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Analog Devices CEO Jerry Fishman dies
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3/29/2013   6 comments
Semiconductor industry's longest-tenured CEO succumbs to an apparent heart attack after more than 35 years at ADI.
Crowdsourcing improves space agency robots
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3/29/2013   1 comment
The European Space Agency wants you to play video games with flying drones so it can develop better space robots.
Exclusive: Lenovo to design own chips
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3/29/2013   21 comments
While beefing up its senior management team to prepare itself to become a leading consumer electronics vendor, Lenovo is growing its IC design team to about 100 engineers by mid this year.
Slideshow: Solar plane warms up for U.S. tour
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3/29/2013   10 comments
The sun-powered Solar Impulse aircraft will barnstorm America this summer while a next-generation design is in works to circumnavigate globe.
Lithium-Ion batteries overheated in Mitsubishi vehicles
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3/28/2013   4 comments
In another setback for lithium-ion battery technology, Mitsubishi Motors acknowledges a fire and an overheating incident involving the high-energy batteries.
Qualcomm, GloFo are stars of 2012 chip supplier ranking
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3/28/2013   3 comments
IDMs and fab-lite companies suffer as pure-play fabless and foundry companies are the star performers in a 2012 ranking of chip suppliers from IC Insights.
Exclusive: China rising with branded products strategy
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3/28/2013   13 comments
Chinese companies seeking to upgrade from ODMs making non-branded boxes to designers of branded products will write next chapter in story of China’s electronics industry.
Nvidia R&D chief sketches road to chip stacks
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3/28/2013   6 comments
Organic substrates with new I/O techniques could pave the road to a 2.5-D chip stack for Nvidia, said Bill Dally in exclusive interview with EE Times.
Inside PlayStation 4 with console's architect
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3/27/2013   2 comments
Sony's MarK Cerny explains how he began the process of designing the gaming system.
FinFET race holds promises, perils
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3/27/2013   9 comments
Rising capacitance is one of the challenges ahead in realizing the promises of the first process node to use 3-D transistors, said a group of experts.
14-nm node brings host of design challenges
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3/27/2013   6 comments
Achieving 14-nm chip production may be more difficult than iimagined, according to experts at the International Symposium on Physical Systems.
Analog Devices collaborates with Mathworks to offer engineering students low-cost learning platform
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3/27/2013   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. has introduced a low-cost hardware-software solution focusing on circuit testing designed for the engineering education market.
Tensilica partners with Sensory to drive industry’s lowest power DSP-based voice activation solution
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3/27/2013   Post a comment
Tensilica, Inc. has worked together with Sensory to provide the lowest power voice activation solution based on Tensilica’s HiFi Mini DSP (digital signal processor) IP core and Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree always-on voice activation technology.
Windows 8 update foretells demise of desktop PC
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3/26/2013   7 comments
A recent Windows Blue build is in the wild, sporting a more polished tablet experience. Does this spell retirement for traditional desktop computing?
Apple buys indoor location startup
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3/26/2013   2 comments
Apple buys Silicon Valley startup WiFiSlam to acquire indoor WiFi geolocation technology.
STMicro makes MEMS Technology available for Prototyping through CMP
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3/26/2013   Post a comment
Initiative sets to advance new application developments in motion sensing.
China fabless: RDA for sale at 'fair price'
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3/26/2013   1 comment
Speculation has it that Spreadtrum is poised to acquire fabless chip company, but RDA may be looking for a better deal.
MEMS oscillators boost 10Gbit Ethernet
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3/26/2013   1 comment
IDT harnesses unique MEMS piezoelectric materials to create oscillator with low-enough jitter to size, cost and bit-error reduce 10G bit-per-second Ethernet.
Slideshow: Nvidia Pictures Graphics Future
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3/25/2013   7 comments
Stereo 3-D was one of many apps ranging from car infotainment to cloud clusters--and yes, gaming--at Nvidia's annual Graphics Technology Conference.
Smartphone app games energy savings
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3/25/2013   1 comment
Smartphone app brings gaming dimensions to energy awareness to reduce power consumption.
CogniPower among the giants at APEC 2013
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3/22/2013   2 comments
Small company with a clever concept called predictive energy balancing grabs attention from the big guys at Applied Power Electronics Conference.
Exclusive: SMIC's CEO makes utilization first focus
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3/21/2013   4 comments
SMIC CEO Tzu-Yin Chiu hopes to put to bed the industry’s image of the Chinese foundry as hip-deep in red ink and fighting TSMC in court.
10 Electrical Engineers Everyone Should Follow On Twitter
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3/21/2013   26 comments
A list of influential electrical engineers on Twitter, containing members that have extensive knowledge in electronics design, and in our opinion, quite entertaining!
Movea, ST team on SoC for motion-aware TV
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3/20/2013   1 comment
STMicroelectronics' systems-on-chip home entertainment business integrates Movea's SmartMotion Server on set-top box SoC.
Analog integration and the future of factory automation
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3/20/2013   1 comment
Designs are so complex now, requiring better sensing and control circuitry, that core functions have to be integrated going forward.
