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Developing an Accessible Arduino
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3/31/2016   Post a comment
Development platforms such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino have given access to many makers and entrepreneurs , providing a low-cost method to tinker and prototype. Yet such platforms lack accessibility for at least one group of people who need access to specialized devices.
EDA Group Broadens Mission
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3/31/2016   10 comments
The EDA Consortium renamed itself the Electronic System Design Alliance, taking on a broader role including semiconductor IP, embedded software and advanced packaging.
NeuroComputer to Shepherd Nukes
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3/31/2016   12 comments
IBM has its first customer for its brain-like neurocomputer chips dubbed TrueNorth, namely the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory which will use it to explore new computing capabilities for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s cyber security projects regarding the stewardship of the nation’s nuclear arsenal.
Open-Source Processor Core Ready For IoT
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3/31/2016   4 comments
Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna have developed PULPino, an open-source processor optimized for low power consumption and application in wearables and the Internet of Things.
Micron Swings to Loss on Declining Memory ASPs
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3/30/2016   3 comments
Executives say they expect to see continued pricing pressure around memory chips.
Ultrasonic LCDs Sans ITO
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3/30/2016   2 comments
Researchers have demonstrated a prototype liquid crystal display (LCD) that eliminates the need for transparent conductors, such as indium-tin-oxide (ITO), to control the LCD with electric fields, instead using targeted ultrasound to control pixels.
Wireless Charging Market Matures, Reports IHS
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3/30/2016   Post a comment
The wireless charging receiver market grew more than 160 percent in 2015 over the previous year, as annual global shipments reached 144 million units, says market research firm IHS.
Synopsys Touts ‘Visually Assisted Automation’ For FinFET Design
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3/30/2016   Post a comment
EDA giant rolls new custom design tool that aims to help offset design challenges posed by the era of 3D transistors.
Wearable FPGA Devkit
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3/30/2016   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor's iCE40 Ultra is a low-power platform in compact wrist watch form factor that supports multiple wearable applications.
FPGA-Based Device Serves as PCIe-to-VME64x Bridge
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3/30/2016   Post a comment
Helix is an FPGA-based VME64x interface from Curtiss-Wright aimed at closing the gap created by the end-of-life notice for the TSI148 chip.
Flash Rides HPE’s Memory Bus
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3/29/2016   2 comments
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is shipping NVDIMM-N modules, the first in a new line of persistent memory cards analysts say will bolster servers.
Seoul Semi Wins LED Backlight Lawsuit
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3/29/2016   Post a comment
LED manufacturer Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea) has won a patent infringement lawsuit regarding LED backlight lens technology against Japanese lens maker Enplas Display Device Corp.
Littelfuse Acquires Circuit-Protection Line from TE
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3/29/2016   Post a comment
The company that specializes in circuit protection has acquired products from TE Connectivity.
GaN Gets Somber Reception at APEC 2016
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3/29/2016   4 comments
Manufacturers should have been popping champagne corks on the Applied Power Electronics Conference show floor. Instead, the mood on the floor was strangely subdued.
Marvell licenses startup's SerDes
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3/29/2016   1 comment
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. has licensed the Glasswing chip-to-chip SerDes technology from startup company Kandou Bus SA (Lausanne, Switerland).
Is Car-to-Car Talk Done Deal in US?
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3/29/2016   Post a comment
By gaining the support of the city of Sunnyvale and partnering with Savari, Nissan, which has a Research Center in Sunnyvale, has effectively shifted its V2X test program into the real world. Who else are V2X ecosystem?
U.S Withdraws Apple Case
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3/28/2016   10 comments
The U.S. has withdrawn it's case forcing Apple to crack a terrorist's iPhone, but the debate of privacy vs. law enforcement continues.
Microchip Rolls Remote Temp Sensor ICs
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3/28/2016   1 comment
New line of low-temperature monitoring ICs said to provide accurate measurement at low cost.
TSMC Signs Agreement for Its First 300mm Fab in China
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3/28/2016   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said today that it has signed an agreement with the municipal government of Nanjing to finalize plans for its first 12-inch fab in China.
Apple Watch At 1: How It's Changed
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3/26/2016   Post a comment
The Apple Watch debuted one year ago this month. How has the wearable changed over the year, and what's coming in the future?
VLSI Event Reflects Silicon Shifts
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3/25/2016   Post a comment
The just released program of the annual VLSI Symposia underscores shifts ahead in how advanced semiconductors will be made and used.
FCC Spectrum Auction Finally Nears Despite Infighting
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3/25/2016   Post a comment
As the FCC's auction of 600 MHz wireless spectrum -- four years in the making -- finally draws near, new testimony shows an agency struggling with infighting and partisanship.
Microsemi Sells Board Level Systems Business
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3/25/2016   Post a comment
Chip firm carves out "non-strategic component" of a board level systems and packaging business, sells it to Mercury Systems for $300 million.
Graphene Boosts Battery Electrodes
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3/25/2016   9 comments
Brown University research group boosts graphene electrochemical qualities by deforming it with wrinkles-and-crinkles that pack more surface area into a smaller area that even conventional porous carbon electrodes.
Autopilot: Flying vs. Driving
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3/25/2016   12 comments
Trained pilots suffer from boredom, distraction, mode confusion on Autopilot. How about us drivers driving an autonomous car?
OFC: Pluggable Module Makers Claim They Can't Make Money
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3/24/2016   Post a comment
At OFC 2016, a panel of optical module makers, suppliers, and users blamed the market, the technology, and the datacenter mentality for their woes, but they're still in the game.
