Chip designers link up on drives

Two leading Chinese chip designers, Loongson Technology and Hunan Goke joined forces on Monday to boost the homegrown semiconductor industry’s competence in controllers for solid state drives, a crucial component of data storage devices. Loongson Technology Corp and Hunan Goke Microelectronics Co Ltd said in Beijing that they had established Read more…

Xiaomi will unveil its own SoC soon

Xiaomi confirmed it is developing its own system-on-a-chip (SoC). The SoC will reportedly be named Pinecone and have eight Cortex-A53 cores. The company will introduce the SoC on February 28 at an event in Beijing. Further details are not yet given in the announcement on Weibo.  The Pinecone octa-core would be a 14nm-soc Read more…

China creates key telecom chip

Chinese company China Electronics Corporation (CEC) announced to successfully have developed a high-density chip called CTC8096 (GoldenGate) for data transmission in telecommunication. Centec Networks, a company belonging to CEC, developed the fourth-generation switching chip, which consists of 940 million transistors and has a switching capacity of 1.2T. According to Sun Read more…

Huawei invests in British chip designer XMOS

Earlier this week Huawei made its first equity investment in a UK technology company, namely in the Bristol-based semiconductor company XMOS. It did so together with Bosch and Xilinx, jointly raising $26 million. XMOS was founded in 2005 as a spin-off from Bristol University. It is a privately held, fabless semiconductor company. The company provides programmable Read more…