Content posted in April 2017
Politics Muddy Toshiba Bidding
News & Analysis 4/29/2017 8 comments
As the second round of bidding for Toshiba’s coveted memory business draws near, the opaque process is exposing a deep schism of interests in Japan among politicians, bureaucrats and bankers. But did anyone ask what engineers want?
Faster Networks Push Interface Development
News & Analysis 4/28/2017 2 comments
Rambus' memory and interface portfolio, including its recently launched 56G SerDes PHY, is being guided by long-reach backplane requirements for 400 GB Ethernet applications, as well as 5G wireless networks
Apple Stops Royalties to Q’comm
News & Analysis 4/28/2017 3 comments
Qualcomm reduced its quarterly revenue forecast by $500 million, charging that Apple has stopped paying it royalties on mobile devices such as iPhones.
Intel Boosts CapEx 20%
News & Analysis 4/27/2017 5 comments
Intel will boost capital spending 20 percent this year and next to ramp 3D NAND and 3DXP memories, it said reporting quarterly financial gains.
UMC Sees Weakening Demand at 28nm
News & Analysis 4/27/2017 3 comments
United Microelectronics Corp., Taiwan’s second largest foundry, said that the ramp of its most advanced technology node has slipped for a third time under strong competition.
NXP Reference Design Integrates Alexa Voice Control Into Appliances
News & Analysis 4/26/2017 Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has partnered with Amazon to make Alexa voice-recognition hardware and software available as a reference design for integration into other devices, part of a wave of chip makers looking to cash in on the success of digital assistants in hopes that OEMs will begin incorporating voice recognition and command capabilities in other products.
Baidu Battles Google in Robo-Car Derby
News & Analysis 4/26/2017 Post a comment
Baidu’s plan to “open up” its autonomous driving platform to others surprised many auto industry watchers. One analyst described it “a bit of a moon shot.” But he thinks China is the right place to try this out.
KKR, INCJ Team For New Toshiba Bid
News & Analysis 4/21/2017 9 comments
The U.S. private equity fund KKR will be partnering with a Japanese public-private fund – Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ) – to bid jointly for Toshiba’s memory unit, Japan’s economic newspaper Nikkei reported Friday.
Single-Pixel Camera Mimics Human Eye
News & Analysis 4/21/2017 3 comments
A single-pixel camera is ultra-inexpensive requiring only a single scanning photocell the works smart by targeting details with higher-resolution and backgrounds with less.
Taiwan Eyes Automotive Market
News & Analysis 4/21/2017 4 comments
How could Taiwan, a tiny island nation with only one local car OEM become the next hub for the global automotive industry? It’s tantalizing to imagine that an OEM/EMS relationship like Apple/Foxconn could eventually emerge in automotive.
Amazon Turns Up the Vocals
News & Analysis 4/20/2017 5 comments
Amazon released its Lex service to enable apps with speech recognition as several OEMs are ramping up systems using embedded voice services.
Facebook Likes Augmented Reality
News & Analysis 4/18/2017 6 comments
With virtual reality headsets stuck in slow motion, Facebook hopes to ride enthusiasm for augmented reality on smartphones powered by machine learning.
Rambus, Microsoft Heat Up With Cold DRAM
News & Analysis 4/17/2017 4 comments
Rambus, in collaboration with Microsoft researchers, has succeeded in prototyping DRAM operating below 90 kelvin. Cryogenic memory will be essential to data centers, “currently the fastest growing consumer of memory” in the industry, said Rambus chief scientist.
Star Trek Tricorder Arrives
News & Analysis 4/14/2017 8 comments
The $2.6 million purse for the Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize contest went to the Final Frontier Team (led by Pennsylvanian brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and George Harris, a network engineer) with $1 million second-place going to Taiwan based Dynamic Biomarkers Team backed by HTC.
TSMC Expects First-Half Smartphone Slump
News & Analysis 4/14/2017 19 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. , the largest foundry for customers in the smartphone business including Apple and MediaTek, says it is expecting an inventory correction in smartphones to continue through the first half of this year.
5 Unresolved Issues Facing Robo-cars
News & Analysis 4/13/2017 15 comments
It’s time to separate the “science-project” robotic car from the commercially viable autonomous vehicle that carmakers need but don’t have. Here are five open questions that await the tech revolution.
Quantum Photons Emitted
News & Analysis 4/12/2017 3 comments
Japanese researchers discover that nitrogen-doped gallium-arsenide beat quantum dots in consistency as single-photon emitters for future quantum computers.
3D Chip Stacks Eye Data Centers
News & Analysis 4/12/2017 8 comments
High-end microprocessors will embrace wafer- and die-level chip stacks over the next few years, said a former Oracle researcher turned consultant.
MIPI Goes Beyond Mobile, Camera
News & Analysis 4/12/2017 1 comment
After earning universal respect within the mobile ecosystem, MIPI Alliance’s spec is moving decisively beyond mobile. The industry group unveiled MIPI CSI-2 v2, which can now respond to complex imaging needs of IoT, wearables, AR/VR, drones and automotive.
Hon Hai Bids $27 Billion for Toshiba Chip Unit
News & Analysis 4/11/2017 17 comments
Hon Hai, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, has topped rival bidders with a 3 trillion yen ($27 billion) offer to force through the acquisition of Toshiba Corp’s semiconductor unit, according to press reports.
Q’comm Returns Fire in Apple Suit
News & Analysis 4/11/2017 3 comments
Apple refuses to pay royalties, pressures partners not to pay them and lied to consumers and regulators, Qualcomm said in response to a patent suit.
Renesas ‘Opens’ Autonomy for Cars
News & Analysis 4/11/2017 2 comments
Renesas Electronics emerged from a prolonged silence Wednesday, heralding the launch of Renesas Autonomy, a newly-designed advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving platform.
IBM Bests Insulators
News & Analysis 4/7/2017 8 comments
IBM reveals a new, better dielectric formula that reduced parasitic capacitance at advanced nodes.
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