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Complex SoC Silicon and Software Design Costs

Today, everywhere we turn, we hear speakers give presentations at conferences and industry events despairing how the rise in silicon design costs is hampering the semiconductor industry's growth path. As part of this problem, we now recognize that software design costs have eclipsed silicon design efforts and have become the largest portion of the SoC creation effort. In addition, IP integration costs are now rising as more discrete IP blocks are infused into SoC designs today.

MAP Model Update

Semico just updated our MAP Model database.  Desktops, Notebooks, Netbooks, Tablets, Servers, and Workstations are all updated.  We are currently including Ultrabooks in with Notebooks as Semico is assuming Notebooks will morph into Ultrabooks within the forecast period.  For more insight, or to get a demo of our MAP Model, please contact Rick.

Jim Feldhan to Speak at ConFab June 2013

Join Semico's President, Jim Feldhan, at this year's ConFab.  It is being held June 23-26 in Las Vegas.  

MEMS and Microcontrollers Helping Each Other Grow, But Change is in Motion

MEMS and microcontrollers work closely together in many applications.  In the simplest case, a sensor provides an input to an MCU.  The sensor will detect an activity or condition in the environment and convert this to a signal that the MCU uses for its algorithm.  In some cases the MCU may drive a MEMS such as an actuator. 

Tony Massimini Speaking at Sensors Expo & Conference

Join Tony Massimini at the Sensors Expo & Conference on June 4th in Rosemont, IL.  Tony will be speaking during the Pre-Conference Symposium titled MEMS Sensor Fusion: Faster. Stronger. Smarter.  This event is hosted by the MEMS Industry Group.  

Semico Research Salutes Paolo Soleri, Architect and Artist

Photos: (left) Dean Kamen and Jim Feldhan. (right)Dr. Tsugio Makimoto, Dr. John Kelly III, Jim Feldhan and Wally Rhines.

Mobile Healthcare: New Technology for a Healthy Lifestyle

Phoenix, AZ - April 16th, 2013 One of the problems facing the healthcare industry today is the constant struggle to proactively engage consumers into monitoring and managing their own health before acute or chronic illness sets in.

The solution can be found within the semiconductor industry. Specifically, MEMS, wireless, and cloud services are enabling a healthcare revolution where consumer medical devices will increase from 49.6 million units in 2013 to 271 million units in 2017, a CAGR of 45%.

System(s)-on-a-Chip: Changes in Design Methodology

Phoenix, AZ - April 9th, 2013 Advances in the 3rd Party Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) market as well as in the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) market have allowed silicon designers to increase the complexity in their silicon solutions to the point where the industry can actually think about these solutions in the plural sense, as System(s)-on-a-Chip (SoC).

Semico's Tony Massimini to Present Live Sensor Fusion Webinar February 19, 2013

Phoenix, AZ - February 13th, 2013 -- Sensor fusion has become an important feature for many portable devices, in particular smartphones, tablets and the emerging Ultraportable PCs. In fact, sensor fusion is required by Windows 8 for all tablet PCs and all convertible Ultrabooks, and recommended for clamshell Ultrabooks. Intel offers reference platforms for tablets and Ultrabooks that include a sensor hub block connected directly to the CPU. Many advanced applications are enabled by sensor fusion, including geo-fencing, gesture controls and context awareness.