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Rambus, Microsoft Heat Up With Cold DRAM
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4/17/2017   4 comments
Rambus, in collaboration with Microsoft researchers, has succeeded in prototyping DRAM operating below 90 kelvin. Cryogenic memory will be essential to data centers, “currently the fastest growing consumer of memory” in the industry, said Rambus chief scientist.
NXP Shows First FD-SOI Chips
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
NXP showed the first chips it is making this year in Samsung’s 28nm FD-SOI process and called for work on replacements for embedded flash.
5 Unresolved Issues Facing Robo-cars
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4/13/2017   15 comments
It’s time to separate the “science-project” robotic car from the commercially viable autonomous vehicle that carmakers need but don’t have. Here are five open questions that await the tech revolution.
Qualcomm to Re-Pay $815 Million to BlackBerry
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
Arbitration panel rules for Canadian smartphone maker in contract dispute over past royalties.
Gartner Ups Chip Market Growth Forecast to 12%
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4/13/2017   2 comments
Continued improvement in memory market conditions lifting expectations for overall market in 2017 and 2018.
MIPI Goes Beyond Mobile, Camera
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4/12/2017   1 comment
After earning universal respect within the mobile ecosystem, MIPI Alliance’s spec is moving decisively beyond mobile. The industry group unveiled MIPI CSI-2 v2, which can now respond to complex imaging needs of IoT, wearables, AR/VR, drones and automotive.
Renesas ‘Opens’ Autonomy for Cars
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4/11/2017   2 comments
Renesas Electronics emerged from a prolonged silence Wednesday, heralding the launch of Renesas Autonomy, a newly-designed advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving platform.
Researchers Developing Touch Sensitivity for Your Levi's
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4/11/2017   Post a comment
North Carolina State University created conductive and stretchable wires that can sense torsion (twisting), strain (elongation), and touch.
Chinese Investment Firm Agrees to Buy Xcerra
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4/10/2017   1 comment
Chinese private equity firm to shell out $580 million to buy parent company of LTX-Credence.
Four Grand Engineering Challenges
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4/7/2017   15 comments
Industry veterans laid out four diverse engineering challenges at a recent meeting in Silicon Valley of the National Academy of Engineering.
Prefetch Engine Recovers Lost Performance
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4/7/2017   1 comment
Performance-IP's Memory Request Optimizer reduces latency between the memory subsystem and the SoC client to improve memory bandwidth
Israeli's Valens Semi Snags $60 Million in Funding
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4/6/2017   Post a comment
Samsung, Goldman Sachs, Delphi and MediaTek join existing investors in backing 11-year-old HDBaseT chip firm.
Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design
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4/6/2017   3 comments
Chip designers are hearing AI’s footsteps as it encroaches on their design work. Solido Design Automation, which has been applying its home-grown machine-learning algorithms to its software, is making its crown jewel available to customers via Machine Learning Labs.
Chip Materials Market Grew 2.4% in 2016
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Sales of wafer fab and semiconductor packaging materials both grew amid slight growth in semiconductor revenue, according to the SEMI trade group.
China's Tsinghua Secures $22 Billion in State Backing
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4/4/2017   7 comments
Ambitious Chinese memory upstart says additional funds will help it improve global competitiveness.
Semiconductor Sales Keep Climbing
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4/4/2017   1 comment
Chip sales logged the largest year-over-year decline in more than six years in February, according to a semiconductor industry trade group.
Apple Drops Imagination
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4/3/2017   3 comments
Apple has notified Imagination Technologies, a key GPU core licenser to Apple for years, that it will no longer use Imagination’s IP in new products. Analysts are skeptical if Imagination can survive as an independent company without Apple.
Intel Shows Life Beyond CMOS
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4/3/2017   2 comments
At the International Symposium on Physical Design Intel presented more than dozen different ways to get beyond the limitations of conventional complementary metal oxide semiconductors while using the same fabs.
Toshiba Shareholders OK Chip Unit Sale as Bidders Mount
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3/31/2017   Post a comment
With about 10 bidders reportedly interested, stockholders vote to approve spinoff into separate business.
Analog Devices Buys Broadband Amplifier Vendor
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3/31/2017   Post a comment
ADI says acquisition of OneTree Microdevices will enable it to support the complete signal chain for next-generation cable access networks.
