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Imagination Technologies CEO knighted
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12/29/2012   1 comment
Imagination Technologies CEO Hossein Yassaie has been put on the Queen's honors list for 2013, and will become a knight.
Medical regulators cooperate across four countries
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12/28/2012   3 comments
Regulators in Australia, Brazil, Canada and the United States will collaborate to speed international approvals for medical devices.
DesignCon's 5 Toughest Tech Questions
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12/28/2012   11 comments
FPGA or ASIC? What are the issues for 3-D interconnects? Enquiring tech minds want to know.
Top 10 Hurricane Sandy Survival Technologies
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12/27/2012   10 comments
Tough tech can be an important mitigating tool for natural disasters, enabling city infrastructures to stay up while recovery operations engage.
Samsung pursuit of Apple was abusive, says EC
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12/24/2012   7 comments
The European Commission has announced the "preliminary view" that Samsung's pursuit of injunctions against Apple in the courts of various European countries over alleged patent infringement is an abuse of its patent position.
10 top startups to watch in 2013
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12/21/2012   18 comments
Here's our list of ten startups focused on a wide range of electronics technologies that are worth keeping an eye on in 2013.
MIT advances quantum magnetism
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12/21/2012   9 comments
MIT researchers have discovered a new form of magnetism that could lead to quantum communication and storage.
Micron hit by manufacturing glitch, makes loss
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12/21/2012   2 comments
U.S. memory chip maker was impacted by problems in manufacturing as well declining average selling prices for some of its component types in the first quarter of its fiscal 2013 year.
China makes its own 22-nm transistor
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12/21/2012   6 comments
A Chinese research institute has made a HKMG 22-nm transistor that it expects to form the basis of a manufacturing process for domestic chip companies.
Intel claims latest tablet SoC beats Nvidia Tegra 3
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12/20/2012   24 comments
Atom-based Clover Trail SoCs outperformed Nvidia’s Tegra 3 while using less power, Intel claimed in a briefing that covered a sub-10W Haswell Ultrabook.
Samsung 14-nm FinFET test chip pushes ecosystem
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12/20/2012   7 comments
The Korean chip maker teams with ARM, Cadence, Mentor and Synopsys to push the design and process envelope.
TransferJet vs. NFC at CES
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12/20/2012   Post a comment
Toshiba hopes Samsung’s Galaxy S3 TV ads for NFC technology will boost its TransferJet technology by promoting the advantages of proximity wireless technologies.
Globalfoundries: Europe 'fundamentally flawed' on manufacturing
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12/20/2012   5 comments
Globalfoundries CEO Ajit Manocha had some harsh words for Europe regarding manufacturing and what needs to be done to revive it.
Aldec shares verification white papers
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12/20/2012   Post a comment
The folks at Aldec asked me to "spread the word" regarding the availability of their most viewed white papers on verification.
Servers cool it with liquid refrigerant
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12/20/2012   7 comments
Startup Clustered Systems lets data centers pack 200 KW of electronics into a rack using its sealed liquid cooling system.
Ericsson writes off $1.2 billion
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12/20/2012   1 comment
Swedish telecommunications equipment company Ericsson will not take over ST's half of loss-making mobile phone chip ST-Ericsson, but will take a $1.2 billion charge in its fourth quarter results.
Imagination wins MIPS bid
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12/20/2012   1 comment
DSP IP licensor Ceva has announced that it will not rebid against Imagination for processor IP company MIPS Technologies.
Report: TSMC confirms U.S. wafer fab site hunt
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12/20/2012   13 comments
As TSMC raises capex budget to $9 billion for 2013, CEO Morris Chang has confirmed that the foundry is considering locations for a wafer fab, including the U.S.
Cleantech outlook gloomy for VCs
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12/20/2012   Post a comment
The U.S. economy and the cleantech sector look gloomy to VCs and startup execs, but they are upbeat about the health care IT sector, a survey found.
Ericsson outlines 10 hot consumer trends for 2013
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12/19/2012   3 comments
What's hot and trending in the world of mobile infrastructure? Ericsson consumer labs has accumulated some facts and figures in its latest report.
Blue Pearl Software opens Japan office
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12/19/2012   Post a comment
Blue Pearl appoints Katsuhiko Sakano as Sales Director to support growing interest in FPGA design tools for embedded applications.
ASSET's FPGA-based instruments for testing on-board memory
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12/19/2012   Post a comment
FPGA-controlled test (FCT) tool for ScanWorks inserts, configures, and executes IJTAG board test instruments from functional FPGAs
LTE smartphone sales seen tripling in 2013
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12/19/2012   3 comments
Sales of LTE handsets will leap to 275 million in 2013, tripling shipments of an estimated 90 million phones in 2012, a market watcher said.
Mentor's Rhines sees 'modest growth' in 2013
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12/19/2012   2 comments
Despite lingering economic uncertainty, Mentor Graphics CEO Wally Rhines thinks the global semiconductor industry will rebound in 2013 after revenues declined in the current year.
Semi equipment sales, bookings tumble again
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12/19/2012   1 comment
Economic "headwinds" and slow PC sales dragged down equipment sales for sixth straight month.
