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QuickLogic Introduces eFPGA (Embedded FPGA)
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11/30/2016   Post a comment
The burgeoning IoT market's extremely wide variety of end products and product variants can be addressed using SoCs containing embedded programmable logic.
Can Intel Win Auto Brain Chip Race?
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11/30/2016   11 comments
Can Intel take the checkered flag in the race for a brain chip in the automotive market? 18 months ago, the answer would have been… not so fast. The odds were bleak. That narrative, however, is beginning to change.
Intel Snags Exec from ARM to Run IoT
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11/29/2016   7 comments
Intel will separate its nascent automotive team from the company’s IoT group. Previously, Intel’s IoT and automotive teams were bundled together under one big IoT tent. Intel also named ex-ARM executive Tom Lantzsch to head the company’s IoT branch.
IoT to Get Security, Gateway Benchmarks
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11/29/2016   1 comment
The EEMBC group has started work on benchmarks for Internet of Things security and gateways and has existing work in measuring IoT connectivity.
1st Qubits on 300mm CMOS
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11/29/2016   1 comment
Leti demonstrated the world's first solid-state qubit fabricated on a standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) 300 milimeter fabrication (fab).
Open Source SoC Debuts
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
Startup SiFive released its first open-source SoC based on the RISC-V instruction set and an Arduino development board to go with it.
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag
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11/29/2016   1 comment
A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
Watson IDs Heart Disease
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
IBM's Watson acquires a new set of modules for diagnosing disease that increases their accuracy by 25-to-50 percent.
MediaTek Entering Automobile SoCs
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11/29/2016   1 comment
MediaTek announced its first products for the automobile market. The earliest version of the SoCs, slated for launch in Q1 in 2017, will support vision-based ADAS, high-precision millimeter wave radar, in-vehicle infotainment and telematics.
Tech Volunteers Heed the Call
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
Disaster Tech Lab needs a few technically minded volunteers to help set up solar power and Wi-Fi networks in global disaster sites and refugee camps.
DSRC No Dead End, Says Autotalks CTO
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11/28/2016   1 comment
Vehicle-to-X communications (V2X) hold the promise of more safety, better traffic flow, and, in certain applications like platooning, significantly better fuel efficiency. Despite such benefits, there is a dissent about the underlying technology.
SD Card Specs Diversify for Use Cases
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11/28/2016   Post a comment
SD Specification 5.1 establishes the new Application Performance Class to meet technical and market requirements to both run and store applications on SD memory cards
Cray: U.S. Supercomputers Hit 3, 5 on Top500
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11/28/2016   Post a comment
In November 2016's Top500, USA's Cray supercomputers achieved 4 spots, but Cray is showing diversity with models for all categories of user formats, from the only single-cabinet petaflop computer (the Urika-GX) to the CS-Storm for Deep Learning to the Urika-GX for 24/7 protection from data breaches.
Researchers Claim Photonics Breakthrough
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11/25/2016   7 comments
All optimal photonic computers are on the horizon with all the major players contributing the parts that will eventually obsolete the electronic computer and make Moore's Law passé.
1st Photonic Circuits Here
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11/23/2016   4 comments
IMEC research institute claims to demonstrate the world's first sub-micron photonic circuits encoding "1s" and "0s" on the spin of optical photons.
Renesas Bounces Back, But How High?
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11/22/2016   Post a comment
Japan’s once ailing Renesas Electronics has been blessed -- unintentionally -- by NXP’s recent acquisition of Freescale. In an exclusive interview, Renesas executive explained the company’s recent rise, its plan for a new embedded vision SoC billed as Mobileye alternative
Photonics 3-D Modeler Born
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11/22/2016   Post a comment
Coventor Inc. has the world's first modeling and simulation tool specifically designed for photonic optical circuits.
Macom Buys Applied for Comms
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11/21/2016   1 comment
Macom has bid $770 million for Applied with plans to sell off its X-Gene ARM server SoC unit but cherish its "gold nugget" of networking chips.
