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Lattice Shareholders Approve China Takeover
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2/28/2017   3 comments
FPGA vendor moves one step closer to acquisition by China-backed equity firm; U.S. government approval still pending.
FCC’s Pai Debuts as ‘Light Touch’ Heavyweight
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2/28/2017   Post a comment
The new chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai, virtually claimed the copyright on the term “light-touch regulation” here at the Mobile World Congress, guaranteeing that he will strive to roll back “net neutrality” restrictions on Internet service providers.
Optimal+ Joins Industrial Internet Consortium
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2/28/2017   Post a comment
The company known for its manufacturing data-analysis software brings is expertise to a wider industry.
Industrial IoT Gets Comms Guide
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2/28/2017   Post a comment
The Industrial Internet Consortium released a connectivity framework to help developers create products and deployments with complete communications software stacks.
EUV Progress, Hurdles Cited
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2/28/2017   2 comments
Extreme ultraviolet lithography made progress in the past year but hurdles are still ahead for EUV said Intel and Samsung experts.
IoT in Industry Still 'Infant,' But a Big One
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2/27/2017   Post a comment
IoT in industry poses great potential but could be stalled by interoperability issues and the "human factor," according to a panel at the Mobile World Congress.
Ultrasound: Can Chirp Usurp UI?
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2/27/2017   Post a comment
Chirp Microsystems is rolling out a single-chip ultrasonic time-of-flight sensor. “Touchless” – based on ultrasonic sensing – can “add another modality” to UI for wearable, AR/VR, smartphones and even automotive, believes the startup CEO.
Q’comm, Samsung, MTK Offer Hints on iPhone 8
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2/27/2017   Post a comment
The 10nm process technology – common to all three chips announced by Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek – and faster speeds enabled by the advanced LTE modem are two likely elements to be leveraged in iPhone 8.
3-D Interactive Projection Redefines MEMS
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2/27/2017   9 comments
Bosch’s combo micro-scanner/laser-projector is said to be capable of transforming any surface into a virtual user interface.
Handsets Going Wide, says LG
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2/26/2017   9 comments
LG Electronics debuted its G6 smartphone at Mobile World Congress claiming it is the first to a generation of premium handsets to support an 18:9 aspect ratio.
UMC Begins Mass Production of 14nm
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2/24/2017   3 comments
Foundry begins shipping 14nm wafers to lead customers ahead of original schedule.
IEEE Director to Step Down
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2/24/2017   1 comment
E. James Prendergast will retire next year after nearly nine years at the helm of the prestigious technical organization.
Alexa, Rivals Speak to OEMs
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2/24/2017   Post a comment
Amazon's Alexa is growing in both partnerships and rivals this year for embedding smart voice services in consumer products.
Chip Equipment Billings Hold Steady
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2/23/2017   Post a comment
Billings for North American chip equipment manufacturers up over 50 percent year-to-year in January, according to SEMI.
Smart Waggle Boosts IoT
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2/23/2017   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory claims a turn-key Internet of Things breakthrough in remote sensing, with its Waggle concept spreading among smart industry and government sensor arrays.
UNH-IOL Adds 2.5G, 5G Ethernet Testing to its Lineup
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2/23/2017   Post a comment
Often seen as the final arbiter for data communications testing and compliance, the University of New Hampshire's Interoperability Lab can now help manufacturers bring NBase-T and IEEE 802.3bz products to market.
EU Privacy Rules Can Cloud Your IoT Future
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2/23/2017   Post a comment
Looming large for the MWC crowd are two unresolved issues: the security and privacy of connected devices. EU’s privacy rules will affect not just big data companies like Google but also IoT companies, even when located outside Europe.
Wi-Fi, LTE Spar over Location
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
Wi-Fi chip makers and an LTE software startup announced ways of delivering location services they claim are superior to Bluetooth and ultrawideband.
T.J. Rodgers Sues Cypress, Slams Chairman
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
Company founder says Chairman failed to disclose role in China-backed equity firm attempting to acquire rival Lattice Semiconductor.
AMD Fires Volley in x86 War
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2/22/2017   1 comment
AMD will start selling March 2 its first Zen-based x86 processor, Ryzen 7, sporting significant price and performance advantages over CPUs from rival Intel.
Cellular IoT Chip Battle Escalates at MWC
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2/22/2017   5 comments
The 3GPP completed the standardization of NB-IoT last June. ARM, Sequans Communications and Altair Semiconductors are all rushing to the cellular IoT market. IHS sees NB-IoT technology in 2017 as “an inflection point in the LPWAN market.”
Former Globalfoundries CEO to Lead SEMI Trade Group
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Ajit Manocha will replace as CEO of semiconductor equipment vendor trade group Denny McGuirk, who is retiring.
Intel, Q’comm Show Cellular's Split
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Intel debuts a gigabit LTE modem and Qualcomm shows RF modules at Mobile World Congress, an event expected to focus on the 5G future.
G’foundries debuts 45nm RFSOI
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2/21/2017   9 comments
Globalfoundries announced it has development kits for its 45nm RFSOI process, a node geared for uses such as 5G millimeter-wave chips.
Cree, Infineon Nix Wolfspeed Deal Over U.S. Government Worries
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2/20/2017   Post a comment
Firms call off $850 million deal after Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States raises concerns.
