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2 Years of Plenty Coming for Chip Industry
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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
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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
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9/10/2014   5 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
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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.
JEDEC Releases Wide I/O 2 Mobile DRAM Standard
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9/9/2014   Post a comment
Following the recent release of the LPDDR4 spec, JEDEC publishes its Wide I/O 2 mobile DRAM standard for 3D memory devices.
DDR4 Ramps Up, Enterprise First
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9/9/2014   1 comment
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?
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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.
Europe Leads in Chip Market Growth
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9/2/2014   1 comment
In July, Europe showed the strongest year-on-year growth of all regions tracked by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
MIPS Moves Multicore Battle to Clustering
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9/2/2014   3 comments
Imagination Technologies launches its I-class I6400 MIPS 64-bit processor with a focus on multi: multithreading, multicore, and multicluster coherent processing.
Anatomy of an ARM Server Chip
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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.
IoT Gives Old Technology New Life
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9/2/2014   2 comments
Cypress Semiconductor sees a great deal of potential for SONOS technology, dating back to the 1960s, for addressing scaling and power challenges in Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Samsung Funds III-V FinFETs in US Lab
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8/29/2014   10 comments
Samsung is funding Penn State researchers working to fabricate III-V indium gallium arsenide FinFETs for possible use at the seven-nanometer node.
Microchip in Pursuit of CSR
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8/29/2014   11 comments
Microchip confirmed Thursday that it has had preliminary mutual discussions with CSR.
JEDEC Unveils Low-Power Memory Standard
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8/26/2014   5 comments
JEDEC published its LPDDR4 specification, which, with a redesigned architecture, operates twice as fast as LPDDR3, while still saving power.
SanDisk Bullish on SSD Adoption
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8/26/2014   5 comments
Ultra II is aimed at consumers looking to upgrade HDD or first generation SSD with simple migration tools in a PC market that has experienced flat growth at best.
NAND, DRAM 3D-Transition Roadmaps
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8/25/2014   Post a comment
IC Insights has done its best to encapsulate the latest information from DRAM and NAND vendors to provide a roadmap for the transition to finer geometry processes and to multi-layered memories.
mCube Forms Indoor Navigation Subsidiary
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8/21/2014   3 comments
Fabless chip company mCube has formed Ten Degrees Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary to focus on business related to indoor navigation.
Startup Sees Enterprise Op for TLC NAND
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
NxGn Data looks to make TLC viable as cold storage for enterprises while moving data and computation closer with its In-Situ Processing.
AMD Enters Storage Sector
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8/19/2014   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has entered the storage sector with a line of Radeon-branded solid-state drives targeted specifically at the game console market.
Semiconductor Funding Deals Dip
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8/16/2014   1 comment
Venture capitalists are still a bit wary about investing in the semiconductor industry. The GSA reports that, despite a 2.4% drop, companies are receiving more financing on average.
The Limits of Moore's Law Limits
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8/13/2014   20 comments
Moore's Law has limits, some of which are quickly approaching. Several other limits, however, are more flexible, giving room to continue progress. Igor Markov explores limits of fundamental limits for future chip scaling.
Destroying Data Is Hard Work
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8/13/2014   2 comments
Spinning media retains data despite corruption and damage, but flash and SSDs are more complex when it comes to guaranteeing sensitive information is truly banished from a device.
Racetrack Memory to Beat Hard Drives & Flash
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8/12/2014   12 comments
Researchers believe they have a promising new material that can make IBM's invention of racetrack memory into a reality.
SanDisk Expands ULLtraDIMM Reach
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8/12/2014   Post a comment
Supermicro is the latest to adopt SanDisk’s enterprise SSDs using a memory channel storage architecture, while its Fusion-io acquisition addresses latency using PCIe.
Canada Ahead of US in Chip Ed
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8/8/2014   19 comments
The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC, Kingston) helps academics--professors and graduate students to build semiconductor prototypes including all steps from conception, to EDA to testing.
IBM Puts Brain On-a-Chip
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8/7/2014   19 comments
IBM demonstrates its second-generation neurosynaptic chip modeled on the human brain yet consuming 5,000 times less power than a typical microprocessor.
Samsung Tips 3-Bit Vertical NAND
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8/5/2014   8 comments
Samsung said it will ship a version of its 128 Gbit vertical NAND supporting three bits per cell within weeks.
Flash Fails 5 Ways, Says Alibaba
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8/5/2014   4 comments
An R&D manager for cloud services at China's Alibaba datacenters gave a laundry list of problems flash vendors need to address in a keynote at the Flash Memory Summit.
