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IBM mbed with ARM
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9/4/2015   1 comment
IBM is mbed with ARM over connecting Internet of Things devices, using IBM's IoT for Electronics service for mobile, automotive, medical, Smart TVs, appliances or anything else with electronics to IBM's cloud for device management, running analytics in realtime so archives are not just raw data and guaranteeing security with sophisticated deep risk management.
Drone Advocates Urge Veto on California Bill
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9/4/2015   10 comments
California’s SB 142, currently being considered by the governor, would prohibit drones from flying over private property without permission.
Wireless and PLC Merge for Novel Mesh Networking
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9/4/2015   Post a comment
Greenvity Communications has found a way to make wireless and powerline communications work together as a single mesh network.
Audio Precision Releases LabVIEW DAQ Driver
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9/3/2015   Post a comment
The company known for its audio test & measurement equipment has updated it software driver for LabVIEW.
LED Displays Get Wearable
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9/3/2015   10 comments
A flexible, stretchable fabric-based light-emitting-diode (LED) display is built into a comfortable fabric by Imec and partners.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch
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9/3/2015   2 comments
The head of a new initiative to give the U.S. a lead in flexible hybrid electronics talks about the technology, markets and politics of the $165 million effort.
Cree Divests RF, Power Business
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9/3/2015   Post a comment
LED manufacturer Cree (Durham, N.C.) announced that the company’s power and RF division has been re-branded as Wolfspeed. The company announced in May that it would separate the business into a standalone company.
NIST Charts Course to Fault-Free Manufacturing
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9/3/2015   6 comments
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a roadmap for applying prognostics and health management (PHM) to improve manufacturing productivity.
DesignCon Luminary Passes Suddenly
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9/2/2015   Post a comment
Last week, the signal-integrity community was left stunned when we heard about the death of Steve Weir.
Google-led Group Preempts HEVC
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9/2/2015   6 comments
Internet giants Google and Cisco have banded together with Amazon and Netflix, two large streaming service players, along with Microsoft, Intel and Mozilla, to establish an Alliance for Open Media to develop “open, royalty-free and interoperable solutions for the next generation of video delivery,” the group said Tuesday (Sept. 1).
Smart Mouth Guard Monitors Health Markers in Real Time
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9/2/2015   Post a comment
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have built a prototype mouth guard designed to monitor various health markers in saliva and then transmit the data wirelessly to a mobile device.
China Server Upstart Hits Spotlight
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9/2/2015   1 comment
A director at China startup Phytium describes the little-known company that gained attention when it announced plans for a 64-core ARM server SoC.
SiC/GaN Poised for Power
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9/1/2015   6 comments
Power transistors consume less space while supplying more power when using silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) substrates over ordinary silicon wafers.
New Technologies Secure the IoT & IIoT
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9/1/2015   Post a comment
Traditional security techniques are failing; today's devices & systems need a proactive real-time defense that leverages up-to-the minute threat intelligence and is future-proof.
LEDs Get As Cheap as Bulbs
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9/1/2015   7 comments
Researchers at Florida State University have cut the cost of making LEDs for lighting, promising to deliver white lighting systems for the same price as incandescent bulbs.
Flash Patents Reduce SMB Storage Costs
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9/1/2015   Post a comment
Although the price of flash is dropping, not all enterprises can afford to overprovision SSDs. Patents recently granted to StorTrends optimize use of flash and extend its longevity.
E-waste Eludes EU’s Enforcement Efforts
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9/1/2015   Post a comment
Europeans recycled only 35% of electronic waste properly in 2012. The rest was either illegally dumped or traded, according to a two-year study put together by the United Nations University and INTERPOL. What has gone wrong?
Slideshow: Touch Taiwan 2015
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8/31/2015   Post a comment
The touch screen industry is looking for a lift as demand growth for smartphones and tablets hits a lull in 2015. Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute, one of the world’s largest electronics R&D organizations, may have the answer.
