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Audience reverse engineers human hearing for mobile
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3/30/2012   5 comments
Using its earSmart voice processor, using two microphones that work like human ears, Audience’s chip enables analysis of sound in much the same way as the human brain, which when processing audio decides what to remove, what to keep and what to enhance.
Truchard and Kodosky of NI: Enthusiasm undimmed
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3/30/2012   1 comment
Dr. James Truchard and Jeff Kodosky, two cofounders of National Instruments Corp. (Austin, Texas) honored with the lifetime achievement award at the UBM Electronics ACE awards on Tuesday (March 27), sat down with EE Times to discuss a 35-year progress since the formation of their company.
Reports: Toshiba, Micron, Hynix to bid for Elpida
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3/30/2012   2 comments
Micron Technology, SK Hynix and Toshiba are all in the process of throwing their hats in the ring to acquire all or part of bankrupt Japanese DRAM vendor Elpida Memory, according to media reports.
Mars rover to measure climate, study microbial life
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3/30/2012   2 comments
The Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is now halfway to Mars aboard an Atlas rocket launched on Nov. 26 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to study current meteorological conditions and explore the conditions that existed millions of years ago.
Xilinx Zynq-7000 receives product of the year ACE award
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3/30/2012   2 comments
The UBM electronics ACE awards are given to the best new products that are seen in EETimes and EDN each year. Xilinx gets the best product award for the Zynq-7000…
Beyer on WSTS: 'We will fix this'
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3/30/2012   3 comments
SIA Chairman and Freescale CEO Rich Beyer expressed confidence in SIA’s ability to regain Intel’s and AMD’s participation in WSTS.
Enea adds Linux to OS offering
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3/29/2012   4 comments
Operating system vendor Enea AB (Stockholm, Sweden) announced at the DESIGN West exhibition that it is now supplying Enea Linux together with some complementary technologies.
DARPA seeks breakthroughs in computer vision
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3/29/2012   9 comments
Computer vision still has a lot to learn, but if researchers embrace real-world challenges they could make important breakthroughs, said a DARPA program manager.
Report: Toshiba will join Elpida bidding
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3/29/2012   1 comment
After earlier turning down an opportunity to invest in Japanese DRAM vendor Elipda Memory, Toshiba has apparently decided to join the bidding for the bankrupt firm, according to English language news service reports quoting Japan's Nikkei newspaper.
SMIC slipped back into the red in 2011
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
Chinese foundry SMIC reported a loss of $245.6 million for 2011 after reporting a rare profitable year in 2010.
McAfee talks angry robots and rotten apples at Design West
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3/29/2012   14 comments
McAfee expects mobile threats to continue along the trends set in the PC world, moving from simple monetary gain towards deep privacy loss, corporate espionage and cyber war, according to a company representative
World on cusp of EV tipping point, says Tesla CTO
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3/29/2012   53 comments
Slow, steady improvement in battery technology over the past several decades as brought the world to the cusp of a tipping point that will lead to greater adoption of electric vehicles, according to JB Straubel, chief technology and co-founder of Tesla Motors.
FDA’s 510(k) gets tougher, more predictable
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3/29/2012   4 comments
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has become tougher but more predictable in how it handles its 510(k) process, said a consultant at the DesignMed conference.
Exar cuts 40% of jobs
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3/28/2012   15 comments
Analog mixed-signal IC vendor Exar said it has eliminated about 40 percent of its global headcount in the past two months.
Indian design firms eye chip IP model
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3/28/2012   6 comments
While Indian tech firms continue to focus on design services, at least two companies are seeking to generate and license chip IP.
'Thermal cloak' to dissipate heat in electronics
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3/28/2012   11 comments
A team of French researchers has proposed isolating or cloaking objects from sources of heat by diffusing the heat around the objects.
Panel ponders many-core ICs tripping 'the singularity'
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3/28/2012   9 comments
Will the processing power being enabled by many-core processors cause the advent of machines with super-human intelligence, an event sometimes referred to as the singularity? That was the question put to a panel of some of the best minds in multicore processor theory and design assembled at the Multicore DevCon, part of DESIGN West being held here this week.
