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Facebook Feeds Open Software
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9/1/2016   Post a comment
Facebook described open source projects in machine learning, data compression and video stabilization at its annual At Scale event.
Renesas, Maxim In Duel for Intersil
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8/31/2016   Post a comment
The courtship of Intersil Corp. is turning into a duel between Japan’s Renesas Electronics and San Jose, Calif.-based Maxim Integrated Products Inc. Intersil may announce a sale to Renesas as early as next week, Reuters reported.
Sunic System Promises 2,250ppi OLEDs for VR
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8/31/2016   Post a comment
At the 16th International Meeting on Information Display (IMID 2016) held in South Korea, OLED deposition equipment manufacturer Sunic System unveiled its technical solution for the production of 11K (2,250 ppi) AMOLEDs.
IC Industry M&A: Who's Left to Buy?
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8/31/2016   4 comments
Only eight months in, 2016 is already looking like another blockbuster year for M&A in the global chip industry. As valuations keep going up, the questions are who’s left to buy and what’s a good buy?
Z-Wave Specs Released Online
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8/31/2016   1 comment
Seeking to attract more users and developers, Sigma Designs released key aspects of its Z-Wave home network for the Internet of Things.
Embeddable FPGA IP Saves Re-Spins in Chip Design
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8/31/2016   Post a comment
Embeddable FPGA blocks give chip designs the flexibility needed to weather last-minute changes.
Apple Owes $14.5 Billion Back Tax, says Europe
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8/30/2016   6 comments
The European Commission has ruled that over several years Ireland has granted unjustifiable tax benefits to Apple worth up to €13 billion (about $14.5 billion), which the US computer company must now pay back to the Irish state — plus interest.
ARM Investors Nod to Its Sale to SoftBank
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8/30/2016   1 comment
Shareholders of ARM overwhelmingly approved its sale to SoftBank on Tuesday. The move officially put an end to the independence of ARM, a wildly successful processor IP core company born 31 years ago in Cambridge, the U.K.
Indoor Nav Leverages LTE
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8/30/2016   5 comments
NextNav LLC is selling precision timing services from its atomic clock equipped navigation towers to all the major carriers, after which they will be able to offer super-accurate navigation services to every smartphone user worldwide.
Intel Debuts 14nm+ Processors
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8/30/2016   3 comments
Intel announced its Kaby Lake PC chips using an enhanced 14nm process and media engine to deliver a 12% overall boost and improved 4K video.
ON Semi to Sell Automotive IGBT Biz to Littelfuse
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8/30/2016   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has agreed to sell its ignition IGBT power device business to Littelfuse (Chicago, IL) for $104 million to allow its acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor to go ahead.
3D Composite Promises High-temp Energy Storage for EVs
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8/30/2016   1 comment
Researchers from Penn State University have found a way to prevent the dielectric breakdown and leakage of high-density supercapacitors as they are submitted to the high temperatures found in hybrid and electric vehicles, while increasing their energy density.
Ford / MIT Collaborate on Future
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8/29/2016   6 comments
Ford and MIT collaborate to mine Big Data from smartphones to perform urban planning.
Alliance Seeks to Boost Indoor LTE
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8/29/2016   Post a comment
The problem of cellular coverage indoors is being tackled by a new industry organization.
SPD Codes Continue to Find Role
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8/26/2016   Post a comment
JEDEC's JC-45 Committee has approved the 2016 annual release of codes for the SPD for DDR4/DDR4E and for LPDDR3/LPDDR4. What does it mean for device designers?
Würth Acquires Amber Wireless
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8/26/2016   Post a comment
Broad component supplier Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG has acquired fellow German company Amber Wireless GmbH for an undisclosed sum.
Auto Cybersecurity Dissected: Who, Where & What
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8/25/2016   3 comments
The automotive industry’s change in perception on cybersecurity, compared to just a year ago, is seismic. We attempt to break down the layers of automotive cybersecurity. We identify where such software will reside, its functions and likely evolution.
