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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.
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.
Security a Must for Auto GbE Switch
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7/24/2017   Post a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Does NVMe Have a Place in Industrial Embedded and IoT?
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7/17/2017   1 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
Chip Sales Now Expected to Top $400 Billion
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7/11/2017   1 comment
Revised forecast from Gartner is most aggressive prediction to date for market in 2017.
Combined Handset, PC Shipments Expected to Decline
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7/5/2017   1 comment
Gartner expects rate of PC decline to slow while smartphone market posts strong growth in 2017.
Tight Memory Supply Drives Micron's Record Sales
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6/30/2017   14 comments
Favorable pricing environment for both NAND and DRAM helps pay down debt, strengthens foundation for 3D NAND and 1x DRAM push.
‘Europe First’ Emerges as Theme of Tech Reboot
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6/29/2017   5 comments
The joint collaboration agreement announced by Europe’s two large research institutes this week has amplified an upbeat “pro-Europe” sentiment. “For Europe, it’s no longer about CMOS,” said CEA-Leti CEO.
Embedded MRAM Can Take the Heat
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6/29/2017   6 comments
A Globaldoundries technical paper outlines how it addressed a fundamental hurdle for eMRAM, making it feasible for broader uses including automotive MCUs and SoCs.
EVs Strain Clean-energy Supply, But Could Help Balance Grid
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6/28/2017   12 comments
Electric vehicles are complicating power companies’ transition to renewable energy sources. But EVs could help balance the grid by recharging off-peak and providing electricity when not in use.
Toshiba Fires Back at Western Digital, Seeks $1.1B in Damages
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6/28/2017   1 comment
Feud between partners deepens as Toshiba says it won't meet deadline for selling chip business.
Nvidia Deals Tilt Robo-Car Race
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6/27/2017   Post a comment
Claiming that robo-car development by automakers has already moved from R&D phase to production, Nvidia this week unveiled three new partnership deals – all aimed at leveraging its AI car-computing platform. What does this mean to the autonomous car landscape?
DRAM Prices Expected to Climb
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6/26/2017   1 comment
With DRAM chips being used in more applications, ASPs projected to grow even while smartphone and PC shipments remain tepid.
Japan-led Consortium Wins Toshiba Memory Bidding
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6/21/2017   4 comments
Winning bid submitted by Innovation Network of Japan, Bain Capital and Development Bank of Japan.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
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6/21/2017   1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.
Alibaba Fuels China's CPU Gambit
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
C-Sky, designer of China’s home-grown 32-bit embedded CPU processing cores, is quite possibly China’s best kept secret. Its CEO explains why its unique tie with Alibaba is C-Sky's ace in the hole in winning China’s IoT market.
Cray Moves to Lasso 'Big Data Deluge'
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6/20/2017   1 comment
Cray’s Urika Big Data Analytics Suite, for its biggest XC supercomputers, brings all the analytic tools necessary to handle the deluge of data today including deep learning and artificial intelligence in a free open-source downloadable package.
MEMS Microphone Market Expected to Hit $1B in 2017
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6/20/2017   2 comments
The MEMS microphone market will hit the $1 billion milestone in 2017, destined for $20 billion by 2022, according to Yole Développement (Lyon, France).
Riding Mobileye Coattails, MIPS Juices CPU IP
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6/14/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies has rolled out a high-performance, multi-threaded MIPS CPU IP, driving MIPS cores further into automotive and industrial applications that require functional safety. The new CPU core is at the heart of Mobileye’s EyeQ5 SoC.
Achronix Growth Spurt More Than 'Luck'
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6/14/2017   2 comments
Achronix Semiconductor, a privately held FPGA company founded in 2004, reached a critical juncture this year with projected 2017 revenue in excess of $100 million -- a 700 percent increase in 12 months. What's going on here?
TI’s Shrewd Robo-Car Strategy
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6/12/2017   5 comments
While Nvidia and Intel are busy sparring for glory as innovators of fully autonomous vehicle platforms, TI has kept its profile low. What are the plans for TI to shift its current ADAS platform to Level 4/Level 5 autonomy?
EC Refs Whistle Qualcomm-NXP Deal
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6/10/2017   4 comments
The European Commission Friday (June 9) officially opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of NXP by Qualcomm. Qualcomm's increased isolation in the world is palpable.
Emerging SD Card Uses Push Controller Development
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6/9/2017   Post a comment
Automotive and surveillance applications are keeping the microSD form factor alive and growing, and controllers must support both and current future requirements, including improved random read and write performance
Autonomous Cars Tackle Antenna Glut
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6/7/2017   2 comments
How many antennas does it take to screw autonomy into a car? In the emerging era of highly automated vehicles, as many as 18 antennas “are needed to power the next-generation connected car,” according to antenna supplier Taoglas.
