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iPhone 6S: A9 May Be Dual Sourced
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9/30/2015   2 comments
The list of components that make up the iPhone 6S is similar to that of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to a teardown of a unit performed by engineering consultants Chipworks.
GE Connects Industrial IoT
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
Connecting manufacturing and industry to the Internet is the next great frontier for OEM and manufacturer General Electric. The company showcased analytics platforms alongside hardware at an industrial Internet event.
Who Is Dumber, You or Your Home?
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9/30/2015   12 comments
Its time to set aside the false hope that billions of connected devices installed in smart homes will save the electronics industry. Smart homes wont carry the chip industry -- in need of the next market driver -- at least for now, possibly not ever.
Startup Raises Online Tool Debate
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
Upverter upgraded its online service for circuit-board designers, raising questions about the outlook for cloud-based design.
3D Memory Chips May Beat 3D Hybrid Memory Cube
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
A memory chip goes beyond Micron's 3D Hybrid Memory Cube by doubling the number of memory die to eight, but now its adding analog, mixed signal, MEMS and the sensors to the mix--enabling systems-on-chip to pack at lease 18 layers into the same footprint of its Integrated Sensor Platform.
AMD Adds to Embedded Graphics Lineup for Industrial and More
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
Three new graphics module series from AMD address a broad range of applications, from industrial control to casino gaming.
Qualcomm to Invest $150 Million in Indian Startups
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9/29/2015   1 comment
Qualcomm Inc. has said it will invest up to $150 million in Indian startup companies at all stages of development.
MEMS Move to 300mm-Diameter Wafers
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
French research institute CEA-Leti has manufactured accelerometer MEMS devices on 300mm-diameter wafers.
ST to Shift Auto MCU from Power to ARM
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
With an eye toward becoming the worlds third largest automotive MCU supplier by the end of the decade, STMicroelectronics is staking its automotive future on ARMs new 32-bit ARMv8-R technology.
India Scores Support of Silicon Valley Giants
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
U.S. tech giants have committed to participate in Digital India and Smart Cities projects after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Silicon Valley on Saturday (Sept. 26).
Microsoft's Azure IoT Suite Is Now Available
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
Azure users now have the option of joining the Internet of Things and collecting and analyzing their machine data with Microsoft's IoT Suite.
Self-Driving Cars Rev CPUs
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9/29/2015   1 comment
Self driving cars are steering toward a 2022 market, fueling an emerging class of visual processors, said an analyst on the eve of an annual conference.
Watson-Type Machine Learning Affordable for Small Business
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9/29/2015   4 comments
Dato Inc. is shedding its big-guys-only shell and appealing to mid-sized and even small companies who want to build machine-learning intelligence into their application by offering graphical user interface (GUI) toolkits and Coursera training.
MotionEngine Wear Debuts
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9/29/2015   1 comment
Hillcrest specifically targets wearables with a special version of its MotionEngine called Wear, which accommodates always-on functions from battery-powered devices without running them down typical wearables including accurate activity tracking, advanced sleep monitoring, context awareness, intuitive gesture controls, precise compass heading and orientation.
Cypress Bid to Acquire Atmel has Expired
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has issued a statement saying that an offer to acquire Atmel Corp. has expired and that Cypress is no longer interested in such an acquisition.
PCs, Not Profits, Drive Chip Companies
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9/29/2015   3 comments
while PCs are refreshed twice a year and a company could have a design win every six months. When two public companies have to respond to investors and continue to innovate at a rapid clip, even short-term success in a flat market is preferable to long-term innovation that wont immediately pay off
Berkeley Lab Unveils 2D Atomic-Thin Semiconductor
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9/28/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have managed to grow atomically thin 2D sheets of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites from a solution. The ultrathin sheets are claimed to be of high quality, large in area, and are square-shaped.
India Could Tap Tesla for Solar Battery Solution
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9/28/2015   2 comments
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a visit to Tesla Motors to seek a viable solution to power storage problems that have been hounding solar electricity planners in the country.
