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NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle
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11/26/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the sale of its RF power amplifier business to Chinese state-controlled Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.
GloFo Sale: Report Says Abu Dhabi Holding Talks
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11/26/2015   2 comments
Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Development Co. has held talks with potential buyers for all or part of Globalfoundries Inc. according to a Bloomberg report that cited unnamed sources.
MediaTek Sees Gains Against Qualcomm Slowing Next Year
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11/25/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, which eroded Qualcomm’s market share in smartphones this year, said its gains may slow in 2016 as its larger rival rolls out new products for the high-end segment.
Saleable Wearables: A Surprising List
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11/25/2015   6 comments
The consumer electronics industry is feeling a little spooked by a drop of 4.36% in year-over-year demand — from October 2014-October 2015, according to Argus Insights — for a wearable market. Where has it gone wrong?
MEMS Market: Ups and Upstarts
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11/24/2015   8 comments
The newly renamed MEMS and Sensors Industrial Group hosted IHS, which predicted the growth of the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) growth rates through 2019.
Silicon Labs Buys Zigbee Module Vendor Telegesis
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11/23/2015   Post a comment
Deal, worth $20 million, expected to accelerate the Silicon Labs' roadmap for ZigBee and Thread-ready modules.
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires
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11/23/2015   7 comments
Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
Micron Commits to Pushing OpenMP Standard
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11/23/2015   1 comment
API for popular shared-memory parallel programming model has gained widespread use for developing parallel applications for platforms ranging from embedded systems and to multicore systems and shared-memory systems
Japan Focuses on IoT Nuts & Bolts
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11/20/2015   Post a comment
Is Open IoT a missed opportunity for Japan? Can Japan contribute to the fast-growing world of the Internet of Things? Here's what we found at Embedded Technology 2015 in Yokohama.
EEs Report Highest Pay Increase Since 2008
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11/20/2015   Post a comment
The IEEE-USA's annual salary survey found that electrical and electronics engineers employed in communications continued to command the highest median salary.
Intel Taps Q'comm Exec to Head New Group
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11/20/2015   3 comments
Intel combined four divisions into one and named former Qualcomm exec Venkata Renduchintala to head the business which spans PCs, IoT, software and engineering.
Samsung on Intel's Heels in Chip Vendor Ranking
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11/19/2015   2 comments
Samsung is set to make in-roads into Intel's lead as the world's largest chip manufacturer in 2015, according to a list of chip companies ranked by forecast chip revenues from market research firm IC Insights.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT
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11/19/2015   8 comments
Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
IEEE Backs H-1B Visa Reform
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11/18/2015   5 comments
Bill introduced in U.S. Senate would reform the way temporary worker visas are awarded amid allegations that the system is dominated by large global outsourcing firms.
China's Buying Spree: 2014-15 Top Tech Deals
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11/18/2015   2 comments
The history of the electronics industry will mark 2014-15 as the watershed year of China’s great leap forward in the global market. In addition to Chinese shopping spree, Qualcomm and Intel are allying with Beijing to invest more in China.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone
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11/17/2015   1 comment
French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
Sarawak-Backed X-Fab Invests in Wafer Fab
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11/17/2015   Post a comment
More-than-Moore chipmaker X-Fab Silicon Foundries SE (Erfurt, Germany) has announced it will invest $114 million in its wafer fab in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, to meet demand for 0.18-micron and 0.35-micron manufacturing.
Report: China Has $47bn Chip Fund Focused on U.S. M&A
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11/17/2015   3 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup intends to spend 300 billion yuan (about $47 billion) over the next five years to build up China's position in the chip industry, according to the company chairman speaking in an interview given to Reuters.
TSMC & ITRI Develop Particle-Monitoring System to Boost Yields
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11/17/2015   Post a comment
Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC) have developed a new system to monitor particles in liquid solutions that can cause defects during the chip fabrication process.
AMD Pushes GPUs Through New HSA Tools
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11/16/2015   Post a comment
Under its “Boltzmann Initiative,” AMD has announced a suite of tools designed to ease development of high-performance, energy efficient heterogeneous computing systems.
10nm SRAM, 10-core SoC at ISSCC
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11/16/2015   5 comments
The annual ISSCC in February will include papers on a 10nm SRAM from Samsung, an advanced fingerprint recognition chip from Invensense.
GlobalFoundries Launches 14nm ASIC
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11/14/2015   Post a comment
GlobalFoundries announced a new ASIC, FX-14, based on technology acquired from IBM and the foundry’s new 14nm LPP process. FX-14 targets wired and wireless applications, as well as compute and storage applications with support for various SoCs including 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processors.
MEMS for Million-Dollar Horses
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11/13/2015   Post a comment
Horse Sense's Pegasus does the same kind of tracking, posture recording and monitoring as Dairymaster's MooMonitor does for cows, plus it measures their temperature -- critical for keeping expensive racehorses in tip-top condition.
Apple’s A9: Story Within A Story
11/12/2015   9 comments
On a basic level it's a story of a sixth generation APU that is fabricated in a FinFET process. It's also a bigger story of Apple's semiconductor design ambitions.
Write-Once Memory Speeds Up, Powers Down Reads
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
Wearables, Internet of Things (IoT) and even conventional read-only memory (ROM, flash, one-time programmable--OPM) need ultra-low power consumption for reads.
