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DRAM Price Surge Continues
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5/26/2017   1 comment
Global DRAM sales reached record heights in the first quarter, thanks to a 30 percent increase in the average contract price of PC DRAM modules, according to DRAMeXchange.
RF Filters Boost MEMS Market
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom moves into No. 2 spot in MEMS sales, suprassing TI, according to Yole Développement.
Smartphone Sales Grew 9% in Q1
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5/26/2017   1 comment
Chinese vendors Huawei, Oppo and Vivo continued to take market share from Samsung and Apple, Gartner says.
Big Data Reshapes Silicon
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5/25/2017   1 comment
Two new processor architectures will be described at a conference in June, the latest of many targeting machine learning for an age of big data.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
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5/24/2017   2 comments
Samsung's foundry unit updates tech roadmap, including the addition of 4nm process with "post FinFET structure" to begin production in 2020.
Western Digital Reportedly Ups Bid for Toshiba Memory
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5/24/2017   2 comments
Bid worth about $18 million would resolve dispute with NAND partner but would likely heighten regulatory scrutiny.
LinkedIn Group Preps Server Specs
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5/23/2017   Post a comment
LinkedIn has partnered with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, GE Digital, and others to form Open19, a group working on server specs for data centers.
China Set to Rewrite FD-SOI History
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5/23/2017   2 comments
Globalfoundries and the municipality of Chengdu are betting on China to rewrite the history of FD-SOI. They plan to pump $100 million to build FD-SOI ecosystem. The question is, if you build it, will they come?
4 Views of the Silicon Roadmap
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5/19/2017   6 comments
Imec’s chief semiconductor expert shared her views on EUV lithography, FinFETs, and what lies beyond in new transistors and memories.
Imagination Sells SoC Design Group
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5/19/2017   2 comments
UK-based IP vendor sells group to design services firm for undisclosed firm.
Renesas Getting Healthy with Healthcare
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5/18/2017   Post a comment
Renesas is pushing the company’s healthcare solutions. Its bio-sensing reference module, measuring 11x18 mm, coupled with software analytics, can continuously monitor blood pressure. Other home-grown technologies in the offing include Silicon-on-Thin-Box (SOTB) and wireless charging technology.
Sensor Sales Finally Catch Fire
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor sensors and actuators hit all time highs last year as several years of price erosion abated, according to IC Insights.
Android, Google Home Get AI Upgrades
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Google will make machine learning central to all its products including upgrades of Android and Home it announced at its annual Google IO event.
Record Wafer Shipments Continue
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers defied typical first quarter seasonality to remain at record levels.
Google Revs Faster TPU
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5/17/2017   4 comments
Google announced a second-gen TPU packing twice the punch of the first, available as a service to run training and inference jobs for machine learning.
Samsung Spinoff Likely to Grab Foundry Share
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5/16/2017   8 comments
Samsung's chip operations consisting of memory and system LSI will be split into three, making the foundry business an independent unit. The move is expected to increase Samsung’s share at the expense of TSMC and smaller rivals.
HPE Builds Big Data Server
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5/16/2017   4 comments
Hewlett Packard Enterprise built its first full-scale version of the Machine, a 160-TByte research prototype to test benefits of a big main memory.
Imec Tips Novel AI Chips
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5/16/2017   4 comments
The Imec research institute described work on two low cost self-learning chips that use MRAM and ReRAM arrays rather than neural networks.
Rambus Tips IoT Security Service
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5/15/2017   Post a comment
Providing an alternative to ARM, Rambus is adding a security service for the Internet of Things to its existing software for provisioning encrypted keys.
Consolidation Continues to Rewrite Chip Vendor Rankings
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5/15/2017   Post a comment
The unprecedented wave of semiconductor industry consolidation skewed comparisons and continued to redraw the rankings of vendors by sales.
Cray Rolls Clustered Supercomputers for AI
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5/12/2017   1 comment
Cray's new CS-Storm 500GT and CS-Storm 500NX supercomputers are optimized for artificial intelligence applications with massive arrays of Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerators that perform deep machine learning.
