Open Source GPU Debuts News & Analysis 8/27/2015 2 comments The first open source general-purpose graphics processor was described at Hot Chips along with an open source core more power efficient than an ARM processor.
EUV Breaks Through to Angstrom News & Analysis 8/27/2015 7 comments A new type of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) microscope designed at the University of Colorado can take optical images with angstrom resolution.
China Shakes Up ARM Servers News & Analysis 8/25/2015 3 comments A China startup, Phytium Technology, plans a 64-core ARMv8 server processor that leapfrogs any ARM server design described to date.
FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below News & Analysis 8/24/2015 5 comments Twenty-four hour farming, autonomous tractors and driverless combines are no longer the stuff of agro-science fiction. Agriculture today is moving toward all these innovations.
Intel Memory Bus Draws Fire News & Analysis 8/20/2015 26 comments Intel’s plans to sell memory cards using proprietary extensions to the DDR4 bus is drawing fire from potential customers and competitors afraid of being locked in or out of its 3D XPoint technology.
Cypress Solar PMICs Charge Indoors News & Analysis 8/19/2015 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor announced a new family of solar energy harvesting power management integrated circuits to provide power to wireless sensors nodes that may be in the field for years at a time.
MediaTek Faces Eroded Smartphone Growth News & Analysis 8/19/2015 4 comments MediaTek’s rapid growth in 4G smartphones is likely to be undermined by handset makers in China who design their own chips, according to an analyst who covers the tech industry in Asia.
USB Ain't So Simple Anymore News & Analysis 8/19/2015 17 comments Cypress, TI, NXP and Lattice have all rolled out new USB Type-C chips. Loaded with new features, USB Type C offers promises to system vendors. But for consumers, it may bring potential confusions, industry analysts cautioned.
Intel CEO Sees A Bright Future For IoT, Developers News & Analysis 8/19/2015 Post a comment Tiny computers, real-time depth sensing, and breakthrough memory technology are among the innovations featured at this year's Intel Developer Forum. CEO Brian Krzanich detailed how connected devices will change the way we all do business.
Inside GlobalFoundries' Fab 8 News & Analysis 8/18/2015 5 comments We tour GlobalFoundries' Fab 8, one of the largest chip fabs in the United States, in Malta, N.Y. and a hub for innovations developed at R&D centers in Albany.
Should Altera Worry About Intel's M&A Record? News & Analysis 8/17/2015 14 comments Altera’s fate after its pending acquisition by Intel is anybody’s guess. But the big worry is if Intel squashes Altera -- pushing newly acquired talent, products and technologies into oblivion as though they had never existed.
Samsung Slims Phones, Boosts Displays News & Analysis 8/13/2015 Post a comment Banking on trends toward larger screens, Samsung unveiled two new smartphones with larger displays in a smaller form factor. The Samsung S6 Edge+ and Note 5 will be available in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 21.
Intel Preps Crosspoint Server News & Analysis 8/13/2015 6 comments Intel will debut next week a new class of high performance servers using the 3-D Crosspoint memories it recently announced with Micron, said one expert.
Intel Said to Unseat Q'Com in iPhone News & Analysis 8/12/2015 6 comments Speculation about Intel Corp.’s design win for next Apple iPhone has resurged with a vengeance. A Northland Capital Markets’ analyst wrote in a research note that Intel will capture roughly 50% of Apple’s modem business in the upcoming iPhones due to launch September.
SMIC Expects First 28nm Revenue by Year End News & Analysis 8/12/2015 3 comments Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., China’s largest foundry, will start commercial production of 28nm -- its most advanced technology node -- in Q3 and expects its first revenue contribution from 28nm by the end of this year.
Samsung Drives Up 3-D Flash News & Analysis 8/11/2015 1 comment Samsung announced a handful of novel products using its 3-D NAND flash chips, but the mass market for such products may be more than a year away, said analysts.
Aricent Buys SmartPlay for $180M News & Analysis 8/10/2015 1 comment Aricent will create a design group focused on the semiconductor industry with the capabilities it acquired from SmartPlay for an estimated $180 million.
'Inevitable' Ethernet Moving Slowly into Cars News & Analysis 8/6/2015 3 comments Driven by a growing imperative to connect cars to the outside world, the emergence of the automotive Ethernet as the dominant in-vehicle network backbone seems inevitable. But how far has the automotive Ethernet really come?
Intel's Skylake Debuts at Gamecon News & Analysis 8/5/2015 5 comments Intel unveiled its new Skylake microarchitecture, the successor to Broadwell, at the Gamescon Congress 2015. The quad-core 6th generation i5 and i7 quad-core processors target gaming and e-sport.
CoolCube Circuit Stacking Moves to FinFET Process News & Analysis 8/5/2015 3 comments The CEA-Leti research laboratory at Grenoble France, has reported that its CoolCube 3D interconnect technology is suitable for use with FinFET manufacturing processes as well as with fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator manufacturing processes.
Semiconductor-less Transistors the Goal News & Analysis 8/5/2015 1 comment Michigan Tech is creating semiconductor-less heterojunctions using graphene and boron nitride nanotubes that they hope will supersede silicon at the end of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) circa 2028.
Indian Fab Project Hires Former GloFo Exec News & Analysis 8/3/2015 7 comments Indian foundry fab will be located near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The company reports that talks are moving the project forward on all fronts including: funding, technology and customers.
Will The World Coalesce Around USB Type C? News & Analysis 8/3/2015 5 comments USB Type C is still too new for any market forecast numbers. But some analysts anticipate that USB Type C with its alt modes could “bring some ‘consolidation’ in the connector market,” where consumers need just one cable.
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst News & Analysis 7/30/2015 6 comments Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains News & Analysis 7/30/2015 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Smarter Sensor Hub Cuts Power News & Analysis 7/30/2015 4 comments QuickLogic has a new sensor hub Eos, named after the Greek Goddess of the new dawn, which packs so many hardware accelerators--including it own field programmable gate array (FPGA)--on an SoC with an ARM Cortex-M4F, that it can serve as the application processor for wearables as well as significantly offload the app processor on a smartphone.
UMC Cuts Expectations for 28nm Ramp on Weaker Demand News & Analysis 7/29/2015 Post a comment United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s second-largest foundry, said its ramp of 28nm process technology will slow as the outlook for demand is likely to remain weak until the first half of 2016 while the chip industry works its way out of an inventory correction.
Demand for Radar Systems Boosts Infineon’s Chip Production News & Analysis 7/28/2015 1 comment Radar systems are experience rapidly growing acceptance among car buyers. While passenger cars with a radar sensor can be bought since the nineties, production figures as well as take rates reached significant numbers only by 2013. But since radar-based driver assistance systems are available at affordable prices, the numbers are skyrocketing. Infineon now has produced the ten millionth radar chip.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.