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Analyst Warns on Semiconductor Stock Valuations
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11/22/2017   Post a comment
Chip stocks have surged in value over the past three years, but it might be time to sell before a downturn hits, according to Handel Jones of IBS.
Soitec Tunes Wafers for RF, Imagers, Photonics
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11/22/2017   Post a comment
In recent months, Soitec is talking up not just RF-SOI and FD-SOI, but Photonics-SOI, Imager-SOI and others. What are they, how are they engineered, and what are they for?
Samsung Likely to Unseat Intel as Top Chip Vendor
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11/22/2017   Post a comment
Samsung, which has nearly half of the global DRAM market, is likely to crush smaller rivals after more than doubling its plan for capital expenditures in its semiconductor unit for this year, according to market analyst IC Insights.
Women in Tech: 25 Profiles in Persistence
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11/20/2017   6 comments
EE Times profiled 25 women in tech. Our goal is to trigger discussions in the workplace, and around the dinner table about women in engineering — not as numbers, but as real people, as colleagues and bosses, mentors and protégés.
STMicro Augments Low-power MCU Family
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11/17/2017   3 comments
STM32L4+ devices, part of STMicro's STM32 family, boast significantly higher performance at ultra-low power consumption.
PA Semi, Apple ‘Interconnect’ at Startup
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11/15/2017   1 comment
With a body of engineering experience at LSI, Cisco, SiByte, Broadcom, PA Semi and Apple, Shailendra Desai is confident of his knowledge in SoC designs and what needs to be done. He unveils Provino, an interconnect IP startup.
Automotive Seen as Strongest Semiconductor Driver Through 2021
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11/13/2017   Post a comment
Sales of automotive electronic systems are forecast to increase the most of six major semiconductor end-use system categories, according to IC Insights.
EE Times Silicon 60: Startups to Watch
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11/12/2017   Post a comment
Twenty-nine startups were added to our annual list of hot silicon startups; readers may nominate emerging companies for next year.
It's Time to Ask: What Are Robo-cars For?
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11/10/2017   7 comments
With AV at the top of the hype cycle, there is ample opinionating about one technology being — arguably — superior to another. But rarely has any commentator even asked the first question: Why AV? What’s it for?
Waymo, Navya Vie In Robo-Taxi
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11/8/2017   1 comment
The “robo-taxi” changed virtually overnight from a “what-if” scenario dreamt by automotive visionaries to the public pledge of an imminent rollout on Tuesday when Waymo and Navya independently announced plans to launch automated cab services in major cities.
Robots Get AI from Startup
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11/7/2017   Post a comment
Startup Embodied Intelligence announced software to embed machine-learning capabilities into industrial robots.
AT&T Previews Edge Compute Plans
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11/1/2017   Post a comment
AT&T discussed its plans for an edge computing architecture and implications it may have for designers of servers, devices and software.
Semiconductor Sales Hit $108 Billion in Q3
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10/31/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales topped $100 billion for the first time in the second quarter, breaking an all time high.
Nanodiamonds Found to Prevent Lithium Battery Fires
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10/31/2017   Post a comment
The dendrite formation that causes lithium batteries to overheat can be prevented by mixing nanodiamonds with the Li-ion electrolyte at a concentration of at least 1 percent, says a Drexel nanomaterials researcher.
Winbond Bolsters Flash Security
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10/31/2017   Post a comment
TrustME W75F Secure Flash was created to address the need for a secure, non-volatile storage that is independent of the SoC process node and foundry capabilities
STMicro Sees Growth Across the Board
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10/27/2017   Post a comment
Sales for IoT, smartphones, industrial and automotive lead the way as company remains on track to grow 18 percent in 2017.
Automotive, IoT Continue to Boost Cypress
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10/27/2017   Post a comment
The “Cypress 3.0” strategy is paying off faster than expected, leading to record revenue thanks to its IoT wireless connectivity business growing 80% year over year.
Qualcomm's NXP Buy May Slip to 2018
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10/27/2017   Post a comment
NXP’s CEO, while announcing the company’s Q3 financial results, reversed a long-held position in conceding that Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP Semiconductors will not happen — as promised — this year. The deal is likely to slip to “early 2018.”
Experts Weigh in on Mobileye's AV Safety Model
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10/26/2017   7 comments
A technical paper published by Mobileye on a safety formula for autonomous cars has struck more than one nerve with autonomous driving observers. We have since reached out to experts in academia, asked them to break it down.
ARM CEO Sounds Security Alarm
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10/26/2017   1 comment
Simon Segars calls on tech firms to come together to address cyber security, which says threatens the potential of the Internet of Things.
