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Mechanical Design Proving Beastly for EEs Who Deal in Bits & Bytes
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6/30/2013   13 comments
Software has traditionally been the biggest time suck in the product development process. But it’s the mechanical parts that now are flummoxing a new wave of Internet entrepreneurs and tinkerers.
Welcome to the new!
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6/30/2013   51 comments
You’ve probably already noticed our new look and feel--we’re very excited about the move to a simpler, more streamlined platform. But we’re announcing more than just a change in our appearance
Slideshow: Engineering the Perfect Crime
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6/30/2013   26 comments
Engineering is generally regarded as a profession of integrity. There are, however, exceptions.
PLX Rewires Datacenter for Express
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6/28/2013   6 comments
PLX Technology showed a development system that uses PCI Express instead of Ethernet or Infiniband to link servers in a rack, saving cost.
5 Reasons Renesas Ditched Modem Business
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6/28/2013   49 comments
Renesas Mobile's dream to become the world's mobile technology leader went belly-up after a three-year struggle. What happened?
Remote-Controlled Cockroaches Could Aid Search & Rescue
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6/28/2013   25 comments
Researchers claim they can control the precise movements of cockroaches by attaching electrodes to their bodies, thus making them more useful for search and rescue than big bulky robots.
Startup Touts Non-Volatile Memory for Logic Process
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6/28/2013   10 comments
Rangduru is a California-based fabless chip company startup that is working on non-volatile memory in both discrete and embedded forms.
Microsoft Build: From Windows 8.1 to Xbox
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6/27/2013   Post a comment
Windows 8.1 got its moment in the spotlight during Monday's Build keynote, but the real star was Microsoft's expanding ecosystem.
ARM, Imagination collaborate on UK electronics plan
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6/27/2013   4 comments
The CEOs of the top two processor IP licensors have set aside their commercial rivalry to work together on a blueprint to boost electronics business in the UK.
Tektronix to tap IBM 9HP SiGe process for next-gen oscilloscopes
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6/27/2013   1 comment
Company to apply IBM technology for 70-gigahertz scopes due out as early as 2014.
Kit tests microcontroller software for safety
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6/27/2013   5 comments
A software kit from Texas Instruments can be used to demonstrate that compiled software for Cortex-R series microcontrollers meets functional safety standards such as IEC 61508 and ISO 26262.
Active driver assistance on every car
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6/26/2013   7 comments
Freescale radar chip set promises to reduce the cost and bulk of active radar systems for all models of vehicle thus meeting emerging mandates for advanced driver assistance systems.
3 Windows 8 questions for Microsoft Build
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6/26/2013   3 comments
Microsoft has a chance to regain control of the Windows 8 narrative at Build conference. But can the company execute where it has stumbled before?
Silicon Labs integrates oscillator on standard CMOS chip
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6/26/2013   6 comments
World's first single-chip MEMS oscillator marries the scalability and economy of CMOS to the reliability and stability of MEMS.
Slideshow: PCIe takes on mobile, Thunderbolt, more
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6/26/2013   3 comments
PCI Express Gen 3 will ride the MIPI M-PHY in tablets and smartphones thanks to one of several new specs from the PCI SIG.
Active driver assistance on every car
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6/26/2013   Post a comment
Freescale radar chip set promises to reduce the cost and bulk of active radar systems for all models of vehicle thus meeting emerging mandates for vehicle safety.
TI targets Internet of Things set-up
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6/25/2013   2 comments
Texas Instruments rolled out new hardware and software to help simplify the process of connecting devices to the Internet of Things.
Microsoft re-org talk heats up
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6/25/2013   2 comments
With Windows 8.1 just a few days away, rumors of an impending company shakeup have gained momentum.
IBM, Oracle battle over big iron at Hot Chips
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6/25/2013   8 comments
IBM’s Power 8 will go up against Oracle’s M6 and Bixby chips in a battle of next-gen server processors at the event in August.
STMicro signs memory design agreement with Rambus
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6/24/2013   1 comment
Multifaceted agreement expands existing licenses between the two companies and settles all outstanding claims.
DRAM market consolidates, gains in stability
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6/24/2013   Post a comment
Production is expected to decline by 24% to 13 million this year, according to IHS.
Microsoft Build: 7 things to expect
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6/24/2013   Post a comment
From Windows 8.1 developments to a possible Surface Mini, the Microsoft Build conference promises fireworks.
Altair attacks Qualcomm, Wi-Fi with low-cost LTE
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6/24/2013   9 comments
Former WiMax chip designer Altair aims to undercut Qualcomm with LTE modules that rival the cost of Wi-Fi in mobile and IoT devices.
Intel joins A4WP wireless charging group
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6/24/2013   4 comments
Intel joins Qualcomm- and Samsung-backed A4WP consortium and gets a seat on the board of directors.
