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Qualcomm Expects Chip Family to Enable Wireless Virtual Reality
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm, the world’s largest supplier of chips for mobile devices, announced a suite of chips today at the Taipei Computex electronics show that it expects will extend Wi-Fi to enable new functionality such as 4k media streaming and wireless virtual reality.
Globalfoundries Expands into Chinese Wafer Fab
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
U.S.-based foundry plans to upgrade an existing semiconductor facility in inland China to run some of its processes on 300mm-diameter wafers.
Startup Settles With Broadcom, Raises $50 Million
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Innovium, a fabless semiconductor startup founded in 2014 to pursue networking technology, said it raised more than $50 million in venture capital and settled a legal dispute with Broadcom.
China Moves in Takeover of European Wafer Supplier
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Okmetic, the eighth largest wafer supplier in the world, has recommended acceptance of an offer from a Shanghai-based firm.
ARM's Bifrost Steps Up Graphics, Bridges to Machine Learning
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
The Mali-G71 GPU core is ARM's first that follows a new architecture called Bifrost that has been launched providing support for the Vulkan API from the industry-run Khronos Group.
MRAM Seen Leading Embedded Non-Vol Memory Race
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5/31/2016   1 comment
Spin-torque transfer magnetic RAM is leading a race for inclusion as an embedded non-volatile memory at the 28nm chip production node according to the memory department director for European research institute IMEC.
LoRa Gets End-to-End Dev Kit
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
To save developers from needing to assemble and integrate all parts of a LoRa system, Microchip has created an end-to-end development kit.
7 Ways to Skin French Tech
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5/31/2016   2 comments
France now bills itself as a “startup nation” and is backing its tech industry via a confluence of government money and private sector investment.
SoC Spec Defines Core Interfaces
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Designers can now create SoCs that share coherent memory among cores based on the version 1.1 spec from the Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation.
Adesto Addresses Need for Smarter IoT Memory
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5/31/2016   2 comments
CBRAM is not only designed to consume less power but reduce the energy required for the entire device's operations cycle.
Intel Broadens Xeon Video Offerings
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Intel announced its new E3-1500 version five (E3v5) and companion Iris Pro graphics processing unit (GPU) for ultra-fast video transcoding.
ARM Doubles Down on Smartphones with New CPU, GPU
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5/30/2016   Post a comment
ARM expects its latest CPU and GPU cores to help revive demand for smartphones by taking games, virtual reality and augmented reality to a new level.
Cavium Flexes ARM Server Upgrade
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5/30/2016   Post a comment
With its first-generation still not in high volume use, Cavium detailed ThunderX2, a 14nm 54-core ARM server SoC sampling in early 2017.
ARM Aims Artemis at Low Power
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5/29/2016   Post a comment
ARM announced its Cortex-A73, a next-generation mobile CPU core, formerly code-named Artemis.
Paris on a (Connected Electric) Scooter
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5/27/2016   1 comment
Start-up Cityscoot is bringing shared electric scooters to Paris. The company designed a black box, which makes every scooter “very smart.” Its box enables Cityscoot to book, track and geo-locate, keeping riders safe, and communicating road conditions.
FDSOI Driving ST's Automotive Biz
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5/27/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics says the fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator chip manufacturing process it championed has become almost the default choice for digital manufacturing within its automotive and discrete group.
Quantum Dots Deep Into Hybrid LEDs
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5/27/2016   Post a comment
Researchers have designed a novel photonic quasi-crystal LED structure that deeply embeds quantum dots within the whole stack of the LED's active layers.
Stratix 10 MX: 1 TBps On-Chip Memory Bandwidth in Single FPGA
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5/26/2016   10 comments
Having up to 16 GB of in-package memory with a bandwidth of 1 TBps is going to be a game-changer for a wide range of applications.
Machine-Learning Radars May Come to Automotive
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5/26/2016   1 comment
Belgium's IMEC research institute plans to make future sensors --specifically radar sensors -- as well as devices that extract useful information locally and even become learning machines.
Infineon, AMS To Benefit From $70M Euro Sensor Project
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5/26/2016   Post a comment
IoSense, a European pilot line project has kicked off in Dresden, Germany at the site of project leader Infineon Technologies AG.
Plastic & Flexible OLEDS Market to Reach $18B in 2020
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5/26/2016   Post a comment
According to IDTechEx Research's latest report, the market for plastic and flexible displays will reach nearly $2 billion this year and will grow to $18 billion by 2020.
Google's Paris Office Raided In Tax Investigation
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5/26/2016   Post a comment
French investigators are seeking information about whether Google has been evading its tax obligations.
'French Steve Jobs' & His Teacherless School
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5/25/2016   7 comments
The shortage of skilled software engineers is real globally. It took a French billionaire to develop a blueprint for the “school of the future.”
