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2D Material Beats Graphene
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3/4/2015   2 comments
Black phosphorus is a 2D material with advantages over graphene, including a variable bandgap and other photonics characteristics.
NXP CEO: ‘Security, IoT, Cars’ Drove Freescale Deal
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3/3/2015   1 comment
NXP CEO spoke with on the overlapping businesses with Freescale, once the merger goes through. Products that don’t belong to NXP’s focus on “security and connectivity with a smarter world” are Freescale’s network processors and NXP’s standard products.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
With new proprietary graphics interfaces out from AMD, Apple and Microsoft, Khronos Group is previewing Vulkan as an open follow on to OpenGL.
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better
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3/2/2015   13 comments
The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
Intel Tablet SoCs Pack LTE
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3/2/2015   11 comments
Intel announced a new family of SoCs and modems for mobile devices under its Atom brand, targeting low to premium markets. The chip giant hopes to win a large share of the mobile space with highly integrated processors and excellent graphics.
Asian Share of Global Fab Capacity May Top 69% by 2019
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Asia is expected to account for a new record, nearly 70% of the world's fab capacity, by 2019, according to a new report from IC Insights.
Imagination Dons Wearable GPU
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3/2/2015   1 comment
Imagination Technologies announced a suite of video IP cores for the next generation of graphic displays at Mobile World Congress. Alongside a set of video encoder cores, the UK company also announced a new PowerVR GPU for mobile and wearables.
Freescale Unveils Vision SoC for Accident-Free Cars
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Freescale has unveiled an automotive vision system-on-chip. Besides advanced vision algorithms and sensor data fusion features, the new SoC provides protection against external wireless attacks, a much needed feature in the era of “Connected Cars.”
NXP, Freescale Plan Mega Merger
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3/1/2015   19 comments
NXP bid to acquire Freescale to create a $10 billion embedded chip giant that would be a world leader in automotive chips and microcontrollers.
Samsung Phones Pack 14nm SoC
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3/1/2015   3 comments
Samsung will pack a handful of new technologies -- including a 14nm Exynos applications processor -- into its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones announced here. The handsets also sport a new fast-charging battery, novel memory stack, simplified user interface, and advanced camera features.
Freescale, Cisco, Ciena Give Nod to FD-SOI
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3/1/2015   1 comment
Freescale, Cisco and Ciena have defied the general skepticism of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator by revealing their own experience with the process technology, creating expectations that more companies might follow.
MediaTek Sails Uncharted Waters With CrossMount
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3/1/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek has revealed a new cross-device sharing technology called “CrossMount.” With the proposal of a new industry standard that’s royalty-free and open to all comers, MediaTek sails uncharted waters.
MediaTek Wrestles ARM A72 into Tablets
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3/1/2015   Post a comment
Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek announced a new tablet SoC based on ARM’s new Cortex-A72 processor. The chipset is designed to be a "workhorse" for media and enterprise.
Graphene Polymer Speeds Electron Transport
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2/27/2015   Post a comment
Depositing conducting polymers on graphene gives then highly desirable electrical properties, flexibility and strength for future flexible electronics, organic solar cells, protective coatings and other practical applications.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips
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2/26/2015   6 comments
The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
Mesh Comes to Bluetooth
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2/25/2015   6 comments
Expect Bluetooth to add mesh networking technology later this year. The Bluetooth SIG’s fast-track effort is a testament to the groundswell of interest in the technology. But it can also be viewed as a pre-emptive strike against the Thread Group.
Flex Logix Introduces FPGA IP Cores for SoC Designs
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2/25/2015   1 comment
The EFLX FPGA fabric allows things like I/O protocols, encryption algorithms, radio filters, and other "fixed" functions to be upgraded on-the-fly.
5 Trends to Watch at Mobile World Congress
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2/25/2015   4 comments
Anything and everything in the world that demands wireless connectivity – cars, phones, homes, retail transactions, factories, buildings, wearables, public transportation systems, you name it – is descending upon the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona.
