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Apple Expands in AI, Smart Home
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6/13/2016   9 comments
Apple announced software upgrades for the iPhone/iPad, Macintosh, Apple TV and Apple Watch, expanding its reach in machine learning and the smart home.
IPhone Deal Would Boost Intel
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6/10/2016   9 comments
Growing reports say Apple will use Intel LTE chips in iPhone 7 handsets for AT&T, a deal which could propel Intel into third place in mobile basebands.
IDC Cuts PC Shipment Forecast
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6/10/2016   Post a comment
Market research firm now expects PC market to contract at faster rate following dismal first quarter.
NSF Funds 'Wearable Doctor'
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6/10/2016   Post a comment
The National Science Foundation will fund a 10-year $40 million effort to design a wearable doctor that runs off energy harvested from the patient's own body.
China Dominates Smartphone Suppliers List
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6/10/2016   2 comments
China-based smartphone suppliers represented eight of the top 12 slots for smartphone IC suppliers in the first quarter of 2016, according to a report from IC Insights. Chinese companies Huawei, OPPO and Xiaomi were all in the top five suppliers.
Cellular IoT Raises Hopes, Concerns
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6/9/2016   2 comments
Emerging cellular LTE and other low power wide area networks are creating a fragmented web of options to connect the Internet of Things.
Ericsson Reports Love/Hate Relationship With Wearables
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6/8/2016   Post a comment
A new report from Ericsson shows a love ‘em and leave ‘em relationship with wearables: consumers are increasingly connected to their wearable devices, but still feel underwhelmed by what the device delivers.
AMD Details Next-Gen APUs
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6/8/2016   4 comments
AMD still believes in PCs and recently announced its seventh generation of A-series processors targeted for that market. Code-named Bristol Ridge and Stony Ridge, the processors are designed to boost productivity, enhance multimedia, and improve energy efficiency.
Micron’s Inotera Buy Delayed
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6/8/2016   Post a comment
Memory chip maker says parties unable to conclude deal by original target date of mid July.
SIA Expects Chip Sales to Fall
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6/8/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade group joins chorus of market watchers in predicting that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016 in the face of sluggish demand and macroeconomic headwinds.
Qualcomm Launches Reference Platform for Connected Car
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6/8/2016   1 comment
Qualcomm has announced a reference platform for the connected car that addresses the requirements of a broad range of applications in one fell swoop.
Autonomous Vehicle Forecast Boosted by R&D Increase
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6/8/2016   3 comments
Sales of autonomous vehicles are projected to grow much faster than previously thought based on a host of factors, according to a new forecast from IHS Automotive.
Furry LEDs in the Making
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6/7/2016   Post a comment
As a first step to designing densely packed arrays of nanowire-sized LEDs, a team of researchers from Berlin-based Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI) have used a titanium foil as a flexible substrate to grow impeccably detached and vertically aligned GaN nanowires.
Fab Tool Billings Fall 13% in Q1
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6/7/2016   Post a comment
Strong increase in China not enough to offset weakness in Europe, South Korea and the U.S.
Carbon Nanofibers Yield On-Chip Mini-Supercaps
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6/7/2016   Post a comment
Founded in 2005 after having secured a number of patents leveraging the growth of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) on different substrates, Swedish startup Smoltek believes CNFs will play an essential role in shrinking IC packaging.
Quantum Dot Specialist Opposes Extending Cadmium Exemption
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6/7/2016   1 comment
Nanoco Group plc (Manchester, England), a specialist in heavy metal free quantum dots, has spoken out against a report that has recommended allowing the continued use of cadmium-selenide in quantum dots in TVs and displays sold in Europe.
Biometric Sensor Startup Raises $5M
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6/7/2016   Post a comment
Sensifree Ltd. (Cupertino, Calif.) a developer of an RF-based low power biomedical sensor, has completed a $5 million round of Series A financing.
Can Rambus Hack Auto Cyber-Security?
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6/7/2016   Post a comment
Over-the-Air vehicle updates and cyber-security for connected cars are two closely intertwined, red-hot issues in Detroit. Rambus is diving into the field--presumably at an opportune moment in partnership with Movimento, a leader in automotive reflash services.
DAC: Coventor Adds Electrical Analytics
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6/7/2016   2 comments
Coventor's SEMulator3D adds electrical analytic tools making the MEMS design program targeted at 3D chip and system design engineers.
Low-Power Wi-Fi HaLow Radio Ready for IoT
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6/7/2016   Post a comment
Nanoelectronics research center imec, Holst Centre (initiated by imec and TNO), and Wi-Fi IP provider Methods2Bussiness have presented a complete Wi-Fi HaLow radio. The low-power, long-range radio solution uses 10 times less power than state-of-the-art orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) radios on the market.
Rambus to Pay $32.5M for Semtech’s IP Biz
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
Deal, which includes additional payments through 2022, includes IP cores, patents and other assets marketed under the name Snowbush IP.
Redpine Signals Joins V2X Fray with New Twist
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
As it enters the automotive market, Redpine Signals offers “the industry's first V2X solution Integrated with 802.11p, 802.11n, Bluetooth and 802.15.4” for V2V, V2I and intra-Vehicle applications.
