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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.
Apple May Drop Qualcomm Chips
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10/31/2017   3 comments
Apple is creating designs of next-generation iPhones and iPads that use Intel and Mediatek's baseband modem chips, cutting out longtime supplier Qualcomm amid a legal dispute, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Samsung's Chip Sales Hit New High
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10/31/2017   1 comment
South Korean firm all but certain to pass Intel in chip sales this year as memory chip boom continues through the third quarter.
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
Drone Challenge Rides Soft Radio
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10/31/2017   Post a comment
DARPA will host a hackfest and drone flight challenge at Moffett Field later this month to seek new uses for software-defined radio.
X-factors Hobble iPhone X
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10/31/2017   3 comments
Apple has been forced into a 50-percent cut in shipments of its flagship iPhone X this holiday season, slashing volume from 40 to 20 million units. What caused this massive drop in the production flow?
Astronics Acquires Telefonix, Upgrades ATE Systems
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10/30/2017   Post a comment
Avionics equipment manufacturer adds in-flight content delivery design and manufacturing. Test subsidiary automates board handling.
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.
NVMe Changes the Data Recovery Game
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10/27/2017   Post a comment
Pulling data from a damaged SSD is more of custom R and D project compared spinning disk
IoT May Need Sub-50-Cent SoCs
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10/27/2017   9 comments
The Internet of Things will demand radically cheaper, lower power SoCs by 2027, but the road to get there is unclear, said technologists from ARM.
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.”
Intel Lifts Sales Forecast After Strong Q3
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10/26/2017   Post a comment
Biggest U.S. chipmaker on track for a record year after sales rise across all product groups.
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.
ARM Unveils New AI Group
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10/26/2017   Post a comment
ARM created a machine learning group recently that plans accelerator cores as well as enhancements for CPU and GPU cores and software.
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.
Bitcoin ASIC Maker Bets on AI
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10/25/2017   Post a comment
Bitcoin ASIC designer Bitmain of Beijing announced it is sampling its first accelerator for deep neural networks, the BM1680.
Semiconductor Equipment Market Cools Further
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10/25/2017   Post a comment
Billings amount North American semiconductor tool makers declined sequentially in September for a third straight month, according to the SEMI trade group.
IBM Demos In-Memory Massively Parallel Computing
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10/25/2017   6 comments
A coprocessor prototype from IBM Research exploits phase-change memory crystallization dynamics to perform in-memory deep learning 200x faster than any von Neumann computer.
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.
Sponsored: Winbond Introduces TrustME Secure Flash Memory aligned with Platform Security Architecture from ARM
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10/25/2017   Post a comment
Winbond Electronics Corporation, a leading global supplier of semiconductor memory solutions, today announced an expansion of its TrustMETM Secure Flash products portfolio aligned with Platform Security Architecture (PSA) from ARM.
Sponsored: Winbond Introduces TrustME Secure Flash Memory Implementing the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Device Identifier Composition Engine (DICE) Architecture
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10/25/2017   Post a comment
Winbond Electronics Corporation today announced an expansion of its TrustME Secure Flash products portfolio based on the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Device Identifier Composition Engine (DICE) Architecture specification.
ARM Extends Mbed to Gateways
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10/24/2017   Post a comment
ARM will expand ts Mbed embedded software to include a framework of modules for gateways on the Internet of Things.
Apple Talks About Sole Sourcing from TSMC
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10/24/2017   Post a comment
At its 30th anniversary celebration, TSMC hosted a forum of key customers including semiconductor CEOs and Apple chief operating officer Jeff Williams. Williams provided a rare glimpse into TSMC’s role as the sole supplier of Apple’s A11 application processor.
NXP to Bridge MCU & AP with 'Crossovers'
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10/24/2017   1 comment
To use an MCU or not (and to opt for an apps processor instead)? This is an eternal question for embedded system designers, and one that NXP Semiconductors hopes to answer by launching a new high-end MCU.
