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6/30/2015   Post a comment
The tagging of garments via RFID-based labels has been commonplace for more than a decade. But what if electronic components could be threaded into the very fabric of clothes and even survive the washing machine?
Ericsson Layoffs Target R&D, Supply
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
Ericsson will release 10% of its Swedish workforce as part of an efficiency and cost-reduction plan first announced in March. The plan will cut approximately 2,100 job and save an equivalent of $301 million USD in the second quarter of 2015.
Merck Buys Display Quantum Dot Company
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has announced it is acquiring Qlight Nanotech Ltd. (Jerusalem, Israel), a developer of nanocrystalline materials for lighting and display applications.
Micron Remains Optimistic Despite Down Quarter
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6/30/2015   1 comment
Sluggish PC market affected DRAM growth, but company appears confident in long-term prospects for 3D NAND, mobile, in-memory computing and the automotive segment
Automotive King Redefines Future
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6/30/2015   2 comments
By 2030 the cost of an automobile will be mostly from the advanced electronics, according to analysts, with Freescale supplying the Lion's portion of those chips since it will be number one is automotive electronics after the merger with NXP later this year.
Synopsys Acquires Elliptic Technologies, Beefs up Security
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
Synopsys, Inc. is acquiring security intellectual property company Elliptic Technologies.
Wafer-Level Packaging Not Enough, say OSATS
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6/29/2015   1 comment
Large format fan-out packaging was the focus of discussion at IC packaging and semiconductor processing experts gathered at European's largest for this year's SEMI Packaging Tech Seminar.
MRAM Maker Everspin Remembers Its Industrial Roots
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6/29/2015   1 comment
The only company currently shipping magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) products sees a wide array of use cases, including in the data center, but industrial applications remain its bread and butter.
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
GaN Converters Charge Simultaneously
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
Mobile devices have gotten slimmer over the years but chargers have remained in the same clunky form factors. Zolt, a subsidiary of gallium nitride fab Avogy, has developed a lipstick tube sized charger capable of powering three devices at once at up to 70 Watts.
Somnium Soups Up Kinetis Code
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
The designers of the Kinetis Design Studio (KDS) have invented a software technology that analyzes an entire program, then optimizes the order of execution of the statements to save space, increase performance and lower the power requirements.
Startup's Tech is Intel's Quark Neural Network
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
The pattern-classification technology inside the Quark SE system chip from Intel is the same as that being offered for license and in chip form by startup NeuroMem Inc.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Wireless Charging Awareness Surging
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6/26/2015   1 comment
More than twice the percentage of consumers surveyed said they are now aware of the technology, with most indicating they would like to try it.
Woz Wows with Humanitarianism
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6/25/2015   11 comments
Steve Wozniak single-handedly designed the Apple-I and after forming Apple with Steve Jobs also designed the Apple-II personal computer (PC), although Jobs oversaw the design of the case for the Apple-II.
Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts
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6/25/2015   2 comments
Imec researchers hope to deliver within two years active contact lenses that detect where the user is looking and deliver the correct near or far focus.
Freescale Networks on 16nm
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Freescale’s next generation of multicore processors will use 16nm FinFET process technology, officials announced at the company’s annual conference, Freescale Technology Forum. Two QorIQ chips, LS1048A and LS1088A, are designed for Internet of Things networking at the edge.<
Samplify Founder Forms Next Compression Startup
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Al Wegener, an expert in signal compression, has founded a startup company called Anacode Labs Inc. (Aptos, Calif.) to provide compression hardware and software under an IP licensing business model.
ARM, Synopsys Join UMC to Ramp Foundry's 14nm FinFET Process
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6/24/2015   2 comments
ARM and Synopsys have teamed up with United Microelectronics Corp., the world's second-largest foundry, to make some of the first test chips with UMC's 14nm FinFET technology.
Low Temperature 2D MoS2 Now at Wafer-Level
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute have fabricated and characterised large-area 2D films of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), an N-type semiconductor, at room temperature using a process which is scalable to any size wafer.
Smart Shirt Adorns IoT Efforts
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
A smart T-shirt and a new Internet of Things research program with a low cost air quality sensor were announced by researchers at Imec and the Holst Center.
Secure IoT MCUs Drive Freescale-NXP
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
The future of Freescale Semiconductor and NXP is in connecting and securing the Internet of Things, with a major focus on automotive. The CEOs of both companies outlined their collective vision for the merger, which will likely close in November.
Brazil Startup offers PMIC for Solar Energy Harvesting
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
SiliconReef, a Brazilian startup founded around 2008 that offers analog and mixed-signal design services, has introduced its first product, a power management IC for solar energy harvesting applications.
GlobalFoundries’ FD-SOI Revolution
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6/23/2015   7 comments
Confirming the imminent announcement of the company’s big FD-SOI plan, GlobalFoundries came to Grenoble to discuss its 22nm FD-SOI process scheduled to be qualified by early 2016.
PCIe 16G May Take Until 2017
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6/23/2015   1 comment
The PCI Express 4.0 standard, aka Gen 4, may not be complete until 2017, but Cadence and Synopsys will announce PHY and controller blocks for it this week.
The White-Boxing of Software-Defined Networking
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6/23/2015   Post a comment
White-box network router and switch providers are going after a piece of the growing software-defined networking market.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race?
