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SpaceX 3D Prints Rocket Thruster
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5/30/2014   16 comments
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) certified ready for space travel the world's first rocket thruster to be fabricated on a 3D printer.
Apple’s IoT 'Good Housekeeping' Label: MFi
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5/30/2014   33 comments
Expect Apple to beat Google to the punch by unveiling the company’s IoT strategy on its home front at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.
Intel Israel Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons
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5/30/2014   4 comments
Chiportal reveals the details behind Intel Israel's proposal to upgrade its fab in Kiryat Gat.
Intel, You Can Drive My Car
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5/30/2014   32 comments
Recognizing that the car, once a mechanical device, is rapidly becoming a software-intensive system, Intel unveils a comprehensive plan to help automakers and car OEMs prepare for a future that includes, eventually, self-driving.
Rousset Fab's Future Hangs in the Balance
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5/30/2014   Post a comment
Twelve bids for the former LFoundry wafer fab in Rousset and its assets are now in the Commercial Court of Paris.
Can Graphene Make Large-Scale Electricity Storage Viable?
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5/29/2014   4 comments
Researchers are exploring different ways to reduce the size and weight of batteries and extend their lifespan by adding graphene as a component material.
Fire Risk Makes Panasonic Recall Laptop Battery Packs
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5/29/2014   3 comments
More than 43,000 laptop battery packs have been recalled by Panasonic following three of the packs in Asia overheating and providing a fire. The company has also declared a separate recall in Europe as a safety precaution.
ARM Grabs Duolog for SoC Tools
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5/29/2014   1 comment
ARM is negotiating to acquire Duolog, a small EDA tools company with which it is developing trace and debug tools for multicore SoCs.
EMC Musicians Reunite for August Symposium
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5/29/2014   1 comment
The EMC Society Band is looking for Musicians to join the fun on August 5 & 6 at the 2014 EMC Symposium in Raleigh.
Power Week: Smaller EV Power Module, SiC Rectifiers & Battery Monitors
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5/29/2014   Post a comment
This week, a power module from Infineon for EV inverters has a 30% smaller form factor than previous devices. Also: new SiC Schottky rectifiers from Cree and multi-cell battery monitors from Texas Instruments.
AMD's 'Bald Eagle' R-Series APUs Soar
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5/28/2014   Post a comment
If the computational and graphics performance of R-Series APUs live up to AMD's claims, then these devices could be game changers.
Renesas May Sell LCD Chip Unit to Synaptics
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5/28/2014   3 comments
The Japanese semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics reportedly plans to sell its majority stake in Renesas SP Drivers, its LCD chip joint venture with Sharp and Powerchip Group, to the mobile device chip provider Synaptics.
3D Chip Stack Tool Sends TSV Into High-Volume
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5/28/2014   11 comments
Applied Materials hawks the world's first volume manufacturing tool for created 3D chip stacks using titanium-lined copper vias.
Counterfeit DC/DC Converters in the Supply Chain
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5/28/2014   2 comments
Power converter maker Recom has issued an advisory that it has identified numerous counterfeit copies of its products in the market and is seeking to protect its brand value.
Supercaps Breakthrough: Phone Case to Replace Battery
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5/28/2014   23 comments
Say goodbye to your phone battery and charger. A new structural material could transform a mobile device's entire case into a hybrid super-capacitor/battery, making traditional batteries obsolete.
B'com Powers 3 Wireless Charging Approaches
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5/28/2014   3 comments
Hoping to further interest in wireless charging among mainstream mobile consumers, Broadcom introduced a multi-standard smartphone charging chip. The new chi[ puts the Association for Wireless Power resonant standard on the forefront while allowing for inductive specifications as well.
Intel, Rockchip Co-Design Tablet SoC
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5/27/2014   16 comments
Intel will co-design a quad-core 3G SoC for entry-level Android tablets with Rockchip, one of China's top designers of ARM-based mobile SoCs.
Who Owns the Space Above Your Garden?
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5/27/2014   23 comments
Following the European Commission's recent announcement that it would harmonize legislation regarding unmanned drones, EE Times Europe caught up with Yannick Levy, Parrot's Vice President of Corporate Business Development with a close eye on both professional and hobbyist drones.
Parallel NOR Delivers Performance SPI Can't
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5/27/2014   2 comments
The focus of systems designers is usually on reducing cost and power consumption by using serial flash, but many automotive and embedded applications require the high performance of a parallel interface.
Google is Making a 3D Imaging Tablet
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5/27/2014   9 comments
As part of Project Tango, Google may now be building a first-generation 3D tablet.
Superconductor Discovery Points to Energy-Efficient Power Transmission
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5/27/2014   9 comments
Scientists have discovered a unknown phase in a class of superconductors called iron arsenides that may be able to harness their energy efficient power transmission capabilities for a wide range of new technologies.
Bel Fuse to Buy Emerson’s Power Connectivity Unit for $98M
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5/24/2014   2 comments
Interconnect vendor Bel Fuse Inc. continued to pursue its aggressive acquisition strategy with a $98 million cash deal to acquire the Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions (ECS) business of Emerson Inc.
Roombots Self-Assemble into Furniture
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5/23/2014   12 comments
Modular robots called Roombots combine with passive parts to shape-change into different types of furniture at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL--Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne)
Analog Devices Posts Strong Fiscal Q2
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5/23/2014   3 comments
Analog, mixed-signal, and DSP vendor Analog Devices posted strong second-quarter results on strength in all of its key market sectors, including industrial, automotive, and communications, which accounted for 89% of revenue.
