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Former Globalfoundries CEO Manocha to Lead SEMI Trade Group
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Ajit Manocha will replace as CEO of semiconductor equipment vendor trade group Denny McGuirk, who is retiring.
Intel, Q’comm Show Cellular's Split
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Intel debuts a gigabit LTE modem and Qualcomm shows RF modules at Mobile World Congress, an event expected to focus on the 5G future.
G’foundries debuts 45nm RFSOI
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2/21/2017   4 comments
Globalfoundries announced it has development kits for its 45nm RFSOI process, a node geared for uses such as 5G millimeter-wave chips.
Cree, Infineon Nix Wolfspeed Deal Over U.S. Government Worries
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2/20/2017   Post a comment
Firms call off $850 million deal after Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States raises concerns.
9 Startups with Self-Driven Future (Maybe)
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2/20/2017   Post a comment
How many autonomous driving startups are out there – waiting to be snatched up, or hoping to become the next Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project)?
Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers
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2/17/2017   Post a comment
Big Blue has a new mesh network technology for its Weather Channel subsidiary that allows its app to propagate weather and disaster information among all cell phone users even when Internet and cellular networks are down.
A Roadmap to Emulation of 15 Billion Gate ICs
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2/16/2017   1 comment
Mentor's Veloce Strato platform said to stand ready to support leading-edge designs into 2022.
IBM Bets on Cognitive Computing
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2/16/2017   10 comments
IBM is sinking all its efforts into cognitive computing, offering new services based on Watson that were written by users.
IoT Group Sets Broad Agenda
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2/15/2017   Post a comment
The OpenFog Consortium released a reference architecture it will use to guide efforts on standards and product design for the Internet of Things.
Microsemi's PolarFire FPGAs Target Mid-Range Markets
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2/15/2017   Post a comment
In the case of its FPGAs, Microsemi has set its sights firmly on the mid-range market, cumulating in the introduction of its PolarFire family.
Altair Readies Cellular IoT IC with GPS Inside
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2/15/2017   Post a comment
Altair is rolling out a highly-integrated cellular IoT chip, designed for easy transformation into an IoT module. Executing on Sony’s vision, it also features a GPS receiver. Altair’s future IoT chip may use FD-SOI.
Toshiba May Sell Majority Stake in Chip Unit
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2/14/2017   3 comments
Japanese conglomerate says it may part with controlling interest in chip group to raise capital after $6.3 billion write down.
Security Experts Cite IoT Risks
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2/14/2017   4 comments
The Internet of Things and critical infrastructure represent two of the biggest security vulnerabilities, said experts at the RSA Conference.
Ex-Leadcore Team Crafts SoC for Xiaomi
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2/14/2017   Post a comment
Xiaomi’s home-grown custom-designed SoC, crafted by a team originally from China’s Leadcore, will drive its soon-to-be-unveiled Mi5C smartphone. The SoC, based on eight ARM A53 cores, is capable of LTE Cat 6.
Startup Schools Machine Learning
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2/14/2017   2 comments
Startup Gamalon debuted software that it claims can eliminate the expense and time needed for training deep neural networks.
IDT to Buy Optical Interconnect IC Vendor GigPeak
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2/14/2017   Post a comment
All cash deal, worth $250 million, has been approved by both companies' boards.
SoC Could Power Star Trek-like Medical Scanner
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
At ISSCC 2017 this week, University of Irvine researchers announced a millimeter-wave emitter that could realize Dr. McCoy's Star Trek medial diagnostic scanner which he merely waves over your body to diagnose.
Travel Order Stifles Startup Founder
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2/13/2017   1 comment
The founder of startup Kandou Bus was among unintended victims of President Trump’s travel restrictions that prevented him from receiving an award in person.
TSMC Says Impact from Quake Not Material
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
TSMC, the world’s largest foundry, said that an earthquake on the southern tip of the island that occurred on Feb. 11th had no material impact on its operations.
Ford to Invest $1 Billion in Argo AI
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2/10/2017   Post a comment
Ford announced a $1 billion investment over the next five years in a startup called Argo AI, founded by two top AI robotic talents. Argo AI designs brain, Ford builds nerves, skeleton and muscle of autonomous cars.
AI, Automotive Boost Nvidia
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2/10/2017   1 comment
Nvidia continued it's roll by reporting record quarterly sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.
G’foundries Revamps China Deal
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2/9/2017   10 comments
Globalfoundries will own and operate a 300mm fab in Chengdu, China, in partnership with the local government making 180-22nm chips.
Startup 'Eyes' Healthier Displays
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Algorithms address the inherence shortcomings of standard display technologies in smartphones and automotive dashboards
FASTR Looks to Speed Auto-Tech Alliance
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
In the era of autonomous cars, there are two hard problems the industry needs to solve: Cybersecurity and software reliability. Which industry groups are actually helping carmakers take a holistic view on both issues?
Cree-Infineon Deal Challenged by U.S. Government
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Cree's $850 million sale of its Wolfspeed power and RF business could be dead in the water following objection from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CIFUS).
World's Fastest PAM4 Signal Explained at DesignCon
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Researchers from Nokia Bell Labs and Teledyne LeCroy have developed a waveform generator capable of a 195-Gbaud PAM4 signal. This work could lead the way to even faster signals.
Data Center Calls for 800GE Spec
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2/9/2017   2 comments
Networking veteran Andy Bechtolsheim called for an 800G Ethernet standard this year based on 112G serdes to serve data centers.
MediaTek Launches New Helio SoC
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2/8/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek unveiled the Helio P25, an extension of the company’s high-end mobile processor family. The new SoC combines eight cores with the company’s proprietary image signal processor (ISP) as well as dual-camera features.
Intel to Spend $7 Billion on Arizona Fab
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2/8/2017   11 comments
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, standing beside U.S. President Donald Trump, announced the company would invest $7 billion investment in a semiconductor fab in Arizona.
V-Nova Plucks Faroudja’s Patent Portfolio
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2/8/2017   1 comment
The news earlier this week that London-based V-Nova has acquired Faroudja Enterprises’ complete patent portfolio – lock, stock and barrel – speaks volumes about the rapid changes affecting the market in video technologies.
iPhone Share Drops in China for First Time
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2/8/2017   Post a comment
Apple’s share of China’s smartphone market has dropped for the first time as consumers in the world’s most populous nation show a growing acceptance of locally made handsets, according to market research firm IDC.
TSMC, Samsung Diverge at 7nm
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2/8/2017   9 comments
TSMC and Samsung described 7nm SRAMs at ISSCC, showing how different the companies’ process offerings will be under than name.
Micron, Hynix Reportedly Seek Stake in Toshiba
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2/7/2017   5 comments
Memory chip vendors said to be two of five firms who are looking to buy a 20 percent stake in Japanese giant's semiconductor business.
Atomic-scale Electronics Probed
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2/7/2017   1 comment
IBM's scanning probe thermometry combines a scanning tunneling microscope with a microelectromechanical system to measure the temperature of individual atoms.
Intel Shows 2.5D FPGA at ISSCC
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2/7/2017   6 comments
Intel described its EMIB packaging in an ISSCC session where AMD showed its Zen 86 fits it’s a smaller die than Intel’s current 14nm chip.
TSMC Calls for New EDA Paradigm
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2/6/2017   7 comments
TSMC called for a new paradigm on EDA tools to handle divergent needs in the increasingly complex job of designing semiconductors.
Longtime NXP Researcher Snags IEEE Award
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2/6/2017   Post a comment
Marcel Pelgrom, author of an important model used in analog circuit design, was awarded the 2017 Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award by the IEEE.
Object-Detection Becomes Wearable
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2/6/2017   1 comment
Obstacle-detection technology, enabled by sensor fusion, is at the core of autonomous cars. What are the possibilities of applying the same sensor-fusion technology to wearable devices to aid the visually impaired or blind?
AI Attracts Embedded Chip Veteran
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2/6/2017   3 comments
Tensilica founder Chris Rowen has started a new firm focused on helping startups bring machine learning to the Internet of Things.
Hydrogen Fuel Cells: DOE Finds Faster, Cheaper Catalyst
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2/3/2017   25 comments
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has discovered a way to increase hydrogen production 1,000-times in water-based protic ionic liquid with a cheaper nickel catalyst that enables fuel cells to be recharged in 90 seconds.
AI Tapped to Improve Design
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2/3/2017   14 comments
Nine companies and three universities are exploring how machine learning could tackle difficult problems in electronics design.
Apple Watch Dominates as Smartwatches Return to Growth
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Global smartwatch shipments improved modestly in the fourth quarter, according to a market research firm.
Micron CEO Durcan to Retire
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2/2/2017   9 comments
Company alluded to a new memory with near DRAM capabilities and offered no new details on 3D Xpoint
Chip Group Sets 2017 Policies
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association released an eight-point policy agenda for 2017 that may clash with President Trump’s plans on trade and immigration.
System-in-Package Gets 100G Link
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Engineers are paving roads to 100G copper links, including a standard that could open a door for new system-in-package devices.
Fujitsu Rolls First FRAM For Automotive Market
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2/2/2017   2 comments
Device covers entire automotive temperature range up to 125°C and down to -40°C.
UMC to Start 14nm Shipments in Q1
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2/2/2017   6 comments
Taiwanese foundry accelerates plan to bring its most advanced manufacturing process to market.
Q'comm-NXP Faces Trump, China Hurdles
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2/2/2017   9 comments
Qualcomm’s $39 billion acquisition of NXP could hit a snag. China’s MOFCOM could target the deal by demanding material divestitures as a condition of clearance. CFIUS could object to concessions Qualcomm and/or NXP might offer to MOFCOM.
Samsung, Apple Remain Top Chip Buyers
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2/1/2017   1 comment
Electronics heavyweights Samsung and Apple were the top buyers of semiconductors in 2016 for the sixth straight year.
Trinamic Surfing ‘Automation’ Wave
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2/1/2017   2 comments
Automation is a mega trend. Sensors and connectivity are key enablers for automation. But what about actuators and motors? Little known Germany company Trinamic hopes to connect the physical and digital worlds through its diverse motion control solutions.
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