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Intel to Accelerate Altera, Says CEO
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8/18/2016   8 comments
Intel will support Altera's base FPGA business including use of ARM cores and long lifetime products, said Intel's CEO.
Wintel Reunites in Mixed Reality
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
Microsoft and Intel will release a specification in December for headsets and PCs running Windows 10 that support virtual and augmented reality.
Intel Grabs ARM for 10nm Foundry
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8/16/2016   18 comments
Intel revealed first details of its 10nm process and said it will start making ARM-based mobilde SoCs for Spreadtrum and LG Electronics.
AMD, Nvidia GPU Battle Heats Up
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
New graphics processors from AMD and Nvidia are rolling out in a head-to-head battle of GPU giants that is still too early to call.
DRAMs to drag ICs to -2% in 2016
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8/11/2016   Post a comment
The latest version of The McClean Report projects a 19% decline in DRAMs due to falling PC and tablet sales, dragging total IC revenues to a 2% contraction in 2016.
Samsung Debuts 3D XPoint Killer
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8/11/2016   5 comments
Samsung announced Z-NAND, a 3D flash variant it says will have similar performance and lower cost in solid-state drives than Micron Quantx SSDs.
SMIC Raises Target for 2016 Sales
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8/10/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, today raised its aim for sales this year on unexpectedly strong demand.
Micron demos 3D XPoint in drives
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8/9/2016   2 comments
Micron showed prototype solid-state drives using its 3D XPoint memories with data for their performance as Toshiba talked about NAND flash advances.
Wi-Fi Interference Hits Spotlight
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8/9/2016   2 comments
The levels of interference between Wi-Fi access points are all over the board according to tests presented at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Cellular, Wi-Fi Clash in Air War
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8/8/2016   8 comments
A test plan for LTE-U has sparked a battle between cellular and Wi-Fi companies over how to share unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum.
GaN Power Amplifier Addresses 5G
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8/5/2016   2 comments
Researchers in Germany have developed one of the building blocks required to roll out 5G networks: An integrated circuit for power amplifier transistor implemented in gallium nitride technology.
Silicon Researcher Scans Horizon
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8/5/2016   Post a comment
The head of CEA-Leti gives her views on outlook for fully depleted silicon-on-insulator, other emerging semiconductor technologies and women in engineering.
Field Data Proves GaN FET Reliability, Says EPC
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8/2/2016   Post a comment
Gallium nitride power FET maker Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has published its reliability report documenting GaN technology reliability after millions of device hours of stress testing, and based on analysis of all field returns.
Stanford’s Hennessy: STEM to CPU
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8/1/2016   20 comments
Stanford President John Hennessy shared his views on education, Silicon Valley, the tech industry, microprocessors and the EE profession.
Wearables Try On Package Options
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7/28/2016   1 comment
The fragmented market for wearable computers is pushing innovations in device packaging and interconnects said Qualcomm, Mediatek and others.
Marvell Swings to Loss in Delayed Report
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
New CEO Matthew Murphy says he is looking to trim the fat and focus on profitable businesses.
China Likely to Narrow Chip Gap, IC Insights Says
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7/27/2016   4 comments
China, which in dollar terms imports more semiconductors than oil, is likely to narrow its chip trade deficit by the end of this decade, according to market research firm IC Insights.
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.
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