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Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
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
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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
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7/30/2015   1 comment
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.
eBook Explains Faster In-System Flash Programming
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7/29/2015   Post a comment
"Faster Flash Programming via FPGA and IJTAG" from ASSET Intertech shows you how to program FPGAs 50 to 1000 times faster.
UMC Cuts Expectations for 28nm Ramp on Weaker Demand
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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
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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.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
Hacked Jeep: Whom to Blame?
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7/27/2015   23 comments
So, where, exactly, find a crack in the firewall of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee? How did they infiltrate and who’s at fault for failing to foresee the breach? Failures apparently occurred in multiple places.
SK Hynix Starts 3D NAND Flash Production
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7/27/2015   Post a comment
Memory chipmaker SK Hynix Inc. has said it will prepare for its first production volumes of 3D NAND flash memory in the third quarter of 2015. It joins the ranks of Samsung, Toshiba and Micron.
90+GHz Photonic Emitters On-chip
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7/27/2015   2 comments
Instead of integrating lasers on silicon chips, Duke University researchers propose using 90+ GHz nanopatch plasmonic antennas coupled to quantum dots.
Moto G Details Leak Ahead Of Motorola Event
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7/27/2015   1 comment
Motorola is holding a splashy event in NYC July 28, and leaks have provided a solid look at what's in store.
Freescale Takes on the Network Edge
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7/27/2015   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor's new multicore QorIQ network processors use up to eight ARM A-53 cores in a design targeted at network edge applications in virtual customer premises and Internet Service Provider equipment.
Nanoparticle Imaging with Graphene
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7/24/2015   1 comment
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using a monolayer of graphene as a see-through lens-like cap -- called a graphene liquid cell -- to create a new imaging system that can see the individual atoms in a single nanoparticle while it is still in solution.
Freescale to Merge with NXP at Top of Game
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7/24/2015   9 comments
In what might become the last quarterly financial call for the awaiting acquisition by NXP Semiconductors, Freescale delivered strong second-quarter financial results, backed by record-breaking gross margins, operating profits, and design wins.
Near-Collision Poses Need for V2V in Google Cars
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7/24/2015   22 comments
Both Google and Delphi downplayed what took place last month between their self-driving cars that almost collided on the streets of Palo Alto. But could they have avoided an evasive action caused by suddenly aborting the lane change?
Tablet Processor Sales Fell in 1Q15
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7/24/2015   Post a comment
The market for application processors for tablet computers fell 6 percent in 1Q15 compared with the same quarter a year before, according to Strategy Analytics.
Smartphone Processor Sales Climb, Players Ranked
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7/23/2015   1 comment
The market for application processors for smartphones jumped by 20 percent in 1Q15 compared with a year before, while the same market for tablet computers fell 6 percent in 1Q15 on the same basis, according to Strategy Analytics.
Google Glass Enterprise, Pixate Deal Offers Mobile Clues
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7/23/2015   Post a comment
With new details about Google Glass, and with the acquisition of Pixate, Google is offering some insight into mobile roadmap.
Qualcomm Plans 15% Layoffs
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7/22/2015   8 comments
Qualcomm announced a realignment plan that aims to reduce costs by $1.4 billion by 2016 and will deliver pink slips to 15% of employees.
Can GloFo and Europe's Chip Firms Unite?
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Globalfoundries' Dresden wafer fab could become the European More-than-Moore foundry that the local chip companies lacked the courage to commission. As such Globalfoundries could yet receive financial support from the European Commission to expand its presence in Europe.
Apple’s Results Offer More Evidence of Tablet’s Decline
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7/22/2015   4 comments
Consumer electronics giant reports another stellar quarter, but stock price dives in after hours trading.
Startup Award Goes to Incubator
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
An incubator for semiconductor startups launched in December was itself named the startup of the year in the annual ACE Awards hosted by EE Times and EDN.
Marvell CEO Named Exec of Year
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7/22/2015   1 comment
Sehat Sutardja, founder and chief executive of Marvell, was named executive of the year in the annual ACE Awards in part for driving innovation with two new technology initiatives this year.
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’
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7/22/2015   1 comment
In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
Freescale Truck Wins ACE
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Freescale's Internet of Tomorrow traveling showcase and training facility inside big rig trailer wins the ACE award for marketing at EE Times.
Toshiba CEO Resigns Over Accounting Scandal
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7/21/2015   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp.'s CEO has resigned in response to a report from an independent investigation committee that has uncovered the worst accounting scandal in Toshiba's 140-year history.
3D Printed Electronics Are Here, Researchers Say
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7/21/2015   Post a comment
3-D printers were used to print electronics circuit using polymers as the structural base and wax as a sacrificial material that they later filled with silver paste with a syringe to realize a proof-of-concept passive wireless sensor measuring food spoilage.
Germany Promises €400 Million Boost for Microelectronics
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7/21/2015   5 comments
With a nod to Globalfoundries and Infineon – two chip manufacturers that still have wafer fabs on German soil – the Germany's research ministry has said it will find additional cash to help promote microelectronics over the next few years.
