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CORNAMI's sea-of-cores solution may defuse data explosion
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9/29/2016   Post a comment
1U sea-of-cores server provides equivalent processing capabilities to 40 x 1U rack of traditional servers.
Samsung Calls for New CPU Design
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9/28/2016   6 comments
Samsung is working on a new processor architecture that leverages its dominance in memory, said a corporate strategist.
Chip Market to Go Down, says Future Horizons
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9/26/2016   Post a comment
Malcolm Penn, the founder and CEO of Future Horizons Ltd. and usually one of the most bullish of chip market forecasters, thinks 2017 could be a third year of decline for the global semiconductor industry.
Imagination 2.0 Update Ships
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9/26/2016   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies predicts profits this year with streamlined operations under a new CEO and thoughts of new core IP licensing models.
Massive Sensor Fusion for Cars Is HERE
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9/26/2016   1 comment
HERE’s new live traffic/map offerings are the world’s first services created from real-time sensor data from competing car brands. From technical perspectives, though, bigger issues include: how open the specifications will be for collected sensory data.
Amazon Echo & How It Resonates
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9/22/2016   4 comments
Amazon’s Echo-like smart speakers are on the rise. The voice interface is emerging as one of the most natural interface to control IoT devices. Analysts expect the voice interface in home automation hubs, TVs, set-top boxes, HVAC/environmental control hubs and more.
Get Online Help for Memory, I/O Optimization
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9/21/2016   Post a comment
eSilicon is upgrading with the launch of Star Navigator, new additions to the company’s online tool suite, this time focused on memory IP and I/O libraries.
Peratech 'Print' Smart Buttons on Any Surface
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9/20/2016   2 comments
Peratech, which invented quantum tunneling composites (QTC) materials, is now allowing its clients to print a smart button, which people can push with force, on any surface of any materials – including laminated wood.
ARM Raises Bar for Safety, Determinism
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9/19/2016   4 comments
ARM is rolling out what the company describes as its “most advanced processor for safety.” The new processor, dubbed Cortex-R52, is aimed at automotive, industrial and healthcare applications that demand functional safety.
Microsemi FPGAs Support Growing Demand for MIPI CSI-2 Interfaces
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9/15/2016   Post a comment
Microsemi’s MIPI CSI-2 imaging/video solution includes an example reference design and a detailed app note.
Linde Starts Specialty Gases R&D in Taiwan
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9/14/2016   Post a comment
Linde Group, one of the world’s largest suppliers of specialty gases for the semiconductor industry, has established what it says will be a world-leading R&D facility in Taiwan.
Processor Cores Feature Improved Security
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9/14/2016   Post a comment
The ARC SEM processor cores from Synopsys provide protections against intrusion and side channel attacks.
Touch Standard Rides I3C Link
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9/14/2016   Post a comment
The MIPI Alliance is working on a standard touchscreen interface that will ride its emerging I3C upgrade to the widely used I2C link.
Transistor Trick Beats Moore
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9/14/2016   7 comments
Zeno Semiconductor, a Zvi-OrBach startup, claims it has discovered a More-that-Moore architecture that can instantly convert any MOSFET to a high-power bipolar-junction transistor (BJT), or even FinFETs.
Intersil Deal: Renesas' Survival Bid
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9/13/2016   Post a comment
In an exclusive telephone interview with EE Times, Renesas CEO said the Intersil deal won't be the last big M&A for Renesas. Intersil CEO will stay with the new company in a senior management position.
SGI Supercomputes Ireland
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9/8/2016   Post a comment
SGI and Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) collaborate on the world's most accurate climate modeling aiming to provide accurate weather forecasts.
Apple Heralds Dawn of Dual Lens Camera
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9/8/2016   1 comment
Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus comes with a dual-lens camera, providing both telephoto-zoom and depth of field features. Corephotonics, who pioneered the computational dual camera for smartphones, is enabling Apple’s competitors to develop similar dual camera smartphones.
Globalfoundries Preps 12nm FDSOI Process
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9/8/2016   7 comments
Globalfoundries has announced a next-generation FDSOI process, called12FDX, to follow on from the 22FDX process that is nearing production. The new process nominally at 12nm minimum geometry is intended for mobile computing, 5G, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.
IC Insights Trims IoT Chip Market Forecast
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9/8/2016   1 comment
IC Insights reduced the IoT semiconductor market’s projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) -- between 2014 and 2019 -- from originally projected 21.1 percent to 19.9 percent.
IBM Bests Intel's HPCs
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9/8/2016   Post a comment
IBM+Nvidia claim to have produced supercomputers in a single rack slot that are faster and cheaper than equivalent Intel-based configurations.
LTE IoT: Sequans Claims 'Big Lead' over Rivals
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9/6/2016   3 comments
With the recent ratification of the Cat M1 and Cat NB1 standards, Cellular IoT is getting hot. Sequans claims it’s the first to sample CAT M1/NB1 chips, 9 months ahead of its rivals including Qualcomm, Intel and Altair.
Intel Buys Movidius: Automotive Vision in Play?
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9/6/2016   Post a comment
The Movidius deal is a big win for Intel. Where analysts’ opinions diverge is whether Intel has a long-term ambition to extend Movidius’ technology to autonomous cars, and if Movidius is equally hungry for the automotive market.
TSMC, Renesas Partner in 28nm for Robotic Cars
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9/5/2016   14 comments
Renesas will combine its Metal-Oxide-Nitride-Oxide-Silicon (MONOS) eFlash technology with TSMC’s 28nm high-K metal gate process to make MCUs for applications such as autonomous vehicle sensor control, coordination of ECUs, fuel-efficient engine management and motor inverter control for EVs.
2016 IC Industry: Who Grabbed What...So Far
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9/2/2016   11 comments
Among M&A deals thus far in 2016, we find more transactions that are not an outright “whole” company acquisition. As deals get granular, who owns what becomes more of a tangled web. EE Times attempts to untangle it.
Renesas, Maxim In Duel for Intersil
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8/31/2016   Post a comment
The courtship of Intersil Corp. is turning into a duel between Japan’s Renesas Electronics and San Jose, Calif.-based Maxim Integrated Products Inc. Intersil may announce a sale to Renesas as early as next week, Reuters reported.
IC Industry M&A: Who's Left to Buy?
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8/31/2016   4 comments
Only eight months in, 2016 is already looking like another blockbuster year for M&A in the global chip industry. As valuations keep going up, the questions are who’s left to buy and what’s a good buy?
ARM Investors Nod to Its Sale to SoftBank
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8/30/2016   1 comment
Shareholders of ARM overwhelmingly approved its sale to SoftBank on Tuesday. The move officially put an end to the independence of ARM, a wildly successful processor IP core company born 31 years ago in Cambridge, the U.K.
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.
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