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Imagination Sells SoC Design Group
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5/19/2017   2 comments
UK-based IP vendor sells group to design services firm for undisclosed firm.
Record Wafer Shipments Continue
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers defied typical first quarter seasonality to remain at record levels.
With Ixia Acquisition, Keysight Moves Up the Protocol Stack
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5/11/2017   Post a comment
Keysight's acquisition of network-test company Ixia moves the company into network testing at layers 2 through 7.
Quantum Molecules Compute
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5/10/2017   3 comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found a way to manipulate molecules with lasers that is as accurate as its control of atoms allowing entire molecules to be used in future quantum computers.
SMIC Names Haijun Zhao CEO
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5/10/2017   1 comment
COO moves up the ranks as Tzu-Yin Chiu steps down. Chiu will remain vice chairman of SMIC's board of directors.
DSL Pioneer Describes Terabit Future
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5/9/2017   16 comments
DSL pioneer John Cioffi described at a Paris summit concepts for driving terabit/second data rates over future twisted pair connections.
Tablet Shipments Decline for 10th Straight Quarter
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5/4/2017   14 comments
First quarter tablet shipments were down 8.5 percent year-over-year as enthusiasm for the once hot products continues to wane, according to IDC.
Researchers Create Artificial Synapse For Electronic Brains
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5/3/2017   3 comments
The University of Arkansas has formed a ferroelectric memristor that acts as an artificial synapse for electronic brains.
3-D Graphene Boosts Electronics
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5/2/2017   1 comment
A three dimensional form of graphene is being explored as a next-generation electronics material by Nobel Prize winners for graphene research at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
DoE Claims 1nm Fab Record
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5/1/2017   3 comments
Department of Energy's (DoE's) Brookhaven National Laboratory has demonstrated how to use an electron beam microscope to lithographically pattern at the 1nm feature size, thus creating novel new materials and devices.
Bozotti to Remain CEO as ST Elevates Heir Apparent
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4/28/2017   Post a comment
European chip maker elevates heir apparent to deputy CEO.
Samsung Lifted by Strong Memory Chip Sales
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4/27/2017   1 comment
Best ever quarterly profit for semiconductor division helps South Korean electronics giant shake off Galaxy 7 recall fiasco.
Automotive Strength Drives TI's First Quarter Sales
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
Chip firm posts double-digit revenue growth on the strength of automotive and industrial sales.
Single-Pixel Camera Mimics Human Eye
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4/21/2017   3 comments
A single-pixel camera is ultra-inexpensive requiring only a single scanning photocell the works smart by targeting details with higher-resolution and backgrounds with less.
Researchers Print Transistors on 2D Thin-Film Materials
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4/21/2017   Post a comment
Two-dimensional transistors on thin-film materials could be so cheap that they would be literally disposable.
EUV Litho Coming Into Commercial Focus
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4/20/2017   8 comments
ASML said it expects to sell 20-24 EUV systems next year as the technology edges closer to being deployed in production by chipmakers.
NXP Sells Stake in China Foundry ASMC
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4/19/2017   2 comments
Dutch chip vendor sells remaining stake in joint venture originally begun by Philips.
Rambus, Microsoft Heat Up With Cold DRAM
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4/17/2017   4 comments
Rambus, in collaboration with Microsoft researchers, has succeeded in prototyping DRAM operating below 90 kelvin. Cryogenic memory will be essential to data centers, “currently the fastest growing consumer of memory” in the industry, said Rambus chief scientist.
Star Trek Tricorder Arrives
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4/14/2017   8 comments
The $2.6 million purse for the Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize contest went to the Final Frontier Team (led by Pennsylvanian brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and George Harris, a network engineer) with $1 million second-place going to Taiwan based Dynamic Biomarkers Team backed by HTC.
5 Unresolved Issues Facing Robo-cars
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4/13/2017   15 comments
It’s time to separate the “science-project” robotic car from the commercially viable autonomous vehicle that carmakers need but don’t have. Here are five open questions that await the tech revolution.
Chinese Investment Firm Agrees to Buy Xcerra
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4/10/2017   1 comment
Chinese private equity firm to shell out $580 million to buy parent company of LTX-Credence.
IBM Bests Insulators
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4/7/2017   8 comments
IBM reveals a new, better dielectric formula that reduced parasitic capacitance at advanced nodes.
Israeli's Valens Semi Snags $60 Million in Funding
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4/6/2017   Post a comment
Samsung, Goldman Sachs, Delphi and MediaTek join existing investors in backing 11-year-old HDBaseT chip firm.
ISPD Predicts Chip Futures
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4/6/2017   Post a comment
International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) concentrated this year on increasing the performance of machine learning to realtime, thus outperforming human-driven chip design.
