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UMC Begins Mass Production of 14nm
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2/24/2017   1 comment
Foundry begins shipping 14nm wafers to lead customers ahead of original schedule.
IEEE Director to Step Down
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2/24/2017   Post a comment
E. James Prendergast will retire next year after nearly nine years at the helm of the prestigious technical organization.
EU Privacy Rules Can Cloud Your IoT Future
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2/23/2017   1 comment
Looming large for the MWC crowd are two unresolved issues: the security and privacy of connected devices. EU’s privacy rules will affect not just big data companies like Google but also IoT companies, even when located outside Europe.
T.J. Rodgers Sues Cypress, Slams Chairman
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
Company founder says Chairman failed to disclose role in China-backed equity firm attempting to acquire rival Lattice Semiconductor.
Cellular IoT Chip Battle Escalates at MWC
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2/22/2017   5 comments
The 3GPP completed the standardization of NB-IoT last June. ARM, Sequans Communications and Altair Semiconductors are all rushing to the cellular IoT market. IHS sees NB-IoT technology in 2017 as “an inflection point in the LPWAN market.”
Former Globalfoundries CEO to Lead SEMI Trade Group
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Ajit Manocha will replace as CEO of semiconductor equipment vendor trade group Denny McGuirk, who is retiring.
Cree, Infineon Nix Wolfspeed Deal Over U.S. Government Worries
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2/20/2017   Post a comment
Firms call off $850 million deal after Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States raises concerns.
Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers
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2/17/2017   3 comments
Big Blue has a new mesh network technology for its Weather Channel subsidiary that allows its app to propagate weather and disaster information among all cell phone users even when Internet and cellular networks are down.
A Roadmap to Emulation of 15 Billion Gate ICs
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2/16/2017   1 comment
Mentor's Veloce Strato platform said to stand ready to support leading-edge designs into 2022.
Toshiba May Sell Majority Stake in Chip Unit
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2/14/2017   4 comments
Japanese conglomerate says it may part with controlling interest in chip group to raise capital after $6.3 billion write down.
IDT to Buy Optical Interconnect IC Vendor GigPeak
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2/14/2017   1 comment
All cash deal, worth $250 million, has been approved by both companies' boards.
AI, Automotive Boost Nvidia
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2/10/2017   1 comment
Nvidia continued it's roll by reporting record quarterly sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Cree-Infineon Deal Challenged by U.S. Government
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Cree's $850 million sale of its Wolfspeed power and RF business could be dead in the water following objection from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CIFUS).
MediaTek Launches New Helio SoC
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2/8/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek unveiled the Helio P25, an extension of the company’s high-end mobile processor family. The new SoC combines eight cores with the company’s proprietary image signal processor (ISP) as well as dual-camera features.
Intel to Spend $7 Billion on Arizona Fab
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2/8/2017   11 comments
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, standing beside U.S. President Donald Trump, announced the company would invest $7 billion investment in a semiconductor fab in Arizona.
V-Nova Plucks Faroudja’s Patent Portfolio
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2/8/2017   1 comment
The news earlier this week that London-based V-Nova has acquired Faroudja Enterprises’ complete patent portfolio – lock, stock and barrel – speaks volumes about the rapid changes affecting the market in video technologies.
iPhone Share Drops in China for First Time
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2/8/2017   Post a comment
Apple’s share of China’s smartphone market has dropped for the first time as consumers in the world’s most populous nation show a growing acceptance of locally made handsets, according to market research firm IDC.
Micron, Hynix Reportedly Seek Stake in Toshiba
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2/7/2017   5 comments
Memory chip vendors said to be two of five firms who are looking to buy a 20 percent stake in Japanese giant's semiconductor business.
Longtime NXP Researcher Snags IEEE Award
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2/6/2017   Post a comment
Marcel Pelgrom, author of an important model used in analog circuit design, was awarded the 2017 Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award by the IEEE.
Object-Detection Becomes Wearable
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2/6/2017   1 comment
Obstacle-detection technology, enabled by sensor fusion, is at the core of autonomous cars. What are the possibilities of applying the same sensor-fusion technology to wearable devices to aid the visually impaired or blind?
Apple Watch Dominates as Smartwatches Return to Growth
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Global smartwatch shipments improved modestly in the fourth quarter, according to a market research firm.
Fujitsu Rolls First FRAM For Automotive Market
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2/2/2017   2 comments
Device covers entire automotive temperature range up to 125°C and down to -40°C.
UMC to Start 14nm Shipments in Q1
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2/2/2017   6 comments
Taiwanese foundry accelerates plan to bring its most advanced manufacturing process to market.
Q'comm-NXP Faces Trump, China Hurdles
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2/2/2017   9 comments
Qualcomm’s $39 billion acquisition of NXP could hit a snag. China’s MOFCOM could target the deal by demanding material divestitures as a condition of clearance. CFIUS could object to concessions Qualcomm and/or NXP might offer to MOFCOM.
Samsung, Apple Remain Top Chip Buyers
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2/1/2017   1 comment
Electronics heavyweights Samsung and Apple were the top buyers of semiconductors in 2016 for the sixth straight year.
