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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   11 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   7 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   18 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."
PCIe Preps for Internet of Things
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6/4/2014   4 comments
Versions of PCI Express geared for the Internet of Things and SoCs are in the works, the PCI-SIG said at its annual developer's conference.
Marvell to Hitch Apple's Smart Home Ride
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6/3/2014   3 comments
As Apple guns for a big stake in technology for monitoring health and home, Marvell, Broadcom, and TI are looking to piggyback on the Apple campaign. Marvell launched three separate IoT SoCs made for iDevices.
Cavium Thunder Rattles Xeon
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6/3/2014   24 comments
Cavium will challenge Intel's Xeon server processors with Thunder, its first server and networking SoCs based on a custom 64-bit ARM core.
Computex: Pixelworks Debuts Mobile Video Post-Processing IC
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6/2/2014   3 comments
Pixelworks is the first chip vendor to develop a small, hardwired mobile video display processor that sits between a mobile SoC and the mobile device's panel.
100G Effort Eyes One Optical Lane
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6/2/2014   10 comments
A June workshop will scope out the possibilities and challenges for sending 100 Gbits/s over a single lambda focusing on data centers.
Intel Israel Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons
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5/30/2014   4 comments
Chiportal reveals the details behind Intel Israel's proposal to upgrade its fab in Kiryat Gat.
Apple’s IoT 'Good Housekeeping' Label: MFi
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5/30/2014   33 comments
Expect Apple to beat Google to the punch by unveiling the company’s IoT strategy on its home front at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.
Intel, You Can Drive My Car
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5/30/2014   32 comments
Recognizing that the car, once a mechanical device, is rapidly becoming a software-intensive system, Intel unveils a comprehensive plan to help automakers and car OEMs prepare for a future that includes, eventually, self-driving.
ARM Grabs Duolog for SoC Tools
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5/29/2014   1 comment
ARM is negotiating to acquire Duolog, a small EDA tools company with which it is developing trace and debug tools for multicore SoCs.
Power Week: Smaller EV Power Module, SiC Rectifiers & Battery Monitors
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5/29/2014   Post a comment
This week, a power module from Infineon for EV inverters has a 30% smaller form factor than previous devices. Also: new SiC Schottky rectifiers from Cree and multi-cell battery monitors from Texas Instruments.
Intel, Rockchip Co-Design Tablet SoC
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5/27/2014   16 comments
Intel will co-design a quad-core 3G SoC for entry-level Android tablets with Rockchip, one of China's top designers of ARM-based mobile SoCs.
Analog Devices Posts Strong Fiscal Q2
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5/23/2014   3 comments
Analog, mixed-signal, and DSP vendor Analog Devices posted strong second-quarter results on strength in all of its key market sectors, including industrial, automotive, and communications, which accounted for 89% of revenue.
HP Plans 16,000 More Layoffs
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5/22/2014   21 comments
Hewlett-Packard stunned analysts with plans to lay off 16,000 more employees, but execs insisted the company is on the road back.
Power Week: Toyota Develops SiC Transistor, Structural Supercap & More
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5/22/2014   1 comment
Toyota unveils an in-house-developed SiC power semiconductor to increase hybrid vehicle efficiency, a structural supercap that handles stresses and vibrations without affecting performance, a supercap charger/backup controller IC, and a high-voltage/high-current connector for commercial vehicles.
MIPS Rallies Open-Source Group
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5/22/2014   12 comments
Imagination Technologies gathered 10 companies including Broadcom, Cavium, and Qualcomm to develop open-source code for MIPS CPUs.
Patent Reform? Experts Say No
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5/21/2014   22 comments
A handful of papers presented at a Stanford symposium conclude the US patent system does not need reform, despite broad calls for change.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
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5/20/2014   18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Implant Gets Power Through Flesh
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5/19/2014   9 comments
A Stanford team claims it has developed a new approach to sending wireless power through living tissue, enabling smaller, deeper implants.
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