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BASF Develops Simple 3D Sensor
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12/31/2014   8 comments
Chemicals giant BASF SE has developed a single-lens passive optical sensor that can measure distance to an object and thereby 3D position detection and 3D imaging.
Startup Raises Ante in Comms
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12/30/2014   9 comments
Wireless technology that MagnaCom will demo at CES next week provides the equivalent of QAM-16384, a 40% improvement in spectral efficiency over today's best systems.
IoT in Protocol War, Says Startup
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12/30/2014   13 comments
The Internet of Things is enmeshed in a war of protocols in which Zigbee’s future appears dim, says the CTO of Enlighted, a building controls startup.
Analysts Predict CES Hotspots
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12/29/2014   10 comments
A few technologies and themes arise from each International CES, the massive annual consumer electronics show held in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9. The upcoming event will likely feature improved-upon devices from 2014, with a more fleshed-out hardware ecosystem.
WiFi Preps for 5G, IoT Roles
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12/29/2014   3 comments
WiFi is getting an upgrade at 60 GHz for cellular backhaul, at 2.4 and 5 GHz for more cellular-like services, and at 900 MHz for use with the Internet of Things.
CSR to Offer ARM mbed Bluetooth & WiFi Boards
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12/26/2014   1 comment
CSR will shortly offer two connectivity products for the new ARM mbed operating system that will enable developers to produce complete Internet of Things solutions.
Electric/Hybrid Aircraft Takes Flight
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12/24/2014   15 comments
Boeing-sponsored University of Cambridge test flies glider retrofitted with hybrid gasoline/electric aircraft portending electric airliners of the future.
Ten Deals That Shaped Analog, MEMS & Sensors in 2014
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12/24/2014   4 comments
The company merger and acquisition trend that characterized 2013 was still present in 2014 but was, perhaps, slightly less frenzied.
Universal Memory for Instant-On Computing
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12/24/2014   27 comments
A combination mag/ferro material uses 10X less energy to switch bits.
10 Top Challenges Industrial IoT Must Overcome in 2015
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12/24/2014   28 comments
Consumer electronics gets all the press, but the industrial applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) have the better business case. There are many challenges to overcome, though, before the industrial IoT can take off.
Pitfalls in Internet of Things for 2015 & Beyond
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12/23/2014   12 comments
EE Times in recent weeks asked several companies and analysts what hurdles they see ahead of them in the IoT market. Here are the key pitfalls identified by them.
China, India Drive Cellular Growth
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12/23/2014   20 comments
China deployed huge numbers of TD-LTE base stations last year and India led the world in growth in cellular packet microwave systems, according to analysts at Dell'Oro Group.
MEMS Spurred by Industrial IoT
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12/22/2014   5 comments
Industrial uses of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) still trail consumer ones but are expected to grow to $750 million by 2018 from $350 million in 2014.
WiFi to Switch on IoT Appliances
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12/22/2014   20 comments
Electrolux says it is one of several white goods vendors about to roll out smart appliances that use WiFi, Linux and AllJoyn to connect to each other and the cloud
Boston-Area Engineers to Share Expertise at ESC Boston 2015
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12/19/2014   Post a comment
In an exciting new session format at ESC Boston 2015, engineers who’ve been through and survived the embedded system development process look to help others learn from their mistakes
Memory Design Trends in 2014
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12/19/2014   1 comment
Memory transitions, increased-density drive design trends: Customers are looking for subsystems that can accommodate both DDR3 and DDR4, while constraint-based design is par for the course as denser memory makes manufacturing more complex.
True 3D Chips Harness Nanotubes
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12/19/2014   14 comments
Stanford University has learned how to stack any number of layers atop a standard CMOS chip by using low-temperature RRAM for memory and carbon nanotube transistors for logic.
Top 15 Analog, MEMS & Sensors News From 2014
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12/19/2014   1 comment
From faulty MEMS mics to NXP's labor disputes, here are the most-read news articles of the year on EE Times Europe Analog.
Space Weather Satellite Set for Launch
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12/19/2014   12 comments
NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory will serve as an early warning system for Earth-directed solar storms.
Successful With Phones & Drones, Parrot Ponders Farming
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12/18/2014   13 comments
Parrot is a 20-year-old startup that has the passion of "makers" backed by intimate knowledge of telephony connectivity, digital signal processing, and in-house ASIC design.
Power Week: Popular Gaming Consoles' Energy Use Compared
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12/18/2014   3 comments
Just in time for the holidays, engineers at the Electric Power Research Institute tested three of the most popular gaming consoles to see how much power they consumed.
Industrial IoT Framework Near
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12/18/2014   5 comments
The Industrial Internet Consortium plans to finish a reference architecture for the Internet of Things by March, start identifying standards gaps, and roll out multiple test beds for it.
Sony's Debuts Smartglasses Module
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12/18/2014   4 comments
Following up on prototypes demonstrated earlier this year, Sony has announced an attachable smartglass module that can turn various eyewear into augmented reality devices.
MIT Discovers Superconductor Law
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12/18/2014   19 comments
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has discovered a law governing the relationship between critical temperature at which superconductivity begins, resistivity, and the thickness of the film for superconducting integrated circuits.
