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Like Micron, SK Hynix Rejects Chinese Advances
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11/26/2015   Post a comment
Korean memory chip company SK Hynix has rejected an investment offer from China's state-backed Tsinghua Unigroup, according to local reports.
Microsemi Sees off Skyworks to Win PMC-Sierra
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11/25/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire PMC-Sierra Inc., a maker of chips for optical storage and communications.
SiLabs Debuts MCU, Builds Smart Structures
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11/25/2015   Post a comment
Silicon Labs hopes to create buzz in the 8-bit market with its new microcontroller family that has high analog performance and peripheral integration.
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires
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11/23/2015   7 comments
Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
Micron Commits to Pushing OpenMP Standard
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11/23/2015   1 comment
API for popular shared-memory parallel programming model has gained widespread use for developing parallel applications for platforms ranging from embedded systems and to multicore systems and shared-memory systems
EEs Report Highest Pay Increase Since 2008
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11/20/2015   Post a comment
The IEEE-USA's annual salary survey found that electrical and electronics engineers employed in communications continued to command the highest median salary.
Samsung on Intel's Heels in Chip Vendor Ranking
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11/19/2015   2 comments
Samsung is set to make in-roads into Intel's lead as the world's largest chip manufacturer in 2015, according to a list of chip companies ranked by forecast chip revenues from market research firm IC Insights.
Report: China Has $47bn Chip Fund Focused on U.S. M&A
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11/17/2015   3 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup intends to spend 300 billion yuan (about $47 billion) over the next five years to build up China's position in the chip industry, according to the company chairman speaking in an interview given to Reuters.
Intel Scales System Framework
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11/16/2015   5 comments
Intel is defining a scalable system framework that all its vendors can participate in to create and interoperable ecosystem for all computers, from handhelds to supercomputers.
10nm SRAM, 10-core SoC at ISSCC
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11/16/2015   5 comments
The annual ISSCC in February will include papers on a 10nm SRAM from Samsung, an advanced fingerprint recognition chip from Invensense.
GlobalFoundries Launches 14nm ASIC
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11/14/2015   Post a comment
GlobalFoundries announced a new ASIC, FX-14, based on technology acquired from IBM and the foundry’s new 14nm LPP process. FX-14 targets wired and wireless applications, as well as compute and storage applications with support for various SoCs including 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processors.
Apple’s A9: Story Within A Story
11/12/2015   9 comments
On a basic level it's a story of a sixth generation APU that is fabricated in a FinFET process. It's also a bigger story of Apple's semiconductor design ambitions.
Write-Once Memory Speeds Up, Powers Down Reads
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
Wearables, Internet of Things (IoT) and even conventional read-only memory (ROM, flash, one-time programmable--OPM) need ultra-low power consumption for reads.
Strong Dollar Drags on Chip Sales
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights says effect of currency fluctuation will drag worldwide chip sales into the red for 2015.
TSMC Open to Selling Stake to Chinese Investors
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11/10/2015   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it is open to the possibility of selling a stake in itself to Chinese investors.
Micron Persistent Memory Pairs RAM/Flash
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11/10/2015   10 comments
Micron Technologies Inc. has combined a digital-in-line memory (DIMM) board with an self-backup-powered (with a super-capacitor) solid-state drive (SSD) to create a new memory architecture that can boost up-time by 100-times.
Chinese Oscillator Maker to Raise $12.5bn for Memory Push
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11/9/2015   Post a comment
China's Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-controlled conglomerate, is planning to invest about $12.5 billion in a memory chip factory and related acquisitions and is planning to do so through an affiliated company, Tongfang Guoxin Electronics Co. Ltd..
Chip Sales Declined 3% in Q3
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11/4/2015   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales trended downward in the third quarter amid softening demand and currency devaluation, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Micron Extreme NOR Flashes All
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10/30/2015   9 comments
Micron Technology has a new flash memory technology that it claims will replace all NOR flash architectures over the next few years.
ARM Upgrades Interconnect, Memory Control IP
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
ARM has upgraded its Corelink CCI coherent interconnect technology and digital memory controller as the basis for future heterogeneous system chips.
Chip Mergers, Impacts Still Ahead
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10/26/2015   2 comments
The current consolidation of semiconductor companies is not over, and engineers and OEMs have yet to feel its impacts in layoffs and pricing.
Further Details of FinFET ReRAM Released
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10/22/2015   1 comment
Further details have been released of the resistive RAM made using a 16nm logic FinFET manufacturing process. A full paper is due to be presented on a 1-kbit memory array of such devices at this year's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) coming up in December.
Western Digital to Buy SanDisk for $19 Billion
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10/22/2015   7 comments
Deal gives hard disk drive leader larger footprint in solid state drives.
Intel to Manufacture 3D NAND in China
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10/21/2015   3 comments
No. 1 chipmaker to convert logic fab in Dalian to production of 3D NAND chips to support its growing solid state drive business.
OCZ Pushes SSD Control to Host
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10/20/2015   Post a comment
The Toshiba-owned company’s new Host Managed SSD technology takes operations traditionally managed by the firmware and allows enterprises control at the host level to improve latency and performance.
Apple Fined $234 Million for Infringing University Patent
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10/19/2015   Post a comment
The University of Wisconsin has been awarded $234 million in damages after a jury decided that Apple's A7, A8 and A8X application processors had infringed its patent.
