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MRAM Momentum Poised to Disrupt Memory Workhorses
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6/13/2017   5 comments
With four foundries expected to enter MRAM production in the second half of 2018 timeframe, Spin Transfer Technologies CEO Barry Hoberman anticipates a “tornado” of change
Germanium Displacing GaAs for RF Transistors
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6/13/2017   1 comment
The world's first sub-10 nanometer Germainium gate-all-around (GAA) nanowire transistors accompany the world's lowest source/drain contacts claims the International Micro-Electronics Center (Imec Intl., Belgium) at this month's 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Kyoto, Japan.
TI’s Shrewd Robo-Car Strategy
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6/12/2017   5 comments
While Nvidia and Intel are busy sparring for glory as innovators of fully autonomous vehicle platforms, TI has kept its profile low. What are the plans for TI to shift its current ADAS platform to Level 4/Level 5 autonomy?
EU Agency Offers Corrective for IoT Security ‘Market Failure’
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6/9/2017   Post a comment
ENISA and European chip vendors urge mandatory IoT security standards and a product labeling program to promote consumer trust and level the playing field for vendors.
Greengrass Embeds Amazon in IoT
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6/8/2017   Post a comment
Amazon rolled out Greengrass, a Linux runtime for running AWS services on GHz-class embedded processors in the Internet of Things.
Why Qualcomm's New JV Irks Tsinghua Unigroup
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6/6/2017   Post a comment
China's two high-profile investment firms, JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital, investors of semiconductor business units divested by NXP, are now backing a new Qualcomm-Leadcore JV focused on chipsets for mass-tier smartphones in China.
Apple, Amazon to Join Foxconn's Toshiba Bid
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6/5/2017   7 comments
Foxconn's CEO reportedly tells Nikkei that the electronics powerhouses are participants in the contract manufacturers' $27 billion to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business.
Apple Turns Up Speakers, AR
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6/5/2017   4 comments
Apple rolled out a Siri-powered music speaker, developer’s kits for AR and machine learning and new iMac and iPad Pro systems.
Qualcomm-NXP Deal Faces EU Snag
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6/2/2017   Post a comment
As Qualcomm continues its lonely courtroom battle against the world, it is fighting for approvals of its NXP acquisition with a global army of antitrust regulators. Qualcomm’s next hurdle is a preliminary review by the EU, concluding next week.
Qualcomm Enters Intel PC Stronghold
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6/2/2017   4 comments
With Qualcomm’s announcement of its Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform, the company is entering Intel’s CPU turf, where the world’s biggest chipmaker has held more than half of the market for more than three decades.
NAND Shortage Drives Price Surge
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6/2/2017   2 comments
Contract pricing for NAND flash surged by 20 to 25 percent in the first quarter, a strong testament to the undersupply condition that persists in the market
Nvidia CEO Says Moore’s Law Is Dead
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6/1/2017   7 comments
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has become the first head of a major semiconductor company to say what academics have been suggesting for some time: Moore’s Law is dead.
Nvidia Pitching AI to ODMs in Taiwan
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5/30/2017   Post a comment
Nvidia has come to Computex, in hopes of replicating what Intel and Microsoft achieved a few decades ago with the PC market. Nvidia hopes to dominate “accelerated computing,” by partnering with Taiwan's ODMs and driving AI cloud computing.
ARM Cores Target AI-powered Future
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5/29/2017   Post a comment
Two new application processor cores introduced as part of an ambitious goal to accelerate AI adoption and get an ARM processor core into every IoT device by 2035.
DRAM Price Surge Continues
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5/26/2017   2 comments
Global DRAM sales reached record heights in the first quarter, thanks to a 30 percent increase in the average contract price of PC DRAM modules, according to DRAMeXchange.
RF Filters Boost MEMS Market
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom moves into No. 2 spot in MEMS sales, suprassing TI, according to Yole Développement.
Smartphone Sales Grew 9% in Q1
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Chinese vendors Huawei, Oppo and Vivo continued to take market share from Samsung and Apple, Gartner says.
Intel Inside DJI Mini-Drone
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5/25/2017   Post a comment
DJI claimed that Spark is “the first drone that users can control by hand gestures alone.” Movidius’ Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit enables Spark to perform both computer vision/deep learning and image signal processing.
NI's New CEO: Automotive To Be Key Opportunity
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5/25/2017   14 comments
National Instruments' new CEO spoke about his transition to the top, what's driving the company, and about engineering education, in an interview with EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
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5/24/2017   5 comments
Samsung's foundry unit updates tech roadmap, including the addition of 4nm process with "post FinFET structure" to begin production in 2020.
Western Digital Reportedly Ups Bid for Toshiba Memory
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5/24/2017   3 comments
Bid worth about $18 million would resolve dispute with NAND partner but would likely heighten regulatory scrutiny.
China Set to Rewrite FD-SOI History
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5/23/2017   2 comments
Globalfoundries and the municipality of Chengdu are betting on China to rewrite the history of FD-SOI. They plan to pump $100 million to build FD-SOI ecosystem. The question is, if you build it, will they come?
Intel Sees Robo-car As Data Flow Issue
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5/19/2017   Post a comment
Car companies rarely discuss behind-the-scene development work on their autonomous vehicles. The notable exception is Intel, which styles itself as a “data company.” Intel laid out how custom data center architecture is critical in processing autonomous vehicle data.
Imagination Sells SoC Design Group
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5/19/2017   2 comments
UK-based IP vendor sells group to design services firm for undisclosed firm.
