Thursday, 26 February 2015

Samsung launch world's first 10nm semiconductor

Samsung have announced they are working on the world's first 10 nm semiconductor technologies. They hope to showcase the new technology by 2016 and even 7nm technology by 2018. 

Speaking at ISSCC, Kim Ki-nam, President of Samsung's Semiconductor business said:  “Thanks to the spread of various information technology devices, including the Internet of Things, we will usher in the data-driven era in the future. Through the innovation of silicon semiconductor technology, it is possible to improve the performance of semiconductor chips, which can process such data, and secure low-power solutions.”

They also announced that they have started mass production on their 14 nm FinFet semiconductors which are expected to be used in the Exynos 7 Octa processor series. These new processors will more than likely be used in the new Galaxy S6. The 14 nm FinFet is said to enable up to 20 percent higher speeds and 35 percent less power consumption than their existing 20nm process technology. 

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“Thanks to the spread of various information technology devices, including the Internet of Things, we will usher in the data-driven era in the future. Through the innovation of silicon semiconductor technology, it is possible to improve the performance of semiconductor chips, which can process such data, and secure low-power solutions.” - See more at: http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/9207/next-gen-semiconductors-samsung-electronics-unveils-industry%E2%80%99s-first-next-gen-10-nm#sthash.HcmyjSO0.dpuf
Thanks to the spread of various information technology devices, including the Internet of Things, we will usher in the data-driven era in the future. Through the innovation of silicon semiconductor technology, it is possible to improve the performance of semiconductor chips, which can process such data, and secure low-power solutions.” - See more at: http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/9207/next-gen-semiconductors-samsung-electronics-unveils-industry%E2%80%99s-first-next-gen-10-nm#sthash.HcmyjSO0.dpuf
Thanks to the spread of various information technology devices, including the Internet of Things, we will usher in the data-driven era in the future. Through the innovation of silicon semiconductor technology, it is possible to improve the performance of semiconductor chips, which can process such data, and secure low-power solutions.” - See more at: http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/9207/next-gen-semiconductors-samsung-electronics-unveils-industry%E2%80%99s-first-next-gen-10-nm#sthash.HcmyjSO0.dpuf
Thanks to the spread of various information technology devices, including the Internet of Things, we will usher in the data-driven era in the future. Through the innovation of silicon semiconductor technology, it is possible to improve the performance of semiconductor chips, which can process such data, and secure low-power solutions.” - See more at: http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/9207/next-gen-semiconductors-samsung-electronics-unveils-industry%E2%80%99s-first-next-gen-10-nm#sthash.HcmyjSO0.dpuf
Thanks to the spread of various information technology devices, including the Internet of Things, we will usher in the data-driven era in the future. Through the innovation of silicon semiconductor technology, it is possible to improve the performance of semiconductor chips, which can process such data, and secure low-power solutions.” - See more at: http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/9207/next-gen-semiconductors-samsung-electronics-unveils-industry%E2%80%99s-first-next-gen-10-nm#sthash.HcmyjSO0.dpufv
Thanks to the spread of various information technology devices, including the Internet of Things, we will usher in the data-driven era in the future. Through the innovation of silicon semiconductor technology, it is possible to improve the performance of semiconductor chips, which can process such data, and secure low-power solutions.” - See more at: http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/9207/next-gen-semiconductors-samsung-electronics-unveils-industry%E2%80%99s-first-next-gen-10-nm#sthash.HcmyjSO0.dpuf
Thanks to the spread of various information technology devices, including the Internet of Things, we will usher in the data-driven era in the future. Through the innovation of silicon semiconductor technology, it is possible to improve the performance of semiconductor chips, which can process such data, and secure low-power solutions.” - See more at: http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/9207/next-gen-semiconductors-samsung-electronics-unveils-industry%E2%80%99s-first-next-gen-10-nm#sthash.HcmyjSO0.dpuf

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

What's New at the Embedded World Conference 2015?

The Embedded World Conference 2015 is underway in Nuremberg, Germany and already a number of new chip products have been announced. This year the focus has most definitely been on the Internet of Things and how everyday items will be connected. Companies have been announcing products which will assist in making the connectivity easier and also new security features, which will be more important than ever if not only your laptop and phone can be hacked but your fridge and TV too!

