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Huawei vs. Xiaomi: China in Microcosm
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5/29/2015   6 comments
Huawei’s technological prowess in telecom and Xiaomi’s agility in China’s consumer electronics market illustrate both companies’ potential and their weaknesses. Understanding the differences offers a glimpse into the future -- where China is guiding the global electronics industry.
Gaming Helps Tool Emulate True Power Peaks
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5/27/2015   1 comment
Mentor Graphics' Veloce Power Application software identifies power consumption problems in emulation, enabling them to be nixed before fabrication.
SoC From Russia With MIPS
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5/27/2015   7 comments
Baikal Electronics of Russia, announced its T1, the first chip to use MIPS Warrior cores, will take on Broadcom and others in WiFi routers and home gateways.
CES Asia: ‘Zero Distance’ to Supply Chains
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
Conspicuously missing from CES Asia are big name consumer electronics brands -- even local companies like Xiaomi and Lenovo. The show, however, signals the region’s close proximity among product design, manufacturing and supply chains.
Spreadtrum Guns for Intel’s 14nm FinFET in 2016
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5/27/2015   4 comments
Working with Intel, Spreadtrum CEO Leo Li sees three things going for his company. “The access to Intel’s foundry, strong IP, and Intel is the only processor architecture company that has its own foundry.”
Xiaomi's Spending Spree: Its Logic and Method
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5/26/2015   2 comments
Xiaomi is on a spending spree lately in hopes of expanding its portfolio beyond smartphones. But textbook business-school investment strategies probably won’t cut it. After all, Xiaomi is no Google –- at least not yet. So what to do?
SK Hynix, Sharp Move Up Chip Vendor Ranking
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5/26/2015   Post a comment
SK Hynix, MediaTek and Sharp are three companies that showed strong sales growth year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015 and climbed up the top 20 chip vendor ranking produced by IC Insights.
New Tool Automates Register Verification Process for FPGA, SoC & IP Designs
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5/22/2015   Post a comment
Registers are one of the first aspects of the design that must be tested because they contain the configuration settings for the hardware and are the basis of the hardware/software interface.
Huawei’s Everything-Connected Game Plan
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5/22/2015   4 comments
As Chinese Internet companies like Tencent, Alibaba and Xiaomi bulldoze into the local consumer electronics market with online strategies, the position of China’s telecom giant Huawei grows ever more intriguing. Will Huawei join them or stand on its own?
Samsung Ramps 10nm in 2016
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5/22/2015   8 comments
Samsung said its 10nm FinFET process node will be in full production by the end of 2016 and offers “significant power, area, ad performance advantages.”
Software Secure? Good! But What About the Hardware (FPGAs & SoCs)?
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5/20/2015   1 comment
The Prospect Hardware Security Design and Analysis Toolkit from Tortuga Logic is a valuable addition to the Design-for-Security arsenal.
Shenzhen Startup to Keep Copycats Out
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
Shenzhen, flush with money, talent and willing consumers, has become a new hub for the next-generation smartwatches. Startup 3Wearables CEO told us, “Our business model is designed to keep copycats out.”
AMD Preps GPU, DRAM Stack
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
AMD plans to combine on a single device one its graphics processors and the SK Hynix high bandwidth memory DRAM stack, aiming to beat to market similar devices described by its rival Nvidia.
eSilicon Brings Virtualization to Online Portal
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
An IC designers’ job is mired in “what if’s.” eSilicon wants to make the ASIC designer’s decision process as painless as possible. The company is unveiling Tuesday a new online tool called “Optimizer.”
ARM, UMC to Roll 55nm Ultra-Low Power IoT Chips
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
ARM and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) announced Monday what they say is the first availability of a new ARM Artisan physical IP solution on 55nm for development of embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
FRAM's Slow, Unending Journey to Dominance
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Much like MRAM, PCM and RRAM, FRAM has never gained the foothold that was predicted at its inception. Niche applications are providing opportunities for more widespread use as alternatives to other NVRAMs.
Xiaomi Picks Leadcore to Go Vertical
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5/18/2015   2 comments
When Apple, Huawei and Samsung are already designing handsets using their own processors, Xiaomi, too, wants its own custom-designed processors to differentiate their products and control its own destiny, an executive of Leadcore Technology told EE Times.
China Wonders: Whither Wearable Wares?
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5/18/2015   5 comments
Tencent’s surveys indicate that 45.7 percent of consumers stop using their wearable devices within a month. In six months, that number swells to almost 99 percent. Chinese designers know they’ve got to rethink wearables.
Semi IP Licensing Growth Slows, Vendor Ranking Stabilizes
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
The pace of growth for the market for semiconductor intellectual property (IP) slowed in 2014 after four years of double-digit percentage annual increases, according to market research firm Gartner Inc.
Q'comm Rolls Wi-Fi Chips for IoT
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5/14/2015   Post a comment
Qualcomm Atheros rolled out two new Wi-Fi chips aimed at end nodes and hubs in the Internet of Things and packing more memory and punch than some existing IoT parts.
Is D-Wave a Quantum Computer?
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5/14/2015   8 comments
Critics say that D-Wave is not a "real" quantum computer because it can only solve optimization problems, but D-Wave Systems, Inc. counters that its an appropriate start to build and application-specific quantum computer on the way to a "universal" one.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts
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5/13/2015   2 comments
Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
IoT Feels Samsung's Artik Breeze
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5/12/2015   1 comment
Samsung announced a new series of modules designed for the Internet of Things as well as handful of partnerships to grow the open development community. The three modules, dubbed Artik, are complete hardware and software systems with built-in security.
Vision Core Tightens its Focus
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5/12/2015   Post a comment
CogniVue released the first details of Opus, its next-generation vision processing core that targets the rapidly emerging ADAS market of car safety subsystems.