AMD Upgrades Desktop SoC
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7/20/2015   5 comments
Advanced Micro Devices announced a refresh of its Kaveri desktop processors, the A8-7670K, designed for mainstream workloads, online gaming, and Windows 10.
IBM Slashes Next-Gen Power
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7/17/2015   14 comments
IBM Research aims to lower supply voltage to 0.2 volts to drastically cut idle power while maintaining superior performance using "boosters" that kick-in only when the circuit is being used.
Taiwan Chipmakers Leery of M&A Wave
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7/17/2015   1 comment
Taiwan chipmakers say they’re worried that the ongoing wave of global merger and acquisition activity in the semiconductor industry may leave them stranded.
Ex-IBMer Fired Up for Foundry
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7/16/2015   11 comments
Globalfoundries’ new CTO Gary Patton talks about life after IBM and the challenging road ahead for semiconductor makers.
Q'comm's Sales Practices Under Scrutiny
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7/16/2015   1 comment
The European Commission, the administrative and executive body of the 28-nation European Union, has opened two antitrust investigations into the behavior of Qualcomm with regard to its market dominance of semiconductors used in consumer electronics.
High Customer Interest in FD-SOI, GloFo Says
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7/16/2015   2 comments
Customers are already lining up to use the 22nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology announced by Globalfoundries earlier this week, according to a company executive.
TSMC Trims 2015 Outlook
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7/16/2015   7 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. the world’s largest chip foundry, said the outlook for the rest of this year is worse than the company previously expected because customers are digesting an inventory glut that built up earlier this year.
Windows 10 No Cure for Ailing PC Industry
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7/15/2015   13 comments
Release of new Microsoft operating system will not drive a massive PC refresh cycle as previous versions did.
PC, Mobile Slump Hits Chips
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7/15/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor sales are in a two year slump due to weak demand for PCs and mobile systems and the IoT and China won’t help much, says Gartner.
Phosphorene's Two Dimensions Could Beat Silicon
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7/14/2015   1 comment
Black phosphorus, already shown to be superior to silicon and graphene for photonics applications, may also be better for building electronic circuits.
Unifying IoT: Thread Delivers V1.0, Gets Qualcomm
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
The Thread Group is gathering momentum, laying a foundation for much needed unity in Internet of Things, and rolling out the networking layer designed to interoperate with a broad range of IoT solutions.
China Bids $23B for Micron
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7/13/2015   9 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup bid $23 billion for Micron in a deal that would put China at the forefront of the memory chip business but face close scrutiny from U.S. regulators.
Toshiba Execs in Firing Line, Accounting Probe Nears End
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7/13/2015   1 comment
Toshiba Corp. has issued a statement saying that no executive resignations have been decided with regard to accountancy practices that are under an investigation that is expected to report is conclusions mid-July.
Globalfoundries Launches Own FDSOI Processes
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7/13/2015   12 comments
Globalfoundries Inc. has announced that it is offering a fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) manufacturing platform with a nominal 22nm minimum geometry design rule that can operate down to 0.4V.
X-Fab offers SOI Process for Analog, Power
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7/13/2015   Post a comment
X-Fab Silicon Foundries GmbH has introduced a 180nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) manufacturing process for use in automotive, industrial and medical applications.
Wafer Fab Closures Analyzed by Diameter, Region
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7/10/2015   Post a comment
Chipmakers closed or repurposed 83 wafer fabs in the period 2009 to 2014 according to IC Insights.
Indian Wafer Fab Will be Specialty Foundry
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7/10/2015   1 comment
Cricket Semiconductor – a company set up with the purpose of building and operating $1 billion analog and power semiconductor wafer fab in India – will operate as a specialty foundry, according to Lou Hutter, one of two former Texas Instruments executives who formed the company.
Drop in Foundry Sales Sends a Warning Signal
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7/10/2015   3 comments
For the first time in more than three years, the world's two biggest foundries have posted negative monthly revenue figures at the same time.
MediaTek to Eat up Qualcomm's LTE Share in China
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7/9/2015   1 comment
MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, is likely to continue market-share gains in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) market at the expense of top-ranked Qualcomm by wielding its strength in China’s growing smartphone market, according to industry analysts.
IBM Leapfrogs Intel to 7nm
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7/9/2015   41 comments
IBM is the first semiconductor maker to demonstrate a 7-nanometer node finned field effect transistorS (FinFETS) in alliance partnership with SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Albany, New York) and joint development alliance with GlobalFoundries and Samsung.
M2M Shifting Quickly from 2G to 4G, Says Sequans
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7/8/2015   Post a comment
Although M2M devices are still largely dependent on 2G cellular links for device-to-device communication, M2M system vendors must decide soon to move their network “from 2G to something else,” said Georges Karam, CEO at Sequans Communications.
Veteran EDA Analyst Gary Smith Dies
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7/7/2015   9 comments
Memorial set for July 12 for man who was the voice of EDA for more than three decades.
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