Xilinx Unveils 16nm Ultrascale+ FPGAs, MPSoCs & 3D ICs
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2/24/2015   1 comment
Applications for Xilinx's new UltraScale+ FPGAs, MPSoCs, and 3D ICs include LTE Advanced and early 5G wireless, terabit wired communications, automotive ADAS, and industrial IoT.
MediaTek Push into Global LTE Not Likely Until 2016, Analyst Says
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2/24/2015   Post a comment
With U.S. certification still pending, MediaTek’s ramp in developed markets may take until next year to have some traction, says Credit Suisse analyst.
Silicon Labs' First Salvo in IoT SoCs: Blue Gecko
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2/24/2015   2 comments
Silicon Labs unveiled its first Bluetooth Low Energy wireless SoC, Blue Gecko. Integrating Silicon Labs’ EFM32 Gecko MCU with 2.4GHz radio, it’s the first in a series of IoT SoCs Silicon Labs has promised to deliver in coming months.
TSMC to Start 10nm in 2017, Closing Gap with Intel
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2/24/2015   4 comments
TSMC expects to start 10nm production in 2017, when it will have process technology matching that of industry leader Intel Corp.
AMD Describes Notebook Processor
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2/23/2015   1 comment
AMD’s next-gen notebook processor, Carrizo, packs a south bridge and HEVC decoder in the same space as its previous Kaveri chip, it said at ISSCC.
Marvell Shakes Up SoCs, DRAMs
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2/23/2015   8 comments
Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja announced a new SoC interconnect and virtual-memory initiatives aimed to make next-generation chips and systems cheaper.
Parrot Spins Positive on FAA Drone Draft
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2/23/2015   2 comments
We talked with Yannick Levy, vice president of Parrot (Paris), to find out how the FAA’s draft drone rules are viewed in Europe, and where the focus of the drone debate will move next.
Chip Packs 100, 64-bit ARM Cores
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2/23/2015   4 comments
EZchip announced it will sample next year a 28nm network processor using 100 ARM 64-bit A53 cores, gunning for sockets with Broadcom and Cavium.
3D E-Beam Enables 3D NAND Flash
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2/23/2015   2 comments
Applied Materials claims to have solved the last remaining problems around enabling mass production of 3D NAND flash memory cubes. The company says it has leveled the playing field so any semiconductor maker can make 3-D FinFETs as well as Intel already does.
Intel Carves Tiny SRAMs at 14nm
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2/22/2015   17 comments
Intel will describe at ISSCC advances based on its 14nm process technology including what it calls the world’s smallest SRAM cell and PCI Express circuit.
Quantum Transistor Harnesses New Effect
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2/19/2015   2 comments
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new phenomenon--the quantum spin Hall effect--and have used it to create the world's first spintronic topological field effect transistor (TFET), in simulation at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at Texas A&M University.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High
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2/18/2015   12 comments
Under the FAA’s proposed rules, gone are such antiquated rules as [drone] operators must be “licensed pilots.” Intact are “see and avoid” principles; must fly within line of sight of the operator.
NeuroMem IC Matches Patterns, Sees All, Knows All
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2/17/2015   7 comments
NeuroMem, a startup, spun out of General Vision, is betting the farm on the growing demand for pattern recognition in data analytics.
Android to Become 'Workhorse' of Cybercrime
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2/13/2015   2 comments
As of the end of 2014, 16 million mobile devices worldwide have been infected by malicious software, estimated Alcatel-Lucent’s security arm, Motive Security Labs, in its latest security report released Thursday (Feb. 12).
Nvidia Envisions Self-Driving Cars
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2/13/2015   1 comment
Automotive and mobile gaming were growth areas for graphics processor company Nvidia in 2014; Nvidia sees Tegra X1 and deep learning leading way to self-driving cars.
