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iPhone 8 Still Packs Q’Comm, NXP
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9/22/2017   3 comments
A teardown of the iPhone 8 by iFixit shows good news for Qualcomm, NXP, Broadcom, and Skyworks, who maintain or expand sockets in Apple’s latest handset.
Globalfoundries Reportedly Asks EU to Probe TSMC
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9/21/2017   3 comments
Globalfoundries has asked European regulators to investigate rival chip foundry TSMC, accusing its larger competitor of unfair competition, according to a report by the Reuters news service.
AMD Copilots Tesla AI Chip, Says Report
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9/21/2017   7 comments
Tesla is collaborating with AMD on a machine-learning ASIC for its self-driving cars that could replace Nvidia GPUs that the car maker uses, said a report.
Toshiba Agrees to Sell Chip Unit to Bain-led Group
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Latest twist in months-long saga has Toshiba agreeing to sell for $18 billion to group that includes Apple, Dell and sk Hynix, leaving Western Digital out in the cold.
DDR5 Runs in Rambus’ Labs
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9/20/2017   3 comments
Rambus has working chips in the lab for DDR5, the next-generation DRAM bus, while the industry debates the road ahead for memory in servers.
Fab Tool Spending on Pace to Shatter Record
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Combined spending on new and refurbished front end fab tools is expected to grow 37 percent this year and obliterate the previous record set in 2011.
Synopsys Buys Materials Modeling Tool Firm QuantumWise
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9/19/2017   Post a comment
Deal enables Synopsys to offer customers seamless flow from materials to transistor by creating models for TCAD process and device simulation.
Synopsys Teams With SMIC, Brite Semi on IoT Platform
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9/18/2017   Post a comment
Platform based on Synopsys ARC Data Fusion IP subsystem said to simplify design, reduce costs.
Cellular Puts IoT on Speed Dial
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9/18/2017   2 comments
Carriers laid out their plans for cellular IoT variants LTE-M and NB-IoT at last week’s Mobile World Congress Americas.
AI Reshaping Fab Operations
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9/15/2017   5 comments
Chipmakers are adopting artificial intelligence to boost fab operations, and the effort is starting to pay off, according to Micron Technology.
TSMC Updates its Silicon Menu
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9/14/2017   8 comments
TSMC added process and packaging variants to its broad foundry portfolio, but one analyst said that some updated results were below projections that it made six months ago.
Trump Blocks Takeover of Lattice Semi
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9/14/2017   Post a comment
As expected, president blocks acquisition of programmable logic vendor by venture fund with ties to China's central government.
Cellular Calls Home Appliances
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9/13/2017   Post a comment
Sears will ship home appliances with Cat-M LTE modules in about a year, said an exec from the company at a gathering of cellular IoT customers and carriers.
Toshiba Hopes to Finalize Chip Unit Sale to Bain-led Group
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9/13/2017   Post a comment
Toshiba said it signed a memorandum of understanding to move forward with a proposal by a consortium led by Bain Capital to finalize a deal for its chip business by the end of this month.
iPhone X Use Which Sensors For Face ID?
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9/13/2017   8 comments
A host of sensors inside iPhone X are responsible for 3D sensing necessary for Face ID -- including infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, front camera and dot projector. So, where does ST fit in?
iPhone X Packs Upgrades—at a Price
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9/12/2017   Post a comment
Apple's new flagship smartphone offers facial recognition authentication, wireless charging, optimizations for augmented reality and more... but costs $999 and up.
MCUs Get Expanded Benchmark
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9/12/2017   Post a comment
EEMBC expanded its benchmark suite for microcontrollers to include peripheral tests.
AI Chip Rides Novel Networks
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9/12/2017   1 comment
BrainChip released what it claims is the first hardware accelerator for spiking neural networks and is working on an ASIC that could be available within two years.
Fab Tool Sales Again Set Quarterly Record
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9/12/2017   1 comment
Semiconductor equipment billings came in at an all-time high for the second consecutive quarter as the fab tool industry remains on track to post record sales.
Samsung Says EUV on Schedule for 2018
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9/12/2017   2 comments
Confirms it expects to use next-generation lithography technology with 7nm process next year; adds 11nm low power plus process to foundry offerings.
Chip Execs More Bullish on EUV
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9/11/2017   5 comments
Most chips execs believe that EUV lithography will be used in volume production before 2021, but mask costs continue to rise, according to two surveys.
TMSC, ARM, Xilinx, Cadence Partner on 7-nm Process
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9/11/2017   1 comment
Xilinx, ARM, Cadence, and TSMC have announced a partnership to build a test chip in 7-nm FinFET process technology for delivery next year that promises to speed data center applications.
Toshiba Plans Next Memory Fab
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9/8/2017   1 comment
Even as the future of Toshiba Memory remains unclear, firms chooses Kitakami City in Japan's Iwate prefecture as site of Toshiba's next memory chip fab.
3GPP Burns Midnight Oil for 5G
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9/7/2017   Post a comment
In the race to get 5G cellular to market, engineers are working late and streamlining features to meet an end-of-the-year deadline.
