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Patents Detail IoT Security Scheme
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
An independent inventor is licensing a trio of patents to secure the Internet of Things using technology he pioneered at IBM for mag stripe cards.
NXP to Spend $22 Million to Expand U.S. Fabs
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7/24/2017   Post a comment
European chip maker says expansion will enable it to produce secure ID chips for the U.S. government.
Report: Samsung Plans to Triple Foundry Market Share
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7/24/2017   8 comments
South Korean giant eyes No. 2 spot in foundry market and market share of 25 percent, according to Reuters report.
AMD’s CTO on 7nm, Chip Stacks
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7/24/2017   3 comments
AMD’s chief technologist talks about the company’s needs in 7nm foundry processes, multi-die packaging and EDA for its x86 and graphics processors.
Kumu Preps Full Duplex Chip
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7/21/2017   Post a comment
Kumu Networks discussed its chip aimed at full duplex networking for Wi-Fi and LTE amid standards efforts from CableLabs and the 3GPP.
ASML Posts Strong Sales as EUV Orders Surge
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7/20/2017   12 comments
Backlog of extreme ultraviolet tools eclipses $3 billion sales to memory chip vendors bolster top line growth.
DARPA Calls for Post-Moore Ideas
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7/20/2017   1 comment
DARPA kicked off its Electronics Resurgence Initiative, a set of research efforts for life after Moore’s law.
Memory Chip ASP Growth Expected to Cool in Second Half
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7/19/2017   1 comment
DRAM and NAND flash memory chips are forecast to achieve record gains in average selling prices this year, but growth is expected to cool as the year goes along.
5G Won’t Boost Cellular Until 2021
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
The market for cellular base stations is in the midst of a $10 billion decline waiting for a 5G boost that won’t return the sector to growth until 2021.
NFC Players Welcome Broader iPhone Support
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
Near field communications chip makers are applauding Apple's announcement that iPhones will be able to use both NFC tag mode and reader mode.
Baidu's Voice Exec Speaks Out
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
The Baidu engineer in charge of its DuerOS group called for all-embedded Wi-Fi chip to pre-install software for its voice-activated cloud services.
ASML Claims Major EUV Milestone
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7/14/2017   13 comments
Litho vendor claims elusive source power target as dawn of EUV era inches closer.
PC Sales Slide as Chip Costs Drive Prices Up
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7/13/2017   1 comment
Higher average selling prices for components such as DRAM and flash memory chips began driving system costs up, adding to the headwind facing declining PC sales.
Chip Sales Now Expected to Top $400 Billion
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7/11/2017   1 comment
Revised forecast from Gartner is most aggressive prediction to date for market in 2017.
Intel Skylake Counters AMD Epyc
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7/11/2017   4 comments
Intel says Skylake Xeon sports an average 65% boost over Broadwell, narrowing opportunities for rival AMD’s Epyc in the data center.
U.S. Paves Roads to Trusted Fabs
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7/11/2017   3 comments
The U.S. Department of Defense is working on technologies to enable it to securely use any foundry to make sub-32nm ASICs by 2019.
Rambus Reportedly Exploring Sale Possibilities
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7/10/2017   3 comments
Technology licensing chip vendor works with financial adviser to evaluate possibilities for its sale, according to a Bloomberg report.
Memory Prices Drive Samsung's Record Q2 Profit
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7/7/2017   2 comments
South Korean electronics giant appears on pace to surpass Intel and become world's No. 1 semiconductor vendor.
China Makes Two IoT Calls
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7/6/2017   6 comments
Alibaba debuted asmart speakers the same day Baidu expanded its DuerOS, both attacking Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
Micron Fab Incident Disrupts DRAM Supply
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7/5/2017   1 comment
A market watcher says a supply disruption at a Micron fab in Taiwan could reduce global DRAM supply by 6 percent in July.
Combined Handset, PC Shipments Expected to Decline
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7/5/2017   1 comment
Gartner expects rate of PC decline to slow while smartphone market posts strong growth in 2017.
U.S. Seeks Life After Moore’s Law
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7/5/2017   12 comments
DARPA will host events this month to outline a $200+ million program to find ways of scaling electronics beyond Moore’s law.
FTC Clears Broadcom's Acquisition of Brocade
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7/3/2017   1 comment
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission voted to approve the $5.9 billion deal after Broadcom said it would create a firewall to prevent information about Cisco's fibre channel switches from stifling competitiveness.
NASA Wants Tricorder for Mars
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7/3/2017   4 comments
A group of researchers working on the Mars mission at NASA wants an all-in-one portable scientific instrument for testing the red planet’s rocks.
ReRAM Goes 3D
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6/30/2017   14 comments
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has reinvented its resistive-RAM process to achieve a ReRAM that is amenable to 3D stacking, giving the “universal” memory an edge over flash.
