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Microphone glitch hit ST's analog, MEMS sales in 2015
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2/5/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV saw its sales of analog and MEMS chips decline by 22 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 and by 12 percent on a full year basis, partly due to a problem with the supply of microphones to customers, according to chief financial officer Carlo Ferro.
Neural Network Built In Plastic
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A team of scientists from Russia and Italy have created a neural network made from plastic memristors.
FormFactor to Buy Rival Probe Card Maker for $352 Million
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A deal for Cascade Microtech would combine complementary product offerings into one "dominant" company, according to an industry analyst.
Micron, Samsung in Flash Battle
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2/5/2016   10 comments
Micron described a 768Gbit 3D NAND flash chip that is twice as dense as Samsung’s current vertical NAND, but it’s not clear it will come to market.
Where Are We With Inattentive Driving?
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2/4/2016   10 comments
Distracted driving -- especially through the growing use of smartphones in vehicles -- is killing people on the road. Where are the technologies designed to combat the problem of inattentive or intoxicated driving?
MIT Neural Network IC Aims At Mobiles
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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.
Microsoft's Project Natick: Underwater Data Center Takes The Plunge
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Microsoft aims to explore the possibility of an undersea data center for lower costs and environmental sustainability with Project Natick.
Making the Most of GPUs Without Draining Batteries
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Launched in January and awarded a grant of 2.97 million Euros from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the "Low-power GPU2 (LPGPU2)" research project is a European initiative uniting researchers and graphics specialists to research and develop a novel tool chain for analyzing, visualizing, and improving the power efficiency of applications on mobile GPUs.
Google Fiber Expansion Coming To Public Housing
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2/4/2016   Post a comment
Google continues the expansion of its Fiber Internet service by offering free connections for families in public housing, starting in Kansas City. The search giant is already offering free WiFi service in some public housing developments.
Samsung Describes 10nm SRAM
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2/4/2016   3 comments
Samsung gave a peek at its 10nm process in a talk describing an SRAM made in it at ISSCC.
iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 May Launch At Apple March Event
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Apple might unveil new products, including the iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se, and new strap options for the Apple Watch, in March.
NASA Denies Hackers Hijacked Its Drone
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The space agency insists AnonSec didn't commandeer a NASA Global Hawk drone, but it's still looking into claims its network was hacked.
Battery Innovations Power Electric Bike
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2/3/2016   2 comments
The coolest looking electric bicycle is powered by innovative battery technology developed inside a San Francisco garage. Occasionally called “the Tesla of electric bicycles,” Bolt Motorbikes uses a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery with more proprietary features than the electric vehicle company.
FinFETs Flow at Samsung, TSMC
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2/3/2016   3 comments
Production of next-generation FinFET chips is underway in earnest with Samsung and TSMC leading the charge. Although Samsung announced mass production of its 14nm LPP process technology with a major customer win in Qualcomm, TSMC may have the last laugh with Apple driving shipments.
Microsoft Recalls 2.4M Surface Pro Power Cords
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Microsoft issued a recall for its Surface Pro AC power cords after it heard complaints of the cords overheating and posing a fire and shock hazard.
TSMC's 300mm Chinese Wafer Fab Wins Approval
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2/3/2016   1 comment
The Taiwanese government has given foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) approval to build a 300mm wafer fab in China, according to reports that reference the Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Renesas Licenses Argon's VP9 Decoder Test IP
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Renesas Electronics Corp. has licensed VP9 decoder testing IP from Argon Design Ltd.
Astrobotic Technology: NASA’s Doorway to Mars Exploration
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2/3/2016   4 comments
Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining.
Taiwan Pursues White LED
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2/2/2016   1 comment
Toshiba to Expand NAND Flash Production
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Japanese giant pays $25 million for land to build new cleanroom for 3D NAND flash memory production at existing facility in Mie prefecture.
Microsoft Windows Phone Headed Toward Zombieland?
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New flagship hardware released during Q4 wasn't enough to help overcome Microsoft Windows Phone's long, downward spiral into a zombie platform.
Smartwatch Sales To Grow 48% By 2017, Gartner Says
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Wearables will achieve over 18% growth in 2016, with smartwatches taking the lead for earnings growth potential, Gartner predicts.
Fingerprint Sensor Market on 31% CAGR
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2/2/2016   2 comments
Unit shipments of fingerprint sensors have grown from 316 million in 2014 to 499 million in 2015 and will continue to increase each year to peak at 1.6 billion in 2020, according to IHS Technology.
34 Automotive Startups to Watch
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2/2/2016   2 comments
The automotive sector has been going through something of a renaissance with automotive tech startups mushrooming at unprecedented speed. In collaboration with IHS Automotive’s analyst Egil Juliussen, we put together a list of 34 startups to watch.
Chip Sales Dipped Slightly in 2015
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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.
Robots Get A Gentler Grip
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École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has devised flexible electrostatic grippers that are as gentle as human hands, yet can lift 100 times their own weight.
