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Big Data Algorithms, Languages Expand
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6/8/2017   Post a comment
Intense efforts are rapidly evolving machine-learning algorithms, programming languages, and practices for big data.
Big Data Makes Big Waves
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6/8/2017   Post a comment
The rise of big data continues to expand out from the web, touching many businesses, spawning data scientists, and reshaping the job of technologists.
Greengrass Embeds Amazon in IoT
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6/8/2017   Post a comment
Amazon rolled out Greengrass, a Linux runtime for running AWS services on GHz-class embedded processors in the Internet of Things.
IBM Optics Go CMOS
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6/8/2017   3 comments
IBM demonstrates an optical interconnect receiver that achieves 60-Gbits per second speed using silicon photonics at a price point lower than conventional copper 50-Gbit per second interconnects.
PCI Express Preps Shift to 32G
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6/7/2017   8 comments
The PCI Express bus will get a doubling to 32 GTransfers/s with a Gen 5 planned in 2019 following the rollout of the first Gen 4 systems this year.
Expectations Rise as Chip Sales Keep Climbing
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6/7/2017   1 comment
Semiconductor sales are now expected to grow 11.5 percent this year, the largest increase since 2010, according to an industry group.
Autonomous Cars Tackle Antenna Glut
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6/7/2017   2 comments
How many antennas does it take to screw autonomy into a car? In the emerging era of highly automated vehicles, as many as 18 antennas “are needed to power the next-generation connected car,” according to antenna supplier Taoglas.
China May Become No. 2 Fab Spender by 2018
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6/7/2017   Post a comment
China is expected to become the world’s second-largest spender on chip equipment by 2018 as a number of startups in the nation start ramping up new fabs.
Why Qualcomm's New JV Irks Tsinghua Unigroup
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6/6/2017   Post a comment
China's two high-profile investment firms, JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital, investors of semiconductor business units divested by NXP, are now backing a new Qualcomm-Leadcore JV focused on chipsets for mass-tier smartphones in China.
Apple, Amazon to Join Foxconn's Toshiba Bid
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6/5/2017   7 comments
Foxconn's CEO reportedly tells Nikkei that the electronics powerhouses are participants in the contract manufacturers' $27 billion to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business.
Apple Turns Up Speakers, AR
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6/5/2017   4 comments
Apple rolled out a Siri-powered music speaker, developer’s kits for AR and machine learning and new iMac and iPad Pro systems.
Wearables Shipments Swell as Consumer Tastes Shift
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6/5/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of wearable electronic devices surged 18 percent in the first quarter, buoyed by the success of the Apple Watch and a slew of low-cost products.
IBM Claims 5nm Nanosheet Breakthrough
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6/5/2017   24 comments
IBM and its research alliance partners GlobalFoundries and Samsung use nanosheets with quadruple-all-around-gates to achieve five nanometer node and one-third to one-half the power of finFETs.
Qualcomm-NXP Deal Faces EU Snag
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6/2/2017   Post a comment
As Qualcomm continues its lonely courtroom battle against the world, it is fighting for approvals of its NXP acquisition with a global army of antitrust regulators. Qualcomm’s next hurdle is a preliminary review by the EU, concluding next week.
Qualcomm Enters Intel PC Stronghold
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6/2/2017   4 comments
With Qualcomm’s announcement of its Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform, the company is entering Intel’s CPU turf, where the world’s biggest chipmaker has held more than half of the market for more than three decades.
NAND Shortage Drives Price Surge
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6/2/2017   2 comments
Contract pricing for NAND flash surged by 20 to 25 percent in the first quarter, a strong testament to the undersupply condition that persists in the market
Nvidia CEO Says Moore’s Law Is Dead
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6/1/2017   7 comments
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has become the first head of a major semiconductor company to say what academics have been suggesting for some time: Moore’s Law is dead.
Toyota Going Open-Source in '18 Camry
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6/1/2017   2 comments
2018 Camry will be Toyota’s first vehicle running Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) software on its infotainment system. The endorsement is a much-needed boost for AGL, but how the open-source software penetrates markets beyond Japan remains to be seen.
Chip Industry's 'Billion Dollar Capex Club' Expands
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5/31/2017   1 comment
With four companies spending increasing spending to above $1 billion this year, big spender ranks expected to swell since highest level since before the global financial crisis.
3DXP's Memory Role Unclear
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5/31/2017   7 comments
Customers and analysts have mixed views on the outlook for Intel’s 3D XPoint chips as main memories in servers 2018.
Researchers Print Stretchable Battery to Light Wearables
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5/31/2017   4 comments
A stretchable, flexible rechargeable battery technology uses a new understanding of how existing formulations work.
Apple, Intel Attack Rivals
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5/30/2017   Post a comment
Apple hired a top Qualcomm engineering manager and Intel rolled out a new high-end CPU line in signs of the intense competition in processors.
Nvidia Pitching AI to ODMs in Taiwan
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5/30/2017   Post a comment
Nvidia has come to Computex, in hopes of replicating what Intel and Microsoft achieved a few decades ago with the PC market. Nvidia hopes to dominate “accelerated computing,” by partnering with Taiwan's ODMs and driving AI cloud computing.
