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Could India's Analog Wafer Fab be Moving South?
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7/3/2015   Post a comment
Cricket Semiconductor, a company set up with the purpose of building and operating $1 billion analog and power semiconductor wafer fab in India has been in talks with state government of Telangana, according to a report in the New Indian Express.
Apple Watch Tear Down Reveals European Chips
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7/3/2015   1 comment
The Apple Watch, is the trailblazer of a wearables equipment market set to boom by 2020, according to market research organization Yole Developpement. And several leading European chipmakers are set to benefit, according to a tear down of the watch.
Ambiq Director Takes on Interim CEO Role
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7/3/2015   Post a comment
Mike Noonen, a board director at Ambiq Micro Inc. (Austin, Texas) has taken over as interim CEO at the company. No reason has been given as to why previous CEO Mark Foley has left the post.
FinFETs + FD-SOI Proposition: May Save Power
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7/2/2015   25 comments
Ron Martino, vice president of application processors and advanced technology for Freescale’s MCUs says there is room both both FinFETs, FD-SOI and combinations of the two.
Biodegradable Electronics Debut
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7/2/2015   1 comment
Single crystal silicon transistors operating in the same microwave frequency ranges as modern electronics can be fabricated on biodegradable cellulose nanofibrillated fiber (CNF) substrates that biodegrade in landfills--in the presence if water and fungi--within a few weeks.
Intel President, Execs Step Down
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7/2/2015   9 comments
Intel President Renée James is among several top executives who announced plans to resign from the chip giant. Three other executives from various divisions will also leave the company.
IBM-GlobalFoundries Deal Finalized
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7/1/2015   7 comments
Following final approval by U.S. regulators, IBM closed the sale of its chip manufacturing operations to GlobalFoundries. IBM will pay $1.5 billion to the world’s second largest chip foundry.
Talking Sheets, Thinking Shorts
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6/30/2015   2 comments
The tagging of garments via RFID-based labels has been commonplace for more than a decade. But what if electronic components could be threaded into the very fabric of clothes and even survive the washing machine?
Synopsys Acquires Elliptic Technologies, Beefs up Security
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
Synopsys, Inc. is acquiring security intellectual property company Elliptic Technologies.
Advanced Packaging to Boost Photolithography Market, Says Yole
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
"Growing photolithography equipment markets in advanced packaging, MEMS and LEDs are attracting new players; but they have to navigate complex roadmaps", hints market research firm in its new report "Photolithography Equipment & Materials for Advanced Packaging, MEMS and LED Applications".
Wafer-Level Packaging Not Enough, say OSATS
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6/29/2015   1 comment
Large format fan-out packaging was the focus of discussion at IC packaging and semiconductor processing experts gathered at European's largest for this year's SEMI Packaging Tech Seminar.
Startup's Tech is Intel's Quark Neural Network
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
The pattern-classification technology inside the Quark SE system chip from Intel is the same as that being offered for license and in chip form by startup NeuroMem Inc.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Woz Wows with Humanitarianism
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6/25/2015   13 comments
Steve Wozniak single-handedly designed the Apple-I and after forming Apple with Steve Jobs also designed the Apple-II personal computer (PC), although Jobs oversaw the design of the case for the Apple-II.
Samplify Founder Forms Next Compression Startup
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Al Wegener, an expert in signal compression, has founded a startup company called Anacode Labs Inc. (Aptos, Calif.) to provide compression hardware and software under an IP licensing business model.
ARM, Synopsys Join UMC to Ramp Foundry's 14nm FinFET Process
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6/24/2015   2 comments
ARM and Synopsys have teamed up with United Microelectronics Corp., the world's second-largest foundry, to make some of the first test chips with UMC's 14nm FinFET technology.
Low Temperature 2D MoS2 Now at Wafer-Level
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute have fabricated and characterised large-area 2D films of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), an N-type semiconductor, at room temperature using a process which is scalable to any size wafer.
Secure IoT MCUs Drive Freescale-NXP
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
The future of Freescale Semiconductor and NXP is in connecting and securing the Internet of Things, with a major focus on automotive. The CEOs of both companies outlined their collective vision for the merger, which will likely close in November.
