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Toshiba Fires Back at Western Digital, Seeks $1.1B in Damages
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6/28/2017   Post a comment
Feud between partners deepens as Toshiba says it won't meet deadline for selling chip business.
Purple-emitting LEDs Get Closer to the Sun
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6/27/2017   3 comments
Seoul Semi has paired its purple-emitting LEDs with Toshiba Materials-engineered RGB phosphors to more closely mimic natural daylight spectrum.
NVMe Spec Gets Major Update
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6/27/2017   Post a comment
Latest specification address client, enterprise and cloud features including improved support for virtualization and bootstrapping for mobile devices
DRAM Prices Expected to Climb
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6/26/2017   1 comment
With DRAM chips being used in more applications, ASPs projected to grow even while smartphone and PC shipments remain tepid.
Toshiba and the Parable of Flash
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6/26/2017   1 comment
Spinning off its flagship NAND flash memory business could help save struggling Toshiba. But 30 years ago the company nearly squandered its leadership role in the flash revolution.
Handsets Expected to be Largest Market for ICs
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6/22/2017   Post a comment
Cellular handsets are expected to surpass PCs as the largest application for integrated circuits for the first time in 2017.
Imagination Puts Itself on the Block
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6/22/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies said the whole company is up for sale after fielding interest from several parties.
4DS ReRAM Hits DRAM Speeds
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6/22/2017   2 comments
Interface Switching ReRAM has overcome the hurdle of high bit rate errors without error correction techniques that have historically slowed read access time
Japan-led Consortium Wins Toshiba Memory Bidding
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6/21/2017   4 comments
Winning bid submitted by Innovation Network of Japan, Bain Capital and Development Bank of Japan.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
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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.
Cypress Stockholders Elect T.J. Rodgers' Nominees to Board
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
Camillo Martino and J. Daniel McCranie elected to board after long and bitter proxy battle.
Cray Moves to Lasso 'Big Data Deluge'
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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.
64 Layers is 3D NAND's Sweet Spot
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6/19/2017   15 comments
Both Western Digital and Micron appear to have found the path to 3D NAND profitability with string stacking likely to follow 64 layers
UMC Appoints Co-presidents as CEO Steps Down
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6/16/2017   2 comments
Taiwanese foundry takes page from rival's book, names two to lead the company.
Hybrid Memory Cube Powers Galaxy Quest
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6/16/2017   1 comment
Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube technology is a key part of the digital processing platform for the MeerKAT telescope to match processing power to memory size and data bandwidth.
Western Digital Sues to Halt Toshiba Sale
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6/15/2017   Post a comment
Complaint filed in California Superior Court asks court to prevent Toshiba from transferring assets that are part of joint venture between the firms.
MRAM Momentum Poised to Disrupt Memory Workhorses
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6/13/2017   4 comments
With four foundries expected to enter MRAM production in the second half of 2018 timeframe, Spin Transfer Technologies CEO Barry Hoberman anticipates a “tornado” of change
Emerging SD Card Uses Push Controller Development
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6/9/2017   Post a comment
Automotive and surveillance applications are keeping the microSD form factor alive and growing, and controllers must support both and current future requirements, including improved random read and write performance
DARPA Funds Development of New Type of Processor
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6/9/2017   26 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is building the world's first graph-analytics processor in its Hierarchical Identify Verify Exploit (HIVE) program that is 1000-times faster than today's CPUs and GPUs.
Apple, Amazon to Join Foxconn's Toshiba Bid
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6/5/2017   7 comments
Foxconn's CEO reportedly tells Nikkei that the electronics powerhouses are participants in the contract manufacturers' $27 billion to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business.
IBM Claims 5nm Nanosheet Breakthrough
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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
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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
DRAM Price Surge Continues
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5/26/2017   2 comments
Global DRAM sales reached record heights in the first quarter, thanks to a 30 percent increase in the average contract price of PC DRAM modules, according to DRAMeXchange.
Smartphone Sales Grew 9% in Q1
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Chinese vendors Huawei, Oppo and Vivo continued to take market share from Samsung and Apple, Gartner says.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
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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.
Western Digital Reportedly Ups Bid for Toshiba Memory
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5/24/2017   3 comments
Bid worth about $18 million would resolve dispute with NAND partner but would likely heighten regulatory scrutiny.
