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Analog Seen as Fastest-Growing Chip Segment
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1/15/2018   Post a comment
Boosted by sales of automotive and power management ICs, the analog chip market segment is expected to growing fastest of all semiconductor product categories over the next five years, according to IC Insights.
PC Shipments Decline... Again
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1/12/2018   Post a comment
As expected, 2017 marked the sixth straight year that PC shipments have declined, according to market watchers Gartner and IDC.
Space Vet Calls for Lunar Industries
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1/12/2018   2 comments
Veteran space system developer Dennis Wingo rolled out a vision for lunar industries including metal making, 3D printing—even semiconductor fabs.
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
Plessey Rolls MicroLED, Moves to Licensing Model
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1/11/2018   Post a comment
Company says it expects to be the first to market with a monolithic microLED based display on its GaN-on-Silicon technology by the end of this year.
Synopsys Buys IP Vendor Kilopass
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1/11/2018   1 comment
Deal marks fourth major acquisition of intellectual property vendor in the past three years for No. 2 player in IP.
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.
Ambarella Shifts From GoPro to Robo
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1/11/2018   2 comments
With revenue from once high-flying GoPro falling, the SoC vendor is increasingly turning its attention to computer vision for the automotive market.
Microsoft Says CPU Security Fixes Slow Computers
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1/10/2018   3 comments
Older computers with processors made in 2015 or before could see noticeable performance impact from patches issued to mitigate newly discovered vulnerabilities in modern processors.
Intel, Micron to Shelve NAND Flash Partnership
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1/9/2018   17 comments
Firms will pull the plug on long-running JV to focus on developing future 3D NAND technologies independently.
Visteon Works with DNN Vanguard DeepScale
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1/9/2018   Post a comment
Tier one Visteon Corp. unveiled its first technology platform for autonomous driving solutions, which allows OEMs to mix and match sensors. Vestion also partners with a Calif.-startup DeepScale who offers the software components and fully trained CNN-based algorithms.
March of A Billion Sensors Unveiled at CES
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1/9/2018   Post a comment
The annual CES Unveiled event this year proved that the Internet of Things is still hot, with exhibitors illustrating that the holy trinity of connectivity, big data and apps in every IoT gadget is just too important to let go.
China, Samsung Rise in U.S. Patents
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1/9/2018   2 comments
IBM surged to remain atop the list of top U.S. patent winners in 2017, but Samsung is not far behind and China is surging rapidly.
AMD Updates GPU, CPU Road Maps
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1/8/2018   2 comments
At CES, AMD gave first details of its plans for 12-nm CPUs and a 7-nm GPU and added six new desktop and notebook chips to its 2018 roadmap.
LoRa Taps New Chips, Smart Homes
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1/8/2018   1 comment
Semtech announced new LoRa chips while an analyst predicted that it will match Narrowband-IoT and surpass Sigfox in low-power, wide-area networks for the IoT.
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.
NXP Does Robocars -- Without Qualcomm
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1/5/2018   1 comment
With Qualcomm’s acquisition still pending, NXP Semiconductors’ automotive business unit kept a relatively low profile in 2017. That hiatus, however, will end with a modest bang come next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Xilinx CEO Gavrielov to Step Down This Month
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1/5/2018   2 comments
FPGA names Victor Peng CEO under previously disclosed succession plan.
Startup tapes out MRAM-based MCU demo for IoT
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1/5/2018   3 comments
Semiconductor intellectual-property startup eVaderis has taped out a magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM)-based MCU demonstrator targeting battery-powered Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices.
Smartphone Production Projected to Increase 5%
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1/4/2018   Post a comment
Sales for Chinese brands expected to plateau, while non-Chinese brands forecast to show growth for first time since 2015.
AI Silicon Gets Mixed Report Card
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1/4/2018   Post a comment
A senior researcher at Baidu gave the latest crop of deep learning accelerators a mixed report card based on in-house tests.
Chip Sales Continue Rising
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1/3/2018   Post a comment
November 2017 hit new all-time high, rising on both a sequential and year-over-year basis, according to the SIA.
Intel Says Security Bug Not Specific to its Processors
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1/3/2018   6 comments
Security flaw reportedly allows hackers to gather data from computers' processor kernel memory. Intel says its working with other firms on an industry-wide fix.
