Apple Stops Royalties to Q’comm
News & Analysis 4/28/2017 2 comments
Qualcomm reduced its quarterly revenue forecast by $500 million, charging that Apple has stopped paying it royalties on mobile devices such as iPhones.
Intel Boosts CapEx 20%
News & Analysis 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.
3D Chip Stacks Eye Data Centers
News & Analysis 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.
Q’comm Returns Fire in Apple Suit
News & Analysis 4/11/2017 3 comments
Apple refuses to pay royalties, pressures partners not to pay them and lied to consumers and regulators, Qualcomm said in response to a patent suit.
Google Calls for Switch Chip API
News & Analysis 4/4/2017 2 comments
Google called for a common API for Ethernet switches at the Open Networking Summit where it and AT&T cited progress in software-defined networks.
Mentor in Robo-Car Race with Mobileye, Nvidia
News & Analysis 4/4/2017 3 comments
Mentor Graphics Corp. will come to SAE World Congress in Detroit to demonstrate how “raw data fusion” – not the fusion of processed data generated by sensor modules – can provide dramatic improvements in sensing accuracy and overall system efficiency.
Apple Drops Imagination
News & Analysis 4/3/2017 3 comments
Apple has notified Imagination Technologies, a key GPU core licenser to Apple for years, that it will no longer use Imagination’s IP in new products. Analysts are skeptical if Imagination can survive as an independent company without Apple.
Intel Unveils 10, 22nm Processes
News & Analysis 3/28/2017 23 comments
Intel said it will be in production this year with a 10nm process that packs 100.8 million transistors/mm2 and a new a 22nm low power FinFET node.
PowerVR Gets Graphics Refresh
News & Analysis 3/8/2017 Post a comment
Imagination Technologies unveiled Furian, its next-generation PowerVR graphics architecture, aimed to help claw back market share from ARM’s Mali.
Competing Sensors Crave Human Contact
News & Analysis 3/7/2017 1 comment
While CMOS imagers and infrared are well established as sensors in smartphones, today’s $64 million question is whether they will make room for radar and ultrasound inside IoT devices. And if yes, what roles will they play?
Q’comm, Samsung, MTK Offer Hints on iPhone 8
News & Analysis 2/27/2017 Post a comment
The 10nm process technology – common to all three chips announced by Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek – and faster speeds enabled by the advanced LTE modem are two likely elements to be leveraged in iPhone 8.
AMD Fires Volley in x86 War
News & Analysis 2/22/2017 1 comment
AMD will start selling March 2 its first Zen-based x86 processor, Ryzen 7, sporting significant price and performance advantages over CPUs from rival Intel.
16 Views of ISSCC
Slideshow 2/10/2017 5 comments
The Internet of Things is rising among the hundreds of papers at the annual ISSCC event dedicated to design of microprocessors, memories, wireless chips, and more.
MediaTek Launches New Helio SoC
News & Analysis 2/8/2017 Post a comment
MediaTek unveiled the Helio P25, an extension of the company’s high-end mobile processor family. The new SoC combines eight cores with the company’s proprietary image signal processor (ISP) as well as dual-camera features.
Intel Shows 2.5D FPGA at ISSCC
News & Analysis 2/7/2017 6 comments
Intel described its EMIB packaging in an ISSCC session where AMD showed its Zen 86 fits it’s a smaller die than Intel’s current 14nm chip.
Q'comm-NXP Faces Trump, China Hurdles
News & Analysis 2/2/2017 9 comments
Qualcomm’s $39 billion acquisition of NXP could hit a snag. China’s MOFCOM could target the deal by demanding material divestitures as a condition of clearance. CFIUS could object to concessions Qualcomm and/or NXP might offer to MOFCOM.
Samsung Expects Strong Memory Sales in '17
News & Analysis 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.
MediaTek Expects Slow Q1 Growth
News & Analysis 1/26/2017 1 comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest rival in the smartphone silicon business, is forecasting slow growth during the first quarter this year as the overall market remains in the doldrums.
China Defends Big Chip Bet
News & Analysis 1/12/2017 23 comments
Foundry and capital equipment executives from China defended the country’s government-led drive to build its semiconductor industry.
ARM Exec Dizzy for Open-Source Twizy
News & Analysis 1/7/2017 Post a comment
At this year’s CES, ARM brought Renault’s Twizy to its booth, typically full of mobile devices. Calling Twizy “the world’s first OEM open-source vehicle,” ARM said Renault is seeing a wave of open-source hardware and software developments.
Intel Auto Puzzle: Where Do They Fit?
News & Analysis 1/4/2017 Post a comment
Intel is coming to the CES this week to recast the scope of its automotive business and tease its plans -- including a new brand, "Intel Go," and development kits for carmakers. What's still missing from its plan?
9 Views of IEDM
Slideshow 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.
AMD Clocks Ryzen at 3.4 GHz+
News & Analysis 12/13/2016 3 comments
AMD said that its Zen x86 core running at 3.4 GHz and higher will ship before April in an SoC called Summit Ridge for gaming PCs.
RISC-V Expands its Audience
News & Analysis 12/1/2016 2 comments
RISC-V attracted a stellar list of chip architects and executives to its latest workshop, but the effort to grow an open-source instruction set has a big to-do list.
Intel Snags Exec from ARM to Run IoT
News & Analysis 11/29/2016 7 comments
Intel will separate its nascent automotive team from the company’s IoT group. Previously, Intel’s IoT and automotive teams were bundled together under one big IoT tent. Intel also named ex-ARM executive Tom Lantzsch to head the company’s IoT branch.
Open Source SoC Debuts
News & Analysis 11/29/2016 Post a comment
Startup SiFive released its first open-source SoC based on the RISC-V instruction set and an Arduino development board to go with it.
Renesas Bounces Back, But How High?
News & Analysis 11/22/2016 Post a comment
Japan’s once ailing Renesas Electronics has been blessed -- unintentionally -- by NXP’s recent acquisition of Freescale. In an exclusive interview, Renesas executive explained the company’s recent rise, its plan for a new embedded vision SoC billed as Mobileye alternative
Macom Buys Applied for Comms
News & Analysis 11/21/2016 1 comment
Macom has bid $770 million for Applied with plans to sell off its X-Gene ARM server SoC unit but cherish its "gold nugget" of networking chips.
Intel’s Nervana Attacks GPUs
News & Analysis 11/17/2016 5 comments
Intel will ship AI accelerators from Nervana next year as part of a broad machine learning strategy that is still waiting on its acquisition of Movidius to close.
Intel Preps its AI Strategy
News & Analysis 11/15/2016 3 comments
Intel will lay out what one rival said may be a bet the company” strategy on AI this week, spanning Xeon, FPGA, Movidius processors and more.