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9/22/2016

Wave Computing is showing off a machine learning chip with "preliminary performance numbers [that] are 10x better than traditional GPUs in the same power as a high-end Nvidia GPU," Linley Group chip analyst Linley Gwennap said. The startup is entering a fast-paced market looking to rival such companies as Nvidia in artificial intelligence.

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EE Times
9/22/2016

The definitive memory successor technology to DRAMs and flash memories has yet to emerge, according to industry experts, causing concern to operators of data centers. "Now, the bottleneck is the underlying memory," said Jon Carter of Micron Technology.

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Micron Technology
9/21/2016

SanDisk has lifted the lid on a prototype of a 1TB SDXC card, which offers more storage space than most standard computers. Prices are not yet available, but SanDisk's 512GB card retails for $800.

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TechCrunch
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SanDisk, SD card
9/21/2016

Laser annealing of indium gallium arsenide and other III-V materials could offer practical alternatives to silicon-based semiconductor devices, said Mardochee Reveil of Cornell University. "Imagine a device 10 times faster and still dissipating the same or less heat and still of the same size," he said.

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Memeburn
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Cornell University, Moore
9/20/2016

Venkata Renduchintala, recruited last year from Qualcomm, now heads Intel's internet of things and PC businesses, along with the Systems Architecture Group. "When you come into a company you have a degree of objectivity that isn't tainted by your attachments to the genesis of certain projects," he says in this interview, referring to organizational and product changes he's made.

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Computerworld
9/20/2016

ON Semiconductor on Monday closed its $2.4 billion purchase of Fairchild Semiconductor International, following the deal's approval by China's Ministry of Commerce and 10 months after the chip companies agreed on the acquisition. "The acquisition of Fairchild is a transformative step in our quest to become the premier supplier of power management and analog semiconductor solutions for a wide range of applications and end-markets," ON CEO Keith Jackson said.

9/16/2016

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are driving demand for NAND flash memory devices, pushing prices for those chips to their highest level in nearly two years. IHS Technology estimates third-quarter shipments of NAND flash rose nearly 20% from a year earlier.

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flash memory, iPhone, IHS Technology
9/15/2016

Murata Manufacturing introduced the UMAL energy storage component, a flat device measuring 2 millimeters in thickness. The device is based on a lithium-ion electrochemical system, rather than a supercapacitor, and can be used for years in internet of things nodes.

9/13/2016

Moscow State University researchers report developing a method to make silicon nanoparticles glow through the use of radiation. These nanoparticles could be used to replace cadmium selenide and other semiconductor materials in quantum dot-based displays.

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New Electronics
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Moscow State University
9/12/2016

Venkata Renduchintala, a top Intel executive, is among those emphasizing connectivity as a corporate priority, rather than relying on the chip company's past success in PCs. "We're creating the type of all-for-one, one-for-all mentality that I think is really important inside Intel to transition from a bunch of really healthy siloed businesses and towards an entity," he says.

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PCWorld
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