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Apple and Samsung Headed Back to Court
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10/24/2017   1 comment
Electronics heavyweights to continue dispute about smartphone patent infringement after judge orders new trial.
ARM Boosts IoT Security
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10/23/2017   1 comment
ARM announced a new framework for security in MCU-class devices used in the Internet of Things along with new firmware and core offerings to implement them.
Monolithic 3D Shows Promise, Challenges
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10/23/2017   6 comments
Researchers said monolithic 3D chip stacks have promise but face several challenges at an event attended by CEA-Leti, Qualcomm, ARM and others.
After Long Decline, PC Shipments Forecast to Rise in 2018
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10/19/2017   1 comment
After six straight years of decline, Gartner is projecting a nominal increase in PC sales in 2018, thanks to continued Windows 10 upgrades.
Wafer Shipments Forecast to Rise Through 2019
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10/19/2017   Post a comment
After a record-setting 2016, shipments of blank silicon wafers are expected to reach new all-time highs in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Samsung Secures IoT Node-to-Cloud
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10/18/2017   3 comments
Samsung announced security spanning end nodes, gateways, and cloud services for its ambitious Artik platform for the Internet of Things.
Elektrobit Targets ECU Overload in Cars
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10/18/2017   1 comment
While the automotive industry today faces many challenges, two stand out: How do automakers deal with the proliferation of codes, software and data? Can conventional ECUs – presumably hundreds already packed into a single vehicle – handle this digital mob scene?
Intel, G’foundries Bring 10, 7nm to IEDM
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10/18/2017   3 comments
Intel and Globalfoundries will describe their 10 and 7nm process nodes at IEDM, respectively.
Leaker of TSMC Secrets Joins SMIC as Co-CEO
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10/17/2017   2 comments
Liang Mong-song, a former employee at TSMC who leaked process technology to Samsung several years ago, has joined China's SMIC as co-CEO.
Hearables Cue Knowles Audio SoC
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10/17/2017   5 comments
Seeing a rising tide of consumer systems with voice interfaces, MEMS microphone vendor Knowles is expanding into audio SoCs.
Spin Transfer, TEL Partner on MRAM Process Development
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10/17/2017   3 comments
MRAM hopeful, equipment vendor to collaborate to improve speed and performance of spin-transfer torque MRAM.
DRAM Capacity Crunch Expected to Persist in 2018
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10/16/2017   Post a comment
With suppliers planning only limited capacity and demand on the rise, DRAMeXchange says price declines unlikely.
Chip Sales Forecasts Lifted Again
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10/13/2017   Post a comment
Gartner says revenue now expected to rise nearly 20 percent this year as memory prices continue to drive sales increases.
Helix Entry Outperforms 'Zero Power' Target in Standby
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10/13/2017   Post a comment
The 90 to 97 percent efficient Helix Semiconductors eMpower HS200 DC/DC converter steps down 48 V to extremely low voltages for modern chips while exceeding the “zero power” goal for standby use by 10 times.
Globalfoundries Speaks Car Talk
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10/12/2017   3 comments
Globalfoundries' executive told EE Times that his company is picking “new customers in the automotive space,” as carmakers and Tier Ones scramble to “figure out software/hardware partitioning and interfaces” in the highly automated electric vehicles.
WD Gives Hard Drives New Spin
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10/12/2017   1 comment
Western Digital said it will start shipping in 2019 a new recording head technology that will enable 40 TByte hard disk drives by 2025.
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.
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.
Intel May Sit Out Race to EUV
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10/10/2017   2 comments
Foundries are racing to bring up nodes using EUV next year, but Intel is said to be taking a more leisurely pace.
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.
Foundries Target China
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10/6/2017   2 comments
With the share of the pure-play foundry market going to China on the rise, foundries are increasing their manufacturing presence there, according to IC Insights.
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.
RISC-V Boots Linux at SiFive
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10/4/2017   2 comments
Startup SiFive has taped out and started licensing a version of the RISC-V core that runs Linux, expanding its set of target markets.
Smooth Succession Expected at TSMC
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10/4/2017   Post a comment
Foundry giant likely to likely to see a smooth transition to new management once Chairman Morris Chang retires next June, according to analysts who cover the company.
Monthly Chip Sales Hit $35 Billion for First Time
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10/3/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales increased sequentially in August for the 13th consecutive month as the chip industry's strong year continues.
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.
TSMC Chairman Morris Chang Announces Retirement
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10/2/2017   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Chairman Morris Chang has announced his retirement from the company in June next year. He will turn over leadership to the current co-CEOs.
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.
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.
Semiconductor Industry Backs Trump's Tax Reform Plan
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9/29/2017   7 comments
Semiconductor Industry Association President John Neuffer comes out in support of framework for reducing corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent.
Toshiba Inks Acquisition Deal with Bain-led Group
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
Deal to sell chip unit for about $18 billion structured to proceed before legal challenges brought by Western Digital are resolved.
Samsung, Intel Back Process Control Vendor
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
Startup Reno Sub-Systems' investors include three of top five chip makers, two of the top four vendors of etch tools.
5G Sprint Led by Marathon Man
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm engineer and 3GPP chair Wanshi Chen is on the hook to deliver by the end of the year a draft of requirements for a 5G cellular transceiver.
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.
Western Digital Still Hopes to Block Toshiba Chip Sale
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9/26/2017   Post a comment
Western Digital still believes it can block the sale of Toshiba's chip unit to a consortium led by Bain Capital through arbitration tribunals at the International Chamber of Commerce.
Intel Refreshes Desktop CPUs
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9/26/2017   1 comment
Intel rolled out six new desktop processors, boosting CPU frequency at the high end and adding more x86 cores elsewhere.
Qualcomm Extends Offer for NXP
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9/26/2017   Post a comment
Speculation growing that Qualcomm may have to sweeten the offer to close the $38 billion deal.
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?
iPhone 8 Still Packs Q’Comm, NXP
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9/22/2017   6 comments
A teardown of the iPhone 8 by iFixit shows good news for Qualcomm, NXP, Broadcom, and Skyworks, who maintain or expand sockets in Apple’s latest handset.
Globalfoundries Reportedly Asks EU to Probe TSMC
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9/21/2017   5 comments
Globalfoundries has asked European regulators to investigate rival chip foundry TSMC, accusing its larger competitor of unfair competition, according to a report by the Reuters news service.
AMD Copilots Tesla AI Chip, Says Report
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9/21/2017   8 comments
Tesla is collaborating with AMD on a machine-learning ASIC for its self-driving cars that could replace Nvidia GPUs that the car maker uses, said a report.
Toshiba Agrees to Sell Chip Unit to Bain-led Group
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Latest twist in months-long saga has Toshiba agreeing to sell for $18 billion to group that includes Apple, Dell and sk Hynix, leaving Western Digital out in the cold.
DDR5 Runs in Rambus’ Labs
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9/20/2017   4 comments
Rambus has working chips in the lab for DDR5, the next-generation DRAM bus, while the industry debates the road ahead for memory in servers.
Fab Tool Spending on Pace to Shatter Record
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Combined spending on new and refurbished front end fab tools is expected to grow 37 percent this year and obliterate the previous record set in 2011.
Synopsys Buys Materials Modeling Tool Firm QuantumWise
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9/19/2017   Post a comment
Deal enables Synopsys to offer customers seamless flow from materials to transistor by creating models for TCAD process and device simulation.
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.
AI Reshaping Fab Operations
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9/15/2017   5 comments
Chipmakers are adopting artificial intelligence to boost fab operations, and the effort is starting to pay off, according to Micron Technology.
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