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Vacuum Process Pushes Perovskite Solar Cell Efficiency
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6/17/2016   Post a comment
Researchers in Switzerland have pushed perovskite materials to the same efficiency as thin film solar cells.
Google Launches AI, Machine Learning Research Center
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6/16/2016   Post a comment
With Google CEO Sundar Pichai sharply focused on AI, machine learning and their potentials, the search giant is opening a dedicated machine learning research center in Europe.
Samsung Reportedly Appoints Panel to Protect Fab Workers
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6/16/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics has appointed an ombudsman committee to monitor and report on workplace safety at its wafer fabs, according to a Korea Herald report.
Intel, CEA Team on IoT Research
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6/16/2016   1 comment
Chip giant signs five-year deal for shared R&D program with European research institute.
China to Dominate Fab Building
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6/16/2016   2 comments
Ten of the 19 fabs set to be built worldwide in 2016 and 2017 will be in China, according to the trade group SEMI.
Mobileye Chief Engineer Explains EyeQ5
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
We followed up with Mobileye on what’s inside EyeQ5, and why now. Our discussion ranged from architecture of a driverless car in 2020 to accelerators in the SoC and Google’s recently unveiled custom ASIC for machine learning.
IBM Watson Health Tackles Diabetes
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
IBM Watson Health is teaming with the American Diabetes Association to apply cognitive computing to the ADA's 66 years worth of research and data. The results will be used to learn more about diabetes, prevention, complications, and care.
HiQ Solar, Outback Power Team Up On Inverter Tech
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
U.S. startup HiQ Solar has teamed up with Outback Power to combine its inverter technology with Outback's batteries for solar and off-grid power systems.
Materials Database Goes Beyond Lithium
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
An open materials database project has released new apps and compounds that are changing the way batteries are designed.
MIT Researchers Turn Graphene Light on and off
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
A team of international researchers have discovered that under certain circumstances, a flow of electric current running through a sheet of graphene can exceed the speed of slowed-down light and produce a kind of optical “boom."
MIT's Phase-Locked Laser Array Yields Better Beam
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6/14/2016   Post a comment
Researchers from MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have demonstrated a natural phase-locking mechanism of closely integrated nanolasers, showing that the typically unwanted lateral emissions could contribute to a long-range global coupling of all the lasers in the 2D array.
NXP Sells Biz Unit to China, Downsizes 25%
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6/14/2016   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductor NV has agreed to sell its standard products business unit to a Chinese consortium. This will involve the transfer of about one quarter of NXP's total workforce that is responsible for about one-fifth of NXP revenues.
STMicroelectronics Seeks Revival
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6/14/2016   6 comments
STMicroelectronics has changed in recent years. In the past five months alone, ST exited some of its biggest business, had less-than-stellar financial results, and is taking on behemoth NXP for dominance in automotive microcontrollers. But where is this sometimes struggling company going?
The Road Ahead For AI in Cars
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6/14/2016   8 comments
AI is seen as an enabler for ‘real’ autonomous cars. We asked an IHS analyst to break down automotive AI, including its advancements, applications inside vehicles, and the hardware available to process AI algorithms.
Printed Memory to Secure IoT
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6/13/2016   1 comment
In the Internet of Things era, there are still scenarios where a low-cost, unconnected memory might make more sense than a connected device.
IDC Cuts PC Shipment Forecast
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6/10/2016   Post a comment
Market research firm now expects PC market to contract at faster rate following dismal first quarter.
China Dominates Smartphone Suppliers List
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6/10/2016   2 comments
China-based smartphone suppliers represented eight of the top 12 slots for smartphone IC suppliers in the first quarter of 2016, according to a report from IC Insights. Chinese companies Huawei, OPPO and Xiaomi were all in the top five suppliers.
Ericsson Reports Love/Hate Relationship With Wearables
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6/8/2016   Post a comment
A new report from Ericsson shows a love ‘em and leave ‘em relationship with wearables: consumers are increasingly connected to their wearable devices, but still feel underwhelmed by what the device delivers.
AMD Details Next-Gen APUs
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6/8/2016   4 comments
AMD still believes in PCs and recently announced its seventh generation of A-series processors targeted for that market. Code-named Bristol Ridge and Stony Ridge, the processors are designed to boost productivity, enhance multimedia, and improve energy efficiency.
SIA Expects Chip Sales to Fall
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6/8/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade group joins chorus of market watchers in predicting that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016 in the face of sluggish demand and macroeconomic headwinds.
Autonomous Vehicle Forecast Boosted by R&D Increase
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6/8/2016   3 comments
Sales of autonomous vehicles are projected to grow much faster than previously thought based on a host of factors, according to a new forecast from IHS Automotive.
Fab Tool Billings Fall 13% in Q1
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6/7/2016   Post a comment
Strong increase in China not enough to offset weakness in Europe, South Korea and the U.S.
Quantum Dot Specialist Opposes Extending Cadmium Exemption
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6/7/2016   1 comment
Nanoco Group plc (Manchester, England), a specialist in heavy metal free quantum dots, has spoken out against a report that has recommended allowing the continued use of cadmium-selenide in quantum dots in TVs and displays sold in Europe.
Can Rambus Hack Auto Cyber-Security?
