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ARM Stressed in Server Bid
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8/20/2014   2 comments
ARM servers will come more slowly and perhaps to fewer applications than previously thought, according to server executives at Dell and Alibaba.
25 Views of Hot Chips 2014
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8/18/2014   3 comments
ARM commanded much of the spotlight at Hot Chips 2014, but the event made it clear Intel maintains its position as king of the microprocessor hill.
Intel, MTK Carve Tablet Shares; China’s Actions Faces Turmoil
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8/15/2014   4 comments
China's tablet market is in turmoil, with stagnant growth and fierce competition from phablets. Intel and MediaTek are aggressively pursuing the white-box tablet market, forcing the retail price for locally branded seven-inch tablets below $50.
Securing IoT Devices With ARM TrustZone
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8/15/2014   1 comment
The need for securing devices for IoT systems is becoming paramount. We’ll outline how virtualization can be leveraged to enable consolidation of connected devices, and how ARM TrustZone can be utilized to address security threats.
China vs. Qualcomm: Chip's 'Nationality' Still Matters
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8/15/2014   8 comments
China is using every possible tool to pressure foreign companies. It appears a little too convenient for Chinese regulators to scrutinize multinationals for antitrust allegations while China's chip vendors, now "state-owned," become less transparent.
Betting Big on HD-to-Ultra HDTV Transition
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8/14/2014   4 comments
Will the Christmas buying season starting on Black Friday this year be the start of HDTV's transition to Ultra HD? That's what Nanotech Entertainment Inc. in San Jose, Calif,. is betting big on happening.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds
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8/13/2014   11 comments
Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
M'soft Plugs FPGAs in Datacenter
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8/12/2014   28 comments
FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx are getting plugged into the datacenter servers run by Microsoft and China's Baidu, pioneering a new dimension in distributed computing, according to talks at Hot Chips.
Nvidia Flexes Custom 64-Bit ARM
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8/12/2014   2 comments
Nearly four years since work began, Nvidia announced results of Project Denver, a 64-bit custom ARM core, initially aimed at tablets in an upgrade of the Tegra K1 SoC.
Actions to Split in Two, Break Up With Nasdaq
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8/11/2014   8 comments
EE Times has learned that Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd., a Chinese fabless chip company, is planning to split in two and delist itself from Nasdaq.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
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8/11/2014   1 comment
The Khronos Group is calling for help with an OpenGL makeover to create a viable cross-platform standard in the face of proprietary APIs coming from Apple, AMD, and Microsoft.
Will Google or Apple Disrupt Intel?
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8/11/2014   18 comments
Google, Apple, or a smart startup could unseat Intel in microprocessors, the microprocessor design veteran Davd Ditzel said after an interview about his Hot Chips paper.
Freescale Japan Chief Breaking Barriers, Storming Castles
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8/8/2014   7 comments
Japan, once the leader in the high-tech world, has lost that distinction. “Japan needs to put that giant belt back,” says David Uze, president of Freescale Japan, “by leading the world in IoT.”
9 Peaks From the Flash Summit
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8/8/2014   8 comments
Flash controllers want to be compute nodes, vertical NAND wants to ship and next-gen non-volatiles want a shot, I was told at the Flash Summit.
To Stay Alive, Renesas Negotiates End-of-Life Deals
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8/7/2014   22 comments
The most urgent task for Renesas, “still fighting for survival,” is “to improve our gross profit rate,” says Renesas Electronics CEO Hisao Sakuta during quarterly financial results press conference.
RISC-V: An Open Standard for SoCs
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8/7/2014   65 comments
Just as Linux has become the standard OS for most computing devices, Berkeley researchers envision RISC-V becoming the standard ISA for all computing devices.
IBM, GF Explore New Partners
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8/4/2014   5 comments
Globalfoundries is focused on getting to 14 nm as fast as possible, so reports that it turned down a deal to buy IBM's two fabs for $2 billion make sense.
EV Battery Management Gets More Intelligent
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8/4/2014   Post a comment
The EV battery management system is being more broadly redefined, so that it can be responsible for battery fault detection and reaction, control and monitoring, system-level thermal management, and security/brand protection.
Mobile Benchmarks Need Work
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7/29/2014   10 comments
The industry needs to put more effort into building better mobile benchmarks. The recent AndEBench-Pro is a step in the right direction, but more work is needed.
Wearables Sing in Smart Clothes
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7/28/2014   14 comments
The future of mainstream wearable technology may be driven by the fashion industry, keynoters at the Wearable Tech Expo said. Dr. Sabine Seymour discussed the intersection of soundscapes and garments as drivers of wearable technology.
Life After 28nm: Think Network-on-Chip
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7/25/2014   Post a comment
As Moore’s Law reverses beyond 28nm, consider network-on-chip (NoC). While more and more content in SoC designs is coming from third-party IP providers, interconnect-fabric is one area that is still in transition.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
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7/24/2014   12 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
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7/22/2014   29 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
Mobile Uptick Ahead, Says ARM
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7/22/2014   3 comments
Mobile device shipments are rebounding from a slump, but challenges are still ahead for Moore's Law and IoT fragmentation, said ARM's CEO announcing the company's latest quarterly results.
