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OmniVision Shareholders Approve Seagull Takeover
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8/3/2015   Post a comment
The shareholders of CMOS image sensor vendor OmniVision Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara Calif.) have approved the plan for the company to be acquired by a Chinese consortium.
Indian Fab Project Hires Former GloFo Exec
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8/3/2015   1 comment
Indian foundry fab will be located near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The company reports that talks are moving the project forward on all fronts including: funding, technology and customers.
Will The World Coalesce Around USB Type C?
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8/3/2015   2 comments
USB Type C is still too new for any market forecast numbers. But some analysts anticipate that USB Type C with its alt modes could “bring some ‘consolidation’ in the connector market,” where consumers need just one cable.
NASA Preps Venus ICs
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8/3/2015   Post a comment
NASA is sending a mission to Venus, where the surface temperature is up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit--hot enough to melt lead and to turn aluminum into a slurry. What electronics could survive? One company uses silicon carbide wafers and a mystery metal to fabricate the mixed signal chips for the Venus Landsailing Rover.
MediaTek Cautions 'Weak Demand' for Handsets
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7/31/2015   2 comments
MediaTek has pared its expectations for 2015 as a result of weaker demand for smartphones and stronger price competition for the handset chips that the company makes.
Industrial Automation Companies Combine
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7/31/2015   Post a comment
Japan's Omron is acquiring US-based Delta Tau Data Systems.
Google Street View Cars Test The Air
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7/31/2015   Post a comment
Environmental sensor firm Aclima has partnered with Google to test air quality in urban areas.
Hybrid Solar Cells Capture More
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7/31/2015   1 comment
Solar cells today waste as much as 44 percent of the solar spectrum--the infrared (IR)--but by combining inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules that lost energy can be unconverted to the visible spectrum for conversion to electricity, according to researchers at University of California, Riverside, (UCR).
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst
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7/30/2015   6 comments
Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
Imec, Panasonic Push Progress on ReRAM
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7/30/2015   1 comment
The two companies jointly presented a paper at the recent VLSI technology symposium outlining a process that paves the way for 28nm embedded applications
Graphene Lights Up Chips
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
A group of national and international researchers have demonstrated an on-chip visible light source using graphene as a filament. The team attached small strips of graphene to metal electrodes, suspended the strips above the substrate, and passed a current through the filaments.
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Smarter Sensor Hub Cuts Power
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7/30/2015   4 comments
QuickLogic has a new sensor hub Eos, named after the Greek Goddess of the new dawn, which packs so many hardware accelerators--including it own field programmable gate array (FPGA)--on an SoC with an ARM Cortex-M4F, that it can serve as the application processor for wearables as well as significantly offload the app processor on a smartphone.
Samsung SE370 Monitor Boasts Wireless Charging Capability
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7/29/2015   1 comment
No stranger to innovative products, Samsung launches the SE370 monitor, which can wirelessly charge your smartphone.
eBook Explains Faster In-System Flash Programming
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7/29/2015   1 comment
"Faster Flash Programming via FPGA and IJTAG" from ASSET Intertech shows you how to program FPGAs 50 to 1000 times faster.
Quantum Computing: Diode-like Breakthrough Surmounts Roadblock
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7/29/2015   1 comment
Quantum computers need a component like a diode, that only allows single photons to travel in one direction when their spin is up or down, which is just what researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute (Copenhagen) have recently invented.
Chinese Automotive Chip Market Continues Rapid Growth
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7/29/2015   Post a comment
Even as growth shipments in vehicle shipments in China slows, automotive IC market expected to increase 11% based on need for more higher-performing chips.
UMC Cuts Expectations for 28nm Ramp on Weaker Demand
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7/29/2015   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s second-largest foundry, said its ramp of 28nm process technology will slow as the outlook for demand is likely to remain weak until the first half of 2016 while the chip industry works its way out of an inventory correction.
Metallic Nanoparticles May Lower Solar Cost
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7/29/2015   1 comment
While the domestic solar energy industry grew 34% last year, fundamental technical breakthroughs are still needed to hit the national goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Researchers at Rice University say they have found a way reduce the costs of photovoltaic solar cells.
Demand for Radar Systems Boosts Infineon’s Chip Production
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7/28/2015   1 comment
Radar systems are experience rapidly growing acceptance among car buyers. While passenger cars with a radar sensor can be bought since the nineties, production figures as well as take rates reached significant numbers only by 2013. But since radar-based driver assistance systems are available at affordable prices, the numbers are skyrocketing. Infineon now has produced the ten millionth radar chip.
Intel, Micron Launch "Bulk-Switching" ReRAM
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7/28/2015   28 comments
Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. have launched a new class of non-volatile memory that they call 3D Xpoint and which the companies said would be available as samples later this year for special customers.
Smart Meters Can Destabilize Grid, Study Says
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7/28/2015   10 comments
In some geographies including Germany, smart meters are mandatory for new buildings – being an ingredient of smart grids, they allow energy suppliers to match energy generation and consumption by implementing differentiated tariffs and help users to optimize energy consumption profiles.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
IoT Accelerators Offer Advice to Entrepreneurs
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Startup accelerator experts panel offers IoT entrepreneurs insights into Kickstarter, manufacturing in China, and making the transition from prototype to production.
Graphene Sensor Detects Nano Molecules
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Teams from the Swiss University EPFL and the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona used graphene to improve upon infrared absorption spectroscopy for molecule detection.
Apple HomeKit Requires ID Chip
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7/28/2015   7 comments
Apple requires an ID chip in devices using its HomeKit software, one of several observations in a talk on platforms for the Internet of Things at ESC SV.
