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E-Waste: Lack of Info Plagues Efforts to Reduce E-Waste
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12/31/2013   13 comments
Fixing e-waste problems is hampered by lack of information on both ends of trade flows, according to an MIT study. Poorer nations need to track e-waste coming onto their shores, which means tracking codes need to be created.
HP Lays Off 5,000 More Employees
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12/31/2013   75 comments
HP has now trimmed 11 percent of its workforce for the year as the company announces 5,000 new job cuts, bringing the total number of workers laid off by the company to 34,000 for the year.
KKR Gains 6.8% Stake in Marvell
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12/31/2013   6 comments
Private equity firm KKR & Co. LLP has amassed a 6.8 percent stake in Marvell Technology Group, according to a regulatory filing.
Power Week-in-Review: Smallest Laptop Adapter, Fusion Power Breakthrough & BLE Wireless Power Solution
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12/26/2013   12 comments
This week, development of a laptop power adapter in a wall plug form factor, a breakthrough in the superconducting cables needed to control nuclear fusion reactors, a new LDO+ from Linear Technology, a Bluetooth Smart-based wireless charging solution and more.
Graphene Flakes May Spin Gold Into Quantum Computing
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12/25/2013   6 comments
Researchers at MIT have found that graphene can be used for quantum computing thanks to spin selectivity observed along the edges of the material under extreme conditions.
Fusion-io Ramps Up Flash Caching Software
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12/24/2013   3 comments
Latest ioTurbine software alleviates pressures on storage array networks by caching hot disk data in server flash caches across storage silos.
5G Dials Up Global Efforts
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12/24/2013   13 comments
The chair of Europe's new 5GPPP Association explained his group's plans and pointed to others around the world defining the next-gen network.
Tektronix Communications Acquires Newfield Wireless
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12/23/2013   2 comments
The network RAN software company complements TekTronix Communications' network monitoring business.
Mediatek Going 64-Bit, LTE in 2014
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12/23/2013   6 comments
Mediatek will drive LTE and 64-bit cores into its mobile SoCs in 2014 as the rising Taiwan chip vendor makes a bid for more business outside Asia.
Altera CEO Upbeat After Tough 2013
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12/23/2013   7 comments
The FPGA vendor's chief executive shared his views on the outlook for semiconductors and engineering in a yearend interview with EE Times.
IBM Boosts Mobile Play With Fiberlink
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12/23/2013   8 comments
With its recent acquisitions, IBM has created a cloud-based mobile device service it claims could make smartphones more secure than today's laptops.
Intel Seeks Big Slice of Microservers
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12/20/2013   30 comments
Intel's director of cloud marketing and a couple of analysts discuss the company's upcoming offerings in the microserver and server segments. As ARM-based SOCs come gunning for Intel, the leading chipmaker looks to expand its portfolio and avoid overlap at the same time.
Top 10 Automotive Agendas for 2014 & Beyond
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12/20/2013   22 comments
Carmakers today languish between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, they face a dizzying array of new technologies to adopt, while they must comply with new regulations.
FETs Design: Br/N-Based Dopants Open Band-Gap in Graphene Nanoplatelets
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12/20/2013   1 comment
Researchers unveiled a method for mass production of boron/nitrogen co-doped graphene nanoplatelets, which led to the fabrication of a graphene-based field-effect transistor (FET).
Universal PC Charger Gets IEC Spec
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12/19/2013   17 comments
IEC published a new standard for reducing waste in power supplies by defining a universal PC charger.
Calxeda Ends ARM Server Bid
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12/19/2013   20 comments
One of the first startups to pursue ARM-based SoCs for an expected wave of low-power servers will close, because it could not get traction for its 32-bit chips.
Indiegogo Propels MedTech Startup to CES
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12/19/2013   9 comments
Skulpt will stand next to giants such as Samsung at the Consumer Electronics Show, thanks in part to the visibility it gained through crowdfunding.
Power Week in Review: Laptop Charger Standard, Predicting Blackouts & TFET Advance
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12/19/2013   4 comments
This week, a tunnel field-effect transistor that promises HF operation at very low power, an algorithmic approach for predicting blackouts, a new standard for a single external charger for notebook computers, a Qi-compliant wireless power receiver controller IC, and more.
Microservers & Cloud Computing to Drive Server Growth
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12/19/2013   9 comments
After two years of decline, the server market is set to see significant growth, according to the IC Insight Market Drivers Report. That growth is mostly fueled by cloud computing and the demand for microservers -- a relatively new segment that allows for lightweight, inexpensive server processing.
E-Waste to Jump One-Third by 2017, StEP Report Says
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12/18/2013   5 comments
In 2017, the end-of-life refrigerators, TVs, mobile phones, computers, monitors, e-toys, and other products with a battery or electrical cord worldwide could fill a line of 40-ton trucks end to end on a highway straddling three-quarters of the Equator.
5G Work Officially Begins in Europe
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12/18/2013   19 comments
Europe's new 5GPPP Association has a broad charter to define and develop standards for cellular networks, targeting 2020 and beyond.
Altium Unveils TASKING C Compiler for Power Architecture MCUs
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12/18/2013   2 comments
New TASKING C compiler from Altium targets advanced 32-bit Power Architecture MCUs, including the multi-core variants.
ZNYX Launches ATCA Cooled Chassis for Server Blade Platform
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12/18/2013   2 comments
Midsized chassis enables customers to scale out Advanced TCA functionality using virtualized machines and move ATCA beyond the telecom market.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle
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12/18/2013   25 comments
Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.
3D Stacks & Security Key for IBM in Server Market
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12/17/2013   4 comments
Top technologist at IBM discusses the future of server design with particular attention to security and 3D integration.
