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ST Sprints While Q’comm Deal Hobbles NXP
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is sprinting toward the winner’s circle in MCUs, NFC and sensors, while NXP is hobbled by its pending acquisition by Qualcomm. ST, claiming No. 3 share in volume MCU market, disclosed a plan for 64-bit MCU, and FD-SOI.
Bluetooth Mesh Bucks Short Range Reputation, Consumer Roots
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7/31/2017   Post a comment
The new standard will push Bluetooth away from its consumer application roots to more commercial and industrial applications that demand ROI
Synaptics Calls for Voice Standards
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7/31/2017   9 comments
Synaptics’ CEO called for standards amid a rapidly emerging market for voice services and talked about his deals to buy Conexant and a Marvell unit.
Cypress CEO Enjoying 'High-Calorie Growth'
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7/28/2017   Post a comment
Hassane El-Khoury is more proud of growing Cypress's pro forma net income by more than 60 percent than he is of the company's second consecutive quarter of record sales.
Optical Transceiver Modules to Double in Density
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7/28/2017   Post a comment
A multisource agreement will lead to a speed doubling of the small form-factor (SFP) pluggable module used in many datacenters.
Samsung Was No. 1 in Chip Sales in Q2
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7/28/2017   9 comments
The booming memory chip market propelled South Korean conglomerate past Intel in semiconductor sales in the second quarter, as some analysts had predicted.
Semiconductor Equipment Sales Rise Again
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7/28/2017   Post a comment
Fab tool billings grew again in June on both a sequential and year-over-year basis as the industry continues to enjoy what is projected to be its best year ever.
PC Sales Raise Intel’s Q2
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7/27/2017   12 comments
Intel reported revenue and profit growth and raised its annual forecast, in part on the strong of PC sales.
UMC Breaks into 14nm
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7/27/2017   2 comments
United Microelectronics Corp., Taiwan’s second largest foundry, has started its first production of 14nm products, narrowing a technology gap with its larger competitors such as TSMC and Samsung.
Ions Power Machine-Human Interface Demo
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7/27/2017   Post a comment
The University of Maryland’s NanoCenter demonstrated an “inverted” battery that converts electrical signals into the ion power used by the human brain’s synapses to yield what it says is a perfect machine-to-human interface.
Startup Campus Beckons Int'l Inventors
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7/27/2017   1 comment
From Shenzhen to New York and Silicon Valley, incubators are popping up, providing affordable space for entrepreneurs to build and nurture startups. Among them, what makes Station F — recently opened in Paris as the world’s largest startup campus — different?
Foxconn Invests $10B in U.S. LCDs
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7/26/2017   22 comments
Foxconn’s chairman pledged to spend $10 billion to make 8K LCD displays in Kenosha, Wisconsin in a deal brokered by the Trump Administration.
ST Prepares for ToF Sensor Product Ramp
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7/26/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of company's time of flight sensors, rumored to be included in iPhone 8, have surpassed 300 million and ST is increasing capex for the remainder of the year.
Automotive, Industrial Continue to Drive TI's Sales Gains
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7/26/2017   Post a comment
Chip firm reports second consecutive quarter of double digit year-over-year sales increases.
AMD Surprises Wall Street With Strong Results, Outlook
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7/26/2017   4 comments
Strong sales of Ryzen processors and graphics chips lift chip vendor to first non-GAAP profit in three years.
IoT Growth Slower Than Expected
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7/25/2017   7 comments
Analysts said that the Internet of Things will crack a billion units a year in 2019, slower than expected, as Andes rolled out four new IoT processor cores.
Semiconductor M&A Fervor Cools
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
The value of semiconductor industry deals fell markedly in the first half of this year as the absence of "megadeals" brought down the total value of transactions, according to IC Insights.
Google Aims to Beat the Brain
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7/25/2017   7 comments
Google AI unit DeepMind aims to “solve intelligence” by decoding the algorithms and architectures of the brain. Has it underestimated the magnitude of the task?
Patents Detail IoT Security Scheme
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
An independent inventor is licensing a trio of patents to secure the Internet of Things using technology he pioneered at IBM for mag stripe cards.
NXP to Spend $22 Million to Expand U.S. Fabs
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7/24/2017   Post a comment
European chip maker says expansion will enable it to produce secure ID chips for the U.S. government.
Report: Samsung Plans to Triple Foundry Market Share
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7/24/2017   20 comments
South Korean giant eyes No. 2 spot in foundry market and market share of 25 percent, according to Reuters report.
Security a Must for Auto GbE Switch
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7/24/2017   1 comment
Bringing popular Ethernet technology to cars seems like a natural progression. But here's why in the auto world, a regular GbE switch won’t work, and even 1000BASE-T1 might not cut it for autonomous cars.
AMD’s CTO on 7nm, Chip Stacks
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7/24/2017   9 comments
AMD’s chief technologist talks about the company’s needs in 7nm foundry processes, multi-die packaging and EDA for its x86 and graphics processors.
Kumu Preps Full Duplex Chip
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7/21/2017   Post a comment
Kumu Networks discussed its chip aimed at full duplex networking for Wi-Fi and LTE amid standards efforts from CableLabs and the 3GPP.
Neural Accelerator Battle Begins
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7/21/2017   7 comments
The embedded market for neural network accelerators is heating up, with more systems — ranging from smart speakers and drones to light bulbs — poised to run neural networks locally instead of going back to the cloud for computation.
