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LTE-WiFi Debate Exposes Spectrum Land Grab
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5/11/2015   7 comments
A new document circulated among members of the 3GPP working groups, entitled as “Precluding standalone access of LTE on unlicensed carriers,” shows cell operators’ desire to revise 3GPP’s own rule and prohibit non-LTE carriers from using LTE-U.
Ultrasounds and Plastic in Place of Complex Electronics
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5/11/2015   1 comment
In a joint project from Carnegie Mellon University HCI Institute and Disney Research, researchers have demonstrated the use of cheap 3D printed plastic parts in place of complex analogue electronic circuitry to build smartphone plug-in accessories such as docking stations and other playful extensions.
Samsung Breaks Ground on $14 Billion Fab
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5/8/2015   13 comments
Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feet for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
Microchip to Acquire Micrel
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5/8/2015   2 comments
Microcontroller and analog semiconductor company Microchip Technology Incorporated has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the analog semiconductor company Micrel for $14.00 per share--an acquisition price of $839 million.
SMIC Mum on 28nm Revenue Prospect in 2015
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5/8/2015   1 comment
SMIC declined to say if it will make money from 28nm products this year. However, last July, SMIC announced a deal with Qualcomm, under which SMIC’s 28mm process will be used to make Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.
Surround View Camera Integrated into Driver Assistance
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
Automotive supplier Continental has demonstrated a potential new application for surround view cameras: Their signals can be used in advanced driver assistance systems such as automatic braking when reversing, cross traffic assistant and automated parking.
Valleytronics Qubits Travel in Graphene
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5/8/2015   1 comment
Valleytronics may challenge spintronics as a new encoding for quantum computers where qubits are encoded as electron momentum traveling in valleys between domain walls in the atomic lattice of graphene.
Can TI Obsolete FPGAs?
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5/7/2015   32 comments
Field-programmable gate arrays are a blank slate that solves any computing problem at super-high speeds but for a cost. Texas Instruments to create a family of ARM+DSP+programmable accelerator chips to that perform the same jobs as the FPGA but in a cheaper, smaller package that is easier to program. Here's what industry analysts think of it.
Facebook Shares Storage Recipe
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5/7/2015   4 comments
Engineers at Facebook shared details of their recipe for creating massive storage systems at bargain basement prices, defying traditional OEM hard drive arrays.
Infineon Seeks Buyer for Welsh Wafer Fab
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5/7/2015   3 comments
Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has told staff at the Newport Wales wafer fab that it has inherited as part of its acquisition of International Rectifier Corp. that they will seek a buyer for fab. That's according to a report in the South Wales Argus.
Startup's Webcams Move to 4K Panoramic Video
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5/7/2015   3 comments
Founded in 2013 and having secured two rounds of funding, including a Series B round of $10.5M from Intel Capital back in 2014, California-based startup Altia Systems has just launched its PanaCast2 Personal Panoramic Video System.
Solar Cell Material for Transistors Holds Promise
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5/7/2015   3 comments
Halide-perovskite complementary field-effect transistors were demonstrated for the first time possibly opening an new era of organic-inorganic semiconductors that are cheap, easy to manufacture and can be deposited on flexible substrates.
Qualcomm, Broadcom at Odds Over LTE-Unlicensed
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5/7/2015   15 comments
The FCC has declared its intention to monitor promoters of the new LTE-U, pressuring them to play nice – and fairly – in the unlicensed spectrum with those who rely on Wi-Fi for broadband business. Stakes are high for everyone involved.
ST Falls to 4th in 2014 Sensor Sales Ranking
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5/7/2015   Post a comment
Market leader Bosch grabbed 20 percent of worldwide sales of sensor components in 2014, according to IC Insights. At the same time a 19 percent drop in the dollar value of its sensor sales in 2014 sent ST falling from second to fourth.