Nvidia Raises Android Gaming Ante
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7/22/2014   7 comments
The Nvidia Tegra K1 inside the Xaomi MiPad and now Nvidia's own Shield Tablet will drive Android toward being a gaming platform comparable to PCs and consoles.
Is Your Processor IP ISO 26262-Compliant?
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7/21/2014   4 comments
With the growth in ADAS and the growing demand for more safety-related SoCs and systems, it is important for semiconductor industry to have access to more ISO 26262-targeted IP products.
AI Fits Best in Your Pocket
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7/16/2014   12 comments
Artificial Intelligence is mainly run in massive datacenters these days, but some of the best emerging thought on the subject suggests it should be done at the edge of the network, close to where data is collected.
Another Tool in the Box to Deliver Better Energy Efficiency
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7/16/2014   1 comment
An increasingly interesting approach now evolving in the industry is the use of adaptive voltage scaling (AVS), which is a powerful technique to optimize supply voltages and minimize energy consumption in modern high-performance microprocessors.
IBM Preps for Post-Silicon Era
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7/14/2014   9 comments
Amid reports that it may sell its chip fabs, IBM announced plans to spend $3 billion over five years on chip-related research, much of it for what one executive calls alternatives in a post-silicon era.
Convince Me Why Washer Must Talk to Grill
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7/13/2014   87 comments
When I think about IoT devices at home talking to one another, doing stuff without my intervention, and talking about my habits to a total stranger behind my back, the very idea just creeps me out.
13 Things I Heard at Semicon West
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7/11/2014   17 comments
Moore's Law slowing, Intel's foundry ramp-up, and a stealth mode startup with a hot new battery technology among the things Rick Merritt heard at Semicon West this week.
TSMC Said to Ship Apple SoCs
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7/10/2014   15 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. began shipping mobile processors to Apple during the second quarter of this year and will continue through 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Nanotubes May Put IBM Watson in a Pocket
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7/10/2014   2 comments
Stanford research describes progress in carbon nanotubes, noting the material's promise to pack the equivalent of IBM's Watson system into a handheld.
6 Keys to Navigating Connected Car's Software Quagmire
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7/8/2014   11 comments
The rush to achieve connected cars has thrown the automotive industry into a technological quagmire. EE Times dissects the technological building blocks and lays out who the players are and who benefits most.
Module Boost Indoor Tracking Accuracy
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7/7/2014   1 comment
Fabless semi company DecaWave aims to end accuracy issues associated with the burgeoning indoor location tracking market. Its new CMOS module, based on the DWM1000 chip, locates objects using time of flight systems to a precision of 10 cm indoors.
Intel Wants Open-Source Analytics
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7/7/2014   2 comments
While Intel finishes work on an upgrade of its Hadoop distribution with Cloudera, it is setting its sights on driving analytics to open source, too.
IBM Needs Custom Silicon Prowess
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7/3/2014   15 comments
IBM needs its own unique silicon process technology to drive its server business, but few -- even within IBM's top ranks -- really appreciate that reality.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now?
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7/3/2014   16 comments
SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
EZchip Buys Tilera
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7/1/2014   7 comments
EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.
Regulators Fail to Take Conflict Out of Conflict Minerals
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7/1/2014   3 comments
Barely half of the publicly quoted US companies required to file their first conflict minerals reports did so by the June 2 deadline. Those that did file only managed to offer minimal transparency as to whether any tin, tungsten, tantalum, or gold used in their products was sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo or neighboring war-torn countries.
IBM at the Crossroads: How IBM Got to this Point
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6/25/2014   9 comments
In the third of a three-part series we analyze how IBM got to the crossroads of considering a sale of its fabs, given its standing as a semiconductor leader.
IBM at the Crossroads: IBM Responds
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6/24/2014   11 comments
In the second of a three-part series IBM responds to comments from analysts and IBMers about the future of the company as a chipmaker.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs
News & Analysis  
6/23/2014   5 comments
Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
IBM at the Crossroads: Employees Talk
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6/23/2014   16 comments
In the first of a three-part series we talk to analysts and current and former IBMers about the future of IBM as a chipmaker.
Amazon’s Fire Phone: It's Good for Bezos, Not So Much for Us
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6/19/2014   36 comments
Amazon’s Fire Phone features new technologies such as Firefly and dynamic perspective. But Amazon’s strategy -- pushing its own hardware, not the app, so closely tied to its own store -- raises some serious questions.
Why MIPS? Imagination Makes Its Case
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6/19/2014   19 comments
Here are a few facts about where MIPS stands, and some clues to the big picture Imagination hopes to paint for its new customers.
Radios Give IoT New Channels
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6/19/2014   2 comments
Researchers at Imec described work on a basketful of radios for the Internet of Things from 79 GHz radar to 900 MHz wireless charging.
Samsung Edges Q'comm in New Android Test
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6/18/2014   6 comments
Initial results using a new Android benchmark from EEMBC show Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa nudging ahead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800.
Engineer Hackers Rejuvenate DLP
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6/16/2014   11 comments
Over the last two decades, largely unbeknownst to TI, Digital Light Processing technology has gradually found its way into unintended applications -- industrial and medical included -- thanks to persistent hacking by engineers.
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