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Raspberry Pi Goes 64-bit
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2/29/2016   1 comment
The Pi 3B is based on the Broadcom BCM2837 SoC, which includes a quad-core Cortex-A53 and is capable of 1.2GHz clock frequency. Cortex-A53 comply with the ARMv8A instruction set architecture and support both 64- and 32-bit addressing as well as providing backwards compatibility with the ARMv7 instruction set architecture.
Resource-rich MCU targets wearable IoT
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2/29/2016   Post a comment
Resource-rich MCUs for wearables may seem like a contradiction, but ARM aims to provide that with its Cortex-A32 processor.
Better Acoustics: Smartphones' Next Frontier
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2/29/2016   13 comments
Vendors gunning for MEMS microphone featuring better acoustics include Infineon, who provides its MEMS silicon to Hong Kong-based AAC, and a startup named Vesper, developer of the world’s first piezoelectric-based MEMS microphones. Vesper announced a partnership with AAC.
Singtel, Ericsson to Test 5G Mid-2016
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2/29/2016   Post a comment
Low-powered IoT devices bring Singtel a step closer to its 5G goals, with new device and sensor technologies leveraging network connectivity making vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity possible.
Robotics Space Gains from Robust Manufacturing Spending
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2/29/2016   Post a comment
IDC predicted that global spending on robotics and related services will grow at a CAGR of 17 per cent from more than $71 billion in 2015 to $135.4 billion in 2019.
Startup, with Mixed-Signal ASICs, to Boost 4G Capacity
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2/29/2016   3 comments
Blue Danube Systems, a startup with a unique 3D beamforming based on its own mixed-signal ASICs, is pitching high-definition antenna systems that increase by tenfold the average LTE spectrum efficiency of a typical base station.
IoT Security, Power Consumption in Benchmark Group's Sights
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2/26/2016   Post a comment
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) trade group plans to embrace the Internet of Things with two forthcoming benchmarking exercises addressing edge-node IoT energy consumption and IoT security.
Security Expert Discloses Security Flaw in Nissan Vehicles
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2/26/2016   Post a comment
A new case of vulnerability against hacking attacks startles users of connected cars: The NissanConnect EV interface designed to remotely read out condition data and control systems like air condition in Nissan models can be easily accessed and abused by unauthorized persons. But wait, there's more...
Keysight and Spreadtrum to Collaborate on Mobile Chipset Technology
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2/26/2016   Post a comment
Keysight Technologies and Spreadtrum Communications have signed an understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the research and development of mobile chipset advanced technology, including the development of new testing needs, covering mobile chipset baseband, RF module and conformance test.
Cisco Explains 5G Auto Potential
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2/26/2016   1 comment
If the Mobile World Congress this week is any indication, the discussion of 5G’s physical connectivity, while still important, has decidedly begun to shift to such topics as 5G network slicing and network virtualization.
Chinese Conglomerate Pulls Out of WD Investment
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2/26/2016   Post a comment
Unisplendour, the Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Chinese technology conglomerate Tsinghua Unigroup, opts not to invest nearly US$3.8 billion in Western Digital for a 15% stake in the company.
Hot and ‘Connected’ at Mobile World Congress
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2/26/2016   Post a comment
As we roamed the Mobile World Congress this week, we spotted a few things that the future is going to be connected, to you, your car, your bike, your house, your kids, your eyes and ears and even your teddy bear.
NASA Engineer Honored With Washington Award
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2/26/2016   1 comment
Chicagoland engineers will present the Washington Award to aerospace engineer Dr. Aprille Ericsson. Ericsson has made significant contributions to the aerospace field and was also the first female, and the first African-American female, to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first black female to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
How We Got Here: Advice From Women Engineers
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2/26/2016   6 comments
Being a woman in the engineering field can be isolating when you rarely meet other women in technical positions. n celebration of the 65th annual Engineers Week, TE Connectivity hosted a webcast to discuss the roles of women in engineering and the challenges they face.
Searching Images Reimagined
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2/25/2016   4 comments
Image search engine expert begins producing vertical apps for iTunes store, such as identifying different flower types, clothing styles, suspicious people and more using the same core image search engine.
