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Why race cars don't turn; they rotate
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9/29/2012   Post a comment
James "Sulli" Sullivan of SH Racing talks about the IndyCar handling through optimizing "toe" and "stagger" during the MAVTV 500 race in 2012.
Plan emerges to link IP protection, China investors
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9/28/2012   15 comments
Peking U's Dongmin Chen seeks to spur Chinese startups by connecting them with investors and emphasizing protection of Western intellectual property rights.
Open Kernel Labs bought by defense giant
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9/28/2012   Post a comment
Aerospace and defense conglomerate General Dynamics has acquired Open Kernel Labs, a 2006 startup that has successfully developed "virtualization software" for mobile phones and broadband devices. The value of the cash transaction has not been disclosed.
X-Fab pledges more money for making MEMS
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9/28/2012   2 comments
X-Fab Silicon Foundries has said it plans to invest $50 million in its microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) operations, which it will operate under the name X-Fab MEMS Foundry.
Samsung, ST sign foundry deal
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9/28/2012   22 comments
STMicroelectronics has selected Samsung's foundry business unit for the production of ICs using a 32/28-nm high-K metal gate manufacturing process.
Slideshow: Intel carves new path to x86 tablets
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9/28/2012   15 comments
Seven OEMs showed dockable tablets based on Intel's new dual-core Atom SoC, but analysts say its unclear how they will fare against the Apple iPad.
Micron hopes for better times ahead
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9/28/2012   Post a comment
Memory chip vendor misses expectations for quarterly sales, but says NAND pricing improving.
ON Semi names CFO
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9/27/2012   Post a comment
Firm promotes 13-year company veteran Bernard Gutmann to replace CFO Donald Colvin, who is retiring.
Fujitsu takes Rambus license
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9/27/2012   Post a comment
Fujitsu Semiconductor renewed its license to use Rambus's memory chip technology. Terms were not disclosed.
Adapteva Kickstarts Hundred-dollar Supercomputer
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9/27/2012   14 comments
Adapteva CEO Andreas Olofsson says if supporters donate $3 million to the Parallela project, he will release a 16-core board for $99 and make its software open source.
Wi-Fi chip maker Celeno attracts more investors
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9/27/2012   Post a comment
Israel's Celeno Communications said it has raised an additional $24 million in its latest funding round.
ARM TechCon: Cortex-M0+ hits spot for low-power systems
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9/27/2012   3 comments
Get the tech skinny on thislower-power Cortex microcontroller, along with a 10% discount for ARM TechCon, Oct. 31 in Santa Clara.
Cisco chip exec sees steady ASIC investments
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9/27/2012   5 comments
Dan Lenoski (shown), says the router giant is maintaining its silicon investments with an ASIC unit that is cranking out more than a dozen new projects a year.
Intel debuts next-generation Atom for tablets
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9/27/2012   4 comments
Clover Trail, a dual-core Atom SoC, and some of the first tablets using it will be described and shown at an event in San Francisco.
Mobile DRAM market sees cooling growth
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9/27/2012   3 comments
DRAM content in smartphones still increasing, but more slowly as densities approach 2 GB per phone.
TI steering OMAP to embedded
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9/26/2012   15 comments
Firm shifting R&D investment away from smartphones and media tablets to target $18 billion embedded processor market.
Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs used in robotic-assisted surgical app
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9/26/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx is recognized for the inventive use of All Programmable FPGAs for 3D vision and precise control in minimally-invasive da Vinci Surgical System.
HP, Hynix delay memristor debut
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9/26/2012   10 comments
A two-terminal, nonvolatile memory version of a memristor, in development by Hewlett-Packard since 2008, won't be ready for commercialization at the end of 2013.
Xilinx takes Zynq platform into broadcast applications
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9/26/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx has teamed up with OmniTek on a Linux-based high performance real time processing platform for broadcast equipment based around its Zynq programmable system on a chip.
Firms seek breakthroughs in rechargeable batteries
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9/26/2012   Post a comment
Joint development between a San Diego research firm and Japan's Ashai Kasei targets improvements in battery capacity, density.
Berkeley researchers may track Twitter hackers
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9/26/2012   Post a comment
Team wins $10 million NSF grant to explore how to anticipate and prevent attacks on social networking Web sites.
Jedec releases DDR4 spec supporting 3-D stacks
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9/25/2012   3 comments
DDR4 spec is standards group's first to include features supporting 3-D stacking.
LSI takes skeptic's view on small cells
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9/25/2012   Post a comment
LSI chief technologist Greg Huff (shown) is skeptical carriers will deploy a new generation of small cell base stations to handle the flood of mobile data.
Oracle drives Java into MCUs, embedded suite
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9/25/2012   Post a comment
Oracle released a run-time version of Java geared for microcontrollers and a suite of Java services aimed at a broad set of gateways and other embedded devices.
