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Startup Breathes Life into Bio IoT
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11/21/2017   Post a comment
Startup Nano Global partnered with ARM to design SoCs than can detect and scrub pathogens in a wide range of medical and IoT products
Analysts Applaud Marvell-Cavium Deal
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11/21/2017   2 comments
Analysts generally praised the merger of Marvell and Cavium as diversifying into broader comms and networking markets but were wary of revenue and profit growth.
Siemens Acquires Solido Design Automation
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11/20/2017   Post a comment
Deal provides first glimpse of what may be a more aggressive stance on M&A for Mentor Graphics under Siemens ownership.
Marvell Buying Cavium for $6 Billion
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11/20/2017   Post a comment
Latest semiconductor industry blockbuster would result in firm with $3.4 billion in annual sales.
Women in Tech: 25 Profiles in Persistence
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11/20/2017   6 comments
EE Times profiled 25 women in tech. Our goal is to trigger discussions in the workplace, and around the dinner table about women in engineering — not as numbers, but as real people, as colleagues and bosses, mentors and protégés.
iPhone X’s TrueDepth Module Dissected
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11/17/2017   1 comment
Although imaging experts are aware of a complex “TrueDepth” module that Apple has devised for its iPhone X, most other details inside the device’s 3D system — chips, components, and all the way down to substrates — remain a deep, dark secret.
Taiwan R&D Group Rolls AI for Fault Prediction
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11/17/2017   Post a comment
Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), one of the world's largest high-tech research institutions, has introduced AI software that can predict breakdowns in production-line equipment, helping to eliminate factory downtime and boost human productivity.
Beating IoT Big Data With Brain Emulation
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11/17/2017   8 comments
Bosch Sensortec demonstrated its sophisticated three-tiered methodology for solving the real-time Big Data deluge with smart sensors that send summaries every few seconds to hubs, which in turn send trends to the cloud every few minutes, where they are analyzed and fed back to the user as actionable information.
AI to Spur Uptick in ASIC Design Starts
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11/17/2017   Post a comment
With the surge in popularity of voice activated digital assistants like Amazon Echo and the general frenzy of activity around artificial intelligence, a growing number of ASICs will incorporate these some form of AI over the next few years, according to Semico Research.
STMicro Augments Low-power MCU Family
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11/17/2017   3 comments
STM32L4+ devices, part of STMicro's STM32 family, boast significantly higher performance at ultra-low power consumption.
Intel Updates 5G, LTE Roadmaps
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11/16/2017   Post a comment
Intel disclosed a few details of its plans for advanced LTE and 5G baseband chips, aiming to close the gap with market leader Qualcomm.
Roomba’s Father Says Robots Will Evolve
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11/16/2017   2 comments
Robotics veteran Rodney Brooks says that industrial robots will evolve toward integrated, easy-to-use systems driven by China, Amazon, and Alibaba.
Marvell's CEO Elected SIA Chair
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11/16/2017   Post a comment
Matt Murphy will chair the semiconductor industry's biggest trade group in 2018, while Micron Technology CEO Sanjay Mehrota serves as vice chair.
Samsung’s Capex Seen Crushing Memory Startups
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11/15/2017   14 comments
Samsung, which has nearly half of the global DRAM market, is likely to crush smaller rivals after more than doubling its plan for capital expenditures in its semiconductor unit for this year, according to market analyst IC Insights.
IBM: Copper Interconnects Here to Stay
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11/15/2017   4 comments
Copper will serve as the interconnect technology for CMOS forever, no matter how small its feature sizes evolve, according to Big Blue.
Micron Tweaks NVDIMM Architecture
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11/15/2017   Post a comment
The predecessor to Micron's 32GB NVDIMM-N used a discrete MUX, which limited speeds, while the new model incorporates the MUX into the DRAM itself
U.S. Trade Commission Investigating Apple
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11/15/2017   Post a comment
Trade commission initiates investigation into whether products including iPhones, iPads and Macs violate patents held by Southern California software firms.
PA Semi, Apple ‘Interconnect’ at Startup
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11/15/2017   1 comment
With a body of engineering experience at LSI, Cisco, SiByte, Broadcom, PA Semi and Apple, Shailendra Desai is confident of his knowledge in SoC designs and what needs to be done. He unveils Provino, an interconnect IP startup.
DRAM Price Increases Expected to Persist in Q4
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11/14/2017   Post a comment
Supply remains tight as OEMs gear up for the end-of-year holiday season.
AI Chip Startup Graphcore Lands $50 Million in Funding
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11/14/2017   2 comments
Latest funding infusion from Sequoia Capital brings total raised by UK firm to about $110 million over the past 18 months.
China Passes U.S. in Supercomputers
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11/13/2017   7 comments
China is running more of the world’s Top 500 supercomputers, cranking out more overall performance than systems in the U.S. for the first time.
IBM's Quantum Computer Goes Commercial
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11/13/2017   2 comments
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Automotive Seen as Strongest Semiconductor Driver Through 2021
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11/13/2017   Post a comment
Sales of automotive electronic systems are forecast to increase the most of six major semiconductor end-use system categories, according to IC Insights.
Samsung Shows EUV Design at ISSCC
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11/13/2017   6 comments
Samsung will describe a 7nm SRAM cell made using EUV lithography at ISSCC amid advances in processors, sensors and specialty memories.
EE Times Silicon 60: Startups to Watch
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11/12/2017   Post a comment
Twenty-nine startups were added to our annual list of hot silicon startups; readers may nominate emerging companies for next year.
