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T.J. Rodgers on Mergers, IoT, More
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12/3/2015   Post a comment
T.J. Rodgers said the chip industry’s merger mania could continue for another two years in an interview where the Cypress CEO gave an update on his deals and his drive into Bluetooth.
IC Merger Mania Hits Fever Pitch
Blog  
12/2/2015   1 comment
With the announcement that Microsemi outbid Skyworks for PMC-Sierra, the total value of semiconductor industry acquisitions announced in 2015 eclipsed the $100 billion mark.
Wearables Show New Wrinkles
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12/2/2015   Post a comment
More kinds of conductive yarns and people who want to weave with them into wearable electronics are emerging but the yarns lack clear specs.
5G Idea Opens IoT Horizons
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11/30/2015   Post a comment
A battle of 5G air interfaces has started as one from researchers in Dresden claims it will open up new uses for the Internet of Things.
Facebook Shifts Switch to 100G
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11/19/2015   Post a comment
Facebook announced it is designing a 100 Gbit/second top-of-rack switch for its next-generation data centers, reportedly using Broadcom’s Tomahawk chip.
ON Semi to Buy Fairchild for $2.4 Billion
News & Analysis  
11/18/2015   9 comments
Latest blockbuster deal in the semiconductor industry would create No. 2 player in power semiconductor market with annual sales of more than $5 billion.
Strong Dollar Drags on Chip Sales
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights says effect of currency fluctuation will drag worldwide chip sales into the red for 2015.
IoT Nets Advance at Ingenu, LoRa
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11/10/2015   Post a comment
Ingenu revealed its plans for a U.S. 2.4 GHz network for the Internet of Things while rival LoRa Alliance announced an upgraded spec and a partner in India.
Diodes Ups Offer for Pericom
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11/9/2015   Post a comment
Pericom's board unanimously agreed to a higher offer from the discrete and analog chip vendor, rejecting a competing offer.
Cellular Simplifies its IoT Road Map
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10/29/2015   Post a comment
Three vendors announced milestones this week in the race to network the world for the Internet of Things. Underneath the breathless pace of the press releases however vendors are advancing less swiftly.
IoT Startup Revises 802.15.4 Nets
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
Startup Helium debuts its first product, an end-to-end platform for the Internet of Things using a variant of 802.15.4 networks.
ISM Bands Limit Opportunity
Blog  
10/23/2015   1 comment
The rise of narrowband networks for the Internet of Things is poised for a fall, according to a senior software developer for cellular systems.
TI Staying Above Consolidation Fray
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
Chipmaker's CFO says the company has no immediate plans to join in the acquisition frenzy sweeping the semiconductor industry.
Skyworks to Buy PMC-Sierra for $2 Billion
News & Analysis  
10/6/2015   2 comments
Deal to "create an analog and mixed-signal powerhouse" set to close in the first half of 2016.
Wi-Fi @ 25: A Look Back
Slideshow  
9/10/2015   7 comments
On the 25th anniversary of the first IEEE 802.11 meeting, we take a look back with some of the pioneers of what became Wi-Fi
IoT Nets Snag Wide-Area Player
News & Analysis  
9/9/2015   2 comments
On-Ramp Wireless has renamed itself Ingenu Networks and launched plans for a U.S. national network, the latest in a wide field of nets for the Internet of Things.
Analog Is More Important Than Digital: Scientific Proof
Blog  
8/28/2015   3 comments
We humans are products of the real world, too. Are we analog or digital?
IoT Networks Debated at ESC
News & Analysis  
8/11/2015   12 comments
The Internet of Things lacks a wide area network with broad coverage and low cost, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the recent ESV SV event.
IoT Net Gets New Leader
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7/27/2015   Post a comment
The LoRa Alliance will name communications veteran Geoff Mulligan as its new chairman starting August 1.
IoT’s Wireless Horse Race
Blog  
7/13/2015   6 comments
In a radio show this week and a live event next week, EE Times hosts contenders for a low cost, wide area network for the Internet of Things.
Why AMD Won’t Be Splitting Up Anytime Soon
Blog  
7/7/2015   3 comments
At least one report says AMD is entertaining the idea of spinning of its graphics business. But doing so would be 180 degrees counter to its longterm strategy.
Real-Time Big Data Analytics Impacts Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry
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7/7/2015   Post a comment
With the Internet of Things (IoT) ramping up chip demand, semiconductor companies have a significant challenge to manage chips within and well beyond the manufacturing process.
Google Reveals Data Center Net
Slideshow  
6/18/2015   1 comment
Google revealed details of Jupiter, its Openflow-based data center network as a leading example of traction for in software-defined networks.
