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Samsung Was No. 1 in Chip Sales in Q2
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7/28/2017   4 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.
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   Post a 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?
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.
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.
NXP to Spend $22 Million to Expand U.S. Fabs
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7/24/2017   Post a comment
European chip maker says expansion will enable it to produce secure ID chips for the U.S. government.
Neural Accelerator Battle Begins
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7/21/2017   7 comments
The embedded market for neural network accelerators is heating up, with more systems — ranging from smart speakers and drones to light bulbs — poised to run neural networks locally instead of going back to the cloud for computation.
Expanding Optical Horizons
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7/20/2017   7 comments
Russian and Finish researchers collaborate to obsolete the need for expensive, single-mode fiber optics.
Memory Chip ASP Growth Expected to Cool in Second Half
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7/19/2017   1 comment
DRAM and NAND flash memory chips are forecast to achieve record gains in average selling prices this year, but growth is expected to cool as the year goes along.
Mesh to Thrust Bluetooth in Industrial IoT
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7/18/2017   3 comments
Mesh Networking is finally coming to Bluetooth as a formally ratified, interoperability- tested global standard, allowing Bluetooth proponents to target a whole new machine-to-machine, industrial Internet of Things market. Might it mend IoT mess?
NFC Players Welcome Broader iPhone Support
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
Near field communications chip makers are applauding Apple's announcement that iPhones will be able to use both NFC tag mode and reader mode.
Woodie Flowers: Things, Not Theory
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7/17/2017   20 comments
The legendary MIT professor who helped start the FIRST Robotics Competition discusses what engineers need. In Part 1, Flowers explains how engineering is about solving practical problems.
Does NVMe Have a Place in Industrial Embedded and IoT?
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
NVMe was considered overkill for industrial embedded designs as storage-capacity demands didn't justify the performance at the expense of power consumption, but that's changing as the data industrial IoT products are collecting grows exponentially
ASML Claims Major EUV Milestone
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7/14/2017   13 comments
Litho vendor claims elusive source power target as dawn of EUV era inches closer.
PC Sales Slide as Chip Costs Drive Prices Up
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7/13/2017   Post a comment
Higher average selling prices for components such as DRAM and flash memory chips began driving system costs up, adding to the headwind facing declining PC sales.
Flash Remains Smart Home Memory Storage of Choice
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7/13/2017   1 comment
CBRAM and MRAM have potential, but low voltage serial NOR flash offers proven retention and endurance as well as battery efficiency
Sensors, Blockchains Meet Tomatoes
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7/12/2017   12 comments
When Amazon announced the Whole Foods acquisition, Alice Waters defined its significance as a chance for Jeff Bezos to launch a food revolution. Elements of basic technology are here. What would it take to pull off such a massive change?
Chip Sales Now Expected to Top $400 Billion
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7/11/2017   Post a comment
Revised forecast from Gartner is most aggressive prediction to date for market in 2017.
Rambus Reportedly Exploring Sale Possibilities
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7/10/2017   2 comments
Technology licensing chip vendor works with financial adviser to evaluate possibilities for its sale, according to a Bloomberg report.
Memory Prices Drive Samsung's Record Q2 Profit
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7/7/2017   Post a comment
South Korean electronics giant appears on pace to surpass Intel and become world's No. 1 semiconductor vendor.
TI Claims to Obsolete FPGAs for Embedded Apps
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7/6/2017   3 comments
Texas Instruments says its C2000 microcontrollers running its DesignDRIVE software offer a fast current loop that obsoletes the FPGA in motor control applications.
Combined Handset, PC Shipments Expected to Decline
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7/5/2017   1 comment
Gartner expects rate of PC decline to slow while smartphone market posts strong growth in 2017.
FTC Clears Broadcom's Acquisition of Brocade
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7/3/2017   1 comment
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission voted to approve the $5.9 billion deal after Broadcom said it would create a firewall to prevent information about Cisco's fibre channel switches from stifling competitiveness.
Toshiba Fires Back at Western Digital, Seeks $1.1B in Damages
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6/28/2017   1 comment
Feud between partners deepens as Toshiba says it won't meet deadline for selling chip business.
Purple-emitting LEDs Get Closer to the Sun
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6/27/2017   3 comments
Seoul Semi has paired its purple-emitting LEDs with Toshiba Materials-engineered RGB phosphors to more closely mimic natural daylight spectrum.
DRAM Prices Expected to Climb
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6/26/2017   1 comment
With DRAM chips being used in more applications, ASPs projected to grow even while smartphone and PC shipments remain tepid.
