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Nikon Renews Patent Battle with ASML
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4/24/2017   Post a comment
Nikon is renewing a 16-year-old patent battle with ASML over the lithography technology fundamental to making semiconductors.
Amazon Turns Up the Vocals
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4/20/2017   6 comments
Amazon released its Lex service to enable apps with speech recognition as several OEMs are ramping up systems using embedded voice services.
EUV Litho Coming Into Commercial Focus
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4/20/2017   10 comments
ASML said it expects to sell 20-24 EUV systems next year as the technology edges closer to being deployed in production by chipmakers.
NXP Sells Stake in China Foundry ASMC
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4/19/2017   6 comments
Dutch chip vendor sells remaining stake in joint venture originally begun by Philips.
Bícom Clocks 10G Ethernet in Real Time
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4/19/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom released Quartz, an embedded 10G Ethernet switch for real-time markets in automotive, industrial automation, cellular base stations, and more.
Facebook Likes Augmented Reality
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4/18/2017   6 comments
With virtual reality headsets stuck in slow motion, Facebook hopes to ride enthusiasm for augmented reality on smartphones powered by machine learning.
NXP Shows First FD-SOI Chips
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
NXP showed the first chips it is making this year in Samsungís 28nm FD-SOI process and called for work on replacements for embedded flash.
Qualcomm to Re-Pay $815 Million to BlackBerry
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
Arbitration panel rules for Canadian smartphone maker in contract dispute over past royalties.
Gartner Ups Chip Market Growth Forecast to 12%
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4/13/2017   2 comments
Continued improvement in memory market conditions lifting expectations for overall market in 2017 and 2018.
Former EDA Consortium Director Robert Gardner Dies
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4/13/2017   1 comment
Gardner, a 50-year electronics industry executive, died this week at age 74 after a short bout with illness.
3D Chip Stacks Eye Data Centers
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4/12/2017   8 comments
High-end microprocessors will embrace wafer- and die-level chip stacks over the next few years, said a former Oracle researcher turned consultant.
Qícomm Returns Fire in Apple Suit
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4/11/2017   3 comments
Apple refuses to pay royalties, pressures partners not to pay them and lied to consumers and regulators, Qualcomm said in response to a patent suit.
Chinese Investment Firm Agrees to Buy Xcerra
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4/10/2017   1 comment
Chinese private equity firm to shell out $580 million to buy parent company of LTX-Credence.
Four Grand Engineering Challenges
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4/7/2017   14 comments
Industry veterans laid out four diverse engineering challenges at a recent meeting in Silicon Valley of the National Academy of Engineering.
Israeli's Valens Semi Snags $60 Million in Funding
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4/6/2017   Post a comment
Samsung, Goldman Sachs, Delphi and MediaTek join existing investors in backing 11-year-old HDBaseT chip firm.
Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design
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4/6/2017   3 comments
Chip designers are hearing AIís footsteps as it encroaches on their design work. Solido Design Automation, which has been applying its home-grown machine-learning algorithms to its software, is making its crown jewel available to customers via Machine Learning Labs.
Chip Materials Market Grew 2.4% in 2016
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Sales of wafer fab and semiconductor packaging materials both grew amid slight growth in semiconductor revenue, according to the SEMI trade group.
TPU Beat Intel, Nvidia, says Google
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Google released a paper describing its Tensor Processing Unit and tests showing that it beat an Intel Xeon and Nvidia GPU on machine-learning jobs.
Google Calls for Switch Chip API
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4/4/2017   3 comments
Google called for a common API for Ethernet switches at the Open Networking Summit where it and AT&T cited progress in software-defined networks.
China's Tsinghua Secures $22 Billion in State Backing
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4/4/2017   7 comments
Ambitious Chinese memory upstart says additional funds will help it improve global competitiveness.
Semiconductor Sales Keep Climbing
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4/4/2017   1 comment
Chip sales logged the largest year-over-year decline in more than six years in February, according to a semiconductor industry trade group.
Apple Drops Imagination
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4/3/2017   3 comments
Apple has notified Imagination Technologies, a key GPU core licenser to Apple for years, that it will no longer use Imaginationís IP in new products. Analysts are skeptical if Imagination can survive as an independent company without Apple.
Intel Shows Life Beyond CMOS
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4/3/2017   2 comments
At the International Symposium on Physical Design Intel presented more than dozen different ways to get beyond the limitations of conventional complementary metal oxide semiconductors while using the same fabs.
Toshiba Shareholders OK Chip Unit Sale as Bidders Mount
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3/31/2017   Post a comment
With about 10 bidders reportedly interested, stockholders vote to approve spinoff into separate business.
Analog Devices Buys Broadband Amplifier Vendor
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3/31/2017   Post a comment
ADI says acquisition of OneTree Microdevices will enable it to support the complete signal chain for next-generation cable access networks.
