DRAM Price Surge Continues
News & Analysis 5/26/2017 1 comment
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.
Intel Inside DJI Mini-Drone
News & Analysis 5/25/2017 1 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.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
News & Analysis 5/24/2017 2 comments
Samsung's foundry unit updates tech roadmap, including the addition of 4nm process with "post FinFET structure" to begin production in 2020.
China Set to Rewrite FD-SOI History
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Samsung Spinoff Likely to Grab Foundry Share
News & Analysis 5/16/2017 8 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.
V2X Pits Safety v. Spectrum
News & Analysis 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?
Cray Rolls Clustered Supercomputers for AI
News & Analysis 5/12/2017 1 comment
Cray's new CS-Storm 500GT and CS-Storm 500NX supercomputers are optimized for artificial intelligence applications with massive arrays of Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerators that perform deep machine learning.
Toyota Selects Nvidia, Intel Feels Heat
News & Analysis 5/11/2017 5 comments
With Nvidia’s announcement on Toyota adopting Nvidia’s Drive PX AI automotive platform, Toyota has become the fourth major car OEM publicly committed to Nvidia’s Drive PX. The other three OEMs are Audi, Daimler, and VW Group.
Quantum Molecules Compute
News & Analysis 5/10/2017 3 comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found a way to manipulate molecules with lasers that is as accurate as its control of atoms allowing entire molecules to be used in future quantum computers.
Nvidia Takes Deep Learning to School
News & Analysis 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.
As Apple Jilts Imagination, MIPS Goes on Block
News & Analysis 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.
Intel Re-defines Xeons
News & Analysis 5/4/2017 1 comment
Intel plans to add a super-scalable new Xeon processor family of supercomputer caliber central processing units sometime around the middle of this year.
3-D Graphene Boosts Electronics
News & Analysis 5/2/2017 1 comment
A three dimensional form of graphene is being explored as a next-generation electronics material by Nobel Prize winners for graphene research at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
DoE Claims 1nm Fab Record
News & Analysis 5/1/2017 3 comments
Department of Energy's (DoE's) Brookhaven National Laboratory has demonstrated how to use an electron beam microscope to lithographically pattern at the 1nm feature size, thus creating novel new materials and devices.
Politics Muddy Toshiba Bidding
News & Analysis 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?
UMC Sees Weakening Demand at 28nm
News & Analysis 4/27/2017 3 comments
United Microelectronics Corp., Taiwan’s second largest foundry, said that the ramp of its most advanced technology node has slipped for a third time under strong competition.
Baidu Battles Google in Robo-Car Derby
News & Analysis 4/26/2017 Post a comment
Baidu’s plan to “open up” its autonomous driving platform to others surprised many auto industry watchers. One analyst described it “a bit of a moon shot.” But he thinks China is the right place to try this out.
Taiwan Eyes Automotive Market
News & Analysis 4/21/2017 4 comments
How could Taiwan, a tiny island nation with only one local car OEM become the next hub for the global automotive industry? It’s tantalizing to imagine that an OEM/EMS relationship like Apple/Foxconn could eventually emerge in automotive.
TSMC Expects First-Half Smartphone Slump
News & Analysis 4/14/2017 18 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. , the largest foundry for customers in the smartphone business including Apple and MediaTek, says it is expecting an inventory correction in smartphones to continue through the first half of this year.
Quantum Photons Emitted
News & Analysis 4/12/2017 3 comments
Japanese researchers discover that nitrogen-doped gallium-arsenide beat quantum dots in consistency as single-photon emitters for future quantum computers.
Renesas ‘Opens’ Autonomy for Cars
News & Analysis 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.
Robo-Cars Need Relationship Map
News & Analysis 4/7/2017 5 comments
To sort out autonomous car development among chip vendors, Tier Ones, tech companies and car OEMs, the ideal solution might be a “relationship map” to illustrate who’s in bed with whom on highly automated vehicle platforms.