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Broadcom Flips on Future Set Tops
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1/29/2015   Post a comment
Broadcom is nestled between traditional cable companies and newer over the top content providers, which are both battling and enabling each other in a fight for viewers and dollars.
GaN Pumps Power Revolution
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1/29/2015   Post a comment
Gallium nitride is ramping up a revolution in power conversion, enabling new apps from wireless charging to autonomous vehicles, said a DesignCon keynoter.
Intel 5th Gen vPro Goes 60GHz Wireless
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1/29/2015   2 comments
Intel has incorporated Pro Wireless Display (WiDi) and Wireless Docking capability is based on its Wireless Gigabit (60-GHz) technology to automatically connect to monitors, keyboards, mice and USB accessories without the need for a mechanical dock, cutting the last cord to all x86-based computers.
Backplanes Hit a Wall at 56G
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1/29/2015   4 comments
Backplane-based systems are hitting a wall at 56 Gbit/second speeds, driving a debate over a need for new materials, signaling and equalization, said a Rambus engineer at DesignCon.
Can Kevlar Prevent Lithium-Ion Battery Fires?
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1/29/2015   Post a comment
University of Michigan researchers have used nanofibers extracted from Kevlar to develop a barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery that is capable of preventing the type of fires linked with the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Wi-Fi Alliance Radiates Outward
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1/28/2015   Post a comment
The Wi-Fi Alliance is one of several industry groups grappling with an explosion of connected devices. The group faces increasing challenges in complexity, performance needs, and diminishing power requirements for new and existing smart home and IoT devices.
Connected Car: Dramatic Growth Ahead
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1/28/2015   3 comments
Market research and IT consultant firm Gartner predicts a dramatic growth in connected car sales — and many new business opportunities for hardware and software vendors.
UMC Boosts Capex to Capture More 28nm Orders
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1/28/2015   Post a comment
UMC's large capex increase to capture more 28nm orders indicates the company is optimistic about strong demand this year. Analysts believe UMC needs to fend off the competition in China which appears to be catching up.
Quantum Entanglement Now On-a-Chip
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1/28/2015   2 comments
Uncrackable encryption and quantum computers enabled by tiny 20 micron source of entangled photons according to Italian scientist at di Università degli Studi di Pavia.
TSVs to Split More Chips: Re-Integration is the Focus
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1/28/2015   Post a comment
At the European 3D TSV summit which took place in Grenoble's Minatec center last week, all of the speakers seemed to agree on one thing: in many fields including the consumer market, 2.5D integration (through the use of interposers) is going to remain cost-competitive for a while with real 3D vertical integration. And this could lead to major shifts in the electronics manufacturing landscape.
Startup Casts a Better IoT Network
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1/28/2015   5 comments
Startup IoT Freeway claims it has a better wireless network for the Internet of Things but needs money and partners to support development and deployment.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So
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1/28/2015   3 comments
Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
iPhone Dials Up Record Apple Sales
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1/27/2015   5 comments
Apple announced record financial results for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. Record revenues, shipments, and a general bullish attitude were due in great part to iPhone, iPad, and Apple Pay.
Fried Cable Sparked EE Profession
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1/27/2015   6 comments
The electrical engineering profession was sparked in the late 1800s by a fried transatlantic telegraph cable, said a DesignCon keynoter and Stanford professor.
Co-Robots Working Alongside People
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1/27/2015   4 comments
Robots can work alongside people helping them without danger of injuries.
Analog, Embedded Drive TI Upwards in 2014
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1/27/2015   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. has reported a net income of $825 million on fourth quarter 2014 revenue of $3.27 billion.
Are TSMC, UMC Affected By Taiwan’s Water Shortages?
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1/27/2015   Post a comment
Rainfall in Taiwan is at the lowest level since 1947. Are foundries in Taiwan ready?
Maxim Exits Consumer MEMS, Touch Sensors
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1/27/2015   2 comments
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has decided to get out of consumer MEMS and consumer touch sensor markets and focus its sensor business on the automotive sensor. Meanwhile Maxim is making moves into wearable equipment, mainly with the provision of power management ICs.
EDA Startup Takes on Signal Integrity Barrier
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1/26/2015   Post a comment
AtaiTec has developed a suite of simple, accurate, and cost-effective tools -- ISD, ADK, X2D -- to enhance existing SI flows.
Intel, Microsoft Improve Odds for AR
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1/26/2015   20 comments
Microsoft unveils HoloLens and Intel invests in AR glasses. Are we seeing 2015 finally becoming the year when AR/VR starts going mainstream in earnest?
Increased Functionally Drives Flash Array Adoption
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1/24/2015   1 comment
Early all-flash arrays were dedicated to a single application, but enterprises are looking for vendors that support mixed workloads and offer data services, and evaluating flash beyond just the cost per gigabyte
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games
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1/23/2015   4 comments
Imagination Technologies continues to hedge its bets on graphics-based processing, showcasing a variety of demonstrations based on its PowerVR GPU at International CES.
Motion Control Comes to Masses with TI Launchpad
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1/23/2015   7 comments
Prototyping of brushless motor control systems has required specialized expertise, but a new offering from TI aims to change that.
