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Chip Capex Expected to Soar 20%
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8/23/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor industry capital spending will soar by 20 percent this year, largely driven by Samsung, according to market watcher IC Insights. The key driver behind strong growth this year has been the memory chip segment.
Magnetoelectric RAM Slashes Energy
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8/23/2017   4 comments
French and Russian researchers built and demonstrated a magnetoelectric RAM (MELRAM) cell that requires 10,000x less current to read/write than traditional DRAM.
Google Fellow: Neural Nets Need Optimized Hardware
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8/23/2017   Post a comment
Jeff Dean, leader of the Google Brain project, told an audience at the Hot Chips conference that neural networks need specialized computers to perform a small handful of specific operations that make up the vast majority of machine learning models.
Hot Chips Spotlights Chip Stacks
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8/23/2017   Post a comment
Intel and Xilinx presented dueling chip stacking techniques at Hot Chips as a U.S. research effort gears up to create standards for chiplets.
Laser Lighting Trial Starting in China
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8/22/2017   6 comments
For perhaps the first time in the world, trials taking place in China next month will use lasers for street lighting, an innovation aimed at saving energy and eliminating the cost of expensive cabling infrastructure.
Microsoft Describes Next Xbox SoC
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8/22/2017   Post a comment
Microsoft described at Hot Chips its Scorpio SoC in the upcoming Xbox One X and it decision not to use high-bandwidth memory.
NAND Prices Expected to Continue Rising
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8/22/2017   1 comment
Market watcher says supply will remain tight until later in 2018, when 3D NAND production reaches maturity.
Startup Unveils Graph Processor at Hot Chips
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
ThinCI, in presenting its “Graph Streaming Processor (GSP),” claimed that its graph processor can beat traditional computing engines such as GPU and DSP due to GSP’s abilities to do direct graph processing, on-chip task-graph management and execution, and task parallelism.
WSTS Revises Chip Growth Forecast to 17%
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
Data from more than 50 member companies points to strongest industry growth since 2010.
NVMe Will Oust SCSI by 2020
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
With a minimal premium on NVMe SSDs, the interface is expected to quickly become the defacto standard in storage arrays.
Rambus Adds Security to RISC-V
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
Startup SiFive partnered with Rambus for a crypto core that becomes the first member of its DesignShare third-party IP program for RISC-V.
Q’comm Details ARM Server SoCs
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8/21/2017   3 comments
Qualcomm will describe at Hot Chips the Falkor dual-CPU custom ARM core in its Centriq server processor slated to ship later this year.
Small Accelerator, Big Promise
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
Brookhaven Lab used a 3-D printer and permanent magnets to produce a proof-of-concept desktop electron-beam accelerator for physics research and cancer treatment.
DRAM Supply Improves Amid Record Sales
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8/18/2017   Post a comment
The DRAM shortage improved in the second quarter as sales hit an all-time high of more than $16.5 billion, according to a market watcher.
Startup Runs MCU on 5 MicroW
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8/18/2017   Post a comment
Startup Eta Compute will demo at Hot Chips a Cortex-M3 running at 5 microW, targeting SoCs run on energy harvesters for the Internet of Things.
Can ST Unseat NXP in iPhone NFC?
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8/17/2017   10 comments
When Apple next month rolls out its new iPhones, whose NFC chip will be inside? Right now, ST is keeping mum. Most analysts remain skeptical of the possibility, although some said it’s “conceivable.”
NIST Repurposes SQUIDs to Sniff Nukes, Solve Big Bang
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8/17/2017   Post a comment
NIST is using microwave SQUID multiplexing in cryogenic microcalorimeter arrays to yield a Spectrometer to Leverage Extensive Development of Gamma-ray transition-Edge sensors for Huge Arrays using Microwave Multiplexed Enabled Readout (Sledgehammer).
AI Sees New Apps, Chips, says Q’comm
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8/16/2017   1 comment
Neural networks for machine learning will be applied to new applications and create new hardware designs, said a Qualcomm researcher.
ThinCI Q&A on Deep-Learning
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8/16/2017   1 comment
ThinCI will detail next week at Hot Chips its deep learning processor. Last week, Denso revealed a new subsidiary to develop IP cores for automated driving. We caught up with ThinCI CEO to connect the dots.
New Security Worry: DNA-borne Malware
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8/16/2017   4 comments
UW researchers coded malware into a DNA strand that spread to the sequencing software and opened a backdoor to a computer, exposing a little-considered cyber vulnerability.
Semiconductor Industry Backs Trump's China Probe
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8/15/2017   10 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association applauds U.S. President's investigation of China's policies, laws and practices around intellectual property.
Server DRAM Supply Expected to Remain Tight
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8/14/2017   1 comment
Sales of server DRAM chips among top three vendors rose by 30 percent sequentially in second quarter, according to a market watcher.
NAND Clash Spans Chip to Code
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8/14/2017   4 comments
The Flash Memory Summit saw NAND chips move toward four bits/cell as new options for solid-state drives and software emerged for data centers.
IBM Deep Learning Breaks Through
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8/11/2017   2 comments
IBM claims records in efficiency and accuracy for its distributed deep-learning (DDL) algorithms compared with the respective results of previous record holders Facebook and Microsoft.
