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Audience reverse engineers human hearing for mobile
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3/30/2012   5 comments
Using its earSmart voice processor, using two microphones that work like human ears, Audience’s chip enables analysis of sound in much the same way as the human brain, which when processing audio decides what to remove, what to keep and what to enhance.
Truchard and Kodosky of NI: Enthusiasm undimmed
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3/30/2012   1 comment
Dr. James Truchard and Jeff Kodosky, two cofounders of National Instruments Corp. (Austin, Texas) honored with the lifetime achievement award at the UBM Electronics ACE awards on Tuesday (March 27), sat down with EE Times to discuss a 35-year progress since the formation of their company.
Reports: Toshiba, Micron, Hynix to bid for Elpida
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3/30/2012   2 comments
Micron Technology, SK Hynix and Toshiba are all in the process of throwing their hats in the ring to acquire all or part of bankrupt Japanese DRAM vendor Elpida Memory, according to media reports.
Mars rover to measure climate, study microbial life
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3/30/2012   2 comments
The Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is now halfway to Mars aboard an Atlas rocket launched on Nov. 26 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to study current meteorological conditions and explore the conditions that existed millions of years ago.
Xilinx Zynq-7000 receives product of the year ACE award
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3/30/2012   2 comments
The UBM electronics ACE awards are given to the best new products that are seen in EETimes and EDN each year. Xilinx gets the best product award for the Zynq-7000…
STMicroelectronics TS331, TS332 and TS334 voltage comparators
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3/30/2012   1 comment
STMicroelectronics' latest voltage comparator achieves a propagation delay of 200ns while consuming only 30µA of supply current.
Beyer on WSTS: 'We will fix this'
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3/30/2012   3 comments
SIA Chairman and Freescale CEO Rich Beyer expressed confidence in SIA’s ability to regain Intel’s and AMD’s participation in WSTS.
Enea adds Linux to OS offering
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3/29/2012   4 comments
Operating system vendor Enea AB (Stockholm, Sweden) announced at the DESIGN West exhibition that it is now supplying Enea Linux together with some complementary technologies.
DARPA seeks breakthroughs in computer vision
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3/29/2012   9 comments
Computer vision still has a lot to learn, but if researchers embrace real-world challenges they could make important breakthroughs, said a DARPA program manager.
Triad attempts to make mixed-signal design for the masses
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3/29/2012   1 comment
Unique to Triad is a mixed-signal aware place and route tool that places vias in the global routing fabric to configure and interconnect the analog and digital resources…
TI THS4531 ADC driver
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
TI's fully differential amplifier uses only 250 uA of quiescent current while providing 36 MHz of bandwidth to support the low power needs of portable and high-density systems
TE Connectivity zQSFP+ high-density interconnect
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3/29/2012   1 comment
TE Connectivity's interconnect will meet next-generation 100-Gbps Ethernet and 100-Gbps 4X InfiniBand Enhanced Data Rate requirements by offering four lanes of high-speed differential signals.
CAP-XX stop-start supercapacitor module
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3/29/2012   4 comments
CAP-XX has developed a supercapacitor, which supplies the cranking current to start the engine in Stop-Start vehicles, reducing wear on the battery.
Report: Toshiba will join Elpida bidding
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3/29/2012   1 comment
After earlier turning down an opportunity to invest in Japanese DRAM vendor Elipda Memory, Toshiba has apparently decided to join the bidding for the bankrupt firm, according to English language news service reports quoting Japan's Nikkei newspaper.
SMIC slipped back into the red in 2011
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Chinese foundry SMIC reported a loss of $245.6 million for 2011 after reporting a rare profitable year in 2010.
Linear Technology TM2881 and TM2882 isolated µModule transceivers
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Linear has introduced automotive (H-grade) and high reliability military (MP-grade) versions of its isolated µModule transceivers, which guard against large ground-to-ground differentials and common-mode transients in RS485 and RS232 networks.
