Intel Shows 2.5D FPGA at ISSCC News & Analysis 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.
Object-Detection Becomes Wearable News & Analysis 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?
Chip Group Sets 2017 Policies News & Analysis 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.
Q'comm-NXP Faces Trump, China Hurdles News & Analysis 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.
Trinamic Surfing ‘Automation’ Wave News & Analysis 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.
Industrial IoT Nets Blossom News & Analysis 1/31/2017 Post a comment A survey shows growth in large deployments of the Internet of Things in industrial markets as a trade group prepares an analysis of competing protocols.
Nokia Applies IMPACT to IoT Fragmentation News & Analysis 1/31/2017 Post a comment Lack of security and fragmentation are often cited as basic reasons why the Internet of Things market has been slow to catch fire. Nokia hopes to provide pre-integrated applications that help alleviate customers’ initial trepidation before plunging into IoT.
Toshiba Confirms Memory Chip Spinoff News & Analysis 1/27/2017 3 comments Toshiba formally announced that it will sell a chunk -- but less than 20 percent -- of its memory chip business. Toshiba will proceed with its expansion plan for 3D flash memory production as scheduled.
Trump, Brexit Cloud Upbeat 2017 News & Analysis 1/27/2017 7 comments The semiconductor market is posed for a better year ahead but uncertainties with President Trump, China and Brexit could sway the numbers.
Intel Cautious on PC Consumption News & Analysis 1/26/2017 Post a comment Intel's fourth quarter sales and profit beat expectations and the company also delivered a better-than-expected forecast for the first quarter of this year.
Talent Hunt in China's Memory Triangle News & Analysis 1/26/2017 19 comments Tsinghua Unigroup’s recently disclosed d plans to build a $30 billion memory chip in Nanjing was unexpected – even by many China watchers. Unfolding are fierce battles over talent, manufacturing equipment and regional financing – among Xi’an, Wuhan and Nanjing.
Samsung Expects Strong Memory Sales in '17 News & Analysis 1/26/2017 2 comments Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and the second-largest chipmaker, said it expects strong memory sales this year as the balance between supply and demand tightens.
MediaTek Expects Slow Q1 Growth News & Analysis 1/26/2017 1 comment MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest rival in the smartphone silicon business, is forecasting slow growth during the first quarter this year as the overall market remains in the doldrums.
Patent Suits Hit Q’comm Profits News & Analysis 1/25/2017 8 comments Qualcomm’s quarter profits fell as a result of a fine from the Korea government in one of now five cases alleging unfair patent licensing.
Ex-Elpida CEO's China Fab Plan Dropped? News & Analysis 1/25/2017 1 comment A China-based memory chip called Sino King Technology, founded with ambitious goals by the former CEO of Elpida less than a year ago, has apparently ceased operations.
EUV in Focus at Photonics West News & Analysis 1/25/2017 3 comments Researchers at Photonics West will discuss advances in a 250W light source for EUV lithography, new infrared cameras and Li-Fi, data communications using LED lights.
UMC’s 28nm Ramp to Slip This Year News & Analysis 1/24/2017 3 comments United Microelectronics Corp., Taiwan’s second largest foundry, said the ramp of its most advanced node, 28nm, will probably slip during the early portion of 2017 under strong competition.
Nvidia's Jetson Goes Embedded, Gets Cisco News & Analysis 1/24/2017 2 comments GPUs shine no longer in just supercomputers, PCs and game machines. Nvidia, the graphics chip giant, is eagerly plowing inroads into the embedded market, by leveraging Jetson TX1, its AI computing platform.
Batteries Caused Samsung Galaxy to Explode News & Analysis 1/23/2017 4 comments Following a three-month investigation into the exploding Galaxy Note 7 handsets, Samsung put the blame squarely on the devices’ batteries. The company ruled out any issue with the smartphones’ software or other hardware.
Toshiba's NAND Future Uncertain News & Analysis 1/23/2017 1 comment Roughly 10 suitors are interested in Toshiba’s NAND flash business. Selling a stake in the spun-off chip business is the quickest way for Toshiba to boost its capital, but several factors make Toshiba’s plan both more urgent and complex.
TI Reorgs Analog Group News & Analysis 1/20/2017 2 comments Texas Instruments reorganized four analog groups into three, eliminating no products but causing a small number of layoffs in support personnel.
NHTSA Lets Tesla Off The Hook News & Analysis 1/20/2017 5 comments The NHTSA concluded a months-long investigation of a fatal crash in Florida, and reported that the agency found no defects in Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking and Autopilot systems. Did NHTSA let Tesla off the hook too easily? Absolutely.