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Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
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7/22/2014   18 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
Mobile Uptick Ahead, Says ARM
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7/22/2014   2 comments
Mobile device shipments are rebounding from a slump, but challenges are still ahead for Moore's Law and IoT fragmentation, said ARM's CEO announcing the company's latest quarterly results.
25G Ethernet on Tap at IEEE
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7/21/2014   2 comments
In the wake of a June launch for an industry consortium driving 25 Gbit/s Ethernet for use in data centers, an IEEE 802.3 group voted last week to pursue a standard for the technology.
5G Calling: US Answers, Sorta
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7/21/2014   3 comments
In the third and final part of our series on 5G cellular we look at work in the US where there are efforts but no industrial 5G consortium as such.
Power Week: Solar Roadways – Sci-Fi or Future Reality?
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7/17/2014   27 comments
This week, the concept of roadways paved with solar panels recently received a boost after a crowdfunding campaign in support of one such project raised more than double its $1 million goal.
5G Calling: Asia Rising
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7/17/2014   7 comments
China and Korea have established dedicated 5G industrial research efforts that have formed alliances with each other and are now reaching out to collaborate with Europe's 5GPPP.
5G Calling: Alliances Form
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7/16/2014   1 comment
Governments and industry research groups in Europe, Asia, and the US are starting to link up in hopes of driving to a single standard for 5G cellular services expected to switch on in about 2020.
Cadence's New Quantus QRC Extraction Solution
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7/15/2014   Post a comment
New massively parallel architecture is TSMC-certified for 16nm FinFET designs.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol
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7/15/2014   6 comments
Google's Nest is leading Thread, a new group promoting a home automation protocol for secure mesh networks over 802.15.4 radios that it has been using in its products since its inception.
IBM Preps for Post-Silicon Era
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7/14/2014   9 comments
Amid reports that it may sell its chip fabs, IBM announced plans to spend $3 billion over five years on chip-related research, much of it for what one executive calls alternatives in a post-silicon era.
Can Samsung Get Qualcomm in LTE Market?
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7/11/2014   8 comments
Samsung took the wraps off of a new LTE radio chip. It's noteworthy that the company has integrated its own quad-core application processor and called it Exynos ModAP. The Korean behemoth's intention is clear: Get Qualcomm.
TSMC Said to Ship Apple SoCs
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7/10/2014   15 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. began shipping mobile processors to Apple during the second quarter of this year and will continue through 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices
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7/10/2014   8 comments
This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
Nanotubes May Put IBM Watson in a Pocket
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7/10/2014   2 comments
Stanford research describes progress in carbon nanotubes, noting the material's promise to pack the equivalent of IBM's Watson system into a handheld.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves
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7/9/2014   6 comments
Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
IoT Group Defines Comms Spec
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7/8/2014   4 comments
The Open Interconnect Group backed by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, and Samsung aims to ease the job of connecting devices in the emerging Internet of Things.
6 Keys to Navigating Connected Car's Software Quagmire
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7/8/2014   11 comments
The rush to achieve connected cars has thrown the automotive industry into a technological quagmire. EE Times dissects the technological building blocks and lays out who the players are and who benefits most.
Panasonic to Make 14nm SoCs at Intel
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7/7/2014   8 comments
Panasonic will use a new low-power variant of Intel's 14nm process to make SoCs -- the latest sign of Intel's growing foundry business.
Intel Wants Open-Source Analytics
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7/7/2014   2 comments
While Intel finishes work on an upgrade of its Hadoop distribution with Cloudera, it is setting its sights on driving analytics to open source, too.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now?
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7/3/2014   16 comments
SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices
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7/3/2014   10 comments
This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
Datacenters Drive 25GE Effort
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7/3/2014   14 comments
Ethernet products running at 25 and 50 Gbits/s could emerge within 12 to 18 months, thanks to a consortium driven by datacenter rivals Google and Microsoft.
EZchip Buys Tilera
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7/1/2014   9 comments
EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.
Regulators Fail to Take Conflict Out of Conflict Minerals
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7/1/2014   3 comments
Barely half of the publicly quoted US companies required to file their first conflict minerals reports did so by the June 2 deadline. Those that did file only managed to offer minimal transparency as to whether any tin, tungsten, tantalum, or gold used in their products was sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo or neighboring war-torn countries.
Actions Licenses ARM for 64-Bit Tablets
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6/30/2014   6 comments
Actions Semiconductor will provide its first 64-bit ARM Cortex-based SoC in late 2014, making it easier for the Chinese company to develop high-end tablets.
Silicon Highway Narrows, Twists
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6/30/2014   6 comments
The need for multi-patterning at 20 nm and beyond is one of several factors adding cost and complexity for chip vendors, two experts say.
Google Boots Up Project Ara
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6/27/2014   9 comments
Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
Power Week: Cheap, Organic Battery for Power Grid; Paper-Thin Battery for IoT & SiC News
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6/26/2014   4 comments
This week scientists announce a battery for grid electrical storage, German researchers demonstrate efficiency improvements in power electronics, and STMicroelectronics introduces a paper-thin lithium battery suited for ultra-low-profile applications.
