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ZTE Agree to Pay U.S. $892 Million Over Iran Charges
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3/9/2017   4 comments
Chinese telecommunications giant agrees to pay more than $892 million and plead guilty to charges that it violated U.S. export controls on Iran.
PowerVR Gets Graphics Refresh
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3/8/2017   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies unveiled Furian, its next-generation PowerVR graphics architecture, aimed to help claw back market share from ARM’s Mali.
Everspin Tips First System-level MRAM Offering
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3/8/2017   2 comments
Storage accelerator harnesses MRAM technology to offer high-performance, low latency.
X-Fab Files for IPO
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3/7/2017   Post a comment
German specialty chip foundry hopes to raise $530 million in two offerings, according to reports.
AMD Describes Zen for Servers
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3/7/2017   Post a comment
AMD will announce at the annual Open Compute Project event that its Zen-based x86 Naples server processor will ship by June.
Startup Taps TSMC to Attack B’com
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3/6/2017   5 comments
Using InFO packaging from TSMC, a startup spun out of Mediatek aims to attack Broadcom’s dominance in Ethernet switch chips.
Chip Sales Jump 14% in January
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3/6/2017   1 comment
Semiconductor sales started the year off where 2016 left off, posting the largest annual increase in one month in six years.
Avnet, Arrow Drive into IoT
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3/6/2017   2 comments
Rival electronics distributors Avnet and Arrow are both nurturing new IoT groups, but their targets in the Internet of Things are initially somewhat different.
Paced by Big Spenders, Chip Capex Projected to Grow
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3/3/2017   4 comments
Market watcher IC Insights expects semiconductor industry capital spending to grow by about 6 percent, led by increased spending from the top 11 spenders.
Cypress Sells Minnesota Fab for $30 Million
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3/3/2017   Post a comment
Deal enables firm to continue receiving supply from startup foundry while transitioning manufacturing to Texas.
Littelfuse Takes Majority Stake in Monolith Semi
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3/2/2017   Post a comment
Power control and sensing chip and component supplier increases stake in developer of silicon carbide chips.
AMD Fills Out Ryzen CPU Family
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3/2/2017   7 comments
AMD announced plans for mid- and low-end Ryzen desktop x86 processors as its high-end versions officially went on sale today.
TSMC Joins Chip Research Consortium
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3/1/2017   1 comment
Foundry giant joins semiconductor heavyweights like Intel and IBM in university-research consortium.
ASML Revs EUV Engines
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3/1/2017   5 comments
ASML unveiled the NXE 3400B, its candidate to drive EUV lithography into sub-10-nm fabs and described its follow-on as others showed EUV mask tools.
Lattice Shareholders Approve China Takeover
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2/28/2017   3 comments
FPGA vendor moves one step closer to acquisition by China-backed equity firm; U.S. government approval still pending.
EUV Progress, Hurdles Cited
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2/28/2017   2 comments
Extreme ultraviolet lithography made progress in the past year but hurdles are still ahead for EUV said Intel and Samsung experts.
3-D Interactive Projection Redefines MEMS
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2/27/2017   9 comments
Bosch’s combo micro-scanner/laser-projector is said to be capable of transforming any surface into a virtual user interface.
UMC Begins Mass Production of 14nm
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2/24/2017   3 comments
Foundry begins shipping 14nm wafers to lead customers ahead of original schedule.
Alexa, Rivals Speak to OEMs
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2/24/2017   Post a comment
Amazon's Alexa is growing in both partnerships and rivals this year for embedding smart voice services in consumer products.
Wi-Fi, LTE Spar over Location
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
Wi-Fi chip makers and an LTE software startup announced ways of delivering location services they claim are superior to Bluetooth and ultrawideband.
T.J. Rodgers Sues Cypress, Slams Chairman
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
Company founder says Chairman failed to disclose role in China-backed equity firm attempting to acquire rival Lattice Semiconductor.
AMD Fires Volley in x86 War
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2/22/2017   1 comment
AMD will start selling March 2 its first Zen-based x86 processor, Ryzen 7, sporting significant price and performance advantages over CPUs from rival Intel.
Former Globalfoundries CEO to Lead SEMI Trade Group
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Ajit Manocha will replace as CEO of semiconductor equipment vendor trade group Denny McGuirk, who is retiring.
Intel, Q’comm Show Cellular's Split
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Intel debuts a gigabit LTE modem and Qualcomm shows RF modules at Mobile World Congress, an event expected to focus on the 5G future.
G’foundries debuts 45nm RFSOI
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2/21/2017   9 comments
Globalfoundries announced it has development kits for its 45nm RFSOI process, a node geared for uses such as 5G millimeter-wave chips.
