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21 09, 2018

CMOS RF Enables Transformation of IoT Satellite Communications

2018-09-21T09:00:42+00:00September 21st, 2018|Blog|

CMOS RF/mmWave Technologies Enable the Transformation of IoT Satellite Communications S3semi are excited to be present at the upcoming European Microwave Week 2018 conference and our very own Cormac O'Sullivan is giving a presentation on: “A Highly Integrated Transceiver for Mobile Satellite Services User Terminals Incorporating Dual Receivers for Satellite Handover and Digital PreDistortion

19 09, 2018

All things Danish at E-18

2018-09-19T13:08:54+00:00September 19th, 2018|Blog|

E-18: The Electronics and Robotics Industry in Denmark S3 Semiconductors attended the recent E-18 show in Odense, Denmark.  The 3-day electronics fair which ran from the 11th to the 13th of September at the Odense Congress Centre was a collection of all that is Danish in the Electronics and Robotics industry, with a good

18 09, 2018

SWaP for the IoT

2018-09-18T10:04:05+00:00September 18th, 2018|Blog|

Engineering, like life, is all about compromises. You might want that new sports car, but how do you justify the cost? And does it have enough space to take the kids to football practice? Similarly, in any electronics system design, you need to balance multiple factors, and make trade-offs. You can’t have everything. SWaP

27 08, 2018

Upskilling at speed

2018-08-27T09:29:20+00:00August 27th, 2018|Blog|

You probably already know that your iPhone is several thousand – even million – times more powerful than NASA’s Apollo mission computers, but did you know that your washing machine is probably faster, too? The massive increases in processing power and affordability driven by Moore’s Law have seen sophisticated computers become embedded in a huge

21 08, 2018

Industrial Computing on the Edge

2018-08-21T11:09:19+00:00August 21st, 2018|Blog|

As the Internet of Things takes shape, companies are realizing that not everything can, or should be moved to the cloud. For many industrial applications, real-time operation and analog interfacing are crucial. While cloud-based analytics can bring new efficiencies and insights, computing at the edge of the IoT stays fundamental. But if industrial computing

6 08, 2018

Can the world afford to power IoT?

2018-08-21T10:34:12+00:00August 6th, 2018|Blog|

One widely reported analysis claims that Bitcoin consumes more than 40 Terawatt hours per year. That is more energy than we here in Ireland consume in a year. This makes sense – bitcoin operates by getting proof of work. To complete a transaction the miners in the network perform a series of operations. These

31 07, 2018

PRIME and SMACD 2018

2018-08-14T10:56:07+00:00July 31st, 2018|Blog|

S3 Semiconductors attended PRIME and SMACD this year.  PRIME is in its 14th year as the key Conference on Ph.D. Research in Microelectronics and Electronics and SMACD in its 15th year is the International Conference on Synthesis, Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Methods and Applications to Circuit Design. Both were co-chaired and co-located in Prague, Czech

24 07, 2018

Industrial is the New Consumer

2018-08-14T11:14:27+00:00July 24th, 2018|Blog|

It used to be so simple. If you were designing an industrial system or product, you knew where you stood. You chose well-proven technologies, developed over many years or even decades. Everything was tested in harsh environments. Everything worked. And no-one expected you to keep up with the latest fashion in consumer gadgets. Today, that

10 07, 2018

Dealing with Disruptive Technology and the IoT

2018-08-21T06:10:18+00:00July 10th, 2018|Blog|

It’s a bit of jargon that’s maybe over-used, but if you’re an electronics designer you need to be thinking about so-called ‘disruptive’ technologies. Why? Well, if you’re not convinced of the impact, ask Kodak about how digital cameras hit their film business. Or talk to Sony about what the iPod did to the Walkman.

30 05, 2018

Do you need to simulate the full chip?

2018-08-21T10:58:38+00:00May 30th, 2018|Blog|

All chip designers know the importance of making sure our silicon is right the first time. But we need to balance that with the reality of finite budgets for development and testing. So where do you draw the line? Ideally, you would test each block rigorously. Then combine them into subsystems that were again tested.