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MIT Discovers Superconductor Law
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12/18/2014   14 comments
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has discovered a law governing the relationship between critical temperature at which superconductivity begins, resistivity, and the thickness of the film for superconducting integrated circuits.
11 Views of IEDM
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12/17/2014   4 comments
This week's International Electron Devices Meeting inspired new hope for Moore's law, with significant achievements reported by Intel, IBM, and TSMC in finFET process technology at 16 and 14 nm nodes.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
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12/16/2014   1 comment
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
Spice Models Add Flavor to SOI
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
The Compact Model Coalition has released a variety of new models for SOI devices and announced plans for work on GaN HEMT Spice model standards.
Silicon Startups Get Incubator
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12/9/2014   10 comments
Silicon Catalyst aims to help about 10 semiconductor startups produce their first chips in 2015, leveraging partnerships with Keysight, Synopsys, and TSMC.
Exclusive NIST Tour Shows Off Quantum Physics' ARTIQ
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12/5/2014   1 comment
In part one of an exclusive interview, the National Institute for Science and Technology explains ARTIQ (Advanced Real-Time Infrastructure for Quantum physics) -- an open-source control system for laser-cooled trapped ion experiments.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion
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12/1/2014   13 comments
Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
Gyroscope Accuracy Beats MEMS
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11/28/2014   17 comments
Qualtre claims its bulk acoustic wave (BAW) beats tuning fork.
UWB Returns as a GPS for IoT
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11/18/2014   Post a comment
Ultrawideband technology (a.k.a. impulse radio) is staging a comeback as a technique to add localization for a wide range of uses in the Internet of Things.
ISSCC Tips Hot Circuit Designs
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11/17/2014   4 comments
The International Solid State Circuits Conference will host papers on new processors from Intel, AMD, and IBM and some of the first designs made in new FinFET processes.
Tiny Tattoos Sense Health
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11/13/2014   3 comments
Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors have prototypes for several tiny, inexpensive sensors, including tattoos and micro needles, that will target the health market.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers
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11/13/2014   1 comment
An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
Big Data Goes Unicorn Hunting
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11/6/2014   6 comments
In today's big data era, the U.S. is starving for data scientists, according to panelists at Dell World here.
Fabless Pipsqueaks Grow Up
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11/5/2014   14 comments
The trade association of fabless semiconductor companies celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, declaring victory in its goal to establish its sector and the business model behind it.
ST's Small 6-Axis IMU a Big Move Into Automotive
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11/4/2014   1 comment
STMicroelectronics has synchronized an accelerometer and a gyroscope on the world's smallest 6-axis inertial measurement unit.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets
News & Analysis  
10/29/2014   5 comments
Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Microsoft Eyes Expanding FPGA Role
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10/23/2014   14 comments
Microsoft will explore using FPGAs to replace networking chips in its million-server datacenters to deliver new speeds and network functions.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know
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10/23/2014   42 comments
As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
EEs Explore Life After CMOS
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10/22/2014   20 comments
Technologists at an IEEE event explored the technical and social challenges engineers face as Moore’s Law gradually comes to an end.
IBM, GlobalFoundaries Strike Historic Fab Deal
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10/20/2014   20 comments
IBM will transfer its two loss-making fabs to GlobalFoundries along with $1.5 billion in cash and related patents in a deal that could take a year to get regulatory approval and even longer to sort out its implications for both companies’ roadmaps.
Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks
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10/17/2014   15 comments
At least a half dozen new efforts are sprouting up to patch gaps in Ethernet, forcing engineers to reconsider the road map for the ubiquitous networking technology.
What About MEMs?
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10/14/2014   Post a comment
Let's take a look at what's happening at older technologies, and the innovation there that is also driving advanced modeling techniques. The designs Carey Robertson wants to discuss involve circuits utilizing MEMs.
Nobels Should Celebrate Invention and Optimization
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10/14/2014   6 comments
We should celebrate both inventions and efficient optimizations of them, says Wally Rhines, CEO of Mentor Graphics and co-author of a 1974 patent on the blue LED, passed over recently by the Nobel committee.
UMC Joins $6.2B China Foundry
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10/9/2014   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. said it will invest US$1.35 billion over five years in a 40nm foundry joint venture planned in Xiamen.
Chip Makers Face Scaling Hurdles
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10/7/2014   1 comment
Chip makers and their vendors need to collaborate more than ever if they are to overcome challenges scaling semiconductors, said speakers at a recent forum.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
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10/3/2014   6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
ARM Servers Want a Tune Up
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10/2/2014   2 comments
ARM servers need better compilers to get optimal performance said a handful of early users and vendors, noting the still immature code chain for the emerging systems.
Samsung Shows 14nm Chip
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10/2/2014   7 comments
Samsung showed a working mobile-applications processor made it its 14nm FinFET process at ARM Tech Con, but supplied few details on the status of the process or its customers.
