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Record iPhone Sales Lift Apple
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1/31/2017   9 comments
Apple posted it's best-ever quarterly revenue thanks in part to stronger-than-expected sales of its flagship smartphone.
Industrial IoT Nets Blossom
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1/31/2017   Post a comment
A survey shows growth in large deployments of the Internet of Things in industrial markets as a trade group prepares an analysis of competing protocols.
IoT Contest Shows Security Gaps
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1/31/2017   1 comment
Participants in an IoT security challenge hosted by Mitre share lessons finding vulnerabilities in Zigbee and Z-Wave networks
Nokia Applies IMPACT to IoT Fragmentation
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1/31/2017   Post a comment
Lack of security and fragmentation are often cited as basic reasons why the Internet of Things market has been slow to catch fire. Nokia hopes to provide pre-integrated applications that help alleviate customers’ initial trepidation before plunging into IoT.
Samsung Beats Apple to Punch with MEMS Antenna Tuning Array
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1/31/2017   13 comments
Samsung beats Apple to the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) antenna tuning array by Cavendish Kinetics.
Toshiba Confirms Memory Chip Spinoff
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1/27/2017   3 comments
Toshiba formally announced that it will sell a chunk -- but less than 20 percent -- of its memory chip business. Toshiba will proceed with its expansion plan for 3D flash memory production as scheduled.
Miniaturization, IoT Fuel Electronics Adhesive Growth
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1/27/2017   Post a comment
Competitive market is benefitting from the demand for high-quality electronics and is focused on innovation as vendors look at growth through acquisition
Persistent Memory Platform Support Will Take Time
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1/27/2017   3 comments
NVDIMM ecosystem is still taking shape, and computing architectures must continue to support existing software applications
Trump, Brexit Cloud Upbeat 2017
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1/27/2017   7 comments
The semiconductor market is posed for a better year ahead but uncertainties with President Trump, China and Brexit could sway the numbers.
Intel Cautious on PC Consumption
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1/26/2017   Post a comment
Intel's fourth quarter sales and profit beat expectations and the company also delivered a better-than-expected forecast for the first quarter of this year.
Talent Hunt in China's Memory Triangle
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1/26/2017   19 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup’s recently disclosed d plans to build a $30 billion memory chip in Nanjing was unexpected – even by many China watchers. Unfolding are fierce battles over talent, manufacturing equipment and regional financing – among Xi’an, Wuhan and Nanjing.
Samsung Expects Strong Memory Sales in '17
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1/26/2017   2 comments
Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and the second-largest chipmaker, said it expects strong memory sales this year as the balance between supply and demand tightens.
MediaTek Expects Slow Q1 Growth
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1/26/2017   1 comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest rival in the smartphone silicon business, is forecasting slow growth during the first quarter this year as the overall market remains in the doldrums.
Patent Suits Hit Q’comm Profits
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1/25/2017   8 comments
Qualcomm’s quarter profits fell as a result of a fine from the Korea government in one of now five cases alleging unfair patent licensing.
Ex-Elpida CEO's China Fab Plan Dropped?
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1/25/2017   1 comment
A China-based memory chip called Sino King Technology, founded with ambitious goals by the former CEO of Elpida less than a year ago, has apparently ceased operations.
Is Semiconductor M&A Wave Dissipating?
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1/25/2017   1 comment
The wave of consolidation that has swept the semiconductor industry over the past two years has shown some signs of slowing, but is it?
EUV in Focus at Photonics West
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1/25/2017   3 comments
Researchers at Photonics West will discuss advances in a 250W light source for EUV lithography, new infrared cameras and Li-Fi, data communications using LED lights.
Video Conferencing & Collaboration Leaps Forward
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1/24/2017   2 comments
The NVIDIA Jetson TX1-powered Cisco Spark Board sets the current standard in video conferencing and collaboration.
UMC’s 28nm Ramp to Slip This Year
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1/24/2017   3 comments
United Microelectronics Corp., Taiwan’s second largest foundry, said the ramp of its most advanced node, 28nm, will probably slip during the early portion of 2017 under strong competition.
Nvidia's Jetson Goes Embedded, Gets Cisco
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1/24/2017   2 comments
GPUs shine no longer in just supercomputers, PCs and game machines. Nvidia, the graphics chip giant, is eagerly plowing inroads into the embedded market, by leveraging Jetson TX1, its AI computing platform.
Chip Sales Projected to Grow 7% in 2017
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1/24/2017   1 comment
Market research firm Gartner says the turnaround in chip sales that started in the second half of 2016 will continue through 2017.
Space X: L.A. to S.F. in 35 Minutes
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1/24/2017   Post a comment
The Space X contest narrowed down a field of over 1200 entrants to 29 for the pod trip by tube from L.A. To S.F. in 35 minutes.
Silicon Labs Expands IoT Portfolio
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1/23/2017   Post a comment
Silicon Labs bought Zentri, a 20-person company making mainly software for Wi-Fi modules for the Internet of Things.
X-Fab is Fastest Growing Foundry
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1/23/2017   Post a comment
Pure play foundry sales increased by 11% last year to reach $50 billion, according to IC Insights.
