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Samsung Calls for New CPU Design
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9/28/2016   1 comment
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   Post a 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   1 comment
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.
Laser Slicing to Slash SiC Wafer Costs, Boost Yield
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8/22/2016   1 comment
Japanese ingot processing equipment manufacturer DISCO Corporation has unveiled a new laser-based technique to slice wafers out of a SiC ingot, producing 50% more wafers through reduced material losses while slashing production times by a factor of six.
Intel to Accelerate Altera, Says CEO
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8/18/2016   8 comments
Intel will support Altera's base FPGA business including use of ARM cores and long lifetime products, said Intel's CEO.
Wintel Reunites in Mixed Reality
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
Microsoft and Intel will release a specification in December for headsets and PCs running Windows 10 that support virtual and augmented reality.
Intel Grabs ARM for 10nm Foundry
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8/16/2016   18 comments
Intel revealed first details of its 10nm process and said it will start making ARM-based mobilde SoCs for Spreadtrum and LG Electronics.
AMD, Nvidia GPU Battle Heats Up
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
New graphics processors from AMD and Nvidia are rolling out in a head-to-head battle of GPU giants that is still too early to call.
DRAMs to drag ICs to -2% in 2016
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8/11/2016   Post a comment
The latest version of The McClean Report projects a 19% decline in DRAMs due to falling PC and tablet sales, dragging total IC revenues to a 2% contraction in 2016.
Samsung Debuts 3D XPoint Killer
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8/11/2016   5 comments
Samsung announced Z-NAND, a 3D flash variant it says will have similar performance and lower cost in solid-state drives than Micron Quantx SSDs.
SMIC Raises Target for 2016 Sales
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8/10/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, today raised its aim for sales this year on unexpectedly strong demand.
Micron demos 3D XPoint in drives
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8/9/2016   2 comments
Micron showed prototype solid-state drives using its 3D XPoint memories with data for their performance as Toshiba talked about NAND flash advances.
Wi-Fi Interference Hits Spotlight
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8/9/2016   2 comments
The levels of interference between Wi-Fi access points are all over the board according to tests presented at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Cellular, Wi-Fi Clash in Air War
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8/8/2016   8 comments
A test plan for LTE-U has sparked a battle between cellular and Wi-Fi companies over how to share unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum.
GaN Power Amplifier Addresses 5G
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8/5/2016   2 comments
Researchers in Germany have developed one of the building blocks required to roll out 5G networks: An integrated circuit for power amplifier transistor implemented in gallium nitride technology.
Silicon Researcher Scans Horizon
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8/5/2016   Post a comment
The head of CEA-Leti gives her views on outlook for fully depleted silicon-on-insulator, other emerging semiconductor technologies and women in engineering.
Field Data Proves GaN FET Reliability, Says EPC
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8/2/2016   Post a comment
Gallium nitride power FET maker Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has published its reliability report documenting GaN technology reliability after millions of device hours of stress testing, and based on analysis of all field returns.
Stanford’s Hennessy: STEM to CPU
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8/1/2016   20 comments
Stanford President John Hennessy shared his views on education, Silicon Valley, the tech industry, microprocessors and the EE profession.
Wearables Try On Package Options
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7/28/2016   1 comment
The fragmented market for wearable computers is pushing innovations in device packaging and interconnects said Qualcomm, Mediatek and others.
Marvell Swings to Loss in Delayed Report
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
New CEO Matthew Murphy says he is looking to trim the fat and focus on profitable businesses.
China Likely to Narrow Chip Gap, IC Insights Says
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7/27/2016   4 comments
China, which in dollar terms imports more semiconductors than oil, is likely to narrow its chip trade deficit by the end of this decade, according to market research firm IC Insights.
ADI to Acquire Linear Tech for $14.8 Billion
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7/26/2016   15 comments
Latest semiconductor industry blockbuster deal would combine analog chip heavyweights.
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