Earnings: Hynix Down, Cypress Up
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7/28/2015   1 comment
A sluggish DRAM market for PCs hurt SK Hynix earnings, much like it hurt Micron’s, while Cypress posted a strong quarter following the integration of Spansion
Getting Back to Basic with Bluetooth
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
In the new IoT environment where ease of development is primary, Silicon Labs provides Bluetooth developers with a simple BASIC-like scripting language.
8-bit Fights Back with Autonomous Peripherals
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Using smart peripherals, 8-bit MCUs are trying to reclaim advanced applications from 32-bit contenders.
Rohm Semiconductor Acquires Powervation
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Analog IC manufacturer Rohm has acquired digital power IC company Powervation for approximately $70 million in cash. The deal will bolster Rohm’s share of the power market as high density systems increasingly call for a digital power.
Hacked Jeep: Whom to Blame?
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7/27/2015   25 comments
So, where, exactly, find a crack in the firewall of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee? How did they infiltrate and who’s at fault for failing to foresee the breach? Failures apparently occurred in multiple places.
SK Hynix Starts 3D NAND Flash Production
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7/27/2015   Post a comment
Memory chipmaker SK Hynix Inc. has said it will prepare for its first production volumes of 3D NAND flash memory in the third quarter of 2015. It joins the ranks of Samsung, Toshiba and Micron.
Keysight, IEEE Make Wireless Papers Available at No Cost
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7/27/2015   Post a comment
IEEE Communications Society and Keysight Technologies let you download papers on 5G and small-cell technologies at no cost.
IoT Net Gets New Leader
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7/27/2015   Post a comment
The LoRa Alliance will name communications veteran Geoff Mulligan as its new chairman starting August 1.
90+GHz Photonic Emitters On-chip
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7/27/2015   2 comments
Instead of integrating lasers on silicon chips, Duke University researchers propose using 90+ GHz nanopatch plasmonic antennas coupled to quantum dots.
Moto G Details Leak Ahead Of Motorola Event
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7/27/2015   1 comment
Motorola is holding a splashy event in NYC July 28, and leaks have provided a solid look at what's in store.
Freescale Takes on the Network Edge
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7/27/2015   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor's new multicore QorIQ network processors use up to eight ARM A-53 cores in a design targeted at network edge applications in virtual customer premises and Internet Service Provider equipment.
Nanoparticle Imaging with Graphene
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7/24/2015   1 comment
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using a monolayer of graphene as a see-through lens-like cap -- called a graphene liquid cell -- to create a new imaging system that can see the individual atoms in a single nanoparticle while it is still in solution.
Freescale to Merge with NXP at Top of Game
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7/24/2015   10 comments
In what might become the last quarterly financial call for the awaiting acquisition by NXP Semiconductors, Freescale delivered strong second-quarter financial results, backed by record-breaking gross margins, operating profits, and design wins.
Near-Collision Poses Need for V2V in Google Cars
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7/24/2015   22 comments
Both Google and Delphi downplayed what took place last month between their self-driving cars that almost collided on the streets of Palo Alto. But could they have avoided an evasive action caused by suddenly aborting the lane change?
Facebook's Oculus Buys Israeli Hand-Motion Firm
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7/24/2015   Post a comment
Oculus VR LLC (Menlo Park, Calif.) is reported to be ready to spend about $60 million to acquire a startup called Pebbles Interfaces Ltd. (Kfar Saba, Israel).
Tablet Processor Sales Fell in 1Q15
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7/24/2015   Post a comment
The market for application processors for tablet computers fell 6 percent in 1Q15 compared with the same quarter a year before, according to Strategy Analytics.
Rocket Refuels for Student Mission
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7/23/2015   1 comment
After a technical setback in May, a group of Boston University students is raising funds to launch next summer the first amateur rocket to reach space.
Smartphone Processor Sales Climb, Players Ranked
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7/23/2015   1 comment
The market for application processors for smartphones jumped by 20 percent in 1Q15 compared with a year before, while the same market for tablet computers fell 6 percent in 1Q15 on the same basis, according to Strategy Analytics.
Google Glass Enterprise, Pixate Deal Offers Mobile Clues
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7/23/2015   Post a comment
With new details about Google Glass, and with the acquisition of Pixate, Google is offering some insight into mobile roadmap.
Research Project Tackles Driver Takeover Issue
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7/23/2015   4 comments
Automated driving promises a more relaxed mobility, but what if a situation occurs that exceeds the capabilities of the electronic chauffeur? German aerospace research centre DLR has developed a system that alerts the driver in the case of an emerging problem.
Qualcomm Plans 15% Layoffs
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7/22/2015   8 comments
Qualcomm announced a realignment plan that aims to reduce costs by $1.4 billion by 2016 and will deliver pink slips to 15% of employees.
Smart Cities Efforts Expand
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
A meeting in November aims to kick off a new round of smart cities projects for 2016, according to a speaker from NIST at ESV SV.
IBM Frees Open Source Apps
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7/22/2015   2 comments
In 2015 IBM will contribute 50+ free programming projects focusing on analytics, mobile and cloud technologies to the open-source community plus include them on its Bluemix cloud development--free to individuals/students, up to $120,000 free to developers--as well as free developerWorks Open community to users for sharing open-source code, ideas and advise from IBM experts.
Can GloFo and Europe's Chip Firms Unite?
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Globalfoundries' Dresden wafer fab could become the European More-than-Moore foundry that the local chip companies lacked the courage to commission. As such Globalfoundries could yet receive financial support from the European Commission to expand its presence in Europe.
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