IoT Networks Get New Rival News & Analysis 12/9/2015 Post a comment Silver Spring Networks joined the increasingly crowded race to provide a wide-area wireless network for the Internet of Things with its 900 MHz Starfish network developed initially for smart utility meters.
ARM Sizes Up Moore’s Law News & Analysis 12/7/2015 3 comments It’s getting harder and more costly to make chips smaller and faster, but there is still hope for advancing Moore’s Law, said an ARM researcher at IEDM.
Samsung Preps $548M Check to Apple News & Analysis 12/4/2015 Post a comment Samsung said it its prepared to pay Apple $548 million in damages for violating iPhone patents but may ask for reimbursement pending appeals at the patent office and U.S. Supreme Court.
Chip Execs Hear of Bin Laden, Moore News & Analysis 12/4/2015 2 comments A former CIA director told of the hunt for Osama bin Laden at a Semiconductor Industry Association event where the group sketched out its policy agenda and gave an award to an Intel veteran.
IoT, Web Reshape Design News & Analysis 12/3/2015 Post a comment The Internet of Things and Web services are driving new metrics for designers said a consultant in a keynote at the Designers of Things event.
T.J. Rodgers on Mergers, IoT, More News & Analysis 12/3/2015 Post a comment T.J. Rodgers said the chip industry’s merger mania could continue for another two years in an interview where the Cypress CEO gave an update on his deals and his drive into Bluetooth.
Wearables Show New Wrinkles News & Analysis 12/2/2015 Post a comment More kinds of conductive yarns and people who want to weave with them into wearable electronics are emerging but the yarns lack clear specs.
HPE Melds Servers, Storage News & Analysis 12/1/2015 1 comment Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced Synergy, a server blade system with integrated software to ease the job of managing jobs across arrays of processors and hard and solid-state disks.
Tower Buys Maxim's Texas Wafer Fab News & Analysis 11/30/2015 Post a comment Foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) is set to buy an 8-inch wafer fab in San Antonio, Texas, from Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) for $40 million in Tower stock.
5G Idea Opens IoT Horizons News & Analysis 11/30/2015 Post a comment A battle of 5G air interfaces has started as one from researchers in Dresden claims it will open up new uses for the Internet of Things.
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires News & Analysis 11/23/2015 10 comments Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
Samsung on Intel's Heels in Chip Vendor Ranking News & Analysis 11/19/2015 2 comments Samsung is set to make in-roads into Intel's lead as the world's largest chip manufacturer in 2015, according to a list of chip companies ranked by forecast chip revenues from market research firm IC Insights.
Facebook Shifts Switch to 100G News & Analysis 11/19/2015 Post a comment Facebook announced it is designing a 100 Gbit/second top-of-rack switch for its next-generation data centers, reportedly using Broadcom’s Tomahawk chip.
Sarawak-Backed X-Fab Invests in Wafer Fab News & Analysis 11/17/2015 Post a comment More-than-Moore chipmaker X-Fab Silicon Foundries SE (Erfurt, Germany) has announced it will invest $114 million in its wafer fab in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, to meet demand for 0.18-micron and 0.35-micron manufacturing.
ARM Flexes Handset, IoT Cores News & Analysis 11/10/2015 1 comment ARM announced a new entry-level, 64-bit smartphone core, the A-35, and an architecture for supporting hardware-based TrustZone security on 32-bit microcontrollers.
IoT Nets Advance at Ingenu, LoRa News & Analysis 11/10/2015 Post a comment Ingenu revealed its plans for a U.S. 2.4 GHz network for the Internet of Things while rival LoRa Alliance announced an upgraded spec and a partner in India.
Smartphone Slide Proceeds, Says Q’Comm News & Analysis 11/4/2015 1 comment Growth of smartphone sales will continue to slow as China OEMs take a bigger share of the market and selling prices decline next year, said Qualcomm reporting drops in annual sales and profits.
Chip Sales Declined 3% in Q3 News & Analysis 11/4/2015 Post a comment Semiconductor sales trended downward in the third quarter amid softening demand and currency devaluation, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Intel Fills Out IoT Portfolio News & Analysis 11/3/2015 5 comments Intel filled out its platform for the Internet of Things with a new SoC, two microcontrollers and software for end node operating systems as well as cloud computing and analytics.
Qualcomm sketches road to 5G News & Analysis 11/3/2015 1 comment Qualcomm is starting to discuss its proposals for a 5G cellular air interface that includes a new protocol for the Internet of Things.
Cellular Simplifies its IoT Road Map News & Analysis 10/29/2015 Post a comment Three vendors announced milestones this week in the race to network the world for the Internet of Things. Underneath the breathless pace of the press releases however vendors are advancing less swiftly.
Lam Deal Leaves Open Questions News & Analysis 10/23/2015 Post a comment Lam Research’s proposed $10.6 billion acquisition of KLA-Tencor raises several unanswered questions about customer reactions, counter-offers, China and layoffs.
Further Details of FinFET ReRAM Released News & Analysis 10/22/2015 1 comment Further details have been released of the resistive RAM made using a 16nm logic FinFET manufacturing process. A full paper is due to be presented on a 1-kbit memory array of such devices at this year's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) coming up in December.
Lam, KLA May Leapfrog Applied News & Analysis 10/21/2015 Post a comment Lam and KLA-Tencor announced a $10.6 billion merger that one analyst said could help it leapfrog Applied Materials as the top supplier of semiconductor capital equipment.
Will Intel, with CDMA, Gun for iPhones? News & Analysis 10/14/2015 8 comments Now that Intel bought VIA Telecom’s CDMA assets, earlier market speculations pointing to Intel’s partial design win in iPhones next year may get more credible. Without CDMA, no smartphones can get into Verizon’s huge network.
City Aims to be IoT Petri Dish News & Analysis 10/13/2015 1 comment Bristol is installing high-end public wired and wireless networks aiming to create a place where vendors can experiment to the benefit of companies and citizens.
VeriSilicon to Acquire Vivante News & Analysis 10/12/2015 1 comment VeriSilicon plans to expand its IP portfolio and customer base, and to make a foray into the automotive market, through the acquisition of Vivante Corp., a leading embedded GPU IP vendor.
Dell/EMC Draw Mixed Reviews News & Analysis 10/12/2015 8 comments Dell’s bid $67 billion for storage giant EMC in a deal billed as the largest tech acquisition to date, but one already getting mixed reviews.
5nm Test Lights Litho Path News & Analysis 10/7/2015 5 comments Test chips made in a 5nm process showed the value of pushing today’s 193-immersion and tomorrow’s extreme ultraviolet lithography systems to their limits, said researchers at Imec and Cadence.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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