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Power SiC for Everyone
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9/22/2017   2 comments
NCSU researchers have implemented the cheap-to-license PRESiCE process at TI’s X-Fab as an alternative to proprietary silicon carbide processes for power devices.
Globalfoundries Reportedly Asks EU to Probe TSMC
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9/21/2017   4 comments
Globalfoundries has asked European regulators to investigate rival chip foundry TSMC, accusing its larger competitor of unfair competition, according to a report by the Reuters news service.
Nest Targets Home Security Market
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9/21/2017   1 comment
Nest unveiled the next phase of its strategy to enable the connected home, rolling out a suite of products for the retail home security market.
DeepScale on Robo-Car: Fuse Raw Data
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9/21/2017   Post a comment
DeepScale has developed a perception system for ADAS/autonomous vehicles. It offers pre-trained AI algorithms, based on raw data, not object list, coming from multiple sensory data types, and accelerates its fusion on an embedded processor like Snapdragon.
Toshiba Agrees to Sell Chip Unit to Bain-led Group
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Latest twist in months-long saga has Toshiba agreeing to sell for $18 billion to group that includes Apple, Dell and sk Hynix, leaving Western Digital out in the cold.
Smartphones: Have NFC Will Travel
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Vendors of smartphones — both Android and iPhone — are putting an NFC reader in the hands of consumers, making NFC a globally interoperable platform to connect, commission, and control things with NFC tag. IoT is NFC’s next big opportunity.
NOR Flash Standard Meets Instant-On Expectations
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
IoT applications need a richer complement of memory than most MCUs offer, and the bandwidth of serial NOR flash make it a logical solution to the problem.
Fab Tool Spending on Pace to Shatter Record
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Combined spending on new and refurbished front end fab tools is expected to grow 37 percent this year and obliterate the previous record set in 2011.
Synopsys Buys Materials Modeling Tool Firm QuantumWise
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9/19/2017   Post a comment
Deal enables Synopsys to offer customers seamless flow from materials to transistor by creating models for TCAD process and device simulation.
Cellular Puts IoT on Speed Dial
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9/18/2017   2 comments
Carriers laid out their plans for cellular IoT variants LTE-M and NB-IoT at last week’s Mobile World Congress Americas.
MicroLED Pits Big Apple vs. Tiny LED Chips
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9/15/2017   5 comments
The emergence of new display technology such as microLED will change not only the face of mobile devices but also the Who’s Who of the display industry. The race is involving big guns like Google, Apple and Huawei.
Trump Blocks Takeover of Lattice Semi
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9/14/2017   Post a comment
As expected, president blocks acquisition of programmable logic vendor by venture fund with ties to China's central government.
Toshiba Hopes to Finalize Chip Unit Sale to Bain-led Group
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9/13/2017   Post a comment
Toshiba said it signed a memorandum of understanding to move forward with a proposal by a consortium led by Bain Capital to finalize a deal for its chip business by the end of this month.
iPhone X Use Which Sensors For Face ID?
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9/13/2017   8 comments
A host of sensors inside iPhone X are responsible for 3D sensing necessary for Face ID -- including infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, front camera and dot projector. So, where does ST fit in?
iPhone X Packs Upgrades—at a Price
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9/12/2017   Post a comment
Apple's new flagship smartphone offers facial recognition authentication, wireless charging, optimizations for augmented reality and more... but costs $999 and up.
MCUs Get Expanded Benchmark
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9/12/2017   Post a comment
EEMBC expanded its benchmark suite for microcontrollers to include peripheral tests.
Fab Tool Sales Again Set Quarterly Record
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9/12/2017   1 comment
Semiconductor equipment billings came in at an all-time high for the second consecutive quarter as the fab tool industry remains on track to post record sales.
Samsung Says EUV on Schedule for 2018
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9/12/2017   2 comments
Confirms it expects to use next-generation lithography technology with 7nm process next year; adds 11nm low power plus process to foundry offerings.
Robo-car Early-Birds Flock Together
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9/11/2017   12 comments
Those who came to a small automated vehicle event ranged from a former Microsoft executive to a simulation expert and a startup in Silicon Valley, illustrating the changing balance of power and new constituents in the mobility ecosystem.
TMSC, ARM, Xilinx, Cadence Partner on 7-nm Process
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9/11/2017   1 comment
Xilinx, ARM, Cadence, and TSMC have announced a partnership to build a test chip in 7-nm FinFET process technology for delivery next year that promises to speed data center applications.
Huawei Tops Apple in Smartphones, Analyst Says
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9/9/2017   Post a comment
Huawei has surpassed Apple for the first time in global smartphone sales to become the new number two, a Hong Kong-based analyst said. “While this could be temporary, it nevertheless underscores the rate at which Huawei has been growing.”
GE Venture, Nvidia Bond over Inspection AI
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9/8/2017   Post a comment
Avitas Systems and Nvidia have partnered to enable AI in inspection services for the industrial sector. Asked about the limitations of today’s AI, Avitas chief said, still missing is an AI’s ability to compute on the very edge device itself.
ST, MediaTek Enter NFC Partnership
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9/7/2017   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has said that it will integrate its contactless NFC technology with MediaTek's silicon, allowing smartphone makers to design handsets supporting mobile services, including payments and other online transactions.
MRAM Hopeful Tweaks Game Plan Under New CEO
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9/7/2017   2 comments
After a change in leadership in July, Spin Transfer Technologies offers a slightly different model for commercializing its MRAM technology.
