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Could India's Analog Wafer Fab be Moving South?
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7/3/2015   Post a comment
Cricket Semiconductor, a company set up with the purpose of building and operating $1 billion analog and power semiconductor wafer fab in India has been in talks with state government of Telangana, according to a report in the New Indian Express.
Apple Watch Tear Down Reveals European Chips
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7/3/2015   1 comment
The Apple Watch, is the trailblazer of a wearables equipment market set to boom by 2020, according to market research organization Yole Developpement. And several leading European chipmakers are set to benefit, according to a tear down of the watch.
Ethernet Standards Ramp Up For Faster IT
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7/3/2015   Post a comment
The Ethernet Alliance and UNH-IOL hosted a plugfest to test interoperability of 40 and 100 GbE, define the 25 GbE standard, and help businesses deploy new Ethernet technologies more quickly.
3-D Fingerprint Scanner Beats Apple's
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7/3/2015   2 comments
The University of California at Davis, in cooperation with the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) has created a three-dimensional (3-D) MEMS fingerprint identification system atop a CMOS ASIC.
FinFETs + FD-SOI Proposition: May Save Power
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7/2/2015   25 comments
Ron Martino, vice president of application processors and advanced technology for Freescale’s MCUs says there is room both both FinFETs, FD-SOI and combinations of the two.
Biodegradable Electronics Debut
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7/2/2015   1 comment
Single crystal silicon transistors operating in the same microwave frequency ranges as modern electronics can be fabricated on biodegradable cellulose nanofibrillated fiber (CNF) substrates that biodegrade in landfills--in the presence if water and fungi--within a few weeks.
DesignCon 2016 Abstract Deadline Extended
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7/2/2015   Post a comment
You now have until Wednesday, July 8 so get your abstract in right away.
IBM Makes Lake George World's Smartest Lake
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7/2/2015   Post a comment
Over 60 researchers, including ones from IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic, are turning Lake George into a sea of sensors.
Intel President, Execs Step Down
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7/2/2015   9 comments
Intel President Renée James is among several top executives who announced plans to resign from the chip giant. Three other executives from various divisions will also leave the company.
High-Speed Converters Aid Record Terabit Field Trial
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7/2/2015   Post a comment
Ultra high-speed digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters from Socionext Inc. (Yokohama, Japan) have been used in communications field trial that achieved 38.4Tbps over 762 kilometers of optical fiber.
IBM-GlobalFoundries Deal Finalized
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7/1/2015   7 comments
Following final approval by U.S. regulators, IBM closed the sale of its chip manufacturing operations to GlobalFoundries. IBM will pay $1.5 billion to the world’s second largest chip foundry.
UWAS: Playing Hide and Seek with Drones
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
The Paris Air Show (June 15-21) was rich in drone solutions, from warfare mean machines to consumer toys and everything in between for the professional user. Yet, the recurring unauthorized flights that have been reported in the French national press over sensitive sites (embassies, nuclear or other industrial sites) have brought bad publicity to drones in general, making French authorities fear that those flights may be tied to terrorist or other criminal activities.
AWS Building Massive Data Center In India
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
AWS is planning to build a massive data center in India to help expand its cloud computing services to customers there and around the world.
Nanogenerator Harvests Energy From Rolling Tires
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) have developed a nanogenerator that harvests friction energy from a vehicle's rolling tires, promising a new way for automobile manufacturers to achieve more efficiency from their vehicles.
ZF Sets Course to Driver Assistance
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
Having just completed the takeover of TRW Automotive, mechatronics giant ZF Friedrichshafen, is now steering more seriously into the automotive electronics business. With the acquisition of a software developers team from Halla DAS Lab Europe (HDLE) GmbH, ZF grabs technology competence in the field of driver assistance systems and semi-autonomous driving.
Do Head-Up Displays Lead the Wrong Way to Safety?