Renesas Getting Healthy with Healthcare
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5/18/2017   1 comment
Renesas is pushing the company’s healthcare solutions. Its bio-sensing reference module, measuring 11x18 mm, coupled with software analytics, can continuously monitor blood pressure. Other home-grown technologies in the offing include Silicon-on-Thin-Box (SOTB) and wireless charging technology.
Sensor Sales Finally Catch Fire
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor sensors and actuators hit all time highs last year as several years of price erosion abated, according to IC Insights.
Android, Google Home Get AI Upgrades
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Google will make machine learning central to all its products including upgrades of Android and Home it announced at its annual Google IO event.
Record Wafer Shipments Continue
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers defied typical first quarter seasonality to remain at record levels.
Samsung Spinoff Likely to Grab Foundry Share
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5/16/2017   9 comments
Samsung's chip operations consisting of memory and system LSI will be split into three, making the foundry business an independent unit. The move is expected to increase Samsung’s share at the expense of TSMC and smaller rivals.
Rambus Tips IoT Security Service
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5/15/2017   Post a comment
Providing an alternative to ARM, Rambus is adding a security service for the Internet of Things to its existing software for provisioning encrypted keys.
Consolidation Continues to Rewrite Chip Vendor Rankings
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5/15/2017   Post a comment
The unprecedented wave of semiconductor industry consolidation skewed comparisons and continued to redraw the rankings of vendors by sales.
V2X Pits Safety v. Spectrum
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5/15/2017   1 comment
The V2X standard debate – which was initially all about traffic safety – has been hijacked by a telecommunication industry hungry for spectrum for broadband services. Did the announcement by Savari to join the 5G Automotive Association mean Savari flipped?
With Ixia Acquisition, Keysight Moves Up the Protocol Stack
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5/11/2017   Post a comment
Keysight's acquisition of network-test company Ixia moves the company into network testing at layers 2 through 7.
SMIC Names Haijun Zhao CEO
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5/10/2017   1 comment
COO moves up the ranks as Tzu-Yin Chiu steps down. Chiu will remain vice chairman of SMIC's board of directors.
Coventor Touts Unified MEMS Platform
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5/10/2017   1 comment
Coventor's micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) design tools have been merged into a single tool called Coventor MEMS Platform.
Nvidia Takes Deep Learning to School
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5/9/2017   7 comments
The message that Nvidia hopes to hammer home, at its conference, is that deep learning is “transforming computing.” Nvidia has styled itself as a firebrand, catalyst and Deep Learning enabler, and — in the long run — a deep profiteer.
UL, MIPI Bolster IoT Security
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5/5/2017   1 comment
UL and the MIPI Alliances are the latest groups to call for participation in efforts to define best practices and standards for security in the Internet of Things.
Tablet Shipments Decline for 10th Straight Quarter
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5/4/2017   14 comments
First quarter tablet shipments were down 8.5 percent year-over-year as enthusiasm for the once hot products continues to wane, according to IDC.
As Apple Jilts Imagination, MIPS Goes on Block
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5/4/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies that it had started a "dispute resolution procedure" with Apple, as their negotiations have stalled. Not coincidentally, the company revealed plans to sell two businesses. Going on the block are MIPS and Ensigma.
RISC-V Cores Get Support, Fees
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5/4/2017   2 comments
Startup SiFive released a 64-bit RISC-V embedded core and a Web site to try and buy its royalty-free processor cores online.
Intel Names New Data Center Chief as Bryant Takes Leave
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5/3/2017   3 comments
Navin Shenoy, general manager of the chip giant's Client Computing Group, will take over leadership of the DCG as Diane Bryant takes leave of absence to focus on family matter.
Researchers Create Artificial Synapse For Electronic Brains
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5/3/2017   3 comments
The University of Arkansas has formed a ferroelectric memristor that acts as an artificial synapse for electronic brains.
Micron, Microsoft Team on IoT Security
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5/3/2017   Post a comment
The initiative will combine Microsoft Azure IoT cloud with Micron's Authenta technology to address the major challenge of providing trusted computing models for IoT deployments.
China Slump, Q'comm Suit Dog Apple
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5/3/2017   2 comments
Apple nudged quarterly revenues up five percent in its latest quarter despite a 14 percent slide in sales to China and concerns about its Qualcomm suit.
M’soft Gives Deeper Look into HoloLens
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5/2/2017   Post a comment
A Microsoft computer vision specialist gave a deeper look into the challenges and opportunities for HoloLens, its augmented reality headset.
Cadence DSP Grabs Neural Nets
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5/1/2017   1 comment
Cadence announced its Vision C5 DSP at the Embedded Vision Summit, catching up with rivals Ceva and Synopsys in machine-learning cores.
Politics Muddy Toshiba Bidding
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4/29/2017   8 comments
As the second round of bidding for Toshiba’s coveted memory business draws near, the opaque process is exposing a deep schism of interests in Japan among politicians, bureaucrats and bankers. But did anyone ask what engineers want?
Faster Networks Push Interface Development
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4/28/2017   2 comments
Rambus' memory and interface portfolio, including its recently launched 56G SerDes PHY, is being guided by long-reach backplane requirements for 400 GB Ethernet applications, as well as 5G wireless networks
Bozotti to Remain CEO as ST Elevates Heir Apparent
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4/28/2017   Post a comment
European chip maker elevates heir apparent to deputy CEO.
Samsung Lifted by Strong Memory Chip Sales
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4/27/2017   1 comment
Best ever quarterly profit for semiconductor division helps South Korean electronics giant shake off Galaxy 7 recall fiasco.
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