Wide-Spread SSD Encryption is Inevitable
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1/23/2015   2 comments
As vendors have steadily released self-encrypting SSDs for client devices over the past year, the trend is starting to hit enterprise storage and all-flash arrays, driven by customer demand and regulatory changes
Startup Expands 3D to the Room
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1/23/2015   Post a comment
With still 26 days to go, Kickstarter project Immersis from French startup Catopsys has almost reached its funding goal of USD100.000, promising to turn any room into a fully immersive 3D interactive environment.
Fraunhofer Develops MEMS Optical Grating for Medium Infrared
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1/23/2015   Post a comment
The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS is developing a scanning grating spectrometer that operates in the medium infrared range from 3-microns to 12 microns wavelength. Many chemical substances that are significant for security monitoring have characteristic absorption lines in this region.
IoT Hears Two Cellular Calls
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1/23/2015   5 comments
2G and LTE standards efforts promise lower cost, lower power versions of cellular links geared for the Internet of Things but won’t be ready until at least 2016.
Intel, Microsoft, Autodesk Creating Life
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1/23/2015   28 comments
Microbial Robotics has created microscopic robots from living viruses (ViruBots) and bacteria (BactoBots) that can clean toxins from water, hunt down and kill (only) cancer cells or perform nearly any other humanitarian environmental or therapeutic task.
Spectrometer Lights Up IoT, Smartly
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
Analog circuit, MEMS, and sensors manufacturer AMS announced an integrated spectrometer for smart lighting management, the AS721x. Company officials believe smart lights could become the center of a home Internet of Things ecosystem.
Print-On Polymer Multiplies Solar Output
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1/22/2015   5 comments
Scientists promise to double the output of plastic solar cells by harvesting two electrons per photon instead of the usual one.
$2 Waves 3D Gesture Into Any Device
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1/22/2015   1 comment
With the wave of a hand, Microchip's GestIC controls anything -- tablet to light bulb. Microchip claims its GestIC turns any device into a 3D mid-air gesture recognizer.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety
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1/22/2015   2 comments
In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
Improved dendrite formation control helps lithium batteries last longer
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Purdue University are using numerical modeling to find ways to understand the complex science behind the formation of 'dendrites' that cause lithium-ion batteries to fail which will help to design better separators to create longer-lasting batteries.
Windows 10: Compact OS Does Holograms
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1/21/2015   20 comments
Microsoft demonstrated several applications for Windows 10 at a live event today, highlighting the operating system’s cross-device compatibility and ease of use in new areas of technology such as holographics.
B&B Bringing Legacy Systems into Industrial IoT
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1/21/2015   Post a comment
With a name change and a new partner program, B&B SmartWorx takes aim at the Industrial Internet of Things.
Microsemi & Intrinsic-ID Team To Offer Extreme-Security FPGAs & Systems
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1/21/2015   5 comments
It seems as though Microsemi -- teaming with Intrinsic-ID -- may have implemented the most reliable and secure on-chip security system in existence at this time.
AMD Upbeat Despite $330M Loss
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1/20/2015   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices today announced revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014 and year end. Despite large operating losses, AMD officials were hopeful about the company’s trajectory for 2015.
CMOSIS Considering IPO
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1/20/2015   Post a comment
CMOSIS, a developer of advanced CMOS image sensors for applications in machine vision, digital cinema, aerospace, scientific and medical applications, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) of shares according to local newspaper De Tijd.
IoT Carriers Sought by Semtech
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1/20/2015   4 comments
Semtech is courting carriers to support its LoRa wide-area 900 MHz network for the Internet of Things, one of a handful in a race to metro and national IoT nets.
Drones and Wearables App Store Launches
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1/20/2015   9 comments
World's first app store for Internet of Things devices will come from the makers of Ubuntu Linux.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions
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1/20/2015   43 comments
Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
Ford Self-Driving Cars On-the-Cheap
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1/20/2015   36 comments
No need to equip self-driving cars with expensive radar or lidar, say researchers: just use multiple cheap cameras.
MEMS Group Targets IoT
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1/19/2015   Post a comment
MEMS Industry Group Executive Director Karen Lightman sat down with EE Times at International CES in Las Vegas to discuss the sensor-rich future and how sensor fusion will meet function in the Internet of Things.
Electronic Spine Cures Paralysis
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1/19/2015   18 comments
Electronic spine cures paralysis, restores walking ability to injured.
Adding Intelligence to Rotary Encoders
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1/19/2015   15 comments
Rotary encoders typically provide simple pulses to a motor controller, but with added intelligence they can do much more.
Analysts Turn Negative on Outlook for TSMC
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1/16/2015   3 comments
Analysts switched to a more negative outlook for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) after the world’s largest contract chipmaker announced a record quarterly profit for the end of 2014 that may mark the start of a downturn for the company during 2015.
China’s Shifting Sands Spell Trouble for Qualcomm, Broadcom
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1/16/2015   8 comments
Big changes in the works including China Mobile’s shift in procurement policy from five-mode to three-mode smartphones, and plans among Chinese apps fabless to embrace connectivity, will affect the leaders in the U.S. chip industry.
Intel Hits Revenue Record in 2014
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1/15/2015   11 comments
Intel reported better than expected financial results and a record-breaking full year revenue of $55.9 billion. Intel’s CEO said the company is “in a very different place” than it was 12 months ago and finished the year with a strong fourth quarter.
IoT Attracts a Smart Skeptic
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1/15/2015   27 comments
The Internet of Things could be smaller or come more slowly than anyone expects, said a McKinsey analyst, who warns of other surprising shifts from smartphones to China.
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