Samsung Doubles UFS Capacity, Performance
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2/25/2016   1 comment
Latest flash memory builds on first generation memory announced a year ago to meet high-end smartphone demands for video
Son of Gerber-Format Inventor to Tell Dad's Story, ESC Boston 2016
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2/25/2016   Post a comment
Gerber's life is an immigrant "rags-to-riches" story involving a Holocaust survivor who ended up pioneering important developments in engineering, electronics, printing, apparel, aerospace, and numerous other areas.
Stryker-Zimmer Case Has Supremes Eying Stiffer Patent Penalties
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2/25/2016   Post a comment
Several U.S. Supreme Court justices suggested a willingness to give lower courts more leeway to award enhanced penalties during arguments related to a Stryker patent case against Zimmer Biomet.
EUV 2.0 Decision Needed
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2/25/2016   2 comments
It’s time to make a decision on the approach for next-gen EUV lithography, said the CTO of Toppan Photomasks after winning a lifetime achievement award.
4th ICE Age Upon Us
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2/25/2016   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics is claiming that it has entered the 4th ICE Age with its accelerated, deterministic in-circuit-emulation apps like accurate design-for-test.
Qualcomm CTO on Network Slicing, 5G for ‘Services’
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2/25/2016   6 comments
Matt Grob, Qualcomm CTO, talks to EE Times on 5G Network Slicing technology, his pre-5G concerns and lessons learned from 4G.
Black Engineers Call for Diversity
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2/25/2016   Post a comment
February is a big month for the National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE), a 41-year-old professional organization dedicated to increasing the number of black and African-identified engineers. Against a backdrop of a national conversation about racial equality, NBSE will celebrate both Engineers Week and Black History Month.
Graphene-on-Glass Makes Doped Transistor
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2/24/2016   Post a comment
Scientists from across New York State have developed a method for creating graphene layers on common glass with advantageous doping.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Smartphone Targets iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7
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2/24/2016   Post a comment
Chinese phone maker Xiaomi made a big splash in Barcelona Feb. 24 with the Mi 5, a metal-and-glass handset that costs half as much as the competition. The company is targeting Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy lineup with this low-cost smartphone.
Near Field Communications Addressing IoT Adoption Barrier
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2/23/2016   Post a comment
Proclaiming a "new era in NFC" (near field communications), semiconductor vendor NXP has announced two new devices that target applications beyond traditional financial transactions.
Nokia's RAN Catches Air At MWC
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2/23/2016   Post a comment
Nokia announced the next generation of its AirScale Radio Access technology with cloud-based Radio Access Network designed for open interfaces. The company demonstrated its technology at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Can AR, VR Drive 5G?
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2/23/2016   1 comment
SK Telecom demonstrated live 20.5 Gbps transmission speed over the air here in Barcelona. Carriers and tech suppliers are staking 5G claims. Their plunge into 5G is something we all understand. But what’s in it for consumers?
Adesto Targets IoT With Moneta Memory
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2/23/2016   1 comment
Moneta is meant to play to CBRAM's strengths with its ultra-low power consumption to extend battery life or even support ambient energy harvesting
Silicon Labs’ Geckos Aim at IoT, Take on NXP
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2/23/2016   Post a comment
Silicon Labs has rolled out multi-protocol SoC devices. Based on ARM Cortex-M4 core, they integrate a 2.4 GHz radio with up to 19.5 dBm output power and hardware security. How do they stack up against their competition?
PSoCs Aim for 8-bit Replacement
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2/23/2016   12 comments
Cypress Semiconductor has expanded its popular PSoC (programmable system on chip) product line with a new series that fills a gap in its lineup between the low and high end of devices of its PSoC-4 family. The PSoC-4S series targets replacement of 8-bit processors in existing as well as new embedded designs.
Engineers Week Turns 65
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2/23/2016   1 comment
All around the world it is Engineers Week 2016 (February 21-to-27)—a time when working engineers and engineering educators are encouraged to reach out to pre-collegiates at every level (K-through-12) and demonstrate to them that engineering is a good career choice for them.
IoT Networks Expand at MWC
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2/23/2016   7 comments
Ingenu, the LoRa Alliance and Sigfox announced new partners at the Mobile World Congress as the low power wide area networks vie with cellular to connect the Internet of Things.
