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Left Unsaid in Waymo-Intel Deal
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9/19/2017   6 comments
Left unsaid in the announcement is what this new partnership entails, and on whose chip Waymo is running the heavy-duty deep-learning algorithms.
TSMC Updates its Silicon Menu
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9/14/2017   4 comments
TSMC added process and packaging variants to its broad foundry portfolio, but one analyst said that some updated results were below projections that it made six months ago.
iPhone X Use Which Sensors For Face ID?
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9/13/2017   8 comments
A host of sensors inside iPhone X are responsible for 3D sensing necessary for Face ID -- including infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, front camera and dot projector. So, where does ST fit in?
NXP Tackles V2X, Unveils 'Vision' Roadmap
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9/12/2017   2 comments
NXP tackles V2X debate, unveils partnership with Hella Aglaia, and discusses its next-generation vision processor roadmap, all the while there is an elephant in the room – Qualcomm.
TMSC, ARM, Xilinx, Cadence Partner on 7-nm Process
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9/11/2017   1 comment
Xilinx, ARM, Cadence, and TSMC have announced a partnership to build a test chip in 7-nm FinFET process technology for delivery next year that promises to speed data center applications.
Funny Money is an Old Tech Joke
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9/8/2017   6 comments
Strange transactions among some tech giants are getting a little less scrutiny than I would like.
Apple vs Qualcomm: Who Extorted Whom?
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9/6/2017   2 comments
A dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is multi-layered, its facets all loosely connected. Among the more under-reported issues is the complex contractual relationship between the biggest customer in the smartphone market and the most dominant smartphone chip supplier.
Ex-Baidu Scientist Blazes AI Shortcut
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8/31/2017   4 comments
Ren Wu, formerly a distinguished scientist at Baidu, has pulled a new AI chip company out of his sleeve, called NovuMind. In an exclusive interview with EE Times, Wu discussed the startup’s developments and what he hopes to accomplish.
Google Calls for Network Drain-O
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8/30/2017   Post a comment
A Google engineer described new techniques for managing network traffic in data centers, and Mellanox claims it ships it in one Ethernet adapter.
Brain Research Reimagines AI
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8/28/2017   3 comments
Work on interfaces linking neurons and electronics may create breakthroughs in both health care and machine learning.
MediaTek Rolls New Smartphone Chips
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8/28/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek, the second-ranked smartphone chip supplier after Qualcomm, is launching a pair of new SoCs for middle-tier handsets that the company expects to lead market growth as the high end loses momentum.
16 Views of Hot Chips ‘17
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8/24/2017   Post a comment
Machine learning was the dominant theme of Hot Chips 2017 with talks by data center giants Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Baidu.
Microsoft Describes Next Xbox SoC
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8/22/2017   Post a comment
Microsoft described at Hot Chips its Scorpio SoC in the upcoming Xbox One X and it decision not to use high-bandwidth memory.
Startup Unveils Graph Processor at Hot Chips
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
ThinCI, in presenting its “Graph Streaming Processor (GSP),” claimed that its graph processor can beat traditional computing engines such as GPU and DSP due to GSP’s abilities to do direct graph processing, on-chip task-graph management and execution, and task parallelism.
Rambus Adds Security to RISC-V
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
Startup SiFive partnered with Rambus for a crypto core that becomes the first member of its DesignShare third-party IP program for RISC-V.
Q’comm Details ARM Server SoCs
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8/21/2017   3 comments
Qualcomm will describe at Hot Chips the Falkor dual-CPU custom ARM core in its Centriq server processor slated to ship later this year.
API Paves Road for Multicore SoCs
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8/17/2017   Post a comment
A new API from the Multicore Association eases the job of programming increasingly heterogeneous embedded processors.
ThinCI Q&A on Deep-Learning
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8/16/2017   1 comment
ThinCI will detail next week at Hot Chips its deep learning processor. Last week, Denso revealed a new subsidiary to develop IP cores for automated driving. We caught up with ThinCI CEO to connect the dots.
Gen-Z Points to New Memories
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8/10/2017   2 comments
The Gen-Z Consortium has first prototypes for its interconnect, pointing toward a disruptive future of many persistent memories.
11 Views of Vintage Microcomputers
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8/9/2017   19 comments
Veteran microprocessor analyst Kevin Krewell shares a few cool pix of classic microcomputers he snapped while at the recent Vintage Computer Festival West.
Apple Under Investigation by ITC
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8/9/2017   3 comments
The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate charges by Qualcomm that Apple iPhone and iPads violates six of its non-standards-essential patents.
Siggraph ‘17, Virtual Mike and Me
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8/6/2017   Post a comment
Take a virtual tour of last week’s Siggraph with Jon Peddie, a veteran graphics market researcher.
MediaTek's Market Share Continues to Slide
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek, the second-ranked smartphone chip supplier after Qualcomm, said that its market share has continued a slide that started earlier this year due to a slowdown in product upgrades.
