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Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret
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11/21/2014   6 comments
In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Qualcomm Takes Aim at Servers
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11/20/2014   8 comments
Qualcomm has become the sixth company to announce plans to build ARM-based server SoCs, likely focusing at least in part on opportunities in wireless infrastructure.
iCub: It's Robotic, It's Cute & It's Italian
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11/19/2014   7 comments
Japan's love affair with robots is well-known. So, predictably, Japanese attendees at Embedded Technology show are gushing over this little Italian -- about as big as a four-year-old child - which they praise as smart, sophisticated and gentle.
UWB Returns as a GPS for IoT
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11/18/2014   Post a comment
Ultrawideband technology (a.k.a. impulse radio) is staging a comeback as a technique to add localization for a wide range of uses in the Internet of Things.
Intel Guns for InfiniBand
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11/17/2014   5 comments
Intel announced the 10 nm version of Xeon Phi will integrate a 100 Gbit/s version of its Omni-Path interconnect with 56% lower latency and higher port density than InfiniBand.
Top 500 Supercomputers Sputter
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11/17/2014   5 comments
The latest ranking of the world’s top supercomputers shows little change in the winners and a rate of growth that is slowing in several ways.
ISSCC Tips Hot Circuit Designs
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11/17/2014   4 comments
The International Solid State Circuits Conference will host papers on new processors from Intel, AMD, and IBM and some of the first designs made in new FinFET processes.
14 Views of Samsung's Dev Con
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11/14/2014   11 comments
At its conference, Samsung reached out to developers in an effort to build growth markets around its smartphones and tablets in digital health, the smart home, virtual reality, and wearables.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers
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11/13/2014   1 comment
An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
8-Bit MCUs Target Industrial Control
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
With peripherals designed to offload the CPU, this 8-bit MCU from Microchip can take on many industrial control challenges.
PowerVR Guns for AMD, Nvidia
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11/10/2014   11 comments
Imagination Technologies' latest PowerVR Series 7 graphics cores sport a host of new features, including the ability to play in notebooks, consoles, and servers.
Will You Buy Accident-Free Cars?
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11/6/2014   23 comments
I've often thought of driver assistance systems as high-end "fancy features" -- more convenient than necessary. Can a case be made?
MediaTek Aims for Fast Entry Into China’s LTE Market
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11/6/2014   1 comment
MediaTek aims to pare Qualcomm’s lead in China’s 4G smartphone market with the launch of a new octa-core processor in the first quarter of 2015.
Why Xiaomi Is World's 3rd Largest Mobile Co.
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10/30/2014   28 comments
Xiaomi's emergence as world's third largest smartphone vendor makes us ask how the rules have changed in global smartphone market.
Japan's MegaChips to Buy MEMS Timing Leader SiTime
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10/29/2014   4 comments
MegaChips, Japan's fast-growing fabless, will buy SiTime Corp. for $200 million in cash to leverage SiTime's MEMS timing devices to enhance its own SoCs and ASSPs for wearable and mobile devices.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
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10/29/2014   13 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets
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10/29/2014   5 comments
Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate
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10/28/2014   14 comments
While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
AMD Hires Dell's Server Chief
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10/27/2014   5 comments
The new manager of AMD's server and embedded group, Forest Norrod, is the former manager of Dell's server business where he recently shared skeptical views on ARM-based servers, one of AMD's new target markets.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup
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10/27/2014   10 comments
Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out?
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10/24/2014   33 comments
Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
Startup Creates Virtual Cores
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10/23/2014   1 comment
Soft Machines describes its approach to creating virtual cores that bring a new level of parallelism to single-threaded code for any processor architecture.
Microsoft Eyes Expanding FPGA Role
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10/23/2014   14 comments
Microsoft will explore using FPGAs to replace networking chips in its million-server datacenters to deliver new speeds and network functions.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know
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10/23/2014   42 comments
As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut
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10/22/2014   2 comments
A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
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10/21/2014   6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit
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10/21/2014   9 comments
Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
As Revenue Dips, China Mobile Pushes 4G
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10/20/2014   4 comments
China Mobile's 2014 nine-month income fell by 9.7% compared with the same period a year ago, and profits dipped for the fifth-straight quarter.
