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MIT Research Looks to Extend Moore’s Law
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2/28/2014   5 comments
For years, the semiconductor world has waited for Moore’s Law to reach its limit. However, new research from MIT is showing how manufacturers can still shrink geometries past 20-nm cost effectively.
IBM Begins US Layoffs
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2/27/2014   28 comments
IBM began its first round of United States layoffs Thursday as part of a “global rebalancing” act that could save about $1 billion in costs. The restructuring process could see as many as 15,000 jobs being cut globally, including India, Brazil, and the European region
Baidu Grows Silicon Valley Footprint
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2/27/2014   2 comments
An expanding US development center will help China's search giant prepare a move to embrace GPUs and DSPs in its datacenters.
Power Week-in-Review: Dell Signs On to Wireless Power
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2/27/2014   2 comments
This week: Dell becomes the first major PC maker to support a wireless charging standard, nanoparticles improve a self-charging battery, and we see the first automated battery life measurement system for mobile devices.
5G Spectrum Needed, Says Expert
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2/26/2014   8 comments
US regulators should open up 28-90 GHz bands for cellular applications, paving the way for a wireless renaissance, said a veteran researcher.
Startup's Cluster Trumps InfiniBand
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2/25/2014   24 comments
A3Cube has developed an extension of PCI Express it claims supports latency of 100 nanoseconds in server clusters, far less than InfiniBand.
Intel, TSMC Revive EUV Hopes
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2/25/2014   28 comments
Intel and TSMC shared their latest efforts on extreme ultraviolet lithography, the technology they hope to use to make 7 nm and 10 nm chips.
LTE Built-In GM Cars: No Smartphones Required
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2/25/2014   24 comments
Smartphones are no longer the only platform hotly pursued by cellular operators eager to boost their revenue. Now, it’s cars. GM has partnered with AT&T, and Qualcomm launched 20nm LTE-A chipset for automotive.
AMD Targets Embedded Graphics
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2/25/2014   Post a comment
AMD is launching cards using its latest graphics chips as part of its drive to grow its embedded business.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Unveiled at MWC
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2/24/2014   12 comments
Samsung announced the next generation of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. The water and dust proof S5 has cat 4 LTE coverage and is designed to complement the company's new line of wearable devices.
Teenage CEO Speaks at EE Live!
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2/24/2014   9 comments
At 17, and chief executive of his own high-performance computer startup, Thomas Sohmers shares his views on Silicon Valley and more at EE Live!
$25 Smartphones on Firefox OS to Rock MWC
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2/23/2014   36 comments
Spreadtrum and Mozilla, Firefox's OS designer, have teamed up to storm emerging markets with a $25 smartphone -- its startling low cost enabled by web technologies.
Startup Stacks Chips Wirelessly
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2/21/2014   28 comments
ThruChip of Japan wants to license an inductive coupling method for linking 3D chip stacks wirelessly, saving costs and hassles of wired links.
Broadcom Chip Locates Wearables
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2/21/2014   4 comments
Broadcom announced a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and sensor hub integrated SoC. The 40nm chip is designed for low-power, mass-market wearable devices and aims to fix issues associated with high cost, often inaccurate GPS systems.
Antcor Drives WiFi at 900 MHz
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2/20/2014   6 comments
A new DSP block from Antcor supports the pending 802.11ah standard for 900 MHz WiFi, geared for the Internet of Things.
Power Week-in-Review: Injectable Microbattery, Android Audio Tunneling & 'Pomegranate' Electrode
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
This week, an injectable microbattery offering twice the energy of similar devices, a "pomegranate-inspired" electrode that could spur development of silicon-based Li-ion batteries, and audio DSP cores that cut Android audio processing power and save battery life.
Intel Drives Xeon to Big Data
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2/19/2014   11 comments
In an effort to increase data analysis power, Intel has achieved breakthrough computing speeds on its recently announced Xeon E7 v2 family of server processors. The Xeon processors can analyze large, diverse amounts of previously inaccessible data.
