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Fabless Pipsqueaks Grow Up
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11/5/2014   14 comments
The trade association of fabless semiconductor companies celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, declaring victory in its goal to establish its sector and the business model behind it.
DARPA Gets Guinness Record for World's First THz Amp
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11/3/2014   5 comments
DARPA and Northrop Grumman Corporation break the communications equivalent of the sound barrier with a terahertz amplifier and now they have a Guinness World Record to prove it.
Chinese Startup Halves Cost of SSD
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11/3/2014   16 comments
Sage Microelectronics is shipping an SSD controller IC capable of up to 5 terabytes on a single PCB with a standard 2.5 inch form factor.
Startups, Robots Drive YC Founder
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10/31/2014   2 comments
Trevor Blackwell, co-founder of seminal startup accelerator Y Combinator, shares thoughts on his passion for startups, robotics, and software.
China Blamed for Microchip Dip
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10/30/2014   4 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending Sept. 30. Officials said the company's decrease in sales is a reflection of the economic climate in China rather than internal issues.
Why Xiaomi Is World's 3rd Largest Mobile Co.
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10/30/2014   32 comments
Xiaomi's emergence as world's third largest smartphone vendor makes us ask how the rules have changed in global smartphone market.
Power Week: Idle Computers Waste More Energy Than Thought
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10/30/2014   5 comments
Computers are not going into sleep mode or automatically being turned off as often as users think, leaving room to save more energy with improved power management features.
Japan's MegaChips to Buy MEMS Timing Leader SiTime
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10/29/2014   4 comments
MegaChips, Japan's fast-growing fabless, will buy SiTime Corp. for $200 million in cash to leverage SiTime's MEMS timing devices to enhance its own SoCs and ASSPs for wearable and mobile devices.
UMC Takes Bigger Slice of 28nm Business
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10/29/2014   7 comments
UMC, the world’s third-largest chip foundry, said that it grabbed a larger piece of the 28 nm business that is dominated by TSMC. UMC reiterated its capital expenditure for this year at about $1.3 billion.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
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10/29/2014   13 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets
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10/29/2014   5 comments
Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate
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10/28/2014   14 comments
While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
AMD Hires Dell's Server Chief
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10/27/2014   5 comments
The new manager of AMD's server and embedded group, Forest Norrod, is the former manager of Dell's server business where he recently shared skeptical views on ARM-based servers, one of AMD's new target markets.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup
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10/27/2014   10 comments
Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
Health Startups Are Unfit, Says MD
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10/23/2014   8 comments
Today's startups pursuing consumer health and fitness generally use poor sensors and algorithms in subpar products, but the area is ripe with opportunity, said a Stanford expert.
Startup Creates Virtual Cores
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10/23/2014   1 comment
Soft Machines describes its approach to creating virtual cores that bring a new level of parallelism to single-threaded code for any processor architecture.
Microsoft Eyes Expanding FPGA Role
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10/23/2014   14 comments
Microsoft will explore using FPGAs to replace networking chips in its million-server datacenters to deliver new speeds and network functions.
Power Week: Power Management ICs on the Move
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10/23/2014   1 comment
The global power management IC market is likely to grow by almost 8% annually over the next few years, but not without facing challenges, a new report says.
EEs Explore Life After CMOS
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10/22/2014   20 comments
Technologists at an IEEE event explored the technical and social challenges engineers face as Moore’s Law gradually comes to an end.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut
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10/22/2014   2 comments
A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
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10/21/2014   6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit
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10/21/2014   9 comments
Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
As Revenue Dips, China Mobile Pushes 4G
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10/20/2014   4 comments
China Mobile's 2014 nine-month income fell by 9.7% compared with the same period a year ago, and profits dipped for the fifth-straight quarter.
IBM, GlobalFoundaries Strike Historic Fab Deal
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10/20/2014   20 comments
IBM will transfer its two loss-making fabs to GlobalFoundries along with $1.5 billion in cash and related patents in a deal that could take a year to get regulatory approval and even longer to sort out its implications for both companies’ roadmaps.
Computer Vision Opens New API
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10/20/2014   3 comments
The Khronos Group has officially released OpenVX, a high-level applications programming interface for computer vision apps.
Spansion Expands MCUs With IoT on Its Radar
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10/20/2014   2 comments
Spansion has unveiled 96 new MCUs, additions to the company's FM4 family based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. Running at 200MHz, they offer up to 2MB flash memory, a large set of interfaces, security, and 5V I/O.
AMD Plans 7% Layoffs
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10/16/2014   29 comments
AMD will lay off 7% of its staff by the end of the year it said following a third quarter report of a slight profit amid a fall in revenue and expects revenue to fall 13% in its next quarter.
