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Micron Fab Incident Disrupts DRAM Supply
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7/5/2017   1 comment
A market watcher says a supply disruption at a Micron fab in Taiwan could reduce global DRAM supply by 6 percent in July.
Combined Handset, PC Shipments Expected to Decline
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7/5/2017   1 comment
Gartner expects rate of PC decline to slow while smartphone market posts strong growth in 2017.
U.S. Seeks Life After Moore’s Law
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7/5/2017   12 comments
DARPA will host events this month to outline a $200+ million program to find ways of scaling electronics beyond Moore’s law.
FTC Clears Broadcom's Acquisition of Brocade
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7/3/2017   1 comment
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission voted to approve the $5.9 billion deal after Broadcom said it would create a firewall to prevent information about Cisco's fibre channel switches from stifling competitiveness.
NASA Wants Tricorder for Mars
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7/3/2017   3 comments
A group of researchers working on the Mars mission at NASA wants an all-in-one portable scientific instrument for testing the red planet’s rocks.
ReRAM Goes 3D
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6/30/2017   14 comments
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has reinvented its resistive-RAM process to achieve a ReRAM that is amenable to 3D stacking, giving the “universal” memory an edge over flash.
ARM SoCs Take Soft Roads to Neural Nets
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6/29/2017   2 comments
NXP, Qualcomm, and ARM have all released math libraries to run neural network inference jobs on their existing CPU, GPU, and DSP cores.
Toshiba Fires Back at Western Digital, Seeks $1.1B in Damages
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6/28/2017   1 comment
Feud between partners deepens as Toshiba says it won't meet deadline for selling chip business.
Baidu Upgrades Neural Net Benchmark
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6/28/2017   1 comment
Baidu upgraded DeepBench, its open-source benchmark for neural net training to include inference and support for lower-precision math.
Purple-emitting LEDs Get Closer to the Sun
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6/27/2017   3 comments
Seoul Semi has paired its purple-emitting LEDs with Toshiba Materials-engineered RGB phosphors to more closely mimic natural daylight spectrum.
DRAM Prices Expected to Climb
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6/26/2017   1 comment
With DRAM chips being used in more applications, ASPs projected to grow even while smartphone and PC shipments remain tepid.
Expert Panel Debunks AI Hype
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6/26/2017   6 comments
Neural networks will see broad use, but they have real limits and are far from fulfilling the dream of artificial intelligence, said a panel of experts.
Moore’s Law’s End Reboots Industry
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6/26/2017   3 comments
The semiconductor and computer industries is being transformed as Moore’s Law slows and dies, said a panel of experts considering the future.
Toshiba and the Parable of Flash
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6/26/2017   1 comment
Spinning off its flagship NAND flash memory business could help save struggling Toshiba. But 30 years ago the company nearly squandered its leadership role in the flash revolution.
SiLabs CEO Plots Slow, Steady IoT Strategy
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6/23/2017   5 comments
“IoT is in a bit of a trough right now,” Silicon Labs’ CEO said, just as he was leaving the ballroom where he delivered a keynote entitled “Accelerating the IoT.” Is he sensing a whiff of IoT backlash?
Accelerator Grades Hardware Startups
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6/23/2017   Post a comment
Hax said it sees continued growth in the business of accelerating hardware startups through rapid prototyping and crowdfunding.
Handsets Expected to be Largest Market for ICs
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6/22/2017   Post a comment
Cellular handsets are expected to surpass PCs as the largest application for integrated circuits for the first time in 2017.
Imagination Puts Itself on the Block
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6/22/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies said the whole company is up for sale after fielding interest from several parties.
Intel Brings VR, 5G to Olympics
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6/21/2017   8 comments
Intel will build experiences using virtual reality, 360-degree video, 5G cellular, and drones for the Olympics starting with the 2018 winter games.
iPhone Team Recalls Steve Jobs
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6/21/2017   2 comments
Four engineering managers from the original Apple iPhone team recounted their work on the landmark smartphone and interactions with Steve Jobs.
Japan-led Consortium Wins Toshiba Memory Bidding
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6/21/2017   4 comments
Winning bid submitted by Innovation Network of Japan, Bain Capital and Development Bank of Japan.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
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6/21/2017   1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.
Cypress Stockholders Elect T.J. Rodgers' Nominees to Board
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
Camillo Martino and J. Daniel McCranie elected to board after long and bitter proxy battle.
AMD Rolls Epyc Server SoCs
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6/20/2017   3 comments
AMD formally announced Epyc, a family of server SoCs using its Zen x86 core, weeks before Intel is expected to debut its 10-nm Skylake Xeon chips.
Comcast Shares IoT, LoRa Insights
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6/19/2017   Post a comment
The manager of Comcast’s emerging MachineQ service for the Internet of Things shares his views of IoT and the LoRa network he chose.
