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TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
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10/21/2014   Post a comment
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit
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10/21/2014   4 comments
Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
As Revenue Dips, China Mobile Pushes 4G
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10/20/2014   3 comments
China Mobile's 2014 nine-month income fell by 9.7% compared with the same period a year ago, and profits dipped for the fifth-straight quarter.
IBM, GlobalFoundaries Strike Historic Fab Deal
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10/20/2014   13 comments
IBM will transfer its two loss-making fabs to GlobalFoundries along with $1.5 billion in cash and related patents in a deal that could take a year to get regulatory approval and even longer to sort out its implications for both companies’ roadmaps.
IoT Group Turns Off TV Band
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10/20/2014   6 comments
The Weightless SIG is turning away from its TV White Spaces effort and moving up-band to 900 MHz with the help of NWave Technologies, which joins the Internet of Things effort.
Computer Vision Opens New API
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10/20/2014   2 comments
The Khronos Group has officially released OpenVX, a high-level applications programming interface for computer vision apps.
Spansion Expands MCUs With IoT on Its Radar
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10/20/2014   2 comments
Spansion has unveiled 96 new MCUs, additions to the company's FM4 family based on the ARM Cortext-M4F core. Running at 200MHz, they offer up to 2MB flash memory, a large set of interfaces, security, and 5V I/O.
AMD Plans 7% Layoffs
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10/16/2014   22 comments
AMD will lay off 7% of its staff by the end of the year it said following a third quarter report of a slight profit amid a fall in revenue and expects revenue to fall 13% in its next quarter.
Power Week: Digital Power Consortium Aims for a Complete Power Ecosystem
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10/16/2014   Post a comment
A new digital power consortium formed by several leading power supply manufacturers aims to deliver technically advanced, end-to-end, distributed power solutions offering true plug-and-play multi-sourcing.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
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10/16/2014   6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
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10/15/2014   9 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
Big-Data Benchmark Brewing
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10/15/2014   1 comment
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium hopes to deliver by April the first part of a suite of benchmarks for big-data server clusters.
Solar Rising in Village Microgrids
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10/14/2014   7 comments
Solar panels are on the rise in microgrids bringing electricity to remote villages in Africa and India, sparking interest in designs for low-power DC-based homes.
Microchip Forecast Dip Triggers Debate
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10/13/2014   16 comments
Microchip's downward revision in its September quarter revenue forecast spooked flocks of investors, driving down stock prices, not only for Microchip, but also for Intel and TI. The news appears to have caught semiconductor industry analysts by surprise.
Windows 10 On ARM: 7 Observations
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10/13/2014   4 comments
Microsoft reps have been tight-lipped about the future of Windows on ARM devices, but the company has many reasons to remain invested in non-Intel architectures.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines
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10/13/2014   1 comment
The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Apple Inspires Startup's PC TV
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10/11/2014   16 comments
The $1,600 Piixl G-Pack now available on Kickstarter is what a long time hobbyist essentially built for himself in lieu of the long rumored Apple iTV.
Despite 'D' Disappointment, Tesla Still Matters
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10/10/2014   27 comments
The long, speculation-drenched week that followed Elon Musk’s “unveil the D” tweet is finally over. Tesla Motors Thursday night announced an all-wheel-drive (awd) Model S with semi-autopilot features.
Power Week: Solar Battery Recharges Itself Using Light & Air
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10/9/2014   1 comment
A hybrid device integrating both a battery and solar cell is claimed to both lower the cost of solar by 25% and increase its energy efficiency.
UMC Joins $6.2B China Foundry
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10/9/2014   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. said it will invest US$1.35 billion over five years in a 40nm foundry joint venture planned in Xiamen.
Lisa Su Named CEO at AMD
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10/8/2014   11 comments
AMD named Lisa Su as chief executive and president, making her the first female CEO among the top 20 semiconductor companies. Analysts hailed the move but scratched their heads over the timing, given Rory Read's successful but short tenure.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
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10/8/2014   16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Chip Options Sought as Costs Rise
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10/8/2014   14 comments
At the S3S Conference, engineers explored advances in silicon-on-insulator, sub-threshold voltage design, and monolithic 3D integration as costs of making chips rise and the industry consolidates.
Applied Micro to Move ARM Into Single-Board Computers
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10/7/2014   4 comments
Applied Micro will end the PowerPC family by moving all its products to the ARM architecture by 2018. It's a significant step, because Applied is the largest supplier of PowerPC chips after Freescale.
