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Technology Tackling Climate Change
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11/30/2015   19 comments
We can still beat greenhouse warming climate change by adopting carbon-free electrical power generation and zero-emission vehicles.
Toshiba Considers Listing or Partial Sale of Chip Business
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11/30/2015   1 comment
Toshiba Corp. said Friday (Nov. 27) that it was considering splitting off its semiconductor business with listing it as a means of raising capital or it could sell off part of its chip business.
Delayed Roadmap Set for Debut at TSensors Summit
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11/30/2015   Post a comment
The MEMS and Sensors Industry Group has announced that it will release the outline of the TSensors (Trillion Sensors) Roadmap on December 9 at the 2015 TSensors Summit, being held in Celebration, Florida.
Tower Buys Maxim's Texas Wafer Fab
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11/30/2015   Post a comment
Foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) is set to buy an 8-inch wafer fab in San Antonio, Texas, from Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) for $40 million in Tower stock.
5G Idea Opens IoT Horizons
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11/30/2015   Post a comment
A battle of 5G air interfaces has started as one from researchers in Dresden claims it will open up new uses for the Internet of Things.
Like Micron, SK Hynix Rejects Chinese Advances
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11/26/2015   Post a comment
Korean memory chip company SK Hynix has rejected an investment offer from China's state-backed Tsinghua Unigroup, according to local reports.
NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle
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11/26/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the sale of its RF power amplifier business to Chinese state-controlled Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.
GloFo Sale: Report Says Abu Dhabi Holding Talks
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11/26/2015   6 comments
Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Development Co. has held talks with potential buyers for all or part of Globalfoundries Inc. according to a Bloomberg report that cited unnamed sources.
Positioning Servo Design Gets Jumpstart with SoC and Software
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11/25/2015   Post a comment
Making things move just the way you want may have gotten a bit easier with TI's new Position Manager.
MediaTek Sees Gains Against Qualcomm Slowing Next Year
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11/25/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, which eroded Qualcomm’s market share in smartphones this year, said its gains may slow in 2016 as its larger rival rolls out new products for the high-end segment.
Microsemi Sees off Skyworks to Win PMC-Sierra
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11/25/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire PMC-Sierra Inc., a maker of chips for optical storage and communications.
SiLabs Debuts MCU, Builds Smart Structures
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11/25/2015   Post a comment
Silicon Labs hopes to create buzz in the 8-bit market with its new microcontroller family that has high analog performance and peripheral integration.
Saleable Wearables: A Surprising List
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11/25/2015   8 comments
The consumer electronics industry is feeling a little spooked by a drop of 4.36% in year-over-year demand — from October 2014-October 2015, according to Argus Insights — for a wearable market. Where has it gone wrong?
MEMS Market: Ups and Upstarts
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11/24/2015   8 comments
The newly renamed MEMS and Sensors Industrial Group hosted IHS, which predicted the growth of the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) growth rates through 2019.
Silicon Labs Buys Zigbee Module Vendor Telegesis
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11/23/2015   Post a comment
Deal, worth $20 million, expected to accelerate the Silicon Labs' roadmap for ZigBee and Thread-ready modules.
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires
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11/23/2015   10 comments
Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
IoT Groups Merge Efforts
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11/23/2015   1 comment
The Open Interconnect Consortium and the Universal Plug and Play Forum will combine efforts to gain heft in the battle to define the Internet of Things.
Segger Demonstrates its Embedded Software with emPower Hardware
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11/23/2015   Post a comment
Segger has released the emPower evaluation board, dedicated to convey an out-of-the-box experience of the company's embedded software offerings.
Micron Commits to Pushing OpenMP Standard
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11/23/2015   1 comment
API for popular shared-memory parallel programming model has gained widespread use for developing parallel applications for platforms ranging from embedded systems and to multicore systems and shared-memory systems
Japan Focuses on IoT Nuts & Bolts
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11/20/2015   Post a comment
Is Open IoT a missed opportunity for Japan? Can Japan contribute to the fast-growing world of the Internet of Things? Here's what we found at Embedded Technology 2015 in Yokohama.
Military Targets Wearables, Bioelectrics
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11/20/2015   1 comment
Members of the Armed Forces may be the toughest consumers of all, especially when it comes to wearables. The demand for precision technology that isn’t clunky and has a long battery life far exceeds that of the traditional wearable market, and has defined DARPA investment in wearables.
EEs Report Highest Pay Increase Since 2008
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11/20/2015   Post a comment
The IEEE-USA's annual salary survey found that electrical and electronics engineers employed in communications continued to command the highest median salary.
Intel Taps Q'comm Exec to Head New Group
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11/20/2015   3 comments
Intel combined four divisions into one and named former Qualcomm exec Venkata Renduchintala to head the business which spans PCs, IoT, software and engineering.
Samsung on Intel's Heels in Chip Vendor Ranking
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11/19/2015   2 comments
Samsung is set to make in-roads into Intel's lead as the world's largest chip manufacturer in 2015, according to a list of chip companies ranked by forecast chip revenues from market research firm IC Insights.
Smartphone Shipments up 15% in 3Q15
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11/19/2015   Post a comment
The global market for smartphones was 353 million units in 3Q15, up 15.5 percent over the same period in 2014. For mobile phones in total the market was 478 million units in 3Q15, an increase of 3.7 percent over a year before.
Qualcomm Licensing Is Illegal, Claims South Korea
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11/19/2015   Post a comment
The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has sent a report to Qualcomm alleging that company's licensing practises are illegal and proposing that Qualcomm mends its ways and pays a fine.
