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Tessera Files Infringement Suits Against Samsung
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9/29/2017   Post a comment
Technology licensor sues electronics giant in several venues claiming breach of 24 patents in semiconductor packaging end imaging analysis.
Semiconductor Industry Backs Trump's Tax Reform Plan
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9/29/2017   7 comments
Semiconductor Industry Association President John Neuffer comes out in support of framework for reducing corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent.
Samsung, Xilinx Back Programmable Chip Startup
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9/29/2017   Post a comment
Silicon Valley-based Efinix says its programmable platforms deliver four-fold power, performance and area advantage over traditional FPGAs.
Averna, PTC Bring Test & IoT to Manufacturing
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9/28/2017   8 comments
The test & measurement company is joining forces with a manufacturing software to integrate IoT devices and analyze sensor data.
Toshiba Inks Acquisition Deal with Bain-led Group
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
Deal to sell chip unit for about $18 billion structured to proceed before legal challenges brought by Western Digital are resolved.
Samsung, Intel Back Process Control Vendor
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
Startup Reno Sub-Systems' investors include three of top five chip makers, two of the top four vendors of etch tools.
IBM Uses Deep Learning to Train Raspberry Pi
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9/28/2017   1 comment
Computations requiring high performance computing power may soon be done in the palm of your hand thanks IBM researchers in Dublin, machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data
Does Japan Get Industrial IoT?
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
When it comes to sensor data and automation technologies, Japanese companies know how to use them effectively to improve productivity -- especially on the factory floor. Unfortunately, all that knowhow doesn’t necessarily translate to the Industrial Internet of Things.
5G Sprint Led by Marathon Man
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm engineer and 3GPP chair Wanshi Chen is on the hook to deliver by the end of the year a draft of requirements for a 5G cellular transceiver.
Partnership Puts ReRAM in SSDs
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9/27/2017   1 comment
A collaboration that mixes Mobiveil's NVMe SSD IP with Crossbar's ReRAM IP blocks is aimed at enabling 10 times more IOPs at one-tenth of the latencies of flash NVMe SSDs
Former Freescale CEO Takes Helm at Cree
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9/27/2017   Post a comment
Gregg Lowe, who also spent 28 years at Texas Instruments, succeeds Chuck Swoboda, who is retiring.
IPhone 8 Chips Come into View
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9/26/2017   Post a comment
Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus sports an A11 processor 30% smaller than in the A10 in the iPhone 7, according to a TechInsights teardown of it and other chips.
Western Digital Still Hopes to Block Toshiba Chip Sale
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9/26/2017   Post a comment
Western Digital still believes it can block the sale of Toshiba's chip unit to a consortium led by Bain Capital through arbitration tribunals at the International Chamber of Commerce.
Intel Refreshes Desktop CPUs
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9/26/2017   1 comment
Intel rolled out six new desktop processors, boosting CPU frequency at the high end and adding more x86 cores elsewhere.
Qualcomm Extends Offer for NXP
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9/26/2017   Post a comment
Speculation growing that Qualcomm may have to sweeten the offer to close the $38 billion deal.
Nvidia CEO in China: Big Push for AI Inference
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9/25/2017   Post a comment
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang came to Beijing this week to put Nvidia’s new AI inference platform --TensorRT3 -- front and center at the company’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC).
Sondrel’s CEO Takes the Long View
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9/25/2017   3 comments
As Sondrel integrates the IMGWorks design team and invests to hire 100 more engineers in Europe, CEO Graham Curren weighs in on China, Brexit, and the benefits of market-driver diversity.
Will Imagination Deals Deliver MIPS to China?
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9/25/2017   2 comments
Imagination will sell itself to Canyon Bridge, while simultaneously agreeing to sell MIPS to Tallwood VC. Has Imagination structured both deals in such a way to let Canyon Bridge –China’s government-backed buyout – have access to MIPS CPU IP?
MIT Spins Second Wireless Charger Start-up
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9/25/2017   3 comments
MIT spin-off Pi Inc., promises a wireless recharging station that works over about a foot.
iPhone 8 Still Packs Q’Comm, NXP
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9/22/2017   6 comments
A teardown of the iPhone 8 by iFixit shows good news for Qualcomm, NXP, Broadcom, and Skyworks, who maintain or expand sockets in Apple’s latest handset.
Power SiC for Everyone
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9/22/2017   2 comments
NCSU researchers have implemented the cheap-to-license PRESiCE process at TI’s X-Fab as an alternative to proprietary silicon carbide processes for power devices.
Globalfoundries Reportedly Asks EU to Probe TSMC
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9/21/2017   5 comments
Globalfoundries has asked European regulators to investigate rival chip foundry TSMC, accusing its larger competitor of unfair competition, according to a report by the Reuters news service.
Google Buys HTC's Pixel Team
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9/21/2017   Post a comment
Search engine giant makes second major foray into smartphones.
MediaTek, Huawei Partner in 5G Development
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9/21/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek and Huawei, China’s largest mobile phone maker, have completed 5G tests in Beijing with the aim of building an industry ecosystem that includes 5G terminals, chipsets, instruments, and networks.
AMD Copilots Tesla AI Chip, Says Report
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9/21/2017   9 comments
Tesla is collaborating with AMD on a machine-learning ASIC for its self-driving cars that could replace Nvidia GPUs that the car maker uses, said a report.