Chip Materials Market Grew 2.4% in 2016
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Sales of wafer fab and semiconductor packaging materials both grew amid slight growth in semiconductor revenue, according to the SEMI trade group.
China's Tsinghua Secures $22 Billion in State Backing
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4/4/2017   7 comments
Ambitious Chinese memory upstart says additional funds will help it improve global competitiveness.
Semiconductor Sales Keep Climbing
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4/4/2017   1 comment
Chip sales logged the largest year-over-year decline in more than six years in February, according to a semiconductor industry trade group.
Electrical Code Now Includes Reconditioned Equipment
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4/3/2017   Post a comment
Recycled equipment now cleared to be used in the power grid and in installations.
Toshiba Shareholders OK Chip Unit Sale as Bidders Mount
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3/31/2017   Post a comment
With about 10 bidders reportedly interested, stockholders vote to approve spinoff into separate business.
Analog Devices Buys Broadband Amplifier Vendor
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3/31/2017   Post a comment
ADI says acquisition of OneTree Microdevices will enable it to support the complete signal chain for next-generation cable access networks.
Semiconductor Outlook Lifted on Surging Memory Prices
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3/30/2017   2 comments
IC Insights doubles market forecast to 11 percent growth due to surge in DRAM and NAND flash ASPs.
MaxLinear to Buy Exar for $700 Million
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Deal, worth $472 million net of Exar's cash on hand, would increase MaxLinear's scale and diversify its revenue base.
Intel Creates New Unit to House AI Efforts
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3/24/2017   1 comment
Artificial Intelligence Product Group will align resources from across the company to focus on AI.
TowerJazz Rolls Out Silicon Photonics Process
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3/23/2017   Post a comment
Specialty foundry offering process to complement silicon-germanium BiCMOS process for optical transceivers.
Peregrine Semi Buys MIT Spinoff Arctic Sand
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3/20/2017   Post a comment
RF chip vendor says deal will expand its power module business in the telecommunications, data communications and industrial electrical markets.
China Fab Boom Fuels Equipment Spending Revival
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3/16/2017   Post a comment
With 26 fabs scheduled to come on line in China in the next four years, the SEMI trade group is projecting the first three-year run of consecutive semiconductor equipment spending growth since the mid-1990s.
Open-Network Hardware Has Path to Certification
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab now certifies ONIE products for standards compliance, part of the Open Compute Project.
Semiconductor Shipments Projected to Top 1 Trillion in 2018
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3/10/2017   1 comment
Total semiconductor shipments, dominated by optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discretes, are expected to top the 1 trillion mark for the first time next year, according to IC Insights.
Low-End Oscilloscope Market Gets More Crowded
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3/9/2017   7 comments
The sub-$1000 market for oscilloscopes just got pushed around with the entry of Keysight Technologies. The sub-low-end for makers and hobbyists hasn't changed.
X-Fab Files for IPO
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3/7/2017   Post a comment
German specialty chip foundry hopes to raise $530 million in two offerings, according to reports.
Chip Sales Jump 14% in January
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3/6/2017   1 comment
Semiconductor sales started the year off where 2016 left off, posting the largest annual increase in one month in six years.
Paced by Big Spenders, Chip Capex Projected to Grow
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3/3/2017   4 comments
Market watcher IC Insights expects semiconductor industry capital spending to grow by about 6 percent, led by increased spending from the top 11 spenders.
Littelfuse Takes Majority Stake in Monolith Semi
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3/2/2017   Post a comment
Power control and sensing chip and component supplier increases stake in developer of silicon carbide chips.
Smartphone Shipments Projected to Rebound
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3/1/2017   Post a comment
After slipping last year, smartphone shipments are forecast to grow around 4 percent per year through 2021, according to IDC.
Optimal+ Joins Industrial Internet Consortium
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2/28/2017   Post a comment
The company known for its manufacturing data-analysis software brings is expertise to a wider industry.
3-D Interactive Projection Redefines MEMS
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2/27/2017   9 comments
Bosch’s combo micro-scanner/laser-projector is said to be capable of transforming any surface into a virtual user interface.
UMC Begins Mass Production of 14nm
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2/24/2017   3 comments
Foundry begins shipping 14nm wafers to lead customers ahead of original schedule.
IEEE Director to Step Down
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2/24/2017   1 comment
E. James Prendergast will retire next year after nearly nine years at the helm of the prestigious technical organization.
UNH-IOL Adds 2.5G, 5G Ethernet Testing to its Lineup
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2/23/2017   Post a comment
Often seen as the final arbiter for data communications testing and compliance, the University of New Hampshire's Interoperability Lab can now help manufacturers bring NBase-T and IEEE 802.3bz products to market.
T.J. Rodgers Sues Cypress, Slams Chairman
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
Company founder says Chairman failed to disclose role in China-backed equity firm attempting to acquire rival Lattice Semiconductor.
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