Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst News & Analysis 7/30/2015 6 comments Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
China Bids $23B for Micron News & Analysis 7/13/2015 9 comments Tsinghua Unigroup bid $23 billion for Micron in a deal that would put China at the forefront of the memory chip business but face close scrutiny from U.S. regulators.
ARM’s Wish List for IoT Blog 7/7/2015 4 comments With his company dominating the market for processor cores in mobile systems, ARM chief executive Simon Segars has his eyes set on the Internet of Things.
Freescale MCUs Secure IoT News & Analysis 6/23/2015 Post a comment Freescale announced a new family of microcontrollers designed with a focus on security for the Internet of Things. The Kinetis K80, K81, and K82 sport several layers of hardware security.
On China’s List: Memory, Market Share, M&A Blog 6/2/2015 4 comments In the eyes of Western investors, the semiconductor sector is a lousy business. In contrast, China sees chip vendors, especially Chinese chip vendors, as worthy of big investment. Why a huge gap?
AMD Preps GPU, DRAM Stack News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment AMD plans to combine on a single device one its graphics processors and the SK Hynix high bandwidth memory DRAM stack, aiming to beat to market similar devices described by its rival Nvidia.
FRAM's Slow, Unending Journey to Dominance News & Analysis 5/18/2015 Post a comment Much like MRAM, PCM and RRAM, FRAM has never gained the foothold that was predicted at its inception. Niche applications are providing opportunities for more widespread use as alternatives to other NVRAMs.
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.
IBM Tackles Phase-Change Memory Drift, Resistance News & Analysis 5/1/2015 3 comments Researchers demonstrate that reliable 2 bits-per-cell storage and subsequent data retention can be achieved in PCM cell arrays at variable temperatures, opening up the possibility of practical MLC storage in PCM chips
The Changing Face of Computer Storage Blog 4/28/2015 Post a comment The newest storage innovations will change how things are done for the logistics chain, both upstream of the drive and array makers, and downstream in channels of distribution of their products.
Storage Giants Eye Startups Blog 4/6/2015 4 comments Storage giants, many of them losing market share in a stagnant market, are seeking acquisition targets among a group of growing startups in flash, software-defined storage and hyperscale markets.
Micron, Intel Flash 3D NAND News & Analysis 3/26/2015 1 comment Micron and Intel have co-developed a 3-D flash NAND chip sampling now that is denser than the parts Samsung has been shipping since July.
13 Images from Nvidia’s GTC Slideshow 3/17/2015 3 comments With new cards and developer systems, Nvidia aims to ride a rising tide of deep learning apps into applications such as self-driving cars it said at its annual graphics event.
SoC Spec Hits Version 1.0 News & Analysis 3/16/2015 2 comments The AMD-led Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation has finished its 1.0 spec, turning attention to what SoCs will support it.
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.
Marvell CEO: The Tinkerer at The Top News & Analysis 3/12/2015 10 comments Marvell CEO has been obsessed with a computer architecture that’s unchanged for decades. Why must its progress depend on more memory and faster CPU? “We are going to fix it for once and all.”
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.
Samsung Phones Pack 14nm SoC News & Analysis 3/1/2015 3 comments Samsung will pack a handful of new technologies -- including a 14nm Exynos applications processor -- into its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones announced here. The handsets also sport a new fast-charging battery, novel memory stack, simplified user interface, and advanced camera features.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps News & Analysis 2/27/2015 1 comment Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
Marvell Shakes Up SoCs, DRAMs News & Analysis 2/23/2015 10 comments Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja announced a new SoC interconnect and virtual-memory initiatives aimed to make next-generation chips and systems cheaper.
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.
Memory Underdogs Rise by 2020 Blog 2/18/2015 1 comment Emerging kinds of non-volatile memory chips will get traction in mainstream applications by 2020, but DRAM and NAND will continue to dominate for years.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead News & Analysis 2/10/2015 1 comment In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
Rambus ReRAM Attracts First Commercial Customer News & Analysis 2/3/2015 8 comments Emerging memory has potential in niche applications for aerospace and military customers, according to licensee Tezzaron, with broad uses in the future to replace flash and perhaps DRAM in commercial applications
SanDisk's Flash to Go Auto-Grade News & Analysis 2/2/2015 5 comments Now with its memory chips AEC-Q100 certified, SanDisk hopes to make automotive a strong focus, meeting the design and supply needs of Tier Ones and car OEMs.
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.
Patent Law’s Global Grey Areas Blog 1/28/2015 1 comment Patent law has unresolved grey areas when it comes to patent infringement liability for transactions handled outside the U.S., say two experts.
Wide-Spread SSD Encryption is Inevitable News & Analysis 1/23/2015 3 comments As vendors have steadily released self-encrypting SSDs for client devices over the past year, the trend is starting to hit enterprise storage and all-flash arrays, driven by customer demand and regulatory changes
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety News & Analysis 1/22/2015 3 comments In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
7 Takeaways From ISS 2015 Slideshow 1/16/2015 2 comments Samsung and GlobalFoundries will win the race to ship 14/16 nm chips, but TSMC and Qualcomm have a kicker in store, I learned at ISS 2015.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.