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Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst
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7/30/2015   1 comment
Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Smarter Sensor Hub Cuts Power
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7/30/2015   2 comments
QuickLogic has a new sensor hub Eos, named after the Greek Goddess of the new dawn, which packs so many hardware accelerators--including it own field programmable gate array (FPGA)--on an SoC with an ARM Cortex-M4F, that it can serve as the application processor for wearables as well as significantly offload the app processor on a smartphone.
eBook Explains Faster In-System Flash Programming
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7/29/2015   Post a comment
"Faster Flash Programming via FPGA and IJTAG" from ASSET Intertech shows you how to program FPGAs 50 to 1000 times faster.
Quantum Computing: Diode-like Breakthrough Surmounts Roadblock
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7/29/2015   1 comment
Quantum computers need a component like a diode, that only allows single photons to travel in one direction when their spin is up or down, which is just what researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen) have recently invented.
UMC Cuts Expectations for 28nm Ramp on Weaker Demand
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7/29/2015   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s second-largest foundry, said its ramp of 28nm process technology will slow as the outlook for demand is likely to remain weak until the first half of 2016 while the chip industry works its way out of an inventory correction.
Getting Back to Basic with Bluetooth
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
In the new IoT environment where ease of development is primary, Silicon Labs provides Bluetooth developers with a simple BASIC-like scripting language.
8-bit Fights Back with Autonomous Peripherals
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Using smart peripherals, 8-bit MCUs are trying to reclaim advanced applications from 32-bit contenders.
Hacked Jeep: Whom to Blame?
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7/27/2015   23 comments
So, where, exactly, find a crack in the firewall of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee? How did they infiltrate and who’s at fault for failing to foresee the breach? Failures apparently occurred in multiple places.
90+GHz Photonic Emitters On-chip
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7/27/2015   2 comments
Instead of integrating lasers on silicon chips, Duke University researchers propose using 90+ GHz nanopatch plasmonic antennas coupled to quantum dots.
Freescale Takes on the Network Edge
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7/27/2015   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor's new multicore QorIQ network processors use up to eight ARM A-53 cores in a design targeted at network edge applications in virtual customer premises and Internet Service Provider equipment.
Freescale to Merge with NXP at Top of Game
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7/24/2015   9 comments
In what might become the last quarterly financial call for the awaiting acquisition by NXP Semiconductors, Freescale delivered strong second-quarter financial results, backed by record-breaking gross margins, operating profits, and design wins.
Near-Collision Poses Need for V2V in Google Cars
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7/24/2015   22 comments
Both Google and Delphi downplayed what took place last month between their self-driving cars that almost collided on the streets of Palo Alto. But could they have avoided an evasive action caused by suddenly aborting the lane change?
Smartphone Processor Sales Climb, Players Ranked
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7/23/2015   1 comment
The market for application processors for smartphones jumped by 20 percent in 1Q15 compared with a year before, while the same market for tablet computers fell 6 percent in 1Q15 on the same basis, according to Strategy Analytics.
Can GloFo and Europe's Chip Firms Unite?
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Globalfoundries' Dresden wafer fab could become the European More-than-Moore foundry that the local chip companies lacked the courage to commission. As such Globalfoundries could yet receive financial support from the European Commission to expand its presence in Europe.
Apple’s Results Offer More Evidence of Tablet’s Decline
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7/22/2015   4 comments
Consumer electronics giant reports another stellar quarter, but stock price dives in after hours trading.
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’
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7/22/2015   1 comment
In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
Freescale Truck Wins ACE
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Freescale's Internet of Tomorrow traveling showcase and training facility inside big rig trailer wins the ACE award for marketing at EE Times.
Toshiba CEO Resigns Over Accounting Scandal
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7/21/2015   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp.'s CEO has resigned in response to a report from an independent investigation committee that has uncovered the worst accounting scandal in Toshiba's 140-year history.
Germany Promises €400 Million Boost for Microelectronics
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7/21/2015   5 comments
With a nod to Globalfoundries and Infineon – two chip manufacturers that still have wafer fabs on German soil – the Germany's research ministry has said it will find additional cash to help promote microelectronics over the next few years.
Video: Sensors, Liquid Crystals Make "Omnifocal" Glasses
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7/20/2015   1 comment
Perfect vision – all the time – is the claim from startup Deep Optics Ltd. (Petah Tiqva) for its eyeglasses that include sensors and liquid crystal materials to adjust to the wearer's near- and long-distance viewing.
Taiwan Chipmakers Leery of M&A Wave
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7/17/2015   1 comment
Taiwan chipmakers say they’re worried that the ongoing wave of global merger and acquisition activity in the semiconductor industry may leave them stranded.
IBM Slashes Next-Gen Power
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7/17/2015   14 comments
IBM Research aims to lower supply voltage to 0.2 volts to drastically cut idle power while maintaining superior performance using "boosters" that kick-in only when the circuit is being used.
Q'comm's Sales Practices Under Scrutiny
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7/16/2015   1 comment
The European Commission, the administrative and executive body of the 28-nation European Union, has opened two antitrust investigations into the behavior of Qualcomm with regard to its market dominance of semiconductors used in consumer electronics.
Windows 10 No Cure for Ailing PC Industry
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7/15/2015   13 comments
Release of new Microsoft operating system will not drive a massive PC refresh cycle as previous versions did.
Phosphorene's Two Dimensions Could Beat Silicon
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7/14/2015   1 comment
Black phosphorus, already shown to be superior to silicon and graphene for photonics applications, may also be better for building electronic circuits.
