M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10 News & Analysis 10/6/2015 Post a comment Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
Marvell Debuts MoChi Chips News & Analysis 10/6/2015 1 comment Marvell has announced the first two chips --two 64-bit ARM processors -- to use its MoChi modular SoC approach, one of which also implements its first-level cache technology.
Put FPGAs In Your SoCs News & Analysis 10/2/2015 5 comments Flex Logix has a new type of FPGA that nearly doubles the number of usable gates per chip. The FPGAs eliminate more than 20% of the room needed for interconnect and switches, and now have nearly 50% more room for gates.
AMD Cuts 5% of Global Employees News & Analysis 10/1/2015 3 comments Advanced Micro Devices has joined the list of large semiconductor companies handing out pink slips. A recently adopted restructuring plan to help improve poor fiscal results calls for a 5% reduction in the company’s global workforce.
ARM Joins Semiconductor Research Corp. News & Analysis 10/1/2015 Post a comment Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has joined the global research collaboration program operated by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (Research Triangle, North Carolina).
IBM Nanotubes May Redefine Future of Moore's Law News & Analysis 10/1/2015 22 comments A new carbon nanotube transistor breakthrough from IBM Research could leave silicon transistors behind in the dust. IBM researchers say they can achieve angstrom (1/10 of a nanometer) scale nanotube transistors someday, starting at the 3-to-5 nanometer node.
ASICs Memory Bandwidth Issue Fix Offered News & Analysis 10/1/2015 Post a comment Open-Silicon claims to have solved the memory bandwidth problem to ASICs by integrating 3D stacked memory chips inside the same system-in-package with a 1,024-bit wide interface that beats all off-chip memory architectures.
iPhone 6S: A9 May Be Dual Sourced News & Analysis 9/30/2015 2 comments The list of components that make up the iPhone 6S is similar to that of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to a teardown of a unit performed by engineering consultants Chipworks.
Who Is Dumber, You or Your Home? News & Analysis 9/30/2015 12 comments It’s time to set aside the false hope that billions of connected devices installed in smart homes will save the electronics industry. Smart homes won’t carry the chip industry -- in need of the next market driver -- at least for now, possibly not ever.
3D Memory Chips May Beat 3D Hybrid Memory Cube News & Analysis 9/30/2015 Post a comment A memory chip goes beyond Micron's 3D Hybrid Memory Cube by doubling the number of memory die to eight, but now its adding analog, mixed signal, MEMS and the sensors to the mix--enabling systems-on-chip to pack at lease 18 layers into the same footprint of its Integrated Sensor Platform.
ST to Shift Auto MCU from Power to ARM News & Analysis 9/29/2015 Post a comment With an eye toward becoming the world’s third largest automotive MCU supplier by the end of the decade, STMicroelectronics is staking its automotive future on ARM’s new 32-bit ARMv8-R technology.
Self-Driving Cars Rev CPUs News & Analysis 9/29/2015 1 comment Self driving cars are steering toward a 2022 market, fueling an emerging class of visual processors, said an analyst on the eve of an annual conference.
MotionEngine Wear Debuts News & Analysis 9/29/2015 1 comment Hillcrest specifically targets wearables with a special version of its MotionEngine called Wear, which accommodates always-on functions from battery-powered devices without running them down typical wearables including accurate activity tracking, advanced sleep monitoring, context awareness, intuitive gesture controls, precise compass heading and orientation.
PCs, Not Profits, Drive Chip Companies News & Analysis 9/29/2015 4 comments while PCs are refreshed twice a year and a company could have a design win every six months. When two public companies have to respond to investors and continue to innovate at a rapid clip, even short-term success in a flat market is preferable to long-term innovation that won’t immediately pay off
Berkeley Lab Unveils 2D Atomic-Thin Semiconductor News & Analysis 9/28/2015 Post a comment Researchers at the Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have managed to grow atomically thin 2D sheets of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites from a solution. The ultrathin sheets are claimed to be of high quality, large in area, and are square-shaped.
Startup Goes Multi-Die to Customize MCUs News & Analysis 9/25/2015 Post a comment A startup company from Southern California has made use of the increased availability and lower cost of multi-die packaging to offer custom microcontrollers. The company reckons this approach and the advent of IoT could make the world its oyster.
