Indian Fab Project Hires Former GloFo Exec News & Analysis 8/3/2015 3 comments Indian foundry fab will be located near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The company reports that talks are moving the project forward on all fronts including: funding, technology and customers.
NASA Preps Venus ICs News & Analysis 8/3/2015 Post a comment NASA is sending a mission to Venus, where the surface temperature is up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit--hot enough to melt lead and to turn aluminum into a slurry. What electronics could survive? One company uses silicon carbide wafers and a mystery metal to fabricate the mixed signal chips for the Venus Landsailing Rover.
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst News & Analysis 7/30/2015 6 comments Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
Intel, Micron Launch "Bulk-Switching" ReRAM News & Analysis 7/28/2015 28 comments Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. have launched a new class of non-volatile memory that they call 3D Xpoint and which the companies said would be available as samples later this year for special customers.
Earnings: Hynix Down, Cypress Up News & Analysis 7/28/2015 1 comment A sluggish DRAM market for PCs hurt SK Hynix earnings, much like it hurt Micron’s, while Cypress posted a strong quarter following the integration of Spansion
SK Hynix Starts 3D NAND Flash Production News & Analysis 7/27/2015 Post a comment Memory chipmaker SK Hynix Inc. has said it will prepare for its first production volumes of 3D NAND flash memory in the third quarter of 2015. It joins the ranks of Samsung, Toshiba and Micron.
Nanoparticle Imaging with Graphene News & Analysis 7/24/2015 1 comment Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using a monolayer of graphene as a see-through lens-like cap -- called a graphene liquid cell -- to create a new imaging system that can see the individual atoms in a single nanoparticle while it is still in solution.
IBM Slashes Next-Gen Power News & Analysis 7/17/2015 14 comments IBM Research aims to lower supply voltage to 0.2 volts to drastically cut idle power while maintaining superior performance using "boosters" that kick-in only when the circuit is being used.
China Bids $23B for Micron News & Analysis 7/13/2015 9 comments Tsinghua Unigroup bid $23 billion for Micron in a deal that would put China at the forefront of the memory chip business but face close scrutiny from U.S. regulators.
Better FRAM MCU State Recovery After Power Loss News & Analysis 7/13/2015 1 comment TI’s Compute Through Power Loss (CPTL) library incorporates a context save-and-restore algorithm that brings a FRAM-based 16-bit MSP430 MCU back to its original operating state before a power interruption.
IBM Leapfrogs Intel to 7nm News & Analysis 7/9/2015 44 comments IBM is the first semiconductor maker to demonstrate a 7-nanometer node finned field effect transistorS (FinFETS) in alliance partnership with SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Albany, New York) and joint development alliance with GlobalFoundries and Samsung.
ISSI Acquired: An Analyst’s Thoughts News & Analysis 7/8/2015 1 comment A Cypress acquisition would have meant some synergies could have been realized between the two memory makers, but for now ISSI shareholders get a better price and the company has new owners outside the semiconductor space.
Could India's Analog Wafer Fab be Moving South? News & Analysis 7/3/2015 Post a comment Cricket Semiconductor, a company set up with the purpose of building and operating $1 billion analog and power semiconductor wafer fab in India has been in talks with state government of Telangana, according to a report in the New Indian Express.
Biodegradable Electronics Debut News & Analysis 7/2/2015 1 comment Single crystal silicon transistors operating in the same microwave frequency ranges as modern electronics can be fabricated on biodegradable cellulose nanofibrillated fiber (CNF) substrates that biodegrade in landfills--in the presence if water and fungi--within a few weeks.
Intel President, Execs Step Down News & Analysis 7/2/2015 11 comments Intel President Renée James is among several top executives who announced plans to resign from the chip giant. Three other executives from various divisions will also leave the company.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems News & Analysis 6/26/2015 Post a comment Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Freescale MCUs Secure IoT News & Analysis 6/23/2015 Post a comment Freescale announced a new family of microcontrollers designed with a focus on security for the Internet of Things. The Kinetis K80, K81, and K82 sport several layers of hardware security.
Bidding War for ISSI Wages On News & Analysis 6/19/2015 Post a comment Just when it looked as though ISSI was set to let stockholders favor of the Uphill transaction, Cypress came back with a higher offer, only to be trumped again by Uphill
SSD Standards Poised for Update News & Analysis 6/18/2015 Post a comment JEDEC's call for input on follows confusion over SSD data retention, the release of the NVMe specification, and broader adoption of SSDs and flash in both clients and enterprise data centers
Cypress and ISSI: On Again, Off Again News & Analysis 6/11/2015 Post a comment After citing anti-trust concerns as a barrier to a potential Cypress acquisition, ISSI briefly was open to a merger, but is now advising stockholders to vote in favor of an amended Uphill agreement, which was first floated in March.
No ISSI for Cypress News & Analysis 6/9/2015 Post a comment Anti-trust concerns halt acquisition that would have further expanded Cypress offerings in the automotive memory segment in the wake of its merger with Spansion
Tiny Spirals May Make Counterfeiting Impossible News & Analysis 6/9/2015 1 comment Microscopic nano-patterns, called Archimedean spirals, promise to authenticate anything they are attached to--from currency to credit-cards to microchips--by returning a unique double-harmonic signal from an infrared laser.
IBM Demos III-V on Silicon News & Analysis 6/9/2015 9 comments IBM has fabricated a variety of nanowire structures from III-V compounds of indium (In), gallium arsenide (GaAs) atop a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer that it claims proves the concept for advancing Moore's Law with smaller devices with increased performance.
ARM, TSMC to Roll 55nm IoT Chips for Smart Homes News & Analysis 6/1/2015 2 comments ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) today (June 1) announced their development of an IoT subsystem for ARM Cortex-M processors that they expect will simplify design of chips used in devices for smart homes and smart cities.
Micron Bullish On Coming Year News & Analysis 5/28/2015 Post a comment Company president Mark Adams sees poor PC DRAM performance stabilizing in the latter half of 2015 with mobile continuing to perform well, but Micron needs to do some work to regain its leadership in NAND.
Cypress Eyes ISSI News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment On the heels of its Spansion acquisition, Cypress has made an offer for the fabless semiconductor company that focuses on the automotive, communications and industrial markets with its DRAM, SRAM and NOR flash products
AMD Preps GPU, DRAM Stack News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment AMD plans to combine on a single device one its graphics processors and the SK Hynix high bandwidth memory DRAM stack, aiming to beat to market similar devices described by its rival Nvidia.
FRAM's Slow, Unending Journey to Dominance News & Analysis 5/18/2015 Post a comment Much like MRAM, PCM and RRAM, FRAM has never gained the foothold that was predicted at its inception. Niche applications are providing opportunities for more widespread use as alternatives to other NVRAMs.
Is D-Wave a Quantum Computer? News & Analysis 5/14/2015 9 comments Critics say that D-Wave is not a "real" quantum computer because it can only solve optimization problems, but D-Wave Systems, Inc. counters that its an appropriate start to build and application-specific quantum computer on the way to a "universal" one.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.