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PC Sales Plummet in Q3
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10/9/2015   Post a comment
As expected, PC sales dropped as much as 11% year-over-year despite the launch of Windows 10, according to Gartner and IDC.
SMIC to Report Tunnel-FET Extension to CMOS
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10/9/2015   Post a comment
Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. has manufactured complementary Tunnel FETs (C-TFETs) that operate at 0.4V using a CMOS baseline technology.
Chip Sales Projected to Decline in 2015
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10/9/2015   Post a comment
Gartner revised its forecast, calling for chip sales to decline due to weakness in PCs, smartphones, and tablets.
Organics To Extend Moore's Law
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10/7/2015   9 comments
Flexible and transparent electronics was the theme this year here at the SEMICON Europa 2015 (Oct. 6-8, Dresden, Germany), The nearby University of Technology is also committing to the gamble, going "all in" for using organic devices with government funding of $38 million through 2017.
Cadence DSP Promises More Horsepower for Next-Gen Smartphones
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10/6/2015   Post a comment
Next-generation Tensilica vision and imaging DSP promises up to 13X boost in performance, 5X decrease in power consumption.
ARM Joins Semiconductor Research Corp.
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10/1/2015   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has joined the global research collaboration program operated by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (Research Triangle, North Carolina).
IBM Nanotubes May Redefine Future of Moore's Law
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10/1/2015   24 comments
A new carbon nanotube transistor breakthrough from IBM Research could leave silicon transistors behind in the dust. IBM researchers say they can achieve angstrom (1/10 of a nanometer) scale nanotube transistors someday, starting at the 3-to-5 nanometer node.
ASICs Memory Bandwidth Issue Fix Offered
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10/1/2015   3 comments
Open-Silicon claims to have solved the memory bandwidth problem to ASICs by integrating 3D stacked memory chips inside the same system-in-package with a 1,024-bit wide interface that beats all off-chip memory architectures.
iPhone 6S: A9 May Be Dual Sourced
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9/30/2015   2 comments
The list of components that make up the iPhone 6S is similar to that of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to a teardown of a unit performed by engineering consultants Chipworks.
Who Is Dumber, You or Your Home?
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9/30/2015   12 comments
It’s time to set aside the false hope that billions of connected devices installed in smart homes will save the electronics industry. Smart homes won’t carry the chip industry -- in need of the next market driver -- at least for now, possibly not ever.
3D Memory Chips May Beat 3D Hybrid Memory Cube
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
A memory chip goes beyond Micron's 3D Hybrid Memory Cube by doubling the number of memory die to eight, but now its adding analog, mixed signal, MEMS and the sensors to the mix--enabling systems-on-chip to pack at lease 18 layers into the same footprint of its Integrated Sensor Platform.
AMD Adds to Embedded Graphics Lineup for Industrial and More
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
Three new graphics module series from AMD address a broad range of applications, from industrial control to casino gaming.
Cypress Bid to Acquire Atmel has Expired
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has issued a statement saying that an offer to acquire Atmel Corp. has expired and that Cypress is no longer interested in such an acquisition.
PCs, Not Profits, Drive Chip Companies
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9/29/2015   4 comments
while PCs are refreshed twice a year and a company could have a design win every six months. When two public companies have to respond to investors and continue to innovate at a rapid clip, even short-term success in a flat market is preferable to long-term innovation that won’t immediately pay off
Berkeley Lab Unveils 2D Atomic-Thin Semiconductor
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9/28/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have managed to grow atomically thin 2D sheets of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites from a solution. The ultrathin sheets are claimed to be of high quality, large in area, and are square-shaped.
Report: Cypress Preps Bid to Snatch Atmel from Dialog
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9/28/2015   2 comments
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is preparing an offer in an attempt to outbid Dialog Semiconductor plc for Atmel Corp., according to a Reuters report that referenced unnamed sources.
Startup Goes Multi-Die to Customize MCUs
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9/25/2015   Post a comment
A startup company from Southern California has made use of the increased availability and lower cost of multi-die packaging to offer custom microcontrollers. The company reckons this approach and the advent of IoT could make the world its oyster.
