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IBM-GlobalFoundries Deal Finalized
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7/1/2015   7 comments
Following final approval by U.S. regulators, IBM closed the sale of its chip manufacturing operations to GlobalFoundries. IBM will pay $1.5 billion to the world’s second largest chip foundry.
Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts
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6/25/2015   2 comments
Imec researchers hope to deliver within two years active contact lenses that detect where the user is looking and deliver the correct near or far focus.
Smart Shirt Adorns IoT Efforts
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
A smart T-shirt and a new Internet of Things research program with a low cost air quality sensor were announced by researchers at Imec and the Holst Center.
PCIe 16G May Take Until 2017
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6/23/2015   1 comment
The PCI Express 4.0 standard, aka Gen 4, may not be complete until 2017, but Cadence and Synopsys will announce PHY and controller blocks for it this week.
China's SMIC, Q'comm in 14nm Deal
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6/23/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. formed a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec to develop a homegrown 14nm node ready for mass production by 2020.
Paris Air Show Grounds Drones — Again
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6/17/2015   5 comments
Despite its commitment to displaying machines designed to fly, there are unwelcome flying objects at the Paris Air Show. Drones are grounded.
Facebook Likes Open Networks
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6/16/2015   Post a comment
A Facebook engineer called for more work on open-source networking hardware and open-source comms software to keep pace with expanding data centers.
Chip, PC Demand Continues Decline
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6/15/2015   16 comments
Deutsche Bank analysts released reports projecting continued weakness in semiconductors, especially for PCs, and shaved its predictions for Intel.
Wearables, Home Devices Likely to Lead IoT Growth
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6/12/2015   1 comment
Wearables and home devices are likely to lead growth in the IoT business during the rest of this decade, according to semiconductor companies and industry analysts at the Computex Taipei show that wrapped up last week.
Xiaomi 1, Qualcomm 0
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6/11/2015   4 comments
The shift of momentum in smartphone market couldn’t have been more explicit: Qualcomm named its former executive as the new China chairman, while Xiaomi announced it hired Qualcomm’s China chief as its new senior vice president.
VCs, Startups Hail Intel Diversity Fund
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6/9/2015   1 comment
Intel’s new a five-year, $125 million fund focused on startups with female or minority executives is a small step in a long journey for the tech investment community, observers said.
Wearables Detect Medical Shift
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6/4/2015   3 comments
Wearable devices have the potential to transform health care but the changes will take time, said experts from Intel, Jawbone. Lumo and Misfit.
IoT Gets Sane Forecast at Event
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6/3/2015   1 comment
At his first ever IoT event, Linley Gwennap will roll out a grounded forecast for the Internet of Things and thoughts on the chip technology behind it.
Intel, Altera: Math in Question
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6/1/2015   35 comments
Analysts said Intel and FPGA vendor Altera will see benefits from their $16.7 billion merger, but question the math and assumptions behind the deal.
MediaTek to Stay with TSMC for Finer-Node Chips
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6/1/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek Inc. said it will continue to use TSMC as its foundry for leading edge chips, laying to rest rumors that the world’s third-largest chip designer might shift orders to TSMC rival Samsung.
FPGAs Ride HP’s Moonshot
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5/28/2015   18 comments
SRC Computers announced a new FPGA server card that Hewlett-Packard will sell as an option for its processor-agnostic Moonshot servers.
SoC From Russia With MIPS
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5/27/2015   7 comments
Baikal Electronics of Russia, announced its T1, the first chip to use MIPS Warrior cores, will take on Broadcom and others in WiFi routers and home gateways.
Samsung Ramps 10nm in 2016
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5/22/2015   9 comments
Samsung said its 10nm FinFET process node will be in full production by the end of 2016 and offers “significant power, area, ad performance advantages.”
Why Smartwatch Pulses Are Weak
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5/21/2015   2 comments
Bloom Technologies aims to pave the way toward medical-grade wearables that can capture more useful data than today’s gadgets including the Apple Watch.
eSilicon Brings Virtualization to Online Portal
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
An IC designers’ job is mired in “what if’s.” eSilicon wants to make the ASIC designer’s decision process as painless as possible. The company is unveiling Tuesday a new online tool called “Optimizer.”
Smart Cities Show Progress at Events
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5/15/2015   1 comment
Teams from more than 40 smart cities projects will gather near Washington DC to share work, said an IoT pioneer who will discuss their advances at the Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley.
EEs Wanted for High Speed Rail
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5/14/2015   25 comments
A June seminar in Silicon Valley aims to prepare engineers to participate in California’s high-speed rail project, the first in the nation.
