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Redpine Flexes ‘Lowest-Power’ Wireless MCU
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12/12/2017   Post a comment
Redpine is rolling out the industry’s lowest-power wireless combo solution featuring advanced security with integrated Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, 802.15.4/ZigBee/Thread, for battery-operated IoT applications
Engineers Charged in Tech Theft Plot
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12/12/2017   Post a comment
Former Applied Materials execs accused of plotting to steal technology and using it to form a startup to be based in China.
Fab Tool Sales Forecast to Hit Record $56 Billion
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12/12/2017   1 comment
Sales of semiconductor equipment are now expected to grow to $56 billion, a record, according to the SEMI trade group.
With Alkaline Chemistry, Copper Could Be Forever
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12/12/2017   1 comment
Aveni’s alkaline chemistry for building copper interconnects at and below the 5-nm node could realize IBM’s recent prediction that there will be no need to switch to cobalt or any other interconnect metal less conductive than copper.
NAND Market Expected to Cool in Q1
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12/12/2017   Post a comment
Prices for NAND flash chips are excepted to decline in the first quarter as demand falls on typical seasonality, according to DRAMeXchange.
Toshiba, Western Digital Reportedly Close to Settlement
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12/11/2017   Post a comment
Deal would have the way for Toshiba to close sale of memory chip unit to consortium led by Bain Capital.
2017 Watson AI XPrize Top 10 Revealed at NIPS
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12/8/2017   Post a comment
Amiko AI and aifred Health, the first- and second-place finishers in this year’s round of the IBM Watson AI XPrize competition, presented their projects at NIPS 2017.
AMD's CEO Hails Era of 'Immersive Computing'
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12/8/2017   Post a comment
Lisa Su calls on industry to collaborate on new architectures, better power management to keep up pace of computing innovation.
Cypress HyperBus Set to Get Standards Stamp
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12/8/2017   Post a comment
Cypress' high-bandwidth HyperBus 8-bit serial memory interface will be included in the new, yet to be finished eXpanded SPI (xSPI) electrical interface standard from JEDEC
Depth Sensors’ Impact Goes Deeper than iPhone X
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12/8/2017   5 comments
Next year could see the emergence of a depth-sensor ecosystem as more smartphone and wearable-device vendors incorporate third-party modules to enable facial/gesture recognition and AR/VR.
TSMC Speeds Opening of China Fab
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12/8/2017   1 comment
TSMC said it aims to open its second fab in China earlier than originally expected in order to meet strong demand in the world’s fastest growing semiconductor market.
Google Partners with Qualcomm, MediaTek on Oreo
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12/7/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek and Qualcomm have announced that they are system-on-chip (SoC) partners for Google’s recent release of the Android Oreo (Go edition) operating system designed for entry-level smartphones.
Snapdragon 845, ARM PCs Debut
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12/7/2017   1 comment
Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 845 mobile SoC while Asus and HP showed notebook PCs using the existing 835 chip.
Few Surprises as Intel, GF Detail Process Technologies
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12/7/2017   Post a comment
Use of cobalt by Intel at 10 nm could emerge as a battleground of advanced semiconductor foundry offerings.
Intel’s EyeQ 5 vs. Nvidia’s Xavier: Wrong Debate
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12/6/2017   2 comments
The specsmanship battle by Nvidia and Intel over AI chips reached a new high, when Intel CEO claimed EyeQ 5 “can deliver more than twice the deep-learning performance efficiency” than Xavier SoC. Nvidia called us and cried foul.
IBM Power 9 Servers Target AI
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12/5/2017   Post a comment
IBM announced its first servers to pack its Power 9 processor, targeting machine learning jobs with accelerators using new, fast interconnects.
Startup Takes NB-IoT to New Lows
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12/5/2017   1 comment
Startup Riot Micro announced a chip optimized to take NB-IoT and Cat M1 to new lows for LTE-based cellular IoT networks.
Algorithm Speeds GPU-based AI Training 10x on Big Data Sets
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12/5/2017   1 comment
At NIPS 2017, IBM described an AI preprocessing algorithm that can train large-scale machine learning models 10 times faster than existing methods.
Semiconductor Sales to Top $400 Billion
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12/5/2017   Post a comment
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization has once again revised its 2017 chip sales forecast upward after the industry posted another all-time record month in October.
Rise of Adaptive Driving Beam
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12/5/2017   2 comments
In Europe and Japan, Adaptive Driving Beam for headlights is viewed as “the biggest innovation in automotive lighting.”
Underwater Drone Remote Control Just Got Way More Remote
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12/4/2017   Post a comment
Aquabotix’s browser-based app enables remote operation of inspection-class underwater drones from thousands of miles away and by multiple users, with data shared in real time.
Walmart Calls for Sub-$1 IoT Sensor
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12/4/2017   1 comment
A Walmart executive shared his thoughts on the Internet of Things, machine learning (aka AI), robotics, and more in a wide-ranging interview.
4DS Enlists IMEC to Advance ReRAM
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12/1/2017   1 comment
Collaboration aims to demonstrate 4DS' production back-end-of-line process on IMEC's CMOS megabit memory vehicle processed at 300mm wafers to make 1Mb devices
Apple's Plans Could Doom Dialog Semi
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12/1/2017   2 comments
Speculation that Apple will begin designing its own power management chips by next year could be bad news indeed for its primary supplier of these parts, Dialog Semiconductor.
Qualcomm, Apple Exchange Fresh Salvos
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12/1/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm claims Apple violates more patents, while Apple says Qualcomm violates eight patents held by Apple.
