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Intel Reorg Shows Clouds Ahead
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4/20/2016   11 comments
Intel's $1.2 billion plan to cut 12,000 employees amid an accelerating PC decline got a mixed reception from market watchers noting issues in memory, IoT and data center markets.
Data Centers Hit the Accelerator
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4/15/2016   12 comments
Engineers need to re-invent the server to better handle emerging jobs such as machine learning, said an executive with Microsoft’s cloud computing group.
Sayonara, Japan Semiconductor Inc.
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4/12/2016   20 comments
The Japanese semiconductor industry’s downfall is undeniable. EE Times went back to Japan and explored what remains of Japanese chip vendors, how Japan Inc. has crumbled and if we grade recent restructuring programs, who comes out on top.
Google Preps for IBM, ARM Shift
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4/7/2016   3 comments
Google has ported much of its data center code to IBM Power and ARM server architectures and will co-design a server on the upcoming Power9 chip which will sport 24 cores and a new interconnect.
Nvidia Rolls Pascal, GPU Server
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4/6/2016   5 comments
Nvidia rolled out Pascal, a 16nm graphics processor with a 16 GByte memory stack and a new server packing eight of the chips.
Intel Disrupts Client Management
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4/4/2016   5 comments
Two, possibly three, top managers have left Intel in the aftershock of Intel’s CEO hiring a Qualcomm executive as his number two in client systems.
VLSI Event Reflects Silicon Shifts
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3/25/2016   Post a comment
The just released program of the annual VLSI Symposia underscores shifts ahead in how advanced semiconductors will be made and used.
Former Intel CEO Andy Grove Dies
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3/22/2016   8 comments
Hungarian immigrant who helped transform Intel into the world's biggest semiconductor company, passes away at age 79.
TSMC Details Silicon Road Map
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3/16/2016   22 comments
TSMC described its 7nm plans, likely the last stop for FinFETs, as well as its progress on 16 and 10nm nodes, and gave a glimpse at the unknown beyond it for semiconductors.
TSMC, ARM Aim 7nm at Data Centers
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3/15/2016   4 comments
TSMC and ARM are extending their collaboration on process technology to the 7nm FinFET node, targeting data center and networking chips.
Silicon Shift Ahead in Comms
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3/14/2016   Post a comment
A leader of the movement to software-defined networks gives his view of its outlook and implications for semiconductors as an annual summit opens.
Facebook Likes Intel's 3D XPoint
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3/10/2016   7 comments
Facebook endorsed Intel’s 3D XPoint memories and got Google to join its Open Compute Project at its annual event that included new processors from Intel and networking code from Microsoft.
Intel Buys 3D Video Technology Startup
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3/10/2016   Post a comment
Deal to acquire Replay Technologies seen as chip giant's broadest move yet toward application level technology.
Infineon MCUs Selected for Audi’s Driver Assistance Platform
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3/7/2016   Post a comment
AURIX microcontrollers selected for use in zFAS automated driving platform developed by TTTech for German car maker.
Mars and Other Challenges
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2/19/2016   Post a comment
NASA's Ames center director talked about the challenges getting to Mars at a Fujitsu Labs event that showcased its work on everything from Bluetooth and RFID tags to a self-driving wheelchair.
Qualcomm, CEVA, ARM Race to Next-Gen Modem
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2/17/2016   2 comments
Qualcomm, CEVA and ARM are all racing to meet a host of new demands of the next-gen baseband modems. The three-way race is morphing into a competition for new processing cores, hardware acceleration and DSPs.
Soft Machines: Promising, Not Proven
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2/12/2016   11 comments
Veteran microprocessor analyst Kevin Krewell plumbs startup Soft Machines’ VISC technology following a recent release of updated simulation data of its promising multicore architecture.
Red Hat Drives FPGAs, ARM Servers
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2/12/2016   3 comments
Red Hat’s chief ARM architect is rallying FPGA makers to set a software standard for accelerators in between trying to get ARM servers ready for the market.
LinkedIn Refines its Network
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2/11/2016   4 comments
Web giant LinkedIn has defined its own top-of-rack switch for its first mega data center and is studying use of alternative processors for a distributed point-of-presence network.
Why AMD Should ARM China
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2/10/2016   13 comments
Qualcomm recently joined the party in China where Intel and IBM are longstanding guests. AMD needs to respond to its RSVP.
Data Centers Tap ARM, 100GE
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2/9/2016   13 comments
Growing cloud service providers are driving server and networking technologies, opening small but significant opportunities for non-x86 processors.
Cars drive SoC design at ISSCC
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2/2/2016   3 comments
Automotive SoCs at ISSCC showed designs that were more aggressive in some ways than their counterparts for mobile phones and notebook computers.
Moore’s Law Goes Post-CMOS
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2/1/2016   8 comments
Moore's Law can continue if engineers focus on cost per transistor and adopt challenging post-CMOS techniques, Intel's top fav executive said at ISSCC.
Samsung, Apple Top Chip Buyers Again
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Electronics giants ranked first and second in semiconductor consumption in 2015 for the fifth straight year, according to market research firm Gartner.
16 Insights on ICs
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1/29/2016   5 comments
At a talk in Silicon Valley semiconductor market guru Bill McClean predicted 4% growth in 2016 for the consolidating industry, but said China is a wild card.