End-to-End IoT Security Simplified
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8/25/2016   6 comments
Forget key generation and security audits, Microchip's new product relieves OEMs of such burdens.
Power9 Opens IBM to Partners
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8/24/2016   3 comments
IBM’s Power9 processor reaches out to new OEMs and partners with multiple interconnects and variants of the chip, according to a talk at Hot Chips.
AMD Reveals Zen of X86
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8/24/2016   Post a comment
AMD detailed Zen at Hot Chips, its next-generation x86 core aimed at head-to head competition with Intel in everything from notebooks to servers.
SiC Muscles Rohm into Auto Biz
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8/24/2016   Post a comment
Rohm, a Japanese component vendor whose business could be harmed by the steady decline in market share among leading Japanese CE vendors, has good reason to sweat its own prospects. But Rohm says it has a clear growth strategy.
Advances Get a Grip on Single Photons & Molecules
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8/23/2016   9 comments
Researchers are on the road to creating a single-photon emitter and a single-molecule detector.
Microsoft Gives Peek at HoloLens Chip
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8/23/2016   4 comments
The HoloLens processing unit uses 24 Tensilica DSPs and an assortment of accelerators to deliver a trillion pixel-operations per second, Microsoft disclosed.
Renesas Sets Sights on Intersil
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8/23/2016   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics is “in the final stages of negotiations to acquire Intersil,” reported the Japanese economic newspaper Nikkei Monday. Neither Renesas nor Intersil is confirming the report at this time.
ARM Reaches for Supercomputers
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8/22/2016   1 comment
New vector extensions for 64-bit ARM cores aim to take the company into the highest reaches of supercomputer performance with partners including Fujitsu.
Laser Slicing to Slash SiC Wafer Costs, Boost Yield
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8/22/2016   1 comment
Japanese ingot processing equipment manufacturer DISCO Corporation has unveiled a new laser-based technique to slice wafers out of a SiC ingot, producing 50% more wafers through reduced material losses while slashing production times by a factor of six.
Automotive Lidar Startup Raises Series A
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8/19/2016   Post a comment
Innoviz Technologies Ltd. (Kfar Saba, Israel), a 2016 startup developing lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles, has raised $9 million in a Series A financing round.
Uber Takes Over Otto, Partners with Volvo for Autonomous Driving
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8/19/2016   Post a comment
On the company's webpage, Uber's CEO and Co-Founder Travis Kalanick officially announced the acquisition of Otto, a fresh startup driven by high profile engineers who developed a kit that allows big-rig trucks to drive autonomously on highways.
‘Interscatter’ Tech Lets Implants Talk Wi-Fi
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8/19/2016   Post a comment
University of Washington researchers have developed what they call “interscatter communication” technology that backscatters (or reflects) existing signals like Bluetooth in the air, transforming wireless transmissions from one technology to another.
Intel to Accelerate Altera, Says CEO
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8/18/2016   8 comments
Intel will support Altera's base FPGA business including use of ARM cores and long lifetime products, said Intel's CEO.
Rivals Chasing Velodyne in Lidar Race
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8/18/2016   6 comments
Velodyne unveiled a combined $150 million investment from co-investors Ford Motor Company and China’s Baidu. A growing number of startups are now chasing Velodyne, the most experienced and best funded lidar tech company.
Watson for the Masses
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8/18/2016   1 comment
The Columbus-Collaboratory has integrated IBM's Watson into the R programming language with its CognizeR.
Programmable Analog Coprocessor Takes Many Sensor Inputs
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8/18/2016   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor's latest PSoC programmable system-on-chip, the PSoC Analog Coprocessor, simplifies the design of next-generation industrial, home appliance and consumer systems that require multiple sensors.
