TSMC Sees HPC Driving Business
News & Analysis 1/19/2018 Post a comment
TSMC says that high-performance computing, including demand for chips used in cryptocurrency mining, has replaced smartphones as the key driver of its business.
Robocars: What We Saw in Vegas
News & Analysis 1/17/2018 6 comments
CES didn’t give us all the answers. But here’s what we spotted as hot trends in robocars. The list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s an effort to report the stuff happening in Vegas that probably won’t stay in Vegas.
Voice and AI Explosion Rocks CES
News & Analysis 1/15/2018 1 comment
Voice, connectivity and AI took center stage at the Consumer Electronics Show last week. These three building blocks will compose the holy trinity of consumer electronics devices that will drive the market in 2018 and further into the future.
Visteon Works with DNN Vanguard DeepScale
News & Analysis 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.
Intel Springs 'Vision-First' Robocar Plan
News & Analysis 1/8/2018 1 comment
Intel’s CEO laid out its robocar strategy in his CES keynote, painting a picture of the industry already split into two factions: Intel/Mobileye on an evolutionary path versus Waymo, Uber, and others impatient to jump into the ride-hailing/fleet business.
AMD Updates GPU, CPU Road Maps
News & Analysis 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.
Nvidia Hails Uber with Robocar Platform
News & Analysis 1/7/2018 Post a comment
Nvidia disclosed at CES that Uber selected Nvidia technology to power their self-driving fleets. The news puts the GPU giant at the forefront of the automated vehicle race as a supplier of AV brains.
NXP Does Robocars -- Without Qualcomm
News & Analysis 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.
Redpine Flexes ‘Lowest-Power’ Wireless MCU
News & Analysis 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
With Alkaline Chemistry, Copper Could Be Forever
News & Analysis 12/12/2017 3 comments
Aveni’s alkaline chemistry for building copper interconnects at and below the 5-nm node could realize IBM’s recent prediction that there will be no need to switch to cobalt or any other interconnect metal less conductive than copper.
National Security vs. Job Creation
Blog 12/8/2017 1 comment
In the U.S., CFIUS is bringing new levels of scrutiny to M&A’s, especially those involving foreign capital. But national security needs to be balanced with the benefits of investment capital coming into the country.
Intel’s EyeQ 5 vs. Nvidia’s Xavier: Wrong Debate
News & Analysis 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.
U.S. Angles to Retake Supercomputer Lead
News & Analysis 11/29/2017 5 comments
IBM, Intel, and AMD supercomputing platforms aim to beat China to exabyte computing, obsoleting the Top500’s distributed-memory version of the Linpack benchmarks in the process.
RISC-V Spins into Drives, AI
News & Analysis 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.
PA Semi, Apple ‘Interconnect’ at Startup
News & Analysis 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.
MediaTek Shifts To IoT
News & Analysis 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.
Architectures Battle for Deep Learning
Blog 10/31/2017 3 comments
Chip vendors implement new applications in CPUs. If the application is suitable for GPUs and DSPs, it may move to them next. Over time, companies develop ASICs and ASSPs. Is Deep learning is moving through the same sequence?
ARM Unveils New AI Group
News & Analysis 10/26/2017 Post a comment
ARM created a machine learning group recently that plans accelerator cores as well as enhancements for CPU and GPU cores and software.
Apple Talks About Sole Sourcing from TSMC
News & Analysis 10/24/2017 Post a comment
At its 30th anniversary celebration, TSMC hosted a forum of key customers including semiconductor CEOs and Apple chief operating officer Jeff Williams. Williams provided a rare glimpse into TSMC’s role as the sole supplier of Apple’s A11 application processor.
NXP to Bridge MCU & AP with 'Crossovers'
News & Analysis 10/24/2017 1 comment
To use an MCU or not (and to opt for an apps processor instead)? This is an eternal question for embedded system designers, and one that NXP Semiconductors hopes to answer by launching a new high-end MCU.
5 Ways To Navigate Fog IoT
Blog 10/23/2017 8 comments
As fog computing moves toward broad deployment, I offer some tips to those designing, connecting to and using fog-based systems.
Elektrobit Targets ECU Overload in Cars
News & Analysis 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?
NXP Readying ‘Whole Vehicle’ Platform
News & Analysis 10/16/2017 Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors announced a new automotive processing platform, designed for OEMs and tier ones to maximize re-use of codes, software and common capabilities across vehicle domains, applications and SoCs.
Nvidia Outpaces Intel in Robo-car Race
News & Analysis 10/11/2017 3 comments
Nvidia pushed computational performance for autonomous cars to a new level by unveiling a new member of its Drive PX family, codenamed Pegasus. At 320 TOPS, has Pegasus’ computational performance literally blows Nvidia’s competitors out of the water?
MIPS: Underdog or Dead Horse?
Blog 9/27/2017 16 comments
MIPS still has a revenue stream. It’s got multi-threading ARM doesn't have. To think of the semiconductor industry losing the only legitimate alternative CPU IP to ARM would be "a real shame," some say.
IPhone 8 Chips Come into View
News & Analysis 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?
News & Analysis 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?
DDR5 Runs in Rambus’ Labs
News & Analysis 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.
TSMC Updates its Silicon Menu
News & Analysis 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.
iPhone X Use Which Sensors For Face ID?
News & Analysis 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?
NXP Tackles V2X, Unveils 'Vision' Roadmap
News & Analysis 9/12/2017 2 comments
NXP tackles V2X debate, unveils partnership with Hella Aglaia, and discusses its next-generation vision processor roadmap, all the while there is an elephant in the room – Qualcomm.
Apple vs Qualcomm: Who Extorted Whom?
News & Analysis 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.
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