Bosch CEO: Hanging on to Lead
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11/21/2016   4 comments
The world's largest producer of automotive MEMS devices describes how it plans to hang onto the lead.
10 Cool Discoveries at Japan Embedded
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11/18/2016   Post a comment
The Embedded Technology 2016 showcased a ton of embedded boards, each with a clear focus on how to enable ‘low power’ and ‘embedded’ IoT devices. Highlights include deep learning coming to embedded boards, emergence of smarter IoT building blocks.
Smartphone-Bound VR/AR to Be Boosted by Lasers
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11/18/2016   3 comments
Microvision has teamed with STMicroelectronics to put an always-in-focus laser-based projector in every smartphone, for augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) headset.
Intel’s Nervana Attacks GPUs
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11/17/2016   5 comments
Intel will ship AI accelerators from Nervana next year as part of a broad machine learning strategy that is still waiting on its acquisition of Movidius to close.
Microsemi Offers First FPGA-Based RISC-V IP Core
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The RISC-V was designed from the ground-up to be useful in modern computerized devices, ranging from warehouse-scale cloud computers to the smallest embedded systems.
ST's Bozotti on 'Back-to-Silicon' Differentiation
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
Carlo Bozotti, CEO of STMicroelectronics NV, has presided over a difficult period in the chip company's history as he first put together the ST-Ericsson mobile processors joint venture and then had to engineer ST's exit from what had became an ill-fated project. But now the write-offs, reorganizations and product phase outs are just about behind the company and it is starting to resume growth. EE Times Europe interviewed Bozotti at a bustling Electronica in Munich.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
Samsung Makes 10nm Q’comm SoC
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11/17/2016   6 comments
Qualcomm announced it is in production with its next generation mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 835, in Samsung’s 10nm process.
Top 20 IC Ranking: Apple Rises Most
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11/17/2016   1 comment
In IC Insights' top 20 global semiconductor sales ranking, the company forecast to make the biggest upward move isn’t a traditional chip company — it’s Apple.
3D Printed Buses Here
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11/16/2016   8 comments
Local Motors has been a solution looking for a problem since its inception, but may have finally hit the nail on the head with its Olli substitute for traditional transit systems at just 20% of their cost, but with more convenience, faster times and free-ride driverless capabilities.
Qualcomm Boss Brainstorms on 5G
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11/16/2016   Post a comment
In 2008, Paul Jacobs as CEO of Qualcomm worked with HTC CEO Peter Chou to make the world’s first Android smartphone. Last week, Jacobs, as executive chairman of Qualcomm, and Chou, now chairman of Digital Domain Holdings, swapped ideas on the future of 5G.
Startup Programs Multicores on Data, Not Gut
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11/16/2016   1 comment
Silexica's engineering team spent more than a decade in multicore software design automation for complex, multicore platforms, before it was spun off from RWTH Aachen University. The startup offers tools both for multicore SoC developers and hardware/software system architects.
U.S. Analog IP Startup Partners with Megachips
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11/16/2016   Post a comment
At a time when analog components are consuming an increasingly big fraction of system power budget, Omni Design, a Calif.-based startup, has developed ultra-low power analog and mixed-signal IP cores primarily for use in complex SoCs.
Intel Preps its AI Strategy
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11/15/2016   3 comments
Intel will lay out what one rival said may be a bet the company” strategy on AI this week, spanning Xeon, FPGA, Movidius processors and more.
DSRC’s ‘Dead End,’ Says Qualcomm Exec
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11/15/2016   5 comments
As carmakers learn more about highly automated vehicles, they no longer dismiss the idea of V2X. But the radio war between DSC and LTE camps continues. Qualcomm’s takeover of NXP isn’t making the path to V2X any clearer.
