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Japan's MegaChips to Buy MEMS Timing Leader SiTime
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10/29/2014   1 comment
MegaChips, Japan's fast-growing fabless, will buy SiTime Corp. for $200 million in cash to leverage SiTime's MEMS timing devices to enhance its own SoCs and ASSPs for wearable and mobile devices.
UMC Takes Bigger Slice of 28nm Business
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10/29/2014   Post a comment
UMC, the world’s third-largest chip foundry, said that it grabbed a larger piece of the 28 nm business that is dominated by TSMC. UMC reiterated its capital expenditure for this year at about $1.3 billion.
3D Prints World's Best Inverter
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10/29/2014   3 comments
Oak Ridge National Laboratory wants to become the world leader in operational 3D device printing and has already started its patent portfolio.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
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10/29/2014   2 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Lattice & Forza Announce Fully Reconfigurable Image Sensor
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10/29/2014   Post a comment
Smart sensors open a wealth of application possibilities in automobiles, homes, and factories, to name but a few -- anywhere sensors are to be found, in fact.
HP Tiptoes Into 3D Printers
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10/29/2014   5 comments
Hewlett-Packard sketched out plans for 3D printers coming in 2016 based on its thermal inject technology and announced a novel 3D workstation for advanced consumers.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets
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10/29/2014   1 comment
Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Mentor Enhances Multi-Board PCB System Design Capabilities
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10/28/2014   2 comments
xSD Systems Designer supports system-wide partitioning and re-partitioning of functions to different boards.
Free CircuitMaker PCB Tool From Altium
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10/28/2014   17 comments
Circuit Maker from Altium is targeted at hobbyists and makers, or people who are just starting to get into PCB design.
Some Memories Never Die
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10/28/2014   12 comments
When a major memory producer decides a product has hit end of life, there are often customers who still have long-term use for it and there are companies willing to step up to keep those memories alive.
ARM Cortex-M7: Abundance of Memory or Not Enough?
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10/28/2014   26 comments
Whether the Cortex M7 meets requirements depends on who you ask; the myriad answers point to the hairball of decisions and trade-offs in hardware, software and systems today’s developers are confronted with.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate
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10/28/2014   13 comments
While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
Wearables Ready for Work, Survey Says
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10/28/2014   8 comments
A new survey finds that the majority of adults want wearables in their workplace, though the US remains behind in overall wearable acceptance.
AMD Hires Dell's Server Chief
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10/27/2014   5 comments
The new manager of AMD's server and embedded group, Forest Norrod, is the former manager of Dell's server business where he recently shared skeptical views on ARM-based servers, one of AMD's new target markets.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup
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10/27/2014   10 comments
Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
Lucio Lanza to Receive EDA Honor
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10/27/2014   4 comments
The annual Phil Kaufman award for excellence in electronic design automation (EDA) will be awarded to Lucio Lanza at ICCAD 2014 on Nov. 4th.
Cisco Leads 2.5/5G Ethernet Effort
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10/27/2014   11 comments
Aquantia, Cisco Systems, Freescale, and Xilinx have formed the NBASE-T Alliance to develop 2.5 and 5 Gigabit/second Ethernet specifications, plugging a hole between today's 1 and 10G standards for cost-sensitive enterprise uses.
Netscout Acquires Communications Businesses From Danaher
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10/27/2014   6 comments
Does this acquisition make Netscout a one-stop shop for network test?
Canceling Noise When Rubber Meets Road
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10/24/2014   19 comments
An infotainment system vendor has applied noise cancellation technology, known mostly from headphones, to car interiors. The system, jointly developed with Lotus Engineering, minimizes noise generated when the rubber meets the road.
National Instruments Joins CROWD for 5G Wireless Networks Research
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10/24/2014   1 comment
5G wireless is expected to be a reality by 2020. Now the race is on to develop the technology, because we need higher speeds.
NASA Spinoffs: 6 Innovations In Health & Medicine
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10/23/2014   2 comments
The concept of applying technologies used in space to enhance the lives of people on Earth drives NASA's spinoff program, a technology originally developed for NASA missions is transferred to the public for commercial use.
iPad Air 2: Biggest Weakness
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10/23/2014   13 comments
Early reviews of the Apple iPad Air 2 all sing a similar tune: It's thin and light, the screen is better, the cameras are great, and it delivers incredible performance. But two reviews dinged the device heavily on multitasking.
Health Startups Are Unfit, Says MD
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10/23/2014   7 comments
Today's startups pursuing consumer health and fitness generally use poor sensors and algorithms in subpar products, but the area is ripe with opportunity, said a Stanford expert.
UNH-IOL Selected as G.fast Test Lab
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10/23/2014   1 comment
Impartial lab is first to become an official G.fast test facility for the short-range, high-speed subscriber-line technology.
China's 5-Year Plan Revealed
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10/23/2014   12 comments
China's next five-year plan, starting in 2016, will emphasize connectivity, a smartphone for everyone, and the Internet of Things en masse.
Startup Creates Virtual Cores
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10/23/2014   1 comment
Soft Machines describes its approach to creating virtual cores that bring a new level of parallelism to single-threaded code for any processor architecture.
