RISC-V Expands its Audience News & Analysis 12/1/2016 1 comment RISC-V attracted a stellar list of chip architects and executives to its latest workshop, but the effort to grow an open-source instruction set has a big to-do list.
Intel Snags Exec from ARM to Run IoT News & Analysis 11/29/2016 7 comments Intel will separate its nascent automotive team from the company’s IoT group. Previously, Intel’s IoT and automotive teams were bundled together under one big IoT tent. Intel also named ex-ARM executive Tom Lantzsch to head the company’s IoT branch.
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag News & Analysis 11/29/2016 1 comment A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
MediaTek Entering Automobile SoCs News & Analysis 11/29/2016 1 comment MediaTek announced its first products for the automobile market. The earliest version of the SoCs, slated for launch in Q1 in 2017, will support vision-based ADAS, high-precision millimeter wave radar, in-vehicle infotainment and telematics.
DSRC No Dead End, Says Autotalks CTO News & Analysis 11/28/2016 1 comment Vehicle-to-X communications (V2X) hold the promise of more safety, better traffic flow, and, in certain applications like platooning, significantly better fuel efficiency. Despite such benefits, there is a dissent about the underlying technology.
Cray: U.S. Supercomputers Hit 3, 5 on Top500 News & Analysis 11/28/2016 Post a comment In November 2016's Top500, USA's Cray supercomputers achieved 4 spots, but Cray is showing diversity with models for all categories of user formats, from the only single-cabinet petaflop computer (the Urika-GX) to the CS-Storm for Deep Learning to the Urika-GX for 24/7 protection from data breaches.
Researchers Claim Photonics Breakthrough News & Analysis 11/25/2016 7 comments All optimal photonic computers are on the horizon with all the major players contributing the parts that will eventually obsolete the electronic computer and make Moore's Law passé.
1st Photonic Circuits Here News & Analysis 11/23/2016 4 comments IMEC research institute claims to demonstrate the world's first sub-micron photonic circuits encoding "1s" and "0s" on the spin of optical photons.
Renesas Bounces Back, But How High? News & Analysis 11/22/2016 Post a comment Japan’s once ailing Renesas Electronics has been blessed -- unintentionally -- by NXP’s recent acquisition of Freescale. In an exclusive interview, Renesas executive explained the company’s recent rise, its plan for a new embedded vision SoC billed as Mobileye alternative
Macom Buys Applied for Comms News & Analysis 11/21/2016 1 comment Macom has bid $770 million for Applied with plans to sell off its X-Gene ARM server SoC unit but cherish its "gold nugget" of networking chips.
10 Cool Discoveries at Japan Embedded News & Analysis 11/18/2016 Post a comment The Embedded Technology 2016 showcased a ton of embedded boards, each with a clear focus on how to enable ‘low power’ and ‘embedded’ IoT devices. Highlights include deep learning coming to embedded boards, emergence of smarter IoT building blocks.
Intel’s Nervana Attacks GPUs News & Analysis 11/17/2016 5 comments Intel will ship AI accelerators from Nervana next year as part of a broad machine learning strategy that is still waiting on its acquisition of Movidius to close.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent News & Analysis 11/17/2016 Post a comment The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
Top 20 IC Ranking: Apple Rises Most News & Analysis 11/17/2016 1 comment In IC Insights' top 20 global semiconductor sales ranking, the company forecast to make the biggest upward move isn’t a traditional chip company — it’s Apple.
Qualcomm Boss Brainstorms on 5G News & Analysis 11/16/2016 Post a comment In 2008, Paul Jacobs as CEO of Qualcomm worked with HTC CEO Peter Chou to make the world’s first Android smartphone. Last week, Jacobs, as executive chairman of Qualcomm, and Chou, now chairman of Digital Domain Holdings, swapped ideas on the future of 5G.
U.S. Analog IP Startup Partners with Megachips News & Analysis 11/16/2016 Post a comment At a time when analog components are consuming an increasingly big fraction of system power budget, Omni Design, a Calif.-based startup, has developed ultra-low power analog and mixed-signal IP cores primarily for use in complex SoCs.
Startup Programs Multicores on Data, Not Gut News & Analysis 11/16/2016 1 comment Silexica's engineering team spent more than a decade in multicore software design automation for complex, multicore platforms, before it was spun off from RWTH Aachen University. The startup offers tools both for multicore SoC developers and hardware/software system architects.
