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Sony’s 3-Year Plan: Treading Water or Just Sinking?
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11/26/2014   5 comments
Sony’s three-year outlook for its mobile business "isn’t aiming for size or market share," said Sony's new mobile chief.
HMC Spec Update Signals Healthy Adoption
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11/26/2014   5 comments
The release of the Hybrid Memory Cube specification 2.0, along with early-stage products that make use of the potential successor to DRAM, suggests it will gain traction, starting with high-performance computing and networking applications.
Power Week: Si-Based Power Discretes to Continue to Dominate Over Next Decade
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11/26/2014   1 comment
Discrete power electronics are predicted to become a $23 billion market by 2024, with fast-growing SiC- and GaN-based components grabbing a combined 13% share, and silicon continuing to remain the technology of choice.
Motor Controllers Offer Improved Noise Immunity
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11/25/2014   Post a comment
Operating at 5V gives these digital signal controllers enhanced noise immunity and system robustness.
NXP to Pick Up Its Missing IoT Link – Bluetooth Low Energy
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11/25/2014   7 comments
In pursuit of the Internet of Things market, NXP Semiconductors has picked up a key technology conspicuously absent from its portfolio -- Bluetooth Low Energy -- from Quintic, a nine-year-old startup.
USB Oscilloscopes Get Beta Drivers for Open-Source Hardware
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11/25/2014   2 comments
Pico Technology has released beta versions of drivers for BeagleBoneBlack and Raspberry Pi open-source controller boards.
Megachips to Launch DSP-Based Sensor Fusion IC
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11/25/2014   1 comment
The growing sensor-fusion controller market for smartphones and wearable devices is about to meet a new competitor – this time from Japan. Megachips is rolling out a motion engine and sensor hub chip, dubbed Frizz.
MediaTek Plans $49 Million Investment in China's Chip Fund
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11/25/2014   1 comment
Taiwan’s largest chip designer has announced it will invest $48.9 million in a Chinese government fund as the company aims to sharpen its competitive edge in the world’s largest cellphone market.
Startup to Open Source Parallel CPU
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11/24/2014   30 comments
Rex Computing plans a parallel processor that could deliver a 10x leap in performance/watt. It will open source the design through Facebook's Open Compute Project.
OCZ Cuts Into Read-Intensive SSD Segment
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11/24/2014   1 comment
The SATA-based Saber 1000 Series is yet another option in a crowded market of SSDs specifically targeting read-intensive workloads such as web hosting and distributed computing environments.
Can Japan Get Her Groove Back With IoT?
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11/24/2014   7 comments
Japan once looked like a world leader in smart home standards. Now she's trying to get her groove back via the Internet of Things.
Anritsu ShockLine VNAs Receive Frost & Sullivan Award
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11/24/2014   1 comment
Its line of "faceless" VNA used for production RF T&M has been recognized for its small size, bandwidth, and user interface.
Experts Call for Secure Sensors
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11/21/2014   9 comments
Sensor nodes are the most vulnerable point of attack in an Internet of Things ecosystem, so securing the trillions of sensors industry experts expect is of the utmost concern.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret
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11/21/2014   17 comments
In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Intel Expects 2015 Mobile Speedup
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11/21/2014   12 comments
Intel is back on track with mobile, company officials said at an annual investor meeting.
LEDs Go Color-Temperature & Tunable
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11/21/2014   2 comments
The LED manufacturer Everlight introduced what it calls the world's first color-temperature tunable LEDs in a simple chip on board package.
Automotive Industry Drives Chip Demand
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11/20/2014   9 comments
Among all major end use-applications for integrated circuits, the automotive market exposes the strongest growth, finds market researcher IC Insight in a study to be released later this month.
Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?
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11/20/2014   7 comments
The acquisition of the Duracell battery brand by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway could have broader implications for the power technology industry.
Carbon Nanobuds Flex, Replace Indium Tin Oxide
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11/20/2014   5 comments
Carbon nanobud films will replace indium tin oxide as the transparent conductors enabling touchscreens, buttons, sliders, and more.
Qualcomm Rides LTE to Cat 10
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11/20/2014   4 comments
Qualcomm announced its fifth-generation LTE modem, a Category 10 chip with global carrier aggregation. The Gobi 9x45 modem and its second- generation RF360 envelope tracker are based on 20nm technology.
Industrial Processor Avoids Cache to Improve Real-Time Performance
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11/20/2014   3 comments
Dedicated, tightly coupled memory allows these MCUs to execute at full speed without needing cache.
Carbon RF to Extend Battery Life
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11/19/2014   13 comments
Carbonics aims to use carbon for next-gen RF semiconductors and other essential parts of smartphones and wearables, claiming it may extend lifetime per charge to a week.
Jaguar Land Rover Tours Its Cars
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11/19/2014   28 comments
Jaguar Land Rover detailed the complexity of electronics in its latest cars and gave a look at its ideas for features coming in the future in a keynote.
iCub: It's Robotic, It's Cute & It's Italian
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11/19/2014   11 comments
Japan's love affair with robots is well-known. So, predictably, Japanese attendees at Embedded Technology show are gushing over this little Italian -- about as big as a four-year-old child - which they praise as smart, sophisticated and gentle.
IoT Territorial Disputes
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11/19/2014   Post a comment
With plenty of room for the IoT nebula to share data, the Internet of Things network infrastructure game gears up.