Startup Claims Cellular Breakthrough
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2/19/2014   22 comments
Artemis, the latest startup of serial entrepreneur Steve Perlman, claims it can virtualize cellular base stations, creating capacity for users and carriers.
Wireless Charging Shift Ahead
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2/18/2014   29 comments
Several wireless charging solutions are in development or on the market, but consolidation is necessary before the technology can become ubiquitous.
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented
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2/18/2014   3 comments
Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
Startup Promises Bandwidth Boost
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2/18/2014   30 comments
Kandou Bus says it can boost data rates or cut power fourfold in many chip interfaces thanks to an insight from its founder, a math professor.
Devices on Net to Top 6 Billion in 2014
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2/13/2014   13 comments
A new IHS report shows that Internet-connected devices will surpass the 6 billion make in 2014, and devices with more versatility are replacing more traditional form factors.
IoT Street-Wise CTO at EE Live!
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2/13/2014   4 comments
Startup IoT pioneers, including the CTO of Streetline, will share their experiences in the IoT summit at EE Live! 2014.
Power Week-in-Review: Fusion Breakthrough, Flexible Piezo Fabric & NASA Boosts EVs
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2/13/2014   1 comment
This week, scientists move one step closer to achieving fusion "ignition," a flexible energy harvesting fabric that delivers twice the power of other such textiles, NASA commits to power source development for EVs, and a MIPI-BIF-compliant fuel gauge IC.
Broadcom, Mediatek Dial Up LTE
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2/13/2014   8 comments
Two semi industry players vying for a larger share of the US market have announced LTE SoCs, increasing competition in the ongoing LTE rollout. Broadcom and MediaTek’s LTE solutions come in different forms but promise to make a sizeable dent.
Google Ramps Up Chip Design
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2/12/2014   35 comments
Evidence is mounting that Google is ramping up a broad and deep chip design capability, but its focus and timing are still unclear.
Patent Suit Bills Found Wanting
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2/11/2014   32 comments
Congress is expected to pass legislation to curb frivolous patent suits, but experts say current draft bills are flawed.
ARM Expands Cores for Midrange
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2/11/2014   15 comments
ARM announces the Cortex A17 and a display controller acquired from Cadence as its latest cores targeting 2015 midrange smartphones.
Google Cloud Needs Lower Latency
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2/10/2014   8 comments
A Google fellow asked engineers at ISSCC to come up with new techniques to reduce latencies to handle a rising tide of sensor data from wearables.
Google Glass Gets Korean Upgrade
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2/10/2014   5 comments
Researchers in Korea develop a custom accelerator chip geared to providing a next-generation user interface for wearable glasses.
Intel Labs Vows to Run Tight Ship
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2/9/2014   11 comments
The new director of Intel Labs said in his first press conference he will keep the group focused on big bets relevant to the company's business.
IBM’s Chip Unit on Chopping Block?
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2/7/2014   50 comments
Discussions about putting IBM’s semiconductor business on the chopping block have returned with a vengeance. IBM reportedly retained Goldman Sachs to look for possible buyers.
Power Week-in-Review: 10 EV Predictions
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2/6/2014   2 comments
This week, 10 market and technology predictions for electric vehicles in 2014, an energy harvester that continuously converts low-frequency vibration to electricity, a "proton flow" battery that could offer an economical hydrogen-based alternative to lithium, and a real-time AC power monitor IC.
Chips Break Sales Record in 2013
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2/5/2014   12 comments
The semiconductor industry posted record sales in 2013, climbing 4.8% to reach $305.6 billion. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that global sales in December 2013 were the strongest on record at $26.6 billion.
Government OKs Car-to-Car Talk
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2/5/2014   23 comments
In announcing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology Monday, the US Dept. of Transportation pledged to “begin taking steps to enable” V2V for light vehicles. But it stopped short of proposing rulemaking.
Bitcoin CPUs Coming, Says Investor
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2/4/2014   46 comments
Bitcoin will give rise to a class of specialized parallel processors, says a veteran investor, but one engineer expresses skepticism.


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