Power9 Opens IBM to Partners News & Analysis 8/24/2016 3 comments IBM’s Power9 processor reaches out to new OEMs and partners with multiple interconnects and variants of the chip, according to a talk at Hot Chips.
AMD Reveals Zen of X86 News & Analysis 8/24/2016 Post a comment AMD detailed Zen at Hot Chips, its next-generation x86 core aimed at head-to head competition with Intel in everything from notebooks to servers.
ARM Reaches for Supercomputers News & Analysis 8/22/2016 1 comment New vector extensions for 64-bit ARM cores aim to take the company into the highest reaches of supercomputer performance with partners including Fujitsu.
‘Interscatter’ Tech Lets Implants Talk Wi-Fi News & Analysis 8/19/2016 Post a comment University of Washington researchers have developed what they call “interscatter communication” technology that backscatters (or reflects) existing signals like Bluetooth in the air, transforming wireless transmissions from one technology to another.
Cypress New CEO to Bring ‘Outsider’ Perspective News & Analysis 8/11/2016 3 comments Cypress’ new CEO said that the key to success for a semiconductor company is to “become relevant to your customers.” Cypress hopes to become “a tech company that customers want to partner with,” he said.
DRAMs to drag ICs to -2% in 2016 News & Analysis 8/11/2016 Post a comment The latest version of The McClean Report projects a 19% decline in DRAMs due to falling PC and tablet sales, dragging total IC revenues to a 2% contraction in 2016.
Samsung Debuts 3D XPoint Killer News & Analysis 8/11/2016 5 comments Samsung announced Z-NAND, a 3D flash variant it says will have similar performance and lower cost in solid-state drives than Micron Quantx SSDs.
Micron demos 3D XPoint in drives News & Analysis 8/9/2016 2 comments Micron showed prototype solid-state drives using its 3D XPoint memories with data for their performance as Toshiba talked about NAND flash advances.
Murata’s Playbook: Smartphones, Auto, Battery News & Analysis 8/8/2016 3 comments The new hope for Japan’s electronics industry is component suppliers who started out making lowly components. We sat down with Murata’s executive vice president and asked him about its post-smartphone strategy, why it wants Sony’s lagging battery business.
Big Three Chipmakers Likely to Boost Capex News & Analysis 8/8/2016 1 comment The big three chipmakers — Intel, Samsung and TSMC — are likely to increase capital expenditures during the second half of this year while the rest of the semiconductor industry tightens the belt, according to a market research firm.
Next-Gen IoT Consortium Launches News & Analysis 8/5/2016 4 comments Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) to form a consortium for microelectromechanical system (MEMS, including Delta Electronics, Inc., InvenSense Inc., Standing Egg Inc., STATS ChipPAC Limited, ULVAC, Inc.) and silicon photonics packaging breakthroughs (including Accelink Technologies Co., Ltd., Corning Incorporated, Fujikura Ltd., Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and NTT).
GaN Power Amplifier Addresses 5G News & Analysis 8/5/2016 2 comments Researchers in Germany have developed one of the building blocks required to roll out 5G networks: An integrated circuit for power amplifier transistor implemented in gallium nitride technology.
Socionext Bleeds Top Network SoC Talent to Acacia News & Analysis 8/1/2016 Post a comment A top slice of technical/management people at Socionext’s Network SoC group already left and they’ll be working at Acacia Communications. The move affects the survival of Socionext, while Acacia gains an upper hand in optical networking equipment chips.
ST Buys NFC, RFID Assets from AMS News & Analysis 7/29/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV has acquired NFC, RFID reader business from AMS AG for a sum of $77.8 million plus an additional sum based on how the business performs in future.
Samsung Smartphones Gain, as iPhones Slip News & Analysis 7/28/2016 Post a comment Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and the second-largest chipmaker, today said its handset business improved just as iPhone maker Apple recorded its second quarterly decline in shipments.
Qualcomm Pursues Boost in Wireless EV Charge News & Analysis 7/27/2016 Post a comment Qualcomm revealed its first wireless electric vehicle charging license agreement with a major tier one. The market momentum behind EV charging has picked up steam, as multiple RFQs from major car OEMs are flying around, said a Qualcomm executive.
What Separates Huawei from Ericsson News & Analysis 7/26/2016 2 comments On the day its biggest rival Ericsson lost a CEO under mounting pressure from investors, Huawei Technologies based in Shenzhen, China Monday reported a 40 percent jump in first-half sales.
NASA, Taiwan to Develop Robotic Lunar Lander News & Analysis 7/22/2016 4 comments Several Taiwanese research institutions have signed an agreement NASA to jointly develop an unmanned lunar lander that could crawl the moon’s surface as early as 2020, according to Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency.
Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash News & Analysis 7/20/2016 1 comment Amid second-quarter results, Intel said it expects a double-digit PC decline this year but sees flash picking up as it continues a 14nm rollout and starts a 10nm ramp.
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic? News & Analysis 7/20/2016 14 comments Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
Cray, Deloitte Don White Hat in Security Service News & Analysis 7/20/2016 2 comments Cray Inc. and Deloitte & Touche offer service that continually probes a subscribers' computer systems as if it were a hacker, identifying potential threat vectors and alerting the subscriber to patch vulnerabilities before they are exploited by the bad guys.
Qualcomm Faces $900 Million Fine from Korea News & Analysis 7/20/2016 Post a comment South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has said that semiconductor and telecoms company Qualcomm is facing a fine of up to 1 trillion won (about $875 million) for allegedly violating antitrust regulations, according to a Korea Times report.
Stacking Boosts Polarimetry News & Analysis 7/19/2016 Post a comment Researchers use stacked organic polarization detectors to improve polarimetry for a wide range of sensing applications, from military targets to atmospheric gases to telecommunications and biomedical imaging.
ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank? News & Analysis 7/19/2016 18 comments The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
5G Research Gets U.S. Call News & Analysis 7/16/2016 Post a comment The U.S. took a step ahead in 5G cellular research with a $400 government effort drawing praise from experts who called for global harmony on spectrum.
FCC Paves Way for 5G News & Analysis 7/15/2016 Post a comment The U.S Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve a set of rules for wireless broadband communications operating above 24 GHz.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.