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IEDM 2014 Preview: Part 2

Contributed by Dick James — Follow me on Twitter @ChipworksDick This is part 2 of 2 on IEDM 2014 preview. Click here for Part 1. — Tuesday In the morning we have another seven parallel sessions, starting with session 9 on Advanced CMOS Devices for 10nm Node and Beyond, so another one I will definitely be targeting. The first [...]

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IEDM 2014 Preview: Part 1

Contributed by Dick James — Follow me on Twitter @ChipworksDick This is part 1 of 2 on IEDM 2014 preview. Click here for Part 2. Later this month the good and the great of the electron device world will make their usual pilgrimage to San Francisco for the 2014 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting.  To quote the conference web front [...]

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Chipworks @ Mobile World Congress – The Year of Incremental Improvements

Contributed by Dick James As we did last year, we went along to the Mobile World Congress (MWC), held in Barcelona last week. The intent was to take the pulse of the mobile business, not just the big announcements like the Samsung Galaxy S5, but also the parts that go into mobile devices. Dominant Themes [...]

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iPhone 5s Touch ID – Technology Perspective

Looks Like AuthenTec Descendants Contributed by Dick James It’s a matter of history now. The widely expected fingerprint sensor did show up in the iPhone, to generally good reviews, so of course we had to take a look at it. Earlier this month, we analyzed the Touch ID sensor with a patent and market perspective. [...]

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A Dispatch from Semicon West

Applied Materials Launches Epi System Focused on NMOS Strain by Dick James @ChipworksDick   Flying in to SFO on July 7, I must have been one of many attendees delayed by the after-effects of the Asiana Airlines crash there the day before. In my case, it was only an hour or so (i.e., as normal), but [...]

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The Broadcom BCM4334 – Circuit Innovation Snapshot

The Broadcom BCM4334 is a single chip dual-band combo device supporting 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0+HS, and FM receiver and started showing up in smartphones in mid 2012; it marked Broadcom’s transition from 65-nm to 40-nm processing in this space. Chipworks has documented wins for the device in the Samsung Galaxy S3, Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Q10, and HTC [...]

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