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Chip Industry's 'Billion Dollar Capex Club' Expands
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5/31/2017   1 comment
With four companies spending increasing spending to above $1 billion this year, big spender ranks expected to swell since highest level since before the global financial crisis.
3DXP's Memory Role Unclear
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5/31/2017   7 comments
Customers and analysts have mixed views on the outlook for Intel’s 3D XPoint chips as main memories in servers 2018.
Researchers Print Stretchable Battery to Light Wearables
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5/31/2017   4 comments
A stretchable, flexible rechargeable battery technology uses a new understanding of how existing formulations work.
Apple, Intel Attack Rivals
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5/30/2017   Post a comment
Apple hired a top Qualcomm engineering manager and Intel rolled out a new high-end CPU line in signs of the intense competition in processors.
Nvidia Pitching AI to ODMs in Taiwan
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5/30/2017   Post a comment
Nvidia has come to Computex, in hopes of replicating what Intel and Microsoft achieved a few decades ago with the PC market. Nvidia hopes to dominate “accelerated computing,” by partnering with Taiwan's ODMs and driving AI cloud computing.
ARM Cores Target AI-powered Future
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5/29/2017   Post a comment
Two new application processor cores introduced as part of an ambitious goal to accelerate AI adoption and get an ARM processor core into every IoT device by 2035.
DRAM Price Surge Continues
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5/26/2017   2 comments
Global DRAM sales reached record heights in the first quarter, thanks to a 30 percent increase in the average contract price of PC DRAM modules, according to DRAMeXchange.
RF Filters Boost MEMS Market
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom moves into No. 2 spot in MEMS sales, suprassing TI, according to Yole Développement.
NASA Increases Happy Landings for Drones
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Safe2Ditch is aimed at allowing drones to run self-diagnostics to anticipate problems and find the safest land spot if something does go wrong
Smartphone Sales Grew 9% in Q1
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5/26/2017   Post a comment
Chinese vendors Huawei, Oppo and Vivo continued to take market share from Samsung and Apple, Gartner says.
Intel Inside DJI Mini-Drone
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5/25/2017   Post a comment
DJI claimed that Spark is “the first drone that users can control by hand gestures alone.” Movidius’ Myriad 2 Vision Processing Unit enables Spark to perform both computer vision/deep learning and image signal processing.
Big Data Reshapes Silicon
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5/25/2017   2 comments
Two new processor architectures will be described at a conference in June, the latest of many targeting machine learning for an age of big data.
NI's New CEO: Automotive To Be Key Opportunity
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5/25/2017   14 comments
National Instruments' new CEO spoke about his transition to the top, what's driving the company, and about engineering education, in an interview with EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe.
GaAs Nanowires Boost Solar
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5/25/2017   1 comment
Gallium arsenide (GaAs) has always beat silicon at a higher price, but new formulation boost existing panels on-the-cheap.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
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5/24/2017   5 comments
Samsung's foundry unit updates tech roadmap, including the addition of 4nm process with "post FinFET structure" to begin production in 2020.
Western Digital Reportedly Ups Bid for Toshiba Memory
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5/24/2017   3 comments
Bid worth about $18 million would resolve dispute with NAND partner but would likely heighten regulatory scrutiny.
Is Elon Musk's Brain Cap Viable?
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5/24/2017   7 comments
Elon Musk's latest company, Neuralink, wants to add a new layer to the brain for telepathic communication among each other and our machines, but the founder of Starmind believes he's wrong.
'Electronic Road' Charging For EVs Moves Forward
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5/23/2017   Post a comment
Renault and Qualcomm are working with a public-private R&D institute in France to develop dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) technology that recharges electric vehicle batteries while they are on the road.
LinkedIn Group Preps Server Specs
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5/23/2017   Post a comment
LinkedIn has partnered with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, GE Digital, and others to form Open19, a group working on server specs for data centers.
China Set to Rewrite FD-SOI History
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5/23/2017   2 comments
Globalfoundries and the municipality of Chengdu are betting on China to rewrite the history of FD-SOI. They plan to pump $100 million to build FD-SOI ecosystem. The question is, if you build it, will they come?
Fake IC Battle Gets a New Weapon
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5/22/2017   3 comments
A new technology lets engineers identify rogue devices with the speed and resolution needed to make it practical for industry and university labs.
Intel Sees Robo-car As Data Flow Issue
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5/19/2017   Post a comment
Car companies rarely discuss behind-the-scene development work on their autonomous vehicles. The notable exception is Intel, which styles itself as a “data company.” Intel laid out how custom data center architecture is critical in processing autonomous vehicle data.
Quantum Computing Uses Standard Hardware
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5/19/2017   7 comments
Software versions of quantum annealing that handle jobs too large for D-Wave hardware were developed at Manchester Metropolitan University and put into use at ServicePower.
4 Views of the Silicon Roadmap
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5/19/2017   8 comments
Imec’s chief semiconductor expert shared her views on EUV lithography, FinFETs, and what lies beyond in new transistors and memories.
Imagination Sells SoC Design Group
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5/19/2017   2 comments
UK-based IP vendor sells group to design services firm for undisclosed firm.
