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Microgrid Shares the Power in NYC
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12/5/2016   Post a comment
Off-the-shelf hardware and blockchain-enabled virtualization is enabling a distributed energy system, the Brooklyn Microgrid, that faces policy hurdles.
Obama Blocks China's Acquisition of Aixtron
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12/3/2016   Post a comment
Move likely to exacerbate tensions over China's place in global semiconductor industry.
Obama Set to Block Acquisition of Aixtron by Chinese Firm
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
U.S. President reportedly will prohibit acquisition of German semiconductor equipment supplier on U.S. national security grounds.
SMIC Establishes Specialty Foundry JV
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
China's largest foundry sets up joint venture with the city of Ningbo to address specialty technology applicable to the Internet of Things.
QuickLogic to License FPGA Fabric
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12/1/2016   Post a comment
FPGA vendor says it will license programmable logic technology for use as an embedded fabric with Globalfoundries' manufacturing processes.
RISC-V Expands its Audience
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12/1/2016   1 comment
RISC-V attracted a stellar list of chip architects and executives to its latest workshop, but the effort to grow an open-source instruction set has a big to-do list.
IoT to Get Security, Gateway Benchmarks
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11/29/2016   1 comment
The EEMBC group has started work on benchmarks for Internet of Things security and gateways and has existing work in measuring IoT connectivity.
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag
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11/29/2016   1 comment
A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
Tech Volunteers Heed the Call
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
Disaster Tech Lab needs a few technically minded volunteers to help set up solar power and Wi-Fi networks in global disaster sites and refugee camps.
Macom Buys Applied for Comms
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11/21/2016   1 comment
Macom has bid $770 million for Applied with plans to sell off its X-Gene ARM server SoC unit but cherish its "gold nugget" of networking chips.
Intel’s Nervana Attacks GPUs
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11/17/2016   5 comments
Intel will ship AI accelerators from Nervana next year as part of a broad machine learning strategy that is still waiting on its acquisition of Movidius to close.
Samsung Makes 10nm Q’comm SoC
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11/17/2016   6 comments
Qualcomm announced it is in production with its next generation mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 835, in Samsung’s 10nm process.
Intel Preps its AI Strategy
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11/15/2016   3 comments
Intel will lay out what one rival said may be a bet the company” strategy on AI this week, spanning Xeon, FPGA, Movidius processors and more.
7nm SRAMs, 10nm SoC at ISSCC
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11/14/2016   3 comments
The annual International Solid State Circuits Conference will showcase advanced work on 7nm SRAMs, a 10nm SoC and an efficient AI SoC.
Chip Veterans Scan Horizon
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11/11/2016   3 comments
Three industry veterans gave their views of the semiconductor sector’s future at an event where ASML promised a system to advance chip scaling.
Google's Mobile VR Still a Wild West
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
A test run of Google’s mobile VR system called Daydream shows mobile virtual reality is still a Wild West of dangers and riches being pioneered.
Supercomputer Aims for Exascale
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
U.S. researchers announced $34 million in software projects as part of their plan to build exascale supercomputers that may include new memory and programming technologies.
China Signs IoT Interop Plan
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11/8/2016   Post a comment
The Industrial Internet Consortium signed a deal with China officials that's part of an expanding network of global agreements on interoperabilty in IoT.
Chip Forecast Rises Through 2017
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11/7/2016   5 comments
International Business Strategies updated its semiconductor forecast to growth through 2017, in part due to rising memory prices and sales.
ASML Invests $1.9B in Next-Gen EUV
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11/3/2016   3 comments
ASML will spend a total of about $1.9 billion on a collaboration with Zeiss to build next-generation optics for extreme ultraviolet lithography systems
Hock Tan Carves Up Brocade
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11/2/2016   1 comment
Broadcom bid $5.9 billion for Brocade in a deal that carves up Fiber Channel and Ethernet parts of the systems company.
Anticipating a More Virtual Moore’s Law
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11/2/2016   5 comments
Nicky Lu, executive director of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association, anticipates the coming era of a “virtual” Moore’s Law. InFO and through interconnect via (TIV) will play key roles in a resumption of growth the chip industry, he said.
AI Chip Startup Shares Insights
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11/1/2016   1 comment
After announcing funding, startup Graphcore executives talked about their plans in machine learning and building a company.
Microsoft Speeds Open Hardware
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11/1/2016   2 comments
Microsoft revealed early specs of ts next-generation data center server and said work on open hardware needs to become as fast and flexible as open source software.
U.S. Convenes Chip Study Group
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10/31/2016   8 comments
The Obama administration convened top semiconductor executives to make recommendations on what the sector needs to deal with threats from China and a slowing Moore’s law.
Samsung, Bosch Bet on AI Chip Startup
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Startup Graphcore announced a $30 million investment from partners including Samsung and Bosch for its processor designed for machine learning.
