Western chipmaker accused of employee mistreatment
Published in News


Going Dutch means long hours 

Dutch chipmaker NXP has been accused of forcing workers in its overseas factories to work too long and undermining local trade unions.

Intel will buy Altera today
Published in Processors
Monday, 01 June 2015 10:48

Intel will buy Altera today


We said that this would happen and no one believed us

They said it could not happen, it nearly didn't, but we have it on good authority that Intel is going to announce that it is buying Altera for $17 billion today.

Broadcom bought in biggest chip deal ever
Published in Processors


Industry consolidation

Avago bought Broadcom for $37 billion in the largest merger of chipmakers ever and created a company which could give Intel and Qualcomm a run for their money.

Wooden Chips could be the next big thing
Published in Processors
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:42

Wooden Chips could be the next big thing


Wood chip on the wall

U.S. and Chinese boffins have come up with wooden semiconductor chips which have the advantage of being biodegradable and a lot cheaper than conventional semiconductors.

Spreadtrum guns for 14nm FinFET
Published in Processors
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:50

Spreadtrum guns for 14nm FinFET


Piggy backing on Intel foundry

China's Spreadtrum, which is tied to Intel's foundry business, is gunning for 14nm FinFET, with sights set on 10nm.

Intel leaks Purley details
Published in Processors
Monday, 25 May 2015 11:48

Intel leaks Purley details

 

Not just another Haswell 

Slides about Intel's upcoming Xeon Skylake Platform: Purley have been leaked to the great unwashed.

Qualcomm tech might make cell towers obsolete
Published in News


LTE direct

Chipmaker Qualcomm is trailing LTE Direct which could bypass cell towers and allow phones to talk directly.

More intelligent chip cores on the way
Published in Processors


Synopsys releases AI core design

Synopsys, a company that licenses software and intellectual property to the biggest names in chip making, showed off a new image-processor core which it thinks could be the future.

IBM trips the light fantastic
Published in News
Thursday, 14 May 2015 13:04

IBM trips the light fantastic


IBM shows off integrated Photonics chip

Biggish Blue has been showing off what it claims to be the world's first fully integrated wavelength multiplexed silicon photonics chip.

Next Thing aims for $9 computer
Published in Motherboards
Friday, 08 May 2015 12:32

Next Thing aims for $9 computer


Cheap as Chip

A US outfit called Next Thing is offering a $9 development board for its Chip project which is currently seeking crowd funding..