ST Brings More Power MCUs to Auto Electronics
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5/7/2015   1 comment
ST has rolled out a 40 nanometer version of the Power Architecture for use in security- and safety-critical automotive power train and body electronics apps.
Dialog, Foxconn, Lite-On to Form Sensor Joint Venture
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5/7/2015   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor and Foxconn are set to transform Dyna Image, a Lite-On subsidiary making optical, inertial and environmental sensors for sale in the Chinese market, into a joint venture.
3D Expands Vision Applications in Industrial Automation
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Manufacturing has used 2D vision in automated inspection for years, but now there's a whole new dimension to vision in industry.
Quantum Computing Gets an OS
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Cambridge Quantum Computing (“CQCL”; Cambridge, UK) has announced that it has developed an operating system for Quantum Computers.
UltraHaptics Promises Airborne Tactile Interfaces
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Founded in 2013, Bristol-based startup Ultrahaptics relies on a compact array of ultrasound transducers to send inaudible sound waves through the air, using phase-shift techniques to precisely control the focus and intensity of the acoustic radiation pressure into something tangible.
Apple to Cash on Watch, Says IHS
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
According to a preliminary estimate by IHS and its Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service, the Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product, with actual hardware costs representing just under a quarter of the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).
Knowles Buys Audience for $85 Million
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5/5/2015   1 comment
MEMS microphone supplier Knowles Corp. (Itasca, Illinois) has agreed to acquire Audience Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) for million net of a cash balance of million.
Chip Market Growth Strong Q1 in US, China
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
The global chip market continued to be a tale of contrasting fortunes with Europe and Japanese markets contracting and the Americas and China enjoying double-digit percentage annual growth, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), reporting data compiled by the World Semiconductor.
NXP-Qualcomm Partnership to Drive NFC
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5/5/2015   3 comments
Expect droves of Android phones featuring secure NFC mobile transactions a la Apple Pay to hit the global market soon. NXP and Qualcomm have partnered to bring NXP’s NFC and secure element technology onto Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform.
Cloud Service Shrinks Set-Tops
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5/5/2015   2 comments
Startup Netzyn showed code running on ARM servers delivering the functions of a cable TV set-top box as a cloud service.
Emergency Brake Relies Solely on Video Signal
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5/5/2015   1 comment
Bosch succeeded in implementing an emergency brake assistant that gets all necessary data exclusively from a stereo video camera; no radar or lidar signals required.
SanDisk Adds Own Flash To Fusion-io Accelerator
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
SanDisk has updated Fusion-io’s PCIe application accelerators since acquiring the company and is tapping its own NAND supply to improve performance and price.
Why Intel and Qualcomm Can't Agree on IoT Framework
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5/5/2015   5 comments
How do you tell ISC License from Apache 2.0? Why is a Patent Pledge necessary? Triggering differences in IP policies of AllSeen and Open Interconnect Consortium is an ongoing tug of war between engineers and lawyers.
Intel's High-End Xeon E7v3 Debuts
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5/4/2015   3 comments
Intel claims its high-end Xeon E7v3 breaks speed records for data analytics, beating IBM's Power8.
Dell Targets Network Function Virtualization
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5/4/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Dell Labs in Santa Clara, Calif. want to make networked devices easier to use, seamless in mobility, and simpler for developers. Dell’s year-old research division is hard at work on machine learning software and tools for network function virtualization = to drive the server, telco, and Internet of Things industries.
MEMS-Based Laser Headlights Adapt to Speed
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5/2/2015   Post a comment
On the basis of its laser spot high-beam headlight, Audi is developing a system that automatically adjusts the illumination by the speed of the vehicle. The new technology utilizes only a single MEMS mirror to deflect the laser beam.
XeThru Technology is One to Watch
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5/2/2015   3 comments
Novelda, under the leadership of CEO Alf-Egil Bogen, is seeking the market pull rather than relying on the technology push of its CMOS impulse radar technology.
