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NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Apple HomeKit Requires ID Chip
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7/28/2015   7 comments
Apple requires an ID chip in devices using its HomeKit software, one of several observations in a talk on platforms for the Internet of Things at ESC SV.
Rohm Semiconductor Acquires Powervation
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Analog IC manufacturer Rohm has acquired digital power IC company Powervation for approximately $70 million in cash. The deal will bolster Rohm’s share of the power market as high density systems increasingly call for a digital power.
Hacked Jeep: Whom to Blame?
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7/27/2015   23 comments
So, where, exactly, find a crack in the firewall of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee? How did they infiltrate and who’s at fault for failing to foresee the breach? Failures apparently occurred in multiple places.
IoT Net Gets New Leader
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7/27/2015   Post a comment
The LoRa Alliance will name communications veteran Geoff Mulligan as its new chairman starting August 1.
Rocket Refuels for Student Mission
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7/23/2015   1 comment
After a technical setback in May, a group of Boston University students is raising funds to launch next summer the first amateur rocket to reach space.
Smart Cities Efforts Expand
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
A meeting in November aims to kick off a new round of smart cities projects for 2016, according to a speaker from NIST at ESV SV.
Startup Award Goes to Incubator
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
An incubator for semiconductor startups launched in December was itself named the startup of the year in the annual ACE Awards hosted by EE Times and EDN.
Marvell CEO Named Exec of Year
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7/22/2015   1 comment
Sehat Sutardja, founder and chief executive of Marvell, was named executive of the year in the annual ACE Awards in part for driving innovation with two new technology initiatives this year.
RFID Chip Tags IoT Award
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
The Monza R6 tag chip from Impinj was named Internet of Things Product of the Year in the annual ACE Awards, in part for the company’s sustained efforts to nurture the fledgling market for UHF RFID tags.
Wearables Fail Check Up
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7/21/2015   2 comments
Wearable devices need to deliver medical-grade data then simplify it to relevant recommendations to consumers, said a speaker at ESC SV.
Ex-IBMer Fired Up for Foundry
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7/16/2015   11 comments
Globalfoundries’ new CTO Gary Patton talks about life after IBM and the challenging road ahead for semiconductor makers.
High Customer Interest in FD-SOI, GloFo Says
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7/16/2015   2 comments
Customers are already lining up to use the 22nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology announced by Globalfoundries earlier this week, according to a company executive.
TSMC Trims 2015 Outlook
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7/16/2015   7 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. the world’s largest chip foundry, said the outlook for the rest of this year is worse than the company previously expected because customers are digesting an inventory glut that built up earlier this year.
PC, Mobile Slump Hits Chips
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7/15/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor sales are in a two year slump due to weak demand for PCs and mobile systems and the IoT and China won’t help much, says Gartner.
China Bids $23B for Micron
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7/13/2015   9 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup bid $23 billion for Micron in a deal that would put China at the forefront of the memory chip business but face close scrutiny from U.S. regulators.
MediaTek to Eat up Qualcomm's LTE Share in China
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7/9/2015   1 comment
MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, is likely to continue market-share gains in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) market at the expense of top-ranked Qualcomm by wielding its strength in China’s growing smartphone market, according to industry analysts.
5G Moves Out of the Lab
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7/8/2015   7 comments
5G cellular networks will move out of the lab and into formal standards work and field trials starting over the next several months.
M2M Shifting Quickly from 2G to 4G, Says Sequans
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7/8/2015   Post a comment
Although M2M devices are still largely dependent on 2G cellular links for device-to-device communication, M2M system vendors must decide soon to move their network “from 2G to something else,” said Georges Karam, CEO at Sequans Communications.
IBM-GlobalFoundries Deal Finalized
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Paris Air Show Grounds Drones — Again
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6/17/2015   5 comments
Despite its commitment to displaying machines designed to fly, there are unwelcome flying objects at the Paris Air Show. Drones are grounded.
Facebook Likes Open Networks
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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.
Chip, PC Demand Continues Decline
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6/15/2015   16 comments
Deutsche Bank analysts released reports projecting continued weakness in semiconductors, especially for PCs, and shaved its predictions for Intel.
Wearables, Home Devices Likely to Lead IoT Growth
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
MediaTek to Stay with TSMC for Finer-Node Chips
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6/1/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek Inc. said it will continue to use TSMC as its foundry for leading edge chips, laying to rest rumors that the world’s third-largest chip designer might shift orders to TSMC rival Samsung.
FPGAs Ride HP’s Moonshot
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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
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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
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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
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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.
eSilicon Brings Virtualization to Online Portal
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
An IC designers’ job is mired in “what if’s.” eSilicon wants to make the ASIC designer’s decision process as painless as possible. The company is unveiling Tuesday a new online tool called “Optimizer.”
Smart Cities Show Progress at Events
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Cloud Service Shrinks Set-Tops
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5/5/2015   2 comments
Startup Netzyn showed code running on ARM servers delivering the functions of a cable TV set-top box as a cloud service.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union
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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?
Engineer Building Google for Chips
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5/1/2015   25 comments
An engineer-turned-entrepreneur aims to develop a Google for semiconductors, making it easier for engineers to find and evaluate chips.
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
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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
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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.
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