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Red Hat Drives FPGAs, ARM Servers
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2/12/2016   1 comment
Red Hat’s chief ARM architect is rallying FPGA makers to set a software standard for accelerators in between trying to get ARM servers ready for the market.
Obama to Sign Bill Combating Counterfeit Chips
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2/12/2016   3 comments
U.S. President indicates he plans to sign into law customs bill containing new mandates for identifying fake chips after legislation passes U.S. Senate.
LinkedIn Refines its Network
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2/11/2016   4 comments
Web giant LinkedIn has defined its own top-of-rack switch for its first mega data center and is studying use of alternative processors for a distributed point-of-presence network.
Data Centers Tap ARM, 100GE
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2/9/2016   16 comments
Growing cloud service providers are driving server and networking technologies, opening small but significant opportunities for non-x86 processors.
EUV Gets $500M Center
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2/9/2016   4 comments
Globalfoundries and the state of New York will spend 500 million over five years on a new center to get extreme ultraviolet lithography ready for the 7nm node and beyond.
Micron, Samsung in Flash Battle
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2/5/2016   14 comments
Micron described a 768Gbit 3D NAND flash chip that is twice as dense as Samsung’s current vertical NAND, but it’s not clear it will come to market.
Samsung Describes 10nm SRAM
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2/4/2016   3 comments
Samsung gave a peek at its 10nm process in a talk describing an SRAM made in it at ISSCC.
TSMC's 300mm Chinese Wafer Fab Wins Approval
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2/3/2016   1 comment
The Taiwanese government has given foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) approval to build a 300mm wafer fab in China, according to reports that reference the Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
FinFETs Flow at Samsung, TSMC
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2/3/2016   3 comments
Production of next-generation FinFET chips is underway in earnest with Samsung and TSMC leading the charge. Although Samsung announced mass production of its 14nm LPP process technology with a major customer win in Qualcomm, TSMC may have the last laugh with Apple driving shipments.
Chip Sales Dipped Slightly in 2015
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
Despite formidable economic headwinds, semiconductor sales in 2015 fell just short of the record total established in 2014, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Robots Get A Gentler Grip
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has devised flexible electrostatic grippers that are as gentle as human hands, yet can lift 100 times their own weight.
Moore’s Law Goes Post-CMOS
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2/1/2016   8 comments
Moore's Law can continue if engineers focus on cost per transistor and adopt challenging post-CMOS techniques, Intel's top fav executive said at ISSCC.
Samsung, Apple Top Chip Buyers Again
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Electronics giants ranked first and second in semiconductor consumption in 2015 for the fifth straight year, according to market research firm Gartner.
IoT Frameworks Dig in for Battle
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1/28/2016   Post a comment
No winner emerged among competing application frameworks for the Internet of Things at CES, leaving analysts calling for a truce.
TI to Shutter Scotland Fab
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1/27/2016   1 comment
Analog chip giant will close 150mm fab, transfer production to existing 200mm facilities.
Set-Top Era Over, Says FCC
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1/27/2016   14 comments
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced a proposal to force pay-TV operators to adopt open formats so any systems or software developer can access their content.
Google's Deep Learning Comes to Movidius
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Google will buy Movidius vision processing chips and license the entire Movidius software development environment. Google's goal is to expand its machine intelligence technology beyond the data center, by bringing it to mobile devices.
India Preps RISC-V Processors
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1/27/2016   34 comments
An India government lab expects to get up to $45 million to develop a 64-bit RISC-V microprocessor, while a team of academics is developing similar chips released as open source.
Semiconductor R&D Spending Slows
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry spent slightly more on R&D in 2015, but the rate of growth was among the lowest on record, according to IC Insights.
Sony to Acquire Altair Semi For $212 Million
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
Japanese electronics giant plans to combine existing sensing technologies with Israeli startups LTE chipsets for new breed of IoT products.
Linux Framework Attracts Support
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
A new working group will shepherd the OpenAMP framework for supporting multiple operating systems and processors within a system.
Chip Stacks Take New Tacks
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1/25/2016   4 comments
Chip stacks will be key to advances in semiconductors, but in logic TSVs are waning while fan-out techniques and SiPs are on the rise.
Security Outlook Bleak, Improving
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1/22/2016   1 comment
The rise of the Internet of Things with more devices and data means many more security breaches are ahead but so are more secure SoCs, said an expert at DesignCon.
EUV Improves But Not Ready
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1/21/2016   13 comments
Extreme Ultraviolet lithography (EUV) is making progress, but it will not yet ready until 2018, reported ASML.
Google, Intel Prep 48V Servers
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1/21/2016   4 comments
Google called for 48V server motherboards and Intel said it has a prototype design out for feedback in a DesignCon panel.
Microchip Wins Atmel Bidding War
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1/15/2016   1 comment
Atmel announced that its board of directors favors an acquisition proposal by Microchip Technology and cancel an existing agreement to be acquired by Dialog Semiconductor.