Renovo Develops Robocar-Cloud OS
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10/25/2017   Post a comment
Renovo’s formidable goal is to design an operating system – or abstraction layers between automated vehicles and the cloud – that developers can tap, to write a variety of “Automated Mobility on Demand” apps for automated vehicles across the board.
MIPI Takes the Wheel to Drive Interface Specs
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10/19/2017   Post a comment
New Birds of a Feather Group pulls together OEMs, suppliers and other industry experts to solicit input for automotive applications, including autonomous driving projects
Elektrobit Targets ECU Overload in Cars
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10/18/2017   1 comment
While the automotive industry today faces many challenges, two stand out: How do automakers deal with the proliferation of codes, software and data? Can conventional ECUs – presumably hundreds already packed into a single vehicle – handle this digital mob scene?
Intel to Battle in FPGA-as-a-Service Race
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10/17/2017   8 comments
The cloud service is changing practically everyone’s business. As FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service starts to emerge, Intel has just partnered with Accelize so that they can help cloud service providers like Amazon or Alibaba increase “compute instances with FPGAs.”
NXP Readying ‘Whole Vehicle’ Platform
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10/16/2017   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors announced a new automotive processing platform, designed for OEMs and tier ones to maximize re-use of codes, software and common capabilities across vehicle domains, applications and SoCs.
Future Auto Radar Goes Back to Analog
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10/16/2017   Post a comment
Metawave, spun out of PARC, thinks that it can alter what the automotive industry perceives as the “limitations” of conventional radars, by using metamaterial-based analog beam-forming and AI engine built into a complete radar package.
Helix Entry Outperforms 'Zero Power' Target in Standby
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10/13/2017   Post a comment
The 90 to 97 percent efficient Helix Semiconductors eMpower HS200 DC/DC converter steps down 48 V to extremely low voltages for modern chips while exceeding the “zero power” goal for standby use by 10 times.
Chip Sales Forecasts Lifted Again
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10/13/2017   Post a comment
Gartner says revenue now expected to rise nearly 20 percent this year as memory prices continue to drive sales increases.
Globalfoundries Speaks Car Talk
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10/12/2017   3 comments
Globalfoundries' executive told EE Times that his company is picking “new customers in the automotive space,” as carmakers and Tier Ones scramble to “figure out software/hardware partitioning and interfaces” in the highly automated electric vehicles.
Nvidia Outpaces Intel in Robo-car Race
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10/11/2017   3 comments
Nvidia pushed computational performance for autonomous cars to a new level by unveiling a new member of its Drive PX family, codenamed Pegasus. At 320 TOPS, has Pegasus’ computational performance literally blows Nvidia’s competitors out of the water?
ON Semi Ups Stake in Fujitsu Fab
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10/11/2017   Post a comment
Phoenix-based Chip maker increases stake as part of multi-phase plan to acquire the Japanese 200mm fab outright in 2020.
Cobot Invasion at Japan's CEATEC
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10/6/2017   Post a comment
Most noticeable on CEATEC Japan for those of us who don’t live in Japan was a host of robotic and sensor products programmed to talk, think, and behave like Japanese people, mirroring Japanese sensibilities, preferences, and habits.
Dialog Semi to Buy Silego for up to $306 Million
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10/5/2017   Post a comment
U.K.-based chip maker acquires Silicon Valley based developer of configurable mixed-signal ICs in what is described as a "highly complementary" buy.
Smooth Succession Expected at TSMC
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10/4/2017   Post a comment
Foundry giant likely to likely to see a smooth transition to new management once Chairman Morris Chang retires next June, according to analysts who cover the company.
TI Riding mmWave Sensors
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10/2/2017   Post a comment
Texas Instruments, which entered the radar sensor market only four months ago, is late to a party that includes heavyweights NXP Semiconductors, Infineon Technologies and STMicroelectronics, but nonetheless exudes confidence in its ability to gain market share.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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   8 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NXP Tackles V2X, Unveils 'Vision' Roadmap
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9/12/2017   2 comments
NXP tackles V2X debate, unveils partnership with Hella Aglaia, and discusses its next-generation vision processor roadmap, all the while there is an elephant in the room – Qualcomm.
Robo-car Early-Birds Flock Together
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9/11/2017   12 comments
Those who came to a small automated vehicle event ranged from a former Microsoft executive to a simulation expert and a startup in Silicon Valley, illustrating the changing balance of power and new constituents in the mobility ecosystem.
GE Venture, Nvidia Bond over Inspection AI
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9/8/2017   Post a comment
Avitas Systems and Nvidia have partnered to enable AI in inspection services for the industrial sector. Asked about the limitations of today’s AI, Avitas chief said, still missing is an AI’s ability to compute on the very edge device itself.
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