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$35B Qualcomm Question: What Next?
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10/28/2016   Post a comment
Now that Qualcomm has announced its NXP acquisition, it’s time to examine the deal’s potential consequences. Qualcomm, $35 billion chip company, will affect both the combined companies’ internal operations and competitors on the market -- especially in the automotive segment.
Samsung Chips Offset Smartphone Disaster
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10/27/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics said strength in its semiconductor business offset the impact to its mobile phone business caused by exploding batteries in its flagship Galaxy Note 7 products.
Qualcomm-NXP Deal Targets Connected World
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10/27/2016   7 comments
Qualcomm Inc. announced Thursday a definitive agreement to acquire NXP, creating a combined company with annual revenues of more than $30 billion.
Watson Use Proliferating
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10/27/2016   Post a comment
IBM's annual World of Watson released a plethora of new capabilities plus enumerated multiple new design wins, from the Toronto Raptors to General Motors.
Do Automakers Still See Hackers as a Hoax?
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10/27/2016   4 comments
Earlier this week, when the Department of Transportation laid out cybersecurity guidance for carmakers, U.S. Transportation Secretary called cybersecurity “a safety issue.” The latest survey, however, found that automakers still haven’t made cybersecurity a priority in vehicle development.
ARM Fellow Surveys Moore’s Law
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10/27/2016   3 comments
Despite challenges, ARM’s head of silicon research remains optimistic on the outlook for semiconductors at 3nm and beyond.
Cadence Breaks Down Automotive ISO 26262
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10/26/2016   Post a comment
As automakers start adding more and more ADAS features, the complexity of software code and SoCs deployed inside vehicles has been skyrocketing. Chip suppliers are under tremendous pressure to prove the functional safety of their products.
TSMC Likely to Lock up Apple A10, A11 Orders
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10/26/2016   2 comments
TSMC will probably make nearly all of the A10 and A11 processors for Apple this year and next because of a competitive advantage the Taiwan foundry has gained in packaging technology called InFO (Integrated Fan Out), according to analysts.
ARM Does IoT Security Chip to Cloud
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10/25/2016   1 comment
To simplify IoT design with embedded security, ARM has developed a suite of cores, software, and services to handle chip to cloud interaction.
SUSE Preps Linux for ARM Servers
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10/25/2016   Post a comment
SUSE said it will ship before the end of the year commercial versions of Linux for ARM servers and for storage systems.
IoT Networks Get New Provider
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10/25/2016   1 comment
M2M Spectrum Networks picked for its licensed sub-GHz bands in the U.S. the LoRa variant of Link Labs to serve users in the industrial Internet of Things.
Intel, ARM Battle over IoT
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10/25/2016   3 comments
Intel and ARM load up enhanced processors as their battle over the Internet of Things heats up this week.
V2X Radio War Still Smoldering in China, Europe
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10/25/2016   2 comments
The battle over radios for connected cars is hardly over. For the cellular industry, V2X is a nice-to-have “feature” for its networks. But V2X advocates see it a life-saving system ready for deployment by using IEEE 802.11p.
Movidius to Push AI at Edge of Network
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10/24/2016   Post a comment
Movidius has partnered with China’s Hikvision to penetrate artificial intelligence deeper into surveillance cameras. Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane says deploying AI at network edge is massive trend.
TSMC, GF/Samsung Battle at 7nm
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10/21/2016   53 comments
Globalfoundries and Samsung will detail at IEDM a 7nm process with EUV it claims has the highest density to date.
U.S. Protecting Us from AI
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10/21/2016   15 comments
From lost jobs to nuclear holocaust, any negative impact artificial intelligence could have on society is what the U.S. government wants to head-off.
DRAM Pushes Up Chip Forecast
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10/20/2016   2 comments
IC sales could grow 1% this year, up from a previous forecast of a 2% decline, according to a new report from IC Insights.
4DS Memristors Target ReRAMs
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10/20/2016   6 comments
4DS Memories Ltd. (West Perth, Western Australia) has achieved the 40-nanometer milestone that puts it on the path to competing effectively with flash it its $40 billion market.
ST Blends Security, Performance in IoT MCUs
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10/20/2016   Post a comment
The STM32H7 series provides high performance and enhanced security along with rich memory resources to simplify high-end IoT design.
ARM Moves to Fill Industry's Engineering Education Gap
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
Between what engineering schools teach and industry needs, ARM seeks to insert online education.
IoT Hears LTE Calling
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm said AT&T, Verizon and five module makers will use its chip for Cat-M1 and NB1 trials this year and commercial services in 2017.
CEA-Leti: What Crickets Can Teach Us
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
Bio-inspired research is picking up momentum. But where CEA-Leti’s approach differs from others, more focused on neuromorphic engineering by mimicking the brain, is that “we take a full system approach,” according to Leti’s science director.
Startup Taps Kickstarter To Manufacture Wireless Flash Device
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
iLuun chose Kickstarter to fund the next phase of its business and validate that there was a market for wireless flash drive that enables users to stream transfer media content to and from their mobile device
Oxygen Layer May Extend Moore's Law
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10/19/2016   2 comments
Mears Silicon Technology (MST) at Atomera Inc. (Los Gatos, Calif.) increases the carrier mobility and drive current, while reducing the leakage current for any CMOS transistor.
Full Color e-Posters Could Reach 10,000 DPI
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10/18/2016   1 comment
Researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology (CUT) have demonstrated that plasmonic nanostructures combined with electrically-tuneable polymers could yield just any color on demand.
Large Flexible Fingerprint Sensor Reaches 500dpi
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10/18/2016   Post a comment
FlexEnable together with ISORG have jointly launched a flexible fingerprint sensor with an image resolution of 500 dots per inch (dpi). Only 0.3mm thick, the flexible optical sensor is suitable for applications requiring standard-compliant fingerprint enrolment and/or identification.