Report: Analog Devices, Maxim in Merger Talks
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10/15/2015   6 comments
The share prices of both Analog Devices and Maxim Integrated Products spiked late on Wednesday Oct. 14 after reports that the two companies are in talks about a potential merger.
HP, SanDisk Partner on Storage Class Memory
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10/15/2015   Post a comment
Companies working together to develop new memory technology for enterprise storage systems.
Report: SanDisk Mulls Company Sale
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10/14/2015   1 comment
SanDisk Corp. is considering selling off its business to rivals, according to a Bloomberg report that references unnamed sources.
IBM Flash Downtime 30-Seconds per Year
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10/14/2015   1 comment
IBM accelerates flash memory arrays enabling one-second access time to petabytes of memory with total downtime per year of just 30 seconds
Intel Rides Servers, Flash in Q3
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10/13/2015   2 comments
Intel today reported third quarter revenue of $14.5 billion, a 10% increase from the second quarter of 2015, and flat year-over-year. Growth in its data center, non-volatile memory, and Internet of Things businesses offset lower client revenue.
Researchers Demonstrate Single-Ended Die-to-Die Transceiver
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10/13/2015   Post a comment
Proposed link architecture, transceiver circuit design and package solution developed at University of Toronto addresses issues present in likely DDR memory alternatives
Chip Market Decline Gathered Pace in August, says ESIA
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10/10/2015   Post a comment
Gartner revised its forecast, calling for chip sales to decline due to weakness in PCs, smartphones and tablets.
Chip Sales Projected to Decline in 2015
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10/9/2015   Post a comment
Gartner revised its forecast, calling for chip sales to decline due to weakness in PCs, smartphones, and tablets.
Lossy Adesto Preps IPO
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10/8/2015   Post a comment
Fabless nonvolatile memory company Adesto Technologies Corp. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has plans to raise up to $56.6 million via an initial public offering of shares in the company.
Skyworks to Buy PMC-Sierra for $2 Billion
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10/6/2015   2 comments
Deal to "create an analog and mixed-signal powerhouse" set to close in the first half of 2016.
M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10
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10/6/2015   2 comments
Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
Slumping PC Market Plagues Micron
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10/2/2015   4 comments
Sluggish demand for PCs results in third consecutive quarterly revenue decline for memory chip vendor.
ARM Joins Semiconductor Research Corp.
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10/1/2015   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has joined the global research collaboration program operated by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (Research Triangle, North Carolina).
IBM Nanotubes May Redefine Future of Moore's Law
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10/1/2015   24 comments
A new carbon nanotube transistor breakthrough from IBM Research could leave silicon transistors behind in the dust. IBM researchers say they can achieve angstrom (1/10 of a nanometer) scale nanotube transistors someday, starting at the 3-to-5 nanometer node.
ASICs Memory Bandwidth Issue Fix Offered
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10/1/2015   8 comments
Open-Silicon claims to have solved the memory bandwidth problem to ASICs by integrating 3D stacked memory chips inside the same system-in-package with a 1,024-bit wide interface that beats all off-chip memory architectures.
3D Memory Chips May Beat 3D Hybrid Memory Cube
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
A memory chip goes beyond Micron's 3D Hybrid Memory Cube by doubling the number of memory die to eight, but now its adding analog, mixed signal, MEMS and the sensors to the mix--enabling systems-on-chip to pack at lease 18 layers into the same footprint of its Integrated Sensor Platform.
PCs, Not Profits, Drive Chip Companies
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9/29/2015   4 comments
while PCs are refreshed twice a year and a company could have a design win every six months. When two public companies have to respond to investors and continue to innovate at a rapid clip, even short-term success in a flat market is preferable to long-term innovation that won’t immediately pay off
Cypress Bid to Acquire Atmel has Expired
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has issued a statement saying that an offer to acquire Atmel Corp. has expired and that Cypress is no longer interested in such an acquisition.
Optical Phase-Change Memory Can Increase Bandwidth
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9/28/2015   1 comment
A research team from the universities of Oxford and Muenster has developed a phase-change, non-volatile memory that is programmed and read using light and which could be interfaced to conventional electronic processor for higher bandwidth.
Neuromorphic Chip Market to Rise
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9/24/2015   31 comments
Markets-and-Markets predicts that the neuromorphic chip market will finally take off in 2016, after repeated such predictions every decade since 1980.
TSMC’s 2015 Forecast May Be Warning for Supply Chain
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9/24/2015   Post a comment
A forecast of 2015 revenue yesterday by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., (TSMC), may have sounded a warning for other companies in the electronics supply chain.
Micron Breaks Down Language Barriers
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9/22/2015   Post a comment
GeaCom’s Phrazer device required reliable memory and storage for use in a medical device that had to last a lot longer than the typical smartphone.
Japan Shares Minimal Fab Technology with Vietnam
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9/21/2015   1 comment
The Japanese Minimal Fab Development Association and the Saigon Hi-tech Park struck a memorandum of understanding on training and transfer of a new semiconductor production system.
Superconducting Graphene Beckons
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9/16/2015   3 comments
Researchers push graphene to infinity—superconductivity—by doping it with lithium and cooling it to 5.9 degrees Kelvin.
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