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B'com, Freescale Clash in Comms
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4/8/2014   7 comments
With their latest SoCs, Freescale and Broadcom are going head-to-head to capture sockets in communications systems aimed at software-defined networking.
Startup Unveils CPUs for Wearables
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4/8/2014   5 comments
SoC startup Ineda targets wearables with a new SoC and backing from others, including Imagination, Qualcomm, and Samsung.
SK Hynix, Others Benefit From DRAM Shortage
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4/3/2014   1 comment
The semiconductor industry's record revenue is skewed by a shortage of memory and a spike in costs, according to Garter. SK Hynix is one company that has benefited.
Micron Improves in Latest Chip Vendor Rankings
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4/3/2014   Post a comment
With improved sales, memory chip maker Micron moved into the top five of IC Insight’s latest chip maker rankings. Intel and Samsung ranked first and second respectively.
Startup Launches Record Resolution 150Mpixel Sensor
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4/2/2014   3 comments
The Chinese startup Gpixel has created what it calls the world's highest-resolution CMOS image sensor using the TS18IS process at the Tower Semiconductor foundry. The technology has uses in the medical, industrial, and scientific markets.
Datacenters Drive 100G Race
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4/1/2014   6 comments
Intel and Arista are the latest to lead a 100G link for datacenter switches in a race to deploy switches this year to handle a rising tide of Internet data.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
Meet Me at Shanghai IC Café
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3/28/2014   19 comments
The Shanghai IC Coffee Club was patterned after the Beacon Street bar in Boston that served as the model for Sam Malone’s bar in the popular TV series Cheers.
S3 Preps DAC Product With a Twist
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3/28/2014   1 comment
The Irish firm, which has mostly stuck to its role as a supplier of design services and IP, is looking to sell its own ICs soon. The first product is likely to be a high-speed digital-to-analog converter.
Europe Seeing Slower Speeds for IC Compiler II Designs
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3/24/2014   Post a comment
When compared to the United States and Japan, European engineers are seeing less speed-up in their chip designs from a new version of IC Compiler. Here’s a look at the reasons why.
Semi Makers Spend Big on Capex
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3/21/2014   5 comments
Capital spending in the semiconductor industry is on the rise... which is good news for the industry.
Battle Over Spreadtrum/RDA Merger
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3/21/2014   7 comments
The pending merger of two Shanghai-based fabless companies, Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, through two separate acquisitions pulled off by Tsinghua Unigroup is "not a done deal," according to several industry sources.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT
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3/20/2014   38 comments
Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
5 New Products Not to Miss at EE Live!
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3/19/2014   3 comments
We've highlighted five new products that you shouldn't miss at EE Live! in April. Here's a quick tour of what's hot.
Startup Plugs Chip Security Hole
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3/19/2014   2 comments
ChaoSecure is a new standard cell library from startup ChaoLogix that masks a chip's EMI signature to prevent power differential attacks.
Sensor Fusion on EE Live! Menu
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3/17/2014   4 comments
Sensor fusion is rapidly becoming the secret sauce for the Internet of Things, a recipe experts will describe at an EE Live! panel.
Will ‘Makers’ Change Shenzhen?
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3/17/2014   10 comments
Yang Yang, founder of RPTechWorks, who teaches how to build 3D printers and also sells them, believes that “labor intensive” Shenzhen, China, will eventually become a city known for fast prototyping with “shortened development cycles.”
ClariPHY 28nm SoC Brings Telecoms Into the Datacenter
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
A new, 28nm system-on-a-chip design from ClariPHY is looking to bring 100 Gbit/s optical links used in telecoms into the datacenter.
Intel, Mellanox, Vello Ride Optics
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3/11/2014   1 comment
Intel, Mellanox, Vello, and others detailed new standards efforts in optical networking at the OFC 2014 event.
IoT Pulse Checked at EE Live!
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3/10/2014   1 comment
A market researcher will report at EE Live! whether engineers are increasing or dialing back their expectations for the Internet of Things.
Conspiracy Alleged Over Rousset Wafer Fab Closure
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3/7/2014   3 comments
A federal lawsuit alleges that a US company conspired to sell its French fab to a German firm to avoid the costs of closing the plant, including paying workers.
Roll-up Digital Screens Now Closer to Reality
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3/6/2014   3 comments
Will you soon be able to roll up your tablet and put it in your pocket? New research suggests that roll-up, flexible screens are possible and even closer to reality than you think.
Fairchild Faces $315M Patent Infringement Charge
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3/5/2014   12 comments
A jury found that Fairchild infringed on two power-supply IC patents held by Power Integration.
SDN Spawns Shift, Slowdown
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3/5/2014   8 comments
The move to software-defined networking holds opportunities, say backers, but it damped 2013 sales of routers and switches, says a market researcher.
FCC Ponders Wireless 10GE Plan
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3/3/2014   10 comments
The contract research firm Battelle has petitioned the FCC to open up the 102-109.5 GHz range for wireless 10 Gbit/s Ethernet services for a range of uses.
Broadcom, Freescale Boot Up SDN
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3/3/2014   1 comment
Software-defined networking edged forward with new software and interfaces enabling OpenFlow on Broadcom and Freescale chips.
