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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.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil
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9/3/2014   5 comments
Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
GoPro Puts Consumers in 'Matrix'
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9/3/2014   8 comments
It’s just a lab experiment today, but camera pioneer Tim Macmillan showed 360-degree stop action effects GoPro is developing with consumer camera arrays.
Engineers Pioneer Future at Freescale Discovery Lab
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9/3/2014   4 comments
Freescale announces its Discovery Lab, where engineers will be allowed to develop their dreams of the future.
Always-On Touch Gestures Save Time & Battery
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9/3/2014   3 comments
New touchscreen controller allows you to open apps by drawing a user-defined symbol on the blank screen.
50G Ethernet Debate Brewing
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9/3/2014   11 comments
The Ethernet Alliance will host a discussion on the future of Ethernet at which engineers are expected to debate the need for a 50G standard, among other issues.
Europe Leads in Chip Market Growth
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9/2/2014   1 comment
In July, Europe showed the strongest year-on-year growth of all regions tracked by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
MIPS Moves Multicore Battle to Clustering
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9/2/2014   3 comments
Imagination Technologies launches its I-class I6400 MIPS 64-bit processor with a focus on multi: multithreading, multicore, and multicluster coherent processing.
Anatomy of an ARM Server Chip
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9/2/2014   3 comments
Four out of the top five server IC companies prefer ARM. The server market bloodied ARM in recent years, but ARM is bouncing back with help from the popularity of the ARMv8 64-bit architecture.
IoT Gives Old Technology New Life
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9/2/2014   2 comments
Cypress Semiconductor sees a great deal of potential for SONOS technology, dating back to the 1960s, for addressing scaling and power challenges in Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War
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9/2/2014   3 comments
With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
IBM Watson Speeds Drug Research
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8/29/2014   7 comments
IBM Watson moves from supplying known answers to tough questions to making its own discoveries in life sciences and pharmaceutical research.
Samsung Funds III-V FinFETs in US Lab
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8/29/2014   10 comments
Samsung is funding Penn State researchers working to fabricate III-V indium gallium arsenide FinFETs for possible use at the seven-nanometer node.
Imagination Takes On Raspberry Pi
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8/29/2014   13 comments
Imagination Technologies has developed its own version of Raspberry Pi, using a MIPS-based processor from Ingenic.
Microchip in Pursuit of CSR
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8/29/2014   11 comments
Microchip confirmed Thursday that it has had preliminary mutual discussions with CSR.
Are There Marsquakes on Mars?
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8/29/2014   15 comments
A 2016 mission will investigate the stuff under the surface of Mars that the Curiosity Rover is currently investigating.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
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8/28/2014   13 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Rohm Opens MEMS Foundry Operation
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8/28/2014   Post a comment
Rohm Co. Ltd. created a foundry business at the six-inch Miyazaki wafer fab of its Lapis Semiconductor subsidiary that integrates product design and manufacturing based on the combination of thin-film piezoelectric processes and MEMS.
Power Week: RF Charging Startup & Dialog Semi Team Up for Over-the-Air Power
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8/28/2014   1 comment
This week, "over-the-air" power got a boost when RF charging startup Energous and Dialog Semiconductor agreed to jointly develop a proof-of-concept reference design to help develop the market for a remote, wire-free charging technology.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs
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8/28/2014   10 comments
Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
White Goods Consolidation Drives Power Deals
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8/27/2014   3 comments
The power semiconductor industry has seen two key announcements this week, highlighting some serious consolidation, all driven by agitation in the white goods market.
Apple Preps Jumbo iPad
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8/27/2014   11 comments
Apple is preparing a larger version of its iPad for release in 2015. The bigger iPad, with a screen as big as those of laptops, could help Apple stir up fresh interest in its tablets.
Forget iPhone: 4 Megatrends in China’s Smartphone Market
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8/27/2014   19 comments
Touch Taiwan is exposing some of Asia’s techno-political tensions, focused on one question: Who will own the display technologies likely to dominate the rapidly changing smartphone market in China?
