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AI Fuels Next-Gen HBM Demand
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1/16/2018   Post a comment
Samsung's Aquabolt offers a 50 percent performance improvement over its predecessor, but it's still a pricey technology best suited for niche applications
Moortec Rolls IP on TSMC FinFET, Adds Design Center
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1/16/2018   Post a comment
U.K.-based Moortec has made its PVT-monitoring IP available on TSMC’s 12-nm FinFET Compact process and opened a design center in the emerging tech hub of Gdansk.
As Rivals Tussle, Silicon Labs Soars
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1/16/2018   Post a comment
Silicon Labs is riding high. The company’s CEO Tyson Tuttle, buttonholed at the Consumer Electronics Show, conceded that his company has benefited from turmoil among its rivals, who have been preoccupied with M&A upheavals.
Analog Seen as Fastest-Growing Chip Segment
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1/15/2018   Post a comment
Boosted by sales of automotive and power management ICs, the analog chip market segment is expected to growing fastest of all semiconductor product categories over the next five years, according to IC Insights.
Voice and AI Explosion Rocks CES
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1/15/2018   Post a comment
Voice, connectivity and AI took center stage at the Consumer Electronics Show last week. These three building blocks will compose the holy trinity of consumer electronics devices that will drive the market in 2018 and further into the future.
UMC Files Countersuit Against Micron
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1/15/2018   9 comments
United Microelectronics Corp. last Friday said that it filed a lawsuit against Micron subsidiaries in China for patent infringements that are part of a growing wrangle related to memory chips.
PC Shipments Decline... Again
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1/12/2018   Post a comment
As expected, 2017 marked the sixth straight year that PC shipments have declined, according to market watchers Gartner and IDC.
Space Vet Calls for Lunar Industries
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1/12/2018   2 comments
Veteran space system developer Dennis Wingo rolled out a vision for lunar industries including metal making, 3D printing—even semiconductor fabs.
MediaTek Pushes AI to the Edge
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1/12/2018   Post a comment
Taiwanese firm touts readiness for the post-smartphone era by moving into several new sectors, including chips for data switches, automotive and AI processors for edge devices
Plessey Rolls MicroLED, Moves to Licensing Model
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1/11/2018   Post a comment
Company says it expects to be the first to market with a monolithic microLED based display on its GaN-on-Silicon technology by the end of this year.
Synopsys Buys IP Vendor Kilopass
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1/11/2018   1 comment
Deal marks fourth major acquisition of intellectual property vendor in the past three years for No. 2 player in IP.
Micron Talks 3D NAND Sans Intel
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1/11/2018   2 comments
CFO Ernie Maddock says 3D NAND transition was a “defining moment" for the company, which remains confident in next-gen products without Intel collaboration.
Meltdown, Spectre Repeat Hard Security Lessons
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1/11/2018   10 comments
The security vulnerabilities uncovered by Meltdown and Spectre are still being patched and raising performance and classic security issues.
Ambarella Shifts From GoPro to Robo
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1/11/2018   2 comments
With revenue from once high-flying GoPro falling, the SoC vendor is increasingly turning its attention to computer vision for the automotive market.
Microsoft Says CPU Security Fixes Slow Computers
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1/10/2018   3 comments
Older computers with processors made in 2015 or before could see noticeable performance impact from patches issued to mitigate newly discovered vulnerabilities in modern processors.
Graphene Research Targets Wireless Sensors for IoT
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1/10/2018   1 comment
Graphene researchers have built a remote humidity sensor for Internet of Things apps as a proof of concept for low-cost wireless IoT sensors built with 2-D materials.
Time-of-flight 3-D Sensor Sampling for Smartphone Facial ID
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1/9/2018   Post a comment
Infineon is sampling a 3-D image sensor for a camera module that enables facial ID in smartphones using time-of-flight depth sensing.
FCC Chief Bails and CTA Head Makes Do
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1/9/2018   7 comments
FCC chairman Ajit Pai missed his victory dance at the Consumer Electronics Show, blaming a series of death threats for cancellation of the FCC Chairman's annual appearance at the giant technology convention.
Intel, Micron to Shelve NAND Flash Partnership
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1/9/2018   17 comments
Firms will pull the plug on long-running JV to focus on developing future 3D NAND technologies independently.
Visteon Works with DNN Vanguard DeepScale
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1/9/2018   Post a comment
Tier one Visteon Corp. unveiled its first technology platform for autonomous driving solutions, which allows OEMs to mix and match sensors. Vestion also partners with a Calif.-startup DeepScale who offers the software components and fully trained CNN-based algorithms.
March of A Billion Sensors Unveiled at CES
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1/9/2018   Post a comment
The annual CES Unveiled event this year proved that the Internet of Things is still hot, with exhibitors illustrating that the holy trinity of connectivity, big data and apps in every IoT gadget is just too important to let go.
China, Samsung Rise in U.S. Patents
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1/9/2018   2 comments
IBM surged to remain atop the list of top U.S. patent winners in 2017, but Samsung is not far behind and China is surging rapidly.
