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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.
Drone Wars Pit Nvidia vs. Q’comm
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
Nvidia joins Qualcomm this week launching a board to pilot consumer drones based on a mobile SoC. Get ready for a dogfight.
Thread Gets Real with Certification Rollout
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
IoT isn’t exactly a market thing yet, due to the absence of a standardized platform both on the application and network protocol layers. But the industry may be coalescing around Thread, when it comes to network protocols.
ARM Extends Server to IoT Services
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11/10/2015   Post a comment
ARM surveyed its work from servers to IoT cloud services and showed a prototype wafer printed on plastic in a keynote opening its annual conference.
ARM Flexes Handset, IoT Cores
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11/10/2015   1 comment
ARM announced a new entry-level, 64-bit smartphone core, the A-35, and an architecture for supporting hardware-based TrustZone security on 32-bit microcontrollers.
Google Walks Fine Line in Android Chip Quest
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11/8/2015   8 comments
There are three questions on Google’s reported plan for Android chips: whether it can help Google catch up with Apple’s iPhone; if it stops Android fragmentation; whether Google is looking at an application processor or something else?
8 Views of Intel’s IoT Efforts
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11/5/2015   Post a comment
A non-x86 MCU and a partnership with a small building automation company in Sweden were among a handful of insights into Intel's latest efforts to gain traction in the Internet of Things.
Intel Fills Out IoT Portfolio
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11/3/2015   5 comments
Intel filled out its platform for the Internet of Things with a new SoC, two microcontrollers and software for end node operating systems as well as cloud computing and analytics.
How Camera Phones Changed the World
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11/3/2015   9 comments
In fall 1995 camera phones made their little-noted debut on the global stage. The combination was an unthinkable marriage of two disparate products without an industry interested in developing it.
ADAS Demands Programmable Platforms, Tools and Process
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
The ADAS ECU has to be open and programmable by car makers to enable the earliest start of development and test.
TI to Bring 3-D Surround-View to Entry-Level Cars
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10/27/2015   5 comments
Texas Instruments is introducing its newest automotive system-on-chip family, in an effort to move 3-D surround-view applications from the luxury category to entry and mid-level vehicles.
AMD Unveils 64-bit x86 SOC for High-Performance Embedded
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
AMD claims high-end embedded leadership with x86-based R-Series SOCs.
AMD Unloads Back-end Manufacturing Facilities
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10/16/2015   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said Thursday (Oct. 15) it sold a majority stake in its test, assembly and packaging facilities in Asia as part of a joint venture with China’s Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics Co. Ltd.
Industrial-Strength Processor Has a Core For That
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10/15/2015   Post a comment
With as many as 10 cores on chip, the new Sitara processor packs a lot of processing muscle.
Will Intel, with CDMA, Gun for iPhones?
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10/14/2015   8 comments
Now that Intel bought VIA Telecom’s CDMA assets, earlier market speculations pointing to Intel’s partial design win in iPhones next year may get more credible. Without CDMA, no smartphones can get into Verizon’s huge network.
Freescale Multi-Mode MCU Pushes IoT Envelope
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10/13/2015   2 comments
Freescale launched a new wireless MCU capable of running both Thread and BLE v4.2 concurrently. While running Thread protocol in the background, the host MCU also uses BLE to let devices join the network, allowing “sideband commissioning.”
Startup Describes New Core, SoC
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10/7/2015   7 comments
Soft Machines, a rare microprocessor startup, described the first products including an SoC design service it will release in mid-2016.
Marvell Debuts MoChi Chips
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10/6/2015   2 comments
Marvell has announced the first two chips --two 64-bit ARM processors -- to use its MoChi modular SoC approach, one of which also implements its first-level cache technology.
2015 High-Tech Supply Chain Leaders by the Numbers
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9/24/2015   Post a comment
Gartner's list of top supply chain leaders is rife with electronics and high technology companies and this slideshow calls them out by hame.
AMD Loses Processor Veteran
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9/18/2015   Post a comment
AMD claims its x86 and ARM processor and SoC road maps will not be impacted by the departure of its lead architect, Jim Keller.
Apple’s A9’s, “Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint.”
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9/14/2015   5 comments
Apple's A9 chip is mystery yet to be revealed. Details are slim but here's a guess, unless...hey Siri...
Freescale Buys CogniVue
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9/10/2015   3 comments
Freescale acquired CogniVue. The biggest benefit for Freescale is that it will be able to integrate inside its ADAS SoCs “automotive-qualified vision IP, instead of IP retrofitted for safety after the design,” according to the company.
Intel-led Group Touts OIC 1.0 Over Rival IoT Specs
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9/10/2015   1 comment
The Open Interconnect Consortium has made public its long-waited Internet of Things candidate specification 1.0. "The big unresolved problem with IoT is not about ‘things.’ But it’s about the network,” said OIC executive director.
Qualcomm Sketches Out Kyro Core
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9/8/2015   2 comments
Qualcomm sketched out details of Kyro, the custom ARM core in its next-generation Snapdragon SoC which got rave reviews from one veteran analyst.
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