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1. TI claims its new SoC will make FPGAs obsolete

JEDEC SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Texas Instruments has introduced the Keystone-II 66AK2L06 system-on-a-chip device, which it claims is better than a field-programmable gate array. The chip has two ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processors, four 1.2 gigahertz C66x digital signal processors and four programmable accelerators, according to the company. EE Times (04/21)

2. Vendors bring ReRAMs to market

JEDEC SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Adesto Technologies and Panasonic are marketing resistive random-access memories, providing alternatives to DRAMs and NAND flash memory devices, Kevin Gibb of TechInsights writes. Adesto's RM24EP128KS chip uses conductive-bridge technology, while Panasonic is utilizing its patented binary transition metal oxide technology for the variable resistance layer in its ReRAM cells. EE Times (04/20)

3. Analyst predicts how Intel will make 10nm chips

JEDEC SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Quantum-well field-effect transistors will be part of the process-recipe secrets Intel will employ in fabricating chips with 10-nanometer dimensions, according to speculation from David Kanter, a semiconductor analyst. The chipmaker will use indium gallium arsenide for n-type transistors and strained germanium for p-type transistors, he predicts on his Real World Technologies website. EE Times (04/21)

4. Qualcomm turns to monolithic 3D technology

JEDEC SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Qualcomm Technologies has resorted to monolithic 3D chip-stacking technology developed by CEA-Leti as an alternative to through-silicon vias, Ed Korczynski writes in this analysis. The M3D recipe involves nonequilibrium rapid thermal processing. (04/17)

5. Report: Sales of wireless-charging furniture to soar in 2 years

JEDEC SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

Sales of furniture designed to charge mobile devices could total 10 million units by 2017, according to IHS Technology. IKEA has introduced a line of wireless-charging furniture that is priced from $10 to $119 and uses Integrated Device Technology chips that adhere to the Qi standard. Computerworld (04/23)

6. Chipmakers pursue alternatives to silicon

JEDEC SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Silicon is nearing its physical limit as a semiconductor, leading chip companies and researchers to pursue alternatives, such as III-V materials, carbon nanotubes and graphene, Stephen Shankland writes. The industry is also considering advanced technologies, such as spintronics and quantum computing. CNET (04/17)

7. Semiconductor execs are bullish on connected devices

JEDEC SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Chip industry executives touted the potential of the Internet of Things in presentations at the Global Semiconductor Alliance's Silicon Summit in Mountain View, Calif., while acknowledging that there are a number of challenges, such as the lack of standards. They also addressed the issue of cybersecurity with connected devices, with Martin Scott of Rambus saying, "Silicon is the foundation of trusted services." (04/17)

8. Gartner issues downward revision of 2015 forecast for chips

JEDEC SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

Gartner has revised its 2015 forecast for semiconductors, now predicting 4% growth for worldwide sales of $354 billion, after earlier estimating a 5.4% increase for the year. The market research firm attributed the lower forecast to the end of PC replacements, increasing inventory and changes in currency exchange rates. Taipei Times (Taiwan), The (04/24)

9. Analysis: How Moore's Law inhibits flow of capital to IC startups

JEDEC SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Venture capitalists are wary about investing in semiconductor startups given the escalating cost surrounding nanoscale chip design, Don Clark writes. Cadence Design Systems CEO Lip-Bu Tan, who also serves as chairman of Walden International, is bucking the trend. "I decided to be a contrarian," he said. "I doubled, tripled down on my bets." (04/17)

10. China fine puts a dent in Qualcomm's bottom line for fiscal Q2

JEDEC SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

Qualcomm says its fiscal-second-quarter profit was $1.05 billion, down 46% from a year ago, on revenue of $6.89 billion, up 8%. The quarter included an agreement to pay $975 million to settle an antitrust investigation in China; it faces similar inquiries in Europe, South Korea and the U.S. Qualcomm predicts higher profit for its fiscal third quarter, and revenue of $5.4 billion to $6.2 billion. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/22) Bloomberg (04/22)

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