ARM Cores Target AI-powered Future
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5/29/2017   Post a comment
Two new application processor cores introduced as part of an ambitious goal to accelerate AI adoption and get an ARM processor core into every IoT device by 2035.
DRAM Price Surge Continues
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5/26/2017   2 comments
Global DRAM sales reached record heights in the first quarter, thanks to a 30 percent increase in the average contract price of PC DRAM modules, according to DRAMeXchange.
RF Filters Boost MEMS Market
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom moves into No. 2 spot in MEMS sales, suprassing TI, according to Yole Développement.
NASA Increases Happy Landings for Drones
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Safe2Ditch is aimed at allowing drones to run self-diagnostics to anticipate problems and find the safest land spot if something does go wrong
Smartphone Sales Grew 9% in Q1
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Chinese vendors Huawei, Oppo and Vivo continued to take market share from Samsung and Apple, Gartner says.
Big Data Reshapes Silicon
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5/25/2017   2 comments
Two new processor architectures will be described at a conference in June, the latest of many targeting machine learning for an age of big data.
GaAs Nanowires Boost Solar
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5/25/2017   1 comment
Gallium arsenide (GaAs) has always beat silicon at a higher price, but new formulation boost existing panels on-the-cheap.
Intel Inside DJI Mini-Drone
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5/25/2017   Post a comment
DJI claimed that Spark is “the first drone that users can control by hand gestures alone.” Movidius’ Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit enables Spark to perform both computer vision/deep learning and image signal processing.
NI's New CEO: Automotive To Be Key Opportunity
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5/25/2017   14 comments
National Instruments' new CEO spoke about his transition to the top, what's driving the company, and about engineering education, in an interview with EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
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5/24/2017   5 comments
Samsung's foundry unit updates tech roadmap, including the addition of 4nm process with "post FinFET structure" to begin production in 2020.
Western Digital Reportedly Ups Bid for Toshiba Memory
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5/24/2017   3 comments
Bid worth about $18 million would resolve dispute with NAND partner but would likely heighten regulatory scrutiny.
Is Elon Musk's Brain Cap Viable?
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5/24/2017   7 comments
Elon Musk's latest company, Neuralink, wants to add a new layer to the brain for telepathic communication among each other and our machines, but the founder of Starmind believes he's wrong.
'Electronic Road' Charging For EVs Moves Forward
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5/23/2017   Post a comment
Renault and Qualcomm are working with a public-private R&D institute in France to develop dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) technology that recharges electric vehicle batteries while they are on the road.
LinkedIn Group Preps Server Specs
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5/23/2017   Post a comment
LinkedIn has partnered with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, GE Digital, and others to form Open19, a group working on server specs for data centers.
China Set to Rewrite FD-SOI History
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5/23/2017   2 comments
Globalfoundries and the municipality of Chengdu are betting on China to rewrite the history of FD-SOI. They plan to pump $100 million to build FD-SOI ecosystem. The question is, if you build it, will they come?
Fake IC Battle Gets a New Weapon
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5/22/2017   3 comments
A new technology lets engineers identify rogue devices with the speed and resolution needed to make it practical for industry and university labs.
Intel Sees Robo-car As Data Flow Issue
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5/19/2017   Post a comment
Car companies rarely discuss behind-the-scene development work on their autonomous vehicles. The notable exception is Intel, which styles itself as a “data company.” Intel laid out how custom data center architecture is critical in processing autonomous vehicle data.
Quantum Computing Uses Standard Hardware
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5/19/2017   7 comments
Software versions of quantum annealing that handle jobs too large for D-Wave hardware were developed at Manchester Metropolitan University and put into use at ServicePower.
4 Views of the Silicon Roadmap
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5/19/2017   8 comments
Imec’s chief semiconductor expert shared her views on EUV lithography, FinFETs, and what lies beyond in new transistors and memories.
Imagination Sells SoC Design Group
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5/19/2017   2 comments
UK-based IP vendor sells group to design services firm for undisclosed firm.
Renesas Getting Healthy with Healthcare
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5/18/2017   1 comment
Renesas is pushing the company’s healthcare solutions. Its bio-sensing reference module, measuring 11x18 mm, coupled with software analytics, can continuously monitor blood pressure. Other home-grown technologies in the offing include Silicon-on-Thin-Box (SOTB) and wireless charging technology.
Intel's Flash Gambit Evolving Into 3-Pronged Strategy
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5/18/2017   13 comments
Intel, which has been cautiously navigating the notoriously cyclical flash memory markets for years, is finally reaching a tipping point in its decade-long quest for a memory business restart.
Sensor Sales Finally Catch Fire
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor sensors and actuators hit all time highs last year as several years of price erosion abated, according to IC Insights.
Android, Google Home Get AI Upgrades
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Google will make machine learning central to all its products including upgrades of Android and Home it announced at its annual Google IO event.
Record Wafer Shipments Continue
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers defied typical first quarter seasonality to remain at record levels.
Google Revs Faster TPU
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5/17/2017   4 comments
Google announced a second-gen TPU packing twice the punch of the first, available as a service to run training and inference jobs for machine learning.
Arbitration Could Delay Toshiba NAND Sale
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5/17/2017   1 comment
A complaint brought by partner Western Digital will be argued in arbitration, complicating the $18 billion sale of Toshiba's prized NAND flash memory business.
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