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Apple Awards $390 Million to Optical Components Supplier Finisar
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12/14/2017   Post a comment
Apple will give $390 million of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund to enable supplier to set up manufacturing facility in Texas.
Visible Light Spectrum, Temperature Sensors Target IoT
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12/14/2017   Post a comment
New Ams sensors for visible light spectrum and temperature enable smart building, health, and cold chain IoT applications.
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.
Karamba Says It Can Protect CAN
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12/13/2017   Post a comment
Thus far, Trillium has been the sole voice promoting 30-year-old CAN bus protection. Now Karamba Security is in the game, claiming it better because SafeCAN authenticates a CAN bus-based network with “zero network overhead.”
ST, Ams Sense 3D Trend
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12/13/2017   2 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's Time to Ask: What Are Robo-cars For?
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11/10/2017   7 comments
With AV at the top of the hype cycle, there is ample opinionating about one technology being — arguably — superior to another. But rarely has any commentator even asked the first question: Why AV? What’s it for?
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%.
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.
Silicon Labs Bends Micrium RTOS to IoT
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11/6/2017   Post a comment
Silicon Labs is launching new software, designed to dynamically connect IoT devices to Zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy ecosystems at the same time. Competitors also support multiple protocols in hardware, but “dynamic switching is not prevalent,” according to IHS.
Broadcom Launches $103 Billion Bid for Qualcomm
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11/6/2017   6 comments
Broadcom offers $70 per share to acquire larger rival in what would be the biggest tech acquisition of all time.
Synopsys to Pay $565 Million for Security Software Firm
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11/3/2017   2 comments
EDA leader says deal for Black Duck Software will broaden product offering, expand customer reach in the software security market.
Broadcom to Moves Headquarters to U.S.
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11/3/2017   1 comment
Chip vendor to shift location of incorporation to Delaware from Singapore as Trump administration pushes corporate tax reform.
Call to Arms on Cybersecurity for Industrial Control
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11/3/2017   Post a comment
Made especially visible by May’s worldwide WannaCry ransomware attacks, the security and cybersecurity of industrial control and automation systems have become a topic that can’t safely be ignored.
MediaTek Shifts To IoT
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11/1/2017   6 comments
MediaTek, which has seen its share of the smartphone business plummet during the past two years, is turning to new products such as IoT chips to drive sales growth.
AT&T Previews Edge Compute Plans
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11/1/2017   Post a comment
AT&T discussed its plans for an edge computing architecture and implications it may have for designers of servers, devices and software.
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.
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