ARM SoCs Take Soft Roads to Neural Nets
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6/29/2017   2 comments
NXP, Qualcomm, and ARM have all released math libraries to run neural network inference jobs on their existing CPU, GPU, and DSP cores.
Toshiba Fires Back at Western Digital, Seeks $1.1B in Damages
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6/28/2017   1 comment
Feud between partners deepens as Toshiba says it won't meet deadline for selling chip business.
Baidu Upgrades Neural Net Benchmark
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6/28/2017   1 comment
Baidu upgraded DeepBench, its open-source benchmark for neural net training to include inference and support for lower-precision math.
Purple-emitting LEDs Get Closer to the Sun
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6/27/2017   4 comments
Seoul Semi has paired its purple-emitting LEDs with Toshiba Materials-engineered RGB phosphors to more closely mimic natural daylight spectrum.
DRAM Prices Expected to Climb
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6/26/2017   1 comment
With DRAM chips being used in more applications, ASPs projected to grow even while smartphone and PC shipments remain tepid.
Expert Panel Debunks AI Hype
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6/26/2017   6 comments
Neural networks will see broad use, but they have real limits and are far from fulfilling the dream of artificial intelligence, said a panel of experts.
Moore’s Law’s End Reboots Industry
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6/26/2017   3 comments
The semiconductor and computer industries is being transformed as Moore’s Law slows and dies, said a panel of experts considering the future.
Toshiba and the Parable of Flash
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6/26/2017   1 comment
Spinning off its flagship NAND flash memory business could help save struggling Toshiba. But 30 years ago the company nearly squandered its leadership role in the flash revolution.
SiLabs CEO Plots Slow, Steady IoT Strategy
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6/23/2017   5 comments
“IoT is in a bit of a trough right now,” Silicon Labs’ CEO said, just as he was leaving the ballroom where he delivered a keynote entitled “Accelerating the IoT.” Is he sensing a whiff of IoT backlash?
Accelerator Grades Hardware Startups
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6/23/2017   1 comment
Hax said it sees continued growth in the business of accelerating hardware startups through rapid prototyping and crowdfunding.
Handsets Expected to be Largest Market for ICs
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6/22/2017   1 comment
Cellular handsets are expected to surpass PCs as the largest application for integrated circuits for the first time in 2017.
Imagination Puts Itself on the Block
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6/22/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies said the whole company is up for sale after fielding interest from several parties.
Intel Brings VR, 5G to Olympics
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6/21/2017   8 comments
Intel will build experiences using virtual reality, 360-degree video, 5G cellular, and drones for the Olympics starting with the 2018 winter games.
iPhone Team Recalls Steve Jobs
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6/21/2017   2 comments
Four engineering managers from the original Apple iPhone team recounted their work on the landmark smartphone and interactions with Steve Jobs.
Japan-led Consortium Wins Toshiba Memory Bidding
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6/21/2017   4 comments
Winning bid submitted by Innovation Network of Japan, Bain Capital and Development Bank of Japan.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
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6/21/2017   1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.
Cypress Stockholders Elect T.J. Rodgers' Nominees to Board
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
Camillo Martino and J. Daniel McCranie elected to board after long and bitter proxy battle.
AMD Rolls Epyc Server SoCs
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6/20/2017   3 comments
AMD formally announced Epyc, a family of server SoCs using its Zen x86 core, weeks before Intel is expected to debut its 10-nm Skylake Xeon chips.
Comcast Shares IoT, LoRa Insights
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6/19/2017   Post a comment
The manager of Comcast’s emerging MachineQ service for the Internet of Things shares his views of IoT and the LoRa network he chose.
UMC Appoints Co-presidents as CEO Steps Down
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6/16/2017   2 comments
Taiwanese foundry takes page from rival's book, names two to lead the company.
Western Digital Sues to Halt Toshiba Sale
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6/15/2017   Post a comment
Complaint filed in California Superior Court asks court to prevent Toshiba from transferring assets that are part of joint venture between the firms.
Exascale Project Awards $258M
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6/15/2017   1 comment
Six U.S. chip and systems companies will split $258 million in grants to do research toward building an exascale-class supercomputer by 2021.
Google Ramps Mobile SoC Team
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6/14/2017   11 comments
Google is hiring mobile SoC designers to build chips for its smartphones and has already snagged one senior designer from its chief rival Apple.
B'com Overhauls Network Switches
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6/14/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom announced its Trident 3, an overhaul of its mainstream Ethernet networking switch that now effectively embeds a packet processor.
G’foundries Updates 7nm, EUV Plan
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6/13/2017   4 comments
Globalfoundries provided more detail on its 7nm and EUV plans claiming its process is ready for designs and exceeding targets.
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