Bionic Ear Due Soon
News & Analysis  
9/30/2014   6 comments
STMicroelectronics is collaborating with two other companies on a bionic ear that users wears 24/7 to enhance and control their audio experience.
Fairchild Reinvents Itself
News & Analysis  
9/26/2014   11 comments
Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
iPhone 6: Comparing InvenSense & Bosch Accelerometers
Blog  
9/26/2014   5 comments
Why two accelerometers in iPhone 6? Chipworks attempts to get to the bottom of it.
MEMS Pioneer Raises $25M, Including Debt
News & Analysis  
9/26/2014   4 comments
SiTime Corp., a pioneer of MEMS resonator devices as replacements for quartz timing devices, has closed a $25 million round of financing that includes a $15 million debt facility provided by Capital IP Investments Partners.
PZT Making Waves in MEMS
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9/25/2014   Post a comment
ST's announcement that it is offering a piezo-MEMS manufacturing process catapults the company to the front of a wave of uptake for the technology.
Elastomeric Camouflage Switches Texture & Color
News & Analysis  
9/18/2014   2 comments
Inspired by nature's most skillful camouflage artists, MIT researchers harness elastomers' ability to change surface texture when voltage is applied to a make a flexible material that simultaneously changes its color and texture on demand.
18 Views of the Silicon Horizon
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9/18/2014   6 comments
Semiconductors are poised for high single-digit growth this year and beyond, IC Insights said in an annual forecast that explored trends in China, capital equipment, fabless companies, and more.
Sensor Hubs Aided by IEEE-2700-2014 Datasheets
News & Analysis  
9/17/2014   3 comments
The first MEMS standard, the IEEE 2700-2014, will standardize data sheets making it easier to compare models as well as build interoperable sensor hubs.
Lemoptix Pico-Projector Excels
News & Analysis  
9/16/2014   10 comments
Claims brightest, smallest MEMS projector solution
Apple, Samsung in 20nm Race
Blog  
9/15/2014   6 comments
Apple and Samsung are poised to ship their first smartphones using 20nm mobile processors, but they are applying the silicon technology in radically different ways.
EUV Needs a Plan B
Blog  
9/15/2014   8 comments
Engineers need to squeeze every drop of life possible from semiconductor technology, but the current EUV light source program may be putting too much wood behind to risky a single arrow.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G
News & Analysis  
9/8/2014   4 comments
Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G SerDes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
GoPro Puts Consumers in 'Matrix'
News & Analysis  
9/3/2014   8 comments
It’s just a lab experiment today, but camera pioneer Tim Macmillan showed 360-degree stop action effects GoPro is developing with consumer camera arrays.
50G Ethernet Debate Brewing
News & Analysis  
9/3/2014   16 comments
The Ethernet Alliance will host a discussion on the future of Ethernet at which engineers are expected to debate the need for a 50G standard, among other issues.
Homeless in Silicon Valley
Blog  
9/2/2014   20 comments
Over Labor Day, I thought about the situation for the many, often unseen, homeless and the working poor in the Jungle and elsewhere in Silicon Valley.
9 Insights From Hot Interconnects
Slideshow  
8/29/2014   4 comments
Facebook described its network switch, while experts picked apart flaws in Ethernet, WiFi, InfiniBand, Linux, last-mile connections, and more at Hot Interconnects where one next-big-thing was silicon photonics.
Rohm Opens MEMS Foundry Operation
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8/28/2014   Post a comment
Rohm Co. Ltd. created a foundry business at the six-inch Miyazaki wafer fab of its Lapis Semiconductor subsidiary that integrates product design and manufacturing based on the combination of thin-film piezoelectric processes and MEMS.
Silicon Valley Builds Bridge to Iran
News & Analysis  
8/22/2014   7 comments
Serial entrepreneur Kamran Elahian is organizing a Silicon Valley event on innovation that will attempt to build a bridge to an emerging high-tech sector in his home country of Iran.
Startup Promises Sub-$20 DNA Test
News & Analysis  
8/20/2014   12 comments
Startup InSilixa described a silicon bio-sensing array that promises to bring molecular diagnostics to the point of care with tests that cost less than $20.
China Wants to Be No. 1
Blog  
8/20/2014   14 comments
China aims to produce half the semiconductors it consumes by 2020, and it hopes to consume many of them in locally made smartphones, too.
Memsic Launches Monolithic 3-Axis Accelerometer
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
Memsic Inc. introduces what it claims is the world's first monolithic 3D accelerometer and the first to make use of wafer-level packaging.
Nanoceramic Startup Gears Up for Growth
News & Analysis  
8/12/2014   2 comments
The UK startup Cambridge Nanotherm hopes to commercialize its nanoceramic technology, which converts aluminum into a dielectric adept at carrying heat, by targeting high-end LED system makers.
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