Unifying IoT: Thread Delivers V1.0, Gets Qualcomm
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
The Thread Group is gathering momentum, laying a foundation for much needed unity in Internet of Things, and rolling out the networking layer designed to interoperate with a broad range of IoT solutions.
Toshiba Execs in Firing Line, Accounting Probe Nears End
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7/13/2015   1 comment
Toshiba Corp. has issued a statement saying that no executive resignations have been decided with regard to accountancy practices that are under an investigation that is expected to report is conclusions mid-July.
Globalfoundries Launches Own FDSOI Processes
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7/13/2015   12 comments
Globalfoundries Inc. has announced that it is offering a fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) manufacturing platform with a nominal 22nm minimum geometry design rule that can operate down to 0.4V.
Better FRAM MCU State Recovery After Power Loss
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7/13/2015   1 comment
TI’s Compute Through Power Loss (CPTL) library incorporates a context save-and-restore algorithm that brings a FRAM-based 16-bit MSP430 MCU back to its original operating state before a power interruption.
Supercomputing Centers-of-Excellence Twin
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7/13/2015   1 comment
IBM announced today two new Centers of Excellence at Oak Ridge National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, both of which will be focused on the joint development of the applications necessary to make the Coral supercomputers successful.
Wafer Fab Closures Analyzed by Diameter, Region
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7/10/2015   Post a comment
Chipmakers closed or repurposed 83 wafer fabs in the period 2009 to 2014 according to IC Insights.
Indian Wafer Fab Will be Specialty Foundry
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7/10/2015   1 comment
Cricket Semiconductor – a company set up with the purpose of building and operating $1 billion analog and power semiconductor wafer fab in India – will operate as a specialty foundry, according to Lou Hutter, one of two former Texas Instruments executives who formed the company.
Drop in Foundry Sales Sends a Warning Signal
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7/10/2015   3 comments
For the first time in more than three years, the world's two biggest foundries have posted negative monthly revenue figures at the same time.
MediaTek to Eat up Qualcomm's LTE Share in China
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7/9/2015   1 comment
MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, is likely to continue market-share gains in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) market at the expense of top-ranked Qualcomm by wielding its strength in China’s growing smartphone market, according to industry analysts.
IBM Leapfrogs Intel to 7nm
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7/9/2015   41 comments
IBM is the first semiconductor maker to demonstrate a 7-nanometer node finned field effect transistorS (FinFETS) in alliance partnership with SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Albany, New York) and joint development alliance with GlobalFoundries and Samsung.
Veteran EDA Analyst Gary Smith Dies
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7/7/2015   9 comments
Memorial set for July 12 for man who was the voice of EDA for more than three decades.
Startup Beats HP, Hynix to Memristor Learning
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7/7/2015   13 comments
Startup Knowm beats Hewlett Packard and Hynix to memristor-based computer with its less ambitious aspirations to add a memristor back-end-of-line process that it will fab atop anyone's CMOS ASIC.
TSMC Overtakes Intel in Chip Capex Ranking
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7/6/2015   8 comments
Intel, the world's largest chip company, is set slip to third place in a ranking of chip companies compiled by Semico Research, based on forecast capital expenditure in 2015.
Bringing Flexible Port Switching and Role Swapping to USB
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7/6/2015   Post a comment
Using a proprietary FlexConnect algorithm, Microchip's Smart hub can be reconfigure to handle a variety of one to one and one to many USB device/host connections.
Could India's Analog Wafer Fab be Moving South?
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7/3/2015   Post a comment
Cricket Semiconductor, a company set up with the purpose of building and operating $1 billion analog and power semiconductor wafer fab in India has been in talks with state government of Telangana, according to a report in the New Indian Express.
Apple Watch Tear Down Reveals European Chips
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7/3/2015   1 comment
The Apple Watch, is the trailblazer of a wearables equipment market set to boom by 2020, according to market research organization Yole Developpement. And several leading European chipmakers are set to benefit, according to a tear down of the watch.
FinFETs + FD-SOI Proposition: May Save Power
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7/2/2015   25 comments
Ron Martino, vice president of application processors and advanced technology for Freescale’s MCUs says there is room both both FinFETs, FD-SOI and combinations of the two.
Biodegradable Electronics Debut
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7/2/2015   1 comment
Single crystal silicon transistors operating in the same microwave frequency ranges as modern electronics can be fabricated on biodegradable cellulose nanofibrillated fiber (CNF) substrates that biodegrade in landfills--in the presence if water and fungi--within a few weeks.
Automotive King Redefines Future
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6/30/2015   18 comments
By 2030 the cost of an automobile will be mostly from the advanced electronics, according to analysts, with Freescale supplying the Lion's portion of those chips since it will be number one is automotive electronics after the merger with NXP later this year.
Somnium Soups Up Kinetis Code
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
The designers of the Kinetis Design Studio (KDS) have invented a software technology that analyzes an entire program, then optimizes the order of execution of the statements to save space, increase performance and lower the power requirements.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Woz Wows with Humanitarianism
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6/25/2015   13 comments
Steve Wozniak single-handedly designed the Apple-I and after forming Apple with Steve Jobs also designed the Apple-II personal computer (PC), although Jobs oversaw the design of the case for the Apple-II.
Freescale Networks on 16nm
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Freescale’s next generation of multicore processors will use 16nm FinFET process technology, officials announced at the company’s annual conference, Freescale Technology Forum. Two QorIQ chips, LS1048A and LS1088A, are designed for Internet of Things networking at the edge.<
Secure IoT MCUs Drive Freescale-NXP
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
The future of Freescale Semiconductor and NXP is in connecting and securing the Internet of Things, with a major focus on automotive. The CEOs of both companies outlined their collective vision for the merger, which will likely close in November.
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