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No Sign of 450mm on the Horizon
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1/13/2017   7 comments
Momentum behind a transition in semiconductor manufacturing to 450mm wafers has died down considerably over the past several years.
Semiconductor Capital Spending Projected to Increase
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1/13/2017   Post a comment
Gartner projects modest increases in capital spending annually through 2019, driven largely by NAND flash memory capacity expansion.
Crossbar ReRAM in Production at SMIC
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1/13/2017   3 comments
Non-volatile resistive RAM developer keeps promise to begin production in 2016.
Biggest Robo-Car Roadblock Is Human
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1/13/2017   8 comments
Despite all the robo-car announcements, this year’s CES revealed that more companies – including Toyota and Mobileye – are scrambling to address the inconvenient truth that robo-cars pose a man-machine relationship more complicated than we care to admit.
TSMC Expects Flat Year for Foundry
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1/13/2017   1 comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. expects 2017 to be a flat year for the foundry business as momentum in the chip business stalls.
SMIC Leads Foundry Growth
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1/13/2017   Post a comment
China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) became the growth leader in the foundry business during 2016 after the company saw a surge in demand from customers in China, according to market research firm IC Insights.
PC Shipments Decline for 5th Straight Year
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1/12/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of PCs declined about 6% in 2016, though some signs of stabilization emerged during the fourth quarter, market researchers said.
T.J. Rodgers Backs Renewable Energy Firm
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1/12/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor pioneer to join firm's board of directors after taking stake.
IoT Spending Hit Estimated $737 Billion in 2016
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1/12/2017   2 comments
Global spending on IoT infrastructure and deployment is on a trajectory that will bring it to nearly $1.3 tillion by 2020, according to IDC.
China Defends Big Chip Bet
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1/12/2017   20 comments
Foundry and capital equipment executives from China defended the country’s government-led drive to build its semiconductor industry.
Infineon: What Makes Robo-Cars Zero Defect?
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1/11/2017   Post a comment
Infineon CEO discussed why autonomous cars are “much more than high-performance computing platform.” He talked about how to achieve “100 percent reliability – aircraft-level – at the price of a car” and how “sensor fusion can’t afford to have confusion.”
QCOM CEO Likens 5G to Electricity Discovery
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1/11/2017   Post a comment
"5G will have an impact similar to the introduction of electricity or the automobile, affecting entire economies and benefiting entire societies," said Qualcomm CEO at the company’s keynote address at CES, pitching it for AR/VR, IoT and automotive.
China Expected to Poach More Taiwan Chip Execs
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1/11/2017   Post a comment
Chinese chipmakers are likely to hire more Taiwanese semiconductor executives as the administration of incoming U.S. President Donald Trump tightens restrictions on China’s acquisitions of U.S. chip companies, according to a veteran analyst in Asia.
Google Searches for Better Silicon
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1/11/2017   2 comments
A Google data center executive asked semiconductor executives to speed up work on more optimized processors, memories, and interconnects.
IBM Leads as U.S. Patents Rebound
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1/9/2017   Post a comment
After a 1% dip last year, U.S. utility patent grants rebounded nearly 2% to a new all-time high with IBM still the top winner.
ARM Exec Dizzy for Open-Source Twizy
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
At this year’s CES, ARM brought Renault’s Twizy to its booth, typically full of mobile devices. Calling Twizy “the world’s first OEM open-source vehicle,” ARM said Renault is seeing a wave of open-source hardware and software developments.
Bosch Dev Kit to Ease IoT
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
Bosch unveils Internet of Things (IoT) innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017).
Silly Putty Inspires Ultra-Sensitive Graphene-Based Sensor
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
Playing in their lab, student Conor Boland and supervisor Prof. Jonathan Coleman doing research in AMBER at Trinity College Dublin made a chance discovery by mixing viscoelastic compounds with graphene.
Quantum Computing on Cusp
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
A new age of quantum computing may be around the corner. Three new research groups predict that a shift away from von Neumann toward quantum computing is upon us.
Continental AI Effort Stresses ‘Responsibility’
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
Continental has merged with a software developer, Elektrobit and partnered with Digilens, a leader in holographic projection technology, to vastly expand its market penetration in cars with different technologies, especially in the use of artificial intelligence.
MediaTek Auto Gambit: Radar, Vision SoC
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
In an exclusive interview with EE Times during the CES, JC Hsu, MediaTek’s corporate vice president, emphasized that telematics and multimedia aren’t MediaTek’s only tools in its automotive strategy.
White House Report Warns of China’s Threat to Chip Industry
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1/6/2017   16 comments
Much-anticipated report includes recommendations for bolstering U.S. semiconductor industry in face of challenge posed by China's industrial policies.
Process Makes Smaller, Cheaper Chips
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1/6/2017   3 comments
Berkeley researchers demonstrated an implant technique that made chips with features as small as 9 nm at less cost and higher throughput than double patterning.
Toyota Exec on Robo-Cars: ‘Not Even Close’
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1/6/2017   11 comments
Although honesty in corporate presentations at the CES is typically not treated as the best policy, Gil Pratt, Toyota Research Institute CEO, bucked that trend and leveled with his audience here about the real future of autonomous cars.
Nvidia CEO Rocks CES Crowd with GPU, AI
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1/6/2017   6 comments
Nvidia's CEO, sporting his familiar black leather jacket, rocked a whooping and cheering crowd of 2,500 during his opening keynote speech at CES. He promoted two scenarios for AI: Auto-Pilot & Co-Pilot.
