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TI Reorgs Analog Group
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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.
5G Calls for Silicon in 2017
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
This year, work on silicon and antenna architectures for 5G cellular networks begins in earnest, said a Nokia CTO.
FTC Slaps Qualcomm with Suit
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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.
5G Radio on Trial in France
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1/17/2017   Post a comment
Researchers in France are preparing a trial that will add more grist to the debate over waveforms for the air interface of 5G cellular.
Intel Shows Analog Clout at ISSCC
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1/17/2017   Post a comment
Intel’s analog experts will get a chance to show how they power processors with billions of transistors at the next month's International Solid State Circuits Conference.
15 Views from a Silicon Summit
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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
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1/12/2017   23 comments
Foundry and capital equipment executives from China defended the country’s government-led drive to build its semiconductor industry.
Google Searches for Better Silicon
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1/11/2017   2 comments
A Google data center executive asked semiconductor executives to speed up work on more optimized processors, memories, and interconnects.
IBM Leads as U.S. Patents Rebound
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1/9/2017   Post a comment
After a 1% dip last year, U.S. utility patent grants rebounded nearly 2% to a new all-time high with IBM still the top winner.
Intel Optane a Poor Fit for PCs
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1/6/2017   10 comments
At CES, Intel made the latest of several attempts to add a flash layer to PCs, an admirable goal but not one well suited to its Optane SSDs.
Process Makes Smaller, Cheaper Chips
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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
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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
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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.
Qualcomm Unveils New SoC at CES
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1/3/2017   5 comments
Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 835 smartphone processor at CES, a 10nm mobile SoC that is its first to run Microsoft Windows 10.
Korea Fines Q’comm Nearly $1B
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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.
2017 Predictions, Networking Edition
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12/21/2016   9 comments
It’s always interesting (and dangerous) to lay out some predictions for the future of technology, so here are a few visions from my crystal ball for networking.
AMD Clocks Ryzen at 3.4 GHz+
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12/13/2016   3 comments
AMD said that its Zen x86 core running at 3.4 GHz and higher will ship before April in an SoC called Summit Ridge for gaming PCs.
Q’comm Takes ARM Servers to 10nm
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12/7/2016   14 comments
Qualcomm demoed a 48-core ARM server SoC made in a 10-nm process it is now sampling to web data center giants.
TSMC, IBM Detail 7-nm Work
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12/6/2016   12 comments
TSMC and IBM reported results at IEDM on separate 7-nm efforts, nudging Moore’s law forward and showing progress with EUV lithography.
Digital Clothes: Not Putting You On
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12/5/2016   Post a comment
Wearables are making progress in their journey from watches and glasses to everyday objects like shirts and pants, but the technology won’t hit the local mall in 2017.
Will China Grab ARM Servers?
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12/1/2016   2 comments
China’s data center giants have become the next big hope to give traction to ARM’s server initiative.
RISC-V Expands its Audience
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12/1/2016   2 comments
RISC-V attracted a stellar list of chip architects and executives to its latest workshop, but the effort to grow an open-source instruction set has a big to-do list.
Open Source SoC Debuts
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
Startup SiFive released its first open-source SoC based on the RISC-V instruction set and an Arduino development board to go with it.
China’s Patent Record Won’t Travel
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11/24/2016   4 comments
China hit an impressive but limited milestone in intellectual property.
Macom Buys Applied for Comms
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11/21/2016   1 comment
Macom has bid $770 million for Applied with plans to sell off its X-Gene ARM server SoC unit but cherish its "gold nugget" of networking chips.
15 Views of Printed Electronics
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11/21/2016   10 comments
Printed electronics showed progress in manufacturing gear and processes, e-textiles, sensors, batteries, and printed NFC tags at the IDTechEx event.
Intel’s Nervana Attacks GPUs
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11/17/2016   5 comments
Intel will ship AI accelerators from Nervana next year as part of a broad machine learning strategy that is still waiting on its acquisition of Movidius to close.
Virtual Reality Will Stay Hot
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
Virtual reality could be a killer app in more ways than one.
Samsung Makes 10nm Q’comm SoC
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11/17/2016   6 comments
Qualcomm announced it is in production with its next generation mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 835, in Samsung’s 10nm process.
Intel Preps its AI Strategy
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11/15/2016   3 comments
Intel will lay out what one rival said may be a bet the company” strategy on AI this week, spanning Xeon, FPGA, Movidius processors and more.
Engineers Power Electricity’s Future
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
The electrical power engineering profession plays a critical role in enabling the widespread use of clean power to advance technology for the benefit of humanity.
7nm SRAMs, 10nm SoC at ISSCC
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11/14/2016   8 comments
The annual International Solid State Circuits Conference will showcase advanced work on 7nm SRAMs, a 10nm SoC and an efficient AI SoC.
Chip Veterans Scan Horizon
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11/11/2016   3 comments
Three industry veterans gave their views of the semiconductor sector’s future at an event where ASML promised a system to advance chip scaling.
Lowly Bus Gets Reinvented
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11/11/2016   4 comments
Buses have a boring image but they are actually a hotbed of innovation.
Supercomputer Aims for Exascale
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
U.S. researchers announced $34 million in software projects as part of their plan to build exascale supercomputers that may include new memory and programming technologies.
Trump Win Roils Technology Sector
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11/9/2016   44 comments
The view of America from Silicon Valley on the day after the U.S. election is, at best, uncertain.
Electric Cars Plug in Flow Batteries
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11/4/2016   1 comment
Lithium-ion batteries will dominate the automotive scene, but flow batteries are playing an interesting wild card.
ASML Invests $1.9B in Next-Gen EUV
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11/3/2016   3 comments
ASML will spend a total of about $1.9 billion on a collaboration with Zeiss to build next-generation optics for extreme ultraviolet lithography systems
Hock Tan Carves Up Brocade
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11/2/2016   1 comment
Broadcom bid $5.9 billion for Brocade in a deal that carves up Fiber Channel and Ethernet parts of the systems company.
Energy Harvesting Seeks Good Vibes
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11/2/2016   Post a comment
Energy harvesting using vibration is a niche business but one attracting significant research in hopes of pioneering a broader market.
U.S. Needs Big Bet on Chips
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11/2/2016   17 comments
The U.S. government should launch a new multi-billion national research effort to define a post-silicon semiconductor industry.
AI Chip Startup Shares Insights
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11/1/2016   1 comment
After announcing funding, startup Graphcore executives talked about their plans in machine learning and building a company.
Microsoft Speeds Open Hardware
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11/1/2016   2 comments
Microsoft revealed early specs of ts next-generation data center server and said work on open hardware needs to become as fast and flexible as open source software.
U.S. Convenes Chip Study Group
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10/31/2016   8 comments
The Obama administration convened top semiconductor executives to make recommendations on what the sector needs to deal with threats from China and a slowing Moore’s law.
EVs Will Innovate on Land, Sea, Air
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10/31/2016   1 comment
Hybrid and pure electric land, water and air vehicles are becoming one business increasingly served by the same companies, but the vehicles and their components are changing out of all recognition.
Samsung, Bosch Bet on AI Chip Startup
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Startup Graphcore announced a $30 million investment from partners including Samsung and Bosch for its processor designed for machine learning.
16 Views of ARM TechCon
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10/28/2016   3 comments
ARM’s annual event was all about building and securing the Internet of Things with help from Softbank and little said about its server initiative.
ARM Fellow Surveys Moore’s Law
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10/27/2016   5 comments
Despite challenges, ARM’s head of silicon research remains optimistic on the outlook for semiconductors at 3nm and beyond.
SUSE Preps Linux for ARM Servers
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10/25/2016   Post a comment
SUSE said it will ship before the end of the year commercial versions of Linux for ARM servers and for storage systems.
Intel, ARM Battle over IoT
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10/25/2016   3 comments
Intel and ARM load up enhanced processors as their battle over the Internet of Things heats up this week.
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