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Nissan Integrates e-Mobility with Smart Grid
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
Nissan intends to establish closer technological and business ties between electric driving and smart grids by testing a vehicle-to-grid system.
IoT Security: Taming a Perfect Storm
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5/18/2016   4 comments
Panelists at the NXP/FTF Technology Forum 2016 describe the hurdles that need to be surmounted in order to bring security to the Internet of Things.
Google Faces $3.4 Billion Fine
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
The European Commission is planning to announce it is hitting Google with a record-breaking €3 billion (about $3.4 billion) or thereabouts, according to the UK's Telegraph newspaper.
HP Releases Fusion 3D Printer with Support Ecosystem
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
Multi Jet Fusion, said to be 10x faster than laser sintering, is the basis of HP's new additive manufacturing device.
Mobileye/ST Gun for Sensor Fusion, Go after NXP
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5/17/2016   1 comment
On the heels of NXP’s Bluebox announcement, Mobileye and STMicroelectronics rushed to reveal a Vision SoC, EyeQ5, touting it as a “sensor fusion central computer for autonomous vehicles.” Unlike Bluebox, already sampling, EyeQ5 won’t be ready until 2018.
Kyocera, FotoNation Unite on AI Car Cameras
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5/17/2016   Post a comment
Kyocera and FotoNation announce partnership agreement to develop intelligent automotive camera technology deemed critical in coming era of semi- and fully autonomous cars.
Semiconductor Industry Capex Forecast to Rise 3%
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5/17/2016   Post a comment
Capex will increase this year to $66.8 billion from $64.8 billion last year, according to a report by market research firm IC Insights.
NVMe Test Tools, Ecosystem Grow
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5/16/2016   1 comment
Systems companies look for new testing capabilities as product opportunities grow and the specification gets updated
Evidence of Chip Sales Decline Mounts
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5/16/2016   1 comment
IDC becomes the latest market research firm to predict that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016.
NXP Unveils Open, Modular ADAS Car Platform
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5/16/2016   1 comment
NXP is unveiling a comprehensive ADAS vehicles platform. Central to the platform is its new Bluebox computing engine, capable of fusing data processed from different sensor nodes such as radar, lidar, vision sensing and an onboard V2X system.
Lam, KLA Deal Faces DoJ Scrutiny
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5/15/2016   Post a comment
Analysts are divided on whether a U.S. request for more information on the proposed $10.6 billion deal to combine Lam Research and KLA-Tencor spells the beginning of the end for the merger.
What Apple Gains by Sinking $1B into Didi
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5/13/2016   9 comments
Apple’s $1 billion investment in China’s leading ride-hailing service company Didi Chuxing is surprising but it makes one thing clear: “It tips Apple’s hand. Apple is developing driverless cars,” said an analyst.
Chip Market Slowdown Takes Toll on Suppliers
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5/13/2016   Post a comment
With the semiconductor market in a lull, most of the top 10 suppliers posted first quarter sales down significantly from last year.
SMIC Again Boosts 2016 Capex to $2.5 Billion
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5/13/2016   1 comment
China’s largest foundry today said it will increase its capital expenditure budget for 2016 to $2.5 billion on expectations that strong demand will continue for another four years.
Diamond ICs May Finally Debut
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5/13/2016   12 comments
Akhan Semiconductor Inc. is licensing a diamond semiconductor process from Argonne National Laboratory, which the company plans to use first for power transistors and eventually for semiconductor chips such as ultra-low-power high-speed processors.
Breakthrough Boosts 2D Semiconductor Photoluminescence
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5/12/2016   Post a comment
Researchers have developed a technique to enhance the photoluminescence efficiency of tungsten diselenide, a 2D semiconductor. The discovery could light the path for use in advanced optoelectronic and photonic devices.
LEDs Spur Growth in Power ICs
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5/12/2016   2 comments
Power semiconductor and power supply vendors are poised to cash in on strong growth anticipated for LED lighting in coming years.
DoD Reorgs Silicon Valley Outpost
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5/11/2016   1 comment
U.S. Defense Secretary named a slate of tech execs from companies such as Apple and Google to help lead his Silicon Valley outpost, DIUx.
Google, Fiat To Collaborate in Autonomous Driving Development
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5/11/2016   Post a comment
Carmaker Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will collaborate with Google in developing technologies for self-driving vehicles. According to media reports, FCA will integrate Google’s technology into about 100 Chrysler hybrid minivan Pacifica vehicles.
IOT Piggybacks on Lego: Simple Physics
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5/11/2016   Post a comment
This Israeli startup has raised well over ten times its initial $50,000 crowdfunding goal, offering what it describes as Lego on steroids.
Nest Shares Thread Code
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5/11/2016   Post a comment
Google’s Nest released an open source version of software it uses to implement Thread to accelerate adoption of the smart-home protocol.
Magnetic Graphene Possible
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5/11/2016   Post a comment
By inserting hydrogen atoms into the lattice of a graphene sheet, an array of electrons in nanoscale domains encoded with magnetic spin transforms the material into a spintronic successor to silicon.
Stretchable Polymer Optics Embed Carbon Nanotubes for Better Focus
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5/11/2016   Post a comment
Researchers from the Department of Microelectronics at the Delft University of Technology have flattened out the binary Fresnel lens concept to a thin stretchable polymer membrane with radial patterns of vertically grown carbon nanotubes (CNT).
