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DRAM Price Surge Continues
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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.
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   1 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   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
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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.
Western Digital Reportedly Ups Bid for Toshiba Memory
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5/24/2017   2 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.
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.
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.
'Supercomputer-as-a-Service' Model is Born
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5/16/2017   Post a comment
SaaS got a new acronym as supercomputer-as-a-services when Cray partnered with cloud-computer provider Markley Group (Boston) to offer its Cray Urika-GX as a cloud service.
Samsung Spinoff Likely to Grab Foundry Share
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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.
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?
Cray Rolls Clustered Supercomputers for AI
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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
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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
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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.
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.
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.
Automotive Growth Pushes Infineon Into Top 10
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5/8/2017   1 comment
Infineon reported strong growth for its fiscal second quarter, fueled largely by increased sales in the automotive semiconductor segment, with industrial and power products also growing.
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 Re-defines Xeons
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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.
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.
3-D Graphene Boosts Electronics
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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.
MediaTek Losing Market Share in Smartphones
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5/1/2017   1 comment
Taiwanese IC vendor losing ground to rival Qualcomm, but says it expects to make it back.
DoE Claims 1nm Fab Record
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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
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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?
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.
UMC Sees Weakening Demand at 28nm
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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.
Automotive Strength Drives TI's First Quarter Sales
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
Chip firm posts double-digit revenue growth on the strength of automotive and industrial sales.
Baidu Battles Google in Robo-Car Derby
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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.
Fab Tool Billings Reach 16-Year High
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4/25/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor equipment billings hit their highest level since 2001 in March, according to the SEMI trade organization.
Taiwan Eyes Automotive Market
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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.
EUV Litho Coming Into Commercial Focus
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4/20/2017   8 comments
ASML said it expects to sell 20-24 EUV systems next year as the technology edges closer to being deployed in production by chipmakers.
NXP Sells Stake in China Foundry ASMC
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4/19/2017   2 comments
Dutch chip vendor sells remaining stake in joint venture originally begun by Philips.
TSMC Expects First-Half Smartphone Slump
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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.
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.
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.
Former EDA Consortium Director Robert Gardner Dies
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4/13/2017   1 comment
Gardner, a 50-year electronics industry executive, died this week at age 74 after a short bout with illness.
Quantum Photons Emitted
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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
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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.
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.
Robo-Cars Need Relationship Map
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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.
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.
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