Ethernet Opens Door to PAM4
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6/17/2015   Post a comment
The relatively new and complex PAM4 modulation scheme has been adopted for some aspects of the 400 Gbit/second Ethernet standard, setting a direction for new silicon development.
Google Defines an IoT Layer
Blog  
6/16/2015   11 comments
TCP/IP is very good at facilitating communication, but what the end nodes say to each other has largely been left as an exercise for the user. It may be about time for that to change.
Facebook Likes Open Networks
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6/16/2015   Post a comment
A Facebook engineer called for more work on open-source networking hardware and open-source comms software to keep pace with expanding data centers.
Has FD-SOI Hit Its Tipping Point?
Blog  
6/12/2015   6 comments
Samsung’s 'all-in' pitch as a foundry for FD-SOI at DAC.
Intel/Qualcomm: The Last Big Move
Blog  
5/29/2015   8 comments
In the chip game, two big dominoes are waiting to fall.
When Did Analog Steal Digital's Mojo?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
5/28/2015   8 comments
Name two semiconductor companies whose names begin with the letter T that used to mainly make digital ICs but now think analog electronics is more exciting and remunerative!
MediaTek Rolls 10-Core Monster
Blog  
5/12/2015   3 comments
MediaTek essentially created an extension of ARM’s big:LITTLE technology with its latest mobile SoC, showing differentiation is still possible in this space.
14 Views of the Virtual Network
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
Japan’s NTT Docomo promised at the NFV World Congress to roll out network functions virtualization features in its network by March, leading a charge to NFV.
How Close Can We Put Different Voltage Regions Together?
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
How best to deal with the impact of multiple voltages on the integrity of your layout and your circuit
Cloud Service Shrinks Set-Tops
News & Analysis  
5/5/2015   2 comments
Startup Netzyn showed code running on ARM servers delivering the functions of a cable TV set-top box as a cloud service.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump
News & Analysis  
4/23/2015   3 comments
Smartwatches could grow to sales of 400 million units a year by 2019 when smartphone and tablet sales slump to single-digit levels, said a market watcher.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
News & Analysis  
4/21/2015   6 comments
We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
Bluetooth Does IoT 5+ Ways
Slideshow  
4/15/2015   5 comments
At Bluetooth World, Google, CSR and Nordic Semi proposed separate ways to link a rising tide of Bluetooth devices into the Internet of Things.
Ethernet Masquerading as Chaos
Blog  
3/23/2015   1 comment
The chairman of the 400 Gbit/s Ethernet effort describes its status in the context of all four major Ethernet standards efforts in the works.
Optical Specs Plug Into Data Center
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft’s data center group is leading a new effort to define interfaces to plug optical cables directly into server and switch boards.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
Smart Glasses Go To Work
News & Analysis  
3/12/2015   1 comment
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches
Slideshow  
3/11/2015   2 comments
Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better
News & Analysis  
3/2/2015   13 comments
The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
18 Views of ISSCC
Slideshow  
2/26/2015   4 comments
Engineers showed advances in lower power, higher performance and media-rich silicon at this year’s ISSCC, despite struggles advancing Moore’s Law.
Silicon Seeks to Outsmart Brain
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2/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers are engaging many challenges that stand in the way of silicon implants with interfaces that can listen and respond to the brain for a wide variety of uses.
Chip Packs 100, 64-bit ARM Cores
News & Analysis  
2/23/2015   4 comments
EZchip announced it will sample next year a 28nm network processor using 100 ARM 64-bit A53 cores, gunning for sockets with Broadcom and Cavium.
Intel Carves Tiny SRAMs at 14nm
News & Analysis  
2/22/2015   17 comments
Intel will describe at ISSCC advances based on its 14nm process technology including what it calls the world’s smallest SRAM cell and PCI Express circuit.
IoT Network Snags $115M
News & Analysis  
2/13/2015   5 comments
A $115 million round Sigfox closed to build out its proprietary 900 MHz wide-area network is the latest leap in a race to link the Internet of Things.
Ethernet Plot Twists Play Out
Blog  
2/12/2015   Post a comment
A wide array of new Ethernet projects are in the works from 2.5 to 400 Gbits/second that will have impacts for big data centers, businesses and consumers.
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015
Slideshow  
2/2/2015   2 comments
At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
GaN Pumps Power Revolution
News & Analysis  
1/29/2015   1 comment
Gallium nitride is ramping up a revolution in power conversion, enabling new apps from wireless charging to autonomous vehicles, said a DesignCon keynoter.
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