AMD relinquishes stake in Globalfoundries News & Analysis 3/5/2012 30 comments AMD agreed to relinquish its remaining 14 percent stake in Globalfoundries and to pay Globalfoundries $425 million as part of an amended foundry supply agreement between the two firms that will enable AMD to use another foundry provider at the 28-nm node.
SIA committed to data programs, says chief News & Analysis 3/1/2012 5 comments Brian Toohey, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association trade group, said the organization remains committed to data programs and that he is hopeful that a solution can be reached to enable the WSTS to continue reporting data on microprocessor sales.
Luxtera, ST in deal to take silicon photonics mainstream News & Analysis 3/1/2012 12 comments STMicroelectronics NV has said it agreed with CMOS photonics specialist Luxtera Inc. to develop a dedicated silicon photonics process at its 300-mm research and pilot production wafer fab in Crolles, France. Production at Crolles would then enable the two companies to provide silicon photonics components and systems.
SIA pulls plug on fab capacity report News & Analysis 3/1/2012 9 comments The Semiconductor Industry Association said it would cease publication of a closely watched quarterly report on chip fab capacity utilization, one day after it came to light that Intel and AMD stopped participating in another program that pools and reports data on chip sales.
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.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments