Red Hat Drives FPGAs, ARM Servers News & Analysis 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.
LinkedIn Refines its Network News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
TSMC's 300mm Chinese Wafer Fab Wins Approval News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Set-Top Era Over, Says FCC News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Chip Stacks Take New Tacks News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Microchip Wins Atmel Bidding War News & Analysis 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.
TSMC Boosts 2016 Capex to About $9.5 Billion News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Imec Melds Flash/III-V News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
China Is Chip Market's Only Growth Region News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Google, HP, Oracle Join RISC-V News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments