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Fab Tool Billings Reach 16-Year High
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4/25/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor equipment billings hit their highest level since 2001 in March, according to the SEMI trade organization.
Taiwan Eyes Automotive Market
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4/21/2017   4 comments
How could Taiwan, a tiny island nation with only one local car OEM become the next hub for the global automotive industry? It’s tantalizing to imagine that an OEM/EMS relationship like Apple/Foxconn could eventually emerge in automotive.
EUV Litho Coming Into Commercial Focus
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4/20/2017   10 comments
ASML said it expects to sell 20-24 EUV systems next year as the technology edges closer to being deployed in production by chipmakers.
NXP Sells Stake in China Foundry ASMC
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4/19/2017   6 comments
Dutch chip vendor sells remaining stake in joint venture originally begun by Philips.
TSMC Expects First-Half Smartphone Slump
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4/14/2017   18 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. , the largest foundry for customers in the smartphone business including Apple and MediaTek, says it is expecting an inventory correction in smartphones to continue through the first half of this year.
NXP Shows First FD-SOI Chips
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
NXP showed the first chips it is making this year in Samsung’s 28nm FD-SOI process and called for work on replacements for embedded flash.
Qualcomm to Re-Pay $815 Million to BlackBerry
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
Arbitration panel rules for Canadian smartphone maker in contract dispute over past royalties.
Gartner Ups Chip Market Growth Forecast to 12%
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4/13/2017   2 comments
Continued improvement in memory market conditions lifting expectations for overall market in 2017 and 2018.
Former EDA Consortium Director Robert Gardner Dies
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4/13/2017   1 comment
Gardner, a 50-year electronics industry executive, died this week at age 74 after a short bout with illness.
Quantum Photons Emitted
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4/12/2017   3 comments
Japanese researchers discover that nitrogen-doped gallium-arsenide beat quantum dots in consistency as single-photon emitters for future quantum computers.
Renesas ‘Opens’ Autonomy for Cars
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4/11/2017   2 comments
Renesas Electronics emerged from a prolonged silence Wednesday, heralding the launch of Renesas Autonomy, a newly-designed advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving platform.
Chinese Investment Firm Agrees to Buy Xcerra
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4/10/2017   1 comment
Chinese private equity firm to shell out $580 million to buy parent company of LTX-Credence.
Robo-Cars Need Relationship Map
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4/7/2017   5 comments
To sort out autonomous car development among chip vendors, Tier Ones, tech companies and car OEMs, the ideal solution might be a “relationship map” to illustrate who’s in bed with whom on highly automated vehicle platforms.
Israeli's Valens Semi Snags $60 Million in Funding
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4/6/2017   Post a comment
Samsung, Goldman Sachs, Delphi and MediaTek join existing investors in backing 11-year-old HDBaseT chip firm.
Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design
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4/6/2017   3 comments
Chip designers are hearing AI’s footsteps as it encroaches on their design work. Solido Design Automation, which has been applying its home-grown machine-learning algorithms to its software, is making its crown jewel available to customers via Machine Learning Labs.
Chip Materials Market Grew 2.4% in 2016
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Sales of wafer fab and semiconductor packaging materials both grew amid slight growth in semiconductor revenue, according to the SEMI trade group.
China's Tsinghua Secures $22 Billion in State Backing
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4/4/2017   7 comments
Ambitious Chinese memory upstart says additional funds will help it improve global competitiveness.
Semiconductor Sales Keep Climbing
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4/4/2017   1 comment
Chip sales logged the largest year-over-year decline in more than six years in February, according to a semiconductor industry trade group.
Mentor in Robo-Car Race with Mobileye, Nvidia
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4/4/2017   3 comments
Mentor Graphics Corp. will come to SAE World Congress in Detroit to demonstrate how “raw data fusion” – not the fusion of processed data generated by sensor modules – can provide dramatic improvements in sensing accuracy and overall system efficiency.
Apple Drops Imagination
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4/3/2017   3 comments
Apple has notified Imagination Technologies, a key GPU core licenser to Apple for years, that it will no longer use Imagination’s IP in new products. Analysts are skeptical if Imagination can survive as an independent company without Apple.
Intel Shows Life Beyond CMOS
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4/3/2017   2 comments
At the International Symposium on Physical Design Intel presented more than dozen different ways to get beyond the limitations of conventional complementary metal oxide semiconductors while using the same fabs.
Toshiba Shareholders OK Chip Unit Sale as Bidders Mount
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3/31/2017   Post a comment
With about 10 bidders reportedly interested, stockholders vote to approve spinoff into separate business.
Analog Devices Buys Broadband Amplifier Vendor
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3/31/2017   Post a comment
ADI says acquisition of OneTree Microdevices will enable it to support the complete signal chain for next-generation cable access networks.
Semiconductor Outlook Lifted on Surging Memory Prices
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3/30/2017   2 comments
IC Insights doubles market forecast to 11 percent growth due to surge in DRAM and NAND flash ASPs.
Q'comm Names CTO, Girds for NXP Influx
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm appointed James Thompson, EVP of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, as the company’s new CTO. Thompson is responsible for R&D activities in all wireless chipsets in QCT, semiconductor business. He will oversee the companywide technical and product roadmaps.
MaxLinear to Buy Exar for $700 Million
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Deal, worth $472 million net of Exar's cash on hand, would increase MaxLinear's scale and diversify its revenue base.
