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X-Fab is Fastest Growing Foundry
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1/23/2017   Post a comment
Pure play foundry sales increased by 11% last year to reach $50 billion, according to IC Insights.
Batteries Caused Samsung Galaxy to Explode
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1/23/2017   Post a comment
Following a three-month investigation into the exploding Galaxy Note 7 handsets, Samsung put the blame squarely on the devices’ batteries. The company ruled out any issue with the smartphones’ software or other hardware.
Toshiba's NAND Future Uncertain
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1/23/2017   Post a comment
Roughly 10 suitors are interested in Toshiba’s NAND flash business. Selling a stake in the spun-off chip business is the quickest way for Toshiba to boost its capital, but several factors make Toshiba’s plan both more urgent and complex.
Automotive ECU Updates: Keeping the Hackers Out
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1/23/2017   Post a comment
A new software security technology called Uptane aims to keep hackers away from firmware updates and keep manufacturers and suppliers in control.
Dragonfly Surveillance Cyborg Could Aid Pollination
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1/23/2017   1 comment
Who needs bees. Just use technology to pollinate? The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (Draper, Cambridge Mass.) has embedded an optrode in a dragonfly with the idea of guided pollination.
EDA Firm ATopTech Files for Bankruptcy
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
Privately held EDA vendor expects to be sold after losing long-running legal battle with Synopsys.
TI Reorgs Analog Group
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1/20/2017   1 comment
Texas Instruments reorganized four analog groups into three, eliminating no products but causing a small number of layoffs in support personnel.
5G Calls for Silicon in 2017
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
This year, work on silicon and antenna architectures for 5G cellular networks begins in earnest, said a Nokia CTO.
NHTSA Lets Tesla Off The Hook
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1/20/2017   2 comments
The NHTSA concluded a months-long investigation of a fatal crash in Florida, and reported that the agency found no defects in Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking and Autopilot systems. Did NHTSA let Tesla off the hook too easily? Absolutely.
Tsinghua to Build $30 Billion Memory Fab in China
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1/20/2017   10 comments
State-controlled Chinese chip firm has committed to $54 billion to two memory fab projects in past two months.
Carbon-on-Wafer Tech Said to Make RF Compatible with CMOS
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
The world's first commercial carbon-on-silicon wafers use aligned nanotubes, which can be lithographically fabricated into super-fast transistors alongside normal CMOS circuitry.
Automotive Power Semi Market Keeps Soaring
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
The global market for power semiconductors used in cars and light passenger vehicles will grow by more in $3 billion USD in the next six years, predicts market research company IHS Markit.
Chip Sales Grew 1.5% in ‘16, Gartner says
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
Global chip revenue increased by 1.5% in 2016 as a late-year surge enabled the semiconductor industry to avoid widely anticipated contraction, according to market research firm Gartner.
IoT Network Reboots Its Efforts
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1/19/2017   1 comment
The Weightless-P network for the Internet of Things gets a new backer as the special interest group behind it carves out a broader role for itself.
Future of Chip Research Group Questioned
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1/19/2017   6 comments
Questions surround the future of SUNY Poly's semiconductor industry research after the resignation and arrest of its CEO and the disintegration of two high-profile projects.
IoT Startup Rides LoRa
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1/18/2017   1 comment
Startup TrackNet got $7 million in funding from two OEMs who aim to help it build and sell IoT systems for consumers and business users.
FTC Slaps Qualcomm with Suit
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1/17/2017   1 comment
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint alleging Qualcomm is unfairly using its dominance in cellular baseband processors against rivals and customers.
Toshiba Mulls Chip Business Spinoff
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1/17/2017   4 comments
Toshiba is considering a plan to spin off its chip business and sell a partial stake in the unit to Western Digital, reported Japanese financial daily newspaper Nikkei.
Steep Rise of Drones Boosts Other Business
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1/17/2017   Post a comment
A new report by Grand View Research predicts anti-drone technologies, such as electromagnetic shields, lasers, and "net-firing bazookas,” could reach $1.85 billion by 2024.
Racing to Offer Mobileye 'Killer Chip'
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1/17/2017   1 comment
With Mobileye acknowledged as the king of the hill in the hottest automotive vision market, it has become incumbent upon competitors to say they’ve got “a Mobileye killer solution.” But what would it take to become the next Mobileye?
NRAM's Day Is Finally Here: Report
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1/17/2017   1 comment
Nantero's recent licensing agreement with tech giant Fujitsu may be the tipping point for the nascent memory needed
5G Report Gauges Trillion-Dollar Impacts
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1/17/2017   6 comments
A report sponsored by Qualcomm said 5G networks ultimately will have economic benefits measured in trillions of dollars.
Consortium Releases Sensor Interface Spec
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1/16/2017   Post a comment
MIPI Alliance I3C specification said to streamline sensor integration in smartphones, wearables, Internet of Things devices and automotive systems.
IIoT Development Lab Opens for Business
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1/16/2017   Post a comment
NI has opened a lab to foster cooperation in developing the Industrial Internet of Things.
No Sign of 450mm on the Horizon
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1/13/2017   11 comments
Momentum behind a transition in semiconductor manufacturing to 450mm wafers has died down considerably over the past several years.
Semiconductor Capital Spending Projected to Increase
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1/13/2017   Post a comment
Gartner projects modest increases in capital spending annually through 2019, driven largely by NAND flash memory capacity expansion.
