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Microbial Fuel Cell Fabbed on Flex Fabric
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12/15/2017   1 comment
Binghamton University researchers have demonstrated a flexible, stretchable, fabric-based microbial fuel cell for powering wearable devices.
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.
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.
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.
Startup Takes NB-IoT to New Lows
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12/5/2017   Post a comment
Startup Riot Micro announced a chip optimized to take NB-IoT and Cat M1 to new lows for LTE-based cellular IoT networks.
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.
Startup Breathes Life into Bio IoT
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11/21/2017   Post a comment
Startup Nano Global partnered with ARM to design SoCs than can detect and scrub pathogens in a wide range of medical and IoT products
Analysts Applaud Marvell-Cavium Deal
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11/21/2017   6 comments
Analysts generally praised the merger of Marvell and Cavium as diversifying into broader comms and networking markets but were wary of revenue and profit growth.
Roomba’s Father Says Robots Will Evolve
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11/16/2017   2 comments
Robotics veteran Rodney Brooks says that industrial robots will evolve toward integrated, easy-to-use systems driven by China, Amazon, and Alibaba.
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.
Chip Incubator Warms New Startups
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11/10/2017   Post a comment
Silicon startup incubator Silicon Catalyst announced that two new portfolio companies and ON Semiconductor joined as a partner.
Baidu to Release Voice Data for AI
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11/9/2017   Post a comment
Baidu will release three large datasets of spoken Chinese as part of its open effort to rally developers around its DuerOS services.
Apple iPhone X Packs Intel, Q’comm
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11/3/2017   4 comments
Teardowns of Apple’s iPhone X show two boards stacked in a microvia sandwich with separate models using Intel and Qualcomm cellular modems.
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?
19 Views of Arm Tech Con 2017
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10/30/2017   Post a comment
Despite its keynotes on software and security, ARM Tech Con was packed with hardware insights from process technology to SoCs for IoT and more.
IoT Gets Wake Up Call from Reaper
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10/27/2017   2 comments
Vendors waiting to add effective security measures to their IoT devices may be too late--the Reaper is coming.
IoT May Need Sub-50-Cent SoCs
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10/27/2017   9 comments
The Internet of Things will demand radically cheaper, lower power SoCs by 2027, but the road to get there is unclear, said technologists from ARM.
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.
Bitcoin ASIC Maker Bets on AI
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10/25/2017   Post a comment
Bitcoin ASIC designer Bitmain of Beijing announced it is sampling its first accelerator for deep neural networks, the BM1680.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung Steps into the Dark
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10/13/2017   Post a comment
There’s a changing of the guard about to take place at the world’s largest electronics company, and even its top executives don’t know where its leading.
Teardowns Explore Bluetooth, Cellular IoT
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10/13/2017   2 comments
TechInsights explored some of the Bluetooth and cellular IoT devices that it expects will dominate the Internet of Things for some time.
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.
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.
Frank Burge’s New Opportunity
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10/9/2017   2 comments
Any situation can be framed as an opportunity, and if it’s a really bad situation, it might be an even bigger opportunity. That’s what Frank Burge taught me.
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.
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.
Die Handling Critical in Flex Electronics
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9/29/2017   Post a comment
Wearables require flexible hybrid electronics with die thinned to less than 30µm, and handling these ultrathin die is turning out to be a critical part of the manufacturing process.
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.
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.
9 Views of Flexible Electronics
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9/26/2017   Post a comment
GE, Boeing, Jabil, Flex and others showed their latest work in flexible hybrid electronics at a coming out party for Nextflex.
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.
7 Views of Globalfoundries in 2017
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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.
AMD Copilots Tesla AI Chip, Says Report
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9/21/2017   9 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.
17 Views of Mobile World Congress
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9/15/2017   Post a comment
Carriers and their suppliers showed efforts in Gbit 5G and Kbit IoT networks and the handsets, smartwatches and nodes that ride them at Mobile World Congress Americas.
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.
AI Chip Rides Novel Networks
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9/12/2017   1 comment
BrainChip released what it claims is the first hardware accelerator for spiking neural networks and is working on an ASIC that could be available within two years.
Chip Execs More Bullish on EUV
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9/11/2017   5 comments
Most chips execs believe that EUV lithography will be used in volume production before 2021, but mask costs continue to rise, according to two surveys.
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.
5G Startup Aims to Beat Intel, Q’comm
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9/6/2017   Post a comment
Startup Movandi aims to leapfrog Intel and Qualcomm with an efficient RF front-end module for 5G cellular at 28 and 39 GHz.
5G Spans Last Mile to Handset
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9/5/2017   Post a comment
5G will start off as fixed-wireless access and slowly move into the handset, said an Ericsson engineer who ran the numbers at Hot Interconnects.
Facebook Shows Smartphone AI
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9/1/2017   4 comments
Facebook demoed neural network inference in smartphones at its @Scale event, where a researcher described work on DNA storage.
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.
Samsung Verdict Jolts South Korea
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8/25/2017   5 comments
A five-year sentence for Samsung Group’s boss will shake up Korea’s conglomerates but is not expected to impact surging electronics businesses.
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