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NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle
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11/26/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the sale of its RF power amplifier business to Chinese state-controlled Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.
GloFo Sale: Report Says Abu Dhabi Holding Talks
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11/26/2015   Post a comment
Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Development Co. has held talks with potential buyers for all or part of Globalfoundries Inc. according to a Bloomberg report that cited unnamed sources.
SiLabs Debuts MCU, Builds Smart Structures
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11/25/2015   Post a comment
Silicon Labs hopes to create buzz in the 8-bit market with its new microcontroller family that has high analog performance and peripheral integration.
Japan Focuses on IoT Nuts & Bolts
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11/20/2015   Post a comment
Is Open IoT a missed opportunity for Japan? Can Japan contribute to the fast-growing world of the Internet of Things? Here's what we found at Embedded Technology 2015 in Yokohama.
Military Targets Wearables, Bioelectrics
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11/20/2015   1 comment
Members of the Armed Forces may be the toughest consumers of all, especially when it comes to wearables. The demand for precision technology that isn’t clunky and has a long battery life far exceeds that of the traditional wearable market, and has defined DARPA investment in wearables.
EEs Report Highest Pay Increase Since 2008
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11/20/2015   Post a comment
The IEEE-USA's annual salary survey found that electrical and electronics engineers employed in communications continued to command the highest median salary.
Samsung on Intel's Heels in Chip Vendor Ranking
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11/19/2015   2 comments
Samsung is set to make in-roads into Intel's lead as the world's largest chip manufacturer in 2015, according to a list of chip companies ranked by forecast chip revenues from market research firm IC Insights.
ON Semi to Buy Fairchild for $2.4 Billion
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11/18/2015   9 comments
Latest blockbuster deal in the semiconductor industry would create No. 2 player in power semiconductor market with annual sales of more than $5 billion.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone
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11/17/2015   1 comment
French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
Report: China Has $47bn Chip Fund Focused on U.S. M&A
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11/17/2015   3 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup intends to spend 300 billion yuan (about $47 billion) over the next five years to build up China's position in the chip industry, according to the company chairman speaking in an interview given to Reuters.
AMD Pushes GPUs Through New HSA Tools
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11/16/2015   Post a comment
Under its “Boltzmann Initiative,” AMD has announced a suite of tools designed to ease development of high-performance, energy efficient heterogeneous computing systems.
GlobalFoundries Launches 14nm ASIC
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11/14/2015   Post a comment
GlobalFoundries announced a new ASIC, FX-14, based on technology acquired from IBM and the foundry’s new 14nm LPP process. FX-14 targets wired and wireless applications, as well as compute and storage applications with support for various SoCs including 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processors.
Ambiq Leaps to Front of Low-Power MCU Lineup
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11/12/2015   10 comments
MCU vendors have been leapfrogging one another in low-power claims, but one has now jumped well out in front.
Write-Once Memory Speeds Up, Powers Down Reads
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
Wearables, Internet of Things (IoT) and even conventional read-only memory (ROM, flash, one-time programmable--OPM) need ultra-low power consumption for reads.
Strong Dollar Drags on Chip Sales
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights says effect of currency fluctuation will drag worldwide chip sales into the red for 2015.
Elma to Acquire Trenew Electronic AG
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
The Elma Group announced it has acquired the Swiss company Trenew Electronic AG in Rüti ZH, operating in the system integration business, retroactively as per January 1, 2015. The contract was signed on November 9, 2015.
Scaling Down Semi Process Nodes for IoT Apps
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11/9/2015   1 comment
Scaling chips to 20-25 nanometers for Internet of Things devices will take longer than other markets because various elements in the mixed signal microcontroller-based architecture do not scale as easily.
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones
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11/5/2015   3 comments
Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
T-Mobile 4G LTE CellSpot Designed For Homes, Small Business
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11/5/2015   Post a comment
The rambunctious US arm of T-Mobile is looking to get consumers hooked on mini-towers that provide 4G LTE coverage at home or at the office.
Chip Sales Declined 3% in Q3
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11/4/2015   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales trended downward in the third quarter amid softening demand and currency devaluation, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Universal Wireless Charger Meets Multiple Standards
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11/4/2015   Post a comment
A wireless charging system that can transmit power at multiple frequencies and charge up electronic equipment regardless of which standard it adheres to, has been reported by researchers at University of California, San Diego.
Wireless Charging Industry Groups Evolve
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11/3/2015   Post a comment
Two Wireless Charging industry groups have merged and rebranded under a new name. The Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance will now form AirFuel Alliance.
Wireless Charging IC Targets IoT
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
Wireless charging startup Energous is sampling an RF-to-DC rectifier IC designed to power smaller wearable and IoT devices that require up to 10 Watts over a 15 foot distance.
Samsung Developing Bendable Batteries for Smart Devices
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
Samsung has unveiled a new line of battery prototypes that the company claims are able to power wearable smart devices for longer by providing as much as 50% more battery life.
Apple Takes Green Initiatives in China
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10/26/2015   1 comment
Apple plans to produce 2.2GW of solar power and other renewable energy in China to cut air pollution brought by factories that have made millions of iPhones and iPads in the past eight years.
