Industrial Semi Revenues Rise Slightly News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
MRAM Seen Leading Embedded Non-Vol Memory Race News & Analysis 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.
7 Ways to Skin French Tech News & Analysis 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.
FDSOI Driving ST's Automotive Biz News & Analysis 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.
Foundries' Sales Show Hard Times Continuing News & Analysis 5/23/2016 2 comments 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.
IoT Standard EEBus Available for Everyone News & Analysis 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.
ARM Describes 10nm Test Chip News & Analysis 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.
Mobileye/ST Gun for Sensor Fusion, Go after NXP News & Analysis 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.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story News & Analysis 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.
Analog, MEMS Drag on ST Results News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.