Chip Makers Need New Business Models
Blog 3/2/2016 12 comments
The semiconductor industry needs to consider new business models based on open source hardware, re-programmable silicon and Features-as-a-Service to drive its next phase of growth.
10 Views of Security at RSA
Slideshow 3/2/2016 2 comments
The U.S. attorney general, head of the NSA and president of Microsoft were among those commenting on the Apple-FBI case and the future of cryptography at the RSA Conference.
Cisco Rolls 16nm ASICs
News & Analysis 3/1/2016 2 comments
Cisco rolled its first 16nm ASICs for new data center switches that leapfrog capabilities of Broadcom's chips.
Ethernet Picks up the Pace
Blog 2/26/2016 Post a comment
The industry is counting on getting new Ethernet solutions at a faster rate, according to the chairman of the Ethernet Alliance who reviews what’s in the pipeline.
NASA Engineer Honored With Washington Award
News & Analysis 2/26/2016 1 comment
Chicagoland engineers will present the Washington Award to aerospace engineer Dr. Aprille Ericsson. Ericsson has made significant contributions to the aerospace field and was also the first female, and the first African-American female, to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first black female to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
EUV 2.0 Decision Needed
News & Analysis 2/25/2016 2 comments
It’s time to make a decision on the approach for next-gen EUV lithography, said the CTO of Toppan Photomasks after winning a lifetime achievement award.
EUV, Big Molecules and Moore
Slideshow 2/24/2016 4 comments
The recent SPIE event provided insights on the progress on extreme ultraviolet lithography to continue Moore’s law and the threat of molecular level hurdles that could end it.
Mars and Other Challenges
Slideshow 2/19/2016 Post a comment
NASA's Ames center director talked about the challenges getting to Mars at a Fujitsu Labs event that showcased its work on everything from Bluetooth and RFID tags to a self-driving wheelchair.
Lucky Errors Found in Bitcoin
Blog 2/19/2016 Post a comment
We found bitcoin mining is inherently tolerant to faults in the mining ASIC that can be exploited to maximize profits by up to 30% -- techniques that could be useful to any application of approximate computing.
Soft Machines: Promising, Not Proven
Blog 2/12/2016 11 comments
Veteran microprocessor analyst Kevin Krewell plumbs startup Soft Machines’ VISC technology following a recent release of updated simulation data of its promising multicore architecture.
Red Hat Drives FPGAs, ARM Servers
News & Analysis 2/12/2016 3 comments
Red Hat’s chief ARM architect is rallying FPGA makers to set a software standard for accelerators in between trying to get ARM servers ready for the market.
Data Centers Tap ARM, 100GE
News & Analysis 2/9/2016 16 comments
Growing cloud service providers are driving server and networking technologies, opening small but significant opportunities for non-x86 processors.
EUV Gets $500M Center
News & Analysis 2/9/2016 4 comments
Globalfoundries and the state of New York will spend 500 million over five years on a new center to get extreme ultraviolet lithography ready for the 7nm node and beyond.
Battery Research Claims 10x Gain
News & Analysis 2/8/2016 Post a comment
A Stanford-SLAC team wrapped silicon lithium-ion anode particles in a custom-fit cage made of graphene to alleviate battery issues that sap their performance.
Micron, Samsung in Flash Battle
News & Analysis 2/5/2016 15 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 3 comments
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 8 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.
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 10 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.