ARM smashes chip record in fourth quarter
Published in PC Hardware
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:33

ARM smashes chip record in fourth quarter


6.4 billion ARM-based chips

ARM smashed its own record for the number of chips circulated to customers worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Semiconductor industry had the worst year since 2001
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Trump's trade war blamed

Donald Trump's trade war with China has been blamed for the semiconductor industry suffering its worst slump in 20 years.

Yoga pants of semiconductors
Published in News
Thursday, 14 November 2019 10:10

Yoga pants of semiconductors


Stretchable and degradable

 ACS Central Science has developed stretchable, degradable semiconductors that could find a home in health and environmental monitoring.

Largest AI chip ever built
Published in AI
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 10:44

Largest AI chip ever built


1.2 trillion transistors

New artificial intelligence company Cerebras Systems is unveiling the largest semiconductor chip ever built.

More security woes for chipmakers
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Monday, 12 August 2019 12:25

More security woes for chipmakers


Another attack on a CPU's speculative execution mechanism

Security researchers have found a new way to attack a CPU’s speculative execution mechanism to leak the contents of kernel memory.

Alibaba frees itself from US chip shackles
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First self-designed chip, Xuantie 910

Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce company, unveiled its first self-designed chip, Xuantie 910, based on the open source RISC-V instruction set architecture.

Morpheus chip can adapt to attacks
Published in PC Hardware
Thursday, 18 July 2019 10:16

Morpheus chip can adapt to attacks


Harder to hit a moving target

Boffins at the University of Michigan are working on a Morpheus chip that aims to frustrate hackers trying to gain control of microchips by presenting them with a rapidly changing target.

India releases developer kit for its own chip
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Primordial cosmic energy in a Risc V chip

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has released the software development kit (SDK) for its open-source Shakti processor.

Semi industry's capital spending enters two years of doom
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Following the cycles

Beancounters at IC Insights have added up some numbers and worked out that the global semiconductor industry's capital spending is forecast to drop in both 2019 and 2020.

US chipmakers are flogging kit to Huawei
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Wednesday, 26 June 2019 09:40

US chipmakers are flogging kit to Huawei


Trump ban not as tight as it appears

United States chip makers are still selling millions of dollars of products to Huawei despite a Trump administration ban on the sale of American technology to the Chinese telecommunications giant.