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Samsung Funds III-V FinFETs in US Lab
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8/29/2014   7 comments
Samsung is funding Penn State researchers working to fabricate III-V indium gallium arsenide FinFETs for possible use at the seven-nanometer node.
Imagination Takes On Raspberry Pi
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8/29/2014   11 comments
Imagination Technologies has developed its own version of Raspberry Pi, using a MIPS-based processor from Ingenic.
Microchip in Pursuit of CSR
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8/29/2014   8 comments
Microchip confirmed Thursday that it has had preliminary mutual discussions with CSR.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
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8/28/2014   11 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs
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8/28/2014   9 comments
Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Forget iPhone: 4 Megatrends in China’s Smartphone Market
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8/27/2014   19 comments
Touch Taiwan is exposing some of Asia’s techno-political tensions, focused on one question: Who will own the display technologies likely to dominate the rapidly changing smartphone market in China?
Google's Project Ara Is Science Fiction, Says Critic
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8/27/2014   6 comments
Google’s Project Ara to develop a modular mobile smartphone is destined to remain nothing more than a science project, warns blogger and former senior analyst Richard Windsor.
Fairchild to Close 2 Manufacturing Facilities
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8/26/2014   7 comments
Fairchild is eliminating its internal 5-in wafer fabrication lines and shuttering its fabs in West Jordan, Utah and Penang, Malaysia.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously?
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8/25/2014   24 comments
China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
iPhone 6 Facts – Finally
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8/22/2014   26 comments
Top 10 app developer separates fact from rumors about Apple's coming iPhone 6.
Silicon Valley Builds Bridge to Iran
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8/22/2014   6 comments
Serial entrepreneur Kamran Elahian is organizing a Silicon Valley event on innovation that will attempt to build a bridge to an emerging high-tech sector in his home country of Iran.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier
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8/21/2014   12 comments
Infineon Technologies will buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash. Through the merger, the German chip company is pushing toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
Mesh Network Key to Winning IoT Race
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8/20/2014   8 comments
As competing wireless networking technologies gun for the smart home market, many contenders believe mesh networking is the heart of the matter for the Internet of Things.
Microsoft Counters Google Chromebook
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8/20/2014   10 comments
Microsoft is gearing up in its fight to bring Windows to the lower end of the laptop market. The company earlier announced it would sell sub $200 versions of its Lumia smartphone, and will target this price range again with Windows OS laptops for $199 and $249.
ARM Stressed in Server Bid
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8/20/2014   4 comments
ARM servers will come more slowly and perhaps to fewer applications than previously thought, according to server executives at Dell and Alibaba.
S2C's FPGA-Based SoC Prototyping System Supports PCIe 3.0 Cores
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8/18/2014   1 comment
S2C has just announced that Northwest Logic's PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 solution has been validated and certified for use with S2C's ASIC prototyping platforms.
Intel Haswell Bug Won't Bite Many
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8/18/2014   5 comments
bug found in Intel’s Haswell processors may have the potential for system disruption, but most users will likely not encounter any issues. The error will also be included in upcoming Broadwell Y-series chips for use in Core M-based tablets.
Semiconductor Funding Deals Dip
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8/16/2014   1 comment
Venture capitalists are still a bit wary about investing in the semiconductor industry. The GSA reports that, despite a 2.4% drop, companies are receiving more financing on average.
Intel, MTK Carve Tablet Shares; China’s Actions Faces Turmoil
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8/15/2014   5 comments
China's tablet market is in turmoil, with stagnant growth and fierce competition from phablets. Intel and MediaTek are aggressively pursuing the white-box tablet market, forcing the retail price for locally branded seven-inch tablets below $50.
Bitcoin ASIC in Chips-to-$ Race
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8/14/2014   6 comments
Startup Cointerra described its bitcoin mining ASIC at Hot Chips, painting a picture of the headlong race to virtual money -- and logic power density -- that the emerging bitcoin economy has spawned.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds
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8/13/2014   12 comments
Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
The Limits of Moore's Law Limits
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8/13/2014   20 comments
Moore's Law has limits, some of which are quickly approaching. Several other limits, however, are more flexible, giving room to continue progress. Igor Markov explores limits of fundamental limits for future chip scaling.
M'soft Plugs FPGAs in Datacenter
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8/12/2014   31 comments
FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx are getting plugged into the datacenter servers run by Microsoft and China's Baidu, pioneering a new dimension in distributed computing, according to talks at Hot Chips.
Nvidia Flexes Custom 64-Bit ARM
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8/12/2014   2 comments
Nearly four years since work began, Nvidia announced results of Project Denver, a 64-bit custom ARM core, initially aimed at tablets in an upgrade of the Tegra K1 SoC.
Intel Outlines 14nm, Broadwell
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8/11/2014   18 comments
Intel provided first details of its 14nm process technology now qualified for volume production in at least one fab and gave a sneak peak at Broadwell, its first CPU to use it.
