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Taiwan to Invest $131 Million in Semiconductor Industry
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6/22/2017   Post a comment
Reports out of Asia indicate that the island nation's minister of science and technology made the announcement at the grand opening of a Phison Electronics chip fab recently.
Imagination Puts Itself on the Block
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6/22/2017   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies said the whole company is up for sale after fielding interest from several parties.
4DS ReRAM Hits DRAM Speeds
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6/22/2017   1 comment
Interface Switching ReRAM has overcome the hurdle of high bit rate errors without error correction techniques that have historically slowed read access time
Much Ado About China’s Big IC Surge
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6/22/2017   3 comments
It’s been two years since China announced a huge capital investment intended to kick-start an indigenous semiconductor industry. So, how’s that working out for China?
Intel Brings VR, 5G to Olympics
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6/21/2017   6 comments
Intel will build experiences using virtual reality, 360-degree video, 5G cellular and drones for the Olympics starting with the 2018 winter games.
Gfast: First Products Certified, Ready for Deployment
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6/21/2017   1 comment
The next generation in copper-based internet access now has certified products. Gfast could replace DSL in the last 200 m, so long as 5G doesn't get there first.
iPhone Team Recalls Steve Jobs
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6/21/2017   Post a comment
Four engineering managers from the original Apple iPhone team recounted their work on the landmark smartphone and interactions with Steve Jobs.
Japan-led Consortium Wins Toshiba Memory Bidding
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6/21/2017   4 comments
Winning bid submitted by Innovation Network of Japan, Bain Capital and Development Bank of Japan.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
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6/21/2017   1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.
Cypress Stockholders Elect T.J. Rodgers' Nominees to Board
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
Camillo Martino and J. Daniel McCranie elected to board after long and bitter proxy battle.
AMD Rolls Epyc Server SoCs
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6/20/2017   3 comments
AMD formally announced Epyc, a family of server SoCs using its Zen x86 core, weeks before Intel is expected to debut its 10-nm Skylake Xeon chips.
Alibaba Fuels China's CPU Gambit
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
C-Sky, designer of China’s home-grown 32-bit embedded CPU processing cores, is quite possibly China’s best kept secret. Its CEO explains why its unique tie with Alibaba is C-Sky's ace in the hole in winning China’s IoT market.
Cray Moves to Lasso 'Big Data Deluge'
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6/20/2017   1 comment
Cray’s Urika Big Data Analytics Suite, for its biggest XC supercomputers, brings all the analytic tools necessary to handle the deluge of data today including deep learning and artificial intelligence in a free open-source downloadable package.
MEMS Microphone Market Expected to Hit $1B in 2017
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6/20/2017   2 comments
The MEMS microphone market will hit the $1 billion milestone in 2017, destined for $20 billion by 2022, according to Yole Développement (Lyon, France).
Startup Preps Sub-W, Full-Duplex Chip
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6/20/2017   3 comments
GenXComm is gearing up a Series A to deliver silicon running at less than a watt that could enable full-duplex Wi-Fi, cellular, and IoT networks.
Bosch Plans $1.1 Billion Fab in Dresden
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6/20/2017   1 comment
Leading supplier of MEMS plans largest investment in 130-year company history to support demand created by IoT and mobility applications.
64 Layers is 3D NAND's Sweet Spot
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6/19/2017   13 comments
Both Western Digital and Micron appear to have found the path to 3D NAND profitability with string stacking likely to follow 64 layers
Comcast Shares IoT, LoRa Insights
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6/19/2017   Post a comment
The manager of Comcast’s emerging MachineQ service for the Internet of Things shares his views of IoT and the LoRa network he chose.
UMC Appoints Co-presidents as CEO Steps Down
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6/16/2017   2 comments
Taiwanese foundry takes page from rival's book, names two to lead the company.
MediaTek Chooses TSMC for 7nm
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6/16/2017   6 comments
MediaTek, the second-largest designer of mobile phone chips after Qualcomm, says it has chosen the world's biggest chip foundry to make 7nm products.
Hybrid Memory Cube Powers Galaxy Quest
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6/16/2017   1 comment
Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube technology is a key part of the digital processing platform for the MeerKAT telescope to match processing power to memory size and data bandwidth.
Western Digital Sues to Halt Toshiba Sale
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6/15/2017   Post a comment
Complaint filed in California Superior Court asks court to prevent Toshiba from transferring assets that are part of joint venture between the firms.
Exascale Project Awards $258M
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6/15/2017   1 comment
Six U.S. chip and systems companies will split $258 million in grants to do research toward building an exascale-class supercomputer by 2021.
Nokia Touts NPU for Internet's Next Chapter
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6/15/2017   Post a comment
Networking gear vendor skips two process nodes to offer 16nm FinFET device said to be capable of 2.4 Tb/s performance.
Google Ramps Mobile SoC Team
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6/14/2017   11 comments
Google is hiring mobile SoC designers to build chips for its smartphones and has already snagged one senior designer from its chief rival Apple.
Paris Accord: As U.S. Drops Out, Chipmakers Double Down
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6/14/2017   3 comments
The semiconductor industry has responded to President Trump’s plan to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord with resounding reaffirmations of the industry’s commitment to sustainable and energy-efficient manufacturing practices.
