Roadmap Says CMOS Ends ~2024
News & Analysis 3/23/2017 1 comment
An expanded roadmap for semiconductors says traditional CMOS scaling will end in about 2024 but new chip stacks and systems architectures will continue advances.
OFC Debates Road to Photonic ICs
News & Analysis 3/23/2017 2 comments
An OFC keynoter made the case for indium phosphide photonic ICs, but analysts said that silicon photonics has bigger backers for merging optics and electronics.
PowerVR Gets Graphics Refresh
News & Analysis 3/8/2017 Post a comment
Imagination Technologies unveiled Furian, its next-generation PowerVR graphics architecture, aimed to help claw back market share from ARM’s Mali.
ASML Revs EUV Engines
News & Analysis 3/1/2017 5 comments
ASML unveiled the NXE 3400B, its candidate to drive EUV lithography into sub-10-nm fabs and described its follow-on as others showed EUV mask tools.
EUV Progress, Hurdles Cited
News & Analysis 2/28/2017 2 comments
Extreme ultraviolet lithography made progress in the past year but hurdles are still ahead for EUV said Intel and Samsung experts.
G’foundries debuts 45nm RFSOI
News & Analysis 2/21/2017 9 comments
Globalfoundries announced it has development kits for its 45nm RFSOI process, a node geared for uses such as 5G millimeter-wave chips.
Chemical Gas Sensors on the Rise
Blog 2/17/2017 Post a comment
Advances in miniaturization and manufacturing technologies are opening new markets to players in the MEMS sensing industry with foundries expected to produce millions of gas sensors in the coming years.
Travel Order Stifles Startup Founder
News & Analysis 2/13/2017 1 comment
The founder of startup Kandou Bus was among unintended victims of President Trump’s travel restrictions that prevented him from receiving an award in person.
16 Views of ISSCC
Slideshow 2/10/2017 5 comments
The Internet of Things is rising among the hundreds of papers at the annual ISSCC event dedicated to design of microprocessors, memories, wireless chips, and more.
TSMC, Samsung Diverge at 7nm
News & Analysis 2/8/2017 9 comments
TSMC and Samsung described 7nm SRAMs at ISSCC, showing how different the companies’ process offerings will be under than name.
Intel Shows 2.5D FPGA at ISSCC
News & Analysis 2/7/2017 6 comments
Intel described its EMIB packaging in an ISSCC session where AMD showed its Zen 86 fits it’s a smaller die than Intel’s current 14nm chip.
TI Sees New Exponential Drivers
Blog 2/6/2017 1 comment
Tomorrow’s exponential growth in semiconductors will be fueled by a combination of specialized processes and design methodologies as transistor scaling becomes increasingly expensive, said the chef technologist of Texas Instruments.
AI Tapped to Improve Design
News & Analysis 2/3/2017 14 comments
Nine companies and three universities are exploring how machine learning could tackle difficult problems in electronics design.
Chip Group Sets 2017 Policies
News & Analysis 2/2/2017 Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association released an eight-point policy agenda for 2017 that may clash with President Trump’s plans on trade and immigration.
Trump, Brexit Cloud Upbeat 2017
News & Analysis 1/27/2017 7 comments
The semiconductor market is posed for a better year ahead but uncertainties with President Trump, China and Brexit could sway the numbers.
Patent Suits Hit Q’comm Profits
News & Analysis 1/25/2017 8 comments
Qualcomm’s quarter profits fell as a result of a fine from the Korea government in one of now five cases alleging unfair patent licensing.
EUV in Focus at Photonics West
News & Analysis 1/25/2017 3 comments
Researchers at Photonics West will discuss advances in a 250W light source for EUV lithography, new infrared cameras and Li-Fi, data communications using LED lights.
China Goes on an M&A Diet
Blog 1/24/2017 2 comments
A decade-long trend of the China government encouraging Chinese businesses to expand globally by acquiring resources, advanced technologies, and distribution channels overseas is hitting a speed bump.
TI Reorgs Analog Group
News & Analysis 1/20/2017 2 comments
Texas Instruments reorganized four analog groups into three, eliminating no products but causing a small number of layoffs in support personnel.
FTC Slaps Qualcomm with Suit
News & Analysis 1/17/2017 1 comment
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint alleging Qualcomm is unfairly using its dominance in cellular baseband processors against rivals and customers.
15 Views from a Silicon Summit
Slideshow 1/16/2017 4 comments
Moore’s law may last longer than originally thought, although semiconductor revenues remain stuck in mid-single-digit growth, said speakers at ISS.
China Defends Big Chip Bet
News & Analysis 1/12/2017 23 comments
Foundry and capital equipment executives from China defended the country’s government-led drive to build its semiconductor industry.
Process Makes Smaller, Cheaper Chips
News & Analysis 1/6/2017 9 comments
Berkeley researchers demonstrated an implant technique that made chips with features as small as 9 nm at less cost and higher throughput than double patterning.
AMD Describes Vega GPU
News & Analysis 1/5/2017 4 comments
Advanced Micro Devices' next graphics processor, Vega, is an impressive GPU, but it won't disrupt Nvidia, said analysts
Intel Tips Plans for 5G Modem
News & Analysis 1/4/2017 3 comments
Intel announced that they will sample a 5G baseband modem for smartphones later this year, following Qualcomm in a race to the market.
Korea Fines Q’comm Nearly $1B
News & Analysis 12/28/2016 5 comments
Korean regulators fined Qualcomm nearly $1 billion following a two-year investigation into its patent licensing practices, a decision the company will appeal.