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Kumu Preps Full Duplex Chip
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7/21/2017   Post a comment
Kumu Networks discussed its chip aimed at full duplex networking for Wi-Fi and LTE amid standards efforts from CableLabs and the 3GPP.
Neural Accelerator Battle Begins
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7/21/2017   5 comments
The embedded market for neural network accelerators is heating up, with more systems — ranging from smart speakers and drones to light bulbs — poised to run neural networks locally instead of going back to the cloud for computation.
Regs, Royalties Drag Down Qualcomm
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7/20/2017   Post a comment
Despite the company’s assurances to the contrary, Qualcomm’s increasingly public licensing dispute with Apple is dogging Qualcomm and costing it dearly.
ASML Posts Strong Sales as EUV Orders Surge
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7/20/2017   9 comments
Backlog of extreme ultraviolet tools eclipses $3 billion sales to memory chip vendors bolster top line growth.
DARPA Calls for Post-Moore Ideas
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7/20/2017   1 comment
DARPA kicked off its Electronics Resurgence Initiative, a set of research efforts for life after Moore’s law.
Expanding Optical Horizons
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7/20/2017   7 comments
Russian and Finish researchers collaborate to obsolete the need for expensive, single-mode fiber optics.
EV Charging Stations Get Smarter
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7/20/2017   Post a comment
Interfacing with existing building management systems is one of many challenges facing the EV charging infrastructures.
Qualms Becalm Qualcomm at Quarter’s End
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7/19/2017   1 comment
Bad news keeps piling up for Qualcomm. The company lost an appeal in an EU court while in the USA, it faces fresh antitrust allegations by four Apple iPhone contractors. Will Qualcomm’s NXP acquisition be at risk?
Memory Chip ASP Growth Expected to Cool in Second Half
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7/19/2017   1 comment
DRAM and NAND flash memory chips are forecast to achieve record gains in average selling prices this year, but growth is expected to cool as the year goes along.
Record Chip Content in Electronics Projected
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7/19/2017   Post a comment
With the memory chip market booming and electronic devices shipments forecast to be tepid, the value of the semiconductor content in those devices is expected to hit an all-time high, according to IC Insights.
5G Won’t Boost Cellular Until 2021
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
The market for cellular base stations is in the midst of a $10 billion decline waiting for a 5G boost that won’t return the sector to growth until 2021.
Mesh to Thrust Bluetooth in Industrial IoT
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7/18/2017   3 comments
Mesh Networking is finally coming to Bluetooth as a formally ratified, interoperability- tested global standard, allowing Bluetooth proponents to target a whole new machine-to-machine, industrial Internet of Things market. Might it mend IoT mess?
Wearable Stress Sensor Monitors Transportation Efficiency
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
French research institute CEA-Leti touts two new tools intended to provide data on modes of transportation.
IBM Processor Claims New Level of Data Encryption
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7/18/2017   9 comments
IBM's new z14 microprocessor is the world's first to encrypt all-the-data all-the-time, plus prevent unauthorized intruders from obtaining keys, thus putting hackers out-of-business.
NFC Players Welcome Broader iPhone Support
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
Near field communications chip makers are applauding Apple's announcement that iPhones will be able to use both NFC tag mode and reader mode.
Woodie Flowers: Things, Not Theory
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7/17/2017   20 comments
The legendary MIT professor who helped start the FIRST Robotics Competition discusses what engineers need. In Part 1, Flowers explains how engineering is about solving practical problems.
Baidu's Voice Exec Speaks Out
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
The Baidu engineer in charge of its DuerOS group called for all-embedded Wi-Fi chip to pre-install software for its voice-activated cloud services.
Does NVMe Have a Place in Industrial Embedded and IoT?
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7/17/2017   1 comment
NVMe was considered overkill for industrial embedded designs as storage-capacity demands didn't justify the performance at the expense of power consumption, but that's changing as the data industrial IoT products are collecting grows exponentially
ASML Claims Major EUV Milestone
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7/14/2017   13 comments
Litho vendor claims elusive source power target as dawn of EUV era inches closer.
PC Sales Slide as Chip Costs Drive Prices Up
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7/13/2017   1 comment
Higher average selling prices for components such as DRAM and flash memory chips began driving system costs up, adding to the headwind facing declining PC sales.
TSMC Logs First 10nm Sales
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7/13/2017   5 comments
TSMC said that 10 nm accounted for one percent of its overall revenue during the second quarter of this year. In March, Samsung announced its first 10-nm products, including the company’s Exynos 8895 SoC and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835.
Flash Remains Smart Home Memory Storage of Choice
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7/13/2017   2 comments
CBRAM and MRAM have potential, but low voltage serial NOR flash offers proven retention and endurance as well as battery efficiency
Imec Aims 2-D FETs at Sub-5-nm Node
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7/13/2017   4 comments
Imec crafts a demo architecture using anisotropic monolayers of black phosphorus to show that 2-D FET channels can extend Moore’s Law beyond the 5-nanometer node.
Suppliers Beware: The Perils of Vertical Integration
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7/12/2017   7 comments
Be careful what you wish for -- that big fish might eat you!