GlobalFoundries’ FD-SOI Revolution
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6/23/2015   7 comments
Confirming the imminent announcement of the company’s big FD-SOI plan, GlobalFoundries came to Grenoble to discuss its 22nm FD-SOI process scheduled to be qualified by early 2016.
PCIe 16G May Take Until 2017
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6/23/2015   1 comment
The PCI Express 4.0 standard, aka Gen 4, may not be complete until 2017, but Cadence and Synopsys will announce PHY and controller blocks for it this week.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race?
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6/23/2015   3 comments
How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
China's SMIC, Q'comm in 14nm Deal
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6/23/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. formed a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec to develop a homegrown 14nm node ready for mass production by 2020.
'Smallest SoC for IoT' Adds Memory
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6/23/2015   9 comments
Freescale's new i.MX 6D SoC is called a Single Chip System Module, (SCM) because it also has a 1-gigaByte Micron low-power double data rate chip stacked on top of three Freescale die for its dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores, power management chip and 16 megaByte of serial peripheral interface NOR flash nonvolatile memory.
AMD Denies Mulling Breakup
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6/22/2015   Post a comment
Company denies report that it hired a consulting firm to help it consider options for breaking up the company or spinning off part of its business.
Freescale Adds Comms to IoT MCUs
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6/22/2015   1 comment
Freescale announced a new set of microcontrollers with integrated communications as part of its Kinetis family. The multi-protocol chips are designed for home automation and industrial control devices in the Internet of Things
Freescale i.MX 7 Finally Here
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6/22/2015   3 comments
Freescale's latest application processor, the i.MX 7 comes with one or two ARM Cortex-A7 microprocessors as well as one Cortex-M4 micro controller resulting in a unique heterogeneous architecture that consumes as little as 250 microAmps in its Low Power State Retention mode (LPSR).
InVisage, TSMC Join Forces for Image Sensor Attack
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6/19/2015   Post a comment
InVisage Technologies Inc., a startup developing quantum-dot based light capture film for image sensors, has opened its first sensor manufacturing facility QFAB3 in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan.
IBM Demos III-V FinFETs on Silicon
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6/18/2015   3 comments
IBM has found a way to use confined epitaxial overgrowth (CELO) to build III-V FinFETs on silicon wafers using standard CMOS processing.
ACE Awards Finalists Recognized for Innovation in Electronics
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6/18/2015   Post a comment
Winners to be announced at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley; ACE Lifetime Achievement to celebrate Linear Technology's Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin.
AMD Beats Nvidia to 2.5-D Graphics
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6/16/2015   6 comments
AMD became the first first graphics vendor to ship products using 2.5-D memory chip stacks, beating rival Nvidia.
Chip, PC Demand Continues Decline
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6/15/2015   16 comments
Deutsche Bank analysts released reports projecting continued weakness in semiconductors, especially for PCs, and shaved its predictions for Intel.
Startup Plans Neural Network Front-End for Sensor Systems
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6/15/2015   Post a comment
Analog Computing Solutions Inc. (Bloomington, Indiana), founded in 2013, is developing a neural network IC that monitors sensor data for key events and thereby allows microcontrollers to stay in sleep mode until required.
Wearables, Home Devices Likely to Lead IoT Growth
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6/12/2015   1 comment
Wearables and home devices are likely to lead growth in the IoT business during the rest of this decade, according to semiconductor companies and industry analysts at the Computex Taipei show that wrapped up last week.
Xiaomi 1, Qualcomm 0
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6/11/2015   4 comments
The shift of momentum in smartphone market couldn’t have been more explicit: Qualcomm named its former executive as the new China chairman, while Xiaomi announced it hired Qualcomm’s China chief as its new senior vice president.
Full-Duplex Comm Almost Here
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6/11/2015   4 comments
Kumu Networks (Sunnyvale, Calif.) offers full-duplex operation for traditional wireless networks with add-on modules that allow the use of same frequency at same time for transmit and receive thus doubling bandwidth.