MediaTek May Be Among First with 10nm SoCs
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest rival in the smartphone silicon business, said it aims to be among the chip industry’s first companies with 10nm products on the market starting in the second quarter next year.
ARM Fellow Surveys Moore’s Law
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10/27/2016   5 comments
Despite challenges, ARM’s head of silicon research remains optimistic on the outlook for semiconductors at 3nm and beyond.
TSMC Likely to Lock up Apple A10, A11 Orders
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10/26/2016   2 comments
TSMC will probably make nearly all of the A10 and A11 processors for Apple this year and next because of a competitive advantage the Taiwan foundry has gained in packaging technology called InFO (Integrated Fan Out), according to analysts.
SUSE Preps Linux for ARM Servers
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10/25/2016   Post a comment
SUSE said it will ship before the end of the year commercial versions of Linux for ARM servers and for storage systems.
IoT Networks Get New Provider
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10/25/2016   1 comment
M2M Spectrum Networks picked for its licensed sub-GHz bands in the U.S. the LoRa variant of Link Labs to serve users in the industrial Internet of Things.
Intel, ARM Battle over IoT
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10/25/2016   3 comments
Intel and ARM load up enhanced processors as their battle over the Internet of Things heats up this week.
TSMC, GF/Samsung Battle at 7nm
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10/21/2016   52 comments
Globalfoundries and Samsung will detail at IEDM a 7nm process with EUV it claims has the highest density to date.
DRAM Pushes Up Chip Forecast
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10/20/2016   2 comments
IC sales could grow 1% this year, up from a previous forecast of a 2% decline, according to a new report from IC Insights.
IoT Hears LTE Calling
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm said AT&T, Verizon and five module makers will use its chip for Cat-M1 and NB1 trials this year and commercial services in 2017.
Qualcomm Tips 28 GHz 5G Chip
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10/17/2016   3 comments
Qualcomm announced a 5G modem for 28 GHz networks that Korea Telecom and Verizon will use in trials and services.
Samsung to Ship 10nm SoCs in 2016
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10/16/2016   37 comments
Samsung announced it is now making SoCs in its 10nm FinFET process, although one analyst said the company likely will lose market share this year.
Salaries Rise, Gaps Widen for EEs
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10/14/2016   1 comment
Salaries for electrical engineers rose 3.85% in 2015 but gender and racial gaps in incomes widened significantly, according to a the latest survey from the IEEE.
IBM Weaves New 25G Link
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10/14/2016   5 comments
IBM announced OpenCAPI, a 25G interconnect for processors, accelerators and memories with backing from seven partners.
IoT Startup Taps Blockchain
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10/13/2016   1 comment
Startup Filament has developed an end node for the industrial Internet of Things than extends the LoRa network and uses blockchain as part of its security.
Broadcom Tips 64x100G Switch
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10/11/2016   Post a comment
Broadcom leapfrogged rivals Barefoot and Cavium by sampling Tomahawk II, a 6.4 Tbit/second Ethernet switch chip for data centers.
Specs Pave Roads Around Xeon
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10/11/2016   3 comments
Two groups – CCIX and Gen-Z—announced chip interconnects meant to provide open alternatives for the data center to Intel’s Xeon interfaces.
IoT Consumer Groups Merge
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10/10/2016   2 comments
The Open Connectivity Foundation and AllSeen Alliance will blend their open-source environments into a consumer alternative to Apple’s Homekit and Google’s Weave.
Patent Study IDs Nuisance Suits
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10/7/2016   2 comments
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission called on courts and Congress to put reduce a class of nuisance patent suits from so-called patent trolls.
Lam/KLA Failure Cools M&A
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10/6/2016   Post a comment
Regulators struck down a proposed merger of Lam Research and KLA-Tencor, signaling collaboration will be the focus in process technology.
EE Slashes CPU Design Cost
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10/5/2016   21 comments
An engineer taped out a massively multicore processor in a 16nm process for less than $1 million in under a year.
Google Does Consumer Electronics
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10/4/2016   2 comments
Google rolled out its new hardware group and its first products—two smartphones, an Amazon Echo-alike, a VR headset and Wi-Fi access point.
X-Fab to Swallow Altis Semiconductor
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10/4/2016   1 comment
Analog, mixed-signal and MEMS foundry group X-Fab Silicon Foundries AG (Erfurt, Germany) is set to announced the assets of Altis Semiconductor (Corbeil-Essonne, France) out of insolvency proceedings.
Startup Takes Wireless Patch to Hospital
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10/4/2016   3 comments
Startup HMicro announced an SoC, co-developed with STMicroelectronics, that uses Wi-Fi and other radios to link sensors to patient monitors in hospitals.
Ethernet Flexes Network Muscles
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10/3/2016   2 comments
Chip vendors are designing a new class of Flexible Ethernet DSPs and ASICs that will let users dial in desired data rates.
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