EUV Results Bogus, Says Analyst News & Analysis 8/1/2014 15 comments A veteran industry watcher and an IBM expert are at loggerheads over IBM's recent announcement of a throughput advance with the latest ASML extreme ultraviolet lithography scanner.
Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation News & Analysis 7/31/2014 4 comments Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Q'comm Shares a Wearable Strategy News & Analysis 7/31/2014 4 comments The future of ubiquitous wearables will require more innovation than what is currently on the market, with dedicated silicon, interoperability, and beauty leading the charge. EE Times sat down with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok to talk strategy around mainstreaming wearables.
Sony, TSMC Win Award for Silicon-Plastic Process Development News & Analysis 7/31/2014 1 comment Sony and TSMC's paper describing a process to integrate a silicon biosensor into a microfluidic chip with the potential to create cost-effective, mass-fabricated point-of-care devices gets Best Abstract of Interest to the Industry Division Award from American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
IBM Breaks EUV Throughput Record News & Analysis 7/30/2014 22 comments An ASML NXE3300B extreme ultraviolet scanner exposed 637 wafers in 24 hours in its first test at an IBM facility in Albany, N.Y., but still has miles to go before it is ready for commercial use.
Google, Facebook Clash at Con News & Analysis 7/24/2014 11 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 News & Analysis 7/24/2014 10 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.
Silicon Photonics Acquires Key Subsystems News & Analysis 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.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Tiny GPU Targets IoT, Android Wear News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 7/16/2014 27 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 News & Analysis 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.
Vishay to Buy Capella for $205M News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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? News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves News & Analysis 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%.
Chip Market Growth Moderated in May News & Analysis 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.
Intel Wants Open-Source Analytics News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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? News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
EZchip Buys Tilera News & Analysis 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.
AMS, Dialog Confirm Merger Talks News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.