Intel Meets Expectations Despite Sagging PC Market
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1/15/2016   1 comment
World's biggest chip maker says it's now deriving about 40% of sales from non-PC markets; firms sees data centers, Internet of Things and memory as future growth drivers.
TSMC Boosts 2016 Capex to About $9.5 Billion
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1/14/2016   2 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it will increase its capital expenditure in 2016 to an amount ranging from $9 billion to $10 billion as it aims for a bigger share of finer geometry chips.
3D XPoint Steps Into the Light
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1/14/2016   8 comments
With its 3D XPoint memories moving into the fab, an IM Flash executive revealed details of the technology and challenges making the devices.
AMD’s ARM SoC Seeks Sockets
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1/14/2016   1 comment
AMD announced production availability for its first 64-bit ARM-based server processor, but it lacks customers and is not competitive with Intel’s Xeon.
Chip Forecasts, Drivers Diverge
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1/12/2016   5 comments
Chip revenues could contract 3%, expand 4% or something in between this year, said analysts at the SEMI trade group's annual executive forum.
Streetlight Shines on Metro IoT
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1/11/2016   4 comments
A smart streetlight developed by Philips is shining a light on the Internet of Things in smart cities.
Imec Melds Flash/III-V
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1/8/2016   7 comments
Just as III-V channels can speed the operation of planar silicon transistors, so can vertical flash structures we sped up with InGaAs channels.
Amazon Now Sells Own ARM chips
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1/7/2016   2 comments
Annapurna Labs Inc. ( ), a subsidiary of Internet shopping channel Amazon.com, has announced the availability of its Alpine range of ARM-based chips and subsystems aimed at home use Wi-Fi routers and Network-Attached Storage devices.
MediaTek Delivers Chip Series for Wearables, Smart Home Apps
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1/7/2016   Post a comment
MediaTek unveiled three systems-on-chip at the ongoing International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016. The SoCs are designed for wearable devices, smart home applications and Ultra-HD (4K) Blu-ray players.
Free Core, Some Assembly Required
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1/7/2016   13 comments
The RISC-V free, open-source microprocessor core needs lots of work but has a cadre of seasoned engineers willing to help.
Slowing China Economy Halts $170M Facility Expansion Plan
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1/6/2016   Post a comment
The downturn in China's economy prompted Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corp. (PSPC) to suspend its expansion program for a $170-million factory, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.
Fairchild’s Board Backs Bid From Chinese Firms
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1/5/2016   1 comment
Determination that offer from China Resources and Hua Capital Management is superior to offer by ON Semiconductor paves way for Fairchild to negotiate with Chinese firms.
China Is Chip Market's Only Growth Region
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1/5/2016   1 comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for November 2015 declined by 3.0 percent compared with the figure for the same month a year before, according to numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
AMD Tips Next Graphics Chip
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1/4/2016   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices said its next-generation graphics processor, Polaris, will deliver nearly twice the performance/Watt of today’s Nvidia GPUs.
Today 3PM EST/Noon PT: 5G Hurdles Gauged at DesignCon
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12/29/2015   1 comment
Speakers from Intel, Keysight, Qualcomm and Rohde & Schwarz will size up the design challenges for 5G systems in a panel at DesignCon.
Intel Seals $16.7 Billion Altera Deal
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12/28/2015   1 comment
Following the approval of China's Ministry of Commerce, the world's biggest chip vendor closes its largest ever acquisition.
Google, HP, Oracle Join RISC-V
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12/28/2015   4 comments
The RISC-V open source processor core is rising as an alternative to ARM with support from Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and others.
Toshiba Reorg Cuts Consumer Unit
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12/21/2015   3 comments
Toshiba will exit an ailing consumer notebook market but hang on to its profitable NAND flash business in a reorganization that includes 6,800 layoffs.
Cypress Puts Wafer Fab Up for Sale
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12/16/2015   2 comments
ATREG Inc., a specialist vendor of wafer fabs and other technology assets, has been retained by Cypress Semiconductor to help sell its 200mm wafer fab in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Apple Buys Wafer Fab in San Jose
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12/16/2015   7 comments
Apple Inc. has bought a wafer fab in North First Street, San Jose, Calif. from analog and mixed-signal chip vendor Maxim Integrated Products Inc., according to a Silicon Valley Business Journal report.
BrainChip Provides Details of Neural Network Architecture
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12/16/2015   Post a comment
Peter van der Made, CTO and interim CEO of BrainChip Inc. provides more details of his company's spiking neural network architecture, SNAP64.
Z-Wave, ZigBee Upgrade IoT Efforts
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12/16/2015   Post a comment
ZigBee and Z-Wave are both getting upgrades amid a rising tide of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 6LoWPAN devices for the Internet of Things.
Bidding War for SPIL Heats Up
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12/16/2015   Post a comment
ASE boosts bid to acquire outstanding stake in firm after announcement of investment by Tsinghua Unigroup.
Micron to Pay $4 Billion for Remaining Stake in Inotera
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12/14/2015   1 comment
U.S. memory chip vendor to control 100% of Taiwanese DRAM venture.
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