Qualcomm Tips 28 GHz 5G Chip
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10/17/2016   3 comments
Qualcomm announced a 5G modem for 28 GHz networks that Korea Telecom and Verizon will use in trials and services.
Germany Hits Tesla, Raises Bigger Issues
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10/17/2016   16 comments
The German Transport Minister requested Tesla to stop advertising its EV’s Autopilot function. The question is whether this is a result of concerted efforts by German automakers “looking for a way to ‘clip Tesla’s wings,’ asked one analyst.
Samsung to Ship 10nm SoCs in 2016
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10/16/2016   37 comments
Samsung announced it is now making SoCs in its 10nm FinFET process, although one analyst said the company likely will lose market share this year.
Bloomberg in France Advises Startup Crowd
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10/14/2016   Post a comment
Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg, and Emmanuel Macron, former French Minister of Economy, came on stage together at a two-day conference in Paris, talked to the entrepreneurs about startups, roles of the government and taking risks.
Salaries Rise, Gaps Widen for EEs
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10/14/2016   1 comment
Salaries for electrical engineers rose 3.85% in 2015 but gender and racial gaps in incomes widened significantly, according to a the latest survey from the IEEE.
IBM Weaves New 25G Link
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10/14/2016   5 comments
IBM announced OpenCAPI, a 25G interconnect for processors, accelerators and memories with backing from seven partners.
One-Nanometer Transistor Demonstrated
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10/13/2016   11 comments
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory claims to have created the world's smallest transistor using a single one-nanometer wide carbon nanotube as the gate.
IoT Startup Taps Blockchain
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10/13/2016   1 comment
Startup Filament has developed an end node for the industrial Internet of Things than extends the LoRa network and uses blockchain as part of its security.
TSMC Grows Share of Foundry Business
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10/13/2016   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. increased its share of the foundry business to 55 percent this year on better than expected demand for smartphones during the third quarter.
V2X Mandate: It’s Now Or Never
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10/13/2016   12 comments
Connected Car proponents insist that the V2X mandate should be issued in the last 100 days of the Obama administration. Without the federal government’s commitment, they warn that V2X might never come to fruition in the United States.
Did Processor Cause Samsung Note 7 Blowup?
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10/12/2016   36 comments
It’s far from clear what caused Samsung Note 7 to catch fire. But a new report emerged that the culprit might not be the lithium-ion batteries. Rather, the problem might reside in tweaks made to the processor.
Daimler: First to Go Wireless Charging
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10/12/2016   6 comments
The upcoming 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e will become the first commercially available plug-in hybrid featuring Qualcomm’ wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology.
Achronix Brings eFPGA IP to SoC
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10/11/2016   6 comments
Achronix has declared that the embedded FPGA — which chip designers can simply drop into their own SoC designs with wire-to-wire connections — is no longer a pipe dream. It’s here and shipping, said Steve Mensor, Achronix executive.
Infineon Acquires LidarExpertise Through Innoluce Takeover
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10/11/2016   Post a comment
With the takeover of Dutch fabless MEMS company Innoluce is Infineon complementing its sensor assortment for the booming market of technology for automated driving? Innoluce’s expertise will help Infineon to close its gap in the future-prone field of lidar sensors.
Broadcom Tips 64x100G Switch
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10/11/2016   Post a comment
Broadcom leapfrogged rivals Barefoot and Cavium by sampling Tomahawk II, a 6.4 Tbit/second Ethernet switch chip for data centers.
Specs Pave Roads Around Xeon
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10/11/2016   3 comments
Two groups – CCIX and Gen-Z—announced chip interconnects meant to provide open alternatives for the data center to Intel’s Xeon interfaces.
Better DRAM with No New Materials
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10/11/2016   12 comments
Kilopass' Vertical Layered Thyristor architecture eliminates the need for power-consuming refresh cycles
IoT Consumer Groups Merge
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10/10/2016   2 comments
The Open Connectivity Foundation and AllSeen Alliance will blend their open-source environments into a consumer alternative to Apple’s Homekit and Google’s Weave.
BrainChip Appoints Former Exar CEO to Lead Company
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10/10/2016   Post a comment
Louis DiNardo, formerly CEO of Exar Corp. has been appointed CEO of BrainChip Holdings Ltd., a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and the parent of BrainChip Inc. (Aliso Viejo, Calif.).
Patent Study IDs Nuisance Suits
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10/7/2016   2 comments
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission called on courts and Congress to put reduce a class of nuisance patent suits from so-called patent trolls.
Intel's Stratix 10 FPGAs, SoCs Sampling
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10/6/2016   3 comments
Devices like Stratix 10 FPGAs will help satisfy the insatiable demand for higher computational capabilities, lower latency, greater system flexibility, and increased power efficiencies
Lam/KLA Failure Cools M&A
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10/6/2016   Post a comment
Regulators struck down a proposed merger of Lam Research and KLA-Tencor, signaling collaboration will be the focus in process technology.
Startup Digs Deep Learning, Snags Big Backers
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10/6/2016   3 comments
ThinCI, architecture designer for deep learning graph analysis, has come out of stealth mode. The startup picked up Denso and Magna as its investors, while Dadi Perlmutter, former Intel executive vp is giving the startup’s technology a thumbs-up.
NXP Pushes Hardware Isolation in i.MX8
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10/5/2016   4 comments
In response to the growing demand for advanced HMI, NXP launches new apps processors dubbed i.MX8. Its beauty lies in the safety and reliability inherent in its architecture. It comes with built-in hardware-based virtualization and domain protection.
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