Cryptographic IP Speeds Car2x Communications
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5/10/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor IP provider EnSilica has launched a cryptographic IP that could help meet the high security communication and latency requirements of automotive Car2Car and Car2Infrastructure (Car2x) applications. These applications form part of emerging Intelligent Transport Systems.
Imagination Inside Innovative Video Analytics Engine
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5/10/2016   Post a comment
Russian ASIC expert company Elvees and UK-based chip IP provider Imagination Technologies are creating an innovative SoC platform, called the Elise SoC, for a wide range of video analytics and high-performance mobile computing.
U.S. Investigates Security Update Practices
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5/10/2016   4 comments
Federal agencies are seriously worried about cyberattacks. Whether such assaults are launched on smartphone or cars, they’ve come to believe that the threats are real. Agencies are asking industries how they’re responding to the vulnerabilities of their connected devices.
DRAM Goes Hot and Cold
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5/9/2016   Post a comment
The commodity memory has a lot of niche applications, especially when it's protected against heat, moisture, humidity and cold
IC Capital Spending Forecast Improves Slightly
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5/9/2016   Post a comment
Gartner says spending to decline by 2%, an improvement from its January projection.
Honeywell Sharpens Thrust into IIoT
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5/9/2016   Post a comment
Honeywell Process Controls has created a new business unit to focus on the industrial IoT.
Cellular Link Paves Road to 5G
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5/9/2016   1 comment
The Next-Generation Fronthaul Interface (IEEE 1914) promises lower costs for carriers and could enable 5G features such as cloud-RAN and massive MIMO.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story
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5/6/2016   6 comments
Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
White House Takes Deep Interest In AI
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5/6/2016   1 comment
The US government is seeking a more active role in shaping the direction of AI research and development.
NXP Takes Auto Chip Vendor Crown
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
Following its takeover of Freescale, NXP Semiconductor has been declared the leading automotive chip vendor for 2015 by market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Strong Growth Seen For CMOS Image Sensor Market
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
IC Insights projects that market will grow at 9% CAGR through 2020 as automotive, security and medical applications adopt the technology.
Analog, MEMS Drag On ST’s Results
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
Rumor mill says Carlo Bozotti's tenure as CEO could soon come to and end.
Enhanced Guidelines Appear for Safe, Secure C Programs
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5/5/2016   Post a comment
MISRA C, the coding standard for safety-critical systems, has been enhanced with new rules addressing security in C coding.
Electromobility Drives Infineon’s Sales
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5/5/2016   Post a comment
The quarterly figures of chipmaker Infineon were slightly better than expected; sales to automotive customers grew faster than average.
AMS Wins $77 Million from Intersil
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5/5/2016   Post a comment
A Texas Judge has ordered power management and analog iC company Intersil Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) to pay Austria's AMS $77 million in damages, including $10 million in exemplary damages.
Graphene Patterned at Room Temp
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5/5/2016   3 comments
Graphene is easily grown with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on copper foil, but a simple way of etching out the necessary circuit patterns and transferring them to a non-metallic substrate has eluded engineers. Now researchers at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) claim to have a one-step room temperature process for quickly patterning and transferring graphene circuits to flexible substrates using a simple shadow mask.
IoT Network Calls for Sensors
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5/5/2016   4 comments
Senet said it has found third-party gateway vendors but now needs more connected sensors to fuel its LoRa network service for the Internet of Things.
Analog, MEMS Drag on ST Results
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5/4/2016   3 comments
One of Europe's top three semiconductor companies STMicroelectronics NV has found that it is now analog and MEMS business unit that is dragging the company down and keeping it in loss.
Google, Fiat Chrysler Join Forces For Self-Driving Cars
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5/4/2016   2 comments
The partnership heralds a new chapter in Google's quest to bring autonomous vehicles to public roads in the US.
Former Intel Exec Perlmutter to Chair ReRam Startup
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5/4/2016   5 comments
David Perlmutter, a former executive vice president and chief product officer at Intel, has agreed to be non-executive chairman of Weebit Nano, a startup formed to commercialize silicon dioxide resistive RAM technology.
Analog Brain to Simulate Real Thing
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5/4/2016   3 comments
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) is working on building electronic brains using analog components that operate like real biological brains, unlike the digitally emulated electronic brains being built in the best by companies like IBM.
Chip Roadmap Reboots Under New Management
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5/4/2016   5 comments
The IEEE has taken ownership of the ITRS process for defining the chip road map, expanding it to including computing systems.
Activist Investor Attacks Vex Chipmakers
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5/4/2016   10 comments
Beyond Yahoo, Apple and Sony, chip vendors have been targeted by activist investors. The big change now is that hedge fund investors -- whose focus used to be on small to medium companies -- are now getting much bolder.
Microchip, Micrel CEOs Duel Over Deal
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5/3/2016   9 comments
Micrel and Microchip CEOs came to loggerheads over the extent of layoffs after a recent acquisition.
Chip Sales Edge Up Slightly
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5/3/2016   2 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that chip sales increased slightly in March compared with February, but sales for the first quarter were down sequentially and year-over-year.
Cadence DSP Targets Neural Network Development
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5/2/2016   1 comment
Tensilica Vision V5 digital signal processor promises 4X performance improvement over predecessor for use in fast-growing field of artificial intelligence.
MaxLinear Buys Microsemi’s Broadband Wireless Unit
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5/2/2016   Post a comment
Technology and assets, formerly of PMC-Sierra, to be combined with MaxLinear's low-power, digital CMOS, radio-frequency mixed-signal capabilities.
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