TSMC signs up Apple for three-year FinFET deal
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6/24/2013   15 comments
TSMC will begin supplying Apple with A-series processors within a matter of days, according to a local report
Chinese state firm offers $1.38 billion for Spreadtrum
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6/24/2013   6 comments
Booming Spreadtrum attracts purchase offer from Chinese state-owned holding company based at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
TI power management chipsets use fast-charge technology
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6/21/2013   2 comments
Texas Instruments introduced two power management chipsets that use its new MaxLife fast-charge technology, which stretches the life of single-cell lithium-ion batteries and lets consumers charge them faster.
IMEC helps scale NAND flash below 20-nm
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6/21/2013   5 comments
IMEC has produced a multilayer inter-gate dielectric that opens up operational voltage windows for planar NAND flash memory structures below 20-nm.
Chip inventory moves point to second-half growth
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6/21/2013   3 comments
Semiconductor inventory falls in Q1 as outlook for electronics demand rises, says market analysis firm.
Qualcomm plugs wireless charging into cars, desks
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6/21/2013   19 comments
Qualcomm licensed Gill to sell its wireless charging technology based on the A4WP spec into products for cars and office equipment.
Qualcomm responds to low-end smartphone threat
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6/21/2013   6 comments
Chip vendor provides 28-nm upgrade and reference designs for Snapdragon 200 range; tries to prevent flow of design wins to competition in China and emerging markets.
Flexible image sensors printed on plastic
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6/20/2013   2 comments
Two firms have created what they tout as a first in flexible printed electronics: a large area, conformable, organic image sensor printed on plastic.
IEEE 1149.1 'JTAG' revision could save billions
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6/20/2013   3 comments
Release cuts IC design cost through test reuse
Intel, AMD debate best chip for cloud
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6/20/2013   1 comment
AMD touts its newer, low-power ARM chips, while Intel contends x86 remains the go-to chipset for the cloud.
Chip making equipment market to bounce back in 2014
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6/20/2013   1 comment
Following on from falls across many areas of semiconductor capital spending in 2013 the market is going to jump in 2014, according to market research firm Gartner.
SMIC appoints former Intel exec to board
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6/20/2013   3 comments
Chinese foundry has appointed Sean Maloney, who had been tipped as a possible CEO of Intel, as an independent non-executive director.
28-nm SoC development costs doubled over previous node
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6/20/2013   13 comments
Software burden means cost of 28-nm SoC development near double that of the previous node, according to market research firm.
10GBase-T gains traction, but still too power hungry
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6/20/2013   4 comments
The twisted pair version of 10G Ethernet is on the rise, but high power consumption will dampen some future growth potential.
The good and bad of tablets at work
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6/19/2013   9 comments
From stakeouts to burger orders, tablets are taking charge. And Windows 8 could add even more use cases.
Imagination profit drops on R&D spend
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6/19/2013   2 comments
Despite strong growth in customers' units shipped and revenues, profit declined at processor licensor Imagination in the 2013 financial year as it spent on R&D.
Hollywood, Silicon Valley quarrel over digital media
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6/19/2013   15 comments
Old arguments simmered and sometimes erupted in the latest meeting of this odd married couple with its long, unsettled spats over copy protection and formats.
Rockchip tablet SOCs use both Mali, PowerVR graphics
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6/19/2013   6 comments
Chinese fabless chip company adds PowerVR GPU to its tablet system-chip offering.
Intel's budget supercomputer diversifies
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6/19/2013   2 comments
Intel's Xeon Phi coprocessor families offer something for every supercomputer user, from high-end systems to workstations to embedded systems.
IoT will be next silver screen, says media exec
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6/18/2013   Post a comment
The Internet of Things could become the next big entertainment platform, said a media exec at a conference with Silicon Valley techies at Stanford.
Bluetooth Arduino project seeks funds
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6/18/2013   3 comments
Engineers from Michigan are trying to raise $80,000 for Bluetooth-enabled Arduino boards that will allow smartphones to be used to control project hardware.
FDSOI helps ST, Rambus reach IP settlement
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6/18/2013   Post a comment
Agreement covers FDSOI design, security, memory and interface technologies and settles all outstanding claims.
AMD touts trio of 2014 server chips
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6/18/2013   1 comment
AMD has given some details on its 2014 portfolio of processors for enterprise and data center servers.
China takes fastest supercomputer crown
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6/18/2013   14 comments
China’s National University of Defense Technology won the fastest supercomputer in the world contest sponsored by the Top500 List.
Small cells gaining traction in cellular nets
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6/17/2013   5 comments
AT&T, Vodaphone and other carriers are rolling out their first small cell deployments thanks in part to advances in backhaul and baseband SoCs.
Intel eDRAM attacks graphics in pre-3-D IC days
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6/17/2013   10 comments
Intel shared insights into its eDRAM technology, expected to challenge discrete graphics sockets in high end notebooks this year.
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