Vision Core Tightens its Focus
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5/12/2015   Post a comment
CogniVue released the first details of Opus, its next-generation vision processing core that targets the rapidly emerging ADAS market of car safety subsystems.
SMIC Mum on 28nm Revenue Prospect in 2015
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5/8/2015   1 comment
SMIC declined to say if it will make money from 28nm products this year. However, last July, SMIC announced a deal with Qualcomm, under which SMIC’s 28mm process will be used to make Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.
Infineon Seeks Buyer for Welsh Wafer Fab
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5/7/2015   3 comments
Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has told staff at the Newport Wales wafer fab that it has inherited as part of its acquisition of International Rectifier Corp. that they will seek a buyer for fab. That's according to a report in the South Wales Argus.
Qualcomm, Broadcom at Odds Over LTE-Unlicensed
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5/7/2015   15 comments
The FCC has declared its intention to monitor promoters of the new LTE-U, pressuring them to play nice – and fairly – in the unlicensed spectrum with those who rely on Wi-Fi for broadband business. Stakes are high for everyone involved.
Cloud Service Shrinks Set-Tops
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5/5/2015   2 comments
Startup Netzyn showed code running on ARM servers delivering the functions of a cable TV set-top box as a cloud service.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union
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5/1/2015   2 comments
Lattice CEO, after its acquisition of Silicon Image in March, believes the marriage of FPGA company to an ASSP firm is a match made in heaven. He said, “That’s why Intel wants Altera. It’s obvious.” But is it?
Engineer Building Google for Chips
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5/1/2015   25 comments
An engineer-turned-entrepreneur aims to develop a Google for semiconductors, making it easier for engineers to find and evaluate chips.
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
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4/30/2015   1 comment
In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
Apple Ticks Up Sales Record
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4/27/2015   3 comments
Apple reported record sales for its second quarter but said its new smartwatch has lower than average profits and forecast a seasonally down June quarter.
EUV Deal Raises Questions
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4/24/2015   9 comments
ASML announced it struck a deal to sell 15 EUV systems to an existing U.S. customer, once again raising hopes about the readiness of the key technology for making leading-edge chips.
QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung
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4/23/2015   4 comments
Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump
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4/23/2015   3 comments
Smartwatches could grow to sales of 400 million units a year by 2019 when smartphone and tablet sales slump to single-digit levels, said a market watcher.
Intel's 10nm Secrets Predicted
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4/21/2015   11 comments
Leapfrogging competitors to lower power chips, Intel will use quantum well FETs in a 10nm process next year using germanium and InGaAs, predicted a semiconductor analyst.
Rocket Fuels Student Space Dreams
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4/17/2015   2 comments
Boston students hope to break records by launching a homegrown rocket into space, one of many projects sponsored by the non-profit Mavericks.
Data Centers Drive SDN, Bandwidth
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4/16/2015   2 comments
A Microsoft engineer described two new networking initiatives Web-scale engineers are driving to lower costs and get more bandwidth.
Samsung Describes Road to 14nm
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4/16/2015   2 comments
A Samsung executive described the company's road to it 14nm FinFET process used for the Exynos chip in its latest smartphones.
Nokia, AlcaLu Leapfrog Huawei
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4/15/2015   4 comments
Wireless is the likely target of layoffs after Nokia bid $16.6 billion for Alcatel-Lucent to create the world’s second largest telecom vendor.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age
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4/14/2015   6 comments
Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Smart Homes Smell the Coffee
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Withings announced a smart home monitor with an air-quality sensor from AMS, the first of many such Internet of Things systems to come.
Thread, ZigBee Knit IoT Stacks
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4/2/2015   4 comments
The Thread group and the ZigBee Alliance will define a spec to run the application-level Zigbee Cluster Library over native–IP Thread networks.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
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4/1/2015   3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Analysts Cool on Intel/Altera Combo
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3/30/2015   14 comments
Analysts gave a chilly reception to the idea of Intel acquiring Altera, the world’s second largest FPGA maker and a new foundry customer for Intel.
Micron, Intel Flash 3D NAND
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3/26/2015   1 comment
Micron and Intel have co-developed a 3-D flash NAND chip sampling now that is denser than the parts Samsung has been shipping since July.
Nanolaser Enables On-Chip Photonics
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3/26/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington and Stanford has created a new type of laser for easier on-chip communications using electro-modulation.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
TI’s 32-bit 'Successor' to the 16-bit MCU
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
TI's new ARM Cortex-M4F-based MCU is a higher performance alternative to traditional the 16-bit MSP430 and a lower power and feature-rich alternative to the ARM Cortex-M0.
Optical Specs Plug Into Data Center
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft’s data center group is leading a new effort to define interfaces to plug optical cables directly into server and switch boards.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
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