Sensors, Blockchains Meet Tomatoes
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7/12/2017   11 comments
When Amazon announced the Whole Foods acquisition, Alice Waters defined its significance as a chance for Jeff Bezos to launch a food revolution. Elements of basic technology are here. What would it take to pull off such a massive change?
Chip Sales Now Expected to Top $400 Billion
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7/11/2017   1 comment
Revised forecast from Gartner is most aggressive prediction to date for market in 2017.
Industry Giddy as Curtain Rises on Semicon West
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7/11/2017   2 comments
The semiconductor equipment industry's annual tradeshow opened this week in what is shaping up to be a record year for fab tool sales.
Intel Skylake Counters AMD Epyc
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7/11/2017   4 comments
Intel says Skylake Xeon sports an average 65% boost over Broadwell, narrowing opportunities for rival AMD’s Epyc in the data center.
Former Micron CEO Durcan Wins Noyce Award
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7/11/2017   1 comment
Longtime Micron veteran who retired in May takes home SIA's top honor.
Imec Eyes New Metals for Interconnect
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7/11/2017   1 comment
Dutch microelectronics research institute exploring methods for alleviating resistance-capacitance delay at future technology nodes.
U.S. Paves Roads to Trusted Fabs
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7/11/2017   3 comments
The U.S. Department of Defense is working on technologies to enable it to securely use any foundry to make sub-32nm ASICs by 2019.
Rambus Reportedly Exploring Sale Possibilities
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7/10/2017   3 comments
Technology licensing chip vendor works with financial adviser to evaluate possibilities for its sale, according to a Bloomberg report.
Memory Prices Drive Samsung's Record Q2 Profit
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7/7/2017   2 comments
South Korean electronics giant appears on pace to surpass Intel and become world's No. 1 semiconductor vendor.
Smartphones, TVs Drive Surge in AMOLED Displays
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7/6/2017   2 comments
AMOLED shipments forecast to rise 63 percent; producers gearing up to meet demand.
TI Claims to Obsolete FPGAs for Embedded Apps
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7/6/2017   3 comments
Texas Instruments says its C2000 microcontrollers running its DesignDRIVE software offer a fast current loop that obsoletes the FPGA in motor control applications.
China Makes Two IoT Calls
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7/6/2017   6 comments
Alibaba debuted asmart speakers the same day Baidu expanded its DuerOS, both attacking Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
Chip Sales Rose Again in May
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7/5/2017   1 comment
Year continues shaping up nicely for semiconductor industry thanks to strong memory chip pricing, growth across all regions.
Micron Fab Incident Disrupts DRAM Supply
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7/5/2017   1 comment
A market watcher says a supply disruption at a Micron fab in Taiwan could reduce global DRAM supply by 6 percent in July.
Combined Handset, PC Shipments Expected to Decline
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7/5/2017   1 comment
Gartner expects rate of PC decline to slow while smartphone market posts strong growth in 2017.
U.S. Seeks Life After Moore’s Law
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7/5/2017   12 comments
DARPA will host events this month to outline a $200+ million program to find ways of scaling electronics beyond Moore’s law.
FTC Clears Broadcom's Acquisition of Brocade
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7/3/2017   1 comment
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission voted to approve the $5.9 billion deal after Broadcom said it would create a firewall to prevent information about Cisco's fibre channel switches from stifling competitiveness.
NIST Backs Quantum-level Temperature Measurement
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7/3/2017   27 comments
With the a new temperature measurement unit call the SI set to replace the Kelvin, a NIST apparatus provides a QVNS reference measurement of the Boltzmann constant to gauge SI temperature.
NASA Wants Tricorder for Mars
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7/3/2017   4 comments
A group of researchers working on the Mars mission at NASA wants an all-in-one portable scientific instrument for testing the red planet’s rocks.
Tight Memory Supply Drives Micron's Record Sales
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6/30/2017   14 comments
Favorable pricing environment for both NAND and DRAM helps pay down debt, strengthens foundation for 3D NAND and 1x DRAM push.
ReRAM Goes 3D
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6/30/2017   14 comments
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has reinvented its resistive-RAM process to achieve a ReRAM that is amenable to 3D stacking, giving the “universal” memory an edge over flash.
‘Europe First’ Emerges as Theme of Tech Reboot
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6/29/2017   5 comments
The joint collaboration agreement announced by Europe’s two large research institutes this week has amplified an upbeat “pro-Europe” sentiment. “For Europe, it’s no longer about CMOS,” said CEA-Leti CEO.
ARM SoCs Take Soft Roads to Neural Nets
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6/29/2017   2 comments
NXP, Qualcomm, and ARM have all released math libraries to run neural network inference jobs on their existing CPU, GPU, and DSP cores.
Embedded MRAM Can Take the Heat
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6/29/2017   6 comments
A Globaldoundries technical paper outlines how it addressed a fundamental hurdle for eMRAM, making it feasible for broader uses including automotive MCUs and SoCs.
EVs Strain Clean-energy Supply, But Could Help Balance Grid
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6/28/2017   12 comments
Electric vehicles are complicating power companies’ transition to renewable energy sources. But EVs could help balance the grid by recharging off-peak and providing electricity when not in use.
Toshiba Fires Back at Western Digital, Seeks $1.1B in Damages
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6/28/2017   1 comment
Feud between partners deepens as Toshiba says it won't meet deadline for selling chip business.
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