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Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung and You
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7/7/2017   8 comments
As Samsung leapfrogs Intel and Qualcomm strikes new blows in its boxing match with Apple, engineers need to cover their bets and enjoy the show.
U.S. Seeks Life After Moore’s Law
News & Analysis  
7/5/2017   12 comments
DARPA will host events this month to outline a $200+ million program to find ways of scaling electronics beyond Moore’s law.
Fatal Tesla Crash: That’s Not All, Folks
Blog  
6/27/2017   4 comments
The NTSB's report contains a few surprises, including how and where Tesla’s captured data is stored, routed and saved inside a vehicle.
AMD Rolls Epyc Server SoCs
News & Analysis  
6/20/2017   3 comments
AMD formally announced Epyc, a family of server SoCs using its Zen x86 core, weeks before Intel is expected to debut its 10-nm Skylake Xeon chips.
Exascale Project Awards $258M
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6/15/2017   1 comment
Six U.S. chip and systems companies will split $258 million in grants to do research toward building an exascale-class supercomputer by 2021.
G’foundries Updates 7nm, EUV Plan
News & Analysis  
6/13/2017   4 comments
Globalfoundries provided more detail on its 7nm and EUV plans claiming its process is ready for designs and exceeding targets.
Apple Turns Up Speakers, AR
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6/5/2017   4 comments
Apple rolled out a Siri-powered music speaker, developer’s kits for AR and machine learning and new iMac and iPad Pro systems.
3DXP's Memory Role Unclear
News & Analysis  
5/31/2017   7 comments
Customers and analysts have mixed views on the outlook for Intel’s 3D XPoint chips as main memories in servers 2018.
What’s Driving Automotive Storage?
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5/30/2017   Post a comment
In addition to rapidly changing infotainment systems, more connected cars, ADAS and autonomous cars are drastically altering automakers' requirements for local on-board storage in the vehicle.
Sony Launches First Three-Layer, 960 fps Camera with Sandwich-Stacked DRAM
Blog  
5/25/2017   2 comments
Details given in an ISSCC conference paper looked like the real thing; this caught the attention of our image-sensor experts inside TechInsights.
Imec Tips Novel AI Chips
News & Analysis  
5/16/2017   4 comments
The Imec research institute described work on two low cost self-learning chips that use MRAM and ReRAM arrays rather than neural networks.
Future Cars Face Terabyte Memory Load
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5/10/2017   2 comments
For a highly automated car in, say, 2020, how much memory capacity, to capture, process and store data, will be enough? An industry consensus is this connected vehicle will require data storage of close to a terabyte.
Marvell's New CTO Wants 'Culture of Innovation'
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5/8/2017   10 comments
Neil Kim, the new CTO at troubled Marvell, spent an hour with EE Times at the end of his first week on the job, sharing his goals and views.
Micron Leap Frogs NVMe Over Fabric Standards
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5/3/2017   Post a comment
SolidScale architecture is Micron's answer to how NVMe can become more mainstream as it moves further along the path to becoming a storage company
Politics Muddy Toshiba Bidding
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4/29/2017   8 comments
As the second round of bidding for Toshiba’s coveted memory business draws near, the opaque process is exposing a deep schism of interests in Japan among politicians, bureaucrats and bankers. But did anyone ask what engineers want?
Intel Boosts CapEx 20%
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4/27/2017   5 comments
Intel will boost capital spending 20 percent this year and next to ramp 3D NAND and 3DXP memories, it said reporting quarterly financial gains.
Micron Makes Mehrotra Next CEO
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4/27/2017   2 comments
Micron named flash co-inventor and former SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra as its next chief executive, effective May 8.
3D Chip Stacks Eye Data Centers
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4/12/2017   8 comments
High-end microprocessors will embrace wafer- and die-level chip stacks over the next few years, said a former Oracle researcher turned consultant.
IoT Needs Embedded Cryptography
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4/6/2017   3 comments
Security is a top concern for the Internet of Things, as essential as low power consumption, affordability, and wireless connectivity.
Intel Pumps Up PCs with Optane
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3/27/2017   13 comments
Intel announced two M.2 cards using its 3D XPoint memories, aimed at accelerating hard-disk performance in PCs.
Intel Boots Drives with 3D XPoint
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3/19/2017   22 comments
Intel announced its first solid-state drives using its 3D XPoint memory chips, getting a long-awaited foothold in a market between flash and DRAM.
ARM Servers ‘Compelling’ for Microsoft
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3/9/2017   5 comments
Microsoft said it is testing Cavium and Qualcomm ARM SoCs for its data center at the Open Compute event where Facebook and IBM unveiled new servers.
What's This Screeching Sound & Why Does it Occur?
Engineering Investigations  
2/21/2017   25 comments
Upgrading a PC's memory resulted in screeching sounds whenever it tried to play audio. Has this ever happened to you?
TSMC, Samsung Diverge at 7nm
News & Analysis  
2/8/2017   10 comments
TSMC and Samsung described 7nm SRAMs at ISSCC, showing how different the companies’ process offerings will be under than name.
Toshiba Confirms Memory Chip Spinoff
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1/27/2017   3 comments
Toshiba formally announced that it will sell a chunk -- but less than 20 percent -- of its memory chip business. Toshiba will proceed with its expansion plan for 3D flash memory production as scheduled.
