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Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash
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7/20/2016   1 comment
Amid second-quarter results, Intel said it expects a double-digit PC decline this year but sees flash picking up as it continues a 14nm rollout and starts a 10nm ramp.
ARM, Softbank and 1,500 Engineers
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7/18/2016   5 comments
What jobs should ARM give the 1,500 engineers it hopes to hire over the next five years with its new investment from sugar Daddy Softbank?
Virtual Nets Pave Road to Acceleration
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7/12/2016   Post a comment
Standards groups are defining a role for hardware accelerators to implement network functions virtualization with help from chip vendors including Broadcom, Cavium, EZchip, Huawei, Intel, Netronome and NXP.
Startup Debuts Open Source SoCs
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7/11/2016   2 comments
Startup SiFive aims to use the open source RISC-V core as the heart of two SoC platforms, enabling a broader set of engineers to build custom processors.
Why Networks Need ASICs
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7/7/2016   3 comments
Tomorrow’s networks are driving price and performance requirements that call for custom silicon, according to a senior manager for a company using ASICs.
Startup Aims to Simplify Networks
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7/5/2016   1 comment
Startup Barefoot Networks will sample its Tofino chips late this year to enable software-defined networks using the P4 language.
Researchers Claim First 1,000-core Processor
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6/22/2016   2 comments
A team of researchers from the University of California-Davis has reported designing a 1,000 core processor said to be the most energy efficient many-core processor ever reported.
Security Practices for Smart Homes
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6/22/2016   Post a comment
By leveraging proven security mechanisms and protocols, engineers can significantly enhance the security of connected devices in the home.
FCC Will Vote on 5G Spectrum on July 14
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
FCC will vote July 14 on new rules to open up high-band spectrum for high-speed, low-latency 5G wireless applications. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler vowed US will be “first out of gate” with 5G.
Michael Slater Brought Clarity to CPU Complexity
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6/20/2016   6 comments
The founder of the Microprocessor Report died of cancer Saturday at his home of Sebastopol, Calif.
China Tops U.S. in Supercomputers
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6/20/2016   5 comments
China built the world’s most powerful supercomputer with chips it designed itself and topped the U.S. for the first time in the number and performance of installed systems.
Cavium Buys QLogic for $1B
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6/15/2016   3 comments
Cavium will expand from a range of security, comms and server processors and switches into storage and networking with the acquisition for $1 billion of Qlogic.
Chip Makers Grapple with Self-Driving Cars
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
Self-driving cars and device-level security pose challenges for chip makers that will be discussed at the annual Semicon West event in July.
ARM-Based Server Processors Finally Hitting Stride
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6/2/2016   2 comments
After years of ecosystem development and processor designs that didn't go far, vendors of ARM-based server microprocessors are finally starting to garner design wins.
Cavium Flexes ARM Server Upgrade
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5/30/2016   Post a comment
With its first-generation still not in high volume use, Cavium detailed ThunderX2, a 14nm 54-core ARM server SoC sampling in early 2017.
Moore on his Law and More
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5/24/2016   14 comments
Imec celebrated Gordon Moore with a lifetime achievement award and a video interview from his home in Hawaii.
Forces Clash over Auto Cyber Security
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5/24/2016   6 comments
With a growing number of connected cars and autonomous cars planned for rollout, automakers know they have a bulls-eye on their back. The question now is how best to deal with this imminent threat.
Accelerators Unite ARM, IBM, X86
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5/23/2016   2 comments
Seven chip companies will define a cache-coherent interface between accelerators and server processors spanning ARM, IBM Power and x86 architectures.
Google’s Daydream is Silicon Reality
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5/23/2016   4 comments
A Qualcomm graphics expert gave insight into work on mobile virtual reality in Android that is about to emerge from the lab.
Google’s TPU Hit a Tight Sked
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5/19/2016   6 comments
Norman Jouppi, a veteran processor and server engineering manager, shares some of the story behind Google’s custom accelerator for machine learning.
Data Centers Drive Startup
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5/19/2016   Post a comment
DriveScale applies lessons from Google to virtualize servers and SAS storage arrays for large business data centers.
Google Designing AI Processors
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5/18/2016   23 comments
Google has developed and is running in its data centers a custom accelerator for artificial intelligence its calls a tensor processing unit.
Kyocera, FotoNation Unite on AI Car Cameras
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5/17/2016   Post a comment
Kyocera and FotoNation announce partnership agreement to develop intelligent automotive camera technology deemed critical in coming era of semi- and fully autonomous cars.
How Intel Missed the Smartphone Call
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5/1/2016   10 comments
Its lack of expertise in SoCs, insistence on its x86 architecture and some bad luck kept Intel from enjoying the smartphone boom.
