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Tunable Semiconductors Offer Better Detectors, Solar Cells
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4/15/2014   1 comment
Researchers at Georgia State University have published a paper showing how to get a semiconductor to detect low-energy light sources. These tunable semiconductors could offer better detectors, as well as new types of solar cells.
IBM Nanowires Add Photonics to Silicon
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4/15/2014   1 comment
By straining gallium arsenide nanowires on silicon substrates, IBM demonstrates how light emitters/detectors can be integrated onto standard silicon chips.
Archer Supercomputer Is Fastest in UK
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4/11/2014   4 comments
The University of Edinburgh has installed a Cray XC30-based supercomputer, which is now the fastest supercomputer in England.
Chip Experts Cautiously Optimistic
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4/10/2014   14 comments
Scaling looks good down to 5nm but the outlook is dim for alternative technologies such as FD-SOI and mixed for 450mm wafers, experts say.
Freescale Upgrades Small-Cell SoC
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4/10/2014   1 comment
At its annual trade show, Freescale Technology Forum, Freescale Semiconductor debuted its next generation SoC for multi-standard wireless base stations. Developed in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, the QorIQ Qonverge B4860 chip is designed for widespread deployment in dense metropolitan areas.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’
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4/10/2014   10 comments
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
ARM Moves to LLVM Open-Source for Future Compilers
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
In move away from proprietary technology, ARM plans to move any future compilers it develops into the open-source community through the LLVM license.
ISPD-14 Focuses on FinFETs, Security, Supply Chain
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
The 2014 International Symposium on Physical Design explored many areas in the development of next-generation integrated circuits. In addition to securing the chip supply chain and the latest FinFET developments, the discussion looked at cyberphysical system design.
Apple Lays Out Case for $2B Penalty
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4/9/2014   11 comments
An Apple expert testified why he believes Samsung owes the iPhone maker $2B+ in damages and could be liable for three times that amount.
The Man Behind pcDuino
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4/8/2014   7 comments
The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
New High-Efficiency Power Solution for Altera's High-Performance FPGAs
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The combination of Altera’s new ET4040 power conversion solution and high-end FPGAs offer systems designers the high-density, high-efficiency power conversion they require.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 & 808 Chips Boost Network Capabilities
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4/8/2014   4 comments
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors will be the highest-performing yet from the company, will offer the ability to aggregate LTE networks, and could deliver 300 Mbit/s. However, carriers would have to support the technology first.
Freescale Grabs Mindspeed's ARM
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor will purchase the CPE communications processor business of Mindspeed Technologies, which includes a series of ARM-based multicore embedded processors and associated software.
Global Chip Sales Rose 11.4% in February
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4/8/2014   1 comment
The increase was the largest year-over-year increase in three years, according to SIA.
Steve Jobs's Email Revealed
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4/7/2014   15 comments
An email from Steve Jobs outlining his views on Apple's priorities for 2011 was released by Samsung as part of evidence in a patent infringement trial.
Semis & Supply Chain: Chip CEO Points to Disconnects
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4/4/2014   2 comments
Has the supply chain industry actually hurt chip development? Microchip Technology CEO Steve Sanghi believes it has.
Chips Face Tough Times, Says Sanghi
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4/3/2014   41 comments
It's a new and harsher day for the semiconductor industry, said Microchip CEO Steve Sanghi in an interview on the EE Live! show floor.
Park Assist for Economy Cars
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4/2/2014   19 comments
In hopes of bringing advanced automotive features such as park assist and blind spot detection to economy cars, Freescale has teamed up with Broadcom to develop a compact MCU integrated with BroadR-Reach automotive Ethernet PHY.
WiFi Chip Tracks Indoor Location
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4/1/2014   4 comments
Broadcom's 802.11ac SoC is designed for pinpoint indoor positioning technology, with a more powerful ARM processor able to process location coordinates within several nanoseconds.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
Xilinx Introduces SDNet & 'Softly' Defined Networks
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3/31/2014   6 comments
Software Defined Specification Environment for Networking (SDNet) enables "Softly" Defined Networks.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap?
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3/27/2014   13 comments
Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
Intel, Altera Extend 14nm Foundry Deal
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3/27/2014   2 comments
These "multi-die" devices will boost performance and lower manufacturing costs. Intel and Altera originally announced their deal in 2013.
Slideshow: Tour Nvidia's GTC 2014
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3/26/2014   1 comment
Pascal, a 2016-class GPU on a 2.5-D stack with DRAM, was the headliner at Nvidia's annual tech conference here.
