topics, what I found most interesting was his strong advocacy of cloud computing in EDA. He also provided a fascinating...  Read More »
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What's The Best Way To Reduce SoC Development Costs?

Before I got started with my DAC 2010 customer meetings on Monday morning, I stopped by the DAC Pavilion to hear what Gary Smith had to say in his " Trends and What's Hot at DAC " session. I was very pleased to hear Gary say that Virtual...  Read More »
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DAC Keynote: GlobalFoundries CEO Calls For New Foundry Model

If GlobalFoundries CEO Doug Grose has his way, there will be no one place in the world where foundry capability is concentrated. In a keynote speech at the Design Automation Conference June 15, he called for a new, globally-dispersed foundry model based...  Read More »
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ARM IP Talks! Keynote: Easing The Path To 32/28 nm

Will the 32/28 nm process nodes ever go "mainstream," or will costs, complexity, and power problems put these nodes out of reach for all but a handful of users? High-k metal gate technology could make the difference, according to John Heinlein...  Read More »
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Hit The Road - DAC!

OK, now that the Design Automation Conference (DAC) seems to be rotating among San Francisco, San Diego, and Anaheim, there's not too much "hitting the road" for us Silicon Valley denizens. We either drive an hour north to SF or fly an hour...  Read More »
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Gary Smith at DAC: SoC Design Costs Will Come Down

System on chip (SoC) design costs are out of control and headed towards $100 million, but there's relief in sight, according to analyst Gary Smith at a Sunday presentation before the Design Automation Conference (June 14-18). In most respects Gary's...  Read More »
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Snapshots From Day 0 of DAC 2010

Below are some snapshots of some "day 0" events, and last minute DAC preparations. Evidence of growing SystemC tide: it was an amazingly beautiful Sunday here in Anaheim -- perfect beach weather. However, ~50 creators & integrators were...  Read More »
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Advanced Option Brings New Features to Specman/e Users

Great news for Specmaniacs -- a new Specman Advanced Option is being announced at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) for Specman/ e users. Three key functionalities in this Option will be: Multi-core Compilation - Close to Nx (N= # cores) speedup...  Read More »
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