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SMIC Expects Record Roll to Continue
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., China’s largest foundry, predicts that sales in the current quarter will rise as much as 7 percent from the record $774.8 million in revenue it posted during the July to September period this year.
Where Are We with Thread IoT?
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11/9/2016   1 comment
Where are we now with Thread networking protocol-based IoT products? Connected thermostats, door locks, tooth brushes, alarm systems, lighting, you name it. What’s happening? How significant are the updates embedded in the 1.1 spec?
Electronica: CEO Forum Rambles on IoT Security, Safety
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11/8/2016   2 comments
The traditional CEO forum at Electronica continued a theme from two years before: the Internet of Things (IoT) but this time tried to shed some light on how to ensure safety and security.
China Signs IoT Interop Plan
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11/8/2016   Post a comment
The Industrial Internet Consortium signed a deal with China officials that's part of an expanding network of global agreements on interoperabilty in IoT.
IoT: What NXP Has, What Qualcomm Lacks
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11/8/2016   1 comment
A new Modular IoT Gateway NXP announced at Electronica demonstrates the compmany's strong presence in the industrial IoT market, its unmatched expertise in IoT security and the company’s broad MCU portfolio — areas in which Qualcomm seems to trail NXP.
NXP Drives Truck Platooning
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11/7/2016   4 comments
NXP believes there’s no better place than truck “platooning” to demonstrate the merits of autonomous driving, as it can showcase its latest advances in autonomous technology in a realistic application.
Chip Forecast Rises Through 2017
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11/7/2016   5 comments
International Business Strategies updated its semiconductor forecast to growth through 2017, in part due to rising memory prices and sales.
Comma.ai Fiasco Leaves None Unscathed
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11/3/2016   12 comments
The comma.ai incident exposes the contentious intersection between Silicon Valley companies with untested technologies and established carmakers who may have already won the trust of regulators. The hitch is that these old-line companies now also have untested autonomous-driving technologies.
ASML Invests $1.9B in Next-Gen EUV
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11/3/2016   3 comments
ASML will spend a total of about $1.9 billion on a collaboration with Zeiss to build next-generation optics for extreme ultraviolet lithography systems
Lattice Semiconductor to be Acquired for $1.3 Billion
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11/3/2016   1 comment
Having serious investment from Canyon Bridge may allow Lattice Semiconductor to evolve and grow its niche and become a major player.
SMIC to Build South China’s First 12-Inch Fab
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11/3/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, said it is proceeding with plans to build South China’s first 12-inch fab at an existing facility in the city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong.
Hock Tan Carves Up Brocade
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11/2/2016   1 comment
Broadcom bid $5.9 billion for Brocade in a deal that carves up Fiber Channel and Ethernet parts of the systems company.
Security & Safety Center Stage at ARM TechCon
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11/2/2016   1 comment
The ARM announcement of chip to cloud security for its new ARMv8-M product line opened a trove of IoT security announcements at ARM TechCon.
DARPA's N-Zero Sensors Use "0" Power
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11/2/2016   5 comments
The Defense Advance Research Project Agency's (DARPA's) Near Zero Power Radio Frequency (RF) and Sensor Operations (N-Zero) initiative aims to sprinkle zero-standby power sensoofrs, communications nodes and Internet of Things (IoT) devices over the battlefield, critical infrastructure and perimeters for 24/7 monitoring without having to change batteries.
Anticipating a More Virtual Moore’s Law
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11/2/2016   5 comments
Nicky Lu, executive director of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association, anticipates the coming era of a “virtual” Moore’s Law. InFO and through interconnect via (TIV) will play key roles in a resumption of growth the chip industry, he said.
AI Chip Startup Shares Insights
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11/1/2016   1 comment
After announcing funding, startup Graphcore executives talked about their plans in machine learning and building a company.
Microsoft Speeds Open Hardware
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11/1/2016   2 comments
Microsoft revealed early specs of ts next-generation data center server and said work on open hardware needs to become as fast and flexible as open source software.