SMIC Running Full Tilt, Countering Chip Slump
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11/11/2015   2 comments
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, today said its capacity is fully utilized, countering a business downturn that’s hurt its larger competitors.
Strong Dollar Drags on Chip Sales
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights says effect of currency fluctuation will drag worldwide chip sales into the red for 2015.
Thread Gets Real with Certification Rollout
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
IoT isn’t exactly a market thing yet, due to the absence of a standardized platform both on the application and network protocol layers. But the industry may be coalescing around Thread, when it comes to network protocols.
TSMC Open to Selling Stake to Chinese Investors
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11/10/2015   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it is open to the possibility of selling a stake in itself to Chinese investors.
ARM Extends Server to IoT Services
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11/10/2015   Post a comment
ARM surveyed its work from servers to IoT cloud services and showed a prototype wafer printed on plastic in a keynote opening its annual conference.
ARM Flexes Handset, IoT Cores
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11/10/2015   1 comment
ARM announced a new entry-level, 64-bit smartphone core, the A-35, and an architecture for supporting hardware-based TrustZone security on 32-bit microcontrollers.
Scaling Down Semi Process Nodes for IoT Apps
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11/9/2015   1 comment
Scaling chips to 20-25 nanometers for Internet of Things devices will take longer than other markets because various elements in the mixed signal microcontroller-based architecture do not scale as easily.
Google Walks Fine Line in Android Chip Quest
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11/8/2015   8 comments
There are three questions on Google’s reported plan for Android chips: whether it can help Google catch up with Apple’s iPhone; if it stops Android fragmentation; whether Google is looking at an application processor or something else?
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones
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11/5/2015   3 comments
Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
T-Mobile 4G LTE CellSpot Designed For Homes, Small Business
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11/5/2015   Post a comment
The rambunctious US arm of T-Mobile is looking to get consumers hooked on mini-towers that provide 4G LTE coverage at home or at the office.
Smartphone Slide Proceeds, Says Q’Comm
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11/4/2015   1 comment
Growth of smartphone sales will continue to slow as China OEMs take a bigger share of the market and selling prices decline next year, said Qualcomm reporting drops in annual sales and profits.
Chip Sales Declined 3% in Q3
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11/4/2015   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales trended downward in the third quarter amid softening demand and currency devaluation, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Intel Fills Out IoT Portfolio
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11/3/2015   5 comments
Intel filled out its platform for the Internet of Things with a new SoC, two microcontrollers and software for end node operating systems as well as cloud computing and analytics.
How Camera Phones Changed the World
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11/3/2015   8 comments
In fall 1995 camera phones made their little-noted debut on the global stage. The combination was an unthinkable marriage of two disparate products without an industry interested in developing it.
Optical heart-rate measurement’s top 5 challenges
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11/2/2015   Post a comment
Before releasing your latest wearable into the world, be sure you’ve validated its heart-rate measurement function against these five challenges.
MediaTek on Target for 150 Million LTE Shipments This Year
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10/30/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, said it will meet its target set earlier this year to ship 150 million long-term evolution (LTE) chips this year.
China to take 25% Stake in Taiwan's Powertech
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10/30/2015   Post a comment
As a sign of China’s continued efforts to buy its way into the global semiconductor market, Tsinghua Unigroup announced that it will buy a 25% stake in Taiwan-based Powertech Technology for $600 million.
12 Steps of Recovery from Self-Driving Car Hype
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10/29/2015   10 comments
“Autonomous car” comes in many shades. Advocates pick one to make us believe what they want us to believe. We offer 12 self-driven steps you can take to recover the never-ending story of The Little Engine That Could (All By Itself).
UMC Meets Expectations on 28nm Ramp as Demand Slumps
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s second-largest foundry, is meeting its expectations for a slowed ramp of 28nm process technology because of weak demand that’s likely to persist until 2016 while the chip industry recovers from an inventory correction.
Wireless Charging IC Targets IoT
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
Wireless charging startup Energous is sampling an RF-to-DC rectifier IC designed to power smaller wearable and IoT devices that require up to 10 Watts over a 15 foot distance.
Oracle Hedges Server Bets
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
Oracle debuted five new servers and a separate server partnership with Intel. The new servers are based on its latest SPARC M7 microprocessor, while the partnership targets mission critical systems favored by IBM.
ARM Upgrades Interconnect, Memory Control IP
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
ARM has upgraded its Corelink CCI coherent interconnect technology and digital memory controller as the basis for future heterogeneous system chips.
MEMS Shrinking Near Microscopic
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
The mCube three-axis accelerometer is the smallest in the world by a wide margin due to its use of regular vias between the MEMS on CMOS style of ASIC resulting in a size of just 0.9 cubic millimeters.
Broadcom Rolls 100Mbit Auto Ethernet, Gigabit Later
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10/27/2015   1 comment
Broadcom introduced its second-gen automotive Ethernet switches. By using 28-nm process geometry, Broadcom has “the world’s smallest and most power efficient” switches. Asked about Gigabit automotive Ethernet, Broadcom said it’d be ready when the industry is ready.
TI to Bring 3-D Surround-View to Entry-Level Cars
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10/27/2015   5 comments
Texas Instruments is introducing its newest automotive system-on-chip family, in an effort to move 3-D surround-view applications from the luxury category to entry and mid-level vehicles.
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