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Four Big Trends to Watch at CES 2018
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12/18/2017   Post a comment
The factors that distinguish CES 2018 from last year are the pervasiveness of AI, connectivity and software platforms. A broader theme is how all these technologies, once they get connected, will alter consumers’ perception of reality.
MediaTek Claims First Health Biosensor for Smartphones
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12/15/2017   Post a comment
Billed as the first biosensor that monitors health functions from a smartphone, module tracks heart-rate information, blood-pressure trends, peripheral oxygen-saturation levels and more.
Leti Tweaks SRAM to Improve SoC Memory
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12/15/2017   Post a comment
Leti researchers presented a high-density SRAM bitcell on its CoolCube 3D platform, which reduces the area required for memory by 30 percent, while maintaining full device functionality
Silicon Labs to Acquire Sigma Designs
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12/13/2017   Post a comment
Deal focused on Z-Wave technology; Silicon Labs intends to divest or shutter other product lines.
Is Big Data for IC Design Too Big to Manage?
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12/13/2017   Post a comment
In the big-data era, semiconductor companies are designing ICs for data centers. The question is if these chip designers use big data themselves. After all, there’s no shortage of raw data – spit out by different EDA vendors’ tools.
ST, Ams Sense 3D Trend
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12/13/2017   4 comments
ST and Ams have identified 3D sensing as the biggest growth segment in sensors. To frame their success as a lucky break induced by iPhone X would be an understatement. Both are boldly taking on the complex technology challenges.
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   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor equipment are now expected to grow to $56 billion, a record, according to the SEMI trade group.
NAND Market Expected to Cool in Q1
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12/12/2017   1 comment
Prices for NAND flash chips are excepted to decline in the first quarter as demand falls on typical seasonality, according to DRAMeXchange.
With Alkaline Chemistry, Copper Could Be Forever
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12/12/2017   3 comments
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.
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.
TSMC Speeds Opening of China Fab
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12/8/2017   2 comments
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   1 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   Post a comment
Startup Riot Micro announced a chip optimized to take NB-IoT and Cat M1 to new lows for LTE-based cellular IoT networks.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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   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.
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.
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.
Intel Updates 5G, LTE Roadmaps
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11/16/2017   Post a comment
Intel disclosed a few details of its plans for advanced LTE and 5G baseband chips, aiming to close the gap with market leader Qualcomm.
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.
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.
AI Chip Startup Graphcore Lands $50 Million in Funding
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11/14/2017   2 comments
Latest funding infusion from Sequoia Capital brings total raised by UK firm to about $110 million over the past 18 months.
China Passes U.S. in Supercomputers
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11/13/2017   7 comments
China is running more of the world’s Top 500 supercomputers, cranking out more overall performance than systems in the U.S. for the first time.
IBM's Quantum Computer Goes Commercial
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11/13/2017   2 comments
EETimes, NextGenLog, Electronics, IBM, IBM Q, Quantum Computer, Supercomputer Conference, SC, IEEE Industry Summit on the Future Of Computing
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.
Samsung Shows EUV Design at ISSCC
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11/13/2017   6 comments
Samsung will describe a 7nm SRAM cell made using EUV lithography at ISSCC amid advances in processors, sensors and specialty memories.
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.
Chip Incubator Warms New Startups
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11/10/2017   Post a comment
Silicon startup incubator Silicon Catalyst announced that two new portfolio companies and ON Semiconductor joined as a partner.
MEMS Sensor Startup mCube Buys Xsens
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11/10/2017   Post a comment
CEO says combination will bring together hardware and software for motion tracking in sports, entertainment and medical, applications, among others.
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%.
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