Flower Technology and EnSilica collaborate on ASIC mining solutions for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that are based on scrypt hashing algorithms (Lifecoin, Auroracoin, Dogecoin, and Mastercoin) are on the rise. Scrypt-based cryptocurrency ASIC mining solution start-up Flower Technologies and eSi-RISC soft processor core and encryption and peripherals company EnSilica have partnered to develop the Orchid, which boasts high hashing speed, energy efficiency, and price/performance for an ASIC scrypt miner.

Continue reading

European Design Automation Association 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award honors Symtavision’s Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Ernst

The European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who make innovative contributions to electronic design, automation, and testing of electronic systems. Symtavision Board member Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Ernst has had a major role in automotive systems, HW/SW co-design, and as chair of many conferences.

Continue reading

EMA, AEi Systems announce expanded Power IC Model Library for Cadence PSpice simulator

EMA Design Automation (EMA) and AEi Systems have announced the latest version, 4.1, of the AEi Systems’ Power IC Model Library for the Cadence PSpice simulator. “This update to the power IC model library will make it easier for our PSpice customers to obtain high quality bench tested models,” says Manny Marcano, President and CEO of EMA.

Continue reading

Monte Carlo is the gold standard when it comes to yield analysis. But what happens when it breaks down at the 7+ yield?

Monte Carlo is the gold standard when it comes to yield analysis. But what happens when it breaks down at the 7+ yield?

One of the major issues to IC design now and going forward is manufacturing process variations impacting product yield. Achieving high yield means functionally working die while delivering high performance and rapidly getting to market. The typical design flow has inherent issues and as a result, the design for yield (DIY) centric design flow has been developed.

Continue reading

Micron Announces High-Density 45 nm Serial NOR Flash

High-density 45 nm Serial NOR Flash from Micron Technology doubles programming speed and provides improved performance, higher manufacturing efficiency, and a smaller footprint. The MT25Q SPI NOR devices are targeted to consumer, automotive, industrial, and networking applications.

MT25Q features:

  • 512 Mb, 1 Gb, and 2 Gb densities
  • Standard SPI interface
  • 2 MBps programming speed
  • 66 MBps read performance
  • First 2 Gb device in a 6 mm x 8 mm BGA package

Drop-in compatibility with legacy NOR devices make it an option for new and existing designs. Best-in-class 2 MBps programming speed, improved erase performance, and 66 MBps read performance enable quick updates and boot performance. The small package also lends itself to shrinking footprint requirements.

More info: Micron Technology