Batteries Caused Samsung Galaxy to Explode
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1/23/2017   4 comments
Following a three-month investigation into the exploding Galaxy Note 7 handsets, Samsung put the blame squarely on the devices’ batteries. The company ruled out any issue with the smartphones’ software or other hardware.
Toshiba's NAND Future Uncertain
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1/23/2017   1 comment
Roughly 10 suitors are interested in Toshiba’s NAND flash business. Selling a stake in the spun-off chip business is the quickest way for Toshiba to boost its capital, but several factors make Toshiba’s plan both more urgent and complex.
Automotive ECU Updates: Keeping the Hackers Out
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1/23/2017   2 comments
A new software security technology called Uptane aims to keep hackers away from firmware updates and keep manufacturers and suppliers in control.
Dragonfly Surveillance Cyborg Could Aid Pollination
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1/23/2017   1 comment
Who needs bees. Just use technology to pollinate? The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (Draper, Cambridge Mass.) has embedded an optrode in a dragonfly with the idea of guided pollination.
EDA Firm ATopTech Files for Bankruptcy
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
Privately held EDA vendor expects to be sold after losing long-running legal battle with Synopsys.
TI Reorgs Analog Group
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1/20/2017   2 comments
Texas Instruments reorganized four analog groups into three, eliminating no products but causing a small number of layoffs in support personnel.
5G Calls for Silicon in 2017
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
This year, work on silicon and antenna architectures for 5G cellular networks begins in earnest, said a Nokia CTO.
NHTSA Lets Tesla Off The Hook
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1/20/2017   5 comments
The NHTSA concluded a months-long investigation of a fatal crash in Florida, and reported that the agency found no defects in Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking and Autopilot systems. Did NHTSA let Tesla off the hook too easily? Absolutely.
Tsinghua to Build $30 Billion Memory Fab in China
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1/20/2017   9 comments
State-controlled Chinese chip firm has committed to $54 billion to two memory fab projects in past two months.
Carbon-on-Wafer Tech Said to Make RF Compatible with CMOS
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
The world's first commercial carbon-on-silicon wafers use aligned nanotubes, which can be lithographically fabricated into super-fast transistors alongside normal CMOS circuitry.
Automotive Power Semi Market Keeps Soaring
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
The global market for power semiconductors used in cars and light passenger vehicles will grow by more in $3 billion USD in the next six years, predicts market research company IHS Markit.
Chip Sales Grew 1.5% in ‘16, Gartner says
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
Global chip revenue increased by 1.5% in 2016 as a late-year surge enabled the semiconductor industry to avoid widely anticipated contraction, according to market research firm Gartner.
IoT Network Reboots Its Efforts
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1/19/2017   1 comment
The Weightless-P network for the Internet of Things gets a new backer as the special interest group behind it carves out a broader role for itself.
Future of Chip Research Group Questioned
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1/19/2017   6 comments
Questions surround the future of SUNY Poly's semiconductor industry research after the resignation and arrest of its CEO and the disintegration of two high-profile projects.
IoT Startup Rides LoRa
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1/18/2017   1 comment
Startup TrackNet got $7 million in funding from two OEMs who aim to help it build and sell IoT systems for consumers and business users.
FTC Slaps Qualcomm with Suit
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1/17/2017   1 comment
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint alleging Qualcomm is unfairly using its dominance in cellular baseband processors against rivals and customers.
Toshiba Mulls Chip Business Spinoff
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1/17/2017   4 comments
Toshiba is considering a plan to spin off its chip business and sell a partial stake in the unit to Western Digital, reported Japanese financial daily newspaper Nikkei.
Steep Rise of Drones Boosts Other Business
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1/17/2017   Post a comment
A new report by Grand View Research predicts anti-drone technologies, such as electromagnetic shields, lasers, and "net-firing bazookas,” could reach $1.85 billion by 2024.
Racing to Offer Mobileye 'Killer Chip'
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1/17/2017   1 comment
With Mobileye acknowledged as the king of the hill in the hottest automotive vision market, it has become incumbent upon competitors to say they’ve got “a Mobileye killer solution.” But what would it take to become the next Mobileye?
NRAM's Day Is Finally Here: Report
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1/17/2017   1 comment
Nantero's recent licensing agreement with tech giant Fujitsu may be the tipping point for the nascent memory needed
5G Report Gauges Trillion-Dollar Impacts
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1/17/2017   7 comments
A report sponsored by Qualcomm said 5G networks ultimately will have economic benefits measured in trillions of dollars.
Consortium Releases Sensor Interface Spec
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1/16/2017   Post a comment
MIPI Alliance I3C specification said to streamline sensor integration in smartphones, wearables, Internet of Things devices and automotive systems.
IIoT Development Lab Opens for Business
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1/16/2017   Post a comment
NI has opened a lab to foster cooperation in developing the Industrial Internet of Things.
No Sign of 450mm on the Horizon
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1/13/2017   11 comments
Momentum behind a transition in semiconductor manufacturing to 450mm wafers has died down considerably over the past several years.
Semiconductor Capital Spending Projected to Increase
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1/13/2017   Post a comment
Gartner projects modest increases in capital spending annually through 2019, driven largely by NAND flash memory capacity expansion.
Crossbar ReRAM in Production at SMIC
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1/13/2017   5 comments
Non-volatile resistive RAM developer keeps promise to begin production in 2016.
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