Volvo Introduces Digital Car Key
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2/22/2016   10 comments
No car key, no driving. This simple rule for generations of car drivers, is approaching the end of its lifetime. At least for Volvo drivers: The Swedish carmaker plans to offer cars without keys from 2017.
Consumer Key to 5G: 'Cost, Cost, Cost'
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2/22/2016   4 comments
5G Panel at Mobile World Congress promised enrichment of the consumer experience but discussed the issues of connected cost of services in the 5G future.
MWC: Sensor Hubs Redefine Mobile
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2/22/2016   3 comments
In new smartphones and wearable devices, sensors and sensor hubs are elbowing their way into prominence. MEMS vendors are competing over how well their sensors can extract data and how much value they can add to this data.
MediaTek Launches Its First 16 nm SoC
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2/22/2016   6 comments
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest competitor in the smartphone silicon business, today announced its first 16 nm system-on-chip (SoC), the Helio P20.
Lenovo Unveils New Smartphones, Tablets And Notebooks
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2/22/2016   Post a comment
The LG G5 is the most distinctive handset to grace the show floor at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, with its stand-out modular design.
NXP Processor Powers IoT, Networks
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2/22/2016   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors announced a new low power processor based on Freescale technology that is the size of a microcontroller. With 1 Watt typical power in a 9.6mm x 9.6mm package, the 64-bit QorIQ LS1012A processor may be the smallest and lowest power embedded processor in the market.
Samsung Taps Q'Comm in S7
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2/21/2016   Post a comment
Samsung announced the next generation of its flagship Galaxy smartphones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge offer small updates to the S6 line, including bigger screens, larger batteries and a Qualcomm processor.
5G: 10 Questions You Were Afraid to Ask
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2/19/2016   1 comment
The emergence of 5G mobile network is currently the big challenge, and the deepest mystery, in the technology world. Prior to the Mobile World Congress next week, we posed ten questions to some industry analysts and observers.
SMIC Boosts 2016 Capex by a Third to $2.1 Billion
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2/19/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, said it will increase capital expenditures for 2016 by a third to $2.1 billion as it aims to capture strong growth in the world’s fastest growing chip market.
Photonics: 3 Pilot Lines Launch in Europe
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2/18/2016   Post a comment
The Photonics Public Private Partnership has launched the result of €35 million (about $39 million) of European Union investment: three pilot lines for the production of optoelectronic devices and circuits.
Keysight Debuts HMC Compliance Test
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2/18/2016   Post a comment
As Hybrid Memory Cube begins to an uptick adoption, there are enough vendors looking for quick and easy testing options to get devices out the door.
MWC to Focus on Making 5G Real
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2/17/2016   2 comments
OEMs, telcos and semi companies will continue to pave the yellow brick road toward 5G communications at this year’s Mobile World Congress. While last year featured heavy discussion around standardization, much of the 5G talk at the 2016 conference will center around commercialization.
Qualcomm, CEVA, ARM Race to Next-Gen Modem
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2/17/2016   2 comments
Qualcomm, CEVA and ARM are all racing to meet a host of new demands of the next-gen baseband modems. The three-way race is morphing into a competition for new processing cores, hardware acceleration and DSPs.
TSMC Says Recovery from Taiwan Quake to Take Longer Than Expected
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2/17/2016   13 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, today revised its expectations on the impact from a February 6 earthquake, saying the recovery will take longer than the company originally forecast.
Department of Energy Fueling Our Future
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2/17/2016   2 comments
What is the US Department of Energy doing technologically and scientifically to make life better in America with respect to energy?
Watson XPrize Worth $5 Million
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2/17/2016   5 comments
IBM and XPrize will sponsor a Cognitive Computing Competition with a $5 million purse to be announced at TED2016.
Energy Harvesting Sole Could Power Smart Shoes
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2/17/2016   1 comment
Scientists at the Fraunhofer IPMS have developed a new energy harvesting device based on emergent electroactive polymers, which is small enough to be embedded in the sole of a shoe and can be used to power embedded sensors.
Automotive-Focused Wireless Communication Test House Opens Lab
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2/17/2016   Post a comment
Together with several automotive technology partners, wireless communication test and consulting firm Cetecom has launched the Open Lab Alliance (OLA), aimed to accelerate the development of Connected Vehicle and Autonomous Vehicle technologies.
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