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Power9 Opens IBM to Partners
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8/24/2016   Post a comment
IBM’s Power9 processor reaches out to new OEMs and partners with multiple interconnects and variants of the chip, according to a talk at Hot Chips.
AMD Reveals Zen of X86
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8/24/2016   Post a comment
AMD detailed Zen at Hot Chips, its next-generation x86 core aimed at head-to head competition with Intel in everything from notebooks to servers.
SiC Muscles Rohm into Auto Biz
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8/24/2016   Post a comment
Rohm, a Japanese component vendor whose business could be harmed by the steady decline in market share among leading Japanese CE vendors, has good reason to sweat its own prospects. But Rohm says it has a clear growth strategy.
Advances Get a Grip on Single Photons & Molecules
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8/23/2016   4 comments
Researchers are on the road to creating a single-photon emitter and a single-molecule detector.
Microsoft Gives Peek at HoloLens Chip
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8/23/2016   3 comments
The HoloLens processing unit uses 24 Tensilica DSPs and an assortment of accelerators to deliver a trillion pixel-operations per second, Microsoft disclosed.
Renesas Sets Sights on Intersil
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8/23/2016   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics is “in the final stages of negotiations to acquire Intersil,” reported the Japanese economic newspaper Nikkei Monday. Neither Renesas nor Intersil is confirming the report at this time.
ARM Reaches for Supercomputers
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8/22/2016   1 comment
New vector extensions for 64-bit ARM cores aim to take the company into the highest reaches of supercomputer performance with partners including Fujitsu.
Laser Slicing to Slash SiC Wafer Costs, Boost Yield
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8/22/2016   1 comment
Japanese ingot processing equipment manufacturer DISCO Corporation has unveiled a new laser-based technique to slice wafers out of a SiC ingot, producing 50% more wafers through reduced material losses while slashing production times by a factor of six.
Automotive Lidar Startup Raises Series A
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8/19/2016   Post a comment
Innoviz Technologies Ltd. (Kfar Saba, Israel), a 2016 startup developing lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles, has raised $9 million in a Series A financing round.
Uber Takes Over Otto, Partners with Volvo for Autonomous Driving
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8/19/2016   Post a comment
On the company's webpage, Uber's CEO and Co-Founder Travis Kalanick officially announced the acquisition of Otto, a fresh startup driven by high profile engineers who developed a kit that allows big-rig trucks to drive autonomously on highways.
‘Interscatter’ Tech Lets Implants Talk Wi-Fi
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8/19/2016   Post a comment
University of Washington researchers have developed what they call “interscatter communication” technology that backscatters (or reflects) existing signals like Bluetooth in the air, transforming wireless transmissions from one technology to another.
Intel to Accelerate Altera, Says CEO
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8/18/2016   7 comments
Intel will support Altera's base FPGA business including use of ARM cores and long lifetime products, said Intel's CEO.
Rivals Chasing Velodyne in Lidar Race
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8/18/2016   5 comments
Velodyne unveiled a combined $150 million investment from co-investors Ford Motor Company and China’s Baidu. A growing number of startups are now chasing Velodyne, the most experienced and best funded lidar tech company.
Watson for the Masses
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8/18/2016   1 comment
The Columbus-Collaboratory has integrated IBM's Watson into the R programming language with its CognizeR.
E-Retailers Automate Fulfillment
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8/17/2016   5 comments
The co-robot company InVia Robotics Inc. has invented robots-as-a-service whereby warehouses pay a fee, per co-robot, to use its GrabIt and TransIt co-robots to pick items from the shelves and deliver them to the mailroom.
USB 3.0 FPGA Module Sustains 360MB/s Data Transfers
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8/17/2016   1 comment
Orange Tree Technologies has released the ZestSC3, an FPGA module built around Xilinx' Artix-7 user-programmable FPGA and a very high performance SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface.
Was DOS copied from CP/M?