Biometrics Market To Double Over 6 Years
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3/24/2016   Post a comment
The global market for biometrics technologies and applications will grow from about $13.7 billion in 2015 to more than $30 billion in 2021, according to market forecaster ABI Research.
Semi Market Breakdown and 2016 Forecasts
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3/24/2016   Post a comment
The 2016 global chip market will grow 0.3% compared with 2015 to reach a value of $341.0 billion, but the European region will see its part of that market contract by 1.6%, according to industry association SEMI.
Fear Not the Cobot
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3/24/2016   Post a comment
Discussing the newest and perhaps most exciting realm of industrial robotics: collaborative robots.
Silicon Lacks Clear Metrics
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3/24/2016   17 comments
With no absolute way to compare process technologies, analysts differ over whether Intel, Samsung or TSMC provides better foundry nodes.
U.S. Spurs Industrial Chip Market Growth
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3/23/2016   Post a comment
The United States accounts for 30% of all industrial semiconductor consumption, a market that is expected to grow at an 8% CAGR through 2019.
Apple's Liam Robot Emphasizes Company's Sustainable Credentials
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3/23/2016   Post a comment
The focus at Apple's most recent event may have been on products, such as the iPhone SE, but the company made some impressive strides in sustainability, too. The highlight of all this is Liam, a robot that recycles old iPhones.
3D NAND Fab Seen as Milestone for China
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3/22/2016   4 comments
Breaking of ground for construction of XMC fab that will eventually produce 200,000 wafers per month signals new phase in development of China's domestic semiconductor manufacturing industry, says analyst.
Modular and Mobile Photovoltaics on Wheels
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3/22/2016   2 comments
Dutch startup Solar Application Lab has designed a prototype solar e-bicycle that integrates multiple solar panels on its front wheel, enough to recharge the e-bike's battery over the course of the day.
Concept of Superconducting Memory To Be Tested
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3/22/2016   1 comment
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) has designed a superconducting memory architecture, when realized, could also be used to build superconducting processors.
Imagination Stock Rises on Report of Apple Talks
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3/22/2016   1 comment
The share price of troubled processor intellectual property licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc jumped on Tuesday on a report of potential acquisition by Apple.
Data Centers Drive Broadband Fiber
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3/22/2016   4 comments
Inphi’s ColorZ will pack 100 Gbits/second on a single fiber optic wavelength, one of several new broadband devices for linking data centers.
Why Autonomous Cars Are ‘Absolutely Not Ready’
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3/22/2016   28 comments
Prof. at Duke Univ. laid out seven “limitations” in current self-driving car technologies, tests, and evaluations—enough to make the public question if the current industry’s rush to deployment of autonomous cars is warranted.
Former Intel CEO Andy Grove Dies
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3/22/2016   8 comments
Hungarian immigrant who helped transform Intel into the world's biggest semiconductor company, passes away at age 79.
Dazzle-free High Beam under Camera Control
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3/22/2016   1 comment
Ford has developed a technology that helps to improve the safety of oncoming driver in the night: A camera, located behind the windscreen, identifies oncoming traffic and automatically switches the headlight to low beam.
NAND Revenue Declines as Prices Fall
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3/21/2016   Post a comment
Contracting pricing for NAND flash memory fell by roughly 10% in the fourth quarter, according to market research firm TrendForce.
U.S. to Temporarily Relax Restrictions on ZTE
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3/21/2016   Post a comment
A senior U.S. Commerce Department official said the U.S. will temporarily lift exports restrictions imposed earlier this month on Chinese telecom giant, according to published reports.
ReRAM Startup in Reverse Takeover for Funds
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3/21/2016   5 comments
Australian firm Radar Iron Ltd. is set to acquire Weebit Nano Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel), a company founded in 2014 to commercialize silicon dioxide resistive RAM technology.
Apple v. Samsung: Supreme Decision Ahead
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3/18/2016   6 comments
Legal experts close to the Apple v. Samsung cases on patent infringement of the iPhone put widely varying results into a broader context of intellectual property law in software.
InVisage To Share Image Sensor Technology
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3/18/2016   Post a comment
InVisage Technologies Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.) is prepared to provide its quantum-dot based image sensor technology to other image sensor vendors, according to Jess Lee, the company's CEO.
Google Divesting Humanoid Robots
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3/18/2016   19 comments
Google X, now the keeper of its robotic team of 300 engineers, has put its Boston Dynamics division on the chopping block, and may abandon humanoid robots altogether.
12 In-Car Devices to Watch Drivers
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3/18/2016   2 comments
Automakers know that drivers get tired, they get sleepy and, more often than not, their attention wanders. But technologies to monitor drivers have taken on a whole new meaning, as more automated features come into cars.
Why Audi’s zFAS Is Blueprint for Next-Gen Domain Architectures
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3/18/2016   2 comments
The zFAS (central driver assistance controller) greatly reduces the number of electronic control units – a concept that will set a precedent for other carmakers and for future domain architectures.
Data Translation Announces Last Buy for Some Products
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3/17/2016   1 comment
The company is phasing out many ISA, PCI, and USB data-acquisition and frame-grabber product. Fortunately most have recommended replacements.
VR Not Ready for Standards
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3/17/2016   2 comments
Virtual reality may have been big enough to get its own sub-track at Game Developers Conference and require a last-minute move to a set of larger rooms. But VR hasn’t developed enough to create standards.
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