GaN Chip Vendor Snags $15 Million in Funding
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11/30/2017   Post a comment
High-voltage gallium nitride semiconductor vendor Transporm has secured $15 million in funding from Japan's Yaskawa Electric.
Robot Changes Skins to Change Its Moves
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11/30/2017   Post a comment
Primer, a cube-shaped robot developed by CS and AI researchers at MIT, swaps out water-soluble, recyclable exoskeletons to customize itself for different tasks.
Intel Touts Auto AI Chip’s Efficiency
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11/30/2017   2 comments
Intel's CEO sets record straight on the efficiency of the EyeQ 5 chip, developed by Mobileye, compared to Nvidia’s Drive PX Xavier SoC for autonomous driving.
Velodyne Pads Lead in Lidar Derby
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11/29/2017   1 comment
Velodyne LiDAR is still lapping the field in an embryonic but increasingly competitive lidar market, an advantage that grew when it unveiled a new 128-channel lidar sensor. The VLS-128 boasts range and resolution that other lidars have not offered.
U.S. Angles to Retake Supercomputer Lead
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11/29/2017   5 comments
IBM, Intel, and AMD supercomputing platforms aim to beat China to exabyte computing, obsoleting the Top500’s distributed-memory version of the Linpack benchmarks in the process.
RISC-V Spins into Drives, AI
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11/28/2017   5 comments
Western Digital and startup Esperanto tipped plans for storage and machine-learning chips using the open-source RISC-V architecture.
CEA-Leti Moves Fast on New CEO
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11/28/2017   3 comments
CEA-Leti, one of the largest micro- and nanotechnologies research institutes in Europe, lost its head recently, but recovered by naming Emmanuel Sabonnadiere as CEO, succeeding Marie-Noëlle Semeria. CEA-Leti has provided no explanation of Semeria’s contract non-renewal.
Fab Tool Sales Decline for 4th Straight Month
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11/28/2017   Post a comment
Billings among North American semiconductor tool makers declined sequentially in October for a fourth straight month.
South Korea Takes Bigger Slice of Mobile DRAM Market
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11/28/2017   Post a comment
Memory chip giants Samsung and SK Hynix increased their cumulative share of the mobile DRAM market to more than 85 percent in the third quarter while Micron Technology slipped.
ThinkRF, VIAVI Combine Products for 5G
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11/27/2017   Post a comment
The two test companies have integrated an RF downconverter into a cellular analyzer, giving it analysis capability for 5G mmWave frequencies.
Startup Demonstrates ReRAM Retention, Endurance
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11/22/2017   1 comment
Weebit Nano has been able to achieve 10 years' data retention achieved across 300nm 4Kb memory array cells at above room temperature.
HPE Names Engineer to Succeed CEO Whitman
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11/22/2017   Post a comment
HPE, the server and comms half of the former Hewlett Packard, named computer engineer Antonio Neri to succeed Meg Whitman as CEO.
Analyst Warns on Semiconductor Stock Valuations
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11/22/2017   4 comments
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.
MEMS Design Shrinks Speakers to Chip Scale
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11/22/2017   3 comments
USound has developed microelectromechanical system (MEMS) chip-scale audio speakers, targeting in- and over-ear high-fidelity earbuds, smartphones, multidriver headphones, and other IoT wearables.
Samsung Likely to Unseat Intel as Top Chip Vendor
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11/22/2017   6 comments
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.
Soitec Tunes Wafers for RF, Imagers, Photonics
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11/22/2017   2 comments
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?
Startup Breathes Life into Bio IoT
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11/21/2017   Post a comment
Startup Nano Global partnered with ARM to design SoCs than can detect and scrub pathogens in a wide range of medical and IoT products
Analysts Applaud Marvell-Cavium Deal
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11/21/2017   6 comments
Analysts generally praised the merger of Marvell and Cavium as diversifying into broader comms and networking markets but were wary of revenue and profit growth.
Siemens Acquires Solido Design Automation
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11/20/2017   Post a comment
Deal provides first glimpse of what may be a more aggressive stance on M&A for Mentor Graphics under Siemens ownership.
Marvell Buying Cavium for $6 Billion
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11/20/2017   Post a comment
Latest semiconductor industry blockbuster would result in firm with $3.4 billion in annual sales.
Women in Tech: 25 Profiles in Persistence
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11/20/2017   7 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.
iPhone X’s TrueDepth Module Dissected
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11/17/2017   3 comments
Although imaging experts are aware of a complex “TrueDepth” module that Apple has devised for its iPhone X, most other details inside the device’s 3D system — chips, components, and all the way down to substrates — remain a deep, dark secret.
Taiwan R&D Group Rolls AI for Fault Prediction
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11/17/2017   Post a comment
Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), one of the world's largest high-tech research institutions, has introduced AI software that can predict breakdowns in production-line equipment, helping to eliminate factory downtime and boost human productivity.
AI to Spur Uptick in ASIC Design Starts
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11/17/2017   Post a comment
With the surge in popularity of voice activated digital assistants like Amazon Echo and the general frenzy of activity around artificial intelligence, a growing number of ASICs will incorporate these some form of AI over the next few years, according to Semico Research.
Beating IoT Big Data With Brain Emulation
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11/17/2017   8 comments
Bosch Sensortec demonstrated its sophisticated three-tiered methodology for solving the real-time Big Data deluge with smart sensors that send summaries every few seconds to hubs, which in turn send trends to the cloud every few minutes, where they are analyzed and fed back to the user as actionable information.
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