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Transistors Minus Semiconductors
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2/9/2016   8 comments
Michigan Tech engineers claim to have invented a transistor based not on semiconductors but on iron quantum-dot studded boron-nitride nanotubes.
MEMS Microphone Market to Hit 13% CAGR
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2/8/2016   Post a comment
The microelectromechanical-systems (MEMS) microphones market will grow from about 3.6 billion units in 2015 to over 6 billion units in 2019, according to market research company IHS Technology.
Taiwan Quake: TSMC, UMC Assess Impact; Expect Recovery in Days
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2/8/2016   Post a comment
TSMC and UMC said they are assessing the impact from a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked southern Taiwan during the wee hours of February 6.
FormFactor to Buy Rival Probe Card Maker for $352 Million
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2/5/2016   Post a comment
A deal for Cascade Microtech would combine complementary product offerings into one "dominant" company, according to an industry analyst.
Where Are We With Inattentive Driving?
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2/4/2016   16 comments
Distracted driving -- especially through the growing use of smartphones in vehicles -- is killing people on the road. Where are the technologies designed to combat the problem of inattentive or intoxicated driving?
34 Automotive Startups to Watch
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2/2/2016   3 comments
The automotive sector has been going through something of a renaissance with automotive tech startups mushrooming at unprecedented speed. In collaboration with IHS Automotive’s analyst Egil Juliussen, we put together a list of 34 startups to watch.
Chip Sales Dipped Slightly in 2015
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
Despite formidable economic headwinds, semiconductor sales in 2015 fell just short of the record total established in 2014, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
MediaTek's 4G Market Share Gains to Slow in 2016
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
MediaTek reiterated expectations that its market-share gains in the 4G business may slow this year after soaring in 2015. Shipment growth in China, MTK's key market, is likely to drop to the low single-digit range.
Semiconductor R&D Flat in 2015
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
Industry-wide R&D expenditures grew 0.5 percent to a record-high $56.4 billion in 2015, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Samsung, Apple Top Chip Buyers Again
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Electronics giants ranked first and second in semiconductor consumption in 2015 for the fifth straight year, according to market research firm Gartner.
Russians' Report Memristors
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1/29/2016   2 comments
Marvin Minsky, inventor of the Perceptron, may have died, but Russian scientists report they've made the first polymer memristor based Perceptron come alive.
Why Opt For Chip Stack, FD-SOI in Image Sensors?
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1/28/2016   2 comments
Before stampeding to FD-SOI for CMOS image censors (CIS), a few key questions need answering: How big is the CIS market? Why chip stacking in CIS? Why use FD-SOI? We asked Yole Développement to help us break it down.
FDSOI Carries on Despite ST Re-org, Says COO
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1/28/2016   6 comments
STMicroelectronics' withdrawal from the set-top-box business and the transfer of engineers to microcontroller and digital automotive work will not stop the adoption of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) manufacturing process, according to Jean-Marc Chery, ST's chief operating officer.
TI to Shutter Scotland Fab
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1/27/2016   1 comment
Analog chip giant will close 150mm fab, transfer production to existing 200mm facilities.
UMC Raises 2016 Capex to $2.2 Billion on Improving Outlook
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s third-largest foundry, has raised its expected capital expenditure for 2016 to about $2.2 billion on expectations that the chip industry will emerge from a downturn around the second quarter of this year.
Microsoft Open Sources Deep Learning, AI Toolkit On GitHub
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Previously available to academic researchers, Microsoft's Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) now has a friendlier open source license.
ST Exits Set-Top Box Chip Biz, Plans Layoffs
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1/27/2016   1 comment
STMicroelectronics NV has said it will stop developing products for the set-top box and home gateway markets and plans to lay off up to 1,400 workers out of its total headcount of more than 43,000.
Apple Forecasts First Quarterly Sales Decline Since 2003
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1/26/2016   3 comments
Despite record quarterly sales and profit, Apple's stock takes a hit after firm forecasts a year-over-year sales decline due largely to a strong U.S. Dollar.
