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By Tomoko Hatori: Tuesday 14th November, 2017

Sapphyre 7 – Route to ASIC, are we nearly there yet?

An Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) is, as its name suggests, an IC designed for a specific application and thus heavily optimised to its needs. It can achieve high performance and low power consumption at the same time, on a very small area of silicon. Also, an ASIC has much lower per-unit cost. All of […]

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By Kalin Dimitrov: Tuesday 14th November, 2017

Sapphyre 6 – Emulating excellence

Designing a custom silicon chip is by no means easy, but design is not necessarily the hardest part of developing an ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit). Proving that the system will work correctly when it comes out of the fab is by far the hardest step, and it’s the most critical for reducing development cost […]

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By Matthew Taylor: Friday 10th November, 2017

Sapphyre 5 – Environmentally friendly code

VLIW (very long instruction word) architecture is an incredibly efficient processor design. The ability to instruct multiple execution units in parallel, completely independently, means that utilisation of functional units within the design can be maximised. However, they’re not without their disadvantages. For example, memory is expensive on Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and normally takes […]

By Michael Zhang: Wednesday 8th November, 2017

Sapphyre Part 4 – I know what you did last cycle!

Heisenbugs are a programmer’s worst nightmare. And no, they aren’t a type of German insect. Heisenbugs are a tongue-in-cheek reference to Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle – a rule where the act of observing the state of a quantum mechanical system changes the state of the system. Similarly, Heisenbugs disappear or change when you try to observe […]

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By Matthew Taylor: Monday 6th November, 2017

Sapphyre Part 3 – more haste less speed

Most people have heard of Moore’s Law – which in simple terms states that the processing speed and density of integrated circuits will continue to increase, due to technological advancements in semiconductor design. This is appealing for low power design, since a high speed means that computation can complete quickly and systems can spend more […]

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By Brendan Gillatt: Thursday 2nd November, 2017

Sapphyre Part 2 – The art of weaving algorithms into silicon

Sapphyre is our in-house developed ecosystem for creating custom DSP cores, with years of practical signal processing experience and proven silicon deployed in millions of devices. The hardware implementation of high performance real time DSP algorithms typically takes one of two forms; either an off-the-shelf Digital Signal Processor (DSP) running software, or a custom hardware […]

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By Jez Stark: Wednesday 1st November, 2017

Heard about the growing DIY chip trend?

At Cambridge Consultants we are lucky enough to have deep engagements with clients across a wide range of industries. Through those engagements we get insights into the economics of their businesses and what motivates them. Recently I’ve seen a fascinating and emerging trend: A growing number of OEMs are now developing their own semiconductor devices. […]

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By Kalin Dimitrov: Tuesday 31st October, 2017

Sapphyre Part 1- avoiding an integrated system horror story

Chip performance is not all about increasing clock speed, and creating an integrated solution is not all about cramming more features into a device. Too often the intention to create an elegant integrated system, to add a sensor to a radio or voice control at the user interface, becomes an exercise in bolting together modules […]

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By Tim Murdoch: Tuesday 31st October, 2017

Digital health means being patient centered [infographic]

Earlier in the year my colleagues in our MedTech team and I published an article on how digital has the potential to transform the lives of COPD and Asthma sufferers around the world. Our investigation began by looking at the opportunities for connected inhalers, but rapidly moved to consider the whole patient pathway and how digital […]

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By Tim Murdoch: Tuesday 24th October, 2017

The first lesson in digital transformation: ‘digital-first’ companies don’t put digital first

73% of mobile customers want their operators to be more like digital-first companies, such as Amazon, PayPal and Netflix according to a recent survey by Matrixx Software. At first glance, this is just one more voice in the crowd making a reasonable but not a particularly ground-breaking point. What struck me about this statement, however, […]