IBM Conquers Wafer-Scale Graphene News & Analysis 9/30/2014 2 comments IBM has found a way to vastly reduce the costs of gallium nitride (GaN) wafers by growing them on a reusable wafer-scale layer of single-crystal graphene instead of expensive ($3,000) silicon carbide (SiC) wafers.
Sensors Build Case Against Cold News & Analysis 9/29/2014 6 comments As some predict that New York’s easy summer may turn into a hellish winter, a local startup aims to fix the freeze. Heat Seek, grand prize winner of this year’s NYC BigApps competition in the live and connected device categories, wants to keep tenants warm with inexpensive temperature sensors.
HP Ships First ARM Servers News & Analysis 9/29/2014 27 comments Hewlett-Packard is shipping its first mainstream commercial servers using the 64-bit X-Gene ARM-based SoCs from Applied Micro and TI’s 32-bit Keystone II with PayPal among its users.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China News & Analysis 9/26/2014 20 comments China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
Intel May Invest in Spreadtrum, Report Says News & Analysis 9/25/2014 8 comments Rumors surrounding Intel’s possible investment in Chinese-government affiliated mobile chipmakers Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics may bear weight, but also beg many questions.
Broadcom Beefs Up Switch for SDN News & Analysis 9/24/2014 3 comments Broadcom will pack 7 billion transistors and 480 Mbits memory into its next generation Ethernet switch chip, the Strata XGS Tomahawk, targeting software-defined networks for rapidly expanding data centers.
NXP Beats Qualcomm, Gets First V2V Design Win News & Analysis 9/23/2014 4 comments The future of car-to-car communication in the United States is getting more real, now that Delphi Automotive has become the first Tier 1 to supply car-to-car communications modules to General Motors' 2017 Cadillac models.
ARM Pumps Up MCU for IoT News & Analysis 9/23/2014 17 comments ARM announced its next generation 28mnm process 32-bit Cortex-M7 processor for embedded applications in the industrial, infrastructure, and home automation markets. ARM bills the M7 as its most powerful MCU with double the compute and digital signal processing capability.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips News & Analysis 9/23/2014 2 comments The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
Asia-Pacific IC Usage Domination Growing News & Analysis 9/17/2014 7 comments Asia-Pacific is the dominant market for ICs for most products categories. The exceptions are Europe, leading in the automotive sector, and the Americas region, leading in government and military, according to IC Insights.
Consumers Expect Full In-Car Connectivity News & Analysis 9/17/2014 20 comments Drivers worldwide increasingly expect their cars to be “the next connected space,” a seamless extension to their already connected homes and offices, according to a global consumer study conducted by GfK.
Android One Rides Mediatek News & Analysis 9/16/2014 5 comments Taiwan’s leading mobile chip vendor will power Google’s Android One-branded, low-cost “high-quality” smartphones targeted at emerging markets. The initiative aims to put feature-rich handsets in a largely smartphone-less arena, which MediaTek dubs the “super-mid market.”
7nm EUV Could Ease 10nm Squeeze News & Analysis 9/16/2014 18 comments After a cost-squeezed 10 nm node using mainly immersion steppers, EUV will be ready for production on 7 nm chips, says ASML’s latest lithography road map.
Cavium Attacks B'com in Switches News & Analysis 9/16/2014 3 comments Cavium aims to leapfrog networking giant Broadcom with new Ethernet switches from its acquisition of Xpliant, which has both a novel chip and approach to semiconductor startups.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India News & Analysis 9/15/2014 19 comments Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
New 'Runaway Toyota' Case Tests DOJ's Integrity News & Analysis 9/12/2014 40 comments Just as the memory of Toyota's unintended acceleration cases began to fade, at least in the minds of the media and a few million thus far unaffected Toyota owners, in comes Robert Ruginis to dredge it all up again.
Intel Buys Powerwave Patents News & Analysis 9/12/2014 5 comments Intel acquired more than 1,400 patents and patent applications from Powerwave Technologies. The company purchased the patent portfolio for an undisclosed amount from an affiliate of The Gores Group, which obtained the patents following Powerwave's bankruptcy.
Moore's Law Has No End in Sight News & Analysis 9/12/2014 22 comments Gallium arsenide (GaAs) will soon outpace silicon as a higher-performance choice for implementing integrated circuits, according to POET Technologies Inc.
2 Years of Plenty Coming for Chip Industry News & Analysis 9/11/2014 3 comments Amid an abundance of market opportunities both in terms of applications and regions, the chip market is showing clear signs of a recovery, according to Malcolm Penn, CEO and principle analyst with market research firm Future Horizons.
Intel Opens Door on 7nm, Foundry News & Analysis 9/11/2014 15 comments Intel said it sees a path to making 7 nm chips without EUV lithography and gave its most detailed talk to date on its foundry service to share its chipmaking capabilities.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes News & Analysis 9/10/2014 5 comments Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
Intel Xeon Boosts Workstation & Servers News & Analysis 9/9/2014 5 comments Intel said at its developer conference that it has upgraded its Xeon processors for workstations and servers to version three, and that the new Xeons, with 22nm 3D Tri-Gate technology and "per-core" dynamic regulation, have broken world performance records.
Small Cells Tipped by Big 3 News & Analysis 9/9/2014 7 comments Nokia Networks, Ericsson, and Alcatel-Lucent announced updates to their small cell base stations, highlighting migration to LTE-Advanced with features such as carrier aggregation and easier connections to heterogeneous networks.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G News & Analysis 9/8/2014 4 comments Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G SerDes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
NFC: Locking iPhone Users In News & Analysis 9/8/2014 26 comments The biggest game-changer iPhone 6 is expected to bring is a breakthrough Apple has negotiated with mobile carriers, banks, and credit card companies.
Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm News & Analysis 9/4/2014 9 comments Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
6 Things I Expect at IDF News & Analysis 9/4/2014 5 comments The annual Intel Developer Conference will put a spotlight on the Internet of Things, Broadwell processors, 14nm process technology, new server CPUs and hopefully more.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 13 comments By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
Anatomy of an ARM Server Chip News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments Four out of the top five server IC companies prefer ARM. The server market bloodied ARM in recent years, but ARM is bouncing back with help from the popularity of the ARMv8 64-bit architecture.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions News & Analysis 8/28/2014 13 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 News & Analysis 8/28/2014 10 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.