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Google, Nvidia Share on AI at Stanford
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2/19/2018   Post a comment
A new AI event at Stanford gathered hardware and software specialists trying to capture the latest lessons in the rapidly evolving field of deep learning.
7 Ideas for AI Silicon from ISSCC
2/15/2018   2 comments
Researchers and a Google executive described fresh ideas for accelerating neural networks at ISSCC, many focused on in-memory computing.
Q'comm Preps Silicon as a Service
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2/14/2018   Post a comment
Qualcomm Wireless Edge Services aim to open a new IoT market for secure services for the chip vendor, which is now sampling a 2-Gbits/s LTE modem.
Samsung Tops Intel with EUV SRAM
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2/14/2018   4 comments
Samsung beat Intel’s latest 10-nm SRAM with a smaller 7-nm bit cell made with EUV lithography, enhancing its confidence in EUV.
ISSCC Keynotes Call for Creativity
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2/12/2018   4 comments
Engineers are entering a renaissance in new ideas to drive semiconductors beyond the slowing pace of CMOS scaling, said keynoters at ISSCC here.
No Happy Ending for Broadcom, Qualcomm
2/12/2018   4 comments
Broadcom has a better-than-even chance of acquiring Qualcomm, but it’s not the best remedy for problems that the cellular giant largely brought on itself.
Q'com Snags 5G OEMs, Carriers
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2/9/2018   1 comment
In the race to 5G cellular, Qualcomm announced 19 OEMs who will use its Snapdragon X50 and 18 carriers who will conduct field trials with it.
Sigfox Founder Seeks ROI in IoT
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2/8/2018   4 comments
A Sigfox founder talks about the goal to make his low-power, wide-area network for the Internet of Things break even by the end of the year.
Nokia, Q’comm Prep for 5G Trials
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2/7/2018   Post a comment
Nokia and Qualcomm showed a lab demo of a 5G cellular connection for 10 carriers that they hope will take the technology to field trials this year.
Carriers Step Away from ASICs
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2/5/2018   Post a comment
Three chip vendors now support the P4 programming language, the basis for open source networking software from the carrier-led Open Networking Foundation.
Politics, Money and Semiconductors
2/5/2018   Post a comment
Four political issues in the year ahead will help gauge whether the chip industry has more clout in Washington after passing a big financial milestone.
Chip Heads Gauge Silicon Roadmap
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2/1/2018   Post a comment
Top technologists from AMD, ARM, and Intel shared their views on the semiconductor roadmap and Moore’s law in a panel at DesignCon.
AI Expands Role in Design
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1/31/2018   Post a comment
Researchers reported progress using a basket of machine-learning techniques across an expanding set of chip and system design issues.
Female Founder Puts EDA in the Cloud
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1/30/2018   9 comments
Natasha Baker took a piece of printed circuit board design to the cloud with her startup, SnapEDA, paving a high road for female entrepreneurs.
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China Foundry Seeks Shared Model
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1/29/2018   10 comments
CanSemi, a new billion-dollar fab based in Guangzhou, China, aims to attract funding from fabless vendors, a new model for China’s rapidly expanding chip sector.
China Forecast to Miss Chip Targets
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1/26/2018   3 comments
China will fall far short of its targets for expanding its semiconductor industry, but the year ahead in chips looks good, a veteran analyst said.
Startup Claims AI Design Wins
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1/25/2018   Post a comment
Startup Gyrfalcon is moving fast with a chip for inferencing on deep neural networks, but it faces an increasingly crowded market in AI silicon.
Comment: Re: Compensation - rick merritt - 1/24/2018
Smart Glasses Not Ready to Wear
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1/23/2018   3 comments
Augmented reality may be further away and 5G cellular not as big as you think, according to two talks on the emerging markets.
AI Silicon Preps for 2018 Debuts
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1/22/2018   1 comment
A dozen startups are readying the first merchant chips to accelerate deep neural networks, but the underlying algorithms are still rapidly evolving.
Comment: Re: Compensation - rick merritt - 1/19/2018
Chipmakers Rally in Talent War
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1/19/2018   8 comments
A semiconductor vet called for help on an initiative to reach out to STEM grads in a war for talent that chipmakers are losing to cloud-computing giants.
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EUV, 7-nm Roadmaps Detailed
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1/18/2018   12 comments
An analyst showed a detailed roadmap of process nodes using extreme ultraviolet lithography at Globalfoundries, Intel, Samsung, and TSMC.
Forecasters See Slowdown Ahead
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1/17/2018   1 comment
The semiconductor industry will slow this year and may go flat in 2019, said analysts looking over their shoulder for signs of an economic downturn.
Comment: Updates - rick merritt - 1/12/2018
Space Vet Calls for Lunar Industries
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1/12/2018   2 comments
Veteran space system developer Dennis Wingo rolled out a vision for lunar industries including metal making, 3D printing—even semiconductor fabs.
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Meltdown, Spectre Repeat Hard Security Lessons
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1/11/2018   10 comments
The security vulnerabilities uncovered by Meltdown and Spectre are still being patched and raising performance and classic security issues.
China, Samsung Rise in U.S. Patents
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1/9/2018   2 comments
IBM surged to remain atop the list of top U.S. patent winners in 2017, but Samsung is not far behind and China is surging rapidly.
AMD Updates GPU, CPU Road Maps
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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.
LoRa Taps New Chips, Smart Homes
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1/8/2018   2 comments
Semtech announced new LoRa chips while an analyst predicted that it will match Narrowband-IoT and surpass Sigfox in low-power, wide-area networks for the IoT.
IoT Drives Arrow, Avnet to Apps
1/5/2018   1 comment
In separate announcements, Arrow Electronics and Avnet leapt into the business of developing custom end-user software for the Internet of Things.
Comment: Other resources - rick merritt - 1/4/2018
AI Silicon Gets Mixed Report Card
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1/4/2018   Post a comment
A senior researcher at Baidu gave the latest crop of deep learning accelerators a mixed report card based on in-house tests.
10 IoT Companies to Watch in 2018
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1/3/2018   Post a comment
Here are my top 10 most interesting IoT companies to watch in 2018 for their work in MCUs, networks, sensors, software, and more.
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8 Top Innovations of 2017
12/29/2017   3 comments
Here are my informal, subjective nominations for the top innovations of 2017—Spoiler alert: It was a very good year!
Investigating the iPhone Battery Slowdown
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12/27/2017   5 comments
A benchmark developer was one of the first to discover performance problems related to the iPhone battery, now confirmed by Apple.
Startup Tunes MEMS Switch for IoT
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12/26/2017   Post a comment
Startup Menlo Microsystems reported progress making and getting its MEMS power/RF switch designed in to a variety of systems in the Internet of Things.
Q’comm Rejects B’com Board, But Analysts Bullish
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12/22/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm rejected a proposed slate of board directors from Broadcom, but financial analysts remain bullish on the deal, the chip industry’s largest to date.
5G Baseband Dialed in at 3GPP
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12/21/2017   1 comment
The 3GPP announced it completed its standard for a 5G cellular radio, launching a race for baseband chips expected before July.
AI Formats May Ease Neural Jitters
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12/20/2017   6 comments
Khronos released a spec for bridging software frameworks that create neural networks and inference processors that run them.
B’com Shifts Switch to 12.8 Tbits/s
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12/19/2017   1 comment
Broadcom got a lead on a growing pack of rivals for the data center market by being the first to sample a 12.8 Tbits/second Ethernet switch.
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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