Power Week: Digital Power Consortium Aims for a Complete Power Ecosystem
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10/16/2014   Post a comment
A new digital power consortium formed by several leading power supply manufacturers aims to deliver technically advanced, end-to-end, distributed power solutions offering true plug-and-play multi-sourcing.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
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10/16/2014   6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
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10/15/2014   10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
Big-Data Benchmark Brewing
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10/15/2014   1 comment
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium hopes to deliver by April the first part of a suite of benchmarks for big-data server clusters.
Solar Rising in Village Microgrids
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10/14/2014   8 comments
Solar panels are on the rise in microgrids bringing electricity to remote villages in Africa and India, sparking interest in designs for low-power DC-based homes.
Microchip Forecast Dip Triggers Debate
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10/13/2014   16 comments
Microchip's downward revision in its September quarter revenue forecast spooked flocks of investors, driving down stock prices, not only for Microchip, but also for Intel and TI. The news appears to have caught semiconductor industry analysts by surprise.
Windows 10 On ARM: 7 Observations
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10/13/2014   4 comments
Microsoft reps have been tight-lipped about the future of Windows on ARM devices, but the company has many reasons to remain invested in non-Intel architectures.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines
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10/13/2014   1 comment
The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Apple Inspires Startup's PC TV
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10/11/2014   17 comments
The $1,600 Piixl G-Pack now available on Kickstarter is what a long time hobbyist essentially built for himself in lieu of the long rumored Apple iTV.
Despite 'D' Disappointment, Tesla Still Matters
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10/10/2014   27 comments
The long, speculation-drenched week that followed Elon Musk’s “unveil the D” tweet is finally over. Tesla Motors Thursday night announced an all-wheel-drive (awd) Model S with semi-autopilot features.
Power Week: Solar Battery Recharges Itself Using Light & Air
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10/9/2014   1 comment
A hybrid device integrating both a battery and solar cell is claimed to both lower the cost of solar by 25% and increase its energy efficiency.
UMC Joins $6.2B China Foundry
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10/9/2014   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. said it will invest US$1.35 billion over five years in a 40nm foundry joint venture planned in Xiamen.
Lisa Su Named CEO at AMD
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10/8/2014   11 comments
AMD named Lisa Su as chief executive and president, making her the first female CEO among the top 20 semiconductor companies. Analysts hailed the move but scratched their heads over the timing, given Rory Read's successful but short tenure.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
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10/8/2014   16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Chip Options Sought as Costs Rise
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10/8/2014   14 comments
At the S3S Conference, engineers explored advances in silicon-on-insulator, sub-threshold voltage design, and monolithic 3D integration as costs of making chips rise and the industry consolidates.
Applied Micro to Move ARM Into Single-Board Computers
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10/7/2014   4 comments
Applied Micro will end the PowerPC family by moving all its products to the ARM architecture by 2018. It's a significant step, because Applied is the largest supplier of PowerPC chips after Freescale.
PCM Has Muddy Future
News & Analysis  
10/7/2014   2 comments
Phase-change memory faces numerous challenges for mainstream adoption, but some niche applications remain, and even some new use cases only recently developed.
HP Splits, Adds 5,000 Layoffs
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10/6/2014   19 comments
Hewlett-Packard will split into separate $57B cloud and PC/printer companies, adding 5,000 more layoffs to its restructuring in a move that was met with muted response.
MaxLinear Acquires Physpeed, Aims at Data Centers
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10/6/2014   Post a comment
In hopes of building a solid presence in the enterprise and telecom infrastructure markets, MaxLinear Inc. is buying Physpeed Co., a Camarillo, Calif., developer of high-speed physical layer interconnect products.
ARM Calls for 'Invisible' Technology
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10/2/2014   5 comments
While the physical size of silicon is ever shrinking, connectivity, performance, and efficiency need to be even less visible to consumers.
Power Week: Add Your Mark to the Nikola Tesla Museum
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Efforts to renovate Nikola Tesla's original Wardenclyffe lab on Long Island have entered a new phase with an Indiegogo campaign allowing supporters to "buy a brick for Nik."
ARM Servers Want a Tune Up
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10/2/2014   2 comments
ARM servers need better compilers to get optimal performance said a handful of early users and vendors, noting the still immature code chain for the emerging systems.
Samsung Shows 14nm Chip
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10/2/2014   7 comments
Samsung showed a working mobile-applications processor made it its 14nm FinFET process at ARM Tech Con, but supplied few details on the status of the process or its customers.
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