Exar CEO DiNardo Steps Down
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10/21/2015   Post a comment
Analog and mixed-signal chip company Exar Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) has announced that Louis DiNardo will step down as president, CEO and as a member of the board of directors.
PCs Live, Says Dell with Refresh
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10/20/2015   Post a comment
As the PC market continues to decline, Dell is doubling down with a desktop refresh targeting emerging markets including three desktop and three all-in-one PCs.
ARM Squeezes GPU For IoT
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10/20/2015   Post a comment
ARM has released a new low power GPU for wearables and the Internet of Things that merges smartphone-quality graphics. The 32-bit Mali 470 requires half the power of ARM’s previous graphics processor generation using the same process geometry.
More-than-Moore Will Lead, Argues GloFo's Wijburg
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10/15/2015   8 comments
At the opening press conference for the Semicon Europa exhibition being held here in Dresden Germany Rutger Wijburg, senior vice president and general manager of fab management at Globalfoundries Inc., made the case for More-than-Moore semiconductors as the enabler of the next wave of electronics.
Xilinx Revenues Driven By Data
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10/14/2015   Post a comment
Xilinx's second quarter fiscal 2016 sales were down 4% from the prior quarter and down 13% year-over-year, but Xilinx's CEO put emphasis on its data-center future.
SMIC to Report Tunnel-FET Extension to CMOS
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10/9/2015   Post a comment
Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. has manufactured complementary Tunnel FETs (C-TFETs) that operate at 0.4V using a CMOS baseline technology.
Chip Sales Projected to Decline in 2015
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10/9/2015   Post a comment
Gartner revised its forecast, calling for chip sales to decline due to weakness in PCs, smartphones, and tablets.
Q'comm Unveils Server Bid
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10/8/2015   11 comments
Qualcomm officially entered the server market with a single chip SoC server development platform. The company first announced that it would tackle the much-sought after market last year, but had been largely quiet about its progress.
GE Launches Current for Energy
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10/7/2015   Post a comment
launched a new energy spin-off company dedicated to developing energy efficient devices. Current will combine GE’s LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle businesses with its Predix industrial analytics platform to focus on commercial, industrial, and government customers.
M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10
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10/6/2015   2 comments
Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
Cadence DSP Promises More Horsepower for Next-Gen Smartphones
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10/6/2015   Post a comment
Next-generation Tensilica vision and imaging DSP promises up to 13X boost in performance, 5X decrease in power consumption.
Battery Market Growth Is Tricky Business
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10/5/2015   1 comment
Numerous industries are showing an increased demand for Lithium ion automotive batteries, according to Yole Developpment, as many companies aim to diversify into battery-related businesses. However, the burgeoning market may be a tricky investment.
ARM Joins Semiconductor Research Corp.
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10/1/2015   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has joined the global research collaboration program operated by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (Research Triangle, North Carolina).
Powering a U.S. Battery Charger Standard
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10/1/2015   Post a comment
Battery chargers sold in the U.S. could be operating more efficiently in a few years thanks to the Department of Energy’s proposed efficiency requirements.
ST to Shift Auto MCU from Power to ARM
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
With an eye toward becoming the world’s third largest automotive MCU supplier by the end of the decade, STMicroelectronics is staking its automotive future on ARM’s new 32-bit ARMv8-R technology.
India Scores Support of Silicon Valley Giants
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
U.S. tech giants have committed to participate in Digital India and Smart Cities projects after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Silicon Valley on Saturday (Sept. 26).
PCs, Not Profits, Drive Chip Companies
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9/29/2015   4 comments
while PCs are refreshed twice a year and a company could have a design win every six months. When two public companies have to respond to investors and continue to innovate at a rapid clip, even short-term success in a flat market is preferable to long-term innovation that won’t immediately pay off
India Could Tap Tesla for Solar Battery Solution
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9/28/2015   2 comments
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a visit to Tesla Motors to seek a viable solution to power storage problems that have been hounding solar electricity planners in the country.
After VW’s Dieselgate: 5 Questions for Carmakers
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9/28/2015   19 comments
Since the Volkswagen scandal first broke, we know a lot more about how Dieselgate started to unravel. We made a list of five automotive issues the recent scandal has exposed.
Scalable Transistors in High-Voltage CMOS at ams
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9/28/2015   Post a comment
The Full Service Foundry division of ams AG is expanding its 0.35µm High-Voltage CMOS specialty process platform by adding a set of truly voltage scalable transistors to its advanced “H35” process.
Solar Cells Made Obsolete
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9/28/2015   13 comments
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers aim to obsolete conventional solar panels with optical rectennas made from carbon nanotubes with integrated metal-to-metal tunneling diode.
Sensor Biz Booms Under Fab-Lite Model
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9/25/2015   Post a comment
ams AG CEO Kirk Laney talks candidly about the company's future. The fab lite company recorded about 170 million euros of revenues during Q2 2015, a 60% increase over the same quarter last year, with gross margins in the 54% region (including acquisition-related costs).
VW's Woes Could be Solved by Tailpipe Add-on
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9/25/2015   10 comments
Transient Plasma Systems already has the solution to VWs woes with a retrofit for the tailpipe that is has already demonstrated to the company.
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