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Advances Get a Grip on Single Photons & Molecules
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8/23/2016   9 comments
Researchers are on the road to creating a single-photon emitter and a single-molecule detector.
Microsoft Gives Peek at HoloLens Chip
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8/23/2016   4 comments
The HoloLens processing unit uses 24 Tensilica DSPs and an assortment of accelerators to deliver a trillion pixel-operations per second, Microsoft disclosed.
Laser Slicing to Slash SiC Wafer Costs, Boost Yield
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8/22/2016   1 comment
Japanese ingot processing equipment manufacturer DISCO Corporation has unveiled a new laser-based technique to slice wafers out of a SiC ingot, producing 50% more wafers through reduced material losses while slashing production times by a factor of six.
Deep Learning To Be In Smartphones Soon, Say CEVA, Rockchip
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8/11/2016   1 comment
China’s leading fabless semiconductor company Rockchip has licensed CEVA's XM4 imaging and vision DSP to enhance the imaging and computer vision capabilities of its’ SoC product lines.
Cypress New CEO to Bring ‘Outsider’ Perspective
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8/11/2016   3 comments
Cypress’ new CEO said that the key to success for a semiconductor company is to “become relevant to your customers.” Cypress hopes to become “a tech company that customers want to partner with,” he said.
SMIC Raises Target for 2016 Sales
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8/10/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, today raised its aim for sales this year on unexpectedly strong demand.
Intel to Acquire Deep Learning Nervana
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8/10/2016   Post a comment
Intel intends to acquire Nervana Systems for its upcoming deep-learning accelerator chip along with its Neon cloud service.
IBM Lab on Chip Detects Cancer
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8/10/2016   4 comments
IBM Research has designed a microfluidic lab-on-a-chip that can separate biological particles down to sizes as small as 20-nanometers to screen for cancer markers so small that a tumor has not even started to grow.
Big Three Chipmakers Likely to Boost Capex
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8/8/2016   1 comment
The big three chipmakers — Intel, Samsung and TSMC — are likely to increase capital expenditures during the second half of this year while the rest of the semiconductor industry tightens the belt, according to a market research firm.
Tiny Solar Cells Could Power Personal Devices
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8/5/2016   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created high-performance, micro-scale lateral solar cells that could be used for wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, and even auto-focusing contact lenses.
Renesas to Exit Microwave Device Biz
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8/3/2016   Post a comment
Renesas plans to stop the production and supply of microwave devices, shutting down the business in the summer of 2018. Renesas' microwave device division has been pulling back from product development for some time.
Field Data Proves GaN FET Reliability, Says EPC
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8/2/2016   Post a comment
Gallium nitride power FET maker Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has published its reliability report documenting GaN technology reliability after millions of device hours of stress testing, and based on analysis of all field returns.
China’s LeEco to Acquire Vizio for $2 Billion
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
Upstart Chinese tech firm ponies up for one of North America's largest TV suppliers.
Samsung Smartphones Gain, as iPhones Slip
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7/28/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and the second-largest chipmaker, today said its handset business improved just as iPhone maker Apple recorded its second quarterly decline in shipments.
Tesla-Mobileye Rift: Divorce or Lovers' Spat?
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7/28/2016   12 comments
Mobileye’s CTO’s comments about Tesla during its Q2 financial reporting illustrates not just the love lost between the two proud technology companies, but what it would take for them to pursue “safety” in the ear of autonomous driving.
STMicroelectronics Returns to Profit in Q2
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV, one of Europe's largest chip companies, has announced a net profit on revenues that were down slightly year-on-year for the second quarter of 2016.
Marvell Swings to Loss in Delayed Report
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
New CEO Matthew Murphy says he is looking to trim the fat and focus on profitable businesses.
UMC Sees Jump in 28nm Demand
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7/27/2016   2 comments
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), Taiwan’s second largest foundry, said it’s seeing stronger demand for 28nm products, driven by customers in the smartphone business.
China Likely to Narrow Chip Gap, IC Insights Says
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7/27/2016   4 comments
China, which in dollar terms imports more semiconductors than oil, is likely to narrow its chip trade deficit by the end of this decade, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Report: Tsinghua Takes Control of XMC
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
China's Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-controlled conglomerate that has acquired numerous chip companies, has taken over XMC, otherwise known as Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., according to a Bloomberg report.
ADI to Acquire Linear Tech for $14.8 Billion
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7/26/2016   15 comments
Latest semiconductor industry blockbuster deal would combine analog chip heavyweights.
TI Stays Steady Without Blockbuster Deal
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Texas Instruments, which has shied away from the sort of blockbuster acquisitions made by peers over the past two years, continues to post strong sales and profits.
IP Pioneer Mark Templeton Dies
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Co-founder and former president of Artisan Components drown July 17 while kayaking on Oregon's Rogue River.
'Poison Pill' Fuels Speculation of Micron Takeover
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7/25/2016   2 comments
Stock price rises 6% on news of shareholder rights issue designed to prevent individual or entity from amassing more than 5% of memory chip vendor's common stock.
Audio Rises for Event Detection
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7/25/2016   14 comments
Audio is heading from pure playback to enabling “input, trigger and analytics in contextual awareness,” says an industry executive. But what will take microphones to play as important a role as cameras to add “intelligence” to autonomous cars?
