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How Intel lost $10 billion — and the mobile market

How Intel lost $10 billion — and the mobile market How did Intel manage to spend up to $10 billion dollars and have so little show for it?Three of these companies — GlobalFoundries, Samsung, and TSMC — are known as pure-play foundries or merchant foundries.

New copper catalyst could close the carbon cycle, making ethanol from atmospheric CO2

New copper catalyst could close the carbon cycle, making ethanol from atmospheric CO2 In a quest to find a way to convert carbon dioxide into something useful, researchers from Oak Ridge National Labs in TN stumbled across an inexpensive, room-temperature catalyst for turning CO2 into ethanol.The new catalyst is made of copper nanoparticles, electroplated onto a substrate of vapor-deposited, nitrogen-doped graphene nanospikes, all atop a slice of n-type silicon semiconductor.

Why one small company thinks it has the key to extending Moore’s Law

Why one small company thinks it has the key to extending Moore’s Law One of the major differences between the various merchant foundries (GlobalFoundries, TSMC, Samsung, SMIC, UMC) and Intel is the process nodes they focus on.Intel has a fast-moving model that emphasizes moving to new nodes fairly quickly.

New probe measures electrical activity of hundreds of individual neurons in living brains

New probe measures electrical activity of hundreds of individual neurons in living brains To move beyond historically difficult and damaging methods of taking these readings, researchers from Caltech have demonstrated a minimally invasive probe for doing in vivo electrophysiology: real-time electrical recordings of living nerves in the brain.The probe can measure electrical activity in three dimensions, which could be a huge breakthrough for our understanding of cognition and neural activity.

EVGA GTX 1080s and 1070s allegedly exploding due to improper VRM cooling

EVGA GTX 1080s and 1070s allegedly exploding due to improper VRM cooling Reports from Reddit and the EVGA forums suggest that a number of cards have failed catastrophically and in high-profile fashion.During our recent testing, we have applied additional thermal pads between the backplate and the PCB and between the baseplate and the heatsink fins, with the results shown below.

Samsung announces fourth-gen 14nm node, plans 10nm improvements, and shows off 7nm EUV wafer

Samsung announces fourth-gen 14nm node, plans 10nm improvements, and shows off 7nm EUV wafer Like Intel, Samsung intends to offer multiple generations of a single process node — but unlike Intel, it isn’t debuting a new strategy in lieu of maintaining a quick transition roadmap.When foundries add new iterations of existing process nodes, it’s typically because they’ve got customers who are interested in those process nodes and want to take advantage of them.

Samsung's foundry business, upcoming 10nm designs offsets its catastrophic Note 7 losses

Samsung's foundry business, upcoming 10nm designs offsets its catastrophic Note 7 losses That’s mostly thanks to its semiconductor business, which has grown substantially over the past two years.That’s a 28% gain over FY2014, when the company booked just $34 billion in yearly semiconductor revenue, and it reflects Samsung’s strong design wins in 14nm products.

NASA develops new hell-resistant electronics for a mission to Venus

NASA develops new hell-resistant electronics for a mission to Venus It’s hard to think of Venus without thinking of that story, because it captures something essential about Earth’s “evil twin.Bradbury knew Venus would be an awful place to live, but he didn’t know how punishing conditions on Venus actually are.

Major changes are afoot in the first teaser for ‘Silicon Valley’ season 4

Major changes are afoot in the first teaser for ‘Silicon Valley’ season 4 Why it matters to you Can't wait for HBO to bring back the comedy series Silicon Valley in April?The teaser trailer for the fourth season features Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) making some big decisions about his future with the company he helped create.

LeEco reportedly sells its Silicon Valley HQ less than a year after buying it

LeEco reportedly sells its Silicon Valley HQ less than a year after buying it Less than a year ago the company started making its big push in the United States, and as part of that it launched a number of phones and TVs, and purchased a large 49-acre Silicon Valley property from Yahoo.At the time, CEO Jia Yueting said that the building would end up being an “EcoCity that houses 12,000 employees.

Intel CEO admits to industry-wide conspiracy to slow CPU advances, kill frequency boosts

Intel CEO admits to industry-wide conspiracy to slow CPU advances, kill frequency boosts “We actually got the idea from Craig Barrett,” said Krzanich, referring to Intel’s CEO from 1998 – 2005.The technical press labeled it a ‘marchitecture,’ and complained that customers weren’t actually getting the performance they thought they were entitled to.

Man arrested for allegedly assaulting a robot security guard in Silicon Valley

Man arrested for allegedly assaulting a robot security guard in Silicon Valley People show their concern about the impending artificial intelligence-fuelled rise of the robots in all manner of different ways.The robot caught up in in the incident was K5, one of the smart sensor-equipped 300-pound security robots designed by robotics company Knightscope.

MIT Develops 3D Chip That Integrates CPU, Memory

MIT Develops 3D Chip That Integrates CPU, Memory Now, new work from MIT claims that carbon nanotubes and resistive RAM (RRAM) could be used in concert to create 3D chips that would integrate RAM directly into the CPU structure.” Point of clarification: We’ve been talking about 3D chips for quite some time now, but there are multiple valid types of 3D structures in play.