Facebook Shifts Switch to 100G
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11/19/2015   Post a comment
Facebook announced it is designing a 100 Gbit/second top-of-rack switch for its next-generation data centers, reportedly using Broadcom’s Tomahawk chip.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT
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11/19/2015   8 comments
Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
TrulySecure Embeds Biometrics
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11/19/2015   Post a comment
Sensory Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has been using neural networks since they were invented over 20 years ago to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with first voice activated command-and-control, then dictation and now authentication with voice and facial recognition, all running on the users device with one-second response time snd with no need to be connected to the cloud.
E-Textiles Weave Complex Tale
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11/18/2015   Post a comment
While wearables present innumerable opportunities for fashion designers, the supply chain isn’t up to speed, according to a panel of wearable technology and fashion experts.
IEEE Backs H-1B Visa Reform
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11/18/2015   5 comments
Bill introduced in U.S. Senate would reform the way temporary worker visas are awarded amid allegations that the system is dominated by large global outsourcing firms.
ON Semi to Buy Fairchild for $2.4 Billion
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11/18/2015   9 comments
Latest blockbuster deal in the semiconductor industry would create No. 2 player in power semiconductor market with annual sales of more than $5 billion.
Audi to Field Test Automated Parking, V2X near Boston
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11/18/2015   Post a comment
Audi and the city of Somerville (Massachussetts, USA) have agreed to jointly develop strategies for urban driving. With technologies such swarm intelligence, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications (V2X) and piloted driving, the partners plan to develop concepts for future mobility in cities.
5G Challenges Call for Startups
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11/18/2015   Post a comment
A pioneer of MIMO antenna technology gave his opinions on the challenges developing a 5G cellular standard and called for startups to attack them.
China's Buying Spree: 2014-15 Top Tech Deals
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11/18/2015   2 comments
The history of the electronics industry will mark 2014-15 as the watershed year of China’s great leap forward in the global market. In addition to Chinese shopping spree, Qualcomm and Intel are allying with Beijing to invest more in China.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone
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11/17/2015   1 comment
French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
Sarawak-Backed X-Fab Invests in Wafer Fab
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11/17/2015   Post a comment
More-than-Moore chipmaker X-Fab Silicon Foundries SE (Erfurt, Germany) has announced it will invest $114 million in its wafer fab in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, to meet demand for 0.18-micron and 0.35-micron manufacturing.
Report: China Has $47bn Chip Fund Focused on U.S. M&A
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11/17/2015   3 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup intends to spend 300 billion yuan (about $47 billion) over the next five years to build up China's position in the chip industry, according to the company chairman speaking in an interview given to Reuters.
TSMC & ITRI Develop Particle-Monitoring System to Boost Yields
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11/17/2015   Post a comment
Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC) have developed a new system to monitor particles in liquid solutions that can cause defects during the chip fabrication process.
AMD Pushes GPUs Through New HSA Tools
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11/16/2015   Post a comment
Under its “Boltzmann Initiative,” AMD has announced a suite of tools designed to ease development of high-performance, energy efficient heterogeneous computing systems.
Intel Scales System Framework
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11/16/2015   5 comments
Intel is defining a scalable system framework that all its vendors can participate in to create and interoperable ecosystem for all computers, from handhelds to supercomputers.
Automotive Future: Success with Services, Not Cars
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11/16/2015   Post a comment
Decision makers in the automotive industry should be alert: The digitization will radically change development processes and business models, a study from consulting company Kugler Maag states. Product-oriented business models will be displaced by service-oriented models.
10nm SRAM, 10-core SoC at ISSCC
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11/16/2015   5 comments
The annual ISSCC in February will include papers on a 10nm SRAM from Samsung, an advanced fingerprint recognition chip from Invensense.
Finnish Startup Develops 1mm Thin Optics for Augmented Reality
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11/16/2015   Post a comment
Founded a month ago as a spin-off from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, startup Dispelix Oy has developed special gratings and optical waveguides that can route any image from a display engine located in the frame of smart spectacles, directly to the wearer's retina.
Dialog-Atmel Deal Clears Regulatory Hurdles
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11/14/2015   Post a comment
U.S., Germany greenlight deal even as activist hedge fund seeking to block it increases its stake in Dialog.
GlobalFoundries Launches 14nm ASIC
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11/14/2015   Post a comment
GlobalFoundries announced a new ASIC, FX-14, based on technology acquired from IBM and the foundry’s new 14nm LPP process. FX-14 targets wired and wireless applications, as well as compute and storage applications with support for various SoCs including 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processors.
MEMS for Million-Dollar Horses
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11/13/2015   Post a comment
Horse Sense's Pegasus does the same kind of tracking, posture recording and monitoring as Dairymaster's MooMonitor does for cows, plus it measures their temperature -- critical for keeping expensive racehorses in tip-top condition.
A Therapy Session for Insecure IoT
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11/13/2015   2 comments
Call the doctor, burgeoning Internet of Things devices are having a crisis! During a panel discussion at ARM TechCon, industry experts discussed the challenges of securing millions of devices.
Inside WeMo Switch
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11/13/2015   Post a comment
As with many consumer electronics devices, Belkin's WeMo Switch home automation device is highly integrated and low cost from a bill-of-materials
ARM Flexes Mbed, RTOSes Respond
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11/13/2015   Post a comment
RTOS and MCU makers debated the expanding reach and partnerships for Mbed, ARM's free operating system for the Internet of Things.
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