NXP are focusing heavily on security with their new microcontroller ranges, LPC18SXX and LPC43SXX. These have been created 'for any 'connected' application, particularly hubs or gateways, tasked with relaying and/or bridging large volumes of high-speed data'. New security features added to these ranges include an integrated AES-128 encryption engine, non-volatile OTP memories for encrypted, hardware-randomized key storage and a true random number generator for unique key creation.


Atmel are focusing on a whole host of connected technologies from cars to industrial tech right through to connected homes and cloud systems. The SAM V71 is being shown in an automotive context to deliver 'the world’s highest performance Cortex-M-based Flash MCU'. They have also announced the SAM DA1, again for use in automotive applications. This new chip will be used in touch pads, touch buttons, sliders or wheel and parking sensors. They have been made smaller than similar chips, but they still pack a punch!
 The SAM DA1 device series will be available in a 5x5mm package and come with 32 to 64 pins, up to 64KB of Flash, 8KB of SRAM and 2KB read-while-write Flash and are qualified according to the AEC Q-100 Grade 2 (-40 to +105degreeC). Phew! 

And the UK based ARM has teamed up with IBM to create an IoT starter kit. It will take just minutes to unbox the equipment and start sending your readings to online apps. The kit contains two boards:

mbed Enabled Freescale K64F Freescale
  • K64F Kinetis K64 MCU (MK64FN1M0VLL12) 
  • High performance ARM® Cortex™-M4 Core with Floating point unit and DSP 
  • 120MHz, 256KB RAM, 1MB FLASH
 mbed Application shield
  • 128x32 Graphics LCD 
  • 5 way joystick 
  • 2 x Potentiometers 
  • Speaker, PWM Connected 
  • 3 Axis +/1 1.5g Accelerometer 
  • RGB LED, PWM connected
  •  Temperature sensor 
These are then connected to your computer via ethernet and USB cables and a whole range of cloud applications will be at your fingertips. The ease of use of this kit will vastly accelerate the amount of products which can be connected. The era of the Internet of Things is well and truly upon us.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Top 10 Semiconductor Consumers


Samsung and Apple remain the top semiconductor customers throughout 2014. The tech giants used 57.9 billion components between them and took almost 20% of the market share, as this info from Gartner shows. These two companies really are the big hitters when it comes to new technology so it is no real surprise that they are the top consumers of semiconductors. The race between them to create the most popular smartphone, as well as all the other gadgets and computers both manufacture, it is easy to see why they needed such a large amount!

The other companies are all big names in the tech industry and all create a vast array of electronic products. They remain relatively unchanged from their consumption last year, just some slight shifting with the Chinese company Huawei going from 9th to 7th and Toshiba dropping from 8th to 10th

The large amount of semiconductors just the top 10 companies are using is really good news for all of us in the semiconductor industry. As new technologies keep being made and the Internet of Things keeps expanding, the future looks good for semiconductor companies throughout the supply chain.

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Great start to the new year for the semiconductor industry.

The semiconductor industry looks set for an impressive growth this year with the market on track to achieve a 9.4% expansion. With an estimated revenue of $353.2 billion, this is the highest rate of annual growth since 2010!
The report from IHS Technology believes the reason for this vast growth is due to the broad based nature of market expansion. Rather than just a few specific sectors doing well, 2014 saw a wider increase across the industry as a whole.

“While the upswing in 2013 was almost entirely driven by growth in a few specific memory segments, the rise in 2014 is built on a widespread increase in demand.” said Dale Ford, vice president and chief analyst at IHS Technology.

A further report from MIDF Equities Research found that global semiconductor sales rose 9.1% and has consistently outpaced itself for the 19th consecutive month. MIDF Research said this growth was due to the increased demand for smartphones, particularly in the emerging markets. This, combined with the growing popularity of wearable technology will only further help to boost the semiconductor industry as a whole. And that is never a bad thing!

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Monday, 12 January 2015

CES 2015 Semiconductor Round Up

Lots of really interesting and innovative things have come out of CES 2015, particularly in regards to new semiconductor releases. Here's a quick round up of some of the big chip releases:


Intel

Broadwell 5th Generation
This is the 5th Generation 14nm Broadwell Y Dual core which has been highly anticipated for some time now, but the results don't disappoint! It will increase battery life by up to 1.5 hours, will run faster and is more energy efficient than previous generation models. The die size has shrunken 37% and can fit 35 more transistors than other Intel chips.

