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Bluetooth Beams New Spec, Chips
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12/7/2016   Post a comment
The Bluetooth SIG ratified its version 5 spec, enhancing range, throughput, and beacon support.
Q’comm Takes ARM Servers to 10nm
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12/7/2016   2 comments
Qualcomm demoed a 48-core ARM server SoC made in a 10-nm process it is now sampling to web data center giants.
Lawmakers Urge Rejection of Lattice Semi Takeover
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12/6/2016   Post a comment
Congressman urge Treasury Dept. to reject $1.3 billion acquisition by investment firm with ties to the Chinese government.
What Siemens' Mentor Buy Means to IC Designers
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12/6/2016   Post a comment
Ever since Siemens’ plan to acquire Mentor Graphics became public, many in the semiconductor industry have been parsing its implications. We caught up with Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics and Chuck Grindstaff, executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software.
Nissan Learns About Autonomous Driving With Car Towing
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12/6/2016   Post a comment
System relies on mapping and communication technologies to link intelligent electric car to Nissan's production infrastructure and command it to tow newly produced cars to their dedicated wharf for shipping.
TSMC, IBM Detail 7-nm Work
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12/6/2016   11 comments
TSMC and IBM reported results at IEDM on separate 7-nm efforts, nudging Moore’s law forward and showing progress with EUV lithography.
Virtual Reality Group to Define APIs
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12/6/2016   Post a comment
A new Khronos working group will define APIs for virtual reality products to ease writing and optimizing applications and device drivers.
Harman 'Heads Up' with Navdy Deal
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12/6/2016   Post a comment
Harman, soon to be acquired by Samsung, has partnered with Navdy for their co-branded heads-up display (HUD) devices. Navdy’s team — many are Apple alumni — is armed with expertise ranging from computer vision to optics and machine learning.
Biometrics Ensure Security
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12/6/2016   1 comment
ImageWare Systems Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) already has the high-end customers for critical infrastructure access using up to 12 different biometrics, but now its has a server-based version for the rest of the world including mobile devices.
Micron's 3D NAND Hits Enterprise SSDs
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12/5/2016   Post a comment
Write endurance is no longer the key metric; instead, customers are looking for consistency of performance.
Microgrid Shares the Power in NYC
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12/5/2016   Post a comment
Off-the-shelf hardware and blockchain-enabled virtualization is enabling a distributed energy system, the Brooklyn Microgrid, that faces policy hurdles.
IBM Scans 10nm Temperature
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12/5/2016   1 comment
IBM's scanning probe thermometer has been upgraded for the sub-14 nanometer transistor age by using a method that first measures thermal resistance, then temperature.
Digital Clothes: Not Putting You On
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12/5/2016   Post a comment
Wearables are making progress in their journey from watches and glasses to everyday objects like shirts and pants, but the technology won’t hit the local mall in 2017.
Obama Blocks China's Acquisition of Aixtron
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12/3/2016   6 comments
Move likely to exacerbate tensions over China's place in global semiconductor industry.
Obama Set to Block Acquisition of Aixtron by Chinese Firm
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
U.S. President reportedly will prohibit acquisition of German semiconductor equipment supplier on U.S. national security grounds.
SMIC Establishes Specialty Foundry JV
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
China's largest foundry sets up joint venture with the city of Ningbo to address specialty technology applicable to the Internet of Things.
Nanotube Contacts Perfected
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
IBM sees a future full of carbon nanotubes for flexible electronics in wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices today, but also for complementary metal oxide transistor (CMOS) semiconductors for the More-than-Moore era ahead.
QuickLogic to License FPGA Fabric
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12/1/2016   Post a comment
FPGA vendor says it will license programmable logic technology for use as an embedded fabric with Globalfoundries' manufacturing processes.
RISC-V Expands its Audience
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12/1/2016   2 comments
RISC-V attracted a stellar list of chip architects and executives to its latest workshop, but the effort to grow an open-source instruction set has a big to-do list.
QuickLogic Introduces eFPGA (Embedded FPGA)
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11/30/2016   Post a comment
The burgeoning IoT market's extremely wide variety of end products and product variants can be addressed using SoCs containing embedded programmable logic.
Can Intel Win Auto Brain Chip Race?
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11/30/2016   10 comments
Can Intel take the checkered flag in the race for a brain chip in the automotive market? 18 months ago, the answer would have been… not so fast. The odds were bleak. That narrative, however, is beginning to change.
Intel Snags Exec from ARM to Run IoT
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11/29/2016   7 comments
Intel will separate its nascent automotive team from the company’s IoT group. Previously, Intel’s IoT and automotive teams were bundled together under one big IoT tent. Intel also named ex-ARM executive Tom Lantzsch to head the company’s IoT branch.
IoT to Get Security, Gateway Benchmarks
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11/29/2016   1 comment
The EEMBC group has started work on benchmarks for Internet of Things security and gateways and has existing work in measuring IoT connectivity.
1st Qubits on 300mm CMOS
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11/29/2016   1 comment
Leti demonstrated the world's first solid-state qubit fabricated on a standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) 300 milimeter fabrication (fab).
Open Source SoC Debuts
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
Startup SiFive released its first open-source SoC based on the RISC-V instruction set and an Arduino development board to go with it.
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag
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11/29/2016   1 comment
A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
Tech Volunteers Heed the Call
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
Disaster Tech Lab needs a few technically minded volunteers to help set up solar power and Wi-Fi networks in global disaster sites and refugee camps.
