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Rick Merritt
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Roadmap Says CMOS Ends Around 2024
Rick Merritt  
3/24/2017   Post a comment
IRDS points to chip stacks, new architectures.
WikiLeaks, the CIA & Trust
Rick Merritt  
3/10/2017   Post a comment
This week's news begs the core question of security--one beyond the reach of the cleverest technique--who do you trust.
AMD Describes Zen for Servers
Rick Merritt  
3/9/2017   Post a comment
AMD’s Naples, available by June, packs more cores, memory, and I/O than Intel’s Broadwell, beating it in seismic analysis benchmarks.
Avnet, Arrow Drive into IoT
Rick Merritt  
3/6/2017   Post a comment
The industry’s two largest distributors are gearing up initiatives for the Internet of Things.
Handsets Going Wide, Says LG
Rick Merritt  
2/27/2017   Post a comment
LG Electronics went wide with its latest smartphone and thinks Apple and Samsung will, too.
Alexa, Rivals Speak to OEMs
Rick Merritt  
2/24/2017   (1) comment
Amazon sees partners, rivals grow in 2017.
G’foundries debuts 45nm RFSOI
Rick Merritt  
2/21/2017   Post a comment
Globalfoundries announced it has process design kits available for 45nm RF SOI.
IoT Group Sets Broad Agenda
Rick Merritt  
2/17/2017   Post a comment
Security is an early focus for OpenFog.
Security Experts Cite IoT Risks
Rick Merritt  
2/14/2017   (1) comment
Fingerprints found on critical infrastructure.
Travel Order Stifles Startup Founder
Rick Merritt  
2/13/2017   (1) comment
The founder of startup Kandou Bus was among unintended victims of President Trump's travel restrictions that prevented him from receiving an award in person.
G’foundries Revamps China Deal
Rick Merritt  
2/10/2017   Post a comment
Chengdu set for 180nm in 2018, 22nm in 2019.
AI Attracts Embedded Chip Veteran
Rick Merritt  
2/6/2017   (1) comment
A veteran semiconductor executive launched a company to serve machine-learning startups that target embedded systems.
AI Tapped to Improve Design
Rick Merritt  
2/3/2017   (2) comments
Electronics center explores machine learning.
IoT Contest Shows Security Gaps
Rick Merritt  
1/31/2017   Post a comment
Winning engineer plies open-source tools to demonstrate gaps in IoT security.
Patent Suits Hit Q’comm Profits
Rick Merritt  
1/26/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm’s latest quarterly earnings showed first blood in a set of five court actions now alleging its patent licensing terms are unfair.
5G Report Gauges Trillion-Dollar Impacts
Rick Merritt  
1/19/2017   Post a comment
5G could enable as much as $12.3 trillion in goods and services in 2035 when its full effects are realized.
IoT Startup Rides LoRa
Rick Merritt  
1/18/2017   (1) comment
Semtech manager snags $7M for OEM.
IoT Ready to Light Up in 2017
Rick Merritt  
12/29/2016   Post a comment
After laying foundations for the Internet of Things in security and M&A in 2016, it's time to focus on deployments in IoT in 2017.
Computing Got Colorful in 2016
Rick Merritt  
12/23/2016   Post a comment
With the rise of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, new memory types, and 5G, computing came into a kind of brilliant autumn in 2016.
Dizzying Heights of Trump Tower
Rick Merritt  
12/21/2016   Post a comment
The reality distortion field Steve Jobs once deployed looks like a tiny Star Wars hologram projected by R2D2 compared to what’s on the horizon.
AI Ethics Effort Starts at IEEE
Rick Merritt  
12/16/2016   Post a comment
The IEEE is seeking feedback on a broad initiative to develop ethical standards and best practices for designing systems with artificial intelligence.
Bluetooth Beams New Spec, Chips
Rick Merritt  
12/7/2016   Post a comment
The Bluetooth SIG ratified its version 5 spec, enhancing range, throughput, and beacon support.
Virtual Reality Group to Define APIs
Rick Merritt  
12/6/2016   Post a comment
A new Khronos working group will define APIs for virtual reality products to ease writing and optimizing applications and device drivers.
Will China Grab ARM Servers?
Rick Merritt  
12/5/2016   Post a comment
China’s data center giants have become the next big hope to give traction to ARM’s server initiative.
Tech Volunteers Heed the Call
Rick Merritt  
11/29/2016   Post a comment
Disaster Tech Lab needs a few technically minded volunteers to help set up solar power and Wi-Fi networks in global disaster sites and refugee camps.
