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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.
Former Globalfoundries CEO to Lead SEMI Trade Group
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Ajit Manocha will replace as CEO of semiconductor equipment vendor trade group Denny McGuirk, who is retiring.
Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers
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2/17/2017   3 comments
Big Blue has a new mesh network technology for its Weather Channel subsidiary that allows its app to propagate weather and disaster information among all cell phone users even when Internet and cellular networks are down.
Toshiba May Sell Majority Stake in Chip Unit
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2/14/2017   4 comments
Japanese conglomerate says it may part with controlling interest in chip group to raise capital after $6.3 billion write down.
AI, Automotive Boost Nvidia
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2/10/2017   1 comment
Nvidia continued it's roll by reporting record quarterly sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Cree-Infineon Deal Challenged by U.S. Government
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Cree's $850 million sale of its Wolfspeed power and RF business could be dead in the water following objection from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CIFUS).
World's Fastest PAM4 Signal Explained at DesignCon
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Researchers from Nokia Bell Labs and Teledyne LeCroy have developed a waveform generator capable of a 195-Gbaud PAM4 signal. This work could lead the way to even faster signals.
Micron, Hynix Reportedly Seek Stake in Toshiba
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2/7/2017   5 comments
Memory chip vendors said to be two of five firms who are looking to buy a 20 percent stake in Japanese giant's semiconductor business.
Atomic-scale Electronics Probed
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2/7/2017   1 comment
IBM's scanning probe thermometry combines a scanning tunneling microscope with a microelectromechanical system to measure the temperature of individual atoms.
TSMC Calls for New EDA Paradigm
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2/6/2017   7 comments
TSMC called for a new paradigm on EDA tools to handle divergent needs in the increasingly complex job of designing semiconductors.
Longtime NXP Researcher Snags IEEE Award
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2/6/2017   Post a comment
Marcel Pelgrom, author of an important model used in analog circuit design, was awarded the 2017 Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award by the IEEE.
AI Tapped to Improve Design
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2/3/2017   14 comments
Nine companies and three universities are exploring how machine learning could tackle difficult problems in electronics design.
Apple Watch Dominates as Smartwatches Return to Growth
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Global smartwatch shipments improved modestly in the fourth quarter, according to a market research firm.
System-in-Package Gets 100G Link
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Engineers are paving roads to 100G copper links, including a standard that could open a door for new system-in-package devices.
Fujitsu Rolls First FRAM For Automotive Market
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2/2/2017   2 comments
Device covers entire automotive temperature range up to 125°C and down to -40°C.
UMC to Start 14nm Shipments in Q1
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2/2/2017   6 comments
Taiwanese foundry accelerates plan to bring its most advanced manufacturing process to market.
Record iPhone Sales Lift Apple
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1/31/2017   9 comments
Apple posted it's best-ever quarterly revenue thanks in part to stronger-than-expected sales of its flagship smartphone.
Intel Cautious on PC Consumption
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1/26/2017   Post a comment
Intel's fourth quarter sales and profit beat expectations and the company also delivered a better-than-expected forecast for the first quarter of this year.
Is Semiconductor M&A Wave Dissipating?
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1/25/2017   1 comment
The wave of consolidation that has swept the semiconductor industry over the past two years has shown some signs of slowing, but is it?
Chip Sales Projected to Grow 7% in 2017
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1/24/2017   1 comment
Market research firm Gartner says the turnaround in chip sales that started in the second half of 2016 will continue through 2017.
Automotive ECU Updates: Keeping the Hackers Out
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1/23/2017   2 comments
A new software security technology called Uptane aims to keep hackers away from firmware updates and keep manufacturers and suppliers in control.
EDA Firm ATopTech Files for Bankruptcy
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
Privately held EDA vendor expects to be sold after losing long-running legal battle with Synopsys.
Tsinghua to Build $30 Billion Memory Fab in China
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1/20/2017   10 comments
State-controlled Chinese chip firm has committed to $54 billion to two memory fab projects in past two months.
Automotive Power Semi Market Keeps Soaring
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
The global market for power semiconductors used in cars and light passenger vehicles will grow by more in $3 billion USD in the next six years, predicts market research company IHS Markit.
Chip Sales Grew 1.5% in ‘16, Gartner says
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
Global chip revenue increased by 1.5% in 2016 as a late-year surge enabled the semiconductor industry to avoid widely anticipated contraction, according to market research firm Gartner.
Future of Chip Research Group Questioned
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1/19/2017   6 comments
Questions surround the future of SUNY Poly's semiconductor industry research after the resignation and arrest of its CEO and the disintegration of two high-profile projects.
Steep Rise of Drones Boosts Other Business
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1/17/2017   Post a comment
A new report by Grand View Research predicts anti-drone technologies, such as electromagnetic shields, lasers, and "net-firing bazookas,” could reach $1.85 billion by 2024.
Consortium Releases Sensor Interface Spec
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1/16/2017   Post a comment
MIPI Alliance I3C specification said to streamline sensor integration in smartphones, wearables, Internet of Things devices and automotive systems.
PC Shipments Decline for 5th Straight Year
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1/12/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of PCs declined about 6% in 2016, though some signs of stabilization emerged during the fourth quarter, market researchers said.
T.J. Rodgers Backs Renewable Energy Firm
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1/12/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor pioneer to join firm's board of directors after taking stake.
IoT Spending Hit Estimated $737 Billion in 2016
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1/12/2017   3 comments
Global spending on IoT infrastructure and deployment is on a trajectory that will bring it to nearly $1.3 tillion by 2020, according to IDC.
Bosch Dev Kit to Ease IoT
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
Bosch unveils Internet of Things (IoT) innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017).
Quantum Computing on Cusp
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
A new age of quantum computing may be around the corner. Three new research groups predict that a shift away from von Neumann toward quantum computing is upon us.
White House Report Warns of China’s Threat to Chip Industry
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1/6/2017   16 comments
Much-anticipated report includes recommendations for bolstering U.S. semiconductor industry in face of challenge posed by China's industrial policies.
Smartphone Senses Anything
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1/5/2017   3 comments
International cooperation between the U.S., Israel and China has resulted in the world's first smartphone with a built-in spectrometer that can sense almost any kind of substance.
Electronic Device Markets Seen as Stagnant in 2017
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1/5/2017   1 comment
Combined shipments of PCs, mobile handsets and tablets are predicted to be flat in 2017, according to Gartner.
Obama to Urge Protection for Chip Industry
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1/3/2017   7 comments
Report says President is preparing recommendations for tougher stance against Chinese investment in the U.S. Semiconductor industry.
Nokia Hits Apple With Patent Suits
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12/29/2016   Post a comment
Former phone maker files suit in 11 countries in Asia, Europe and North America, claiming that Apple products infringe some 40 patents.
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