Roadmap Says CMOS Ends ~2024 News & Analysis 3/23/2017 2 comments An expanded roadmap for semiconductors says traditional CMOS scaling will end in about 2024 but new chip stacks and systems architectures will continue advances.
OFC Debates Road to Photonic ICs News & Analysis 3/23/2017 2 comments An OFC keynoter made the case for indium phosphide photonic ICs, but analysts said that silicon photonics has bigger backers for merging optics and electronics.
Asian Tech Investment in U.S. May Rise News & Analysis 3/22/2017 3 comments Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and other Asian tech firms may contribute to a rising tide of investment in the U.S. in response to some expected Trump administration initiatives.
Samsung Edges TSMC in 10 nm News & Analysis 3/22/2017 4 comments Samsung appears to be about a quarter ahead of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. with the ramp of 10-nm process technology, according to a veteran chip analyst.
Is ADAS Ready for a Little 'Disruption?' News & Analysis 3/20/2017 Post a comment Chronocam, a developer of revolutionary event-driven sensor, is emerging in a red hot ADAS/Autonomous vehicle market where big players – Intel/Mobile -- are now beginning to merge. Is the startup tilting the windmills?
NXP Goes All In on FD-SOI News & Analysis 3/15/2017 1 comment By launching the lowest power general-purpose applications processors yet developed for IoT, NXP’s senior executive has unveiled a sweeping plan to broadly migrate design and production of general-purpose processors and microcontrollers from CMOS nodes to the FD-SOI process.
Intel/Mobileye Duopoly: Dream or Nightmare? News & Analysis 3/15/2017 7 comments Intel’s Mobileye acquisition has stirred mixed emotions and contrasting reviews among those who cover the industry. Semiconductor Advisors LLC, for one, said “Intel is taking a leap of faith to go very far outside its core business.”
SIA Backs House Republicans’ Tax Plan News & Analysis 3/14/2017 Post a comment Semiconductor industry trade association says the "Better Way" corporate tax reform blueprint is a good starting point for creating more jobs and helping chip companies innovate.
Silicon Labs Beefs Up IoT SoCs News & Analysis 3/14/2017 Post a comment After a year of selling multiprotocol wireless IoT SoCs, Silicon Labs is back in Nuremberg with a better mousetrap. It’s rolling out new Gecko SoCs, with more memory, support for switched multiprotocol and a full featured MCU.
Intel Rocks World with $15B Mobileye Buy News & Analysis 3/13/2017 6 comments Intel and Mobileye dropped a bombshell Monday by announcing that the world’s largest processor giant plans to spend roughly $15 billion to acquire Israel-based Mobileye, the world’s leader of computer vision chips and algorithms for ADAS and autonomous driving.
Xilinx AI Engine Steers New Course News & Analysis 3/13/2017 Post a comment Combining computer vision with machine learning mostly remains a theoretical and elusive goal for many system designers. Xilinx is hoping to change this perception by rolling out “reVision” stack, offering resources for platforms, algorithms and application development.
Your Money or Your Brakes News & Analysis 3/10/2017 3 comments Worrisome isn’t WikiLeaks’ revelation that the spy agency might have contemplated hacking vehicles. A scenario that scares the automotive industry is ransomware targeted at vehicles. Security experts have said that 2017 is the year that this will happen.
Auto SoCs: Race to ASIL D News & Analysis 3/9/2017 Post a comment Where does the automotive industry stand today on the Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) of the SoCs in their current ADAS models or in the autonomous cars on their drawing boards?
PowerVR Gets Graphics Refresh News & Analysis 3/8/2017 Post a comment Imagination Technologies unveiled Furian, its next-generation PowerVR graphics architecture, aimed to help claw back market share from ARM’s Mali.
Softbank to Sell 25% of ARM to Saudi-Backed Fund News & Analysis 3/8/2017 4 comments Softbank is about to sell 25 percent of ARM into a new, Saudi-backed $100 billion investment fund. The Japanese decision appears to be driven by Mubadala -- which owns 100 percent of Globalfoundries -- who is interested in ARM.
Competing Sensors Crave Human Contact News & Analysis 3/7/2017 1 comment While CMOS imagers and infrared are well established as sensors in smartphones, today’s $64 million question is whether they will make room for radar and ultrasound inside IoT devices. And if yes, what roles will they play?
Q’comm CTO on Non-Standalone 5G, LTE-U, IoT News & Analysis 3/2/2017 Post a comment Qualcomm calls it Pre-5G. Nokia calls it 4.9G. Verizon pushes 5GTF. This year’s Mobile World Congress spoke volumes of the cellular industry’s desire to boost the current LTE business while milking the promise of 5G, which isn’t here yet.
Intel, Spreadtrum Demo Brainchild News & Analysis 3/1/2017 4 comments Intel Corp. is showing a new mobile SoC chip developed by China’s Spreadtrum. Manufactured by Intel, using its 14nm process, this may pave the way for Intel to manufacture its own new modem later this year in its own fab, targeting Apple.
ASML Revs EUV Engines News & Analysis 3/1/2017 5 comments ASML unveiled the NXE 3400B, its candidate to drive EUV lithography into sub-10-nm fabs and described its follow-on as others showed EUV mask tools.
FCC’s Pai Debuts as ‘Light Touch’ Heavyweight News & Analysis 2/28/2017 Post a comment The new chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai, virtually claimed the copyright on the term “light-touch regulation” here at the Mobile World Congress, guaranteeing that he will strive to roll back “net neutrality” restrictions on Internet service providers.
EUV Progress, Hurdles Cited News & Analysis 2/28/2017 2 comments Extreme ultraviolet lithography made progress in the past year but hurdles are still ahead for EUV said Intel and Samsung experts.
Ultrasound: Can Chirp Usurp UI? News & Analysis 2/27/2017 Post a comment Chirp Microsystems is rolling out a single-chip ultrasonic time-of-flight sensor. “Touchless” – based on ultrasonic sensing – can “add another modality” to UI for wearable, AR/VR, smartphones and even automotive, believes the startup CEO.
Q’comm, Samsung, MTK Offer Hints on iPhone 8 News & Analysis 2/27/2017 Post a comment The 10nm process technology – common to all three chips announced by Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek – and faster speeds enabled by the advanced LTE modem are two likely elements to be leveraged in iPhone 8.
IEEE Director to Step Down News & Analysis 2/24/2017 1 comment E. James Prendergast will retire next year after nearly nine years at the helm of the prestigious technical organization.
EU Privacy Rules Can Cloud Your IoT Future News & Analysis 2/23/2017 Post a comment Looming large for the MWC crowd are two unresolved issues: the security and privacy of connected devices. EU’s privacy rules will affect not just big data companies like Google but also IoT companies, even when located outside Europe.
Wi-Fi, LTE Spar over Location News & Analysis 2/22/2017 Post a comment Wi-Fi chip makers and an LTE software startup announced ways of delivering location services they claim are superior to Bluetooth and ultrawideband.