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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.
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.
Toshiba Plans Next Memory Fab
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9/8/2017   1 comment
Even as the future of Toshiba Memory remains unclear, firms chooses Kitakami City in Japan's Iwate prefecture as site of Toshiba's next memory chip fab.
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.
Intel Wins Appeal on EU Antitrust Fine
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9/7/2017   2 comments
Nine years after the European Union fined Intel more than $1.3 billion for antitrust violations, an appeals court tossed the case back to a lower court for re-evaluation.
MRAM Hopeful Tweaks Game Plan Under New CEO
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9/7/2017   2 comments
After a change in leadership in July, Spin Transfer Technologies offers a slightly different model for commercializing its MRAM technology.
Semiconductor Sales Rise for 12th Straight Month
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9/6/2017   Post a comment
Chip sales increased in all regions and across all product categories in July, extending an impressive run for the semiconductor industry.
With Acquisition in Doubt, Lattice Appeals to Trump
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9/5/2017   4 comments
Lattice hopes president will approve $1.3 billion acquisition by Chinese firm after CFIUS recommends against it.
Ex-Baidu Scientist Blazes AI Shortcut
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8/31/2017   4 comments
Ren Wu, formerly a distinguished scientist at Baidu, has pulled a new AI chip company out of his sleeve, called NovuMind. In an exclusive interview with EE Times, Wu discussed the startup’s developments and what he hopes to accomplish.
IEEE Drives Definitions for Quantum Computing
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8/30/2017   Post a comment
The technical professional organization's project will establish a general nomenclature for quantum computing to standardize communication with related hardware and software projects
Western Digital Buys Flash Array Vendor Tegile
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8/30/2017   1 comment
Drive vendor says deal for provider of IntelliFlash products will give it access to more than 1,700 new customers.
Western Digital May Get Toshiba Memory After All
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8/24/2017   1 comment
New consortium reportedly has inside track with $17.3 billion bid.
Google Fellow: Neural Nets Need Optimized Hardware
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8/23/2017   1 comment
Jeff Dean, leader of the Google Brain project, told an audience at the Hot Chips conference that neural networks need specialized computers to perform a small handful of specific operations that make up the vast majority of machine learning models.
Startup Unveils Graph Processor at Hot Chips
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
ThinCI, in presenting its “Graph Streaming Processor (GSP),” claimed that its graph processor can beat traditional computing engines such as GPU and DSP due to GSP’s abilities to do direct graph processing, on-chip task-graph management and execution, and task parallelism.
WSTS Revises Chip Growth Forecast to 17%
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
Data from more than 50 member companies points to strongest industry growth since 2010.
DRAM Supply Improves Amid Record Sales
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8/18/2017   1 comment
The DRAM shortage improved in the second quarter as sales hit an all-time high of more than $16.5 billion, according to a market watcher.
ThinCI Q&A on Deep-Learning
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8/16/2017   1 comment
ThinCI will detail next week at Hot Chips its deep learning processor. Last week, Denso revealed a new subsidiary to develop IP cores for automated driving. We caught up with ThinCI CEO to connect the dots.
Semiconductor Industry Backs Trump's China Probe
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8/15/2017   10 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association applauds U.S. President's investigation of China's policies, laws and practices around intellectual property.
Server DRAM Supply Expected to Remain Tight
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8/14/2017   1 comment
Sales of server DRAM chips among top three vendors rose by 30 percent sequentially in second quarter, according to a market watcher.
Room-temp Laser-on-CMOS Achieved
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8/7/2017   7 comments
Researchers from Arizona State and Tsinghua Universities achieved a room-temperature CMOS laser using a molybdenum ditelluride monolayer over a silicon cavity.
Semiconductor Sales Tracking up 21% From 2016
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8/4/2017   1 comment
Record second quarter sales of more than $97 billion put industry on trajectory for huge year.
Engineer's Guide to Imaging Valley
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8/4/2017   Post a comment
French researchers have accumulated key imaging technologies, ranging from X-ray and far infrared to visible image sensors, 3D imaging, and software – all concentrated in Grenoble area. Here are key movers and shakers in Imaging Valley.
Toshiba Cuts WD Out of New Fab Investment
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8/3/2017   Post a comment
Spat between feuding partners takes new turn as Toshiba says it will go it alone to fund equipment purchases for Fab 6 at its Yokkaichi Operations manufacturing site.
IBM Claims Tape Density Record
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8/3/2017   2 comments
In a boost for Big Data, IBM Research has set a tape areal-density record of 201 gigabytes/square inch on nano-grained sputtered tape from Sony Storage Media Solutions.
Chip Sales Forecasts Continue to Rise
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8/3/2017   Post a comment
Market watchers keep revising semiconductor sales forecasts upward as the market boom continues to unfold.
Semiconductor Capex Forecast Raised as Boom Continues
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8/2/2017   Post a comment
Market research firm Gartner lifted its forecast for semiconductor capital spending, projecting an increase of more than 10 percent this year.
Acqiris Reborn: Keysight Spins Off PCIe Digitizer Line
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8/2/2017   Post a comment
The digitizer company acquired by Agilent in 2007 comes back to life as Keysight exits PCIe PC plug-in digtizer business.