Audi Self-Driving Car Rides Nvidia
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3/25/2014   14 comments
Audi's self-driving car drove a few feet on the San Jose Conference Center stage on a Tegra K1 chip, delivering a new Nvidia strategy.
China to Blow $10B a Year on Chips
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3/25/2014   18 comments
Semiconductor business in China is abuzz about the huge chunk of money China’s central and local governments are about to plunk down on the domestic chip industry.
Mentor Graphics Acquires Berkeley Design Automation
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3/24/2014   1 comment
Mentor Graphics hopes to broaden its customer base into the nanometer sphere with the purchase of Berkeley Design Automation, an analog, mixed-signal, and RF circuit verification company.
Transistor-Cost Declines Slowing, Synopsys Says
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3/24/2014   10 comments
The cost/transistor is not declining like it used to, forcing shifts and opening opportunities said the chairman of Synopsys at an annual user group event.
Synopsys Upgrades Place & Route Tool
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3/24/2014   1 comment
Synopsys announced the IC Compiler II and an upgrade of its flagship place-and-route chip design tool, boasting faster throughput while using less memory.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT
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3/20/2014   38 comments
Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
Will China Conquer MEMS?
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3/20/2014   8 comments
After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
GloFo Shows Progress in 3D Stacks
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3/19/2014   7 comments
GlobalFoundries will report on progress creating a 3D chip stack in a 20 nm process without requiring keep-out zones around its through-silicon vias.
Startup Plugs Chip Security Hole
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3/19/2014   2 comments
ChaoSecure is a new standard cell library from startup ChaoLogix that masks a chip's EMI signature to prevent power differential attacks.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
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3/19/2014   3 comments
Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Imagination Offers Ray Tracing
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3/18/2014   8 comments
The Multicore IP block design from Imagination Technologies combines ray tracing and tile rendering for mobile graphics and games.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
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3/18/2014   19 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Patent Expert Sees No Simple Answers
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3/18/2014   7 comments
The former head of the US patent office shares his views on the so-called mobile patent wars and proposes a sound approach to standards-essential patents.
Sensor Fusion on EE Live! Menu
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3/17/2014   4 comments
Sensor fusion is rapidly becoming the secret sauce for the Internet of Things, a recipe experts will describe at an EE Live! panel.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
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3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Patent Debate Spawns Stanford Study
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3/14/2014   16 comments
Stanford's Hoover Institution launches a five-year effort to determine whether the US patent system helps or hinders innovation.
Cadence Expands Its Systems Definition
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3/13/2014   1 comment
Cadence shows off the fruits of its IP acquisition spree.
Research Labs Push the Bleeding Edge of Shared Memory Systems
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology turns to SGI's Intel-powered UV 2000 for pre and post-processing offline grid simulations for its Earth Simulator supercomputer.
Sony SmartEyeglass, Others Featured at Wearables DevCon
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3/12/2014   1 comment
Wearable designs, devices, and prototypes were on display at Wearables DevCon March 5-7 in Burlingame, Calif.
ClariPHY 28nm SoC Brings Telecoms Into the Datacenter
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
A new, 28nm system-on-a-chip design from ClariPHY is looking to bring 100 Gbit/s optical links used in telecoms into the datacenter.
Patent Data Missing in Troll Debate
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3/12/2014   2 comments
Congress and the Supreme Court are poised to take action on patent suits, but data to inform ongoing debates is missing, experts say.
MediaTek: Hotknot vs. NFC Begins
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3/12/2014   14 comments
MediaTek, Taiwan’s consumer electronics chip giant, will soon start sneaking into China’s smartphones a newly invented proximity technology called Hotknot.
ZTE's Bid to Go Upmarket via Nubia
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3/10/2014   4 comments
Nubia is ZTE's vehicle to go "upmarket," with a mission to establish a viable consumer brand and consumer channels -- not just in China but also in the United States.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
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3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
Active-Semi Announce Scalable Wireless Mobile Charging SoC Solution
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3/7/2014   5 comments
Have you used a wireless charger yet? If not, how long do you think it will be before you start counting this technology as a "must have" tick-box item on your checklist?
16nm Pushes Chip Design Boundaries at CDNLive
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3/7/2014   1 comment
One of the key issues being debated at the 2014 CDN Live conference is the race to make 16nm chip design more efficient. Engineers from Intel and TSMC are both expected to present papers on the subject.
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