M&A Takes New Twists
Rick Merritt  
11/28/2016   Post a comment
The M&A frenzy in semiconductors seems to have entered a bold new phase that arguable leads to less competition.
15 Views of Printed Electronics
Rick Merritt  
11/25/2016   Post a comment
Printed electronics showed progress in manufacturing gear and processes, e-textiles, sensors, batteries, and printed NFC tags at the IDTechEx event.
Virtual Reality Will Stay Hot
Rick Merritt  
11/22/2016   Post a comment
Virtual reality could be a killer app in more ways than one.
Google's Mobile VR Still a Wild West
Rick Merritt  
11/11/2016   Post a comment
A test run of Google’s mobile VR system called Daydream shows mobile virtual reality is still a Wild West of dangers and riches being pioneered.
Trump Win Roils Technology Sector
Rick Merritt  
11/9/2016   (1) comment
The view of America from Silicon Valley on the day after the U.S. election is, at best, uncertain.
Chip Forecast Rises Through 2017
Rick Merritt  
11/7/2016   Post a comment
International Business Strategies updated its semiconductor forecast to growth through 2017, in part due to rising memory prices and sales.
U.S. Needs Big Bet on Chips
Rick Merritt  
11/2/2016   Post a comment
The U.S. government should launch a new multi-billion national research effort to define a post-silicon semiconductor industry.
U.S. Convenes Chip Study Group
Rick Merritt  
11/1/2016   Post a comment
The Obama administration convened top semiconductor executives to make recommendations on what the sector needs to deal with threats from China and a slowing Moore’s law.
Intel, ARM Battle over IoT
Rick Merritt  
10/25/2016   (1) comment
Intel and ARM load up enhanced processors as their battle over the Internet of Things heats up this week.
LeEco, China’s Disruptive Hybrid
Rick Merritt  
10/20/2016   Post a comment
China’s LeEco is coming to the U.S. with ultra low cost smartphones and smart TVs and an R&D center for them and deep-learning services.
IoT Hears LTE Calling
Rick Merritt  
10/19/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm said AT&T, Verizon and five module makers will use its chip for Cat-M1 and NB1 trials this year and commercial services in 2017.
IoT Startup Taps Blockchain
Rick Merritt  
10/13/2016   Post a comment
Startup Filament has developed an end node for the industrial Internet of Things than extends the LoRa network and uses blockchain as part of its security.
Samsung Needs to Get Transparent
Rick Merritt  
10/12/2016   Post a comment
Samsung owes its customers and the tech community a clear explanation of what happened with the lithium ion batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.
Google Does Consumer Electronics
Rick Merritt  
10/7/2016   Post a comment
Google rolled out its new hardware group and its first products—two smartphones, an Amazon Echo-alike, a VR headset and Wi-Fi access point.
GE Plugs into Industrial Internet
Rick Merritt  
9/28/2016   Post a comment
GE provided a look under the hood of its first major systems geared for the Industrial Internet of Things.
TSMC Expands its 3D Menu
Rick Merritt  
9/23/2016   (1) comment
TSMC showed an expanding array of foundry process technologies, packaging options and applications-specific platforms at an event.
Touch Standard Rides I3C Link
Rick Merritt  
9/15/2016   Post a comment
MIPI aims to replace proprietary interfaces
Chip Process War Heats Up
Rick Merritt  
9/13/2016   Post a comment
Samsung and China are the wild cards
Apple Debuts Three Custom Chips
Rick Merritt  
9/8/2016   Post a comment
AirPods' W1 is company’s first wireless SoC
iPhone7 Boosts Broadcom Results
Rick Merritt  
9/5/2016   Post a comment
Broadcom predicted slightly better than expected results, largely due to increasing content in Apple’s iPhone 7.
Power9 Opens IBM to Partners
Rick Merritt  
8/25/2016   Post a comment
One chip, four variants and tons of eDRAM
AMD Reveals Zen of X86
Rick Merritt  
8/24/2016   Post a comment
New core packs decade of lessons learned
Microsoft Gives Peek at HoloLens Chip
Rick Merritt  
8/23/2016   (3) comments
HPU delivers trillion pixel-ops/second
AMD, Nvidia GPU Battle Heats Up
Rick Merritt  
8/17/2016   Post a comment
DRAMs to drag ICs to -2% in 2016
Rick Merritt  
8/12/2016   (2) comments
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