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Samsung Was No. 1 in Chip Sales in Q2
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7/28/2017   Post a comment
The booming memory chip market propelled South Korean conglomerate past Intel in semiconductor sales in the second quarter, as some analysts had predicted.
Semiconductor Equipment Sales Rise Again
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7/28/2017   Post a comment
Fab tool billings grew again in June on both a sequential and year-over-year basis as the industry continues to enjoy what is projected to be its best year ever.
Ions Power Machine-Human Interface Demo
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7/27/2017   Post a comment
The University of Maryland’s NanoCenter demonstrated an “inverted” battery that converts electrical signals into the ion power used by the human brain’s synapses to yield what it says is a perfect machine-to-human interface.
Startup Campus Beckons Int'l Inventors
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7/27/2017   Post a comment
From Shenzhen to New York and Silicon Valley, incubators are popping up, providing affordable space for entrepreneurs to build and nurture startups. Among them, what makes Station F — recently opened in Paris as the world’s largest startup campus — different?
ST Prepares for ToF Sensor Product Ramp
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7/26/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of company's time of flight sensors, rumored to be included in iPhone 8, have surpassed 300 million and ST is increasing capex for the remainder of the year.
Automotive, Industrial Continue to Drive TI's Sales Gains
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7/26/2017   Post a comment
Chip firm reports second consecutive quarter of double digit year-over-year sales increases.
Semiconductor M&A Fervor Cools
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
The value of semiconductor industry deals fell markedly in the first half of this year as the absence of "megadeals" brought down the total value of transactions, according to IC Insights.
NXP to Spend $22 Million to Expand U.S. Fabs
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7/24/2017   Post a comment
European chip maker says expansion will enable it to produce secure ID chips for the U.S. government.
Report: Samsung Plans to Triple Foundry Market Share
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7/24/2017   20 comments
South Korean giant eyes No. 2 spot in foundry market and market share of 25 percent, according to Reuters report.
Security a Must for Auto GbE Switch
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7/24/2017   1 comment
Bringing popular Ethernet technology to cars seems like a natural progression. But here's why in the auto world, a regular GbE switch won’t work, and even 1000BASE-T1 might not cut it for autonomous cars.
Neural Accelerator Battle Begins
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7/21/2017   7 comments
The embedded market for neural network accelerators is heating up, with more systems — ranging from smart speakers and drones to light bulbs — poised to run neural networks locally instead of going back to the cloud for computation.
Regs, Royalties Drag Down Qualcomm
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7/20/2017   Post a comment
Despite the company’s assurances to the contrary, Qualcomm’s increasingly public licensing dispute with Apple is dogging Qualcomm and costing it dearly.
ASML Posts Strong Sales as EUV Orders Surge
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7/20/2017   12 comments
Backlog of extreme ultraviolet tools eclipses $3 billion sales to memory chip vendors bolster top line growth.
Qualms Becalm Qualcomm at Quarter’s End
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7/19/2017   2 comments
Bad news keeps piling up for Qualcomm. The company lost an appeal in an EU court while in the USA, it faces fresh antitrust allegations by four Apple iPhone contractors. Will Qualcomm’s NXP acquisition be at risk?
Memory Chip ASP Growth Expected to Cool in Second Half
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7/19/2017   1 comment
DRAM and NAND flash memory chips are forecast to achieve record gains in average selling prices this year, but growth is expected to cool as the year goes along.
Mesh to Thrust Bluetooth in Industrial IoT
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7/18/2017   3 comments
Mesh Networking is finally coming to Bluetooth as a formally ratified, interoperability- tested global standard, allowing Bluetooth proponents to target a whole new machine-to-machine, industrial Internet of Things market. Might it mend IoT mess?
NFC Players Welcome Broader iPhone Support
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
Near field communications chip makers are applauding Apple's announcement that iPhones will be able to use both NFC tag mode and reader mode.
Does NVMe Have a Place in Industrial Embedded and IoT?
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
NVMe was considered overkill for industrial embedded designs as storage-capacity demands didn't justify the performance at the expense of power consumption, but that's changing as the data industrial IoT products are collecting grows exponentially
ASML Claims Major EUV Milestone
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7/14/2017   13 comments
Litho vendor claims elusive source power target as dawn of EUV era inches closer.
Imec Aims 2-D FETs at Sub-5-nm Node
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7/13/2017   4 comments
Imec crafts a demo architecture using anisotropic monolayers of black phosphorus to show that 2-D FET channels can extend Moore’s Law beyond the 5-nanometer node.
Suppliers Beware: The Perils of Vertical Integration
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7/12/2017   7 comments
Be careful what you wish for -- that big fish might eat you!
Sensors, Blockchains Meet Tomatoes
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7/12/2017   12 comments
When Amazon announced the Whole Foods acquisition, Alice Waters defined its significance as a chance for Jeff Bezos to launch a food revolution. Elements of basic technology are here. What would it take to pull off such a massive change?
Chip Sales Now Expected to Top $400 Billion
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7/11/2017   Post a comment
Revised forecast from Gartner is most aggressive prediction to date for market in 2017.
Rambus Reportedly Exploring Sale Possibilities
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7/10/2017   2 comments
Technology licensing chip vendor works with financial adviser to evaluate possibilities for its sale, according to a Bloomberg report.
Memory Prices Drive Samsung's Record Q2 Profit
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7/7/2017   Post a comment
South Korean electronics giant appears on pace to surpass Intel and become world's No. 1 semiconductor vendor.
