Content posted in December 2016
Thinnest Nanowire Self-assembles
News & Analysis 12/29/2016 1 comment
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center claims to have created the world's thinnest wires using a 10-atom diamond cage around a three-atom copper core.
Korea Fines Q’comm Nearly $1B
News & Analysis 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.
IoT Ready to Light Up in 2017
News & Analysis 12/28/2016 1 comment
After laying foundations for the Internet of Things in security, M&A and other areas in 2016 its time to tell stories about real deployments of IoT in 2017.
Europe Kicks Off GSA-Based Autonomous Driving Project
News & Analysis 12/27/2016 Post a comment
The European Agency for the global navigation satellite systems (GSA) has kicked-off ESCAPE, a three-year and 5.4 M€ project to exploit the services offered by Galileo, the European satellite navigation system, in the field of the automated driving.
Race for AI Chips Begins
News & Analysis 12/22/2016 2 comments
Deep learning has continued to drive the computing industry’s agenda in 2016. But come 2017, experts say the Artificial Intelligence community will intensify its demand for higher performance and more power efficient “inference” engines for deep neural networks.
Computing Got Colorful in 2016
News & Analysis 12/22/2016 4 comments
With the rise of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, new memory types, and 5G, computing came into a kind of brilliant autumn in 2016.
DARPA Funds Small Businesses with Big Ideas
News & Analysis 12/21/2016 Post a comment
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its answer to Kickstarter, theCommercial Performer Program that aims to harness the little guys ideas that are now being underfunded.
Memory Drives Chip Growth
News & Analysis 12/20/2016 Post a comment
DRAM and NAND sales and prices are expected to rise for the next several years, leading overall semiconductor growth, according to a new report from IC Insights.
Sensor Net to Run on RF Power
News & Analysis 12/20/2016 1 comment
Researchers at PARC are developing a distributed building automation network using sensors that sip power from 900-MHz RF hubs.
New Consortium Drives Micron's Xccela Bus
News & Analysis 12/19/2016 Post a comment
The demand for instant-on applications needs to be met with unified flash memory standards, according to Micron and early members, which is competing with Cypress Semiconductor's Hyper-family of products
China’s Memory Drama: Must-See in 2017
News & Analysis 12/19/2016 3 comments
China’s memory chip production plans became evident to close industry observers in 2016. What they’ll be watching for next is, who will make the first move in devising and negotiating technology licensing agreements or joint ventures with China.
Europe to Rethink 10/100/20 Chip Project
News & Analysis 12/16/2016 Post a comment
The European Commission intends to reconvene a high-level group of European CEOs and executives to exchange views on the nanoelectronics and chip manufacturing project and make adjustments as necessary for a wave of European Union investment supposedly starting in 2020.
Biometrics Won't Kill Passwords
News & Analysis 12/15/2016 2 comments
The password will not be replaced by biometrics measurements of fingerprints, facial features, the iris, the veins of palm or speech-signature recognition until all of these technologies are matured in the consumer market circa 2030.
Your A List for CES 2017
News & Analysis 12/14/2016 1 comment
Ask any market researcher or industry analyst about what to watch for at the CES next month in Las Vegas and the “A” list you’ll almost certainly hear are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality and Automotive.
DoT Shifts V2V Mandate into Gear
News & Analysis 12/14/2016 8 comments
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule to advance deployment of V2V technologies. The action put the United States on a path as the first in the world to mandate V2V communication on all new light-duty vehicles.
AMD Clocks Ryzen at 3.4 GHz+
News & Analysis 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.
AI Ethics Effort Starts at IEEE
News & Analysis 12/13/2016 1 comment
The IEEE is seeking feedback on a broad initiative to develop ethical standards and best practices for designing systems with artificial intelligence.
Lurking Behind Every M&A Is China
News & Analysis 12/13/2016 3 comments
Despite all the buzz in the global semiconductor industry about the accelerated consolidation of chip vendors, the biggest story this year goes untold — the presence at the negotiating table — in almost every M&A deal — of Chinese investors
China Enters Top Chip Equipment Spenders
News & Analysis 12/13/2016 Post a comment
China, which is making a bid to become one of the world’s biggest chipmaking nations, is likely for the first time to be among the top-three spenders on chipmaking equipment in 2016, according to industry association SEMI.
AMD Amps up its AI Play
News & Analysis 12/12/2016 1 comment
AMD announced a suite of boards, software and systems that dramatically amp up its play in machine learning against rivals Nvidia and Intel.
TSMC Plans New Fab for 3nm
News & Analysis 12/12/2016 10 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) said that it plans to build its next fab for chips made at the 5-nm to 3-nm technology node as early as 2022 as it aims for industry leadership.
Cray Sets Deep Learning Milestone
News & Analysis 12/9/2016 8 comments
Cray's XC50 has set deep learning milestones accomplishing brain-like neural network training in minutes or hours that used to take days or weeks of conventional computer time.
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