Tower Buys Maxim's Texas Wafer Fab
News & Analysis 11/30/2015 Post a comment
Foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) is set to buy an 8-inch wafer fab in San Antonio, Texas, from Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) for $40 million in Tower stock.
5G Idea Opens IoT Horizons
News & Analysis 11/30/2015 Post a comment
A battle of 5G air interfaces has started as one from researchers in Dresden claims it will open up new uses for the Internet of Things.
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires
News & Analysis 11/23/2015 7 comments
Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
Samsung on Intel's Heels in Chip Vendor Ranking
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 2 comments
Samsung is set to make in-roads into Intel's lead as the world's largest chip manufacturer in 2015, according to a list of chip companies ranked by forecast chip revenues from market research firm IC Insights.
Facebook Shifts Switch to 100G
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 Post a comment
Facebook announced it is designing a 100 Gbit/second top-of-rack switch for its next-generation data centers, reportedly using Broadcom’s Tomahawk chip.
Sarawak-Backed X-Fab Invests in Wafer Fab
News & Analysis 11/17/2015 Post a comment
More-than-Moore chipmaker X-Fab Silicon Foundries SE (Erfurt, Germany) has announced it will invest $114 million in its wafer fab in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, to meet demand for 0.18-micron and 0.35-micron manufacturing.
ARM Flexes Handset, IoT Cores
News & Analysis 11/10/2015 1 comment
ARM announced a new entry-level, 64-bit smartphone core, the A-35, and an architecture for supporting hardware-based TrustZone security on 32-bit microcontrollers.
IoT Nets Advance at Ingenu, LoRa
News & Analysis 11/10/2015 Post a comment
Ingenu revealed its plans for a U.S. 2.4 GHz network for the Internet of Things while rival LoRa Alliance announced an upgraded spec and a partner in India.
Smartphone Slide Proceeds, Says Q’Comm
News & Analysis 11/4/2015 1 comment
Growth of smartphone sales will continue to slow as China OEMs take a bigger share of the market and selling prices decline next year, said Qualcomm reporting drops in annual sales and profits.
Chip Sales Declined 3% in Q3
News & Analysis 11/4/2015 Post a comment
Semiconductor sales trended downward in the third quarter amid softening demand and currency devaluation, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Intel Fills Out IoT Portfolio
News & Analysis 11/3/2015 5 comments
Intel filled out its platform for the Internet of Things with a new SoC, two microcontrollers and software for end node operating systems as well as cloud computing and analytics.
Qualcomm sketches road to 5G
News & Analysis 11/3/2015 1 comment
Qualcomm is starting to discuss its proposals for a 5G cellular air interface that includes a new protocol for the Internet of Things.
Cellular Simplifies its IoT Road Map
News & Analysis 10/29/2015 Post a comment
Three vendors announced milestones this week in the race to network the world for the Internet of Things. Underneath the breathless pace of the press releases however vendors are advancing less swiftly.
Lam Deal Leaves Open Questions
News & Analysis 10/23/2015 Post a comment
Lam Research’s proposed $10.6 billion acquisition of KLA-Tencor raises several unanswered questions about customer reactions, counter-offers, China and layoffs.
Further Details of FinFET ReRAM Released
News & Analysis 10/22/2015 1 comment
Further details have been released of the resistive RAM made using a 16nm logic FinFET manufacturing process. A full paper is due to be presented on a 1-kbit memory array of such devices at this year's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) coming up in December.
Lam, KLA May Leapfrog Applied
News & Analysis 10/21/2015 Post a comment
Lam and KLA-Tencor announced a $10.6 billion merger that one analyst said could help it leapfrog Applied Materials as the top supplier of semiconductor capital equipment.
Will Intel, with CDMA, Gun for iPhones?
News & Analysis 10/14/2015 8 comments
Now that Intel bought VIA Telecom’s CDMA assets, earlier market speculations pointing to Intel’s partial design win in iPhones next year may get more credible. Without CDMA, no smartphones can get into Verizon’s huge network.
City Aims to be IoT Petri Dish
News & Analysis 10/13/2015 1 comment
Bristol is installing high-end public wired and wireless networks aiming to create a place where vendors can experiment to the benefit of companies and citizens.
VeriSilicon to Acquire Vivante
News & Analysis 10/12/2015 1 comment
VeriSilicon plans to expand its IP portfolio and customer base, and to make a foray into the automotive market, through the acquisition of Vivante Corp., a leading embedded GPU IP vendor.
Dell/EMC Draw Mixed Reviews
News & Analysis 10/12/2015 8 comments
Dell’s bid $67 billion for storage giant EMC in a deal billed as the largest tech acquisition to date, but one already getting mixed reviews.
5nm Test Lights Litho Path
News & Analysis 10/7/2015 5 comments
Test chips made in a 5nm process showed the value of pushing today’s 193-immersion and tomorrow’s extreme ultraviolet lithography systems to their limits, said researchers at Imec and Cadence.
Marvell Debuts MoChi Chips
News & Analysis 10/6/2015 2 comments
Marvell has announced the first two chips --two 64-bit ARM processors -- to use its MoChi modular SoC approach, one of which also implements its first-level cache technology.
Self-Driving Cars Rev CPUs
News & Analysis 9/29/2015 1 comment
Self driving cars are steering toward a 2022 market, fueling an emerging class of visual processors, said an analyst on the eve of an annual conference.
IBM Watson Swayed CTO
News & Analysis 9/24/2015 Post a comment
The CTO of IBM’s Watson group tells the story of how he became a believer in cognitive computing and his opinions on its possible role in robotics.
TSMC Preps 10nm, Tunes 16nm
News & Analysis 9/17/2015 7 comments
The world’s largest chip foundry said it will start “risk” production in 10nm late this year while it fine tunes its 16nm process and plans a basket of IoT offerings.
Chips Slump as Drivers Falter
News & Analysis 9/16/2015 1 comment
The Internet of Things won’t be enough to revive a semiconductor industry amid slowing PC, tablet and smartphone drivers, a Gartner analyst said.
IoT Lacks Tools, Says EDA Vet
News & Analysis 9/11/2015 3 comments
The coming world of networked sensors demands a new class of design tools, Berkeley researcher and EDA veteran Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli said at a DARPA event.