Report: Cypress Preps Bid to Snatch Atmel from Dialog
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9/28/2015   2 comments
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is preparing an offer in an attempt to outbid Dialog Semiconductor plc for Atmel Corp., according to a Reuters report that referenced unnamed sources.
After VWs Dieselgate: 5 Questions for Carmakers
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9/28/2015   20 comments
Since the Volkswagen scandal first broke, we know a lot more about how Dieselgate started to unravel. We made a list of five automotive issues the recent scandal has exposed.
Scalable Transistors in High-Voltage CMOS at ams
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9/28/2015   Post a comment
The Full Service Foundry division of ams AG is expanding its 0.35m High-Voltage CMOS specialty process platform by adding a set of truly voltage scalable transistors to its advanced H35 process.
Solar Cells Made Obsolete
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9/28/2015   13 comments
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers aim to obsolete conventional solar panels with optical rectennas made from carbon nanotubes with integrated metal-to-metal tunneling diode.
Optical Phase-Change Memory Can Increase Bandwidth
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9/28/2015   1 comment
A research team from the universities of Oxford and Muenster has developed a phase-change, non-volatile memory that is programmed and read using light and which could be interfaced to conventional electronic processor for higher bandwidth.
LTE-U, Wi-Fi Play Nice in Test
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9/28/2015   4 comments
Qualcomm wants to convince non-believers that LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) will be a good neighbor to Wi-Fi for next generation communications. Following debate about the realities of sharing spectrum, the chip giant discussed coexistence tests conducted at its San Diego lab.
Startup Goes Multi-Die to Customize MCUs
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9/25/2015   Post a comment
A startup company from Southern California has made use of the increased availability and lower cost of multi-die packaging to offer custom microcontrollers. The company reckons this approach and the advent of IoT could make the world its oyster.
Sensor Biz Booms Under Fab-Lite Model
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9/25/2015   Post a comment
ams AG CEO Kirk Laney talks candidly about the company's future. The fab lite company recorded about 170 million euros of revenues during Q2 2015, a 60% increase over the same quarter last year, with gross margins in the 54% region (including acquisition-related costs).
VW's Woes Could be Solved by Tailpipe Add-on
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9/25/2015   10 comments
Transient Plasma Systems already has the solution to VWs woes with a retrofit for the tailpipe that is has already demonstrated to the company.
Chinese Handset OEMs Start to Drive Sensor Demand
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9/25/2015   1 comment
Chinese handset OEMs are starting to take over from Apple and Samsung as the drivers of sensor volumes for smartphones, according to IHS Inc.
Egypt's Semiconductor Cluster Stronger Than Reported
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9/25/2015   Post a comment
The semiconductor cluster in Egypt runs to more than half-a-dozen startups that are operating as fabless chips companies, as IP licensors and design teams for hire, in the domains of analog, mixed-signal, RF and power.
Neuromorphic Chip Market to Rise
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9/24/2015   31 comments
Markets-and-Markets predicts that the neuromorphic chip market will finally take off in 2016, after repeated such predictions every decade since 1980.
Californian Startup Promises Hack Free Connected Homes
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9/24/2015   Post a comment
Having designed a hardware-based firewall that sits right between your home WiFi hotspot and the cloud, Californian CUJO LLC. is turning IoT security on its head. Built around a Cavium dual core 1GHz processor with 1GB of DDR SRAM and 4GB of Flash, the bowl-shaped device performs deep packet inspections on the transiting traffic and applies a proprietary and adaptive machine-learning algorithm to identify and notify the end-user about abnormal data behaviour or stop a hack right in its track.
TSMCs 2015 Forecast May Be Warning for Supply Chain
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9/24/2015   Post a comment
A forecast of 2015 revenue yesterday by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., (TSMC), may have sounded a warning for other companies in the electronics supply chain.
IBM Watson Swayed CTO
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9/24/2015   Post a comment
The CTO of IBMs Watson group tells the story of how he became a believer in cognitive computing and his opinions on its possible role in robotics.
