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EETE JULAUG 2013

DESIGN & PRODUCTS SPECIAL FOCUS: - EDA & DESIGN TOOLS July/august 2013 Version control in EDA for optimum hardware design Timing closure highlights the challenges of 45nm silicon design and below Modeling skew requirements for interfacing protocol signals in an SoC 17 20 23 - FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS Predictive modeling approach boosts the development of thin-film organic electronics Imec (Belgium), University of Bologna (Italy) and University of Mons (Belgium) have developed a unique multi-scale methodology to model the development cycle for thin-film organic electronic materials and devices. A new class of flexible semiconductors enters the market Printed electronics opens up large flexible sensor design opportunities Compared to traditional electronic solutions, printed electronics offers several differentiating factors which make them particularly well suited to sensing application. 30 32 34 - NAVIGATION & GEOLOCATION Efficient geolocation using swarm radio 37 Reader offer The FiND-iT is a PC and Android smartphone or tablet solution that enables users to associate passive UHF radio frequency identification tags with items, as well as create inventory lists and find those objects using an Android smartphone or tablet. Three such kits are for grab. 46 distri bution corner Whitepapers opinion Uncommon Market: Smart grids and IoT convergence turns more data into cash While the smart grid sensor market is set to double in size by 2014, growing to well over $200 million of annual revenue by 2018 according to IMS Research, it only represents a fraction of the global market for M2M data collection, aggregation and actuation devices. Last Word: Wearable computing: let’s get it on 4 50 news & TECHNOLOGY Multicore systems face the tools challenge The move to more heterogeneous multicore systems is going to fundamentally change the way code is developed in mobile. Organic electronics another step closer to commercialization Organic and printed electronics has been a promise for the future - over ten years or more. Single die MEMS oscillator hits the mainstream Printing microbatteries could unravel new designs in medical applications Imagination tips ‘Warrior’ MIPS cores Direct semiconductor wafer bonds target next-gen solar cells Toyota connects navigation systems to the cloud A new traffic information system for Toyota drivers blends a variety of parameters including vehicle location data, current speed, road conditions and even disasters. Intel joins A4WP wireless charging group Embedded Linux kernel tuned for virtualization and determinism Non-volatile CBRAM memory block operates at less than 1V Adesto Technologies has presented a paper on the ultra-low power operation of its proprietary CBRAM (Conductive Bridging RAM) memory, exploring the use of the non-volatile memory technology embedded in a body sensor. 9 11 12 14 15 16 49 51 3 Electronic Engineering Times Europe July/August 2013 www.electronics-eetimes.com


EETE JULAUG 2013
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