Google's Deep Learning Comes to Movidius
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Google will buy Movidius vision processing chips and license the entire Movidius software development environment. Google's goal is to expand its machine intelligence technology beyond the data center, by bringing it to mobile devices.
India Preps RISC-V Processors
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1/27/2016   34 comments
An India government lab expects to get up to $45 million to develop a 64-bit RISC-V microprocessor, while a team of academics is developing similar chips released as open source.
Apple Forecasts First Quarterly Sales Decline Since 2003
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1/26/2016   3 comments
Despite record quarterly sales and profit, Apple's stock takes a hit after firm forecasts a year-over-year sales decline due largely to a strong U.S. Dollar.
Semiconductor R&D Spending Slows
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry spent slightly more on R&D in 2015, but the rate of growth was among the lowest on record, according to IC Insights.
Sony To Use FD-SOI in Stacked Image Sensors
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1/21/2016   4 comments
At the FD-SOI Forum held here Thursday, the biggest FD-SOI news, which surfaced as chatter during coffee breaks at the Forum, is that Sony is looking to use FD-SOI for image signal processor on chip stack CMOS Image Sensors.
Google, Intel Prep 48V Servers
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1/21/2016   4 comments
Google called for 48V server motherboards and Intel said it has a prototype design out for feedback in a DesignCon panel.
Intel Meets Expectations Despite Sagging PC Market
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1/15/2016   1 comment
World's biggest chip maker says it's now deriving about 40% of sales from non-PC markets; firms sees data centers, Internet of Things and memory as future growth drivers.
AMD’s ARM SoC Seeks Sockets
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1/14/2016   1 comment
AMD announced production availability for its first 64-bit ARM-based server processor, but it lacks customers and is not competitive with Intel’s Xeon.
Free Core, Some Assembly Required
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1/7/2016   23 comments
The RISC-V free, open-source microprocessor core needs lots of work but has a cadre of seasoned engineers willing to help.
Intel Acquires Drone Maker Ascending Technologies
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1/5/2016   3 comments
World's biggest chip maker furthers drone technology portfolio with definitive agreement to buy German firm.
Intel Seals $16.7 Billion Altera Deal
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12/28/2015   1 comment
Following the approval of China's Ministry of Commerce, the world's biggest chip vendor closes its largest ever acquisition.
Google, HP, Oracle Join RISC-V
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12/28/2015   4 comments
The RISC-V open source processor core is rising as an alternative to ARM with support from Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and others.
Chinese Nationals Charged in Plot to Steal Chips From U.S. Navy
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12/12/2015   1 comment
Three Chinese nationals are being held in Connecticut after allegedly attempting to buy and export chips stolen from the U.S. Navy.
Inside NXP Merger: Dos & Don'ts
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12/9/2015   7 comments
The first instinct for anyone working at chip companies about to go through mergers and acquisitions would be understandably to assume the worst: There goes your job. What should be your next step?
Scope, Not Scale, Drives Freescale/NXP Nuptials
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12/7/2015   2 comments
As NXP and Freescale completed a merger Monday, NXP CEO Rick Clemmer declined to answer a question about the number of layoffs likely to ensue. The CEO said he won’t yet know absolute numbers for a few months.
ARM Sizes Up Moore’s Law
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12/7/2015   3 comments
It’s getting harder and more costly to make chips smaller and faster, but there is still hope for advancing Moore’s Law, said an ARM researcher at IEDM.
What Freescale-NXP Merger Can Teach Us
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12/3/2015   4 comments
As new NXP, conceived in a merger with Freescale, approaches its day of birth – next Monday, the crucial issue posed by a combined entity $10 billion in revenue is its impact on the competitive landscape in the semiconductor market.
HPE Melds Servers, Storage
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12/1/2015   1 comment
Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced Synergy, a server blade system with integrated software to ease the job of managing jobs across arrays of processors and hard and solid-state disks.
Saleable Wearables: A Surprising List
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11/25/2015   8 comments
The consumer electronics industry is feeling a little spooked by a drop of 4.36% in year-over-year demand — from October 2014-October 2015, according to Argus Insights — for a wearable market. Where has it gone wrong?
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires
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11/23/2015   10 comments
Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
Intel Taps Q'comm Exec to Head New Group
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11/20/2015   3 comments
Intel combined four divisions into one and named former Qualcomm exec Venkata Renduchintala to head the business which spans PCs, IoT, software and engineering.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT
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11/19/2015   8 comments
Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
AMD Pushes GPUs Through New HSA Tools
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11/16/2015   Post a comment
Under its “Boltzmann Initiative,” AMD has announced a suite of tools designed to ease development of high-performance, energy efficient heterogeneous computing systems.
10nm SRAM, 10-core SoC at ISSCC
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11/16/2015   5 comments
The annual ISSCC in February will include papers on a 10nm SRAM from Samsung, an advanced fingerprint recognition chip from Invensense.
Is Detroit Dead Meat?
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11/12/2015   17 comments
Calling Detroit’s auto industry ‘dead meat’ presumes that car OEMs lack the skills to develop software-centric cars. I don’t disagree. But any conclusion that requires an almost blind faith in Google and Apple makes me leery.
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