The Broadwell 5th Gen chips should be ready to ship later this month and are ideal for the 2in1 laptop and tablet devices which are increasing in popularity. Intel are also expanding their Pentium and Celeron CPU ranges and further foraying into the wearable device world with Fossil and Oakley.


ON Semiconductor

3D Sensors
ON Semiconductor have been working with 3D stacking technology to create better 3D image sensors. Using stacking technology gives a smaller die and means each part of the sensor can be optimised, so they have improved pixel performance and better power consumption.

“3D stacking technology is an exciting breakthrough that enhances our ability to optimize ON Semiconductor’s future sensors,” said Sandor Barna, vice president of Technology for ON Semiconductor’s Image Sensor Group. “This technology provides manufacturing and design flexibility to ensure continued performance leadership across our entire sensor product portfolio.”

Nvidia

Super Chip
The Tegra X1 Superchip packs a humongous 1 Teraflop of processing power into a device the size of a thumbnail and uses under 10 watts of power. The Tegra X1 is twice as powerful as Nvidia's previous superchip, the Tegra K1, rendering 4k at 60Hz. This superchip should begin appearing in the first half of the year and has been designed for use in

Tegra X1's technical specifications include:
  • 256 core Maxwell GPU
  • 8CPU cores
  • 60 fps 4K video (H.265, H.264, VP9)
  • 1.3 gigapixel of camera throughput
  • 20nm process

NXP

Passive Keyless Entry
The NCF29A1 is primarily being used for Passive Keyless Entry for cars, It is a radio frequency transmitter and immobilizer in one. This chip can allow for extra features to be added to car remote keys such as auto locking when walking away from the vehicle and even a welcome light when approaching!

The NCF29A1 has longer ranger, lower power consumption, 40% longer battery life and 70% smaller form factor than previous chips. This smaller size and better battery life means PKE can be built into smartphones and wearable tech so you never have to worry about losing your car keys again!

Texas Instruments

Voice Control
Texas Instruments are working with Comcast on their Xfinity remote control, which uses TI's voice-over-RF4CE™ ZigBee® remote control technology to allow voice control to search for channels, shows and set DVR Recordings. No more pushing buttons and endlessly searching for what you want to watch – just say what you are looking for and it will appear on screen as if by magic!

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Samsung looking to the future

Samsung are placing their future in the 'Internet of Things' - the idea that nearly every object in everyday life will be connected to the internet. Not just phones and tablets but fridges, clothing, cars and eventually our entire homes.

In the opening keynote speech of CES 2015, Samsung SEO Boo-Keun Yoon, spoke about the Internet of Things over and over again, announcing that by 2017 90% of Samsung products will be focused on IOT. Though no real announcements were given on specific products or launches, it was clear Samsung are firm believers in the future of IOT, as Boo-Keun Yoon said: "IOT will change more than just our industry, that's because it will touch every aspect of our lives."

The Internet of Things is something which the technology and electronics industry have been speaking about for some time, perhaps now this has been made a key focus by such a large company, we will actually start to see mass connectivity happen - and soon.

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Can a robot cheetah save the world?

A robot which can run at speeds of more than 10 mph, jump almost 16 inches high, land safely and continue galloping for at least 15 minutes — all while using less power than a microwave oven has been unveiled by engineers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

The robot, inspired by a cheetah, is hoped to have real world applications including prosthetic limbs, wearable technologies, all-terrain wheelchairs and vehicles that can travel efficiently in rough terrain.

The team have had to create most of the components from scratch including motors, sensors and an on board computer. They have even created an algorithm which calculates how much energy should be exerted by each leg whilst running!

"This is kind of a Ferrari in the robotics world, like, we have to put all the expensive components and make it really that instinctive," said MIT Professor Sangbae Kim, Head of the school's Biomimetic Robotics Lab. "That's the only way to get that speed."

Watching the video of the robot in action, you can really see the cat-like movements of the robot. To say it weighs 70 pounds, the robot moves smoothly compared to other robotic devices and it is really possible to see how this technology could be used to enhance and even save lives. It is hoped this type of robot could be used in search and rescue operations or in hostile environments where it is too dangerous to send humans in.

The team still have some way to go in perfecting the technology but have come a long way in the last 5 years. “In the next 10 years, our goal is we are trying to make this robot to save a life," Kim said.

A worthy aim and we wish them all the best in achieving it.

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