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ThinCI Q&A on Deep-Learning
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8/16/2017   Post a comment
ThinCI will detail next week at Hot Chips its deep learning processor. Last week, Denso revealed a new subsidiary to develop IP cores for automated driving. We caught up with ThinCI CEO to connect the dots.
New Security Worry: DNA-borne Malware
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8/16/2017   2 comments
UW researchers coded malware into a DNA strand that spread to the sequencing software and opened a backdoor to a computer, exposing a little-considered cyber vulnerability.
Semiconductor Industry Backs Trump's China Probe
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8/15/2017   8 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association applauds U.S. President's investigation of China's policies, laws and practices around intellectual property.
Server DRAM Supply Expected to Remain Tight
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8/14/2017   Post a comment
Sales of server DRAM chips among top three vendors rose by 30 percent sequentially in second quarter, according to a market watcher.
NAND Clash Spans Chip to Code
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8/14/2017   4 comments
The Flash Memory Summit saw NAND chips move toward four bits/cell as new options for solid-state drives and software emerged for data centers.
IBM Deep Learning Breaks Through
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8/11/2017   2 comments
IBM claims records in efficiency and accuracy for its distributed deep-learning (DDL) algorithms compared with the respective results of previous record holders Facebook and Microsoft.
Gogoro – EV with Smartphone Soul
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8/11/2017   1 comment
Gogoro makes electric scooters with the far-reaching aim of rethinking how cities distribute, manage and experience energy. We talked to the top management of the company, in Taiwan, who are mainly from smartphone maker HTC.
Gen-Z Points to New Memories
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8/10/2017   2 comments
The Gen-Z Consortium has first prototypes for its interconnect, pointing toward a disruptive future of many persistent memories.
Design Now for the Interference of Things
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8/9/2017   Post a comment
At the keynote address of the 2017 IEEE EMC/SI/PI Symposium, the FCC's Julius Knapp explained the agency's role in regulating IoT devices.
Apple Under Investigation by ITC
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8/9/2017   3 comments
The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate charges by Qualcomm that Apple iPhone and iPads violates six of its non-standards-essential patents.
Samsung Promises 2018 Tbit NAND
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8/8/2017   1 comment
Samsung is sampling Z-NAND drives with 15-microsecond latency and announced plans for 3D-NAND chips that would enable Tbit devices.
Micron Pushes Capacity Threshold in NVMe SSDs
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8/8/2017   Post a comment
The “mainstreaming" of NVMe is gathering momentum as the cost curve of the technology heads downward
Security Scan Checks Binary Open Source
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8/8/2017   Post a comment
A free online service gives a taste of a novel scanner that checks binary versions of open source code for security flaws.
Gbit MRAM Debuts at Flash Summit
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8/7/2017   7 comments
Everspin will debut a Gbit MRAM chip and 1-2 Gbyte cards, expanding the non-volatile alternatives to NAND at the annual Flash Memory Summit.
Room-temp Laser-on-CMOS Achieved
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8/7/2017   7 comments
Researchers from Arizona State and Tsinghua Universities achieved a room-temperature CMOS laser using a molybdenum ditelluride monolayer over a silicon cavity.
Semiconductor Sales Tracking up 21% From 2016
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8/4/2017   1 comment
Record second quarter sales of more than $97 billion put industry on trajectory for huge year.
Engineer's Guide to Imaging Valley
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8/4/2017   Post a comment
French researchers have accumulated key imaging technologies, ranging from X-ray and far infrared to visible image sensors, 3D imaging, and software – all concentrated in Grenoble area. Here are key movers and shakers in Imaging Valley.
Toshiba Cuts WD Out of New Fab Investment
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8/3/2017   Post a comment
Spat between feuding partners takes new turn as Toshiba says it will go it alone to fund equipment purchases for Fab 6 at its Yokkaichi Operations manufacturing site.
IBM Claims Tape Density Record
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8/3/2017   2 comments
In a boost for Big Data, IBM Research has set a tape areal-density record of 201 gigabytes/square inch on nano-grained sputtered tape from Sony Storage Media Solutions.
High Hopes for Second Half Smartphone Shipments
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8/3/2017   1 comment
With several next generation flagship smartphones due out -- including iPhone 8 -- analysts expect smartphone sales to pick up in the second half of the year.
Chip Sales Forecasts Continue to Rise
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8/3/2017   Post a comment
Market watchers keep revising semiconductor sales forecasts upward as the market boom continues to unfold.
5G Needs Mmwave Regs—Pronto
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8/3/2017   2 comments
5G millimeter wave services need channel allocation decisions from regulators before engineers can finish designs.
Semiconductor Capex Forecast Raised as Boom Continues
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8/2/2017   Post a comment
Market research firm Gartner lifted its forecast for semiconductor capital spending, projecting an increase of more than 10 percent this year.
Acqiris Reborn: Keysight Spins Off PCIe Digitizer Line
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8/2/2017   Post a comment
The digitizer company acquired by Agilent in 2007 comes back to life as Keysight exits PCIe PC plug-in digtizer business.
Startup Stacks IoT Chips Cheaply
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8/2/2017   4 comments
Startup zGlue designed a low cost 2.5-D substrate for integrating more than a dozen chips, providing an alternative to SoCs for the Internet of Things.
