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Smartphone-Bound VR/AR to Be Boosted by Lasers
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11/18/2016   3 comments
Microvision has teamed with STMicroelectronics to put an always-in-focus laser-based projector in every smartphone, for augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) headset.
Intel’s Nervana Attacks GPUs
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11/17/2016   5 comments
Intel will ship AI accelerators from Nervana next year as part of a broad machine learning strategy that is still waiting on its acquisition of Movidius to close.
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.
ST's Bozotti on 'Back-to-Silicon' Differentiation
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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
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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.
Samsung Makes 10nm Q’comm SoC
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11/17/2016   6 comments
Qualcomm announced it is in production with its next generation mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 835, in Samsung’s 10nm process.
Top 20 IC Ranking: Apple Rises Most
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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
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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.
Qualcomm Boss Brainstorms on 5G
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11/16/2016   Post a comment
In 2008, Paul Jacobs as CEO of Qualcomm worked with HTC CEO Peter Chou to make the world’s first Android smartphone. Last week, Jacobs, as executive chairman of Qualcomm, and Chou, now chairman of Digital Domain Holdings, swapped ideas on the future of 5G.
U.S. Analog IP Startup Partners with Megachips
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11/16/2016   Post a comment
At a time when analog components are consuming an increasingly big fraction of system power budget, Omni Design, a Calif.-based startup, has developed ultra-low power analog and mixed-signal IP cores primarily for use in complex SoCs.
Startup Programs Multicores on Data, Not Gut
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11/16/2016   1 comment
Silexica's engineering team spent more than a decade in multicore software design automation for complex, multicore platforms, before it was spun off from RWTH Aachen University. The startup offers tools both for multicore SoC developers and hardware/software system architects.
Intel Preps its AI Strategy
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11/15/2016   3 comments
Intel will lay out what one rival said may be a bet the company” strategy on AI this week, spanning Xeon, FPGA, Movidius processors and more.
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.
HyperBus Drives Toward Autonomous Vehicles
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11/15/2016   Post a comment
The low-pin interface technology that enables customers to use HyperRAM and HyperFlash together or separately now provides the option of including both in single, low footprint package
Samsung's Naked Auto Desire: $8B Harman Buy
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11/14/2016   4 comments
Within the last 24 hours, two global conglomerates announced M&A deals in the automotive tech field. Samsung will pay $8 billion for the U.S. car technology group Harman, while Siemens agreed to acquire Mentor Graphics in $4.5 billion deal.
Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5B Deal
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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.
Xilinx to Dive in Hyperscale Race
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
Xilinx is pursuing Altera (Intel), who took an early lead in the hyperscale computing by getting designed into Microsoft’s hyperscale acceleration fabric. Xilinx also goes after the inference side of machine learning where it believes it can beat Nvidia.
7nm SRAMs, 10nm SoC at ISSCC
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11/14/2016   3 comments
The annual International Solid State Circuits Conference will showcase advanced work on 7nm SRAMs, a 10nm SoC and an efficient AI SoC.
AT&T: SIMs are Key to IoT Future
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
AT&T pronounced the Internet of Things (IoT) as already here in massive enough numbers to make it a sure thing for all future devices, but in need of tools it is providing like its "flow designer."
Chip Veterans Scan Horizon
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11/11/2016   3 comments
Three industry veterans gave their views of the semiconductor sector’s future at an event where ASML promised a system to advance chip scaling.
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.
Rohde & Schwarz Show Test System for Remote Keyless Entry Systems
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11/11/2016   Post a comment
At electronica 2016, Rohde & Schwarz is presenting a universal solution for testing vehicle keys and the associated electronic control units with their various wireless technologies. Thanks to the modular and scalable approach, the test system can be used to test at the printed board and device level in all product phases -- from development to product qualification to mass production.
Coating Stops Exploding Batteries
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11/10/2016   7 comments
Forge Nano says its nano coatings boost the thermal breakdown voltage of Li-Ion batteries by 120 Fahrenheit, thereby keeping them from exploding in all ambient conditions short of exposing them into an already burning fire.
Google's Mobile VR Still a Wild West
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
A test run of Google’s mobile VR system called Daydream shows mobile virtual reality is still a Wild West of dangers and riches being pioneered.
Supercomputer Aims for Exascale
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
U.S. researchers announced $34 million in software projects as part of their plan to build exascale supercomputers that may include new memory and programming technologies.
SMIC Expects Record Roll to Continue
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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.
Where Are We with Thread IoT?
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11/9/2016   1 comment
Where are we now with Thread networking protocol-based IoT products? Connected thermostats, door locks, tooth brushes, alarm systems, lighting, you name it. What’s happening? How significant are the updates embedded in the 1.1 spec?