Silicon Motion SSD Controller Anticipates TLC Growth
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8/5/2014   1 comment
Triple-level-cell NAND appears to be following a path similar to that of MLC, with adoption picking up steam in client devices. But TLC finding its way into the enterprise could take another few years.
PMC Plugs DRAM Into PCI Express
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8/5/2014   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra is using its NAND flash controller in a flash-backed DRAM memory card that plugs into the PCI Express 3.0 bus, aimed at memory-constrained systems that demand more performance.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
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8/4/2014   7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
6 Things to Expect at Flash Summit
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7/31/2014   6 comments
A coming out party for NVMe PCIe SSDs, more flash appliances and arrays, incremental news on vertical NAND and next-gen memories, and more are on tap for next week's Flash Memory Summit.
Micron Makes Monolithic 8Gb DDR3
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7/29/2014   6 comments
Using a 25 nm manufacturing process, Micron has created a monolithic 8 Gb DDR3 SDRAM component, while a startup is squeezing 8 Gb into a single chipset using proprietary techniques.
Apple in China: Best Is Yet to Come?
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7/24/2014   21 comments
Apple CEO Tim Cook described Apple’s business prospect in China as "a watershed moment."
Learn Signal Integrity Online
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7/22/2014   1 comment
Signal-integrity evangelist Eric Bogatin's classes are now available through an online subscription.
NAND Suit: Toshiba Seeks $1.1B From SK Hynix
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7/21/2014   7 comments
South Korea's SK Hynix Inc. disclosed in a regulatory filing that Toshiba Corp. is seeking $1.1 billion in damages over the suspected theft of data related to NAND flash memory chip technology.
OCZ Updates SQL Flash Accelerator
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7/18/2014   Post a comment
Toshiba-owned company makes flash acceleration simple for SQ L DBAs with updates to support the latest version of the popular Microsoft database software and virtualized environments.
Intel Readies Super-Resist for EUV
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7/17/2014   7 comments
Intel partners with Berkeley Lab to create extreme ultraviolet (EUV) resists.
MCUs, Memory Balance Security, Performance
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7/10/2014   1 comment
The need to secure devices at the MCU or SSD level is becoming more pressing thanks to BYOD and the Internet of Things, but perceptions linger that encryption degrades device performance.
DesignCon Extends 2015 Abstract Deadline
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7/9/2014   Post a comment
DesignCon 2015 has extended its deadline for submitting abstracts to July 18, 2014.
Medical Devices Require Radiation-Tolerant Memory
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7/8/2014   10 comments
While a great deal of focus for memory in medical applications is placed on size and power consumption, devices that are smarter and implantable will need to withstand sterilization through radiation.
Chip Market Growth Moderated in May
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
Europe's three-month average chip sales in May pushed forward showing strengthening growth year-on-year while the rest of world saw growth rates decline, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), that referenced the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
Magnetic RAM Remains Niche Memory – for Now
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6/30/2014   4 comments
One report is bullish on MRAM's growth prospects and its potential to replace DRAM and SRAM, while the primary vendor of the nonvolatile memory still sees plenty of short-term opportunity in niche applications, including enterprise storage.
Ultra-Low-Power FRAM-Based MCUs Target Next-Gen Applications
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6/24/2014   21 comments
TI's MSP430 FRAM-based MCUs, coupled with EnergyTrace++ technology, are designed from the ground up to enable the world’s lowest-power MCU systems.
Stealth Mercenary Team Boosts Fortune 500 Companies
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Synapse Design styles itself as a mercenary design team. Working for Fortune 500 companies, Synapse Design has taped out 33 SoCs in the last 12 months.
Micron 3D Memory Supercharges Xeon Phi
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6/23/2014   8 comments
Analysts have speculated wildly about the technical details of the massively parallel next-generation Knights Landing Xeon Phi. Today Intel and its 3D memory partner, Micron Technology Inc., put all that speculation to rest.
SanDisk Acquires Fusion-io
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6/19/2014   2 comments
SanDisk pays $1.1 billion in cash deal to expand its solid-state drive line that supports the PCI Express (PCIe) interconnect.
Is China the World's Leading Cyberspy?
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6/17/2014   6 comments
This is the first of a three-part series examining the fallout on industry from China's alleged cyberspying. Today we examine the proof of spying and its effects on industry.
DRAM's Mood Swings Stabilize
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6/17/2014   5 comments
From factory fires to consolidations, DRAM manufacturers have been through a lot, but now appear to be stabilizing as the market takes off.
Power-Conscious Controllers Reduce Energy Consumption
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6/17/2014   1 comment
While a great deal of effort is put into reducing power consumption of memory, controllers are playing a key role in driving down energy needs of overall systems.
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