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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