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.
China Signs IoT Interop Plan
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11/8/2016   Post a comment
The Industrial Internet Consortium signed a deal with China officials that's part of an expanding network of global agreements on interoperabilty in IoT.
IoT: What NXP Has, What Qualcomm Lacks
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11/8/2016   1 comment
A new Modular IoT Gateway NXP announced at Electronica demonstrates the compmany's strong presence in the industrial IoT market, its unmatched expertise in IoT security and the company’s broad MCU portfolio — areas in which Qualcomm seems to trail NXP.
NXP Drives Truck Platooning
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11/7/2016   4 comments
NXP believes there’s no better place than truck “platooning” to demonstrate the merits of autonomous driving, as it can showcase its latest advances in autonomous technology in a realistic application.
Chip Forecast Rises Through 2017
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11/7/2016   5 comments
International Business Strategies updated its semiconductor forecast to growth through 2017, in part due to rising memory prices and sales.
Comma.ai Fiasco Leaves None Unscathed
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11/3/2016   12 comments
The comma.ai incident exposes the contentious intersection between Silicon Valley companies with untested technologies and established carmakers who may have already won the trust of regulators. The hitch is that these old-line companies now also have untested autonomous-driving technologies.
ASML Invests $1.9B in Next-Gen EUV
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11/3/2016   3 comments
ASML will spend a total of about $1.9 billion on a collaboration with Zeiss to build next-generation optics for extreme ultraviolet lithography systems
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.
SMIC to Build South China’s First 12-Inch Fab
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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.
Hock Tan Carves Up Brocade
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11/2/2016   1 comment
Broadcom bid $5.9 billion for Brocade in a deal that carves up Fiber Channel and Ethernet parts of the systems company.
Security & Safety Center Stage at ARM TechCon
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11/2/2016   1 comment
The ARM announcement of chip to cloud security for its new ARMv8-M product line opened a trove of IoT security announcements at ARM TechCon.
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.
Anticipating a More Virtual Moore’s Law
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11/2/2016   5 comments
Nicky Lu, executive director of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association, anticipates the coming era of a “virtual” Moore’s Law. InFO and through interconnect via (TIV) will play key roles in a resumption of growth the chip industry, he said.
AI Chip Startup Shares Insights
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11/1/2016   1 comment
After announcing funding, startup Graphcore executives talked about their plans in machine learning and building a company.
Microsoft Speeds Open Hardware
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11/1/2016   2 comments
Microsoft revealed early specs of ts next-generation data center server and said work on open hardware needs to become as fast and flexible as open source software.
Intel, Qualcomm Head for Car Clash
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11/1/2016   1 comment
As Qualcomm, after its NXP takeover, becomes a $35 billion behemoth and morphs into the world’s largest automotive chip vendor, expect rivalry between Qualcomm vs. Intel to escalate. The two giants will lock horns in fast-moving highly automated vehicles.
Ford & QNX Bypass Tier 1 Middlemen
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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.
U.S. Convenes Chip Study Group
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10/31/2016   8 comments
The Obama administration convened top semiconductor executives to make recommendations on what the sector needs to deal with threats from China and a slowing Moore’s law.
Analog Devices acquires Innovasic for smart automation, industrial IoT technologies
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) has announced the acquisition of Innovasic (Albuquerque, NM), specialist semiconductor and IP vendor of deterministic Ethernet semiconductor and software solutions. The acquisition, ADI says, adds a suite of multiprotocol Industrial Ethernet solutions and key enabling technologies to ADI’s Smart Automation Solutions portfolio for industrial automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT).
Making Lithium-Ion Batteries Fireproof
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Lithium ion batteries are indispensable as energy source for millions of electronic devices as well as for electromobility. Their drawback: They are not overly safe in that they are easily inflammable – we remember the recent wave of headlines about burning smartphones from Samsung. In a joint research effort, the University of Ferrara and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have found a way to tame the batteries.
Eye-Catching Chronocam Grabs $15M Series B
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Chronocam AS (Paris, France) is a startup company that develops vision sensors and systems for machine vision based on an asynchronous pixel sensor technology, has obtained $15 million in Series B funding.
Samsung, Bosch Bet on AI Chip Startup
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Startup Graphcore announced a $30 million investment from partners including Samsung and Bosch for its processor designed for machine learning.
MediaTek May Be Among First with 10nm SoCs
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest rival in the smartphone silicon business, said it aims to be among the chip industry’s first companies with 10nm products on the market starting in the second quarter next year.
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