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Micron SSD Allows MLC to Mimic SLC
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
New 16nm lithography enables Micron to offer dynamic write acceleration, enabling MLC NAND to behave as SLC and better meet the demands of mobile computing.
7nm EUV Could Ease 10nm Squeeze
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9/16/2014   18 comments
After a cost-squeezed 10 nm node using mainly immersion steppers, EUV will be ready for production on 7 nm chips, says ASML’s latest lithography road map.
HGST Fires Up Flash Fabric
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
The Western Digital-owned enterprise storage company is leveraging recently acquisitions to turn Flash into a platform with clustering of PCIe storage devices.
Open-Silicon Speeds ASIC/SoC Development for 100G Networks
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
Open-Silicon has just announced a complete 28Gbps SerDes evaluation platform including a board, test chip, and characterization data.
7 Most Audacious Medtech Predictions
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9/16/2014   9 comments
Making the blind see and the crippled walk sounds like something from a book of miracles; instead they're predictions that medical devices may make come true.
ZF Swallows TRW Automotive
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
US-based TRW Automotive has been acquired by automotive parts company ZF Friedrichshafen, creating the second largest automotive suppliers after Robert Bosch GmbH.
Cavium Attacks B'com in Switches
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9/16/2014   3 comments
Cavium aims to leapfrog networking giant Broadcom with new Ethernet switches from its acquisition of Xpliant, which has both a novel chip and approach to semiconductor startups.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India
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9/15/2014   19 comments
Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
5G Rise Slowed by Cost, Regulation
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9/15/2014   1 comment
Much needs to be done to secure the infrastructure necessary for fifth-generation wireless communications and the use of millimeter wave technology. As researchers at NYU Polytechnic’s wireless research center make strides in mapping and measuring frequencies between 10 and 300 GHz, Moore's Law and governmental regulations are slowing the process.
New 'Runaway Toyota' Case Tests DOJ's Integrity
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9/12/2014   40 comments
Just as the memory of Toyota's unintended acceleration cases began to fade, at least in the minds of the media and a few million thus far unaffected Toyota owners, in comes Robert Ruginis to dredge it all up again.
Intel Buys Powerwave Patents
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9/12/2014   5 comments
Intel acquired more than 1,400 patents and patent applications from Powerwave Technologies. The company purchased the patent portfolio for an undisclosed amount from an affiliate of The Gores Group, which obtained the patents following Powerwave's bankruptcy.
Will Artificial Hearts Be Next Big Thing in Medtech?
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9/12/2014   9 comments
The total artificial heart might be the next medtech goldmine. Shares of artificial heart maker Carmat climbed nearly 20% in midday trading on September 5 amidst recently confirmed rumors that the company’s technology had been successfully implanted in the second human patient.
Connected EVs Drive Farther, Project Finds
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9/12/2014   3 comments
A research consortium headed by carmaker BMW explored ways to extend the driving range of electric cars at a given battery capacity. The result: Smart driving strategies and connected technologies can extend the range by as much as 15%, even with available batteries.
Moore's Law Has No End in Sight
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9/12/2014   22 comments
Gallium arsenide (GaAs) will soon outpace silicon as a higher-performance choice for implementing integrated circuits, according to POET Technologies Inc.
Mars Probe Looks for Atmosphere 'Lost in Space'
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9/12/2014   2 comments
NASA's latest Martian probe is fast approaching the Red Planet to begin exploring its upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind to determine why our once-watery planetary neighbor has evolved into a barren, frozen world.
2 Years of Plenty Coming for Chip Industry
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9/11/2014   3 comments
Amid an abundance of market opportunities both in terms of applications and regions, the chip market is showing clear signs of a recovery, according to Malcolm Penn, CEO and principle analyst with market research firm Future Horizons.
5G Research Rides MM Waves
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9/11/2014   Post a comment
Connectivity is difficult in dense urban areas, but using higher frequencies will be the answer to connectivity issues, with 5G in full use by 2020. Following an “enormous response” by attendees at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, researchers at NYU Wireless are furthering their investigation into the 5G spectrum and millimeter wave frequencies.
Power Week: DOE – EVs Everywhere, Anyhow
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9/11/2014   1 comment
The DOE has announced $55 million in planned investments in 31 new projects (details available) -- including several that are researching "beyond Lithium-ion" technologies -- intended to accelerate the research and development of efficient vehicles.
Intel Opens Door on 7nm, Foundry
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9/11/2014   15 comments
Intel said it sees a path to making 7 nm chips without EUV lithography and gave its most detailed talk to date on its foundry service to share its chipmaking capabilities.
IDF: Tabula Unleashes Extreme 3PLD-Based Coms & Server Boards
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9/10/2014   7 comments
At the Intel Developers Forum, Tabula is demonstrating a suite of extreme performance, FPGA-based communications and server boards.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes
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9/10/2014   5 comments
Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
Apple Unveils Watch, iPhone 6
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9/9/2014   10 comments
Apple dives into wearables, debuts two new iPhones -- and promises to revolutionize mobile payments with Apple Pay.
GM Spurs Development of Automated Driving
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9/9/2014   17 comments
General Motors wants to take the lead in highly automated driving: While European carmakers pursue rather long-term plans with automated driving, the US carmaker changes to the fast lane.
Intel Xeon Boosts Workstation & Servers
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9/9/2014   5 comments
Intel said at its developer conference that it has upgraded its Xeon processors for workstations and servers to version three, and that the new Xeons, with 22nm 3D Tri-Gate technology and "per-core" dynamic regulation, have broken world performance records.
JEDEC Releases Wide I/O 2 Mobile DRAM Standard
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9/9/2014   Post a comment
Following the recent release of the LPDDR4 spec, JEDEC publishes its Wide I/O 2 mobile DRAM standard for 3D memory devices.
