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ARM: Smartphone Sales Drop, but Recovery Is Coming
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
In the first quarter of 2014, ARM rescued its financial results with license deals, embedded chips, but the company sees a smartphone revival coming in second quarter.
Cadence Breaks Into Top 4 in Semi IP Core Ranking
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
ARM Holdings remains the No. 1 semiconductor IP core supplier in the world, according to a new report from Gartner, but Cadence moved up the list due to several strategic acquisitions.
Slimming ICs to a Single Molecule Wide
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4/23/2014   1 comment
Conductors with a layer of built-in insulation are helping chip developers control the power of nano-circuits, according to recent research from the University of Rochester.
10nm Process Described in June
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4/23/2014   3 comments
IBM, GlobalFoundries, Samsung, and others will describe work on a 10 nm FinFET process, one of several notable papers at the VLSI Symposium.
Altera's FPGA DSP Goes Hardcore
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4/22/2014   11 comments
Having hardened floating-point DSP blocks in FPGAs opens the door to a wide range of military and commercial applications, and also reduces time-to-market.
Bluetooth LE Promises Fewer Cables, Less Weight in Cars
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4/22/2014   7 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy technology is about to get exploited for opening and closing doors and windows, or adjusting seats, mirrors and lighting – wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
Cadence to Acquire Jasper
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4/22/2014   7 comments
The merger will create the most comprehensive set of verification tools, according to the companies.
Neuromorphic Roadmap Plots Analog Path
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4/21/2014   8 comments
Human-brain-like cognitive computers will employ mixed-signal neuromorphic SoCs, according to the roadmap plotted by Georgia Tech researchers.
Slideshow: 10 Embedded Design Trends
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4/21/2014   18 comments
Among 10 trends in the 2014 version of our annual survey, Bluetooth is on the rise and FPGAs on the decline in embedded systems designs.
AMD Narrows Its Losses in Q1
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4/18/2014   Post a comment
As sales of PC continue to decline, AMD is looking to reverse its losses through sales of its new Radion GPUs and gaming APUs.
Smartphones, 28nm Tech Drive TSMC 1Q Revenue
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
Thanks to demand for high-end smartphones and investment in technology such as 20nm manufacturing, TSMC posted first-quarter net income of $1.59 billion. That momentum is expected to continue in the second quarter.
Quantenna Speeds Up WiFi
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
As several major companies roll out 802.11ac solutions with multi-user, multiple input-multiple output (MU-MIMO), local startup Quantenna Communications has announced chip that’s a step ahead.
IMEC Adds Image Sensors to Commercial Development Service
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
The Belgian company has published a brochure that boasts of the facility adding image sensors and visions systems to its commercial development and foundry services.
Samsung, Globalfoundries Prep 14nm Process
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4/17/2014   7 comments
Putting heat on TSMC, Samsung and GlobalFoundries are putting a single 14nm process in production this year, but former partner IBM is out.
ON Semi on a Roll With Image Sensors
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4/17/2014   1 comment
Coupled with the company’s acquisition of Truesense last week and the rollout of the new Python family of CMOS image sensors this week, ON Semiconductor sets its sights on the automotive market of the future.
Google Unveils Modular Phone
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4/16/2014   6 comments
Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
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4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
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   20 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.
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