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posted in July 2014
Mobile Benchmarks Need Work
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7/29/2014   10 comments
The industry needs to put more effort into building better mobile benchmarks. The recent AndEBench-Pro is a step in the right direction, but more work is needed.
Wearables Sing in Smart Clothes
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7/28/2014   14 comments
The future of mainstream wearable technology may be driven by the fashion industry, keynoters at the Wearable Tech Expo said. Dr. Sabine Seymour discussed the intersection of soundscapes and garments as drivers of wearable technology.
Life After 28nm: Think Network-on-Chip
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7/25/2014   Post a comment
As Moore’s Law reverses beyond 28nm, consider network-on-chip (NoC). While more and more content in SoC designs is coming from third-party IP providers, interconnect-fabric is one area that is still in transition.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
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7/24/2014   12 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
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7/22/2014   29 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
Mobile Uptick Ahead, Says ARM
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7/22/2014   3 comments
Mobile device shipments are rebounding from a slump, but challenges are still ahead for Moore's Law and IoT fragmentation, said ARM's CEO announcing the company's latest quarterly results.
Nvidia Raises Android Gaming Ante
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7/22/2014   7 comments
The Nvidia Tegra K1 inside the Xaomi MiPad and now Nvidia's own Shield Tablet will drive Android toward being a gaming platform comparable to PCs and consoles.
Is Your Processor IP ISO 26262-Compliant?
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7/21/2014   4 comments
With the growth in ADAS and the growing demand for more safety-related SoCs and systems, it is important for semiconductor industry to have access to more ISO 26262-targeted IP products.
AI Fits Best in Your Pocket
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7/16/2014   12 comments
Artificial Intelligence is mainly run in massive datacenters these days, but some of the best emerging thought on the subject suggests it should be done at the edge of the network, close to where data is collected.
Another Tool in the Box to Deliver Better Energy Efficiency
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7/16/2014   1 comment
An increasingly interesting approach now evolving in the industry is the use of adaptive voltage scaling (AVS), which is a powerful technique to optimize supply voltages and minimize energy consumption in modern high-performance microprocessors.
IBM Preps for Post-Silicon Era
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7/14/2014   9 comments
Amid reports that it may sell its chip fabs, IBM announced plans to spend $3 billion over five years on chip-related research, much of it for what one executive calls alternatives in a post-silicon era.
Convince Me Why Washer Must Talk to Grill
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7/13/2014   88 comments
When I think about IoT devices at home talking to one another, doing stuff without my intervention, and talking about my habits to a total stranger behind my back, the very idea just creeps me out.
13 Things I Heard at Semicon West
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7/11/2014   17 comments
Moore's Law slowing, Intel's foundry ramp-up, and a stealth mode startup with a hot new battery technology among the things Rick Merritt heard at Semicon West this week.
TSMC Said to Ship Apple SoCs
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7/10/2014   15 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. began shipping mobile processors to Apple during the second quarter of this year and will continue through 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Nanotubes May Put IBM Watson in a Pocket
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7/10/2014   2 comments
Stanford research describes progress in carbon nanotubes, noting the material's promise to pack the equivalent of IBM's Watson system into a handheld.
6 Keys to Navigating Connected Car's Software Quagmire
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7/8/2014   11 comments
The rush to achieve connected cars has thrown the automotive industry into a technological quagmire. EE Times dissects the technological building blocks and lays out who the players are and who benefits most.
Module Boost Indoor Tracking Accuracy
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7/7/2014   1 comment
Fabless semi company DecaWave aims to end accuracy issues associated with the burgeoning indoor location tracking market. Its new CMOS module, based on the DWM1000 chip, locates objects using time of flight systems to a precision of 10 cm indoors.
Intel Wants Open-Source Analytics
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7/7/2014   2 comments
While Intel finishes work on an upgrade of its Hadoop distribution with Cloudera, it is setting its sights on driving analytics to open source, too.
IBM Needs Custom Silicon Prowess
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7/3/2014   18 comments
IBM needs its own unique silicon process technology to drive its server business, but few -- even within IBM's top ranks -- really appreciate that reality.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now?
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7/3/2014   16 comments
SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
EZchip Buys Tilera
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7/1/2014   7 comments
EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.
Regulators Fail to Take Conflict Out of Conflict Minerals
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7/1/2014   3 comments
Barely half of the publicly quoted US companies required to file their first conflict minerals reports did so by the June 2 deadline. Those that did file only managed to offer minimal transparency as to whether any tin, tungsten, tantalum, or gold used in their products was sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo or neighboring war-torn countries.


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