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TSMC, GF/Samsung Battle at 7nm
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10/21/2016   8 comments
Globalfoundries and Samsung will detail at IEDM a 7nm process with EUV it claims has the highest density to date.
DRAM Pushes Up Chip Forecast
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10/20/2016   Post a comment
IC sales could grow 1% this year, up from a previous forecast of a 2% decline, according to a new report from IC Insights.
IoT Hears LTE Calling
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm said AT&T, Verizon and five module makers will use its chip for Cat-M1 and NB1 trials this year and commercial services in 2017.
Qualcomm Tips 28 GHz 5G Chip
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10/17/2016   3 comments
Qualcomm announced a 5G modem for 28 GHz networks that Korea Telecom and Verizon will use in trials and services.
Samsung to Ship 10nm SoCs in 2016
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10/16/2016   38 comments
Samsung announced it is now making SoCs in its 10nm FinFET process, although one analyst said the company likely will lose market share this year.
Salaries Rise, Gaps Widen for EEs
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10/14/2016   1 comment
Salaries for electrical engineers rose 3.85% in 2015 but gender and racial gaps in incomes widened significantly, according to a the latest survey from the IEEE.
IBM Weaves New 25G Link
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10/14/2016   5 comments
IBM announced OpenCAPI, a 25G interconnect for processors, accelerators and memories with backing from seven partners.
IoT Startup Taps Blockchain
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10/13/2016   1 comment
Startup Filament has developed an end node for the industrial Internet of Things than extends the LoRa network and uses blockchain as part of its security.
Broadcom Tips 64x100G Switch
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10/11/2016   Post a comment
Broadcom leapfrogged rivals Barefoot and Cavium by sampling Tomahawk II, a 6.4 Tbit/second Ethernet switch chip for data centers.
Specs Pave Roads Around Xeon
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10/11/2016   3 comments
Two groups – CCIX and Gen-Z—announced chip interconnects meant to provide open alternatives for the data center to Intel’s Xeon interfaces.
IoT Consumer Groups Merge
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10/10/2016   2 comments
The Open Connectivity Foundation and AllSeen Alliance will blend their open-source environments into a consumer alternative to Apple’s Homekit and Google’s Weave.
Patent Study IDs Nuisance Suits
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10/7/2016   2 comments
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission called on courts and Congress to put reduce a class of nuisance patent suits from so-called patent trolls.
Lam/KLA Failure Cools M&A
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10/6/2016   Post a comment
Regulators struck down a proposed merger of Lam Research and KLA-Tencor, signaling collaboration will be the focus in process technology.
EE Slashes CPU Design Cost
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10/5/2016   21 comments
An engineer taped out a massively multicore processor in a 16nm process for less than $1 million in under a year.
Google Does Consumer Electronics
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10/4/2016   2 comments
Google rolled out its new hardware group and its first products—two smartphones, an Amazon Echo-alike, a VR headset and Wi-Fi access point.
X-Fab to Swallow Altis Semiconductor
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10/4/2016   1 comment
Analog, mixed-signal and MEMS foundry group X-Fab Silicon Foundries AG (Erfurt, Germany) is set to announced the assets of Altis Semiconductor (Corbeil-Essonne, France) out of insolvency proceedings.
Startup Takes Wireless Patch to Hospital
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10/4/2016   3 comments
Startup HMicro announced an SoC, co-developed with STMicroelectronics, that uses Wi-Fi and other radios to link sensors to patient monitors in hospitals.
Ethernet Flexes Network Muscles
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10/3/2016   2 comments
Chip vendors are designing a new class of Flexible Ethernet DSPs and ASICs that will let users dial in desired data rates.
Qualcomm, NXP Discuss Merger, Say Reports
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9/29/2016   10 comments
Qualcomm may be considering buying NXP Semiconductors for more than $30 billion according to multiple press and Wall Street reports.
Samsung Calls for New CPU Design
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9/28/2016   6 comments
Samsung is working on a new processor architecture that leverages its dominance in memory, said a corporate strategist.
GE Plugs into Industrial Internet
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9/27/2016   1 comment
GE provided a look under the hood of its first major systems geared for the Industrial Internet of Things.
Allied with Intel, CEA-Leti Shoots for Moon
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9/27/2016   3 comments
CEA-Leti's CEA calls the new five-year research contract with Intel a "moonshot." Included in the research framework is for the French institute to provide technologies that enable the next-generation communicationo for Internet of Things.
Baidu Releases AI Benchmark
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9/26/2016   2 comments
Calling for 100x faster processors, Baidu released DeepBench, a benchmark for how fast processors train neural networks.
Imagination 2.0 Update Ships
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9/26/2016   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies predicts profits this year with streamlined operations under a new CEO and thoughts of new core IP licensing models.
TSMC Expands its 3D Menu
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9/22/2016   14 comments
TSMC showed an expanding array of foundry process technologies, packaging options and applications-specific platforms at an event.
Get Online Help for Memory, I/O Optimization
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9/21/2016   Post a comment
eSilicon is upgrading with the launch of Star Navigator, new additions to the company’s online tool suite, this time focused on memory IP and I/O libraries.
