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China’s consumers driving move to international standardization?

Lou Covey
Editorial Director

As we move deeper into the 21st Century, Western concerns about China regarding to cyberwar, intellectual property and the security of the internet of things is almost a daily part of the news cycle. However, as more Chinese consumers integrate their lives on social media and through consumer devices, their concerns and desires regarding those same issues are beginning to mirror those of the West. Perhaps the “twain” shall meet? We interviewed David Harold at #EELive on that exact issue. See the video.

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Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafters Economics and Vengeance wreak havoc with wafer market

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

As Semicon West approaches in two months, there will be a rising chorus of predictions for 450mm manufacturing and test equipment. But silicon wafer industry revenues are heading in the wrong direction, dramatic technology advances in test and reclamation, and an overall urge for revenge among their customers over gouging during the solar boom.

In February, SEMI issued its annual report on the state of silicon wafer industry that showed a small increase in the delivery of wafers to customers in spite of a well-known glut of supply, but a sharp decline in revenues …

Accellera swallows OCP-IP

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director, New Tech Press

Accellera Systems Initiative, the non-profit standards organization  for electronic design automation (EDA) and intellectual property (IP) standards, has taken over the moribund Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP).

Accellera has been taking over multiple standards organization in the industry for several years and this is only the latest.  The acquisition includes the current OCP 3.0 standard and supporting infrastructure for reuse of IP blocks used in semiconductor design. OCP-IP and Accellera have been working closely together for many years, but OCP-IP lost corporate and member financial support steadily over the past five years and

Shoppinpal joins host of mobile commerce apps

At the inaugural Mobile Commerce World Conference in San Francisco, there were a plethora of m-commerce apps prowling the halls. One of them was Shoppinpal, which seemed to offer the most comprehensive approach to the shopping experience. We will be doing a deeper report on what we found at the conference next week but here is the interview we did with Shoppinpal’s CEO Sriram Subramanian.

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Changing the environment instead of optimizing chip design

By Lou Covey, Editorial Director

A few weeks ago we reported on a new data center environment that virtually eliminated heat in a data-processing environment.  We decided to talk to a few companies in the chip world about the potential this development has for chip design and the most comprehensive prediction came from Ian Ferguson, vice president of segment marketing for ARM Holdings.  When considering the potential, Ferguson saw almost unlimited possibilities for advancing data processing.  Here’s the interview:

Inside the hyper efficient server

Lou Covey
Editorial Director

Yesterday we unveiled the hyper-efficient data server at SLAC installed by a consortium of companies.  In today’s video we take a look at the unit itself and how it reaches the energy/compute performance levels that could change how data centers operate.

This article sponsored by Clustered Systems

DIY Electronics

ProFPGA unveils FPGA prototype boards

ProFPGA came out of stealth at the Design Automation Conference (DAC 2012) in San Francisco with a technology agnostic hardware system for developing FPGA prototype. ProFPGA is a spinoff from ProDesign Europe (http://www.prodesigncad.de), located in Germany. The system that can be used with Xilinx or Altera FPGAs and can be implemented with any commercially available development tool, including those from Synopsys, Xilinx or Altera.

Electronic Design

Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafters Economics and Vengeance wreak havoc with wafer market

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

As Semicon West approaches in two months, there will be a rising chorus of predictions for 450mm manufacturing and test equipment. But silicon wafer industry revenues are heading in the wrong direction, dramatic technology advances in test and reclamation, and an overall urge for revenge among their customers over gouging during the solar boom.

In February, SEMI issued its annual report on the state of silicon wafer industry that showed a small increase in the delivery of wafers to customers in spite of a well-known glut of supply, but a sharp decline in revenues …

Green Tech

Analysis: Time for the semi and wafer industries to make nice

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

Last week we did a piece on the dysfunctional relationship between the semiconductor industry and the silicon wafer industry.  Both have the potential of healing the rift and ensuring a profitable give and take for several decades, but there is also the potential that, if attitudes do not change within the next decade, it will get even worse.

Last week’s article pointed out that the wafer companies stuck it to the semi industry when the solar boom hit 10 years ago.  Wafer fabs shifted resources to solar because the requirements for solar cells was …

Software

Automating embedded software testing with Electric Cloud

The 2012 UBM Survey showed that, for the first time, QA engineers are becoming a significant portion of embedded software teams, and there is less concern about the quality of debugging tools for those teams,  However, the size of those teams is, in general, dropping and concern for tool quality is still number one, all of which makes hitting schedules on time the greatest challenge for those teams.

According to Dax Harfang at Electric Cloud, those pressures are even greater in hardware-centric companies who would rather not make a large investment in software QA, especially smaller companies that may be …

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Deliveries are up, revenues are down for silicon wafters Economics and Vengeance wreak havoc with wafer market

By Lou Covey
Editorial Director

As Semicon West approaches in two months, there will be a rising chorus of predictions for 450mm manufacturing and test equipment. But silicon wafer industry revenues are heading in the wrong direction, dramatic technology advances in test and reclamation, and an overall urge for revenge among their customers over gouging during the solar boom.

In February, SEMI issued its annual report on the state of silicon wafer industry that showed a small increase in the delivery of wafers to customers in spite of a well-known glut of supply, but a sharp decline in revenues …

Venture Capital

New Tech Press turns 5

This month we turn the page on the first five years of New Tech Press, the media and content laboratory of Footwasher Media. With little promotion this site has garnered thousands of subscribers, tested and experimented with multiple platforms and media and helped Footwasher Media establish a unique philosophy of communication.  Managing Editor Joe Basques sits down with Editorial Director Lou Covey to talk about what has been accomplished and what the plans are for the future.

 NTP looks back