Educator Shu-Park Chan leaves Silicon Valley legacy
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3/20/2013   Post a comment
Shu-Park Chan, a champion of electronics engineering education, passed away February 22, the same day the Silicon Valley university he founded here was officially accredited.
6 more sessions I’d like to see at DESIGN West
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3/19/2013   3 comments
I hope to hear talks on a Google OpenFlow router, a class on the new patent laws—oh yes, and a networked trash can and a wireless beanie network.
Nvidia's road map drives graphics, ARM into the enterprise
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3/19/2013   4 comments
In a shot at Intel, AMD and its mobile competitors, Nvidia showed a road map for merging graphics, ARM cores and memory using FinFETs and 3-D ICs.
China, India outspending U.S. in semiconductors
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3/19/2013   23 comments
Both countries will announce plans to invest billions in semiconductors this year, moves Cadence CEO Lip-Bu Tan says he wish the U.S. would make.
Intel cuts manufacturing costs with Big Data
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3/18/2013   1 comment
Processor giant uses big data to develop chips faster, identify manufacturing glitches and warn about security threats.
Spreadtrum flourishes as $50 smartphones boom
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3/18/2013   16 comments
Chip suppliers like MediaTek and Spreadtrum will continue to benefit from surging demand for smartphones in developing countries in 2013.
Android certification gets hands-on at DESIGN West
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3/18/2013   1 comment
Android is not just for smart phones and tablets, as attendees at DESIGN West will learn in this two-day session on everything engineers need to know to create and deploy an Android-based embedded system.
Silicon photonics to take center stage at optical event
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3/18/2013   4 comments
Kotura will show a silicon photonics module, one of a wave of new products driving down 100G connections, at OFC/NFOEC this week.
Boeing underestimated possibility of battery fire
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3/14/2013   4 comments
Boeing engineers and federal regulators appear to have vastly underestimated the possibility of a lithium-ion battery fire before the 787 Dreamliner was certified.
Bluespec's new high-speed verification and hybrid prototyping solution for RTL IP
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3/14/2013   Post a comment
Semu desktop emulation delivers emulation speeds at simulation prices.
Murata mulls wireless sensor networks
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3/14/2013   Post a comment
Murata's Finnish subsidiary is exploring how it could add RF technologies to its MEMS to pursue markets for wireless sensor networks.
Cisco sees $14 trillion opportunity in IoT
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3/14/2013   27 comments
The Internet of Things is front and center on Cisco’s technology radar, said executives at the networking giant’s annual press event.
Taiwan’s Andes brings processor cores to U.S.
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3/14/2013   3 comments
Business traction in Asia and the global consolidation in processor IP cores have motivated Taiwan’s Andes Technology to enter the U.S. chip market.
Nokia forges on with low-cost Asha 310
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3/13/2013   2 comments
Nokia Corp. has recently announced the newest low-end member in the Nokia Asha family: Nokia Asha 310.
Tensilica acquisition to accelerate Cadence core strategy
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3/13/2013   5 comments
Analysts are giving Cadence a cautious thumbs up as it moves into a future of integrated IP and tools for EDA.
Computer graphics pioneer awarded Kyoto Prize
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3/13/2013   Post a comment
Sketchpad software creator Ivan Sutherland is awarded the 2012 Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology.
DESIGN West: Mars ate my spacecraft
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3/12/2013   12 comments
Software designers need to adopt hardware design methods to create a foolproof architecture from the very beginning, before writing a single line of code.
Cable operators seek migration path to IP
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3/12/2013   6 comments
Transcoding from MPEG to Internet Protocol offers one route to delivering video to any device.
Quanta's growth boosted by second-tier cloud providers
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3/12/2013   3 comments
Taiwan’s Quanta reported it made 1.2 million servers last year, mainly for large data centers, with growth driven in part by a new tier of cloud service providers.
Slideshow: Y Combinator hackathon's prize-winning designs
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3/8/2013   24 comments
An Internet Toaster, two pair of faux Google glasses and two novel electronic gloves emerged from a hackathon organized by Upverter and hosted by Y Combinator.
U.S. seeks more manufacturing tech centers
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3/8/2013   12 comments
In an effort to attract more manufacturing back to the U.S., the administration is calling for partnerships to create centers of technical excellence.
Moore's Law trumped by Wright's Law
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3/7/2013   49 comments
Moore's Law has competition from other predictions, some of which are more accurate for long-term and others better in short term.
Patent office to open in Silicon Valley
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3/7/2013   3 comments
The new office will be in Menlo Park, said acting Commerce Department Rebecca Blank, and will mainly handle patent challenges.
Samsung ranked top filer of patents in Europe
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3/7/2013   7 comments
Electronics and semiconductor companies are plentiful at the top of a ranking of patent filers for 2012 produced by the European Patent Office
Silicon Labs, SIGFOX team on Internet of Things
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3/6/2013   Post a comment
Silicon Labs' EZRadioPRO wireless transceivers and SIGFOX's Ultra-Narrowband technology will make possible long-range wireless Internet connectivity.
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