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First Carbon Nanotube Computer Integrated With CMOS
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9/30/2013   11 comments
Stanford University demonstrates a carbon-nanotube computer on CMOS running the instructions from the reduced instruction set computer (RISC) from California's MIPS Technologies.
Steve Jobs Remembered by Woz, Bushnell
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9/27/2013   24 comments
Steve Wozniak and Nolan Bushnell talked about Steve Jobs, the history of the PC, and the future of education at a Silicon Valley event.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Teardown: Original Phablet Sets Bar
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9/27/2013   10 comments
With Qualcomm still in the house, 32-Gbit NAND, Samsung goes for substance over kitsch. See a view inside the phone in this TechInsights' teardown.
Apple A7 First Look From Chipworks
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9/27/2013   30 comments
A first peek into the Apple A7 in the iPhone 5s suggests a quad-core GPU cluster and a honking 3 Mbyte SRAM fingerprint storage block.
IEDM Set to Stage FinFET vs. FDSOI
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9/27/2013   28 comments
The leading-edge of semiconductor technology becomes more complex, and IEDM is there to bear witness -- and stage FinFET versus FDSOI, the battle for sub-20nm semiconductors.
The Armament Test Gap
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9/27/2013   3 comments
An AUTOTESTCON panel discusses how the military's test equipment is out of date.
Driver Assistance: Radar or Vision?
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9/27/2013   46 comments
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are driving the business of automotive electronics suppliers today.
Stretchable OLEDs for Displays, Lighting
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9/27/2013   24 comments
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers fabricate a flexible, stretchable, bendable organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display that continues working while being deformed.
Intel-Backed Chinese Chip Firm Files for IPO
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9/26/2013   4 comments
A Chinese analog and mixed-signal fabless chip company that has been supported by Intel has filed for an initial public offering of shares and listing on the Nasdaq market.
Broadcom’s Car Gambit: 802.11ac/Bluetooth LE Combo IC
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9/26/2013   21 comments
Broadcom is making an aggressive wireless entry into the automotive market by rolling out the industry’s first automotive-quality 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth low-energy combo chip.
Ericsson Retunes Radio for $4B Small Cell Market
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9/25/2013   10 comments
Claiming it is redefining the architecture for small cells, Ericsson announced its Radio Dot leveraging standard office cables for indoor cellular networks.
Qualcomm Move Raises Wireless Charging Questions
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9/25/2013   12 comments
Co-founder of the Alliance for Wireless Power has joined the board of rival organization the Wireless Power Consortium.
Foiling Medical Implant Hackers
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9/24/2013   22 comments
Algorithm uses a patient's heartbeat as a random number generator for cryptography, to secure medical implants from attacks by hackers.
With Over 1 Billion FPGAs Sold, Lattice Introduces MachXO3 Family
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9/24/2013   4 comments
Their high pin count, inbuilt interface functions, small size, and low power consumption makes Lattice's MachXO3 FPGAs ideal for a wide range of applications.
Isolation Improves Samsung Image Sensor
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9/24/2013   2 comments
Samsung isolates pixels to improve dynamic range and reduce cross-talk.
Mega ASIC Drives Cisco Router
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9/24/2013   7 comments
A 598mm2 40nm ASIC, the nPower X1, is at the heart of a family of new carrier-class routers announced by Cisco Systems.
Applied, Tokyo Electron Agree to $29 Billion Merger
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9/24/2013   38 comments
New name needed for proposed trans-Pacific "merger of equals" that will create a clear market leader in chip- and display-making equipment.
Freescale, Micron Extend Memory Research
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9/24/2013   2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor and Micron Technology have extended separate memory research partnerships in attempts to add to their capabilities at the leading-edge of chip production and find technology that can scale beyond the limits of NAND flash memory.
Slideshow: Smart Brings Joy to New Concept Car
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9/24/2013   15 comments
The Smart Fourjoy includes a futuristic interior with a rear bench seat designed to look like lounge furniture, as well as transparent exterior parts and LEDs fitted to its front and rear lights.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup: Sept. 23, 2013
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9/23/2013   Post a comment
This is a condensed roundup of news and activities associated with EDA and IP over the past week.
Group Defines Carriers' Needs in SDN
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9/23/2013   3 comments
Carriers' requirements for emerging software-defined networks are defined in a new document from the Optical Internetworking Forum.
China Foundry Extends Embedded Memory Range
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9/23/2013   2 comments
Chinese foundry SMIC is offering memory compilers for a range of nonvolatile memory types at critical geometries down to 55nm.
Oracle Brews Java for the Internet of Things
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9/23/2013   17 comments
Oracle will expand Java's reach in MCUs with partners such as Freescale, which launched a family of gateways aiming to unify the Internet of Things.
Get Free 100G Papers From IEEE
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9/23/2013   6 comments
IEEE Communications Society is offering free downloads of technical articles that cover 100G network technology.
ST, Movea Forge Mobile Sensor Hub
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9/23/2013   9 comments
Data-fusion software from Movea is being added to ST microcontroller to create a sensor hub platform.
