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Amazon Invests in MEMS Pioneer
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12/13/2016   Post a comment
Vesper Technologies, a developer of piezoelectric MEMS microphones, plans to use capital to launch more broadly.
Qualcomm Falters at Top Of Fabless Ranking
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12/13/2016   Post a comment
Despite an annual revenue decline, Qualcomm remained at the top of the rankings of fabless chip companies by sales.
AMD Clocks Ryzen at 3.4 GHz+
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12/13/2016   3 comments
AMD said that its Zen x86 core running at 3.4 GHz and higher will ship before April in an SoC called Summit Ridge for gaming PCs.
AI Ethics Effort Starts at IEEE
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12/13/2016   1 comment
The IEEE is seeking feedback on a broad initiative to develop ethical standards and best practices for designing systems with artificial intelligence.
AMD Amps up its AI Play
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12/12/2016   1 comment
AMD announced a suite of boards, software and systems that dramatically amp up its play in machine learning against rivals Nvidia and Intel.
VR Stitches Remote Travel Services
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12/9/2016   Post a comment
Engineers are developing 360-video cameras and stitching and encoding software to enable real-time travel experiences.
Broadcom Posts Fiscal Q4 Loss
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12/8/2016   Post a comment
Chip vendor raises long-term gross margin forecast as it moves to complete the integration of Avago Ltd., Broadcom Corp.
ARM Offers Support For TSMC 7nm Manufacturing
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12/8/2016   1 comment
ARM has announced the availability for evaluation and licensing of its Artisan physical IP platform for the 7nm 7FF FinFET process from TSMC and a design win at that level with Xilinx.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon to Support Windows 10
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12/7/2016   Post a comment
Collaboration represents first support for Windows 10 on ARM-based processors.
Leti's 5nm Node to Stack Si Nanowires
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12/7/2016   Post a comment
Researchers from CEA-Leti presented two papers unveiling promising nanowire architectural blocks for the 5nm node at the 2016 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting.
Software-for-Multicore Startup Raises Funds
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12/7/2016   Post a comment
Software-for-multicore tool developer Silexica Software Solutions has raised $8 million in a Series A round of funding.
Bluetooth Beams New Spec, Chips
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12/7/2016   3 comments
The Bluetooth SIG ratified its version 5 spec, enhancing range, throughput, and beacon support.
Q’comm Takes ARM Servers to 10nm
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12/7/2016   14 comments
Qualcomm demoed a 48-core ARM server SoC made in a 10-nm process it is now sampling to web data center giants.
What Siemens' Mentor Buy Means to IC Designers
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12/6/2016   1 comment
Ever since Siemens’ plan to acquire Mentor Graphics became public, many in the semiconductor industry have been parsing its implications. We caught up with Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics and Chuck Grindstaff, executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software.
TSMC, IBM Detail 7-nm Work
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12/6/2016   12 comments
TSMC and IBM reported results at IEDM on separate 7-nm efforts, nudging Moore’s law forward and showing progress with EUV lithography.
Virtual Reality Group to Define APIs
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12/6/2016   Post a comment
A new Khronos working group will define APIs for virtual reality products to ease writing and optimizing applications and device drivers.
Microgrid Shares the Power in NYC
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12/5/2016   Post a comment
Off-the-shelf hardware and blockchain-enabled virtualization is enabling a distributed energy system, the Brooklyn Microgrid, that faces policy hurdles.
Digital Clothes: Not Putting You On
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12/5/2016   Post a comment
Wearables are making progress in their journey from watches and glasses to everyday objects like shirts and pants, but the technology won’t hit the local mall in 2017.
Obama Blocks China's Acquisition of Aixtron
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12/3/2016   6 comments
Move likely to exacerbate tensions over China's place in global semiconductor industry.
Obama Set to Block Acquisition of Aixtron by Chinese Firm
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
U.S. President reportedly will prohibit acquisition of German semiconductor equipment supplier on U.S. national security grounds.
SMIC Establishes Specialty Foundry JV
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
China's largest foundry sets up joint venture with the city of Ningbo to address specialty technology applicable to the Internet of Things.
QuickLogic to License FPGA Fabric
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12/1/2016   Post a comment
FPGA vendor says it will license programmable logic technology for use as an embedded fabric with Globalfoundries' manufacturing processes.
RISC-V Expands its Audience
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12/1/2016   2 comments
RISC-V attracted a stellar list of chip architects and executives to its latest workshop, but the effort to grow an open-source instruction set has a big to-do list.
IoT to Get Security, Gateway Benchmarks
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11/29/2016   1 comment
The EEMBC group has started work on benchmarks for Internet of Things security and gateways and has existing work in measuring IoT connectivity.
Open Source SoC Debuts
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
Startup SiFive released its first open-source SoC based on the RISC-V instruction set and an Arduino development board to go with it.