Sensor Biz Booms Under Fab-Lite Model
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9/25/2015   Post a comment
ams AG CEO Kirk Laney talks candidly about the company's future. The fab lite company recorded about 170 million euros of revenues during Q2 2015, a 60% increase over the same quarter last year, with gross margins in the 54% region (including acquisition-related costs).
Chinese Handset OEMs Start to Drive Sensor Demand
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9/25/2015   1 comment
Chinese handset OEMs are starting to take over from Apple and Samsung as the drivers of sensor volumes for smartphones, according to IHS Inc.
Neuromorphic Chip Market to Rise
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9/24/2015   22 comments
Markets-and-Markets predicts that the neuromorphic chip market will finally take off in 2016, after repeated such predictions every decade since 1980.
TSMC’s 2015 Forecast May Be Warning for Supply Chain
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9/24/2015   Post a comment
A forecast of 2015 revenue yesterday by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., (TSMC), may have sounded a warning for other companies in the electronics supply chain.
Japan Shares Minimal Fab Technology with Vietnam
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9/21/2015   1 comment
The Japanese Minimal Fab Development Association and the Saigon Hi-tech Park struck a memorandum of understanding on training and transfer of a new semiconductor production system.
IoT Boosting MCU Market, Says IHS
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9/21/2015   Post a comment
The market for microcontroller units (MCUs) used in Internet of things (IoT) applications is on the rise, which is having a positive effect on overall MCU market growth.
Dialog to Acquire Atmel for USD4.6bn in IoT Push
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9/21/2015   Post a comment
U.K.-based Dialog Semiconductor PLC is to buy Atmel Corp. in a $4.6 billion cash-and-stock deal in a move to try and capture a larger slice of the Internet of Things (IOT) market.
Design Options for Next Billion IoT Devices
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9/21/2015   2 comments
Among a surfeit of theories, predictions and technology horse-race stories on IoT, it’s time to hear from an executive who has actually done the due diligence, made design choices and developed his own new IoT chipset.
VxWorks Security Flaw Found, Patches Available
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9/18/2015   1 comment
Security flaws have been found in the popular VxWorks RTOS, but you can fix them.
New York Investor Offers to Buy Korea's MagnaChip
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9/18/2015   Post a comment
New York based investment firm Pleasant Lake Partners LLC has made an offer to acquire MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. (Seoul, South Korea) a designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal ICs and a provider of foundry services.
China Warms Up, Slowly, to FD-SOI
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9/17/2015   7 comments
Participants at the Shanghai FD-SOI Forum this week doggedly pursued three key questions. Namely, FD-SOI’s IP, entry cost and roadmap beyond 22nm. And here’s a list of eight FD-SOI stakeholders best positioned to answer them.
Apple Seen Splitting 14/16nm Orders Among Foundries into 2016
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9/17/2015   5 comments
Apple, the world’s largest buyer of chips made with leading process technology, is likely to divvy up its orders for 14/16nm products this year and next as part of a strategy to gain pricing power over foundry suppliers such as Samsung and TSMC.
Q&A with GloFo CEO: ‘IoT Is No Mystical Animal’
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9/16/2015   13 comments
PC shipments are going down all over the world. The smartphone market is losing steam. The IC industry is expecting a down year in 2016. Globalfoundries CEO discussed what chip vendors should do about it.
Superconducting Graphene Beckons
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9/16/2015   3 comments
Researchers push graphene to infinity—superconductivity—by doping it with lithium and cooling it to 5.9 degrees Kelvin.
Is it an ASIC? Is it an FPGA? No, it's eASIC!
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9/14/2015   Post a comment
28nm Nextreme-3 devices offer 2x the performance of 28nm FPGAs & consume up to 80% less power, yet take less than 25% of the time required to develop a traditional 28nm ASIC.
Software Regulates Voltage in Everyday APUs
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9/14/2015   Post a comment
Instead of using a higher-speed application processor or a dedicated co-processor just for voltage regulation, reasearchers demonstrate how to reduce system cost by using real-time interrupts to the applications processor to regulate voltage.
TSMC Reports August Sales Drop
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9/10/2015   Post a comment
TSMC has reported that its net revenues for August 2015 were down both sequentially and on a year-on-year basis.
