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3/23/2017

Canonical has worked with NXP Semiconductors to port the Ubuntu Core software to NXP's LS1043A quad-core system-on-a-chip device. The goal is to develop faster gateways for the internet of things.

3/23/2017

Cadence Design Systems' Anirudh Devgan discusses verification challenges in this interview. "We've always focused on emulation, which is doing very well, but we historically didn't focus enough on FPGA prototyping," he says.

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3/22/2017

Mythic, a company that provides technology for artificial intelligence-based programs, has raised $9.3 million, partly via a Series A round of funding. The company will use the funds to move to commercial production of its software and chips.

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3/22/2017

Semiconductor manufacturing is the latest area turning to advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve design, production and testing efficiency, McKinsey reports. Motivo CEO Bharath Rangarajan says, "With advanced data analytics, we have the potential to alter the current paradigm dramatically."

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3/22/2017

Bidders for Toshiba's chip business may need to partner with other potential buyers to finance the pricey acquisition, the Nikkei Asian Review reports. Toshiba could realize a total of $13.3 billion to $17.8 billion from the proposed sale, bids for which are due on March 29.

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3/22/2017

Rick Tsai, who once served as president and CEO of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., was named co-CEO of MediaTek, effective in July. He will report directly to Ming-Kai Tsai, MediaTek's chairman and CEO, and is nominated for a seat on the company's board of directors.

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DigiTimes
3/22/2017

University of Utah researchers report the combination of calcium, cobalt and terbium offers a bio-friendly material that can generate electrical power through a thermoelectric process with cold air and heat.

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3/22/2017

Atomically thin, 2D sheets of molybdenum ditelluride, a transition metal dichalcogenide material, were created with a transmission electron microscope and heated at 450 degrees C to form one-dimensional, semiconducting nanowires, say researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas. Such nanowires are significantly smaller than silicon wires and could be used to make energy-efficient devices, the research team said.

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3/22/2017

With more factory equipment being connected to the internet, cybersecurity is becoming a great concern to manufacturers who want to wall off their confidential data, Ed Sperling writes. The Ponemon Institute estimates the average cost of a data breach is $4 million, a gain of 29% from 2013.

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3/21/2017

The Defense Microelectronics Activity has awarded a $99.8 million contract modification to GlobalFoundries for providing trusted foundry manufacturing for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. The contract now extends to March 31, 2018.

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