Low-Power eCompass Modules Used in Xiaomi Handsets
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12/17/2013   1 comment
STMicroelectronics recently introduced its LSM303D accelerometer and magnetometer combo module to Xiaomi (Mi1S). The device meets minimal size constraints and allows significant reductions in power consumption without compromising performance in other areas.
Amazing Race Toward Autonomous Car Design
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12/17/2013   17 comments
Chip companies are finding 2014 a critical year to drive their technology into semi-autonomous car platforms -- currently in development by a number of different carmakers.
Mindspeed Boosts Intel Baseband Play
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12/17/2013   13 comments
Intel has acquired the wireless division of Mindspeed, shortly after Mindspeed's business was mostly bought out by Macom. This shows not only Mindsppeed's desire to ramp down, if not completely close, its wireless division but Intel's desire to get into the wireless market.
Startup Claims Bandwidth Breakthrough
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12/17/2013   27 comments
Magnacom described a digital modulation scheme that offers up to a 10 dB boost over today's QAM for less than a square millimeter of silicon.
Pedestrian Dead Reckoning Enables Indoor Navigation Without WiFi
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12/16/2013   12 comments
Sensor Platforms Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) addition to its FreeMotion Library gives original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the means to enable indoor navigation, more detailed activity monitoring, sports/health applications, and a whole range of new location-based services.
LPDDR4 Remains a Work In Progress
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12/16/2013   Post a comment
JEDEC is on track for a 2014 release for a specification that will double its speed and cut power consumption in half, and LPDDR3 has yet to fully supplant its predecessor.
Avago/LSI Points to Maturing Industry
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12/16/2013   10 comments
Avago's $6.6 billion deal to acquire LSI creates a broad wireless and wired communications and storage chip vendor well suited to a maturing industry.
Qualcomm Kicks Off Midrange 4G Fight
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12/16/2013   11 comments
Qualcomm kicked off the next round of competition in smartphones with its announcement of high-end and mid-range LTE chips last week. Broadcom, Mediatek and others are expected to join the 4G handset battle in 2014.
VoLTE Must Prove Its Worth
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12/16/2013   3 comments
Test lab Intertek supports cellular carriers by testing voice over LTE on unreleased cellphones and tablets.
Panel Probes Chipmaking Challenges
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12/16/2013   3 comments
Four senior technologists said the job of making advanced chips and finding ways to collaborate on the work is getting tougher.
Imagination Strengthens Position in Digital Radio IP
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Imagination Technologies has strengthened its position in digital radio IP through deals with STMicroelectronics and Frontier Silicon.
Toyota May Settle Unintended Acceleration Cases
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12/13/2013   10 comments
Toyota Motor Corp., still faced with hundreds of state and federal lawsuits on Toyota's unintended acceleration problems, has agreed to start an intensive settlement process.
Regulating the Cloud: Genband CTO Seeks Balance on FCC Tech Council
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12/13/2013   10 comments
Newly appointed to to the FCC's Technological Advisory Council, Genband CTO Fred Kemmerer warns that over-regulation and the inability to transition to IP could have serious consequences.
Spansion vs. Renesas Flash MCU War: Smoke but No Fire?
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12/13/2013   3 comments
Chip companies serving the automotive industry know where the next-generation MCU battle will be played out: high-performance MCUs with fast-access flash memory at 40-nm process. Expect a battle to start brewing between Renesas Electronics and Spansion.
Qualcomm CEO: Mollenkopf to Succeed Jacobs
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12/13/2013   1 comment
Mobile chip giant Qualcomm said its chief operating officer Steve Mollenkopf will become its new CEO on March 4.
ARM Acquires Geomerics
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12/13/2013   5 comments
ARM acquires Geomerics and strengthens its position in the visual computing and graphics industries.
Analyst Bullish on Professional Workstation Market
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12/13/2013   24 comments
Jon Peddie market research firm finds third quarter sequential growth in the professional workstation market and predicts growth in the graphics market as well.
ST Offers Integrated IC Energy Harvester
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12/13/2013   13 comments
ST's new energy harvesting IC blends integration with environmentally-friendly design and is aimed at engineers as the end user.
Startup Puts Wireless Charging in a Box
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12/12/2013   11 comments
Humavox emerged from stealth mode with an RF-based wireless charging technology it will license for smart watches, hearing aids, and glasses.
We Drive Less: True or False?
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12/12/2013   38 comments
The driving boom is over in the United States. True or false? For anyone who grew up thinking the United States is the epicenter of the world’s car culture, it's a hard possibility to swallow.
Power Week-in-Review: Triboelectric Power Generator, GaN Partnership & Advanced Batteries Growth
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12/12/2013   Post a comment
This week, practical power generators using the triboelectric effect, a report on the continued growth of advanced batteries, two GaN power device manufacturers join forces, an SMU battery simulator add-on, and more.
From Teaching Physics to Studying EE
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12/12/2013   4 comments
A former physics teacher, having taught digital electronics, goes back to school for electrical engineering.
Quintic Rolls Out Low-Power Wearable Chipset
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12/12/2013   2 comments
Quintic is releasing a new chipset aimed at the wearable-device market, powered by ARM cores and boasting a combination of low power consumption and high power capability.
Samueli Sees Life After Moore's Law
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12/12/2013   14 comments
Broadcom CTO Henry Samueli talked about the slowdown in CMOS scaling and how Broadcom will survive it in an interview with EE Times.
Chip Execs Lower Expectations
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12/11/2013   8 comments
Semi industry leaders see less momentum today for a sustained industry recovery in 2014 than a year ago, according to an industry survey. This muted confidence is primarily a result of revenue growth.
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