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Tower Debuts RF Process For IoT Front Ends
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Specialty foundry says it has begun mass production of a silicon-germanium process tailored to meet the demands of wireless front-ends on an integrated circuit for the Internet of Things.
Foundries' Sales Show Hard Times Continuing
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Taiwanese foundries TSMC and UMC, two partial bellwethers of the semiconductor sector, have both indicate with recent sales figures that a chip market slow down that lasted through the winter is not yet over.
Going the Distance with PCIe
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Redrivers can strengthen signals and maintain their integrity when they have to travel further within a system, including SATA and M.2 SSDs
Arteris Rolls New Heterogeneous SoC Architecture
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Intellectual property vendor touches new technology for designing SoCs with cache coherency.
16-Bit MCU With Smart Card Interface Targets Card Reader Tokens
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Seiko Epson is now shipping samples of a low-power, 16-bit microcontroller with on-chip flash memory.
TI Still Top Dog in Industrial Chips
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Intel moves into No. 3 position behind Infineon, according to annual ranking compiled by Semicast Research.
Synopsys Aims to Deliver ‘Software Signoff’ Platform
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Leading EDA vendor looks to software quality and security to broaden its serviceable market.
IMEC Leverages Si Platform for Quantum Computing
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
European research institute is taking work it is doing in preparation for the 5-nm manufacturing node and turning it toward quantum computing.
Infineon Reshuffles Management Board
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
Amidst a phase of double-digit growth, Infineon reports a major reshuffle at its management board.
ARM Describes 10nm Test Chip
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5/18/2016   3 comments
ARM taped out a 10nm FinFET test chip in January at TSMC and expects similar SoCs will be in handsets by the end of the year, using the process it described as relatively expensive and focused on lowering power.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chips for Energy Harvesting: The Next Billion-Dollar Market
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4/29/2016   Post a comment
Although energy harvesting has failed to take off to date, it is expected to drive $3 billion in semiconductor sales in 2020, according to Semico Research.
Cypress to Pay $550 Million for Broadcom’s IoT Business
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4/28/2016   1 comment
Cypress says deal will open up new markets, give firm leadership position in consumer Internet of Things space.
TI Tops Estimates on Automotive IC Strength
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
Buoyed by strong sales of automotive semiconductors, Texas Instruments delivered first quarter results that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Marvell Shakes up Board in Deal with Hedge Fund
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4/27/2016   6 comments
Chip firm commences search for CEO after burying hatchet with Starboard Value LP.
Macom Sues Infineon Over GaN Rights
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4/27/2016   Post a comment
RF and microwave chip vendor asks U.S. federal court to protect patented gallium nitride on silicon technology developed by Nitronex, which Macom acquired in 2014.
MIT: Changing Coal into Circuitry
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4/27/2016   3 comments
ExxonMobil-sponsored MIT study asks can lump of coal become a transistor or solar cell cheaply?
DARPA Awards GPS-Beating Sensor Development Contract to HRL
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4/22/2016   1 comment
U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awards HRL Laboratories $4.3 million contract to develop vibration- and shock-tolerant inertial sensor technology.
Fab Tool Book-to-Bill Rises
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4/22/2016   1 comment
North American manufacturers of semiconductor capital equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio above parity for the fourth consecutive month in March, according to the SEMI trade group.
IDT Backs WiGig Chip Vendor
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4/22/2016   1 comment
Funding round worth $20 million marks second time in two weeks that venture capital has smiled on the semiconductor industry.
Lead Partner Pulls Out of India Fab Plan
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4/21/2016   3 comments
After years of inactivity the Indian government's long-running project to build two wafer fabs in the sub-continent appears to be in jeopardy.
Mie Fujitsu, CSEM to Combine DDC, Low Voltage for IoT Chips
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4/21/2016   Post a comment
Japanese chip manufacturer Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor and Swiss research institute CSEM have agreed to collaborate on Deeply Depleted Channel technology and near/sub-threshold voltage technology for integrated circuits aimed at the Internet of Things and wearables markets.
Graphene-Based Sensor Detects Gases in the Home
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4/19/2016   Post a comment
Scientists have developed a graphene-based sensor and switch that can detect harmful air pollution in the home with low power consumption.
