Politics Muddy Toshiba Bidding
News & Analysis 4/29/2017 8 comments
As the second round of bidding for Toshiba’s coveted memory business draws near, the opaque process is exposing a deep schism of interests in Japan among politicians, bureaucrats and bankers. But did anyone ask what engineers want?
Rambus, Microsoft Heat Up With Cold DRAM
News & Analysis 4/17/2017 4 comments
Rambus, in collaboration with Microsoft researchers, has succeeded in prototyping DRAM operating below 90 kelvin. Cryogenic memory will be essential to data centers, “currently the fastest growing consumer of memory” in the industry, said Rambus chief scientist.
Intel Shows Life Beyond CMOS
News & Analysis 4/3/2017 2 comments
At the International Symposium on Physical Design Intel presented more than dozen different ways to get beyond the limitations of conventional complementary metal oxide semiconductors while using the same fabs.
Q'comm Names CTO, Girds for NXP Influx
News & Analysis 3/29/2017 Post a comment
Qualcomm appointed James Thompson, EVP of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, as the company’s new CTO. Thompson is responsible for R&D activities in all wireless chipsets in QCT, semiconductor business. He will oversee the companywide technical and product roadmaps.
Roadmap Says CMOS Ends ~2024
News & Analysis 3/23/2017 3 comments
An expanded roadmap for semiconductors says traditional CMOS scaling will end in about 2024 but new chip stacks and systems architectures will continue advances.
ST's SPAD Imager Likely Linked to iPhone 8
News & Analysis 3/21/2017 3 comments
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 with a “3D camera” is the subject of intense speculation. Dots yet to be connected are the explicit relationships among the iPhone 8, single photon avalanche diodes and STMicroelectronics.
Is ADAS Ready for a Little 'Disruption?'
News & Analysis 3/20/2017 Post a comment
Chronocam, a developer of revolutionary event-driven sensor, is emerging in a red hot ADAS/Autonomous vehicle market where big players – Intel/Mobile -- are now beginning to merge. Is the startup tilting the windmills?
China's Gamble on Industrial IoT
News & Analysis 3/16/2017 1 comment
The Chinese government projects the country’s Industrial Internet of Things to grow to 450 billion RMB by 2020 – occupying roughly one quarter of China’s whole IoT market. Here’s a report from EE Times China's Editor-in-Chief Yorbe Zhang.
NXP Goes All In on FD-SOI
News & Analysis 3/15/2017 1 comment
By launching the lowest power general-purpose applications processors yet developed for IoT, NXP’s senior executive has unveiled a sweeping plan to broadly migrate design and production of general-purpose processors and microcontrollers from CMOS nodes to the FD-SOI process.
SIA Backs House Republicans’ Tax Plan
News & Analysis 3/14/2017 Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade association says the "Better Way" corporate tax reform blueprint is a good starting point for creating more jobs and helping chip companies innovate.
Silicon Labs Beefs Up IoT SoCs
News & Analysis 3/14/2017 Post a comment
After a year of selling multiprotocol wireless IoT SoCs, Silicon Labs is back in Nuremberg with a better mousetrap. It’s rolling out new Gecko SoCs, with more memory, support for switched multiprotocol and a full featured MCU.
Xilinx AI Engine Steers New Course
News & Analysis 3/13/2017 Post a comment
Combining computer vision with machine learning mostly remains a theoretical and elusive goal for many system designers. Xilinx is hoping to change this perception by rolling out “reVision” stack, offering resources for platforms, algorithms and application development.
Your Money or Your Brakes
News & Analysis 3/10/2017 3 comments
Worrisome isn’t WikiLeaks’ revelation that the spy agency might have contemplated hacking vehicles. A scenario that scares the automotive industry is ransomware targeted at vehicles. Security experts have said that 2017 is the year that this will happen.
Softbank to Sell 25% of ARM to Saudi-Backed Fund
News & Analysis 3/8/2017 4 comments
Softbank is about to sell 25 percent of ARM into a new, Saudi-backed $100 billion investment fund. The Japanese decision appears to be driven by Mubadala -- which owns 100 percent of Globalfoundries -- who is interested in ARM.