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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Teardown: Original Phablet Sets Bar
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9/27/2013   10 comments
With Qualcomm still in the house, 32-Gbit NAND, Samsung goes for substance over kitsch. See a view inside the phone in this TechInsights' teardown.
IEDM Set to Stage FinFET vs. FDSOI
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9/27/2013   28 comments
The leading-edge of semiconductor technology becomes more complex, and IEDM is there to bear witness -- and stage FinFET versus FDSOI, the battle for sub-20nm semiconductors.
Driver Assistance: Radar or Vision?
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9/27/2013   46 comments
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are driving the business of automotive electronics suppliers today.
Intel-Backed Chinese Chip Firm Files for IPO
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9/26/2013   4 comments
A Chinese analog and mixed-signal fabless chip company that has been supported by Intel has filed for an initial public offering of shares and listing on the Nasdaq market.
Broadcom’s Car Gambit: 802.11ac/Bluetooth LE Combo IC
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9/26/2013   21 comments
Broadcom is making an aggressive wireless entry into the automotive market by rolling out the industry’s first automotive-quality 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth low-energy combo chip.
Ericsson Retunes Radio for $4B Small Cell Market
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9/25/2013   12 comments
Claiming it is redefining the architecture for small cells, Ericsson announced its Radio Dot leveraging standard office cables for indoor cellular networks.
Qualcomm Move Raises Wireless Charging Questions
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9/25/2013   12 comments
Co-founder of the Alliance for Wireless Power has joined the board of rival organization the Wireless Power Consortium.
Mega ASIC Drives Cisco Router
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9/24/2013   7 comments
A 598mm2 40nm ASIC, the nPower X1, is at the heart of a family of new carrier-class routers announced by Cisco Systems.
Applied, Tokyo Electron Agree to $29 Billion Merger
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9/24/2013   38 comments
New name needed for proposed trans-Pacific "merger of equals" that will create a clear market leader in chip- and display-making equipment.
Freescale, Micron Extend Memory Research
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9/24/2013   2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor and Micron Technology have extended separate memory research partnerships in attempts to add to their capabilities at the leading-edge of chip production and find technology that can scale beyond the limits of NAND flash memory.
Slideshow: Smart Brings Joy to New Concept Car
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9/24/2013   15 comments
The Smart Fourjoy includes a futuristic interior with a rear bench seat designed to look like lounge furniture, as well as transparent exterior parts and LEDs fitted to its front and rear lights.
Group Defines Carriers' Needs in SDN
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9/23/2013   3 comments
Carriers' requirements for emerging software-defined networks are defined in a new document from the Optical Internetworking Forum.
China Foundry Extends Embedded Memory Range
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9/23/2013   2 comments
Chinese foundry SMIC is offering memory compilers for a range of nonvolatile memory types at critical geometries down to 55nm.
ST, Movea Forge Mobile Sensor Hub
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9/23/2013   9 comments
Data-fusion software from Movea is being added to ST microcontroller to create a sensor hub platform.
Slideshow: Can Edison2 Convince Detroit to 'Lighten Up'?
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9/20/2013   81 comments
Edison2's CEO Oliver Kuttner's dream is to change today's car architecture completely. He is pitching Very Light Car platform, available for partnering or licensing, to ultimately bring margins back to the automotive industry.
SanDisk Samples Special Memory for Intel Tablets
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9/20/2013   8 comments
Flash-based storage specialist has announced that it has optimized its 19nm iNAND flash memory for use in tablet computers based on the Bay Trail 22nm Atom processor.
Superconducting Quantum Computer Beckons
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9/20/2013   11 comments
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has reported the first demonstration of high-temperature superconductivity in the surface of a topological insulator--a promising material for quantum computers whose bulk properties are that of an insulator, but whose surface is a conductor.
Apple M7 From NXP, Says Chipworks
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9/20/2013   18 comments
The Apple 5S sensor controller is an NXP device, according to a teardown from Chipworks that also examined the A7 processor and other elements.
NXP Teams With TTTech to Develop Automotive Ethernet Switch Chip
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9/18/2013   8 comments
With the Ethernet now invading cars, “the next logical thing” for the auto industry to look for is an automotive Ethernet switch chip, says NXP.
True White LEDs on the Horizon
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9/17/2013   12 comments
Physicist Z. Valy Vardeny and his colleagues at the University of Utah inserted platinum atoms into an organic semiconductor to tune its light emission to different colors in the quest for emitting truly white light to replace future light bulbs.
Counter Argument: 3 Reasons We Need V2X
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9/17/2013   25 comments
Often left out of the self-driving car debate are the real reasons behind developing the autonomous car -- in a social context.