TI Brings DLP Pico Projectors to the Masses
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8/2/2017   8 comments
Texas Instruments, inventor of the MOEMS-based Digital Light Processor (DLP), has produced a $20 digital micromirror device (DMD) to bring pico projectors to the mass market.
ST Sprints While Q’comm Deal Hobbles NXP
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is sprinting toward the winner’s circle in MCUs, NFC and sensors, while NXP is hobbled by its pending acquisition by Qualcomm. ST, claiming No. 3 share in volume MCU market, disclosed a plan for 64-bit MCU, and FD-SOI.
Bluetooth Mesh Bucks Short Range Reputation, Consumer Roots
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7/31/2017   Post a comment
The new standard will push Bluetooth away from its consumer application roots to more commercial and industrial applications that demand ROI
Samsung Was No. 1 in Chip Sales in Q2
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7/28/2017   9 comments
The booming memory chip market propelled South Korean conglomerate past Intel in semiconductor sales in the second quarter, as some analysts had predicted.
Semiconductor Equipment Sales Rise Again
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7/28/2017   Post a comment
Fab tool billings grew again in June on both a sequential and year-over-year basis as the industry continues to enjoy what is projected to be its best year ever.
Ions Power Machine-Human Interface Demo
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7/27/2017   Post a comment
The University of Maryland’s NanoCenter demonstrated an “inverted” battery that converts electrical signals into the ion power used by the human brain’s synapses to yield what it says is a perfect machine-to-human interface.
Startup Campus Beckons Int'l Inventors
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7/27/2017   1 comment
From Shenzhen to New York and Silicon Valley, incubators are popping up, providing affordable space for entrepreneurs to build and nurture startups. Among them, what makes Station F — recently opened in Paris as the world’s largest startup campus — different?
ST Prepares for ToF Sensor Product Ramp
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7/26/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of company's time of flight sensors, rumored to be included in iPhone 8, have surpassed 300 million and ST is increasing capex for the remainder of the year.
Automotive, Industrial Continue to Drive TI's Sales Gains
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7/26/2017   Post a comment
Chip firm reports second consecutive quarter of double digit year-over-year sales increases.
Semiconductor M&A Fervor Cools
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
The value of semiconductor industry deals fell markedly in the first half of this year as the absence of "megadeals" brought down the total value of transactions, according to IC Insights.
NXP to Spend $22 Million to Expand U.S. Fabs
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7/24/2017   Post a comment
European chip maker says expansion will enable it to produce secure ID chips for the U.S. government.
Neural Accelerator Battle Begins
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7/21/2017   7 comments
The embedded market for neural network accelerators is heating up, with more systems — ranging from smart speakers and drones to light bulbs — poised to run neural networks locally instead of going back to the cloud for computation.
Expanding Optical Horizons
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7/20/2017   7 comments
Russian and Finish researchers collaborate to obsolete the need for expensive, single-mode fiber optics.
Memory Chip ASP Growth Expected to Cool in Second Half
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7/19/2017   1 comment
DRAM and NAND flash memory chips are forecast to achieve record gains in average selling prices this year, but growth is expected to cool as the year goes along.
Mesh to Thrust Bluetooth in Industrial IoT
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7/18/2017   3 comments
Mesh Networking is finally coming to Bluetooth as a formally ratified, interoperability- tested global standard, allowing Bluetooth proponents to target a whole new machine-to-machine, industrial Internet of Things market. Might it mend IoT mess?
NFC Players Welcome Broader iPhone Support
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
Near field communications chip makers are applauding Apple's announcement that iPhones will be able to use both NFC tag mode and reader mode.
Woodie Flowers: Things, Not Theory
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7/17/2017   23 comments
The legendary MIT professor who helped start the FIRST Robotics Competition discusses what engineers need. In Part 1, Flowers explains how engineering is about solving practical problems.
Does NVMe Have a Place in Industrial Embedded and IoT?
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
NVMe was considered overkill for industrial embedded designs as storage-capacity demands didn't justify the performance at the expense of power consumption, but that's changing as the data industrial IoT products are collecting grows exponentially
ASML Claims Major EUV Milestone
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7/14/2017   13 comments
Litho vendor claims elusive source power target as dawn of EUV era inches closer.
PC Sales Slide as Chip Costs Drive Prices Up
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7/13/2017   Post a comment
Higher average selling prices for components such as DRAM and flash memory chips began driving system costs up, adding to the headwind facing declining PC sales.
Flash Remains Smart Home Memory Storage of Choice
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7/13/2017   1 comment
CBRAM and MRAM have potential, but low voltage serial NOR flash offers proven retention and endurance as well as battery efficiency
Sensors, Blockchains Meet Tomatoes
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7/12/2017   13 comments
When Amazon announced the Whole Foods acquisition, Alice Waters defined its significance as a chance for Jeff Bezos to launch a food revolution. Elements of basic technology are here. What would it take to pull off such a massive change?
Chip Sales Now Expected to Top $400 Billion
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7/11/2017   Post a comment
Revised forecast from Gartner is most aggressive prediction to date for market in 2017.
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