Why Qualcomm's New JV Irks Tsinghua Unigroup
News & Analysis 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.
Apple Turns Up Speakers, AR
News & Analysis 6/5/2017 4 comments
Apple rolled out a Siri-powered music speaker, developer’s kits for AR and machine learning and new iMac and iPad Pro systems.
Apple, Intel Attack Rivals
News & Analysis 5/30/2017 Post a comment
Apple hired a top Qualcomm engineering manager and Intel rolled out a new high-end CPU line in signs of the intense competition in processors.
Big Data Reshapes Silicon
News & Analysis 5/25/2017 2 comments
Two new processor architectures will be described at a conference in June, the latest of many targeting machine learning for an age of big data.
Google Revs Faster TPU
News & Analysis 5/17/2017 4 comments
Google announced a second-gen TPU packing twice the punch of the first, available as a service to run training and inference jobs for machine learning.
HPE Builds Big Data Server
News & Analysis 5/16/2017 4 comments
Hewlett Packard Enterprise built its first full-scale version of the Machine, a 160-TByte research prototype to test benefits of a big main memory.
Imec Tips Novel AI Chips
News & Analysis 5/16/2017 4 comments
The Imec research institute described work on two low cost self-learning chips that use MRAM and ReRAM arrays rather than neural networks.
Cadence DSP Grabs Neural Nets
News & Analysis 5/1/2017 1 comment
Cadence announced its Vision C5 DSP at the Embedded Vision Summit, catching up with rivals Ceva and Synopsys in machine-learning cores.
Apple Stops Royalties to Q’comm
News & Analysis 4/28/2017 3 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.