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Exar to Sell Display IC Subsidiary to Chinese Firm
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6/3/2016   Post a comment
Beijing-based fabless semiconductor firm Chipone to pay $136 million at closing, expected before year's end.
Russian Make Diamond MEMS Resonators
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6/2/2016   2 comments
Russian researchers claim a world record for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) semiconductors resonators that they are modeling for super-sensitive sensors.
FDSOI Grabs European Money for IoT
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6/1/2016   Post a comment
Globalfoundries and STMicroelectronics are the leading chip companies in a European Commission collaborative research project that aims to create an ultra low-power platform for Internet of Things applications based on 22nm FDSOI chip manufacturing process.
Globalfoundries Expands into Chinese Wafer Fab
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
U.S.-based foundry plans to upgrade an existing semiconductor facility in inland China to run some of its processes on 300mm-diameter wafers.
Startup Settles With Broadcom, Raises $50 Million
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Innovium, a fabless semiconductor startup founded in 2014 to pursue networking technology, said it raised more than $50 million in venture capital and settled a legal dispute with Broadcom.
China Moves in Takeover of European Wafer Supplier
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Okmetic, the eighth largest wafer supplier in the world, has recommended acceptance of an offer from a Shanghai-based firm.
ARM's Bifrost Steps Up Graphics, Bridges to Machine Learning
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
The Mali-G71 GPU core is ARM's first that follows a new architecture called Bifrost that has been launched providing support for the Vulkan API from the industry-run Khronos Group.
MRAM Seen Leading Embedded Non-Vol Memory Race
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5/31/2016   1 comment
Spin-torque transfer magnetic RAM is leading a race for inclusion as an embedded non-volatile memory at the 28nm chip production node according to the memory department director for European research institute IMEC.
SoC Spec Defines Core Interfaces
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5/31/2016   Post a comment
Designers can now create SoCs that share coherent memory among cores based on the version 1.1 spec from the Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation.
Cavium Flexes ARM Server Upgrade
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5/30/2016   Post a comment
With its first-generation still not in high volume use, Cavium detailed ThunderX2, a 14nm 54-core ARM server SoC sampling in early 2017.
FDSOI Driving ST's Automotive Biz
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5/27/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics says the fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator chip manufacturing process it championed has become almost the default choice for digital manufacturing within its automotive and discrete group.
Quantum Dots Deep Into Hybrid LEDs
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5/27/2016   Post a comment
Researchers have designed a novel photonic quasi-crystal LED structure that deeply embeds quantum dots within the whole stack of the LED's active layers.
Microsoft Shines Light on HoloLens
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5/25/2016   2 comments
The head of Microsoft’s HoloLens team gave his first public talk on the hardware inside the novel augmented reality headset and the accelerator chip that drives it.
IoT Security is Imec Target
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5/25/2016   Post a comment
The Imec research institute kicked off a program to upgrade embedded security for the Internet of Things and announced record efficiency and size for a novel solar cell.
Moore on his Law and More
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5/24/2016   14 comments
Imec celebrated Gordon Moore with a lifetime achievement award and a video interview from his home in Hawaii.
Tower Debuts RF Process For IoT Front Ends
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Specialty foundry says it has begun mass production of a silicon-germanium process tailored to meet the demands of wireless front-ends on an integrated circuit for the Internet of Things.
Going the Distance with PCIe
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Redrivers can strengthen signals and maintain their integrity when they have to travel further within a system, including SATA and M.2 SSDs
Arteris Rolls New Heterogeneous SoC Architecture
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5/23/2016   Post a comment
Intellectual property vendor touches new technology for designing SoCs with cache coherency.
Accelerators Unite ARM, IBM, X86
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5/23/2016   2 comments
Seven chip companies will define a cache-coherent interface between accelerators and server processors spanning ARM, IBM Power and x86 architectures.
16-Bit MCU With Smart Card Interface Targets Card Reader Tokens
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Seiko Epson is now shipping samples of a low-power, 16-bit microcontroller with on-chip flash memory.
TI Still Top Dog in Industrial Chips
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5/19/2016   1 comment
Intel moves into No. 3 position behind Infineon, according to annual ranking compiled by Semicast Research.
Google’s TPU Hit a Tight Sked
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5/19/2016   6 comments
Norman Jouppi, a veteran processor and server engineering manager, shares some of the story behind Google’s custom accelerator for machine learning.
Data Centers Drive Startup
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
DriveScale applies lessons from Google to virtualize servers and SAS storage arrays for large business data centers.
Synopsys Aims to Deliver ‘Software Signoff’ Platform
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
Leading EDA vendor looks to software quality and security to broaden its serviceable market.
Google Designing AI Processors
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5/18/2016   23 comments
Google has developed and is running in its data centers a custom accelerator for artificial intelligence its calls a tensor processing unit.