Nokia Sensing XChallenge Has a Winner
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11/19/2014   1 comment
The team that developed a handheld device that can provide hundreds of diagnostic values from a single drop of blood has won the Nokia Sensing XChallenge.
Intel Merges Mobile, PC Divisions
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11/18/2014   18 comments
In a move to streamline business and combat dismal financial results for its mobile in the third quarter, Intel will merge its mobile and PC divisions. The transition is set to occur in early 2015.
Low-Cost MCUs Cover Audio to Industrial
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11/18/2014   20 comments
Microchip's new PIC32 series provides a rich feature set to cover a wide range of applications.
Xilinx Announces SDAccel Dev Environment for C, C++ & OpenCL
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11/18/2014   1 comment
Real-world benchmarks show that -- using hand-coded RTL as a baseline reference point -- SDAccel can meet or exceed hand-coded results.
Infotainment Systems Drive Automotive SSD Adoption
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11/18/2014   2 comments
In-vehicle entertainment and navigation systems are becoming more mainstream and sophisticated, so data storage demands must keep up, not just with capacity, but with reliability and endurance as well.
Flexible OLEDs Clear Last Hurdle
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11/18/2014   2 comments
Kateeva Inc. claims to solve last remaining hurdle to flexible, bendable, rollable OLED displays: keep moisture and oxygen away.
Putting Memory on Paper
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11/18/2014   6 comments
Research shows that paper holds great potential as a low-cost, biodegradable surface for printing electronic circuits and components.
Ericsson Forecasts 9.5B Smartphone Subs by 2020
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11/18/2014   3 comments
Although the smartphone market is near saturated in certain regions, officials at Ericsson believe there is much more space for connection. In its annual mobility report, the company forecast increasing mobile subscriptions and connections through 2020.
Zigbee Opens Umbrella 3.0 Spec
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11/18/2014   3 comments
Zigbee 3.0 will require parts to support all six of its application profiles, easing the job for users to pick products for Internet of Things applications.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True
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11/18/2014   3 comments
China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Is Sony Too Big to Succeed?
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11/18/2014   7 comments
Big spenders and financial analysts gathering for Sony's investor relations event next week in Tokyo are preoccupied with one big question: Does Sony's management team have the medicine to cure its ailing electronics business?
Low Power, High Security for the IoT Edge
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11/17/2014   1 comment
At Electronica, Atmel debuted MCUs and modules targeting IoT edge-node design, with low power and enhanced security as prominent features.
Intel Guns for InfiniBand
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11/17/2014   5 comments
Intel announced the 10 nm version of Xeon Phi will integrate a 100 Gbit/s version of its Omni-Path interconnect with 56% lower latency and higher port density than InfiniBand.
Will New SoCs Keep Marvell at No. 2 in China’s LTE Market?
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11/17/2014   3 comments
Marvell, with a 30% market share in China’s LTE market today, plans to fend off competitors with two five-mode 4G LTE 64-bit mobile processors -- one with octa-cores and another with quad-cores.
Top 500 Supercomputers Sputter
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11/17/2014   5 comments
The latest ranking of the world’s top supercomputers shows little change in the winners and a rate of growth that is slowing in several ways.
ISSCC Tips Hot Circuit Designs
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11/17/2014   4 comments
The International Solid State Circuits Conference will host papers on new processors from Intel, AMD, and IBM and some of the first designs made in new FinFET processes.
Breathalyzer Detects Diseases
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11/14/2014   18 comments
What if, with one big breath, you could determine your liver function or glucose levels? Researchers at the State University of New York, Stony Brook have developed a diagnostic breathalyzer that will make connotations with blood alcohol content a thing of the past.
Facebook Weaves New Fabric
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11/14/2014   5 comments
Facebook announced it is using a new fabric in its latest datacenter, using smaller existing 40G switches in a new topology rather than driving toward the bigger, faster aggregation switches datacenters sometimes use.
Renesas Shifts Automotive Center of Gravity to Europe
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11/14/2014   Post a comment
Europe gets automotive, US gets industrial: Chipmaker Renesas will open its Global ADAS Solution Group in Düsseldorf, Germany.
IBM to Build DoE's Next-Gen Coral Supercomputers
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11/14/2014   9 comments
Bring the processing to the data: IBM won two contracts with the DoE's Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Livermore (Coral) program, which aims to outperform its current supercomputers by not moving data.
Touchdown! ESA Lands on Comet
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11/14/2014   1 comment
See how a mission 20 years in the making made history when a spacecraft successfully achieved a bouncy but soft landing on a comet.
Analysts: TSMC’s FinFET Shows 'Company Ahead of Schedule'
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11/13/2014   1 comment
TSMC's "milestone" announcement on the production of its 16nm FinFET Plus process is yet another sign that the world's largest chip foundry is ahead of schedule, according to analysts.
Tiny Tattoos Sense Health
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11/13/2014   2 comments
Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors have prototypes for several tiny, inexpensive sensors, including tattoos and micro needles, that will target the health market.
Power Week: First Distributed Power Standards Unveiled by AMP Consortium
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11/13/2014   1 comment
The recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium announced initial standards for digital POL and advanced bus DC-DC converters aimed at providing a complete distributed power ecosystem.
Cypress Announces PSoC 4 BLE & PRoC BLE
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11/13/2014   6 comments
The PSoC 4 BLE combines a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with programmable analog fabric, programmable digital fabric, and a Bluetooth low power core, all on the same silicon die.
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