Startup Tips Machine Learning Chip
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9/21/2016   3 comments
Wave Computing will describe a machine-learning chip at an event showing increasing specialization in microprocessor designs.
Persistent Memory Needs Apps
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9/20/2016   6 comments
A researcher from Hewlett Packard Enterprise called for apps that use persistent memory on servers although the chips are still more than a year away.
Emerging Memories: Ship First, Perfect Later
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9/20/2016   1 comment
MRAM maker Everspin sees perfection as a barrier to getting traction; Everspin sees putting its technology into production as a way to improve processes and lower costs--the keys to adoption.
5G Cellular 'Still in Early Stages'
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9/16/2016   1 comment
Despite talks of early trials and even commercial systems, the work on a 5G standard at the 3GPP is still in an early phase, said a Qorvo engineer attending the meetings.
GF Debuts 7nm, Embedded MRAM
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9/15/2016   18 comments
Globalfoundries described its 7nm FinFET process for 2018 and an embedded MRAM option for its 22nm FD-SOI process.
Touch Standard Rides I3C Link
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9/14/2016   Post a comment
The MIPI Alliance is working on a standard touchscreen interface that will ride its emerging I3C upgrade to the widely used I2C link.
Intersil Deal: Renesas' Survival Bid
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9/13/2016   Post a comment
In an exclusive telephone interview with EE Times, Renesas CEO said the Intersil deal won't be the last big M&A for Renesas. Intersil CEO will stay with the new company in a senior management position.
Chip Process War Heats Up
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9/12/2016   Post a comment
Fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator is on the rise but FinFETs are strong and planar will be the big winner, says veteran chip watcher Handel Jones.
Web Giants Drive Optical Nets
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9/12/2016   Post a comment
Microsoft and Facebook are driving separate efforts for a new generation of simplified 400G coherent optical transceivers and optical transport systems.
FCC: Get an App for that Video
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9/9/2016   2 comments
Pay-TV services would be required to provide free apps to access and search their video content under an FCC proposal aimed to open competition in digital media.
Globalfoundries Preps 12nm FDSOI Process
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9/8/2016   7 comments
Globalfoundries has announced a next-generation FDSOI process, called12FDX, to follow on from the 22FDX process that is nearing production. The new process nominally at 12nm minimum geometry is intended for mobile computing, 5G, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.
Intel Spins out Security Group
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9/7/2016   Post a comment
Intel will spin out its security group into an independent company renamed McAfee, selling 51% of it to a private equity firm for $3.1 billion.
Apple Debuts Three Custom Chips
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9/7/2016   16 comments
Apple described three new chips powering its iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 and a new family of wireless earbuds and headphones.
LPWA Nets Call on Cellular Partners
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9/7/2016   Post a comment
Two low power wide area network companies struck deals with makers of cellular modules to expand their links in the Internet of Things.
LTE IoT: Sequans Claims 'Big Lead' over Rivals
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9/6/2016   3 comments
With the recent ratification of the Cat M1 and Cat NB1 standards, Cellular IoT is getting hot. Sequans claims it’s the first to sample CAT M1/NB1 chips, 9 months ahead of its rivals including Qualcomm, Intel and Altair.
Intel Buys Movidius: Automotive Vision in Play?
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9/6/2016   Post a comment
The Movidius deal is a big win for Intel. Where analysts’ opinions diverge is whether Intel has a long-term ambition to extend Movidius’ technology to autonomous cars, and if Movidius is equally hungry for the automotive market.
iPhone7 Boosts Broadcom Results
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9/1/2016   1 comment
Broadcom predicted slightly better than expected results, largely due to increasing content in Apple’s iPhone 7.
Facebook Feeds Open Software
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9/1/2016   Post a comment
Facebook described open source projects in machine learning, data compression and video stabilization at its annual At Scale event.
Z-Wave Specs Released Online
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8/31/2016   1 comment
Seeking to attract more users and developers, Sigma Designs released key aspects of its Z-Wave home network for the Internet of Things.
Intel Debuts 14nm+ Processors
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8/30/2016   3 comments
Intel announced its Kaby Lake PC chips using an enhanced 14nm process and media engine to deliver a 12% overall boost and improved 4K video.
Power9 Opens IBM to Partners
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8/24/2016   3 comments
IBM’s Power9 processor reaches out to new OEMs and partners with multiple interconnects and variants of the chip, according to a talk at Hot Chips.
AMD Reveals Zen of X86
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8/24/2016   Post a comment
AMD detailed Zen at Hot Chips, its next-generation x86 core aimed at head-to head competition with Intel in everything from notebooks to servers.
Microsoft Gives Peek at HoloLens Chip
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8/23/2016   4 comments
The HoloLens processing unit uses 24 Tensilica DSPs and an assortment of accelerators to deliver a trillion pixel-operations per second, Microsoft disclosed.
ARM Reaches for Supercomputers
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8/22/2016   1 comment
New vector extensions for 64-bit ARM cores aim to take the company into the highest reaches of supercomputer performance with partners including Fujitsu.
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