Intel Springs 'Vision-First' Robocar Plan
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1/8/2018   1 comment
Intel’s CEO laid out its robocar strategy in his CES keynote, painting a picture of the industry already split into two factions: Intel/Mobileye on an evolutionary path versus Waymo, Uber, and others impatient to jump into the ride-hailing/fleet business.
Toyota Head at CES Touts Mobile Commerce
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1/8/2018   Post a comment
Toyota Motors at the Consumer Electronics Show promised that the first and most pervasive use of self-driven vehicles will focus on mobile services and sharing.
AMD Updates GPU, CPU Road Maps
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1/8/2018   2 comments
At CES, AMD gave first details of its plans for 12-nm CPUs and a 7-nm GPU and added six new desktop and notebook chips to its 2018 roadmap.
LoRa Taps New Chips, Smart Homes
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1/8/2018   1 comment
Semtech announced new LoRa chips while an analyst predicted that it will match Narrowband-IoT and surpass Sigfox in low-power, wide-area networks for the IoT.
Bosch Aims to Widen MEMS Lead at CES
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1/8/2018   1 comment
Bosch Sensortec heads to CES with an extended portfolio of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors to target ultra-high-precision drones and ultra-low-power wearables.
NVM Express Set for Busy 2018
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1/8/2018   Post a comment
Expect the NVMe Over Fabrics specification to mature with a mid-year update while base NVMe 1.4 will support IO determinism in 2019.
Nvidia Hails Uber with Robocar Platform
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1/7/2018   Post a comment
Nvidia disclosed at CES that Uber selected Nvidia technology to power their self-driving fleets. The news puts the GPU giant at the forefront of the automated vehicle race as a supplier of AV brains.
NXP Does Robocars -- Without Qualcomm
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1/5/2018   1 comment
With Qualcomm’s acquisition still pending, NXP Semiconductors’ automotive business unit kept a relatively low profile in 2017. That hiatus, however, will end with a modest bang come next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Chip Sales Grew 22% in 2017, Gartner Says
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1/5/2018   Post a comment
Memory segment accounts for more than two-thirds of growth as semiconductor industry posts all-time high in sales.
Xilinx CEO Gavrielov to Step Down This Month
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1/5/2018   2 comments
FPGA names Victor Peng CEO under previously disclosed succession plan.
Startup tapes out MRAM-based MCU demo for IoT
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1/5/2018   3 comments
Semiconductor intellectual-property startup eVaderis has taped out a magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM)-based MCU demonstrator targeting battery-powered Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices.
Smartphone Production Projected to Increase 5%
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1/4/2018   Post a comment
Sales for Chinese brands expected to plateau, while non-Chinese brands forecast to show growth for first time since 2015.
AI Silicon Gets Mixed Report Card
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1/4/2018   Post a comment
A senior researcher at Baidu gave the latest crop of deep learning accelerators a mixed report card based on in-house tests.
Chip Sales Continue Rising
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1/3/2018   Post a comment
November 2017 hit new all-time high, rising on both a sequential and year-over-year basis, according to the SIA.
Intel Says Security Bug Not Specific to its Processors
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1/3/2018   6 comments
Security flaw reportedly allows hackers to gather data from computers' processor kernel memory. Intel says its working with other firms on an industry-wide fix.
Quad Cam Vision for Robocars Comes to CES
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1/3/2018   1 comment
Foresight Automotive is coming to the Consumer Electronics Show next week to demonstrate the company’s new automotive vehicle vision technology, called QuadSight, consisting of four cameras including two pairs of stereoscopic infrared and day cameras.
Ride-hailing Services to Drive Robocar Sales
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1/3/2018   6 comments
New forecast from IHS predicts U.S. will pave the way as autonomous vehicle sales grow to more than a quarter of total vehicle sales by 2040.
10 IoT Companies to Watch in 2018
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1/3/2018   Post a comment
Here are my top 10 most interesting IoT companies to watch in 2018 for their work in MCUs, networks, sensors, software, and more.
Radio Wave Imaging Firm Gets Funding, Partners with Softbank
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1/3/2018   Post a comment
Israel-based Vayyar Imaging has raised $45 million in a series C financing round to develop its radio wave 3D image sensors, bringing the total capital raised to date of $79 million. The company also announced it will be collaborating with SoftBank in IoT applications in Japan.
MEMS Chip Aims to Beat Heart Disease
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1/2/2018   Post a comment
Nanyang Technological University has developed a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microfluidic chip that models a stenotic coronary blood vessel for studying the causes and prevention of atherosclerosis and heart attacks.
Voice Recognition to Drive More 'Conversational' Platforms
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1/2/2018   3 comments
Gartner says conversational platforms — including voice recognition — will be one of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2018.
The Outlook for Robocar Sensors in 2018
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1/2/2018   Post a comment
For highly automated vehicles to track their surroundings, they must rely on a range of sensors, including cameras, radar, ultrasound, GPS antennas and lidars. EE Times lists sensor companies we think might impact the robocar development in 2018.
EU Consortium Targets Exascale Computing SoC
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12/29/2017   5 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   5 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   19 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.
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