Memory Design Trends in 2014 News & Analysis 12/19/2014 Post a comment Memory transitions, increased-density drive design trends: Customers are looking for subsystems that can accommodate both DDR3 and DDR4, while constraint-based design is par for the course as denser memory makes manufacturing more complex.
True 3-D Chips Harness Nanotubes News & Analysis 12/19/2014 Post a comment Stanford University has learned how to stack any number of layers atop a standard CMOS chip by using low-temperature RRAM for memory and carbon nanotube transistors for logic.
Vote for the Engineer of the Year News & Analysis 12/17/2014 1 comment Finalists announced, survey below. The award, sponsored by National Instruments, includes a $10,000 grant and will be given out at DesignCon 2015.
Foundry Sales Growing Faster Than Chip Market News & Analysis 12/8/2014 4 comments Global foundry IC revenues will grow by 13 percent to $47.9 billion in 2014, following on from annual growth of 13 percent in 2013 and 18 percent in 2012, according to a report produced jointly by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and market researcher IC Insights.
eSilicon Offers Try-Before-You-Buy IP Tool News & Analysis 12/3/2014 4 comments eSilicon launched the IP MarketPlace web-based tool for SoC designers. It facilitates browsing IP, encouraging designers to tinker, build, and generate a complete memory subsystem before making a purchase decision.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2015 News & Analysis 12/3/2014 3 comments EDN and EE Times explore some of the hot technologies in 2014 that will shape technology trends for next year and beyond as engineers bring even more innovative ideas to reality.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion News & Analysis 12/1/2014 13 comments Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
HMC Spec Update Signals Healthy Adoption News & Analysis 11/26/2014 6 comments The release of the Hybrid Memory Cube specification 2.0, along with early-stage products that make use of the potential successor to DRAM, suggests it will gain traction, starting with high-performance computing and networking applications.
OCZ Cuts Into Read-Intensive SSD Segment News & Analysis 11/24/2014 1 comment The SATA-based Saber 1000 Series is yet another option in a crowded market of SSDs specifically targeting read-intensive workloads such as web hosting and distributed computing environments.
Putting Memory on Paper News & Analysis 11/18/2014 6 comments Research shows that paper holds great potential as a low-cost, biodegradable surface for printing electronic circuits and components.
IBM to Build DoE's Next-Gen Coral Supercomputers News & Analysis 11/14/2014 10 comments Bring the processing to the data: IBM won two contracts with the DoE's Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Livermore (Coral) program, which aims to outperform its current supercomputers by not moving data.
Spansion’s Foray Into e.MMC Market News & Analysis 11/11/2014 Post a comment Spansion has rolled out a family of “industrial-grade” embedded MultiMediaCard memory products by using its high-density MLC NAND flash. The company is playing catchup with Micron and Toshiba.
Dense Flash Arrays Find New Niches News & Analysis 11/10/2014 1 comment Skyera's latest all-flash array is an example of how lower prices, as compared to spinning disks, are not the only factor driving adoption of flash arrays inside and outside the data center.
Superconductivity Predicted by Supercomputer News & Analysis 11/5/2014 4 comments Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has started manufacturing the military grade MAXL-OL-2000 MEMS-based accelerometer family for fabless chip company Physical Logic AG (Zurich, Switzerland) using a thick-film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of its 180nm modular MEMS process.
IoT Data Must Be Prioritized News & Analysis 11/3/2014 2 comments The proliferation of Internet of Things devices may contribute to the big data onslaught, but ultimately this growth of information to be processed by memory and flash must be triaged like any other incoming data.
China Blamed for Microchip Dip News & Analysis 10/30/2014 4 comments Microchip Technology Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending Sept. 30. Officials said the company's decrease in sales is a reflection of the economic climate in China rather than internal issues.
Some Memories Never Die News & Analysis 10/28/2014 16 comments When a major memory producer decides a product has hit end of life, there are often customers who still have long-term use for it and there are companies willing to step up to keep those memories alive.
Intel, IBM Dueling 14nm FinFETS News & Analysis 10/21/2014 25 comments The duel of the FinFETs will take place between Intel and GlobalFoundries now that it has taken over manufacturing of semiconductors from IBM with the details of architectures here.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False? News & Analysis 10/15/2014 10 comments Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
PCM Has Muddy Future News & Analysis 10/7/2014 2 comments Phase-change memory faces numerous challenges for mainstream adoption, but some niche applications remain, and even some new use cases only recently developed.
ARM Partners Explore M7 Horizon News & Analysis 10/2/2014 5 comments ARM partners discussed new use cases for the Cortex-M7 MCU, which promises high performance at 5 CoreMark/MHz and 2.14 DMIPs/MHz. Freescale is one of several early ARM partners deploying the M7 in its SoCs; other partners include Dolby and Atmel.
LPDDR3 Is A Half-Step News & Analysis 9/30/2014 Post a comment The rapid evolution of smartphones drove the quick adoption of LPDDR3, but its successor is more thought out and will take over relatively quickly.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips News & Analysis 9/23/2014 4 comments The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
Asia-Pacific IC Usage Domination Growing News & Analysis 9/17/2014 8 comments Asia-Pacific is the dominant market for ICs for most products categories. The exceptions are Europe, leading in the automotive sector, and the Americas region, leading in government and military, according to IC Insights.
HGST Fires Up Flash Fabric News & Analysis 9/16/2014 Post a comment The Western Digital-owned enterprise storage company is leveraging recently acquisitions to turn Flash into a platform with clustering of PCIe storage devices.
2 Years of Plenty Coming for Chip Industry News & Analysis 9/11/2014 3 comments Amid an abundance of market opportunities both in terms of applications and regions, the chip market is showing clear signs of a recovery, according to Malcolm Penn, CEO and principle analyst with market research firm Future Horizons.
Intel Opens Door on 7nm, Foundry News & Analysis 9/11/2014 15 comments Intel said it sees a path to making 7 nm chips without EUV lithography and gave its most detailed talk to date on its foundry service to share its chipmaking capabilities.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes News & Analysis 9/10/2014 7 comments Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
Intel Xeon Boosts Workstation & Servers News & Analysis 9/9/2014 5 comments Intel said at its developer conference that it has upgraded its Xeon processors for workstations and servers to version three, and that the new Xeons, with 22nm 3D Tri-Gate technology and "per-core" dynamic regulation, have broken world performance records.
DDR4 Ramps Up, Enterprise First News & Analysis 9/9/2014 2 comments While DDR3 got its start in client devices, DDR4 will hit enterprise servers and datacenters first, driven by in-memory systems and high transaction computing that require better performance and higher density.
How Secure Is Your USB? News & Analysis 9/8/2014 3 comments Reverse engineering a USB controller's firmware is a possible route hackers could take into your device. What one chip industry IP vendor partnership is doing about it.
Anatomy of an ARM Server Chip News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments Four out of the top five server IC companies prefer ARM. The server market bloodied ARM in recent years, but ARM is bouncing back with help from the popularity of the ARMv8 64-bit architecture.