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.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts News & Analysis 5/13/2015 2 comments Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
Samsung Breaks Ground on $14 Billion Fab News & Analysis 5/8/2015 14 comments Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feet for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
Microchip to Acquire Micrel News & Analysis 5/8/2015 2 comments Microcontroller and analog semiconductor company Microchip Technology Incorporated has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the analog semiconductor company Micrel for $14.00 per share--an acquisition price of $839 million.
Valleytronics Qubits Travel in Graphene News & Analysis 5/8/2015 1 comment Valleytronics may challenge spintronics as a new encoding for quantum computers where qubits are encoded as electron momentum traveling in valleys between domain walls in the atomic lattice of graphene.
Facebook Shares Storage Recipe News & Analysis 5/7/2015 4 comments Engineers at Facebook shared details of their recipe for creating massive storage systems at bargain basement prices, defying traditional OEM hard drive arrays.
Solar Cell Material for Transistors Holds Promise News & Analysis 5/7/2015 3 comments Halide-perovskite complementary field-effect transistors were demonstrated for the first time possibly opening an new era of organic-inorganic semiconductors that are cheap, easy to manufacture and can be deposited on flexible substrates.
Apple to Cash on Watch, Says IHS News & Analysis 5/5/2015 Post a comment According to a preliminary estimate by IHS and its Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service, the Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product, with actual hardware costs representing just under a quarter of the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).
Chip Market Growth Strong Q1 in US, China News & Analysis 5/5/2015 Post a comment The global chip market continued to be a tale of contrasting fortunes with Europe and Japanese markets contracting and the Americas and China enjoying double-digit percentage annual growth, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), reporting data compiled by the World Semiconductor.
IBM Tackles Phase-Change Memory Drift, Resistance News & Analysis 5/1/2015 3 comments Researchers demonstrate that reliable 2 bits-per-cell storage and subsequent data retention can be achieved in PCM cell arrays at variable temperatures, opening up the possibility of practical MLC storage in PCM chips
Cypress Expands Error Correcting Code For SRAM News & Analysis 4/24/2015 3 comments As overall SRAM market shrinks, Cypress sees uptick in automotive, IoT and wearables segments, while adding on-board error-correcting code to meet reliability requirements and protect against the effects of radiation
EUV Deal Raises Questions News & Analysis 4/24/2015 9 comments ASML announced it struck a deal to sell 15 EUV systems to an existing U.S. customer, once again raising hopes about the readiness of the key technology for making leading-edge chips.
WSTS Marks America Up for 2015 Boom News & Analysis 4/21/2015 Post a comment The market for semiconductors in the Americas region will grow by 15 percent in 2015, according to a revised estimate from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
TI Obsoletes FPGA News & Analysis 4/21/2015 56 comments Texas Instruments is out to kill the FPGA with a nine processor chip that can downsize avionics, military and medical applications to portable size -- from backpack radars to portable MRIs.
NVM Express SSDs Hit Servers, Workstations News & Analysis 4/20/2015 1 comment HGST begins shipping its Ultrastar SN100 series for servers announced last year as part of its flash fabric, while Samsung aims its latest offering at the PC and workstation segment.
Paper Memory Ready to Roll News & Analysis 4/17/2015 3 comments Researchers at the Finish VTT Technical Research Centre have demonstrated they could print memory circuits directly on paper, using simple roll-to-roll printing techniques with a particular mix of commercially available metallic inks.
Moore's Law: Dead or Alive News & Analysis 4/17/2015 22 comments Moore's Law is still alive and kicking after 50 years, but here are the technologies that are busting and boosting it in the 21st century.
TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion News & Analysis 4/16/2015 4 comments Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is cutting its planned capital expenditure for this year by $1 billion, citing improvements in capital efficiency and a faster-than-expected migration to its leading-edge 16nm process technology.
IBM vs. Intel in Supercomputer Bout News & Analysis 4/15/2015 11 comments The Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) project financed by the Department of Energy (DoE) will bring home to the U.S. the fastest supercomputers in the world made by Cray, IBM, Intel and Nvidia.
Intel Does Balancing Act News & Analysis 4/15/2015 Post a comment In its Q1 results, predictably Intel's PC business is down but data center, IoT, and nonvolatile memory made up for PC loses. Surprisingly capex goes down.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age News & Analysis 4/14/2015 6 comments Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times