IBM, GlobalFoundaries Strike Historic Fab Deal
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10/20/2014   20 comments
IBM will transfer its two loss-making fabs to GlobalFoundries along with $1.5 billion in cash and related patents in a deal that could take a year to get regulatory approval and even longer to sort out its implications for both companies’ roadmaps.
Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks
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10/17/2014   15 comments
At least a half dozen new efforts are sprouting up to patch gaps in Ethernet, forcing engineers to reconsider the road map for the ubiquitous networking technology.
AMD Plans 7% Layoffs
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10/16/2014   29 comments
AMD will lay off 7% of its staff by the end of the year it said following a third quarter report of a slight profit amid a fall in revenue and expects revenue to fall 13% in its next quarter.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
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10/16/2014   6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs
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10/16/2014   1 comment
At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
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10/15/2014   10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
Big-Data Benchmark Brewing
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10/15/2014   1 comment
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium hopes to deliver by April the first part of a suite of benchmarks for big-data server clusters.
Why Infineon’s 200mm Fabs Matter
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10/14/2014   9 comments
A recent visit to Infineon's 200mm fabs in Dresden is surprising on two levels: the company's commitment to its older fabs and the level of "factory automation" it has pulled off.
China Leads the Charge Into Ultra HDTV – Really?
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10/14/2014   6 comments
What’s driving the rampant hyperbole over the size and growth of the Ultra HDTV market? Market analysts’ answers range from China’s growing affluent consumer base to the pricing strategies of consumer electronic giants pushing the next wave of product onto eager consumers worldwide.
Lisa Su Named CEO at AMD
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10/8/2014   11 comments
AMD named Lisa Su as chief executive and president, making her the first female CEO among the top 20 semiconductor companies. Analysts hailed the move but scratched their heads over the timing, given Rory Read's successful but short tenure.
Applied Micro to Move ARM Into Single-Board Computers
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10/7/2014   4 comments
Applied Micro will end the PowerPC family by moving all its products to the ARM architecture by 2018. It's a significant step, because Applied is the largest supplier of PowerPC chips after Freescale.
MaxLinear Acquires Physpeed, Aims at Data Centers
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10/6/2014   Post a comment
In hopes of building a solid presence in the enterprise and telecom infrastructure markets, MaxLinear Inc. is buying Physpeed Co., a Camarillo, Calif., developer of high-speed physical layer interconnect products.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
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10/3/2014   6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
Why Turn Cars Into Smartphones?
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10/3/2014   14 comments
Nowadays, no trade show ends without producing a plethora of "car-becomes-smartphone" stories. This week's Paris Motor Show is no exception. But really, why should a car turn into a smartphone?
ARM Servers Want a Tune Up
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10/2/2014   2 comments
ARM servers need better compilers to get optimal performance said a handful of early users and vendors, noting the still immature code chain for the emerging systems.
Debunking MOST vs. Ethernet Debate
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10/2/2014   3 comments
Car electronic systems are some of the most complex systems. As more functions are added to each vehicle, these domains must communicate with one another, and sometimes there needs to be coordination among multiple domains.
HP Ships First ARM Servers
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9/29/2014   28 comments
Hewlett-Packard is shipping its first mainstream commercial servers using the 64-bit X-Gene ARM-based SoCs from Applied Micro and TI’s 32-bit Keystone II with PayPal among its users.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China
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9/26/2014   20 comments
China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
ARM Pumps Up MCU for IoT
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9/23/2014   17 comments
ARM announced its next generation 28mnm process 32-bit Cortex-M7 processor for embedded applications in the industrial, infrastructure, and home automation markets. ARM bills the M7 as its most powerful MCU with double the compute and digital signal processing capability.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips
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9/23/2014   4 comments
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
Q’comm Does Watches, Glasses, Robots
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9/19/2014   4 comments
Qualcomm showed design wins in smartwatches, VR glasses, and robots at its annual Uplinq event where it also gave updates on AllJoyn and its efforts in smartphones and WiFi.
Training Opportunities Abound at ARM TechCon
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9/18/2014   2 comments
ARM TechCon is only a few weeks away, and if you're doing any ARM-related development it will be the place to be to expand your knowledge and skills.
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