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8/17/2016   5 comments
For decades, a rumor has persisted that DOS was illegally copied from CP/M and that the fortune accumulated by Bill Gates rightfully belonged to Gary Kildall.
Toyota Partners with Taxi for Automated Driving
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8/17/2016   Post a comment
Toyota Motor Corp and the Japan Federation of Hire-Taxi Associations have entered into a memorandum of understanding for the development of autonomous driving technologies, aiming to introduce a new vehicle targeted at taxi operators by 2017.
Osram to Focus on Semiconductors Again
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8/17/2016   Post a comment
Newly named Ledvance (since July 2016), Osram's general lighting lamps business is to be acquired by a Chinese consortium consisting of the strategic investor IDG, the Chinese lighting company MLS and the financial investor Yiwu, for just over €400 million.
Wintel Reunites in Mixed Reality
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
Microsoft and Intel will release a specification in December for headsets and PCs running Windows 10 that support virtual and augmented reality.
Intel Grabs ARM for 10nm Foundry
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8/16/2016   17 comments
Intel revealed first details of its 10nm process and said it will start making ARM-based mobilde SoCs for Spreadtrum and LG Electronics.
Google Partners with Pharma Giant on 'Bioelectronic' Meds
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8/16/2016   1 comment
The company formerly known as Google Life Sciences LLC and GlaxoSmithKline plc (Brentford, England) have agreed to form a joint venture to develop bioelectronics including such technologies as implanted neurostimulators.
AMD, Nvidia GPU Battle Heats Up
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
New graphics processors from AMD and Nvidia are rolling out in a head-to-head battle of GPU giants that is still too early to call.
Micron Moves 3D NAND Into Mobile
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
Micron's first foray into mobile 3D NAND is a 32GB offering aimed at the high and mid-end smartphone segment and is the first to use the Universal Flash Storage 2.1 standard
Deep Learning To Be In Smartphones Soon, Say CEVA, Rockchip
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8/11/2016   1 comment
China’s leading fabless semiconductor company Rockchip has licensed CEVA's XM4 imaging and vision DSP to enhance the imaging and computer vision capabilities of its’ SoC product lines.
EPA Crowdsources Pollution Sensing
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8/11/2016   Post a comment
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing $4.5 million in grants to six universities to deploy air pollution sensor networks and educate the public how to use them to reduce it.
Cypress New CEO to Bring ‘Outsider’ Perspective
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8/11/2016   3 comments
Cypress’ new CEO said that the key to success for a semiconductor company is to “become relevant to your customers.” Cypress hopes to become “a tech company that customers want to partner with,” he said.
DRAMs to drag ICs to -2% in 2016
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8/11/2016   Post a comment
The latest version of The McClean Report projects a 19% decline in DRAMs due to falling PC and tablet sales, dragging total IC revenues to a 2% contraction in 2016.
Samsung Debuts 3D XPoint Killer
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8/11/2016   5 comments
Samsung announced Z-NAND, a 3D flash variant it says will have similar performance and lower cost in solid-state drives than Micron Quantx SSDs.
SMIC Raises Target for 2016 Sales
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8/10/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, today raised its aim for sales this year on unexpectedly strong demand.
Intel to Acquire Deep Learning Nervana
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8/10/2016   Post a comment
Intel intends to acquire Nervana Systems for its upcoming deep-learning accelerator chip along with its Neon cloud service.
Will Next Tesla Speak Mandarin?
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8/10/2016   1 comment
China’s dream of creating the “next Tesla” is generating a global rush to develop and manufacture EVs in China. How much of this enthusiasm is an inflated reality created by Chinese audacity, however, remains to be seen.
IBM Lab on Chip Detects Cancer
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8/10/2016   4 comments
IBM Research has designed a microfluidic lab-on-a-chip that can separate biological particles down to sizes as small as 20-nanometers to screen for cancer markers so small that a tumor has not even started to grow.
Micron demos 3D XPoint in drives
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8/9/2016   2 comments
Micron showed prototype solid-state drives using its 3D XPoint memories with data for their performance as Toshiba talked about NAND flash advances.
