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NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
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4/30/2015   1 comment
In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
Google Fi Bets On Cheap Wireless
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4/30/2015   1 comment
Google’s latest venture into wireless phone service will give the people what they want – cheap calls and Internet for a flat fee over Wi-Fi. Project Fi aims to intelligently connect users to the fastest wireless or cellular network as they move using existing technology for $20 a month.
MediaTek Pins 2nd Half Hopes on Octacore
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, the world’s third-largest chip designer, expects new octacore products coming out in the second half of this year to help lift sales out of the doldrums.
Living Computers Ultimate Goal
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
Georgia Tech has created arrays of sensor pixels for hybrid semiconductor/living cell sensor/actuators, paving the way to living computers.
Exploding Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Real-Time Analysis
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
Using 3D imaging techniques, European researchers have shown what happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode.
Rethinking Energy Performance
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
Technology is developing faster than ever, and with demands pulling at operators from all directions, it’s vital that networks are streamlined and efficient.
UMC to Skip 20nm, Gun for 14nm FinFET
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4/29/2015   3 comments
UMC, which has once again become the world’s second-largest chip foundry, will skip the 20 nm technology node as it aims to have 14nm FinFET tapeouts available for customers by Q4 this year.
Microsoft Demos HoloLens
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4/29/2015   Post a comment
In what was otherwise a developer lingo-heavy event, Microsoft showcased updates to its HoloLens virtual reality platform running on Windows 10. The demos were part of Microsoft’s Build developer conference, held here April 29-March 1.
How the 3 Cs Drive IC Consumption
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4/29/2015   1 comment
The communications, computers and consumer electronics sectors are set to be responsible for more than 70 percent of IC sales in every geographic region -- Americas, Europe, Japan, and Asia-Pacific -- in 2015, according to market research firm IC Insights.
WiFi Wave 2 Rises at Broadcom
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4/29/2015   1 comment
To continue the drive toward next generation wireless with 802.11ac, Broadcom is sampling Wave 2 Wi-Fi chips for enterprise access points. The market is ripe for improved connection, analysts say, but competition is heating up.
Start-up's Co-Robots Handle Logistics
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4/29/2015   1 comment
Seven month old startup Fetch Robotics is already releasing its first product for warehouse logistics -- a pair of co-robots that fetches online orders from warehouse shelves and sends them to automated machinery that seals the box and applies its label.
Ethernet Geared for Cars, Factories
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4/29/2015   7 comments
A new class of Ethernet chips and software will emerge next year, opening the networking technology up to use in time-sensitive applications in cars, factory robots and more.
IBM Solves Quantum Computing
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4/29/2015   26 comments
IBM's new prototype of its future quantum computer corrects errors that spoil calculations and is scalable to any size.
Topic Teardown: Connected Cars' Pros & Cons
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4/28/2015   11 comments
We illustrate the benefits of connected cars. We analyze the driving force behind the connected car. We will scout security measures necessary inside cars in order to make connected cars less vulnerable to external malicious attacks.
Startup Cracks User-Centric Surround Sound
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4/28/2015   1 comment
French startup 3D Sound Labs is now taking pre-orders for its Neoh headphones which it claims produce a truly immersive, 3D spatial sound.
HP Debuts New Campus Switch Modules, SDN App
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4/28/2015   Post a comment
HP products are among the many new technologies launching at this week's Interop. Others include EnGenius' WLAN management platform and Fiber Mountain's updated orchestration system.
High-End PCB Design Made Affordable
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4/28/2015   5 comments
Mentor's new PADS family targets independent engineers with lower cost and more powerful printed circuit board design capabilities.
Ruggedized Tire Pressure Sensor Raises Bar
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4/28/2015   1 comment
Heavy trucks, buses and construction vehicles can now have the luxury of automatic tire pressure monitoring with Freescale's new chip that it claims also issues warnings that can prevent blowouts.
UWB Radar Modules Sense Respiration in Next Room
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4/28/2015   Post a comment
Novelda AS, a developer of CMOS impulse radar transceivers, has announced two modules based on its X2 transceivers intended for use in home automation. The company has also raised $12 million in a Series A financing round.
Apple Ticks Up Sales Record
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4/27/2015   3 comments
Apple reported record sales for its second quarter but said its new smartwatch has lower than average profits and forecast a seasonally down June quarter.
5G Makes Waves for Asia Giants
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4/27/2015   2 comments
The recent 5G Forum USA, held in Palo Alto, Calif., brought together researchers and executives from major telcos and universities to discuss next generation communications for multiple markets. Representatives from several Asian communications giants discussed was radio communications and virtual networks will help ease the transition to 5G.
ARM Gives Peek at Road Map
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4/24/2015   2 comments
ARM disclosed new details of its A72, including three functional units it shares with a yet-to-be announced high-end core, and defended its big.little approach to multiprocessing.
Cypress Expands Error Correcting Code For SRAM
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4/24/2015   3 comments
As overall SRAM market shrinks, Cypress sees uptick in automotive, IoT and wearables segments, while adding on-board error-correcting code to meet reliability requirements and protect against the effects of radiation
EUV Deal Raises Questions
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4/24/2015   9 comments
ASML announced it struck a deal to sell 15 EUV systems to an existing U.S. customer, once again raising hopes about the readiness of the key technology for making leading-edge chips.
