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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.
'Cypress 3.0' Strategy Bearing Fruit
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4/27/2017   Post a comment
New CEO's plan to target markets growing faster than the overall semiconductor industry yields record quarterly sales.
Intel Boosts CapEx 20%
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4/27/2017   1 comment
Intel will boost capital spending 20 percent this year and next to ramp 3D NAND and 3DXP memories, it said reporting quarterly financial gains.
Samsung Lifted by Strong Memory Chip Sales
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4/27/2017   Post a comment
Best ever quarterly profit for semiconductor division helps South Korean electronics giant shake off Galaxy 7 recall fiasco.
Micron Makes Mehrotra Next CEO
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4/27/2017   1 comment
Micron named flash co-inventor and former SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra as its next chief executive, effective May 8.
UMC Sees Weakening Demand at 28nm
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4/27/2017   3 comments
United Microelectronics Corp., Taiwan’s second largest foundry, said that the ramp of its most advanced technology node has slipped for a third time under strong competition.
NXP Reference Design Integrates Alexa Voice Control Into Appliances
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has partnered with Amazon to make Alexa voice-recognition hardware and software available as a reference design for integration into other devices, part of a wave of chip makers looking to cash in on the success of digital assistants in hopes that OEMs will begin incorporating voice recognition and command capabilities in other products.
Businesses Set High Expectations For AI
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
Most companies agree that AI will enhance the capabilities of people in the future, according to Fujitsu.
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.
Solid State Batteries Aim to Top Li-ion
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4/26/2017   17 comments
Self-powered chips, for up to a 10-year lifetime, or cell phones that recharge in 15 minutes are in the near future due to solid-state Li-Ion batteries from Ilika.
Fab Tool Billings Reach 16-Year High
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4/25/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor equipment billings hit their highest level since 2001 in March, according to the SEMI trade organization.
Nikon Renews Patent Battle with ASML
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4/24/2017   Post a comment
Nikon is renewing a 16-year-old patent battle with ASML over the lithography technology fundamental to making semiconductors.
KKR, INCJ Team For New Toshiba Bid
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4/21/2017   9 comments
The U.S. private equity fund KKR will be partnering with a Japanese public-private fund – Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ) – to bid jointly for Toshiba’s memory unit, Japan’s economic newspaper Nikkei reported Friday.
Single-Pixel Camera Mimics Human Eye
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4/21/2017   3 comments
A single-pixel camera is ultra-inexpensive requiring only a single scanning photocell the works smart by targeting details with higher-resolution and backgrounds with less.
Researchers Print Transistors on 2D Thin-Film Materials
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4/21/2017   Post a comment
Two-dimensional transistors on thin-film materials could be so cheap that they would be literally disposable.
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.
NI, AT&T Team on mmWave Channel Sounder for 5G
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4/21/2017   1 comment
Platform-based systems provider National Instruments has partnered with telecommunications giant AT&T to develop a 5G mmWave channel measurement tool.
Legal Woes Overshadow Qualcomm's Results
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4/20/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm turned in mixed results for its fiscal second quarter, but the talk focused on it's legal disputes, particularly with Apple.
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.
Amazon Turns Up the Vocals
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4/20/2017   5 comments
Amazon released its Lex service to enable apps with speech recognition as several OEMs are ramping up systems using embedded voice services.
NXP Sells Stake in China Foundry ASMC
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4/19/2017   4 comments
Dutch chip vendor sells remaining stake in joint venture originally begun by Philips.
New Method Cuts Cost of GaAs Circuits
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4/19/2017   1 comment
A easy copy/paste method for mass producing graphene wafers has been invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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.
Facebook Likes Augmented Reality
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4/18/2017   6 comments
With virtual reality headsets stuck in slow motion, Facebook hopes to ride enthusiasm for augmented reality on smartphones powered by machine learning.
Smart Semi Fiber Does It All
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4/18/2017   3 comments
Semiconductor fibers fashioned at Penn State conduct both optical photons and electronic signals simultaneously.
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.
Star Trek Tricorder Arrives
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4/14/2017   8 comments
The $2.6 million purse for the Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize contest went to the Final Frontier Team (led by Pennsylvanian brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and George Harris, a network engineer) with $1 million second-place going to Taiwan based Dynamic Biomarkers Team backed by HTC.
Design Services Firm Synapse Expands in India
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4/14/2017   Post a comment
Firm acquires Asilicon, an engineering services company based in Ranchi, India, for undisclosed sum.
TSMC Expects First-Half Smartphone Slump
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4/14/2017   18 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. , the largest foundry for customers in the smartphone business including Apple and MediaTek, says it is expecting an inventory correction in smartphones to continue through the first half of this year.
NXP Shows First FD-SOI Chips
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
NXP showed the first chips it is making this year in Samsung’s 28nm FD-SOI process and called for work on replacements for embedded flash.
5 Unresolved Issues Facing Robo-cars
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4/13/2017   20 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.
Qualcomm to Re-Pay $815 Million to BlackBerry
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
Arbitration panel rules for Canadian smartphone maker in contract dispute over past royalties.
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.
Dual Ports Drive NVMe SSD Uptick
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
Israeli startup has selected HGST as part of its scale-out architecture to address the bottlenecks in all-flash storage arrays
Former EDA Consortium Director Robert Gardner Dies
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4/13/2017   1 comment
Gardner, a 50-year electronics industry executive, died this week at age 74 after a short bout with illness.
3D Chip Stacks Eye Data Centers
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4/12/2017   8 comments
High-end microprocessors will embrace wafer- and die-level chip stacks over the next few years, said a former Oracle researcher turned consultant.
Quantum Photons Emitted
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4/12/2017   3 comments
Japanese researchers discover that nitrogen-doped gallium-arsenide beat quantum dots in consistency as single-photon emitters for future quantum computers.
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.
Hon Hai Bids $27 Billion for Toshiba Chip Unit
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4/11/2017   17 comments
Hon Hai, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, has topped rival bidders with a 3 trillion yen ($27 billion) offer to force through the acquisition of Toshiba Corp’s semiconductor unit, according to press reports.
Q’comm Returns Fire in Apple Suit
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4/11/2017   3 comments
Apple refuses to pay royalties, pressures partners not to pay them and lied to consumers and regulators, Qualcomm said in response to a patent suit.
Researchers Developing Touch Sensitivity for Your Levi's
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4/11/2017   Post a comment
North Carolina State University created conductive and stretchable wires that can sense torsion (twisting), strain (elongation), and touch.
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.
IBM Bests Insulators
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4/7/2017   8 comments
IBM reveals a new, better dielectric formula that reduced parasitic capacitance at advanced nodes.
Four Grand Engineering Challenges
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4/7/2017   14 comments
Industry veterans laid out four diverse engineering challenges at a recent meeting in Silicon Valley of the National Academy of Engineering.
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.
ISPD Predicts Chip Futures
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4/6/2017   Post a comment
International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) concentrated this year on increasing the performance of machine learning to realtime, thus outperforming human-driven chip design.
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