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IBM, GF Strike Historic Fab Deal
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10/20/2014   12 comments
IBM will transfer its two loss-making fabs to GlobalFoundries along with $1.5 billion in cash and related patents in a deal that could take a year to get regulatory approval and even longer to sort out its implications for both companies’ roadmaps.
IoT Group Turns Off TV Band
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10/20/2014   6 comments
The Weightless SIG is turning away from its TV White Spaces effort and moving up-band to 900 MHz with the help of NWave Technologies, which joins the Internet of Things effort.
Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks
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10/17/2014   6 comments
At least a half dozen new efforts are sprouting up to patch gaps in Ethernet, forcing engineers to reconsider the road map for the ubiquitous networking technology.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
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10/16/2014   6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
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10/15/2014   7 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
Why Infineon’s 200mm Fabs Matter
Blog  
10/14/2014   9 comments
A recent visit to Infineon's 200mm fabs in Dresden is surprising on two levels: the company's commitment to its older fabs and the level of "factory automation" it has pulled off.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines
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10/13/2014   1 comment
The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Slideshow: Maxim Integrates IoT
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10/10/2014   3 comments
The Internet of Things in its industrial and consumer flavors was a main focus for Maxim's annual demo day for its chips and reference designs.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
News & Analysis  
10/8/2014   16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Gigabit Ethernet Seeks a Boost
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10/7/2014   18 comments
Broadcom and Cisco are leading a call for interest in 2.5G and 5G Ethernet to give a boost to business-class access points swamped by throughput from emerging 802.11ac WiFi links.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
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10/3/2014   6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
IoT Calls for Simpler Protocol
Blog  
9/29/2014   13 comments
Chirp is a simplified messaging scheme geared for the Internet of Things where many basic devices will not have the muscle to process traditional protocols such as IPv6, says author Francis DaCosta.
Radios Tune Up for 5G
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9/26/2014   5 comments
5G cellular is expected to drive work in a couple new air interfaces, massive MIMO antennas, millimeter-wave frequencies, and Gbit-class LTE, but many hurdles lie ahead, say wireless experts.
Infineon's Secret Weapon: Dresden Fab, 48V Car Battery
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9/25/2014   40 comments
Infineon is banking on its power semiconductors to expand its presence in the global automotive market while its 300mm "thin" wafers and 48V battery will help meet the CO2 emission target for EU cars.
Carriers Define the Virtual Network
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9/24/2014   Post a comment
The ETSI network functions virtualization (NFV) group is extending its efforts another two years as it makes progress toward defining a virtualized network for telecom carriers.
Broadcom Beefs Up Switch for SDN
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9/24/2014   4 comments
Broadcom will pack 7 billion transistors and 480 Mbits memory into its next generation Ethernet switch chip, the Strata XGS Tomahawk, targeting software-defined networks for rapidly expanding data centers.
Q’comm Does Watches, Glasses, Robots
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9/19/2014   4 comments
Qualcomm showed design wins in smartwatches, VR glasses, and robots at its annual Uplinq event where it also gave updates on AllJoyn and its efforts in smartphones and WiFi.
Cavium Attacks B'com in Switches
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9/16/2014   3 comments
Cavium aims to leapfrog networking giant Broadcom with new Ethernet switches from its acquisition of Xpliant, which has both a novel chip and approach to semiconductor startups.
Apple, Samsung in 20nm Race
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9/15/2014   6 comments
Apple and Samsung are poised to ship their first smartphones using 20nm mobile processors, but they are applying the silicon technology in radically different ways.
Intel Opens Door on 7nm, Foundry
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9/11/2014   15 comments
Intel said it sees a path to making 7 nm chips without EUV lithography and gave its most detailed talk to date on its foundry service to share its chipmaking capabilities.
Apple Watch: 4 Things to Like, 3 Not So Much
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9/10/2014   34 comments
Remember, Apple Watch won’t hit the market until 2015. But as far as I know now, here are a few Apple hits and possible misses.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G
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9/8/2014   4 comments
Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G SerDes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
50G Ethernet Debate Brewing
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9/3/2014   16 comments
The Ethernet Alliance will host a discussion on the future of Ethernet at which engineers are expected to debate the need for a 50G standard, among other issues.
3G/4G Rising for M2M
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9/3/2014   2 comments
3G and 4G cellular networking is on a rapid rise in machine-to-machine applications, according to an analyst with market watcher Berg Insights.