Renesas Getting Healthy with Healthcare
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5/18/2017   1 comment
Renesas is pushing the company’s healthcare solutions. Its bio-sensing reference module, measuring 11x18 mm, coupled with software analytics, can continuously monitor blood pressure. Other home-grown technologies in the offing include Silicon-on-Thin-Box (SOTB) and wireless charging technology.
Intel's Flash Gambit Evolving Into 3-Pronged Strategy
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5/18/2017   13 comments
Intel, which has been cautiously navigating the notoriously cyclical flash memory markets for years, is finally reaching a tipping point in its decade-long quest for a memory business restart.
Sensor Sales Finally Catch Fire
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor sensors and actuators hit all time highs last year as several years of price erosion abated, according to IC Insights.
Android, Google Home Get AI Upgrades
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5/17/2017   1 comment
Google will make machine learning central to all its products including upgrades of Android and Home it announced at its annual Google IO event.
Record Wafer Shipments Continue
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers defied typical first quarter seasonality to remain at record levels.
Google Revs Faster TPU
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5/17/2017   4 comments
Google announced a second-gen TPU packing twice the punch of the first, available as a service to run training and inference jobs for machine learning.
Arbitration Could Delay Toshiba NAND Sale
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5/17/2017   1 comment
A complaint brought by partner Western Digital will be argued in arbitration, complicating the $18 billion sale of Toshiba's prized NAND flash memory business.
'Supercomputer-as-a-Service' Model is Born
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5/16/2017   Post a comment
SaaS got a new acronym as supercomputer-as-a-services when Cray partnered with cloud-computer provider Markley Group (Boston) to offer its Cray Urika-GX as a cloud service.
Samsung Spinoff Likely to Grab Foundry Share
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5/16/2017   8 comments
Samsung's chip operations consisting of memory and system LSI will be split into three, making the foundry business an independent unit. The move is expected to increase Samsung’s share at the expense of TSMC and smaller rivals.
HPE Builds Big Data Server
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5/16/2017   4 comments
Hewlett Packard Enterprise built its first full-scale version of the Machine, a 160-TByte research prototype to test benefits of a big main memory.
Imec Tips Novel AI Chips
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5/16/2017   4 comments
The Imec research institute described work on two low cost self-learning chips that use MRAM and ReRAM arrays rather than neural networks.
Are Self-Charging Batteries a Decade Away?
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5/15/2017   2 comments
Canadian researchers investigating light-assisted battery charging believe a single device for smartphones, smart homes and even cars is possible
Rambus Tips IoT Security Service
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5/15/2017   Post a comment
Providing an alternative to ARM, Rambus is adding a security service for the Internet of Things to its existing software for provisioning encrypted keys.
Consolidation Continues to Rewrite Chip Vendor Rankings
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5/15/2017   Post a comment
The unprecedented wave of semiconductor industry consolidation skewed comparisons and continued to redraw the rankings of vendors by sales.
V2X Pits Safety v. Spectrum
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5/15/2017   1 comment
The V2X standard debate – which was initially all about traffic safety – has been hijacked by a telecommunication industry hungry for spectrum for broadband services. Did the announcement by Savari to join the 5G Automotive Association mean Savari flipped?
Cray Rolls Clustered Supercomputers for AI
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5/12/2017   1 comment
Cray's new CS-Storm 500GT and CS-Storm 500NX supercomputers are optimized for artificial intelligence applications with massive arrays of Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerators that perform deep machine learning.
RISC-V Based Chip Startup Snags VC Funding
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5/12/2017   Post a comment
Provider of customizable SoCs based on the RISC-V architecture says it raised $8.5 million in Series B funding.
iNAND Drives Toward Automotive Market
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5/11/2017   1 comment
SanDisk's flash technology, now a part of Western Digital, has seen most of its development on the mobile front, but automotive applications will outpace smartphones with its demands for flash storage.
With Ixia Acquisition, Keysight Moves Up the Protocol Stack
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5/11/2017   Post a comment
Keysight's acquisition of network-test company Ixia moves the company into network testing at layers 2 through 7.
Toyota Selects Nvidia, Intel Feels Heat
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5/11/2017   5 comments
With Nvidia’s announcement on Toyota adopting Nvidia’s Drive PX AI automotive platform, Toyota has become the fourth major car OEM publicly committed to Nvidia’s Drive PX. The other three OEMs are Audi, Daimler, and VW Group.
Quantum Molecules Compute
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5/10/2017   3 comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found a way to manipulate molecules with lasers that is as accurate as its control of atoms allowing entire molecules to be used in future quantum computers.
Future Cars Face Terabyte Memory Load
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5/10/2017   2 comments
For a highly automated car in, say, 2020, how much memory capacity, to capture, process and store data, will be enough? An industry consensus is this connected vehicle will require data storage of close to a terabyte.
SMIC Names Haijun Zhao CEO
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5/10/2017   1 comment
COO moves up the ranks as Tzu-Yin Chiu steps down. Chiu will remain vice chairman of SMIC's board of directors.
Coventor Touts Unified MEMS Platform
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5/10/2017   1 comment
Coventor's micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) design tools have been merged into a single tool called Coventor MEMS Platform.
Nvidia Takes Deep Learning to School
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5/9/2017   7 comments
The message that Nvidia hopes to hammer home, at its conference, is that deep learning is “transforming computing.” Nvidia has styled itself as a firebrand, catalyst and Deep Learning enabler, and — in the long run — a deep profiteer.
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