E-Retailers Automate Fulfillment
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8/17/2016   5 comments
The co-robot company InVia Robotics Inc. has invented robots-as-a-service whereby warehouses pay a fee, per co-robot, to use its GrabIt and TransIt co-robots to pick items from the shelves and deliver them to the mailroom.
USB 3.0 FPGA Module Sustains 360MB/s Data Transfers
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8/17/2016   2 comments
Orange Tree Technologies has released the ZestSC3, an FPGA module built around Xilinx' Artix-7 user-programmable FPGA and a very high performance SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface.
Was DOS copied from CP/M?
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8/17/2016   5 comments
For decades, a rumor has persisted that DOS was illegally copied from CP/M and that the fortune accumulated by Bill Gates rightfully belonged to Gary Kildall.
Toyota Partners with Taxi for Automated Driving
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8/17/2016   Post a comment
Toyota Motor Corp and the Japan Federation of Hire-Taxi Associations have entered into a memorandum of understanding for the development of autonomous driving technologies, aiming to introduce a new vehicle targeted at taxi operators by 2017.
Osram to Focus on Semiconductors Again
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8/17/2016   Post a comment
Newly named Ledvance (since July 2016), Osram's general lighting lamps business is to be acquired by a Chinese consortium consisting of the strategic investor IDG, the Chinese lighting company MLS and the financial investor Yiwu, for just over €400 million.
Wintel Reunites in Mixed Reality
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
Microsoft and Intel will release a specification in December for headsets and PCs running Windows 10 that support virtual and augmented reality.
Intel Grabs ARM for 10nm Foundry
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8/16/2016   18 comments
Intel revealed first details of its 10nm process and said it will start making ARM-based mobilde SoCs for Spreadtrum and LG Electronics.
Google Partners with Pharma Giant on 'Bioelectronic' Meds
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8/16/2016   2 comments
The company formerly known as Google Life Sciences LLC and GlaxoSmithKline plc (Brentford, England) have agreed to form a joint venture to develop bioelectronics including such technologies as implanted neurostimulators.
AMD, Nvidia GPU Battle Heats Up
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
New graphics processors from AMD and Nvidia are rolling out in a head-to-head battle of GPU giants that is still too early to call.
Micron Moves 3D NAND Into Mobile
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
Micron's first foray into mobile 3D NAND is a 32GB offering aimed at the high and mid-end smartphone segment and is the first to use the Universal Flash Storage 2.1 standard
Deep Learning To Be In Smartphones Soon, Say CEVA, Rockchip
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8/11/2016   1 comment
China’s leading fabless semiconductor company Rockchip has licensed CEVA's XM4 imaging and vision DSP to enhance the imaging and computer vision capabilities of its’ SoC product lines.
EPA Crowdsources Pollution Sensing
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8/11/2016   Post a comment
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing $4.5 million in grants to six universities to deploy air pollution sensor networks and educate the public how to use them to reduce it.
Cypress New CEO to Bring ‘Outsider’ Perspective
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8/11/2016   3 comments
Cypress’ new CEO said that the key to success for a semiconductor company is to “become relevant to your customers.” Cypress hopes to become “a tech company that customers want to partner with,” he said.
DRAMs to drag ICs to -2% in 2016
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8/11/2016   Post a comment
The latest version of The McClean Report projects a 19% decline in DRAMs due to falling PC and tablet sales, dragging total IC revenues to a 2% contraction in 2016.
Samsung Debuts 3D XPoint Killer
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8/11/2016   5 comments
Samsung announced Z-NAND, a 3D flash variant it says will have similar performance and lower cost in solid-state drives than Micron Quantx SSDs.
SMIC Raises Target for 2016 Sales
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8/10/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, today raised its aim for sales this year on unexpectedly strong demand.
Intel to Acquire Deep Learning Nervana
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8/10/2016   Post a comment
Intel intends to acquire Nervana Systems for its upcoming deep-learning accelerator chip along with its Neon cloud service.
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