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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
With Alkaline Chemistry, Copper Could Be Forever
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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
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.
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.
Intel’s EyeQ 5 vs. Nvidia’s Xavier: Wrong Debate
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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.
IBM Power 9 Servers Target AI
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12/5/2017   Post a comment
IBM announced its first servers to pack its Power 9 processor, targeting machine learning jobs with accelerators using new, fast interconnects.
U.S. Angles to Retake Supercomputer Lead
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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
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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
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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.
China Passes U.S. in Supercomputers
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11/13/2017   7 comments
China is running more of the world’s Top 500 supercomputers, cranking out more overall performance than systems in the U.S. for the first time.
Samsung Shows EUV Design at ISSCC
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11/13/2017   6 comments
Samsung will describe a 7nm SRAM cell made using EUV lithography at ISSCC amid advances in processors, sensors and specialty memories.
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.
Architectures Battle for Deep Learning
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
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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
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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'
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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
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.
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?
NXP Readying ‘Whole Vehicle’ Platform
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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
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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?
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
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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.
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.
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?
7 Views of Globalfoundries in 2017
9/21/2017   17 comments
Globalfoundries announced 12-nm FinFET and RF-SOI processes as part of an annual update on its road map where 7-nm EUV and FD-SOI are top highlights.
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.
Left Unsaid in Waymo-Intel Deal
9/19/2017   19 comments
Left unsaid in the announcement is what this new partnership entails, and on whose chip Waymo is running the heavy-duty deep-learning algorithms.
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.
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?
NXP Tackles V2X, Unveils 'Vision' Roadmap
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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.
TMSC, ARM, Xilinx, Cadence Partner on 7-nm Process
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9/11/2017   1 comment
Xilinx, ARM, Cadence, and TSMC have announced a partnership to build a test chip in 7-nm FinFET process technology for delivery next year that promises to speed data center applications.
Funny Money is an Old Tech Joke
9/8/2017   6 comments
Strange transactions among some tech giants are getting a little less scrutiny than I would like.
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.
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.
Google Calls for Network Drain-O
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8/30/2017   Post a comment
A Google engineer described new techniques for managing network traffic in data centers, and Mellanox claims it ships it in one Ethernet adapter.
Brain Research Reimagines AI
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8/28/2017   3 comments
Work on interfaces linking neurons and electronics may create breakthroughs in both health care and machine learning.
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.
16 Views of Hot Chips ‘17
8/24/2017   Post a comment
Machine learning was the dominant theme of Hot Chips 2017 with talks by data center giants Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Baidu.
Microsoft Describes Next Xbox SoC
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8/22/2017   Post a comment
Microsoft described at Hot Chips its Scorpio SoC in the upcoming Xbox One X and it decision not to use high-bandwidth memory.
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.
Rambus Adds Security to RISC-V
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
Startup SiFive partnered with Rambus for a crypto core that becomes the first member of its DesignShare third-party IP program for RISC-V.
Q’comm Details ARM Server SoCs
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8/21/2017   3 comments
Qualcomm will describe at Hot Chips the Falkor dual-CPU custom ARM core in its Centriq server processor slated to ship later this year.
API Paves Road for Multicore SoCs
8/17/2017   Post a comment
A new API from the Multicore Association eases the job of programming increasingly heterogeneous embedded processors.
ThinCI Q&A on Deep-Learning
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8/16/2017   1 comment
ThinCI will detail next week at Hot Chips its deep learning processor. Last week, Denso revealed a new subsidiary to develop IP cores for automated driving. We caught up with ThinCI CEO to connect the dots.
Gen-Z Points to New Memories
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8/10/2017   2 comments
The Gen-Z Consortium has first prototypes for its interconnect, pointing toward a disruptive future of many persistent memories.
11 Views of Vintage Microcomputers
8/9/2017   19 comments
Veteran microprocessor analyst Kevin Krewell shares a few cool pix of classic microcomputers he snapped while at the recent Vintage Computer Festival West.
Apple Under Investigation by ITC
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8/9/2017   3 comments
The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate charges by Qualcomm that Apple iPhone and iPads violates six of its non-standards-essential patents.
Siggraph ‘17, Virtual Mike and Me
8/6/2017   Post a comment
Take a virtual tour of last week’s Siggraph with Jon Peddie, a veteran graphics market researcher.
MediaTek's Market Share Continues to Slide
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8/1/2017   Post a comment
MediaTek, the second-ranked smartphone chip supplier after Qualcomm, said that its market share has continued a slide that started earlier this year due to a slowdown in product upgrades.
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