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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.
Report: TSMC's 3nm Fab Could Cost $20 Billion
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10/9/2017   Post a comment
Chairman Morris Chang says firm will also increase its yearly capital expenditure overlay to keep up with the pace of technology migration.
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.
Cobot Invasion at Japan's CEATEC
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10/6/2017   Post a comment
Most noticeable on CEATEC Japan for those of us who don’t live in Japan was a host of robotic and sensor products programmed to talk, think, and behave like Japanese people, mirroring Japanese sensibilities, preferences, and habits.
Apple Watch Packs Q’comm LTE
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10/5/2017   3 comments
The Apple Watch 3 uses a Qualcomm LTE modem, PMIC and RF transceiver, according to a teardown from TechInsights.
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.
NXP Seeks 'Edge' vs. Intel, Cavium
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10/4/2017   2 comments
As the lines begin to blur between cloud and edge computing, NXP Semiconductors is racing to offer the highest performance SoC of the company’s Layerscape family.
NAND Market Expected to Regain Balance in 2018
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10/3/2017   2 comments
The NAND flash market is expected to move into better equilibrium in 2018 as the production of NAND ramps up to meet demand, according to DRAMeXchange.
Q&A: Ray Bingham on Canyon Bridge, Imagination
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10/2/2017   2 comments
EE Times caught up with Ray Bingham, partner at Canyon Bridge. Our discussion covered questions about his firm’s relationship with Tallwood VC which bought MIPS, how Canyon Bridge plans to rebuild Imagination, who Canyon Bridge really is.
TSMC Aims to Build World’s First 3-nm Fab
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10/2/2017   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. will build the world’s first 3-nm fab in the Tainan Science Park in southern Taiwan, where the company does the bulk of its manufacturing.
Averna, PTC Bring Test & IoT to Manufacturing
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9/28/2017   8 comments
The test & measurement company is joining forces with a manufacturing software to integrate IoT devices and analyze sensor data.
Does Japan Get Industrial IoT?
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
When it comes to sensor data and automation technologies, Japanese companies know how to use them effectively to improve productivity -- especially on the factory floor. Unfortunately, all that knowhow doesn’t necessarily translate to the Industrial Internet of Things.
IBM Uses Deep Learning to Train Raspberry Pi
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9/28/2017   1 comment
Computations requiring high performance computing power may soon be done in the palm of your hand thanks IBM researchers in Dublin, machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data
Nvidia CEO in China: Big Push for AI Inference
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9/25/2017   Post a comment
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang came to Beijing this week to put Nvidia’s new AI inference platform --TensorRT3 -- front and center at the company’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC).
Will Imagination Deals Deliver MIPS to China?
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9/25/2017   2 comments
Imagination will sell itself to Canyon Bridge, while simultaneously agreeing to sell MIPS to Tallwood VC. Has Imagination structured both deals in such a way to let Canyon Bridge –China’s government-backed buyout – have access to MIPS CPU IP?
MediaTek, Huawei Partner in 5G Development
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9/21/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek and Huawei, China’s largest mobile phone maker, have completed 5G tests in Beijing with the aim of building an industry ecosystem that includes 5G terminals, chipsets, instruments, and networks.
DeepScale on Robo-Car: Fuse Raw Data
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9/21/2017   Post a comment
DeepScale has developed a perception system for ADAS/autonomous vehicles. It offers pre-trained AI algorithms, based on raw data, not object list, coming from multiple sensory data types, and accelerates its fusion on an embedded processor like Snapdragon.
Nest Targets Home Security Market
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9/21/2017   1 comment
Nest unveiled the next phase of its strategy to enable the connected home, rolling out a suite of products for the retail home security market.
Smartphones: Have NFC Will Travel
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Vendors of smartphones — both Android and iPhone — are putting an NFC reader in the hands of consumers, making NFC a globally interoperable platform to connect, commission, and control things with NFC tag. IoT is NFC’s next big opportunity.