TI Brings DLP Pico Projectors to the Masses
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8/2/2017   8 comments
Texas Instruments, inventor of the MOEMS-based Digital Light Processor (DLP), has produced a $20 digital micromirror device (DMD) to bring pico projectors to the mass market.
Sales Rise as Apple Preps iPhone 8
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
Apple's revenue continued to grow year-over-year despite difficulties in China.
Intel Quashes Quark for IoT Nodes
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8/1/2017   5 comments
Intel reportedly cancelled plans to take the x86 into microcontrollers with the Quark processor and modules, amnid a sluggish wearables market.
MediaTek's Market Share Continues to Slide
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek, the second-ranked smartphone chip supplier after Qualcomm, said that its market share has continued a slide that started earlier this year due to a slowdown in product upgrades.
5G Proposals Jam 3GPP Channels
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8/1/2017   2 comments
Sometimes spurious proposals have been clogging channels at the 3GPP standards group as it expands cellular and accelerates 5G.
Toshiba Agrees to Give Western Digital Notice of Sale
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
Toshiba will give its partner at least two weeks notice of the planned sales of assets involved in the companies' joint venture after a court ruling.
Spin Wave Breakthrough Solves Signal Propagation Challenge
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
Propagating spin waves could pave the way for high speed, miniaturized data processing devices that have huge potential as fast, high capacity and energy efficient memory devices
ST Sprints While Q’comm Deal Hobbles NXP
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is sprinting toward the winner’s circle in MCUs, NFC and sensors, while NXP is hobbled by its pending acquisition by Qualcomm. ST, claiming No. 3 share in volume MCU market, disclosed a plan for 64-bit MCU, and FD-SOI.
Bluetooth Mesh Bucks Short Range Reputation, Consumer Roots
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7/31/2017   Post a comment
The new standard will push Bluetooth away from its consumer application roots to more commercial and industrial applications that demand ROI
Synaptics Calls for Voice Standards
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7/31/2017   9 comments
Synaptics’ CEO called for standards amid a rapidly emerging market for voice services and talked about his deals to buy Conexant and a Marvell unit.
Cypress CEO Enjoying 'High-Calorie Growth'
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7/28/2017   Post a comment
Hassane El-Khoury is more proud of growing Cypress's pro forma net income by more than 60 percent than he is of the company's second consecutive quarter of record sales.
Optical Transceiver Modules to Double in Density
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7/28/2017   Post a comment
A multisource agreement will lead to a speed doubling of the small form-factor (SFP) pluggable module used in many datacenters.
Samsung Was No. 1 in Chip Sales in Q2
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7/28/2017   9 comments
The booming memory chip market propelled South Korean conglomerate past Intel in semiconductor sales in the second quarter, as some analysts had predicted.
Semiconductor Equipment Sales Rise Again
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7/28/2017   Post a comment
Fab tool billings grew again in June on both a sequential and year-over-year basis as the industry continues to enjoy what is projected to be its best year ever.
PC Sales Raise Intel’s Q2
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7/27/2017   12 comments
Intel reported revenue and profit growth and raised its annual forecast, in part on the strong of PC sales.
UMC Breaks into 14nm
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7/27/2017   2 comments
United Microelectronics Corp., Taiwan’s second largest foundry, has started its first production of 14nm products, narrowing a technology gap with its larger competitors such as TSMC and Samsung.
Ions Power Machine-Human Interface Demo
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7/27/2017   Post a comment
The University of Maryland’s NanoCenter demonstrated an “inverted” battery that converts electrical signals into the ion power used by the human brain’s synapses to yield what it says is a perfect machine-to-human interface.
Startup Campus Beckons Int'l Inventors
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7/27/2017   1 comment
From Shenzhen to New York and Silicon Valley, incubators are popping up, providing affordable space for entrepreneurs to build and nurture startups. Among them, what makes Station F — recently opened in Paris as the world’s largest startup campus — different?
Foxconn Invests $10B in U.S. LCDs
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7/26/2017   22 comments
Foxconn’s chairman pledged to spend $10 billion to make 8K LCD displays in Kenosha, Wisconsin in a deal brokered by the Trump Administration.
ST Prepares for ToF Sensor Product Ramp
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7/26/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of company's time of flight sensors, rumored to be included in iPhone 8, have surpassed 300 million and ST is increasing capex for the remainder of the year.
Automotive, Industrial Continue to Drive TI's Sales Gains
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7/26/2017   Post a comment
Chip firm reports second consecutive quarter of double digit year-over-year sales increases.
AMD Surprises Wall Street With Strong Results, Outlook
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7/26/2017   4 comments
Strong sales of Ryzen processors and graphics chips lift chip vendor to first non-GAAP profit in three years.
IoT Growth Slower Than Expected
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7/25/2017   7 comments
Analysts said that the Internet of Things will crack a billion units a year in 2019, slower than expected, as Andes rolled out four new IoT processor cores.
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.
Google Aims to Beat the Brain
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7/25/2017   7 comments
Google AI unit DeepMind aims to “solve intelligence” by decoding the algorithms and architectures of the brain. Has it underestimated the magnitude of the task?
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