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  Subject:   Systems on a Chip - the Paradox of Leading Edge Technology and Low Cost

  Sponsor:   US-Japan Technology Management Center

  Speaker:   Dr. Thomas Redfern, National Semiconductor Fellow

  Date:   Thursday, May 27, 1999

  Time:   4:15pm - 5:30pm

  Location:   Skilling Auditorium, Engineering Quad, Stanford [look for it in a campus map][new]

  Event URL:   http://fuji.stanford.edu/events

  Sponsor URL:   http://fuji.stanford.edu


  Contact:   Viji Jagannathan : viji@stanford.edu


Systems on a Chip - The Paradox of Leading Edge Technology and Low Cost 

As digital electronics continue to scale, it becomes more and more cost 
effective to use digital signal processing to solve analog problems. If 
the system is entirely digital the solution is quite clear. As we try and 
integrate some Analog function along with the digital, i.e. mixed signal 
systems, the solution is not so clear. The factors that are at play form 
a complex interaction between performance, power consumption, time-to-
market and most importantly cost. Some chant the "Systems-On-a-Chip" mantra 
as if itis the ultimate solution. There is obviously merit in integrating 
to ever higher and higher levels but there are many forces at play and none 
of them is static. Deciding what to integrate, and what to not integrate, 
can be the most important factor for the success of the end product. The 
factors are: 

     1.  Cost - non-recurring and recurring 
     2.  Time to Market 
     3.  Risk 
     4.  Performance 
     5.  "Mistake Tolerance" 

This talk will explore these factors and their interrelationship to help 
make the tough decisions about what to integrate and what to not integrate.

 Event history: Submitted on 12-May-1999;

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