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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.
Tsinghua to Build $30 Billion Memory Fab in China
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1/20/2017   2 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.
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.
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.
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.
T.J. Rodgers Backs Renewable Energy Firm
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1/12/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor pioneer to join firm's board of directors after taking stake.
IoT Spending Hit Estimated $737 Billion in 2016
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1/12/2017   2 comments
Global spending on IoT infrastructure and deployment is on a trajectory that will bring it to nearly $1.3 tillion by 2020, according to IDC.
White House Report Warns of China’s Threat to Chip Industry
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1/6/2017   16 comments
Much-anticipated report includes recommendations for bolstering U.S. semiconductor industry in face of challenge posed by China's industrial policies.
Electronic Device Markets Seen as Stagnant in 2017
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1/5/2017   1 comment
Combined shipments of PCs, mobile handsets and tablets are predicted to be flat in 2017, according to Gartner.
CES 2017 Connects with AI
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1/5/2017   3 comments
"CES Unveiled" showcased a host of wearables, hearables and robots. App-intensive and connected to the Internet, many are programmed to get smarter with built-in artificial intelligence that will learn and recognize a user's speech, face and daily habits.
Obama to Urge Protection for Chip Industry
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1/3/2017   7 comments
Report says President is preparing recommendations for tougher stance against Chinese investment in the U.S. Semiconductor industry.
Nokia Hits Apple With Patent Suits
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12/29/2016   Post a comment
Former phone maker files suit in 11 countries in Asia, Europe and North America, claiming that Apple products infringe some 40 patents.
Lattice introduces iCE40 UltraPlus high-performance low-power FPGAs
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12/22/2016   2 comments
New FPGAs are ideally suited for use in instant-on, context-aware systems, including smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices.
Synopsys Wins Injunction Against EDA Startup
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12/22/2016   3 comments
Court order prohibits ATopTech from selling any product found to infringe Synopsys copyrights.
China Returns Navy Sea Drone
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12/21/2016   3 comments
Seaglider sea drones are capable of executing sea-bottom assays and mapping at depths of up to 1,000 meters.
TDK in Talks to Buy InvenSense
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12/20/2016   Post a comment
TDK is reportedly in talks to acquire inertial and microphone MEMS company InvenSense for about $1.1 billion.
Chips Execs See Maturing Industry
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12/20/2016   1 comment
Semiconductor industry executives responding to a survey see revenue, R&D stable over the next three years.
ARM Bolsters HPC Position Through Acquisition
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12/20/2016   Post a comment
ARM announced it bought Allinea Software, a provider of software tools for high performance computing.
Global Chip Sales Could Be Flat This Year
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12/19/2016   Post a comment
A new industry forecast calls for semiconductor sales to be flat in 2016, a remarkable turnaround considering the bleak forecasts issued earlier in the year.
Sensor Firm Novelda Raises Funds, Changes CEO
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12/19/2016   Post a comment
Norwegian firm will use funding to take take XeThru branded CMOS sensors to high volume production.
Semiconductor Market Recovery Gathers Steam
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12/19/2016   2 comments
The pace of year-on-year global chip market growth increased markedly in October led by the regions of the eastern hemisphere.
Your A List for CES 2017
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12/14/2016   1 comment
Ask any market researcher or industry analyst about what to watch for at the CES next month in Las Vegas and the “A” list you’ll almost certainly hear are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality and Automotive.
ACE Awards: AMD Wins Company of Year
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12/8/2016   1 comment
Patterson and Hennessey reminisce about how far the industry has come at EE Times' and EDN's Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards.
Obama Blocks China's Acquisition of Aixtron
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12/3/2016   6 comments
Move likely to exacerbate tensions over China's place in global semiconductor industry.
Obama Set to Block Acquisition of Aixtron by Chinese Firm
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
U.S. President reportedly will prohibit acquisition of German semiconductor equipment supplier on U.S. national security grounds.
Nanotube Contacts Perfected
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12/2/2016   1 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.
QuickLogic Introduces eFPGA (Embedded FPGA)
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11/30/2016   Post a comment
The burgeoning IoT market's extremely wide variety of end products and product variants can be addressed using SoCs containing embedded programmable logic.
Watson IDs Heart Disease
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
IBM's Watson acquires a new set of modules for diagnosing disease that increases their accuracy by 25-to-50 percent.
Bosch CEO: Hanging on to Lead
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11/21/2016   4 comments
The world's largest producer of automotive MEMS devices describes how it plans to hang onto the lead.
Microsemi Offers First FPGA-Based RISC-V IP Core
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The RISC-V was designed from the ground-up to be useful in modern computerized devices, ranging from warehouse-scale cloud computers to the smallest embedded systems.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
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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.
DSRC’s ‘Dead End,’ Says Qualcomm Exec
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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.
2016 ACE Awards Finalists Announced
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11/11/2016   Post a comment
Don't miss the announcement of this year’s winners; cheer on your favorites at the ACE Awards ceremony, Wednesday, December 7, co-located during the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.
Electronica: CEO Forum Rambles on IoT Security, Safety
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11/8/2016   2 comments
The traditional CEO forum at Electronica continued a theme from two years before: the Internet of Things (IoT) but this time tried to shed some light on how to ensure safety and security.
Lattice Semiconductor to be Acquired for $1.3 Billion
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11/3/2016   1 comment
Having serious investment from Canyon Bridge may allow Lattice Semiconductor to evolve and grow its niche and become a major player.
DARPA's N-Zero Sensors Use "0" Power
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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.
Watson Wins GM
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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.
Watson Use Proliferating
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10/27/2016   Post a comment
IBM's annual World of Watson released a plethora of new capabilities plus enumerated multiple new design wins, from the Toronto Raptors to General Motors.
Intel's Stratix 10 FPGAs, SoCs Sampling
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10/6/2016   3 comments
Devices like Stratix 10 FPGAs will help satisfy the insatiable demand for higher computational capabilities, lower latency, greater system flexibility, and increased power efficiencies
Startup Digs Deep Learning, Snags Big Backers
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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.
Startup Takes Wireless Patch to Hospital
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10/4/2016   3 comments
Startup HMicro announced an SoC, co-developed with STMicroelectronics, that uses Wi-Fi and other radios to link sensors to patient monitors in hospitals.
Universal Memristor Models All
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10/3/2016   Post a comment
University of Massachusetts says it has cut in half the number of components needed to model the human brain for deep learning algorithms with its diffusive memritor.
Samsung Calls for New CPU Design
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9/28/2016   6 comments
Samsung is working on a new processor architecture that leverages its dominance in memory, said a corporate strategist.
LED-Based ToF Sensor Network Detects Room Occupants
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9/22/2016   4 comments
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have been awarded a US patent for a system of LEDs and sensors that generate an elevation map of the space being lit by the luminaires.
Peratech 'Print' Smart Buttons on Any Surface
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9/20/2016   2 comments
Peratech, which invented quantum tunneling composites (QTC) materials, is now allowing its clients to print a smart button, which people can push with force, on any surface of any materials – including laminated wood.
ARM Raises Bar for Safety, Determinism
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9/19/2016   4 comments
ARM is rolling out what the company describes as its “most advanced processor for safety.” The new processor, dubbed Cortex-R52, is aimed at automotive, industrial and healthcare applications that demand functional safety.
Biometrics Upgrade to AirPod-like Earbuds
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9/15/2016   2 comments
Valencell Inc's PerformTek biometric measurement module adds biometric sensing function to accelerometer-equipped wireless earbuds.
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