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6 12, 2017

ARM TechCon 2017

2017-12-06T11:29:36+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Blog|

    The ARM TechCon conference is the world’s largest event that deals with ARM technology. It took place in Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, from October 24 to 26. The event consisted of a conference and an exhibition. The conference papers covered silicon design and software development, power-efficiency, industrial & functional safety, trust and

20 11, 2017

How to calculate whether custom integrated circuits could save you money when designing IIoT devices

2017-11-20T15:47:14+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Blog|

We’ve previously looked at the technical benefits of using custom integrated circuits when you’re designing, manufacturing and supporting devices destined for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Something we only briefly touched on in that piece was the financial side, noting that custom silicon can be cheaper than the traditional approach of combining tens or

24 10, 2017

Why custom integrated chips are ideal for the IIoT

2017-11-13T13:53:33+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Blog|

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is all about making manufacturing, asset management and other areas of industry more efficient by optimising operations and maintaining equipment proactively. At the heart of the IIoT are large numbers of sensors, detecting the state of a machine or asset, its outputs, and its environs. Coupled to these you

10 10, 2017

Making Moore’s law work for you

2017-11-13T12:03:26+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Blog|

The world’s seemingly insatiable demand for ever-thinner mobile phones and ever-faster computers is driving a relentless reduction in silicon feature size. While this trend toward increased transistor counts on chips – popularly referred to as Moore’s law, after Intel founder Gordon Moore – has slowed in recent years, it continues. And, as ever more sophisticated

22 08, 2017

Adapting and Anticipating the Future

2017-10-24T07:32:09+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Blog|

I’m very proud to be part of a truly great, world-class team taking S3 Semiconductors into its next chapter. Over the years, S3 Group has continually adapted its business to industry dynamics, going from a pure-play design services business to a much broader blend of products and services across a broad range of industries from

27 07, 2017

The Economics of Custom Semiconductors

2017-10-24T07:27:13+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Blog|

Traditionally cost-prohibitive, recent market developments have made custom chips an option for even low- and medium-volume OEMs. These days, custom mixed-signal SoCs (system on chips) are possible for many system houses and device makers who previously found such designs outside their budgets. For these OEMs, the bill of materials (BOM) savings that can be achieved

27 07, 2017

The Future of the Semiconductor Market

2017-11-13T12:01:41+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Blog|

As the semiconductor industry is consolidated each year through mergers and acquisitions, the remaining vendors are growing larger and larger, and few companies remain capable of supplying customers with low- to medium-volume applications. Yet the rapidly growing IIoT and wireless communication markets demand customized integrated chip solutions. In such an environment, a new player is

26 07, 2017

Sensor signal processing at the Industrial IoT edge node

2017-11-13T12:00:00+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Blog|

The Internet of things is focused on the ability to be able to connect to the physical world through various types of sensors and actuators and being able to connect these signals and translate them into digital data that can be used by people and processes to drive better decision making. Industrial IoT enables companies

28 06, 2017

A view into the world of building chips: Design Automation Conference (DAC), June 2017

2017-12-06T11:26:21+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Blog|

DAC2017 S3semi exhibited this year at the Design Automation Conference in Austin, Texas. This has historically been a conference focused on the latest developments in how to design chips. Originally the key participants were from the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) sector, however a number of years ago, the remit extended to include silicon

27 05, 2017

Where are the semiconductor companies? Sensors & Test Show, Nuremberg, May 2017

2017-08-23T12:26:19+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Blog|

S3 Semiconductors was at the Sensors and Test show held at the Messe Nuremberg, in May. As such we have included here some interesting observations about the show which typically runs on an annual cadence. Sensor Geography & Demography Physically the trade-fair floor was separated into 2 main categories: raw sensor products and the physical