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Infineon expects to grow revenue by 8% in 2015

Infineon's fourth quarter 2014 revenues grew to €1.175billion, a 6% increase over the previous quarter. Revenue growth was said to be particularly strong in the Industrial Power Control (IPC), Power Management & Multimarket (PMM) and Chip Card & Security (CCS) segments.

Microchip enhances dsPIC family for harsh environments

The latest addition to Microchip's dsPIC family is said to bring improved noise immunity and robustness for applications operating in harsh environments, as well as the ability to run from a 5V supply. The parts offer a capability of 70MIPS and feature DSP acceleration for high speed control algorithms.

When it comes to the IoT, what are the opportunities for the semiconductor industry?

One of the problems with the Internet of Things (IoT) is its definition; it means different things to different people. And NXP's CEO Rick Clemmer hit the nail on the head during this year's CEO Roundtable at electronica. "Nobody knows what the IoT is," he asserted. His interpretation? "We should be thinking about the IoT making life easier; it should be about a smarter world."

Qualcomm to develop ARM based server chips

Qualcomm has announced plans to develop ARM based chips targeted at the burgeoning market for data centres. Company CEO Steve Mollenkopf, pictured, said at its latest investor meeting the server market is 'an interesting opportunity' and will be worth more than $15billion a year by 2020. "We will have a server product," he said. "Qualcomm's road map at the high end is merging with what is feasible to put into a data centre."

Metal oxide clusters could provide an alternative to flash memory

While flash memory is a widely used storage medium, manufacturers are facing challenges when it comes to making the devices on leading edge processes. Although flash manufacturers are looking to 3D arrangements to avoid these problems, researchers from the University of Glasgow and Rovira I Virgili University in Spain believe molecular electronics could be another useful solution.

€1bn contract to kit Typhoon with leading electronic radar system

A €1billion contract signed by defence ministers from a number of countries will lead to what is being called a 'world leading' electronic radar system for the Eurofighter Typhoon. The deal will see the Captor E-Scan Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar System (AESA) integrated onto the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Intel to build HPC processor on 10nm process

Looking to meet the challenges of future high performance computing (HPC) systems, Intel says it will build the third generation of its Xeon Phi product family on a 10nm process technology. The chips, codenamed Knights Hill, will feature the company's Omni-Path Fabric technology, rather than the Infiniband interconnect.

Low cost, high pin count 32bit MCUs

Microchip has launched a new range of what it describes as low cost, high pin count 32bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). The company says that, by bringing together key features from its PICM32MX1/2 and PIC32MX5 MCU families, it has created a device suited to applications with complex code requirements.

FPGA is ‘just another processor core’

Altera and IBM have developed an FPGA based acceleration platform that connects an FPGA coherently to a POWER8 CPU via IBM's Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI). By sharing virtual memory between the FPGA and processor, the reconfigurable hardware accelerator is said to improve system performance, efficiency and flexibility in high performance computing and data centre applications.

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