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Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol
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7/15/2014   6 comments
Google's Nest is leading Thread, a new group promoting a home automation protocol for secure mesh networks over 802.15.4 radios that it has been using in its products since its inception.
Vishay to Buy Capella for $205M
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7/14/2014   Post a comment
In a move aimed at strengthening its optical sensor business, Vishay Intertechnology has agreed to acquire Capella Microsystems Inc. of Taiwan for $205 million.
IBM Preps for Post-Silicon Era
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7/14/2014   9 comments
Amid reports that it may sell its chip fabs, IBM announced plans to spend $3 billion over five years on chip-related research, much of it for what one executive calls alternatives in a post-silicon era.
IBM Migrates to the Cloud
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7/14/2014   3 comments
IBM says it can offer its cloud customers 90 percent savings with its hardware, software, and storage capability for cloud-based and hybrid users.
Smart Sensors Offer Haptic Feedback
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7/14/2014   1 comment
Fraunhofer ISC's Centre for Smart Materials has demonstrated materials that can be used to create intelligent sensors with haptic feedback.
3D Tetrapod Quantum Dots Outperform
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7/11/2014   2 comments
Tetrapod quantum dots offer brighter more colorful organic light emitting diode displays as well as anti-counterfeiting capabilities for currency, microchips, 3-D printed objects and nearly anything else.
Can Samsung Get Qualcomm in LTE Market?
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7/11/2014   8 comments
Samsung took the wraps off of a new LTE radio chip. It's noteworthy that the company has integrated its own quad-core application processor and called it Exynos ModAP. The Korean behemoth's intention is clear: Get Qualcomm.
TSMC Said to Ship Apple SoCs
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7/10/2014   15 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. began shipping mobile processors to Apple during the second quarter of this year and will continue through 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Gartner Raises 2014 Chip Market Growth Forecast
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7/10/2014   1 comment
The global chip market will be worth $336 billion in 2014, up 6.7 percent from 2013, according to market analysis company Gartner Inc. This is higher than the forecast of 5.4 percent growth Gartner gave three months before.
Honda Admits Software Problem, Recalls 175,000 Hybrids
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7/10/2014   71 comments
For the first time, a carmaker has conceded that a software glitch in electronic control units could cause sudden acceleration. Honda, citing software problems, is recalling 175,000 hybrid vehicles in Japan.
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices
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7/10/2014   8 comments
This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
Qualcomm Snaps Up CSR's Imaging Team
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7/10/2014   Post a comment
Cellphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying the imaging operations of CSR plc, which are based in Israel, according to local reports. CSR announced it would be selling the business for $44 million on July 2.
MCUs, Memory Balance Security, Performance
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7/10/2014   1 comment
The need to secure devices at the MCU or SSD level is becoming more pressing thanks to BYOD and the Internet of Things, but perceptions linger that encryption degrades device performance.
Bell Labs Hits 10 Gbit/s Broadband Over Copper
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7/10/2014   4 comments
Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs invents new way to get broadband speeds of 1-to-10 gigabits per second over standard copper wire.
2-Year Chipmaking Equipment Spending Boom Coming
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7/10/2014   Post a comment
After years of underspending on chipmaking equipment, the semiconductor industry is set for two consecutive strong growth years, according to the SEMI industry organization.
Nanotubes May Put IBM Watson in a Pocket
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7/10/2014   2 comments
Stanford research describes progress in carbon nanotubes, noting the material's promise to pack the equivalent of IBM's Watson system into a handheld.
Linaro’s Android Open-Source Project Ported to ARMv8-A
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7/9/2014   Post a comment
Following the recent announcement of the Android L Developer Preview supporting the 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture, Linaro has announced that a port of the Android Open-Source Project (AOSP) to the ARMv8-A architecture has been made available.
DesignCon Extends 2015 Abstract Deadline
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7/9/2014   Post a comment
DesignCon 2015 has extended its deadline for submitting abstracts to July 18, 2014.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves
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7/9/2014   6 comments
Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
Inductive Charging Takes Shape at BMW & Daimler
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7/9/2014   9 comments
BMW plans to launch series production for inductive charging schemes for electric vehicles. The project is conducted along with competitor Daimler. Each company plans to provide a uniform charging technology for the garage at home.
Mapper Opens Russian MEMS Fab
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7/9/2014   1 comment
Mapper Lithography BV, a pioneer of the use of direct-write e-beam to characterize photoresist for chip production, has established a MEMS manufacturing site in Moscow for the production of e-beam deflection lens components for inclusion in its lithography systems.
XS Embedded Deal Gives Mentor Inside Track in Car Race
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7/9/2014   2 comments
The acquisition of German company XS Embedded makes Mentor Graphics by far “the most complete” automotive embedded system company in the world, according to Mentor executive.
Invensense MEMS Merges With Movea Motion
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7/8/2014   4 comments
Invensense buys Movea and Trusted Positioning to bolster its motion processing algorithms embedded in its micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS), system-on-chips, and future sensor hubs.
HAMEG Name Ends, Lives On as Rohde & Schwarz
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
HAMEG operations to continue and expand. Products to be marketed as R&S value line.
Medical Devices Require Radiation-Tolerant Memory
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7/8/2014   8 comments
While a great deal of focus for memory in medical applications is placed on size and power consumption, devices that are smarter and implantable will need to withstand sterilization through radiation.
