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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.
Fab Tool Billings Fall 13% in Q1
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6/7/2016   Post a comment
Strong increase in China not enough to offset weakness in Europe, South Korea and the U.S.
Rambus to Pay $32.5M for Semtech’s IP Biz
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
Deal, which includes additional payments through 2022, includes IP cores, patents and other assets marketed under the name Snowbush IP.
EnSilica, Micrium Partners on RTOS/MCU Integration
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
EnSilica and Micrium have partnered to port Micrium’s µC/OS-III RTOS to EnSilica’s family of eSi-RISC processor cores.
Stealthy Military Startup Launches Neural Processor
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
KnuEdge, a company that has raised more than $100 million since it was founded in 2005, rolls out a neuromorphic processor intended to accelerate voice recognition and other machine learning applications.
Ultrasoc, Sondrel Team on Debug IP
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6/6/2016   Post a comment
IC design services company Sondrel agrees to make use of Ultrasoc's debug IP within its designs.
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.
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