The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Chipmakers Intel has announced plans to invest more than $7 billion to complete its previously-announced fab in Chandler, Ariz. The fab was announced several years ago, but Intel delayed the plant in 2014. Now, the plant, dubbed Fab 42, is moving forward again. Targeted for 7nm technology, Fab 42 will be completed in 3 to 4 years and will create approximately 3,000 jobs. The announcement was m... » read more

Betting On Wafer-Level Fan-Outs


Advanced packaging is starting to gain traction as a commercially viable business model rather than just one more possible option, propelled by the technical difficulties in routing signals at 10nm and 7nm and skyrocketing costs of device scaling on a single die. The inclusion of a [getkc id="202" kc_name="fan-out"] package for logic in Apple's iPhone 7, based on TSMC's Integrated Fan-Out (... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Chipmakers TDK has agreed to acquire MEMS supplier InvenSense for cash at an acquisition price of $13.00 per share, for a total acquisition price of $1.3 billion. Cypress has begun volume shipments of microcontrollers (MCUs) based on its 40nm Embedded Charge-Trap (eCT) flash technology. The MCUs are made on a foundry basis at UMC. UMC’s technology is a 40nm low power (40LP) logic process.... » read more

Siemens To Buy Mentor For $4.5B


By Ed Sperling & Jeff Dorsch Siemens announced today that it has reached a deal to buy Mentor Graphics for $4.5 billion in cash. The move, if approved by regulators, would greatly expand Siemens' capabilities in multi-physics design and embedded software for everything from semiconductors to automotive wiring harnesses. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017. Sie... » read more

GaN Power Semi Biz Heats Up


The market for devices based on gallium nitride (GaN) technology is heating up amid the push for faster and more power efficient systems. Today, [getkc id="217" kc_name="GaN"] is widely used in the production of LEDs. In addition, it is gaining steam in the radio-frequency (RF) market. And the GaN-based power semiconductor market finally appears ready to take off, after several false starts ... » read more

Seeing The Future Of Vision


Vision systems have evolved from cameras that enable robots to “see” on a factory floor to a safety-critical element of the heterogeneous systems guiding autonomous vehicles, as well as other applications that call for parallel processing technology to quickly recognize objects, people, and the surrounding environment. Automotive electronics and mobile devices currently dominate embedded... » read more

The Week In Review: IoT


Security The Industrial Internet Consortium this week unveiled the Industrial Internet Security Framework, a set of specifications for connected health-care devices and hospitals, intelligent transportation, smart electrical grids, smart factories, and other cyber-physical systems in the Internet of Things. AT&T, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Infineon Technologies, Intel, Microsoft, and Symantec are among... » read more

Automotive Design Requires Rigor


Playing in the automotive space means a significant investment in terms of resources, and it brings other challenges as well, not to mention the specific engineering challenges of ADAS. According to Mike Stellfox, a Cadence Fellow, the challenges are adding up for current Tier 2 suppliers. “Mostly what we see is the same kinds of customers — at least in the Tier 2s — for the hardware ... » read more

The Week In Review: Design


IP Rambus debuted 3200 Mbps DDR4 PHY, targeted at the data center and networking markets, on the GlobalFoundries FX-14 ASIC platform using the company's 14nm Power Plus (LPP) process. The PHY is DFI 4.0 compatible, and supports 16 – 72-bit interfaces, along with single and multi-rank configurations. Synopsys introduced VIP and UVM source code test suite for Ethernet 200G, supporting 4x5... » read more

Analog Devices To Buy Linear Technology


Analog Devices has agreed to acquire Linear Technology for about $14.8 billion in cash and stock, creating an analog chip supplier that will rival Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, Infineon Technologies, and NXP Semiconductors in scope. The deal calls for Linear Technology shareholders to get $46 per share in cash and 0.2321 of a share in ADI common stock for their shares. The transa... » read more

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