Apple, Amazon to Join Foxconn's Toshiba Bid
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6/5/2017   7 comments
Foxconn's CEO reportedly tells Nikkei that the electronics powerhouses are participants in the contract manufacturers' $27 billion to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business.
Nvidia CEO Says Moore’s Law Is Dead
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6/1/2017   7 comments
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has become the first head of a major semiconductor company to say what academics have been suggesting for some time: Moore’s Law is dead.
Toyota Going Open-Source in '18 Camry
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6/1/2017   2 comments
2018 Camry will be Toyota’s first vehicle running Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) software on its infotainment system. The endorsement is a much-needed boost for AGL, but how the open-source software penetrates markets beyond Japan remains to be seen.
Nvidia Pitching AI to ODMs in Taiwan
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5/30/2017   Post a comment
Nvidia has come to Computex, in hopes of replicating what Intel and Microsoft achieved a few decades ago with the PC market. Nvidia hopes to dominate “accelerated computing,” by partnering with Taiwan's ODMs and driving AI cloud computing.
DRAM Price Surge Continues
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5/26/2017   2 comments
Global DRAM sales reached record heights in the first quarter, thanks to a 30 percent increase in the average contract price of PC DRAM modules, according to DRAMeXchange.
NASA Increases Happy Landings for Drones
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Safe2Ditch is aimed at allowing drones to run self-diagnostics to anticipate problems and find the safest land spot if something does go wrong
Intel Inside DJI Mini-Drone
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5/25/2017   Post a comment
DJI claimed that Spark is “the first drone that users can control by hand gestures alone.” Movidius’ Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit enables Spark to perform both computer vision/deep learning and image signal processing.
NI's New CEO: Automotive To Be Key Opportunity
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5/25/2017   14 comments
National Instruments' new CEO spoke about his transition to the top, what's driving the company, and about engineering education, in an interview with EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
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5/24/2017   5 comments
Samsung's foundry unit updates tech roadmap, including the addition of 4nm process with "post FinFET structure" to begin production in 2020.
Western Digital Reportedly Ups Bid for Toshiba Memory
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5/24/2017   3 comments
Bid worth about $18 million would resolve dispute with NAND partner but would likely heighten regulatory scrutiny.
'Electronic Road' Charging For EVs Moves Forward
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5/23/2017   Post a comment
Renault and Qualcomm are working with a public-private R&D institute in France to develop dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) technology that recharges electric vehicle batteries while they are on the road.
China Set to Rewrite FD-SOI History
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5/23/2017   2 comments
Globalfoundries and the municipality of Chengdu are betting on China to rewrite the history of FD-SOI. They plan to pump $100 million to build FD-SOI ecosystem. The question is, if you build it, will they come?
Intel Sees Robo-car As Data Flow Issue
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5/19/2017   Post a comment
Car companies rarely discuss behind-the-scene development work on their autonomous vehicles. The notable exception is Intel, which styles itself as a “data company.” Intel laid out how custom data center architecture is critical in processing autonomous vehicle data.
Quantum Computing Uses Standard Hardware
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5/19/2017   7 comments
Software versions of quantum annealing that handle jobs too large for D-Wave hardware were developed at Manchester Metropolitan University and put into use at ServicePower.
Sensor Sales Finally Catch Fire
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor sensors and actuators hit all time highs last year as several years of price erosion abated, according to IC Insights.
Record Wafer Shipments Continue
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers defied typical first quarter seasonality to remain at record levels.
Samsung Spinoff Likely to Grab Foundry Share
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5/16/2017   9 comments
Samsung's chip operations consisting of memory and system LSI will be split into three, making the foundry business an independent unit. The move is expected to increase Samsung’s share at the expense of TSMC and smaller rivals.
Are Self-Charging Batteries a Decade Away?
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5/15/2017   2 comments
Canadian researchers investigating light-assisted battery charging believe a single device for smartphones, smart homes and even cars is possible
Consolidation Continues to Rewrite Chip Vendor Rankings
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5/15/2017   Post a comment
The unprecedented wave of semiconductor industry consolidation skewed comparisons and continued to redraw the rankings of vendors by sales.
V2X Pits Safety v. Spectrum
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5/15/2017   1 comment
The V2X standard debate – which was initially all about traffic safety – has been hijacked by a telecommunication industry hungry for spectrum for broadband services. Did the announcement by Savari to join the 5G Automotive Association mean Savari flipped?
iNAND Drives Toward Automotive Market
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5/11/2017   1 comment
SanDisk's flash technology, now a part of Western Digital, has seen most of its development on the mobile front, but automotive applications will outpace smartphones with its demands for flash storage.
Toyota Selects Nvidia, Intel Feels Heat
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5/11/2017   5 comments
With Nvidia’s announcement on Toyota adopting Nvidia’s Drive PX AI automotive platform, Toyota has become the fourth major car OEM publicly committed to Nvidia’s Drive PX. The other three OEMs are Audi, Daimler, and VW Group.
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