Ride-hailing Services to Drive Robocar Sales
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1/3/2018   6 comments
New forecast from IHS predicts U.S. will pave the way as autonomous vehicle sales grow to more than a quarter of total vehicle sales by 2040.
10 IoT Companies to Watch in 2018
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1/3/2018   Post a comment
Here are my top 10 most interesting IoT companies to watch in 2018 for their work in MCUs, networks, sensors, software, and more.
Radio Wave Imaging Firm Gets Funding, Partners with Softbank
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1/3/2018   Post a comment
Israel-based Vayyar Imaging has raised $45 million in a series C financing round to develop its radio wave 3D image sensors, bringing the total capital raised to date of $79 million. The company also announced it will be collaborating with SoftBank in IoT applications in Japan.
Voice Recognition to Drive More 'Conversational' Platforms
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1/2/2018   3 comments
Gartner says conversational platforms — including voice recognition — will be one of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2018.
EU Consortium Targets Exascale Computing SoC
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12/29/2017   5 comments
A new project from the Mont-Blanc consortium aims to create a next-generation of industrial processor for high performance computing.
Using Facial Recognition to Monitor Driver’s Vital Signs
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12/28/2017   2 comments
At the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, researchers from Germany's FZI Research Center for Information Technology will be demonstrating a camera-based driver state monitoring system that uses facial recognition technology.
Investigating the iPhone Battery Slowdown
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12/27/2017   5 comments
A benchmark developer was one of the first to discover performance problems related to the iPhone battery, now confirmed by Apple.
Report: LEDs Cut 570 Million Tons of CO2 in '17
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12/27/2017   19 comments
The use of LEDs cut global carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 1.5 percent this year, according to a report by IHS Markit.
Startup Tunes MEMS Switch for IoT
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12/26/2017   Post a comment
Startup Menlo Microsystems reported progress making and getting its MEMS power/RF switch designed in to a variety of systems in the Internet of Things.
Q’comm Rejects B’com Board, But Analysts Bullish
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12/22/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm rejected a proposed slate of board directors from Broadcom, but financial analysts remain bullish on the deal, the chip industry’s largest to date.
Wearables Shipments Expected to Double by 2021
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12/22/2017   Post a comment
Growth expected to be led by watches, which are displacing fitness bands as most popular wearable electronics products, according to IDC.
DARPA Takes Chip Route to ‘Unhackable’ Computers
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12/21/2017   10 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded $3.6 million to the University of Michigan to develop an unhackable computer microarchitecture.
5G Baseband Dialed in at 3GPP
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12/21/2017   1 comment
The 3GPP announced it completed its standard for a 5G cellular radio, launching a race for baseband chips expected before July.
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.
DRAM Growth Projected to be Highest Since '94
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12/20/2017   2 comments
Tight supply, strong demand fuel fourth consecutive quarter of record sales, but downturn likely looms.
Semiconductor Equipment Sales Back on the Rise
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12/20/2017   Post a comment
After slipping sequentially for four months, billings among North American chip gear vendors rose in November, according to the SEMI trade group.
Samsung in Production of Second-gen 10nm DRAM
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12/20/2017   5 comments
South Korean giant says development of advanced circuit design and production techniques will accelerate ramp up of DRAM chips going forward.
B’com Shifts Switch to 12.8 Tbits/s
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12/19/2017   1 comment
Broadcom got a lead on a growing pack of rivals for the data center market by being the first to sample a 12.8 Tbits/second Ethernet switch.
Germany Leads Europe in AVs, Robotics
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12/19/2017   Post a comment
New report by VC firm Atomico says Europe is fertile ground for investment in technology for artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.
STMicro Buys IDE Supplier Atollic
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12/19/2017   2 comments
Deal, worth $7 million, gives ST ability to incorporate the TrueSTUDIO tool’s advanced features into the free STM32 ecosystem to accelerate and facilitate embedded development on STM32 MCUs.
Thales to Buy Security Tech Firm Gemalto for $5.7 Billion
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12/18/2017   Post a comment
All cash deal said to strengthen digital security offerings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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