OLEDs to beat LCDs in smartphones by 2020, says IHS Markit
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8/9/2016   2 comments
Although liquid-crystal display (LCD) has dominated mobile phone displays for more than 15 years, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology is expected to become the leading smartphone display technology in 2020, according to IHS Markit's recent figures.
Wi-Fi Interference Hits Spotlight
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8/9/2016   2 comments
The levels of interference between Wi-Fi access points are all over the board according to tests presented at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
2-D PV to Rival Graphene
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8/8/2016   1 comment
Department of Energy (DoE) funded researchers have discovered that thinning out the photovoltaic (PV) material called halide perovskite could provide a high-mobility high-power material for future transistors that rivals graphene, but is easier to fabricate.
Murata’s Playbook: Smartphones, Auto, Battery
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8/8/2016   3 comments
The new hope for Japan’s electronics industry is component suppliers who started out making lowly components. We sat down with Murata’s executive vice president and asked him about its post-smartphone strategy, why it wants Sony’s lagging battery business.
Big Three Chipmakers Likely to Boost Capex
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8/8/2016   1 comment
The big three chipmakers — Intel, Samsung and TSMC — are likely to increase capital expenditures during the second half of this year while the rest of the semiconductor industry tightens the belt, according to a market research firm.
Cellular, Wi-Fi Clash in Air War
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8/8/2016   8 comments
A test plan for LTE-U has sparked a battle between cellular and Wi-Fi companies over how to share unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum.
"Take Your Pills" Says Connected Package
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8/8/2016   Post a comment
According to Lux Research, smart’ pills and connected patches could save $290 billion in U.S. healthcare costs, through better medication adherence.
Tiny Solar Cells Could Power Personal Devices
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8/5/2016   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created high-performance, micro-scale lateral solar cells that could be used for wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, and even auto-focusing contact lenses.
Next-Gen IoT Consortium Launches
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8/5/2016   4 comments
Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) to form a consortium for microelectromechanical system (MEMS, including Delta Electronics, Inc., InvenSense Inc., Standing Egg Inc., STATS ChipPAC Limited, ULVAC, Inc.) and silicon photonics packaging breakthroughs (including Accelink Technologies Co., Ltd., Corning Incorporated, Fujikura Ltd., Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and NTT).
GaN Power Amplifier Addresses 5G
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8/5/2016   2 comments
Researchers in Germany have developed one of the building blocks required to roll out 5G networks: An integrated circuit for power amplifier transistor implemented in gallium nitride technology.
Silicon Researcher Scans Horizon
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8/5/2016   Post a comment
The head of CEA-Leti gives her views on outlook for fully depleted silicon-on-insulator, other emerging semiconductor technologies and women in engineering.
TDK Bids to Buy MEMS Maker Tronics
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8/3/2016   Post a comment
Japan's TDK Corp. has offered €48.65 million (about $55 million) to buy MEMS manufacturer Tronics Microsystems.
New Jeep Hack Proves Cars Still Exposed
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8/3/2016   10 comments
When Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek take the stage Thursday morning at the Black Hat events, they will outline new methods of CAN message injection.
MediaTek Faces Chip Supply Constraints
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8/3/2016   6 comments
MediaTek said it is unable to meet demand for 3G and 4G smartphone products because it underestimated the supply of chips it would need from its foundry partners.
ZF Closes Tech Gap, Buys Lidar Company
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8/3/2016   Post a comment
The automotive supplier ZF AG has acquired a 40% stake in Hamburg (Germany) based Ibeo Automotive Systems. With the move, ZF intends to participate in Ibeo’s substantial expertise in the field of Lidar technology and environment recognition algorithms. Both assets are important building blocks for autonomous driving.
Renesas to Exit Microwave Device Biz
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8/3/2016   Post a comment
Renesas plans to stop the production and supply of microwave devices, shutting down the business in the summer of 2018. Renesas' microwave device division has been pulling back from product development for some time.
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