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Paris on a (Connected Electric) Scooter
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5/27/2016   1 comment
Start-up Cityscoot is bringing shared electric scooters to Paris. The company designed a black box, which makes every scooter “very smart.” Its box enables Cityscoot to book, track and geo-locate, keeping riders safe, and communicating road conditions.
FDSOI Driving ST's Automotive Biz
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5/27/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics says the fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator chip manufacturing process it championed has become almost the default choice for digital manufacturing within its automotive and discrete group.
Globalfoundries Working on Next-Gen FDSOI Process
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5/25/2016   1 comment
The 22FDX fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) process developed by Globalfoundries Inc. is on track to debut later this year and the company is working on the follow-on process, according to chief technology officer Gary Patton.
Forces Clash over Auto Cyber Security
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5/24/2016   6 comments
With a growing number of connected cars and autonomous cars planned for rollout, automakers know they have a bulls-eye on their back. The question now is how best to deal with this imminent threat.
Tower Debuts RF Process For IoT Front Ends
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Specialty foundry says it has begun mass production of a silicon-germanium process tailored to meet the demands of wireless front-ends on an integrated circuit for the Internet of Things.
Foundries' Sales Show Hard Times Continuing
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5/23/2016   2 comments
Taiwanese foundries TSMC and UMC, two partial bellwethers of the semiconductor sector, have both indicate with recent sales figures that a chip market slow down that lasted through the winter is not yet over.
Arteris Rolls New Heterogeneous SoC Architecture
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Intellectual property vendor touches new technology for designing SoCs with cache coherency.
NXP Aims to Target IoT
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
A home gateway solution from NXP allows all the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in a home to be integrated with WiFi making it more valuable and economical to keep the cable as your internet service provider (ISP) and get regular TV to boot.
16-Bit MCU With Smart Card Interface Targets Card Reader Tokens
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Seiko Epson is now shipping samples of a low-power, 16-bit microcontroller with on-chip flash memory.
TI Still Top Dog in Industrial Chips
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Intel moves into No. 3 position behind Infineon, according to annual ranking compiled by Semicast Research.
Synopsys Aims to Deliver ‘Software Signoff’ Platform
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Leading EDA vendor looks to software quality and security to broaden its serviceable market.
NXP Focuses on Smart Cities, Security in Keynote
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Security plays heavy in first NXP/FTF Technology Forum keynote.
IMEC Leverages Si Platform for Quantum Computing
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
European research institute is taking work it is doing in preparation for the 5-nm manufacturing node and turning it toward quantum computing.
Infineon Reshuffles Management Board
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
Amidst a phase of double-digit growth, Infineon reports a major reshuffle at its management board.
Nokia's Brand Goes to Startup With $500 Million Plan
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5/18/2016   1 comment
A startup, formed to takeover the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablet computers, said it intends to spend $500 million marketing Nokia as an Android-based mobile device over the next three years.
Mobileye/ST Gun for Sensor Fusion, Go after NXP
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5/17/2016   1 comment
On the heels of NXP’s Bluebox announcement, Mobileye and STMicroelectronics rushed to reveal a Vision SoC, EyeQ5, touting it as a “sensor fusion central computer for autonomous vehicles.” Unlike Bluebox, already sampling, EyeQ5 won’t be ready until 2018.
Kyocera, FotoNation Unite on AI Car Cameras
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5/17/2016   Post a comment
Kyocera and FotoNation announce partnership agreement to develop intelligent automotive camera technology deemed critical in coming era of semi- and fully autonomous cars.
Evidence of Chip Sales Decline Mounts
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5/16/2016   1 comment
IDC becomes the latest market research firm to predict that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016.
NXP Unveils Open, Modular ADAS Car Platform
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5/16/2016   1 comment
NXP is unveiling a comprehensive ADAS vehicles platform. Central to the platform is its new Bluebox computing engine, capable of fusing data processed from different sensor nodes such as radar, lidar, vision sensing and an onboard V2X system.
Chip Market Slowdown Takes Toll on Suppliers
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5/13/2016   Post a comment
With the semiconductor market in a lull, most of the top 10 suppliers posted first quarter sales down significantly from last year.
SMIC Again Boosts 2016 Capex to $2.5 Billion
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5/13/2016   1 comment
China’s largest foundry today said it will increase its capital expenditure budget for 2016 to $2.5 billion on expectations that strong demand will continue for another four years.
LEDs Spur Growth in Power ICs
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5/12/2016   2 comments
Power semiconductor and power supply vendors are poised to cash in on strong growth anticipated for LED lighting in coming years.
U.S. Investigates Security Update Practices
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5/10/2016   4 comments
Federal agencies are seriously worried about cyberattacks. Whether such assaults are launched on smartphone or cars, they’ve come to believe that the threats are real. Agencies are asking industries how they’re responding to the vulnerabilities of their connected devices.
