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Neural Network Built In Plastic
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2/5/2016   Post a comment
A team of scientists from Russia and Italy have created a neural network made from plastic memristors.
FormFactor to Buy Rival Probe Card Maker for $352 Million
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2/5/2016   Post a comment
A deal for Cascade Microtech would combine complementary product offerings into one "dominant" company, according to an industry analyst.
Micron, Samsung in Flash Battle
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2/5/2016   5 comments
Micron described a 768Gbit 3D NAND flash chip that is twice as dense as Samsung’s current vertical NAND, but it’s not clear it will come to market.
Samsung Describes 10nm SRAM
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2/4/2016   3 comments
Samsung gave a peek at its 10nm process in a talk describing an SRAM made in it at ISSCC.
Toshiba to Expand NAND Flash Production
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2/2/2016   Post a comment
Japanese giant pays $25 million for land to build new cleanroom for 3D NAND flash memory production at existing facility in Mie prefecture.
Chip Sales Dipped Slightly in 2015
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
Despite formidable economic headwinds, semiconductor sales in 2015 fell just short of the record total established in 2014, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Samsung, Apple Top Chip Buyers Again
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Electronics giants ranked first and second in semiconductor consumption in 2015 for the fifth straight year, according to market research firm Gartner.
Russians' Report Memristors
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1/29/2016   2 comments
Marvin Minsky, inventor of the Perceptron, may have died, but Russian scientists report they've made the first polymer memristor based Perceptron come alive.
JEDEC Looks To Push GDDR Limits
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1/28/2016   Post a comment
Graphics, compute and networking applications have increasing demands that can be met by GDDR5X while leveraging the existing GDDR5 ecosystem.
FDSOI Carries on Despite ST Re-org, Says COO
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1/28/2016   6 comments
STMicroelectronics' withdrawal from the set-top-box business and the transfer of engineers to microcontroller and digital automotive work will not stop the adoption of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) manufacturing process, according to Jean-Marc Chery, ST's chief operating officer.
UMC Raises 2016 Capex to $2.2 Billion on Improving Outlook
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s third-largest foundry, has raised its expected capital expenditure for 2016 to about $2.2 billion on expectations that the chip industry will emerge from a downturn around the second quarter of this year.
Apple Forecasts First Quarterly Sales Decline Since 2003
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1/26/2016   3 comments
Despite record quarterly sales and profit, Apple's stock takes a hit after firm forecasts a year-over-year sales decline due largely to a strong U.S. Dollar.
Semiconductor R&D Spending Slows
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry spent slightly more on R&D in 2015, but the rate of growth was among the lowest on record, according to IC Insights.
Chip Stacks Take New Tacks
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1/25/2016   4 comments
Chip stacks will be key to advances in semiconductors, but in logic TSVs are waning while fan-out techniques and SiPs are on the rise.
Silicon Motion Proactively Launches 3D NAND Controllers
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1/25/2016   Post a comment
Client SSDs appear to be the early target for 3D NAND, even as planar TLC is still getting adoption and few vendors are actually shipping product in high volumes
Toshiba to Gut Chip Biz Sans NAND
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1/22/2016   2 comments
Toshiba Corp. has decided to gut the company’s semiconductor business—except for its NAND flash memory products, Japan’s economic newspaper Nikkei reported Saturday morning.
EUV Improves But Not Ready
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1/21/2016   13 comments
Extreme Ultraviolet lithography (EUV) is making progress, but it will not yet ready until 2018, reported ASML.
Memristor Computer Emulates Brain Functions
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1/20/2016   8 comments
Knowm Inc. (Santa Fe, N.M.) has introduced two new memristors to emulate new brain functions plus has diversified its packaging by adding a die-only options that holds 180 memristors.
Intel Meets Expectations Despite Sagging PC Market
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1/15/2016   1 comment
World's biggest chip maker says it's now deriving about 40% of sales from non-PC markets; firms sees data centers, Internet of Things and memory as future growth drivers.
3D XPoint Steps Into the Light
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1/14/2016   8 comments
With its 3D XPoint memories moving into the fab, an IM Flash executive revealed details of the technology and challenges making the devices.
PC Shipments Fall For 4th Straight Year
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1/13/2016   1 comment
Largest ever year-over-year drop after holiday season didn't materialize.
