IBM-GlobalFoundries Deal Finalized News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Facebook Likes Open Networks News & Analysis 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.
Wearables, Home Devices Likely to Lead IoT Growth News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
FPGAs Ride HP’s Moonshot News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Smart Cities Show Progress at Events News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union News & Analysis 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?
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Nokia, AlcaLu Leapfrog Huawei News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Micron, Intel Flash 3D NAND News & Analysis 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.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions News & Analysis 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.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2 News & Analysis 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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