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Samsung Lifted by Strong Memory Chip Sales
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4/27/2017   Post a comment
Best ever quarterly profit for semiconductor division helps South Korean electronics giant shake off Galaxy 7 recall fiasco.
7 Steps to Move Manufacturers to Industry 4.0
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4/27/2017   Post a comment
Every function and activity in manufacturing has data behind it that should be leveraged to improve processes across the organization that will help it achieve smart factory status.
UMC Sees Weakening Demand at 28nm
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4/27/2017   2 comments
United Microelectronics Corp., Taiwan’s second largest foundry, said that the ramp of its most advanced technology node has slipped for a third time under strong competition.
NXP Reference Design Integrates Alexa Voice Control Into Appliances
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has partnered with Amazon to make Alexa voice-recognition hardware and software available as a reference design for integration into other devices, part of a wave of chip makers looking to cash in on the success of digital assistants in hopes that OEMs will begin incorporating voice recognition and command capabilities in other products.
Businesses Set High Expectations For AI
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
Most companies agree that AI will enhance the capabilities of people in the future, according to Fujitsu.
Automotive Strength Drives TI's First Quarter Sales
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
Chip firm posts double-digit revenue growth on the strength of automotive and industrial sales.
Baidu Battles Google in Robo-Car Derby
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4/26/2017   Post a comment
Baidu’s plan to “open up” its autonomous driving platform to others surprised many auto industry watchers. One analyst described it “a bit of a moon shot.” But he thinks China is the right place to try this out.
Fab Tool Billings Reach 16-Year High
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4/25/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor equipment billings hit their highest level since 2001 in March, according to the SEMI trade organization.
IoT Security: What We Need Next
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4/25/2017   3 comments
Do we need a group to certify that IoT products support some baseline security and privacy standards? If so, what are the standards and who is the group?
8 Fantastic Views of Comic Con
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4/25/2017   2 comments
Analyst Kevin Krewell stepped into the fantasy world of Silicon Valley’s Comic Con and brought back a few images of the colorful characters he encountered.
Is Foxconn Ready for Cars?
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4/25/2017   Post a comment
What makes Taiwan’s foray into cars interesting is if and when Foxconn gets involved. We spotted several key technologies at AutoTronics show last week.
Webinar: Embedded Study 4/27@11amPST-Register Now!
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4/23/2017  
12 Views of Facebook’s Dev Con
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4/21/2017   Post a comment
Facebook rolled out a new machine-learning framework and an array of virtual and augmented reality services on top of it at its annual F8 event.
Legal Woes Overshadow Qualcomm's Results
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4/20/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm turned in mixed results for its fiscal second quarter, but the talk focused on it's legal disputes, particularly with Apple.
EUV Litho Coming Into Commercial Focus
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4/20/2017   10 comments
ASML said it expects to sell 20-24 EUV systems next year as the technology edges closer to being deployed in production by chipmakers.
Amazon Turns Up the Vocals
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4/20/2017   6 comments
Amazon released its Lex service to enable apps with speech recognition as several OEMs are ramping up systems using embedded voice services.
NXP Sells Stake in China Foundry ASMC
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4/19/2017   8 comments
Dutch chip vendor sells remaining stake in joint venture originally begun by Philips.
B’com Clocks 10G Ethernet in Real Time
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4/19/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom released Quartz, an embedded 10G Ethernet switch for real-time markets in automotive, industrial automation, cellular base stations, and more.
Facebook Likes Augmented Reality
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4/18/2017   6 comments
With virtual reality headsets stuck in slow motion, Facebook hopes to ride enthusiasm for augmented reality on smartphones powered by machine learning.
Rambus, Microsoft Heat Up With Cold DRAM
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4/17/2017   4 comments
Rambus, in collaboration with Microsoft researchers, has succeeded in prototyping DRAM operating below 90 kelvin. Cryogenic memory will be essential to data centers, “currently the fastest growing consumer of memory” in the industry, said Rambus chief scientist.
Where Do You Stand on Science March?
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4/17/2017   22 comments
Are you participating in the March for Science this Saturday? I’d love to hear why or why not.
Medical Tests: Merged Technologies Yield Dramatic Insight
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4/17/2017   Post a comment
New devices leverage high-performance, low-cost sensing technologies and signal processing to develop radically new ways to non-invasively address medical-instrumentation challenges.
Apple's In, But DMV Is Telling Us More
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4/16/2017   2 comments
The DMV website turns out to be a treasure trove of information on all the facets of highly automated vehicles currently in development.
Toshiba Rumor Mill Runs at Full Capacity
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4/14/2017   3 comments
The latest rumors and unconfirmed reports from the semiconductor industry's most interesting soap opera of the moment.
