19 Views of Hot Chips Slideshow 8/26/2016 1 comment Machine learning, self-driving cars and novel sensors commanded significant attention at this year’s Hot Chips, reflecting a semiconductor industry moving fast in many directions.
Power9 Opens IBM to Partners News & Analysis 8/24/2016 3 comments IBM’s Power9 processor reaches out to new OEMs and partners with multiple interconnects and variants of the chip, according to a talk at Hot Chips.
AMD Reveals Zen of X86 News & Analysis 8/24/2016 Post a comment AMD detailed Zen at Hot Chips, its next-generation x86 core aimed at head-to head competition with Intel in everything from notebooks to servers.
19 Views of IDF16 Slideshow 8/19/2016 Post a comment This year’s Intel Developer Forum showed how the x86 giant is seeking ways to pump up and go beyond the PC with new platforms for machine vision, virtual reality, robots, drones and more.
AMD’s Zen Takes on Intel Blog 8/18/2016 9 comments Last night, AMD demonstrated an eight-core, dual threaded 3 GHz desktop chip using its new Zen core narrowly edging out a similar high-end desktop CPU from archrival Intel.
14 Views from the Flash Summit Slideshow 8/12/2016 11 comments The Flash Memory Summit showed shifts NAND flash and other persistent memories including 3D XPoint are making in arrays, accelerators and solid-state drives.
DRAMs to drag ICs to -2% in 2016 News & Analysis 8/11/2016 Post a comment The latest version of The McClean Report projects a 19% decline in DRAMs due to falling PC and tablet sales, dragging total IC revenues to a 2% contraction in 2016.
Samsung Debuts 3D XPoint Killer News & Analysis 8/11/2016 5 comments Samsung announced Z-NAND, a 3D flash variant it says will have similar performance and lower cost in solid-state drives than Micron Quantx SSDs.
Micron demos 3D XPoint in drives News & Analysis 8/9/2016 2 comments Micron showed prototype solid-state drives using its 3D XPoint memories with data for their performance as Toshiba talked about NAND flash advances.
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.
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.