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eMMC Will Have A Limited Afterlife
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10/31/2015   Post a comment
The cost of controllers means UFS it's not yet overtaken its predecessor, but eMMC will not likely have the legacy memory market that other technologies have enjoyed.
Micron Extreme NOR Flashes All
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10/30/2015   9 comments
Micron Technology has a new flash memory technology that it claims will replace all NOR flash architectures over the next few years.
MediaTek on Target for 150 Million LTE Shipments This Year
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10/30/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, said it will meet its target set earlier this year to ship 150 million long-term evolution (LTE) chips this year.
Wireless X-Ray Vision Tech Tracks People Through Walls
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10/30/2015   Post a comment
MIT researchers have developed a system called RF-Capture that can track motion like Microsoft's Kinect, except that it works through walls.
Smartphone Camera Filter Improves Low-Light Photography
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10/30/2015   1 comment
Engineers at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) have developed a camera filter for smartphones that allows for much brighter and sharper photos in low-light conditions.
Toshiba, Sony Confirm Transfer of Image Sensor Facilities
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10/30/2015   Post a comment
Sony and Toshiba aim to execute legally binding definitive agreements by the end of 2015. Afterward, the two Japanese companies will complete the transfer by March 31, 2016.
China to take 25% Stake in Taiwan's Powertech
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10/30/2015   Post a comment
As a sign of China’s continued efforts to buy its way into the global semiconductor market, Tsinghua Unigroup announced that it will buy a 25% stake in Taiwan-based Powertech Technology for $600 million.
Audio Digital Signal Processing Without the Experts
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10/29/2015   Post a comment
Is it the new CAD for sound? DSP Concepts is selling its secret sauce by wrapping a graphical user interface around all its hard-earned, 400+ audio algorithms, compiled for major audio processors.
Verizon Unveils ThingSpace IoT Platform
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10/29/2015   Post a comment
Verizon wants to connect billions of things within the space of its 4G LTE network. The company announced an Internet of Things development platform, ThingSpace, that aims to lower the barrier to entry for connectivity in smart cities, healthcare, agriculture, energy, and sharing platforms.
Your Robot Replacement Has Arrived
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10/29/2015   Post a comment
Robotic process automation can help companies operate more frugally and efficiently, though potentially at the expense of human workers.
Cellular Simplifies its IoT Road Map
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10/29/2015   Post a comment
Three vendors announced milestones this week in the race to network the world for the Internet of Things. Underneath the breathless pace of the press releases however vendors are advancing less swiftly.
12 Steps of Recovery from Self-Driving Car Hype
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10/29/2015   10 comments
“Autonomous car” comes in many shades. Advocates pick one to make us believe what they want us to believe. We offer 12 self-driven steps you can take to recover the never-ending story of The Little Engine That Could (All By Itself).
UMC Meets Expectations on 28nm Ramp as Demand Slumps
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s second-largest foundry, is meeting its expectations for a slowed ramp of 28nm process technology because of weak demand that’s likely to persist until 2016 while the chip industry recovers from an inventory correction.
Bake Your Own Pi
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10/28/2015   2 comments
Designers and engineers creating or building products based around the Raspberry Pi, in small-to-medium volume, can now access a service set up by distributor element14, and Raspberry Pi Trading to design and manufacture customized versions of the Pi.
Qualcomm Speeds Data Transfer in F1 Racing Cars
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
Qualcomm and the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team have jointly developed a solution to speed the download of telemetry data from the racing cars based on WiFi technology in the 5GHz spectrum.
Wireless Charging IC Targets IoT
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
Wireless charging startup Energous is sampling an RF-to-DC rectifier IC designed to power smaller wearable and IoT devices that require up to 10 Watts over a 15 foot distance.
Oracle Hedges Server Bets
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
Oracle debuted five new servers and a separate server partnership with Intel. The new servers are based on its latest SPARC M7 microprocessor, while the partnership targets mission critical systems favored by IBM.
HP Inc. CTO: To the PC and Beyond
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
The CTO of the new HP Inc. shares his vision for the future of PCs and new computing markets in the Internet of Things, 3-D printing and wearables.
IBM, Jasper Partner For IoT Services Platform
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
Large corporations will be able to access Jasper's Control Center through IBM's Bluemix. The goal: To enable companies that sell products such as heavy equipment or vehicles to add a variety of services to their customers, such as predictive maintenance or telematics.
2.3 Mpixel Automotive Image Sensor Carries ASIL B Qualification
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor is sampling its next generation ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) automotive image sensor with LED Flicker Mitigation and ASIL B support.
ARM Upgrades Interconnect, Memory Control IP
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
ARM has upgraded its Corelink CCI coherent interconnect technology and digital memory controller as the basis for future heterogeneous system chips.
Toshiba to Sell Image Sensor Unit to Sony
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
Toshiba will sell its image sensor business to Sony for approximately 20 billion yen ($164.69 million), according to unnamed sources in a Reuters report.
Infineon Throws Hat into Automotive Security Ring
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
When it comes to automotive electronics, Infineon is best known for its power devices. However, the company also is very active in sophisticated control logics and has significant expertise for security sensitive applications. EE Times Europe met Infineon’s Hans Adlkofer, Vice President of Automotive Systems, at the ELIV automotive electronics congress in Baden-Baden.
IoT Startup Revises 802.15.4 Nets
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
Startup Helium debuts its first product, an end-to-end platform for the Internet of Things using a variant of 802.15.4 networks.