Wireless Net Takes the Next Train
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9/2/2014   3 comments
The first products are about to adopt the new 802.15.4p positive train control standard, which promises to decrease fatal accidents on railways around the globe.
9 Insights From Hot Interconnects
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8/29/2014   4 comments
Facebook described its network switch, while experts picked apart flaws in Ethernet, WiFi, InfiniBand, Linux, last-mile connections, and more at Hot Interconnects where one next-big-thing was silicon photonics.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs
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8/28/2014   10 comments
Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Google Preps Virtual Network
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8/27/2014   2 comments
Google described Andromeda, a central server-based controller users will be able to access to create, run, and extend virtual networks running in Google's data centers.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
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8/26/2014   12 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Startup Promises Sub-$20 DNA Test
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8/20/2014   12 comments
Startup InSilixa described a silicon bio-sensing array that promises to bring molecular diagnostics to the point of care with tests that cost less than $20.
China Wants to Be No. 1
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8/20/2014   13 comments
China aims to produce half the semiconductors it consumes by 2020, and it hopes to consume many of them in locally made smartphones, too.
Analog Bits to Design Mixed-Signal IPs for China
Blog  
8/19/2014   5 comments
The competition among the fabless Chinese has gotten so fierce that many local companies are turning their attention to details like mixed-signal IPs, according to an executive at Analog Bits.
China vs. Qualcomm: Chip's 'Nationality' Still Matters
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8/15/2014   22 comments
China is using every possible tool to pressure foreign companies. It appears a little too convenient for Chinese regulators to scrutinize multinationals for antitrust allegations while China's chip vendors, now "state-owned," become less transparent.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds
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8/13/2014   12 comments
Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
Freescale Japan Chief Breaking Barriers, Storming Castles
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8/8/2014   7 comments
Japan, once the leader in the high-tech world, has lost that distinction. “Japan needs to put that giant belt back,” says David Uze, president of Freescale Japan, “by leading the world in IoT.”
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
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8/4/2014   7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
IBM, GF Explore New Partners
Blog  
8/4/2014   5 comments
Globalfoundries is focused on getting to 14 nm as fast as possible, so reports that it turned down a deal to buy IBM's two fabs for $2 billion make sense.
25G Ethernet Looks Back to Future
Blog  
7/30/2014   11 comments
The chairman of the group that set 40 and 100 Gbit/s Ethernet standards gives his perspective on the recent decision to explore a 25G interface.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol
News & Analysis  
7/29/2014   1 comment
The IPSO Alliance will release a reference architecture for an IoT software stack based on the Internet Protocol, along with a list of smart objects for functions such as lighting control.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
News & Analysis  
7/24/2014   12 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital
News & Analysis  
7/24/2014   17 comments
Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
News & Analysis  
7/22/2014   29 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
5G Calling: US Answers, Sorta
News & Analysis  
7/21/2014   4 comments
In the third and final part of our series on 5G cellular we look at work in the US where there are efforts but no industrial 5G consortium as such.
5G Calling: Asia Rising
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7/17/2014   7 comments
China and Korea have established dedicated 5G industrial research efforts that have formed alliances with each other and are now reaching out to collaborate with Europe's 5GPPP.
5G Calling: Alliances Form
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7/16/2014   1 comment
Governments and industry research groups in Europe, Asia, and the US are starting to link up in hopes of driving to a single standard for 5G cellular services expected to switch on in about 2020.
IBM Needs Custom Silicon Prowess
Blog  
7/3/2014   15 comments
IBM needs its own unique silicon process technology to drive its server business, but few -- even within IBM's top ranks -- really appreciate that reality.
Datacenters Drive 25GE Effort
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7/3/2014   11 comments
Ethernet products running at 25 and 50 Gbits/s could emerge within 12 to 18 months, thanks to a consortium driven by datacenter rivals Google and Microsoft.
Spectrum Sharing Omens Bode Well
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7/1/2014   1 comment
Dynamic spectrum sharing is gaining momentum in five ways, says the leader of a consortium pushing for the policy changes.
IBM at the Crossroads: How IBM Got to this Point
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6/25/2014   9 comments
In the third of a three-part series we analyze how IBM got to the crossroads of considering a sale of its fabs, given its standing as a semiconductor leader.
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