Infineon Reshuffles Management Board
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5/18/2016   Post a comment
Amidst a phase of double-digit growth, Infineon reports a major reshuffle at its management board.
Kyocera, FotoNation Unite on AI Car Cameras
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5/17/2016   Post a comment
Kyocera and FotoNation announce partnership agreement to develop intelligent automotive camera technology deemed critical in coming era of semi- and fully autonomous cars.
Evidence of Chip Sales Decline Mounts
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5/16/2016   1 comment
IDC becomes the latest market research firm to predict that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016.
Lam, KLA Deal Faces DoJ Scrutiny
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5/15/2016   Post a comment
Analysts are divided on whether a U.S. request for more information on the proposed $10.6 billion deal to combine Lam Research and KLA-Tencor spells the beginning of the end for the merger.
Chip Market Slowdown Takes Toll on Suppliers
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5/13/2016   Post a comment
With the semiconductor market in a lull, most of the top 10 suppliers posted first quarter sales down significantly from last year.
LEDs Spur Growth in Power ICs
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5/12/2016   2 comments
Power semiconductor and power supply vendors are poised to cash in on strong growth anticipated for LED lighting in coming years.
DoD Reorgs Silicon Valley Outpost
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5/11/2016   1 comment
U.S. Defense Secretary named a slate of tech execs from companies such as Apple and Google to help lead his Silicon Valley outpost, DIUx.
Nest Shares Thread Code
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5/11/2016   Post a comment
Google’s Nest released an open source version of software it uses to implement Thread to accelerate adoption of the smart-home protocol.
IC Capital Spending Forecast Improves Slightly
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5/9/2016   Post a comment
Gartner says spending to decline by 2%, an improvement from its January projection.
Cellular Link Paves Road to 5G
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5/9/2016   1 comment
The Next-Generation Fronthaul Interface (IEEE 1914) promises lower costs for carriers and could enable 5G features such as cloud-RAN and massive MIMO.
Strong Growth Seen For CMOS Image Sensor Market
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
IC Insights projects that market will grow at 9% CAGR through 2020 as automotive, security and medical applications adopt the technology.
Analog, MEMS Drag On ST’s Results
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5/6/2016   Post a comment
Rumor mill says Carlo Bozotti's tenure as CEO could soon come to and end.
IoT Network Calls for Sensors
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5/5/2016   4 comments
Senet said it has found third-party gateway vendors but now needs more connected sensors to fuel its LoRa network service for the Internet of Things.
Analog, MEMS Drag on ST Results
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5/4/2016   3 comments
One of Europe's top three semiconductor companies STMicroelectronics NV has found that it is now analog and MEMS business unit that is dragging the company down and keeping it in loss.
Former Intel Exec Perlmutter to Chair ReRam Startup
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5/4/2016   5 comments
David Perlmutter, a former executive vice president and chief product officer at Intel, has agreed to be non-executive chairman of Weebit Nano, a startup formed to commercialize silicon dioxide resistive RAM technology.
Chip Roadmap Reboots Under New Management
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5/4/2016   5 comments
The IEEE has taken ownership of the ITRS process for defining the chip road map, expanding it to including computing systems.
Microchip, Micrel CEOs Duel Over Deal
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5/3/2016   9 comments
Micrel and Microchip CEOs came to loggerheads over the extent of layoffs after a recent acquisition.
Chip Sales Edge Up Slightly
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5/3/2016   2 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that chip sales increased slightly in March compared with February, but sales for the first quarter were down sequentially and year-over-year.
Cadence DSP Targets Neural Network Development
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5/2/2016   1 comment
Tensilica Vision V5 digital signal processor promises 4X performance improvement over predecessor for use in fast-growing field of artificial intelligence.
MaxLinear Buys Microsemi’s Broadband Wireless Unit
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5/2/2016   Post a comment
Technology and assets, formerly of PMC-Sierra, to be combined with MaxLinear's low-power, digital CMOS, radio-frequency mixed-signal capabilities.
How Google Made Chromecast Cool
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5/2/2016   Post a comment
Since the release of the first generation of the Chromecast, Google has old more than 20 million units to customers looking to make their tired old TVs a little smarter.
Chips for Energy Harvesting: The Next Billion-Dollar Market
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4/29/2016   Post a comment
Although energy harvesting has failed to take off to date, it is expected to drive $3 billion in semiconductor sales in 2020, according to Semico Research.
Radio Show Taps into Sensor Nets
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4/29/2016   4 comments
Two experts share real-world experiences designing and securing wireless sensor networks for the Internet of Things in an EE Times Radio show.
Cypress to Pay $550 Million for Broadcom’s IoT Business
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4/28/2016   1 comment
Cypress says deal will open up new markets, give firm leadership position in consumer Internet of Things space.
TI Tops Estimates on Automotive IC Strength
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
Buoyed by strong sales of automotive semiconductors, Texas Instruments delivered first quarter results that beat Wall Street's expectations.
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