Acer Chromebook Breaks New Ground
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8/11/2014   12 comments
Acer on Monday announced the Chromebook 13, a family of laptops meant to tempt the budget- and performance-minded buyer. The Chromebook 13 is among the first to use a Tegra K1 processor under its hood.
Actions to Split in Two, Break Up With Nasdaq
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8/11/2014   8 comments
EE Times has learned that Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd., a Chinese fabless chip company, is planning to split in two and delist itself from Nasdaq.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
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8/11/2014   1 comment
The Khronos Group is calling for help with an OpenGL makeover to create a viable cross-platform standard in the face of proprietary APIs coming from Apple, AMD, and Microsoft.
Nvidia Q2 Profits Rise on Gaming, Datacenter Demand
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8/8/2014   1 comment
Gaming chipmaker Nvidia Corp. couldn’t ward off the seasonal decline in the consumer PC market, but gaming and datacenters still drive profits in Q2 of 2014.
Canada Ahead of US in Chip Ed
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8/8/2014   19 comments
The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC, Kingston) helps academics--professors and graduate students to build semiconductor prototypes including all steps from conception, to EDA to testing.
IBM Puts Brain On-a-Chip
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8/7/2014   19 comments
IBM demonstrates its second-generation neurosynaptic chip modeled on the human brain yet consuming 5,000 times less power than a typical microprocessor.
NI Enters Semi Test Market
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8/7/2014   2 comments
A surprise interview with NI CEO James Truchard augments the news coming out of NI Week.
Advanced Packaging Drives SPTS Semiconductor Deal
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8/7/2014   2 comments
A marriage between two unlikely partners -- a maker of optical inspection equipment for PCBs and a semiconductor etching and deposition company -- could signal just how important silicon is becoming to the function of the board.
To Stay Alive, Renesas Negotiates End-of-Life Deals
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8/7/2014   22 comments
The most urgent task for Renesas, “still fighting for survival,” is “to improve our gross profit rate,” says Renesas Electronics CEO Hisao Sakuta during quarterly financial results press conference.
Samsung Loses Grip on China
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
Xiaomi has usurped Samsung's smartphone lead in the world's largest market.
Industrial Electronics Chip Sector Rebounds
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8/5/2014   1 comment
The industrial electronics chip sector continued to rebound in the first quarter of this year, buoyed by stronger business conditions across the global economy, according to an IHS report.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
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8/4/2014   7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
EUV Results Bogus, Says Analyst
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8/1/2014   29 comments
A veteran industry watcher and an IBM expert are at loggerheads over IBM's recent announcement of a throughput advance with the latest ASML extreme ultraviolet lithography scanner.
Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation
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7/31/2014   7 comments
Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Q'comm Shares a Wearable Strategy
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7/31/2014   10 comments
The future of ubiquitous wearables will require more innovation than what is currently on the market, with dedicated silicon, interoperability, and beauty leading the charge. EE Times sat down with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok to talk strategy around mainstreaming wearables.
Sony, TSMC Win Award for Silicon-Plastic Process Development
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7/31/2014   1 comment
Sony and TSMC's paper describing a process to integrate a silicon biosensor into a microfluidic chip with the potential to create cost-effective, mass-fabricated point-of-care devices gets Best Abstract of Interest to the Industry Division Award from American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
IBM Breaks EUV Throughput Record
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7/30/2014   22 comments
An ASML NXE3300B extreme ultraviolet scanner exposed 637 wafers in 24 hours in its first test at an IBM facility in Albany, N.Y., but still has miles to go before it is ready for commercial use.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
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7/24/2014   12 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
60 GHz Startup Targets Mobile
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7/24/2014   10 comments
On the heels of Qualcomm’s acquisition of 60 GHz chipset manufacturer Wilcoity, startup Nitero is releasing its first 60 GHz WiFi silicon taregting mobile displays and I/O.
Apple in China: Best Is Yet to Come?
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7/24/2014   21 comments
Apple CEO Tim Cook described Apple’s business prospect in China as "a watershed moment."
Silicon Photonics Acquires Key Subsystems
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7/23/2014   3 comments
Silicon photonics will someday replace the expensive gallium arsenide photonics components used today, but all the subsystems have to be created in silicon, which Imec is doing one-by-one.
DARPA's Chip Office Reboots to Tackle Cost & Complexity
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7/23/2014   3 comments
DARPA's Microelectronics Technology Office, the source of much chip innovation over the past two decades, is now at the forefront of efforts to solve nagging cost and complexity issues that plague many modern weapon systems.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
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7/22/2014   29 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
Mobile Uptick Ahead, Says ARM
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7/22/2014   3 comments
Mobile device shipments are rebounding from a slump, but challenges are still ahead for Moore's Law and IoT fragmentation, said ARM's CEO announcing the company's latest quarterly results.
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