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AMD Licenses X86 to China JV
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4/21/2016   15 comments
AMD struck a joint venture partnership to provide next-generation x86 server technology to a China partner for $292 million.
Qualcomm Posts Strong Results, Inks Licensing Deals
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4/21/2016   5 comments
Fabless chip giant showing progress in reaping royalties from China, South Korea.
Lead Partner Pulls Out of India Fab Plan
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4/21/2016   3 comments
After years of inactivity the Indian government's long-running project to build two wafer fabs in the sub-continent appears to be in jeopardy.
Mie Fujitsu, CSEM to Combine DDC, Low Voltage for IoT Chips
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4/21/2016   Post a comment
Japanese chip manufacturer Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor and Swiss research institute CSEM have agreed to collaborate on Deeply Depleted Channel technology and near/sub-threshold voltage technology for integrated circuits aimed at the Internet of Things and wearables markets.
Companies Unite On Semester-Long MCU Curriculum
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4/20/2016   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies, Microchip Technology and Digilent have launched the Connected MCU Lab, a new course developed through the companies’ respective university programs.
Intel Reorg Shows Clouds Ahead
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4/20/2016   11 comments
Intel's $1.2 billion plan to cut 12,000 employees amid an accelerating PC decline got a mixed reception from market watchers noting issues in memory, IoT and data center markets.
Graphene-Based Sensor Detects Gases in the Home
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4/19/2016   Post a comment
Scientists have developed a graphene-based sensor and switch that can detect harmful air pollution in the home with low power consumption.
Notebook PC Vendors Look to Higher Quality Displays
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4/18/2016   1 comment
Faced with declining shipments and decreasing margins, vendors of notebook PCs are turning to higher resolution displays for use in premium models.
Qorvo Buys Wireless IoT Specialist Greenpeak
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
RF chip company formed by the merger of RF Microdevices and TriQuint agrees to acquire fabless short-range wireless chip company.
Arduino-Compatible LoRa Board Senses It All
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
Dutch startup Sodaq has launched what the company believes will truly boost LoRa's adoption by makers and hobbyists of all horizons.
Data Centers Hit the Accelerator
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4/15/2016   13 comments
Engineers need to re-invent the server to better handle emerging jobs such as machine learning, said an executive with Microsoft’s cloud computing group.
RF Power Amplifier Firm ACCO Snags $35M in Funding
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4/15/2016   Post a comment
In what has become an increasingly rare event, chip maker ACCO Semiconductor announces $35 million in venture funding.
Intel Reportedly Readies Mass Layoff
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4/15/2016   21 comments
Intel is preparing to a re-organization that include thousands of layoffs, according to a report by the Portland Oregonian.
TE Connectivity Moving Up Value Chain to Drive IoT
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4/15/2016   Post a comment
Connectivity and sensor product vendor taking the opportunity to step into the limelight of interest around the Internet of Things.
5G Work Starts in Earnest
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4/13/2016   1 comment
This week engineers started hearing proposals on everything from radio access technologies to network architectures for 5G cellular standards expected before 2020.
VC Veteran Joins EDA Group
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4/13/2016   Post a comment
Veteran venture capitalist Lucio Lanza joined the recently renamed Electronics Systems Design Alliance as another step in the rejuvenation of the EDA trade group.
Foundry Sales Growth Slows
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4/13/2016   Post a comment
Foundry sales grew by a meager 4.4% in 2015 amid a slowdown in the overall semiconductor market, according to market research firm Gartner.
Severance Clash in Microchip/Atmel Merger
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4/11/2016   16 comments
Microchip’s CEO blames Atmel’s board for failing to communicate about a severance package that left at least one employee charging Microchip is reneging on a promise.
Plessey Sees Greener Pastures in Horticultural Lighting
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4/11/2016   Post a comment
Plessey will add new arm to its semiconductor fab operations with a global exclusive license agreement to manufacture and sell the PhytoLux horticultural lighting product.
NXP Unit Reportedly Attracts Chinese Suitors
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4/11/2016   1 comment
Chinese suitors including Beijing-based JAC Capital Management are interested in NXP's standard products business, according to a Bloomberg report.
Semiconductor Forecast Slumps
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4/8/2016   4 comments
A veteran market watcher lowered his semiconductor market forecast expecting a decline of 2.13% in 2016 amid a sluggish start to the year.
Chip Market Decline Deepens
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4/7/2016   3 comments
A chip market decline that began mid-2015 looks set to continue through the first quarter of 2016 at least, with falling markets on an annual basis in all geographies except China.
Intel Grabs OTA Platform Vendor Arynga
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4/6/2016   Post a comment
Intel acquired Arynga, a vendor of over-the-air software for cars. In the future, Arynga's products and technologies will be sold by Intel subsidiary Wind River.
Intel Disrupts Client Management
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4/4/2016   5 comments
Two, possibly three, top managers have left Intel in the aftershock of Intel’s CEO hiring a Qualcomm executive as his number two in client systems.
FinFET's Father Forecasts Future
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4/1/2016   3 comments
The father of the FinFET shared emerging ideas for building transistors as semiconductors approach atomic feature sizes.
