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IoT Chip Supports Five Networks
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5/24/2016   Post a comment
Imec announced a low-cost chip supporting five low-power wide area networks for the Internet of Things and started work with Infineon on a car radar device.
Forces Clash over Auto Cyber Security
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5/24/2016   1 comment
With a growing number of connected cars and autonomous cars planned for rollout, automakers know they have a bulls-eye on their back. The question now is how best to deal with this imminent threat.
Tower Debuts RF Process For IoT Front Ends
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Specialty foundry says it has begun mass production of a silicon-germanium process tailored to meet the demands of wireless front-ends on an integrated circuit for the Internet of Things.
Foundries' Sales Show Hard Times Continuing
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Taiwanese foundries TSMC and UMC, two partial bellwethers of the semiconductor sector, have both indicate with recent sales figures that a chip market slow down that lasted through the winter is not yet over.
FPGA-Based Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Sets New Record
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
New 26.5 GHz LibertyGT 1410 achieves 100% probability of intercept (POI) with full accuracy on 320 ns minimum duration signals.
IoT Standard EEBus Available for Everyone
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5/23/2016   1 comment
After a series of successful field tests, the EEBus Initiative has released version 1.0 of its interoperability standard. Based on the idea of open systems, the specifications can be downloaded freely for everybody; a membership in the EEBus group is not required.
NXP Aims to Target IoT
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
A home gateway solution from NXP allows all the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in a home to be integrated with WiFi making it more valuable and economical to keep the cable as your internet service provider (ISP) and get regular TV to boot.
Accelerators Unite ARM, IBM, X86
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5/23/2016   2 comments
Seven chip companies will define a cache-coherent interface between accelerators and server processors spanning ARM, IBM Power and x86 architectures.
MIT Media Lab Founder: Biotech Will Grow Computers
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5/20/2016   2 comments
Co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, Nicholas Negroponte, recounts his prescient track record, then offers his latest predictions for the future of technology.
16-Bit MCU With Smart Card Interface Targets Card Reader Tokens
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Seiko Epson is now shipping samples of a low-power, 16-bit microcontroller with on-chip flash memory.
TI Still Top Dog in Industrial Chips
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Intel moves into No. 3 position behind Infineon, according to annual ranking compiled by Semicast Research.
Google’s TPU Hit a Tight Sked
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5/19/2016   5 comments
Norman Jouppi, a veteran processor and server engineering manager, shares some of the story behind Google’s custom accelerator for machine learning.
Data Centers Drive Startup
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
DriveScale applies lessons from Google to virtualize servers and SAS storage arrays for large business data centers.
Synopsys Aims to Deliver ‘Software Signoff’ Platform
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Leading EDA vendor looks to software quality and security to broaden its serviceable market.
Google Designing AI Processors
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5/18/2016   24 comments
Google has developed and is running in its data centers a custom accelerator for artificial intelligence its calls a tensor processing unit.
IMEC Leverages Si Platform for Quantum Computing
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
European research institute is taking work it is doing in preparation for the 5-nm manufacturing node and turning it toward quantum computing.
Infineon Reshuffles Management Board
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
Amidst a phase of double-digit growth, Infineon reports a major reshuffle at its management board.
Nokia's Brand Goes to Startup With $500 Million Plan
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5/18/2016   1 comment
A startup, formed to takeover the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablet computers, said it intends to spend $500 million marketing Nokia as an Android-based mobile device over the next three years.
IoT Security: Taming a Perfect Storm
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5/18/2016   4 comments
Panelists at the NXP/FTF Technology Forum 2016 describe the hurdles that need to be surmounted in order to bring security to the Internet of Things.
Evidence of Chip Sales Decline Mounts
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5/16/2016   1 comment
IDC becomes the latest market research firm to predict that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016.
Chip Market Slowdown Takes Toll on Suppliers
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5/13/2016   Post a comment
With the semiconductor market in a lull, most of the top 10 suppliers posted first quarter sales down significantly from last year.
Diamond ICs May Finally Debut
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5/13/2016   12 comments
Akhan Semiconductor Inc. is licensing a diamond semiconductor process from Argonne National Laboratory, which the company plans to use first for power transistors and eventually for semiconductor chips such as ultra-low-power high-speed processors.
DoD Reorgs Silicon Valley Outpost
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5/11/2016   1 comment
U.S. Defense Secretary named a slate of tech execs from companies such as Apple and Google to help lead his Silicon Valley outpost, DIUx.
Nest Shares Thread Code
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5/11/2016   Post a comment
Google’s Nest released an open source version of software it uses to implement Thread to accelerate adoption of the smart-home protocol.
U.S. Investigates Security Update Practices
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5/10/2016   4 comments
Federal agencies are seriously worried about cyberattacks. Whether such assaults are launched on smartphone or cars, they’ve come to believe that the threats are real. Agencies are asking industries how they’re responding to the vulnerabilities of their connected devices.
