Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash News & Analysis 7/20/2016 1 comment Amid second-quarter results, Intel said it expects a double-digit PC decline this year but sees flash picking up as it continues a 14nm rollout and starts a 10nm ramp.
IEDM Explores Silicon Horizon News & Analysis 7/20/2016 Post a comment The annual International Electron Devices Meeting released a preliminary program covering topics from quantum and neuromorphic computing to the 5nm node and the IoT.
5G Research Gets U.S. Call News & Analysis 7/16/2016 Post a comment The U.S. took a step ahead in 5G cellular research with a $400 government effort drawing praise from experts who called for global harmony on spectrum.
Startup Debuts Open Source SoCs News & Analysis 7/11/2016 2 comments Startup SiFive aims to use the open source RISC-V core as the heart of two SoC platforms, enabling a broader set of engineers to build custom processors.
Take the Fact Check Challenge Blog 7/11/2016 5 comments Engineers with innovative ideas about how to tell facts from falsehoods are invited to submit proposals in a competition with a $50,000 prize.
Why Networks Need ASICs Blog 7/7/2016 3 comments Tomorrow’s networks are driving price and performance requirements that call for custom silicon, according to a senior manager for a company using ASICs.
Paper-Based Microbial Fuel Cell Produces 1.3μW News & Analysis 7/5/2016 Post a comment Researchers from the Iowa State University have developed a 3D paper microbial fuel cell (MFC) that could take advantage of capillary action to guide the liquids through the system, eliminating the need for external power.
Video Compression Feels a Pinch News & Analysis 6/30/2016 6 comments Clouds surround digital video with compression gains currently falling far short, but Microsoft and Google shared promising work on augmented reality and royalty-free codecs.
Google Fellow Talks Neural Nets, Deep Learning News & Analysis 6/28/2016 2 comments We are already living with deep learning and large-scale neural networks, as evidenced by the growing number of applications that rely on computer vision, language understanding, robotics and more. Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean discusses what he wants most from neural networks and machine learning.
PCIe 4.0 Heads to Fab, 5.0 to Lab News & Analysis 6/28/2016 2 comments Chips using PCI Express 4.0 are preparing to tape out although the spec isn’t done; work a 5.0 version will start next year targeting 16 or 32 Gbits/second.
19 Views of Sensors Expo Slideshow 6/24/2016 1 comment A walk around the Sensor Expo show floor revealed a widely diverse market of companies, technologies and markets seeking more integrated, lower cost components.
Zero Power Listen-Mode Sensor Debuts News & Analysis 6/22/2016 3 comments An acoustic “event-detection” device like Vesper’s new piezoelectric MEMS microphone uses sound energy to wake a system from full power-down mode, thus enabling battery life of a system embedded with the sensor to span not months but years.
ASML Buys Hermes for $3.1B News & Analysis 6/16/2016 1 comment ASML will spend $3.1 billion to buy Hermes Microvision for its e-beam tools that support the roll out of extreme ultraviolet lithography.
Cavium Buys QLogic for $1B News & Analysis 6/15/2016 3 comments Cavium will expand from a range of security, comms and server processors and switches into storage and networking with the acquisition for $1 billion of Qlogic.
Printed Memory to Secure IoT News & Analysis 6/13/2016 1 comment In the Internet of Things era, there are still scenarios where a low-cost, unconnected memory might make more sense than a connected device.
FD SOI Benefits Rise at 14nm Blog 6/13/2016 13 comments Consultant Handel Jones makes the case that companies should move rapidly to 14nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD SOI) to use the benefits this technology.
17 Views from Imec Tech Forum Slideshow 5/27/2016 5 comments The annual Imec Technology Forum provided insights on the silicon road map including the outlook for EUV and FinFETs as well as an update on the Internet of Things.
Accelerators Unite ARM, IBM, X86 News & Analysis 5/23/2016 2 comments Seven chip companies will define a cache-coherent interface between accelerators and server processors spanning ARM, IBM Power and x86 architectures.
Google’s TPU Hit a Tight Sked News & Analysis 5/19/2016 6 comments Norman Jouppi, a veteran processor and server engineering manager, shares some of the story behind Google’s custom accelerator for machine learning.
Google Designing AI Processors News & Analysis 5/18/2016 23 comments Google has developed and is running in its data centers a custom accelerator for artificial intelligence its calls a tensor processing unit.
MEMS Broadens Its Horizons Blog 5/17/2016 Post a comment The continued steady growth in the MEMS market overall masks wide variation across the industry’s changing sectors, according to speakers presenting at SEMICON West in July.
Lam, KLA Deal Faces DoJ Scrutiny News & Analysis 5/15/2016 Post a comment Analysts are divided on whether a U.S. request for more information on the proposed $10.6 billion deal to combine Lam Research and KLA-Tencor spells the beginning of the end for the merger.
ePaper Makes Inroads into Smart Packaging Blog 5/6/2016 Post a comment To combat high implementation costs, E Ink has integrated an ePaper display with an RFID system, which can be used to monitor the condition of environmentally-sensitive products such as blood, vaccines and biomedical drugs.
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 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.
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.
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. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.