Red Hat Drives FPGAs, ARM Servers News & Analysis 2/12/2016 1 comment Red Hat’s chief ARM architect is rallying FPGA makers to set a software standard for accelerators in between trying to get ARM servers ready for the market.
Startup Club Spurs ‘Hardware Revolution’ News & Analysis 2/10/2016 2 comments Getting a leg up in the hardware industry as a small company can be a challenge, even with a great product. To create a community that has more power in numbers, a group of international investors and tech enthusiasts started a club with the express purpose of helping startups grow.
MIT Neural Network IC Aims At Mobiles News & Analysis 2/4/2016 Post a comment MIT researchers have designed a chip to implement neural networks and claim it is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU. This could be used to allow mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms locally, rather than uploading data to the Internet for processing.
Chip Sales Dipped Slightly in 2015 News & Analysis 2/1/2016 Post a comment Despite formidable economic headwinds, semiconductor sales in 2015 fell just short of the record total established in 2014, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
NXP Outlines Autonomous Vehicle Advances News & Analysis 2/1/2016 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors has been working with Google on self-driving cars and has interesting progress to report. Speaking in the plenary session of the 63rd International Solid State Circuits Conference, officials said facsimiles of self-driving cars are already on the road.
Russians' Report Memristors News & Analysis 1/29/2016 2 comments Marvin Minsky, inventor of the Perceptron, may have died, but Russian scientists report they've made the first polymer memristor based Perceptron come alive.
Microchip Wins Atmel Bidding War News & Analysis 1/15/2016 1 comment Atmel announced that its board of directors favors an acquisition proposal by Microchip Technology and cancel an existing agreement to be acquired by Dialog Semiconductor.
DARPA Funds Atoms-to-Products Breakthrough News & Analysis 12/29/2015 2 comments DARPA funds Atoms-to-Products program with undisclosed funding amounts allotted to 10 companies and universities to maintain quantum nanoscale properties at the millimeter scale of microchips.
Electro-Photonic Processor Chip Communicates Directly by Light News & Analysis 12/28/2015 1 comment In a letter to Nature, a group of researchers from University of California, Berkeley; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and University of Colorado, Boulder, report the development of a highly-integrated photonic system comprising an IC that contains a processor, memory, and a large number of optical transceivers on a single die.
Leti Strains to Improve FDSOI News & Analysis 12/17/2015 Post a comment French research institute CEA-Leti has reported on two techniques to put local strain in the silicon channel of a fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) manufacturing process.
M&A Pace to Accelerate in 2016, Says Survey News & Analysis 12/11/2015 1 comment Semiconductor industry business leaders predict that the number of mergers and acquisitions in 2016 will match or exceed 2015, according to an annual survey of semiconductor industry business leaders conducted by business.
Startup Wants to be the ARM of Neuromorphic Cores News & Analysis 12/1/2015 Post a comment A recently formed startup company BrainChip Inc. (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) wants to bring the advantages of hardware-based neuromorphic processing – mainly low power consumption – to market by partnering with chip companies in such areas as mobile phones and the Internet of Things.
IEEE Backs H-1B Visa Reform News & Analysis 11/18/2015 5 comments Bill introduced in U.S. Senate would reform the way temporary worker visas are awarded amid allegations that the system is dominated by large global outsourcing firms.
Report: China Has $47bn Chip Fund Focused on U.S. M&A News & Analysis 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.
GlobalFoundries Launches 14nm ASIC News & Analysis 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.
ARM CEO Touts IoT Security, Fire Safety News & Analysis 11/11/2015 7 comments ARM couldn’t have done it better if they tried. Just as CEO Simon Segars reached the climax of his TechCon keynote on the importance of security for the Internet of Things, a fire alarm rang out.
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones News & Analysis 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.
Chip Sales Declined 3% in Q3 News & Analysis 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.
NASA Deep-Space mission challenges: Antennas to MIPS News & Analysis 11/4/2015 1 comment The New Horizons spacecraft and its voyage to Pluto is an excellent example of the challenges to electronic systems on a long journey in space. Here we look at the system designs and functionality as well as some of the difficulties an engineer would face in designing such systems.
Building Automation Startup Joins IoT Networks Game News & Analysis 10/26/2015 Post a comment Founded in 2009 to offer building automation solutions, including connected sensors or or co-developed customized solutions, French startup Qowisio is hoping to finalize the installation of its first public IoT network by the end of 2015.
More-than-Moore Will Lead, Argues GloFo's Wijburg News & Analysis 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.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments