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Comment: Ambitious effort - rick merritt - 7/29/2014
Comment: Nano sats - rick merritt - 7/29/2014
Space Business Rising, Experts Say
News & Analysis  
7/28/2014   8 comments
The emerging commercial space sector is making progress but still has a long way to go, said NASA and other experts at a New Space event.
Comment: Re: 14 nm - rick merritt - 7/27/2014
Samsung's Silicon Valley Home
Blog  
7/25/2014   8 comments
Samsung is building a 10-story complex in the heart of Silicon Valley that will be home for some of its memory and display researchers and a whole lot of ecosystem efforts.
Comment: Re: first - rick merritt - 7/25/2014
NASA Exec Says, 'Boldly Go!'
News & Analysis  
7/25/2014   15 comments
Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center, challenged a Silicon Valley crowd to go beyond our solar system to find life and settle space -- and harness biotechnology along the way.
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
News & Analysis  
7/24/2014   9 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Comment: Numbers please? - rick merritt - 7/24/2014
Comment: Beachy - rick merritt - 7/24/2014
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
News & Analysis  
7/22/2014   29 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
Comment: Maya and Artemis - rick merritt - 7/22/2014
Mobile Uptick Ahead, Says ARM
News & Analysis  
7/22/2014   3 comments
Mobile device shipments are rebounding from a slump, but challenges are still ahead for Moore's Law and IoT fragmentation, said ARM's CEO announcing the company's latest quarterly results.
25G Ethernet on Tap at IEEE
News & Analysis  
7/21/2014   5 comments
In the wake of a June launch for an industry consortium driving 25 Gbit/s Ethernet for use in data centers, an IEEE 802.3 group voted last week to pursue a standard for the technology.
5G Calling: US Answers, Sorta
News & Analysis  
7/21/2014   4 comments
In the third and final part of our series on 5G cellular we look at work in the US where there are efforts but no industrial 5G consortium as such.
Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak
Blog  
7/17/2014   4 comments
Babak Parviz, one of the fathers of Google's Project Glass, left the company for Amazon this week, presumably spreading the DNA of wearables. Meanwhile, Android Wear continues to gain buzz if not market traction yet.
5G Calling: Asia Rising
News & Analysis  
7/17/2014   7 comments
China and Korea have established dedicated 5G industrial research efforts that have formed alliances with each other and are now reaching out to collaborate with Europe's 5GPPP.
Comment: How you use this - rick merritt - 7/16/2014
Comment: EUV update - rick merritt - 7/16/2014
Comment: Mobile enabler - rick merritt - 7/16/2014
Comment: 50 Gbit/s goal? - rick merritt - 7/16/2014
5G Calling: Alliances Form
News & Analysis  
7/16/2014   1 comment
Governments and industry research groups in Europe, Asia, and the US are starting to link up in hopes of driving to a single standard for 5G cellular services expected to switch on in about 2020.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol
News & Analysis  
7/15/2014   6 comments
Google's Nest is leading Thread, a new group promoting a home automation protocol for secure mesh networks over 802.15.4 radios that it has been using in its products since its inception.
IBM Preps for Post-Silicon Era
News & Analysis  
7/14/2014   9 comments
Amid reports that it may sell its chip fabs, IBM announced plans to spend $3 billion over five years on chip-related research, much of it for what one executive calls alternatives in a post-silicon era.
13 Things I Heard at Semicon West
Slideshow  
7/11/2014   17 comments
Moore's Law slowing, Intel's foundry ramp-up, and a stealth mode startup with a hot new battery technology among the things Rick Merritt heard at Semicon West this week.
Nanotubes May Put IBM Watson in a Pocket
News & Analysis  
7/10/2014   2 comments
Stanford research describes progress in carbon nanotubes, noting the material's promise to pack the equivalent of IBM's Watson system into a handheld.
Slideshow: Inside Google's Modular Phone
Slideshow  
7/9/2014   5 comments
A top Google tech exec gave a deep dive into the challenges -- and promises -- behind the company's Ara modular phone initiative.
IoT Group Defines Comms Spec
News & Analysis  
7/8/2014   4 comments
The Open Interconnect Group backed by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, and Samsung aims to ease the job of connecting devices in the emerging Internet of Things.
Panasonic to Make 14nm SoCs at Intel
News & Analysis  
7/7/2014   8 comments
Panasonic will use a new low-power variant of Intel's 14nm process to make SoCs -- the latest sign of Intel's growing foundry business.
Intel Wants Open-Source Analytics
News & Analysis  
7/7/2014   2 comments
While Intel finishes work on an upgrade of its Hadoop distribution with Cloudera, it is setting its sights on driving analytics to open source, too.
Comment: Re: IB? - rick merritt - 7/6/2014
Comment: Other views? - rick merritt - 7/4/2014
Datacenters Drive 25GE Effort
News & Analysis  
7/3/2014   14 comments
Ethernet products running at 25 and 50 Gbits/s could emerge within 12 to 18 months, thanks to a consortium driven by datacenter rivals Google and Microsoft.
Moore's Law in Triage at Semicon West
Blog  
7/1/2014   12 comments
Some of the world's smartest semiconductor engineers will gather at to discuss ways to keep Moore's Law alive.
Silicon Highway Narrows, Twists
News & Analysis  
6/30/2014   6 comments
The need for multi-patterning at 20 nm and beyond is one of several factors adding cost and complexity for chip vendors, two experts say.
Comment: Got a story? - rick merritt - 6/25/2014
IBM at the Crossroads: How IBM Got to this Point
News & Analysis  
6/25/2014   9 comments
In the third of a three-part series we analyze how IBM got to the crossroads of considering a sale of its fabs, given its standing as a semiconductor leader.
Comment: Interesting find - rick merritt - 6/25/2014
IBM at the Crossroads: IBM Responds
News & Analysis  
6/24/2014   11 comments
In the second of a three-part series IBM responds to comments from analysts and IBMers about the future of the company as a chipmaker.
Comment: Check, please! - rick merritt - 6/24/2014
Comment: Wow! - rick merritt - 6/24/2014
IBM at the Crossroads: Employees Talk
News & Analysis  
6/23/2014   16 comments
In the first of a three-part series we talk to analysts and current and former IBMers about the future of IBM as a chipmaker.
Comment: Wonderful story - rick merritt - 6/22/2014
Radios Give IoT New Channels
News & Analysis  
6/19/2014   2 comments
Researchers at Imec described work on a basketful of radios for the Internet of Things from 79 GHz radar to 900 MHz wireless charging.
Samsung Edges Q'comm in New Android Test
News & Analysis  
6/18/2014   6 comments
Initial results using a new Android benchmark from EEMBC show Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa nudging ahead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800.
Comment: Re: DLP - rick merritt - 6/17/2014
Comment: Lively analysis - rick merritt - 6/16/2014
Comment: Radio days - rick merritt - 6/12/2014


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