Connected Car: NXP's One-Chip Wireless Design
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7/8/2014   1 comment
European Drive C2X project gets a new approved part. NXP’s TEF510x, the second product from the RoadLINK range, is now available to automotive OEMs.
MIT Puts 36-Core Internet on a Chip
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7/8/2014   3 comments
MIT has created an Internet-on-a-chip architecture that can scale to any number processors using twin mesh networks to ensure cache coherency even though its prototype has only 32 cores.
Chip Market Growth Moderated in May
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
Europe's three-month average chip sales in May pushed forward showing strengthening growth year-on-year while the rest of world saw growth rates decline, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), that referenced the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
IoT Group Defines Comms Spec
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7/8/2014   4 comments
The Open Interconnect Group backed by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, and Samsung aims to ease the job of connecting devices in the emerging Internet of Things.
6 Keys to Navigating Connected Car's Software Quagmire
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7/8/2014   11 comments
The rush to achieve connected cars has thrown the automotive industry into a technological quagmire. EE Times dissects the technological building blocks and lays out who the players are and who benefits most.
Rigol Campus Combines Manufacturing & Engineering
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
Suzhou facility provides for continued growth.
Module Boost Indoor Tracking Accuracy
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7/7/2014   1 comment
Fabless semi company DecaWave aims to end accuracy issues associated with the burgeoning indoor location tracking market. Its new CMOS module, based on the DWM1000 chip, locates objects using time of flight systems to a precision of 10 cm indoors.
Panasonic to Make 14nm SoCs at Intel
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7/7/2014   8 comments
Panasonic will use a new low-power variant of Intel's 14nm process to make SoCs -- the latest sign of Intel's growing foundry business.
Intel Wants Open-Source Analytics
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7/7/2014   2 comments
While Intel finishes work on an upgrade of its Hadoop distribution with Cloudera, it is setting its sights on driving analytics to open source, too.
Lowest Power MEMS Mic Cuts Noise
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7/6/2014   6 comments
At 200 microAmps, Knowles claims new low for MEMS mics making its microphone ideal for always-on circuitry.
Qualcomm Buys Wilocity to Dominate 60 GHz
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7/3/2014   2 comments
In the ramp up to ubiquitous 60-GHz technology, Qualcomm has acquired Wilocity, a developer of 60-GHz wireless chipsets based on the IEEE 802.11ad standard, also known as WiGig. Qualcomm is the first major player to publicly integrate 60 GHz into its roadmap.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now?
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7/3/2014   16 comments
SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench
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7/3/2014   Post a comment
National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.
Murata Agrees to Digital Power Module Collaboration With Ericsson
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7/3/2014   1 comment
Murata Power Solutions has entered into a technical collaboration agreement with Ericsson that has the goal of accelerating the adoption of digital power products.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices
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7/3/2014   10 comments
This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
Datacenters Drive 25GE Effort
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7/3/2014   14 comments
Ethernet products running at 25 and 50 Gbits/s could emerge within 12 to 18 months, thanks to a consortium driven by datacenter rivals Google and Microsoft.
IBM Pledges Nanotube Transistor by 2020 or Bust
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7/2/2014   5 comments
After over two decades of work on carbon nanotube transistors, IBM finally thinks is may have a workable architecture -- if the kinks can be worked out by 2020.
EZchip Buys Tilera
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7/1/2014   9 comments
EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.
Samsung Explains OS Shift for Smartwatches
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7/1/2014   Post a comment
Less than six months after announcing it would drop Android for a home-grown operating system, Samsung is getting back in the sack with the open source OS. At Google’s developer conference last week, officials announced that the Samsung Gear Live would be one of three smartwatches debuting Android Wear, but little attention was paid to the transition.
Qualcomm Dominated Cellular Baseband Market in Q1
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7/1/2014   Post a comment
Qualcomm still ruled cellular baseband market in the first quarter, while Intel dropped from third to fifth.
Regulators Fail to Take Conflict Out of Conflict Minerals
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7/1/2014   3 comments
Barely half of the publicly quoted US companies required to file their first conflict minerals reports did so by the June 2 deadline. Those that did file only managed to offer minimal transparency as to whether any tin, tungsten, tantalum, or gold used in their products was sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo or neighboring war-torn countries.
Bosch Holds Top Position in Auto MEMS
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7/1/2014   1 comment
Bosch extended its lead in the automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors market last year in a big way, according to a new report from IHS Technology.
China, Not Apple, Is Way to Go, Says mCube CEO
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7/1/2014   4 comments
Ben Lee, CEO of MEMS startup mCube, explains why he wants to spend $37 million on being a supplier of sensors to Chinese ODMs and avoiding a design win with Apple or Samsung.
ARM Jumps on Open-Source Sensors
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7/1/2014   Post a comment
ARM Semiconductors jumps into the open-source sensor hubs game by teaming with sensor algorithm company Sensor Platforms to produce open-source software for sensor hub applications.
Magnetic RAM Remains Niche Memory – for Now
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6/30/2014   4 comments
One report is bullish on MRAM's growth prospects and its potential to replace DRAM and SRAM, while the primary vendor of the nonvolatile memory still sees plenty of short-term opportunity in niche applications, including enterprise storage.
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