Semiconductors
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5/24/2016

K. Charles Janac, chairman and CEO of Arteris, talks about chip design in automotive electronics and other topics in this interview. "Mobility is slowing down and becoming more concentrated. Intel’s exit from that market underlines that trend, and Intel may not be the last. Automotive is growing quickly," he says.

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K. Charles Janac, Intel, Arteris
5/24/2016

The PCI Express interface specification wasn't intended to deal with data storage. Parade Technologies is addressing the issue with the introduction of the PS8559 two-lane PCIe and SATA redriver chip, capable of moving data at 8 gigabits per second and intended to work with flash-based M.2 solid-state drives.

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EE Times
5/24/2016

Synopsys has acquired Gold Standard Simulations; financial terms weren't revealed. The GSS tools take in predictive Monte Carlo and statistical TCAD simulations, among other capabilities. Last week, Synopsys announced the purchase of another TCAD vendor, Simpleware.

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Synopsys, Monte Carlo
5/24/2016

Researchers in Austria and France have studied the interactions of graphene within its environment and say they have come up with ways to control such interactions. The University of Vienna's Thomas Pichler said, "We were able to demonstrate a correlation between charge transfer and mechanical strain in graphene for the first time. ... It means that entirely contactless measurement of internal strain in graphene-based components may be possible."

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University of Vienna
5/24/2016

NXP Semiconductors, drawing on Freescale Semiconductor's communications chip portfolio, is offering free Internet of Things integration software to cable operators to help stop the cable-cutting trend in US homes.

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EE Times
5/24/2016

Holst Center and imec have developed a sub-gigahertz radio system-on-a-chip device capable of low-power, wide-area transmission for sensor networks. The SoC supports the IEEE 802.l5.4g/k, KNX-RF and W-MBUS protocols, along with the SIGFOX and LoRa networks.

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Holst Center, IEEE
5/24/2016

The SiGe 8XP process technology at GlobalFoundries is being extended to the company's 130-nanometer silicon germanium offering to make radio-frequency chips for 5G wireless communications. "5G networks promise to bring a new level of innovation to RF SoC design to support high-bandwidth data delivery and meet the demands for increased data rates and low-latency applications," said Bami Bastani of GlobalFoundries.

5/23/2016

Keysight Technologies reported net income of $88 million in its fiscal second quarter, higher than analysts estimated, on revenue of $731 million, compared with $740 million a year earlier. While Q2 sales were up in the communications and aerospace/defense segments, revenue declined slightly in the industrial, computers and semiconductor segment, the company said.

5/23/2016

Synopsys has acquired Simpleware, a supplier of software for converting 3D images into models for simulation; financial terms weren't revealed. Synopsys said the purchase would increase its capabilities in complicated, large-scale simulation in technology computer-aided design.

5/23/2016

The graphics processing unit chips developed by Nvidia, originally designed to make video games more realistic, are being used for machine-learning applications in health care and other fields. Tractica forecasts spending on deep-learning GPUs will increase to $4.1 billion by 2024, compared with $43.6 million last year.