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Indian Fab Project Hires Former GloFo Exec
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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
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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.
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst
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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.
Imec, Panasonic Push Progress on ReRAM
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7/30/2015   1 comment
The two companies jointly presented a paper at the recent VLSI technology symposium outlining a process that paves the way for 28nm embedded applications
Intel, Micron Launch "Bulk-Switching" ReRAM
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Apple’s Results Offer More Evidence of Tablet’s Decline
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7/22/2015   4 comments
Consumer electronics giant reports another stellar quarter, but stock price dives in after hours trading.
IBM Slashes Next-Gen Power
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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.
Phosphorene's Two Dimensions Could Beat Silicon
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7/14/2015   1 comment
Black phosphorus, already shown to be superior to silicon and graphene for photonics applications, may also be better for building electronic circuits.
China Bids $23B for Micron
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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.
Toshiba Execs in Firing Line, Accounting Probe Nears End
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7/13/2015   1 comment
Toshiba Corp. has issued a statement saying that no executive resignations have been decided with regard to accountancy practices that are under an investigation that is expected to report is conclusions mid-July.
Avalanche Samples Spin Transfer Torque Magnetic RAM
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7/13/2015   2 comments
Proprietary perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction cells combined with low-cost 300mm production are critical for high volume, cost sensitive applications.
Better FRAM MCU State Recovery After Power Loss
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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.
Wafer Fab Closures Analyzed by Diameter, Region
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7/10/2015   Post a comment
Chipmakers closed or repurposed 83 wafer fabs in the period 2009 to 2014 according to IC Insights.
Drop in Foundry Sales Sends a Warning Signal
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7/10/2015   3 comments
For the first time in more than three years, the world's two biggest foundries have posted negative monthly revenue figures at the same time.
Memory Roundup: Micron's TLC NAND Followed by Controller Support
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7/9/2015   Post a comment
June saw Silicon Motion add support to its client SSD controller for Micron's new 16nm TLC NAND, while legacy memory maker Alliance is filling need for hard to find DDR2 SDRAM
IBM Leapfrogs Intel to 7nm
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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
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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.
Veteran EDA Analyst Gary Smith Dies
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7/7/2015   9 comments
Memorial set for July 12 for man who was the voice of EDA for more than three decades.
Startup Beats HP, Hynix to Memristor Learning
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7/7/2015   13 comments
Startup Knowm beats Hewlett Packard and Hynix to memristor-based computer with its less ambitious aspirations to add a memristor back-end-of-line process that it will fab atop anyone's CMOS ASIC.
Could India's Analog Wafer Fab be Moving South?
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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.
FinFETs + FD-SOI Proposition: May Save Power
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7/2/2015   25 comments
Ron Martino, vice president of application processors and advanced technology for Freescale’s MCUs says there is room both both FinFETs, FD-SOI and combinations of the two.
Biodegradable Electronics Debut
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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.
DesignCon 2016 Abstract Deadline Extended
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7/2/2015   Post a comment
You now have until Wednesday, July 8 so get your abstract in right away.
Intel President, Execs Step Down
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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.
Micron Remains Optimistic Despite Down Quarter
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6/30/2015   2 comments
Sluggish PC market affected DRAM growth, but company appears confident in long-term prospects for 3D NAND, mobile, in-memory computing and the automotive segment
MRAM Maker Everspin Remembers Its Industrial Roots
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6/29/2015   1 comment
The only company currently shipping magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) products sees a wide array of use cases, including in the data center, but industrial applications remain its bread and butter.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems
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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
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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
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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
IBM Demos III-V FinFETs on Silicon
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6/18/2015   3 comments
IBM has found a way to use confined epitaxial overgrowth (CELO) to build III-V FinFETs on silicon wafers using standard CMOS processing.
SSD Standards Poised for Update
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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
ACE Awards Finalists Recognized for Innovation in Electronics
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6/18/2015   Post a comment
Winners to be announced at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley; ACE Lifetime Achievement to celebrate Linear Technology's Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin.
AMD Beats Nvidia to 2.5-D Graphics
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6/16/2015   6 comments
AMD became the first first graphics vendor to ship products using 2.5-D memory chip stacks, beating rival Nvidia.
Cypress and ISSI: On Again, Off Again
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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
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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
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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
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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.
NRAM’s Time Is Here, Says Startup Nantero
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6/8/2015   2 comments
Having secured another round of financing, Nantero is ready to accelerate adoption of its proprietary non-volatile RAM as an alternative to flash and DRAM.
JEDEC Announces Support for Hybrid NVDIMM Modules
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6/2/2015   2 comments
Standards for two modules will be published before the year is out and demonstrates JEDEC shift to addressing the entire computing architecture, not just memory.
ARM, TSMC to Roll 55nm IoT Chips for Smart Homes
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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.
MediaTek Rolls 3 IoT Products Toward Next Cash Cow
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6/1/2015   1 comment
MediaTek unfurls three products for Internet of Things devices in move toward what the company expects will become its next cash cow once the smartphone business loses steam.
Micron Bullish On Coming Year
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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.
SK Hynix, Sharp Move Up Chip Vendor Ranking
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5/26/2015   Post a comment
SK Hynix, MediaTek and Sharp are three companies that showed strong sales growth year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015 and climbed up the top 20 chip vendor ranking produced by IC Insights.
Cypress Eyes ISSI
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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
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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
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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?
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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.
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