Patent Trolls Plague Chip Vendors
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3/28/2017   2 comments
One of the unintended consequences of increased M&A activities in the semiconductor industry is that more chip vendors are facing the risk of getting targeted by patent trolls. Who are the key patent trolls? How do you protect yourself?
EDA Sales Jump Most in Five Years
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3/27/2017   Post a comment
Move to more aggressive processing nodes largely triggered a 19 percent increase in EDA sales in the fourth quarter, according to an industry group.
Intel Creates New Unit to House AI Efforts
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3/24/2017   1 comment
Artificial Intelligence Product Group will align resources from across the company to focus on AI.
Roadmap Says CMOS Ends ~2024
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3/23/2017   3 comments
An expanded roadmap for semiconductors says traditional CMOS scaling will end in about 2024 but new chip stacks and systems architectures will continue advances.
TowerJazz Rolls Out Silicon Photonics Process
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3/23/2017   Post a comment
Specialty foundry offering process to complement silicon-germanium BiCMOS process for optical transceivers.
Asian Tech Investment in U.S. May Rise
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3/22/2017   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and other Asian tech firms may contribute to a rising tide of investment in the U.S. in response to some expected Trump administration initiatives.
Peregrine Semi Buys MIT Spinoff Arctic Sand
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3/20/2017   Post a comment
RF chip vendor says deal will expand its power module business in the telecommunications, data communications and industrial electrical markets.
China Fab Boom Fuels Equipment Spending Revival
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3/16/2017   Post a comment
With 26 fabs scheduled to come on line in China in the next four years, the SEMI trade group is projecting the first three-year run of consecutive semiconductor equipment spending growth since the mid-1990s.
NXP Goes All In on FD-SOI
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3/15/2017   1 comment
By launching the lowest power general-purpose applications processors yet developed for IoT, NXP’s senior executive has unveiled a sweeping plan to broadly migrate design and production of general-purpose processors and microcontrollers from CMOS nodes to the FD-SOI process.
SIA Backs House Republicans’ Tax Plan
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade association says the "Better Way" corporate tax reform blueprint is a good starting point for creating more jobs and helping chip companies innovate.
Silicon Labs Beefs Up IoT SoCs
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
After a year of selling multiprotocol wireless IoT SoCs, Silicon Labs is back in Nuremberg with a better mousetrap. It’s rolling out new Gecko SoCs, with more memory, support for switched multiprotocol and a full featured MCU.
Xilinx AI Engine Steers New Course
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3/13/2017   Post a comment
Combining computer vision with machine learning mostly remains a theoretical and elusive goal for many system designers. Xilinx is hoping to change this perception by rolling out “reVision” stack, offering resources for platforms, algorithms and application development.
Semiconductor Shipments Projected to Top 1 Trillion in 2018
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3/10/2017   1 comment
Total semiconductor shipments, dominated by optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discretes, are expected to top the 1 trillion mark for the first time next year, according to IC Insights.
Your Money or Your Brakes
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3/10/2017   3 comments
Worrisome isn’t WikiLeaks’ revelation that the spy agency might have contemplated hacking vehicles. A scenario that scares the automotive industry is ransomware targeted at vehicles. Security experts have said that 2017 is the year that this will happen.
ZTE Agree to Pay U.S. $892 Million Over Iran Charges
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3/9/2017   4 comments
Chinese telecommunications giant agrees to pay more than $892 million and plead guilty to charges that it violated U.S. export controls on Iran.
Auto SoCs: Race to ASIL D
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3/9/2017   Post a comment
Where does the automotive industry stand today on the Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) of the SoCs in their current ADAS models or in the autonomous cars on their drawing boards?
Softbank to Sell 25% of ARM to Saudi-Backed Fund
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3/8/2017   4 comments
Softbank is about to sell 25 percent of ARM into a new, Saudi-backed $100 billion investment fund. The Japanese decision appears to be driven by Mubadala -- which owns 100 percent of Globalfoundries -- who is interested in ARM.
Everspin Tips First System-level MRAM Offering
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3/8/2017   2 comments
Storage accelerator harnesses MRAM technology to offer high-performance, low latency.
X-Fab Files for IPO
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3/7/2017   Post a comment
German specialty chip foundry hopes to raise $530 million in two offerings, according to reports.
Competing Sensors Crave Human Contact
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3/7/2017   1 comment
While CMOS imagers and infrared are well established as sensors in smartphones, today’s $64 million question is whether they will make room for radar and ultrasound inside IoT devices. And if yes, what roles will they play?
Chip Sales Jump 14% in January
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3/6/2017   1 comment
Semiconductor sales started the year off where 2016 left off, posting the largest annual increase in one month in six years.
Paced by Big Spenders, Chip Capex Projected to Grow
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3/3/2017   4 comments
Market watcher IC Insights expects semiconductor industry capital spending to grow by about 6 percent, led by increased spending from the top 11 spenders.
Cypress Sells Minnesota Fab for $30 Million
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3/3/2017   Post a comment
Deal enables firm to continue receiving supply from startup foundry while transitioning manufacturing to Texas.
Littelfuse Takes Majority Stake in Monolith Semi
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3/2/2017   Post a comment
Power control and sensing chip and component supplier increases stake in developer of silicon carbide chips.
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