MRAM Hopeful Tweaks Game Plan Under New CEO
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9/7/2017   2 comments
After a change in leadership in July, Spin Transfer Technologies offers a slightly different model for commercializing its MRAM technology.
EU Regulators Again Halt Qualcomm-NXP Investigation
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9/6/2017   Post a comment
Investigation suspended for second time as European Commission awaits information from the two firms.
Semiconductor Sales Rise for 12th Straight Month
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9/6/2017   Post a comment
Chip sales increased in all regions and across all product categories in July, extending an impressive run for the semiconductor industry.
5G Startup Aims to Beat Intel, Q’comm
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9/6/2017   Post a comment
Startup Movandi aims to leapfrog Intel and Qualcomm with an efficient RF front-end module for 5G cellular at 28 and 39 GHz.
With Acquisition in Doubt, Lattice Appeals to Trump
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9/5/2017   4 comments
Lattice hopes president will approve $1.3 billion acquisition by Chinese firm after CFIUS recommends against it.
5G Spans Last Mile to Handset
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9/5/2017   Post a comment
5G will start off as fixed-wireless access and slowly move into the handset, said an Ericsson engineer who ran the numbers at Hot Interconnects.
Lam Buys Simulation Software Firm Coventor
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9/1/2017   1 comment
Deal brings fab tool vendor new capabilities to expand on its vision of virtual fabrication.
Facebook Shows Smartphone AI
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9/1/2017   4 comments
Facebook demoed neural network inference in smartphones at its @Scale event, where a researcher described work on DNA storage.
Google Calls for Network Drain-O
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8/30/2017   Post a comment
A Google engineer described new techniques for managing network traffic in data centers, and Mellanox claims it ships it in one Ethernet adapter.
Western Digital Buys Flash Array Vendor Tegile
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8/30/2017   Post a comment
Drive vendor says deal for provider of IntelliFlash products will give it access to more than 1,700 new customers.
Fab Tool Sales Show Signs of Coming Back to Earth
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8/28/2017   Post a comment
Billings rose for North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers for a 10th consecutive month in July, but declined on a sequential basis for the first time since January.
Brain Research Reimagines AI
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8/28/2017   3 comments
Work on interfaces linking neurons and electronics may create breakthroughs in both health care and machine learning.
Magnetic Skyrmions Hold Promise for Next-Gen Memory Devices
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8/28/2017   1 comment
Researchers at Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research and Nanyang Technological University have created a thin film material that allows them to control the size and density of magnetic skyrmions
MediaTek Rolls New Smartphone Chips
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8/28/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek, the second-ranked smartphone chip supplier after Qualcomm, is launching a pair of new SoCs for middle-tier handsets that the company expects to lead market growth as the high end loses momentum.
Samsung Verdict Jolts South Korea
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8/25/2017   5 comments
A five-year sentence for Samsung Group’s boss will shake up Korea’s conglomerates but is not expected to impact surging electronics businesses.
Everspin Appoints New CEO
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8/25/2017   1 comment
Former SanDisk executive
Western Digital May Get Toshiba Memory After All
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8/24/2017   1 comment
New consortium reportedly has inside track with $17.3 billion bid.
Google Fellow: Neural Nets Need Optimized Hardware
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8/23/2017   1 comment
Jeff Dean, leader of the Google Brain project, told an audience at the Hot Chips conference that neural networks need specialized computers to perform a small handful of specific operations that make up the vast majority of machine learning models.
Hot Chips Spotlights Chip Stacks
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8/23/2017   1 comment
Intel and Xilinx presented dueling chip stacking techniques at Hot Chips as a U.S. research effort gears up to create standards for chiplets.
Microsoft Describes Next Xbox SoC
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8/22/2017   Post a comment
Microsoft described at Hot Chips its Scorpio SoC in the upcoming Xbox One X and it decision not to use high-bandwidth memory.
NAND Prices Expected to Continue Rising
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8/22/2017   2 comments
Market watcher says supply will remain tight until later in 2018, when 3D NAND production reaches maturity.
WSTS Revises Chip Growth Forecast to 17%
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
Data from more than 50 member companies points to strongest industry growth since 2010.
Rambus Adds Security to RISC-V
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
Startup SiFive partnered with Rambus for a crypto core that becomes the first member of its DesignShare third-party IP program for RISC-V.
Q’comm Details ARM Server SoCs
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8/21/2017   3 comments
Qualcomm will describe at Hot Chips the Falkor dual-CPU custom ARM core in its Centriq server processor slated to ship later this year.
DRAM Supply Improves Amid Record Sales
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8/18/2017   1 comment
The DRAM shortage improved in the second quarter as sales hit an all-time high of more than $16.5 billion, according to a market watcher.
Startup Runs MCU on 5 MicroW
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8/18/2017   Post a comment
Startup Eta Compute will demo at Hot Chips a Cortex-M3 running at 5 microW, targeting SoCs run on energy harvesters for the Internet of Things.
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