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Samsung Starts Volume Production of DDR4 Memory
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8/30/2013   10 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has started volume production of DDR4 format memory, for use in enterprise servers in datacenters.
SK Hynix 16 nm NAND Flash Headed for SSD
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8/29/2013   5 comments
SK Hynix joins the ranks of 16 nm NAND flash suppliers, but has yet to say what memory capacity it is offering.
GPU-Compute on Exynos Made Easier
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8/29/2013   2 comments
Imagination has developed OpenCL extensions related to camera operations and computational photography that apply to its PowerVR Series 5 GPUs -- in use in such platforms as the Odriod development board and the Samsung Galaxy S4.
CMOS Timing Startup Turns to Crystal
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8/28/2013   9 comments
A developer of CMOS replacements for crystal oscillators has a new CEO, taken on more VC funding, and extended its business plan to include crystal oscillators.
MediaTek, MStar Merger Gets China's OK
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8/28/2013   11 comments
China's Ministry of Commerce has approved a proposed $4 billion merger between fabless chip companies MediaTek and MStar – but with conditions.
Autonomous Cars: Breaking Down Market Forecasts
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8/23/2013   40 comments
Market forecasts on autonomous cars wildly vary, depending on how “autonomous” people mean when they say “autonomous cars” – and what legal and commercial roadblocks they anticipate.
EVs Are Environmentally Friendly: True or False?
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8/20/2013   44 comments
Are “green” electric cars a fallacy? Climate Central’s latest report -- in its state-by-state analysis -- offers more nuanced answers.
ARM Preps Near-Threshold Processor for IoT
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8/15/2013   17 comments
ARM has been researching logic operation at near-threshold voltages and at clock frequencies of the order of tens of kilohertz. Its CTO says a core that uses such low voltages and clock frequencies could support low-power processing in applications that rely on energy harvesting.
NXP: 3 Phases of Automotive Ethernet
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8/14/2013   10 comments
The introduction of Ethernet inside the automobile is inevitable, but opinions are divided about how it will be phased in and what role it will play.
Smartphones Outsell Feature Phones for First Time
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8/14/2013   20 comments
Sales of smartphones grew 47 percent in the second quarter and accounted for more than half of all mobile handset sales, according to Gartner.
MEMS Nixes Quantum Light Fluctuations
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8/14/2013   9 comments
Caltech researchers harnessed MEMS resonators to nix the tiniest quantum fluctuations in laser light, potentially enabling a new generation of ultra-precise measurement instruments.
Apple to Boost Pure-Play Foundry Growth
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8/14/2013   9 comments
Thanks largely to expectations that Apple will move at least some of its chip manufacturing to TSMC, overall pure-play foundry sales are expected to grow more than 20 percent this year.
Ceva-ZTE Deal Hints Home-Grown ASIC Is Back
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8/13/2013   14 comments
ZTE's chip division will be using Ceva's DSP to design LTE TDD/FDD multi-mode SoCs to power its upcoming base stations for the global market.
Mobile Rising in Processor Market
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8/13/2013   11 comments
Mobile processors are becoming more significant in an expanding microprocessor market, because the PC market is in the doldrums, and non-x86 processors are failing to penetrate PCs, IC Insights says.
Intel Acquires Fujitsu Wireless
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8/13/2013   33 comments
Intel confirmed a report by analyst Will Strauss that it acquired Arizona-based subsidiary of the Japanese electronics giant.
Rambus Focuses on Products, Not Patents
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8/12/2013   12 comments
Under CEO Ron Black, Rambus has a renewed emphasis on bringing technologies and products to market, rather than on simply licensing patents.
TSMC's Sales Growth Slowed in July
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8/12/2013   3 comments
Year-on-year revenue growth at leading foundry TSMC slowed in July while the same metric at its rival UMC increased, sending mixed signals about any imminent slowdown.
Academic Tips Non-Filamentary ReRAM
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8/9/2013   57 comments
University of Colorado professor and ferroelectric expert claims metal-insulator transition memory can be next non-volatile memory.
TI Illustrates Car Security Threats
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8/9/2013   30 comments
Certainly, not everyone in the automotive industry is dismissing the recent car-hacking tech paper. Texas Instruments isn’t taking it lightly, either.
US Strength Lifts Q2 Global Chip Sales
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8/7/2013   6 comments
Industry statistics show the global growth in chip sales was driven by market strength in the Americas balancing Japanese weakness.
Ethernet Backbone in Car: Hype or Reality?
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8/6/2013   41 comments
Can the traditionally conservative automotive industry's fixation for penny-pinching and proprietary technology ever be flipped?
3D NAND Production Starts at Samsung
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8/6/2013   16 comments
3D memory era begins as Samsung starts mass production of a multilayered 128 Gbit NAND flash memory based on a charge-trap cell.
Memory Surge Shakes Up Chip Vendor Ranking
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8/5/2013   14 comments
Memory and fabless chip companies have done well in the latest ranking of semiconductor chip vendors from market research firm IC Insights.
ReRAM Startup Bets on Silver
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8/5/2013   65 comments
Startup fabless chip company Crossbar has announced it has a working array that validates its silver-over-amorphous-silicon, non-volatile memory technology.
MediaTek Starts Pushing Octa
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8/5/2013   21 comments
MediaTek has started describing the benefits of "true" Octa application processors in an apparent precursor to the launch of an eight-core processor.
Slideshow: High-Voltage Hybrids & EVs
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8/2/2013   10 comments
The new breed of higher-voltage architectures for hybrids and electric vehicles provides more power for the auto industry's growing list of electrical features.
Memory Market Turning on Q3 Caution
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8/2/2013   5 comments
NAND flash memory prices have slipped back after three months of rises, and caution is starting to drive the market.
AMD's x86-Based SoC Powered Down by Third
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8/1/2013   2 comments
AMD has released an accelerated processing unit that tests at 3W power use with a 6W maximum thermal design power.
Sensor Hub IP Supports Optimization
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8/1/2013   4 comments
Synopsys is preparing a software-programmable sensor hub IP core that is based on the ARC processor.
60 GHz WiFi Startup Funded for IP Push
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8/1/2013   13 comments
UK startup raises money to deliver programmable baseband IP for 60 GHz WiFi and 4G back-haul applications.


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