EUV Deal Raises Questions News & Analysis 4/24/2015 4 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.
Freescale Reveals NXP Mega Merger Details News & Analysis 4/24/2015 9 comments Five companies, aside from NXP, were in talks with Freescale, and CEO Gregg Lowe will be leaving post merger. Freescale reveals details of the NXP merger during its quarterly results call.
QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung News & Analysis 4/23/2015 3 comments Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
Elvis Sees All in Russia News & Analysis 4/23/2015 14 comments A Russian company claims it has the first Russian designed smart chip. The video intelligent processor (VIP-1) is sold in surveillance systems in Russia, but may be sold as a bare-chip overseas.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump News & Analysis 4/23/2015 4 comments Smartwatches could grow to sales of 400 million units a year by 2019 when smartphone and tablet sales slump to single-digit levels, said a market watcher.
Intel's 10nm Secrets Predicted News & Analysis 4/21/2015 9 comments Leapfrogging competitors to lower power chips, Intel will use quantum well FETs in a 10nm process next year using germanium and InGaAs, predicted a semiconductor analyst.
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.
Smartwatches to Outpace Trackers News & Analysis 4/21/2015 Post a comment Smartwatch ownership is on the rise and will likely surpass activity trackers, according to market researchers. A report from The NDP Group projected that 2016 activity tracker ownership will have peaked at 32 million in 2016 while smartwatch ownership will hit 9%.
TI Obsoletes FPGA News & Analysis 4/21/2015 44 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.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs News & Analysis 4/21/2015 6 comments We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
MINI Giving Drivers a Peek at 'Augmented Reality' News & Analysis 4/19/2015 7 comments Although most drivers have yet to embrace the idea of head-up displays on windshields, MINI is leapfrogging to the next phase of futuristic motoring, with its introduction this week of AR eyewear – powered by Qualcomm
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.
Imagination Tunes in Wi-Fi, BT News & Analysis 4/15/2015 Post a comment Imagination Technologies hopes to leverage the communications experience of its Ensigma division to bring low power wireless connection to Internet of Things and wearable devices. Imagination hopes its built-for-IoT IP will prove valuable in a market that currently uses dumbed-down mobile chips
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.
Is Head-Up Display Future ADAS Screen? News & Analysis 4/15/2015 4 comments Texas Instruments, rolling out a new automotive-qualified DLP chipset, is banking on head-up display, predicting it to become “the ADAS display of the future.” But can DLP redefine the HUD market?
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.
Graphene Spintronics Beats All News & Analysis 4/14/2015 7 comments Chalmers University of Technology claims graphene's high-electron mobility enables longer wires without repeaters for future spintronics that encode information on the spin of individual electrons instead of their charge like today.
3D Testing Standardized by SRC News & Analysis 4/14/2015 Post a comment The Semiconductor Research Corp. has standardized Design-for-Test method for 3D chips that has fast throughput by using a single probe to touch several TSV microbumps at the same time.
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec News & Analysis 4/10/2015 13 comments V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
MEMS Startup Selects MIPS for Sensor Hubs News & Analysis 4/10/2015 Post a comment A South Korean startup has licensed a MIPS Warrior M-class CPU core from Imagination Technologies Group plc for use in sensor hubs it is developing to address IoT, wearables and automotive applications.
Bell Labs Opens New Doors News & Analysis 4/8/2015 5 comments Bell Labs celebrates is forward looking research at the unveiling of the Nobel Laureate Garden. The president Marcus Weldon's look into its future.
TSMC Outlines 16nm, 10nm Plans News & Analysis 4/8/2015 2 comments TSMC announced plans to roll out updated low-power versions of existing chips and announced its roadmap for smaller process nodes. The company will begin volume production of its 16nm FinFet+ in the middle of this year while breaking ground on 10nm development.
European Chip Market Turns 'Schizophrenic' News & Analysis 4/8/2015 Post a comment Euro-dollar exchange rates affected European chip market figures significantly in February 2015 with the three-month average of European chip market showing growth when interpreted in euros and showing a decline in dollar terms.
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix News & Analysis 4/2/2015 Post a comment Ziptronix Inc., a developer and provider of low-temperature direct bonding interconnect (DBI) technology for 3D integration, has announced a patent licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for the application of its technology to image sensors.
Medical Chip Market on 12% CAGR News & Analysis 3/31/2015 Post a comment Moves to smaller and portable medical equipment for use away from hospitals is driving up sales of ICs and sensors in the medical semiconductor market, according to market research firm IC Insights.
3D Qualcomm SoC Testing on Horizon News & Analysis 3/31/2015 26 comments Qualcomm is doing extensive research into how to build 3D structures on a single die without having to use through-silicon-vias (TSVs) and hopes to test 3D SoCs soon.
Why MediaTek Pushes Cross-Device Sharing News & Analysis 3/30/2015 5 comments MediaTek is creating a technology, called CrossMount, that will link and share software and hardware resources of televisions and handheld devices in ways that would fulfill their unrealized potential. What’s behind the Taiwanese IC giant’s ambition?
Researchers Claim 44x Power Cuts News & Analysis 3/30/2015 2 comments Researchers at the University of Illinois invented the worlds first on/off transceiver fast enough for commercialization, saving up to $870 million per year in datacenter power bills.
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs? News & Analysis 3/30/2015 5 comments Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
Micron, Intel Flash 3D NAND News & Analysis 3/26/2015 1 comment Micron and Intel have co-developed a 3-D flash NAND chip sampling now that is denser than the parts Samsung has been shipping since July.
Bosch Rides Apple to MEMS Dominance News & Analysis 3/26/2015 5 comments How did Bosch achieve a future “MEMS titan” status? Why is STMicroelectronics slipping? Get the lowdown of MEMS Industry status and technology breakdown.