Globalfoundries Working on Next-Gen FDSOI Process News & Analysis 5/25/2016 1 comment The 22FDX fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) process developed by Globalfoundries Inc. is on track to debut later this year and the company is working on the follow-on process, according to chief technology officer Gary Patton.
Ultra-Dense 3-D Packaging for IoT News & Analysis 5/25/2016 2 comments The next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices will keep shrinking their package sizes, instead of transistor sizes, thus extending beyond the end of Moore's Law.
IoT Chip Supports Five Networks News & Analysis 5/24/2016 Post a comment Imec announced a low-cost chip supporting five low-power wide area networks for the Internet of Things and started work with Infineon on a car radar device.
Forces Clash over Auto Cyber Security News & Analysis 5/24/2016 6 comments With a growing number of connected cars and autonomous cars planned for rollout, automakers know they have a bulls-eye on their back. The question now is how best to deal with this imminent threat.
Foundries' Sales Show Hard Times Continuing News & Analysis 5/23/2016 2 comments Taiwanese foundries TSMC and UMC, two partial bellwethers of the semiconductor sector, have both indicate with recent sales figures that a chip market slow down that lasted through the winter is not yet over.
Accelerators Unite ARM, IBM, X86 News & Analysis 5/23/2016 2 comments Seven chip companies will define a cache-coherent interface between accelerators and server processors spanning ARM, IBM Power and x86 architectures.
Google’s TPU Hit a Tight Sked News & Analysis 5/19/2016 6 comments Norman Jouppi, a veteran processor and server engineering manager, shares some of the story behind Google’s custom accelerator for machine learning.
Google Designing AI Processors News & Analysis 5/18/2016 24 comments Google has developed and is running in its data centers a custom accelerator for artificial intelligence its calls a tensor processing unit.
ARM Describes 10nm Test Chip News & Analysis 5/18/2016 3 comments ARM taped out a 10nm FinFET test chip in January at TSMC and expects similar SoCs will be in handsets by the end of the year, using the process it described as relatively expensive and focused on lowering power.
Mobileye/ST Gun for Sensor Fusion, Go after NXP News & Analysis 5/17/2016 1 comment On the heels of NXP’s Bluebox announcement, Mobileye and STMicroelectronics rushed to reveal a Vision SoC, EyeQ5, touting it as a “sensor fusion central computer for autonomous vehicles.” Unlike Bluebox, already sampling, EyeQ5 won’t be ready until 2018.
NXP Unveils Open, Modular ADAS Car Platform News & Analysis 5/16/2016 1 comment NXP is unveiling a comprehensive ADAS vehicles platform. Central to the platform is its new Bluebox computing engine, capable of fusing data processed from different sensor nodes such as radar, lidar, vision sensing and an onboard V2X system.
Lam, KLA Deal Faces DoJ Scrutiny News & Analysis 5/15/2016 Post a comment Analysts are divided on whether a U.S. request for more information on the proposed $10.6 billion deal to combine Lam Research and KLA-Tencor spells the beginning of the end for the merger.
Magnetic Graphene Possible News & Analysis 5/11/2016 Post a comment By inserting hydrogen atoms into the lattice of a graphene sheet, an array of electrons in nanoscale domains encoded with magnetic spin transforms the material into a spintronic successor to silicon.
U.S. Investigates Security Update Practices News & Analysis 5/10/2016 4 comments Federal agencies are seriously worried about cyberattacks. Whether such assaults are launched on smartphone or cars, they’ve come to believe that the threats are real. Agencies are asking industries how they’re responding to the vulnerabilities of their connected devices.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story News & Analysis 5/6/2016 6 comments Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
Graphene Patterned at Room Temp News & Analysis 5/5/2016 3 comments Graphene is easily grown with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on copper foil, but a simple way of etching out the necessary circuit patterns and transferring them to a non-metallic substrate has eluded engineers. Now researchers at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) claim to have a one-step room temperature process for quickly patterning and transferring graphene circuits to flexible substrates using a simple shadow mask.
Former Intel Exec Perlmutter to Chair ReRam Startup News & Analysis 5/4/2016 5 comments David Perlmutter, a former executive vice president and chief product officer at Intel, has agreed to be non-executive chairman of Weebit Nano, a startup formed to commercialize silicon dioxide resistive RAM technology.
Analog Brain to Simulate Real Thing News & Analysis 5/4/2016 3 comments The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) is working on building electronic brains using analog components that operate like real biological brains, unlike the digitally emulated electronic brains being built in the best by companies like IBM.
Activist Investor Attacks Vex Chipmakers News & Analysis 5/4/2016 10 comments Beyond Yahoo, Apple and Sony, chip vendors have been targeted by activist investors. The big change now is that hedge fund investors -- whose focus used to be on small to medium companies -- are now getting much bolder.
Chip Sales Edge Up Slightly News & Analysis 5/3/2016 2 comments The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that chip sales increased slightly in March compared with February, but sales for the first quarter were down sequentially and year-over-year.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.