Vest Uses Haptics for Speech by Feel
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5/1/2015   Post a comment
The Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST) under development at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine represents a new form of wearable haptics, one that could find many applications beyond its initial goal of enabling the profoundly deaf to “feel” and understand speech through their body.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union
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5/1/2015   2 comments
Lattice CEO, after its acquisition of Silicon Image in March, believes the marriage of FPGA company to an ASSP firm is a match made in heaven. He said, “That’s why Intel wants Altera. It’s obvious.” But is it?
Effective Code Coverage Comes to Multicore Software
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5/1/2015   Post a comment
New code coverage tool gives greater visibility into software running on a multicore design.
IBM Tackles Phase-Change Memory Drift, Resistance
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5/1/2015   1 comment
Researchers demonstrate that reliable 2 bits-per-cell storage and subsequent data retention can be achieved in PCM cell arrays at variable temperatures, opening up the possibility of practical MLC storage in PCM chips
Engineer Building Google for Chips
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5/1/2015   25 comments
An engineer-turned-entrepreneur aims to develop a Google for semiconductors, making it easier for engineers to find and evaluate chips.
Sensors, Auto Power Drive ST Revenues
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5/1/2015   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics revenue, totaling $1.71 billion in Q1, came from power and automotive chips.
Chip Incubator Debuts Startups
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5/1/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor incubator Silicon Catalyst officially announced its first startups working on integrated power, low cost chip stacks and ID tags.
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
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4/30/2015   1 comment
In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
Google Fi Bets On Cheap Wireless
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4/30/2015   1 comment
Google’s latest venture into wireless phone service will give the people what they want – cheap calls and Internet for a flat fee over Wi-Fi. Project Fi aims to intelligently connect users to the fastest wireless or cellular network as they move using existing technology for $20 a month.
MediaTek Pins 2nd Half Hopes on Octacore
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, expects new octacore products coming out in the second half of this year to help lift sales out of the doldrums.
Living Computers Ultimate Goal
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
Georgia Tech has created arrays of sensor pixels for hybrid semiconductor/living cell sensor/actuators, paving the way to living computers.
Exploding Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Real-Time Analysis
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
Using 3D imaging techniques, European researchers have shown what happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode.
Rethinking Energy Performance
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
Technology is developing faster than ever, and with demands pulling at operators from all directions, it’s vital that networks are streamlined and efficient.
UMC to Skip 20nm, Gun for 14nm FinFET
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4/29/2015   3 comments
UMC, which has once again become the world’s second-largest chip foundry, will skip the 20 nm technology node as it aims to have 14nm FinFET tapeouts available for customers by Q4 this year.
Microsoft Demos HoloLens
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4/29/2015   Post a comment
In what was otherwise a developer lingo-heavy event, Microsoft showcased updates to its HoloLens virtual reality platform running on Windows 10. The demos were part of Microsoft’s Build developer conference, held here April 29-March 1.
How the 3 Cs Drive IC Consumption
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4/29/2015   1 comment
The communications, computers and consumer electronics sectors are set to be responsible for more than 70 percent of IC sales in every geographic region -- Americas, Europe, Japan, and Asia-Pacific -- in 2015, according to market research firm IC Insights.
WiFi Wave 2 Rises at Broadcom
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4/29/2015   1 comment
To continue the drive toward next generation wireless with 802.11ac, Broadcom is sampling Wave 2 Wi-Fi chips for enterprise access points. The market is ripe for improved connection, analysts say, but competition is heating up.
Ethernet Geared for Cars, Factories
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4/29/2015   7 comments
A new class of Ethernet chips and software will emerge next year, opening the networking technology up to use in time-sensitive applications in cars, factory robots and more.
Start-up's Co-Robots Handle Logistics
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4/29/2015   1 comment
Seven month old startup Fetch Robotics is already releasing its first product for warehouse logistics -- a pair of co-robots that fetches online orders from warehouse shelves and sends them to automated machinery that seals the box and applies its label.
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