Imagination Sells SoC Design Group
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5/19/2017   2 comments
UK-based IP vendor sells group to design services firm for undisclosed firm.
Sensor Sales Finally Catch Fire
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor sensors and actuators hit all time highs last year as several years of price erosion abated, according to IC Insights.
Record Wafer Shipments Continue
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers defied typical first quarter seasonality to remain at record levels.
'Supercomputer-as-a-Service' Model is Born
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5/16/2017   Post a comment
SaaS got a new acronym as supercomputer-as-a-services when Cray partnered with cloud-computer provider Markley Group (Boston) to offer its Cray Urika-GX as a cloud service.
Samsung Spinoff Likely to Grab Foundry Share
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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
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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
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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.
Are Self-Charging Batteries a Decade Away?
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5/15/2017   2 comments
Canadian researchers investigating light-assisted battery charging believe a single device for smartphones, smart homes and even cars is possible
Consolidation Continues to Rewrite Chip Vendor Rankings
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5/15/2017   Post a comment
The unprecedented wave of semiconductor industry consolidation skewed comparisons and continued to redraw the rankings of vendors by sales.
Cray Rolls Clustered Supercomputers for AI
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5/12/2017   1 comment
Cray's new CS-Storm 500GT and CS-Storm 500NX supercomputers are optimized for artificial intelligence applications with massive arrays of Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerators that perform deep machine learning.
iNAND Drives Toward Automotive Market
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5/11/2017   1 comment
SanDisk's flash technology, now a part of Western Digital, has seen most of its development on the mobile front, but automotive applications will outpace smartphones with its demands for flash storage.
Future Cars Face Terabyte Memory Load
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5/10/2017   2 comments
For a highly automated car in, say, 2020, how much memory capacity, to capture, process and store data, will be enough? An industry consensus is this connected vehicle will require data storage of close to a terabyte.
SMIC Names Haijun Zhao CEO
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5/10/2017   1 comment
COO moves up the ranks as Tzu-Yin Chiu steps down. Chiu will remain vice chairman of SMIC's board of directors.
Marvell's New CTO Wants 'Culture of Innovation'
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5/8/2017   10 comments
Neil Kim, the new CTO at troubled Marvell, spent an hour with EE Times at the end of his first week on the job, sharing his goals and views.
Intel Ramps up 3D NAND, NVMe SSDs
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5/5/2017   8 comments
Intel has been expanding production in China to increase its 3D NAND supply to better meet the storage needs of customers.
Tablet Shipments Decline for 10th Straight Quarter
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5/4/2017   14 comments
First quarter tablet shipments were down 8.5 percent year-over-year as enthusiasm for the once hot products continues to wane, according to IDC.
Intel Names New Data Center Chief as Bryant Takes Leave
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5/3/2017   3 comments
Navin Shenoy, general manager of the chip giant's Client Computing Group, will take over leadership of the DCG as Diane Bryant takes leave of absence to focus on family matter.
Researchers Create Artificial Synapse For Electronic Brains
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5/3/2017   3 comments
The University of Arkansas has formed a ferroelectric memristor that acts as an artificial synapse for electronic brains.
Micron Leap Frogs NVMe Over Fabric Standards
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5/3/2017   Post a comment
SolidScale architecture is Micron's answer to how NVMe can become more mainstream as it moves further along the path to becoming a storage company
Micron, Microsoft Team on IoT Security
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5/3/2017   Post a comment
The initiative will combine Microsoft Azure IoT cloud with Micron's Authenta technology to address the major challenge of providing trusted computing models for IoT deployments.
3-D Graphene Boosts Electronics
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5/2/2017   1 comment
A three dimensional form of graphene is being explored as a next-generation electronics material by Nobel Prize winners for graphene research at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
MediaTek Losing Market Share in Smartphones
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5/1/2017   1 comment
Taiwanese IC vendor losing ground to rival Qualcomm, but says it expects to make it back.
DoE Claims 1nm Fab Record
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5/1/2017   3 comments
Department of Energy's (DoE's) Brookhaven National Laboratory has demonstrated how to use an electron beam microscope to lithographically pattern at the 1nm feature size, thus creating novel new materials and devices.
Politics Muddy Toshiba Bidding
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4/29/2017   8 comments
As the second round of bidding for Toshiba’s coveted memory business draws near, the opaque process is exposing a deep schism of interests in Japan among politicians, bureaucrats and bankers. But did anyone ask what engineers want?
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