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'Open Source' Robo-Car in '17?
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12/30/2016   1 comment
What’s on the auto industry 2017 agenda that could change the course of robotic car development? Here's EE Times' prediction.
Nokia Hits Apple With Patent Suits
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12/29/2016   Post a comment
Former phone maker files suit in 11 countries in Asia, Europe and North America, claiming that Apple products infringe some 40 patents.
Thinnest Nanowire Self-assembles
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12/29/2016   1 comment
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center claims to have created the world's thinnest wires using a 10-atom diamond cage around a three-atom copper core.
SK Hynix to Build Wafer Fab in South Korea
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12/29/2016   1 comment
South Korean memory chip company will spend about $1.8 billion to build a memory fab in Cheongju in central South Korea.
Korea Fines Q’comm Nearly $1B
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12/28/2016   5 comments
Korean regulators fined Qualcomm nearly $1 billion following a two-year investigation into its patent licensing practices, a decision the company will appeal.
IoT Ready to Light Up in 2017
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12/28/2016   1 comment
After laying foundations for the Internet of Things in security, M&A and other areas in 2016 its time to tell stories about real deployments of IoT in 2017.
Europe Kicks Off GSA-Based Autonomous Driving Project
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12/27/2016   Post a comment
The European Agency for the global navigation satellite systems (GSA) has kicked-off ESCAPE, a three-year and 5.4 M€ project to exploit the services offered by Galileo, the European satellite navigation system, in the field of the automated driving.
TSMC Says 10nm on Track, Countering Reports
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12/27/2016   3 comments
TSMC’s 10nm process is “totally on track” and will contribute to sales revenue for the first time in the first quarter of 2017, according to TSMC.
Lattice introduces iCE40 UltraPlus high-performance low-power FPGAs
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12/22/2016   2 comments
New FPGAs are ideally suited for use in instant-on, context-aware systems, including smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices.
Micron's Successful Quarter Reflects 3D NAND Progress
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12/22/2016   Post a comment
Rosy numbers are due in large part to market conditions, but betting on floating gate technology for 3D NAND has allowed it to rapidly climb a steep ramp
Synopsys Wins Injunction Against EDA Startup
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12/22/2016   3 comments
Court order prohibits ATopTech from selling any product found to infringe Synopsys copyrights.
Computing Got Colorful in 2016
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12/22/2016   4 comments
With the rise of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, new memory types, and 5G, computing came into a kind of brilliant autumn in 2016.
Race for AI Chips Begins
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12/22/2016   2 comments
Deep learning has continued to drive the computing industry’s agenda in 2016. But come 2017, experts say the Artificial Intelligence community will intensify its demand for higher performance and more power efficient “inference” engines for deep neural networks.
China Returns Navy Sea Drone
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12/21/2016   3 comments
Seaglider sea drones are capable of executing sea-bottom assays and mapping at depths of up to 1,000 meters.
TDK Agrees to Pay $1.3B for InvenSense
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12/21/2016   2 comments
TDK agrees to pay $1.3 billion for MEMS sensor maker in what is presumably one of the last acts of consolidation in what has been a highly active 2016.
DARPA Funds Small Businesses with Big Ideas
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12/21/2016   Post a comment
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its answer to Kickstarter, theCommercial Performer Program that aims to harness the little guys ideas that are now being underfunded.
TDK in Talks to Buy InvenSense
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12/20/2016   Post a comment
TDK is reportedly in talks to acquire inertial and microphone MEMS company InvenSense for about $1.1 billion.
ARM Bolsters HPC Position Through Acquisition
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12/20/2016   Post a comment
ARM announced it bought Allinea Software, a provider of software tools for high performance computing.
Chips Execs See Maturing Industry
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12/20/2016   1 comment
Semiconductor industry executives responding to a survey see revenue, R&D stable over the next three years.
Memory Drives Chip Growth
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12/20/2016   Post a comment
DRAM and NAND sales and prices are expected to rise for the next several years, leading overall semiconductor growth, according to a new report from IC Insights.
Sensor Net to Run on RF Power
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12/20/2016   1 comment
Researchers at PARC are developing a distributed building automation network using sensors that sip power from 900-MHz RF hubs.
BMW to Demo Innovative HMI at CES
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12/20/2016   Post a comment
BMW will show at the upcoming CES a “virtual touchscreen," a free-floating display that seems to waft between the center stack and the driver.
New Consortium Drives Micron's Xccela Bus
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12/19/2016   Post a comment
The demand for instant-on applications needs to be met with unified flash memory standards, according to Micron and early members, which is competing with Cypress Semiconductor's Hyper-family of products
China’s Memory Drama: Must-See in 2017
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12/19/2016   3 comments
China’s memory chip production plans became evident to close industry observers in 2016. What they’ll be watching for next is, who will make the first move in devising and negotiating technology licensing agreements or joint ventures with China.
Global Chip Sales Could Be Flat This Year
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12/19/2016   Post a comment
A new industry forecast calls for semiconductor sales to be flat in 2016, a remarkable turnaround considering the bleak forecasts issued earlier in the year.