IBM at the Crossroads: How IBM Got to this Point
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6/25/2014   9 comments
In the third of a three-part series we analyze how IBM got to the crossroads of considering a sale of its fabs, given its standing as a semiconductor leader.
IBM at the Crossroads: IBM Responds
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6/24/2014   11 comments
In the second of a three-part series IBM responds to comments from analysts and IBMers about the future of the company as a chipmaker.
Avago Targets Servers in PLX Buy
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6/24/2014   3 comments
Avago Technologies has acquired PLX Technology in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $309 million.
Micron 3D Memory Supercharges Xeon Phi
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6/23/2014   8 comments
Analysts have speculated wildly about the technical details of the massively parallel next-generation Knights Landing Xeon Phi. Today Intel and its 3D memory partner, Micron Technology Inc., put all that speculation to rest.
IBM at the Crossroads: Employees Talk
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6/23/2014   16 comments
In the first of a three-part series we talk to analysts and current and former IBMers about the future of IBM as a chipmaker.
Power Week: Superconducting Secrets Revealed, 660°F Circuits & Power Transistor Rebound
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6/19/2014   Post a comment
This week, a breakthrough in high-temperature superconductivity, a positive forecast for power semis, SiC circuits that can operate at 660°F, a shock-and-vibration resistant 3,400 F supercap, and more.
Radios Give IoT New Channels
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6/19/2014   2 comments
Researchers at Imec described work on a basketful of radios for the Internet of Things from 79 GHz radar to 900 MHz wireless charging.
Samsung Edges Q'comm in New Android Test
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6/18/2014   6 comments
Initial results using a new Android benchmark from EEMBC show Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa nudging ahead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800.
Power Week: Wire/Supercap Hybrid, HV SiC & WEBENCH Power PCB Export
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6/12/2014   Post a comment
This week, a wire that both transmits and stores electricity; a transparent plastic or glass layer that sorts sunlight to boost solar cell efficiency; a 30-kW dc/dc converter that uses 10-kV SiC devices; and PCB creation and layout export come to WEBENCH Power Designer.
EU Denies Intel Appeal of $1.4B Fine
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6/12/2014   6 comments
The General Court of the European Union turned down Intel's appeal of a $1.4 billion fine for anti-competitive practices levied in a 2009 case.
Qualcomm Rolls Small Cell SoCs
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6/11/2014   Post a comment
With the goal of providing 1,000 times more data to mobile users, Qualcomm announced new small cell SoCs for use in neighborhoods, homes, and small-to-midsized businesses.
Analog Chip Markets on the Up, Says WSTS
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6/10/2014   10 comments
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization raises its forecast of how sub-markets will perform in 2014 – including the Europe, Asia-Pacific regions and the analog, logic and memory product classes.
IBM Upgrades RF Foundry Efforts
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6/10/2014   21 comments
IBM is ramping up new silicon-on-insulator and silicon germanium processes in one of its fabs, amid reports the unit is up for sale.
Actions Targets Specialty Tablets
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6/9/2014   4 comments
China’s Action Semiconductor may have built their world around music players, but its CEO is realigning the company with a careful strategy to tackle the white box tablet market in Asia and beyond.
TI to Redefine Infotainment for Economy Cars
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6/9/2014   9 comments
Consumer demand for advanced IVI systems, the bring-your-own-device trend, the auto industry’s pressing need to consolidate a growing number of ECUs, and the further progress of ADAS are key factors driving the automotive chip market.
DNA Chip Will Plug Into Handsets
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6/9/2014   7 comments
Illumina discussed its early research on a chip that could plug into a smartphone, delivering genomic diagnostics to consumers in clinics.
Analysts Expect Sustained Semi Growth
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6/6/2014   5 comments
Analysts at the Semiconductor Industry Association and World Semiconductor Trade Statistics predict increased growth in 2014 and 2015, due to double digit increases in monthly semi sales year-over-year.
Samsung Joins Medical Revolution
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6/6/2014   17 comments
Samsung's Young Sohn is the latest and most high profile executive to join a digital medical revolution arming consumers to manage their healthcare.
Intel, Taiwan Target Tablets
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6/5/2014   1 comment
At Computex, Intel announced the Broadwell Core M processor and a reference design as it teams up with Taiwan OEMs to grab a bigger slice of the tablet market.
EUV Nudges Toward 10nm
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6/5/2014   9 comments
ASML reported stepwise progress on extreme ultraviolet lithography, fueling another round of optimism for the much-delayed technology.
Power Week: Simple Home Fuel Cell & Wireless Charging Spec Triples Power Delivery
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6/5/2014   Post a comment
This week, a simple fuel cell for home use, a wireless charging spec is expanded to enable charging of tablets and laptops, and a USB power delivery controller that enables a single USB cable to deliver data and up to 100 W of power simultaneously.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
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6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
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