IC Capital Spending Forecast Improves Slightly
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5/9/2016   Post a comment
Gartner says spending to decline by 2%, an improvement from its January projection.
Cellular Link Paves Road to 5G
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5/9/2016   1 comment
The Next-Generation Fronthaul Interface (IEEE 1914) promises lower costs for carriers and could enable 5G features such as cloud-RAN and massive MIMO.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story
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5/6/2016   6 comments
Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
Strong Growth Seen For CMOS Image Sensor Market
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
IC Insights projects that market will grow at 9% CAGR through 2020 as automotive, security and medical applications adopt the technology.
Analog, MEMS Drag On ST’s Results
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
Rumor mill says Carlo Bozotti's tenure as CEO could soon come to and end.
IoT Network Calls for Sensors
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5/5/2016   4 comments
Senet said it has found third-party gateway vendors but now needs more connected sensors to fuel its LoRa network service for the Internet of Things.
Analog, MEMS Drag on ST Results
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5/4/2016   3 comments
One of Europe's top three semiconductor companies STMicroelectronics NV has found that it is now analog and MEMS business unit that is dragging the company down and keeping it in loss.
Former Intel Exec Perlmutter to Chair ReRam Startup
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5/4/2016   5 comments
David Perlmutter, a former executive vice president and chief product officer at Intel, has agreed to be non-executive chairman of Weebit Nano, a startup formed to commercialize silicon dioxide resistive RAM technology.
Chip Roadmap Reboots Under New Management
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5/4/2016   5 comments
The IEEE has taken ownership of the ITRS process for defining the chip road map, expanding it to including computing systems.
Activist Investor Attacks Vex Chipmakers
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5/4/2016   10 comments
Beyond Yahoo, Apple and Sony, chip vendors have been targeted by activist investors. The big change now is that hedge fund investors -- whose focus used to be on small to medium companies -- are now getting much bolder.
Microchip, Micrel CEOs Duel Over Deal
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5/3/2016   9 comments
Micrel and Microchip CEOs came to loggerheads over the extent of layoffs after a recent acquisition.
MaxLinear Buys Microsemi’s Broadband Wireless Unit
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5/2/2016   Post a comment
Technology and assets, formerly of PMC-Sierra, to be combined with MaxLinear's low-power, digital CMOS, radio-frequency mixed-signal capabilities.
How Google Made Chromecast Cool
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5/2/2016   Post a comment
Since the release of the first generation of the Chromecast, Google has old more than 20 million units to customers looking to make their tired old TVs a little smarter.
Intel to Exit Mobile SoC Business
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4/29/2016   16 comments
As it proceeds with a massive restructuring plan announced earlier this month, Intel will exit the smartphone and tablet mobile SoC business by ending its struggling Atom chip product line. Intel is likely to keep its modem team.
Samsung Smartphones Lift Profit as Chips Slump
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4/29/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics, South Korea’s largest company, said an early release of its Galaxy S7 smartphone helped shore up first-quarter earnings while its semiconductor unit lulled and its flat-panel display business recorded a loss.
Chips for Energy Harvesting: The Next Billion-Dollar Market
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4/29/2016   Post a comment
Although energy harvesting has failed to take off to date, it is expected to drive $3 billion in semiconductor sales in 2020, according to Semico Research.
MediaTek Expects Increase in Smartphone Shipments
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4/29/2016   1 comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest competitor in the smartphone silicon business, said it expects to increase shipments during the second quarter this year from the first quarter even as global growth in the segment has stalled for the first time.
Radio Show Taps into Sensor Nets
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4/29/2016   4 comments
Two experts share real-world experiences designing and securing wireless sensor networks for the Internet of Things in an EE Times Radio show.
Smartphone Shipments Down for First Time
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4/29/2016   7 comments
Smartphone shipments fell for the first time in their nearly decade-long history during the first quarter this year, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Cypress to Pay $550 Million for Broadcom’s IoT Business
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4/28/2016   1 comment
Cypress says deal will open up new markets, give firm leadership position in consumer Internet of Things space.
T.J. Rodgers Steps Down at Cypress
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4/28/2016   8 comments
Cypress Semiconductor Corp.’s CEO T.J. Rodgers will retire this week from the top position he held at the company he founded 34 years ago.
TI Tops Estimates on Automotive IC Strength
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
Buoyed by strong sales of automotive semiconductors, Texas Instruments delivered first quarter results that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Marvell Shakes up Board in Deal with Hedge Fund
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4/27/2016   6 comments
Chip firm commences search for CEO after burying hatchet with Starboard Value LP.
Macom Sues Infineon Over GaN Rights
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4/27/2016   Post a comment
RF and microwave chip vendor asks U.S. federal court to protect patented gallium nitride on silicon technology developed by Nitronex, which Macom acquired in 2014.
Apple iPhone Sales Slide 16%
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4/26/2016   5 comments
Apple’s quarterly iPhone sales declined for the first time but the company said it remains bullish on the outlook for its smartphone.
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