Ams Breaks Ground on N.Y. Fab News & Analysis 4/20/2016 1 comment AMS AG broke ground on a wafer fab in upstate New York today, joining the ranks of advanced manufacturers in the region. The Austrian company aims to start volume ramp of high-performance analog wafers by the second half of 2018.
Intel Reorg Shows Clouds Ahead News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 4/15/2016 13 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.
FD-SOI Expands, But Is It Disruptive? News & Analysis 4/14/2016 5 comments The ecosystem for fully-depleted silicon on insulator (FD-SOI) process technology has tipped from a too-late technology to a viable alternative to finFETs for the Internet of Things and automotive markets. To many, the presence of officials from major companies at an industry event signaled a coalescing around the technology.
5G Work Starts in Earnest News & Analysis 4/13/2016 1 comment This week engineers started hearing proposals on everything from radio access technologies to network architectures for 5G cellular standards expected before 2020.
10nm DDR4 DRAM Could Defy Moore News & Analysis 4/7/2016 5 comments Samsung said it has overcome scaling challenges to address scaling challenges that were previously thought to mean the end of Moore's Law.
Intel Disrupts Client Management News & Analysis 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.
EDA Group Broadens Mission News & Analysis 3/31/2016 10 comments The EDA Consortium renamed itself the Electronic System Design Alliance, taking on a broader role including semiconductor IP, embedded software and advanced packaging.
Flash Rides HPE’s Memory Bus News & Analysis 3/29/2016 2 comments Hewlett Packard Enterprise is shipping NVDIMM-N modules, the first in a new line of persistent memory cards analysts say will bolster servers.
Silicon Lacks Clear Metrics News & Analysis 3/24/2016 15 comments With no absolute way to compare process technologies, analysts differ over whether Intel, Samsung or TSMC provides better foundry nodes.
Panel Ponders MEMS Roadmaps, a Moore's Law of MEMS News & Analysis 3/16/2016 Post a comment Could oversupply be coming to MEMS? A panel at the MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress held in Munich, Germany, this month was asked to find solutions to challenges to the growth of the MEMS industry over the next decade but raised more questions than answers.
TSMC Details Silicon Road Map News & Analysis 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.
Facebook Likes Intel's 3D XPoint Slideshow 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.
3D Printing Will Rock Manufacturing Blog 3/7/2016 10 comments A world full of 3D printers that can make almost anything probably will be an almost inconceivably complex place, where products and blueprints are designed, customized, made and sold by an uncountable number of companies and home printers offering a dizzying array of products.
Broadcom Identifies $300M Cuts News & Analysis 3/3/2016 13 comments A month after Avago closed the $37 billion deal to acquire Broadcom it created as many as 24 new divisions and announced plans to discontinue $300 million non-core businesses.
Chip Makers Need New Business Models Blog 3/2/2016 12 comments The semiconductor industry needs to consider new business models based on open source hardware, re-programmable silicon and Features-as-a-Service to drive its next phase of growth.
10 Views of Security at RSA Slideshow 3/2/2016 2 comments The U.S. attorney general, head of the NSA and president of Microsoft were among those commenting on the Apple-FBI case and the future of cryptography at the RSA Conference.
Cisco Rolls 16nm ASICs News & Analysis 3/1/2016 2 comments Cisco rolled its first 16nm ASICs for new data center switches that leapfrog capabilities of Broadcom's chips.
Ethernet Picks up the Pace Blog 2/26/2016 Post a comment The industry is counting on getting new Ethernet solutions at a faster rate, according to the chairman of the Ethernet Alliance who reviews what’s in the pipeline.
NASA Engineer Honored With Washington Award News & Analysis 2/26/2016 1 comment Chicagoland engineers will present the Washington Award to aerospace engineer Dr. Aprille Ericsson. Ericsson has made significant contributions to the aerospace field and was also the first female, and the first African-American female, to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first black female to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
EUV 2.0 Decision Needed News & Analysis 2/25/2016 2 comments It’s time to make a decision on the approach for next-gen EUV lithography, said the CTO of Toppan Photomasks after winning a lifetime achievement award.
EUV, Big Molecules and Moore Slideshow 2/24/2016 4 comments The recent SPIE event provided insights on the progress on extreme ultraviolet lithography to continue Moore’s law and the threat of molecular level hurdles that could end it.
Mars and Other Challenges Slideshow 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.
Lucky Errors Found in Bitcoin Blog 2/19/2016 Post a comment We found bitcoin mining is inherently tolerant to faults in the mining ASIC that can be exploited to maximize profits by up to 30% -- techniques that could be useful to any application of approximate computing.
Soft Machines: Promising, Not Proven Blog 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 News & Analysis 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.
Data Centers Tap ARM, 100GE News & Analysis 2/9/2016 16 comments Growing cloud service providers are driving server and networking technologies, opening small but significant opportunities for non-x86 processors.
EUV Gets $500M Center News & Analysis 2/9/2016 4 comments Globalfoundries and the state of New York will spend 500 million over five years on a new center to get extreme ultraviolet lithography ready for the 7nm node and beyond.
Battery Research Claims 10x Gain News & Analysis 2/8/2016 Post a comment A Stanford-SLAC team wrapped silicon lithium-ion anode particles in a custom-fit cage made of graphene to alleviate battery issues that sap their performance.
Micron, Samsung in Flash Battle News & Analysis 2/5/2016 15 comments Micron described a 768Gbit 3D NAND flash chip that is twice as dense as Samsung’s current vertical NAND, but it’s not clear it will come to market.
19 Views of ISSCC Slideshow 2/5/2016 3 comments Chips for smart cars, fast wired and wireless links, cool cameras and more appeared at at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
MIT Neural Network IC Aims At Mobiles News & Analysis 2/4/2016 Post a comment MIT researchers have designed a chip to implement neural networks and claim it is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU. This could be used to allow mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms locally, rather than uploading data to the Internet for processing.
Analog’s Super Bowl by the Bay Blog 2/4/2016 8 comments Analog had its own Super Bowl of sorts with ISSCC in San Francisco and an annual gathering of tech gurus in the South Bay. Veteran commentator Steve Ohr gives us the play-by-play.
Cars drive SoC design at ISSCC Blog 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.
Robots Get A Gentler Grip News & Analysis 2/1/2016 Post a comment École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has devised flexible electrostatic grippers that are as gentle as human hands, yet can lift 100 times their own weight.
Moore’s Law Goes Post-CMOS News & Analysis 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.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.