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Globalfoundries Expands into Chinese Wafer Fab
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
U.S.-based foundry plans to upgrade an existing semiconductor facility in inland China to run some of its processes on 300mm-diameter wafers.
Startup Settles With Broadcom, Raises $50 Million
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Innovium, a fabless semiconductor startup founded in 2014 to pursue networking technology, said it raised more than $50 million in venture capital and settled a legal dispute with Broadcom.
ARM's Bifrost Steps Up Graphics, Bridges to Machine Learning
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
The Mali-G71 GPU core is ARM's first that follows a new architecture called Bifrost that has been launched providing support for the Vulkan API from the industry-run Khronos Group.
MRAM Seen Leading Embedded Non-Vol Memory Race
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5/31/2016   1 comment
Spin-torque transfer magnetic RAM is leading a race for inclusion as an embedded non-volatile memory at the 28nm chip production node according to the memory department director for European research institute IMEC.
Intel Broadens Xeon Video Offerings
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Intel announced its new E3-1500 version five (E3v5) and companion Iris Pro graphics processing unit (GPU) for ultra-fast video transcoding.
ARM Aims Artemis at Low Power
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5/29/2016   Post a comment
ARM announced its Cortex-A73, a next-generation mobile CPU core, formerly code-named Artemis.
FDSOI Driving ST's Automotive Biz
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5/27/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics says the fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator chip manufacturing process it championed has become almost the default choice for digital manufacturing within its automotive and discrete group.
Forces Clash over Auto Cyber Security
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5/24/2016   6 comments
With a growing number of connected cars and autonomous cars planned for rollout, automakers know they have a bulls-eye on their back. The question now is how best to deal with this imminent threat.
Tower Debuts RF Process For IoT Front Ends
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Specialty foundry says it has begun mass production of a silicon-germanium process tailored to meet the demands of wireless front-ends on an integrated circuit for the Internet of Things.
Foundries' Sales Show Hard Times Continuing
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5/23/2016   2 comments
Taiwanese foundries TSMC and UMC, two partial bellwethers of the semiconductor sector, have both indicate with recent sales figures that a chip market slow down that lasted through the winter is not yet over.
FPGA-Based Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Sets New Record
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
New 26.5 GHz LibertyGT 1410 achieves 100% probability of intercept (POI) with full accuracy on 320 ns minimum duration signals.
Cool Quantum Cascade Laser Speeds Chemical Fingerprinting
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
MIT Researchers have proven a new terahertz spectroscopy system that uses a quantum cascade laser to extract a material’s spectroscopic signature in just 100 microseconds.
16-Bit MCU With Smart Card Interface Targets Card Reader Tokens
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Seiko Epson is now shipping samples of a low-power, 16-bit microcontroller with on-chip flash memory.
TI Still Top Dog in Industrial Chips
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5/19/2016   1 comment
Intel moves into No. 3 position behind Infineon, according to annual ranking compiled by Semicast Research.
Programmable ASSP (pASSP) I/F Bridge for Mobile Image Sensors & Displays
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Low-cost video interface bridge devices offer high bandwidth, low power, and small footprints.
Synopsys Aims to Deliver ‘Software Signoff’ Platform
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Leading EDA vendor looks to software quality and security to broaden its serviceable market.
IMEC Leverages Si Platform for Quantum Computing
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
European research institute is taking work it is doing in preparation for the 5-nm manufacturing node and turning it toward quantum computing.
Infineon Reshuffles Management Board
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
Amidst a phase of double-digit growth, Infineon reports a major reshuffle at its management board.
ARM Describes 10nm Test Chip
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5/18/2016   3 comments
ARM taped out a 10nm FinFET test chip in January at TSMC and expects similar SoCs will be in handsets by the end of the year, using the process it described as relatively expensive and focused on lowering power.
NVMe Test Tools, Ecosystem Grow
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5/16/2016   1 comment
Systems companies look for new testing capabilities as product opportunities grow and the specification gets updated
Evidence of Chip Sales Decline Mounts
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5/16/2016   1 comment
IDC becomes the latest market research firm to predict that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016.
Chip Market Slowdown Takes Toll on Suppliers
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5/13/2016   Post a comment
With the semiconductor market in a lull, most of the top 10 suppliers posted first quarter sales down significantly from last year.
IC Capital Spending Forecast Improves Slightly
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5/9/2016   Post a comment
Gartner says spending to decline by 2%, an improvement from its January projection.
Strong Growth Seen For CMOS Image Sensor Market
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
IC Insights projects that market will grow at 9% CAGR through 2020 as automotive, security and medical applications adopt the technology.
Analog, MEMS Drag On ST’s Results
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
Rumor mill says Carlo Bozotti's tenure as CEO could soon come to and end.
Former Intel Exec Perlmutter to Chair ReRam Startup
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5/4/2016   5 comments
David Perlmutter, a former executive vice president and chief product officer at Intel, has agreed to be non-executive chairman of Weebit Nano, a startup formed to commercialize silicon dioxide resistive RAM technology.
