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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   10 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   17 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.
Intel Renews Deal with Irish Research
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6/29/2016   Post a comment
vIntel Corp. has renewed its research partnership with Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland, for a further three years and worth $1.5 million.
Aquantia Rolls Second-Gen AQrate Chips
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6/28/2016   Post a comment
Startup, considered a prime candidate for IPO, also marks milestone in NBASE-T PHY shipments.
How Do You Update 1 Billion IoT Devices?
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6/27/2016   5 comments
IoT devices need over-the-air firmware and software updates, but that must be done quickly and securely. Resin.io, which just got $9 million in funding from GE Ventures, Ericsson and others, thinks it has answers to such hard IoT problems.
Fab Tool Book-to-Bill Remains Above Parity
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6/23/2016   Post a comment
Ratio of bookings to billings among North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers has been greater than 1.0 each month of 2016.
Consolidation Shuffles Automotive IC Vendor Rankings
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6/22/2016   Post a comment
NXP and Infineon moved up the list of automotive chip suppliers last year based on big acquisitions.
Researchers Claim First 1,000-core Processor
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6/22/2016   2 comments
A team of researchers from the University of California-Davis has reported designing a 1,000 core processor said to be the most energy efficient many-core processor ever reported.
Zero Power Listen-Mode Sensor Debuts
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6/22/2016   3 comments
An acoustic “event-detection” device like Vesper’s new piezoelectric MEMS microphone uses sound energy to wake a system from full power-down mode, thus enabling battery life of a system embedded with the sensor to span not months but years.
SRAM Takes the Wheel in Autonomous Vehicles
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
High performance SoCs benefit from the performance, density and speed of SRAM, not only for ADAS, but for the self-driving vehicles on the horizon
Maxim Exec Named Marvell CEO
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6/20/2016   Post a comment
Former Maxim Integrated sales VP tapped to succeed Sehat Sutardja at Marvell Technology.
Intel Xeon Phi Solos
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6/20/2016   2 comments
Intel announced range of stand-alone bootable Xeon Phi processors with from 64-to-72 processors running at up to 1.5-GHz for low-power consumption, 16-Gbytes of 3-D memory, and high-performance computing orchestration for deep learning algorithms.
Apple Appeals Order to Halt iPhone 6 Sales in Beijing
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6/17/2016   2 comments
A ruling by a an intellectual property tribunal in Chinese capitol would halt sales of the smartphones based on alleged violation of design patent.
Samsung Reportedly Appoints Panel to Protect Fab Workers
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6/16/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics has appointed an ombudsman committee to monitor and report on workplace safety at its wafer fabs, according to a Korea Herald report.
Intel, CEA Team on IoT Research
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6/16/2016   1 comment
Chip giant signs five-year deal for shared R&D program with European research institute.
China to Dominate Fab Building
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6/16/2016   2 comments
Ten of the 19 fabs set to be built worldwide in 2016 and 2017 will be in China, according to the trade group SEMI.
Mobileye Chief Engineer Explains EyeQ5
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
We followed up with Mobileye on what’s inside EyeQ5, and why now. Our discussion ranged from architecture of a driverless car in 2020 to accelerators in the SoC and Google’s recently unveiled custom ASIC for machine learning.
MIT's Phase-Locked Laser Array Yields Better Beam
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6/14/2016   Post a comment
Researchers from MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have demonstrated a natural phase-locking mechanism of closely integrated nanolasers, showing that the typically unwanted lateral emissions could contribute to a long-range global coupling of all the lasers in the 2D array.
NXP Sells Biz Unit to China, Downsizes 25%
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6/14/2016   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductor NV has agreed to sell its standard products business unit to a Chinese consortium. This will involve the transfer of about one quarter of NXP's total workforce that is responsible for about one-fifth of NXP revenues.
The Road Ahead For AI in Cars
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6/14/2016   8 comments
AI is seen as an enabler for ‘real’ autonomous cars. We asked an IHS analyst to break down automotive AI, including its advancements, applications inside vehicles, and the hardware available to process AI algorithms.
IDC Cuts PC Shipment Forecast
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6/10/2016   Post a comment
Market research firm now expects PC market to contract at faster rate following dismal first quarter.
SIA Expects Chip Sales to Fall
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6/8/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade group joins chorus of market watchers in predicting that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016 in the face of sluggish demand and macroeconomic headwinds.
Autonomous Vehicle Forecast Boosted by R&D Increase
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6/8/2016   3 comments
Sales of autonomous vehicles are projected to grow much faster than previously thought based on a host of factors, according to a new forecast from IHS Automotive.
Fab Tool Billings Fall 13% in Q1
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6/7/2016   Post a comment
Strong increase in China not enough to offset weakness in Europe, South Korea and the U.S.
Carbon Nanofibers Yield On-Chip Mini-Supercaps
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6/7/2016   Post a comment
Founded in 2005 after having secured a number of patents leveraging the growth of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) on different substrates, Swedish startup Smoltek believes CNFs will play an essential role in shrinking IC packaging.
DAC: Coventor Adds Electrical Analytics
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6/7/2016   2 comments
Coventor's SEMulator3D adds electrical analytic tools making the MEMS design program targeted at 3D chip and system design engineers.
Rambus to Pay $32.5M for Semtech’s IP Biz
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
Deal, which includes additional payments through 2022, includes IP cores, patents and other assets marketed under the name Snowbush IP.
Redpine Signals Joins V2X Fray with New Twist
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
As it enters the automotive market, Redpine Signals offers “the industry's first V2X solution Integrated with 802.11p, 802.11n, Bluetooth and 802.15.4” for V2V, V2I and intra-Vehicle applications.
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