SMIC to Benefit from $3 Billion Investment
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1/26/2016   2 comments
The Shanghai Integrated Circuit Investment Fund (SICIF) has announced a plan to invest 20 billion yuan (about $3 billion) in foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and two other Shanghai-based chip manufacturers, according to a Moody's Investors Service report.
Semiconductor R&D Spending Slows
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry spent slightly more on R&D in 2015, but the rate of growth was among the lowest on record, according to IC Insights.
Chip Stacks Take New Tacks
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1/25/2016   4 comments
Chip stacks will be key to advances in semiconductors, but in logic TSVs are waning while fan-out techniques and SiPs are on the rise.
Toshiba to Gut Chip Biz Sans NAND
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1/22/2016   2 comments
Toshiba Corp. has decided to gut the company’s semiconductor business—except for its NAND flash memory products, Japan’s economic newspaper Nikkei reported Saturday morning.
Will Xilinx Join the M&A Party?
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1/21/2016   3 comments
Speculation holds that Qualcomm may be targeting Xilinx for acquisition after programmable logic vendor's recent regulatory filing.
Sony To Use FD-SOI in Stacked Image Sensors
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1/21/2016   4 comments
At the FD-SOI Forum held here Thursday, the biggest FD-SOI news, which surfaced as chatter during coffee breaks at the Forum, is that Sony is looking to use FD-SOI for image signal processor on chip stack CMOS Image Sensors.
Report: Analog, TI Both Pass on Maxim Purchase
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1/21/2016   Post a comment
Both Texas Instruments Inc. and Analog Devices Inc. have decided not to pursue an acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products Inc. according to a Bloomberg report that referenced unnamed sources.
Microchip Signs to Buy Atmel
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1/20/2016   2 comments
Microcontroller, analog and flash memory IC vendor Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) has agreed to buy Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) for about $3.56 billion and Dialog Semiconductor, previously set to buy Atmel, has been paid a $137.3 million termination fee.
Memristor Computer Emulates Brain Functions
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1/20/2016   8 comments
Knowm Inc. (Santa Fe, N.M.) has introduced two new memristors to emulate new brain functions plus has diversified its packaging by adding a die-only options that holds 180 memristors.
Intel Protege Pitches Wireless SoC for IoT
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1/20/2016   Post a comment
Fabless chip company Telink Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China) has launched the TLSR8269 a system-on-chip intended to provide low power wireless connection for the Internet of Things applications in the smart home.
Intel Thwarts Hackers
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1/19/2016   4 comments
Intel has secretly built hardware into its 6th Generation vPro Core processors that it claims guarantee uncrackable authentication plus the ability up to share your screen with any WiDi equipped display in the world.
Qualcomm Enters $280M Joint Venture with Chinese Province
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1/19/2016   1 comment
The joint venture will focus on the design, development and sale of advanced server chipset technology in China, which is the second largest country in the world for server technology sales.
V-Nova Preps UHD/4K Silicon IP for Licensing
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1/19/2016   Post a comment
V-Nova Ltd., the startup creator of a proprietary video codec and compression technology called Perseus, has said it is preparing to provide its technology as UHD/4K video silicon IP for licensing and inclusion in customers' SoCs.
NXP Embraces 28nm FDSOI for MCUs
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1/18/2016   Post a comment
NXP is set to extend the use of 28nm fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) process technology down to its low-power LPC microcontrollers, according to Goeff Lees, newly installed as general manager of MCU business at NXP Semiconductors NV.
Has Samsung Snagged Qualcomm Business with New Process?
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1/15/2016   2 comments
Samsung Electronics, which has been in a nip-and-tuck race with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to win foundry orders with the world’s most advanced fabrication technology, may have grabbed all of Qualcomm’s business with a second-generation version of its 14nm FinFET process.
Microchip Wins Atmel Bidding War
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1/15/2016   1 comment
Atmel announced that its board of directors favors an acquisition proposal by Microchip Technology and cancel an existing agreement to be acquired by Dialog Semiconductor.