Police Report Untangles Uber Crash Mystery
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3/30/2017   25 comments
EE Times has obtained the police report of Uber traffic collision on March 24. It tells a story different from earlier accounts of the crash. It also reveals details that might prompt more questions about Uber.
Semiconductor Outlook Lifted on Surging Memory Prices
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3/30/2017   2 comments
IC Insights doubles market forecast to 11 percent growth due to surge in DRAM and NAND flash ASPs.
Q'comm Names CTO, Girds for NXP Influx
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm appointed James Thompson, EVP of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, as the company’s new CTO. Thompson is responsible for R&D activities in all wireless chipsets in QCT, semiconductor business. He will oversee the companywide technical and product roadmaps.
MaxLinear to Buy Exar for $700 Million
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Deal, worth $472 million net of Exar's cash on hand, would increase MaxLinear's scale and diversify its revenue base.
Intel Creates New Unit to House AI Efforts
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3/24/2017   1 comment
Artificial Intelligence Product Group will align resources from across the company to focus on AI.
TowerJazz Rolls Out Silicon Photonics Process
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3/23/2017   Post a comment
Specialty foundry offering process to complement silicon-germanium BiCMOS process for optical transceivers.
ST's SPAD Imager Likely Linked to iPhone 8
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3/21/2017   3 comments
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 with a “3D camera” is the subject of intense speculation. Dots yet to be connected are the explicit relationships among the iPhone 8, single photon avalanche diodes and STMicroelectronics.
Wireless Networks Vie for Air Time
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3/21/2017   1 comment
Debates among wireless competitors at an IEEE event spanned cellular IoT, 5G, and Wi-Fi.
Peregrine Semi Buys MIT Spinoff Arctic Sand
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3/20/2017   Post a comment
RF chip vendor says deal will expand its power module business in the telecommunications, data communications and industrial electrical markets.
Is ADAS Ready for a Little 'Disruption?'
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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?
China Fab Boom Fuels Equipment Spending Revival
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3/16/2017   Post a comment
With 26 fabs scheduled to come on line in China in the next four years, the SEMI trade group is projecting the first three-year run of consecutive semiconductor equipment spending growth since the mid-1990s.
China's Gamble on Industrial IoT
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3/16/2017   1 comment
The Chinese government projects the country’s Industrial Internet of Things to grow to 450 billion RMB by 2020 – occupying roughly one quarter of China’s whole IoT market. Here’s a report from EE Times China's Editor-in-Chief Yorbe Zhang.
NXP Goes All In on FD-SOI
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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?
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3/15/2017   8 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
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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
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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.
PSoC 6 is Purpose-Built for the IoT
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3/13/2017   2 comments
The PSoC 6 is the first PSoC family to support dual, heterogeneous processors -- an ARM Cortex-M4 and an ARM Cortex-M0+.
Intel Rocks World with $15B Mobileye Buy
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3/13/2017   5 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
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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.
Semiconductor Shipments Projected to Top 1 Trillion in 2018
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3/10/2017   1 comment
Total semiconductor shipments, dominated by optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discretes, are expected to top the 1 trillion mark for the first time next year, according to IC Insights.
Your Money or Your Brakes
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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.
ZTE Agree to Pay U.S. $892 Million Over Iran Charges
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3/9/2017   4 comments
Chinese telecommunications giant agrees to pay more than $892 million and plead guilty to charges that it violated U.S. export controls on Iran.
Auto SoCs: Race to ASIL D
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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?
Low-End Oscilloscope Market Gets More Crowded
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3/9/2017   7 comments
The sub-$1000 market for oscilloscopes just got pushed around with the entry of Keysight Technologies. The sub-low-end for makers and hobbyists hasn't changed.
PowerVR Gets Graphics Refresh
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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
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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.
Everspin Tips First System-level MRAM Offering
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3/8/2017   2 comments
Storage accelerator harnesses MRAM technology to offer high-performance, low latency.
X-Fab Files for IPO
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3/7/2017   Post a comment
German specialty chip foundry hopes to raise $530 million in two offerings, according to reports.
Competing Sensors Crave Human Contact
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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?
Chip Sales Jump 14% in January
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3/6/2017   1 comment
Semiconductor sales started the year off where 2016 left off, posting the largest annual increase in one month in six years.
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