Brexit, Britain, and Beijing
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10/24/2017   Post a comment
What will Brexit mean for U.K.-China trade? Syrus Lohrasb of the China-Britain Business Fusion Group sees a balancing act between protecting “prime assets” and courting investment in AI, robotics, and hardware-software integration.
Apple and Samsung Headed Back to Court
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10/24/2017   1 comment
Electronics heavyweights to continue dispute about smartphone patent infringement after judge orders new trial.
ARM Boosts IoT Security
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10/23/2017   1 comment
ARM announced a new framework for security in MCU-class devices used in the Internet of Things along with new firmware and core offerings to implement them.
Monolithic 3D Shows Promise, Challenges
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10/23/2017   6 comments
Researchers said monolithic 3D chip stacks have promise but face several challenges at an event attended by CEA-Leti, Qualcomm, ARM and others.
Intel/Saffron AI Plan Sidesteps Deep Learning
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10/23/2017   Post a comment
Saffron, an Intel company, use the AI technology called Associative Memory AI, which is a different branch of artificial intelligence from Deep Learning. EE Times talks to Saffron’s financial crime-fighter and asks her to explain Saffron-Intel relationship.
This Garment Pattern Could Power Biosensor Nets
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10/20/2017   6 comments
Georgia Tech used flexible conducting polymers and Hilbert-curve-based, paper-printed circuit patterns in a proof of concept for thermoelectric fabrics that could power biosensors.
Rescue Drones Fly by Vision, Inertial Sensing
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10/20/2017   Post a comment
MIT and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory have developed vision-aided navigation technology for rescue or reconnaissance drones flying in environments where GPS doesn't reach.
TSMC Expects 10nm Demand to Soar
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10/20/2017   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) expects demand for its 10nm products to soar this year while its largest customer, Apple, ramps up production of the iPhone X.
ASML Continues to Ramp EUV Shipments
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10/19/2017   4 comments
Lithography tool vendor says it shipped three more next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography tools, bringing total for the year to six.
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
After Long Decline, PC Shipments Forecast to Rise in 2018
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10/19/2017   1 comment
After six straight years of decline, Gartner is projecting a nominal increase in PC sales in 2018, thanks to continued Windows 10 upgrades.
Wafer Shipments Forecast to Rise Through 2019
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10/19/2017   Post a comment
After a record-setting 2016, shipments of blank silicon wafers are expected to reach new all-time highs in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Samsung Secures IoT Node-to-Cloud
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10/18/2017   3 comments
Samsung announced security spanning end nodes, gateways, and cloud services for its ambitious Artik platform for the Internet of Things.
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?
IBM Watson AI XPrize Adds Wild-Card Round
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10/18/2017   Post a comment
A year into the competition, the $5 million, open-goal IBM Watson AI XPrize has added a wild-card round to accept projects at the leading edge of artificial-intelligence research.
Intel, G’foundries Bring 10, 7nm to IEDM
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10/18/2017   3 comments
Intel and Globalfoundries will describe their 10 and 7nm process nodes at IEDM, respectively.
Leaker of TSMC Secrets Joins SMIC as Co-CEO
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10/17/2017   2 comments
Liang Mong-song, a former employee at TSMC who leaked process technology to Samsung several years ago, has joined China's SMIC as co-CEO.
Hearables Cue Knowles Audio SoC
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10/17/2017   5 comments
Seeing a rising tide of consumer systems with voice interfaces, MEMS microphone vendor Knowles is expanding into audio SoCs.
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.”
Spin Transfer, TEL Partner on MRAM Process Development
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10/17/2017   3 comments
MRAM hopeful, equipment vendor to collaborate to improve speed and performance of spin-transfer torque MRAM.
Implantable Fiber Diagnoses, Treats, Biodegrades in Place
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10/17/2017   2 comments
Engineers at Penn State created a citrate-based, polymeric step-index optical fiber for medical applications that can be implanted and left in place to biodegrade after use.
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.
DRAM Capacity Crunch Expected to Persist in 2018
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10/16/2017   Post a comment
With suppliers planning only limited capacity and demand on the rise, DRAMeXchange says price declines unlikely.
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