Startup to Open Source Parallel CPU News & Analysis 11/24/2014 30 comments Rex Computing plans a parallel processor that could deliver a 10x leap in performance/watt. It will open source the design through Facebook's Open Compute Project.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret News & Analysis 11/21/2014 17 comments In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Automotive Industry Drives Chip Demand News & Analysis 11/20/2014 9 comments Among all major end use-applications for integrated circuits, the automotive market exposes the strongest growth, finds market researcher IC Insight in a study to be released later this month.
Jaguar Land Rover Tours Its Cars News & Analysis 11/19/2014 28 comments Jaguar Land Rover detailed the complexity of electronics in its latest cars and gave a look at its ideas for features coming in the future in a keynote.
Intel Merges Mobile, PC Divisions News & Analysis 11/18/2014 18 comments In a move to streamline business and combat dismal financial results for its mobile in the third quarter, Intel will merge its mobile and PC divisions. The transition is set to occur in early 2015.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True News & Analysis 11/18/2014 3 comments China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Intel Guns for InfiniBand News & Analysis 11/17/2014 5 comments Intel announced the 10 nm version of Xeon Phi will integrate a 100 Gbit/s version of its Omni-Path interconnect with 56% lower latency and higher port density than InfiniBand.
Top 500 Supercomputers Sputter News & Analysis 11/17/2014 5 comments The latest ranking of the world’s top supercomputers shows little change in the winners and a rate of growth that is slowing in several ways.
ISSCC Tips Hot Circuit Designs News & Analysis 11/17/2014 4 comments The International Solid State Circuits Conference will host papers on new processors from Intel, AMD, and IBM and some of the first designs made in new FinFET processes.
Facebook Weaves New Fabric News & Analysis 11/14/2014 5 comments Facebook announced it is using a new fabric in its latest datacenter, using smaller existing 40G switches in a new topology rather than driving toward the bigger, faster aggregation switches datacenters sometimes use.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers News & Analysis 11/13/2014 1 comment An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
Alca-Lu Puts Edge Router on X86 News & Analysis 11/12/2014 1 comment Alcatel-Lucent plans to deliver all the functions of its custom-built edge routers on to x86 servers by the end of 2015 in a suite of software it calls its Virtual Services Router.
China, US Strike Tech Trade Deal News & Analysis 11/12/2014 6 comments Negotiators from China and the US strike a preliminary agreement to end tariffs on as much as $1 trillion in annual sales of high-tech goods including semiconductors.
Sensors See Gestures, Barcodes News & Analysis 11/11/2014 3 comments AMS AG announced a new family of intelligent sensors for gesture control at this week's Electronica in Germany. The next-generation TMG399x line adds sensing functionality and barcode emulation for mobile and other consumer electronics.
Cypress Jumps on BLE Bandwagon News & Analysis 11/11/2014 6 comments Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers discussed his new PSoC microcontrollers supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and a $9 node for what he calls the Internet of Plants.
Dell Research Updates Progress News & Analysis 11/10/2014 2 comments A year after its formation, Dell’s research arm is making strides in communications and focus on big data in medicine. Dell Research head Jai Menon talks future development in mobility, security, and machine learning.
PowerVR Guns for AMD, Nvidia News & Analysis 11/10/2014 11 comments Imagination Technologies' latest PowerVR Series 7 graphics cores sport a host of new features, including the ability to play in notebooks, consoles, and servers.
Smart Battery Charges Up for IoT News & Analysis 11/7/2014 11 comments Startup Roost is developing a new twist on the Internet of Things -- a smart, networked battery that will put existing smoke alarms on home WiFi networks.
Globalfoundries Wins Design Partner News & Analysis 11/6/2014 8 comments Invecas, an IP core and SoC design firm formed by combining two companies and a small group of ex-IBMers, has set up shop exclusively supporting Globalfoundries, which is racing to deliver 14nm FinFET node.
China Owes Us, Qualcomm Says News & Analysis 11/5/2014 18 comments In an otherwise glowing quarterly financial report, Qualcomm said China device makers are not reporting hundreds of millions in sales to avoid royalties.
Fabless Pipsqueaks Grow Up News & Analysis 11/5/2014 14 comments The trade association of fabless semiconductor companies celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, declaring victory in its goal to establish its sector and the business model behind it.
China Blamed for Microchip Dip News & Analysis 10/30/2014 4 comments Microchip Technology Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending Sept. 30. Officials said the company's decrease in sales is a reflection of the economic climate in China rather than internal issues.
UMC Takes Bigger Slice of 28nm Business News & Analysis 10/29/2014 7 comments UMC, the world’s third-largest chip foundry, said that it grabbed a larger piece of the 28 nm business that is dominated by TSMC. UMC reiterated its capital expenditure for this year at about $1.3 billion.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz' News & Analysis 10/29/2014 13 comments Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets News & Analysis 10/29/2014 5 comments Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate News & Analysis 10/28/2014 14 comments While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
AMD Hires Dell's Server Chief News & Analysis 10/27/2014 5 comments The new manager of AMD's server and embedded group, Forest Norrod, is the former manager of Dell's server business where he recently shared skeptical views on ARM-based servers, one of AMD's new target markets.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup News & Analysis 10/27/2014 10 comments Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
Health Startups Are Unfit, Says MD News & Analysis 10/23/2014 8 comments Today's startups pursuing consumer health and fitness generally use poor sensors and algorithms in subpar products, but the area is ripe with opportunity, said a Stanford expert.
Startup Creates Virtual Cores News & Analysis 10/23/2014 1 comment Soft Machines describes its approach to creating virtual cores that bring a new level of parallelism to single-threaded code for any processor architecture.
EEs Explore Life After CMOS News & Analysis 10/22/2014 20 comments Technologists at an IEEE event explored the technical and social challenges engineers face as Moore’s Law gradually comes to an end.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut News & Analysis 10/22/2014 2 comments A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.