Nest Targets Home Security Market
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9/21/2017   1 comment
Nest unveiled the next phase of its strategy to enable the connected home, rolling out a suite of products for the retail home security market.
DeepScale on Robo-Car: Fuse Raw Data
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9/21/2017   Post a comment
DeepScale has developed a perception system for ADAS/autonomous vehicles. It offers pre-trained AI algorithms, based on raw data, not object list, coming from multiple sensory data types, and accelerates its fusion on an embedded processor like Snapdragon.
Toshiba Agrees to Sell Chip Unit to Bain-led Group
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Latest twist in months-long saga has Toshiba agreeing to sell for $18 billion to group that includes Apple, Dell and sk Hynix, leaving Western Digital out in the cold.
DDR5 Runs in Rambus’ Labs
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9/20/2017   4 comments
Rambus has working chips in the lab for DDR5, the next-generation DRAM bus, while the industry debates the road ahead for memory in servers.
Smartphones: Have NFC Will Travel
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Vendors of smartphones — both Android and iPhone — are putting an NFC reader in the hands of consumers, making NFC a globally interoperable platform to connect, commission, and control things with NFC tag. IoT is NFC’s next big opportunity.
Fab Tool Spending on Pace to Shatter Record
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Combined spending on new and refurbished front end fab tools is expected to grow 37 percent this year and obliterate the previous record set in 2011.
NOR Flash Standard Meets Instant-On Expectations
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
IoT applications need a richer complement of memory than most MCUs offer, and the bandwidth of serial NOR flash make it a logical solution to the problem.
Too Many Cars, Too Few Resistors
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9/19/2017   5 comments
The increasing amount of electronics in vehicles is creating a shortage of resistors, reports EBN.
Synopsys Buys Materials Modeling Tool Firm QuantumWise
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9/19/2017   Post a comment
Deal enables Synopsys to offer customers seamless flow from materials to transistor by creating models for TCAD process and device simulation.
Synopsys Teams With SMIC, Brite Semi on IoT Platform
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9/18/2017   Post a comment
Platform based on Synopsys ARC Data Fusion IP subsystem said to simplify design, reduce costs.
Cellular Puts IoT on Speed Dial
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9/18/2017   2 comments
Carriers laid out their plans for cellular IoT variants LTE-M and NB-IoT at last week’s Mobile World Congress Americas.
DARPA Heeds Moore’s Wisdom
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9/15/2017   Post a comment
DARPA added six programs to its Electronics Resurgence Initiative to address the problems that Gordon Moore 50 years ago predicted would loom at the end of today’s silicon roadmap.
AI Reshaping Fab Operations
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9/15/2017   5 comments
Chipmakers are adopting artificial intelligence to boost fab operations, and the effort is starting to pay off, according to Micron Technology.
MicroLED Pits Big Apple vs. Tiny LED Chips
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9/15/2017   5 comments
The emergence of new display technology such as microLED will change not only the face of mobile devices but also the Who’s Who of the display industry. The race is involving big guns like Google, Apple and Huawei.
Agricultural Goes High Tech
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9/15/2017   3 comments
At Germany’s Geisenheim University, an agricultural institute situated in a wine region, vineyards are a test bed for the effects of rising CO2 levels on plant growth.
Sea-to-Air Drone Goes Stealth
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9/15/2017   1 comment
With a stealth-inspired delta wing to maximize buoyant lift, Johns Hopkins APL’s Flying Fish drone transitions directly from underwater propulsion to flight.
Chip Consolidation Nearly Over, Analyst Says
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9/14/2017   2 comments
After about three years and hundreds of billions of dollars in mergers and acquisitions, the consolidation of the global semiconductor industry is pretty much finished, according to Bill Wiseman, a senior partner with management consultancy McKinsey.
IBM Simulates Complex Chemistry with Quantum Computing
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9/14/2017   Post a comment
A new approach to simulate molecules on a quantum computer successfully used six qubits on a purpose-built seven-qubit quantum processor
Trump Blocks Takeover of Lattice Semi
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9/14/2017   Post a comment
As expected, president blocks acquisition of programmable logic vendor by venture fund with ties to China's central government.
TSMC Updates its Silicon Menu
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9/14/2017   8 comments
TSMC added process and packaging variants to its broad foundry portfolio, but one analyst said that some updated results were below projections that it made six months ago.
Cellular Calls Home Appliances
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9/13/2017   Post a comment
Sears will ship home appliances with Cat-M LTE modules in about a year, said an exec from the company at a gathering of cellular IoT customers and carriers.
Toshiba Hopes to Finalize Chip Unit Sale to Bain-led Group
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9/13/2017   Post a comment
Toshiba said it signed a memorandum of understanding to move forward with a proposal by a consortium led by Bain Capital to finalize a deal for its chip business by the end of this month.
IBM Goes All Out for AI
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9/13/2017   Post a comment
IBM and MIT will spend $240 million over 10 years to boost artificial intelligence, focusing on Watson’s health care and cybersecurity capabilities.
iPhone X Use Which Sensors For Face ID?
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9/13/2017   9 comments
A host of sensors inside iPhone X are responsible for 3D sensing necessary for Face ID -- including infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, front camera and dot projector. So, where does ST fit in?
iPhone X Packs Upgrades—at a Price
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9/12/2017   Post a comment
Apple's new flagship smartphone offers facial recognition authentication, wireless charging, optimizations for augmented reality and more... but costs $999 and up.
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