Smartphone Sales Growth Projected to Slip to 7%
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4/1/2016   7 comments
Growth in smartphone sales is projected to slip into single digits for the first time and PC sales are forecast to fall again in 2016, according to Gartner.
EDA Group Broadens Mission
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3/31/2016   10 comments
The EDA Consortium renamed itself the Electronic System Design Alliance, taking on a broader role including semiconductor IP, embedded software and advanced packaging.
Open-Source Processor Core Ready For IoT
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3/31/2016   4 comments
Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna have developed PULPino, an open-source processor optimized for low power consumption and application in wearables and the Internet of Things.
Micron Swings to Loss on Declining Memory ASPs
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3/30/2016   3 comments
Executives say they expect to see continued pricing pressure around memory chips.
Flash Rides HPE’s Memory Bus
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3/29/2016   2 comments
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is shipping NVDIMM-N modules, the first in a new line of persistent memory cards analysts say will bolster servers.
U.S Withdraws Apple Case
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3/28/2016   10 comments
The U.S. has withdrawn it's case forcing Apple to crack a terrorist's iPhone, but the debate of privacy vs. law enforcement continues.
VLSI Event Reflects Silicon Shifts
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3/25/2016   Post a comment
The just released program of the annual VLSI Symposia underscores shifts ahead in how advanced semiconductors will be made and used.
Microsemi Sells Board Level Systems Business
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3/25/2016   Post a comment
Chip firm carves out "non-strategic component" of a board level systems and packaging business, sells it to Mercury Systems for $300 million.
Biometrics Market To Double Over 6 Years
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3/24/2016   Post a comment
The global market for biometrics technologies and applications will grow from about $13.7 billion in 2015 to more than $30 billion in 2021, according to market forecaster ABI Research.
Semi Market Breakdown and 2016 Forecasts
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3/24/2016   Post a comment
The 2016 global chip market will grow 0.3% compared with 2015 to reach a value of $341.0 billion, but the European region will see its part of that market contract by 1.6%, according to industry association SEMI.
Silicon Lacks Clear Metrics
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3/24/2016   15 comments
With no absolute way to compare process technologies, analysts differ over whether Intel, Samsung or TSMC provides better foundry nodes.
Data Centers Drive Broadband Fiber
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3/22/2016   4 comments
Inphi’s ColorZ will pack 100 Gbits/second on a single fiber optic wavelength, one of several new broadband devices for linking data centers.
Former Intel CEO Andy Grove Dies
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3/22/2016   8 comments
Hungarian immigrant who helped transform Intel into the world's biggest semiconductor company, passes away at age 79.
U.S. to Temporarily Relax Restrictions on ZTE
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3/21/2016   Post a comment
A senior U.S. Commerce Department official said the U.S. will temporarily lift exports restrictions imposed earlier this month on Chinese telecom giant, according to published reports.
Apple v. Samsung: Supreme Decision Ahead
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3/18/2016   6 comments
Legal experts close to the Apple v. Samsung cases on patent infringement of the iPhone put widely varying results into a broader context of intellectual property law in software.
TSMC Details Silicon Road Map
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3/16/2016   22 comments
TSMC described its 7nm plans, likely the last stop for FinFETs, as well as its progress on 16 and 10nm nodes, and gave a glimpse at the unknown beyond it for semiconductors.
Bluetooth Gets a Boost
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3/15/2016   3 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy will get faster speeds, longer range and mesh support later this year to compete with Zigbee and 6LoWPAN.
TSMC, ARM Aim 7nm at Data Centers
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3/15/2016   4 comments
TSMC and ARM are extending their collaboration on process technology to the 7nm FinFET node, targeting data center and networking chips.
Fab Tool Spending Projected to Grow in 2016, 2017
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3/15/2016   Post a comment
After roughly flat spending on semiconductor manufacturing equipment in 2015, the market is expected to grow modestly this year and robustly next year, according to SEMI trade group.
Open RTOS Targets Net of Things
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3/11/2016   1 comment
Mynewt, an emerging open-source RTOS for the Internet of Things, will emerge next week with an open-source Bluetooth LE stack.
Intel Buys 3D Video Technology Startup
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3/10/2016   Post a comment
Deal to acquire Replay Technologies seen as chip giant's broadest move yet toward application level technology.
Tablet Shipments to Decline, Focus Shifts to Detachables
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3/9/2016   3 comments
Overall tablet shipments are projected to decline for the second straight year, but the rise of detachable tablets has the market primed for modest growth next year, according to IDC.
Flexible Batteries, Electronics Expand
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3/8/2016   Post a comment
The market for thin-film batteries is on the rise, according to a new report issued as the flexible electronics sector holds an annual gathering.
Semiconductor Shipments to Top 1 Trillion Units in 2018
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3/8/2016   Post a comment
Milestone expected to cap 40 years of growth averaging 9% per year.
Analog Devices Rolls MCUs for IoT
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3/7/2016   1 comment
Ultra-low power microcontrollers said to enable more efficient operation, fewer battery replacements.
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