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China Set to Rewrite FD-SOI History
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5/23/2017   Post a comment
Globalfoundries and the municipality of Chengdu are betting on China to rewrite the history of FD-SOI. They plan to pump $100 million to build FD-SOI ecosystem. The question is, if you build it, will they come?
Android, Google Home Get AI Upgrades
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Google will make machine learning central to all its products including upgrades of Android and Home it announced at its annual Google IO event.
Samsung Spinoff Likely to Grab Foundry Share
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5/16/2017   8 comments
Samsung's chip operations consisting of memory and system LSI will be split into three, making the foundry business an independent unit. The move is expected to increase Samsung’s share at the expense of TSMC and smaller rivals.
Are Self-Charging Batteries a Decade Away?
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5/15/2017   2 comments
Canadian researchers investigating light-assisted battery charging believe a single device for smartphones, smart homes and even cars is possible
iNAND Drives Toward Automotive Market
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5/11/2017   1 comment
SanDisk's flash technology, now a part of Western Digital, has seen most of its development on the mobile front, but automotive applications will outpace smartphones with its demands for flash storage.
Tablet Shipments Decline for 10th Straight Quarter
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5/4/2017   14 comments
First quarter tablet shipments were down 8.5 percent year-over-year as enthusiasm for the once hot products continues to wane, according to IDC.
As Apple Jilts Imagination, MIPS Goes on Block
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5/4/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies that it had started a "dispute resolution procedure" with Apple, as their negotiations have stalled. Not coincidentally, the company revealed plans to sell two businesses. Going on the block are MIPS and Ensigma.
Researchers Create Artificial Synapse For Electronic Brains
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5/3/2017   3 comments
The University of Arkansas has formed a ferroelectric memristor that acts as an artificial synapse for electronic brains.
MediaTek Losing Market Share in Smartphones
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5/1/2017   1 comment
Taiwanese IC vendor losing ground to rival Qualcomm, but says it expects to make it back.
Baidu Battles Google in Robo-Car Derby
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
Baidu’s plan to “open up” its autonomous driving platform to others surprised many auto industry watchers. One analyst described it “a bit of a moon shot.” But he thinks China is the right place to try this out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Q’comm CTO on Non-Standalone 5G, LTE-U, IoT
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3/2/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm calls it Pre-5G. Nokia calls it 4.9G. Verizon pushes 5GTF. This year’s Mobile World Congress spoke volumes of the cellular industry’s desire to boost the current LTE business while milking the promise of 5G, which isn’t here yet.
Smartphone Shipments Projected to Rebound
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3/1/2017   Post a comment
After slipping last year, smartphone shipments are forecast to grow around 4 percent per year through 2021, according to IDC.
Intel, Spreadtrum Demo Brainchild
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3/1/2017   3 comments
Intel Corp. is showing a new mobile SoC chip developed by China’s Spreadtrum. Manufactured by Intel, using its 14nm process, this may pave the way for Intel to manufacture its own new modem later this year in its own fab, targeting Apple.
FCC’s Pai Debuts as ‘Light Touch’ Heavyweight
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2/28/2017   Post a comment
The new chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai, virtually claimed the copyright on the term “light-touch regulation” here at the Mobile World Congress, guaranteeing that he will strive to roll back “net neutrality” restrictions on Internet service providers.
Ultrasound: Can Chirp Usurp UI?
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2/27/2017   Post a comment
Chirp Microsystems is rolling out a single-chip ultrasonic time-of-flight sensor. “Touchless” – based on ultrasonic sensing – can “add another modality” to UI for wearable, AR/VR, smartphones and even automotive, believes the startup CEO.
Q’comm, Samsung, MTK Offer Hints on iPhone 8
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2/27/2017   Post a comment
The 10nm process technology – common to all three chips announced by Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek – and faster speeds enabled by the advanced LTE modem are two likely elements to be leveraged in iPhone 8.
3-D Interactive Projection Redefines MEMS
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2/27/2017   9 comments
Bosch’s combo micro-scanner/laser-projector is said to be capable of transforming any surface into a virtual user interface.
IEEE Director to Step Down
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2/24/2017   1 comment
E. James Prendergast will retire next year after nearly nine years at the helm of the prestigious technical organization.
EU Privacy Rules Can Cloud Your IoT Future
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2/23/2017   Post a comment
Looming large for the MWC crowd are two unresolved issues: the security and privacy of connected devices. EU’s privacy rules will affect not just big data companies like Google but also IoT companies, even when located outside Europe.
T.J. Rodgers Sues Cypress, Slams Chairman
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
Company founder says Chairman failed to disclose role in China-backed equity firm attempting to acquire rival Lattice Semiconductor.
Former Globalfoundries CEO to Lead SEMI Trade Group
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Ajit Manocha will replace as CEO of semiconductor equipment vendor trade group Denny McGuirk, who is retiring.
Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers
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2/17/2017   3 comments
Big Blue has a new mesh network technology for its Weather Channel subsidiary that allows its app to propagate weather and disaster information among all cell phone users even when Internet and cellular networks are down.
Altair Readies Cellular IoT IC with GPS Inside
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2/15/2017   1 comment
Altair is rolling out a highly-integrated cellular IoT chip, designed for easy transformation into an IoT module. Executing on Sony’s vision, it also features a GPS receiver. Altair’s future IoT chip may use FD-SOI.
Toshiba May Sell Majority Stake in Chip Unit
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2/14/2017   4 comments
Japanese conglomerate says it may part with controlling interest in chip group to raise capital after $6.3 billion write down.
IDT to Buy Optical Interconnect IC Vendor GigPeak
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2/14/2017   1 comment
All cash deal, worth $250 million, has been approved by both companies' boards.
TSMC Says Impact from Quake Not Material
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
TSMC, the world’s largest foundry, said that an earthquake on the southern tip of the island that occurred on Feb. 11th had no material impact on its operations.
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