TI Claims to Obsolete FPGAs for Embedded Apps
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7/6/2017   3 comments
Texas Instruments says its C2000 microcontrollers running its DesignDRIVE software offer a fast current loop that obsoletes the FPGA in motor control applications.
NIST Backs Quantum-level Temperature Measurement
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7/3/2017   23 comments
With the a new temperature measurement unit call the SI set to replace the Kelvin, a NIST apparatus provides a QVNS reference measurement of the Boltzmann constant to gauge SI temperature.
ReRAM Goes 3D
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6/30/2017   14 comments
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has reinvented its resistive-RAM process to achieve a ReRAM that is amenable to 3D stacking, giving the “universal” memory an edge over flash.
Embedded MRAM Can Take the Heat
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6/29/2017   6 comments
A Globaldoundries technical paper outlines how it addressed a fundamental hurdle for eMRAM, making it feasible for broader uses including automotive MCUs and SoCs.
Toshiba Fires Back at Western Digital, Seeks $1.1B in Damages
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6/28/2017   1 comment
Feud between partners deepens as Toshiba says it won't meet deadline for selling chip business.
Purple-emitting LEDs Get Closer to the Sun
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6/27/2017   3 comments
Seoul Semi has paired its purple-emitting LEDs with Toshiba Materials-engineered RGB phosphors to more closely mimic natural daylight spectrum.
DRAM Prices Expected to Climb
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6/26/2017   1 comment
With DRAM chips being used in more applications, ASPs projected to grow even while smartphone and PC shipments remain tepid.
SiLabs CEO Plots Slow, Steady IoT Strategy
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6/23/2017   5 comments
“IoT is in a bit of a trough right now,” Silicon Labs’ CEO said, just as he was leaving the ballroom where he delivered a keynote entitled “Accelerating the IoT.” Is he sensing a whiff of IoT backlash?
Handsets Expected to be Largest Market for ICs
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6/22/2017   Post a comment
Cellular handsets are expected to surpass PCs as the largest application for integrated circuits for the first time in 2017.
Imagination Puts Itself on the Block
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6/22/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies said the whole company is up for sale after fielding interest from several parties.
Japan-led Consortium Wins Toshiba Memory Bidding
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6/21/2017   4 comments
Winning bid submitted by Innovation Network of Japan, Bain Capital and Development Bank of Japan.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
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6/21/2017   1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.
Cypress Stockholders Elect T.J. Rodgers' Nominees to Board
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
Camillo Martino and J. Daniel McCranie elected to board after long and bitter proxy battle.
Alibaba Fuels China's CPU Gambit
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
C-Sky, designer of China’s home-grown 32-bit embedded CPU processing cores, is quite possibly China’s best kept secret. Its CEO explains why its unique tie with Alibaba is C-Sky's ace in the hole in winning China’s IoT market.
Cray Moves to Lasso 'Big Data Deluge'
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6/20/2017   1 comment
Cray’s Urika Big Data Analytics Suite, for its biggest XC supercomputers, brings all the analytic tools necessary to handle the deluge of data today including deep learning and artificial intelligence in a free open-source downloadable package.
UMC Appoints Co-presidents as CEO Steps Down
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6/16/2017   2 comments
Taiwanese foundry takes page from rival's book, names two to lead the company.
MediaTek Chooses TSMC for 7nm
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6/16/2017   6 comments
MediaTek, the second-largest designer of mobile phone chips after Qualcomm, says it has chosen the world's biggest chip foundry to make 7nm products.
Western Digital Sues to Halt Toshiba Sale
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6/15/2017   Post a comment
Complaint filed in California Superior Court asks court to prevent Toshiba from transferring assets that are part of joint venture between the firms.
Paris Accord: As U.S. Drops Out, Chipmakers Double Down
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6/14/2017   3 comments
The semiconductor industry has responded to President Trump’s plan to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord with resounding reaffirmations of the industry’s commitment to sustainable and energy-efficient manufacturing practices.
Riding Mobileye Coattails, MIPS Juices CPU IP
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6/14/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies has rolled out a high-performance, multi-threaded MIPS CPU IP, driving MIPS cores further into automotive and industrial applications that require functional safety. The new CPU core is at the heart of Mobileye’s EyeQ5 SoC.
Achronix Growth Spurt More Than 'Luck'
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6/14/2017   2 comments
Achronix Semiconductor, a privately held FPGA company founded in 2004, reached a critical juncture this year with projected 2017 revenue in excess of $100 million -- a 700 percent increase in 12 months. What's going on here?
Germanium Displacing GaAs for RF Transistors
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6/13/2017   1 comment
The world's first sub-10 nanometer Germainium gate-all-around (GAA) nanowire transistors accompany the world's lowest source/drain contacts claims the International Micro-Electronics Center (Imec Intl., Belgium) at this month's 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Kyoto, Japan.
TI’s Shrewd Robo-Car Strategy
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6/12/2017   5 comments
While Nvidia and Intel are busy sparring for glory as innovators of fully autonomous vehicle platforms, TI has kept its profile low. What are the plans for TI to shift its current ADAS platform to Level 4/Level 5 autonomy?
EC Refs Whistle Qualcomm-NXP Deal
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6/10/2017   4 comments
The European Commission Friday (June 9) officially opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of NXP by Qualcomm. Qualcomm's increased isolation in the world is palpable.
DARPA Funds Development of New Type of Processor
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6/9/2017   27 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is building the world's first graph-analytics processor in its Hierarchical Identify Verify Exploit (HIVE) program that is 1000-times faster than today's CPUs and GPUs.
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