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QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung
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4/23/2015   3 comments
Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
Elvis Sees All in Russia
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4/23/2015   17 comments
A Russian company claims it has the first Russian designed smart chip. The video intelligent processor (VIP-1) is sold in surveillance systems in Russia, but may be sold as a bare-chip overseas.
Cadence Tensilica Fusion DSP Core Targets IoT, Wearables
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4/22/2015   Post a comment
Tensilica Fusion is a configurable and scalable DSP that is ideal for applications requiring specialized computation, ultra-low power consumption, and the smallest possible footprint.
EDA Tool Speeds FinFET Design
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4/22/2015   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics new Calibre xACT tool extracts parasitic capacitance, resistance and inductance quickly and accurately.
Samsung Busts TSMC's 'Monopoly,' Analysts Say
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4/21/2015   2 comments
Samsung has broken the monopoly in leading-edge foundry services recently held by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), according to analysts who cover the chipmakers.
WSTS Marks America Up for 2015 Boom
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4/21/2015   Post a comment
The market for semiconductors in the Americas region will grow by 15 percent in 2015, according to a revised estimate from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
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4/21/2015   6 comments
We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
EMEA PC Shipments Resume Steady Decline
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4/21/2015   Post a comment
PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) reached 20.2 million units in the first quarter of 2015, a 7.7% decrease year on year, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). After a strong 2014, the market returned to a decline as expected, with business renewals decelerating after last year's uplift prompted by the end of Windows XP support.
Making Wireless LoRa Design Easier, Faster
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4/20/2015   1 comment
Microchip has a pre-certified coin-cell sized module to accelerate deployment of LoRa wireless networks.
MINI Giving Drivers a Peek at 'Augmented Reality'
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4/19/2015   7 comments
Although most drivers have yet to embrace the idea of head-up displays on windshields, MINI is leapfrogging to the next phase of futuristic motoring, with its introduction this week of AR eyewear – powered by Qualcomm
Moore's Law: Dead or Alive
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4/17/2015   22 comments
Moore's Law is still alive and kicking after 50 years, but here are the technologies that are busting and boosting it in the 21st century.
'Connected Home' Key to Intel’s Lantiq Deal
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Intel has formed a freshly minted “Connected Home Division,” which will become a home for Lantiq’s employees and those who are currently working at Intel’s Service Provider Division.
Medtronic Wins EU Approval for Leadless Pacemaker
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
The approval comes a year and a half after St. Jude Medical acquired Nanostim and its EU-approved leadless pacemaker.
TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion
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4/16/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is cutting its planned capital expenditure for this year by $1 billion, citing improvements in capital efficiency and a faster-than-expected migration to its leading-edge 16nm process technology.
Odds of Success of Mie Fujitsu, Japan’s Pure-Play Foundry
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4/16/2015   2 comments
Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor is a foundry born from Fujitsu’s lack of any better options. Its genesis raises questions about the odds of Mie Fujitsu’s survival. We asked Mie Fujitsu President hard questions.
NFC Tags Check Food Freshness
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4/16/2015   Post a comment
In December last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had designed simple gas sensors relying on nanotubes-based chemiresistors (electrical circuits whose resistance changes when exposed to a particular chemical).
IBM vs. Intel in Supercomputer Bout
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4/15/2015   9 comments
The Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) project financed by the Department of Energy (DoE) will bring home to the U.S. the fastest supercomputers in the world made by Cray, IBM, Intel and Nvidia.
Imagination Tunes in Wi-Fi, BT
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies hopes to leverage the communications experience of its Ensigma division to bring low power wireless connection to Internet of Things and wearable devices. Imagination hopes its built-for-IoT IP will prove valuable in a market that currently uses dumbed-down mobile chips
Intel Does Balancing Act
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
In its Q1 results, predictably Intel's PC business is down but data center, IoT, and nonvolatile memory made up for PC loses. Surprisingly capex goes down.
Worldwide Semi Revenue Grew 7.9% in 2014, According to Gartner
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Booming DRAM market sees revenue increase 32 percent during 2014.
Is Head-Up Display Future ADAS Screen?
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4/15/2015   5 comments
Texas Instruments, rolling out a new automotive-qualified DLP chipset, is banking on head-up display, predicting it to become “the ADAS display of the future.” But can DLP redefine the HUD market?
Intel Keeps It Simple for IoT Firmware Developers
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4/14/2015   Post a comment
At IEDF in China, Intel Corp. introduced a free graphical firmware builder targeted at developers not experienced in embedded IoT design.
Module Makes BLE a Drop-In Design Element
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4/14/2015   6 comments
The EZ-BLE radio module is fully self-contained, making Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity easy to add.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age
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4/14/2015   6 comments
Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Graphene Spintronics Beats All
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4/14/2015   7 comments
Chalmers University of Technology claims graphene's high-electron mobility enables longer wires without repeaters for future spintronics that encode information on the spin of individual electrons instead of their charge like today.
