Much Ado About China’s Big IC Surge
News & Analysis 6/22/2017 3 comments
It’s been two years since China announced a huge capital investment intended to kick-start an indigenous semiconductor industry. So, how’s that working out for China?
Intel Brings VR, 5G to Olympics
News & Analysis 6/21/2017 6 comments
Intel will build experiences using virtual reality, 360-degree video, 5G cellular and drones for the Olympics starting with the 2018 winter games.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
News & Analysis 6/21/2017 1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.
AMD Rolls Epyc Server SoCs
News & Analysis 6/20/2017 3 comments
AMD formally announced Epyc, a family of server SoCs using its Zen x86 core, weeks before Intel is expected to debut its 10-nm Skylake Xeon chips.
Cray Moves to Lasso 'Big Data Deluge'
News & Analysis 6/20/2017 1 comment
Cray’s Urika Big Data Analytics Suite, for its biggest XC supercomputers, brings all the analytic tools necessary to handle the deluge of data today including deep learning and artificial intelligence in a free open-source downloadable package.
Exascale Project Awards $258M
News & Analysis 6/15/2017 1 comment
Six U.S. chip and systems companies will split $258 million in grants to do research toward building an exascale-class supercomputer by 2021.
Google Ramps Mobile SoC Team
News & Analysis 6/14/2017 11 comments
Google is hiring mobile SoC designers to build chips for its smartphones and has already snagged one senior designer from its chief rival Apple.
Paris Accord: As U.S. Drops Out, Chipmakers Double Down
News & Analysis 6/14/2017 3 comments
The semiconductor industry has responded to President Trump’s plan to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord with resounding reaffirmations of the industry’s commitment to sustainable and energy-efficient manufacturing practices.
IMS 2017: 10 Things Not 5G
News & Analysis 6/14/2017 Post a comment
The 2017 International Microwave Symposium, billed as #Hawaii5G, had much more. Here are 10 samples of things that don't fall under the 5G hype.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Samsung Spinoff Likely to Grab Foundry Share
News & Analysis 5/16/2017 8 comments
Samsung's chip operations consisting of memory and system LSI will be split into three, making the foundry business an independent unit. The move is expected to increase Samsung’s share at the expense of TSMC and smaller rivals.
HPE Builds Big Data Server
News & Analysis 5/16/2017 4 comments
Hewlett Packard Enterprise built its first full-scale version of the Machine, a 160-TByte research prototype to test benefits of a big main memory.
Imec Tips Novel AI Chips
News & Analysis 5/16/2017 4 comments
The Imec research institute described work on two low cost self-learning chips that use MRAM and ReRAM arrays rather than neural networks.
V2X Pits Safety v. Spectrum
News & Analysis 5/15/2017 1 comment
The V2X standard debate – which was initially all about traffic safety – has been hijacked by a telecommunication industry hungry for spectrum for broadband services. Did the announcement by Savari to join the 5G Automotive Association mean Savari flipped?
UL, MIPI Bolster IoT Security
News & Analysis 5/5/2017 1 comment
UL and the MIPI Alliances are the latest groups to call for participation in efforts to define best practices and standards for security in the Internet of Things.