Cary Chin


Cary Chin is director of technical marketing at Synopsys Inc., responsible for the Discovery Low Power Verification solution. His background at Synopsys is in R&D where he has managed the Power Compiler, Primepower, PrimeTime PX, and Design Compiler FPGA products. Prior to joining Synopsys, he held senior management positions at Sun Microsystems, SynTest Technologies, and Viewlogic Systems. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He also has taught computer science and programming classes from second grade computer lab up to the collegiate level at Stanford. In his spare time he teaches violin and viola, serves as president of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and enjoys playing and coaching chamber music.

Manhattan And Mr. Spock Offer Lessons In 3D FinFET Design
Also known as 3D transistors, FinFETs provide a significant speed boost while cutting dynamic power in half and static power by as much as 90%. They're also the next big thing in low-power computing.
As Smart Phones Evolve, You’ll Only Need One Pocket In Your Jeans 3
A summary of how a continuous introduction of new features on smartphones continues to cut back on our separate electronic products and gadgets.
The Nerd Bird And Low-Power Software Design 1

“The cabin doors are now closed. Please turn off all of your personal electronic devices… anything with a power switch… they must be completely powered off, not just in airplane mode...”

On a recent flight from San Jose, Calif., to Austin, Texas, – the so-called “nerd bird” flight because of the large number of technical professionals travelling regularly between Silicon Valley and Austin design centers—the aforementioned announcement gave me a chuckle.

Quantify The Energy Consumption In Your Mobile Devices
Smart phones are among today’s hottest Internet devices. Their combination of processing power and wireless communications capability is redefining not only how we think of computing, but also how we think about energy consumption.
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Guest Blogs
Sep 16, 2015

What is All This Nanogenerator Stuff, Anyway?

Nanogenerators, which harvest energy from the environment, could be the next big thing in renewable energy....More
Aug 11, 2015

Proof-of-Concept Prototypes versus Manufacturing Design Preparations 4

I have designed many early-stage proof-of-concept (POC) circuits, and observed many others do the same thing. It seems that there is often a huge disconnect between clients and engineers, though, when it comes to the goals of a POC design. In simple terms, an engineer worth his salt will overdesign an early POC circuit. This is because Murphy’s law always applies, and POCs are about overcoming unknowns. By overdesigning the circuit, one is able to prove the client’s product POC can be made to work, and quickly....More
Aug 4, 2015

Inconspicuous Pitfalls in Datasheet Analysis 1

Identifying the limitations of a datasheet saves lots of time, and cost, in terms of troubleshooting and redesigning circuits....More

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