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6/23/2015   3 comments
How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
Renesas APIs Bring RTOS Development to the Masses
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6/23/2015   1 comment
Renesas Electronics' Synergy MCU family and API aims provide a simplified platform for developing code for an integrated RTOS kernel and services in an application.
China's SMIC, Q'comm in 14nm Deal
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6/23/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. formed a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec to develop a homegrown 14nm node ready for mass production by 2020.
Startup Taps Into Home Energy Circuit
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6/23/2015   1 comment
Startup Curb wants to help you find the energy hog in your home -- whether that be your spouse or a space heater. The home automation company has developed a hardware system that attaches to a home circuit breaker to monitor energy consumption.
Freescale MCUs Secure IoT
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6/23/2015   Post a comment
Freescale announced a new family of microcontrollers designed with a focus on security for the Internet of Things. The Kinetis K80, K81, and K82 sport several layers of hardware security.
Freescale S32 Ups Automotive Ante
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6/23/2015   Post a comment
Freescale has created what it calls the first complete family of ARM processors and all the software drivers, middleware functional-safety, and security algorithms automobile makers need for free.
'Smallest SoC for IoT' Adds Memory
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6/23/2015   9 comments
Freescale's new i.MX 6D SoC is called a Single Chip System Module, (SCM) because it also has a 1-gigaByte Micron low-power double data rate chip stacked on top of three Freescale die for its dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores, power management chip and 16 megaByte of serial peripheral interface NOR flash nonvolatile memory.
AMD Denies Mulling Breakup
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6/22/2015   Post a comment
Company denies report that it hired a consulting firm to help it consider options for breaking up the company or spinning off part of its business.
Wide Area Network for IoT Gets Protocol Standard
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6/22/2015   3 comments
The LoRa approach wide-area IoT networking now has an open protocol standard available.
Freescale Adds Comms to IoT MCUs
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6/22/2015   1 comment
Freescale announced a new set of microcontrollers with integrated communications as part of its Kinetis family. The multi-protocol chips are designed for home automation and industrial control devices in the Internet of Things
Freescale i.MX 7 Finally Here
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6/22/2015   3 comments
Freescale's latest application processor, the i.MX 7 comes with one or two ARM Cortex-A7 microprocessors as well as one Cortex-M4 micro controller resulting in a unique heterogeneous architecture that consumes as little as 250 microAmps in its Low Power State Retention mode (LPSR).
Crocus Gets $21 Million backing for Sensor Push
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6/21/2015   Post a comment
Crocus Technology SA (Santa Clara, Calif.), a developer of magnetic RAM and related devices has announced it has raised $21 million (about €19 million) in funding. This brings the total raised by the company to date to $194 million (about €180.3M).
IR Cameras Soon a Commodity, Warns Yole
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6/19/2015   2 comments
Over the next several years, uncooled thermal camera shipments will accelerate rapidly, with volumes growing at 22% CAGR between 2015 and 2020, according to Yole Développement's latest report.
Bidding War for ISSI Wages On
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6/19/2015   Post a comment
Just when it looked as though ISSI was set to let stockholders favor of the Uphill transaction, Cypress came back with a higher offer, only to be trumped again by Uphill
Keysight Technologies Set to Acquire Anite
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6/19/2015   Post a comment
Acquisition would place Keysight in top position for wireless test.
ASICs for the IoT Cross the Horizon
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6/19/2015   2 comments
The custom chip industry is working to jump-start ASIC development for the Internet of Things.
InVisage, TSMC Join Forces for Image Sensor Attack
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6/19/2015   Post a comment
InVisage Technologies Inc., a startup developing quantum-dot based light capture film for image sensors, has opened its first sensor manufacturing facility QFAB3 in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan.
IBM Demos III-V FinFETs on Silicon
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6/18/2015   3 comments
IBM has found a way to use confined epitaxial overgrowth (CELO) to build III-V FinFETs on silicon wafers using standard CMOS processing.
SSD Standards Poised for Update
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6/18/2015   Post a comment
JEDEC's call for input on follows confusion over SSD data retention, the release of the NVMe specification, and broader adoption of SSDs and flash in both clients and enterprise data centers
Researchers Call For Reform of Safety Standards For Millimeter-Wave Devices
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6/18/2015   Post a comment
NYU researchers say effect of millimeter waves on human health is negligible at levels below current exposure guidelines but call for review of FCC safety rules as bands over 100 Ghz are tapped.
Stephen Elop Out In Microsoft Executive Shakeup
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6/18/2015   Post a comment
Organizational changes within Microsoft's engineering team will result in the departure of senior executives, including former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.
ACE Awards Finalists Recognized for Innovation in Electronics
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6/18/2015   Post a comment
Winners to be announced at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley; ACE Lifetime Achievement to celebrate Linear Technology's Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin.
RF MEMS Tuner Gains Design Wins in LTE Phones
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6/17/2015   Post a comment
Cavendish Kinetics has said that its RF MEMS switch is gaining design wins as a tuning element for antennas in multiband LTE smartphones.
Intel Buys Smart Glasses Company
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6/17/2015   1 comment
Intel has acquired smart eyeglass maker Recon Instruments for a reported $175 million. Recon created smart eyewear with a heads–up display for sports.
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