A long-standing approach of throwing everything into a chip increasingly is being replaced by a focus on what can be left out it.This shift is happening at every level, from the initial design to implementation. After years of trying to fill every square nanometer of real estate on a piece of silicon with memory and logic, doubling the number of transistors from one process node to the next, it’s becoming harder technologically and financially to keep up that pace. Heat, power, complexity and rising costs per transistor after 28nm have made it less attractive to continue doing things the way they were done in the past.“Complexity has increased substantially in terms of how we manage 16, 10 and 7nm designs and to be able to get them to work as expected,” said Ruggero Castagnetti, distinguished engineer at Broadcom. “Even if you don’t run at lower voltages due to the challenges of scaling voltage, the voltage budgets get squeezed. And while total power may … [Read more...] about What Can Be Cut From A Design?
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Since the dawn of time for the EDA industry, the classic V diagram has defined the primary design flow. On the left hand side of the V, the design is progressively refined and partitioned into smaller pieces. At the bottom of the V, verification takes over and as you travel up the right-hand side of the V, verification and integration happens until the entire design has been assembled and validation can be performed.But along the way, as designs became larger, the V started to break down and increasing numbers of companies wanted to start verification on the left-hand side when the design decisions were being made and problems could be found closer to the point where they could be rectified before detailed design had been conducted.At the same time, logic simulation became unable to process the whole design, meaning that additional tools had to be brought in to solve pieces of the verification challenge. This created an opportunity to rethink about the way in which the verification … [Read more...] about Can Verification Meet In The Middle?
The company that developed the Western world’s first gene therapy will withdraw its pioneering treatment from the market because of a lack of demand.The drug, Glybera, was the most expensive prescription medication in history at $1 million for a one-time round of injections (see “The World’s Most Expensive Medicine Is a Bust”). It contains engineered viruses carrying copies of a gene meant to correct lipoprotein lipase deficiency, a rare metabolic disease. Glybera’s approval by European drug regulators in 2012 marked a milestone for the field of gene therapy after a series of setbacks and safety problems. But low demand for the therapy and questions about its effectiveness have plagued Glybera’s manufacturer, UniQure, based in Amsterdam and Lexington, Massachusetts. “It wasn’t just that it cost $1 million; it’s that it came to market without much evidence basis that it was worth $1 million,” says Casey Quinn, a health … [Read more...] about The World’s Most Expensive Medicine Is Being Pulled from the Market
Smartwatches aren’t like smartphones. They’re a bit smaller, of course, but they also don’t tend to receive as many updates. Take Google’s Android Wear for instance: Nearly a year went by before the search giant rolled out Android Wear 2.0, the newest version, to watches that shipped with Android Wear 1.0. But if Google has its way, such delays will now be a thing of the past.On Tuesday, Hoi Lam, a wearables developer advocate at Google, highlighted a key new feature of Android Wear 2.0: Incremental updates. Smartwatches that are running now get bug fixes, feature enhancements, and other improvements delivered via the Google Play Store, Google’s one-stop software shop.The first of such updates went out in early October, Lam said, and added third-party chat app support to Wear’s Contacts app, made the Google Play Store easier to find for new users, and reduced the touch sensitivity of the watch face selection screen. More are on the … [Read more...] about Android Wear 2.0 watches can be updated via the Google Play Store
If you’ve ever thought Minecraft wasn’t “intense” or “immersive” enough, Oculus revealed today that the blocky sandbox-survival game is now available on Samsung Gear VR.The port apparently contains everything from Minecraft: Pocket Edition, offering both Creative and Survival modes all in one $7 package. All the skins and multiplayer functionality you would expect from the standard mobile rendition of the game are also intact, though, unlike that version, a compatible gaming controller is required. “Minecraft is a game that you can both figuratively and literally lose yourself in. In fact, my strongest memories of being inside VR are from the time I’ve spent exploring Minecraft on Gear VR,” writes Oculus CTO and famed games industry vet John Carmack. “Experiencing it in virtual reality changes it from an abstract activity to a visceral one — it goes from a sense of playing the game to one of being … [Read more...] about Now you can play Minecraft from the comfort of your Samsung Gear VR