'Future Frontier' Sees Drones, Space
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8/31/2015   8 comments
The "Future of Frontier Technologies" report describes what analysts believe will be the most successful technologies in the next five years, from finance drones, space, augmented- and virtual-reality.
Apple Joins Pentagon Alliance to Develop Wearable Tech
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8/31/2015   Post a comment
The Pentagon has announced a Silicon Valley-based manufacturing institute and partnership with a consortium of over 160 companies, universities, and non-profit organizations -- including Apple and Boeing -- to develop high-tech military wearables and ultimately "an end-to-end stretchable electronics 'ecosystem' in the U.S."
Keysight Expands Calibration, Asset Management Services
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8/31/2015   Post a comment
Keysight Technologies, Inc., has purchased Electroservices Enterprises Ltd, a U.K. company specializing in test equipment service and solutions.
Cellular, Wi-Fi Spar Over Spectrum
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8/28/2015   6 comments
Debate around spectrum sharing for next generation communications systems continues, following a recommendation by the industry group Wi-Fi Alliance to withhold certification of LTE-Unlicensed equipment. Licensed and unlicensed spectrum management is a critical concern ahead of an expected boom in data needs and connected devices by 2020.
Facebook Likes 100G at $1/G
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8/28/2015   2 comments
Web giant Facebook has helped define a short, reach 100 Gbit/second optical Ethernet transceiver that can hit $1/Gbit costs in volume.
Qorvo Takes Strategic Stake in MEMS Vendor Cavendish
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8/28/2015   Post a comment
RF MEMS switch vendor Cavendish Kinetics Ltd. has raised $36 million in a Series-F round of financing that includes a $25 million stake taken by RF component company Qorvo Inc. through its subsidiary TriQuint Inc.
3D NAND Debuts in Storage Arrays
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8/28/2015   1 comment
Kaminario said it will offer an all-flash storage array with 3D TLC NAND at a buck per gig. It’s ahead of the curve for now, but lower cost flash seems inevitable as does the downfall of spinning disk
Intel Investment Spotlights Drones’ Opportunity for Chipmakers
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8/28/2015   6 comments
Backing of Chinese Drone Supplier Yuneec—to the tune of $60 million—speaks to the opportunity that chipmakers see in the fast-growing drone market
Electrostatic Discharge Association Recharges Standards Documents
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8/28/2015   Post a comment
The EOS/ESD Association (ESDA) has revised four of its standards documents and is issuing a new report arguing that machine model for IC qualification be abandoned.
Open Source GPU Debuts
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8/27/2015   6 comments
The first open source general-purpose graphics processor was described at Hot Chips along with an open source core more power efficient than an ARM processor.
TSMC Pulls Plug on Solar Business
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8/27/2015   Post a comment
TSMC's six-year flirtation with solar and LED manufacturing as diversifying alternatives to IC foundry work is coming to an end.
Well-Backed MEMS Startup Closed?
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8/27/2015   2 comments
Sand 9 Inc., a startup founded in 2007 to develop piezoelectric MEMS resonator timing circuits as an alternative to quartz crystal devices, appears to have closed its doors.
EUV Breaks Through to Angstrom
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8/27/2015   10 comments
A new type of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) microscope designed at the University of Colorado can take optical images with angstrom resolution.
Intel's Fabric Supersizes Comm for Data
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8/26/2015   8 comments
Intel's Omni-Path Arcitecture (OPA) build on Infiniband and to provide superior fabric communications among heterogeneous computers from datacenters to supercomputer.
Wireless Charging Visits The Hospital
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8/26/2015   Post a comment
Wireless charging is making its way into hospitals with the goal of eliminating power issues in everything from surgical tools to defibrillators.
Superconductivity Temp Record Achieved
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8/26/2015   Post a comment
Researchers have found that hydrogen sulfide loses its electrical resistance at high temperatures when placed under high pressure -- a discovery that could pave the way for superconductors that operate at room temperature.
