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Renesas to Exit Microwave Device Biz
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8/3/2016   Post a comment
Renesas plans to stop the production and supply of microwave devices, shutting down the business in the summer of 2018. Renesas' microwave device division has been pulling back from product development for some time.
Toshiba Samples 64-Layer 3D Flash at 256 Gbit Density
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8/3/2016   1 comment
Toshiba Corporation has disclosed the latest generation of its BiCS FLASH three-dimensional (3D) flash memory with a stacked cell structure, a 64-layer device that it claims as the first to start sample shipments.
Field Data Proves GaN FET Reliability, Says EPC
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8/2/2016   Post a comment
Gallium nitride power FET maker Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has published its reliability report documenting GaN technology reliability after millions of device hours of stress testing, and based on analysis of all field returns.
US Battery Consortium to Boost Small Lithium-Metal Projects
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8/2/2016   Post a comment
A major battery research consortium in the US will provide up to $10m for small projects around the world in a bid to boost the development of lithium-metal cells for electric vehicles and smart grid storage.
Stanford’s Hennessy: STEM to CPU
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8/1/2016   18 comments
Stanford President John Hennessy shared his views on education, Silicon Valley, the tech industry, microprocessors and the EE profession.
Oxides Make Ultra Conductor
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8/1/2016   Post a comment
University of Utah researchers discover how to interface two insulators can make an ultra-high electron density conductor at their interface.
Socionext Bleeds Top Network SoC Talent to Acacia
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8/1/2016   Post a comment
A top slice of technical/management people at Socionext’s Network SoC group already left and they’ll be working at Acacia Communications. The move affects the survival of Socionext, while Acacia gains an upper hand in optical networking equipment chips.
Nano-Sized Photo Detector Can Be Integrated on CMOS Chip
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7/30/2016   Post a comment
Researchers have developed an innovative photo detector for optical data paths that sets new size standards: a footprint of less than 100 square micrometer, ideal for integration on an integrated circuit.
Startup Releases Vehicle-Agnostic Autopilot Software
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7/30/2016   1 comment
Technology company Oxbotica has launched its mobile autonomy software Selenium. Though the developers demonstrated the software in a purpose-built concept car, they claim that it can be applied to more or less any vehicle. Another unique feature: the software gets its bearings without relying on GPS.
China’s LeEco to Acquire Vizio for $2 Billion
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
Upstart Chinese tech firm ponies up for one of North America's largest TV suppliers.
RasPi Maker May Be Sold to Avnet
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7/29/2016   1 comment
The U.S. distributor has outbid Switzerland's Daetwyler Holding AG for the troubled Raspberry Pi maker.
Spray-On Solar Material Holds Promise
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
Metal halide perovskite thin film solar cells self-assemble on nearly any surface by merely spraying them on at room temperature.
Sony Sells Industrial Battery Business
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
Sony is to sell most of its battery business to Murata for an undisclosed sum.
ST Buys NFC, RFID Assets from AMS
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV has acquired NFC, RFID reader business from AMS AG for a sum of $77.8 million plus an additional sum based on how the business performs in future.
Wearables Try On Package Options
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7/28/2016   Post a comment
The fragmented market for wearable computers is pushing innovations in device packaging and interconnects said Qualcomm, Mediatek and others.
Rambus Aims DDR4 PHY at Data Centers
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7/28/2016   Post a comment
Focus for company is improving interface between memory and CPU networking and data center customers
Samsung Smartphones Gain, as iPhones Slip
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7/28/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and the second-largest chipmaker, today said its handset business improved just as iPhone maker Apple recorded its second quarterly decline in shipments.
Tesla-Mobileye Rift: Divorce or Lovers' Spat?
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7/28/2016   12 comments
Mobileye’s CTO’s comments about Tesla during its Q2 financial reporting illustrates not just the love lost between the two proud technology companies, but what it would take for them to pursue “safety” in the ear of autonomous driving.
STMicroelectronics Returns to Profit in Q2
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV, one of Europe's largest chip companies, has announced a net profit on revenues that were down slightly year-on-year for the second quarter of 2016.
ARM Achieves Another Successful Quarter
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc achieved revenues of £267.6 million (about $350 million) for the second quarter of 2016, up 17 percent from revenues in 2Q15.