Microsoft Eyes Expanding FPGA Role
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10/23/2014   14 comments
Microsoft will explore using FPGAs to replace networking chips in its million-server datacenters to deliver new speeds and network functions.
Murata Cheerleaders Show Off Sensor & Swarm Smarts
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10/23/2014   2 comments
The Murata cheerleaders are a team of small robots that use both sensing and communications to achieve stability and group synchronization.
Power Week: Power Management ICs on the Move
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10/23/2014   1 comment
The global power management IC market is likely to grow by almost 8% annually over the next few years, but not without facing challenges, a new report says.
Sensors for Wearables Market to Double in 2015
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10/22/2014   3 comments
Market analysis and forecast organization IHS thinks that Apple's Watch will stimulate and set a standard for fitness and health monitoring features on wearable electronics devices.
World's Wireless Record Breaks 40 Gbit/s
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10/22/2014   11 comments
A whole world of engineers is shooting for the next speedup in wireless communications beyond the LTE Advanced 1 Gbit/s ceiling. Now researchers have demonstrated 40 Gbit/s wireless speeds to be used for backhaul for now but for commercial users someday.
Intel, Partners Reveal Privacy Survey
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10/22/2014   1 comment
The average person’s device ecosystem is expanding, exponentially increasing the amount of data being created as well as associated security risks. In response to a recently released survey, Intel and several of its partner organizations recently discussed big data and ways to mollify the more than 80% of users who are uneasy about who, or what, has access to their information.
EEs Explore Life After CMOS
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10/22/2014   20 comments
Technologists at an IEEE event explored the technical and social challenges engineers face as Moore’s Law gradually comes to an end.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut
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10/22/2014   2 comments
A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
Tiny Display Rides Maker Wave
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10/22/2014   7 comments
Startup Tiny Circuits looks to bridge the gap between hobbyists and OEMs with a variety of Ardunio-based click-and-play pieces.
Intel, IBM Dueling 14nm FinFETS
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10/21/2014   21 comments
The duel of the FinFETs will take place between Intel and GlobalFoundries now that it has taken over manufacturing of semiconductors from IBM with the details of architectures here.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
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10/21/2014   6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
Memory Transition Prompts Testing Uptick
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10/21/2014   Post a comment
As DDR4 starts to see some traction, test equipment manufacturers are seeing increased demand for their tools as system builders look to guarantee compliance and interoperability.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit
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10/21/2014   9 comments
Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
iPhones Drive Apple Record, iPads Drop 13%
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10/21/2014   9 comments
Apple experienced a record fourth quarter with increased revenue, net profits, and margins. During a conference call, company officials speculated about mass handset and PC growth across regions, which has led to the strongest revenue growth rate in seven quarters.
As Revenue Dips, China Mobile Pushes 4G
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10/20/2014   4 comments
China Mobile's 2014 nine-month income fell by 9.7% compared with the same period a year ago, and profits dipped for the fifth-straight quarter.
IBM, GlobalFoundaries Strike Historic Fab Deal
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10/20/2014   20 comments
IBM will transfer its two loss-making fabs to GlobalFoundries along with $1.5 billion in cash and related patents in a deal that could take a year to get regulatory approval and even longer to sort out its implications for both companies’ roadmaps.
IoT Group Turns Off TV Band
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10/20/2014   7 comments
The Weightless SIG is turning away from its TV White Spaces effort and moving up-band to 900 MHz with the help of NWave Technologies, which joins the Internet of Things effort.
Computer Vision Opens New API
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10/20/2014   3 comments
The Khronos Group has officially released OpenVX, a high-level applications programming interface for computer vision apps.
Spansion Expands MCUs With IoT on Its Radar
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10/20/2014   2 comments
Spansion has unveiled 96 new MCUs, additions to the company's FM4 family based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. Running at 200MHz, they offer up to 2MB flash memory, a large set of interfaces, security, and 5V I/O.
First 2D Atomic Piezoelectric Discovered
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10/20/2014   5 comments
The world's first 2D monolayer material has been shown to be piezoelectric, enabling a new era of super-sensitive sensors, and when stacked, a new power source for wearables and IoT.
Mega MATLAB Release From MathWorks
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10/17/2014   3 comments
R2014b is an extremely compelling release for both existing MATLAB users and new members of the MATLAB community.
Nanotube Field Emitters Beat OLEDs
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10/16/2014   13 comments
Like a cathode ray tube of old, nanotube field emitters energize a phosphorous display for flat-panel lighting that uses 100 times less energy than LEDs and is brighter than OLED panels.
Apple Debuts Next-Gen Tablets, PC
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10/16/2014   20 comments
Apple released updates to its iPad, PC, and operating systems during a live event today. The iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iMac, and Apple Mini may look the same but are powered by faster chips and with much better graphics.
AMD Plans 7% Layoffs
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10/16/2014   25 comments
AMD will lay off 7% of its staff by the end of the year it said following a third quarter report of a slight profit amid a fall in revenue and expects revenue to fall 13% in its next quarter.
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