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EU Consortium Targets Exascale Computing SoC
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12/29/2017   6 comments
A new project from the Mont-Blanc consortium aims to create a next-generation of industrial processor for high performance computing.
Using Facial Recognition to Monitor Driver’s Vital Signs
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12/28/2017   2 comments
At the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, researchers from Germany's FZI Research Center for Information Technology will be demonstrating a camera-based driver state monitoring system that uses facial recognition technology.
Investigating the iPhone Battery Slowdown
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12/27/2017   6 comments
A benchmark developer was one of the first to discover performance problems related to the iPhone battery, now confirmed by Apple.
Report: LEDs Cut 570 Million Tons of CO2 in '17
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12/27/2017   21 comments
The use of LEDs cut global carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 1.5 percent this year, according to a report by IHS Markit.
Startup Tunes MEMS Switch for IoT
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12/26/2017   Post a comment
Startup Menlo Microsystems reported progress making and getting its MEMS power/RF switch designed in to a variety of systems in the Internet of Things.
Berkeley Builds Shape-shifting Molecular Memory
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12/26/2017   Post a comment
Berkeley Lab researchers created a nonvolatile molecular memory by using electron injection to reversibly change the lattice shape of a molybdenum ditelluride monolayer.
Q’comm Rejects B’com Board, But Analysts Bullish
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12/22/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm rejected a proposed slate of board directors from Broadcom, but financial analysts remain bullish on the deal, the chip industry’s largest to date.
What We Learned About Robocars in 2017
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12/22/2017   6 comments
Techology and auto companies aren’t fazed by consumer’s apparent distrust in robocars. Instead, 2017 made it clear that companies such as Waymo, Uber, GM, Ford and others are concentrating on fleet services as a key market for their AVs.
Wearables Shipments Expected to Double by 2021
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12/22/2017   Post a comment
Growth expected to be led by watches, which are displacing fitness bands as most popular wearable electronics products, according to IDC.
5G Conference: Motivate by Freedom
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12/21/2017   Post a comment
Give engineers the freedom to solve problems and they will, in short order. That's the word from a wireless startup's co-CEO.
DARPA Takes Chip Route to ‘Unhackable’ Computers
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12/21/2017   10 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded $3.6 million to the University of Michigan to develop an unhackable computer microarchitecture.
5G Baseband Dialed in at 3GPP
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12/21/2017   1 comment
The 3GPP announced it completed its standard for a 5G cellular radio, launching a race for baseband chips expected before July.
Micron's Momentum Continues
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12/20/2017   2 comments
A favorable pricing environment and diversified portfolio in cloud, enterprise, mobile and embedded markets is helping Micron get a handle on debt as it improves DRAM and NAND yields
AI Formats May Ease Neural Jitters
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12/20/2017   6 comments
Khronos released a spec for bridging software frameworks that create neural networks and inference processors that run them.
DRAM Growth Projected to be Highest Since '94
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12/20/2017   2 comments
Tight supply, strong demand fuel fourth consecutive quarter of record sales, but downturn likely looms.
Semiconductor Equipment Sales Back on the Rise
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12/20/2017   Post a comment
After slipping sequentially for four months, billings among North American chip gear vendors rose in November, according to the SEMI trade group.
Samsung in Production of Second-gen 10nm DRAM
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12/20/2017   5 comments
South Korean giant says development of advanced circuit design and production techniques will accelerate ramp up of DRAM chips going forward.
UNH-IOL Adds NVMe-oF Testing and Certification
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12/19/2017   Post a comment
The test lab has developed software and certification procedures for NVMe over Fabrics, which lets datacenters run SSDs over network connections.
B’com Shifts Switch to 12.8 Tbits/s
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12/19/2017   1 comment
Broadcom got a lead on a growing pack of rivals for the data center market by being the first to sample a 12.8 Tbits/second Ethernet switch.
Chirp Adds Sonar-on-Chip to ToF Battle
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12/19/2017   2 comments
Whether they appear in drones, robotic vacuums, VR/AR headsets or smartphones, sensors are proliferating in consumer systems to capture “accurate range and position measurement” information. Chirp Microsystems is adding its new MEMS-based ultrasound chip to the growing ToF battle.
MediaTek, ITRI Claim Firsts in 5G Technology
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12/19/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek and Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute have developed a range of technologies that include what they say is the world’s first LWA prototype system in preparation for commercialization of 5G by 2020.
Germany Leads Europe in AVs, Robotics
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12/19/2017   Post a comment
New report by VC firm Atomico says Europe is fertile ground for investment in technology for artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.
STMicro Buys IDE Supplier Atollic
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12/19/2017   2 comments
Deal, worth $7 million, gives ST ability to incorporate the TrueSTUDIO tool’s advanced features into the free STM32 ecosystem to accelerate and facilitate embedded development on STM32 MCUs.
Thales to Buy Security Tech Firm Gemalto for $5.7 Billion
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12/18/2017   Post a comment
All cash deal said to strengthen digital security offerings.
VR, AI Help Bots Collaborate with Humans
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12/18/2017   Post a comment
MIT’s VR system lets workers teleoperate robots, while Kindred Systems and Veo Robotics are using AI to create collaborative robots that can safely and efficiently work alongside humans.
Four Big Trends to Watch at CES 2018
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12/18/2017   1 comment
The factors that distinguish CES 2018 from last year are the pervasiveness of AI, connectivity and software platforms. A broader theme is how all these technologies, once they get connected, will alter consumers’ perception of reality.