400G Ethernet Effort Begins
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2/27/2014   2 comments
Work to define a 400 Gbit/s Ethernet standard formally begins in March, says John D'Ambrosia, outlining some of the key issues ahead.
Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away
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2/27/2014   14 comments
Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, will speak at EELive! and discuss how the Open XC and open-source platform could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.
5G Spectrum Needed, Says Expert
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2/26/2014   8 comments
US regulators should open up 28-90 GHz bands for cellular applications, paving the way for a wireless renaissance, said a veteran researcher.
Startup's Cluster Trumps InfiniBand
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2/25/2014   24 comments
A3Cube has developed an extension of PCI Express it claims supports latency of 100 nanoseconds in server clusters, far less than InfiniBand.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Unveiled at MWC
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2/24/2014   12 comments
Samsung announced the next generation of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. The water and dust proof S5 has cat 4 LTE coverage and is designed to complement the company's new line of wearable devices.
64-Bit Rush Is On at MWC
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2/24/2014   10 comments
Intel, Mediatek, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are in a race to roll 64-bit mobile apps SoCs at MWC, but until the software is ready, 32-bitters will lead in performance.
Antcor Drives WiFi at 900 MHz
News & Analysis  
2/20/2014   6 comments
A new DSP block from Antcor supports the pending 802.11ah standard for 900 MHz WiFi, geared for the Internet of Things.
5G Needs MIMO, Multi-GHz
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2/20/2014   4 comments
5G may require massive MIMO and millimeter-wave technologies to meet the demands of a heterogeneous network linking 50 billion nodes.
Comms Guru Preps MOOCs
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2/19/2014   2 comments
Behzad Razavi, a veteran communications circuit designer, will post to YouTube this year UCLA's first online EE courses.
Startup Claims Cellular Breakthrough
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2/19/2014   22 comments
Artemis, the latest startup of serial entrepreneur Steve Perlman, claims it can virtualize cellular base stations, creating capacity for users and carriers.
Startup Promises Bandwidth Boost
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2/18/2014   30 comments
Kandou Bus says it can boost data rates or cut power fourfold in many chip interfaces thanks to an insight from its founder, a math professor.
IoT Street-Wise CTO at EE Live!
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2/13/2014   4 comments
Startup IoT pioneers, including the CTO of Streetline, will share their experiences in the IoT summit at EE Live! 2014.
Big Data 4x Faster
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2/13/2014   Post a comment
Scientists at IBM set a new speed record for Big Data that they say will improve Internet speeds to 200 – 400 Gb/s and do it at low power.
Google Ramps Up Chip Design
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2/12/2014   35 comments
Evidence is mounting that Google is ramping up a broad and deep chip design capability, but its focus and timing are still unclear.
NFV Spec Nearly Done
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2/11/2014   3 comments
The final draft of the spec for Network Functions Virtualization is nearly complete, but several challenges lie ahead.
Chips Break Sales Record in 2013
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2/5/2014   12 comments
The semiconductor industry posted record sales in 2013, climbing 4.8% to reach $305.6 billion. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that global sales in December 2013 were the strongest on record at $26.6 billion.
Imaging Goes Hyperspectral
Blog  
2/3/2014   6 comments
Hyperspectral imaging promises to open up a diverse set of new applications and opportunities for an evolving imaging industry, says an Imec researcher.
Qualcomm LTE IC Makes (Auto-) Grade, But Only in Module
News & Analysis  
1/30/2014   8 comments
As car OEMs put together in-vehicle infotainment and telematics systems based on consumer technologies, the question is: Are these consumer chips automotive-qualified?
DesignCon Revs to 28 G, Beyond
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1/27/2014   7 comments
Here are eight hot sessions on high-speed design -- many driven by the move to 100G Ethernet -- at least some of which Rick Merritt hopes to see this week.
IP Core Business Is Survey's Focus
Blog  
1/24/2014   2 comments
The Global Semiconductor Alliance has opened an updated version of its survey of industry practices for licensing IP cores.
Slideshow: Fujitsu's Smarter Planet
Slideshow  
1/24/2014   6 comments
The 70-person Silicon Valley lab of Japan's Fujitsu hosted an open house showing its latest devices for the car, office, and home.
Qualcomm Drives LTE-A to 5 GHz
News & Analysis  
1/23/2014   9 comments
With the goal of addressing an expected 1,000x increase in mobile data traffic, Qualcomm has announced the development of a new technology to extend LTE Advanced to the 5 GHz band of unlicensed spectrum.
Glasses Refocus Mobile Power Design
Blog  
1/22/2014   1 comment
Wearable computers such as glasses open up the door to new user experiences in context awareness, but they need new power architectures to drive them.
Power Over Ethernet Group Forms
News & Analysis  
1/22/2014   18 comments
The Ethernet Alliance has launched a Power Over Ethernet Subcommittee as part of the alliance's work in Power over Ethernet (PoE). PoE is the delivery of power over Ethernet cables, which has has potential for less power-hungry remote devices, such as wall-mounted cameras and automotive advanced driver assistance systems
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