G’foundries Revamps China Deal

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Globalfoundries and city government officials from Chengdu, China, will break ground Saturday on a new fab valued at roughly $10 billion. The foundry simultaneously announced expansions for fabs in Germany, the U.S. and Singapore, although it declined to put dollar figures on them. Globalfoundries suggested it is putting on the back…

AI Attracts Embedded Chip Veteran

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A veteran semiconductor executive launched a company to serve machine-learning startups that target embedded systems. He is already tracking more than 200 companies jumping into the fray that technology web giants such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook see as strategic. “There’s a gold rush of ideas and market applications … it’s…

AI Tapped to Improve Design

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Nine companies and three universities have launched a research effort to see if machine learning can solve some of the toughest problems in electronics design. The center is one of many efforts across the industry trying to tap into the emerging technology. Like many ideas in tech, “it all started in…

IoT Contest Shows Security Gaps

SAN JOSE, Calif. — An engineer with little working experience in security used open-source code to win a challenge finding breaches in a home network. The effort, while promising, showed that there’s still plenty of work ahead to close vulnerabilities in the Internet of Things, participants said. Contestants were provided with two short recordings of RF traffic…

IoT Startup Rides LoRa

SAN JOSE, Calif. – A startup will ride LoRa and Wi-Fi networks to bring the Internet of Things to consumers and businesses this year. TrackNet snagged $7 million in A-series funding from two investors who will help it build and deploy routers and sensors. By June, the startup aims to be in production with hybrid…