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TSMC Sees HPC Driving Business

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:42:00 EST

TSMC says that high-performance computing, including demand for chips used in cryptocurrency mining, has replaced smartphones as the key driver of its business.



DSP Start-up Snags Funding, Targets 5G

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:31:00 EST

Paris-based VSORA says says its digital signal processor architecture and development platform target wireless mobile applications and boost computing power.



Chipmakers Rally in Talent War

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:31:00 EST

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.



Qualcomm-NXP Deal Cleared by Europe, South Korea

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Fabless giant agrees to concessions around near-field communications and MIFARE contactless payment technology in exchange for approval of its $38 billion proposed acquisition.



U.S. Clears Chinese Firm's Acquisition of Fab Tool Vendor

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Despite a tough stance on the acquisition of U.S. semiconductor companies by Chinese firms, government greenlights $15 million deal.



Meltdown, Spectre Forcing Intel Reboots

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:30:00 EST

Intel faces a tough hit this year dealing with growing concerns about the performance impacts from patches for Meltdown and Spectre.



EUV Backlog Grows as ASML Sets Sales Record

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:01:00 EST

CEO says preparation to insert next-generation EUV lithography into volume manufacturing "shifted into a higher gear" last year.



EUV, 7-nm Roadmaps Detailed

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:01:00 EST

An analyst showed a detailed roadmap of process nodes using extreme ultraviolet lithography at Globalfoundries, Intel, Samsung, and TSMC.



MIPS Is Back, With An Eye on AI

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

MIPS has returned to Santa Clara as an independent company, fresh with VC gold, and - it says - ready to hire.



ESD: Most Field Meters are Incorrectly Used

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:40:00 EST

Engineers learn why not to use field meters in production equipment. Use ESD detectors for troubleshooting.



Broadcom Under Investigation by FTC

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:01:00 EST

Chip maker says probe into alleged anti-competitive practices is immaterial to its business and won't affect Qualcomm takeover bid.



Forecasters See Slowdown Ahead

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

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.



Robocars: What We Saw in Vegas

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

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.



6 Ways Cloud Computing Is Transforming Healthcare Systems

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:55:00 EST

Here are six areas in which health clouds are resolving key challenges for the healthcare community.



CES High-Tech Nirvana: 10 Techie Trends You Missed by Staying Home

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

I didn't make it to CES but we had eyes and ears at the show and he's brought us back a report on some of the coolest technologies and people he encountered.



Moortec Rolls IP on TSMC FinFET, Adds Design Center

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

U.K.-based Moortec has made its PVT-monitoring IP available on TSMC's 12-nm FinFET Compact process and opened a design center in the emerging tech hub of Gdansk.



As Rivals Tussle, Silicon Labs Soars

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Silicon Labs is riding high. The company's CEO Tyson Tuttle, buttonholed at the Consumer Electronics Show, conceded that his company has benefited from turmoil among its rivals, who have been preoccupied with M&A upheavals.



AI Fuels Next-Gen HBM Demand

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Samsung's Aquabolt offers a 50 percent performance improvement over its predecessor, but it's still a pricey technology best suited for niche applications



Analog Seen as Fastest-Growing Chip Segment

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:01:00 EST

Boosted by sales of automotive and power management ICs, the analog chip market segment is expected to growing fastest of all semiconductor product categories over the next five years, according to IC Insights.



Big Data 2018: 4 Reasons To Be Excited, 4 Reasons To Be Worried

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:30:00 EST

Big data is here to stay. Here we summarize what electronics engineers will like and not like about how the the extremely large data set gets used and abused.