Top 10 tech blunders of 2012
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12/19/2012   31 comments
Failure is a stern teacher, and there were plenty of technology blunders in 2012. Here's our list of the worst missteps.
Top 10 tech blunders of 2012
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12/19/2012   31 comments
Failure is a stern teacher, and there were plenty of technology blunders in 2012. Here's our list of the worst missteps.
Fab spending decline to continue in 2013
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12/18/2012   2 comments
Global spending on wafer fab equipment is on pace to decline 17.4 percent this year from $36.2 billion in 2011, according to a market researcher.
Globalfoundries mulls third manufacturing option
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12/18/2012   Post a comment
Globalfoundries is evaluating a third manufacturing option to follow conventional bulk planar CMOS based on a super-steep retrograde well approach.
AMOLEDs on growth path with hurdles
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12/18/2012   Post a comment
Active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays is forecast to more than double by 2015 to 13% after capturing 6% of the small/medium (less than 9 in.) display market in 2012.
ARM security, payment JV launches as Trustonic
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12/18/2012   Post a comment
Having obtained conditional clearance from Europe and China a security and payments joint venture between ARM, Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient has been launched under the name Trustonic.
Kurzweil joins Google as director of engineering
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12/17/2012   1 comment
The guru of the Singularity has been hired by Google to take charge of its machine learning initiatives.
PLX, Kontron drive PCIe backplane to 5.6 GB/s
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12/17/2012   Post a comment
Kontron used switches from PLX Technology to drive a PCI Express 3.0 backplane at average rates of 5.6 GBytes/second.
Samsung proceeding to expand Austin fab
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12/17/2012   8 comments
Samsung is proceeding with its investment of $4 billion at its Austin, Texas, site to expand production of mobile application processors beginning the second half of 2013.
Qualcomm, Broadcom climb in chip company ranking
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12/17/2012   2 comments
Although 2012 is not quite over, market research firm Gartner reckons it can already state that the global chip market will decline by 3 percent in 2012 to $297.6 billion with the top 25 vendors generating 68.2 percent of the total.
Top 10 shifts in chips, comms
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12/17/2012   4 comments
It was a down year for semiconductors that saw shifting fortunes for many chip and comms companies as growth fled to the extremes of mobile and cloud.
Imagination raises MIPS bid
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12/17/2012   1 comment
The bidding war between Imagination Technologies and Ceva for MIPS Technologies Inc. has reached $100 million. MIPS is a long-established licensor of processor architectures and IP.
IBM provides Russia with 90-nm process
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12/15/2012   2 comments
IBM has agreed to help Russia's Angstrem out with a 90-nm manufacturing process as part of a broader agreement on collaboration that will range from mathematics to microelectronics and computer science.
Altera eyes FDSOI process for FPGAs
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12/15/2012   4 comments
In what could signify a move away from foundry TSMC, Altera has been looking at a fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator manufacturing process as an option for future FPGAs.
Chip sales slide in Q4 amid inventory, pricing gloom
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12/14/2012   5 comments
Weak holiday consumer demand pulls down 2012 chip market to negative territory.
Apple could ship 100M iPads in 2013
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12/14/2012   Post a comment
The iPad continues to dominate tablet market in 2012, and at least one analyst forecasts the Apple could ship 100 million iPads in 2013.
Lattice ship 15 million iCE FPGAs and counting…
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12/14/2012   Post a comment
Ultra-low density FPGAs reach historic shipment level; will be featured at CES 2013.
Aldec supports ARM Cortex-A9 in HES-7 ASIC prototyping platform
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12/14/2012   Post a comment
The HES-7 leverages the Xilinx Virtex-7 2000T All Programmable FPGA and the Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC.
Chip market rebound coming, survey says
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12/14/2012   3 comments
A broad-based chip market rebound will help the U.S. move ahead of China as the most important market, according to a global semiconductor survey.
10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
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12/14/2012   29 comments
Techies know what they want in their stockings, but significant others who think a chip goes with dip can't. Here's what'll be appreciated.
Ireland still set for FinFETs, says Intel exec
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12/14/2012   8 comments
Despite sending Irish workers home from training Intel is still working hard in Ireland to prepare for the introduction of P1272, its 14-nm FinFET manufacturing process.
Foundries not dead, just evolving, says Globalfoundries CEO
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12/13/2012   11 comments
Intel has publicly declared the fabless/foundry model as dead or dying, but Ajit Manocha, CEO of Globalfoundries, says it is simply being born again.
Intel's FinFETs approach draws fire from rivals
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12/13/2012   8 comments
The FinFET popularized by Intel is just one option to keep chip technology driving to ever small dimensions, said a group of experts in an IEDM debate.
FDSOI roadmap renames next node as 14-nm
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12/12/2012   5 comments
Documents presented at a meeting about fully depleted silicon on insulator (FDSOI) chip manufacturing in San Francisco show that the FDSOI roadmap now omits a 20-nm and goes straight to 14-nm and then on to 10-nm on a two-yearly period.
IBM details 3-D server chip stacks
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12/12/2012   4 comments
IBM will show work stacking 45-nm server processors with memory and transceivers at IEDM, techniques that could give it significant performance and power gains.
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