Wi-Fi Providing Precision Time Synchronization
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1/5/2017   Post a comment
The Wi-Fi Alliance announced a new Certified TimeSync capability at CES.
Smartphone Senses Anything
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1/5/2017   3 comments
International cooperation between the U.S., Israel and China has resulted in the world's first smartphone with a built-in spectrometer that can sense almost any kind of substance.
Electronic Device Markets Seen as Stagnant in 2017
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1/5/2017   1 comment
Combined shipments of PCs, mobile handsets and tablets are predicted to be flat in 2017, according to Gartner.
New Automotive-Grade FPGAs Debut at CES
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1/5/2017   Post a comment
New FPGAs coupled with Intel GO family of offerings span car, connectivity, and cloud to help automakers develop automated driving systems.
AMD Describes Vega GPU
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1/5/2017   4 comments
Advanced Micro Devices' next graphics processor, Vega, is an impressive GPU, but it won't disrupt Nvidia, said analysts
CES 2017 Connects with AI
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1/5/2017   3 comments
"CES Unveiled" showcased a host of wearables, hearables and robots. App-intensive and connected to the Internet, many are programmed to get smarter with built-in artificial intelligence that will learn and recognize a user's speech, face and daily habits.
BT Signs MediaTek to Enable Home Wi-Fi Networks
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1/4/2017   Post a comment
Telecommunications services company BT Group plc has selected fabless chip company MediaTek Inc. to provide the underlying technology for its Whole Home Wi-Fi product.
ZigBee Alliance Offers Universal Language for IoT
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1/4/2017   1 comment
Organization to demonstrate at CES dotdot as a universal language for the IoT, making it possible for smart objects to work together on any network.
Intel Buys Into Map Services Provider Here
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1/4/2017   Post a comment
Chipmaker will acquire 15% of Here, a company that offers digital map services and real-time location-based services for the automotive industry.
Intel Auto Puzzle: Where Do They Fit?
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1/4/2017   Post a comment
Intel is coming to the CES this week to recast the scope of its automotive business and tease its plans -- including a new brand, "Intel Go," and development kits for carmakers. What's still missing from its plan?
Maxim to Simplify Auto Head Unit Design
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1/4/2017   Post a comment
Maxim is rolling out what it calls "a remote tuner solution." Its mission is to vacate the space in a head unit previously crowded with multiple radio tuners, bringing the radio tuners closer to the antenna.
Intel Tips Plans for 5G Modem
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1/4/2017   3 comments
Intel announced that they will sample a 5G baseband modem for smartphones later this year, following Qualcomm in a race to the market.
Chip Sales Rose Sharply in November
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1/3/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales posted the largest year-to-year sales increase in two years in November, increasing the likelihood of that 2016 sales will match 2015.
Qualcomm Unveils New SoC at CES
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1/3/2017   5 comments
Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 835 smartphone processor at CES, a 10nm mobile SoC that is its first to run Microsoft Windows 10.
Obama to Urge Protection for Chip Industry
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1/3/2017   7 comments
Report says President is preparing recommendations for tougher stance against Chinese investment in the U.S. Semiconductor industry.
'Open Source' Robo-Car in '17?
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12/30/2016   1 comment
What’s on the auto industry 2017 agenda that could change the course of robotic car development? Here's EE Times' prediction.
Nokia Hits Apple With Patent Suits
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12/29/2016   Post a comment
Former phone maker files suit in 11 countries in Asia, Europe and North America, claiming that Apple products infringe some 40 patents.
Thinnest Nanowire Self-assembles
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12/29/2016   1 comment
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center claims to have created the world's thinnest wires using a 10-atom diamond cage around a three-atom copper core.
SK Hynix to Build Wafer Fab in South Korea
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12/29/2016   1 comment
South Korean memory chip company will spend about $1.8 billion to build a memory fab in Cheongju in central South Korea.
Korea Fines Q’comm Nearly $1B
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12/28/2016   5 comments
Korean regulators fined Qualcomm nearly $1 billion following a two-year investigation into its patent licensing practices, a decision the company will appeal.
IoT Ready to Light Up in 2017
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12/28/2016   1 comment
After laying foundations for the Internet of Things in security, M&A and other areas in 2016 its time to tell stories about real deployments of IoT in 2017.
Europe Kicks Off GSA-Based Autonomous Driving Project
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12/27/2016   Post a comment
The European Agency for the global navigation satellite systems (GSA) has kicked-off ESCAPE, a three-year and 5.4 M€ project to exploit the services offered by Galileo, the European satellite navigation system, in the field of the automated driving.
TSMC Says 10nm on Track, Countering Reports
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12/27/2016   3 comments
TSMC’s 10nm process is “totally on track” and will contribute to sales revenue for the first time in the first quarter of 2017, according to TSMC.
Lattice introduces iCE40 UltraPlus high-performance low-power FPGAs
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12/22/2016   2 comments
New FPGAs are ideally suited for use in instant-on, context-aware systems, including smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices.
Micron's Successful Quarter Reflects 3D NAND Progress
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12/22/2016   Post a comment
Rosy numbers are due in large part to market conditions, but betting on floating gate technology for 3D NAND has allowed it to rapidly climb a steep ramp
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