SMIC Names Haijun Zhao CEO
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5/10/2017   1 comment
COO moves up the ranks as Tzu-Yin Chiu steps down. Chiu will remain vice chairman of SMIC's board of directors.
DSL Pioneer Describes Terabit Future
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5/9/2017   16 comments
DSL pioneer John Cioffi described at a Paris summit concepts for driving terabit/second data rates over future twisted pair connections.
Marvell's New CTO Wants 'Culture of Innovation'
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5/8/2017   10 comments
Neil Kim, the new CTO at troubled Marvell, spent an hour with EE Times at the end of his first week on the job, sharing his goals and views.
UL, MIPI Bolster IoT Security
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5/5/2017   1 comment
UL and the MIPI Alliances are the latest groups to call for participation in efforts to define best practices and standards for security in the Internet of Things.
Tablet Shipments Decline for 10th Straight Quarter
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5/4/2017   14 comments
First quarter tablet shipments were down 8.5 percent year-over-year as enthusiasm for the once hot products continues to wane, according to IDC.
RISC-V Cores Get Support, Fees
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5/4/2017   2 comments
Startup SiFive released a 64-bit RISC-V embedded core and a Web site to try and buy its royalty-free processor cores online.
TSMC Prosecutes Ex-Employee for Leaking Secrets
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5/4/2017   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest chip foundry, said it is prosecuting a former employee for leaking intellectual property in its second such case in the past five years.
Micron, Microsoft Team on IoT Security
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5/3/2017   Post a comment
The initiative will combine Microsoft Azure IoT cloud with Micron's Authenta technology to address the major challenge of providing trusted computing models for IoT deployments.
China Slump, Q'comm Suit Dog Apple
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5/3/2017   2 comments
Apple nudged quarterly revenues up five percent in its latest quarter despite a 14 percent slide in sales to China and concerns about its Qualcomm suit.
M’soft Gives Deeper Look into HoloLens
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5/2/2017   Post a comment
A Microsoft computer vision specialist gave a deeper look into the challenges and opportunities for HoloLens, its augmented reality headset.
MediaTek Losing Market Share in Smartphones
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5/1/2017   1 comment
Taiwanese IC vendor losing ground to rival Qualcomm, but says it expects to make it back.
Cadence DSP Grabs Neural Nets
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5/1/2017   1 comment
Cadence announced its Vision C5 DSP at the Embedded Vision Summit, catching up with rivals Ceva and Synopsys in machine-learning cores.
Apple Stops Royalties to Q’comm
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4/28/2017   3 comments
Qualcomm reduced its quarterly revenue forecast by $500 million, charging that Apple has stopped paying it royalties on mobile devices such as iPhones.
Bozotti to Remain CEO as ST Elevates Heir Apparent
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4/28/2017   Post a comment
European chip maker elevates heir apparent to deputy CEO.
Intel Boosts CapEx 20%
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4/27/2017   5 comments
Intel will boost capital spending 20 percent this year and next to ramp 3D NAND and 3DXP memories, it said reporting quarterly financial gains.
Micron Makes Mehrotra Next CEO
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4/27/2017   2 comments
Micron named flash co-inventor and former SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra as its next chief executive, effective May 8.
UMC Sees Weakening Demand at 28nm
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4/27/2017   3 comments
United Microelectronics Corp., Taiwan’s second largest foundry, said that the ramp of its most advanced technology node has slipped for a third time under strong competition.
Automotive Strength Drives TI's First Quarter Sales
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
Chip firm posts double-digit revenue growth on the strength of automotive and industrial sales.
Fab Tool Billings Reach 16-Year High
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4/25/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor equipment billings hit their highest level since 2001 in March, according to the SEMI trade organization.
Nikon Renews Patent Battle with ASML
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4/24/2017   1 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   5 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   8 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   2 comments
Dutch chip vendor sells remaining stake in joint venture originally begun by Philips.
B’com 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 Samsung’s 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.
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