LinkedIn Refines its Network News & Analysis 2/11/2016 1 comment Web giant LinkedIn has defined its own top-of-rack switch for its first mega data center and is studying use of alternative processors for a distributed point-of-presence network.
Startup Club Spurs ‘Hardware Revolution’ News & Analysis 2/10/2016 1 comment Getting a leg up in the hardware industry as a small company can be a challenge, even with a great product. To create a community that has more power in numbers, a group of international investors and tech enthusiasts started a club with the express purpose of helping startups grow.
What Does Auto Industry Want from 5G? News & Analysis 2/10/2016 2 comments Although the cellular industry is busy pitching a yet-to-be-defined fifth-generation (5G) cellular standard as all things to all people (and all industries) including cars, carmakers' actual readiness for 5G is entirely another story.
Data Centers Tap ARM, 100GE News & Analysis 2/9/2016 14 comments Growing cloud service providers are driving server and networking technologies, opening small but significant opportunities for non-x86 processors.
EUV Gets $500M Center News & Analysis 2/9/2016 2 comments Globalfoundries and the state of New York will spend 500 million over five years on a new center to get extreme ultraviolet lithography ready for the 7nm node and beyond.
Battery Research Claims 10x Gain News & Analysis 2/8/2016 Post a comment A Stanford-SLAC team wrapped silicon lithium-ion anode particles in a custom-fit cage made of graphene to alleviate battery issues that sap their performance.
Cavendish MEMS Displace SOI News & Analysis 2/8/2016 Post a comment Cavendish Kinetics claims 2016 will be its breakout year with the backing of traditional radio frequency front-end maker Qorvo, a loyal OEM base of 20 phone designs using two million of their devices, and the likes of Jazz Semiconductor.
MEMS Microphone Market to Hit 13% CAGR News & Analysis 2/8/2016 Post a comment The microelectromechanical-systems (MEMS) microphones market will grow from about 3.6 billion units in 2015 to over 6 billion units in 2019, according to market research company IHS Technology.
Microphone glitch hit ST's analog, MEMS sales in 2015 News & Analysis 2/5/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV saw its sales of analog and MEMS chips decline by 22 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 and by 12 percent on a full year basis, partly due to a problem with the supply of microphones to customers, according to chief financial officer Carlo Ferro.
Micron, Samsung in Flash Battle News & Analysis 2/5/2016 14 comments Micron described a 768Gbit 3D NAND flash chip that is twice as dense as Samsung’s current vertical NAND, but it’s not clear it will come to market.
Where Are We With Inattentive Driving? News & Analysis 2/4/2016 16 comments Distracted driving -- especially through the growing use of smartphones in vehicles -- is killing people on the road. Where are the technologies designed to combat the problem of inattentive or intoxicated driving?
MIT Neural Network IC Aims At Mobiles News & Analysis 2/4/2016 Post a comment MIT researchers have designed a chip to implement neural networks and claim it is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU. This could be used to allow mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms locally, rather than uploading data to the Internet for processing.
Making the Most of GPUs Without Draining Batteries News & Analysis 2/4/2016 Post a comment Launched in January and awarded a grant of 2.97 million Euros from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the "Low-power GPU2 (LPGPU2)" research project is a European initiative uniting researchers and graphics specialists to research and develop a novel tool chain for analyzing, visualizing, and improving the power efficiency of applications on mobile GPUs.
Google Fiber Expansion Coming To Public Housing News & Analysis 2/4/2016 Post a comment Google continues the expansion of its Fiber Internet service by offering free connections for families in public housing, starting in Kansas City. The search giant is already offering free WiFi service in some public housing developments.
Battery Innovations Power Electric Bike News & Analysis 2/3/2016 3 comments The coolest looking electric bicycle is powered by innovative battery technology developed inside a San Francisco garage. Occasionally called “the Tesla of electric bicycles,” Bolt Motorbikes uses a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery with more proprietary features than the electric vehicle company.
FinFETs Flow at Samsung, TSMC News & Analysis 2/3/2016 3 comments Production of next-generation FinFET chips is underway in earnest with Samsung and TSMC leading the charge. Although Samsung announced mass production of its 14nm LPP process technology with a major customer win in Qualcomm, TSMC may have the last laugh with Apple driving shipments.
TSMC's 300mm Chinese Wafer Fab Wins Approval News & Analysis 2/3/2016 1 comment The Taiwanese government has given foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) approval to build a 300mm wafer fab in China, according to reports that reference the Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Fingerprint Sensor Market on 31% CAGR News & Analysis 2/2/2016 2 comments Unit shipments of fingerprint sensors have grown from 316 million in 2014 to 499 million in 2015 and will continue to increase each year to peak at 1.6 billion in 2020, according to IHS Technology.
34 Automotive Startups to Watch News & Analysis 2/2/2016 3 comments The automotive sector has been going through something of a renaissance with automotive tech startups mushrooming at unprecedented speed. In collaboration with IHS Automotive’s analyst Egil Juliussen, we put together a list of 34 startups to watch.
Chip Sales Dipped Slightly in 2015 News & Analysis 2/1/2016 Post a comment Despite formidable economic headwinds, semiconductor sales in 2015 fell just short of the record total established in 2014, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Robots Get A Gentler Grip News & Analysis 2/1/2016 Post a comment École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has devised flexible electrostatic grippers that are as gentle as human hands, yet can lift 100 times their own weight.
Moore’s Law Goes Post-CMOS News & Analysis 2/1/2016 8 comments Moore's Law can continue if engineers focus on cost per transistor and adopt challenging post-CMOS techniques, Intel's top fav executive said at ISSCC.
NXP Outlines Autonomous Vehicle Advances News & Analysis 2/1/2016 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors has been working with Google on self-driving cars and has interesting progress to report. Speaking in the plenary session of the 63rd International Solid State Circuits Conference, officials said facsimiles of self-driving cars are already on the road.
Russians' Report Memristors News & Analysis 1/29/2016 2 comments Marvin Minsky, inventor of the Perceptron, may have died, but Russian scientists report they've made the first polymer memristor based Perceptron come alive.
Why Opt For Chip Stack, FD-SOI in Image Sensors? News & Analysis 1/28/2016 2 comments Before stampeding to FD-SOI for CMOS image censors (CIS), a few key questions need answering: How big is the CIS market? Why chip stacking in CIS? Why use FD-SOI? We asked Yole Développement to help us break it down.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments