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Power Week: Did We Just Avoid an 'Electric Armageddon?'
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9/18/2014   5 comments
While a powerful solar storm this past week resulted only in enhanced auroras in the night skies for some earth residents, some worry of a potential EM pulse catastrophe that would virtually bring civilization to a halt.
7nm EUV Could Ease 10nm Squeeze
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9/16/2014   18 comments
After a cost-squeezed 10 nm node using mainly immersion steppers, EUV will be ready for production on 7 nm chips, says ASML’s latest lithography road map.
Cavium Attacks B'com in Switches
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9/16/2014   3 comments
Cavium aims to leapfrog networking giant Broadcom with new Ethernet switches from its acquisition of Xpliant, which has both a novel chip and approach to semiconductor startups.
Power Week: DOE – EVs Everywhere, Anyhow
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9/11/2014   1 comment
The DOE has announced $55 million in planned investments in 31 new projects (details available) -- including several that are researching "beyond Lithium-ion" technologies -- intended to accelerate the research and development of efficient vehicles.
Intel Opens Door on 7nm, Foundry
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9/11/2014   15 comments
Intel said it sees a path to making 7 nm chips without EUV lithography and gave its most detailed talk to date on its foundry service to share its chipmaking capabilities.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes
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9/10/2014   5 comments
Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G
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9/8/2014   4 comments
Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G SerDes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
Entrepreneurs Seek Bridge to Iran
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9/8/2014   4 comments
Iran has the engineers and universities to spawn a Silicon Valley in the Middle East if it can overcome steep political, economic, and cultural challenges, said speakers at the Bridge 2014 conference.
Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm
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9/4/2014   9 comments
Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
Power Week: Tesla Gigafactory Will Fail to Meet Li-ion Price Goals, Says Report
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9/4/2014   5 comments
Just as the location of Tesla's planned Gigafactory is being announced, a new report casts doubt on whether the giant battery factory will be able to achieve its targeted cost-reduction goals for lithium ion cells.
GoPro Puts Consumers in 'Matrix'
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9/3/2014   8 comments
It’s just a lab experiment today, but camera pioneer Tim Macmillan showed 360-degree stop action effects GoPro is developing with consumer camera arrays.
50G Ethernet Debate Brewing
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9/3/2014   11 comments
The Ethernet Alliance will host a discussion on the future of Ethernet at which engineers are expected to debate the need for a 50G standard, among other issues.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War
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9/2/2014   3 comments
With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
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8/28/2014   13 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Power Week: RF Charging Startup & Dialog Semi Team Up for Over-the-Air Power
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8/28/2014   1 comment
This week, "over-the-air" power got a boost when RF charging startup Energous and Dialog Semiconductor agreed to jointly develop a proof-of-concept reference design to help develop the market for a remote, wire-free charging technology.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs
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8/28/2014   10 comments
Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Forget iPhone: 4 Megatrends in China’s Smartphone Market
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8/27/2014   19 comments
Touch Taiwan is exposing some of Asia’s techno-political tensions, focused on one question: Who will own the display technologies likely to dominate the rapidly changing smartphone market in China?
Google Preps Virtual Network
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8/27/2014   2 comments
Google described Andromeda, a central server-based controller users will be able to access to create, run, and extend virtual networks running in Google's data centers.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
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8/26/2014   12 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Silicon Valley Builds Bridge to Iran
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8/22/2014   7 comments
Serial entrepreneur Kamran Elahian is organizing a Silicon Valley event on innovation that will attempt to build a bridge to an emerging high-tech sector in his home country of Iran.
Power Week: IRF Only One of Many Rumored Infineon Targets
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8/21/2014   Post a comment
Prior to this week's big announcement of Infineon's agreement to buy International Rectifier, speculation swirled over several other chipmaker names as possible acquisition targets.
Startup Promises Sub-$20 DNA Test
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8/20/2014   12 comments
Startup InSilixa described a silicon bio-sensing array that promises to bring molecular diagnostics to the point of care with tests that cost less than $20.
ARM Stressed in Server Bid
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8/20/2014   4 comments
ARM servers will come more slowly and perhaps to fewer applications than previously thought, according to server executives at Dell and Alibaba.
Intel Haswell Bug Won't Bite Many
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8/18/2014   5 comments
bug found in Intel’s Haswell processors may have the potential for system disruption, but most users will likely not encounter any issues. The error will also be included in upcoming Broadwell Y-series chips for use in Core M-based tablets.
Intel, MTK Carve Tablet Shares; China’s Actions Faces Turmoil
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8/15/2014   5 comments
China's tablet market is in turmoil, with stagnant growth and fierce competition from phablets. Intel and MediaTek are aggressively pursuing the white-box tablet market, forcing the retail price for locally branded seven-inch tablets below $50.
Bitcoin ASIC in Chips-to-$ Race
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8/14/2014   6 comments
Startup Cointerra described its bitcoin mining ASIC at Hot Chips, painting a picture of the headlong race to virtual money -- and logic power density -- that the emerging bitcoin economy has spawned.
Power Week: FAA - Lithium Batteries Pose More Danger Than Thought
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8/14/2014   5 comments
New FAA tests on lithium batteries show that the devices pose more dangers to planes than previously thought.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds
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8/13/2014   12 comments
Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
M'soft Plugs FPGAs in Datacenter
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8/12/2014   31 comments
FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx are getting plugged into the datacenter servers run by Microsoft and China's Baidu, pioneering a new dimension in distributed computing, according to talks at Hot Chips.
Nvidia Flexes Custom 64-Bit ARM
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8/12/2014   2 comments
Nearly four years since work began, Nvidia announced results of Project Denver, a 64-bit custom ARM core, initially aimed at tablets in an upgrade of the Tegra K1 SoC.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
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8/11/2014   1 comment
The Khronos Group is calling for help with an OpenGL makeover to create a viable cross-platform standard in the face of proprietary APIs coming from Apple, AMD, and Microsoft.
Power Week: Student-Designed EV a Tesla Beater?
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8/7/2014   1 comment
This week, a student-designed hybrid solar electric car has moved a step closer to becoming the world's first street-legal solar-powered vehicle.
To Stay Alive, Renesas Negotiates End-of-Life Deals
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8/7/2014   22 comments
The most urgent task for Renesas, “still fighting for survival,” is “to improve our gross profit rate,” says Renesas Electronics CEO Hisao Sakuta during quarterly financial results press conference.
Woz Riffs on Watches, Engineering
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8/7/2014   10 comments
Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley icon, gave his unvarnished opinions on smartwatches, engineering, and more in an on-stage interview at the Flash Memory Summit.
Global Chip Sales Hit Record in June
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8/6/2014   1 comment
Improved economic conditions worldwide, particularly in the U.S., and a booming memory chip market are being credited for the global semiconductor industry’s robust sales growth in the first half of 2014.
Samsung Tips 3-Bit Vertical NAND
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8/5/2014   8 comments
Samsung said it will ship a version of its 128 Gbit vertical NAND supporting three bits per cell within weeks.
Flash Fails 5 Ways, Says Alibaba
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8/5/2014   4 comments
An R&D manager for cloud services at China's Alibaba datacenters gave a laundry list of problems flash vendors need to address in a keynote at the Flash Memory Summit.
PMC Plugs DRAM Into PCI Express
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8/5/2014   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra is using its NAND flash controller in a flash-backed DRAM memory card that plugs into the PCI Express 3.0 bus, aimed at memory-constrained systems that demand more performance.
EUV Results Bogus, Says Analyst
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8/1/2014   29 comments
A veteran industry watcher and an IBM expert are at loggerheads over IBM's recent announcement of a throughput advance with the latest ASML extreme ultraviolet lithography scanner.
Power Week: Google's $1M Power Inverter Challenge – How Small Is Possible?
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7/31/2014   6 comments
This week, Google, along with the IEEE, is offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can build a kilowatt-scale power inverter roughly the size of a laptop. A full list of technical requirements is available.
6 Things to Expect at Flash Summit
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7/31/2014   6 comments
A coming out party for NVMe PCIe SSDs, more flash appliances and arrays, incremental news on vertical NAND and next-gen memories, and more are on tap for next week's Flash Memory Summit.
IBM Breaks EUV Throughput Record
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7/30/2014   22 comments
An ASML NXE3300B extreme ultraviolet scanner exposed 637 wafers in 24 hours in its first test at an IBM facility in Albany, N.Y., but still has miles to go before it is ready for commercial use.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol
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7/29/2014   1 comment
The IPSO Alliance will release a reference architecture for an IoT software stack based on the Internet Protocol, along with a list of smart objects for functions such as lighting control.
Space Business Rising, Experts Say
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7/28/2014   9 comments
The emerging commercial space sector is making progress but still has a long way to go, said NASA and other experts at a New Space event.
NASA Exec Says, 'Boldly Go!'
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7/25/2014   17 comments
Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center, challenged a Silicon Valley crowd to go beyond our solar system to find life and settle space -- and harness biotechnology along the way.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
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7/24/2014   12 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital
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7/24/2014   17 comments
Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini.
Power Week: Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting's Bright Future
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7/24/2014   9 comments
This week, the future of sub-watt thermoelectric energy harvesting as a battery replacement in various markets -- including infrastructure, transportation and consumer -- is looking promising.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
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7/22/2014   29 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
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