China Deal Squeezes Royalty Cuts from Qualcomm
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2/10/2015   5 comments
China’s National Development and Reform Commission called the investigation “antitrust case.” But more accurately, it successfully haggled with Qualcomm to get the royalty rate cuts for Chinese handset vendors.
MediaTek to Boost R&D Staff to Grab More LTE Share
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2/9/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, Taiwan’s largest chip designer, said it plans to increase its R&D headcount by about a fifth this year as it aims to grab a bigger piece of the LTE smartphone market from Qualcomm.
Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now
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2/9/2015   15 comments
From open source software to developing apps, industry professionals urge embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
Alibaba and Meizu Join Forces vs. Android
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2/9/2015   4 comments
Alibaba Group Holding Limited announced Monday its $590 million investment in Meizu, one of China’s smaller smartphone vendors. Here’s what has driven Alibaba to the deal.
Thermoelectric Nanowires to Cool Chips
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Researchers are finding all kinds or novel cooling methods to pull out the heat threatening to melt down chips that run faster than 3-Gz, but by embedding thermoelectric nanowires into the backside of chip Sandia National Labs hopes to continue scaling to higher speeds.
TSMC Plans to Invest $16 Billion More in Taiwan Site
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2/9/2015   9 comments
TSMC plans to invest an additional $15.9 billion as part of an expansion on the site of an existing fab near Taichung. TSMC expects the investment to create an additional 5,000 jobs at the site.
Open-Silicon: ‘No Software Runs Without Hardware’
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2/9/2015   1 comment
As the valuation of high-tech companies goes increasingly lopsided -- disproportionately favoring the software business -- the obvious question is: Who nowadays is willing to get their hands dirty designing high-cost, low-margin hardware?
TSMC Sues Over Trade-Secret Leak to Samsung
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2/6/2015   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is suing a former R&D employee on the suspicion that he leaked secrets including but not limited to 28nm process technology to Samsung.
1.5 nm Metrology Extends Moore's Law
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2/6/2015   1 comment
Even a ruler can nix Moore's Law. Rulers need to be as much as 10 times finer than the semiconductors they are measure. Thanks to researchers at some US national labs collaborating with industry, the finest metrology tool is now at 1.5 nanometers.
Silicon Labs Deploys M&A to Crack IoT
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2/4/2015   Post a comment
Silicon Labs has acquired a Finnish wireless module vendor Bluegiga Technologies, picking up the last missing link for its IoT play. Silicon Labs’ other IoT-related mergers include Energy Micro AS in 2013 and Ember in 2012.
Out Googling Google on Big Data Searches
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2/4/2015   4 comments
Northwestern University professor Luis Amaral has come up with a superior search algorithm that out Google's Google and he is giving it away free.
Sony to Ramp CMOS Image Sensor Production
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2/3/2015   Post a comment
Sony is spending in FY15 on image sensor production to meet smartphone demand and reinforce its number one position, while closing down an IC development site.
ARM Cores Take on PC Processors
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2/3/2015   18 comments
ARM today announced a new processor, GPU, and IP suite targeted for mobile SoCs. The 64-bit Cortex-A72 processor, Mali-T880 GPU, and Cache Coherent Interconnect aim to usher in an era where mobile devices “serve as your primary and only compute platform.”
Diamond Qubits: Everybody's Best Friend
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2/3/2015   1 comment
Quantum computers got a big boost recently when scientists at MIT found a way to embed then in artificial diamonds.
Intel Triples Tablet Application Processor Shipments
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
Intel's shipments of application processors for tablet computers more than tripled in 3Q14, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
IBM Shifts SUNY Chip Researchers
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2/2/2015   1 comment
Researchers at New York’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute are developing chip technology at 7nm for IBM. The organizations announced that more than 220 of these engineers and scientists at SUNY Poly's Albany Nanotech campus will become part of IBM Research.
Intel to Buy Lantiq, Get Ready for Smart Gateways
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2/2/2015   2 comments
Intel will acquire German-based Lantiq, with a goal to drive a smart gateway that connects a growing number of devices and services in the home.
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