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UL Bringing ‘Adult Supervision’ to IoT--Really?
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6/29/2016   Post a comment
In early April when UL launched its new cybersecurity standard, dubbed UL 2900, reactions from the IoT market were split. Three months later, is it proving an extra burden or a benefit to the IoT community?
BASF Sells Its OLED IP to Universal Display
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6/29/2016   Post a comment
US-based Universal Display Corporation announced it has acquired the OLED intellectual property assets of German chemical company BASF SE, through its wholly-owned subsidiary UDC Ireland Limited for approximately €87 million.
Disney Adds Position-Finding Visible Light Communications System
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6/29/2016   Post a comment
Researchers at Disney Research and ETH Zurich have demonstrated the addition of position finding to use of LED bulbs to both illuminate a room and provide a communications link in that room.
Intel Renews Deal with Irish Research
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6/29/2016   Post a comment
vIntel Corp. has renewed its research partnership with Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland, for a further three years and worth $1.5 million.
Educational Tool Equips Engineers with Real-World Power Expertise
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6/29/2016   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has launched a toolkit that provides real world experience of power designs for both professionals and students.
Google Fellow Talks Neural Nets, Deep Learning
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6/28/2016   Post a comment
We are already living with deep learning and large-scale neural networks, as evidenced by the growing number of applications that rely on computer vision, language understanding, robotics and more. Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean discusses what he wants most from neural networks and machine learning.
PCIe 4.0 Heads to Fab, 5.0 to Lab
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6/28/2016   2 comments
Chips using PCI Express 4.0 are preparing to tape out although the spec isn’t done; work a 5.0 version will start next year targeting 16 or 32 Gbits/second.
Aquantia Rolls Second-Gen AQrate Chips
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6/28/2016   Post a comment
Startup, considered a prime candidate for IPO, also marks milestone in NBASE-T PHY shipments.
How Do You Update 1 Billion IoT Devices?
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6/27/2016   2 comments
IoT devices need over-the-air firmware and software updates, but that must be done quickly and securely. Resin.io, which just got $9 million in funding from GE Ventures, Ericsson and others, thinks it has answers to such hard IoT problems.
Nonvolatile DIMMs Boost App Performance
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6/27/2016   Post a comment
Mainstream support from HP Enterprise and Microsoft are giving the persistent memory a push as it's now easier to integrate them into more systems to accelerate applications
iPhone 7 Photos Leak, Indicating Camera Improvements
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6/27/2016   Post a comment
Leaked photos purportedly show the rear casing for Apple's upcoming iPhone 7, which features a much larger opening for the camera sensor.
Brexit Ripples Through Tech Community
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6/27/2016   13 comments
UK voters gave a thumbs up for leaving the European Union, generating concerns in the tech community over the ease of finding jobs and potential company relocations.
Nvidia Builds Connections to AI Researchers
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6/27/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm followed Ericsson and others rolling out prototype 5G products as the 3GPP finished 4G standards for the Internet of Things.
CMOS Image Sensor Market Strengthens on Added Functions
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6/27/2016   3 comments
Functionality beyond simply taking "snaps" is pushing change in the CMOS image sensor market and has caused market researcher Yole Developpement to increase its market size forecast for the years to come.
5G, Cellular IoT Step Ahead
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6/27/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm followed Ericsson and others rolling out prototype 5G products as the 3GPP finished 4G standards for the Internet of Things.
SMIC Buys Italian Chip Foundry
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6/24/2016   Post a comment
Deal for Italy's LFoundry represents first overseas expansion for China's biggest wafer foundry.
Microfluidics-Based Pressure Sensor Takes Loads, Bends
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6/23/2016   Post a comment
Researchers have devised a thin and flexible pressure sensor that not only measures compressive loads from a very wide range (2 kPa to 400 kPa) but can distinguish bending or stretching loads.
Fab Tool Book-to-Bill Remains Above Parity
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6/23/2016   Post a comment
Ratio of bookings to billings among North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers has been greater than 1.0 each month of 2016.
Consolidation Shuffles Automotive IC Vendor Rankings
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6/22/2016   Post a comment
NXP and Infineon moved up the list of automotive chip suppliers last year based on big acquisitions.
Atmel Employees Sue, Protest Microchip
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6/22/2016   7 comments
Former employees of Atmel in Dresden are suing Microchip for severance while a group in the U.S. is negotiating for similar benefits and a team in Shanghai protested layoffs.
Researchers Claim First 1,000-core Processor
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6/22/2016   2 comments
A team of researchers from the University of California-Davis has reported designing a 1,000 core processor said to be the most energy efficient many-core processor ever reported.
Collaboration Targets 3D Packaging for Voltage Regulators in Data Centers
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6/22/2016   Post a comment
UTAC, Sarda and AT&S are collaborating on the development of small, fast voltage regulators for data centers using 3D Gallium Arsenide system-in-package (SiP) technology.
Zero Power Listen-Mode Sensor Debuts
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6/22/2016   3 comments
An acoustic “event-detection” device like Vesper’s new piezoelectric MEMS microphone uses sound energy to wake a system from full power-down mode, thus enabling battery life of a system embedded with the sensor to span not months but years.
SRAM Takes the Wheel in Autonomous Vehicles
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
High performance SoCs benefit from the performance, density and speed of SRAM, not only for ADAS, but for the self-driving vehicles on the horizon
Achronix FPGA-Based Accelerator-6D PCIe Board for Data Center & Network Acceleration
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
The Accelerator-6D is the industry’s highest single-FPGA memory bandwidth, PCIe add-in card for high-speed data center acceleration applications.