Semiconductor Outlook Lifted on Surging Memory Prices
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3/30/2017   2 comments
IC Insights doubles market forecast to 11 percent growth due to surge in DRAM and NAND flash ASPs.
MaxLinear to Buy Exar for $700 Million
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Deal, worth $472 million net of Exar's cash on hand, would increase MaxLinear's scale and diversify its revenue base.
Intel Unveils 10, 22nm Processes
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3/28/2017   23 comments
Intel said it will be in production this year with a 10nm process that packs 100.8 million transistors/mm2 and a new a 22nm low power FinFET node.
Intel Pumps Up PCs with Optane
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3/27/2017   13 comments
Intel announced two M.2 cards using its 3D XPoint memories, aimed at accelerating hard-disk performance in PCs.
EDA Sales Jump Most in Five Years
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3/27/2017   Post a comment
Move to more aggressive processing nodes largely triggered a 19 percent increase in EDA sales in the fourth quarter, according to an industry group.
Intel Creates New Unit to House AI Efforts
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3/24/2017   1 comment
Artificial Intelligence Product Group will align resources from across the company to focus on AI.
Roadmap Says CMOS Ends ~2024
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3/23/2017   3 comments
An expanded roadmap for semiconductors says traditional CMOS scaling will end in about 2024 but new chip stacks and systems architectures will continue advances.
TowerJazz Rolls Out Silicon Photonics Process
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3/23/2017   Post a comment
Specialty foundry offering process to complement silicon-germanium BiCMOS process for optical transceivers.
OFC Debates Road to Photonic ICs
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3/23/2017   3 comments
An OFC keynoter made the case for indium phosphide photonic ICs, but analysts said that silicon photonics has bigger backers for merging optics and electronics.
Google Calls for Optical Leaps
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3/22/2017   Post a comment
Google's data centers need much higher capacity, lower cost, and more programmable optical networks, an executive said in a keynote.
Wireless Networks Vie for Air Time
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3/21/2017   1 comment
Debates among wireless competitors at an IEEE event spanned cellular IoT, 5G, and Wi-Fi.
Peregrine Semi Buys MIT Spinoff Arctic Sand
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3/20/2017   Post a comment
RF chip vendor says deal will expand its power module business in the telecommunications, data communications and industrial electrical markets.
Intel Boots Drives with 3D XPoint
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3/19/2017   22 comments
Intel announced its first solid-state drives using its 3D XPoint memory chips, getting a long-awaited foothold in a market between flash and DRAM.
China Fab Boom Fuels Equipment Spending Revival
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3/16/2017   Post a comment
With 26 fabs scheduled to come on line in China in the next four years, the SEMI trade group is projecting the first three-year run of consecutive semiconductor equipment spending growth since the mid-1990s.
TSMC Tips 7+, 12, 22nm Nodes
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3/16/2017   17 comments
TSMC announced new 22, 12 and 7nm processes to compete with FD-SOI from Globalfoundries and FinFETs with EUV from Samsung.
SIA Backs House Republicansí Tax Plan
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade association says the "Better Way" corporate tax reform blueprint is a good starting point for creating more jobs and helping chip companies innovate.
Startup Tips 12.8-Tbit Switch
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
Startup Innovium aims to leapfrog Broadcom with a 12.8-Tbit/s Ethernet switch chip for data centers as networking competition rises.
Semiconductor Shipments Projected to Top 1 Trillion in 2018
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3/10/2017   1 comment
Total semiconductor shipments, dominated by optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discretes, are expected to top the 1 trillion mark for the first time next year, according to IC Insights.
ZTE Agree to Pay U.S. $892 Million Over Iran Charges
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3/9/2017   4 comments
Chinese telecommunications giant agrees to pay more than $892 million and plead guilty to charges that it violated U.S. export controls on Iran.
PowerVR Gets Graphics Refresh
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3/8/2017   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies unveiled Furian, its next-generation PowerVR graphics architecture, aimed to help claw back market share from ARMís Mali.
Everspin Tips First System-level MRAM Offering
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3/8/2017   2 comments
Storage accelerator harnesses MRAM technology to offer high-performance, low latency.
X-Fab Files for IPO
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3/7/2017   Post a comment
German specialty chip foundry hopes to raise $530 million in two offerings, according to reports.
AMD Describes Zen for Servers
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3/7/2017   Post a comment
AMD will announce at the annual Open Compute Project event that its Zen-based x86 Naples server processor will ship by June.
Startup Taps TSMC to Attack Bícom
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3/6/2017   5 comments
Using InFO packaging from TSMC, a startup spun out of Mediatek aims to attack Broadcomís dominance in Ethernet switch chips.
Chip Sales Jump 14% in January
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3/6/2017   1 comment
Semiconductor sales started the year off where 2016 left off, posting the largest annual increase in one month in six years.
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