3D Testing Standardized by SRC
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4/14/2015   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Research Corp. has standardized Design-for-Test method for 3D chips that has fast throughput by using a single probe to touch several TSV microbumps at the same time.
Intel, Samsung Up, Qualcomm, Toshiba Down in Chip Vendor Ranking
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
Gartner Inc. has produced an updated top-ten chip vendor ranking for 2014 based on companies' final financial results.
Taiwan Chipmakers Prepare to Transport Water as Drought Worsens
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4/10/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest chip foundry, and other chipmakers on the island say they are prepared to ship water supplies to their fabs here if drought conditions worsen.
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec
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4/10/2015   14 comments
V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
RTOS Evolves to Ease Wireless IoT Device Design
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Automated power management and built-in drivers allow this RTOS to greatly simplify IoT design.
Intel's 'Plans' for Atom x3 in IoT/Wearables, Bargain Smartphones
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4/9/2015   1 comment
Intel's Developer Forum in Shenzhen kicked off a major effort to woo Chinese firms and developers to Atom for wearables, mobiles and IoT.
Tracking Software in the Age of Ubiquitous Connectivity
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Software distribution-as-a-Service is a new middleware capability emerging to monitor and manage the health and security of software code and data transported over networks.
Samsung Galaxy S6: A New Slate
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Samsung has invested in maturing its Shannon architecture and as such has ousted Qualcomm and others as the phone’s core chipset and system architecture, says analyst team at Teardown.com.
Nanotube Circuits Learn Functions
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Durham University researchers teach nanotube circuits how to perform their functions by evolutionary learning.
TSMC Outlines 16nm, 10nm Plans
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4/8/2015   2 comments
TSMC announced plans to roll out updated low-power versions of existing chips and announced its roadmap for smaller process nodes. The company will begin volume production of its 16nm FinFet+ in the middle of this year while breaking ground on 10nm development.
Vote Today! Best Nanotech
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4/7/2015   1 comment
The National Nanotechnology Initiative opens going voting on its best and brightest projects by clicking on its image in a special gallery.
Atmel Bids for Low-Power MCU Leadership
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Atmel is targeting its SAM21 MCUs at the needs of Internet of Things developers by providing fine-grained feature-by-feature power management.
CoolCube 3D Goes Monolithic
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4/2/2015   4 comments
The University of Grenoble Alpes (France) has developed their CoolCube 3D chips using a monolithic method.
Medical Chip Market on 12% CAGR
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
Moves to smaller and portable medical equipment for use away from hospitals is driving up sales of ICs and sensors in the medical semiconductor market, according to market research firm IC Insights.
3D Qualcomm SoC Testing on Horizon
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3/31/2015   26 comments
Qualcomm is doing extensive research into how to build 3D structures on a single die without having to use through-silicon-vias (TSVs) and hopes to test 3D SoCs soon.
Neural Networks Take on Embedded Vision
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3/30/2015   1 comment
Synopsys configurable vision coprocessor architecture uses ARC-based RISC cores in tandem with specialized object detection processing engines.
Why MediaTek Pushes Cross-Device Sharing
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3/30/2015   5 comments
MediaTek is creating a technology, called CrossMount, that will link and share software and hardware resources of televisions and handheld devices in ways that would fulfill their unrealized potential. What’s behind the Taiwanese IC giant’s ambition?
Researchers Claim 44x Power Cuts
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3/30/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois invented the worlds first on/off transceiver fast enough for commercialization, saving up to $870 million per year in datacenter power bills.
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs?
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3/30/2015   5 comments
Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
Toughening Up LPDDR4 and Parallel NOR Flash For Automotive
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
Ignoring the consumer market for now, Micron has introduced its newest generation of LDDR4 DRAMs and parallel NOR flash memory devices into the automotive market.
Core Independent MCUs Come to Power Management
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
Using redundant sets of key power management functions, Microchip has used its core independent peripheral architecture in an 8 bit MCU to bring a high degree of flexibility to power supply, automotive, battery management, and LED display apps.
Bosch Rides Apple to MEMS Dominance
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3/26/2015   5 comments
How did Bosch achieve a future “MEMS titan” status? Why is STMicroelectronics slipping? Get the lowdown of MEMS Industry status and technology breakdown.
MCU Vendors Engaging in Low-Power Leapfrog
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3/25/2015   8 comments
Competition to be the low-power MCU leader has resulted in a burst of product introductions, but it is the developer who will ultimately win.
Intel's Xeon Phi to House 72 Cores
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3/25/2015   12 comments
Intel's Xeon Phi mutiprocessor, with up to 72 cores and integrated Micron Hybrid Memory Cubes, will accelerate both enterprise and supercomputer workloads.
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’
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3/24/2015   6 comments
Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.
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