UMC Appoints Co-presidents as CEO Steps Down
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6/16/2017   2 comments
Taiwanese foundry takes page from rival's book, names two to lead the company.
Western Digital Sues to Halt Toshiba Sale
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6/15/2017   Post a comment
Complaint filed in California Superior Court asks court to prevent Toshiba from transferring assets that are part of joint venture between the firms.
Exascale Project Awards $258M
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6/15/2017   1 comment
Six U.S. chip and systems companies will split $258 million in grants to do research toward building an exascale-class supercomputer by 2021.
Google Ramps Mobile SoC Team
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6/14/2017   11 comments
Google is hiring mobile SoC designers to build chips for its smartphones and has already snagged one senior designer from its chief rival Apple.
B'com Overhauls Network Switches
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6/14/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom announced its Trident 3, an overhaul of its mainstream Ethernet networking switch that now effectively embeds a packet processor.
G’foundries Updates 7nm, EUV Plan
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6/13/2017   4 comments
Globalfoundries provided more detail on its 7nm and EUV plans claiming its process is ready for designs and exceeding targets.
Intel Sued Over Handset SoCs
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6/13/2017   Post a comment
Qbex, a system assembler in Brazil, charged Intel knowingly sold it faulty smartphone SoCs in a complaint filed in a San Jose court.
Big Data Makes Big Waves
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6/8/2017   Post a comment
The rise of big data continues to expand out from the web, touching many businesses, spawning data scientists, and reshaping the job of technologists.
Greengrass Embeds Amazon in IoT
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6/8/2017   Post a comment
Amazon rolled out Greengrass, a Linux runtime for running AWS services on GHz-class embedded processors in the Internet of Things.
PCI Express Preps Shift to 32G
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6/7/2017   8 comments
The PCI Express bus will get a doubling to 32 GTransfers/s with a Gen 5 planned in 2019 following the rollout of the first Gen 4 systems this year.
Why Qualcomm's New JV Irks Tsinghua Unigroup
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6/6/2017   Post a comment
China's two high-profile investment firms, JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital, investors of semiconductor business units divested by NXP, are now backing a new Qualcomm-Leadcore JV focused on chipsets for mass-tier smartphones in China.
Apple, Amazon to Join Foxconn's Toshiba Bid
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6/5/2017   7 comments
Foxconn's CEO reportedly tells Nikkei that the electronics powerhouses are participants in the contract manufacturers' $27 billion to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business.
Apple Turns Up Speakers, AR
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6/5/2017   4 comments
Apple rolled out a Siri-powered music speaker, developer’s kits for AR and machine learning and new iMac and iPad Pro systems.
NAND Shortage Drives Price Surge
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6/2/2017   2 comments
Contract pricing for NAND flash surged by 20 to 25 percent in the first quarter, a strong testament to the undersupply condition that persists in the market
Nvidia CEO Says Moore’s Law Is Dead
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6/1/2017   7 comments
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang has become the first head of a major semiconductor company to say what academics have been suggesting for some time: Moore’s Law is dead.
3DXP's Memory Role Unclear
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5/31/2017   7 comments
Customers and analysts have mixed views on the outlook for Intel’s 3D XPoint chips as main memories in servers 2018.
Apple, Intel Attack Rivals
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5/30/2017   Post a comment
Apple hired a top Qualcomm engineering manager and Intel rolled out a new high-end CPU line in signs of the intense competition in processors.
ARM Cores Target AI-powered Future
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5/29/2017   Post a comment
Two new application processor cores introduced as part of an ambitious goal to accelerate AI adoption and get an ARM processor core into every IoT device by 2035.
DRAM Price Surge Continues
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5/26/2017   2 comments
Global DRAM sales reached record heights in the first quarter, thanks to a 30 percent increase in the average contract price of PC DRAM modules, according to DRAMeXchange.
RF Filters Boost MEMS Market
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom moves into No. 2 spot in MEMS sales, suprassing TI, according to Yole Développement.
Smartphone Sales Grew 9% in Q1
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Chinese vendors Huawei, Oppo and Vivo continued to take market share from Samsung and Apple, Gartner says.
Big Data Reshapes Silicon
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5/25/2017   2 comments
Two new processor architectures will be described at a conference in June, the latest of many targeting machine learning for an age of big data.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
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5/24/2017   5 comments
Samsung's foundry unit updates tech roadmap, including the addition of 4nm process with "post FinFET structure" to begin production in 2020.
Western Digital Reportedly Ups Bid for Toshiba Memory
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5/24/2017   3 comments
Bid worth about $18 million would resolve dispute with NAND partner but would likely heighten regulatory scrutiny.
LinkedIn Group Preps Server Specs
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5/23/2017   Post a comment
LinkedIn has partnered with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, GE Digital, and others to form Open19, a group working on server specs for data centers.
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