SiLabs CEO Plots Slow, Steady IoT Strategy
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6/23/2017   5 comments
“IoT is in a bit of a trough right now,” Silicon Labs’ CEO said, just as he was leaving the ballroom where he delivered a keynote entitled “Accelerating the IoT.” Is he sensing a whiff of IoT backlash?
Imagination Puts Itself on the Block
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6/22/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies said the whole company is up for sale after fielding interest from several parties.
Japan-led Consortium Wins Toshiba Memory Bidding
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6/21/2017   4 comments
Winning bid submitted by Innovation Network of Japan, Bain Capital and Development Bank of Japan.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
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6/21/2017   1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.
Cypress Stockholders Elect T.J. Rodgers' Nominees to Board
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
Camillo Martino and J. Daniel McCranie elected to board after long and bitter proxy battle.
Alibaba Fuels China's CPU Gambit
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
C-Sky, designer of China’s home-grown 32-bit embedded CPU processing cores, is quite possibly China’s best kept secret. Its CEO explains why its unique tie with Alibaba is C-Sky's ace in the hole in winning China’s IoT market.
Cray Moves to Lasso 'Big Data Deluge'
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6/20/2017   1 comment
Cray’s Urika Big Data Analytics Suite, for its biggest XC supercomputers, brings all the analytic tools necessary to handle the deluge of data today including deep learning and artificial intelligence in a free open-source downloadable package.
Western Digital Sues to Halt Toshiba Sale
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6/15/2017   Post a comment
Complaint filed in California Superior Court asks court to prevent Toshiba from transferring assets that are part of joint venture between the firms.
Paris Accord: As U.S. Drops Out, Chipmakers Double Down
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6/14/2017   3 comments
The semiconductor industry has responded to President Trump’s plan to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord with resounding reaffirmations of the industry’s commitment to sustainable and energy-efficient manufacturing practices.
Achronix Growth Spurt More Than 'Luck'
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6/14/2017   2 comments
Achronix Semiconductor, a privately held FPGA company founded in 2004, reached a critical juncture this year with projected 2017 revenue in excess of $100 million -- a 700 percent increase in 12 months. What's going on here?
Apple, Amazon to Join Foxconn's Toshiba Bid
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6/5/2017   7 comments
Foxconn's CEO reportedly tells Nikkei that the electronics powerhouses are participants in the contract manufacturers' $27 billion to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business.
NAND Shortage Drives Price Surge
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6/2/2017   2 comments
Contract pricing for NAND flash surged by 20 to 25 percent in the first quarter, a strong testament to the undersupply condition that persists in the market
ARM Cores Target AI-powered Future
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5/29/2017   Post a comment
Two new application processor cores introduced as part of an ambitious goal to accelerate AI adoption and get an ARM processor core into every IoT device by 2035.
DRAM Price Surge Continues
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5/26/2017   2 comments
Global DRAM sales reached record heights in the first quarter, thanks to a 30 percent increase in the average contract price of PC DRAM modules, according to DRAMeXchange.
RF Filters Boost MEMS Market
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom moves into No. 2 spot in MEMS sales, suprassing TI, according to Yole Développement.
Intel Inside DJI Mini-Drone
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5/25/2017   Post a comment
DJI claimed that Spark is “the first drone that users can control by hand gestures alone.” Movidius’ Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit enables Spark to perform both computer vision/deep learning and image signal processing.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
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5/24/2017   5 comments
Samsung's foundry unit updates tech roadmap, including the addition of 4nm process with "post FinFET structure" to begin production in 2020.
Western Digital Reportedly Ups Bid for Toshiba Memory
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5/24/2017   3 comments
Bid worth about $18 million would resolve dispute with NAND partner but would likely heighten regulatory scrutiny.
'Electronic Road' Charging For EVs Moves Forward
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5/23/2017   Post a comment
Renault and Qualcomm are working with a public-private R&D institute in France to develop dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) technology that recharges electric vehicle batteries while they are on the road.
Fake IC Battle Gets a New Weapon
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5/22/2017   3 comments
A new technology lets engineers identify rogue devices with the speed and resolution needed to make it practical for industry and university labs.
Intel Sees Robo-car As Data Flow Issue
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5/19/2017   Post a comment
Car companies rarely discuss behind-the-scene development work on their autonomous vehicles. The notable exception is Intel, which styles itself as a “data company.” Intel laid out how custom data center architecture is critical in processing autonomous vehicle data.
Imagination Sells SoC Design Group
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5/19/2017   2 comments
UK-based IP vendor sells group to design services firm for undisclosed firm.
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