Intel Preps its AI Strategy News & Analysis 11/15/2016 3 comments Intel will lay out what one rival said may be a bet the company” strategy on AI this week, spanning Xeon, FPGA, Movidius processors and more.
DSRC’s ‘Dead End,’ Says Qualcomm Exec News & Analysis 11/15/2016 5 comments As carmakers learn more about highly automated vehicles, they no longer dismiss the idea of V2X. But the radio war between DSC and LTE camps continues. Qualcomm’s takeover of NXP isn’t making the path to V2X any clearer.
Xilinx to Dive in Hyperscale Race News & Analysis 11/14/2016 Post a comment Xilinx is pursuing Altera (Intel), who took an early lead in the hyperscale computing by getting designed into Microsoft’s hyperscale acceleration fabric. Xilinx also goes after the inference side of machine learning where it believes it can beat Nvidia.
7nm SRAMs, 10nm SoC at ISSCC News & Analysis 11/14/2016 3 comments The annual International Solid State Circuits Conference will showcase advanced work on 7nm SRAMs, a 10nm SoC and an efficient AI SoC.
Chip Veterans Scan Horizon News & Analysis 11/11/2016 3 comments Three industry veterans gave their views of the semiconductor sector’s future at an event where ASML promised a system to advance chip scaling.
Supercomputer Aims for Exascale News & Analysis 11/10/2016 Post a comment U.S. researchers announced $34 million in software projects as part of their plan to build exascale supercomputers that may include new memory and programming technologies.
SMIC Expects Record Roll to Continue News & Analysis 11/10/2016 Post a comment Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., China’s largest foundry, predicts that sales in the current quarter will rise as much as 7 percent from the record $774.8 million in revenue it posted during the July to September period this year.
Where Are We with Thread IoT? News & Analysis 11/9/2016 1 comment Where are we now with Thread networking protocol-based IoT products? Connected thermostats, door locks, tooth brushes, alarm systems, lighting, you name it. What’s happening? How significant are the updates embedded in the 1.1 spec?
IoT: What NXP Has, What Qualcomm Lacks News & Analysis 11/8/2016 1 comment A new Modular IoT Gateway NXP announced at Electronica demonstrates the compmany's strong presence in the industrial IoT market, its unmatched expertise in IoT security and the company’s broad MCU portfolio — areas in which Qualcomm seems to trail NXP.
Comma.ai Fiasco Leaves None Unscathed News & Analysis 11/3/2016 12 comments The comma.ai incident exposes the contentious intersection between Silicon Valley companies with untested technologies and established carmakers who may have already won the trust of regulators. The hitch is that these old-line companies now also have untested autonomous-driving technologies.
ASML Invests $1.9B in Next-Gen EUV News & Analysis 11/3/2016 3 comments ASML will spend a total of about $1.9 billion on a collaboration with Zeiss to build next-generation optics for extreme ultraviolet lithography systems
SMIC to Build South China’s First 12-Inch Fab News & Analysis 11/3/2016 Post a comment Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, said it is proceeding with plans to build South China’s first 12-inch fab at an existing facility in the city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong.
Hock Tan Carves Up Brocade News & Analysis 11/2/2016 1 comment Broadcom bid $5.9 billion for Brocade in a deal that carves up Fiber Channel and Ethernet parts of the systems company.
Anticipating a More Virtual Moore’s Law News & Analysis 11/2/2016 5 comments Nicky Lu, executive director of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association, anticipates the coming era of a “virtual” Moore’s Law. InFO and through interconnect via (TIV) will play key roles in a resumption of growth the chip industry, he said.
Microsoft Speeds Open Hardware News & Analysis 11/1/2016 2 comments Microsoft revealed early specs of ts next-generation data center server and said work on open hardware needs to become as fast and flexible as open source software.
Intel, Qualcomm Head for Car Clash News & Analysis 11/1/2016 1 comment As Qualcomm, after its NXP takeover, becomes a $35 billion behemoth and morphs into the world’s largest automotive chip vendor, expect rivalry between Qualcomm vs. Intel to escalate.
The two giants will lock horns in fast-moving highly automated vehicles.
Ford & QNX Bypass Tier 1 Middlemen News & Analysis 10/31/2016 1 comment BlackBerry Limited announced Monday an agreement with Ford Motor Company, under which the automotive giant will expand its use of BlackBerry’s QNX and its security software in Ford vehicles.