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5G Work Starts in Earnest
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4/13/2016   1 comment
This week engineers started hearing proposals on everything from radio access technologies to network architectures for 5G cellular standards expected before 2020.
Intel Mobile Chief’s Hard Monday
4/4/2016   2 comments
You think you had a hard Monday? Consider the case of Aicha Evans.
Data Centers Drive Broadband Fiber
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3/22/2016   4 comments
Inphi’s ColorZ will pack 100 Gbits/second on a single fiber optic wavelength, one of several new broadband devices for linking data centers.
Bluetooth Gets a Boost
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3/15/2016   3 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy will get faster speeds, longer range and mesh support later this year to compete with Zigbee and 6LoWPAN.
Facebook Likes Intel's 3D XPoint
3/10/2016   7 comments
Facebook endorsed Intel’s 3D XPoint memories and got Google to join its Open Compute Project at its annual event that included new processors from Intel and networking code from Microsoft.
Broadcom Identifies $300M Cuts
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3/3/2016   13 comments
A month after Avago closed the $37 billion deal to acquire Broadcom it created as many as 24 new divisions and announced plans to discontinue $300 million non-core businesses.
Cisco Rolls 16nm ASICs
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3/1/2016   2 comments
Cisco rolled its first 16nm ASICs for new data center switches that leapfrog capabilities of Broadcom's chips.
Startup, with Mixed-Signal ASICs, to Boost 4G Capacity
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2/29/2016   3 comments
Blue Danube Systems, a startup with a unique 3D beamforming based on its own mixed-signal ASICs, is pitching high-definition antenna systems that increase by tenfold the average LTE spectrum efficiency of a typical base station.
Ethernet Picks up the Pace
2/26/2016   Post a comment
The industry is counting on getting new Ethernet solutions at a faster rate, according to the chairman of the Ethernet Alliance who reviews what’s in the pipeline.
Facebook Friends the Telco Cloud
2/22/2016   3 comments
Cellular base stations and other telco gear may go the way of open servers if a new group gets its way.
Mars and Other Challenges
2/19/2016   Post a comment
NASA's Ames center director talked about the challenges getting to Mars at a Fujitsu Labs event that showcased its work on everything from Bluetooth and RFID tags to a self-driving wheelchair.
Maxim Goes on a Diet
2/17/2016   1 comment
The analog power house faces a paradox: Trim down to appeal to investors, but continue to invest in industry-leading products.
Startup Dials in 5G Air Interface
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2/17/2016   Post a comment
Startup Cohere released tests of its technique for improving wireless connections on the eve of meetings to define a 5G cellular air interface.
LinkedIn Refines its Network
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2/11/2016   4 comments
Web giant LinkedIn has defined its own top-of-rack switch for its first mega data center and is studying use of alternative processors for a distributed point-of-presence network.
Data Centers Tap ARM, 100GE
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2/9/2016   13 comments
Growing cloud service providers are driving server and networking technologies, opening small but significant opportunities for non-x86 processors.
19 Views of ISSCC
2/5/2016   3 comments
Chips for smart cars, fast wired and wireless links, cool cameras and more appeared at at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Analog’s Super Bowl by the Bay
2/4/2016   8 comments
Analog had its own Super Bowl of sorts with ISSCC in San Francisco and an annual gathering of tech gurus in the South Bay. Veteran commentator Steve Ohr gives us the play-by-play.
Samsung Describes 10nm SRAM
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2/4/2016   3 comments
Samsung gave a peek at its 10nm process in a talk describing an SRAM made in it at ISSCC.
16 Insights on ICs
1/29/2016   5 comments
At a talk in Silicon Valley semiconductor market guru Bill McClean predicted 4% growth in 2016 for the consolidating industry, but said China is a wild card.
Consolidation Redrawing Microcontroller Landscape
1/21/2016   15 comments
Microchip's proposed acquisition of Atmel would shake up the top three microcontroller vendors for the second time in a matter of months.
Microchip Wins Atmel Bidding War
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1/15/2016   1 comment
Atmel announced that its board of directors favors an acquisition proposal by Microchip Technology and cancel an existing agreement to be acquired by Dialog Semiconductor.
PC Shipments Fall For 4th Straight Year
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1/13/2016   1 comment
Largest ever year-over-year drop after holiday season didn't materialize.
Will Apple Drive Analog ICs?
1/11/2016   5 comments
Analog expert Stephan Ohr turns his oscilloscope on the possible impact Apple could have with its new fab in San Jose.
TI, Analog Devices Reportedly Abandon Pursuit of Maxim
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1/8/2016   Post a comment
Analog chip giants drop bids to acquire Maxim Integrated Products after failing to agree on price, according to Bloomberg.
Fairchild’s Board Backs Bid From Chinese Firms
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1/5/2016   1 comment
Determination that offer from China Resources and Hua Capital Management is superior to offer by ON Semiconductor paves way for Fairchild to negotiate with Chinese firms.
Z-Wave, ZigBee Upgrade IoT Efforts
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12/16/2015   Post a comment
ZigBee and Z-Wave are both getting upgrades amid a rising tide of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 6LoWPAN devices for the Internet of Things.
Chinese Group Bids for Fairchild
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12/9/2015   Post a comment
State-backed Chinese firm leads consortium offering $2.46 billion, topping an earlier bid by ON Semiconductor.
3GPP Lost its Way in IoT
12/3/2015   1 comment
With decades of experience connecting the world and a membership that includes all major technology and service providers, 3GPP should be the default provider of IoT connectivity. But the 3GPP membership is failing the industry by forgetting the fundamentals that made it a success in the first place -- providing one universal technology.
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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
8/28/2015   3 comments
We humans are products of the real world, too. Are we analog or digital?
IoT Networks Debated at ESC
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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
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
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
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.
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