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Nikon Renews Patent Battle with ASML
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4/24/2017   Post a comment
Nikon is renewing a 16-year-old patent battle with ASML over the lithography technology fundamental to making semiconductors.
Single-Pixel Camera Mimics Human Eye
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4/21/2017   4 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.
Taiwan Eyes Automotive Market
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4/21/2017   4 comments
How could Taiwan, a tiny island nation with only one local car OEM become the next hub for the global automotive industry? It’s tantalizing to imagine that an OEM/EMS relationship like Apple/Foxconn could eventually emerge in automotive.
Amazon Turns Up the Vocals
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4/20/2017   6 comments
Amazon released its Lex service to enable apps with speech recognition as several OEMs are ramping up systems using embedded voice services.
EUV Litho Coming Into Commercial Focus
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4/20/2017   10 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   4 comments
Dutch chip vendor sells remaining stake in joint venture originally begun by Philips.
New Method Cuts Cost of GaAs Circuits
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4/19/2017   1 comment
A easy copy/paste method for mass producing graphene wafers has been invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
B’com Clocks 10G Ethernet in Real Time
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4/19/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom released Quartz, an embedded 10G Ethernet switch for real-time markets in automotive, industrial automation, cellular base stations, and more.
Rambus, Microsoft Heat Up With Cold DRAM
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4/17/2017   1 comment
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.
TSMC Expects First-Half Smartphone Slump
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4/14/2017   18 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. , the largest foundry for customers in the smartphone business including Apple and MediaTek, says it is expecting an inventory correction in smartphones to continue through the first half of this year.
NXP Shows First FD-SOI Chips
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
NXP showed the first chips it is making this year in Samsung’s 28nm FD-SOI process and called for work on replacements for embedded flash.
5 Unresolved Issues Facing Robo-cars
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4/13/2017   19 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.
Qualcomm to Re-Pay $815 Million to BlackBerry
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
Arbitration panel rules for Canadian smartphone maker in contract dispute over past royalties.
Gartner Ups Chip Market Growth Forecast to 12%
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4/13/2017   2 comments
Continued improvement in memory market conditions lifting expectations for overall market in 2017 and 2018.
Former EDA Consortium Director Robert Gardner Dies
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4/13/2017   1 comment
Gardner, a 50-year electronics industry executive, died this week at age 74 after a short bout with illness.
3D Chip Stacks Eye Data Centers
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4/12/2017   8 comments
High-end microprocessors will embrace wafer- and die-level chip stacks over the next few years, said a former Oracle researcher turned consultant.
Quantum Photons Emitted
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4/12/2017   3 comments
Japanese researchers discover that nitrogen-doped gallium-arsenide beat quantum dots in consistency as single-photon emitters for future quantum computers.
MIPI Goes Beyond Mobile, Camera
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4/12/2017   1 comment
After earning universal respect within the mobile ecosystem, MIPI Alliance’s spec is moving decisively beyond mobile. The industry group unveiled MIPI CSI-2 v2, which can now respond to complex imaging needs of IoT, wearables, AR/VR, drones and automotive.
Q’comm Returns Fire in Apple Suit
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4/11/2017   3 comments
Apple refuses to pay royalties, pressures partners not to pay them and lied to consumers and regulators, Qualcomm said in response to a patent suit.
Renesas ‘Opens’ Autonomy for Cars
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4/11/2017   2 comments
Renesas Electronics emerged from a prolonged silence Wednesday, heralding the launch of Renesas Autonomy, a newly-designed advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving platform.
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.
Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design
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4/6/2017   3 comments
Chip designers are hearing AI’s footsteps as it encroaches on their design work. Solido Design Automation, which has been applying its home-grown machine-learning algorithms to its software, is making its crown jewel available to customers via Machine Learning Labs.
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.
TPU Beat Intel, Nvidia, says Google
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Google released a paper describing its Tensor Processing Unit and tests showing that it beat an Intel Xeon and Nvidia GPU on machine-learning jobs.
Google Calls for Switch Chip API
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4/4/2017   3 comments
Google called for a common API for Ethernet switches at the Open Networking Summit where it and AT&T cited progress in software-defined networks.
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.
Mentor in Robo-Car Race with Mobileye, Nvidia
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4/4/2017   3 comments
Mentor Graphics Corp. will come to SAE World Congress in Detroit to demonstrate how “raw data fusion” – not the fusion of processed data generated by sensor modules – can provide dramatic improvements in sensing accuracy and overall system efficiency.
Apple Drops Imagination
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4/3/2017   3 comments
Apple has notified Imagination Technologies, a key GPU core licenser to Apple for years, that it will no longer use Imagination’s IP in new products. Analysts are skeptical if Imagination can survive as an independent company without Apple.
Intel Shows Life Beyond CMOS
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4/3/2017   2 comments
At the International Symposium on Physical Design Intel presented more than dozen different ways to get beyond the limitations of conventional complementary metal oxide semiconductors while using the same fabs.
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.
Police Report Untangles Uber Crash Mystery
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3/30/2017   25 comments
EE Times has obtained the police report of Uber traffic collision on March 24. It tells a story different from earlier accounts of the crash. It also reveals details that might prompt more questions about Uber.
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.
Q'comm Names CTO, Girds for NXP Influx
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm appointed James Thompson, EVP of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, as the company’s new CTO. Thompson is responsible for R&D activities in all wireless chipsets in QCT, semiconductor business. He will oversee the companywide technical and product roadmaps.
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 Unveils 10, 22nm Processes
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3/28/2017   23 comments
Intel said it will be in production this year with a 10nm process that packs 100.8 million transistors/mm2 and a new a 22nm low power FinFET node.
Patent Trolls Plague Chip Vendors
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3/28/2017   2 comments
One of the unintended consequences of increased M&A activities in the semiconductor industry is that more chip vendors are facing the risk of getting targeted by patent trolls. Who are the key patent trolls? How do you protect yourself?
Intel Pumps Up PCs with Optane
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3/27/2017   13 comments
Intel announced two M.2 cards using its 3D XPoint memories, aimed at accelerating hard-disk performance in PCs.
EDA Sales Jump Most in Five Years
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3/27/2017   Post a comment
Move to more aggressive processing nodes largely triggered a 19 percent increase in EDA sales in the fourth quarter, according to an industry group.
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.
Roadmap Says CMOS Ends ~2024
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3/23/2017   3 comments
An expanded roadmap for semiconductors says traditional CMOS scaling will end in about 2024 but new chip stacks and systems architectures will continue advances.
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.
OFC Debates Road to Photonic ICs
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3/23/2017   3 comments
An OFC keynoter made the case for indium phosphide photonic ICs, but analysts said that silicon photonics has bigger backers for merging optics and electronics.
Asian Tech Investment in U.S. May Rise
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3/22/2017   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and other Asian tech firms may contribute to a rising tide of investment in the U.S. in response to some expected Trump administration initiatives.
Samsung Edges TSMC in 10 nm
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3/22/2017   6 comments
Samsung appears to be about a quarter ahead of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. with the ramp of 10-nm process technology, according to a veteran chip analyst.
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.
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