9 Startups with Self-Driven Future (Maybe)
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2/20/2017   2 comments
How many autonomous driving startups are out there – waiting to be snatched up, or hoping to become the next Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project)?
Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers
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2/17/2017   3 comments
Big Blue has a new mesh network technology for its Weather Channel subsidiary that allows its app to propagate weather and disaster information among all cell phone users even when Internet and cellular networks are down.
A Roadmap to Emulation of 15 Billion Gate ICs
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2/16/2017   1 comment
Mentor's Veloce Strato platform said to stand ready to support leading-edge designs into 2022.
IBM Bets on Cognitive Computing
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2/16/2017   10 comments
IBM is sinking all its efforts into cognitive computing, offering new services based on Watson that were written by users.
IoT Group Sets Broad Agenda
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2/15/2017   Post a comment
The OpenFog Consortium released a reference architecture it will use to guide efforts on standards and product design for the Internet of Things.
Microsemi's PolarFire FPGAs Target Mid-Range Markets
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2/15/2017   Post a comment
In the case of its FPGAs, Microsemi has set its sights firmly on the mid-range market, cumulating in the introduction of its PolarFire family.
Altair Readies Cellular IoT IC with GPS Inside
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2/15/2017   1 comment
Altair is rolling out a highly-integrated cellular IoT chip, designed for easy transformation into an IoT module. Executing on Sony’s vision, it also features a GPS receiver. Altair’s future IoT chip may use FD-SOI.
Toshiba May Sell Majority Stake in Chip Unit
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2/14/2017   4 comments
Japanese conglomerate says it may part with controlling interest in chip group to raise capital after $6.3 billion write down.
Security Experts Cite IoT Risks
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2/14/2017   4 comments
The Internet of Things and critical infrastructure represent two of the biggest security vulnerabilities, said experts at the RSA Conference.
Ex-Leadcore Team Crafts SoC for Xiaomi
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2/14/2017   Post a comment
Xiaomi’s home-grown custom-designed SoC, crafted by a team originally from China’s Leadcore, will drive its soon-to-be-unveiled Mi5C smartphone. The SoC, based on eight ARM A53 cores, is capable of LTE Cat 6.
Startup Schools Machine Learning
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2/14/2017   2 comments
Startup Gamalon debuted software that it claims can eliminate the expense and time needed for training deep neural networks.
IDT to Buy Optical Interconnect IC Vendor GigPeak
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2/14/2017   1 comment
All cash deal, worth $250 million, has been approved by both companies' boards.
SoC Could Power Star Trek-like Medical Scanner
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
At ISSCC 2017 this week, University of Irvine researchers announced a millimeter-wave emitter that could realize Dr. McCoy's Star Trek medial diagnostic scanner which he merely waves over your body to diagnose.
Travel Order Stifles Startup Founder
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2/13/2017   1 comment
The founder of startup Kandou Bus was among unintended victims of President Trump’s travel restrictions that prevented him from receiving an award in person.
TSMC Says Impact from Quake Not Material
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
TSMC, the world’s largest foundry, said that an earthquake on the southern tip of the island that occurred on Feb. 11th had no material impact on its operations.
Ford to Invest $1 Billion in Argo AI
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2/10/2017   Post a comment
Ford announced a $1 billion investment over the next five years in a startup called Argo AI, founded by two top AI robotic talents. Argo AI designs brain, Ford builds nerves, skeleton and muscle of autonomous cars.
AI, Automotive Boost Nvidia
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2/10/2017   1 comment
Nvidia continued it's roll by reporting record quarterly sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.
G’foundries Revamps China Deal
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2/9/2017   10 comments
Globalfoundries will own and operate a 300mm fab in Chengdu, China, in partnership with the local government making 180-22nm chips.
Startup 'Eyes' Healthier Displays
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Algorithms address the inherence shortcomings of standard display technologies in smartphones and automotive dashboards
FASTR Looks to Speed Auto-Tech Alliance
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
In the era of autonomous cars, there are two hard problems the industry needs to solve: Cybersecurity and software reliability. Which industry groups are actually helping carmakers take a holistic view on both issues?
Cree-Infineon Deal Challenged by U.S. Government
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Cree's $850 million sale of its Wolfspeed power and RF business could be dead in the water following objection from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CIFUS).
World's Fastest PAM4 Signal Explained at DesignCon
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Researchers from Nokia Bell Labs and Teledyne LeCroy have developed a waveform generator capable of a 195-Gbaud PAM4 signal. This work could lead the way to even faster signals.
Data Center Calls for 800GE Spec
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2/9/2017   2 comments
Networking veteran Andy Bechtolsheim called for an 800G Ethernet standard this year based on 112G serdes to serve data centers.
MediaTek Launches New Helio SoC
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2/8/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek unveiled the Helio P25, an extension of the company’s high-end mobile processor family. The new SoC combines eight cores with the company’s proprietary image signal processor (ISP) as well as dual-camera features.
Intel to Spend $7 Billion on Arizona Fab
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2/8/2017   10 comments
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, standing beside U.S. President Donald Trump, announced the company would invest $7 billion investment in a semiconductor fab in Arizona.
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