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Nokia Demos 10 Gbits on High Frequency
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4/9/2015   8 comments
Nokia Networks will demonstrate several next-generation cellular communications strategies at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, highlighting 10 Gbit/second data rates on over high frequencies. The Summit is co-hosted by NYU Wireless and Nokia to bring together wireless/mobile research and development leaders from around the world.
Tracking Software in the Age of Ubiquitous Connectivity
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Software distribution-as-a-Service is a new middleware capability emerging to monitor and manage the health and security of software code and data transported over networks.
The NXP-Freescale Merger—A $4 Billion Giant
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
The NXP/Freescale merger will create a giant expected to hog the road and market share for automotive systems.
Samsung Galaxy S6: A New Slate
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Samsung has invested in maturing its Shannon architecture and as such has ousted Qualcomm and others as the phone’s core chipset and system architecture, says analyst team at Teardown.com.
Bell Labs Opens New Doors
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4/8/2015   5 comments
Bell Labs celebrates is forward looking research at the unveiling of the Nobel Laureate Garden. The president Marcus Weldon's look into its future.
Nanotube Circuits Learn Functions
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Durham University researchers teach nanotube circuits how to perform their functions by evolutionary learning.
RTG4 -- Latest Family of Radiation-Tolerant FPGAs from Microsemi
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Typical uses for RTG4 FPGAs include remote sensing space payloads, such as radar, imaging and spectrometry in civilian, scientific and commercial applications.
Smart Homes Smell the Coffee
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Withings announced a smart home monitor with an air-quality sensor from AMS, the first of many such Internet of Things systems to come.
TSMC Outlines 16nm, 10nm Plans
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4/8/2015   2 comments
TSMC announced plans to roll out updated low-power versions of existing chips and announced its roadmap for smaller process nodes. The company will begin volume production of its 16nm FinFet+ in the middle of this year while breaking ground on 10nm development.
European Chip Market Turns 'Schizophrenic'
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Euro-dollar exchange rates affected European chip market figures significantly in February 2015 with the three-month average of European chip market showing growth when interpreted in euros and showing a decline in dollar terms.
Medtronic Adds to Diabetes Business
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Hot on the heels of its purchase of the Diabeter diabetes clinic and research center, Medtronic signs a licensing agreement for DreaMed Diabetes’ artificial pancreas algorithm.
IC Insights Halves Sensor Growth Forecast
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights Inc. has more than halved the growth it expects to see in the sensors and actuators semiconductor category during 2015 and 2016.
Altera, TSMC Announce First UBM-Free Packaging for MAX 10 FPGAs
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4/7/2015   1 comment
Altera Corp. and foundry supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. cooperate on first UBM-free (under-bump metallization-free) WLCSP (wafer-level chip scale package) technology, despite speculation about Intel being in talks to acquire Altera.
Vote Today! Best Nanotech
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4/7/2015   1 comment
The National Nanotechnology Initiative opens going voting on its best and brightest projects by clicking on its image in a special gallery.
Omnivision Loses Ground in CMOS Image Sensor Ranking
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Sony has pulled out a lead over its nearest competitors in the CMOS image sensor market in 2014 winning more than a quarter of the global market, according to according to market research company Yole Developpement.
Code Visualization Comes to ARM Community
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Percepio has joined the ARM Connected Community, bringing its Tracealyzer code visualization tool to the party.
Atmel Bids for Low-Power MCU Leadership
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Atmel is targeting its SAM21 MCUs at the needs of Internet of Things developers by providing fine-grained feature-by-feature power management.
A PCB Design Tool That Mechanical Engineers Will Love
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4/7/2015   1 comment
Altium's PCBWorks allows printed circuit board data to be created, modified, and then seen in a SolidWorks 3D mechanical design flow.
STEM is Core at Six-Year School
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Students at a new six year academy in Queens, N.Y. may be blazing the trail for integrated high school and college-level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education that aims to prep inner-city kids for a variety of technical and business careers.
Mentor Graphics Drives ISPD Contest
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4/6/2015   1 comment
The contest winners for the Association for Computing Machinery's ACM's) International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) are enumerated as well as Kurt Antreich who was honored for his outstanding achievements.
ARM Injected with Low Power API
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
To suit the ultra low-power needs of many battery-operated devices, SI will develop a power management application programming interface for ARM’s mbed development platforms.
Intel Buys Swiss Smartglasses Startups
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has bought Lemoptix SA, a provider of scanning micromirror technology, and Composyt Light Labs SA, which has developed a see-through display.
Microsoft Office Lens Comes to iOS, Android
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft's smartphone-compatible pocket scanner, Office Lens, is available in full and preview versions on iOS and Android.
Top 50 Contract Manufacturers Ranked
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4/3/2015   2 comments
A website called Manufacturing Market Insider has released a list of the largest 50 electronics manufacturing services companies ranked by sales.
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
Ziptronix Inc., a developer and provider of low-temperature direct bonding interconnect (DBI) technology for 3D integration, has announced a patent licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for the application of its technology to image sensors.
CCD Image Sensors are Dead, says Yole
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
"This is the beginning of the end for Sony CCDs," says Yole's imaging and sensors analyst.