Riding Mobileye Coattails, MIPS Juices CPU IP
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6/14/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies has rolled out a high-performance, multi-threaded MIPS CPU IP, driving MIPS cores further into automotive and industrial applications that require functional safety. The new CPU core is at the heart of Mobileye’s EyeQ5 SoC.
IMS 2017: 10 Things Not 5G
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6/14/2017   Post a comment
The 2017 International Microwave Symposium, billed as #Hawaii5G, had much more. Here are 10 samples of things that don't fall under the 5G hype.
Achronix Growth Spurt More Than 'Luck'
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6/14/2017   2 comments
Achronix Semiconductor, a privately held FPGA company founded in 2004, reached a critical juncture this year with projected 2017 revenue in excess of $100 million -- a 700 percent increase in 12 months. What's going on here?
B'com Overhauls Network Switches
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6/14/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom announced its Trident 3, an overhaul of its mainstream Ethernet networking switch that now effectively embeds a packet processor.
Q’comm Reportedly Taps TSMC's 7nm
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6/13/2017   1 comment
Qualcomm has decided to make its 7nm Snapdragon smartphone SoC at TSMC rather than Samsung, according to a report from South Korea.
MRAM Momentum Poised to Disrupt Memory Workhorses
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6/13/2017   4 comments
With four foundries expected to enter MRAM production in the second half of 2018 timeframe, Spin Transfer Technologies CEO Barry Hoberman anticipates a “tornado” of change
Germanium Displacing GaAs for RF Transistors
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6/13/2017   1 comment
The world's first sub-10 nanometer Germainium gate-all-around (GAA) nanowire transistors accompany the world's lowest source/drain contacts claims the International Micro-Electronics Center (Imec Intl., Belgium) at this month's 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Kyoto, Japan.
G’foundries Updates 7nm, EUV Plan
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6/13/2017   4 comments
Globalfoundries provided more detail on its 7nm and EUV plans claiming its process is ready for designs and exceeding targets.
Intel Sued Over Handset SoCs
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6/13/2017   Post a comment
Qbex, a system assembler in Brazil, charged Intel knowingly sold it faulty smartphone SoCs in a complaint filed in a San Jose court.
Cypress Chairman Resigns Amid Proxy War
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6/12/2017   2 comments
A proxy fight between chipmakers board of directors and longtime leader T.J. Rodgers takes a twist with Ray Bingham stepping aside.
TI’s Shrewd Robo-Car Strategy
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6/12/2017   5 comments
While Nvidia and Intel are busy sparring for glory as innovators of fully autonomous vehicle platforms, TI has kept its profile low. What are the plans for TI to shift its current ADAS platform to Level 4/Level 5 autonomy?
EC Refs Whistle Qualcomm-NXP Deal
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6/10/2017   4 comments
The European Commission Friday (June 9) officially opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of NXP by Qualcomm. Qualcomm's increased isolation in the world is palpable.
Emerging SD Card Uses Push Controller Development
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6/9/2017   Post a comment
Automotive and surveillance applications are keeping the microSD form factor alive and growing, and controllers must support both and current future requirements, including improved random read and write performance
DARPA Funds Development of New Type of Processor
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6/9/2017   22 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is building the world's first graph-analytics processor in its Hierarchical Identify Verify Exploit (HIVE) program that is 1000-times faster than today's CPUs and GPUs.
EU Agency Offers Corrective for IoT Security ‘Market Failure’
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6/9/2017   Post a comment
ENISA and European chip vendors urge mandatory IoT security standards and a product labeling program to promote consumer trust and level the playing field for vendors.
Big Data Algorithms, Languages Expand
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6/8/2017   Post a comment
Intense efforts are rapidly evolving machine-learning algorithms, programming languages, and practices for big data.
Big Data Makes Big Waves
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6/8/2017   Post a comment
The rise of big data continues to expand out from the web, touching many businesses, spawning data scientists, and reshaping the job of technologists.
Greengrass Embeds Amazon in IoT
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6/8/2017   Post a comment
Amazon rolled out Greengrass, a Linux runtime for running AWS services on GHz-class embedded processors in the Internet of Things.
IBM Optics Go CMOS
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6/8/2017   3 comments
IBM demonstrates an optical interconnect receiver that achieves 60-Gbits per second speed using silicon photonics at a price point lower than conventional copper 50-Gbit per second interconnects.
PCI Express Preps Shift to 32G
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6/7/2017   8 comments
The PCI Express bus will get a doubling to 32 GTransfers/s with a Gen 5 planned in 2019 following the rollout of the first Gen 4 systems this year.
Expectations Rise as Chip Sales Keep Climbing
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6/7/2017   1 comment
Semiconductor sales are now expected to grow 11.5 percent this year, the largest increase since 2010, according to an industry group.
Autonomous Cars Tackle Antenna Glut
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6/7/2017   2 comments
How many antennas does it take to screw autonomy into a car? In the emerging era of highly automated vehicles, as many as 18 antennas “are needed to power the next-generation connected car,” according to antenna supplier Taoglas.
China May Become No. 2 Fab Spender by 2018
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6/7/2017   Post a comment
China is expected to become the world’s second-largest spender on chip equipment by 2018 as a number of startups in the nation start ramping up new fabs.
Why Qualcomm's New JV Irks Tsinghua Unigroup
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6/6/2017   Post a comment
China's two high-profile investment firms, JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital, investors of semiconductor business units divested by NXP, are now backing a new Qualcomm-Leadcore JV focused on chipsets for mass-tier smartphones in China.
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