AMD Licenses X86 to China JV
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4/21/2016   12 comments
AMD struck a joint venture partnership to provide next-generation x86 server technology to a China partner for $292 million.
Intel Reorg Shows Clouds Ahead
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4/20/2016   11 comments
Intel's $1.2 billion plan to cut 12,000 employees amid an accelerating PC decline got a mixed reception from market watchers noting issues in memory, IoT and data center markets.
Data Centers Hit the Accelerator
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4/15/2016   12 comments
Engineers need to re-invent the server to better handle emerging jobs such as machine learning, said an executive with Microsoft’s cloud computing group.
Sayonara, Japan Semiconductor Inc.
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4/12/2016   20 comments
The Japanese semiconductor industry’s downfall is undeniable. EE Times went back to Japan and explored what remains of Japanese chip vendors, how Japan Inc. has crumbled and if we grade recent restructuring programs, who comes out on top.
Google Preps for IBM, ARM Shift
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4/7/2016   3 comments
Google has ported much of its data center code to IBM Power and ARM server architectures and will co-design a server on the upcoming Power9 chip which will sport 24 cores and a new interconnect.
Nvidia Rolls Pascal, GPU Server
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4/6/2016   5 comments
Nvidia rolled out Pascal, a 16nm graphics processor with a 16 GByte memory stack and a new server packing eight of the chips.
Intel Disrupts Client Management
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4/4/2016   5 comments
Two, possibly three, top managers have left Intel in the aftershock of Intel’s CEO hiring a Qualcomm executive as his number two in client systems.
VLSI Event Reflects Silicon Shifts
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3/25/2016   Post a comment
The just released program of the annual VLSI Symposia underscores shifts ahead in how advanced semiconductors will be made and used.
Former Intel CEO Andy Grove Dies
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3/22/2016   8 comments
Hungarian immigrant who helped transform Intel into the world's biggest semiconductor company, passes away at age 79.
TSMC Details Silicon Road Map
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3/16/2016   22 comments
TSMC described its 7nm plans, likely the last stop for FinFETs, as well as its progress on 16 and 10nm nodes, and gave a glimpse at the unknown beyond it for semiconductors.
TSMC, ARM Aim 7nm at Data Centers
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3/15/2016   4 comments
TSMC and ARM are extending their collaboration on process technology to the 7nm FinFET node, targeting data center and networking chips.
Silicon Shift Ahead in Comms
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3/14/2016   Post a comment
A leader of the movement to software-defined networks gives his view of its outlook and implications for semiconductors as an annual summit opens.
Facebook Likes Intel's 3D XPoint
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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.
Intel Buys 3D Video Technology Startup
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3/10/2016   Post a comment
Deal to acquire Replay Technologies seen as chip giant's broadest move yet toward application level technology.
Infineon MCUs Selected for Audi’s Driver Assistance Platform
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3/7/2016   Post a comment
AURIX microcontrollers selected for use in zFAS automated driving platform developed by TTTech for German car maker.
Mars and Other Challenges
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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.
Qualcomm, CEVA, ARM Race to Next-Gen Modem
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2/17/2016   2 comments
Qualcomm, CEVA and ARM are all racing to meet a host of new demands of the next-gen baseband modems. The three-way race is morphing into a competition for new processing cores, hardware acceleration and DSPs.
Soft Machines: Promising, Not Proven
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2/12/2016   11 comments
Veteran microprocessor analyst Kevin Krewell plumbs startup Soft Machines’ VISC technology following a recent release of updated simulation data of its promising multicore architecture.
Red Hat Drives FPGAs, ARM Servers
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2/12/2016   3 comments
Red Hat’s chief ARM architect is rallying FPGA makers to set a software standard for accelerators in between trying to get ARM servers ready for the market.
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.
Why AMD Should ARM China
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2/10/2016   13 comments
Qualcomm recently joined the party in China where Intel and IBM are longstanding guests. AMD needs to respond to its RSVP.
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.
Cars drive SoC design at ISSCC
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2/2/2016   3 comments
Automotive SoCs at ISSCC showed designs that were more aggressive in some ways than their counterparts for mobile phones and notebook computers.
Moore’s Law Goes Post-CMOS
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2/1/2016   8 comments
Moore's Law can continue if engineers focus on cost per transistor and adopt challenging post-CMOS techniques, Intel's top fav executive said at ISSCC.
Samsung, Apple Top Chip Buyers Again
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Electronics giants ranked first and second in semiconductor consumption in 2015 for the fifth straight year, according to market research firm Gartner.
16 Insights on ICs
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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.
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