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Toshiba Reportedly Mulls Memory Chip IPO as Backup Plan
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1/22/2018   Post a comment
If deal with Bain-led consortium isn't finalized by March 31, Toshiba may take its memory chip spinoff public.
Qualcomm-NXP Deal Cleared by Europe, South Korea
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1/19/2018   1 comment
Fabless giant agrees to concessions around near-field communications and MIFARE contactless payment technology in exchange for approval of its $38 billion proposed acquisition.
MediaTek Pushes AI to the Edge
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1/12/2018   Post a comment
Taiwanese firm touts readiness for the post-smartphone era by moving into several new sectors, including chips for data switches, automotive and AI processors for edge devices
Meltdown, Spectre Repeat Hard Security Lessons
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1/11/2018   10 comments
The security vulnerabilities uncovered by Meltdown and Spectre are still being patched and raising performance and classic security issues.
Time-of-flight 3-D Sensor Sampling for Smartphone Facial ID
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1/9/2018   Post a comment
Infineon is sampling a 3-D image sensor for a camera module that enables facial ID in smartphones using time-of-flight depth sensing.
Bosch Aims to Widen MEMS Lead at CES
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1/8/2018   1 comment
Bosch Sensortec heads to CES with an extended portfolio of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors to target ultra-high-precision drones and ultra-low-power wearables.
What We Learned About Robocars in 2017
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12/22/2017   6 comments
Techology and auto companies aren’t fazed by consumer’s apparent distrust in robocars. Instead, 2017 made it clear that companies such as Waymo, Uber, GM, Ford and others are concentrating on fleet services as a key market for their AVs.
Micron's Momentum Continues
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12/20/2017   2 comments
A favorable pricing environment and diversified portfolio in cloud, enterprise, mobile and embedded markets is helping Micron get a handle on debt as it improves DRAM and NAND yields
AI Formats May Ease Neural Jitters
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12/20/2017   6 comments
Khronos released a spec for bridging software frameworks that create neural networks and inference processors that run them.
Chirp Adds Sonar-on-Chip to ToF Battle
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12/19/2017   2 comments
Whether they appear in drones, robotic vacuums, VR/AR headsets or smartphones, sensors are proliferating in consumer systems to capture “accurate range and position measurement” information. Chirp Microsystems is adding its new MEMS-based ultrasound chip to the growing ToF battle.
MediaTek, ITRI Claim Firsts in 5G Technology
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12/19/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek and Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute have developed a range of technologies that include what they say is the world’s first LWA prototype system in preparation for commercialization of 5G by 2020.
Four Big Trends to Watch at CES 2018
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12/18/2017   1 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.
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
Depth Sensors’ Impact Goes Deeper than iPhone X
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12/8/2017   5 comments
Next year could see the emergence of a depth-sensor ecosystem as more smartphone and wearable-device vendors incorporate third-party modules to enable facial/gesture recognition and AR/VR.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Women in Tech: 25 Profiles in Persistence
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11/20/2017   16 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple Reports Records, Mum on X
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11/3/2017   Post a comment
Apple reported record quarterly sales but gave few insights into issues ramping its iPhone X or expectations of their sales.
Q’comm Profits Dive Amid Patent Disputes
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11/2/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm reported 57-89 percent declines in annual and quarterly profits, largely due to lost royalties from Apple and an unnamed customer.
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.
X-factors Hobble iPhone X
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10/31/2017   3 comments
Apple has been forced into a 50-percent cut in shipments of its flagship iPhone X this holiday season, slashing volume from 40 to 20 million units. What caused this massive drop in the production flow?
Qualcomm's NXP Buy May Slip to 2018
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10/27/2017   Post a comment
NXP’s CEO, while announcing the company’s Q3 financial results, reversed a long-held position in conceding that Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP Semiconductors will not happen — as promised — this year. The deal is likely to slip to “early 2018.”
Future Auto Radar Goes Back to Analog
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10/16/2017   Post a comment
Metawave, spun out of PARC, thinks that it can alter what the automotive industry perceives as the “limitations” of conventional radars, by using metamaterial-based analog beam-forming and AI engine built into a complete radar package.
Taiwan Hits Qualcomm With $774 Million Fine
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10/11/2017   1 comment
Qualcomm, which has also been fined by China, South Korea and is being sued by the U.S. Fair Trade Commission for anti-competitive behavior, has said it will appeal decision.
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.
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
IPhone 8 Chips Come into View
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9/26/2017   Post a comment
Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus sports an A11 processor 30% smaller than in the A10 in the iPhone 7, according to a TechInsights teardown of it and other chips.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
ST, MediaTek Enter NFC Partnership
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9/7/2017   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has said that it will integrate its contactless NFC technology with MediaTek's silicon, allowing smartphone makers to design handsets supporting mobile services, including payments and other online transactions.
3GPP Burns Midnight Oil for 5G
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9/7/2017   Post a comment
In the race to get 5G cellular to market, engineers are working late and streamlining features to meet an end-of-the-year deadline.
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.
MediaTek Rolls New Smartphone Chips
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8/28/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek, the second-ranked smartphone chip supplier after Qualcomm, is launching a pair of new SoCs for middle-tier handsets that the company expects to lead market growth as the high end loses momentum.
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