FD-SOI Development as a Service
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6/10/2015   3 comments
CEA-Leti announced its partners for its Silicon Impulse FD-SOI development program, with the goal to broaden the use of FD-SOI for low-power applications.
Synopsys IP Speeds Automotive SoC Design
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6/10/2015   Post a comment
Targeting safety-critical IP for automotive applications, Synopsys widens its offerings. They include Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB), Low-power DDR3 memory, non-volatile memories, data converters and other functional units, all powered by Synopsys ARC microprocessor architecture.
Atmel on the Block
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6/9/2015   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. is on the block, looking for a potential buyer, Reuters reported Monday. If true, the move feeds further fuel into the M&A frenzy currently affecting the global semiconductor market.
IBM Demos III-V on Silicon
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6/9/2015   9 comments
IBM has fabricated a variety of nanowire structures from III-V compounds of indium (In), gallium arsenide (GaAs) atop a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer that it claims proves the concept for advancing Moore's Law with smaller devices with increased performance.
Synthesis Engine Boasts 10X RTL Design Productivity
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6/8/2015   Post a comment
The Cadence Genus Synthesis Solution is the EDA company's next-generation register-transfer level (RTL) synthesis and physical synthesis engine, incorporating a multi-level massively parallel architecture that is claimed to deliver up to 5X faster synthesis turnaround times while scaling linearly beyond 10M instances.
IBM Renting Its EDA Tools
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6/7/2015   5 comments
Ever since IBM started designing systems over 100 years ago, it has used it own internally developed toolkits, the envy of designers who have to use brand-x electronic design automation (EDA) suites. Now IBM is renting the use of its famous tools online at one-half the price of licensing brand-x tools.
Nanoscale Sensor Breakthrough May Lower Costs
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6/5/2015   1 comment
University of Buffalo researchers invent universal nanoscale substrate that acts as a "skeleton key" for one of the most popular substance sensor technologies--surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)--potentially enabling inexpensive single-chip versions.
Xiaomi: Behind Closed Doors
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6/5/2015   1 comment
How Xiaomi, a barely known Chinese company, has burst into the most competitive mobile handset market to become -- in just five years -- the world’s third largest smartphone vendor is the sort of classic underdog story everyone loves.
Altera's Stratix 10 FPGAs & SoCs -- Breakthroughs in Performance, Integration, Density, and Security
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6/5/2015   Post a comment
New innovations promise 2X performance, 5.5 million logic elements, heterogeneous 3D system-in-package integration, and comprehensive security capabilities.
Intel Unveils Cores and Xeons
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6/3/2015   3 comments
At Computex 2015 (June 1-7, Taipei, Taiwan) Intel announced five new members of its Xeon E3 family, dubbed v4, as well as 10 new members of its Core family, both with integrated graphics that typically double graphics performance albeit at higher power envelopes.
AMD Unveils Carrizo Power Details
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6/2/2015   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices filled in details about its latest x86 processor, Carrizo, highlighting the chip’s single, scalable architecture and video processing capabilities for the notebook segment. The company divulged a few of its engineering secrets for squeezing out more performance at lower power at a media event last month.
Pixelworks Scores Design Win with Asus
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6/2/2015   Post a comment
Asus is using MediaTek competitor Pixelworks’ mobile display processor chip to eliminate judder and mobile blur in ZenPad S 8.0. Already designed into other mobile products, Pixelworks' Iris gets its first public shout out from Asus.
ARM, TSMC to Roll 55nm IoT Chips for Smart Homes
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6/1/2015   2 comments
ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) today (June 1) announced their development of an IoT subsystem for ARM Cortex-M processors that they expect will simplify design of chips used in devices for smart homes and smart cities.
MediaTek Rolls 3 IoT Products Toward Next Cash Cow
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6/1/2015   1 comment
MediaTek unfurls three products for Internet of Things devices in move toward what the company expects will become its next cash cow once the smartphone business loses steam.
Intel, Altera: Math in Question
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6/1/2015   35 comments
Analysts said Intel and FPGA vendor Altera will see benefits from their $16.7 billion merger, but question the math and assumptions behind the deal.
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