NXP Shows First FD-SOI Chips
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
NXP showed the first chips it is making this year in Samsung’s 28nm FD-SOI process and called for work on replacements for embedded flash.
5 Unresolved Issues Facing Robo-cars
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4/13/2017   19 comments
It’s time to separate the “science-project” robotic car from the commercially viable autonomous vehicle that carmakers need but don’t have. Here are five open questions that await the tech revolution.
Qualcomm to Re-Pay $815 Million to BlackBerry
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4/13/2017   Post a comment
Arbitration panel rules for Canadian smartphone maker in contract dispute over past royalties.
Gartner Ups Chip Market Growth Forecast to 12%
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4/13/2017   2 comments
Continued improvement in memory market conditions lifting expectations for overall market in 2017 and 2018.
Webinar: What's Happening in Embedded Space?
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4/13/2017   4 comments
Some of the answers that will be revealed in the forthcoming Embedded Markets Study Webinar may surprise you.
MIPI Goes Beyond Mobile, Camera
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4/12/2017   1 comment
After earning universal respect within the mobile ecosystem, MIPI Alliance’s spec is moving decisively beyond mobile. The industry group unveiled MIPI CSI-2 v2, which can now respond to complex imaging needs of IoT, wearables, AR/VR, drones and automotive.
Renesas ‘Opens’ Autonomy for Cars
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4/11/2017   2 comments
Renesas Electronics emerged from a prolonged silence Wednesday, heralding the launch of Renesas Autonomy, a newly-designed advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving platform.
Apple and Google in the Memory Business?
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4/11/2017   5 comments
A recent report out of Japan says three of tech's biggest and most prominent companies are interested in bidding on Toshiba's memory chip business. Can this be true?
Researchers Developing Touch Sensitivity for Your Levi's
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4/11/2017   Post a comment
North Carolina State University created conductive and stretchable wires that can sense torsion (twisting), strain (elongation), and touch.
Chinese Investment Firm Agrees to Buy Xcerra
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4/10/2017   1 comment
Chinese private equity firm to shell out $580 million to buy parent company of LTX-Credence.
When Your Sweat Knows More about You…
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4/10/2017   5 comments
Lucio Lanza believes that billions of things, once connected, will eventually embody intelligence. The notion makes us feel a little uneasy.
5 Blockchain Trends for 2017
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4/10/2017   Post a comment
Blockchain moved beyond being just the technology behind bitcoin in 2016, showing it has the potential to disrupt many different industries.
Who, What, When & Where at ESC Boston 2017?
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4/7/2017   4 comments
Over the years, a tradition has been established of meeting up the evening before ESC to grab a bite to eat and share tall tales.
Papers invited for ESC Minneapolis and ESC Silicon Valley 2017
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4/7/2017   Post a comment
The 'Call for Papers' portals are now open for ESC Minneapolis in November and ESC Silicon Valley in December.
Four Grand Engineering Challenges
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4/7/2017   14 comments
Industry veterans laid out four diverse engineering challenges at a recent meeting in Silicon Valley of the National Academy of Engineering.
Prefetch Engine Recovers Lost Performance
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4/7/2017   1 comment
Performance-IP's Memory Request Optimizer reduces latency between the memory subsystem and the SoC client to improve memory bandwidth
Israeli's Valens Semi Snags $60 Million in Funding
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4/6/2017   Post a comment
Samsung, Goldman Sachs, Delphi and MediaTek join existing investors in backing 11-year-old HDBaseT chip firm.
IoT Needs Embedded Cryptography
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4/6/2017   3 comments
Security is a top concern for the Internet of Things, as essential as low power consumption, affordability, and wireless connectivity.
Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design
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4/6/2017   3 comments
Chip designers are hearing AI’s footsteps as it encroaches on their design work. Solido Design Automation, which has been applying its home-grown machine-learning algorithms to its software, is making its crown jewel available to customers via Machine Learning Labs.
Chip Materials Market Grew 2.4% in 2016
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Sales of wafer fab and semiconductor packaging materials both grew amid slight growth in semiconductor revenue, according to the SEMI trade group.
Maker Space: Electronics, Mechanics, and Art
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4/5/2017   3 comments
Rescued oscilloscope finds a new home in the electronic/robotics lab at Artisan's Asylum. Take a tour of the facilities.
Connecting Cars with (All) Riders
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4/5/2017   13 comments
Often left out of discussions about the connected vehicle ecosystem are people who ride bicycles and motorcycles.
China's Tsinghua Secures $22 Billion in State Backing
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4/4/2017   7 comments
Ambitious Chinese memory upstart says additional funds will help it improve global competitiveness.
Semiconductor Sales Keep Climbing
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4/4/2017   1 comment
Chip sales logged the largest year-over-year decline in more than six years in February, according to a semiconductor industry trade group.
Apple Drops Imagination
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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.
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