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Microbial Fuel Cell Fabbed on Flex Fabric
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12/15/2017   Post a comment
Binghamton University researchers have demonstrated a flexible, stretchable, fabric-based microbial fuel cell for powering wearable devices.
Toshiba, WD Settle Dispute, Extend JV
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12/13/2017   Post a comment
Deal ends all litigation, extends joint venture agreements to 2027 and beyond.
Few Surprises as Intel, GF Detail Process Technologies
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12/7/2017   1 comment
Use of cobalt by Intel at 10 nm could emerge as a battleground of advanced semiconductor foundry offerings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
IBM: Copper Interconnects Here to Stay
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11/15/2017   4 comments
Copper will serve as the interconnect technology for CMOS forever, no matter how small its feature sizes evolve, according to Big Blue.
U.S. Trade Commission Investigating Apple
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11/15/2017   Post a comment
Trade commission initiates investigation into whether products including iPhones, iPads and Macs violate patents held by Southern California software firms.
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.
Low-cost Lifetime Boost for Lithium Batteries
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11/9/2017   2 comments
Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute is seeking a U.S. patent on a composite paste that OEMs can apply to battery electrodes to prevent solid electrolyte interface buildup and thereby extend battery life up to 70%.
iPhone X BoM Estimated at $370
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11/9/2017   1 comment
Teardown analysis by IHS Markit finds the new flagship smartphone maintains Apple's typically high margins, despite being the most expensive handset the company has marketed.
ON Semi Joins MCU Benchmarking Consortium
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11/8/2017   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor joined the low-power working group of the EEMBC to help set standards for power consumption for microcontrollers for the Internet of Things and edge node devices.
Canyon Bridge Head Charged With Insider Trading in Lattice Deal
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11/1/2017   3 comments
Benjamin Chow, managing partner of private equity firm backed by China's central government, is accused of feeding non-public information about the deal to a friend who profited over $5 million from trades of Lattice stock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japanese Gems Surface in Unlikely Places
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10/9/2017   2 comments
Japan’s electronics industry is floundering. Time to write off Japan? Perhaps. But the first step in finding Japan’s diamonds in the rough is to seek out corporations whose main business is not in electronics.
Foundries Target China
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10/6/2017   2 comments
With the share of the pure-play foundry market going to China on the rise, foundries are increasing their manufacturing presence there, according to IC Insights.
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.
Monthly Chip Sales Hit $35 Billion for First Time
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10/3/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales increased sequentially in August for the 13th consecutive month as the chip industry's strong year continues.
TSMC Chairman Morris Chang Announces Retirement
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10/2/2017   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Chairman Morris Chang has announced his retirement from the company in June next year. He will turn over leadership to the current co-CEOs.
Toshiba Inks Acquisition Deal with Bain-led Group
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
Deal to sell chip unit for about $18 billion structured to proceed before legal challenges brought by Western Digital are resolved.
MIT Spins Second Wireless Charger Start-up
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9/25/2017   3 comments
MIT spin-off Pi Inc., promises a wireless recharging station that works over about a foot.
Power SiC for Everyone
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9/22/2017   2 comments
NCSU researchers have implemented the cheap-to-license PRESiCE process at TI’s X-Fab as an alternative to proprietary silicon carbide processes for power devices.
Globalfoundries Reportedly Asks EU to Probe TSMC
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9/21/2017   5 comments
Globalfoundries has asked European regulators to investigate rival chip foundry TSMC, accusing its larger competitor of unfair competition, according to a report by the Reuters news service.
Toshiba Agrees to Sell Chip Unit to Bain-led Group
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Latest twist in months-long saga has Toshiba agreeing to sell for $18 billion to group that includes Apple, Dell and sk Hynix, leaving Western Digital out in the cold.
MicroLED Pits Big Apple vs. Tiny LED Chips
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9/15/2017   5 comments
The emergence of new display technology such as microLED will change not only the face of mobile devices but also the Who’s Who of the display industry. The race is involving big guns like Google, Apple and Huawei.
iPhone X Packs Upgrades—at a Price
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9/12/2017   Post a comment
Apple's new flagship smartphone offers facial recognition authentication, wireless charging, optimizations for augmented reality and more... but costs $999 and up.
Fab Tool Sales Again Set Quarterly Record
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9/12/2017   1 comment
Semiconductor equipment billings came in at an all-time high for the second consecutive quarter as the fab tool industry remains on track to post record sales.
Samsung Says EUV on Schedule for 2018
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9/12/2017   2 comments
Confirms it expects to use next-generation lithography technology with 7nm process next year; adds 11nm low power plus process to foundry offerings.
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.
DARPA’s ICECool Chills 3-D Stacks
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8/31/2017   6 comments
Working under DARPA’s ICECool program, IBM and Georgia Tech replaced water cooling with a liquid dielectric that can run between the chips in a 3-D stack without shorting them out.
Fab Tool Sales Show Signs of Coming Back to Earth
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8/28/2017   Post a comment
Billings rose for North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers for a 10th consecutive month in July, but declined on a sequential basis for the first time since January.
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.
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