Top Robot Stories of 2014
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12/17/2014   6 comments
Robots have fascinated us for centuries, but now we are realizing those visions. Here are some of the top robot stories that amazed and delighted us this past year.
Vote for the Engineer of the Year
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12/17/2014   3 comments
Finalists announced, survey below. The award, sponsored by National Instruments, includes a $10,000 grant and will be given out at DesignCon 2015.
AMD Gives RF Mico Exec Ops Job
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12/17/2014   1 comment
AMD has hired James A. Clifford as its senior vice president of Global Operations, reporting to President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. The former RF Micro exec will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of AMD’s end-to-end manufacturing and supply chain strategy.
Infineon & UMC Extend Manufacturing Pact Into Auto ICs
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12/17/2014   Post a comment
German chipmaker will partner with Taiwanese foundry to manufacture power semiconductors for automotive applications, extending a production alliance in logic chips lasting more than 15 years.
Apps Layer: '800lb Gorilla' in IoT Nobody Talks About
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12/16/2014   25 comments
Plenty of people and companies in the technology world tend to come at the Internet of Things by dwelling on "Internet." But what if we started with the "Things" instead?
Top 10 Industrial Control DesignLine Stories in 2014
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12/16/2014   Post a comment
It's time for a quick recap of the Industrial Control DesignLine stories that captured the most attention in 2014.
Researchers Superconduct at 140 Degrees
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12/15/2014   8 comments
Researchers have demonstrated a method of making superconductors at temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit using lasers. If successful, everything from the electric grid to mobile electronics will experience a tremendous speed-up while simultaneously running much cooler.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off?
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12/15/2014   8 comments
Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
More for IoT: Our Natural Roadmap, Says Cypress CEO
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12/15/2014   Post a comment
Following the $4 Billion all-stock 50%-split Cypress-Spansion merger, CEO T.J. Rodgers will head the new company under the global name Cypress. The company will keep Spansion’s world leadership in NOR Flash memory and retain Cypress’ huge SRAM memory market.
Keysight Donates EDA Software to Georgia Tech
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12/15/2014   1 comment
Keysight Technologies continues a tradition that started when the company was part of Agilent.
Emerging NVM Express Spec Has Busy Year
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12/15/2014   1 comment
Since the organization's incorporation in March, more NVMe products have appeared, the specification has been updated, and new technical workgroups have formed.
7 Questions With Broadcom’s CTO
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12/15/2014   2 comments
Broadcom co-founder and chief technologist talks about Moore’s Law, his plans for 16nm FinFET tape-outs in 2015, IoT platform wars and shifts in the engineering profession.
Sequans: The Startup That Started Over
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12/15/2014   8 comments
Early one Paris morning in July 2011, Georges Karam, president and CEO of Sequans, got a call from HTC. Kara'’s biggest customer asked him to stop shipping Sequans' WiMax radio chips. That called changed everything.
IoT Will Give 'Embedded' a Shot in the Arm
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12/13/2014   3 comments
The largest IoT semiconductor market segment will be "connected cities' followed by industrial, predicts market research firm IC Insights.
Tiny Spectrometer Targets IoT
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12/12/2014   36 comments
NanoLambda has developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer-on-a-chip to measure concentration and density based on wavelength. The chip is accurate to 1 nm with 10nm resolution for consumer and medical uses.
Time Is Ripe for Structural Electronics, Says IDTechEx
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12/12/2014   1 comment
It is only a matter of time before electronic circuits can be laid-out as part of the 3D printing process.
Superconductor Unveils Room Temp Future
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12/12/2014   12 comments
New type of superconducting material heralds the day when room-temperature wires will speed up all electronic devices.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
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12/12/2014   23 comments
Startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Pre-Certification Kits Easing Path to Safety-Critical Design
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12/11/2014   7 comments
Certification of safety-critical systems may be getting a bit easier thanks to pre-certified platforms from software and hardware vendors.
Power Week: EM Fields From Power Lines, Cellphones Not Harmful, Says Study
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
Electromagnetic fields from power lines and mobile phones are not likely to be harmful to humans, according to new research on the effect of weak magnetic fields on human proteins.
Spray Solar Cells on Any Surface
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12/11/2014   7 comments
Canadian Consortium mostly funded by IBM formulates method for spraying solar cells on nearly any surface, from rooftops to automobile bodies.
Alliance Prepping for Ethernet in the Industrial IoT
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
The IEEE is developing an Ethernet standard that would meet the determinism needs of industrial applications, and the AVnu Alliance is preparing the industry to be ready for it.
Top 2014 Acquisitions that Advanced the Internet of Things
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12/11/2014   10 comments
2014 was the year when the electronics industry decidedly and collectively moved forward to push IoT. For evidence, look no further than the many mergers and acquisitions among IC, system, and software vendors this year.
Women in Tech: Change the Conversation
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12/11/2014   35 comments
Entrepreneur Joanna Weidenmiller worries that the next generation of female techies will be deterred by too much emphasis on the negative.
Sensor Transponder Brings NFC to Industrial Apps
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12/10/2014   2 comments
Read batteryless embedded sensors with a tap using NFC transponders.
DARPA Offers Free Watson-Like Artificial Intelligence
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12/10/2014   13 comments
DeepDive is a free version of IBM's Watson developed in the same Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program as IBM's Watson, but it is being made available free and open-source.
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