Intel, Qualcomm Head for Car Clash
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11/1/2016   1 comment
As Qualcomm, after its NXP takeover, becomes a $35 billion behemoth and morphs into the world’s largest automotive chip vendor, expect rivalry between Qualcomm vs. Intel to escalate. The two giants will lock horns in fast-moving highly automated vehicles.
Ford & QNX Bypass Tier 1 Middlemen
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10/31/2016   1 comment
BlackBerry Limited announced Monday an agreement with Ford Motor Company, under which the automotive giant will expand its use of BlackBerry’s QNX and its security software in Ford vehicles.
U.S. Convenes Chip Study Group
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10/31/2016   8 comments
The Obama administration convened top semiconductor executives to make recommendations on what the sector needs to deal with threats from China and a slowing Moore’s law.
Analog Devices acquires Innovasic for smart automation, industrial IoT technologies
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) has announced the acquisition of Innovasic (Albuquerque, NM), specialist semiconductor and IP vendor of deterministic Ethernet semiconductor and software solutions. The acquisition, ADI says, adds a suite of multiprotocol Industrial Ethernet solutions and key enabling technologies to ADI’s Smart Automation Solutions portfolio for industrial automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT).
Making Lithium-Ion Batteries Fireproof
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Lithium ion batteries are indispensable as energy source for millions of electronic devices as well as for electromobility. Their drawback: They are not overly safe in that they are easily inflammable – we remember the recent wave of headlines about burning smartphones from Samsung. In a joint research effort, the University of Ferrara and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have found a way to tame the batteries.
Eye-Catching Chronocam Grabs $15M Series B
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Chronocam AS (Paris, France) is a startup company that develops vision sensors and systems for machine vision based on an asynchronous pixel sensor technology, has obtained $15 million in Series B funding.
Samsung, Bosch Bet on AI Chip Startup
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Startup Graphcore announced a $30 million investment from partners including Samsung and Bosch for its processor designed for machine learning.
MediaTek May Be Among First with 10nm SoCs
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest rival in the smartphone silicon business, said it aims to be among the chip industry’s first companies with 10nm products on the market starting in the second quarter next year.
Watson Wins GM
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10/29/2016   2 comments
At the keynote speech during the World of Watson 2016 conference (Oct. 24-28, Las Vegas) IBM chief executive officer (CEO) Ginni Rometty invited General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra to jointly announce that IBM's augmented intelligence (AI) called Watson would be integrated with every new car equipped with OnStar connectivity (renamed OnStar-Go). The U.S. Secretary of Education also endorsed Watson.
$35B Qualcomm Question: What Next?
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10/28/2016   11 comments
Now that Qualcomm has announced its NXP acquisition, it’s time to examine the deal’s potential consequences. Qualcomm, $35 billion chip company, will affect both the combined companies’ internal operations and competitors on the market -- especially in the automotive segment.
Samsung Chips Offset Smartphone Disaster
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10/27/2016   1 comment
Samsung Electronics said strength in its semiconductor business offset the impact to its mobile phone business caused by exploding batteries in its flagship Galaxy Note 7 products.
Qualcomm-NXP Deal Targets Connected World
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10/27/2016   9 comments
Qualcomm Inc. announced Thursday a definitive agreement to acquire NXP, creating a combined company with annual revenues of more than $30 billion.
Watson Use Proliferating
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10/27/2016   Post a comment
IBM's annual World of Watson released a plethora of new capabilities plus enumerated multiple new design wins, from the Toronto Raptors to General Motors.
Do Automakers Still See Hackers as a Hoax?
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10/27/2016   5 comments
Earlier this week, when the Department of Transportation laid out cybersecurity guidance for carmakers, U.S. Transportation Secretary called cybersecurity “a safety issue.” The latest survey, however, found that automakers still haven’t made cybersecurity a priority in vehicle development.