Sensor Firm Novelda Raises Funds, Changes CEO
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12/19/2016   Post a comment
Norwegian firm will use funding to take take XeThru branded CMOS sensors to high volume production.
Semiconductor Market Recovery Gathers Steam
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12/19/2016   2 comments
The pace of year-on-year global chip market growth increased markedly in October led by the regions of the eastern hemisphere.
Fab Tool Spending Grew in November
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12/17/2016   Post a comment
The book-to-bill ratio of North American semiconductor equipment vendors moved toward parity in November as spending was stronger than expected.
Europe to Rethink 10/100/20 Chip Project
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12/16/2016   Post a comment
The European Commission intends to reconvene a high-level group of European CEOs and executives to exchange views on the nanoelectronics and chip manufacturing project and make adjustments as necessary for a wave of European Union investment supposedly starting in 2020.
Startup Launches IoT Net in Canada
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12/15/2016   1 comment
Two former developers from Research in Motion launched startup Eleven-X now operating a LoRa network for the Internet of Things in Canada.
Biometrics Won't Kill Passwords
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12/15/2016   2 comments
The password will not be replaced by biometrics measurements of fingerprints, facial features, the iris, the veins of palm or speech-signature recognition until all of these technologies are matured in the consumer market circa 2030.
China Dominates Planned Chip Fabs
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12/15/2016   Post a comment
More than 40% of front-end semiconductor fabs expected to come on line between 2017 and 2020 are in China, according to SEMI.
Monolithic Power Accuses Intersil of ‘Web of Lies’
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12/14/2016   Post a comment
Legal action seeks unspecified damages, court injunction over alleged misappropriation of confidential information.
Chip Market Brightens in 2017
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12/14/2016   Post a comment
A Wall Street analyst forecasts the semiconductor industry will return to 5% growth in 2017 after a decline of about 1% this year.
Your A List for CES 2017
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12/14/2016   1 comment
Ask any market researcher or industry analyst about what to watch for at the CES next month in Las Vegas and the “A” list you’ll almost certainly hear are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality and Automotive.
Samsung Reportedly Mulls Foundry Spinoff
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12/14/2016   1 comment
South Korean giant may spin foundry out after losing Apple business, according to a published report.
DoT Shifts V2V Mandate into Gear
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12/14/2016   8 comments
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule to advance deployment of V2V technologies. The action put the United States on a path as the first in the world to mandate V2V communication on all new light-duty vehicles.
Amazon Invests in MEMS Pioneer
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12/13/2016   Post a comment
Vesper Technologies, a developer of piezoelectric MEMS microphones, plans to use capital to launch more broadly.
Qualcomm Falters at Top Of Fabless Ranking
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12/13/2016   Post a comment
Despite an annual revenue decline, Qualcomm remained at the top of the rankings of fabless chip companies by sales.
AMD Clocks Ryzen at 3.4 GHz+
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12/13/2016   3 comments
AMD said that its Zen x86 core running at 3.4 GHz and higher will ship before April in an SoC called Summit Ridge for gaming PCs.
Growth Curve Accelerating for Flexible Displays
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12/13/2016   Post a comment
Many more smartphones with curved or flexible displays are expected to hit the market in 2017, reportedly including the iPhone 8.
ESC Keynote Provides Six Keys to Innovation
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12/13/2016   Post a comment
Understanding how the brain works led physicist Ransom Stephens to his approach to problem solving.
AI Ethics Effort Starts at IEEE
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12/13/2016   1 comment
The IEEE is seeking feedback on a broad initiative to develop ethical standards and best practices for designing systems with artificial intelligence.
Lurking Behind Every M&A Is China
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12/13/2016   3 comments
Despite all the buzz in the global semiconductor industry about the accelerated consolidation of chip vendors, the biggest story this year goes untold — the presence at the negotiating table — in almost every M&A deal — of Chinese investors
China Enters Top Chip Equipment Spenders
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12/13/2016   Post a comment
China, which is making a bid to become one of the world’s biggest chipmaking nations, is likely for the first time to be among the top-three spenders on chipmaking equipment in 2016, according to industry association SEMI.
Software Finds Research for You
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12/13/2016   1 comment
Omnity finds the other 99% of related documents that should have been cited by a paper's author.
AMD Amps up its AI Play
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12/12/2016   1 comment
AMD announced a suite of boards, software and systems that dramatically amp up its play in machine learning against rivals Nvidia and Intel.
TSMC Plans New Fab for 3nm
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12/12/2016   10 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) said that it plans to build its next fab for chips made at the 5-nm to 3-nm technology node as early as 2022 as it aims for industry leadership.
Canadian Startup Aims to Connect Everything With Style
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12/9/2016   Post a comment
Recently founded Canadian startup Ubiqweus Inc. is launching a Kickstarter campaign for a set of super easy to deploy Wi-Fi-enabled one-inch cubic sensors, packaged attractively and made to last.
Cray Sets Deep Learning Milestone
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12/9/2016   8 comments
Cray's XC50 has set deep learning milestones accomplishing brain-like neural network training in minutes or hours that used to take days or weeks of conventional computer time.
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