Slideshow: EE Times, EDN honor 2012 ACE Award winners
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3/28/2012   5 comments
UBM Electronics, the publisher of EE Times and EDN, honored companies, teams and individuals for achievements over the past year by presenting the 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards in a ceremony.
Imperas preps fast models of ARM Cortex-A15 processor
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3/28/2012   1 comment
Imperas, a pioneer of high-level modeling and virtual prototyping, has models of the ARM Cortex-A15 processor in beta and expects them to be available in the first half of 2012. The range of available models, together with Imperas tool and operating system support, is helping platform and software developers debug systems in parallel with SoC design, speeding up and improving system development, the company said.
Akustica develops two-chip analog MEMS microphone
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3/28/2012   2 comments
Akustica is entering the mobile device market with its first analog microphone, a low-cost two-chip solution that it hopes will widen its market share.
Analog Devices to launch dual-core Blackfin with a vision accelerator
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3/28/2012   4 comments
In a move to cash in on the embedded vision markets, Analog Devices, Inc. is rolling out a family of 1-GHz, dual-core Blackfin processors integrated with a vision accelerator.
Future of SSL LED lighting is not dim, but it’s flickering
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3/28/2012   35 comments
Michael Poplawski has led one of the government’s teams – at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – seeking to solve issues that currently hobble the widespread deployment of LED
Flexible manufacturing, ecosystems seen as keys to U.S. innovation
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
U.S. innovation is not dead, an industry panel at Design West concluded, but has shifted to new areas like technology ecosystems and the ability to add value to high-tech products during the manufacturing process.
Dolby sings of twists and turns in digital music
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3/27/2012   6 comments
Thomas Dolby shared his journey in and out of the music industry, including a detour where he helped create--and destroy—a billion dollar ringtone business.
InvenSense names Globalfoundries, TMSC as dual-source MEMS makers
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3/27/2012   3 comments
InvenSense Inc., a supplier of motion tracking components based on MEMS technology, has announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and Globalfoundries Inc. are now dual source suppliers of its CMOS-MEMS capacity.
RDA buys Chinese IP to broaden cell phone offering
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3/27/2012   6 comments
RDA Microelectronics Inc. (Shanghai, China), a fabless chip company that markets RF and mixed-signal chips for cellular and broadcast communications applications, has announced the acquisition of all the baseband intellectual property from privately-held Chinese company Coolsand Holding Co. Ltd. for $46 million.
Altera launches Design Services Network Program
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3/27/2012   1 comment
Launch of Design Services Network Program will accelerate customer design productivity and innovation
GSA has board election, plans silicon summit
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
The Global Semiconductor Alliance has filled six positions on its board of directors including five semiconductor positions and one value chain producer position.
Judge upholds injunction on Kaleidescape
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3/27/2012   1 comment
A court upheld an injunction banning sales of a home server from Kaleidescape, a heavy blow to the company but is largely irrelevant to the broader industry.
Group demos power-saving PON protocol
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3/27/2012   1 comment
A consortium will demonstrate Bi-PON, a bit-interleaving protocol it says can slash thirty-fold power consumption of today’s passive optical networks.
Design West: LDRA offers IEC 62304 and ISO 14971 certification-readiness services for medical devices
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
LDRA Certification Services (LCS) has announced a fully-compliant IEC 62304 and ISO 14971 certification solution for medical device manufacturers.
Cosmic Software tips dev tools for Freescale's S12ZVH MagniV MCUs
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Cosmic Software announced the immediate availability of development tools for Freescale Semiconductor's S12Z CPU Core and S12ZVH MagniV microcontroller family at the DESIGN West event.
Oclaro, Opnext to merge
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3/26/2012   Post a comment
Oclaro, a provider of optical communications and laser products, said it agreed to merge with optical module and components vendor Opnext in an all stock deal.
Chip rankings: Intel had highest share in over 10 years
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3/26/2012   3 comments
Intel accounted for 15.6 percent of the overall semiconductor market in 2011, as brisk sales of its core chips and the acquisition of Infineon AG's wireless chip business unit helped the No. 1 chip vendor achieve its highest share of the overall chip market in more than 10 years, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Nvidia's Kepler to get compute cousin, says analyst
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3/26/2012   1 comment
Nvidia will likely announce a follow-up to its recently launched Kepler platform to better address upcoming compute products and the HPC space later this year, according to an analyst.