MediaTek Entering Automobile SoCs
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11/29/2016   1 comment
MediaTek announced its first products for the automobile market. The earliest version of the SoCs, slated for launch in Q1 in 2017, will support vision-based ADAS, high-precision millimeter wave radar, in-vehicle infotainment and telematics.
Watson IDs Heart Disease
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
IBM's Watson acquires a new set of modules for diagnosing disease that increases their accuracy by 25-to-50 percent.
DSRC No Dead End, Says Autotalks CTO
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11/28/2016   1 comment
Vehicle-to-X communications (V2X) hold the promise of more safety, better traffic flow, and, in certain applications like platooning, significantly better fuel efficiency. Despite such benefits, there is a dissent about the underlying technology.
SD Card Specs Diversify for Use Cases
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11/28/2016   Post a comment
SD Specification 5.1 establishes the new Application Performance Class to meet technical and market requirements to both run and store applications on SD memory cards
Cray: U.S. Supercomputers Hit 3, 5 on Top500
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11/28/2016   Post a comment
In November 2016's Top500, USA's Cray supercomputers achieved 4 spots, but Cray is showing diversity with models for all categories of user formats, from the only single-cabinet petaflop computer (the Urika-GX) to the CS-Storm for Deep Learning to the Urika-GX for 24/7 protection from data breaches.
Researchers Claim Photonics Breakthrough
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11/25/2016   7 comments
All optimal photonic computers are on the horizon with all the major players contributing the parts that will eventually obsolete the electronic computer and make Moore's Law passé.
1st Photonic Circuits Here
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11/23/2016   4 comments
IMEC research institute claims to demonstrate the world's first sub-micron photonic circuits encoding "1s" and "0s" on the spin of optical photons.
Renesas Bounces Back, But How High?
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11/22/2016   Post a comment
Japan’s once ailing Renesas Electronics has been blessed -- unintentionally -- by NXP’s recent acquisition of Freescale. In an exclusive interview, Renesas executive explained the company’s recent rise, its plan for a new embedded vision SoC billed as Mobileye alternative
Photonics 3-D Modeler Born
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11/22/2016   Post a comment
Coventor Inc. has the world's first modeling and simulation tool specifically designed for photonic optical circuits.
Macom Buys Applied for Comms
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11/21/2016   1 comment
Macom has bid $770 million for Applied with plans to sell off its X-Gene ARM server SoC unit but cherish its "gold nugget" of networking chips.
Bosch CEO: Hanging on to Lead
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11/21/2016   4 comments
The world's largest producer of automotive MEMS devices describes how it plans to hang onto the lead.
10 Cool Discoveries at Japan Embedded
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11/18/2016   Post a comment
The Embedded Technology 2016 showcased a ton of embedded boards, each with a clear focus on how to enable ‘low power’ and ‘embedded’ IoT devices. Highlights include deep learning coming to embedded boards, emergence of smarter IoT building blocks.
Smartphone-Bound VR/AR to Be Boosted by Lasers
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11/18/2016   3 comments
Microvision has teamed with STMicroelectronics to put an always-in-focus laser-based projector in every smartphone, for augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) headset.
Intel’s Nervana Attacks GPUs
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11/17/2016   5 comments
Intel will ship AI accelerators from Nervana next year as part of a broad machine learning strategy that is still waiting on its acquisition of Movidius to close.
Microsemi Offers First FPGA-Based RISC-V IP Core
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The RISC-V was designed from the ground-up to be useful in modern computerized devices, ranging from warehouse-scale cloud computers to the smallest embedded systems.
ST's Bozotti on 'Back-to-Silicon' Differentiation
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
Carlo Bozotti, CEO of STMicroelectronics NV, has presided over a difficult period in the chip company's history as he first put together the ST-Ericsson mobile processors joint venture and then had to engineer ST's exit from what had became an ill-fated project. But now the write-offs, reorganizations and product phase outs are just about behind the company and it is starting to resume growth. EE Times Europe interviewed Bozotti at a bustling Electronica in Munich.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
Samsung Makes 10nm Q’comm SoC
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11/17/2016   6 comments
Qualcomm announced it is in production with its next generation mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 835, in Samsung’s 10nm process.
Top 20 IC Ranking: Apple Rises Most
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11/17/2016   1 comment
In IC Insights' top 20 global semiconductor sales ranking, the company forecast to make the biggest upward move isn’t a traditional chip company — it’s Apple.
3D Printed Buses Here
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11/16/2016   8 comments
Local Motors has been a solution looking for a problem since its inception, but may have finally hit the nail on the head with its Olli substitute for traditional transit systems at just 20% of their cost, but with more convenience, faster times and free-ride driverless capabilities.
Qualcomm Boss Brainstorms on 5G
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11/16/2016   Post a comment
In 2008, Paul Jacobs as CEO of Qualcomm worked with HTC CEO Peter Chou to make the world’s first Android smartphone. Last week, Jacobs, as executive chairman of Qualcomm, and Chou, now chairman of Digital Domain Holdings, swapped ideas on the future of 5G.
U.S. Analog IP Startup Partners with Megachips
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11/16/2016   Post a comment
At a time when analog components are consuming an increasingly big fraction of system power budget, Omni Design, a Calif.-based startup, has developed ultra-low power analog and mixed-signal IP cores primarily for use in complex SoCs.
Startup Programs Multicores on Data, Not Gut
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11/16/2016   1 comment
Silexica's engineering team spent more than a decade in multicore software design automation for complex, multicore platforms, before it was spun off from RWTH Aachen University. The startup offers tools both for multicore SoC developers and hardware/software system architects.
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