New York Plans $45 Billion Fab Campus
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9/20/2013   23 comments
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is filing plans to develop an upstate New York site that could accommodate up to three 450mm wafer fabs at an estimated cost of up to $45 billion.
Soft Mobile Market Hits Chip Capex
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9/20/2013   2 comments
Capital spending forecasts have been reduced in the short term, affecting 2013 totals, due to perceived softness in the smartphone and tablet computer markets. However, a more favorable general economy is prompting a better outlook for 2014 and 2015.
SanDisk Samples Special Memory for Intel Tablets
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9/20/2013   8 comments
Flash-based storage specialist has announced that it has optimized its 19nm iNAND flash memory for use in tablet computers based on the Bay Trail 22nm Atom processor.
Superconducting Quantum Computer Beckons
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9/20/2013   11 comments
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has reported the first demonstration of high-temperature superconductivity in the surface of a topological insulator--a promising material for quantum computers whose bulk properties are that of an insulator, but whose surface is a conductor.
Apple M7 From NXP, Says Chipworks
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9/20/2013   18 comments
The Apple 5S sensor controller is an NXP device, according to a teardown from Chipworks that also examined the A7 processor and other elements.
Agilent Splits HP DNA Again
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9/19/2013   29 comments
With a bold three-year plan, Agilent will split into a separate $3.9 billion life science and $2.9 billion traditional T&M company.
DesignCon: Download Technical Papers Free!
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9/19/2013   6 comments
Agilent Technologies had made its DesignCon 2013 technical papers and slides available for free downloads.
Spintronics for Silicon Approaching
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9/19/2013   3 comments
New room-temperature silicon-compatible semiconductor discovered by researchers may pave the way for future chips that store information on magnetic spin of electrons.
Sub-Threshold ARM Chip on Track at Ambiq
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9/19/2013   8 comments
A startup has just raised $10 million to help it prepare ARM-based MCUs with sub-threshold operation aimed at low power consumption.
48-Hour 3D Design Challenge With DesignSpark Mechanical
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9/18/2013   2 comments
Four design teams have embarked on a 48-hour design challenge to create life-changing inventions using the DesignSpark Mechanical 3D modeling and assembly tool.
Flexible Curved Displays to Top $27 Billion by 2023
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9/18/2013   20 comments
From Dick Tracy-style watches to cinema-style immersion on a small screen, the curved display market is expected to boom.
IMEC Process Supports Germanium-Tin Transistors
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9/18/2013   2 comments
A Belgo-Japanese research team has developed an improved process for the integration of germanium-tin MOSFETs on silicon substrates. This opens up the possibility of strained GeSn pMOSFETs at sub-10 nm geometries.
NXP Teams With TTTech to Develop Automotive Ethernet Switch Chip
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9/18/2013   8 comments
With the Ethernet now invading cars, “the next logical thing” for the auto industry to look for is an automotive Ethernet switch chip, says NXP.
Brocade Software Beats Cisco ASICs
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9/18/2013   7 comments
Brocade's software exec might be one of Intel's best spokesmen as he uses the x86 to pop profit margins of Cisco routers.
True White LEDs on the Horizon
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9/17/2013   12 comments
Physicist Z. Valy Vardeny and his colleagues at the University of Utah inserted platinum atoms into an organic semiconductor to tune its light emission to different colors in the quest for emitting truly white light to replace future light bulbs.
Microchip Introduces PIC24F 'GC' MCUs With Intelligent Analog
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9/17/2013   1 comment
Integrating analog on the MCU results in faster data paths, reduced noise, and the ability to change the analog parameters in software, all of which help to simplify board designs and reduce cost and board space.
Counter Argument: 3 Reasons We Need V2X
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9/17/2013   25 comments
Often left out of the self-driving car debate are the real reasons behind developing the autonomous car -- in a social context.
MEMS Maker Appoints NXP Veteran as CEO
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9/17/2013   1 comment
Tronics Microsystems has appointed a successor to Peter Pfluger, who is retiring after leading the company for 10 years.
TSMC Releases 16nm FinFET Design Flows
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9/17/2013   11 comments
Foundry and partners have announced silicon-validated reference design flows for a 16nm FinFET manufacturing process and for 3D-IC chip stacking.
Plastic Memory Firm Plans Pilot Line
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9/17/2013   5 comments
Thin Film, a developer of organic ferroelectric nonvolatile memory technology, has ordered equipment for a pilot production line in Linkoping, Sweden, and announced a plan to raise about US$23 million via the sale of shares.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup: Sept. 17, 2013
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9/17/2013   1 comment
This is a roundup of news and activities associated with EDA and IP over the past week.
Separate Jitter in Simulated Signals
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9/16/2013   Post a comment
The ability to apply jitter-separation techniques on simulated digital signals can uncover problems before making a board.
Intel Boosts vPro Virtualization, Security at IDF
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9/16/2013   Post a comment
Intel Developer Forum: Virtualized environments based on Intel's vPro up the ante for fleet-like management of tablets, 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks, laptops, and more.
EDA Startup Offers Language, Hardware IDE
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9/16/2013   24 comments
Two researchers have teamed up to launch an EDA startup. They already have an IDE-style product for hardware designers that is available to license.
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