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Tower Debuts RF Process For IoT Front Ends
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Specialty foundry says it has begun mass production of a silicon-germanium process tailored to meet the demands of wireless front-ends on an integrated circuit for the Internet of Things.
Foundries' Sales Show Hard Times Continuing
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Taiwanese foundries TSMC and UMC, two partial bellwethers of the semiconductor sector, have both indicate with recent sales figures that a chip market slow down that lasted through the winter is not yet over.
Going the Distance with PCIe
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Redrivers can strengthen signals and maintain their integrity when they have to travel further within a system, including SATA and M.2 SSDs
FPGA-Based Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Sets New Record
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
New 26.5 GHz LibertyGT 1410 achieves 100% probability of intercept (POI) with full accuracy on 320 ns minimum duration signals.
Arteris Rolls New Heterogeneous SoC Architecture
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Intellectual property vendor touches new technology for designing SoCs with cache coherency.
Cool Quantum Cascade Laser Speeds Chemical Fingerprinting
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MIT Researchers have proven a new terahertz spectroscopy system that uses a quantum cascade laser to extract a material’s spectroscopic signature in just 100 microseconds.
IoT Standard EEBus Available for Everyone
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5/23/2016   1 comment
After a series of successful field tests, the EEBus Initiative has released version 1.0 of its interoperability standard. Based on the idea of open systems, the specifications can be downloaded freely for everybody; a membership in the EEBus group is not required.
NXP Aims to Target IoT
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
A home gateway solution from NXP allows all the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in a home to be integrated with WiFi making it more valuable and economical to keep the cable as your internet service provider (ISP) and get regular TV to boot.
Accelerators Unite ARM, IBM, X86
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5/23/2016   1 comment
Seven chip companies will define a cache-coherent interface between accelerators and server processors spanning ARM, IBM Power and x86 architectures.
MIT Media Lab Founder: Biotech Will Grow Computers
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5/20/2016   2 comments
Co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, Nicholas Negroponte, recounts his prescient track record, then offers his latest predictions for the future of technology.
Android N Joins Auto OS Battle
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5/19/2016   3 comments
This week at its Google I/O Conference, Google upped the ante, revealing that the upcoming Android N will come with an auto-centric variant equipped with hooks that sink much deeper into cars.
16-Bit MCU With Smart Card Interface Targets Card Reader Tokens
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Seiko Epson is now shipping samples of a low-power, 16-bit microcontroller with on-chip flash memory.
TI Still Top Dog in Industrial Chips
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Intel moves into No. 3 position behind Infineon, according to annual ranking compiled by Semicast Research.
Programmable ASSP (pASSP) I/F Bridge for Mobile Image Sensors & Displays
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Low-cost video interface bridge devices offer high bandwidth, low power, and small footprints.
Metamaterials Boost the Distance for Wireless Charging
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Researchers at the University of Barcelona in Spain have used metamaterials to improve the performance of wireless charging systems.
Google’s TPU Hit a Tight Sked
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5/19/2016   5 comments
Norman Jouppi, a veteran processor and server engineering manager, shares some of the story behind Google’s custom accelerator for machine learning.
Data Centers Drive Startup
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DriveScale applies lessons from Google to virtualize servers and SAS storage arrays for large business data centers.
Synopsys Aims to Deliver ‘Software Signoff’ Platform
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Leading EDA vendor looks to software quality and security to broaden its serviceable market.
NXP Focuses on Smart Cities, Security in Keynote
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Security plays heavy in first NXP/FTF Technology Forum keynote.
Beacons Entering Industrial Service
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Beacon technology is expanding from retail use to address industrial applications.
Google Designing AI Processors
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5/18/2016   24 comments
Google has developed and is running in its data centers a custom accelerator for artificial intelligence its calls a tensor processing unit.
Organic Fuel Cell Wins Intel's Student Design Prize
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A fuel cell powered by organic waste material has won the first prize in Intel's international science competition.
IMEC Leverages Si Platform for Quantum Computing
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European research institute is taking work it is doing in preparation for the 5-nm manufacturing node and turning it toward quantum computing.
Infineon Reshuffles Management Board
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Amidst a phase of double-digit growth, Infineon reports a major reshuffle at its management board.
Nokia's Brand Goes to Startup With $500 Million Plan
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5/18/2016   1 comment
A startup, formed to takeover the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablet computers, said it intends to spend $500 million marketing Nokia as an Android-based mobile device over the next three years.
ARM Grabs Apical for $350M
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
ARM announced it has acquired the entire share capital of Apical Limited, a provider of imaging and embedded computer vision intellectual property products with extensive licensing deals across the semiconductor industry.
ARM Describes 10nm Test Chip
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5/18/2016   3 comments
ARM taped out a 10nm FinFET test chip in January at TSMC and expects similar SoCs will be in handsets by the end of the year, using the process it described as relatively expensive and focused on lowering power.
Gigafactory Battery Factory in Europe Opens
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
BMZ GmbH has opened the first section of what will be Europe’s biggest lithium-ion battery factory, labeling it as “Europe’s Gigafactory.”