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6/7/2016   Post a comment
Over-the-Air vehicle updates and cyber-security for connected cars are two closely intertwined, red-hot issues in Detroit. Rambus is diving into the field--presumably at an opportune moment in partnership with Movimento, a leader in automotive reflash services.
Rambus to Pay $32.5M for Semtech’s IP Biz
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
Deal, which includes additional payments through 2022, includes IP cores, patents and other assets marketed under the name Snowbush IP.
SRAM Defies Doomsday Predictions
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
Automotive and Internet of Things continue to present new opportunities for SRAM, particularly where low power consumption is a key requirement, while older devices with long life spans need EOL support
EnSilica, Micrium Partners on RTOS/MCU Integration
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
EnSilica and Micrium have partnered to port Micrium’s µC/OS-III RTOS to EnSilica’s family of eSi-RISC processor cores.
Stealthy Military Startup Launches Neural Processor
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
KnuEdge, a company that has raised more than $100 million since it was founded in 2005, rolls out a neuromorphic processor intended to accelerate voice recognition and other machine learning applications.
Ultrasoc, Sondrel Team on Debug IP
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
IC design services company Sondrel agrees to make use of Ultrasoc's debug IP within its designs.
Got Self-Driving Architecture? Show Me
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6/3/2016   17 comments
Despite Nvidia, Mobile and NXP talking about their autonomous car platforms, do carmakers already know what their self-driving car architecture will be in 2020? “They don’t. At least, not yet," says Kalray's CEO.
Exar to Sell Display IC Subsidiary to Chinese Firm
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6/3/2016   Post a comment
Beijing-based fabless semiconductor firm Chipone to pay $136 million at closing, expected before year's end.
ARM-Based Server Processors Finally Hitting Stride
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6/2/2016   2 comments
After years of ecosystem development and processor designs that didn't go far, vendors of ARM-based server microprocessors are finally starting to garner design wins.
Industrial Semi Revenues Rise Slightly
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6/2/2016   Post a comment
Despite forecasts to the contrary, industrial semiconductor revenues rose slightly in 2015, IHS reports. Year-over-year global revenue rose less than 1% percent in 2015 to $41.9 billion.
FDSOI Grabs European Money for IoT
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6/1/2016   Post a comment
Globalfoundries and STMicroelectronics are the leading chip companies in a European Commission collaborative research project that aims to create an ultra low-power platform for Internet of Things applications based on 22nm FDSOI chip manufacturing process.
Xiaomi Buys 1,500 Microsoft Patents, Eyes Global Expansion
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6/1/2016   4 comments
Xiaomi, the Chinese consumer electronics company, is looking to broaden its intellectual property portfolio with the purchase of 1,500 Microsoft patents. The company is also preparing for a global expansion that will include bringing its smartphones to the US.
Globalfoundries Expands into Chinese Wafer Fab
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
U.S.-based foundry plans to upgrade an existing semiconductor facility in inland China to run some of its processes on 300mm-diameter wafers.
Startup Settles With Broadcom, Raises $50 Million
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Innovium, a fabless semiconductor startup founded in 2014 to pursue networking technology, said it raised more than $50 million in venture capital and settled a legal dispute with Broadcom.
ARM's Bifrost Steps Up Graphics, Bridges to Machine Learning
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
The Mali-G71 GPU core is ARM's first that follows a new architecture called Bifrost that has been launched providing support for the Vulkan API from the industry-run Khronos Group.
MRAM Seen Leading Embedded Non-Vol Memory Race
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5/31/2016   1 comment
Spin-torque transfer magnetic RAM is leading a race for inclusion as an embedded non-volatile memory at the 28nm chip production node according to the memory department director for European research institute IMEC.
LoRa Gets End-to-End Dev Kit
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
To save developers from needing to assemble and integrate all parts of a LoRa system, Microchip has created an end-to-end development kit.
7 Ways to Skin French Tech
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5/31/2016   2 comments
France now bills itself as a “startup nation” and is backing its tech industry via a confluence of government money and private sector investment.
Intel Broadens Xeon Video Offerings
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Intel announced its new E3-1500 version five (E3v5) and companion Iris Pro graphics processing unit (GPU) for ultra-fast video transcoding.
ARM Aims Artemis at Low Power
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5/29/2016   Post a comment
ARM announced its Cortex-A73, a next-generation mobile CPU core, formerly code-named Artemis.
FDSOI Driving ST's Automotive Biz
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5/27/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics says the fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator chip manufacturing process it championed has become almost the default choice for digital manufacturing within its automotive and discrete group.
Stratix 10 MX: 1 TBps On-Chip Memory Bandwidth in Single FPGA
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5/26/2016   10 comments
Having up to 16 GB of in-package memory with a bandwidth of 1 TBps is going to be a game-changer for a wide range of applications.
Machine-Learning Radars May Come to Automotive
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5/26/2016   1 comment
Belgium's IMEC research institute plans to make future sensors --specifically radar sensors -- as well as devices that extract useful information locally and even become learning machines.
Infineon, AMS To Benefit From $70M Euro Sensor Project
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5/26/2016   Post a comment
IoSense, a European pilot line project has kicked off in Dresden, Germany at the site of project leader Infineon Technologies AG.
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