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Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   2 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
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7/24/2014   9 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
60 GHz Startup Targets Mobile
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7/24/2014   9 comments
On the heels of Qualcomm’s acquisition of 60 GHz chipset manufacturer Wilcoity, startup Nitero is releasing its first 60 GHz WiFi silicon taregting mobile displays and I/O.
Apple in China: Best Is Yet to Come?
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7/24/2014   16 comments
Apple CEO Tim Cook described Apple’s business prospect in China as "a watershed moment."
Silicon Photonics Acquires Key Subsystems
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7/23/2014   3 comments
Silicon photonics will someday replace the expensive gallium arsenide photonics components used today, but all the subsystems have to be created in silicon, which Imec is doing one-by-one.
DARPA's Chip Office Reboots to Tackle Cost & Complexity
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7/23/2014   3 comments
DARPA's Microelectronics Technology Office, the source of much chip innovation over the past two decades, is now at the forefront of efforts to solve nagging cost and complexity issues that plague many modern weapon systems.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
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7/22/2014   29 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
Mobile Uptick Ahead, Says ARM
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7/22/2014   3 comments
Mobile device shipments are rebounding from a slump, but challenges are still ahead for Moore's Law and IoT fragmentation, said ARM's CEO announcing the company's latest quarterly results.
25G Ethernet on Tap at IEEE
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7/21/2014   5 comments
In the wake of a June launch for an industry consortium driving 25 Gbit/s Ethernet for use in data centers, an IEEE 802.3 group voted last week to pursue a standard for the technology.
NAND Suit: Toshiba Seeks $1.1B From SK Hynix
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7/21/2014   7 comments
South Korea's SK Hynix Inc. disclosed in a regulatory filing that Toshiba Corp. is seeking $1.1 billion in damages over the suspected theft of data related to NAND flash memory chip technology.
Cloud-Based Chip Design Research & Education
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7/21/2014   17 comments
Semiconductor Research and Silicon Cloud give chip designers global reach.
Intel Readies Super-Resist for EUV
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7/17/2014   7 comments
Intel partners with Berkeley Lab to create extreme ultraviolet (EUV) resists.
Tiny GPU Targets IoT, Android Wear
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7/16/2014   4 comments
Imagination Technologies announced a new Android-compatible graphics core for wearables and the Internet of Things. The PowerVR Series5XE GX5300 core is 0.55mm2 - what Imagination dubs the smallest chip in the industry - and designed for low-cost, area constrained applications.
Broadcom Raises Small-Cell Bid
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7/16/2014   Post a comment
Broadcom is sampling an updated line of its small cell chipsets for residential and enterprise markets. The BCM617XX family of SoCs supports 3G, 4G, and LTE for what Broadcom considers to be a growing market.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs
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7/16/2014   26 comments
In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
Intel's Mobile Losses Mount
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7/15/2014   8 comments
Intel reported significant increases in net income during its second-quarter revenue report, held July 15, as well as record quarterly microprocessor shipments. Despite a generally good quarter, the company showed massive losses in its mobile unit.
Cadence's New Quantus QRC Extraction Solution
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7/15/2014   1 comment
New massively parallel architecture is TSMC-certified for 16nm FinFET designs.
Vishay to Buy Capella for $205M
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7/14/2014   Post a comment
In a move aimed at strengthening its optical sensor business, Vishay Intertechnology has agreed to acquire Capella Microsystems Inc. of Taiwan for $205 million.
IBM Preps for Post-Silicon Era
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7/14/2014   9 comments
Amid reports that it may sell its chip fabs, IBM announced plans to spend $3 billion over five years on chip-related research, much of it for what one executive calls alternatives in a post-silicon era.
Can Samsung Get Qualcomm in LTE Market?
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7/11/2014   8 comments
Samsung took the wraps off of a new LTE radio chip. It's noteworthy that the company has integrated its own quad-core application processor and called it Exynos ModAP. The Korean behemoth's intention is clear: Get Qualcomm.
TSMC Said to Ship Apple SoCs
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7/10/2014   15 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. began shipping mobile processors to Apple during the second quarter of this year and will continue through 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Qualcomm Snaps Up CSR's Imaging Team
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7/10/2014   Post a comment
Cellphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying the imaging operations of CSR plc, which are based in Israel, according to local reports. CSR announced it would be selling the business for $44 million on July 2.
2-Year Chipmaking Equipment Spending Boom Coming
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7/10/2014   Post a comment
After years of underspending on chipmaking equipment, the semiconductor industry is set for two consecutive strong growth years, according to the SEMI industry organization.
Nanotubes May Put IBM Watson in a Pocket
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7/10/2014   2 comments
Stanford research describes progress in carbon nanotubes, noting the material's promise to pack the equivalent of IBM's Watson system into a handheld.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves
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7/9/2014   6 comments
Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
XS Embedded Deal Gives Mentor Inside Track in Car Race
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7/9/2014   2 comments
The acquisition of German company XS Embedded makes Mentor Graphics by far “the most complete” automotive embedded system company in the world, according to Mentor executive.