AMD Forms Graphics Chip Business Group
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9/10/2015   2 comments
AMD, which was reportedly considering spinning off its graphics chip business earlier this summer, has created the Radeon Technologies group to “solidify position as graphics industry leader.”
DARPA Enlists Civilians to Secure U.S. Tech Lead
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9/10/2015   4 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosts a three-day conference called "Wait What?" (St. Louis, Mo.) for researchers in industry, academia and government to share ideas that will keep the U.S. ahead of the rest of the world in technology.
Freescale Buys CogniVue
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9/10/2015   3 comments
Freescale acquired CogniVue. The biggest benefit for Freescale is that it will be able to integrate inside its ADAS SoCs “automotive-qualified vision IP, instead of IP retrofitted for safety after the design,” according to the company.
Intel-led Group Touts OIC 1.0 Over Rival IoT Specs
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9/10/2015   1 comment
The Open Interconnect Consortium has made public its long-waited Internet of Things candidate specification 1.0. "The big unresolved problem with IoT is not about ‘things.’ But it’s about the network,” said OIC executive director.
Intel to Plug Security Hole Between Cloud & Devices
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9/9/2015   Post a comment
Intel Corp. promises that its EPID will fill a critical security hole between deployed MCU-based Internet of Things devices and the Cloud services that companies will need to access and manage them.
Post-Silicon Tech Compared
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9/9/2015   4 comments
The Semiconductor Research Corporation is creating a joint benchmarking effort with Georgia Tech to guide post-silicon era electronics development at IBM, Intel, Freescale and Texas Instruments.
MediaTek Pursues PMIC Market with Richtek Buy
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9/7/2015   Post a comment
Taiwanese fabless chip company MediaTek has announced it plans to bid to buy Richtek Technology Corp., a fabless vendor of analog ICs and power management ICs also based in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Global Chip Sales Dip on Soft Demand
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9/6/2015   Post a comment
Softening demand has caused the three-month average of global chip sales for July to decline in comparison with the same month a year ago, according to numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS).
IBM mbed with ARM
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9/4/2015   3 comments
IBM is mbed with ARM over connecting Internet of Things devices, using IBM's IoT for Electronics service for mobile, automotive, medical, Smart TVs, appliances or anything else with electronics to IBM's cloud for device management, running analytics in realtime so archives are not just raw data and guaranteeing security with sophisticated deep risk management.
Google-led Group Preempts HEVC
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9/2/2015   7 comments
Internet giants Google and Cisco have banded together with Amazon and Netflix, two large streaming service players, along with Microsoft, Intel and Mozilla, to establish an Alliance for Open Media to develop “open, royalty-free and interoperable solutions for the next generation of video delivery,” the group said Tuesday (Sept. 1).
EUV Breaks Through to Angstrom
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8/27/2015   10 comments
A new type of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) microscope designed at the University of Colorado can take optical images with angstrom resolution.
CEO Interview: Ambiq Sees Broader Options for Low Voltage
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Mike Noonen, recently appointed interim CEO at microcontroller startup Ambiq Micro, discusses the focus and opportunities for this pioneering company designing circuits that can operate below the threshold voltage of the constituent transistors.
Bringing Gbit/s Ethernet into the USB 3.0 Fold
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8/24/2015   1 comment
The Cypress GX3 controller uses a proprietary burst mode mechanism to convert 1 Mbit/s Ethernet signals into 910 Mbit/s packets over a USB 3.0 connector.
FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below
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8/24/2015   5 comments
Twenty-four hour farming, autonomous tractors and driverless combines are no longer the stuff of agro-science fiction. Agriculture today is moving toward all these innovations.
Quantum Highway Frictionless
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8/24/2015   4 comments
Marrying topological insulators with ferromagnets yields a quantum highway that could be adapted to encode, transmit and receive qubits using novel transistor designs, according to MIT researchers.
Smart-Meter ICs on Rise, Predicts Report
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8/21/2015   Post a comment
The global market for smart meters is going to be 132 million units in 2015 rising to 150 million units in 2019 providing significant growth opportunities for ICs, according to research firm IHS.
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