IC Capital Spending Forecast Improves Slightly
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5/9/2016   Post a comment
Gartner says spending to decline by 2%, an improvement from its January projection.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story
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5/6/2016   6 comments
Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
Strong Growth Seen For CMOS Image Sensor Market
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
IC Insights projects that market will grow at 9% CAGR through 2020 as automotive, security and medical applications adopt the technology.
Analog, MEMS Drag On ST’s Results
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
Rumor mill says Carlo Bozotti's tenure as CEO could soon come to and end.
Activist Investor Attacks Vex Chipmakers
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5/4/2016   10 comments
Beyond Yahoo, Apple and Sony, chip vendors have been targeted by activist investors. The big change now is that hedge fund investors -- whose focus used to be on small to medium companies -- are now getting much bolder.
Microchip, Micrel CEOs Duel Over Deal
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5/3/2016   9 comments
Micrel and Microchip CEOs came to loggerheads over the extent of layoffs after a recent acquisition.
Chip Sales Edge Up Slightly
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5/3/2016   2 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that chip sales increased slightly in March compared with February, but sales for the first quarter were down sequentially and year-over-year.
Cadence DSP Targets Neural Network Development
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5/2/2016   1 comment
Tensilica Vision V5 digital signal processor promises 4X performance improvement over predecessor for use in fast-growing field of artificial intelligence.
MaxLinear Buys Microsemi’s Broadband Wireless Unit
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5/2/2016   Post a comment
Technology and assets, formerly of PMC-Sierra, to be combined with MaxLinear's low-power, digital CMOS, radio-frequency mixed-signal capabilities.
How Google Made Chromecast Cool
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5/2/2016   Post a comment
Since the release of the first generation of the Chromecast, Google has old more than 20 million units to customers looking to make their tired old TVs a little smarter.
Researchers Develop Dissolvable Memristor
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5/2/2016   1 comment
University researchers have produced a so-called memristor device made from egg proteins, magnesium and tungsten.
Chips for Energy Harvesting: The Next Billion-Dollar Market
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4/29/2016   Post a comment
Although energy harvesting has failed to take off to date, it is expected to drive $3 billion in semiconductor sales in 2020, according to Semico Research.
MediaTek Expects Increase in Smartphone Shipments
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4/29/2016   1 comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest competitor in the smartphone silicon business, said it expects to increase shipments during the second quarter this year from the first quarter even as global growth in the segment has stalled for the first time.
Smartphone Shipments Down for First Time
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4/29/2016   7 comments
Smartphone shipments fell for the first time in their nearly decade-long history during the first quarter this year, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Cypress to Pay $550 Million for Broadcom’s IoT Business
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4/28/2016   1 comment
Cypress says deal will open up new markets, give firm leadership position in consumer Internet of Things space.
TI Tops Estimates on Automotive IC Strength
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
Buoyed by strong sales of automotive semiconductors, Texas Instruments delivered first quarter results that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Xilinx Shares Decline After Light Forecast
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor beats quarterly sales expectations, but excepts sales to be flat in the current quarter.
Marvell Shakes up Board in Deal with Hedge Fund
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4/27/2016   6 comments
Chip firm commences search for CEO after burying hatchet with Starboard Value LP.
Macom Sues Infineon Over GaN Rights
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4/27/2016   Post a comment
RF and microwave chip vendor asks U.S. federal court to protect patented gallium nitride on silicon technology developed by Nitronex, which Macom acquired in 2014.
NXP Bullish on Future With Freescale in Fold
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4/27/2016   5 comments
No. 1 automotive semiconductor supplier forecasts better than expected second quarter, says integration is going well.
UMC: Business to Bounce Back This Year
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4/27/2016   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s third-largest foundry, said that by the second half of 2016, it expects business to recover from a slump that impacted demand for communications chips starting last year.
IoT Security Spending to Skyrocket
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4/25/2016   6 comments
The amount that enterprises and consumers will spend on security around the Internet of Things is projected to grow rapidly after 2020, according to Gartner.
‘Network-Ready' Dimmable LED Lighting Offers More Energy Savings
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4/25/2016   Post a comment
Energy Focus Inc. has developed a new generation of “network ready” dimmable LED lighting products that can be controlled via a variety of dimming control mechanisms and networks.
Gel-Coated Nanowires Yield Batteries With Indefinite Cycle Life
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4/25/2016   3 comments
University researchers report inventing a nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement.
DARPA Awards GPS-Beating Sensor Development Contract to HRL
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4/22/2016   1 comment
U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awards HRL Laboratories $4.3 million contract to develop vibration- and shock-tolerant inertial sensor technology.
Fab Tool Book-to-Bill Rises
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4/22/2016   1 comment
North American manufacturers of semiconductor capital equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio above parity for the fourth consecutive month in March, according to the SEMI trade group.
IDT Backs WiGig Chip Vendor
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4/22/2016   1 comment
Funding round worth $20 million marks second time in two weeks that venture capital has smiled on the semiconductor industry.
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