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag
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11/29/2016   1 comment
A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
Tech Volunteers Heed the Call
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
Disaster Tech Lab needs a few technically minded volunteers to help set up solar power and Wi-Fi networks in global disaster sites and refugee camps.
Macom Buys Applied for Comms
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11/21/2016   1 comment
Macom has bid $770 million for Applied with plans to sell off its X-Gene ARM server SoC unit but cherish its "gold nugget" of networking chips.
Intel’s Nervana Attacks GPUs
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11/17/2016   5 comments
Intel will ship AI accelerators from Nervana next year as part of a broad machine learning strategy that is still waiting on its acquisition of Movidius to close.
Samsung Makes 10nm Q’comm SoC
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11/17/2016   6 comments
Qualcomm announced it is in production with its next generation mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 835, in Samsung’s 10nm process.
Intel Preps its AI Strategy
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11/15/2016   3 comments
Intel will lay out what one rival said may be a bet the company” strategy on AI this week, spanning Xeon, FPGA, Movidius processors and more.
7nm SRAMs, 10nm SoC at ISSCC
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11/14/2016   4 comments
The annual International Solid State Circuits Conference will showcase advanced work on 7nm SRAMs, a 10nm SoC and an efficient AI SoC.
Chip Veterans Scan Horizon
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11/11/2016   3 comments
Three industry veterans gave their views of the semiconductor sector’s future at an event where ASML promised a system to advance chip scaling.
Google's Mobile VR Still a Wild West
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
A test run of Google’s mobile VR system called Daydream shows mobile virtual reality is still a Wild West of dangers and riches being pioneered.
Supercomputer Aims for Exascale
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
U.S. researchers announced $34 million in software projects as part of their plan to build exascale supercomputers that may include new memory and programming technologies.
China Signs IoT Interop Plan
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11/8/2016   Post a comment
The Industrial Internet Consortium signed a deal with China officials that's part of an expanding network of global agreements on interoperabilty in IoT.
Chip Forecast Rises Through 2017
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11/7/2016   5 comments
International Business Strategies updated its semiconductor forecast to growth through 2017, in part due to rising memory prices and sales.
ASML Invests $1.9B in Next-Gen EUV
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11/3/2016   3 comments
ASML will spend a total of about $1.9 billion on a collaboration with Zeiss to build next-generation optics for extreme ultraviolet lithography systems
Hock Tan Carves Up Brocade
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11/2/2016   1 comment
Broadcom bid $5.9 billion for Brocade in a deal that carves up Fiber Channel and Ethernet parts of the systems company.
Anticipating a More Virtual Moore’s Law
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11/2/2016   5 comments
Nicky Lu, executive director of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association, anticipates the coming era of a “virtual” Moore’s Law. InFO and through interconnect via (TIV) will play key roles in a resumption of growth the chip industry, he said.
AI Chip Startup Shares Insights
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11/1/2016   1 comment
After announcing funding, startup Graphcore executives talked about their plans in machine learning and building a company.
Microsoft Speeds Open Hardware
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11/1/2016   2 comments
Microsoft revealed early specs of ts next-generation data center server and said work on open hardware needs to become as fast and flexible as open source software.
U.S. Convenes Chip Study Group
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10/31/2016   8 comments
The Obama administration convened top semiconductor executives to make recommendations on what the sector needs to deal with threats from China and a slowing Moore’s law.
Samsung, Bosch Bet on AI Chip Startup
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Startup Graphcore announced a $30 million investment from partners including Samsung and Bosch for its processor designed for machine learning.
MediaTek May Be Among First with 10nm SoCs
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest rival in the smartphone silicon business, said it aims to be among the chip industry’s first companies with 10nm products on the market starting in the second quarter next year.
ARM Fellow Surveys Moore’s Law
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10/27/2016   5 comments
Despite challenges, ARM’s head of silicon research remains optimistic on the outlook for semiconductors at 3nm and beyond.
TSMC Likely to Lock up Apple A10, A11 Orders
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10/26/2016   2 comments
TSMC will probably make nearly all of the A10 and A11 processors for Apple this year and next because of a competitive advantage the Taiwan foundry has gained in packaging technology called InFO (Integrated Fan Out), according to analysts.
SUSE Preps Linux for ARM Servers
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10/25/2016   Post a comment
SUSE said it will ship before the end of the year commercial versions of Linux for ARM servers and for storage systems.
IoT Networks Get New Provider
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10/25/2016   1 comment
M2M Spectrum Networks picked for its licensed sub-GHz bands in the U.S. the LoRa variant of Link Labs to serve users in the industrial Internet of Things.
Intel, ARM Battle over IoT
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10/25/2016   3 comments
Intel and ARM load up enhanced processors as their battle over the Internet of Things heats up this week.
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