Foundries' Sales Show Hard Times Continuing News & Analysis 5/23/2016 Post a comment 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.
IoT Standard EEBus Available for Everyone News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 5/23/2016 1 comment Seven chip companies will define a cache-coherent interface between accelerators and server processors spanning ARM, IBM Power and x86 architectures.
Android N Joins Auto OS Battle News & Analysis 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.
Google’s TPU Hit a Tight Sked News & Analysis 5/19/2016 5 comments Norman Jouppi, a veteran processor and server engineering manager, shares some of the story behind Google’s custom accelerator for machine learning.
Google Designing AI Processors News & Analysis 5/18/2016 24 comments Google has developed and is running in its data centers a custom accelerator for artificial intelligence its calls a tensor processing unit.
ARM Grabs Apical for $350M News & Analysis 5/18/2016 Post a comment ARM announced it has acquired the entire share capital of Apical Limited, a provider of imaging and embedded computer vision intellectual property products with extensive licensing deals across the semiconductor industry.
ARM Describes 10nm Test Chip News & Analysis 5/18/2016 3 comments ARM taped out a 10nm FinFET test chip in January at TSMC and expects similar SoCs will be in handsets by the end of the year, using the process it described as relatively expensive and focused on lowering power.
Google Faces $3.4 Billion Fine News & Analysis 5/18/2016 Post a comment The European Commission is planning to announce it is hitting Google with a record-breaking €3 billion (about $3.4 billion) or thereabouts, according to the UK's Telegraph newspaper.
Mobileye/ST Gun for Sensor Fusion, Go after NXP News & Analysis 5/17/2016 1 comment On the heels of NXP’s Bluebox announcement, Mobileye and STMicroelectronics rushed to reveal a Vision SoC, EyeQ5, touting it as a “sensor fusion central computer for autonomous vehicles.” Unlike Bluebox, already sampling, EyeQ5 won’t be ready until 2018.
NXP Unveils Open, Modular ADAS Car Platform News & Analysis 5/16/2016 1 comment NXP is unveiling a comprehensive ADAS vehicles platform. Central to the platform is its new Bluebox computing engine, capable of fusing data processed from different sensor nodes such as radar, lidar, vision sensing and an onboard V2X system.
Lam, KLA Deal Faces DoJ Scrutiny News & Analysis 5/15/2016 Post a comment Analysts are divided on whether a U.S. request for more information on the proposed $10.6 billion deal to combine Lam Research and KLA-Tencor spells the beginning of the end for the merger.
What Apple Gains by Sinking $1B into Didi News & Analysis 5/13/2016 9 comments Apple’s $1 billion investment in China’s leading ride-hailing service company Didi Chuxing is surprising but it makes one thing clear: “It tips Apple’s hand. Apple is developing driverless cars,” said an analyst.
Diamond ICs May Finally Debut News & Analysis 5/13/2016 12 comments Akhan Semiconductor Inc. is licensing a diamond semiconductor process from Argonne National Laboratory, which the company plans to use first for power transistors and eventually for semiconductor chips such as ultra-low-power high-speed processors.
Nest Shares Thread Code News & Analysis 5/11/2016 Post a comment Google’s Nest released an open source version of software it uses to implement Thread to accelerate adoption of the smart-home protocol.
Magnetic Graphene Possible News & Analysis 5/11/2016 Post a comment By inserting hydrogen atoms into the lattice of a graphene sheet, an array of electrons in nanoscale domains encoded with magnetic spin transforms the material into a spintronic successor to silicon.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.