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Intel Creates New Unit to House AI Efforts
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3/24/2017   Post a comment
Artificial Intelligence Product Group will align resources from across the company to focus on AI.
Roadmap Says CMOS Ends ~2024
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3/23/2017   2 comments
An expanded roadmap for semiconductors says traditional CMOS scaling will end in about 2024 but new chip stacks and systems architectures will continue advances.
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.
ST's SPAD Imager Likely Linked to iPhone 8
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3/21/2017   1 comment
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 with a “3D camera” is the subject of intense speculation. Dots yet to be connected are the explicit relationships among the iPhone 8, single photon avalanche diodes and STMicroelectronics.
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.
Former Intel Exec Takes Helm at Peregrine Semi
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3/13/2017   Post a comment
Stefan Wolff, a former general manager of Intel’s mobile communications business, was named CEO of RF chip provider Peregrine Semiconductor, replacing Jim Cable, who is transitioning to a new role.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cypress Sells Minnesota Fab for $30 Million
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3/3/2017   Post a comment
Deal enables firm to continue receiving supply from startup foundry while transitioning manufacturing to Texas.
Littelfuse Takes Majority Stake in Monolith Semi
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3/2/2017   Post a comment
Power control and sensing chip and component supplier increases stake in developer of silicon carbide chips.
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.
Lattice Shareholders Approve China Takeover
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2/28/2017   3 comments
FPGA vendor moves one step closer to acquisition by China-backed equity firm; U.S. government approval still pending.
3-D Interactive Projection Redefines MEMS
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2/27/2017   11 comments
Bosch’s combo micro-scanner/laser-projector is said to be capable of transforming any surface into a virtual user interface.
UMC Begins Mass Production of 14nm
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2/24/2017   3 comments
Foundry begins shipping 14nm wafers to lead customers ahead of original schedule.
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.
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.
Cree, Infineon Nix Wolfspeed Deal Over U.S. Government Worries
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2/20/2017   Post a comment
Firms call off $850 million deal after Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States raises concerns.
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.
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.
AI, Automotive Boost Nvidia
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2/10/2017   1 comment
Nvidia continued it's roll by reporting record quarterly sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Cree-Infineon Deal Challenged by U.S. Government
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Cree's $850 million sale of its Wolfspeed power and RF business could be dead in the water following objection from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CIFUS).
Micron, Hynix Reportedly Seek Stake in Toshiba
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2/7/2017   5 comments
Memory chip vendors said to be two of five firms who are looking to buy a 20 percent stake in Japanese giant's semiconductor business.
Longtime NXP Researcher Snags IEEE Award
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2/6/2017   Post a comment
Marcel Pelgrom, author of an important model used in analog circuit design, was awarded the 2017 Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award by the IEEE.
Apple Watch Dominates as Smartwatches Return to Growth
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Global smartwatch shipments improved modestly in the fourth quarter, according to a market research firm.
System-in-Package Gets 100G Link
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Engineers are paving roads to 100G copper links, including a standard that could open a door for new system-in-package devices.
Fujitsu Rolls First FRAM For Automotive Market
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2/2/2017   2 comments
Device covers entire automotive temperature range up to 125°C and down to -40°C.
UMC to Start 14nm Shipments in Q1
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2/2/2017   6 comments
Taiwanese foundry accelerates plan to bring its most advanced manufacturing process to market.
Record iPhone Sales Lift Apple
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1/31/2017   9 comments
Apple posted it's best-ever quarterly revenue thanks in part to stronger-than-expected sales of its flagship smartphone.
Miniaturization, IoT Fuel Electronics Adhesive Growth
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1/27/2017   Post a comment
Competitive market is benefitting from the demand for high-quality electronics and is focused on innovation as vendors look at growth through acquisition
Intel Cautious on PC Consumption
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1/26/2017   Post a comment
Intel's fourth quarter sales and profit beat expectations and the company also delivered a better-than-expected forecast for the first quarter of this year.
Is Semiconductor M&A Wave Dissipating?
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1/25/2017   1 comment
The wave of consolidation that has swept the semiconductor industry over the past two years has shown some signs of slowing, but is it?
Chip Sales Projected to Grow 7% in 2017
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1/24/2017   1 comment
Market research firm Gartner says the turnaround in chip sales that started in the second half of 2016 will continue through 2017.
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   10 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   3 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.
Silly Putty Inspires Ultra-Sensitive Graphene-Based Sensor
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
Playing in their lab, student Conor Boland and supervisor Prof. Jonathan Coleman doing research in AMBER at Trinity College Dublin made a chance discovery by mixing viscoelastic compounds with graphene.
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.
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