DDR4 Ramps Up, Enterprise First
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9/9/2014   1 comment
While DDR3 got its start in client devices, DDR4 will hit enterprise servers and datacenters first, driven by in-memory systems and high transaction computing that require better performance and higher density.
Small Cells Tipped by Big 3
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9/9/2014   7 comments
Nokia Networks, Ericsson, and Alcatel-Lucent announced updates to their small cell base stations, highlighting migration to LTE-Advanced with features such as carrier aggregation and easier connections to heterogeneous networks.
Smart Shirts Take the Court at US Open
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9/8/2014   2 comments
Tennis fans attending the US Open this year in New York may have a reason to give the ball boys a second look. Several of them will be sporting the latest in wearable technology -- Polo Tech smart shirts designed by Ralph Lauren.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G
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9/8/2014   4 comments
Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G SerDes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
Smartwatch Dev Kit: TI Chronos Not Just for Goal-Line Tech
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9/8/2014   14 comments
With smartwatches becoming all the rage, we decided to tear into TI's Chronos development kit to see what makes them tick.
Austria's AMS Shopping for Wafer Fab
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9/8/2014   6 comments
AMS, which manufactures analog circuits, MEMS and sensors in Austria on 200mm-diameter wafers, wants to buy another wafer fab.
How Secure Is Your USB?
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9/8/2014   3 comments
Reverse engineering a USB controller's firmware is a possible route hackers could take into your device. What one chip industry IP vendor partnership is doing about it.
NFC: Locking iPhone Users In
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9/8/2014   26 comments
The biggest game-changer iPhone 6 is expected to bring is a breakthrough Apple has negotiated with mobile carriers, banks, and credit card companies.
Entrepreneurs Seek Bridge to Iran
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9/8/2014   4 comments
Iran has the engineers and universities to spawn a Silicon Valley in the Middle East if it can overcome steep political, economic, and cultural challenges, said speakers at the Bridge 2014 conference.
B’com Upgrades WiFi, BT Combo
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9/5/2014   2 comments
roadcom announced a next-generation WiFi 2x2 Multiple Input Multiple Output combo chip for mobile devices. The BCM4358 chipset aims to improve user experience on various connected devices by partitioning Bluetooth and WiFi communications.
Intel Core M Puts PC Back on Map
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9/5/2014   21 comments
Intel says its latest Core M features up to 700 percent boost in performance at just 25 percent of the power previously consumed by laptop PCs.
Employees at Apple Supplier Factory at Risk, Report Says
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9/4/2014   9 comments
A factory in Suqian, China was found to have a number of serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations, according to a report from China Labor Watch and Green America. Catcher manufactures metal iPad covers and other parts for fifth generation iPhones and contracts with Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Sony, HTC, Motorola and others.
Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm
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9/4/2014   9 comments
Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
QuickLogic's Sub-150µW Smartphone/Wearable Sensor Hub
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9/4/2014   1 comment
Need to integrate accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, pressure, temperature, humidity, ambient light, gesture, proximity and heart rate monitor sensors? QuickLogic's ArcticLink 3 S2 has you covered.
6 Things I Expect at IDF
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9/4/2014   5 comments
The annual Intel Developer Conference will put a spotlight on the Internet of Things, Broadwell processors, 14nm process technology, new server CPUs and hopefully more.
Can Curved AMOLED Give Samsung a Clear Edge?
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9/4/2014   4 comments
Samsung springs a surprise at IFA 2014 in Berlin by revealing the Galaxy Note Edge, a curved 2,560 x 1,440-pixel AMOLED phablet with a wraparound screen that can display notifications, icons, and news scrolling like a ticker.
Boston-Area EMC Seminar, Sept. 16
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9/4/2014   3 comments
EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt will give a practical EMC seminar at Bose Corp. in Framingham, Mass., on September 16, 2014.
Consumer-Driven Surveillance Takes Shape
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9/4/2014   Post a comment
Although recording a crime does not prevent it from happening, banks, shop owners, city administrators, and law enforcement agencies all take for granted that more video surveillance equals more security.
Startup Gestures for Home Control
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9/4/2014   Post a comment
Clapping to turn lights on and off may too gimmicky in the unfolding Internet of Things, so a Minnesota startup is taking home automation into the 21st century. Playtabase aims to manufacture its Reemo automation system as a bridge product between ease of access and health.
Power Week: Tesla Gigafactory Will Fail to Meet Li-ion Price Goals, Says Report
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9/4/2014   5 comments
Just as the location of Tesla's planned Gigafactory is being announced, a new report casts doubt on whether the giant battery factory will be able to achieve its targeted cost-reduction goals for lithium ion cells.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry?
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9/4/2014   13 comments
By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
Super Cheap Windows Devices Emerge At IFA
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9/3/2014   11 comments
Asus, Acer, and Toshiba announce some of the most affordable Windows devices ever at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with prices as low as $120. Is the user experience up to snuff?
DesignCon Mascot Goes to a Bullfight
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9/3/2014   Post a comment
Chiphead, DesignCon's mascot, recently visited Spain and Amsterdam. See his pictorial essay.
Nokia Upgrades LTE-A Systems
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9/3/2014   2 comments
Nokia today announced upgrades to its network that would allow operators to migrate WiMAX networks to TD-LTE-Advanced. The company’s 3.5 GHz carrier aggregation capable radio with new TD-LTE-Advanced features aims to smooth the transition to more advanced networks as well as improve service in dense user environments.
Photodevice Detects Color With Metal Grating
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9/3/2014   1 comment
Researchers have created a CMOS-compatible color photodetector that uses aluminium grating technology rather than color filters to make the sensor respond to red, green, and blue light.
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