Fabless RF Filters Cut Size, Share Same Die
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8/26/2015   1 comment
The latest high-end smartphones have upwards of 60 discrete radio frequency (RF) filters to address all the bands they must cover worldwide, but Resonant Inc. says it can half that number (or more) plus half their thickness.
CEO Interview: Ambiq Sees Broader Options for Low Voltage
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Mike Noonen, recently appointed interim CEO at microcontroller startup Ambiq Micro, discusses the focus and opportunities for this pioneering company designing circuits that can operate below the threshold voltage of the constituent transistors.
China Shakes Up ARM Servers
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8/25/2015   6 comments
A China startup, Phytium Technology, plans a 64-core ARMv8 server processor that leapfrogs any ARM server design described to date.
Tesla Engineer Jumps Ship To Join Apple
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Apple is adding another senior automotive engineer -- this time from Tesla -- to its roster of people working on the closely guarded Project Titan autonomous vehicle project.
Will Apple Build an Entire Car?
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8/25/2015   19 comments
Whether its creators call it ‘iRod’ or ‘iCar,’ Apple has launched a pedal-to-the-metal drive into the automotive industry, while keeping typically mum, according to industry analysts.
iPhone6 Powered by Hydrogen
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8/25/2015   17 comments
Intelligent Energy, the company that already sells external fuel cells to recharge iPhone in Apple Stores, wants to put one inside the phone, demonstrating a prototype fuel cell exactly the same size as an iPhone6's lithium-ion battery.
TSMC Wins Lawsuit Against Ex-Employee Now at Samsung
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
TSMC has won a lawsuit against a former R&D employee who leaked secrets including 28 nm process technology to Samsung.
Startup Wants Better IoT Radios
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8/25/2015   7 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee won’t cut it for next-generation nodes on the Internet of Things that need to run on tens of microwatts from energy harvesters, said a Hot Chips presenter.
Cellular, Asia Drive RF Sales
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Basestation proliferation in China and the Asia-Pacific region are driving demand for RF power devices, according to a report from ABI Research. The market for RF power devices grew by approximately $1 billion in 2014, over 50% growth year-over-year.
Bringing Gbit/s Ethernet into the USB 3.0 Fold
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8/24/2015   1 comment
The Cypress GX3 controller uses a proprietary burst mode mechanism to convert 1 Mbit/s Ethernet signals into 910 Mbit/s packets over a USB 3.0 connector.
MRAM Hits Flash Arrays in M.2 Module
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8/24/2015   1 comment
Everspin is gaining traction in the enterprise storage segment as Aupera incorporates its MRAM into its all-flash array.
FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below
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8/24/2015   5 comments
Twenty-four hour farming, autonomous tractors and driverless combines are no longer the stuff of agro-science fiction. Agriculture today is moving toward all these innovations.
Albany Research Hub Drives Collaboration
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8/24/2015   Post a comment
The College of Nanoscience and Engineering has grown from a physics department at the State University of New York’s Albany Polytechnic campus to the hub of research and development for New York state.
Quantum Highway Frictionless
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8/24/2015   4 comments
Marrying topological insulators with ferromagnets yields a quantum highway that could be adapted to encode, transmit and receive qubits using novel transistor designs, according to MIT researchers.
Smart-Meter ICs on Rise, Predicts Report
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8/21/2015   Post a comment
The global market for smart meters is going to be 132 million units in 2015 rising to 150 million units in 2019 providing significant growth opportunities for ICs, according to research firm IHS,
SK Hynix Invests in Hyperspectral Sensor Startup
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8/21/2015   1 comment
SK Hynix has invested 2.2 billion won (about $1.8 million) in Stratio Technology Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.), a startup developing germanium-based hyperspectral image sensors, according to Korea Times article. SK Hynix has acquired a 9.1 percent stake the article said.
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