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Qualcomm’s China Compromise Pays Off
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7/22/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm makes progress and profits from its agreement with China's NDRC, in quarterly results.
Vitamin Inspires Solar Flow Batteries
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7/22/2016   Post a comment
Researchers at Harvard University have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind power in large batteries.
NASA, Taiwan to Develop Robotic Lunar Lander
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7/22/2016   Post a comment
Several Taiwanese research institutions have signed an agreement NASA to jointly develop an unmanned lunar lander that could crawl the moon’s surface as early as 2020, according to Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency.
ASML Reports Progress on EUV
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7/22/2016   3 comments
ASML took orders for four pre-production EUV systems in its latest quarter, fueling hopes the new lithography scanners will be ready for 5nm chips in 2020.
Gartner Again Trims Forecast for Chip Capex Decline
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7/21/2016   Post a comment
Market research firm now expects a modest 1% year-to-year decline in semiconductor capital spending despite supply glut.
GE Plans Software Platform For Creating 'Digital Twins'
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7/21/2016   Post a comment
GE already uses an internal platform for modeling jet engines, turbines, and other physical assets. Now, the company will be offering it as a service by the end of 2017.
Sensors, Peripherals to Dominate Wireless by 2021
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7/21/2016   Post a comment
Wireless sensor nodes and connected peripherals will outnumber hub devices such as smartphones and PCs in 2016 and increase their holding through 2021, according to ABI Research.
AI Drives Startup to Map Deep Learning Computer
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7/21/2016   Post a comment
AI is driving hardware innovation. Wave Computing has leveraged the well-understood dataflow technology, and designed a new processing unit, called Dataflow Processing Unit (DPU), that can natively support Google TensorFlow and Microsoft CNTK.
Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash
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7/20/2016   1 comment
Amid second-quarter results, Intel said it expects a double-digit PC decline this year but sees flash picking up as it continues a 14nm rollout and starts a 10nm ramp.
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic?
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7/20/2016   10 comments
Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
Cray, Deloitte Don White Hat in Security Service
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7/20/2016   2 comments
Cray Inc. and Deloitte & Touche offer service that continually probes a subscribers' computer systems as if it were a hacker, identifying potential threat vectors and alerting the subscriber to patch vulnerabilities before they are exploited by the bad guys.
Qualcomm Faces $900 Million Fine from Korea
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7/20/2016   Post a comment
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has said that semiconductor and telecoms company Qualcomm is facing a fine of up to 1 trillion won (about $875 million) for allegedly violating antitrust regulations, according to a Korea Times report.
Ex-Bridgelux Execs Launch Wide Band Gap Startup
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7/20/2016   Post a comment
Two former senior executives with Bridgelux Inc., a developer semiconductor technology for solid-state lighting, have founded Quora Technology Inc. (Los Gatos, Calif.).
Daimler Demos Semi-Autonomous City Bus
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7/20/2016   Post a comment
No mirrors, but piles of forward- and backward-looking cameras, long- and short-range radar along with high-precision GPS – these sensors create a exact 260-degree virtual image of the surroundings. This equipment enables Daimler’s newly-designed Future Bus to roll along a 20-km track (about 12.5 miles) through the city traffic of Amsterdam without driver intervention. The technology will enter series production early in the next decade, the company says.
IEDM Explores Silicon Horizon
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7/20/2016   Post a comment
The annual International Electron Devices Meeting released a preliminary program covering topics from quantum and neuromorphic computing to the 5nm node and the IoT.
Stacking Boosts Polarimetry
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7/19/2016   Post a comment
Researchers use stacked organic polarization detectors to improve polarimetry for a wide range of sensing applications, from military targets to atmospheric gases to telecommunications and biomedical imaging.
ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank?
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7/19/2016   17 comments
The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
3D NAND Flash at 2 Cents per GB
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7/18/2016   14 comments
BeSang Inc. claims the cost-per-bit for its monolithic 3D NAND is lower than conventional 3D NAND.
Cypress Aims Low-Pin Memory at Automotive, IoT
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7/18/2016   Post a comment
Unsurprisingly, higher performance and smaller footprints remain desirable memory attributes for automotive, but minimizing the potential points of failures is also a high priority for carmakers.
Infineon Details Plans for Wolfspeed Takeover
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7/18/2016   Post a comment
Infineon recently announced the intention to acquire compound semiconductor expert Wolfspeed. But how are the perspectives for Wolfspeed, its product range and its staff? During a conference call, Infineon CEO Reinhard Ploss shed light on his plans.
ARM Agrees To Be Bought by Japan's Softbank
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7/18/2016   7 comments
ARM Holdings plc has agreed to be bought by Softbank of Japan for £24.3 billion (about $32.25 billion) in an all-cash deal.
5G Research Gets U.S. Call
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7/16/2016   Post a comment
The U.S. took a step ahead in 5G cellular research with a $400 government effort drawing praise from experts who called for global harmony on spectrum.
Futuristic LUKE Arm to Go on Sale
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7/16/2016   Post a comment
Under development and testing for years, the LUKE arm offers amputees revolutionary capabilities.
FCC Paves Way for 5G
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7/15/2016   Post a comment
The U.S Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve a set of rules for wireless broadband communications operating above 24 GHz.
DARPA Invests $7.5 Million for Implantable Biosensor Tech
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7/15/2016   Post a comment
The grant will aid Profusa in further development of its implantable biosensors for continuous monitoring of multiple body chemistries.