Red Micro Wire encapsulates wire bonding in glass
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3/26/2012   1 comment
Red Micro Wire, a Singapore-based company with roots in Israel, has developed a breakthrough technology for the semiconductor bonding wire process that the company claims provides a cost-effective, highly scalable alternative to current solutions.
TI rolls low power Keystone DSPs
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3/26/2012   Post a comment
TI will take its Keystone architecture into low power apps at Design West with single and dual-core DSPs that consume from 2 to 3.5W.
ST closes in on TI atop MEMS top 30 ranking
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3/26/2012   6 comments
STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments were the leading manufacturers of microelectromechanical systems components in 2011 in a market that grew 17 percent to reach $10.2 billion, according market analysis firm Yole Developpement.
Altera to showcase SoC FPGAs and advanced embedded technologies at ESC DESIGN West 2012
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3/26/2012   Post a comment
SoC FPGA virtual target with FPGA-in-the-Loop extension enables device-specific embedded software development targeting SoC FPGAs
Multi-cores tackle human interface
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3/26/2012   5 comments
The diverse demands of realtime process control which must nevertheless offer a touch-enabled user-interface—from smart appliances to point-of-sale terminals to medical monitors—is best addressed by heterogeneous multi-core processors, according to Freescale Semiconductor, which introduced its new Vybrid family of microcontrollers at DESIGN West 2012.
MEMS' new battleground: Hardware-agnostic sensor fusion?
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3/26/2012   7 comments
As more and more MEMS sensors are showing up in mobile devices, the focus of MEMS design has begun shifting from discrete MEMS components to MEMS sensor data integration.
Eight19 readies printed plastic solar cell R&D center
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3/26/2012   7 comments
Eight19 Ltd. (Cambridge, England), a spin-off from the University of Cambridge chartered with producing printed plastic solar cells, has announced it has commissioned a development and roll-to-roll printing facility at its headquarters.
Autofocus MEMS company selects TI as foundry
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3/25/2012   2 comments
poLight AS (Horten, Norway), a vendor of optical MEMS actuated autofocus lenses, has announced that it is working with Texas Instruments Inc. to produce the optical MEMS part of its TLens assembly.
Movidius signs $25 million Chinese partnership deal
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3/25/2012   2 comments
Fabless mobile multimedia chip company Movidius has signed a deal with electronics manufacturer Keen High Technologies that is expected to generate more than $25 million of equipment sales over the next three years, according to reports.
Design West: LDRA Certification Services streamlines FAA/EASA certification at a fixed price
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3/25/2012   Post a comment
LDRA Certification Services (LCS), a division of LDRA, is announcing the first comprehensive and fully compliant FAA/EASA certification solution.
Micrium, TI launch TCP/IP book with robotics examples
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3/24/2012   4 comments
Real time operating system vendor Micrium has teamed up with Texas Instruments Incorporated to produce a new book based on the uC/TCP-IP network stack and TI's Stellaris EVALBOT robotic evaluation platform.
RIM announces BlackBerry 10 for developers in May
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3/23/2012   3 comments
BlackBerry smartphone maker Research In Motion said it will launch BlackBerry 10 developer tools in beta and will distribute a limited edition developer prototype device at its BlackBerry 10 Jam event in Orlando, Fla., in May.
Microsemi to share expertise and demo solutions at DESIGN West
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3/23/2012   Post a comment
The March 27-29 event in San Jose, California, will highlight the latest developments in electronic design
Is 'vision' the next-gen must-have user interface?
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3/23/2012   21 comments
Earlier this month, IMS Research issued a press release questioning if Apple and the iPad are falling behind competitors in user interface technologies.
Inside Secure to show anti-counterfeiting chip at DESIGN West
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3/23/2012   2 comments
Inside Secure, the French based security chip vendor, will demonstrate its latest near field communications-based anti-counterfeiting chip next week at the DESIGN West conference in San Jose, Calif.
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