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DRAM Price Surge Continues
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5/26/2017   1 comment
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   1 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   12 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   2 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   2 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   8 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.
Future Cars Face Terabyte Memory Load
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5/10/2017   2 comments
For a highly automated car in, say, 2020, how much memory capacity, to capture, process and store data, will be enough? An industry consensus is this connected vehicle will require data storage of close to a terabyte.
SMIC Names Haijun Zhao CEO
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5/10/2017   1 comment
COO moves up the ranks as Tzu-Yin Chiu steps down. Chiu will remain vice chairman of SMIC's board of directors.
Nvidia Takes Deep Learning to School
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5/9/2017   7 comments
The message that Nvidia hopes to hammer home, at its conference, is that deep learning is “transforming computing.” Nvidia has styled itself as a firebrand, catalyst and Deep Learning enabler, and — in the long run — a deep profiteer.
Automotive Growth Pushes Infineon Into Top 10
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5/8/2017   1 comment
Infineon reported strong growth for its fiscal second quarter, fueled largely by increased sales in the automotive semiconductor segment, with industrial and power products also growing.
Tablet Shipments Decline for 10th Straight Quarter
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5/4/2017   14 comments
First quarter tablet shipments were down 8.5 percent year-over-year as enthusiasm for the once hot products continues to wane, according to IDC.
As Apple Jilts Imagination, MIPS Goes on Block
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5/4/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies that it had started a "dispute resolution procedure" with Apple, as their negotiations have stalled. Not coincidentally, the company revealed plans to sell two businesses. Going on the block are MIPS and Ensigma.
Intel Names New Data Center Chief as Bryant Takes Leave
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5/3/2017   3 comments
Navin Shenoy, general manager of the chip giant's Client Computing Group, will take over leadership of the DCG as Diane Bryant takes leave of absence to focus on family matter.
Researchers Create Artificial Synapse For Electronic Brains
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5/3/2017   3 comments
The University of Arkansas has formed a ferroelectric memristor that acts as an artificial synapse for electronic brains.
Faster Networks Push Interface Development
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4/28/2017   2 comments
Rambus' memory and interface portfolio, including its recently launched 56G SerDes PHY, is being guided by long-reach backplane requirements for 400 GB Ethernet applications, as well as 5G wireless networks
Bozotti to Remain CEO as ST Elevates Heir Apparent
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4/28/2017   Post a comment
European chip maker elevates heir apparent to deputy CEO.
Samsung Lifted by Strong Memory Chip Sales
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4/27/2017   1 comment
Best ever quarterly profit for semiconductor division helps South Korean electronics giant shake off Galaxy 7 recall fiasco.
Automotive Strength Drives TI's First Quarter Sales
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
Chip firm posts double-digit revenue growth on the strength of automotive and industrial sales.
Baidu Battles Google in Robo-Car Derby
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
Baidu’s plan to “open up” its autonomous driving platform to others surprised many auto industry watchers. One analyst described it “a bit of a moon shot.” But he thinks China is the right place to try this out.
Taiwan Eyes Automotive Market
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4/21/2017   4 comments
How could Taiwan, a tiny island nation with only one local car OEM become the next hub for the global automotive industry? It’s tantalizing to imagine that an OEM/EMS relationship like Apple/Foxconn could eventually emerge in automotive.
EUV Litho Coming Into Commercial Focus
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4/20/2017   8 comments
ASML said it expects to sell 20-24 EUV systems next year as the technology edges closer to being deployed in production by chipmakers.
NXP Sells Stake in China Foundry ASMC
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4/19/2017   2 comments
Dutch chip vendor sells remaining stake in joint venture originally begun by Philips.
B’com Clocks 10G Ethernet in Real Time
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4/19/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom released Quartz, an embedded 10G Ethernet switch for real-time markets in automotive, industrial automation, cellular base stations, and more.
Rambus, Microsoft Heat Up With Cold DRAM
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4/17/2017   4 comments
Rambus, in collaboration with Microsoft researchers, has succeeded in prototyping DRAM operating below 90 kelvin. Cryogenic memory will be essential to data centers, “currently the fastest growing consumer of memory” in the industry, said Rambus chief scientist.
5 Unresolved Issues Facing Robo-cars
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4/13/2017   15 comments
It’s time to separate the “science-project” robotic car from the commercially viable autonomous vehicle that carmakers need but don’t have. Here are five open questions that await the tech revolution.
Gartner Ups Chip Market Growth Forecast to 12%
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4/13/2017   2 comments
Continued improvement in memory market conditions lifting expectations for overall market in 2017 and 2018.
MIPI Goes Beyond Mobile, Camera
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4/12/2017   1 comment
After earning universal respect within the mobile ecosystem, MIPI Alliance’s spec is moving decisively beyond mobile. The industry group unveiled MIPI CSI-2 v2, which can now respond to complex imaging needs of IoT, wearables, AR/VR, drones and automotive.
Renesas ‘Opens’ Autonomy for Cars
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4/11/2017   2 comments
Renesas Electronics emerged from a prolonged silence Wednesday, heralding the launch of Renesas Autonomy, a newly-designed advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving platform.
Chinese Investment Firm Agrees to Buy Xcerra
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4/10/2017   1 comment
Chinese private equity firm to shell out $580 million to buy parent company of LTX-Credence.
Prefetch Engine Recovers Lost Performance
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4/7/2017   1 comment
Performance-IP's Memory Request Optimizer reduces latency between the memory subsystem and the SoC client to improve memory bandwidth
Robo-Cars Need Relationship Map
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4/7/2017   5 comments
To sort out autonomous car development among chip vendors, Tier Ones, tech companies and car OEMs, the ideal solution might be a “relationship map” to illustrate who’s in bed with whom on highly automated vehicle platforms.
Israeli's Valens Semi Snags $60 Million in Funding
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4/6/2017   Post a comment
Samsung, Goldman Sachs, Delphi and MediaTek join existing investors in backing 11-year-old HDBaseT chip firm.
Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design
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4/6/2017   3 comments
Chip designers are hearing AI’s footsteps as it encroaches on their design work. Solido Design Automation, which has been applying its home-grown machine-learning algorithms to its software, is making its crown jewel available to customers via Machine Learning Labs.
Chip Materials Market Grew 2.4% in 2016
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Sales of wafer fab and semiconductor packaging materials both grew amid slight growth in semiconductor revenue, according to the SEMI trade group.
China's Tsinghua Secures $22 Billion in State Backing
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4/4/2017   7 comments
Ambitious Chinese memory upstart says additional funds will help it improve global competitiveness.
Semiconductor Sales Keep Climbing
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4/4/2017   1 comment
Chip sales logged the largest year-over-year decline in more than six years in February, according to a semiconductor industry trade group.
Mentor in Robo-Car Race with Mobileye, Nvidia
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4/4/2017   3 comments
Mentor Graphics Corp. will come to SAE World Congress in Detroit to demonstrate how “raw data fusion” – not the fusion of processed data generated by sensor modules – can provide dramatic improvements in sensing accuracy and overall system efficiency.
Intel Shows Life Beyond CMOS
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4/3/2017   2 comments
At the International Symposium on Physical Design Intel presented more than dozen different ways to get beyond the limitations of conventional complementary metal oxide semiconductors while using the same fabs.
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