UMC Ramps Touch IC Production with 0.11m eFlash Process
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9/24/2015   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s second-largest foundry, says it has entered high-volume production of touch ICs manufactured on a 0.11µm eFlash process.
SCADA Vulnerability on the Rise
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9/24/2015   3 comments
Industrial control systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks, while the attacks themselves are getting easier, reports say.
Apple Project Titan: Electric Car May Arrive By 2019
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9/23/2015   Post a comment
Apple is ramping up the development of Project Titan, its foray into electric car production, by expanding its team, the WSJ reports.
3-D Invisibility Guaranteed
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9/23/2015   Post a comment
The Lawrence Livermore Berkeley Laboratory has invented a 80-nanometer thick coating that can cover any sized object to shield it from visible light, infrared and even x-rays, presenting the appearance of a flat mirror, hiding what's behind the looking glass.
Wearables by the Yole Forecast Numbers
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9/23/2015   Post a comment
Eric Mounier, senior technology and market analyst for Yole Developpement gives a bullish forecast for MEMS market, saying that wearable equipment will be one of the next main opportunities for MEMS components.
AMD Trims Carbon Footprint
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9/22/2015   Post a comment
A study conducted by AMDs Power and Performance Lab found that 82% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the consumer use phase of a processor life cycle, while 18% comes from manufacturing and transportation.
Not Enough Money in MEMS, Own the Data, Says InvenSense CEO
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9/22/2015   4 comments
Behrooz Abdi, CEO of fabless MEMS company InvenSense Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), has said MEMS sensor component companies should offer complete IoT application solutions including data analytics.
Micron Breaks Down Language Barriers
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9/22/2015   Post a comment
GeaComs Phrazer device required reliable memory and storage for use in a medical device that had to last a lot longer than the typical smartphone.
Synopsys Touts IP Portfolio for IoT
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9/22/2015   Post a comment
Stable of intellectual property, cobbled together largely from acquisitions, targets connectivity, security and sensor processing requirements of the Internet of Things.
NIST Hits Quantum Teleport Key Out of the Park
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9/22/2015   4 comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that it has quadrupled the previous world's record for transmitting photons by quantum teleportation, up from 25 kilometers (16 miles) to 102 kilometers (63 miles) making long-range transmission of uncrackable encryption keys over fiber optics a reality.
TSMC Discusses Next MEMS, Monolithic Mics
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9/22/2015   1 comment
To expand its role as a supplier to fabless MEMS vendors foundry TSMC plans to use its advantages in being able to combine CMOS logic and MEMS sensors together to come up with innovative sensors and use cases.
HCL, IBM Team Up to Drive IoT Adoption
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9/22/2015   Post a comment
HCL has partnered with IBM to accelerate the development of Internet of Things solutions. The two companies also plan to set up an incubation centre in Noida to develop these IoT applications.
Japan Shares Minimal Fab Technology with Vietnam
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9/21/2015   1 comment
The Japanese Minimal Fab Development Association and the Saigon Hi-tech Park struck a memorandum of understanding on training and transfer of a new semiconductor production system.
IoT Boosting MCU Market, Says IHS
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9/21/2015   Post a comment
The market for microcontroller units (MCUs) used in Internet of things (IoT) applications is on the rise, which is having a positive effect on overall MCU market growth.
Dialog to Acquire Atmel for USD4.6bn in IoT Push
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9/21/2015   Post a comment
U.K.-based Dialog Semiconductor PLC is to buy Atmel Corp. in a $4.6 billion cash-and-stock deal in a move to try and capture a larger slice of the Internet of Things (IOT) market.
T&M Seminars, Courses, and Events
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9/21/2015   Post a comment
It's September, and there are many course, seminars, and conferences coming up over the next few months. Here's an overview.
Design Options for Next Billion IoT Devices
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9/21/2015   2 comments
Among a surfeit of theories, predictions and technology horse-race stories on IoT, its time to hear from an executive who has actually done the due diligence, made design choices and developed his own new IoT chipset.
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