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Automotive Industry Drives Chip Demand
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11/20/2014   9 comments
Among all major end use-applications for integrated circuits, the automotive market exposes the strongest growth, finds market researcher IC Insight in a study to be released later this month.
Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?
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11/20/2014   7 comments
The acquisition of the Duracell battery brand by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway could have broader implications for the power technology industry.
Jaguar Land Rover Tours Its Cars
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11/19/2014   36 comments
Jaguar Land Rover detailed the complexity of electronics in its latest cars and gave a look at its ideas for features coming in the future in a keynote.
Intel Merges Mobile, PC Divisions
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11/18/2014   25 comments
In a move to streamline business and combat dismal financial results for its mobile in the third quarter, Intel will merge its mobile and PC divisions. The transition is set to occur in early 2015.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True
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11/18/2014   3 comments
China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Intel Guns for InfiniBand
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11/17/2014   5 comments
Intel announced the 10 nm version of Xeon Phi will integrate a 100 Gbit/s version of its Omni-Path interconnect with 56% lower latency and higher port density than InfiniBand.
Will New SoCs Keep Marvell at No. 2 in China’s LTE Market?
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11/17/2014   3 comments
Marvell, with a 30% market share in China’s LTE market today, plans to fend off competitors with two five-mode 4G LTE 64-bit mobile processors -- one with octa-cores and another with quad-cores.
Top 500 Supercomputers Sputter
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11/17/2014   6 comments
The latest ranking of the world’s top supercomputers shows little change in the winners and a rate of growth that is slowing in several ways.
ISSCC Tips Hot Circuit Designs
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11/17/2014   4 comments
The International Solid State Circuits Conference will host papers on new processors from Intel, AMD, and IBM and some of the first designs made in new FinFET processes.
Facebook Weaves New Fabric
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11/14/2014   5 comments
Facebook announced it is using a new fabric in its latest datacenter, using smaller existing 40G switches in a new topology rather than driving toward the bigger, faster aggregation switches datacenters sometimes use.
Analysts: TSMC’s FinFET Shows 'Company Ahead of Schedule'
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11/13/2014   1 comment
TSMC's "milestone" announcement on the production of its 16nm FinFET Plus process is yet another sign that the world's largest chip foundry is ahead of schedule, according to analysts.
Power Week: First Distributed Power Standards Unveiled by AMP Consortium
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11/13/2014   1 comment
The recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium announced initial standards for digital POL and advanced bus DC-DC converters aimed at providing a complete distributed power ecosystem.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers
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11/13/2014   1 comment
An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
Alca-Lu Puts Edge Router on X86
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11/12/2014   1 comment
Alcatel-Lucent plans to deliver all the functions of its custom-built edge routers on to x86 servers by the end of 2015 in a suite of software it calls its Virtual Services Router.
China, US Strike Tech Trade Deal
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11/12/2014   6 comments
Negotiators from China and the US strike a preliminary agreement to end tariffs on as much as $1 trillion in annual sales of high-tech goods including semiconductors.
Sensors See Gestures, Barcodes
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11/11/2014   3 comments
AMS AG announced a new family of intelligent sensors for gesture control at this week's Electronica in Germany. The next-generation TMG399x line adds sensing functionality and barcode emulation for mobile and other consumer electronics.
Cypress Jumps on BLE Bandwagon
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11/11/2014   6 comments
Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers discussed his new PSoC microcontrollers supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and a $9 node for what he calls the Internet of Plants.
Dell Research Updates Progress
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11/10/2014   3 comments
A year after its formation, Dell’s research arm is making strides in communications and focus on big data in medicine. Dell Research head Jai Menon talks future development in mobility, security, and machine learning.
PowerVR Guns for AMD, Nvidia
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11/10/2014   11 comments
Imagination Technologies' latest PowerVR Series 7 graphics cores sport a host of new features, including the ability to play in notebooks, consoles, and servers.
Smart Battery Charges Up for IoT
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11/7/2014   11 comments
Startup Roost is developing a new twist on the Internet of Things -- a smart, networked battery that will put existing smoke alarms on home WiFi networks.
Globalfoundries Wins Design Partner
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11/6/2014   8 comments
Invecas, an IP core and SoC design firm formed by combining two companies and a small group of ex-IBMers, has set up shop exclusively supporting Globalfoundries, which is racing to deliver 14nm FinFET node.
Power Week: Compact Fusion Energy About to Happen?
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11/6/2014   15 comments
Lockheed Martin is working on a compact fusion reactor the size of a jet engine that it says can be developed and deployed in under a decade.
TI to Open 300mm Wafer Bumping Facility in Chengdu
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11/6/2014   2 comments
TI will open a 300mm wafer bumping facility in Chengdu, China. The company described the move as the third leg of a “long-term China strategy,” unveiled in 2010, to establish production facilities in China.
Big Data Goes Unicorn Hunting
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11/6/2014   6 comments
In today's big data era, the U.S. is starving for data scientists, according to panelists at Dell World here.
China Owes Us, Qualcomm Says
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11/5/2014   18 comments
In an otherwise glowing quarterly financial report, Qualcomm said China device makers are not reporting hundreds of millions in sales to avoid royalties.
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   33 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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
10/20/2014   3 comments
The Khronos Group has officially released OpenVX, a high-level applications programming interface for computer vision apps.
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