Cypress Unveils Traveo OTA Update MCUs
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1/12/2016   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. rolled out the first series of Traveo MCUs with embedded flash on the 40nm process technology node, designed to enable mid-range to mass-market cars to implement over-the-air software updates.
Chip Forecasts, Drivers Diverge
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1/12/2016   5 comments
Chip revenues could contract 3%, expand 4% or something in between this year, said analysts at the SEMI trade group's annual executive forum.
Micron 3-D NAND Back to Moore
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1/8/2016   7 comments
Micro spills the beans on their 3-D flash and 3D XPoint memory plans for 2016.
Imec Melds Flash/III-V
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1/8/2016   7 comments
Just as III-V channels can speed the operation of planar silicon transistors, so can vertical flash structures we sped up with InGaAs channels.
Slowing China Economy Halts $170M Facility Expansion Plan
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1/6/2016   Post a comment
The downturn in China's economy prompted Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corp. (PSPC) to suspend its expansion program for a $170-million factory, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.
China Is Chip Market's Only Growth Region
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1/5/2016   1 comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for November 2015 declined by 3.0 percent compared with the figure for the same month a year before, according to numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
AMD Tips Next Graphics Chip
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1/4/2016   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices said its next-generation graphics processor, Polaris, will deliver nearly twice the performance/Watt of today’s Nvidia GPUs.
DARPA Funds Atoms-to-Products Breakthrough
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12/29/2015   2 comments
DARPA funds Atoms-to-Products program with undisclosed funding amounts allotted to 10 companies and universities to maintain quantum nanoscale properties at the millimeter scale of microchips.
Toshiba Reorg Cuts Consumer Unit
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12/21/2015   3 comments
Toshiba will exit an ailing consumer notebook market but hang on to its profitable NAND flash business in a reorganization that includes 6,800 layoffs.
Microchip Named as Atmel Bidder
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12/17/2015   4 comments
Microcontroller vendor Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) is the company that has made a $3.8 billion unsolicited offer for Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.), according to a Reuters report that referenced an unnamed source.
Leti Strains to Improve FDSOI
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12/17/2015   Post a comment
French research institute CEA-Leti has reported on two techniques to put local strain in the silicon channel of a fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) manufacturing process.
TSMC Work on 5nm Process Leaves EUV Undecided
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12/15/2015   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it has started work on a 5nm process to push ahead its most advanced technology, yet the company remains undecided on the adoption of extreme ultraviolet lithography at that node.
Micron to Pay $4 Billion for Remaining Stake in Inotera
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12/14/2015   1 comment
U.S. memory chip vendor to control 100% of Taiwanese DRAM venture.
M&A Pace to Accelerate in 2016, Says Survey
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12/11/2015   1 comment
Semiconductor industry business leaders predict that the number of mergers and acquisitions in 2016 will match or exceed 2015, according to an annual survey of semiconductor industry business leaders conducted by business.
One-Transistor SRAM Stuffs More Into CMOS
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12/10/2015   5 comments
A single transistor SRAM is possible, says Zvi Or-Bach of Zeno Semiconductor. Intrinsic "extra" components make this architecture work, he revealed yesterday at IDEM.
Samsung Drives IDM Win Over Fabless in 2015
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12/4/2015   Post a comment
For only the second time in the last 25 years the growth of business for the top chip manufacturers in 2015 will beat that of the top fabless chip companies, according to IC Insights.
Novel Phase of Carbon Shows Enhanced Electronic Properties
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12/3/2015   3 comments
Researchers from the North Carolina State University (Rayleigh, NC) have reported the discovery of a novel phase of solid carbon, known as Q-carbon, distinct from the already known phases of graphite and diamond and allotropes such as carbon-60, carbon nanotubes and graphene.
15 Hot Tech Stories for 2016
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12/1/2015   1 comment
EDN and EE Times' list of tech stories to watch for in 2016, from transistor level to systems level.
Toshiba Considers Listing or Partial Sale of Chip Business
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11/30/2015   1 comment
Toshiba Corp. said Friday (Nov. 27) that it was considering splitting off its semiconductor business with listing it as a means of raising capital or it could sell off part of its chip business.
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   10 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.
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