EU Regulators Again Halt Qualcomm-NXP Investigation
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9/6/2017   Post a comment
Investigation suspended for second time as European Commission awaits information from the two firms.
Semiconductor Sales Rise for 12th Straight Month
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9/6/2017   Post a comment
Chip sales increased in all regions and across all product categories in July, extending an impressive run for the semiconductor industry.
Apple vs Qualcomm: Who Extorted Whom?
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9/6/2017   2 comments
A dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is multi-layered, its facets all loosely connected. Among the more under-reported issues is the complex contractual relationship between the biggest customer in the smartphone market and the most dominant smartphone chip supplier.
With Acquisition in Doubt, Lattice Appeals to Trump
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9/5/2017   4 comments
Lattice hopes president will approve $1.3 billion acquisition by Chinese firm after CFIUS recommends against it.
Embedded FPGA Supplier Joins TSMC IP Alliance
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9/5/2017   Post a comment
Firm makes embedded FPGA intellectual property and software available on three TSMC's nodes.
Lam Buys Simulation Software Firm Coventor
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9/1/2017   1 comment
Deal brings fab tool vendor new capabilities to expand on its vision of virtual fabrication.
Ex-Baidu Scientist Blazes AI Shortcut
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8/31/2017   4 comments
Ren Wu, formerly a distinguished scientist at Baidu, has pulled a new AI chip company out of his sleeve, called NovuMind. In an exclusive interview with EE Times, Wu discussed the startup’s developments and what he hopes to accomplish.
Fab Tool Sales Show Signs of Coming Back to Earth
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8/28/2017   Post a comment
Billings rose for North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers for a 10th consecutive month in July, but declined on a sequential basis for the first time since January.
Everspin Appoints New CEO
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8/25/2017   1 comment
Former SanDisk executive
Western Digital May Get Toshiba Memory After All
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8/24/2017   1 comment
New consortium reportedly has inside track with $17.3 billion bid.
Startup Unveils Graph Processor at Hot Chips
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
ThinCI, in presenting its “Graph Streaming Processor (GSP),” claimed that its graph processor can beat traditional computing engines such as GPU and DSP due to GSP’s abilities to do direct graph processing, on-chip task-graph management and execution, and task parallelism.
WSTS Revises Chip Growth Forecast to 17%
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
Data from more than 50 member companies points to strongest industry growth since 2010.
DRAM Supply Improves Amid Record Sales
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8/18/2017   1 comment
The DRAM shortage improved in the second quarter as sales hit an all-time high of more than $16.5 billion, according to a market watcher.
ThinCI Q&A on Deep-Learning
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8/16/2017   1 comment
ThinCI will detail next week at Hot Chips its deep learning processor. Last week, Denso revealed a new subsidiary to develop IP cores for automated driving. We caught up with ThinCI CEO to connect the dots.
Semiconductor Industry Backs Trump's China Probe
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8/15/2017   10 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association applauds U.S. President's investigation of China's policies, laws and practices around intellectual property.
Server DRAM Supply Expected to Remain Tight
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8/14/2017   1 comment
Sales of server DRAM chips among top three vendors rose by 30 percent sequentially in second quarter, according to a market watcher.
Room-temp Laser-on-CMOS Achieved
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8/7/2017   7 comments
Researchers from Arizona State and Tsinghua Universities achieved a room-temperature CMOS laser using a molybdenum ditelluride monolayer over a silicon cavity.
Semiconductor Sales Tracking up 21% From 2016
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8/4/2017   1 comment
Record second quarter sales of more than $97 billion put industry on trajectory for huge year.
Engineer's Guide to Imaging Valley
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8/4/2017   Post a comment
French researchers have accumulated key imaging technologies, ranging from X-ray and far infrared to visible image sensors, 3D imaging, and software – all concentrated in Grenoble area. Here are key movers and shakers in Imaging Valley.
Toshiba Cuts WD Out of New Fab Investment
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8/3/2017   Post a comment
Spat between feuding partners takes new turn as Toshiba says it will go it alone to fund equipment purchases for Fab 6 at its Yokkaichi Operations manufacturing site.
IBM Claims Tape Density Record
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8/3/2017   2 comments
In a boost for Big Data, IBM Research has set a tape areal-density record of 201 gigabytes/square inch on nano-grained sputtered tape from Sony Storage Media Solutions.
Chip Sales Forecasts Continue to Rise
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8/3/2017   Post a comment
Market watchers keep revising semiconductor sales forecasts upward as the market boom continues to unfold.
Semiconductor Capex Forecast Raised as Boom Continues
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8/2/2017   Post a comment
Market research firm Gartner lifted its forecast for semiconductor capital spending, projecting an increase of more than 10 percent this year.
Sales Rise as Apple Preps iPhone 8
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
Apple's revenue continued to grow year-over-year despite difficulties in China.
Toshiba Agrees to Give Western Digital Notice of Sale
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
Toshiba will give its partner at least two weeks notice of the planned sales of assets involved in the companies' joint venture after a court ruling.
ST Sprints While Q’comm Deal Hobbles NXP
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is sprinting toward the winner’s circle in MCUs, NFC and sensors, while NXP is hobbled by its pending acquisition by Qualcomm. ST, claiming No. 3 share in volume MCU market, disclosed a plan for 64-bit MCU, and FD-SOI.
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