Notebook PC Vendors Look to Higher Quality Displays
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4/18/2016   1 comment
Faced with declining shipments and decreasing margins, vendors of notebook PCs are turning to higher resolution displays for use in premium models.
Apple, Samsung Reinforce Ties Over iPhone's OLED Display
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4/18/2016   1 comment
Reports indicate that Samsung Display has signed a deal with Apple to supply OLED displays for the next generation of iPhones.
Hackable ESC Badge Powers Face-to-Face Networking
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
Attendees at UBM's Embedded Systems Conference in Boston this week received a special treat when 100 of them were given programmable, LED-based show badges powered by eight-bit microcontrollers.
Qorvo Buys Wireless IoT Specialist Greenpeak
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
RF chip company formed by the merger of RF Microdevices and TriQuint agrees to acquire fabless short-range wireless chip company.
Arduino-Compatible LoRa Board Senses It All
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
Dutch startup Sodaq has launched what the company believes will truly boost LoRa's adoption by makers and hobbyists of all horizons.
RF Power Amplifier Firm ACCO Snags $35M in Funding
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4/15/2016   Post a comment
In what has become an increasingly rare event, chip maker ACCO Semiconductor announces $35 million in venture funding.
Intel Reportedly Readies Mass Layoff
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4/15/2016   21 comments
Intel is preparing to a re-organization that include thousands of layoffs, according to a report by the Portland Oregonian.
TE Connectivity Moving Up Value Chain to Drive IoT
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4/15/2016   Post a comment
Connectivity and sensor product vendor taking the opportunity to step into the limelight of interest around the Internet of Things.
Winbond Stacks NOR, NAND Flash
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4/11/2016   1 comment
SpiStack W25M Series stacks homogeneous or heterogeneous flash to provide memories of varying densities for code and data storage for smaller M2M and IoT devices.
NXP Unit Reportedly Attracts Chinese Suitors
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4/11/2016   1 comment
Chinese suitors including Beijing-based JAC Capital Management are interested in NXP's standard products business, according to a Bloomberg report.
Organic and Printed Electronics Industry is Hiring
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4/7/2016   Post a comment
According to the latest business climate survey conducted by the Organic and Printed Electronics Association, 80% of survey participants expect the industry to continue its positive development in the coming year with a projected growth in sales revenue of 11% for 2016.
Intel Grabs OTA Platform Vendor Arynga
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4/6/2016   Post a comment
Intel acquired Arynga, a vendor of over-the-air software for cars. In the future, Arynga's products and technologies will be sold by Intel subsidiary Wind River.
Printed Pressure & Temp Sensors Added to Tires
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4/5/2016   1 comment
Silent Sensors has moved to CPI’s National Printable Electronics Centre in the UK to scale up the London-based company's patented tire sensor technology, which has been developed to measure tire pressure and temperature.
Latest HyperLynx Release Targets Extreme PCB Designs
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4/4/2016   4 comments
New HyperLynx release from Mentor Graphics integrates signal & power Integrity, 2D & 3D solvers, and fast rule checking into a unified environment.
Smartphone Sales Growth Projected to Slip to 7%
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4/1/2016   7 comments
Growth in smartphone sales is projected to slip into single digits for the first time and PC sales are forecast to fall again in 2016, according to Gartner.
Developing an Accessible Arduino
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3/31/2016   Post a comment
Development platforms such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino have given access to many makers and entrepreneurs , providing a low-cost method to tinker and prototype. Yet such platforms lack accessibility for at least one group of people who need access to specialized devices.
Open-Source Processor Core Ready For IoT
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3/31/2016   4 comments
Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna have developed PULPino, an open-source processor optimized for low power consumption and application in wearables and the Internet of Things.
Littelfuse Acquires Circuit-Protection Line from TE
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3/29/2016   Post a comment
The company that specializes in circuit protection has acquired products from TE Connectivity.
GaN Gets Somber Reception at APEC 2016
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3/29/2016   4 comments
Manufacturers should have been popping champagne corks on the Applied Power Electronics Conference show floor. Instead, the mood on the floor was strangely subdued.
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