China Fabless: Rockchip rattled by Android tablet wars
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9/25/2012   21 comments
China's Rockchip is betting the house on Globalfoundries' 28-nm process technology for its upcoming apps processor. It's next task will be hanging on to its customers as the tablet wars heat up.
Sharp reportedly close to bailout deal
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9/25/2012   3 comments
Loan package worth $2.7 billion said to be forthcoming, along with plan for returning firm to profit.
Infineon eyes more cuts as sales fall
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9/25/2012   Post a comment
German chip maker Infineon said it is defining "measures to improve profitability" in advance of releasing its fourth quarter results in November.
Week in automotive electronics (Sept. 24, 2012)
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9/25/2012   Post a comment
Chaos in EVs; driver-less cars future; China's 'good-enough' cars; amazing crash video
Judge finds Rambus destroyed evidence
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9/25/2012   4 comments
Finding will limit damage payments by SK Hynix in patent infringement case.
Erbium on silicon chip speeds up light
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9/24/2012   1 comment
A researcher has demonstrated that the rare earth material erbium can be integrated with silicon for the first time to amplify an optical signal.
Nufront licenses leading ARM cores
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9/24/2012   5 comments
Cortex-A15 and Mali-T658 cores should enable fabless chip vendor to offer hardware supporting 3-D graphics, visual computing.
Fujitsu said to be selling chip business
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9/24/2012   8 comments
Woes for Japanese IC sector continue as firm reportedly hires UBS to help sell its chip unit.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPhone 5
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9/21/2012   29 comments
Photos show Apple mostly stuck with incumbent suppliers.
Japan Inc. reportedly moves to block KKR’s Renesas takeover
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9/21/2012   4 comments
Japanese manufacturers have teamed up with a government-backed turnaround fund to put together a rescue package for Renesas Electronics.
A peek inside Apple's A6 processor
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9/21/2012   5 comments
Teardown points to likely manufacturer, yields clues about GPU core scheme.
Fab tool book-to-bill slips again
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
The ratio of bookings to billings for North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers declined for the fifth straight month in August.
Slideshow: Vision, medtech in focus at DESIGN East
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
We offer a few post cards from the DESIGN East conference that served up talks and demos on computer vision, personal health care along with the nuts and bolts of embedded systems.
Analyst says Apple A6 processor uses custom CPU core
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9/21/2012   9 comments
Apple's A6 processor uses an internally-developed processor core rather than the ARM Cortex-A15, according to an analyst.
ARM TechCon to tip 'big-little' processors
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9/21/2012   2 comments
A presentation at the upcoming ARM TechCon will detail the so-called "big-little" processing approach, including power savings and the first processors to use the technique.
DESIGN East: Vision guru calls for helping hand with ARM
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9/21/2012   2 comments
Gary Bradski (shown), a lead developer for OpenCV, said the open source computer vision library sorely needs optimization for the ARM architecture.
SpaceX booked for October return to space station
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
NASA confirmed that SpaceX will fly its second resupply mission to the International Space Station in early October.
Rohm makes smartphone fuel cell
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9/20/2012   1 comment
Rohm has developed a hydrogen fuel cell that can be used to recharge mobile phones and other portable electronic equipment.
Students go Googly for top engineering employers
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9/20/2012   24 comments
Check out the deep-dive list of most coveted companies to work for in the U.S., Japan, China, and globally.
Globalfoundries looks leapfrog fab rivals with new process
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9/20/2012   22 comments
Globalfoundries unexpectedly said it plans to offer 14-nm process technology featuring FinFET 3-D transistors in 2014, a year after its 20-nm process is scheduled to enter production.
DESIGN East: XPrize calls for Star Trek tricorder
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9/20/2012   4 comments
Star Trek’s tricorder could someday be sold at the local drug store if the sponsors of the XPrize have their way.
Motorola asks ITC to ban Apple products
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9/20/2012   3 comments
The war between the leading suppliers of personal electronics has escalated as Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has asked for a ban in the United States on a broad set of products from Apple.
Intel's Embedded Framework Gains Traction at DESIGN East
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
Embedded vendors at Design East welcomed Intel’s Intelligent Systems Framework, praising its motives while expressing a mix of hope and skepticism about the effort.
Intel exec Maloney to retire
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9/19/2012   6 comments
Sean Maloney, a longtime Intel executive who is currently an executive vice president and chairman of the company's China subsidiary, plans to retire in January after 30 years with the company, Intel said.
Cypress grabs Ramtron, at last
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9/19/2012   2 comments
After several rejections, non-volatile memory vendor Ramtron agreed to be acquired by Cypress Semiconductor in a deal valued at $109.8 million.
China Fabless: Why is GigaDevice chasing the no-growth$3 billion NOR flash market?
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9/19/2012   9 comments
While China's fabless industry is mostly chasing apps processors, GigaDevice Semiconductor is targeting a market most have forsaken: NOR flash memory.
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