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Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design
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4/6/2017   3 comments
Chip designers are hearing AI’s footsteps as it encroaches on their design work. Solido Design Automation, which has been applying its home-grown machine-learning algorithms to its software, is making its crown jewel available to customers via Machine Learning Labs.
Chip Materials Market Grew 2.4% in 2016
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Sales of wafer fab and semiconductor packaging materials both grew amid slight growth in semiconductor revenue, according to the SEMI trade group.
TPU Beat Intel, Nvidia, says Google
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Google released a paper describing its Tensor Processing Unit and tests showing that it beat an Intel Xeon and Nvidia GPU on machine-learning jobs.
Google Calls for Switch Chip API
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4/4/2017   2 comments
Google called for a common API for Ethernet switches at the Open Networking Summit where it and AT&T cited progress in software-defined networks.
China's Tsinghua Secures $22 Billion in State Backing
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4/4/2017   7 comments
Ambitious Chinese memory upstart says additional funds will help it improve global competitiveness.
Semiconductor Sales Keep Climbing
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4/4/2017   1 comment
Chip sales logged the largest year-over-year decline in more than six years in February, according to a semiconductor industry trade group.
Mentor in Robo-Car Race with Mobileye, Nvidia
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4/4/2017   3 comments
Mentor Graphics Corp. will come to SAE World Congress in Detroit to demonstrate how “raw data fusion” – not the fusion of processed data generated by sensor modules – can provide dramatic improvements in sensing accuracy and overall system efficiency.
Apple Drops Imagination
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4/3/2017   3 comments
Apple has notified Imagination Technologies, a key GPU core licenser to Apple for years, that it will no longer use Imagination’s IP in new products. Analysts are skeptical if Imagination can survive as an independent company without Apple.
Intel Shows Life Beyond CMOS
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4/3/2017   2 comments
At the International Symposium on Physical Design Intel presented more than dozen different ways to get beyond the limitations of conventional complementary metal oxide semiconductors while using the same fabs.
Electrical Code Now Includes Reconditioned Equipment
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4/3/2017   Post a comment
Recycled equipment now cleared to be used in the power grid and in installations.
Toshiba Shareholders OK Chip Unit Sale as Bidders Mount
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3/31/2017   Post a comment
With about 10 bidders reportedly interested, stockholders vote to approve spinoff into separate business.
Analog Devices Buys Broadband Amplifier Vendor
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3/31/2017   Post a comment
ADI says acquisition of OneTree Microdevices will enable it to support the complete signal chain for next-generation cable access networks.
Police Report Untangles Uber Crash Mystery
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3/30/2017   25 comments
EE Times has obtained the police report of Uber traffic collision on March 24. It tells a story different from earlier accounts of the crash. It also reveals details that might prompt more questions about Uber.
Chip Industry Outlines Post-CMOS Research Focus
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3/30/2017   Post a comment
Report by SIA outlines key areas for research funding as the semiconductor industry looks beyond conventional silicon scaling.
Semiconductor Outlook Lifted on Surging Memory Prices
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3/30/2017   2 comments
IC Insights doubles market forecast to 11 percent growth due to surge in DRAM and NAND flash ASPs.
Q'comm Names CTO, Girds for NXP Influx
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm appointed James Thompson, EVP of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, as the company’s new CTO. Thompson is responsible for R&D activities in all wireless chipsets in QCT, semiconductor business. He will oversee the companywide technical and product roadmaps.
MaxLinear to Buy Exar for $700 Million
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Deal, worth $472 million net of Exar's cash on hand, would increase MaxLinear's scale and diversify its revenue base.
Intel Unveils 10, 22nm Processes
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3/28/2017   23 comments
Intel said it will be in production this year with a 10nm process that packs 100.8 million transistors/mm2 and a new a 22nm low power FinFET node.
Automotive IC Vendor Ranking Stays Largely Unchanged
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3/28/2017   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors remained the leading automotive IC supplier for the second straight year as the market grew 6.4 percent, according to to a market research firm.
Patent Trolls Plague Chip Vendors
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3/28/2017   2 comments
One of the unintended consequences of increased M&A activities in the semiconductor industry is that more chip vendors are facing the risk of getting targeted by patent trolls. Who are the key patent trolls? How do you protect yourself?
Intel Pumps Up PCs with Optane
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3/27/2017   13 comments
Intel announced two M.2 cards using its 3D XPoint memories, aimed at accelerating hard-disk performance in PCs.
EDA Sales Jump Most in Five Years
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3/27/2017   Post a comment
Move to more aggressive processing nodes largely triggered a 19 percent increase in EDA sales in the fourth quarter, according to an industry group.
Uber Yanks Robo-Cars after Arizona Crash
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3/27/2017   14 comments
Uber Technologies grounded all of its driverless cars deployed in pilot programs in Tempe, Arizona, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, after a crash Friday in Arizona. Here’s what we know now, and here’s what we need to find out.
Intel Creates New Unit to House AI Efforts
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3/24/2017   1 comment
Artificial Intelligence Product Group will align resources from across the company to focus on AI.
Roadmap Says CMOS Ends ~2024
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3/23/2017   3 comments
An expanded roadmap for semiconductors says traditional CMOS scaling will end in about 2024 but new chip stacks and systems architectures will continue advances.
TowerJazz Rolls Out Silicon Photonics Process
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3/23/2017   Post a comment
Specialty foundry offering process to complement silicon-germanium BiCMOS process for optical transceivers.