Startup’s IoT SoC Packs a Punch
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Startup Greenwaves is working on a high performance SoC to make nodes on the Internet of Things capable of machine learning and high data rates.
AI Drives Startup to Map Deep Learning Computer
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7/21/2016   Post a comment
AI is driving hardware innovation. Wave Computing has leveraged the well-understood dataflow technology, and designed a new processing unit, called Dataflow Processing Unit (DPU), that can natively support Google TensorFlow and Microsoft CNTK.
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic?
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7/20/2016   14 comments
Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank?
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7/19/2016   18 comments
The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
Cypress Aims Low-Pin Memory at Automotive, IoT
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7/18/2016   Post a comment
Unsurprisingly, higher performance and smaller footprints remain desirable memory attributes for automotive, but minimizing the potential points of failures is also a high priority for carmakers.
Infineon Details Plans for Wolfspeed Takeover
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7/18/2016   Post a comment
Infineon recently announced the intention to acquire compound semiconductor expert Wolfspeed. But how are the perspectives for Wolfspeed, its product range and its staff? During a conference call, Infineon CEO Reinhard Ploss shed light on his plans.
ARM Agrees To Be Bought by Japan's Softbank
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7/18/2016   7 comments
ARM Holdings plc has agreed to be bought by Softbank of Japan for £24.3 billion (about $32.25 billion) in an all-cash deal.
FCC Paves Way for 5G
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7/15/2016   Post a comment
The U.S Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve a set of rules for wireless broadband communications operating above 24 GHz.
Audi Exec Predicts ‘Server Blades’ on Wheels
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7/15/2016   Post a comment
Updating a car via software isn’t enough. Audi wants to make hardware upgradable. Using the modular design of server blades as its metaphor, Audi said it wants to “pull in and pull out blades in a car.”
TSMC to Adopt Extreme Ultraviolet at 5nm
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7/14/2016   5 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it will fully implement extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography to make 5nm chips by the end of this decade.
Brexit Vote Prompts Reduced Global Chip Market Forecast
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7/13/2016   1 comment
IC Insights has lowered its 2016 semiconductor market forecast from 2 percent growth to an annual decline of 1 percent.
Will NTSB Apply Brakes to Tesla's Autopilot?
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7/12/2016   11 comments
The NTSB’s entry into the investigations on a deadly crash on May 7 involving the “Autopilot” function in a 2015 Tesla Model S will certainly bring extra scrutiny to the automotive industry’s push for semi and full autonomous-driving technology.
U.S. PC Sales Show Surprising Strength
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7/12/2016   Post a comment
PC shipments in the U.S. unexpectedly increased year-over-year in the second quarter, snapping a string of five straight down quarters.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Ex-Broadcom Unit to Shape Cypress IoT Future
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
Cypress closed the previously announced acquisition for $550 million of Broadcom’s Internet of Things business unit. The new unit’s directions and strategies will likely tilt toward the Broadcom team, which dwarfs its counterpart at Cypress.
Startup Debuts Open Source SoCs
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7/11/2016   2 comments
Startup SiFive aims to use the open source RISC-V core as the heart of two SoC platforms, enabling a broader set of engineers to build custom processors.
Startup Looks to Put PAs on CMOS Express
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7/8/2016   Post a comment
ACCO Semiconductor has emerged from semi-stealth mode with a new type of transistor that it says enables power amplifiers to be built in CMOS.
Chip Sales Remain Stagnant
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7/8/2016   3 comments
Chip sales posted a slight sequential uptick in May, but were down nearly 8% compared with May 2015, according to the SIA.
Tesla's Fatal Crash: 6 Unanswered Questions
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7/7/2016   42 comments
Tesla’s fatal crash has many automotive industry experts wondering what exactly happened. EE Times makes an attempt to dissect which technologies were at play inside Model S Autopilot, and what limitations each technology was manifested in the crash.
ASML’s Tech Chief Snags SIA's Noyce Award
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7/7/2016   Post a comment
Martin van den Brink, a long-time technologist at lithography system vendor ASML Holding NV, has been named the 2016 winner of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)’s Robert N. Noyce Award.
Synopsys Buys Glasgow EDA Startup
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7/5/2016   Post a comment
Auto Security Demands All-Over Answer
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7/5/2016   Post a comment
In automotive security, the state of play has significantly altered. If Harman’s acquisitions of three auto-security tech companies are any indication, the industry is demanding a comprehensive answer covering over-the-air update and intrusion-detection systems to in-vehicle network protection.
Why Intel Got Inside BMW-Mobileye Deal
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7/1/2016   Post a comment
The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will collaborate to bring fleets of fully self-driving vehicles to the streets by 2021. While the BMW-Mobileye connection has been known to industry observers, Intel was a surprise element in the three-way deal.
Micron to Cut Jobs
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7/1/2016   Post a comment
Memory chip maker will shed unspecified number of jobs in cost-cutting move amid challenging market conditions.
AMD Buys PC Gaming Software Firm
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6/29/2016   2 comments
Chip vendor says software designed for Radeon will help "future proof" graphics processors.
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