Cree, Infineon Nix Wolfspeed Deal Over U.S. Government Worries
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2/20/2017   Post a comment
Firms call off $850 million deal after Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States raises concerns.
Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers
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2/17/2017   3 comments
Big Blue has a new mesh network technology for its Weather Channel subsidiary that allows its app to propagate weather and disaster information among all cell phone users even when Internet and cellular networks are down.
A Roadmap to Emulation of 15 Billion Gate ICs
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2/16/2017   1 comment
Mentor's Veloce Strato platform said to stand ready to support leading-edge designs into 2022.
IoT Group Sets Broad Agenda
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2/15/2017   Post a comment
The OpenFog Consortium released a reference architecture it will use to guide efforts on standards and product design for the Internet of Things.
Toshiba May Sell Majority Stake in Chip Unit
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2/14/2017   4 comments
Japanese conglomerate says it may part with controlling interest in chip group to raise capital after $6.3 billion write down.
Security Experts Cite IoT Risks
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2/14/2017   4 comments
The Internet of Things and critical infrastructure represent two of the biggest security vulnerabilities, said experts at the RSA Conference.
Startup Schools Machine Learning
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2/14/2017   2 comments
Startup Gamalon debuted software that it claims can eliminate the expense and time needed for training deep neural networks.
IDT to Buy Optical Interconnect IC Vendor GigPeak
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2/14/2017   1 comment
All cash deal, worth $250 million, has been approved by both companies' boards.
Travel Order Stifles Startup Founder
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2/13/2017   1 comment
The founder of startup Kandou Bus was among unintended victims of President Trump’s travel restrictions that prevented him from receiving an award in person.
AI, Automotive Boost Nvidia
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2/10/2017   1 comment
Nvidia continued it's roll by reporting record quarterly sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.
G’foundries Revamps China Deal
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2/9/2017   10 comments
Globalfoundries will own and operate a 300mm fab in Chengdu, China, in partnership with the local government making 180-22nm chips.
Cree-Infineon Deal Challenged by U.S. Government
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Cree's $850 million sale of its Wolfspeed power and RF business could be dead in the water following objection from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CIFUS).
Data Center Calls for 800GE Spec
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2/9/2017   2 comments
Networking veteran Andy Bechtolsheim called for an 800G Ethernet standard this year based on 112G serdes to serve data centers.
Intel to Spend $7 Billion on Arizona Fab
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2/8/2017   10 comments
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, standing beside U.S. President Donald Trump, announced the company would invest $7 billion investment in a semiconductor fab in Arizona.
TSMC, Samsung Diverge at 7nm
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2/8/2017   9 comments
TSMC and Samsung described 7nm SRAMs at ISSCC, showing how different the companies’ process offerings will be under than name.
Micron, Hynix Reportedly Seek Stake in Toshiba
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2/7/2017   5 comments
Memory chip vendors said to be two of five firms who are looking to buy a 20 percent stake in Japanese giant's semiconductor business.
Intel Shows 2.5D FPGA at ISSCC
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2/7/2017   6 comments
Intel described its EMIB packaging in an ISSCC session where AMD showed its Zen 86 fits it’s a smaller die than Intel’s current 14nm chip.
TSMC Calls for New EDA Paradigm
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2/6/2017   7 comments
TSMC called for a new paradigm on EDA tools to handle divergent needs in the increasingly complex job of designing semiconductors.
Longtime NXP Researcher Snags IEEE Award
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2/6/2017   Post a comment
Marcel Pelgrom, author of an important model used in analog circuit design, was awarded the 2017 Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award by the IEEE.
AI Attracts Embedded Chip Veteran
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2/6/2017   3 comments
Tensilica founder Chris Rowen has started a new firm focused on helping startups bring machine learning to the Internet of Things.
AI Tapped to Improve Design
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2/3/2017   14 comments
Nine companies and three universities are exploring how machine learning could tackle difficult problems in electronics design.
Apple Watch Dominates as Smartwatches Return to Growth
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Global smartwatch shipments improved modestly in the fourth quarter, according to a market research firm.
Chip Group Sets 2017 Policies
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association released an eight-point policy agenda for 2017 that may clash with President Trump’s plans on trade and immigration.
System-in-Package Gets 100G Link
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Engineers are paving roads to 100G copper links, including a standard that could open a door for new system-in-package devices.
Fujitsu Rolls First FRAM For Automotive Market
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2/2/2017   2 comments
Device covers entire automotive temperature range up to 125°C and down to -40°C.
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