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Semiconductor Outlook Lifted on Surging Memory Prices
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3/30/2017   2 comments
IC Insights doubles market forecast to 11 percent growth due to surge in DRAM and NAND flash ASPs.
MaxLinear to Buy Exar for $700 Million
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Deal, worth $472 million net of Exar's cash on hand, would increase MaxLinear's scale and diversify its revenue base.
Intel Unveils 10, 22nm Processes
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3/28/2017   14 comments
Intel said it will be in production this year with a 10nm process that packs 100.8 million transistors/mm2 and a new a 22nm low power FinFET node.
Intel Pumps Up PCs with Optane
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3/27/2017   11 comments
Intel announced two M.2 cards using its 3D XPoint memories, aimed at accelerating hard-disk performance in PCs.
EDA Sales Jump Most in Five Years
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3/27/2017   1 comment
Move to more aggressive processing nodes largely triggered a 19 percent increase in EDA sales in the fourth quarter, according to an industry group.
Intel Creates New Unit to House AI Efforts
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3/24/2017   1 comment
Artificial Intelligence Product Group will align resources from across the company to focus on AI.
Roadmap Says CMOS Ends ~2024
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3/23/2017   2 comments
An expanded roadmap for semiconductors says traditional CMOS scaling will end in about 2024 but new chip stacks and systems architectures will continue advances.
TowerJazz Rolls Out Silicon Photonics Process
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3/23/2017   Post a comment
Specialty foundry offering process to complement silicon-germanium BiCMOS process for optical transceivers.
OFC Debates Road to Photonic ICs
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3/23/2017   3 comments
An OFC keynoter made the case for indium phosphide photonic ICs, but analysts said that silicon photonics has bigger backers for merging optics and electronics.
Google Calls for Optical Leaps
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3/22/2017   Post a comment
Google's data centers need much higher capacity, lower cost, and more programmable optical networks, an executive said in a keynote.
Wireless Networks Vie for Air Time
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3/21/2017   1 comment
Debates among wireless competitors at an IEEE event spanned cellular IoT, 5G, and Wi-Fi.
Peregrine Semi Buys MIT Spinoff Arctic Sand
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3/20/2017   Post a comment
RF chip vendor says deal will expand its power module business in the telecommunications, data communications and industrial electrical markets.
Intel Boots Drives with 3D XPoint
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3/19/2017   22 comments
Intel announced its first solid-state drives using its 3D XPoint memory chips, getting a long-awaited foothold in a market between flash and DRAM.
China Fab Boom Fuels Equipment Spending Revival
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3/16/2017   Post a comment
With 26 fabs scheduled to come on line in China in the next four years, the SEMI trade group is projecting the first three-year run of consecutive semiconductor equipment spending growth since the mid-1990s.
TSMC Tips 7+, 12, 22nm Nodes
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3/16/2017   17 comments
TSMC announced new 22, 12 and 7nm processes to compete with FD-SOI from Globalfoundries and FinFETs with EUV from Samsung.
SIA Backs House Republicans’ Tax Plan
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade association says the "Better Way" corporate tax reform blueprint is a good starting point for creating more jobs and helping chip companies innovate.
Startup Tips 12.8-Tbit Switch
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
Startup Innovium aims to leapfrog Broadcom with a 12.8-Tbit/s Ethernet switch chip for data centers as networking competition rises.
Semiconductor Shipments Projected to Top 1 Trillion in 2018
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3/10/2017   1 comment
Total semiconductor shipments, dominated by optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discretes, are expected to top the 1 trillion mark for the first time next year, according to IC Insights.
ZTE Agree to Pay U.S. $892 Million Over Iran Charges
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3/9/2017   4 comments
Chinese telecommunications giant agrees to pay more than $892 million and plead guilty to charges that it violated U.S. export controls on Iran.
PowerVR Gets Graphics Refresh
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3/8/2017   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies unveiled Furian, its next-generation PowerVR graphics architecture, aimed to help claw back market share from ARM’s Mali.
Everspin Tips First System-level MRAM Offering
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3/8/2017   2 comments
Storage accelerator harnesses MRAM technology to offer high-performance, low latency.
X-Fab Files for IPO
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3/7/2017   Post a comment
German specialty chip foundry hopes to raise $530 million in two offerings, according to reports.
AMD Describes Zen for Servers
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3/7/2017   Post a comment
AMD will announce at the annual Open Compute Project event that its Zen-based x86 Naples server processor will ship by June.
Startup Taps TSMC to Attack B’com
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3/6/2017   5 comments
Using InFO packaging from TSMC, a startup spun out of Mediatek aims to attack Broadcom’s dominance in Ethernet switch chips.
Chip Sales Jump 14% in January
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3/6/2017   1 comment
Semiconductor sales started the year off where 2016 left off, posting the largest annual increase in one month in six years.
