7nm EUV Could Ease 10nm Squeeze News & Analysis 9/16/2014 18 comments After a cost-squeezed 10 nm node using mainly immersion steppers, EUV will be ready for production on 7 nm chips, says ASML’s latest lithography road map.
Cavium Attacks B'com in Switches News & Analysis 9/16/2014 3 comments Cavium aims to leapfrog networking giant Broadcom with new Ethernet switches from its acquisition of Xpliant, which has both a novel chip and approach to semiconductor startups.
Power Week: DOE – EVs Everywhere, Anyhow News & Analysis 9/11/2014 1 comment The DOE has announced $55 million in planned investments in 31 new projects (details available) -- including several that are researching "beyond Lithium-ion" technologies -- intended to accelerate the research and development of efficient vehicles.
Intel Opens Door on 7nm, Foundry News & Analysis 9/11/2014 15 comments Intel said it sees a path to making 7 nm chips without EUV lithography and gave its most detailed talk to date on its foundry service to share its chipmaking capabilities.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes News & Analysis 9/10/2014 5 comments Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G News & Analysis 9/8/2014 4 comments Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G SerDes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
Entrepreneurs Seek Bridge to Iran News & Analysis 9/8/2014 4 comments Iran has the engineers and universities to spawn a Silicon Valley in the Middle East if it can overcome steep political, economic, and cultural challenges, said speakers at the Bridge 2014 conference.
Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm News & Analysis 9/4/2014 9 comments Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
GoPro Puts Consumers in 'Matrix' News & Analysis 9/3/2014 8 comments It’s just a lab experiment today, but camera pioneer Tim Macmillan showed 360-degree stop action effects GoPro is developing with consumer camera arrays.
50G Ethernet Debate Brewing News & Analysis 9/3/2014 11 comments The Ethernet Alliance will host a discussion on the future of Ethernet at which engineers are expected to debate the need for a 50G standard, among other issues.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions News & Analysis 8/28/2014 13 comments Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs News & Analysis 8/28/2014 10 comments Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Google Preps Virtual Network News & Analysis 8/27/2014 2 comments Google described Andromeda, a central server-based controller users will be able to access to create, run, and extend virtual networks running in Google's data centers.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort News & Analysis 8/26/2014 12 comments The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Silicon Valley Builds Bridge to Iran News & Analysis 8/22/2014 7 comments Serial entrepreneur Kamran Elahian is organizing a Silicon Valley event on innovation that will attempt to build a bridge to an emerging high-tech sector in his home country of Iran.
Startup Promises Sub-$20 DNA Test News & Analysis 8/20/2014 12 comments Startup InSilixa described a silicon bio-sensing array that promises to bring molecular diagnostics to the point of care with tests that cost less than $20.
ARM Stressed in Server Bid News & Analysis 8/20/2014 4 comments ARM servers will come more slowly and perhaps to fewer applications than previously thought, according to server executives at Dell and Alibaba.
Intel Haswell Bug Won't Bite Many News & Analysis 8/18/2014 5 comments bug found in Intel’s Haswell processors may have the potential for system disruption, but most users will likely not encounter any issues. The error will also be included in upcoming Broadwell Y-series chips for use in Core M-based tablets.
Bitcoin ASIC in Chips-to-$ Race News & Analysis 8/14/2014 6 comments Startup Cointerra described its bitcoin mining ASIC at Hot Chips, painting a picture of the headlong race to virtual money -- and logic power density -- that the emerging bitcoin economy has spawned.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds News & Analysis 8/13/2014 12 comments Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
M'soft Plugs FPGAs in Datacenter News & Analysis 8/12/2014 31 comments FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx are getting plugged into the datacenter servers run by Microsoft and China's Baidu, pioneering a new dimension in distributed computing, according to talks at Hot Chips.
Nvidia Flexes Custom 64-Bit ARM News & Analysis 8/12/2014 2 comments Nearly four years since work began, Nvidia announced results of Project Denver, a 64-bit custom ARM core, initially aimed at tablets in an upgrade of the Tegra K1 SoC.
Graphics API Gets Makeover News & Analysis 8/11/2014 1 comment The Khronos Group is calling for help with an OpenGL makeover to create a viable cross-platform standard in the face of proprietary APIs coming from Apple, AMD, and Microsoft.
Woz Riffs on Watches, Engineering News & Analysis 8/7/2014 10 comments Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley icon, gave his unvarnished opinions on smartwatches, engineering, and more in an on-stage interview at the Flash Memory Summit.
Global Chip Sales Hit Record in June News & Analysis 8/6/2014 1 comment Improved economic conditions worldwide, particularly in the U.S., and a booming memory chip market are being credited for the global semiconductor industry’s robust sales growth in the first half of 2014.
Flash Fails 5 Ways, Says Alibaba News & Analysis 8/5/2014 4 comments An R&D manager for cloud services at China's Alibaba datacenters gave a laundry list of problems flash vendors need to address in a keynote at the Flash Memory Summit.
PMC Plugs DRAM Into PCI Express News & Analysis 8/5/2014 Post a comment PMC-Sierra is using its NAND flash controller in a flash-backed DRAM memory card that plugs into the PCI Express 3.0 bus, aimed at memory-constrained systems that demand more performance.
EUV Results Bogus, Says Analyst News & Analysis 8/1/2014 29 comments A veteran industry watcher and an IBM expert are at loggerheads over IBM's recent announcement of a throughput advance with the latest ASML extreme ultraviolet lithography scanner.
6 Things to Expect at Flash Summit News & Analysis 7/31/2014 6 comments A coming out party for NVMe PCIe SSDs, more flash appliances and arrays, incremental news on vertical NAND and next-gen memories, and more are on tap for next week's Flash Memory Summit.
IBM Breaks EUV Throughput Record News & Analysis 7/30/2014 22 comments An ASML NXE3300B extreme ultraviolet scanner exposed 637 wafers in 24 hours in its first test at an IBM facility in Albany, N.Y., but still has miles to go before it is ready for commercial use.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol News & Analysis 7/29/2014 1 comment The IPSO Alliance will release a reference architecture for an IoT software stack based on the Internet Protocol, along with a list of smart objects for functions such as lighting control.
NASA Exec Says, 'Boldly Go!' News & Analysis 7/25/2014 17 comments Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center, challenged a Silicon Valley crowd to go beyond our solar system to find life and settle space -- and harness biotechnology along the way.
Google, Facebook Clash at Con News & Analysis 7/24/2014 12 comments Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital News & Analysis 7/24/2014 17 comments Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs News & Analysis 7/22/2014 29 comments Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.