Chip Market Growth Moderated in May
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
Europe's three-month average chip sales in May pushed forward showing strengthening growth year-on-year while the rest of world saw growth rates decline, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), that referenced the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
6 Keys to Navigating Connected Car's Software Quagmire
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7/8/2014   11 comments
The rush to achieve connected cars has thrown the automotive industry into a technological quagmire. EE Times dissects the technological building blocks and lays out who the players are and who benefits most.
Panasonic to Make 14nm SoCs at Intel
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7/7/2014   8 comments
Panasonic will use a new low-power variant of Intel's 14nm process to make SoCs -- the latest sign of Intel's growing foundry business.
Intel Wants Open-Source Analytics
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7/7/2014   2 comments
While Intel finishes work on an upgrade of its Hadoop distribution with Cloudera, it is setting its sights on driving analytics to open source, too.
Qualcomm Buys Wilocity to Dominate 60 GHz
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7/3/2014   2 comments
In the ramp up to ubiquitous 60-GHz technology, Qualcomm has acquired Wilocity, a developer of 60-GHz wireless chipsets based on the IEEE 802.11ad standard, also known as WiGig. Qualcomm is the first major player to publicly integrate 60 GHz into its roadmap.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now?
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7/3/2014   16 comments
SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
Datacenters Drive 25GE Effort
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7/3/2014   14 comments
Ethernet products running at 25 and 50 Gbits/s could emerge within 12 to 18 months, thanks to a consortium driven by datacenter rivals Google and Microsoft.
IBM Pledges Nanotube Transistor by 2020 or Bust
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7/2/2014   5 comments
After over two decades of work on carbon nanotube transistors, IBM finally thinks is may have a workable architecture -- if the kinks can be worked out by 2020.
EZchip Buys Tilera
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7/1/2014   9 comments
EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.
China, Not Apple, Is Way to Go, Says mCube CEO
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7/1/2014   4 comments
Ben Lee, CEO of MEMS startup mCube, explains why he wants to spend $37 million on being a supplier of sensors to Chinese ODMs and avoiding a design win with Apple or Samsung.
Actions Licenses ARM for 64-Bit Tablets
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6/30/2014   6 comments
Actions Semiconductor will provide its first 64-bit ARM Cortex-based SoC in late 2014, making it easier for the Chinese company to develop high-end tablets.
AMS, Dialog Confirm Merger Talks
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6/30/2014   6 comments
Mixed-signal, power, and RF chip companies AMS AG and Dialog Semiconductor plc have announced that they are in discussions over a possible merger.
Silicon Highway Narrows, Twists
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6/30/2014   6 comments
The need for multi-patterning at 20 nm and beyond is one of several factors adding cost and complexity for chip vendors, two experts say.
Google Boots Up Project Ara
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6/27/2014   9 comments
Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
Seeing Is Believing With Google’s Tango Tablet
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6/26/2014   8 comments
Project Tango will be in consumer hands as early as next year, speakers at Google's I/O developer conference said today. Google is in early engagements with LG to produce the 3D depth sensing tablet next year.
Cirrus to Take Half Audio IC Market, Says Report
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6/26/2014   6 comments
Price pressure in the growing audio IC market is leading to consolidation and will continue, according to SensiAn Research. And it is happening top-down with the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics by Cirrus Logic.
IBM at the Crossroads: How IBM Got to this Point
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6/25/2014   9 comments
In the third of a three-part series we analyze how IBM got to the crossroads of considering a sale of its fabs, given its standing as a semiconductor leader.
Bosch 6-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit for Always-On Future
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6/25/2014   3 comments
Bosch's Sensortec aims its integrated low-power sensor platform for always-on applications in mobile and the Internet of Things.
IBM at the Crossroads: IBM Responds
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6/24/2014   11 comments
In the second of a three-part series IBM responds to comments from analysts and IBMers about the future of the company as a chipmaker.
Stealth Mercenary Team Boosts Fortune 500 Companies
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Synapse Design styles itself as a mercenary design team. Working for Fortune 500 companies, Synapse Design has taped out 33 SoCs in the last 12 months.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs
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6/23/2014   5 comments
Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
Intel Massive Parallel Upgrades Due
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6/23/2014   11 comments
Intel ups the ante in supercomputer processors by boosting Xeon Phi from 1 to 3 teraflops, adding an on-chip optical fiber interface and 16 Gbytes of 3D hybrid memory cube jointly developed with Micron.
X-Fab Cranks Up MEMS Capacities
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6/23/2014   Post a comment
Semiconductor foundry X-Fab is expanding its MEMS manufacturing capacity in its Erfurt and Itzehoe locations. At these locations, X-Fab is adding 21.500 square feet of cleanroom facilities.
IBM at the Crossroads: Employees Talk
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6/23/2014   16 comments
In the first of a three-part series we talk to analysts and current and former IBMers about the future of IBM as a chipmaker.
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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