PLX Technology TN8045 10GBase-T PHY
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
PLX Technology is getting ready to sample the TeraPHY TN8045, a 40nm, quad-port, 10 Gigabit Ethernet PHY in a 25x25mm2 BGA package.
McAfee talks angry robots and rotten apples at Design West
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3/29/2012   14 comments
McAfee expects mobile threats to continue along the trends set in the PC world, moving from simple monetary gain towards deep privacy loss, corporate espionage and cyber war, according to a company representative
Dialog Semiconductor SC14453 green VoIP family
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Dialog Semiconductor's SC14453 Green VoIP processor includes class-leading integrated audio, security and graphics functions.
World on cusp of EV tipping point, says Tesla CTO
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3/29/2012   53 comments
Slow, steady improvement in battery technology over the past several decades as brought the world to the cusp of a tipping point that will lead to greater adoption of electric vehicles, according to JB Straubel, chief technology and co-founder of Tesla Motors.
FDA’s 510(k) gets tougher, more predictable
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3/29/2012   4 comments
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has become tougher but more predictable in how it handles its 510(k) process, said a consultant at the DesignMed conference.
Exar cuts 40% of jobs
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3/28/2012   15 comments
Analog mixed-signal IC vendor Exar said it has eliminated about 40 percent of its global headcount in the past two months.
Indian design firms eye chip IP model
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3/28/2012   6 comments
While Indian tech firms continue to focus on design services, at least two companies are seeking to generate and license chip IP.
'Thermal cloak' to dissipate heat in electronics
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3/28/2012   11 comments
A team of French researchers has proposed isolating or cloaking objects from sources of heat by diffusing the heat around the objects.
Reconfigurable microwave switching platform supports ATE and development tests
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Giga-tronics' Series 8900 microwave switching platform is optimized for flexibility.
Signalion LTE tester covers 3.5-GHz
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Used for testing LTE mobile communications infrastructure and network elements, the Sorbas LTE Test-UE from Signalion now supports 3GPP LTE TDD bands 42 and 43, spanning 3.4 GHz to 3.8 GHz.
Panel ponders many-core ICs tripping 'the singularity'
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3/28/2012   9 comments
Will the processing power being enabled by many-core processors cause the advent of machines with super-human intelligence, an event sometimes referred to as the singularity? That was the question put to a panel of some of the best minds in multicore processor theory and design assembled at the Multicore DevCon, part of DESIGN West being held here this week.
Slideshow: EE Times, EDN honor 2012 ACE Award winners
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3/28/2012   5 comments
UBM Electronics, the publisher of EE Times and EDN, honored companies, teams and individuals for achievements over the past year by presenting the 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards in a ceremony.
First shipments of transceiver-packed Virtex-7 X690T FPGAs from Xilinx
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
First FPGA device, using 80 GTH serial transceivers, breaks the 2 Tbps bandwidth barrier and makes ground-breaking network communication systems possible
Imperas preps fast models of ARM Cortex-A15 processor
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3/28/2012   1 comment
Imperas, a pioneer of high-level modeling and virtual prototyping, has models of the ARM Cortex-A15 processor in beta and expects them to be available in the first half of 2012. The range of available models, together with Imperas tool and operating system support, is helping platform and software developers debug systems in parallel with SoC design, speeding up and improving system development, the company said.
Akustica develops two-chip analog MEMS microphone
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3/28/2012   2 comments
Akustica is entering the mobile device market with its first analog microphone, a low-cost two-chip solution that it hopes will widen its market share.
Mobile MotionEngine empowers apps
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3/28/2012   2 comments
The Freespace MotionEngine has already empowered the smart TV revolution at LG, Roku and Sony by enabling remote controllers to point-and-click on-screen air-mouse style. Now Hillcrest Labs has repurposed it for tablets and smartphones running the Android and Windows Phone operating systems.