A court in New Zealand has ruled that Kim Dotcom, the founder of controversial file-storage website Megaupload, can be extradited to the U.S. along with three other defendants to face criminal charges related to the operation of the defunct online service.Ron Mansfield — Dotcom’s lawyer — said Monday’s decision by the Auckland High Court was “extremely disappointing” but added that the German-born entrepreneur, whose real name is Kim Schmitz, was “far from defeated.”Mansfield was referring to the specifics of Monday’s court ruling, which appear to have given hope to Dotcom that he can still avoid being sent to the U.S. In the ruling, which came after five months of deliberations, Justice Murray Gilbert said Dotcom could be extradited, though not on copyright charges, the New Zealand Herald reported.Dotcom’s legal team had argued that there is no equivalent “copyright” crime in New Zealand, which … [Read more...] about Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S., New Zealand court says
Your whole life might be getting a lot more connected. As the Internet of Things continues to permeate seemingly every aspect of our existence, we’re now being introduced to the latest participants to enter the fray. Meet SensePeanut, described as an “innovative range of smart, intuitive sensors designed to bring affordable, easy-to-use connected life functionality to the masses.”These series of individual sensor tags are each meant to “perform, monitor, or track” an element of your livelihood, all for just $29 each.IFA 2016: TP-Link rebrands to focus on consumers, boosting market share in U.S.The first four Peanuts zero in on temperature, sleep, medication, and smart switches. Promising to be “as simple as possible to install” and boasting “advanced functionality to solve a range of everyday lifestyle and home management tasks,” these smart sensors interact with both iOS and Android devices using Bluetooth 4.0. Apparently, you can … [Read more...] about Your whole life can be connected to the Internet of Things with SensePeanut
Samsung heard your cries after it ditched the MicroSD slot on the Galaxy S6, and did an about-face with this year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which puts it on par with the LG G5. However, it was initially reported neither phone would be able to install apps on the MicroSD card since they don’t utilize Google’s new adoptable storage system. Updated on 03-02-2016 by Robert Nazarian: Added in new information regarding Samsung’s option to move apps to the MicroSD card.Now that devices are being shipped, we are learning more about how Samsung is treating apps in regards to storage. While it’s still true that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge don’t use Google’s adoptable storage system, Samsung did add an option to move apps to the MicroSD card.After testing the feature, Droid-life found that all non-system apps can be moved to external storage very easily. While this was only seen on a Galaxy S7, we can only presume the same feature will also be on … [Read more...] about Turns out the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge can move apps to the MicroSD card
Being able to install any application from anywhere is one of the main benefits of using a full desktop operating system. It’s also a potential source of security issues, which is one of the reasons why some systems, such as iOS, lock app installation to an app store or, like MacOS, provide an option to customize how applications can be installed.Some recent information indicated that Microsoft planned to offer a version of Windows 10, called Windows 10 “Cloud” edition, that would lock down application installation to only the Windows Store. Now, it appears that Microsoft is turning on that feature for all Windows 10 versions starting with Creators Update, Windows Central reports.The feature is managed in the Settings app, specifically in the Apps section that appeared in more recent Windows Insider preview builds. The latest build has a new setting that allows the user to allow apps to be installed from anywhere, to “prefer apps” from the Windows Store … [Read more...] about Windows 10 Creators Update will let you control which apps can be installed
Supercomputers An integrated circuit shows the inclusion of molecular spin qubits for the implementation of entangling quantum gates. Source: Design by Dr. Christopher Muryn Quantum computing is about to get more complex. Researchers have evidence that large molecules made of nickel and chromium can store and process information in the same way bytes do for digital computers. The researchers present algorithms proving it's possible to use supramolecular chemistry to connect "qubits," the basic units for quantum information processing, in Chem on November 10. This approach would generate several kinds of stable qubits that could be connected together into structures called "two-qubit gates.""We have shown that the chemistry is achievable for bringing together two-qubit gates," says senior author Richard Winpenny, Head of the University of Manchester School of Chemistry. "The molecules can be made and the two-qubit gates assembled. The next step is to show that these two-qubit … [Read more...] about Stable Quantum Bits Can Be Made from Complex Molecules