Micron, Samsung in Flash Battle News & Analysis 2/5/2016 10 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 1 comment 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 4 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.
16 Insights on ICs Slideshow 1/29/2016 5 comments At a talk in Silicon Valley semiconductor market guru Bill McClean predicted 4% growth in 2016 for the consolidating industry, but said China is a wild card.
India Preps RISC-V Processors News & Analysis 1/27/2016 34 comments An India government lab expects to get up to $45 million to develop a 64-bit RISC-V microprocessor, while a team of academics is developing similar chips released as open source.
Chip Stacks Take New Tacks News & Analysis 1/25/2016 4 comments Chip stacks will be key to advances in semiconductors, but in logic TSVs are waning while fan-out techniques and SiPs are on the rise.
3D XPoint Steps Into the Light News & Analysis 1/14/2016 8 comments With its 3D XPoint memories moving into the fab, an IM Flash executive revealed details of the technology and challenges making the devices.
Chip Forecasts, Drivers Diverge News & Analysis 1/12/2016 5 comments Chip revenues could contract 3%, expand 4% or something in between this year, said analysts at the SEMI trade group's annual executive forum.
AMD Tips Next Graphics Chip News & Analysis 1/4/2016 1 comment Advanced Micro Devices said its next-generation graphics processor, Polaris, will deliver nearly twice the performance/Watt of today’s Nvidia GPUs.
Google, HP, Oracle Join RISC-V News & Analysis 12/28/2015 4 comments The RISC-V open source processor core is rising as an alternative to ARM with support from Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and others.
Top Memory Stories of 2015 Blog 12/21/2015 Post a comment A compilation of top attention-getting articles on the Memory DesignLine from 2015 shows a mix of new technologies and longstanding ones, some seemingly forever in a state of emerging.
ARM Sizes Up Moore’s Law News & Analysis 12/7/2015 3 comments It’s getting harder and more costly to make chips smaller and faster, but there is still hope for advancing Moore’s Law, said an ARM researcher at IEDM.
A Day in the Life of Dextre Slideshow 12/4/2015 2 comments The Canadian-made robot on the International Space Station will unload the delivery of a new micro-satellite launcher, and since 2008 has helped ground control and astronauts get things done.
5G Idea Opens IoT Horizons News & Analysis 11/30/2015 Post a comment A battle of 5G air interfaces has started as one from researchers in Dresden claims it will open up new uses for the Internet of Things.
Military Targets Wearables, Bioelectrics News & Analysis 11/20/2015 1 comment Members of the Armed Forces may be the toughest consumers of all, especially when it comes to wearables. The demand for precision technology that isn’t clunky and has a long battery life far exceeds that of the traditional wearable market, and has defined DARPA investment in wearables.
ARM Flexes Handset, IoT Cores News & Analysis 11/10/2015 1 comment ARM announced a new entry-level, 64-bit smartphone core, the A-35, and an architecture for supporting hardware-based TrustZone security on 32-bit microcontrollers.
Apple Gives a Foundry Lesson Blog 10/16/2015 10 comments The rush to analyze Apple products has led to distorted conclusions from some who fail to appreciate the nuances of semiconductor technology, says one analyst.
5nm Test Lights Litho Path News & Analysis 10/7/2015 5 comments Test chips made in a 5nm process showed the value of pushing today’s 193-immersion and tomorrow’s extreme ultraviolet lithography systems to their limits, said researchers at Imec and Cadence.
Marvell Debuts MoChi Chips News & Analysis 10/6/2015 2 comments Marvell has announced the first two chips --two 64-bit ARM processors -- to use its MoChi modular SoC approach, one of which also implements its first-level cache technology.
IBM Watson Swayed CTO News & Analysis 9/24/2015 Post a comment The CTO of IBM’s Watson group tells the story of how he became a believer in cognitive computing and his opinions on its possible role in robotics.
16 Insights on ICs Slideshow 9/22/2015 5 comments The semiconductor market has settled into a slow-growth mode for the foreseeable future but tech disruptions are coming, said IC Insights.
8+ Horizons at Hot Chips Slideshow 9/1/2015 Post a comment The chip horizon is bright and diverse said speakers at Hot Chips presenting on 5G cellular, neural networks, molecular diagnostics, chip stacks and FPGAs.
Facebook Likes 100G at $1/G News & Analysis 8/28/2015 2 comments Web giant Facebook has helped define a short, reach 100 Gbit/second optical Ethernet transceiver that can hit $1/Gbit costs in volume.
Open Source GPU Debuts News & Analysis 8/27/2015 6 comments The first open source general-purpose graphics processor was described at Hot Chips along with an open source core more power efficient than an ARM processor.
18 Views of #IDF15 Slideshow 8/24/2015 3 comments This year's Intel developer Forum amped up the theatrics to engage a younger crowd and engage them in IoT and other products beyond Intel's core PC business.
Intel Memory Bus Draws Fire News & Analysis 8/20/2015 27 comments Intel’s plans to sell memory cards using proprietary extensions to the DDR4 bus is drawing fire from potential customers and competitors afraid of being locked in or out of its 3D XPoint technology.
15 Views from the Flash Summit Slideshow 8/14/2015 3 comments The Flash Memory Summit provided a look back at the start of the solid-state drive as well as the future for SSDs, flash and memory chips beyond.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments