Big Data Makes Big Waves
News & Analysis 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.
IBM Optics Go CMOS
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Autonomous Cars Tackle Antenna Glut
News & Analysis 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.
Why Qualcomm's New JV Irks Tsinghua Unigroup
News & Analysis 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 Turns Up Speakers, AR
News & Analysis 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.
IBM Claims 5nm Nanosheet Breakthrough
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Apple, Intel Attack Rivals
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
DRAM Price Surge Continues
News & Analysis 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.
Big Data Reshapes Silicon
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
News & Analysis 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.
Is Elon Musk's Brain Cap Viable?
News & Analysis 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.
China Set to Rewrite FD-SOI History
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
4 Views of the Silicon Roadmap
News & Analysis 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.
Renesas Getting Healthy with Healthcare
News & Analysis 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.
Google Revs Faster TPU
News & Analysis 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.