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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.
Broadcom Starts Hostile Bid for Qualcomm
12/4/2017   4 comments
Broadcom officially started a hostile bid for Qualcomm in a move that one former Broadcom employee described as part of its style of financial engineering.
Walmart Calls for Sub-$1 IoT Sensor
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12/4/2017   1 comment
A Walmart executive shared his thoughts on the Internet of Things, machine learning (aka AI), robotics, and more in a wide-ranging interview.
6 Short Stories from the IoT
12/1/2017   Post a comment
Exhibitors at a recent IoT Expo provided glimpses into how the Internet of Things is evolving across consumer and industrial markets.
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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.
HPE Names Engineer to Succeed CEO Whitman
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11/22/2017   Post a comment
HPE, the server and comms half of the former Hewlett Packard, named computer engineer Antonio Neri to succeed Meg Whitman as CEO.
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.
Comment: Re: what PLC means - rick merritt - 11/19/2017
Intel Updates 5G, LTE Roadmaps
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11/16/2017   Post a comment
Intel disclosed a few details of its plans for advanced LTE and 5G baseband chips, aiming to close the gap with market leader Qualcomm.
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.
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Broad/Qual/NXP Battle Begins
11/13/2017   11 comments
A week after Broadcom made a bold $103 billion bid for Qualcomm, the mobile chip giant rejected it, and Broadcom quickly announced it is standing pat. Now the battle begins in earnest.
Comment: Re: 3D NAND - rick merritt - 11/13/2017
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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.
Intel Taps AMD Graphics Chief
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11/9/2017   1 comment
Intel hired AMD’s chief graphics architect to head a new group that will design a full range of GPUs including high-end discrete parts.
Facebook Likes $1K Base Stations
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11/9/2017   3 comments
Facebook showed its design open source cellular base station that could cost less than $1,000 at a summit of carriers working on software-defined networks.
Comment: All about Apple - rick merritt - 11/7/2017
Robots Get AI from Startup
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11/7/2017   Post a comment
Startup Embodied Intelligence announced software to embed machine-learning capabilities into industrial robots.
Broadcom, Qualcomm Groked
11/4/2017   4 comments
What would Hock Tan do with Qualcomm — and maybe even NXP — if the acquisition-prone CEO could gobble them both. Here are some thoughts.
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.
Apple Reports Records, Mum on X
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11/3/2017   Post a comment
Apple reported record quarterly sales but gave few insights into issues ramping its iPhone X or expectations of their sales.
Q’comm Profits Dive Amid Patent Disputes
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11/2/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm reported 57-89 percent declines in annual and quarterly profits, largely due to lost royalties from Apple and an unnamed customer.
AT&T Previews Edge Compute Plans
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11/1/2017   Post a comment
AT&T discussed its plans for an edge computing architecture and implications it may have for designers of servers, devices and software.
Drone Challenge Rides Soft Radio
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10/31/2017   Post a comment
DARPA will host a hackfest and drone flight challenge at Moffett Field later this month to seek new uses for software-defined radio.
19 Views of Arm Tech Con 2017
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.
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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.
ARM Extends Mbed to Gateways
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10/24/2017   Post a comment
ARM will expand ts Mbed embedded software to include a framework of modules for gateways on the Internet of Things.
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.
Samsung Finds its Online Voice
10/19/2017   Post a comment
Samsung made Bixby the heart of its developer event, but it faces stiff challenges competing with machine-learning and voice services from Web rivals.
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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
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.
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.
Homeland Security CTO Gets IT
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10/11/2017   Post a comment
The CTO of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security talked about his work trying to beef up the government’s use of information technology.
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
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.
Comment: Re: UAV vs drone - rick merritt - 10/5/2017
12 Views of Drone World Expo
10/5/2017   2 comments
Commercial drones are ready to take off at Airbus, GE, Facebook, Google and elsewhere but air traffic control systems to manage them are still at least a year away.
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.
Patent Licensing Is Too Opaque
10/3/2017   2 comments
Someone needs to shine a light on the tech industry’s practices with patent royalties, but the latest EU effort takes the wrong angle.
Robots Roll Towards China
9/29/2017   Post a comment
Investments and revenues in robotics are on the rise, particularly for emerging collaborative and mobile systems, an analyst said.
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
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.
Comment: Re: HBM - rick merritt - 9/22/2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 Views of Mobile World Congress
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.
Cellular Calls Home Appliances
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9/13/2017   Post a comment
Sears will ship home appliances with Cat-M LTE modules in about a year, said an exec from the company at a gathering of cellular IoT customers and carriers.
MCUs Get Expanded Benchmark
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9/12/2017   Post a comment
EEMBC expanded its benchmark suite for microcontrollers to include peripheral tests.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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