Leti Tweaks SRAM to Improve SoC Memory
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12/15/2017   Post a comment
Leti researchers presented a high-density SRAM bitcell on its CoolCube 3D platform, which reduces the area required for memory by 30 percent, while maintaining full device functionality
MediaTek Claims First Health Biosensor for Smartphones
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12/15/2017   Post a comment
Billed as the first biosensor that monitors health functions from a smartphone, module tracks heart-rate information, blood-pressure trends, peripheral oxygen-saturation levels and more.
Microbial Fuel Cell Fabbed on Flex Fabric
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12/15/2017   2 comments
Binghamton University researchers have demonstrated a flexible, stretchable, fabric-based microbial fuel cell for powering wearable devices.
IBM Quantum Woos Fortune 500
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12/14/2017   5 comments
Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions and national research labs are signing up to use IBM's quantum computers — called IBM Q — hosted in the cloud.
Consumer Space Drives Service Robot Sales
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12/14/2017   Post a comment
Recent market reports find that consumer applications from vacuums to self-driving cars are fueling sales, investments, and startup activity in service robots.
Visible Light Spectrum, Temperature Sensors Target IoT
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12/14/2017   Post a comment
New Ams sensors for visible light spectrum and temperature enable smart building, health, and cold chain IoT applications.
Apple Awards $390 Million to Optical Components Supplier Finisar
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12/14/2017   Post a comment
Apple will give $390 million of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund to enable supplier to set up manufacturing facility in Texas.
Karamba Says It Can Protect CAN
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12/13/2017   4 comments
Thus far, Trillium has been the sole voice promoting 30-year-old CAN bus protection. Now Karamba Security is in the game, claiming it better because SafeCAN authenticates a CAN bus-based network with “zero network overhead.”
Silicon Labs to Acquire Sigma Designs
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12/13/2017   Post a comment
Deal focused on Z-Wave technology; Silicon Labs intends to divest or shutter other product lines.
Is Big Data for IC Design Too Big to Manage?
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12/13/2017   Post a comment
In the big-data era, semiconductor companies are designing ICs for data centers. The question is if these chip designers use big data themselves. After all, there’s no shortage of raw data – spit out by different EDA vendors’ tools.
Toshiba, WD Settle Dispute, Extend JV
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12/13/2017   Post a comment
Deal ends all litigation, extends joint venture agreements to 2027 and beyond.
ST, Ams Sense 3D Trend
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12/13/2017   4 comments
ST and Ams have identified 3D sensing as the biggest growth segment in sensors. To frame their success as a lucky break induced by iPhone X would be an understatement. Both are boldly taking on the complex technology challenges.
Redpine Flexes ‘Lowest-Power’ Wireless MCU
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12/12/2017   Post a comment
Redpine is rolling out the industry’s lowest-power wireless combo solution featuring advanced security with integrated Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, 802.15.4/ZigBee/Thread, for battery-operated IoT applications
Engineers Charged in Tech Theft Plot
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12/12/2017   1 comment
Former Applied Materials execs accused of plotting to steal technology and using it to form a startup to be based in China.
NAND Market Expected to Cool in Q1
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12/12/2017   1 comment
Prices for NAND flash chips are excepted to decline in the first quarter as demand falls on typical seasonality, according to DRAMeXchange.
With Alkaline Chemistry, Copper Could Be Forever
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12/12/2017   3 comments
Aveni’s alkaline chemistry for building copper interconnects at and below the 5-nm node could realize IBM’s recent prediction that there will be no need to switch to cobalt or any other interconnect metal less conductive than copper.
Fab Tool Sales Forecast to Hit Record $56 Billion
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12/12/2017   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor equipment are now expected to grow to $56 billion, a record, according to the SEMI trade group.
Toshiba, Western Digital Reportedly Close to Settlement
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12/11/2017   Post a comment
Deal would have the way for Toshiba to close sale of memory chip unit to consortium led by Bain Capital.
2017 Watson AI XPrize Top 10 Revealed at NIPS
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12/8/2017   Post a comment
Amiko AI and aifred Health, the first- and second-place finishers in this year’s round of the IBM Watson AI XPrize competition, presented their projects at NIPS 2017.
TSMC Speeds Opening of China Fab
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12/8/2017   2 comments
TSMC said it aims to open its second fab in China earlier than originally expected in order to meet strong demand in the world’s fastest growing semiconductor market.
Cypress HyperBus Set to Get Standards Stamp
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12/8/2017   Post a comment
Cypress' high-bandwidth HyperBus 8-bit serial memory interface will be included in the new, yet to be finished eXpanded SPI (xSPI) electrical interface standard from JEDEC
AMD's CEO Hails Era of 'Immersive Computing'
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12/8/2017   Post a comment
Lisa Su calls on industry to collaborate on new architectures, better power management to keep up pace of computing innovation.
Depth Sensors’ Impact Goes Deeper than iPhone X
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12/8/2017   5 comments
Next year could see the emergence of a depth-sensor ecosystem as more smartphone and wearable-device vendors incorporate third-party modules to enable facial/gesture recognition and AR/VR.
Google Partners with Qualcomm, MediaTek on Oreo
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12/7/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek and Qualcomm have announced that they are system-on-chip (SoC) partners for Google’s recent release of the Android Oreo (Go edition) operating system designed for entry-level smartphones.
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