Avnet, Arrow Drive into IoT
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3/6/2017   2 comments
Rival electronics distributors Avnet and Arrow are both nurturing new IoT groups, but their targets in the Internet of Things are initially somewhat different.
Paced by Big Spenders, Chip Capex Projected to Grow
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3/3/2017   4 comments
Market watcher IC Insights expects semiconductor industry capital spending to grow by about 6 percent, led by increased spending from the top 11 spenders.
Cypress Sells Minnesota Fab for $30 Million
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3/3/2017   Post a comment
Deal enables firm to continue receiving supply from startup foundry while transitioning manufacturing to Texas.
Littelfuse Takes Majority Stake in Monolith Semi
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3/2/2017   Post a comment
Power control and sensing chip and component supplier increases stake in developer of silicon carbide chips.
AMD Fills Out Ryzen CPU Family
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3/2/2017   7 comments
AMD announced plans for mid- and low-end Ryzen desktop x86 processors as its high-end versions officially went on sale today.
TSMC Joins Chip Research Consortium
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3/1/2017   1 comment
Foundry giant joins semiconductor heavyweights like Intel and IBM in university-research consortium.
ASML Revs EUV Engines
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3/1/2017   5 comments
ASML unveiled the NXE 3400B, its candidate to drive EUV lithography into sub-10-nm fabs and described its follow-on as others showed EUV mask tools.
Lattice Shareholders Approve China Takeover
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2/28/2017   3 comments
FPGA vendor moves one step closer to acquisition by China-backed equity firm; U.S. government approval still pending.
EUV Progress, Hurdles Cited
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2/28/2017   2 comments
Extreme ultraviolet lithography made progress in the past year but hurdles are still ahead for EUV said Intel and Samsung experts.
3-D Interactive Projection Redefines MEMS
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2/27/2017   11 comments
Bosch’s combo micro-scanner/laser-projector is said to be capable of transforming any surface into a virtual user interface.
UMC Begins Mass Production of 14nm
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2/24/2017   3 comments
Foundry begins shipping 14nm wafers to lead customers ahead of original schedule.
Alexa, Rivals Speak to OEMs
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2/24/2017   1 comment
Amazon's Alexa is growing in both partnerships and rivals this year for embedding smart voice services in consumer products.
Wi-Fi, LTE Spar over Location
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
Wi-Fi chip makers and an LTE software startup announced ways of delivering location services they claim are superior to Bluetooth and ultrawideband.
T.J. Rodgers Sues Cypress, Slams Chairman
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
Company founder says Chairman failed to disclose role in China-backed equity firm attempting to acquire rival Lattice Semiconductor.
AMD Fires Volley in x86 War
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2/22/2017   1 comment
AMD will start selling March 2 its first Zen-based x86 processor, Ryzen 7, sporting significant price and performance advantages over CPUs from rival Intel.
Former Globalfoundries CEO to Lead SEMI Trade Group
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Ajit Manocha will replace as CEO of semiconductor equipment vendor trade group Denny McGuirk, who is retiring.
Intel, Q’comm Show Cellular's Split
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Intel debuts a gigabit LTE modem and Qualcomm shows RF modules at Mobile World Congress, an event expected to focus on the 5G future.
G’foundries debuts 45nm RFSOI
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2/21/2017   9 comments
Globalfoundries announced it has development kits for its 45nm RFSOI process, a node geared for uses such as 5G millimeter-wave chips.
Cree, Infineon Nix Wolfspeed Deal Over U.S. Government Worries
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2/20/2017   Post a comment
Firms call off $850 million deal after Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States raises concerns.
Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers
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2/17/2017   3 comments
Big Blue has a new mesh network technology for its Weather Channel subsidiary that allows its app to propagate weather and disaster information among all cell phone users even when Internet and cellular networks are down.
A Roadmap to Emulation of 15 Billion Gate ICs
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2/16/2017   1 comment
Mentor's Veloce Strato platform said to stand ready to support leading-edge designs into 2022.
IoT Group Sets Broad Agenda
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2/15/2017   Post a comment
The OpenFog Consortium released a reference architecture it will use to guide efforts on standards and product design for the Internet of Things.
Toshiba May Sell Majority Stake in Chip Unit
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2/14/2017   4 comments
Japanese conglomerate says it may part with controlling interest in chip group to raise capital after $6.3 billion write down.
Security Experts Cite IoT Risks
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2/14/2017   4 comments
The Internet of Things and critical infrastructure represent two of the biggest security vulnerabilities, said experts at the RSA Conference.
Startup Schools Machine Learning
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2/14/2017   2 comments
Startup Gamalon debuted software that it claims can eliminate the expense and time needed for training deep neural networks.
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