Chip Sales Edge Up Slightly
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5/3/2016   2 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that chip sales increased slightly in March compared with February, but sales for the first quarter were down sequentially and year-over-year.
Chips for Energy Harvesting: The Next Billion-Dollar Market
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4/29/2016   Post a comment
Although energy harvesting has failed to take off to date, it is expected to drive $3 billion in semiconductor sales in 2020, according to Semico Research.
Cypress to Pay $550 Million for Broadcom’s IoT Business
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4/28/2016   1 comment
Cypress says deal will open up new markets, give firm leadership position in consumer Internet of Things space.
TI Tops Estimates on Automotive IC Strength
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
Buoyed by strong sales of automotive semiconductors, Texas Instruments delivered first quarter results that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Macom Sues Infineon Over GaN Rights
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4/27/2016   Post a comment
RF and microwave chip vendor asks U.S. federal court to protect patented gallium nitride on silicon technology developed by Nitronex, which Macom acquired in 2014.
IoT Security Spending to Skyrocket
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4/25/2016   6 comments
The amount that enterprises and consumers will spend on security around the Internet of Things is projected to grow rapidly after 2020, according to Gartner.
Gel-Coated Nanowires Yield Batteries With Indefinite Cycle Life
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4/25/2016   3 comments
University researchers report inventing a nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement.
Fab Tool Book-to-Bill Rises
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4/22/2016   1 comment
North American manufacturers of semiconductor capital equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio above parity for the fourth consecutive month in March, according to the SEMI trade group.
NI's mmW Radio Speeds 5G Research
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4/21/2016   1 comment
National Instruments announced a software defined radio for the millimeter wave spectrum. The transceiver system that can transmit and/or receive wide-bandwidth signals at 2 GHz real-time bandwidth, covering the 71-76 GHz spectrum. The system comes with accompanying software.
Apple, Samsung Reinforce Ties Over iPhone's OLED Display
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4/18/2016   1 comment
Reports indicate that Samsung Display has signed a deal with Apple to supply OLED displays for the next generation of iPhones.
Qorvo Buys Wireless IoT Specialist Greenpeak
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
RF chip company formed by the merger of RF Microdevices and TriQuint agrees to acquire fabless short-range wireless chip company.
Arduino-Compatible LoRa Board Senses It All
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
Dutch startup Sodaq has launched what the company believes will truly boost LoRa's adoption by makers and hobbyists of all horizons.
Intel Reportedly Readies Mass Layoff
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4/15/2016   21 comments
Intel is preparing to a re-organization that include thousands of layoffs, according to a report by the Portland Oregonian.
TE Connectivity Moving Up Value Chain to Drive IoT
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4/15/2016   Post a comment
Connectivity and sensor product vendor taking the opportunity to step into the limelight of interest around the Internet of Things.
Teledyne LeCroy Acquires Quantum Data
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4/14/2016   Post a comment
Acquisition of Quantum Data adds ability to test HDMI and SDI as part of a strategy to expand its offerings to more wired and wireless data communication standards
Facebook Roadmap Eyes AR/VR, Connectivity
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4/13/2016   2 comments
Facebook's CEO said the company will target three major areas in the next 10 years: connecting everyone to the Internet, artificial intelligence, and virtual and augmented reality.
NXP Unit Reportedly Attracts Chinese Suitors
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4/11/2016   1 comment
Chinese suitors including Beijing-based JAC Capital Management are interested in NXP's standard products business, according to a Bloomberg report.
Intel Grabs OTA Platform Vendor Arynga
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4/6/2016   Post a comment
Intel acquired Arynga, a vendor of over-the-air software for cars. In the future, Arynga's products and technologies will be sold by Intel subsidiary Wind River.
EDA Group Broadens Mission
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3/31/2016   10 comments
The EDA Consortium renamed itself the Electronic System Design Alliance, taking on a broader role including semiconductor IP, embedded software and advanced packaging.
Littelfuse Acquires Circuit-Protection Line from TE
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3/29/2016   Post a comment
The company that specializes in circuit protection has acquired products from TE Connectivity.
FCC Spectrum Auction Finally Nears Despite Infighting
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3/25/2016   Post a comment
As the FCC's auction of 600 MHz wireless spectrum -- four years in the making -- finally draws near, new testimony shows an agency struggling with infighting and partisanship.
OFC: Pluggable Module Makers Claim They Can't Make Money
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3/24/2016   Post a comment
At OFC 2016, a panel of optical module makers, suppliers, and users blamed the market, the technology, and the datacenter mentality for their woes, but they're still in the game.
Biometrics Market To Double Over 6 Years
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3/24/2016   Post a comment
The global market for biometrics technologies and applications will grow from about $13.7 billion in 2015 to more than $30 billion in 2021, according to market forecaster ABI Research.
Why Autonomous Cars Are ‘Absolutely Not Ready’
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3/22/2016   27 comments
Prof. at Duke Univ. laid out seven “limitations” in current self-driving car technologies, tests, and evaluations—enough to make the public question if the current industry’s rush to deployment of autonomous cars is warranted.
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