Cray Sets Deep Learning Milestone
News & Analysis 12/9/2016 3 comments
Cray's XC50 has set deep learning milestones accomplishing brain-like neural network training in minutes or hours that used to take days or weeks of conventional computer time.
Sweating Big Human-Body Data Challenge
News & Analysis 12/7/2016 1 comment
Today’s wearable sensors can capturea user’s vital signs. But “none can monitor human health conditions at the molecular level,” said a professor at University of Calif., Berkeley, at IEDM while presenting his teams’ paper on “wearable sweat biosensor.”
IBM Scans 10nm Temperature
News & Analysis 12/5/2016 1 comment
IBM's scanning probe thermometer has been upgraded for the sub-14 nanometer transistor age by using a method that first measures thermal resistance, then temperature.
Nanotube Contacts Perfected
News & Analysis 12/2/2016 Post a comment
IBM sees a future full of carbon nanotubes for flexible electronics in wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices today, but also for complementary metal oxide transistor (CMOS) semiconductors for the More-than-Moore era ahead.
Can Intel Win Auto Brain Chip Race?
News & Analysis 11/30/2016 11 comments
Can Intel take the checkered flag in the race for a brain chip in the automotive market? 18 months ago, the answer would have been… not so fast. The odds were bleak. That narrative, however, is beginning to change.
Intel Snags Exec from ARM to Run IoT
News & Analysis 11/29/2016 7 comments
Intel will separate its nascent automotive team from the company’s IoT group. Previously, Intel’s IoT and automotive teams were bundled together under one big IoT tent. Intel also named ex-ARM executive Tom Lantzsch to head the company’s IoT branch.
1st Qubits on 300mm CMOS
News & Analysis 11/29/2016 1 comment
Leti demonstrated the world's first solid-state qubit fabricated on a standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) 300 milimeter fabrication (fab).
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag
News & Analysis 11/29/2016 1 comment
A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
Cray: U.S. Supercomputers Hit 3, 5 on Top500
News & Analysis 11/28/2016 Post a comment
In November 2016's Top500, USA's Cray supercomputers achieved 4 spots, but Cray is showing diversity with models for all categories of user formats, from the only single-cabinet petaflop computer (the Urika-GX) to the CS-Storm for Deep Learning to the Urika-GX for 24/7 protection from data breaches.
Researchers Claim Photonics Breakthrough
News & Analysis 11/25/2016 7 comments
All optimal photonic computers are on the horizon with all the major players contributing the parts that will eventually obsolete the electronic computer and make Moore's Law passé.
1st Photonic Circuits Here
News & Analysis 11/23/2016 4 comments
IMEC research institute claims to demonstrate the world's first sub-micron photonic circuits encoding "1s" and "0s" on the spin of optical photons.
Renesas Bounces Back, But How High?
News & Analysis 11/22/2016 Post a comment
Japan’s once ailing Renesas Electronics has been blessed -- unintentionally -- by NXP’s recent acquisition of Freescale. In an exclusive interview, Renesas executive explained the company’s recent rise, its plan for a new embedded vision SoC billed as Mobileye alternative
ST's Bozotti on 'Back-to-Silicon' Differentiation
News & Analysis 11/17/2016 Post a comment
Carlo Bozotti, CEO of STMicroelectronics NV, has presided over a difficult period in the chip company's history as he first put together the ST-Ericsson mobile processors joint venture and then had to engineer ST's exit from what had became an ill-fated project. But now the write-offs, reorganizations and product phase outs are just about behind the company and it is starting to resume growth. EE Times Europe interviewed Bozotti at a bustling Electronica in Munich.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
News & Analysis 11/17/2016 Post a comment
The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
Top 20 IC Ranking: Apple Rises Most
News & Analysis 11/17/2016 1 comment
In IC Insights' top 20 global semiconductor sales ranking, the company forecast to make the biggest upward move isn’t a traditional chip company — it’s Apple.
3D Printed Buses Here
News & Analysis 11/16/2016 8 comments
Local Motors has been a solution looking for a problem since its inception, but may have finally hit the nail on the head with its Olli substitute for traditional transit systems at just 20% of their cost, but with more convenience, faster times and free-ride driverless capabilities.
DSRC’s ‘Dead End,’ Says Qualcomm Exec
News & Analysis 11/15/2016 5 comments
As carmakers learn more about highly automated vehicles, they no longer dismiss the idea of V2X. But the radio war between DSC and LTE camps continues. Qualcomm’s takeover of NXP isn’t making the path to V2X any clearer.
Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5B Deal
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 14 comments
Siemens agreed to buy Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion deal. Europe’s largest industrial conglomerate has been beefing up its industrial software capabilities, sees Mentor’s tools as critical for developing “smart” and “connected” products -- including autonomous vehicles.
SMIC Expects Record Roll to Continue
News & Analysis 11/10/2016 Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., China’s largest foundry, predicts that sales in the current quarter will rise as much as 7 percent from the record $774.8 million in revenue it posted during the July to September period this year.
SMIC to Build South China’s First 12-Inch Fab
News & Analysis 11/3/2016 Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, said it is proceeding with plans to build South China’s first 12-inch fab at an existing facility in the city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong.
DARPA's N-Zero Sensors Use "0" Power
News & Analysis 11/2/2016 5 comments
The Defense Advance Research Project Agency's (DARPA's) Near Zero Power Radio Frequency (RF) and Sensor Operations (N-Zero) initiative aims to sprinkle zero-standby power sensoofrs, communications nodes and Internet of Things (IoT) devices over the battlefield, critical infrastructure and perimeters for 24/7 monitoring without having to change batteries.
Ford & QNX Bypass Tier 1 Middlemen
News & Analysis 10/31/2016 1 comment
BlackBerry Limited announced Monday an agreement with Ford Motor Company, under which the automotive giant will expand its use of BlackBerry’s QNX and its security software in Ford vehicles.
Watson Wins GM
News & Analysis 10/29/2016 2 comments
At the keynote speech during the World of Watson 2016 conference (Oct. 24-28, Las Vegas) IBM chief executive officer (CEO) Ginni Rometty invited General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra to jointly announce that IBM's augmented intelligence (AI) called Watson would be integrated with every new car equipped with OnStar connectivity (renamed OnStar-Go). The U.S. Secretary of Education also endorsed Watson.
Samsung Chips Offset Smartphone Disaster
News & Analysis 10/27/2016 1 comment
Samsung Electronics said strength in its semiconductor business offset the impact to its mobile phone business caused by exploding batteries in its flagship Galaxy Note 7 products.
TSMC Likely to Lock up Apple A10, A11 Orders
News & Analysis 10/26/2016 2 comments
TSMC will probably make nearly all of the A10 and A11 processors for Apple this year and next because of a competitive advantage the Taiwan foundry has gained in packaging technology called InFO (Integrated Fan Out), according to analysts.
V2X Radio War Still Smoldering in China, Europe
News & Analysis 10/25/2016 2 comments
The battle over radios for connected cars is hardly over. For the cellular industry, V2X is a nice-to-have “feature” for its networks. But V2X advocates see it a life-saving system ready for deployment by using IEEE 802.11p.
Movidius to Push AI at Edge of Network
News & Analysis 10/24/2016 1 comment
Movidius has partnered with China’s Hikvision to penetrate artificial intelligence deeper into surveillance cameras. Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane says deploying AI at network edge is massive trend.
Oxygen Layer May Extend Moore's Law
News & Analysis 10/19/2016 2 comments
Mears Silicon Technology (MST) at Atomera Inc. (Los Gatos, Calif.) increases the carrier mobility and drive current, while reducing the leakage current for any CMOS transistor.
Germany Hits Tesla, Raises Bigger Issues
News & Analysis 10/17/2016 16 comments
The German Transport Minister requested Tesla to stop advertising its EV’s Autopilot function. The question is whether this is a result of concerted efforts by German automakers “looking for a way to ‘clip Tesla’s wings,’ asked one analyst.
TSMC Grows Share of Foundry Business
News & Analysis 10/13/2016 Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. increased its share of the foundry business to 55 percent this year on better than expected demand for smartphones during the third quarter.
Did Processor Cause Samsung Note 7 Blowup?
News & Analysis 10/12/2016 37 comments
It’s far from clear what caused Samsung Note 7 to catch fire. But a new report emerged that the culprit might not be the lithium-ion batteries. Rather, the problem might reside in tweaks made to the processor.
Startup Digs Deep Learning, Snags Big Backers
News & Analysis 10/6/2016 3 comments
ThinCI, architecture designer for deep learning graph analysis, has come out of stealth mode. The startup picked up Denso and Magna as its investors, while Dadi Perlmutter, former Intel executive vp is giving the startup’s technology a thumbs-up.
NXP Pushes Hardware Isolation in i.MX8
News & Analysis 10/5/2016 4 comments
In response to the growing demand for advanced HMI, NXP launches new apps processors dubbed i.MX8. Its beauty lies in the safety and reliability inherent in its architecture. It comes with built-in hardware-based virtualization and domain protection.