NOR Flash Standard Meets Instant-On Expectations
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
IoT applications need a richer complement of memory than most MCUs offer, and the bandwidth of serial NOR flash make it a logical solution to the problem.
Too Many Cars, Too Few Resistors
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9/19/2017   5 comments
The increasing amount of electronics in vehicles is creating a shortage of resistors, reports EBN.
Synopsys Teams With SMIC, Brite Semi on IoT Platform
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9/18/2017   Post a comment
Platform based on Synopsys ARC Data Fusion IP subsystem said to simplify design, reduce costs.
Cellular Puts IoT on Speed Dial
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9/18/2017   2 comments
Carriers laid out their plans for cellular IoT variants LTE-M and NB-IoT at last week’s Mobile World Congress Americas.
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.
TSMC Updates its Silicon Menu
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9/14/2017   8 comments
TSMC added process and packaging variants to its broad foundry portfolio, but one analyst said that some updated results were below projections that it made six months ago.
Trump Blocks Takeover of Lattice Semi
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9/14/2017   Post a comment
As expected, president blocks acquisition of programmable logic vendor by venture fund with ties to China's central government.
Cellular Calls Home Appliances
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9/13/2017   Post a comment
Sears will ship home appliances with Cat-M LTE modules in about a year, said an exec from the company at a gathering of cellular IoT customers and carriers.
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.
iPhone X Use Which Sensors For Face ID?
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9/13/2017   9 comments
A host of sensors inside iPhone X are responsible for 3D sensing necessary for Face ID -- including infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, front camera and dot projector. So, where does ST fit in?
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.
MCUs Get Expanded Benchmark
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9/12/2017   Post a comment
EEMBC expanded its benchmark suite for microcontrollers to include peripheral tests.
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.
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.
Huawei Tops Apple in Smartphones, Analyst Says
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9/9/2017   Post a comment
Huawei has surpassed Apple for the first time in global smartphone sales to become the new number two, a Hong Kong-based analyst said. “While this could be temporary, it nevertheless underscores the rate at which Huawei has been growing.”
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.
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.
EU Regulators Again Halt Qualcomm-NXP Investigation
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9/6/2017   Post a comment
Investigation suspended for second time as European Commission awaits information from the two firms.
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.
Apple vs Qualcomm: Who Extorted Whom?
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9/6/2017   2 comments
A dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is multi-layered, its facets all loosely connected. Among the more under-reported issues is the complex contractual relationship between the biggest customer in the smartphone market and the most dominant smartphone chip supplier.
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.
Embedded FPGA Supplier Joins TSMC IP Alliance
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9/5/2017   Post a comment
Firm makes embedded FPGA intellectual property and software available on three TSMC's nodes.
5G Spans Last Mile to Handset
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9/5/2017   Post a comment
5G will start off as fixed-wireless access and slowly move into the handset, said an Ericsson engineer who ran the numbers at Hot Interconnects.
Lam Buys Simulation Software Firm Coventor
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9/1/2017   1 comment
Deal brings fab tool vendor new capabilities to expand on its vision of virtual fabrication.
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.
Siemens Doubles Down on Automotive Simulation
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8/31/2017   3 comments
Siemens agreed to buy Tass International, a Dutch simulation software company. The deal adds automated driving solutions to Siemens’ portfolio. Siemens will combine Tass’ simulation software with Mentor’s EDA solutions to “frontload the verification and validation of autonomous vehicles.”
Using mmWave Tech to Redefine Connectors
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8/25/2017   1 comment
Keyssa, with its 60GHz mmWave tech, has no interest in a wireless horse race. It wants the connector market. The company sees an opening, as managing higher speed signals using copper is becoming too a big engineering challenge.
Everspin Appoints New CEO
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8/25/2017   1 comment
Former SanDisk executive
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.
Startup Runs MCU on 5 MicroW
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8/18/2017   Post a comment
Startup Eta Compute will demo at Hot Chips a Cortex-M3 running at 5 microW, targeting SoCs run on energy harvesters for the Internet of Things.
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