Google's Project Ara Is Science Fiction, Says Critic
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8/27/2014   7 comments
Google’s Project Ara to develop a modular mobile smartphone is destined to remain nothing more than a science project, warns blogger and former senior analyst Richard Windsor.
Google Preps Virtual Network
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8/27/2014   2 comments
Google described Andromeda, a central server-based controller users will be able to access to create, run, and extend virtual networks running in Google's data centers.
Brazil's Path to Hardware Manufacturing at Home
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8/26/2014   29 comments
John Hall, President of the Linux Foundation, lays out a scenario for how a clone of the Raspberry Pi, only better and much cheaper, could be made in Brazil. Call it the Plum Pi.
Fairchild to Close 2 Manufacturing Facilities
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8/26/2014   7 comments
Fairchild is eliminating its internal 5-in wafer fabrication lines and shuttering its fabs in West Jordan, Utah and Penang, Malaysia.
JEDEC Unveils Low-Power Memory Standard
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8/26/2014   5 comments
JEDEC published its LPDDR4 specification, which, with a redesigned architecture, operates twice as fast as LPDDR3, while still saving power.
SanDisk Bullish on SSD Adoption
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8/26/2014   5 comments
Ultra II is aimed at consumers looking to upgrade HDD or first generation SSD with simple migration tools in a PC market that has experienced flat growth at best.
Digital Light Processor Downsizes & Diversifies
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8/26/2014   9 comments
The digital light processor (DLP) was used in the first and most popular large-screen televisions, but now it has been downsized for pico-applications from projectors built-into smartphones to smart glasses.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
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8/26/2014   12 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Intel Shrinks 3G Chip for IoT
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8/25/2014   10 comments
Intel’s latest modem for the mobile Internet of Things, the XMM 6225, aims to grow into the market with cellular communications and high levels of integration. The company is touting the platform as the industry’s smallest, with a 300 mm2 footprint.
Google Glass & Lookalikes Find Niches
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8/25/2014   8 comments
Google Glass, Recon Jet, and Epson Moverio have been solutions looking for a problem for three years, but by combining these head-mounted output devices with a hands/voice-free input device the secret sauce may have finally congealed.
Murata to Buy RF IC Vendor Peregrine for $471M
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8/25/2014   1 comment
Passive component powerhouse, Japan’s Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has taken a major step to expand its RF component and wireless business with a $471 million deal to acquire fabless RF IC maker Peregrine Semiconductor Corp.
NAND, DRAM 3D-Transition Roadmaps
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8/25/2014   Post a comment
IC Insights has done its best to encapsulate the latest information from DRAM and NAND vendors to provide a roadmap for the transition to finer geometry processes and to multi-layered memories.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously?
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8/25/2014   24 comments
China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Microsoft, Opera Partner On Phone Browser
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8/22/2014   Post a comment
Opera Software's Opera Mini browser will replace Nokia's Xpress on Nokia feature phones, but Microsoft's long-term plan for old Nokia products is unclear.
US Military To Launch Open Source Academy
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8/22/2014   1 comment
Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Mississippi will offer open source training and Linux certification for military personnel and civilians in groundbreaking new program.
iPhone 6 Production Delays May Hurt Availability
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8/22/2014   1 comment
Apple's iPhone manufacturing partners are struggling to produce displays for the upcoming iPhone 6 after a last-minute design change caused widespread delays.
iPhone 6 Facts – Finally
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8/22/2014   30 comments
Top 10 app developer separates fact from rumors about Apple's coming iPhone 6.
Vehicle-to-Vehicle: 7 Things to Know About Uncle Sam's Plan
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8/22/2014   17 comments
Now that more new cars are equipped with ADAS, the NHTSA plan, unveiled this week, to require V2V communications technologies in all new passenger cars might seem too little, too late.
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