Freescale Reveals NXP Mega Merger Details
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4/24/2015   9 comments
Five companies, aside from NXP, were in talks with Freescale, and CEO Gregg Lowe will be leaving post merger. Freescale reveals details of the NXP merger during its quarterly results call.
Wireless Charging Gets Universal Antenna
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4/24/2015   3 comments
Managing the skin effect, or device temperature, may be the secret sauce in managing and popularizing wireless charging. Officials at wireless charging antenna company NuCurrent believe the company’s 50-patents in this area will push them to multi-mode charging success.
QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung
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4/23/2015   4 comments
Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
Elvis Sees All in Russia
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4/23/2015   17 comments
A Russian company claims it has the first Russian designed smart chip. The video intelligent processor (VIP-1) is sold in surveillance systems in Russia, but may be sold as a bare-chip overseas.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump
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4/23/2015   3 comments
Smartwatches could grow to sales of 400 million units a year by 2019 when smartphone and tablet sales slump to single-digit levels, said a market watcher.
10 Trailblazing Companies For Women In IT
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4/23/2015   Post a comment
On the following pages, we'll take you beyond the tech sector to highlight companies across all industries that provide strong, supportive, and flexible work environments for female employees.
Iron Fluoride to Triple Energy Storage?
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4/23/2015   Post a comment
Researchers the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing iron fluoride which can store three times the energy of existing batteries.
Magnesium Ions Could Beat LI In Car Batteries
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4/23/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a step closer towards the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars.
ARM Seeks Energy Harvesting Edge in IoT
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4/23/2015   Post a comment
With battery lifetimes becoming an increasing preoccupation of some of the world's largest brands including Google, Apple, Tesla and Dyson it now seems UK-based ARM is focusing on extending the battery life of sensors using Bluetooth to address the Internet of Things.
Samsung Details its Flex Display
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4/22/2015   1 comment
Samsung Display released key details about its new flexible AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) display used on Galaxy S6 edge smartphones. The company’s first curved mobile display was first released in 2013 with the Galaxy Round smartphone.
NFC Makes e-Ink Fashionable
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4/22/2015   Post a comment
Take a flexible e-Ink display foil, shape it and turn it into a wearable accessory, then control the black & white display using your smartphone through an NFC connection, uploading any design to match your outfit.
Cadence Tensilica Fusion DSP Core Targets IoT, Wearables
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4/22/2015   Post a comment
Tensilica Fusion is a configurable and scalable DSP that is ideal for applications requiring specialized computation, ultra-low power consumption, and the smallest possible footprint.
EDA Tool Speeds FinFET Design
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4/22/2015   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics new Calibre xACT tool extracts parasitic capacitance, resistance and inductance quickly and accurately.
China Handsets Lift Broadcom Sales
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4/21/2015   Post a comment
Broadcom today reported better than expected results for the first quarter of 2015, with revenue driven by high-end smartphone and broadband access markets.
Intel's 10nm Secrets Predicted
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4/21/2015   11 comments
Leapfrogging competitors to lower power chips, Intel will use quantum well FETs in a 10nm process next year using germanium and InGaAs, predicted a semiconductor analyst.
Samsung Busts TSMC's 'Monopoly,' Analysts Say
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4/21/2015   2 comments
Samsung has broken the monopoly in leading-edge foundry services recently held by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), according to analysts who cover the chipmakers.
WSTS Marks America Up for 2015 Boom
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4/21/2015   Post a comment
The market for semiconductors in the Americas region will grow by 15 percent in 2015, according to a revised estimate from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
Smartwatches to Outpace Trackers
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4/21/2015   Post a comment
Smartwatch ownership is on the rise and will likely surpass activity trackers, according to market researchers. A report from The NDP Group projected that 2016 activity tracker ownership will have peaked at 32 million in 2016 while smartwatch ownership will hit 9%.
TI Obsoletes FPGA
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4/21/2015   53 comments
Texas Instruments is out to kill the FPGA with a nine processor chip that can downsize avionics, military and medical applications to portable size -- from backpack radars to portable MRIs.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
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4/21/2015   6 comments
We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
EMEA PC Shipments Resume Steady Decline
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4/21/2015   Post a comment
PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) reached 20.2 million units in the first quarter of 2015, a 7.7% decrease year on year, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). After a strong 2014, the market returned to a decline as expected, with business renewals decelerating after last year's uplift prompted by the end of Windows XP support.
Wearable Cameras Next Boom Market for Image Sensors
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4/20/2015   2 comments
Annual shipments of wearable cameras will surpass 30 million units by 2020 according to market research firm Tractica.
NVM Express SSDs Hit Servers, Workstations
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4/20/2015   1 comment
HGST begins shipping its Ultrastar SN100 series for servers announced last year as part of its flash fabric, while Samsung aims its latest offering at the PC and workstation segment.
Making Wireless LoRa Design Easier, Faster
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4/20/2015   1 comment
Microchip has a pre-certified coin-cell sized module to accelerate deployment of LoRa wireless networks.
Engine Yard Pivots Toward Container Management
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
New Engine Yard CEO Beau Vrolyk is moving the company toward managing Linux containers for developers, with the acquisition of OpDemand.
Transceiver Supports Dual 2.4 GHz IoT Networks
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Industrial applications, home automation, and the like often need multiple networks to be active. This transceiver helps bridge them.
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