SRAM Defies Doomsday Predictions
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
Automotive and Internet of Things continue to present new opportunities for SRAM, particularly where low power consumption is a key requirement, while older devices with long life spans need EOL support
EnSilica, Micrium Partners on RTOS/MCU Integration
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
EnSilica and Micrium have partnered to port Micrium’s µC/OS-III RTOS to EnSilica’s family of eSi-RISC processor cores.
Stealthy Military Startup Launches Neural Processor
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
KnuEdge, a company that has raised more than $100 million since it was founded in 2005, rolls out a neuromorphic processor intended to accelerate voice recognition and other machine learning applications.
Ultrasoc, Sondrel Team on Debug IP
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
IC design services company Sondrel agrees to make use of Ultrasoc's debug IP within its designs.
Most Innovative Cars Today, Says Researchers
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6/6/2016   1 comment
The Center of Automotive Management picks a few winners for innovative electronic systems.
Intel's Xeon Tackles Real Time
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6/6/2016   14 comments
Intel announced its 4th generation high-end Xeon processor, the Xeon E7-8800/4800 version 4 (E7v4) which is aimed at solving real-time analytics problems for businesses.
Got Self-Driving Architecture? Show Me
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6/3/2016   17 comments
Despite Nvidia, Mobile and NXP talking about their autonomous car platforms, do carmakers already know what their self-driving car architecture will be in 2020? “They don’t. At least, not yet," says Kalray's CEO.
Exar to Sell Display IC Subsidiary to Chinese Firm
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6/3/2016   Post a comment
Beijing-based fabless semiconductor firm Chipone to pay $136 million at closing, expected before year's end.
IBM to Donate Cognitive Analytics/Learning
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6/3/2016   1 comment
IBM promises to donate a key element of its cognitive analytics and machine learning software suite to the open-source community.
Russian Make Diamond MEMS Resonators
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6/2/2016   2 comments
Russian researchers claim a world record for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) semiconductors resonators that they are modeling for super-sensitive sensors.
ARM-Based Server Processors Finally Hitting Stride
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6/2/2016   2 comments
After years of ecosystem development and processor designs that didn't go far, vendors of ARM-based server microprocessors are finally starting to garner design wins.
Industrial Semi Revenues Rise Slightly
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6/2/2016   Post a comment
Despite forecasts to the contrary, industrial semiconductor revenues rose slightly in 2015, IHS reports. Year-over-year global revenue rose less than 1% percent in 2015 to $41.9 billion.
Light, Tiny SLAM for Drones
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6/2/2016   1 comment
Working deeply with CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research) in 2012, French startup Terabee has taken IR-based time-of-flight (ToF) to centimetre-level, boasting update frequencies up to 1kHz for fast moving robots and drones.
FDSOI Grabs European Money for IoT
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6/1/2016   Post a comment
Globalfoundries and STMicroelectronics are the leading chip companies in a European Commission collaborative research project that aims to create an ultra low-power platform for Internet of Things applications based on 22nm FDSOI chip manufacturing process.
Xiaomi Buys 1,500 Microsoft Patents, Eyes Global Expansion
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6/1/2016   4 comments
Xiaomi, the Chinese consumer electronics company, is looking to broaden its intellectual property portfolio with the purchase of 1,500 Microsoft patents. The company is also preparing for a global expansion that will include bringing its smartphones to the US.
M'soft's Ventures Division Eyes Startups
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6/1/2016   Post a comment
Microsoft has re-positioned Microsoft Ventures, its internal startup accelerator, to focus on investments in early-stage businesses.
Qualcomm Expects Chip Family to Enable Wireless Virtual Reality
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of chips for mobile devices, announced a suite of chips today at the Taipei Computex electronics show that it expects will extend Wi-Fi to enable new functionality such as 4k media streaming and wireless virtual reality.
Globalfoundries Expands into Chinese Wafer Fab
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
U.S.-based foundry plans to upgrade an existing semiconductor facility in inland China to run some of its processes on 300mm-diameter wafers.
Startup Settles With Broadcom, Raises $50 Million
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Innovium, a fabless semiconductor startup founded in 2014 to pursue networking technology, said it raised more than $50 million in venture capital and settled a legal dispute with Broadcom.
China Moves in Takeover of European Wafer Supplier
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Okmetic, the eighth largest wafer supplier in the world, has recommended acceptance of an offer from a Shanghai-based firm.
ARM's Bifrost Steps Up Graphics, Bridges to Machine Learning
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
The Mali-G71 GPU core is ARM's first that follows a new architecture called Bifrost that has been launched providing support for the Vulkan API from the industry-run Khronos Group.
MRAM Seen Leading Embedded Non-Vol Memory Race
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5/31/2016   1 comment
Spin-torque transfer magnetic RAM is leading a race for inclusion as an embedded non-volatile memory at the 28nm chip production node according to the memory department director for European research institute IMEC.
LoRa Gets End-to-End Dev Kit
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
To save developers from needing to assemble and integrate all parts of a LoRa system, Microchip has created an end-to-end development kit.
7 Ways to Skin French Tech
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5/31/2016   2 comments
France now bills itself as a “startup nation” and is backing its tech industry via a confluence of government money and private sector investment.
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