Dual-Function Material Conducts Heat, Absorbs EMI
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
A dual-function, board level material simultaneously improves signal integrity and temperature stability of electronic circuits.
Thread, ZigBee Knit IoT Stacks
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4/2/2015   4 comments
The Thread group and the ZigBee Alliance will define a spec to run the application-level Zigbee Cluster Library over native–IP Thread networks.
CoolCube 3D Goes Monolithic
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4/2/2015   4 comments
The University of Grenoble Alpes (France) has developed their CoolCube 3D chips using a monolithic method.
Reversed Power Converter May Shake Up Power Applications
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4/2/2015   3 comments
The new device, the LT-minus-1000, is a reversed power converter. Operating on normal dark input power, it supplies inverse power on the output. Designed for general purpose inverse power applications, it can supply up to inverse 30 watts.
10 Apple Acquisitions: What Do They Mean?
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
Apple has a habit of buying tech companies. Let's look at its most recent acquisitions and in what ways each might enhance the company's future.
Hybrid Supercapacitor Trumps Thin-Film Lithium Battery
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4/2/2015   2 comments
Researchers at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute have combined two nanomaterials to create a hybrid supercapacitor that combines the best qualities of batteries and supercapacitors by storing large amounts of energy, recharges quickly and can withstand more than 10,000 recharge cycles.
Delphi Selected to Build Audi’s Autopilot Computer
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4/1/2015   1 comment
Automated driving is ante portas – but how will the computers look like that steer the vehicles through the evening rush hour and across the high-speed autobahn? Audi now introduced the electronic brain of future self-driving cars.
Analog EDA Finally Automated
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4/1/2015   8 comments
Reutlingen University has created automated techniques for designing analog circuits, the technology for which it transferred to Cadence, and Rob Rutenbar at the University of Illinois in Urbana described how to convince analog designers use the new tools.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
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4/1/2015   3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Festival Redesigns San Francisco
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4/1/2015   2 comments
Fifty projects -- from a life-size replica of San Francisco Chronicle writer Herb Caen’s typewriter, with seats, to a microhousing installation -- will be on display at the Market Street Prototyping Festival. Organizers hope that some designs will be integrated into the long-term design of SF’s sidewalks.
KIT, Schaeffler Optimize Power Steering for Electric Cars
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4/1/2015   Post a comment
A joint research project from mechatronics company Schaeffler AG and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is developing concepts that make power steering for electric vehicles more energy efficient.
Medical Chip Market on 12% CAGR
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
Moves to smaller and portable medical equipment for use away from hospitals is driving up sales of ICs and sensors in the medical semiconductor market, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Philips Offloads LED Lighting Components Unit for $2.8 Billion
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
Philips has agreed to sell an 80.1 percent stake in the company's lighting components division for $2.8 billion to Go Scale Capital, a technology fund that will seek to build the company's automotive LED business.
Toshiba Ups Ante in 3D NAND Fray
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3/31/2015   1 comment
Toshiba’s 48-layer BiCS technology will be a stepping stone for the transition from 2D planar NAND with 3D NAND flash production likely to ramp up for all major memory makers in 2016
3D Qualcomm SoC Testing on Horizon
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3/31/2015   26 comments
Qualcomm is doing extensive research into how to build 3D structures on a single die without having to use through-silicon-vias (TSVs) and hopes to test 3D SoCs soon.
Graphene's First Commercial Success: Energy-Saving Light Bulbs?
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3/31/2015   2 comments
The first commercially viable consumer product to use graphene will be an energy-saving lightbulb which is slated to go on sale later in 2015 according to the device's developers.
Neural Networks Take on Embedded Vision
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3/30/2015   1 comment
Synopsys configurable vision coprocessor architecture uses ARC-based RISC cores in tandem with specialized object detection processing engines.
Analysts Cool on Intel/Altera Combo
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3/30/2015   14 comments
Analysts gave a chilly reception to the idea of Intel acquiring Altera, the world’s second largest FPGA maker and a new foundry customer for Intel.
Why MediaTek Pushes Cross-Device Sharing
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3/30/2015   5 comments
MediaTek is creating a technology, called CrossMount, that will link and share software and hardware resources of televisions and handheld devices in ways that would fulfill their unrealized potential. What’s behind the Taiwanese IC giant’s ambition?
OFC: Facebook Engineer Wants Silicon Photonics Now
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
At the annual panel session for editors and analysts, an engineer from Facebook pushed engineers from suppliers to lower costs while at the same time increasing data rates.
Researchers Claim 44x Power Cuts
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3/30/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois invented the worlds first on/off transceiver fast enough for commercialization, saving up to $870 million per year in datacenter power bills.
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs?
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3/30/2015   5 comments
Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
Integre Brings x1 HyperLink DSP to FPGA
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
Integre’s IP core allows a user-defined system to communicate with TMS320C66x multicore DSPs from Texas Instruments using a single lane high speed SERDES interface, or to another FPGA.
SanDisk Goes For Big Data Flash Market
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
InfiniFlash storage platform puts company in competition with customers and aims to deliver flash capacity at a price point competitive with hard disk drives
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