HyperBus Drives Toward Autonomous Vehicles
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11/15/2016   Post a comment
The low-pin interface technology that enables customers to use HyperRAM and HyperFlash together or separately now provides the option of including both in single, low footprint package
Samsung's Naked Auto Desire: $8B Harman Buy
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11/14/2016   4 comments
Within the last 24 hours, two global conglomerates announced M&A deals in the automotive tech field. Samsung will pay $8 billion for the U.S. car technology group Harman, while Siemens agreed to acquire Mentor Graphics in $4.5 billion deal.
Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5B Deal
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11/14/2016   14 comments
Siemens agreed to buy Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion deal. Europe’s largest industrial conglomerate has been beefing up its industrial software capabilities, sees Mentor’s tools as critical for developing “smart” and “connected” products -- including autonomous vehicles.
Xilinx to Dive in Hyperscale Race
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
Xilinx is pursuing Altera (Intel), who took an early lead in the hyperscale computing by getting designed into Microsoft’s hyperscale acceleration fabric. Xilinx also goes after the inference side of machine learning where it believes it can beat Nvidia.
7nm SRAMs, 10nm SoC at ISSCC
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11/14/2016   8 comments
The annual International Solid State Circuits Conference will showcase advanced work on 7nm SRAMs, a 10nm SoC and an efficient AI SoC.
AT&T: SIMs are Key to IoT Future
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
AT&T pronounced the Internet of Things (IoT) as already here in massive enough numbers to make it a sure thing for all future devices, but in need of tools it is providing like its "flow designer."
Chip Veterans Scan Horizon
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11/11/2016   3 comments
Three industry veterans gave their views of the semiconductor sector’s future at an event where ASML promised a system to advance chip scaling.
2016 ACE Awards Finalists Announced
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11/11/2016   Post a comment
Don't miss the announcement of this year’s winners; cheer on your favorites at the ACE Awards ceremony, Wednesday, December 7, co-located during the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.
Rohde & Schwarz Show Test System for Remote Keyless Entry Systems
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11/11/2016   Post a comment
At electronica 2016, Rohde & Schwarz is presenting a universal solution for testing vehicle keys and the associated electronic control units with their various wireless technologies. Thanks to the modular and scalable approach, the test system can be used to test at the printed board and device level in all product phases -- from development to product qualification to mass production.
Coating Stops Exploding Batteries
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11/10/2016   7 comments
Forge Nano says its nano coatings boost the thermal breakdown voltage of Li-Ion batteries by 120 Fahrenheit, thereby keeping them from exploding in all ambient conditions short of exposing them into an already burning fire.
Google's Mobile VR Still a Wild West
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
A test run of Google’s mobile VR system called Daydream shows mobile virtual reality is still a Wild West of dangers and riches being pioneered.
Supercomputer Aims for Exascale
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
U.S. researchers announced $34 million in software projects as part of their plan to build exascale supercomputers that may include new memory and programming technologies.
SMIC Expects Record Roll to Continue
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., China’s largest foundry, predicts that sales in the current quarter will rise as much as 7 percent from the record $774.8 million in revenue it posted during the July to September period this year.
Where Are We with Thread IoT?
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11/9/2016   1 comment
Where are we now with Thread networking protocol-based IoT products? Connected thermostats, door locks, tooth brushes, alarm systems, lighting, you name it. What’s happening? How significant are the updates embedded in the 1.1 spec?
Electronica: CEO Forum Rambles on IoT Security, Safety
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11/8/2016   2 comments
The traditional CEO forum at Electronica continued a theme from two years before: the Internet of Things (IoT) but this time tried to shed some light on how to ensure safety and security.
China Signs IoT Interop Plan
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11/8/2016   Post a comment
The Industrial Internet Consortium signed a deal with China officials that's part of an expanding network of global agreements on interoperabilty in IoT.
IoT: What NXP Has, What Qualcomm Lacks
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11/8/2016   1 comment
A new Modular IoT Gateway NXP announced at Electronica demonstrates the compmany's strong presence in the industrial IoT market, its unmatched expertise in IoT security and the company’s broad MCU portfolio — areas in which Qualcomm seems to trail NXP.
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