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'E-Brain' to Pilot Air Force Jets
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6/28/2017   Post a comment
The U.S. Air Force is building an electronic brain using IBM’s TrueNorth neuromorphic AI supercomputer chips, which emulate the human brain right down to its ultralow-power clock speed.
Baidu Upgrades Neural Net Benchmark
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6/28/2017   Post a comment
Baidu upgraded DeepBench, its open-source benchmark for neural net training to include inference and support for lower-precision math.
Nvidia Deals Tilt Robo-Car Race
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6/27/2017   Post a comment
Claiming that robo-car development by automakers has already moved from R&D phase to production, Nvidia this week unveiled three new partnership deals – all aimed at leveraging its AI car-computing platform. What does this mean to the autonomous car landscape?
Purple-emitting LEDs Get Closer to the Sun
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6/27/2017   3 comments
Seoul Semi has paired its purple-emitting LEDs with Toshiba Materials-engineered RGB phosphors to more closely mimic natural daylight spectrum.
NVMe Spec Gets Major Update
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6/27/2017   Post a comment
Latest specification address client, enterprise and cloud features including improved support for virtualization and bootstrapping for mobile devices
DRAM Prices Expected to Climb
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6/26/2017   1 comment
With DRAM chips being used in more applications, ASPs projected to grow even while smartphone and PC shipments remain tepid.
Expert Panel Debunks AI Hype
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6/26/2017   5 comments
Neural networks will see broad use, but they have real limits and are far from fulfilling the dream of artificial intelligence, said a panel of experts.
Moore’s Law’s End Reboots Industry
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6/26/2017   3 comments
The semiconductor and computer industries is being transformed as Moore’s Law slows and dies, said a panel of experts considering the future.
Toshiba and the Parable of Flash
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6/26/2017   1 comment
Spinning off its flagship NAND flash memory business could help save struggling Toshiba. But 30 years ago the company nearly squandered its leadership role in the flash revolution.
Intel Banks on Artificial Intelligence
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6/23/2017   12 comments
Intel is investing in artificial-intelligence startups, acquiring others, and blending the mix with its own AI expertise to ensure a leadership position in machine learning, deep learning, and brainlike neural networks based on its AI hardware and software.
SiLabs CEO Plots Slow, Steady IoT Strategy
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6/23/2017   5 comments
“IoT is in a bit of a trough right now,” Silicon Labs’ CEO said, just as he was leaving the ballroom where he delivered a keynote entitled “Accelerating the IoT.” Is he sensing a whiff of IoT backlash?
NOR Prices Forecast to Rise 20% in Q3
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6/23/2017   Post a comment
New and rapidly growing applications are ratcheting up demand for NOR flash while some companies are scaling back production, according to DRAMeXchange.
Accelerator Grades Hardware Startups
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6/23/2017   Post a comment
Hax said it sees continued growth in the business of accelerating hardware startups through rapid prototyping and crowdfunding.
Handsets Expected to be Largest Market for ICs
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6/22/2017   Post a comment
Cellular handsets are expected to surpass PCs as the largest application for integrated circuits for the first time in 2017.
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   1 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   2 comments
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   10 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   7 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   2 comments
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   15 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.
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