Trinamic Surfing ‘Automation’ Wave
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2/1/2017   2 comments
Automation is a mega trend. Sensors and connectivity are key enablers for automation. But what about actuators and motors? Little known Germany company Trinamic hopes to connect the physical and digital worlds through its diverse motion control solutions.
Record iPhone Sales Lift Apple
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1/31/2017   9 comments
Apple posted it's best-ever quarterly revenue thanks in part to stronger-than-expected sales of its flagship smartphone.
Miniaturization, IoT Fuel Electronics Adhesive Growth
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1/27/2017   Post a comment
Competitive market is benefitting from the demand for high-quality electronics and is focused on innovation as vendors look at growth through acquisition
Intel Cautious on PC Consumption
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1/26/2017   Post a comment
Intel's fourth quarter sales and profit beat expectations and the company also delivered a better-than-expected forecast for the first quarter of this year.
Samsung Expects Strong Memory Sales in '17
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1/26/2017   2 comments
Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and the second-largest chipmaker, said it expects strong memory sales this year as the balance between supply and demand tightens.
MediaTek Expects Slow Q1 Growth
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1/26/2017   1 comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest rival in the smartphone silicon business, is forecasting slow growth during the first quarter this year as the overall market remains in the doldrums.
Is Semiconductor M&A Wave Dissipating?
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1/25/2017   1 comment
The wave of consolidation that has swept the semiconductor industry over the past two years has shown some signs of slowing, but is it?
Video Conferencing & Collaboration Leaps Forward
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1/24/2017   1 comment
The NVIDIA Jetson TX1-powered Cisco Spark Board sets the current standard in video conferencing and collaboration.
Nvidia's Jetson Goes Embedded, Gets Cisco
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1/24/2017   2 comments
GPUs shine no longer in just supercomputers, PCs and game machines. Nvidia, the graphics chip giant, is eagerly plowing inroads into the embedded market, by leveraging Jetson TX1, its AI computing platform.
Chip Sales Projected to Grow 7% in 2017
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1/24/2017   1 comment
Market research firm Gartner says the turnaround in chip sales that started in the second half of 2016 will continue through 2017.
Automotive ECU Updates: Keeping the Hackers Out
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1/23/2017   2 comments
A new software security technology called Uptane aims to keep hackers away from firmware updates and keep manufacturers and suppliers in control.
EDA Firm ATopTech Files for Bankruptcy
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
Privately held EDA vendor expects to be sold after losing long-running legal battle with Synopsys.
NHTSA Lets Tesla Off The Hook
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1/20/2017   5 comments
The NHTSA concluded a months-long investigation of a fatal crash in Florida, and reported that the agency found no defects in Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking and Autopilot systems. Did NHTSA let Tesla off the hook too easily? Absolutely.
Tsinghua to Build $30 Billion Memory Fab in China
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1/20/2017   10 comments
State-controlled Chinese chip firm has committed to $54 billion to two memory fab projects in past two months.
Automotive Power Semi Market Keeps Soaring
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
The global market for power semiconductors used in cars and light passenger vehicles will grow by more in $3 billion USD in the next six years, predicts market research company IHS Markit.
Chip Sales Grew 1.5% in ‘16, Gartner says
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
Global chip revenue increased by 1.5% in 2016 as a late-year surge enabled the semiconductor industry to avoid widely anticipated contraction, according to market research firm Gartner.
Future of Chip Research Group Questioned
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1/19/2017   6 comments
Questions surround the future of SUNY Poly's semiconductor industry research after the resignation and arrest of its CEO and the disintegration of two high-profile projects.
Toshiba Mulls Chip Business Spinoff
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1/17/2017   4 comments
Toshiba is considering a plan to spin off its chip business and sell a partial stake in the unit to Western Digital, reported Japanese financial daily newspaper Nikkei.
Steep Rise of Drones Boosts Other Business
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1/17/2017   Post a comment
A new report by Grand View Research predicts anti-drone technologies, such as electromagnetic shields, lasers, and "net-firing bazookas,” could reach $1.85 billion by 2024.
Racing to Offer Mobileye 'Killer Chip'
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1/17/2017   1 comment
With Mobileye acknowledged as the king of the hill in the hottest automotive vision market, it has become incumbent upon competitors to say they’ve got “a Mobileye killer solution.” But what would it take to become the next Mobileye?
Consortium Releases Sensor Interface Spec
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1/16/2017   Post a comment
MIPI Alliance I3C specification said to streamline sensor integration in smartphones, wearables, Internet of Things devices and automotive systems.
Crossbar ReRAM in Production at SMIC
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1/13/2017   5 comments
Non-volatile resistive RAM developer keeps promise to begin production in 2016.
Biggest Robo-Car Roadblock Is Human
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1/13/2017   11 comments
Despite all the robo-car announcements, this year’s CES revealed that more companies – including Toyota and Mobileye – are scrambling to address the inconvenient truth that robo-cars pose a man-machine relationship more complicated than we care to admit.
TSMC Expects Flat Year for Foundry
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1/13/2017   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. expects 2017 to be a flat year for the foundry business as momentum in the chip business stalls.
PC Shipments Decline for 5th Straight Year
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1/12/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of PCs declined about 6% in 2016, though some signs of stabilization emerged during the fourth quarter, market researchers said.
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