Sensor Biz Booms Under Fab-Lite Model News & Analysis 9/25/2015 Post a comment ams AG CEO Kirk Laney talks candidly about the company's future. The fab lite company recorded about 170 million euros of revenues during Q2 2015, a 60% increase over the same quarter last year, with gross margins in the 54% region (including acquisition-related costs).
Neuromorphic Chip Market to Rise News & Analysis 9/24/2015 12 comments Markets-and-Markets predicts that the neuromorphic chip market will finally take off in 2016, after repeated such predictions every decade since 1980.
AMD Trims Carbon Footprint News & Analysis 9/22/2015 Post a comment A study conducted by AMD’s Power and Performance Lab found that 82% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the consumer use phase of a processor life cycle, while 18% comes from manufacturing and transportation.
Synopsys Touts IP Portfolio for IoT News & Analysis 9/22/2015 Post a comment Stable of intellectual property, cobbled together largely from acquisitions, targets connectivity, security and sensor processing requirements of the Internet of Things.
IoT Boosting MCU Market, Says IHS News & Analysis 9/21/2015 Post a comment The market for microcontroller units (MCUs) used in Internet of things (IoT) applications is on the rise, which is having a positive effect on overall MCU market growth.
Design Options for Next Billion IoT Devices News & Analysis 9/21/2015 2 comments Among a surfeit of theories, predictions and technology horse-race stories on IoT, it’s time to hear from an executive who has actually done the due diligence, made design choices and developed his own new IoT chipset.
New York Investor Offers to Buy Korea's MagnaChip News & Analysis 9/18/2015 Post a comment New York based investment firm Pleasant Lake Partners LLC has made an offer to acquire MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. (Seoul, South Korea) a designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal ICs and a provider of foundry services.
China Warms Up, Slowly, to FD-SOI News & Analysis 9/17/2015 7 comments Participants at the Shanghai FD-SOI Forum this week doggedly pursued three key questions. Namely, FD-SOI’s IP, entry cost and roadmap beyond 22nm. And here’s a list of eight FD-SOI stakeholders best positioned to answer them.
TSMC Preps 10nm, Tunes 16nm News & Analysis 9/17/2015 7 comments The world’s largest chip foundry said it will start “risk” production in 10nm late this year while it fine tunes its 16nm process and plans a basket of IoT offerings.
Q&A with GloFo CEO: ‘IoT Is No Mystical Animal’ News & Analysis 9/16/2015 13 comments PC shipments are going down all over the world. The smartphone market is losing steam. The IC industry is expecting a down year in 2016. Globalfoundries CEO discussed what chip vendors should do about it.
Chips Slump as Drivers Falter News & Analysis 9/16/2015 1 comment The Internet of Things won’t be enough to revive a semiconductor industry amid slowing PC, tablet and smartphone drivers, a Gartner analyst said.
New York Investor Offers to Buy Korea's MagnaChip News & Analysis 9/10/2015 Post a comment New York based investment firm Pleasant Lake Partners LLC has made an offer to acquire MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. (Seoul, South Korea) a designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal ICs and a provider of foundry services.
DARPA Enlists Civilians to Secure U.S. Tech Lead News & Analysis 9/10/2015 4 comments The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosts a three-day conference called "Wait What?" (St. Louis, Mo.) for researchers in industry, academia and government to share ideas that will keep the U.S. ahead of the rest of the world in technology.
Freescale Buys CogniVue News & Analysis 9/10/2015 3 comments Freescale acquired CogniVue. The biggest benefit for Freescale is that it will be able to integrate inside its ADAS SoCs “automotive-qualified vision IP, instead of IP retrofitted for safety after the design,” according to the company.
Intel-led Group Touts OIC 1.0 Over Rival IoT Specs News & Analysis 9/10/2015 1 comment The Open Interconnect Consortium has made public its long-waited Internet of Things candidate specification 1.0. "The big unresolved problem with IoT is not about ‘things.’ But it’s about the network,” said OIC executive director.
Apple Unveils New Chips For Mobile News & Analysis 9/9/2015 2 comments Apple rented out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium -- a 7,000 person capacity arena in downtown San Francisco -- to unveil a handful of devices that are much, much smaller. The company’s new iPad and iPhone will run new processors with an updated architecture.