Globalfoundries Working on Next-Gen FDSOI Process
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5/25/2016   2 comments
The 22FDX fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) process developed by Globalfoundries Inc. is on track to debut later this year and the company is working on the follow-on process, according to chief technology officer Gary Patton.
Ultra-Dense 3-D Packaging for IoT
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5/25/2016   2 comments
The next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices will keep shrinking their package sizes, instead of transistor sizes, thus extending beyond the end of Moore's Law.
Microsoft Shines Light on HoloLens
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5/25/2016   2 comments
The head of Microsoft’s HoloLens team gave his first public talk on the hardware inside the novel augmented reality headset and the accelerator chip that drives it.
IoT Security is Imec Target
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5/25/2016   Post a comment
The Imec research institute kicked off a program to upgrade embedded security for the Internet of Things and announced record efficiency and size for a novel solar cell.
iPhone 7 Could Have OLED Display
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5/24/2016   2 comments
Apple watchers can add "OLED display" to the list of features we're expecting in the iPhone 7, as hinted by the CEO of Applied Materials.
Moore on his Law and More
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5/24/2016   14 comments
Imec celebrated Gordon Moore with a lifetime achievement award and a video interview from his home in Hawaii.
IoT Chip Supports Five Networks
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5/24/2016   Post a comment
Imec announced a low-cost chip supporting five low-power wide area networks for the Internet of Things and started work with Infineon on a car radar device.
Forces Clash over Auto Cyber Security
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5/24/2016   6 comments
With a growing number of connected cars and autonomous cars planned for rollout, automakers know they have a bulls-eye on their back. The question now is how best to deal with this imminent threat.
Tower Debuts RF Process For IoT Front Ends
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Specialty foundry says it has begun mass production of a silicon-germanium process tailored to meet the demands of wireless front-ends on an integrated circuit for the Internet of Things.
Foundries' Sales Show Hard Times Continuing
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5/23/2016   2 comments
Taiwanese foundries TSMC and UMC, two partial bellwethers of the semiconductor sector, have both indicate with recent sales figures that a chip market slow down that lasted through the winter is not yet over.
Going the Distance with PCIe
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Redrivers can strengthen signals and maintain their integrity when they have to travel further within a system, including SATA and M.2 SSDs
FPGA-Based Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Sets New Record
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
New 26.5 GHz LibertyGT 1410 achieves 100% probability of intercept (POI) with full accuracy on 320 ns minimum duration signals.
Arteris Rolls New Heterogeneous SoC Architecture
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Intellectual property vendor touches new technology for designing SoCs with cache coherency.
Cool Quantum Cascade Laser Speeds Chemical Fingerprinting
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
MIT Researchers have proven a new terahertz spectroscopy system that uses a quantum cascade laser to extract a material’s spectroscopic signature in just 100 microseconds.
IoT Standard EEBus Available for Everyone
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5/23/2016   1 comment
After a series of successful field tests, the EEBus Initiative has released version 1.0 of its interoperability standard. Based on the idea of open systems, the specifications can be downloaded freely for everybody; a membership in the EEBus group is not required.
NXP Aims to Target IoT
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
A home gateway solution from NXP allows all the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in a home to be integrated with WiFi making it more valuable and economical to keep the cable as your internet service provider (ISP) and get regular TV to boot.
Accelerators Unite ARM, IBM, X86
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5/23/2016   2 comments
Seven chip companies will define a cache-coherent interface between accelerators and server processors spanning ARM, IBM Power and x86 architectures.
MIT Media Lab Founder: Biotech Will Grow Computers
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5/20/2016   2 comments
Co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, Nicholas Negroponte, recounts his prescient track record, then offers his latest predictions for the future of technology.
Android N Joins Auto OS Battle
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5/19/2016   3 comments
This week at its Google I/O Conference, Google upped the ante, revealing that the upcoming Android N will come with an auto-centric variant equipped with hooks that sink much deeper into cars.
16-Bit MCU With Smart Card Interface Targets Card Reader Tokens
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Seiko Epson is now shipping samples of a low-power, 16-bit microcontroller with on-chip flash memory.
TI Still Top Dog in Industrial Chips
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5/19/2016   1 comment
Intel moves into No. 3 position behind Infineon, according to annual ranking compiled by Semicast Research.
Programmable ASSP (pASSP) I/F Bridge for Mobile Image Sensors & Displays
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Low-cost video interface bridge devices offer high bandwidth, low power, and small footprints.
Metamaterials Boost the Distance for Wireless Charging
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Barcelona in Spain have used metamaterials to improve the performance of wireless charging systems.
Google’s TPU Hit a Tight Sked
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5/19/2016   6 comments
Norman Jouppi, a veteran processor and server engineering manager, shares some of the story behind Google’s custom accelerator for machine learning.
Data Centers Drive Startup
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
DriveScale applies lessons from Google to virtualize servers and SAS storage arrays for large business data centers.
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