Analog Devices to launch dual-core Blackfin with a vision accelerator
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3/28/2012   4 comments
In a move to cash in on the embedded vision markets, Analog Devices, Inc. is rolling out a family of 1-GHz, dual-core Blackfin processors integrated with a vision accelerator.
Analog Devices’ Blackfin processors feature 1GHz core performance, accelerated vision analytic, and low power consumption
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. has launched a series of 1-GHz, dual-core, Blackfin processors optimized for embedded vision applications.
Future of SSL LED lighting is not dim, but it’s flickering
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3/28/2012   35 comments
Michael Poplawski has led one of the government’s teams – at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – seeking to solve issues that currently hobble the widespread deployment of LED
Flexible manufacturing, ecosystems seen as keys to U.S. innovation
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
U.S. innovation is not dead, an industry panel at Design West concluded, but has shifted to new areas like technology ecosystems and the ability to add value to high-tech products during the manufacturing process.
Dolby sings of twists and turns in digital music
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3/27/2012   6 comments
Thomas Dolby shared his journey in and out of the music industry, including a detour where he helped create--and destroy—a billion dollar ringtone business.
Ramtron launches low-energy FRAM
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3/27/2012   3 comments
Nonvolatile vendor Ramtron International launched a low-energy ferroelectric random access memory chip at the DESIGN West event.
InvenSense names Globalfoundries, TMSC as dual-source MEMS makers
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3/27/2012   3 comments
InvenSense Inc., a supplier of motion tracking components based on MEMS technology, has announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and Globalfoundries Inc. are now dual source suppliers of its CMOS-MEMS capacity.
DESIGN West: TI’s new multicore DSPs pack performance and low power in small form factor
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) unveiled three new devices based on its KeyStone multicore architecture utilizing the TMS320C66x digital signal processors (DSP) generation.
Microchip announces remote control demo board
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3/27/2012   2 comments
Integrates graphics, touch sensing, USB, and wireless connectivity; provides complete solution including HW and S/W; speeds design of apps with graphical displays
Agilent MIMO PXI vector signal analyzer offers 780 MHz analysis bandwidth
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New multichannel solution claims full analysis of 802.11ac signals
SimpleLink GPS CC4000 from TI brings GPS capabilities to MCU-based apps
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Hardware-controlled GPS solution is ideal for countless location, precision timing, and velocity applications
RDA buys Chinese IP to broaden cell phone offering
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3/27/2012   6 comments
RDA Microelectronics Inc. (Shanghai, China), a fabless chip company that markets RF and mixed-signal chips for cellular and broadcast communications applications, has announced the acquisition of all the baseband intellectual property from privately-held Chinese company Coolsand Holding Co. Ltd. for $46 million.
SIP streamlines low-energy Wi-Fi for smart homes
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Qualcomm Atheros releases 802.11n low-energy Wi-Fi system-in-package for the intelligent home and building markets
Altera’s shipping low-cost 28nm Cyclone V FPGAs
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3/27/2012   1 comment
Latest shipment of what Altera describes as “the lowest power, lowest cost 28nm FPGAs available on the market” completes rollout of tailored 28-nm product portfolio
Microsemi’s SmartFusion ref design for industrial and medical LCD displays
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3/27/2012   1 comment
SmartFusion (FPGA with hard ARM Cortex-M3 MCU) reference design features include OpenGL SC graphics library and customizable display controller
NXP rolls MCUs for power management applications
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3/27/2012   3 comments
NXP Semiconductors announced a new series of microcontrollers featuring an interconnected and flexible analog subsystem, based on the ARM Cortex-M0 processor at the DESIGN West event.
Xilinx defense-grade Virtex-6Q FPGAs with anti-tamper / anti-counterfeit features
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Third-generation, high-performance, secure IP core architecture reviewed by the NSA furthers Xilinx's secure leadership position in state-of-the-art A&D apps
Altera launches Design Services Network Program
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3/27/2012   1 comment
Launch of Design Services Network Program will accelerate customer design productivity and innovation
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