New Spectra-Q Engine at Heart of Altera's Quartus II FPGA Environment
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5/11/2015   1 comment
Greater device complexity mandates increased development productivity. The latest version of Altera's Quartus II FPGA development environment rises to the challenge.
LTE-WiFi Debate Exposes Spectrum Land Grab
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5/11/2015   7 comments
A new document circulated among members of the 3GPP working groups, entitled as “Precluding standalone access of LTE on unlicensed carriers,” shows cell operators’ desire to revise 3GPP’s own rule and prohibit non-LTE carriers from using LTE-U.
Samsung Breaks Ground on $14 Billion Fab
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5/8/2015   14 comments
Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feet for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
SMIC Mum on 28nm Revenue Prospect in 2015
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5/8/2015   1 comment
SMIC declined to say if it will make money from 28nm products this year. However, last July, SMIC announced a deal with Qualcomm, under which SMIC’s 28mm process will be used to make Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.
Can TI Obsolete FPGAs?
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5/7/2015   33 comments
Field-programmable gate arrays are a blank slate that solves any computing problem at super-high speeds but for a cost. Texas Instruments to create a family of ARM+DSP+programmable accelerator chips to that perform the same jobs as the FPGA but in a cheaper, smaller package that is easier to program. Here's what industry analysts think of it.
Infineon Seeks Buyer for Welsh Wafer Fab
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5/7/2015   3 comments
Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has told staff at the Newport Wales wafer fab that it has inherited as part of its acquisition of International Rectifier Corp. that they will seek a buyer for fab. That's according to a report in the South Wales Argus.
Qualcomm, Broadcom at Odds Over LTE-Unlicensed
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5/7/2015   15 comments
The FCC has declared its intention to monitor promoters of the new LTE-U, pressuring them to play nice – and fairly – in the unlicensed spectrum with those who rely on Wi-Fi for broadband business. Stakes are high for everyone involved.
ST Brings More Power MCUs to Auto Electronics
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5/7/2015   1 comment
ST has rolled out a 40 nanometer version of the Power Architecture for use in security- and safety-critical automotive power train and body electronics apps.
Apple to Cash on Watch, Says IHS
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
According to a preliminary estimate by IHS and its Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service, the Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product, with actual hardware costs representing just under a quarter of the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).
Chip Market Growth Strong Q1 in US, China
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
The global chip market continued to be a tale of contrasting fortunes with Europe and Japanese markets contracting and the Americas and China enjoying double-digit percentage annual growth, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), reporting data compiled by the World Semiconductor.
NXP-Qualcomm Partnership to Drive NFC
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5/5/2015   3 comments
Expect droves of Android phones featuring secure NFC mobile transactions a la Apple Pay to hit the global market soon. NXP and Qualcomm have partnered to bring NXP’s NFC and secure element technology onto Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform.
Cloud Service Shrinks Set-Tops
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5/5/2015   2 comments
Startup Netzyn showed code running on ARM servers delivering the functions of a cable TV set-top box as a cloud service.
Why Intel and Qualcomm Can't Agree on IoT Framework
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5/5/2015   5 comments
How do you tell ISC License from Apache 2.0? Why is a Patent Pledge necessary? Triggering differences in IP policies of AllSeen and Open Interconnect Consortium is an ongoing tug of war between engineers and lawyers.
Intel's High-End Xeon E7v3 Debuts
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5/4/2015   3 comments
Intel claims its high-end Xeon E7v3 breaks speed records for data analytics, beating IBM's Power8.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union
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5/1/2015   2 comments
Lattice CEO, after its acquisition of Silicon Image in March, believes the marriage of FPGA company to an ASSP firm is a match made in heaven. He said, “That’s why Intel wants Altera. It’s obvious.” But is it?
Effective Code Coverage Comes to Multicore Software
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5/1/2015   Post a comment
New code coverage tool gives greater visibility into software running on a multicore design.
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
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4/30/2015   1 comment
In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
MediaTek Pins 2nd Half Hopes on Octacore
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, expects new octacore products coming out in the second half of this year to help lift sales out of the doldrums.
Living Computers Ultimate Goal
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
Georgia Tech has created arrays of sensor pixels for hybrid semiconductor/living cell sensor/actuators, paving the way to living computers.
UMC to Skip 20nm, Gun for 14nm FinFET
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4/29/2015   3 comments
UMC, which has once again become the world’s second-largest chip foundry, will skip the 20 nm technology node as it aims to have 14nm FinFET tapeouts available for customers by Q4 this year.
How the 3 Cs Drive IC Consumption
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4/29/2015   1 comment
The communications, computers and consumer electronics sectors are set to be responsible for more than 70 percent of IC sales in every geographic region -- Americas, Europe, Japan, and Asia-Pacific -- in 2015, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Topic Teardown: Connected Cars' Pros & Cons
Teardown  
4/28/2015   11 comments
We illustrate the benefits of connected cars. We analyze the driving force behind the connected car. We will scout security measures necessary inside cars in order to make connected cars less vulnerable to external malicious attacks.
High-End PCB Design Made Affordable
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4/28/2015   5 comments
Mentor's new PADS family targets independent engineers with lower cost and more powerful printed circuit board design capabilities.
EUV Deal Raises Questions
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4/24/2015   9 comments
ASML announced it struck a deal to sell 15 EUV systems to an existing U.S. customer, once again raising hopes about the readiness of the key technology for making leading-edge chips.
Freescale Reveals NXP Mega Merger Details
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4/24/2015   9 comments
Five companies, aside from NXP, were in talks with Freescale, and CEO Gregg Lowe will be leaving post merger. Freescale reveals details of the NXP merger during its quarterly results call.
QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung
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4/23/2015   3 comments
Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
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