Gogoro – EV with Smartphone Soul
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8/11/2017   1 comment
Gogoro makes electric scooters with the far-reaching aim of rethinking how cities distribute, manage and experience energy. We talked to the top management of the company, in Taiwan, who are mainly from smartphone maker HTC.
Gen-Z Points to New Memories
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8/10/2017   3 comments
The Gen-Z Consortium has first prototypes for its interconnect, pointing toward a disruptive future of many persistent memories.
Design Now for the Interference of Things
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8/9/2017   1 comment
At the keynote address of the 2017 IEEE EMC/SI/PI Symposium, the FCC's Julius Knapp explained the agency's role in regulating IoT devices.
Apple Under Investigation by ITC
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8/9/2017   3 comments
The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate charges by Qualcomm that Apple iPhone and iPads violates six of its non-standards-essential patents.
Samsung Promises 2018 Tbit NAND
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8/8/2017   1 comment
Samsung is sampling Z-NAND drives with 15-microsecond latency and announced plans for 3D-NAND chips that would enable Tbit devices.
Micron Pushes Capacity Threshold in NVMe SSDs
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8/8/2017   Post a comment
The “mainstreaming" of NVMe is gathering momentum as the cost curve of the technology heads downward
Security Scan Checks Binary Open Source
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8/8/2017   Post a comment
A free online service gives a taste of a novel scanner that checks binary versions of open source code for security flaws.
Gbit MRAM Debuts at Flash Summit
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8/7/2017   7 comments
Everspin will debut a Gbit MRAM chip and 1-2 Gbyte cards, expanding the non-volatile alternatives to NAND at the annual Flash Memory Summit.
Room-temp Laser-on-CMOS Achieved
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8/7/2017   7 comments
Researchers from Arizona State and Tsinghua Universities achieved a room-temperature CMOS laser using a molybdenum ditelluride monolayer over a silicon cavity.
Semiconductor Sales Tracking up 21% From 2016
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8/4/2017   1 comment
Record second quarter sales of more than $97 billion put industry on trajectory for huge year.
Engineer's Guide to Imaging Valley
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8/4/2017   Post a comment
French researchers have accumulated key imaging technologies, ranging from X-ray and far infrared to visible image sensors, 3D imaging, and software – all concentrated in Grenoble area. Here are key movers and shakers in Imaging Valley.
Toshiba Cuts WD Out of New Fab Investment
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8/3/2017   Post a comment
Spat between feuding partners takes new turn as Toshiba says it will go it alone to fund equipment purchases for Fab 6 at its Yokkaichi Operations manufacturing site.
IBM Claims Tape Density Record
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8/3/2017   2 comments
In a boost for Big Data, IBM Research has set a tape areal-density record of 201 gigabytes/square inch on nano-grained sputtered tape from Sony Storage Media Solutions.
High Hopes for Second Half Smartphone Shipments
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8/3/2017   1 comment
With several next generation flagship smartphones due out -- including iPhone 8 -- analysts expect smartphone sales to pick up in the second half of the year.
Chip Sales Forecasts Continue to Rise
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8/3/2017   Post a comment
Market watchers keep revising semiconductor sales forecasts upward as the market boom continues to unfold.
5G Needs Mmwave Regs—Pronto
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8/3/2017   2 comments
5G millimeter wave services need channel allocation decisions from regulators before engineers can finish designs.
Semiconductor Capex Forecast Raised as Boom Continues
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8/2/2017   Post a comment
Market research firm Gartner lifted its forecast for semiconductor capital spending, projecting an increase of more than 10 percent this year.
Acqiris Reborn: Keysight Spins Off PCIe Digitizer Line
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8/2/2017   Post a comment
The digitizer company acquired by Agilent in 2007 comes back to life as Keysight exits PCIe PC plug-in digtizer business.
Startup Stacks IoT Chips Cheaply
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8/2/2017   4 comments
Startup zGlue designed a low cost 2.5-D substrate for integrating more than a dozen chips, providing an alternative to SoCs for the Internet of Things.
TI Brings DLP Pico Projectors to the Masses
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8/2/2017   8 comments
Texas Instruments, inventor of the MOEMS-based Digital Light Processor (DLP), has produced a $20 digital micromirror device (DMD) to bring pico projectors to the mass market.
Sales Rise as Apple Preps iPhone 8
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
Apple's revenue continued to grow year-over-year despite difficulties in China.
Intel Quashes Quark for IoT Nodes
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8/1/2017   5 comments
Intel reportedly cancelled plans to take the x86 into microcontrollers with the Quark processor and modules, amnid a sluggish wearables market.
MediaTek's Market Share Continues to Slide
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek, the second-ranked smartphone chip supplier after Qualcomm, said that its market share has continued a slide that started earlier this year due to a slowdown in product upgrades.
5G Proposals Jam 3GPP Channels
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8/1/2017   2 comments
Sometimes spurious proposals have been clogging channels at the 3GPP standards group as it expands cellular and accelerates 5G.
Toshiba Agrees to Give Western Digital Notice of Sale
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
Toshiba will give its partner at least two weeks notice of the planned sales of assets involved in the companies' joint venture after a court ruling.
Spin Wave Breakthrough Solves Signal Propagation Challenge
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
Propagating spin waves could pave the way for high speed, miniaturized data processing devices that have huge potential as fast, high capacity and energy efficient memory devices
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