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ADI to Acquire Linear Tech for $14.8 Billion
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7/26/2016   15 comments
Latest semiconductor industry blockbuster deal would combine analog chip heavyweights.
Smartwatches Give Mobile Uptick
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7/26/2016   Post a comment
Smartwatches will dominate wearables which are driving growth and excitement in mobile amid a slowing smartphone market, said analyst Linley Gwennap.
TI Stays Steady Without Blockbuster Deal
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Texas Instruments, which has shied away from the sort of blockbuster acquisitions made by peers over the past two years, continues to post strong sales and profits.
IP Pioneer Mark Templeton Dies
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Co-founder and former president of Artisan Components drown July 17 while kayaking on Oregon's Rogue River.
Startup’s IoT SoC Packs a Punch
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7/25/2016   1 comment
Startup Greenwaves is working on a high performance SoC to make nodes on the Internet of Things capable of machine learning and high data rates.
ASML Reports Progress on EUV
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7/22/2016   3 comments
ASML took orders for four pre-production EUV systems in its latest quarter, fueling hopes the new lithography scanners will be ready for 5nm chips in 2020.
Gartner Again Trims Forecast for Chip Capex Decline
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7/21/2016   Post a comment
Market research firm now expects a modest 1% year-to-year decline in semiconductor capital spending despite supply glut.
Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash
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7/20/2016   1 comment
Amid second-quarter results, Intel said it expects a double-digit PC decline this year but sees flash picking up as it continues a 14nm rollout and starts a 10nm ramp.
IEDM Explores Silicon Horizon
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7/20/2016   Post a comment
The annual International Electron Devices Meeting released a preliminary program covering topics from quantum and neuromorphic computing to the 5nm node and the IoT.
5G Research Gets U.S. Call
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7/16/2016   Post a comment
The U.S. took a step ahead in 5G cellular research with a $400 government effort drawing praise from experts who called for global harmony on spectrum.
FCC Paves Way for 5G
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7/15/2016   Post a comment
The U.S Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve a set of rules for wireless broadband communications operating above 24 GHz.
Wearables Don Secret Materials
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7/14/2016   2 comments
Contract manufacturer Flex and fabric maker MAS Holdings partnered to bring printed inks and conductive yarns to wearables later this year.
TSMC to Adopt Extreme Ultraviolet at 5nm
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7/14/2016   5 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it will fully implement extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography to make 5nm chips by the end of this decade.
Brexit Vote Prompts Reduced Global Chip Market Forecast
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7/13/2016   1 comment
IC Insights has lowered its 2016 semiconductor market forecast from 2 percent growth to an annual decline of 1 percent.
IBM Gives Appliances a Voice
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7/13/2016   2 comments
White goods makers are testing ways to embed into appliances links to data analytics for voice interfaces.
U.S. PC Sales Show Surprising Strength
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7/12/2016   Post a comment
PC shipments in the U.S. unexpectedly increased year-over-year in the second quarter, snapping a string of five straight down quarters.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Startup Debuts Open Source SoCs
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7/11/2016   2 comments
Startup SiFive aims to use the open source RISC-V core as the heart of two SoC platforms, enabling a broader set of engineers to build custom processors.
Startup Looks to Put PAs on CMOS Express
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7/8/2016   Post a comment
ACCO Semiconductor has emerged from semi-stealth mode with a new type of transistor that it says enables power amplifiers to be built in CMOS.
Chip Sales Remain Stagnant
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7/8/2016   3 comments
Chip sales posted a slight sequential uptick in May, but were down nearly 8% compared with May 2015, according to the SIA.
ASML’s Tech Chief Snags SIA's Noyce Award
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7/7/2016   Post a comment
Martin van den Brink, a long-time technologist at lithography system vendor ASML Holding NV, has been named the 2016 winner of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)’s Robert N. Noyce Award.
Startup Aims to Simplify Networks
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7/5/2016   1 comment
Startup Barefoot Networks will sample its Tofino chips late this year to enable software-defined networks using the P4 language.
Micron to Cut Jobs
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7/1/2016   Post a comment
Memory chip maker will shed unspecified number of jobs in cost-cutting move amid challenging market conditions.
Rambus to Buy Inphi’s Memory Business
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6/30/2016   Post a comment
Deal, worth $90 million, expands Rambus technology in server memory interface chips.
Video Compression Feels a Pinch
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6/30/2016   6 comments
Clouds surround digital video with compression gains currently falling far short, but Microsoft and Google shared promising work on augmented reality and royalty-free codecs.
AMD Buys PC Gaming Software Firm
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6/29/2016   2 comments
Chip vendor says software designed for Radeon will help "future proof" graphics processors.
