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Qualcomm lifts sales target after record quarter
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1/31/2013   1 comment
Fabless giant boosts annual target by $400 million after reporting its best ever quarterly sales and profit.
S2C's "Prototype Ready" interfaces library for rapid ASIC prototyping
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1/31/2013   Post a comment
S2C boasts largest "Prototype Ready" interfaces library for Virtex-7 2000T FPGA-based rapid ASIC prototyping: 13 new modules include a new high-speed GTX peripheral category.
IBM's Watson goes to college
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1/31/2013   4 comments
A general-purpose version of the IBM Watson supercomputer that won on the game show Jeopardy will be installed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
First 25G boards may ride Panasonic’s Megtron-6
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1/31/2013   2 comments
Panasonic could see a boost this year as the first printed circuit boards carrying 25 Gbit/second signals arrive thanks in part to its Megtron-6 material.
Atmel, Exegin to offer wireless smart grid solutions
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1/30/2013   Post a comment
License agreement provides smart grid OEMs the opportunity to utilize proven Atmel smart grid solutions with ZigBee support in mesh networks.
Energy Micro to showcase cool customer apps at embedded world
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1/30/2013   Post a comment
Make sure you visit the folks from Energy Micro at Embedded World 2013 (Hall 1, Booth 523) and tell them "Max says Hi!"
Chip market ready for steady rebound
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1/30/2013   4 comments
Wireless communications will drive semiconductors in the long-term with global economy and chip market well aligned for several years growth, says analyst.
Freescale attacks Cavium with security coprocessors
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1/30/2013   Post a comment
Freescale’s C29x security co-processors will sell for as little as $99, significantly undercutting the Nitrox 3 from Cavium.
Ultra low power controllers get new benchmark
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1/30/2013   2 comments
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium will release tools for measuring energy consumption on microcontrollers that last years on a single battery.
Young engineers speak out at DesignCon
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1/30/2013   30 comments
Drop the stereotypes, give us more role models and watch us grow, said a panel of up-and-coming EEs at DesignCon.
DesignCon: "Uncomplaining" engineers must demand better EDA tools
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1/29/2013   11 comments
Jonah Alben, Nvidia engineering VP, sees longer, more difficult design cycles if tools-investment complacency lingers.
Sensor Platforms loses a high-profile executive
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1/29/2013   1 comment
Ian Chen, an executive vice president at algorithmic software developer Sensor Platforms, abruptly left the company last week.
Slideshow: Hanging out at a hardware hackathon
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1/29/2013   4 comments
The Open Compute Summit hosted a hackathon, attracting nearly 100 engineers to spend a day at a design party for data center hardware.
MediaTek sets 2013 DTV design agenda
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1/29/2013   9 comments
Multi-screens in the living room, DIAL, 4K x 2K, HTML5, and NFC are among the eight hot features for digital TV designs this year, according to Mediatek.
Cisco packs silicon photonics on 3-D ICs
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1/29/2013   16 comments
Bill Swift, manager of Cisco's transceiver group, said at DesignCon the networking giant is using 2.5-D silicon interposers for silicon photonics.
Android benchmark gets update, publishes online
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1/28/2013   1 comment
An Android benchmark is getting an update and is now publishing results online that compare performance of mobile devices.
Qualcomm joins IMEC core CMOS R&D program
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1/28/2013   15 comments
Fabless chip giant joins the likes of Intel, Globalfoundries and Samsung in the core CMOS research program operated by the IMEC research institute.
Chinese IC market boom predicted
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1/28/2013   Post a comment
The Chinese IC market is expected to grow much faster than the global chip market over the next five years.
China fab recruits Chartered veteran as CEO
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1/28/2013   2 comments
Chinese wafer fab backed by SMIC charges former Intel and Chartered Semiconductor executive with building international management team.
Cisco sells Linksys to Belkin, ending home networking run
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1/25/2013   10 comments
A big 10-year effort to expand into consumers markets, build on core router business, comes to a close.
Cambridge jumps into graphene research race
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1/25/2013   3 comments
Cambridge University plans to open a graphene research center next week to work in parallel with the UK's National Graphene Institute.
Kotura preps fab deal amid silicon photonics surge
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1/25/2013   8 comments
A “large CMOS foundry” will make 100G silicon photonics chips for Kotura that will sample later this year, facing competition from Cisco, Intel and Luxtera.
Excess chip inventory set to hurt Q1
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1/25/2013   1 comment
Global economic woes across mutliple sectors drove chip inventory high in 2012 and is set to hurt global chip sales in the first quarter of 2013, according to market analysis firm IHS.
Qualcomm preps ARM server SoCs
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1/25/2013   15 comments
Qualcomm has posted job openings that make it clear it will join at least seven companies making 64-bit ARM server SoCs.
Semi equipment market gets a December bounce
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1/25/2013   Post a comment
Sales and orders up for first time in months but still well below 2011 levels.