Crossbar ReRAM in Production at SMIC
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1/13/2017   5 comments
Non-volatile resistive RAM developer keeps promise to begin production in 2016.
Biggest Robo-Car Roadblock Is Human
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1/13/2017   11 comments
Despite all the robo-car announcements, this year’s CES revealed that more companies – including Toyota and Mobileye – are scrambling to address the inconvenient truth that robo-cars pose a man-machine relationship more complicated than we care to admit.
TSMC Expects Flat Year for Foundry
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1/13/2017   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. expects 2017 to be a flat year for the foundry business as momentum in the chip business stalls.
SMIC Leads Foundry Growth
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1/13/2017   Post a comment
China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) became the growth leader in the foundry business during 2016 after the company saw a surge in demand from customers in China, according to market research firm IC Insights.
PC Shipments Decline for 5th Straight Year
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1/12/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of PCs declined about 6% in 2016, though some signs of stabilization emerged during the fourth quarter, market researchers said.
T.J. Rodgers Backs Renewable Energy Firm
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1/12/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor pioneer to join firm's board of directors after taking stake.
IoT Spending Hit Estimated $737 Billion in 2016
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1/12/2017   2 comments
Global spending on IoT infrastructure and deployment is on a trajectory that will bring it to nearly $1.3 tillion by 2020, according to IDC.
China Defends Big Chip Bet
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1/12/2017   23 comments
Foundry and capital equipment executives from China defended the country’s government-led drive to build its semiconductor industry.
Infineon: What Makes Robo-Cars Zero Defect?
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1/11/2017   Post a comment
Infineon CEO discussed why autonomous cars are “much more than high-performance computing platform.” He talked about how to achieve “100 percent reliability – aircraft-level – at the price of a car” and how “sensor fusion can’t afford to have confusion.”
QCOM CEO Likens 5G to Electricity Discovery
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1/11/2017   Post a comment
"5G will have an impact similar to the introduction of electricity or the automobile, affecting entire economies and benefiting entire societies," said Qualcomm CEO at the company’s keynote address at CES, pitching it for AR/VR, IoT and automotive.
China Expected to Poach More Taiwan Chip Execs
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1/11/2017   Post a comment
Chinese chipmakers are likely to hire more Taiwanese semiconductor executives as the administration of incoming U.S. President Donald Trump tightens restrictions on China’s acquisitions of U.S. chip companies, according to a veteran analyst in Asia.
Google Searches for Better Silicon
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1/11/2017   2 comments
A Google data center executive asked semiconductor executives to speed up work on more optimized processors, memories, and interconnects.
IBM Leads as U.S. Patents Rebound
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1/9/2017   Post a comment
After a 1% dip last year, U.S. utility patent grants rebounded nearly 2% to a new all-time high with IBM still the top winner.
Bosch Dev Kit to Ease IoT
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
Bosch unveils Internet of Things (IoT) innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017).
Silly Putty Inspires Ultra-Sensitive Graphene-Based Sensor
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
Playing in their lab, student Conor Boland and supervisor Prof. Jonathan Coleman doing research in AMBER at Trinity College Dublin made a chance discovery by mixing viscoelastic compounds with graphene.
ARM Exec Dizzy for Open-Source Twizy
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
At this year’s CES, ARM brought Renault’s Twizy to its booth, typically full of mobile devices. Calling Twizy “the world’s first OEM open-source vehicle,” ARM said Renault is seeing a wave of open-source hardware and software developments.
Quantum Computing on Cusp
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
A new age of quantum computing may be around the corner. Three new research groups predict that a shift away from von Neumann toward quantum computing is upon us.
Continental AI Effort Stresses ‘Responsibility’
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
Continental has merged with a software developer, Elektrobit and partnered with Digilens, a leader in holographic projection technology, to vastly expand its market penetration in cars with different technologies, especially in the use of artificial intelligence.
MediaTek Auto Gambit: Radar, Vision SoC
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
In an exclusive interview with EE Times during the CES, JC Hsu, MediaTek’s corporate vice president, emphasized that telematics and multimedia aren’t MediaTek’s only tools in its automotive strategy.
White House Report Warns of China’s Threat to Chip Industry
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1/6/2017   16 comments
Much-anticipated report includes recommendations for bolstering U.S. semiconductor industry in face of challenge posed by China's industrial policies.
Process Makes Smaller, Cheaper Chips
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1/6/2017   9 comments
Berkeley researchers demonstrated an implant technique that made chips with features as small as 9 nm at less cost and higher throughput than double patterning.
Toyota Exec on Robo-Cars: ‘Not Even Close’
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1/6/2017   11 comments
Although honesty in corporate presentations at the CES is typically not treated as the best policy, Gil Pratt, Toyota Research Institute CEO, bucked that trend and leveled with his audience here about the real future of autonomous cars.
Nvidia CEO Rocks CES Crowd with GPU, AI
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1/6/2017   6 comments
Nvidia's CEO, sporting his familiar black leather jacket, rocked a whooping and cheering crowd of 2,500 during his opening keynote speech at CES. He promoted two scenarios for AI: Auto-Pilot & Co-Pilot.
Wi-Fi Providing Precision Time Synchronization
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1/5/2017   Post a comment
The Wi-Fi Alliance announced a new Certified TimeSync capability at CES.
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