PCM Has Muddy Future
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10/7/2014   2 comments
Phase-change memory faces numerous challenges for mainstream adoption, but some niche applications remain, and even some new use cases only recently developed.
HP Splits, Adds 5,000 Layoffs
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10/6/2014   19 comments
Hewlett-Packard will split into separate $57B cloud and PC/printer companies, adding 5,000 more layoffs to its restructuring in a move that was met with muted response.
MaxLinear Acquires Physpeed, Aims at Data Centers
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10/6/2014   Post a comment
In hopes of building a solid presence in the enterprise and telecom infrastructure markets, MaxLinear Inc. is buying Physpeed Co., a Camarillo, Calif., developer of high-speed physical layer interconnect products.
ARM Calls for 'Invisible' Technology
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10/2/2014   5 comments
While the physical size of silicon is ever shrinking, connectivity, performance, and efficiency need to be even less visible to consumers.
Power Week: Add Your Mark to the Nikola Tesla Museum
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Efforts to renovate Nikola Tesla's original Wardenclyffe lab on Long Island have entered a new phase with an Indiegogo campaign allowing supporters to "buy a brick for Nik."
ARM Servers Want a Tune Up
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10/2/2014   2 comments
ARM servers need better compilers to get optimal performance said a handful of early users and vendors, noting the still immature code chain for the emerging systems.
Samsung Shows 14nm Chip
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10/2/2014   7 comments
Samsung showed a working mobile-applications processor made it its 14nm FinFET process at ARM Tech Con, but supplied few details on the status of the process or its customers.
ARM Partners Explore M7 Horizon
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10/2/2014   5 comments
ARM partners discussed new use cases for the Cortex-M7 MCU, which promises high performance at 5 CoreMark/MHz and 2.14 DMIPs/MHz. Freescale is one of several early ARM partners deploying the M7 in its SoCs; other partners include Dolby and Atmel.
Spansion to Launch 3D-Embedded Automotive MCU
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10/1/2014   1 comment
Spansion will launch a new microcontroller designed to offer high-performance human machine interface (HMI) for automobile dash and clusters. It comes with HyberBus interface and 2D or 3D graphics cores (or both) embedded inside the MCU.
ARM Extends Into IoT Software
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10/1/2014   16 comments
ARM has announced plans for IoT device and cloud software under its mbed platform that is already making waves with embedded software vendors.
MediaTek May Narrow Qualcomm’s Lead in China’s 4G Market
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10/1/2014   2 comments
MediaTek has a chance to narrow Qualcomm’s lead in China’s 4G smartphone market with the launch of a new octo-core processor in the first quarter of 2015.
Telecom Capex to Fall 2% in 2015
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9/30/2014   7 comments
Telecom carriers are expected to shave their capital spending on base stations and other gear in 2015, a new Dell'Oro Group report says.
HP Ships First ARM Servers
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9/29/2014   28 comments
Hewlett-Packard is shipping its first mainstream commercial servers using the 64-bit X-Gene ARM-based SoCs from Applied Micro and TI’s 32-bit Keystone II with PayPal among its users.
Infineon's Secret Weapon: Dresden Fab, 48V Car Battery
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9/25/2014   40 comments
Infineon is banking on its power semiconductors to expand its presence in the global automotive market while its 300mm "thin" wafers and 48V battery will help meet the CO2 emission target for EU cars.
Power Week: Intel's Wireless Charging Bowl Is Imminent
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9/25/2014   4 comments
The smart wireless charging bowl that Intel unveiled at CES this year to great interest will be available on the market around the end of the year, Intel's CEO says.
Smart Clothes Seek Slim Electronics
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9/25/2014   8 comments
Smart shirt makers such as Hexoskin are getting traction, especially with athletes, but they need lower-power chips and better manufacturing processes for integrating sensors.
Centralized Architecture: Apps as Driver-Assistance Systems
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9/24/2014   6 comments
Is centralizing the dozens of ECUs and control units in a car into one powerful computing hub a good idea? Siemens says it means essential functions such as driver-assistance systems could be implemented as apps.
Broadcom Beefs Up Switch for SDN
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9/24/2014   4 comments
Broadcom will pack 7 billion transistors and 480 Mbits memory into its next generation Ethernet switch chip, the Strata XGS Tomahawk, targeting software-defined networks for rapidly expanding data centers.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips
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9/23/2014   4 comments
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
Power Week: Did We Just Avoid an 'Electric Armageddon?'
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9/18/2014   6 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   7 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.
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