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Military Targets Wearables, Bioelectrics
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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.
5G Challenges Call for Startups
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11/18/2015   Post a comment
A pioneer of MIMO antenna technology gave his opinions on the challenges developing a 5G cellular standard and called for startups to attack them.
10nm SRAM, 10-core SoC at ISSCC
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11/16/2015   5 comments
The annual ISSCC in February will include papers on a 10nm SRAM from Samsung, an advanced fingerprint recognition chip from Invensense.
ARM Flexes Handset, IoT Cores
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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.
Chip Mergers, Impacts Still Ahead
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10/26/2015   2 comments
The current consolidation of semiconductor companies is not over, and engineers and OEMs have yet to feel its impacts in layoffs and pricing.
Apple Gives a Foundry Lesson
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.
Researchers Demonstrate Single-Ended Die-to-Die Transceiver
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10/13/2015   Post a comment
Proposed link architecture, transceiver circuit design and package solution developed at University of Toronto addresses issues present in likely DDR memory alternatives
5nm Test Lights Litho Path
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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
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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
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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
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.
Google, Robotics & AI: A Systems Approach
9/14/2015   Post a comment
Technology giants like Google and Microsoft want to take artificial intelligence to a practical and usable level.
Toyota Investing $50 Million In AI Development
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9/8/2015   Post a comment
Toyota is investing $50 million to create research programs at Stanford and MIT to study and facilitate the advancement of artificial intelligence.
Qualcomm Sketches Out Kyro Core
9/8/2015   2 comments
Qualcomm sketched out details of Kyro, the custom ARM core in its next-generation Snapdragon SoC which got rave reviews from one veteran analyst.
China Server Upstart Hits Spotlight
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9/2/2015   1 comment
A director at China startup Phytium describes the little-known company that gained attention when it announced plans for a 64-core ARM server SoC.
8+ Horizons at Hot Chips
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
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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
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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.
Drone Highways: Europe Wants to Get on the Road
8/25/2015   1 comment
Amazon is upping its game for dedicated space for drone delivery, and Europe seems eager to play along.
18 Views of #IDF15
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’s Krzanich: CEO Q&A at IDF
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8/21/2015   25 comments
Intel’s chief executive shares his thoughts on topics ranging from Moore’s Law, EUV, China, 3D XPoint and his effects to expand beyond the PC.
Intel Memory Bus Draws Fire
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8/20/2015   26 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
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.
Intel Preps Crosspoint Server
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8/13/2015   6 comments
Intel will debut next week a new class of high performance servers using the 3-D Crosspoint memories it recently announced with Micron, said one expert.
Samsung Drives Up 3-D Flash
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8/11/2015   1 comment
Samsung announced a handful of novel products using its 3-D NAND flash chips, but the mass market for such products may be more than a year away, said analysts.
Why 3D XPoint Isn’t Phase Change Memory
8/6/2015   10 comments
Since Intel and Micron are being rather tight-lipped about what’s actually under the hood of what they say is a new class of memory, the door is wide open for speculation as to what it might be
Imec, Panasonic Push Progress on ReRAM
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7/30/2015   1 comment
The two companies jointly presented a paper at the recent VLSI technology symposium outlining a process that paves the way for 28nm embedded applications
There’s No Shame in ReRAM
7/29/2015   4 comments
Intel and Micron say they’ve developed a new class of memory technology, but there’s more talk about all of the things 3D XPoint memory might be able to do, and little detail of what it actually is. Speculation is inevitable.
Graphene Sensor Detects Nano Molecules
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Teams from the Swiss University EPFL and the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona used graphene to improve upon infrared absorption spectroscopy for molecule detection.
Agile Design for Hardware, Part I
7/27/2015   8 comments
In the first of a three-part series, two Berkeley professors suggest its time to apply Agile design techniques to hardware.
IBM's First Novel PCM Fix
7/24/2015   2 comments
Keeping phase change memory (PCM) hopes alive at the recent VLSI 2015 in Kyoto were two joint IBM/Macronix papers that explored completely different and very innovative approaches to the solving data retention problems created by drift in multi-level cell (MLC-PCMs).
Marvell CEO Named Exec of Year
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7/22/2015   1 comment
Sehat Sutardja, founder and chief executive of Marvell, was named executive of the year in the annual ACE Awards in part for driving innovation with two new technology initiatives this year.
Wearables Fail Check Up
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7/21/2015   2 comments
Wearable devices need to deliver medical-grade data then simplify it to relevant recommendations to consumers, said a speaker at ESC SV.
A Glimpse of the Graphics Grail
7/20/2015   1 comment
Imagination Technologies showed results of its approach to ray tracing and it looks promising, says a veteran graphics analyst.
10 Views of Semicon West
7/17/2015   4 comments
Systems-in-package could prop up a semiconductor industry falling off Moore’s Law, but hopes IoT will be the next driver may be too optimistic.
Big Chips, Coffee Prices and Profits
7/17/2015   5 comments
An entrepreneurial engineer with experience in lean chip development runs the numbers on semiconductor economics.
Ex-IBMer Fired Up for Foundry
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7/16/2015   11 comments
Globalfoundries’ new CTO Gary Patton talks about life after IBM and the challenging road ahead for semiconductor makers.
China Bids $23B for Micron
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7/13/2015   9 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup bid $23 billion for Micron in a deal that would put China at the forefront of the memory chip business but face close scrutiny from U.S. regulators.
Open Source Core Advances
7/13/2015   5 comments
A recent Berkeley workshop highlighted advances with RISC-V, an open source core already showing architectural advantages over commercial x86 and ARM cores.
5G Moves Out of the Lab
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7/8/2015   7 comments
5G cellular networks will move out of the lab and into formal standards work and field trials starting over the next several months.
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts
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6/25/2015   2 comments
Imec researchers hope to deliver within two years active contact lenses that detect where the user is looking and deliver the correct near or far focus.
China's SMIC, Q'comm in 14nm Deal
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6/23/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. formed a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec to develop a homegrown 14nm node ready for mass production by 2020.
EDA Faces 10, 5nm Hurdles
6/22/2015   1 comment
The EDA community faces multiple challenges at the 10nm and 5nm nodes that experts will discuss at Semicon West.
Google Reveals Data Center Net
6/18/2015   1 comment
Google revealed details of Jupiter, its Openflow-based data center network as a leading example of traction for in software-defined networks.
Ethernet Opens Door to PAM4
6/17/2015   Post a comment
The relatively new and complex PAM4 modulation scheme has been adopted for some aspects of the 400 Gbit/second Ethernet standard, setting a direction for new silicon development.
10nm Chips Promise Lower Costs
6/15/2015   38 comments
The challenges in the supply chain logistics for semiconductors continue to increase, but the 10nm node will give one more opportunity to gain large benefits from technology scaling.
Chip, PC Demand Continues Decline
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6/15/2015   16 comments
Deutsche Bank analysts released reports projecting continued weakness in semiconductors, especially for PCs, and shaved its predictions for Intel.
22 Views of an Augmented World
6/12/2015   2 comments
This year's Augmented World Expo generated a lot of creative energy and cool demos, attracting Google and Intel, but so far no killer smartglasses, depth sensors or mainstream apps.
Google Gestures at 60 GHz
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5/29/2015   3 comments
Google unveiled a radar-on-chip for fine gesture control with the goal of expanding increasingly small screens and interfaces. While the radar technology isn’t yet authorized by the FCC, Google’s ATAP team wants to fine tune its Soli chip for wearables.
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