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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.
Nikon Renews Patent Battle with ASML
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4/24/2017   Post a comment
Nikon is renewing a 16-year-old patent battle with ASML over the lithography technology fundamental to making semiconductors.
KKR, INCJ Team For New Toshiba Bid
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4/21/2017   9 comments
The U.S. private equity fund KKR will be partnering with a Japanese public-private fund – Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ) – to bid jointly for Toshiba’s memory unit, Japan’s economic newspaper Nikkei reported Friday.
Single-Pixel Camera Mimics Human Eye
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4/21/2017   4 comments
A single-pixel camera is ultra-inexpensive requiring only a single scanning photocell the works smart by targeting details with higher-resolution and backgrounds with less.
Researchers Print Transistors on 2D Thin-Film Materials
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4/21/2017   Post a comment
Two-dimensional transistors on thin-film materials could be so cheap that they would be literally disposable.
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.
NI, AT&T Team on mmWave Channel Sounder for 5G
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4/21/2017   1 comment
Platform-based systems provider National Instruments has partnered with telecommunications giant AT&T to develop a 5G mmWave channel measurement tool.
Legal Woes Overshadow Qualcomm's Results
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4/20/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm turned in mixed results for its fiscal second quarter, but the talk focused on it's legal disputes, particularly with Apple.
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.
Amazon Turns Up the Vocals
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4/20/2017   6 comments
Amazon released its Lex service to enable apps with speech recognition as several OEMs are ramping up systems using embedded voice services.
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.
New Method Cuts Cost of GaAs Circuits
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4/19/2017   1 comment
A easy copy/paste method for mass producing graphene wafers has been invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
B’com Clocks 10G Ethernet in Real Time
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4/19/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom released Quartz, an embedded 10G Ethernet switch for real-time markets in automotive, industrial automation, cellular base stations, and more.
Facebook Likes Augmented Reality
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4/18/2017   6 comments
With virtual reality headsets stuck in slow motion, Facebook hopes to ride enthusiasm for augmented reality on smartphones powered by machine learning.
Smart Semi Fiber Does It All
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4/18/2017   3 comments
Semiconductor fibers fashioned at Penn State conduct both optical photons and electronic signals simultaneously.
Rambus, Microsoft Heat Up With Cold DRAM
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4/17/2017   1 comment
Rambus, in collaboration with Microsoft researchers, has succeeded in prototyping DRAM operating below 90 kelvin. Cryogenic memory will be essential to data centers, “currently the fastest growing consumer of memory” in the industry, said Rambus chief scientist.
Star Trek Tricorder Arrives
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4/14/2017   6 comments
The $2.6 million purse for the Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize contest went to the Final Frontier Team (led by Pennsylvanian brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and George Harris, a network engineer) with $1 million second-place going to Taiwan based Dynamic Biomarkers Team backed by HTC.
Design Services Firm Synapse Expands in India
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4/14/2017   Post a comment
Firm acquires Asilicon, an engineering services company based in Ranchi, India, for undisclosed sum.
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.
5 Unresolved Issues Facing Robo-cars
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4/13/2017   19 comments
It’s time to separate the “science-project” robotic car from the commercially viable autonomous vehicle that carmakers need but don’t have. Here are five open questions that await the tech revolution.
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.
Dual Ports Drive NVMe SSD Uptick
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
Israeli startup has selected HGST as part of its scale-out architecture to address the bottlenecks in all-flash storage arrays
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.
3D Chip Stacks Eye Data Centers
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4/12/2017   8 comments
High-end microprocessors will embrace wafer- and die-level chip stacks over the next few years, said a former Oracle researcher turned consultant.
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.
MIPI Goes Beyond Mobile, Camera
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4/12/2017   1 comment
After earning universal respect within the mobile ecosystem, MIPI Alliance’s spec is moving decisively beyond mobile. The industry group unveiled MIPI CSI-2 v2, which can now respond to complex imaging needs of IoT, wearables, AR/VR, drones and automotive.
Hon Hai Bids $27 Billion for Toshiba Chip Unit
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4/11/2017   17 comments
Hon Hai, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, has topped rival bidders with a 3 trillion yen ($27 billion) offer to force through the acquisition of Toshiba Corp’s semiconductor unit, according to press reports.
Q’comm Returns Fire in Apple Suit
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4/11/2017   3 comments
Apple refuses to pay royalties, pressures partners not to pay them and lied to consumers and regulators, Qualcomm said in response to a patent suit.
Researchers Developing Touch Sensitivity for Your Levi's
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4/11/2017   Post a comment
North Carolina State University created conductive and stretchable wires that can sense torsion (twisting), strain (elongation), and touch.
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.
IBM Bests Insulators
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4/7/2017   8 comments
IBM reveals a new, better dielectric formula that reduced parasitic capacitance at advanced nodes.
Four Grand Engineering Challenges
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4/7/2017   14 comments
Industry veterans laid out four diverse engineering challenges at a recent meeting in Silicon Valley of the National Academy of Engineering.
Prefetch Engine Recovers Lost Performance
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4/7/2017   1 comment
Performance-IP's Memory Request Optimizer reduces latency between the memory subsystem and the SoC client to improve memory bandwidth
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.
ISPD Predicts Chip Futures
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4/6/2017   Post a comment
International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) concentrated this year on increasing the performance of machine learning to realtime, thus outperforming human-driven chip design.
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.
TPU Beat Intel, Nvidia, says Google
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Google released a paper describing its Tensor Processing Unit and tests showing that it beat an Intel Xeon and Nvidia GPU on machine-learning jobs.
Google Calls for Switch Chip API
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4/4/2017   3 comments
Google called for a common API for Ethernet switches at the Open Networking Summit where it and AT&T cited progress in software-defined networks.
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.
Electrical Code Now Includes Reconditioned Equipment
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4/3/2017   Post a comment
Recycled equipment now cleared to be used in the power grid and in installations.
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.
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