TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up News & Analysis 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? News & Analysis 10/15/2014 10 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 News & Analysis 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 Slideshow 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 News & Analysis 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 Slideshow 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 News & Analysis 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.
Broadcom Beefs Up Switch for SDN News & Analysis 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 Slideshow 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 News & Analysis 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 Blog 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 News & Analysis 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.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Blog 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 Blog 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 Slideshow 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Blog 8/20/2014 14 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.
China vs. Qualcomm: Chip's 'Nationality' Still Matters Blog 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 News & Analysis 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.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid News & Analysis 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.
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.
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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Datacenters Drive 25GE Effort News & Analysis 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.
MEMS Microphones Busting Out All Over Slideshow 6/24/2014 13 comments Once portrayed as a dead-end market destined to become a mere commodity where the most important parameter was cost, MEMS microphones today are driven by smartphones/tablets/laptops with IoT/wearables/automotive quickening pace. MEMS mics' added value has no bound in sight.