Neural Accelerator Battle Begins
News & Analysis 7/21/2017 5 comments
The embedded market for neural network accelerators is heating up, with more systems — ranging from smart speakers and drones to light bulbs — poised to run neural networks locally instead of going back to the cloud for computation.
Qualms Becalm Qualcomm at Quarter’s End
News & Analysis 7/19/2017 1 comment
Bad news keeps piling up for Qualcomm. The company lost an appeal in an EU court while in the USA, it faces fresh antitrust allegations by four Apple iPhone contractors. Will Qualcomm’s NXP acquisition be at risk?
Record Chip Content in Electronics Projected
News & Analysis 7/19/2017 Post a comment
With the memory chip market booming and electronic devices shipments forecast to be tepid, the value of the semiconductor content in those devices is expected to hit an all-time high, according to IC Insights.
Mesh to Thrust Bluetooth in Industrial IoT
News & Analysis 7/18/2017 3 comments
Mesh Networking is finally coming to Bluetooth as a formally ratified, interoperability- tested global standard, allowing Bluetooth proponents to target a whole new machine-to-machine, industrial Internet of Things market. Might it mend IoT mess?
Woodie Flowers: Things, Not Theory
News & Analysis 7/17/2017 20 comments
The legendary MIT professor who helped start the FIRST Robotics Competition discusses what engineers need. In Part 1, Flowers explains how engineering is about solving practical problems.
Baidu's Voice Exec Speaks Out
News & Analysis 7/17/2017 Post a comment
The Baidu engineer in charge of its DuerOS group called for all-embedded Wi-Fi chip to pre-install software for its voice-activated cloud services.
Does NVMe Have a Place in Industrial Embedded and IoT?
News & Analysis 7/17/2017 1 comment
NVMe was considered overkill for industrial embedded designs as storage-capacity demands didn't justify the performance at the expense of power consumption, but that's changing as the data industrial IoT products are collecting grows exponentially
TSMC Logs First 10nm Sales
News & Analysis 7/13/2017 5 comments
TSMC said that 10 nm accounted for one percent of its overall revenue during the second quarter of this year. In March, Samsung announced its first 10-nm products, including the company’s Exynos 8895 SoC and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835.
Imec Aims 2-D FETs at Sub-5-nm Node
News & Analysis 7/13/2017 4 comments
Imec crafts a demo architecture using anisotropic monolayers of black phosphorus to show that 2-D FET channels can extend Moore’s Law beyond the 5-nanometer node.
Sensors, Blockchains Meet Tomatoes
News & Analysis 7/12/2017 11 comments
When Amazon announced the Whole Foods acquisition, Alice Waters defined its significance as a chance for Jeff Bezos to launch a food revolution. Elements of basic technology are here. What would it take to pull off such a massive change?
China Makes Two IoT Calls
News & Analysis 7/6/2017 6 comments
Alibaba debuted asmart speakers the same day Baidu expanded its DuerOS, both attacking Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
Chip Sales Rose Again in May
News & Analysis 7/5/2017 1 comment
Year continues shaping up nicely for semiconductor industry thanks to strong memory chip pricing, growth across all regions.
FTC Clears Broadcom's Acquisition of Brocade
News & Analysis 7/3/2017 1 comment
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission voted to approve the $5.9 billion deal after Broadcom said it would create a firewall to prevent information about Cisco's fibre channel switches from stifling competitiveness.
NASA Wants Tricorder for Mars
News & Analysis 7/3/2017 4 comments
A group of researchers working on the Mars mission at NASA wants an all-in-one portable scientific instrument for testing the red planet’s rocks.
ReRAM Goes 3D
News & Analysis 6/30/2017 14 comments
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has reinvented its resistive-RAM process to achieve a ReRAM that is amenable to 3D stacking, giving the “universal” memory an edge over flash.
‘Europe First’ Emerges as Theme of Tech Reboot
News & Analysis 6/29/2017 5 comments
The joint collaboration agreement announced by Europe’s two large research institutes this week has amplified an upbeat “pro-Europe” sentiment. “For Europe, it’s no longer about CMOS,” said CEA-Leti CEO.
Embedded MRAM Can Take the Heat
News & Analysis 6/29/2017 6 comments
A Globaldoundries technical paper outlines how it addressed a fundamental hurdle for eMRAM, making it feasible for broader uses including automotive MCUs and SoCs.