Content posted in June 2017
ReRAM Goes 3D
News & Analysis 6/30/2017 14 comments
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has reinvented its resistive-RAM process to achieve a ReRAM that is amenable to 3D stacking, giving the “universal” memory an edge over flash.
‘Europe First’ Emerges as Theme of Tech Reboot
News & Analysis 6/29/2017 5 comments
The joint collaboration agreement announced by Europe’s two large research institutes this week has amplified an upbeat “pro-Europe” sentiment. “For Europe, it’s no longer about CMOS,” said CEA-Leti CEO.
Embedded MRAM Can Take the Heat
News & Analysis 6/29/2017 6 comments
A Globaldoundries technical paper outlines how it addressed a fundamental hurdle for eMRAM, making it feasible for broader uses including automotive MCUs and SoCs.
'E-Brain' to Pilot Air Force Jets
News & Analysis 6/28/2017 12 comments
The U.S. Air Force is building an electronic brain using IBM’s TrueNorth neuromorphic AI supercomputer chips, which emulate the human brain right down to its ultralow-power clock speed.
Nvidia Deals Tilt Robo-Car Race
News & Analysis 6/27/2017 Post a comment
Claiming that robo-car development by automakers has already moved from R&D phase to production, Nvidia this week unveiled three new partnership deals – all aimed at leveraging its AI car-computing platform. What does this mean to the autonomous car landscape?
NVMe Spec Gets Major Update
News & Analysis 6/27/2017 Post a comment
Latest specification address client, enterprise and cloud features including improved support for virtualization and bootstrapping for mobile devices
Expert Panel Debunks AI Hype
News & Analysis 6/26/2017 6 comments
Neural networks will see broad use, but they have real limits and are far from fulfilling the dream of artificial intelligence, said a panel of experts.
Toshiba and the Parable of Flash
News & Analysis 6/26/2017 1 comment
Spinning off its flagship NAND flash memory business could help save struggling Toshiba. But 30 years ago the company nearly squandered its leadership role in the flash revolution.
Intel Banks on Artificial Intelligence
News & Analysis 6/23/2017 14 comments
Intel is investing in artificial-intelligence startups, acquiring others, and blending the mix with its own AI expertise to ensure a leadership position in machine learning, deep learning, and brainlike neural networks based on its AI hardware and software.
SiLabs CEO Plots Slow, Steady IoT Strategy
News & Analysis 6/23/2017 5 comments
“IoT is in a bit of a trough right now,” Silicon Labs’ CEO said, just as he was leaving the ballroom where he delivered a keynote entitled “Accelerating the IoT.” Is he sensing a whiff of IoT backlash?
Much Ado About China’s Big IC Surge
News & Analysis 6/22/2017 10 comments
It’s been two years since China announced a huge capital investment intended to kick-start an indigenous semiconductor industry. So, how’s that working out for China?
4DS ReRAM Hits DRAM Speeds
News & Analysis 6/22/2017 3 comments
Interface Switching ReRAM has overcome the hurdle of high bit rate errors without error correction techniques that have historically slowed read access time
Intel Brings VR, 5G to Olympics
News & Analysis 6/21/2017 8 comments
Intel will build experiences using virtual reality, 360-degree video, 5G cellular, and drones for the Olympics starting with the 2018 winter games.
iPhone Team Recalls Steve Jobs
News & Analysis 6/21/2017 2 comments
Four engineering managers from the original Apple iPhone team recounted their work on the landmark smartphone and interactions with Steve Jobs.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
News & Analysis 6/21/2017 1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.
AMD Rolls Epyc Server SoCs
News & Analysis 6/20/2017 3 comments
AMD formally announced Epyc, a family of server SoCs using its Zen x86 core, weeks before Intel is expected to debut its 10-nm Skylake Xeon chips.
Alibaba Fuels China's CPU Gambit
News & Analysis 6/20/2017 Post a comment
C-Sky, designer of China’s home-grown 32-bit embedded CPU processing cores, is quite possibly China’s best kept secret. Its CEO explains why its unique tie with Alibaba is C-Sky's ace in the hole in winning China’s IoT market.
Cray Moves to Lasso 'Big Data Deluge'
News & Analysis 6/20/2017 1 comment
Cray’s Urika Big Data Analytics Suite, for its biggest XC supercomputers, brings all the analytic tools necessary to handle the deluge of data today including deep learning and artificial intelligence in a free open-source downloadable package.
MediaTek Chooses TSMC for 7nm
News & Analysis 6/16/2017 6 comments
MediaTek, the second-largest designer of mobile phone chips after Qualcomm, says it has chosen the world's biggest chip foundry to make 7nm products.
Hybrid Memory Cube Powers Galaxy Quest
News & Analysis 6/16/2017 1 comment
Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube technology is a key part of the digital processing platform for the MeerKAT telescope to match processing power to memory size and data bandwidth.
Exascale Project Awards $258M
News & Analysis 6/15/2017 1 comment
Six U.S. chip and systems companies will split $258 million in grants to do research toward building an exascale-class supercomputer by 2021.
Google Ramps Mobile SoC Team
News & Analysis 6/14/2017 11 comments
Google is hiring mobile SoC designers to build chips for its smartphones and has already snagged one senior designer from its chief rival Apple.
Paris Accord: As U.S. Drops Out, Chipmakers Double Down
News & Analysis 6/14/2017 3 comments
The semiconductor industry has responded to President Trump’s plan to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord with resounding reaffirmations of the industry’s commitment to sustainable and energy-efficient manufacturing practices.
Riding Mobileye Coattails, MIPS Juices CPU IP
News & Analysis 6/14/2017 1 comment
Imagination Technologies has rolled out a high-performance, multi-threaded MIPS CPU IP, driving MIPS cores further into automotive and industrial applications that require functional safety. The new CPU core is at the heart of Mobileye’s EyeQ5 SoC.
IMS 2017: 10 Things Not 5G
News & Analysis 6/14/2017 Post a comment
The 2017 International Microwave Symposium, billed as #Hawaii5G, had much more. Here are 10 samples of things that don't fall under the 5G hype.
Achronix Growth Spurt More Than 'Luck'
News & Analysis 6/14/2017 2 comments
Achronix Semiconductor, a privately held FPGA company founded in 2004, reached a critical juncture this year with projected 2017 revenue in excess of $100 million -- a 700 percent increase in 12 months. What's going on here?
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