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 9 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 6 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 4 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.
Intel Preps Crosspoint Server News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Blog 8/6/2015 12 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
There’s No Shame in ReRAM Blog 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.
IBM's First Novel PCM Fix Blog 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).
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. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.