Moore’s Law Goes Post-CMOS
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2/1/2016   8 comments
Moore's Law can continue if engineers focus on cost per transistor and adopt challenging post-CMOS techniques, Intel's top fav executive said at ISSCC.
Tektronix Turns 70, Unveils New Look & Strategy
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2/1/2016   7 comments
The venerable test & measurement company shows off a sleek logo and focuses on applications.
NXP Outlines Autonomous Vehicle Advances
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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.
MediaTek's 4G Market Share Gains to Slow in 2016
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MediaTek reiterated expectations that its market-share gains in the 4G business may slow this year after soaring in 2015. Shipment growth in China, MTK's key market, is likely to drop to the low single-digit range.
Semiconductor R&D Flat in 2015
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Industry-wide R&D expenditures grew 0.5 percent to a record-high $56.4 billion in 2015, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Google SkyBender Drone Project Aims To Deliver 5G Wi-Fi
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1/31/2016   Post a comment
Project SkyBender joins the ranks of Google's Project Loon and Facebook's efforts to provide super-fast WiFi from drones and other airborne vehicles.
iPhone, iPad Wireless Charging May Come By 2017
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Apple is reportedly working on smoothing out issues with technology that lets consumers power up iPhones and iPads sans wires.
Samsung, Apple Top Chip Buyers Again
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Electronics giants ranked first and second in semiconductor consumption in 2015 for the fifth straight year, according to market research firm Gartner.
Russians' Report Memristors
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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.
Why Opt For Chip Stack, FD-SOI in Image Sensors?
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1/28/2016   2 comments
Before stampeding to FD-SOI for CMOS image censors (CIS), a few key questions need answering: How big is the CIS market? Why chip stacking in CIS? Why use FD-SOI? We asked Yole Développement to help us break it down.
JEDEC Looks To Push GDDR Limits
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1/28/2016   Post a comment
Graphics, compute and networking applications have increasing demands that can be met by GDDR5X while leveraging the existing GDDR5 ecosystem.
IoT Frameworks Dig in for Battle
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No winner emerged among competing application frameworks for the Internet of Things at CES, leaving analysts calling for a truce.
FDSOI Carries on Despite ST Re-org, Says COO
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1/28/2016   6 comments
STMicroelectronics' withdrawal from the set-top-box business and the transfer of engineers to microcontroller and digital automotive work will not stop the adoption of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) manufacturing process, according to Jean-Marc Chery, ST's chief operating officer.
TI to Shutter Scotland Fab
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1/27/2016   1 comment
Analog chip giant will close 150mm fab, transfer production to existing 200mm facilities.
UMC Raises 2016 Capex to $2.2 Billion on Improving Outlook
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s third-largest foundry, has raised its expected capital expenditure for 2016 to about $2.2 billion on expectations that the chip industry will emerge from a downturn around the second quarter of this year.
VC Funding Up, Investing Down in Q4'15
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Dow Jones Venture Source announced figures for venture capital funding in the fourth quarter of 2015. Fundraising rose sharply while the number of funds remained the even, though investments in U.S.-based companies decreased.
Set-Top Era Over, Says FCC
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1/27/2016   14 comments
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced a proposal to force pay-TV operators to adopt open formats so any systems or software developer can access their content.
Developing The Perfect IoT Battery
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
The ideal battery for IoT applications would favor energy density over power density, while minimizing battery self-discharge. An excellent battery technology for such applications is lithium thionyl chloride.
Microsoft Open Sources Deep Learning, AI Toolkit On GitHub
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Previously available to academic researchers, Microsoft's Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) now has a friendlier open source license.
ST Exits Set-Top Box Chip Biz, Plans Layoffs
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1/27/2016   1 comment
STMicroelectronics NV has said it will stop developing products for the set-top box and home gateway markets and plans to lay off up to 1,400 workers out of its total headcount of more than 43,000.
Google's Deep Learning Comes to Movidius
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Google will buy Movidius vision processing chips and license the entire Movidius software development environment. Google's goal is to expand its machine intelligence technology beyond the data center, by bringing it to mobile devices.
India Preps RISC-V Processors
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1/27/2016   34 comments
An India government lab expects to get up to $45 million to develop a 64-bit RISC-V microprocessor, while a team of academics is developing similar chips released as open source.
Apple Forecasts First Quarterly Sales Decline Since 2003
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1/26/2016   3 comments
Despite record quarterly sales and profit, Apple's stock takes a hit after firm forecasts a year-over-year sales decline due largely to a strong U.S. Dollar.
SMIC to Benefit from $3 Billion Investment
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1/26/2016   2 comments
The Shanghai Integrated Circuit Investment Fund (SICIF) has announced a plan to invest 20 billion yuan (about $3 billion) in foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and two other Shanghai-based chip manufacturers, according to a Moody's Investors Service report.
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