Nissan Integrates e-Mobility with Smart Grid
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
Nissan intends to establish closer technological and business ties between electric driving and smart grids by testing a vehicle-to-grid system.
IoT Security: Taming a Perfect Storm
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5/18/2016   4 comments
Panelists at the NXP/FTF Technology Forum 2016 describe the hurdles that need to be surmounted in order to bring security to the Internet of Things.
Google Faces $3.4 Billion Fine
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
The European Commission is planning to announce it is hitting Google with a record-breaking €3 billion (about $3.4 billion) or thereabouts, according to the UK's Telegraph newspaper.
HP Releases Fusion 3D Printer with Support Ecosystem
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
Multi Jet Fusion, said to be 10x faster than laser sintering, is the basis of HP's new additive manufacturing device.
Mobileye/ST Gun for Sensor Fusion, Go after NXP
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5/17/2016   1 comment
On the heels of NXP’s Bluebox announcement, Mobileye and STMicroelectronics rushed to reveal a Vision SoC, EyeQ5, touting it as a “sensor fusion central computer for autonomous vehicles.” Unlike Bluebox, already sampling, EyeQ5 won’t be ready until 2018.
Kyocera, FotoNation Unite on AI Car Cameras
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5/17/2016   Post a comment
Kyocera and FotoNation announce partnership agreement to develop intelligent automotive camera technology deemed critical in coming era of semi- and fully autonomous cars.
Semiconductor Industry Capex Forecast to Rise 3%
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5/17/2016   Post a comment
Capex will increase this year to $66.8 billion from $64.8 billion last year, according to a report by market research firm IC Insights.
NVMe Test Tools, Ecosystem Grow
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5/16/2016   1 comment
Systems companies look for new testing capabilities as product opportunities grow and the specification gets updated
Evidence of Chip Sales Decline Mounts
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5/16/2016   1 comment
IDC becomes the latest market research firm to predict that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016.
NXP Unveils Open, Modular ADAS Car Platform
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5/16/2016   1 comment
NXP is unveiling a comprehensive ADAS vehicles platform. Central to the platform is its new Bluebox computing engine, capable of fusing data processed from different sensor nodes such as radar, lidar, vision sensing and an onboard V2X system.
Lam, KLA Deal Faces DoJ Scrutiny
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5/15/2016   Post a comment
Analysts are divided on whether a U.S. request for more information on the proposed $10.6 billion deal to combine Lam Research and KLA-Tencor spells the beginning of the end for the merger.
What Apple Gains by Sinking $1B into Didi
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5/13/2016   9 comments
Apple’s $1 billion investment in China’s leading ride-hailing service company Didi Chuxing is surprising but it makes one thing clear: “It tips Apple’s hand. Apple is developing driverless cars,” said an analyst.
Chip Market Slowdown Takes Toll on Suppliers
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5/13/2016   Post a comment
With the semiconductor market in a lull, most of the top 10 suppliers posted first quarter sales down significantly from last year.
SMIC Again Boosts 2016 Capex to $2.5 Billion
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5/13/2016   1 comment
China’s largest foundry today said it will increase its capital expenditure budget for 2016 to $2.5 billion on expectations that strong demand will continue for another four years.
Diamond ICs May Finally Debut
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5/13/2016   12 comments
Akhan Semiconductor Inc. is licensing a diamond semiconductor process from Argonne National Laboratory, which the company plans to use first for power transistors and eventually for semiconductor chips such as ultra-low-power high-speed processors.
Breakthrough Boosts 2D Semiconductor Photoluminescence
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5/12/2016   Post a comment
Researchers have developed a technique to enhance the photoluminescence efficiency of tungsten diselenide, a 2D semiconductor. The discovery could light the path for use in advanced optoelectronic and photonic devices.
LEDs Spur Growth in Power ICs
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5/12/2016   2 comments
Power semiconductor and power supply vendors are poised to cash in on strong growth anticipated for LED lighting in coming years.
DoD Reorgs Silicon Valley Outpost
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5/11/2016   1 comment
U.S. Defense Secretary named a slate of tech execs from companies such as Apple and Google to help lead his Silicon Valley outpost, DIUx.
Google, Fiat To Collaborate in Autonomous Driving Development
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5/11/2016   Post a comment
Carmaker Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will collaborate with Google in developing technologies for self-driving vehicles. According to media reports, FCA will integrate Google’s technology into about 100 Chrysler hybrid minivan Pacifica vehicles.
IOT Piggybacks on Lego: Simple Physics
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5/11/2016   Post a comment
This Israeli startup has raised well over ten times its initial $50,000 crowdfunding goal, offering what it describes as Lego on steroids.
Nest Shares Thread Code
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Google’s Nest released an open source version of software it uses to implement Thread to accelerate adoption of the smart-home protocol.
Magnetic Graphene Possible
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By inserting hydrogen atoms into the lattice of a graphene sheet, an array of electrons in nanoscale domains encoded with magnetic spin transforms the material into a spintronic successor to silicon.
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