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User-Assisted, Automated Routing of Custom IC Designs, Part 2

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Brad Albing
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6/24/2013 5:06:38 PM
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Re: dynamic time
@Herby - nothing but the sound of crickets greeting you for an answer. Looks like we'll need to find a different forum to get an answer.

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Brad Albing
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6/24/2013 5:04:19 PM
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@DaeJ - thanks for the link.

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Brad Albing
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6/16/2013 8:49:06 PM
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@Via Man - point taken - no one talks anymore - just types or shoots pics.

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Herby6262
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6/15/2013 2:53:41 PM
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Router hardware (especially high end h/w) and it's design is not my strong-suit or background, but just as a thought, would something like Texas Instrument's highest end DSP running say even a home-brew written scheduler for threading priority be able to even come close to handling something like that?  Or is this generally done using small form-factor SBCs?  I've seen entire aircraft display systems running from a single DSP board.  Though if there are heavy amounts of analog inputs, maybe that's just naturally not such a good choice.

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DaeJ
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6/15/2013 1:38:46 PM
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Recently, Intel announced that Z2580 application processor outperformed other company processor through benchmarks comparing Lenovo K900 smartphone that is based on Z2580 with Samsung smart phone powered by ARM-based application processor such as Qualcomm and Nvidia. Benchmark is conducted in terms of chip performance and current consumption. Intel has a better position in the mobile market.

Link is: http://www.eetimes.com/design/communications-design/4416220/Intel-processor-outperforms-Nvidia--Qualcomm--Samsung-ICs?cid=Newsletter+-+EETimes+Daily

 

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Via Man
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6/15/2013 7:10:48 AM
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@Brad-Albing >>fablets is not only a good name but an incredibly practicle device.

The problem is we are getting old [I did say we]. We (us old folks) still think a phone is for talking. The generation(s) really consuming these fablet-sized devices rarely use the phone function of their phone. 

As Nicholas Negroponte forecast in "Being Digital" (1995), what was broadcast will become narrowcast. A fablet is a narrowcast mobile media consumption and generation device - watch videos, generate videos, games, apps, social and texting. The talking on the phone functionality seems like an aftertought to many users of these products. 

The good news for us analog and mixed signal folk is that these products require a tremendous amount of sensor processing and user interface circuits that are profoundly analog. Pretty exciting to see new fabs in larger geometries being planned simply to support the analog needs of these products.

 



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analoging
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6/14/2013 6:43:20 PM
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Your points are well taken and that may be why the idea is only discussed at conferences and is not commercially available as of yet. However, high-end smartphones are getting larger mainly for a bigger screen as in Samsung Galaxy S4 while  tablets are shrinking as in the mini iPad. There may be a sweet spot in between for a fablet!

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Brad Albing
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6/14/2013 11:18:15 AM
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@analoging >>fablets (phone-tablets)... It's a good name, but the device seems impractical - holding a tablet up to your ear seems like a pretty awkward thing to do. Unless there is a separate headset piece - but then that's one more thing you'd have to carry around - or accidentally leave behind. Inconvenient any way you slice it.

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analoging
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6/12/2013 7:11:45 PM
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dynamic time
Amid the growth in mobile devices taking over the computing world, it offers an array of new opportunities for EDA companies. As foundries such as TSMC obtain more business and outsourcing continues for a wider selection of smartphones, tablets and fablets (phone-tablets on the way), there is an increased need for EDA for IC firms without fabs. It is more critical to predict future winning designs over having large fab capacity. That is why ARM is winning the roadmaps of mobile device chips.

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DEREK.KOONCE
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6/12/2013 12:19:06 PM
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Placement and floorplanning
Great set of articles. I look forward to the next installment. I am still waiting to see if canned layouts will be provided by the fab houses to cover the basics such as I/O protection circuitry, canned layout for a 8x8M RAM (I show my age here), and so forth.

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