Audi Exec Predicts ‘Server Blades’ on Wheels
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7/15/2016   Post a comment
Updating a car via software isn’t enough. Audi wants to make hardware upgradable. Using the modular design of server blades as its metaphor, Audi said it wants to “pull in and pull out blades in a car.”
Chip Equipment Spending to Stay Flat in 2016
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7/14/2016   Post a comment
The worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment market will be flat this year and will rebound in 2017 according to the SEMI trade association.
FinFET Startup Seeks Partners for Collaboration
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7/14/2016   Post a comment
FinScale Inc. (Dublin, Calif.), a startup that claims it knows how to build superior FinFETs optimized for quantum effects, has formed an industrial and academic partner program to accelerate development and adoption of its technology.
Infineon to buy Cree's Wolfspeed SiC business
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7/14/2016   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has agreed to buy the Wolfspeed power and RF division of Cree Inc. for $850 million in cash (about €740 million).
Huawei Sues T-Mobile US over 4G
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7/14/2016   Post a comment
China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has filed a lawsuit against T-Mobile US alleging the US mobile phone service operator is using patented 4G technologies without a license, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Quantum Superconducting Advance
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7/14/2016   Post a comment
The European Union announced it is funding the "world's most sensitive microwave detector" for commercialization as a quit photon detector for quantum computers. An ASP.org paper published on Friday describes it as the "worlds most sensitive photon detector" being 17-times more sensitive than photodetectors today.
Wearables Don Secret Materials
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7/14/2016   2 comments
Contract manufacturer Flex and fabric maker MAS Holdings partnered to bring printed inks and conductive yarns to wearables later this year.
TSMC to Adopt Extreme Ultraviolet at 5nm
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7/14/2016   5 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it will fully implement extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography to make 5nm chips by the end of this decade.
Leti Unveils New 3D Network-on-Chip
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7/14/2016   Post a comment
Leti’s 3D IC technology fundamentally differs from other 3D chips available on the commercial market. The difference lies in the interposer. Leti’s 3D NoC technology uses a ‘smart interposer,” where active elements are integrated.
Chinese Firm Gets ARM License to Attack Server Market
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7/13/2016   Post a comment
Huaxintong Semiconductor Technology Co. Ltd., a recently formed joint venture between China’s Guizhou province and a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., has taken a multi-year ARMv8-A architecture license.
Brexit Vote Prompts Reduced Global Chip Market Forecast
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7/13/2016   1 comment
IC Insights has lowered its 2016 semiconductor market forecast from 2 percent growth to an annual decline of 1 percent.
Irongate Heralds New Cyber Threat to Industry
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7/13/2016   Post a comment
Recently-identified malware demonstrates a potential threat to industrial control systems.
IBM Gives Appliances a Voice
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7/13/2016   2 comments
White goods makers are testing ways to embed into appliances links to data analytics for voice interfaces.
Leti Plans Startup Accelerator
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7/12/2016   1 comment
French research institute Leti is planning to create a startup accelerator organization under the name Innovation Venture Accelerator (IVA).
Q'comm Snapdragon 821 Mobile Chip Unveiled
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7/12/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm gave its top-of-the-line Snapdragon mobile processor a minor spec bump to target the best smartphones slated for the second half of the year.
M'soft, GE Partnership Targets Industrial Cloud
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7/12/2016   Post a comment
Microsoft and GE have announced a partnership that will make GE's Predix, a platform for the industrial internet, available on Azure.
Ex-Lenovo CEO Takes Avnet Helm
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7/12/2016   Post a comment
Avnet's CEO Rick Hamada has stepped down after five years on the job, less than three months after Avnet announced it would cut $25 million in personnel and other expenses from its technology business.
Will NTSB Apply Brakes to Tesla's Autopilot?
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7/12/2016   11 comments
The NTSB’s entry into the investigations on a deadly crash on May 7 involving the “Autopilot” function in a 2015 Tesla Model S will certainly bring extra scrutiny to the automotive industry’s push for semi and full autonomous-driving technology.
U.S. PC Sales Show Surprising Strength
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7/12/2016   Post a comment
PC shipments in the U.S. unexpectedly increased year-over-year in the second quarter, snapping a string of five straight down quarters.
Flexible Displays Market to Grow at 27% CAGR
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7/12/2016   Post a comment
Flexible display shipment revenues are set to be $3.7 billion in 2016 and are on a compound annual growth rate of 27 percent over the period to 2021, according to IHS Technology.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Automotive Memory: Still a Niche Market?
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
Micron's latest SLC NAND is aimed at embedded application uses including connected cars, but although automotive is sexy, as a memory segment it's never going to be that large: it comes down to the volume of vehicles built every year.
IMEC, ARM Collaborate on 7nm Design
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has signed up to the INSITE collaborative research program on design at nanoelectroics research institute IMEC (Leuven, Belgium).
Ex-Broadcom Unit to Shape Cypress IoT Future
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
Cypress closed the previously announced acquisition for $550 million of Broadcom’s Internet of Things business unit. The new unit’s directions and strategies will likely tilt toward the Broadcom team, which dwarfs its counterpart at Cypress.
Intelligence Agency Sets 3D Challenge
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has issued a $100,000 challenge to the programming community to improve upon the automatic generation of 2D-to-3D imagery from satellites.
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