Regs, Royalties Drag Down Qualcomm
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7/20/2017   Post a comment
Despite the company’s assurances to the contrary, Qualcomm’s increasingly public licensing dispute with Apple is dogging Qualcomm and costing it dearly.
ASML Posts Strong Sales as EUV Orders Surge
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7/20/2017   12 comments
Backlog of extreme ultraviolet tools eclipses $3 billion sales to memory chip vendors bolster top line growth.
Expanding Optical Horizons
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7/20/2017   7 comments
Russian and Finish researchers collaborate to obsolete the need for expensive, single-mode fiber optics.
EV Charging Stations Get Smarter
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7/20/2017   Post a comment
Interfacing with existing building management systems is one of many challenges facing the EV charging infrastructures.
DARPA Calls for Post-Moore Ideas
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7/20/2017   1 comment
DARPA kicked off its Electronics Resurgence Initiative, a set of research efforts for life after Moore’s law.
Qualms Becalm Qualcomm at Quarter’s End
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7/19/2017   2 comments
Bad news keeps piling up for Qualcomm. The company lost an appeal in an EU court while in the USA, it faces fresh antitrust allegations by four Apple iPhone contractors. Will Qualcomm’s NXP acquisition be at risk?
Memory Chip ASP Growth Expected to Cool in Second Half
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7/19/2017   1 comment
DRAM and NAND flash memory chips are forecast to achieve record gains in average selling prices this year, but growth is expected to cool as the year goes along.
Record Chip Content in Electronics Projected
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7/19/2017   Post a comment
With the memory chip market booming and electronic devices shipments forecast to be tepid, the value of the semiconductor content in those devices is expected to hit an all-time high, according to IC Insights.
5G Won’t Boost Cellular Until 2021
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
The market for cellular base stations is in the midst of a $10 billion decline waiting for a 5G boost that won’t return the sector to growth until 2021.
Mesh to Thrust Bluetooth in Industrial IoT
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7/18/2017   3 comments
Mesh Networking is finally coming to Bluetooth as a formally ratified, interoperability- tested global standard, allowing Bluetooth proponents to target a whole new machine-to-machine, industrial Internet of Things market. Might it mend IoT mess?
Wearable Stress Sensor Monitors Transportation Efficiency
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
French research institute CEA-Leti touts two new tools intended to provide data on modes of transportation.
IBM Processor Claims New Level of Data Encryption
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7/18/2017   8 comments
IBM's new z14 microprocessor is the world's first to encrypt all-the-data all-the-time, plus prevent unauthorized intruders from obtaining keys, thus putting hackers out-of-business.
NFC Players Welcome Broader iPhone Support
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
Near field communications chip makers are applauding Apple's announcement that iPhones will be able to use both NFC tag mode and reader mode.
Woodie Flowers: Things, Not Theory
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7/17/2017   23 comments
The legendary MIT professor who helped start the FIRST Robotics Competition discusses what engineers need. In Part 1, Flowers explains how engineering is about solving practical problems.
Baidu's Voice Exec Speaks Out
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
The Baidu engineer in charge of its DuerOS group called for all-embedded Wi-Fi chip to pre-install software for its voice-activated cloud services.
Does NVMe Have a Place in Industrial Embedded and IoT?
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
NVMe was considered overkill for industrial embedded designs as storage-capacity demands didn't justify the performance at the expense of power consumption, but that's changing as the data industrial IoT products are collecting grows exponentially
ASML Claims Major EUV Milestone
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7/14/2017   13 comments
Litho vendor claims elusive source power target as dawn of EUV era inches closer.
PC Sales Slide as Chip Costs Drive Prices Up
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7/13/2017   Post a comment
Higher average selling prices for components such as DRAM and flash memory chips began driving system costs up, adding to the headwind facing declining PC sales.
TSMC Logs First 10nm Sales
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7/13/2017   5 comments
TSMC said that 10 nm accounted for one percent of its overall revenue during the second quarter of this year. In March, Samsung announced its first 10-nm products, including the company’s Exynos 8895 SoC and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835.
Flash Remains Smart Home Memory Storage of Choice
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7/13/2017   1 comment
CBRAM and MRAM have potential, but low voltage serial NOR flash offers proven retention and endurance as well as battery efficiency
Imec Aims 2-D FETs at Sub-5-nm Node
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7/13/2017   4 comments
Imec crafts a demo architecture using anisotropic monolayers of black phosphorus to show that 2-D FET channels can extend Moore’s Law beyond the 5-nanometer node.
Suppliers Beware: The Perils of Vertical Integration
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7/12/2017   7 comments
Be careful what you wish for -- that big fish might eat you!
Sensors, Blockchains Meet Tomatoes
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7/12/2017   12 comments
When Amazon announced the Whole Foods acquisition, Alice Waters defined its significance as a chance for Jeff Bezos to launch a food revolution. Elements of basic technology are here. What would it take to pull off such a massive change?
Chip Sales Now Expected to Top $400 Billion
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7/11/2017   Post a comment
Revised forecast from Gartner is most aggressive prediction to date for market in 2017.
Industry Giddy as Curtain Rises on Semicon West
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7/11/2017   1 comment
The semiconductor equipment industry's annual tradeshow opened this week in what is shaping up to be a record year for fab tool sales.
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