Microchip Buys Taiwan’s ISSC Tech
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5/22/2014   3 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. makes a $328.5 million deal to acquire Taiwanese fabless chip company ISSC Technologies Corp., which sells Bluetooth chips aimed at the growing IoT sector.
HP Plans 16,000 More Layoffs
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5/22/2014   21 comments
Hewlett-Packard stunned analysts with plans to lay off 16,000 more employees, but execs insisted the company is on the road back.
DesignCon Issues 2015 Call for Abstracts
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5/22/2014   7 comments
The annual conference on high-speed digital design, signal integrity, and power integrity is now taking submissions for paper abstracts.
Power Week: Toyota Develops SiC Transistor, Structural Supercap & More
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5/22/2014   1 comment
Toyota unveils an in-house-developed SiC power semiconductor to increase hybrid vehicle efficiency, a structural supercap that handles stresses and vibrations without affecting performance, a supercap charger/backup controller IC, and a high-voltage/high-current connector for commercial vehicles.
Google Recalls Nest Smoke Detector
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5/22/2014   25 comments
Algorithm-detection flaw may misread any nearby motion as a command to silence an alarm.
Toshiba & Sandisk to Scrap 2D NAND Fab for 300mm 3D NAND
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5/22/2014   5 comments
Toshiba announces it will demolish its No. 2 semiconductor fabrication facility at Yokkaichi Operations, a NAND Flash memory plant, and replace it with a new fab on the same site, dedicated to 3D NAND.
MIPS Rallies Open-Source Group
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5/22/2014   13 comments
Imagination Technologies gathered 10 companies including Broadcom, Cavium, and Qualcomm to develop open-source code for MIPS CPUs.
Cyborg-Like Bionics Harness Sunlight
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5/21/2014   2 comments
Terminator cyborgs may be on the horizon as a result of bionics supra-particles invented at the University of Michigan and Pittsburgh.
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5/21/2014   4 comments
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Smartphones Take Large LCDs out of the Game
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5/21/2014   4 comments
The effects of the penetration of portable smart devices has brought LCD monitor shipments to an historical 10-year low in the 1Q14, reports NPD DisplaySearch in its "Quarterly Desktop Monitor Shipment and Forecast Report."
Patent Reform? Experts Say No
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5/21/2014   22 comments
A handful of papers presented at a Stanford symposium conclude the US patent system does not need reform, despite broad calls for change.
Broadcom Rides Bluetooth to IoT
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5/21/2014   3 comments
Broadcom is shipping new Bluetooth Smart SoCs for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices developer platform. The company hopes to make integrated Bluetooth, integrated security, and resonant wireless charging a mainstay in the Internet of Things.
Rohde & Schwarz Joins M2M Alliance
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5/20/2014   1 comment
By Joining the M2M Alliance, Rohde & Schwarz moves into a burgeoning area where machine will communicate directly with each other, using wireless technologies.
Samsung Ramps Up 3D NAND Fab in China
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5/20/2014   3 comments
With 3D NAND likely to hit the market in the second half of 2015, major manufacturers are expanding their facilities to prepare for the conversion from 2D.
Apple Settles With Motorola: Samsung Next?
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5/20/2014   6 comments
Apple's move to end litigation suggests that the company may finally be ready to end its war against Android and go back to innovating.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
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5/20/2014   18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Bell Labs Restored to Former Status
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5/20/2014   13 comments
Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs returns to solving the world's biggest industry challenges, opens new satellite labs, and starts annual Bell Labs Prize contest.
IBM Sets World Record With Mag Tape
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5/19/2014   3 comments
IBM and FujiFilm announce a world record in data density on the more reliable and long-lived storage medium for big data, the venerable tape drive.
Japan's Chip Fabs Turn to Growing Lettuce
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5/19/2014   5 comments
Two of Japan's chip companies have decided to grow lettuce and other vegetables in idle semiconductor clean rooms, using specialized lighting to replace sunlight.
World Cup: Ref's Watch Vibrates When a Goal Is Scored
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5/19/2014   12 comments
The Goal Line Technology designed for the Brazil World Cup transmits a message to the referee if all of the ball has crossed the goal-line.
Implant Gets Power Through Flesh
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5/19/2014   9 comments
A Stanford team claims it has developed a new approach to sending wireless power through living tissue, enabling smaller, deeper implants.
Terahertz Detectors Go Handheld
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5/19/2014   Post a comment
Terahertz detectors have been downsized from those giant machines you walk through at the airport to palm size in professor Jay Guo's lab at University of Michigan.
John Houbolt's Passing Has Lessons for All Engineers
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5/19/2014   21 comments
We can all learn from the champion of the Apollo Lunar Module.
Spansion Courts Carmakers With Cortex-R5-Based MCUs
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5/19/2014   5 comments
In hopes of gaining a sizable share in the growing automotive chip market, Spansion Inc. is rolling out a new family of automotive MCUs, called Traveo, based on ARM Cortex 5 cores.
Qualcomm Preps IoT, IBM Upgrades Watson
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5/16/2014   6 comments
Qualcomm is working on "a portfolio of products" for the Internet of Things, said its new CEO at an event where IBM discussed the future of Watson.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision
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5/16/2014   5 comments
A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
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