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Contributed by St.J. Dixon-Warren

One of the tedious tasks in transporting even the newest light-weight laptop is also needing to lug the “brick” charger along with it. In the last couple of years, we have seen attempts to market small-format, light-weight chargers that fit easily into a briefcase or pocket. The Avogy Zolt is...

February 5, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by: B. Drevniok - Chipworks, O. Amster - Prime Nano Inc. and St. J. Dixon-Warren - Chipworks

Scanning microwave impedance microscopy (sMIM) is a new scanning probe microscopy (SPM) technique that replaces traditional scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM). Like SCM, the new sMIM technique reveals information on the...

January 12, 2016 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James

It’s the time in the media world that we see a frenzy of predictions for the coming year. They are mostly business or tech trends, so I figured I might as well chip in (har! har!), and give a more detailed idea of what new semiconductor products we look forward to this year, now that we are in 2016.

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January 7, 2016 | Read Article...

Last month we purchased an iPad Pro and an Apple pencil to understand what devices were being used by Apple in this new tablet and stylus solution. This story is not about the iPad Pro, but about the Apple Pencil.

With a physical size of 176 mm long x 9mm in diameter and weighing about 1 gram, we found 15 semiconductor devices...

December 23, 2015 | Read Article...

By John Sullivan and Ray Angers

During the holiday season, we at Chipworks sometimes divert our attention from leading-edge microelectronic technologies to more festive themes. This year we focused our patent analytics capabilities on Christmas and were surprised to find a wealth of patents tied to the holidays. 

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December 22, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James

On the Monday afternoon at IEDM the key paper for me was the Intel/Micron talk on their 3D-NAND flash part (paper 3.3), which is currently sampling to customers. Samsung put their V-NAND flash on the market last year, but that uses charge-trap technology, whereas the Intel/Micron device has adapted conventional...

December 14, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James

Recently we got our hands on a Sony MP-CL1 mobile projector, or as they are more commonly known these days, a pico-projector. It’s a pretty compact device being a tad under 6” long, a tad over 3” wide, and a tad over ½” thick (145 x 77 x 13 mm), and weighs in at 210 gm (~7.4 oz.),...

December 3, 2015 | Read Article...
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Contributed by Ray Angers

Microsemi Corp. (Aliso Viejo, California) trumped Skyworks’ (Woburn, Massachusetts) $2 billion bid for PMC-Sierra this week with their offer of $11.50 per share, or about $2.2 billion. Sunnyvale, California based PMC-Sierra provides semiconductor and software solutions used in ‘big data’...

October 23, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed By Andy Wei

For more in depth information on these topics and more, download the full iPhone 6s teardown report. 

To our surprise, we have found two different A9 application processors!

It had been industry speculation prior to the iPhone 6S launch that Apple would be dual-sourcing the A9 and...

September 28, 2015 | Read Article...

Contributed by Dick James, Daniel Yang and Phil Gamache

The following teardown blog contains some of our initial findings. For more in depth information on these topics and more, download the full iPhone 6s teardown report. 

It’s now a yearly ritual - go line up and get the new iPhone! This year Apple did...

September 25, 2015 | Read Article...

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