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EUV Deal Raises Questions
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4/24/2015   4 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   3 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   4 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   9 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.
Scientists Pursue Super-Fast Material
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3/16/2015   10 comments
Researchers may have realized an 80-year-old-dream of forming a pure electron crystalline lattice with 200-times the electron mobility of graphene and 1700-times the electron mobility of silicon.
Smart Glasses Go To Work
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3/12/2015   1 comment
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
With new proprietary graphics interfaces out from AMD, Apple and Microsoft, Khronos Group is previewing Vulkan as an open follow on to OpenGL.
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better
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3/2/2015   13 comments
The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
Asian Share of Global Fab Capacity May Top 69% by 2019
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Asia is expected to account for a new record, nearly 70% of the world's fab capacity, by 2019, according to a new report from IC Insights.
NXP, Freescale Plan Mega Merger
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3/1/2015   23 comments
NXP bid to acquire Freescale to create a $10 billion embedded chip giant that would be a world leader in automotive chips and microcontrollers.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps
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2/27/2015   1 comment
Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
IoT Terrain Still Shifting
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2/27/2015   3 comments
The Internet of Things continues to fragment with competing networks and frameworks from 6LoWPAN to Zigbee, Apple Homekit and Google’s Thread.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips
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2/26/2015   6 comments
The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
Silicon Seeks to Outsmart Brain
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2/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers are engaging many challenges that stand in the way of silicon implants with interfaces that can listen and respond to the brain for a wide variety of uses.
Chip Packs 100, 64-bit ARM Cores
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2/23/2015   4 comments
EZchip announced it will sample next year a 28nm network processor using 100 ARM 64-bit A53 cores, gunning for sockets with Broadcom and Cavium.
Intel Carves Tiny SRAMs at 14nm
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2/22/2015   17 comments
Intel will describe at ISSCC advances based on its 14nm process technology including what it calls the world’s smallest SRAM cell and PCI Express circuit.
IoT Network Snags $115M
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2/13/2015   5 comments
A $115 million round Sigfox closed to build out its proprietary 900 MHz wide-area network is the latest leap in a race to link the Internet of Things.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead
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2/10/2015   1 comment
In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
Arm Buys IoT Security Firm
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2/9/2015   2 comments
ARM bought Offspark, a provider of Transport Layer Security ARM will fold into its mbed operating system for Cortex-M cores aimed at the Internet of Things.
TSMC Plans to Invest $16 Billion More in Taiwan Site
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2/9/2015   9 comments
TSMC plans to invest an additional $15.9 billion as part of an expansion on the site of an existing fab near Taichung. TSMC expects the investment to create an additional 5,000 jobs at the site.
TSMC Sues Over Trade-Secret Leak to Samsung
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2/6/2015   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is suing a former R&D employee on the suspicion that he leaked secrets including but not limited to 28nm process technology to Samsung.
Silicon Valley Expands Unevenly
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2/4/2015   4 comments
The annual Silicon Valley Index revealed the region continues to be one of the nation’s most innovative and prosperous areas, but its wealth is unequally shared.
ARM Cores Take on PC Processors
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2/3/2015   18 comments
ARM today announced a new processor, GPU, and IP suite targeted for mobile SoCs. The 64-bit Cortex-A72 processor, Mali-T880 GPU, and Cache Coherent Interconnect aim to usher in an era where mobile devices “serve as your primary and only compute platform.”
IBM Shifts SUNY Chip Researchers
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2/2/2015   1 comment
Researchers at New York’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute are developing chip technology at 7nm for IBM. The organizations announced that more than 220 of these engineers and scientists at SUNY Poly's Albany Nanotech campus will become part of IBM Research.
China Clouds Chip Outlook
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2/2/2015   3 comments
The SIA reported semiconductors grew at a respectable 9.9% rate in 2014, but its new CEO is headed to China to address trade policies raising concerns.
Sony Joins FDSOI Club
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1/30/2015   54 comments
Sony Corp. revealed that the company’s next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip will use 28-nm Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator (FDSOI) process.
Qualcomm Outlook Exposes 5 Trouble Spots
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1/30/2015   4 comments
Although Qualcomm showed strong Q1 results, the company -- facing several trouble spots in China -- lowered its chipset division’s operating margin guidance to 16-18% and its 2015 annual revenue guidance by $800 million.
GaN Pumps Power Revolution
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1/29/2015   1 comment
Gallium nitride is ramping up a revolution in power conversion, enabling new apps from wireless charging to autonomous vehicles, said a DesignCon keynoter.
UMC Boosts Capex to Capture More 28nm Orders
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1/28/2015   3 comments
UMC's large capex increase to capture more 28nm orders indicates the company is optimistic about strong demand this year. Analysts believe UMC needs to fend off the competition in China which appears to be catching up.
Startup Casts a Better IoT Network
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1/28/2015   5 comments
Startup IoT Freeway claims it has a better wireless network for the Internet of Things but needs money and partners to support development and deployment.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So
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1/28/2015   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
Fried Cable Sparked EE Profession
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1/27/2015   7 comments
The electrical engineering profession was sparked in the late 1800s by a fried transatlantic telegraph cable, said a DesignCon keynoter and Stanford professor.
IoT Hears Two Cellular Calls
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1/23/2015   5 comments
2G and LTE standards efforts promise lower cost, lower power versions of cellular links geared for the Internet of Things but won’t be ready until at least 2016.
IoT Carriers Sought by Semtech
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1/20/2015   4 comments
Semtech is courting carriers to support its LoRa wide-area 900 MHz network for the Internet of Things, one of a handful in a race to metro and national IoT nets.
Analysts Turn Negative on Outlook for TSMC
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1/16/2015   3 comments
Analysts switched to a more negative outlook for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) after the world’s largest contract chipmaker announced a record quarterly profit for the end of 2014 that may mark the start of a downturn for the company during 2015.
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