Apple's stock nosedives after forecasted sales decline
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1/24/2013   22 comments
Shares decline nearly 10 percent in after hours trading after tech giant forecasts sequential sales drop of more than 20 percent.
Intel to discontinue PC motherboards
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1/23/2013   22 comments
Chip maker plans to ramp down business over three years and transition employees to other projects.
Connectors predicted to plug into growth in 2013
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1/23/2013   Post a comment
First stable growth for the market sector since 2008 expected, according to Bishop & Associates.
Penn keeps predicting chip market growth
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1/23/2013   2 comments
The chip market will grow by 8 percent in 2013, according to market analyst Malcolm Penn but it depends on how the global economy plays out in 2013. Right now the signs are not good.
AMD claims progress on turnaround
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1/23/2013   3 comments
CEO says company moving in right direction after the chip vendor reports second consecutive quarterly loss.
Application simplifies eMMC compliance testing
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1/22/2013   Post a comment
In response to the latest JEDEC specification, Agilent introduced the N6465A test application for embedded multimedia card (eMMC) compliance test.
Check out TI's MCU BoosterPack design challenge
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1/22/2013   1 comment
Enter original designs by March 1, 2013 for the chance to demo your design in the TI booth at DESIGN West.
787 Dreamliner investigation probes battery-charging electronics
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1/22/2013   21 comments
Investigators are testing chargers and other electronics at Securaplane Technologies in Tucson, Ariz.
Chelsio revs Ethernet NICs up to 40 Gbit/s
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1/22/2013   Post a comment
Firm's first 40 Gbit/second Ethernet controller, the two-port Terminator 5, set to sample before April and ship before July.
VITA sets optical component specs for 25G boards
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1/22/2013   1 comment
The trade group behind VMX single-board computers is setting standards for opto-electronic components that pave the wave for its next-gen optical backplanes.
UltraGig: Proprietary blunder or 60GHz future?
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1/22/2013   14 comments
As home networking technology moves to another level, there is a battle brewing between Miracast and Silicon Image's proprietary UltraGig.
Electronics, photovoltaics pioneer Eric Lidow dies at 100
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1/22/2013   3 comments
A refugee from Nazi Germany, Lidow founded Selenium Corp. and International Rectifier.
Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC wins Microprocessor Report Analyst Choice Award
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1/21/2013   Post a comment
Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC recognized for being first to market and opening new opportunities for designers.
New FPGA-based ASIC prototyping platform from S2C
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1/21/2013   Post a comment
The S2C Virtex-7 Series TAI Logic Module is compatible with previous generations and provides large library of daughter cards.
ST plans for Dresden FDSOI production
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1/20/2013   11 comments
ST wants to get volume production of its fully depleted silicon on insulator process up and running as soon as possible and has produced a video outlining the technical advantages of the process.
NXP on route to automotive future
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1/18/2013   4 comments
The car is the next frontier in consumer electronics, going from mode of transportation to personalized mobile information hub.
Facebook covets core-heavy ARM SoCs
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1/18/2013   8 comments
Vendors need to design simpler server SoCs and lower cost flash if they want to fill the many sockets emerging in data centers for the social networking giant.
Imprint litho firm claims 450-mm first
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1/18/2013   8 comments
An imprint lithography machine from Texas-based Molecular Imprints has been used for full patterning of 450-mm diameter wafers. The company claims the machine could shorten the transition to 450-mm wafer processing by two years.
Colin Holland, Noted Tech Journalist, Dies at 59
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1/18/2013   54 comments
Rich 35-year career, capped by leadership of key UBM Tech conferences, is remembered fondly by friends and colleagues.
Intel expects growth in 2013
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1/17/2013   10 comments
Chip giant forecasts modest sales growth for the year after reporting fourth quarter sales in line with analysts' expectations.
Slideshow: Intel Lights 100G Interconnects at Facebook Summit
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1/17/2013   31 comments
Open Compute Summit saw an engineering kicker for data center servers via samples of 100 Gbit/s silicon photonics interconnect modules.
ASML sees tough start to 2013
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1/17/2013   2 comments
Despite increasing profits in its 4Q12 financial results, slowing orders and engineering challenges dimmed the outlook for chip making equipment vendor ASML Lithography.
TSMC gives brighter outlook as profit rises
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1/17/2013   2 comments
Leading chip foundry saw strong demand for its wafers driving above-guidance revenue and profit margins in 4Q12 financial results. The company said that because of this it has raised its expectations for 1Q13.
AMD reportedly sues former employees over trade secrets
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1/17/2013   3 comments
Federal complaint alleges that four workers took more than 100,000 sensitive documents before going to work for Nvidia.
Atmel talks touch enabled curves and Internet of Things
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1/17/2013   2 comments
From curved touch surfaces to the Internet of Things, American semiconductor company Atmel is making waves in the world of consumer electronics.
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