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.
Xilinx to Dive in Hyperscale Race
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 Post a comment
Xilinx is pursuing Altera (Intel), who took an early lead in the hyperscale computing by getting designed into Microsoft’s hyperscale acceleration fabric. Xilinx also goes after the inference side of machine learning where it believes it can beat Nvidia.
7nm SRAMs, 10nm SoC at ISSCC
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 8 comments
The annual International Solid State Circuits Conference will showcase advanced work on 7nm SRAMs, a 10nm SoC and an efficient AI SoC.
Supercomputer Aims for Exascale
News & Analysis 11/10/2016 Post a comment
U.S. researchers announced $34 million in software projects as part of their plan to build exascale supercomputers that may include new memory and programming technologies.
Microsoft Speeds Open Hardware
News & Analysis 11/1/2016 2 comments
Microsoft revealed early specs of ts next-generation data center server and said work on open hardware needs to become as fast and flexible as open source software.
MediaTek May Be Among First with 10nm SoCs
News & Analysis 10/31/2016 Post a comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest rival in the smartphone silicon business, said it aims to be among the chip industry’s first companies with 10nm products on the market starting in the second quarter next year.
16 Views of ARM TechCon
Slideshow 10/28/2016 3 comments
ARM’s annual event was all about building and securing the Internet of Things with help from Softbank and little said about its server initiative.
TSMC Likely to Lock up Apple A10, A11 Orders
News & Analysis 10/26/2016 2 comments
TSMC will probably make nearly all of the A10 and A11 processors for Apple this year and next because of a competitive advantage the Taiwan foundry has gained in packaging technology called InFO (Integrated Fan Out), according to analysts.
V2X Radio War Still Smoldering in China, Europe
News & Analysis 10/25/2016 2 comments
The battle over radios for connected cars is hardly over. For the cellular industry, V2X is a nice-to-have “feature” for its networks. But V2X advocates see it a life-saving system ready for deployment by using IEEE 802.11p.
IBM Weaves New 25G Link
News & Analysis 10/14/2016 5 comments
IBM announced OpenCAPI, a 25G interconnect for processors, accelerators and memories with backing from seven partners.
Specs Pave Roads Around Xeon
News & Analysis 10/11/2016 3 comments
Two groups – CCIX and Gen-Z—announced chip interconnects meant to provide open alternatives for the data center to Intel’s Xeon interfaces.
NXP Pushes Hardware Isolation in i.MX8
News & Analysis 10/5/2016 4 comments
In response to the growing demand for advanced HMI, NXP launches new apps processors dubbed i.MX8. Its beauty lies in the safety and reliability inherent in its architecture. It comes with built-in hardware-based virtualization and domain protection.