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Has E-Beam Lithography Finally Found Its Niche?

I once wrote an article about how a new technology called electron-beam (e-beam) lithography was showing great promise for semiconductor manufacturing. I will be dating myself if I tell you when it was, but here goes -- it was 1975, I was just out of...  Read More »
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What's Good About Windows 7? You'll Need SPB16.3 To See!

OK, OK - I'm sure you don't "need" SPB16.3 to see all the cool whiz-bang features in Windows 7 . But, you can now run the SPB16.3 (and very soon the ADW16.3) release on Windows 7. You can always visit the Cadence Online Support Cadence...  Read More »
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Getting IP, Tools, And People “Ready For SOI”

Last month the SOI Industry Consortium announced a "Ready for SOI Technology" program with initial offerings of silicon-on-insulator IP from ARM, IBM and Cadence. Since interest in SOI appears to be growing for advanced process nodes, I thought...  Read More »
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OCZ Technology unleashes 4th-generation PCIe-based SSD: 512Gbytes to 2Tbytes

Yesterday, high-performance PC component developer and vendor OCZ Technology rolled out its 4th generation of PCIe-based SSD drives called the Z-drive R2 SSD. The new drives employ NAND Flash memory DIMMS arrayed on a standard PCIe-format add-in card...  Read More »
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DRAMeXchange says iPad intro will moderate NAND Flash market

By Steve Leibson, Technology Evangelist, Denali Software The recent, very successful launch of Apple’s iPad introduces both a new gadget and an entirely new product category to the consumer and business markets. Apple announced last Monday that it had...  Read More »
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DDR3/DDR2 price crossover reached

Guest Blogger: Marc Greenberg, Director, Technical Marketing The day is finally here - DRAMExchange.com quoted that the session average price of 1Gbit DDR3-800 parts on April 2nd was $3.03 while 1Gbit DDR2-800 was $3.04. Only DDR2 memory manufacturers...  Read More »
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When Less Is More, Part 2: Is e Code Really Up to 3x More Compact Than SystemVerilog?

In my last post I wrote some packet generation code to validate the claim that e code can be up to 3 times more compact vs. the equivalent functionality in SystemVerilog. The result was actually an e description that was more than 3x less than the SystemVerilog...  Read More »
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IR Drop Analysis: It's Not Really Necessary, Is It?

I was recently asked by an engineering manager if running IR drop analysis was really necessary. The argument to support his question was that his engineering team always over-designs the power rails, and so the risk of getting high IR drop was so small...  Read More »
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What Is FPGA/PCB Co-Design - And Why Is It Needed?

You may think that FPGAs are "easy" to design compared to ASICs or SoCs. But just wait until you try putting a large, complex FPGA on a printed circuit board. Several things could go wrong - including pin assignments that don't work in the...  Read More »
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Things You Didn't Know About Virtuoso: It's Video Time!

Just a quick post to let you know that there have recently been a whole truckload of videos added to the Cadence Online Support Video Library. (Some shameless self-promotion here--I created many of them...). Simply go to http://support.cadence.com (registration...  Read More »
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