ARM Fellow Surveys Moore’s Law
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10/27/2016   5 comments
Despite challenges, ARM’s head of silicon research remains optimistic on the outlook for semiconductors at 3nm and beyond.
Cadence Breaks Down Automotive ISO 26262
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10/26/2016   Post a comment
As automakers start adding more and more ADAS features, the complexity of software code and SoCs deployed inside vehicles has been skyrocketing. Chip suppliers are under tremendous pressure to prove the functional safety of their products.
TSMC Likely to Lock up Apple A10, A11 Orders
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10/26/2016   2 comments
TSMC will probably make nearly all of the A10 and A11 processors for Apple this year and next because of a competitive advantage the Taiwan foundry has gained in packaging technology called InFO (Integrated Fan Out), according to analysts.
ARM Does IoT Security Chip to Cloud
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10/25/2016   1 comment
To simplify IoT design with embedded security, ARM has developed a suite of cores, software, and services to handle chip to cloud interaction.
SUSE Preps Linux for ARM Servers
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10/25/2016   Post a comment
SUSE said it will ship before the end of the year commercial versions of Linux for ARM servers and for storage systems.
IoT Networks Get New Provider
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10/25/2016   1 comment
M2M Spectrum Networks picked for its licensed sub-GHz bands in the U.S. the LoRa variant of Link Labs to serve users in the industrial Internet of Things.
Intel, ARM Battle over IoT
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10/25/2016   3 comments
Intel and ARM load up enhanced processors as their battle over the Internet of Things heats up this week.
V2X Radio War Still Smoldering in China, Europe
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10/25/2016   2 comments
The battle over radios for connected cars is hardly over. For the cellular industry, V2X is a nice-to-have “feature” for its networks. But V2X advocates see it a life-saving system ready for deployment by using IEEE 802.11p.
Movidius to Push AI at Edge of Network
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10/24/2016   1 comment
Movidius has partnered with China’s Hikvision to penetrate artificial intelligence deeper into surveillance cameras. Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane says deploying AI at network edge is massive trend.
TSMC, GF/Samsung Battle at 7nm
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10/21/2016   51 comments
Globalfoundries and Samsung will detail at IEDM a 7nm process with EUV it claims has the highest density to date.
U.S. Protecting Us from AI
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10/21/2016   15 comments
From lost jobs to nuclear holocaust, any negative impact artificial intelligence could have on society is what the U.S. government wants to head-off.
DRAM Pushes Up Chip Forecast
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10/20/2016   2 comments
IC sales could grow 1% this year, up from a previous forecast of a 2% decline, according to a new report from IC Insights.
4DS Memristors Target ReRAMs
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10/20/2016   6 comments
4DS Memories Ltd. (West Perth, Western Australia) has achieved the 40-nanometer milestone that puts it on the path to competing effectively with flash it its $40 billion market.
ST Blends Security, Performance in IoT MCUs
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10/20/2016   Post a comment
The STM32H7 series provides high performance and enhanced security along with rich memory resources to simplify high-end IoT design.
ARM Moves to Fill Industry's Engineering Education Gap
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
Between what engineering schools teach and industry needs, ARM seeks to insert online education.
IoT Hears LTE Calling
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm said AT&T, Verizon and five module makers will use its chip for Cat-M1 and NB1 trials this year and commercial services in 2017.
CEA-Leti: What Crickets Can Teach Us
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
Bio-inspired research is picking up momentum. But where CEA-Leti’s approach differs from others, more focused on neuromorphic engineering by mimicking the brain, is that “we take a full system approach,” according to Leti’s science director.
Startup Taps Kickstarter To Manufacture Wireless Flash Device
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
iLuun chose Kickstarter to fund the next phase of its business and validate that there was a market for wireless flash drive that enables users to stream transfer media content to and from their mobile device
Oxygen Layer May Extend Moore's Law
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10/19/2016   2 comments
Mears Silicon Technology (MST) at Atomera Inc. (Los Gatos, Calif.) increases the carrier mobility and drive current, while reducing the leakage current for any CMOS transistor.
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