Intel Meets Expectations Despite Sagging PC Market
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1/15/2016   1 comment
World's biggest chip maker says it's now deriving about 40% of sales from non-PC markets; firms sees data centers, Internet of Things and memory as future growth drivers.
TSMC Boosts 2016 Capex to About $9.5 Billion
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1/14/2016   2 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it will increase its capital expenditure in 2016 to an amount ranging from $9 billion to $10 billion as it aims for a bigger share of finer geometry chips.
6 Things to Know About HDR, 4K TV
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1/14/2016   3 comments
The consumer electronics world has just got some much-needed clarity on 4K Ultra High Definition TV. In parallel, the industry now faces a fresh format battle brewing over High Dynamic Range technology. Here are the six things you need to know about 4K, HDR.
Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe Repositions Itself as a Distributor
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1/13/2016   Post a comment
Having sold its MCU products to Spansion and graphics chips to Socionext, Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe FSEU continues its restructuring strategy, resurfacing as a distributor under the name Fujitsu Electronics Europe (FEEU).
PC Shipments Fall For 4th Straight Year
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1/13/2016   1 comment
Largest ever year-over-year drop after holiday season didn't materialize.
Cypress Unveils Traveo OTA Update MCUs
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1/12/2016   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. rolled out the first series of Traveo MCUs with embedded flash on the 40nm process technology node, designed to enable mid-range to mass-market cars to implement over-the-air software updates.
Mobileye, Nvidia (and Others) Spar over Cars
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1/11/2016   5 comments
The field of autonomous driving technologies revealed its substantial expansion at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Mobileye’s new mapping technology is potentially “most dangerous,” cautioned CEVA CEO, as it can lock in car makers using Mobileye’s EyeQ chip.
TI, Analog Devices Reportedly Abandon Pursuit of Maxim
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1/8/2016   Post a comment
Analog chip giants drop bids to acquire Maxim Integrated Products after failing to agree on price, according to Bloomberg.
ARM Exec’s Straight Car Talk at CES
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1/7/2016   1 comment
In a one-on-one interview with EE Times at the CES, Ian Drew, ARM’s executive vice president of marketing and business development, posed five questions that the automotive industry -- or the tech industry in general -- would rather not hear.
Amazon Now Sells Own ARM chips
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1/7/2016   2 comments
Annapurna Labs Inc. ( ), a subsidiary of Internet shopping channel Amazon.com, has announced the availability of its Alpine range of ARM-based chips and subsystems aimed at home use Wi-Fi routers and Network-Attached Storage devices.
MediaTek Delivers Chip Series for Wearables, Smart Home Apps
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1/7/2016   Post a comment
MediaTek unveiled three systems-on-chip at the ongoing International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016. The SoCs are designed for wearable devices, smart home applications and Ultra-HD (4K) Blu-ray players.
MediaTek 5G Combines Heterogenous Dark Silicon
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1/7/2016   2 comments
MediaTek aims to dominate the 5G handset chip market by populating with multiple CPUs, GPUs and specialized accelerators that will only be turned on when needed (dark silicon style) and sold at prices lower than Qualcomm and Broadcom, its to main competitors.
Sound of Silence Greets Ford-Google Deal
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1/6/2016   1 comment
The biggest news of Ford Motor’s press conference at the International Consumer Electronics Show turns out to be the announcement Ford didn’t make: A partnership deal with Google on self-driving cars. The company laid out a deal with Amazon and a vehicle-to-drone strategy.
Toyota Presses R&D, Hydrogen at CES
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1/6/2016   8 comments
The fully autonomous car is a long way from reality, says Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute. One reason: drivers aren't ready to "trust something they don't understand."
Slowing China Economy Halts $170M Facility Expansion Plan
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1/6/2016   Post a comment
The downturn in China's economy prompted Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corp. (PSPC) to suspend its expansion program for a $170-million factory, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.
China Is Chip Market's Only Growth Region
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1/5/2016   1 comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for November 2015 declined by 3.0 percent compared with the figure for the same month a year before, according to numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
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