PC Sales Plummet in Q3
News & Analysis 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.
Organics To Extend Moore's Law
News & Analysis 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.
ARM Joins Semiconductor Research Corp.
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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?
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
PCs, Not Profits, Drive Chip Companies
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Startup Goes Multi-Die to Customize MCUs
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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).
Neuromorphic Chip Market to Rise
News & Analysis 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.
IoT Boosting MCU Market, Says IHS
News & Analysis 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.
Design Options for Next Billion IoT Devices
News & Analysis 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.
New York Investor Offers to Buy Korea's MagnaChip
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Software Regulates Voltage in Everyday APUs
News & Analysis 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.
AMD Forms Graphics Chip Business Group
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Post-Silicon Tech Compared
News & Analysis 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.
Global Chip Sales Dip on Soft Demand
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.