Trump, Brexit Cloud Upbeat 2017
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1/27/2017   7 comments
The semiconductor market is posed for a better year ahead but uncertainties with President Trump, China and Brexit could sway the numbers.
Talent Hunt in China's Memory Triangle
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1/26/2017   19 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup’s recently disclosed d plans to build a $30 billion memory chip in Nanjing was unexpected – even by many China watchers. Unfolding are fierce battles over talent, manufacturing equipment and regional financing – among Xi’an, Wuhan and Nanjing.
Samsung Expects Strong Memory Sales in '17
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1/26/2017   2 comments
Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and the second-largest chipmaker, said it expects strong memory sales this year as the balance between supply and demand tightens.
Ex-Elpida CEO's China Fab Plan Dropped?
News & Analysis  
1/25/2017   1 comment
A China-based memory chip called Sino King Technology, founded with ambitious goals by the former CEO of Elpida less than a year ago, has apparently ceased operations.
Will Storage Class Memory Disrupt Memory Hierarchy?
Blog  
1/20/2017   3 comments
Will SCM come to the market and disrupt traditional memory hierarchy?
Toshiba Mulls Chip Business Spinoff
News & Analysis  
1/17/2017   4 comments
Toshiba is considering a plan to spin off its chip business and sell a partial stake in the unit to Western Digital, reported Japanese financial daily newspaper Nikkei.
NRAM's Day Is Finally Here: Report
News & Analysis  
1/17/2017   1 comment
Nantero's recent licensing agreement with tech giant Fujitsu may be the tipping point for the nascent memory needed
15 Views from a Silicon Summit
Slideshow  
1/16/2017   4 comments
Moore’s law may last longer than originally thought, although semiconductor revenues remain stuck in mid-single-digit growth, said speakers at ISS.
China Defends Big Chip Bet
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1/12/2017   23 comments
Foundry and capital equipment executives from China defended the country’s government-led drive to build its semiconductor industry.
Google Searches for Better Silicon
News & Analysis  
1/11/2017   2 comments
A Google data center executive asked semiconductor executives to speed up work on more optimized processors, memories, and interconnects.
Intel Optane a Poor Fit for PCs
Blog  
1/6/2017   10 comments
At CES, Intel made the latest of several attempts to add a flash layer to PCs, an admirable goal but not one well suited to its Optane SSDs.
Memory Drives Chip Growth
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12/20/2016   Post a comment
DRAM and NAND sales and prices are expected to rise for the next several years, leading overall semiconductor growth, according to a new report from IC Insights.
China’s Memory Drama: Must-See in 2017
News & Analysis  
12/19/2016   3 comments
China’s memory chip production plans became evident to close industry observers in 2016. What they’ll be watching for next is, who will make the first move in devising and negotiating technology licensing agreements or joint ventures with China.
9 Views of IEDM
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12/16/2016   3 comments
The annual IEDM event gave a look into advances in new and traditional memories, novel processors, monolithic 3DIC stacks, and a future 5-nm node.
7nm SRAMs, 10nm SoC at ISSCC
News & Analysis  
11/14/2016   8 comments
The annual International Solid State Circuits Conference will showcase advanced work on 7nm SRAMs, a 10nm SoC and an efficient AI SoC.
Supercomputer Aims for Exascale
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
U.S. researchers announced $34 million in software projects as part of their plan to build exascale supercomputers that may include new memory and programming technologies.
Microsoft Speeds Open Hardware
News & Analysis  
11/1/2016   2 comments
Microsoft revealed early specs of ts next-generation data center server and said work on open hardware needs to become as fast and flexible as open source software.
TSMC, GF/Samsung Battle at 7nm
News & Analysis  
10/21/2016   53 comments
Globalfoundries and Samsung will detail at IEDM a 7nm process with EUV it claims has the highest density to date.
DRAM Pushes Up Chip Forecast
News & Analysis  
10/20/2016   2 comments
IC sales could grow 1% this year, up from a previous forecast of a 2% decline, according to a new report from IC Insights.
IBM Weaves New 25G Link
News & Analysis  
10/14/2016   5 comments
IBM announced OpenCAPI, a 25G interconnect for processors, accelerators and memories with backing from seven partners.
Samsung Calls for New CPU Design
News & Analysis  
9/28/2016   6 comments
Samsung is working on a new processor architecture that leverages its dominance in memory, said a corporate strategist.
Amazon Echo & How It Resonates
News & Analysis  
9/22/2016   4 comments
Amazon’s Echo-like smart speakers are on the rise. The voice interface is emerging as one of the most natural interface to control IoT devices. Analysts expect the voice interface in home automation hubs, TVs, set-top boxes, HVAC/environmental control hubs and more.
Get Online Help for Memory, I/O Optimization
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9/21/2016   Post a comment
eSilicon is upgrading with the launch of Star Navigator, new additions to the company’s online tool suite, this time focused on memory IP and I/O libraries.
Startup Tips Machine Learning Chip
News & Analysis  
9/21/2016   3 comments
Wave Computing will describe a machine-learning chip at an event showing increasing specialization in microprocessor designs.
Persistent Memory Needs Apps
News & Analysis  
9/20/2016   6 comments
A researcher from Hewlett Packard Enterprise called for apps that use persistent memory on servers although the chips are still more than a year away.
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