OFC Debates Road to Photonic ICs
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3/23/2017   3 comments
An OFC keynoter made the case for indium phosphide photonic ICs, but analysts said that silicon photonics has bigger backers for merging optics and electronics.
Google Calls for Optical Leaps
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3/22/2017   Post a comment
Google's data centers need much higher capacity, lower cost, and more programmable optical networks, an executive said in a keynote.
Samsung Edges TSMC in 10 nm
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3/22/2017   6 comments
Samsung appears to be about a quarter ahead of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. with the ramp of 10-nm process technology, according to a veteran chip analyst.
Asian Tech Investment in U.S. May Rise
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3/22/2017   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and other Asian tech firms may contribute to a rising tide of investment in the U.S. in response to some expected Trump administration initiatives.
ST's SPAD Imager Likely Linked to iPhone 8
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3/21/2017   3 comments
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 with a “3D camera” is the subject of intense speculation. Dots yet to be connected are the explicit relationships among the iPhone 8, single photon avalanche diodes and STMicroelectronics.
Wireless Networks Vie for Air Time
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3/21/2017   1 comment
Debates among wireless competitors at an IEEE event spanned cellular IoT, 5G, and Wi-Fi.
Peregrine Semi Buys MIT Spinoff Arctic Sand
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3/20/2017   Post a comment
RF chip vendor says deal will expand its power module business in the telecommunications, data communications and industrial electrical markets.
Is ADAS Ready for a Little 'Disruption?'
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3/20/2017   Post a comment
Chronocam, a developer of revolutionary event-driven sensor, is emerging in a red hot ADAS/Autonomous vehicle market where big players – Intel/Mobile -- are now beginning to merge. Is the startup tilting the windmills?
Intel Boots Drives with 3D XPoint
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3/19/2017   22 comments
Intel announced its first solid-state drives using its 3D XPoint memory chips, getting a long-awaited foothold in a market between flash and DRAM.
Fab Tool Sales Keep Climbing
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3/17/2017   Post a comment
North American semiconductor equipment vendors posted an annual increase in monthly billings for the fifth straight month in February.
China Fab Boom Fuels Equipment Spending Revival
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3/16/2017   Post a comment
With 26 fabs scheduled to come on line in China in the next four years, the SEMI trade group is projecting the first three-year run of consecutive semiconductor equipment spending growth since the mid-1990s.
China's Gamble on Industrial IoT
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3/16/2017   1 comment
The Chinese government projects the country’s Industrial Internet of Things to grow to 450 billion RMB by 2020 – occupying roughly one quarter of China’s whole IoT market. Here’s a report from EE Times China's Editor-in-Chief Yorbe Zhang.
TSMC Tips 7+, 12, 22nm Nodes
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3/16/2017   17 comments
TSMC announced new 22, 12 and 7nm processes to compete with FD-SOI from Globalfoundries and FinFETs with EUV from Samsung.
NXP Goes All In on FD-SOI
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3/15/2017   1 comment
By launching the lowest power general-purpose applications processors yet developed for IoT, NXP’s senior executive has unveiled a sweeping plan to broadly migrate design and production of general-purpose processors and microcontrollers from CMOS nodes to the FD-SOI process.
Intel/Mobileye Duopoly: Dream or Nightmare?
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3/15/2017   8 comments
Intel’s Mobileye acquisition has stirred mixed emotions and contrasting reviews among those who cover the industry. Semiconductor Advisors LLC, for one, said “Intel is taking a leap of faith to go very far outside its core business.”
SIA Backs House Republicans’ Tax Plan
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade association says the "Better Way" corporate tax reform blueprint is a good starting point for creating more jobs and helping chip companies innovate.
Silicon Labs Beefs Up IoT SoCs
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
After a year of selling multiprotocol wireless IoT SoCs, Silicon Labs is back in Nuremberg with a better mousetrap. It’s rolling out new Gecko SoCs, with more memory, support for switched multiprotocol and a full featured MCU.
Open-Network Hardware Has Path to Certification
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab now certifies ONIE products for standards compliance, part of the Open Compute Project.
Startup Tips 12.8-Tbit Switch
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
Startup Innovium aims to leapfrog Broadcom with a 12.8-Tbit/s Ethernet switch chip for data centers as networking competition rises.
PSoC 6 is Purpose-Built for the IoT
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3/13/2017   2 comments
The PSoC 6 is the first PSoC family to support dual, heterogeneous processors -- an ARM Cortex-M4 and an ARM Cortex-M0+.
Intel Rocks World with $15B Mobileye Buy
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3/13/2017   5 comments
Intel and Mobileye dropped a bombshell Monday by announcing that the world’s largest processor giant plans to spend roughly $15 billion to acquire Israel-based Mobileye, the world’s leader of computer vision chips and algorithms for ADAS and autonomous driving.
Former Intel Exec Takes Helm at Peregrine Semi
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3/13/2017   Post a comment
Stefan Wolff, a former general manager of Intel’s mobile communications business, was named CEO of RF chip provider Peregrine Semiconductor, replacing Jim Cable, who is transitioning to a new role.
Xilinx AI Engine Steers New Course
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3/13/2017   Post a comment
Combining computer vision with machine learning mostly remains a theoretical and elusive goal for many system designers. Xilinx is hoping to change this perception by rolling out “reVision” stack, offering resources for platforms, algorithms and application development.
Semiconductor Shipments Projected to Top 1 Trillion in 2018
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3/10/2017   1 comment
Total semiconductor shipments, dominated by optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discretes, are expected to top the 1 trillion mark for the first time next year, according to IC Insights.
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