ST Sprints While Q’comm Deal Hobbles NXP
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is sprinting toward the winner’s circle in MCUs, NFC and sensors, while NXP is hobbled by its pending acquisition by Qualcomm. ST, claiming No. 3 share in volume MCU market, disclosed a plan for 64-bit MCU, and FD-SOI.
PC Sales Raise Intel’s Q2
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7/27/2017   12 comments
Intel reported revenue and profit growth and raised its annual forecast, in part on the strong of PC sales.
Hot Chips Gets More Diverse
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7/26/2017   Post a comment
Hot Chips has a talk for every hot computing topic this year as well as great human networking with many of the most interesting people in the chip business.
IoT Growth Slower Than Expected
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7/25/2017   7 comments
Analysts said that the Internet of Things will crack a billion units a year in 2019, slower than expected, as Andes rolled out four new IoT processor cores.
AMD’s CTO on 7nm, Chip Stacks
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7/24/2017   9 comments
AMD’s chief technologist talks about the company’s needs in 7nm foundry processes, multi-die packaging and EDA for its x86 and graphics processors.
Scenes From Semicon West 2017
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
A collection of images taken from the halls, stages and exhibit floor of the annual Semicon West semiconductor equipment and materials tradeshow.
Baidu's Voice Exec Speaks Out
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
The Baidu engineer in charge of its DuerOS group called for all-embedded Wi-Fi chip to pre-install software for its voice-activated cloud services.
Intel Skylake Counters AMD Epyc
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7/11/2017   4 comments
Intel says Skylake Xeon sports an average 65% boost over Broadwell, narrowing opportunities for rival AMD’s Epyc in the data center.
Ryzen Rising Slower Than Reports
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7/8/2017   2 comments
Stories based on Passmark data about large and rapid market share gains for AMD’s Ryzen x86 processors are ill informed and raise expectations above reason.
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.
China Makes Two IoT Calls
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7/6/2017   5 comments
Alibaba debuted asmart speakers the same day Baidu expanded its DuerOS, both attacking Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
U.S. Seeks Life After Moore’s Law
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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.
Four Technologies for Industry 4.0
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7/5/2017   2 comments
The challenge of merging IT with OT domains is to assemble in one place four requisite industrial IoT technologies: networking, processing, user interface, and security.
Baidu Upgrades Neural Net Benchmark
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6/28/2017   1 comment
Baidu upgraded DeepBench, its open-source benchmark for neural net training to include inference and support for lower-precision math.
Fatal Tesla Crash: That’s Not All, Folks
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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.
Expert Panel Debunks AI Hype
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6/26/2017   6 comments
Neural networks will see broad use, but they have real limits and are far from fulfilling the dream of artificial intelligence, said a panel of experts.
Moore’s Law’s End Reboots Industry
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6/26/2017   3 comments
The semiconductor and computer industries is being transformed as Moore’s Law slows and dies, said a panel of experts considering the future.
Intel Brings VR, 5G to Olympics
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6/21/2017   8 comments
Intel will build experiences using virtual reality, 360-degree video, 5G cellular, and drones for the Olympics starting with the 2018 winter games.
AMD Rolls Epyc Server SoCs
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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.
Alibaba Fuels China's CPU Gambit
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
C-Sky, designer of China’s home-grown 32-bit embedded CPU processing cores, is quite possibly China’s best kept secret. Its CEO explains why its unique tie with Alibaba is C-Sky's ace in the hole in winning China’s IoT market.
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.
Riding Mobileye Coattails, MIPS Juices CPU IP
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6/14/2017   1 comment
Imagination Technologies has rolled out a high-performance, multi-threaded MIPS CPU IP, driving MIPS cores further into automotive and industrial applications that require functional safety. The new CPU core is at the heart of Mobileye’s EyeQ5 SoC.
G’foundries Updates 7nm, EUV Plan
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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.
Intel May Sue M’soft over Emulation
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6/9/2017   4 comments
In a recent blog, Intel suggests it may sue Microsoft over plans to run Windows 10 on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon with x86 emulation.
Greengrass Embeds Amazon in IoT
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6/8/2017   Post a comment
Amazon rolled out Greengrass, a Linux runtime for running AWS services on GHz-class embedded processors in the Internet of Things.
PCI Express Preps Shift to 32G
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6/7/2017   8 comments
The PCI Express bus will get a doubling to 32 GTransfers/s with a Gen 5 planned in 2019 following the rollout of the first Gen 4 systems this year.
Why Qualcomm's New JV Irks Tsinghua Unigroup
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6/6/2017   Post a comment
China's two high-profile investment firms, JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital, investors of semiconductor business units divested by NXP, are now backing a new Qualcomm-Leadcore JV focused on chipsets for mass-tier smartphones in China.
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