MEMS Shrinking Near Microscopic
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
The mCube three-axis accelerometer is the smallest in the world by a wide margin due to its use of regular vias between the MEMS on CMOS style of ASIC resulting in a size of just 0.9 cubic millimeters.
TI to Bring 3-D Surround-View to Entry-Level Cars
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10/27/2015   5 comments
Texas Instruments is introducing its newest automotive system-on-chip family, in an effort to move 3-D surround-view applications from the luxury category to entry and mid-level vehicles.
Broadcom Rolls 100Mbit Auto Ethernet, Gigabit Later
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10/27/2015   1 comment
Broadcom introduced its second-gen automotive Ethernet switches. By using 28-nm process geometry, Broadcom has “the world’s smallest and most power efficient” switches. Asked about Gigabit automotive Ethernet, Broadcom said it’d be ready when the industry is ready.
Jitter & Noise Test Lab Opens in Silicon Valley
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
JitterLabs provides testing at its facility and can produce reports from your facility through its Web-based software.
Samsung Developing Bendable Batteries for Smart Devices
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
Samsung has unveiled a new line of battery prototypes that the company claims are able to power wearable smart devices for longer by providing as much as 50% more battery life.
Samsung Backs Terahertz Pioneer for Chip Inspection
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10/26/2015   Post a comment
TeraView Ltd., a pioneer of the solid-state generation and detection of terahertz light for use in imaging and characterizing materials, has received an investment of about $10 million.
Building Automation Startup Joins IoT Networks Game
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10/26/2015   Post a comment
Founded in 2009 to offer building automation solutions, including connected sensors or or co-developed customized solutions, French startup Qowisio is hoping to finalize the installation of its first public IoT network by the end of 2015.
Apple Takes Green Initiatives in China
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10/26/2015   1 comment
Apple plans to produce 2.2GW of solar power and other renewable energy in China to cut air pollution brought by factories that have made millions of iPhones and iPads in the past eight years.
Chip Mergers, Impacts Still Ahead
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10/26/2015   2 comments
The current consolidation of semiconductor companies is not over, and engineers and OEMs have yet to feel its impacts in layoffs and pricing.
Dell Packs Analytics in IoT Gateway
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10/23/2015   1 comment
At Dell World, the PC giant took a bigger step into the Internet of Things announcing a new IoT gateway with embedded analytics, initially for industrial automation and transit and a new custom IoT engineering team.
Lam Deal Leaves Open Questions
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10/23/2015   Post a comment
Lam Research’s proposed $10.6 billion acquisition of KLA-Tencor raises several unanswered questions about customer reactions, counter-offers, China and layoffs.
ZF Bundles Electromobility Activities
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10/23/2015   Post a comment
The new giant in the automotive mechatronics area, ZF group, will aggregate its electromobility activities in a new business unit. In turn, the production of shock absorbers will be moved to eastern Europe and Turkey.
Survey: Cars Contain Few Barriers to Hackers
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10/23/2015   3 comments
Recent survey of 500 automotive developers, engineers, and executives primarily from automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers, concluded: “OEMs and their suppliers do not yet have the desire, skills, tools or processes to make a secure car.”
AMD Unveils 64-bit x86 SOC for High-Performance Embedded
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
AMD claims high-end embedded leadership with x86-based R-Series SOCs.
Further Details of FinFET ReRAM Released
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10/22/2015   1 comment
Further details have been released of the resistive RAM made using a 16nm logic FinFET manufacturing process. A full paper is due to be presented on a 1-kbit memory array of such devices at this year's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) coming up in December.
TI Staying Above Consolidation Fray
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
Chipmaker's CFO says the company has no immediate plans to join in the acquisition frenzy sweeping the semiconductor industry.
Dell Preps Semi-Custom Servers
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
Dell unveiled new servers for the data center market and enterprise at its annual DellWorld conference, targeting custom and semi-custom network infrastructure and storage for tier two cloud providers and others.
Loud About IoT: LoRa Takes Over Sigfox' Noise says Bouygues
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10/22/2015   6 comments
Judging from the numerous statements issued by low power, long range RF Internet-of-Things (IoT) connection enablers and competitors Sigfox and Semtech, both companies are securing their way to global IoT network domination, with every month witnessing a new territory claim.
IBM's Watson Tackles Sports
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10/22/2015   12 comments
IBM has partnered with Triax Technologies, Spare5 and 113 Industries to bring Watson's sports expertise to the playing field.
Western Digital to Buy SanDisk for $19 Billion
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10/22/2015   7 comments
Deal gives hard disk drive leader larger footprint in solid state drives.
CAN Bus Can Be Encrypted, Says Trillium
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10/22/2015   13 comments
Trillium, a Japanese start-up, has developed a CAN bus encryption and key management system for protecting payloads less than 8bytes – something that’s never done before and viewed by an industry observer as “a pretty significant development.”
Lam, KLA May Leapfrog Applied
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10/21/2015   Post a comment
Lam and KLA-Tencor announced a $10.6 billion merger that one analyst said could help it leapfrog Applied Materials as the top supplier of semiconductor capital equipment.
Graphics Expand in the Cloud
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10/21/2015   Post a comment
Vendors offering cloud-based graphics computing will face off at a Silicon Valley event on virtualization that tracks the growing trend.
Intel to Manufacture 3D NAND in China
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10/21/2015   3 comments
No. 1 chipmaker to convert logic fab in Dalian to production of 3D NAND chips to support its growing solid state drive business.
Exar CEO DiNardo Steps Down
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10/21/2015   Post a comment
Analog and mixed-signal chip company Exar Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) has announced that Louis DiNardo will step down as president, CEO and as a member of the board of directors.
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