FPGA Manager IP Eases Data Streaming
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
Enclustra says its FPGA Manager IP transfers data efficiently between a host and a FPGA over different interface standards like USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and PCI-Express.
Marvell Swings to Loss in Delayed Report
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
New CEO Matthew Murphy says he is looking to trim the fat and focus on profitable businesses.
New Guidance for Medical Device Applications to FDA
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
Medical device developers preparing pre-market submissions to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can refer to new and updated guidance. Published by FDA in mid-June.
Qualcomm Pursues Boost in Wireless EV Charge
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm revealed its first wireless electric vehicle charging license agreement with a major tier one. The market momentum behind EV charging has picked up steam, as multiple RFQs from major car OEMs are flying around, said a Qualcomm executive.
Western Digital Claims First 64-layer 3D NAND Memory
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7/27/2016   6 comments
Disk drive vendor Western Digital Corp. has claimed that it -- with Toshiba Corp. -- has developed the world's first 64-layer 3D NAND memory and that it is in pilot production at joint-venture production facilities at Yokkaichi, Japan.
UMC Sees Jump in 28nm Demand
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7/27/2016   2 comments
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), Taiwan’s second largest foundry, said it’s seeing stronger demand for 28nm products, driven by customers in the smartphone business.
China Likely to Narrow Chip Gap, IC Insights Says
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7/27/2016   4 comments
China, which in dollar terms imports more semiconductors than oil, is likely to narrow its chip trade deficit by the end of this decade, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Report: Tsinghua Takes Control of XMC
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
China's Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-controlled conglomerate that has acquired numerous chip companies, has taken over XMC, otherwise known as Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., according to a Bloomberg report.
FPGA Mezzanine Card + IP Forms Imaging/Video Engine
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
Microsemi has announced an imaging/video solution for the development of low power and reliable video processing applications, comprising an FPGA mezzanine card (FMC), intellectual property (IP) suite and graphical user interface.
ADI to Acquire Linear Tech for $14.8 Billion
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7/26/2016   15 comments
Latest semiconductor industry blockbuster deal would combine analog chip heavyweights.
Smartwatches Give Mobile Uptick
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7/26/2016   Post a comment
Smartwatches will dominate wearables which are driving growth and excitement in mobile amid a slowing smartphone market, said analyst Linley Gwennap.
What Separates Huawei from Ericsson
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7/26/2016   2 comments
On the day its biggest rival Ericsson lost a CEO under mounting pressure from investors, Huawei Technologies based in Shenzhen, China Monday reported a 40 percent jump in first-half sales.
FDSOI to Get Embedded MRAM, Flash Options at 28nm
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7/26/2016   1 comment
Samsung Foundry is going to offer both spin torque transfer magnetic RAM (STT-MRAM) and flash as embedded non-volatile memory options on its 28nm FDSOI manufacturing process.
TI Stays Steady Without Blockbuster Deal
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Texas Instruments, which has shied away from the sort of blockbuster acquisitions made by peers over the past two years, continues to post strong sales and profits.
Flash Media Data Destruction Guaranteed
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7/25/2016   5 comments
If an SSD suddenly fails in an enterprise environment, it can't usually be wiped successfully, so DestructData created the FlashEx for optimal physical destruction
IP Pioneer Mark Templeton Dies
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Co-founder and former president of Artisan Components drown July 17 while kayaking on Oregon's Rogue River.
'Poison Pill' Fuels Speculation of Micron Takeover
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7/25/2016   2 comments
Stock price rises 6% on news of shareholder rights issue designed to prevent individual or entity from amassing more than 5% of memory chip vendor's common stock.
Artificial Pancreas Race Includes Motivated Underdog
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Bigfoot Biomedical goes up against Medtronic and other big players in the race to get an artificial pancreas to market.
Hearables: Next Big Consumer Thing
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7/25/2016   15 comments
Hearing aids, the first "hearable," helped people with damaged hearing but may now enhance the hearing of people with normal hearing.
Audio Rises for Event Detection
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7/25/2016   14 comments
Audio is heading from pure playback to enabling “input, trigger and analytics in contextual awareness,” says an industry executive. But what will take microphones to play as important a role as cameras to add “intelligence” to autonomous cars?
Startup’s IoT SoC Packs a Punch
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Startup Greenwaves is working on a high performance SoC to make nodes on the Internet of Things capable of machine learning and high data rates.
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   4 comments
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.
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