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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.
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.
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.
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.
Synopsys Aims to Deliver ‘Software Signoff’ Platform
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Leading EDA vendor looks to software quality and security to broaden its serviceable market.
Beacons Entering Industrial Service
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Beacon technology is expanding from retail use to address industrial applications.
IMEC Leverages Si Platform for Quantum Computing
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
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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5/18/2016   Post a comment
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DRAM Goes Hot and Cold
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5/9/2016   Post a comment
The commodity memory has a lot of niche applications, especially when it's protected against heat, moisture, humidity and cold
IC Capital Spending Forecast Improves Slightly
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5/9/2016   Post a comment
Gartner says spending to decline by 2%, an improvement from its January projection.
Honeywell Sharpens Thrust into IIoT
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5/9/2016   Post a comment
Honeywell Process Controls has created a new business unit to focus on the industrial IoT.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story
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5/6/2016   6 comments
Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
White House Takes Deep Interest In AI
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5/6/2016   1 comment
The US government is seeking a more active role in shaping the direction of AI research and development.
Strong Growth Seen For CMOS Image Sensor Market
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
IC Insights projects that market will grow at 9% CAGR through 2020 as automotive, security and medical applications adopt the technology.
Analog, MEMS Drag On ST’s Results
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
Rumor mill says Carlo Bozotti's tenure as CEO could soon come to and end.
Enhanced Guidelines Appear for Safe, Secure C Programs
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5/5/2016   Post a comment
MISRA C, the coding standard for safety-critical systems, has been enhanced with new rules addressing security in C coding.
Electromobility Drives Infineon’s Sales
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5/5/2016   Post a comment
The quarterly figures of chipmaker Infineon were slightly better than expected; sales to automotive customers grew faster than average.
Analog, MEMS Drag on ST Results
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5/4/2016   3 comments
One of Europe's top three semiconductor companies STMicroelectronics NV has found that it is now analog and MEMS business unit that is dragging the company down and keeping it in loss.
Chip Sales Edge Up Slightly
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5/3/2016   2 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that chip sales increased slightly in March compared with February, but sales for the first quarter were down sequentially and year-over-year.
Cadence DSP Targets Neural Network Development
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5/2/2016   1 comment
Tensilica Vision V5 digital signal processor promises 4X performance improvement over predecessor for use in fast-growing field of artificial intelligence.
MaxLinear Buys Microsemi’s Broadband Wireless Unit
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5/2/2016   Post a comment
Technology and assets, formerly of PMC-Sierra, to be combined with MaxLinear's low-power, digital CMOS, radio-frequency mixed-signal capabilities.
How Google Made Chromecast Cool
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5/2/2016   Post a comment
Since the release of the first generation of the Chromecast, Google has old more than 20 million units to customers looking to make their tired old TVs a little smarter.
Researchers Develop Dissolvable Memristor
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5/2/2016   1 comment
University researchers have produced a so-called memristor device made from egg proteins, magnesium and tungsten.
Intel to Exit Mobile SoC Business
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4/29/2016   16 comments
As it proceeds with a massive restructuring plan announced earlier this month, Intel will exit the smartphone and tablet mobile SoC business by ending its struggling Atom chip product line. Intel is likely to keep its modem team.
Chips for Energy Harvesting: The Next Billion-Dollar Market
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4/29/2016   Post a comment
Although energy harvesting has failed to take off to date, it is expected to drive $3 billion in semiconductor sales in 2020, according to Semico Research.
Cypress to Pay $550 Million for Broadcom’s IoT Business
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4/28/2016   1 comment
Cypress says deal will open up new markets, give firm leadership position in consumer Internet of Things space.
T.J. Rodgers Steps Down at Cypress
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4/28/2016   8 comments
Cypress Semiconductor Corp.’s CEO T.J. Rodgers will retire this week from the top position he held at the company he founded 34 years ago.
TI Tops Estimates on Automotive IC Strength
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
Buoyed by strong sales of automotive semiconductors, Texas Instruments delivered first quarter results that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Marvell Shakes up Board in Deal with Hedge Fund
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4/27/2016   6 comments
Chip firm commences search for CEO after burying hatchet with Starboard Value LP.
Macom Sues Infineon Over GaN Rights
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4/27/2016   Post a comment
RF and microwave chip vendor asks U.S. federal court to protect patented gallium nitride on silicon technology developed by Nitronex, which Macom acquired in 2014.
NXP Bullish on Future With Freescale in Fold
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4/27/2016   5 comments
No. 1 automotive semiconductor supplier forecasts better than expected second quarter, says integration is going well.
IoT Security Spending to Skyrocket
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4/25/2016   6 comments
The amount that enterprises and consumers will spend on security around the Internet of Things is projected to grow rapidly after 2020, according to Gartner.
‘Network-Ready' Dimmable LED Lighting Offers More Energy Savings
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4/25/2016   Post a comment
Energy Focus Inc. has developed a new generation of “network ready” dimmable LED lighting products that can be controlled via a variety of dimming control mechanisms and networks.
Gel-Coated Nanowires Yield Batteries With Indefinite Cycle Life
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4/25/2016   3 comments
University researchers report inventing a nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement.
Paying, Building 5G for Autos
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4/22/2016   Post a comment
Industry experts at the Brooklyn 5G Summit expect, unsurprisingly, that 5G will play a major role in the future of automotive communications. Just how next-generation cellular systems will help form autonomous or automated driver assistance is still being constructed.
DARPA Awards GPS-Beating Sensor Development Contract to HRL
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4/22/2016   1 comment
U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awards HRL Laboratories $4.3 million contract to develop vibration- and shock-tolerant inertial sensor technology.
Fab Tool Book-to-Bill Rises
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4/22/2016   1 comment
North American manufacturers of semiconductor capital equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio above parity for the fourth consecutive month in March, according to the SEMI trade group.
Samsung Details Foundry Roadmap
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4/22/2016   4 comments
Officials from Samsung Semiconductor Inc. detailed the company’s foundry roadmap, which includes expanding FD-SOI production and offering low-cost alternatives to existing FinFET technologies.
IDT Backs WiGig Chip Vendor
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4/22/2016   1 comment
Funding round worth $20 million marks second time in two weeks that venture capital has smiled on the semiconductor industry.
Mie Fujitsu, CSEM to Combine DDC, Low Voltage for IOT Chips
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4/22/2016   Post a comment
Japanese chip manufacturer Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd. and Swiss research institute CSEM SA have agreed to collaborate on Deeply Depleted Channel (DDC) technology and near/sub-threshold voltage technology for integrated circuits aimed at the Internet of Things and wearables markets.
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