Intel Renews Deal with Irish Research
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6/29/2016   Post a comment
vIntel Corp. has renewed its research partnership with Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland, for a further three years and worth $1.5 million.
PCIe 4.0 Heads to Fab, 5.0 to Lab
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6/28/2016   2 comments
Chips using PCI Express 4.0 are preparing to tape out although the spec isn’t done; work a 5.0 version will start next year targeting 16 or 32 Gbits/second.
Aquantia Rolls Second-Gen AQrate Chips
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6/28/2016   Post a comment
Startup, considered a prime candidate for IPO, also marks milestone in NBASE-T PHY shipments.
5G, Cellular IoT Step Ahead
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6/27/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm followed Ericsson and others rolling out prototype 5G products as the 3GPP finished 4G standards for the Internet of Things.
Fab Tool Book-to-Bill Remains Above Parity
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6/23/2016   Post a comment
Ratio of bookings to billings among North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers has been greater than 1.0 each month of 2016.
Consolidation Shuffles Automotive IC Vendor Rankings
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6/22/2016   Post a comment
NXP and Infineon moved up the list of automotive chip suppliers last year based on big acquisitions.
Michael Slater Brought Clarity to CPU Complexity
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6/20/2016   6 comments
The founder of the Microprocessor Report died of cancer Saturday at his home of Sebastopol, Calif.
Maxim Exec Named Marvell CEO
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6/20/2016   Post a comment
Former Maxim Integrated sales VP tapped to succeed Sehat Sutardja at Marvell Technology.
China Tops U.S. in Supercomputers
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6/20/2016   5 comments
China built the world’s most powerful supercomputer with chips it designed itself and topped the U.S. for the first time in the number and performance of installed systems.
Bluetooth Steps Beyond PAN
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6/17/2016   12 comments
With Bluetooth 5 and mesh chips the former personal area network will extend its reach in home and building automation, challenging Zigbee.
ASML Buys Hermes for $3.1B
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6/16/2016   1 comment
ASML will spend $3.1 billion to buy Hermes Microvision for its e-beam tools that support the roll out of extreme ultraviolet lithography.
Samsung Reportedly Appoints Panel to Protect Fab Workers
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6/16/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics has appointed an ombudsman committee to monitor and report on workplace safety at its wafer fabs, according to a Korea Herald report.
Intel, CEA Team on IoT Research
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6/16/2016   1 comment
Chip giant signs five-year deal for shared R&D program with European research institute.
China to Dominate Fab Building
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6/16/2016   2 comments
Ten of the 19 fabs set to be built worldwide in 2016 and 2017 will be in China, according to the trade group SEMI.
Cavium Buys QLogic for $1B
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6/15/2016   3 comments
Cavium will expand from a range of security, comms and server processors and switches into storage and networking with the acquisition for $1 billion of Qlogic.
Zigbee Mesh Gets Early Praise
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
The JupiterMesh wireless network specification from the Zigbee Alliance is getting early praise from analysts as an alternative to Wi-Sun for smart meters and cities.
MIT's Phase-Locked Laser Array Yields Better Beam
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6/14/2016   Post a comment
Researchers from MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have demonstrated a natural phase-locking mechanism of closely integrated nanolasers, showing that the typically unwanted lateral emissions could contribute to a long-range global coupling of all the lasers in the 2D array.
Apple Expands in AI, Smart Home
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6/13/2016   9 comments
Apple announced software upgrades for the iPhone/iPad, Macintosh, Apple TV and Apple Watch, expanding its reach in machine learning and the smart home.
IPhone Deal Would Boost Intel
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6/10/2016   9 comments
Growing reports say Apple will use Intel LTE chips in iPhone 7 handsets for AT&T, a deal which could propel Intel into third place in mobile basebands.
IDC Cuts PC Shipment Forecast
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6/10/2016   Post a comment
Market research firm now expects PC market to contract at faster rate following dismal first quarter.
Cellular IoT Raises Hopes, Concerns
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6/9/2016   2 comments
Emerging cellular LTE and other low power wide area networks are creating a fragmented web of options to connect the Internet of Things.
Micron’s Inotera Buy Delayed
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6/8/2016   Post a comment
Memory chip maker says parties unable to conclude deal by original target date of mid July.
SIA Expects Chip Sales to Fall
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6/8/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade group joins chorus of market watchers in predicting that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016 in the face of sluggish demand and macroeconomic headwinds.
Autonomous Vehicle Forecast Boosted by R&D Increase
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6/8/2016   3 comments
Sales of autonomous vehicles are projected to grow much faster than previously thought based on a host of factors, according to a new forecast from IHS Automotive.
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