Researchers Develop Reliable Rechargable Zinc Battery
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6/21/2016   3 comments
Researchers from Stanford University and Toyota developed a novel battery design for grid-scale energy storage. The battery has electrodes made of zinc and nickel, inexpensive metals, which are available commercially but few are rechargeable.
Rambus Prototypes 2x2mm Lens-Less Eye Tracker for Headmount Displays
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
At VLSI Symposia, Rambus presented a poster titled "Lensless Smart Sensors: Optical and Thermal Sensing for the Internet of Things" in which the company not only detailed the underlying technology but also demonstrated a working sensor prototype.
Solar Impulse 2 Embarks On Atlantic Crossing
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
The solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, has taken off to cross the Atlantic in four days, in one of the most hazardous legs of its trip around the world.
FCC Will Vote on 5G Spectrum on July 14
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
FCC will vote July 14 on new rules to open up high-band spectrum for high-speed, low-latency 5G wireless applications. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler vowed US will be “first out of gate” with 5G.
Nanotech Boosts Hydrogen Fuel Production
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a method for producing hydrogen fuel that offers fewer emissions and is more stable.
Michael Slater Brought Clarity to CPU Complexity
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6/20/2016   5 comments
The founder of the Microprocessor Report died of cancer Saturday at his home of Sebastopol, Calif.
Maxim Exec Named Marvell CEO
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6/20/2016   Post a comment
Former Maxim Integrated sales VP tapped to succeed Sehat Sutardja at Marvell Technology.
Intel Xeon Phi Solos
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6/20/2016   2 comments
Intel announced range of stand-alone bootable Xeon Phi processors with from 64-to-72 processors running at up to 1.5-GHz for low-power consumption, 16-Gbytes of 3-D memory, and high-performance computing orchestration for deep learning algorithms.
China Tops U.S. in Supercomputers
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6/20/2016   6 comments
China built the world’s most powerful supercomputer with chips it designed itself and topped the U.S. for the first time in the number and performance of installed systems.
Apple Appeals Order to Halt iPhone 6 Sales in Beijing
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6/17/2016   2 comments
A ruling by a an intellectual property tribunal in Chinese capitol would halt sales of the smartphones based on alleged violation of design patent.
Vacuum Process Pushes Perovskite Solar Cell Efficiency
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6/17/2016   Post a comment
Researchers in Switzerland have pushed perovskite materials to the same efficiency as thin film solar cells.
Daimler Gets Electrified
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6/17/2016   Post a comment
Luxury carmaker Daimler intends to add an electric version to all of its model families and develop a specific vehicle architecture for battery-electric cars. Its existing GLC model will be expanded by a new version that combines the fuel cell and the plug-in hybrid approach.
Bluetooth Steps Beyond PAN
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6/17/2016   12 comments
With Bluetooth 5 and mesh chips the former personal area network will extend its reach in home and building automation, challenging Zigbee.
Google Launches AI, Machine Learning Research Center
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6/16/2016   Post a comment
With Google CEO Sundar Pichai sharply focused on AI, machine learning and their potentials, the search giant is opening a dedicated machine learning research center in Europe.
ASML Buys Hermes for $3.1B
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6/16/2016   1 comment
ASML will spend $3.1 billion to buy Hermes Microvision for its e-beam tools that support the roll out of extreme ultraviolet lithography.
Samsung Reportedly Appoints Panel to Protect Fab Workers
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6/16/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics has appointed an ombudsman committee to monitor and report on workplace safety at its wafer fabs, according to a Korea Herald report.
Intel, CEA Team on IoT Research
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6/16/2016   1 comment
Chip giant signs five-year deal for shared R&D program with European research institute.
China to Dominate Fab Building
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6/16/2016   2 comments
Ten of the 19 fabs set to be built worldwide in 2016 and 2017 will be in China, according to the trade group SEMI.
Cavium Buys QLogic for $1B
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6/15/2016   3 comments
Cavium will expand from a range of security, comms and server processors and switches into storage and networking with the acquisition for $1 billion of Qlogic.
Mobileye Chief Engineer Explains EyeQ5
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
We followed up with Mobileye on what’s inside EyeQ5, and why now. Our discussion ranged from architecture of a driverless car in 2020 to accelerators in the SoC and Google’s recently unveiled custom ASIC for machine learning.
IBM Watson Health Tackles Diabetes
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
IBM Watson Health is teaming with the American Diabetes Association to apply cognitive computing to the ADA's 66 years worth of research and data. The results will be used to learn more about diabetes, prevention, complications, and care.
HiQ Solar, Outback Power Team Up On Inverter Tech
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
U.S. startup HiQ Solar has teamed up with Outback Power to combine its inverter technology with Outback's batteries for solar and off-grid power systems.
Fool-Proof Electronics to Boost Kids' Creativity
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6/15/2016   2 comments
Mad Tatu Development is branching out to the consumer market with its first Kickstarter campaign, promoting Elex Pipe, a kit of safe-to use and fool-proof electronic components designed to be magnetically assembled and connected into 3D electronic circuits.
Materials Database Goes Beyond Lithium
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
An open materials database project has released new apps and compounds that are changing the way batteries are designed.
MIT Researchers Turn Graphene Light on and off
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6/15/2016   Post a comment
A team of international researchers have discovered that under certain circumstances, a flow of electric current running through a sheet of graphene can exceed the speed of slowed-down light and produce a kind of optical “boom."
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