Plastic Memory Firm Plans Pilot Line
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9/17/2013   5 comments
Thin Film, a developer of organic ferroelectric nonvolatile memory technology, has ordered equipment for a pilot production line in Linkoping, Sweden, and announced a plan to raise about US$23 million via the sale of shares.
EDA Startup Offers Language, Hardware IDE
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9/16/2013   26 comments
Two researchers have teamed up to launch an EDA startup. They already have an IDE-style product for hardware designers that is available to license.
Schlumberger Backs Nantero's CNT Memory
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9/16/2013   7 comments
A company that uses carbon nanotubes within a non-volatile memory device has raised funds from new strategic investors.
Silicon Sees Schizophrenic Forecast
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9/12/2013   6 comments
The economics look good for as much as 13 percent growth in 2016, but beyond that tech hurdles are huge, said Bill McClean of IC Insights.
Dialog Mulls MEMS Market Entry
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9/12/2013   14 comments
The mixed-signal and power chip vendor wants to add MEMS technology to its range of offerings for mobile devices.
China Is the Only Reason the iPhone 5c Matters
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9/10/2013   39 comments
The iPhone 5c matters, because Apple's China strategy goes nowhere without it.
Intel Quark Runs on Roof, Raises Questions
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9/10/2013   29 comments
Intel jumped into the microcontroller space with Quark, a synthesizable core and its lowest end x86 to date already running in the field.
Chinese Memory Firm Pursues NVM Research
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9/10/2013   7 comments
A memory-chip company based in Beijing, China, has formed a consortium with the Institute of Microelectronics of Tsinghua University (IMETU) to undertake research into non-volatile memory.
TSMC's Sales Stay Strong in August
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9/10/2013   2 comments
August did not dampen sales progress at leading foundry TSMC, where the year-to-date sales figure is running 19 percent ahead of the equivalent figure in 2012.
Qualcomm’s Naked EV Ambition
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9/10/2013   11 comments
When FIA launches the electric-car competition in 2014 as an alternative to Formula 1, Qualcomm will be first in line, serving as a technology partner to the Formula E championship.
SunEdison to IPO Wafer Supply Unit
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9/9/2013   Post a comment
Wafer supply firm that is moving towards solar module and farm activity and has filed for an IPO of its wafer supply business that could raise up to $250 million.
Quantum MIIM Diodes Beat Silicon
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9/6/2013   14 comments
Oregon State University (OSU) claims to have boosted the performance of metal-insulator-metal (MIM) diodes by adding a second insulator layer to yield MIIM diodes with superior quantum tunnel for faster speeds than silicon.
Fab Fire Causes DRAM Price Surge
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9/6/2013   16 comments
A fire at a wafer fab belonging to SK Hynix in Wuxi, China, is likely to push up the price of DRAMs used in personal computers and smartphones in the second half of 2013.
AMS Builds 3D Chip-Stacking Line
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9/5/2013   2 comments
Analog and sensor IC company AMS has invested more than about $33 million to create production capacity for analog 3D ICs at its wafer fab in Austria.
Broadcom Buys Renesas' LTE Assets – IP, SoC & Engineers
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9/4/2013   19 comments
Broadcom Corp. surprised many in the mobile industry by announcing a definitive agreement to acquire LTE-related assets from Renesas Mobile.
Slideshow: Intel Beats ARM Servers
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9/4/2013   16 comments
With its 22 nm Avoton now shipping, Intel released benchmarks showing it beats ARM server SoCs in performance and performance-per-watt -- for now.
SuVolta Power-Saving Chip Process Enters Production
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9/4/2013   Post a comment
Fujitsu launches image processor chip that uses DDC technology from SuVolta. Chip provides twice the performance of competitors' products and consumes less power, Fujitsu claims.
Chip Market Growth Strengthens in July
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9/4/2013   8 comments
Global chip sales for July were up 5 percent on the same period in 2012, with a US boom more than compensating for a declining Japanese market. However, Japan showed strong growth compared with the previous quarter.
ARM Buys Display IP From Cadence
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9/3/2013   2 comments
No price was given for the deal, but Cadence has agreed to transfer its Panta display controller cores to ARM.
Indian Startup Uses Imagination for Wearable SoC
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9/2/2013   14 comments
An Indian startup chaired by Sanjay Jha, previously CEO and chairman of Motorola Mobility, has announced it has licensed graphics and MIPS processor cores from Imagination for use in its upcoming wearable processing unit (WPU) chip.
Average Vehicle Age Hits 11 Years
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9/1/2013   12 comments
How old is your car? Your car may be younger than the average vehicle age on the road.


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