Chip Incubator Warms New Startups
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11/10/2017   Post a comment
Silicon startup incubator Silicon Catalyst announced that two new portfolio companies and ON Semiconductor joined as a partner.
MEMS Sensor Startup mCube Buys Xsens
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11/10/2017   Post a comment
CEO says combination will bring together hardware and software for motion tracking in sports, entertainment and medical, applications, among others.
It's Time to Ask: What Are Robo-cars For?
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11/10/2017   7 comments
With AV at the top of the hype cycle, there is ample opinionating about one technology being — arguably — superior to another. But rarely has any commentator even asked the first question: Why AV? What’s it for?
Baidu to Release Voice Data for AI
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11/9/2017   Post a comment
Baidu will release three large datasets of spoken Chinese as part of its open effort to rally developers around its DuerOS services.
Low-cost Lifetime Boost for Lithium Batteries
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11/9/2017   2 comments
Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute is seeking a U.S. patent on a composite paste that OEMs can apply to battery electrodes to prevent solid electrolyte interface buildup and thereby extend battery life up to 70%.
iPhone X BoM Estimated at $370
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11/9/2017   1 comment
Teardown analysis by IHS Markit finds the new flagship smartphone maintains Apple's typically high margins, despite being the most expensive handset the company has marketed.
Facebook Likes $1K Base Stations
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11/9/2017   3 comments
Facebook showed its design open source cellular base station that could cost less than $1,000 at a summit of carriers working on software-defined networks.
Intel Taps AMD Graphics Chief
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11/9/2017   1 comment
Intel hired AMD’s chief graphics architect to head a new group that will design a full range of GPUs including high-end discrete parts.
Waymo, Navya Vie In Robo-Taxi
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11/8/2017   1 comment
The “robo-taxi” changed virtually overnight from a “what-if” scenario dreamt by automotive visionaries to the public pledge of an imminent rollout on Tuesday when Waymo and Navya independently announced plans to launch automated cab services in major cities.
ON Semi Joins MCU Benchmarking Consortium
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11/8/2017   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor joined the low-power working group of the EEMBC to help set standards for power consumption for microcontrollers for the Internet of Things and edge node devices.
Lam's Coventor Buy Boosts MEMS Manufacturing
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11/8/2017   Post a comment
Lam Research's recent acquisition of Coventor has benefited each company through the co-design of hardware and software, executives say.
Robots Get AI from Startup
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11/7/2017   Post a comment
Startup Embodied Intelligence announced software to embed machine-learning capabilities into industrial robots.
Tablet Shipments Decline for 12th Straight Quarter
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11/7/2017   Post a comment
Apple remains the leader in the category with market share of nearly 26 percent, according to IDC.
'Historic' AMD Pact Shows Intel's New Reality
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11/7/2017   7 comments
Analysts say deal to combine Intel Core processor with a semi-custom Radeon graphics chip and second-generation High Bandwidth Memory in a single package shows Intel moving away from "not invented here" syndrome.
Silicon Labs Bends Micrium RTOS to IoT
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11/6/2017   Post a comment
Silicon Labs is launching new software, designed to dynamically connect IoT devices to Zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy ecosystems at the same time. Competitors also support multiple protocols in hardware, but “dynamic switching is not prevalent,” according to IHS.
Broadcom Launches $103 Billion Bid for Qualcomm
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11/6/2017   6 comments
Broadcom offers $70 per share to acquire larger rival in what would be the biggest tech acquisition of all time.
Paper or Plastic? Both Are in MEMS’ Future
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11/6/2017   1 comment
Microelectromechanical-system design and development house founder Alissa Fitzgerald predicts the future of MEMS materials and devices by summarizing the 500 most predictive papers of 2017 at SEMI’s MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress 2017.
Semiconductor IPOs Back in Vogue
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11/6/2017   Post a comment
Multi-Gig Ethernet chip vendor Aquantia raised more than $60 million in an initial public, the latest in a string of chip IPOs this year after a dearth in recent years.
Apple iPhone X Packs Intel, Q’comm
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11/3/2017   4 comments
Teardowns of Apple’s iPhone X show two boards stacked in a microvia sandwich with separate models using Intel and Qualcomm cellular modems.
Synopsys to Pay $565 Million for Security Software Firm
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11/3/2017   2 comments
EDA leader says deal for Black Duck Software will broaden product offering, expand customer reach in the software security market.
Broadcom to Moves Headquarters to U.S.
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11/3/2017   1 comment
Chip vendor to shift location of incorporation to Delaware from Singapore as Trump administration pushes corporate tax reform.
Apple Reports Records, Mum on X
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11/3/2017   Post a comment
Apple reported record quarterly sales but gave few insights into issues ramping its iPhone X or expectations of their sales.
Call to Arms on Cybersecurity for Industrial Control
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11/3/2017   Post a comment
Made especially visible by May’s worldwide WannaCry ransomware attacks, the security and cybersecurity of industrial control and automation systems have become a topic that can’t safely be ignored.
Keynoter: Noise Analysis Beats Google Now
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11/2/2017   10 comments
In a MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress keynote, Intel’s Lama Nachman predicted that smart-device sensor noise will be mined for data to solve the world’s hardest human-machine interface problems: detecting emotions, anticipating needs, and even saving lives.
Q’comm Profits Dive Amid Patent Disputes
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11/2/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm reported 57-89 percent declines in annual and quarterly profits, largely due to lost royalties from Apple and an unnamed customer.
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