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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   26 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.
Dresden Memory Startup To Debut At Semicon Europa
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9/15/2015   4 comments
A startup company that is working on a ferroelectric non-volatile memory technology based on hafnium oxide is set to make its debut at the Semicon Europa exhibition taking place in Dresden, Germany, October 6 to 8.
4K Video Drives Up LPDDR4 Densities
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9/14/2015   1 comment
Mobile phones producing high-quality video make them a high priority target for DRAM, although devices such as smart appliances and automotive systems are also a growing market.
AMD Forms Graphics Chip Business Group
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9/10/2015   2 comments
AMD, which was reportedly considering spinning off its graphics chip business earlier this summer, has created the Radeon Technologies group to “solidify position as graphics industry leader.”
DARPA Enlists Civilians to Secure U.S. Tech Lead
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9/10/2015   4 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosts a three-day conference called "Wait What?" (St. Louis, Mo.) for researchers in industry, academia and government to share ideas that will keep the U.S. ahead of the rest of the world in technology.
Apple Unveils New Chips For Mobile
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9/9/2015   2 comments
Apple rented out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium -- a 7,000 person capacity arena in downtown San Francisco -- to unveil a handful of devices that are much, much smaller. The company’s new iPad and iPhone will run new processors with an updated architecture.
Post-Silicon Tech Compared
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9/9/2015   4 comments
The Semiconductor Research Corporation is creating a joint benchmarking effort with Georgia Tech to guide post-silicon era electronics development at IBM, Intel, Freescale and Texas Instruments.
Flash Patents Reduce SMB Storage Costs
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9/1/2015   Post a comment
Although the price of flash is dropping, not all enterprises can afford to overprovision SSDs. Patents recently granted to StorTrends optimize use of flash and extend its longevity.
3D NAND Debuts in Storage Arrays
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8/28/2015   1 comment
Kaminario said it will offer an all-flash storage array with 3D TLC NAND at a buck per gig. It’s ahead of the curve for now, but lower cost flash seems inevitable as does the downfall of spinning disk
EUV Breaks Through to Angstrom
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8/27/2015   10 comments
A new type of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) microscope designed at the University of Colorado can take optical images with angstrom resolution.
MRAM Hits Flash Arrays in M.2 Module
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8/24/2015   1 comment
Everspin is gaining traction in the enterprise storage segment as Aupera incorporates its MRAM into its all-flash array.
Quantum Highway Frictionless
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8/24/2015   4 comments
Marrying topological insulators with ferromagnets yields a quantum highway that could be adapted to encode, transmit and receive qubits using novel transistor designs, according to MIT researchers.
SK Hynix Invests in Hyperspectral Sensor Startup
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8/21/2015   1 comment
SK Hynix has invested 2.2 billion won (about $1.8 million) in Stratio Technology Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.), a startup developing germanium-based hyperspectral image sensors, according to Korea Times article. SK Hynix has acquired a 9.1 percent stake the article said.
Storage Industry Group Tackles SSD Data Recovery
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8/21/2015   1 comment
Special interest group formed at the recent Flash Memory Summit will address challenges affecting data retrieval from corrupted SSDs as well as techniques for targeted file erasure
Google Loses Data: Who Says Lightning Never Strikes Twice?
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8/20/2015   Post a comment
In a four-strike incident, power to Google Compute Cloud disks in Ghislain, Belgium, gets interupted and data writes are lost.
Intel Memory Bus Draws Fire
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8/20/2015   26 comments
Intel’s plans to sell memory cards using proprietary extensions to the DDR4 bus is drawing fire from potential customers and competitors afraid of being locked in or out of its 3D XPoint technology.
China Startup Offers Non-Volatile FPGAs
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8/19/2015   2 comments
Gowin Semiconductor Corp., a startup formed and backed to produce FPGAs has announced the availability of a non-volatile family of devices.
Taiwan May Ease Rules on Chip Investments in China
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8/18/2015   Post a comment
The Taiwan government may soon ease regulations to help local chipmakers get a bigger slice of the semiconductor business in China.
Micron Upbeat About Turbulent 3D NAND Market
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8/17/2015   Post a comment
While company executives continue the narrative that Micron has successfully diversified and poised to capture emerging opportunities, financial analysts remain skeptical.
Rambus to Enter Fabless Chip Biz
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8/17/2015   9 comments
Seizing the opportunity in a growing market of datacenters, Rambus is unveiling a server memory interface chipset. The move is significant because the company will enter a fabless chip business for the first time, instead of IP business.
PMC-Sierra Scales Storage with PCIe, NVMe
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8/14/2015   Post a comment
The company said that together its Switchtec storage switches and Flashtec storage controllers help scale SSD performance using PCIe in the data center
Graphene Ribbons Grow on Germanium
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8/14/2015   2 comments
University of Wisconsin researchers have found a way to grow semiconducting graphene ribbons and control their bandgap.
Samsung Slims Phones, Boosts Displays
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8/13/2015   Post a comment
Banking on trends toward larger screens, Samsung unveiled two new smartphones with larger displays in a smaller form factor. The Samsung S6 Edge+ and Note 5 will be available in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 21.
RRAM Breaks Records with Graphene
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8/13/2015   17 comments
Rice University professor James Tour and his group have developed a new type of nonvolatile resistive random access memory (RRAM) that overcomes the density limits of other designs by requiring no transistors, switches or diodes for bit cells, and it can be processed at low-temperatures for easy stacking in three dimensions (3D).
Forget Hall Effect, Use Magnetic Junction Tunneling
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8/12/2015   1 comment
Novel magnetic sensors and memory are appearing that use quantum tunneling effects.
Samsung Drives Up 3-D Flash
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8/11/2015   1 comment
Samsung announced a handful of novel products using its 3-D NAND flash chips, but the mass market for such products may be more than a year away, said analysts.
One-wire EEPROM Needs No Power
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8/11/2015   4 comments
This EEPROM gets all the power it needs from its data interface.
AMD Slips From Ranking of Top 20 Chip Vendors
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8/7/2015   7 comments
A rough first half to the year, including a devastating second quarter, drops AMD from the list for first time in decades.
CoolCube Circuit Stacking Moves to FinFET Process
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8/5/2015   3 comments
The CEA-Leti research laboratory at Grenoble France, has reported that its CoolCube 3D interconnect technology is suitable for use with FinFET manufacturing processes as well as with fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator manufacturing processes.
SanDisk, Toshiba Manufacture 3D TLC NAND
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8/5/2015   3 comments
Despite a slump in PC and tablet sales, SanDisk is bullish about the demand for 3D NAND across all market segments.
Indian Fab Project Hires Former GloFo Exec
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8/3/2015   7 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
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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.
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