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7/1/2015   5 comments
In vehicles, head-up displays (HUDs) have been developed to reduce driver distraction and help drivers to keep their eyes on the street by displaying navigation information, road signs and other traffic relevant data at the windshield right in the driver’s field of sight; the goal of the technology is increasing traffic safety. A study of the university of Toronto now reveals that HUDs rather have the opposite effect – they actually can be a threat to safety, the study suggests.
UC San Diego Researchers Amp Up Internet Speeds
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at UC San Diego have blown through expected limits of data transmission on fiber optic cable, paving a new lane for faster Web surfing.
Talking Sheets, Thinking Shorts
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6/30/2015   2 comments
The tagging of garments via RFID-based labels has been commonplace for more than a decade. But what if electronic components could be threaded into the very fabric of clothes and even survive the washing machine?
Ericsson Layoffs Target R&D, Supply
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6/30/2015   4 comments
Ericsson will release 10% of its Swedish workforce as part of an efficiency and cost-reduction plan first announced in March. The plan will cut approximately 2,100 job and save an equivalent of $301 million USD in the second quarter of 2015.
Merck Buys Display Quantum Dot Company
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has announced it is acquiring Qlight Nanotech Ltd. (Jerusalem, Israel), a developer of nanocrystalline materials for lighting and display applications.
Micron Remains Optimistic Despite Down Quarter
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6/30/2015   2 comments
Sluggish PC market affected DRAM growth, but company appears confident in long-term prospects for 3D NAND, mobile, in-memory computing and the automotive segment
Automotive King Redefines Future
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6/30/2015   18 comments
By 2030 the cost of an automobile will be mostly from the advanced electronics, according to analysts, with Freescale supplying the Lion's portion of those chips since it will be number one is automotive electronics after the merger with NXP later this year.
Synopsys Acquires Elliptic Technologies, Beefs up Security
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
Synopsys, Inc. is acquiring security intellectual property company Elliptic Technologies.
Advanced Packaging to Boost Photolithography Market, Says Yole
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
"Growing photolithography equipment markets in advanced packaging, MEMS and LEDs are attracting new players; but they have to navigate complex roadmaps", hints market research firm in its new report "Photolithography Equipment & Materials for Advanced Packaging, MEMS and LED Applications".
Wafer-Level Packaging Not Enough, say OSATS
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6/29/2015   1 comment
Large format fan-out packaging was the focus of discussion at IC packaging and semiconductor processing experts gathered at European's largest for this year's SEMI Packaging Tech Seminar.
MRAM Maker Everspin Remembers Its Industrial Roots
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6/29/2015   1 comment
The only company currently shipping magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) products sees a wide array of use cases, including in the data center, but industrial applications remain its bread and butter.
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
GaN Converters Charge Simultaneously
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
Mobile devices have gotten slimmer over the years but chargers have remained in the same clunky form factors. Zolt, a subsidiary of gallium nitride fab Avogy, has developed a lipstick tube sized charger capable of powering three devices at once at up to 70 Watts.
Somnium Soups Up Kinetis Code
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
The designers of the Kinetis Design Studio (KDS) have invented a software technology that analyzes an entire program, then optimizes the order of execution of the statements to save space, increase performance and lower the power requirements.
Startup's Tech is Intel's Quark Neural Network
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
The pattern-classification technology inside the Quark SE system chip from Intel is the same as that being offered for license and in chip form by startup NeuroMem Inc.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Wireless Charging Awareness Surging
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6/26/2015   1 comment
More than twice the percentage of consumers surveyed said they are now aware of the technology, with most indicating they would like to try it.
Woz Wows with Humanitarianism
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6/25/2015   13 comments
Steve Wozniak single-handedly designed the Apple-I and after forming Apple with Steve Jobs also designed the Apple-II personal computer (PC), although Jobs oversaw the design of the case for the Apple-II.
Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts
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6/25/2015   2 comments
Imec researchers hope to deliver within two years active contact lenses that detect where the user is looking and deliver the correct near or far focus.
Freescale Networks on 16nm
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Freescale’s next generation of multicore processors will use 16nm FinFET process technology, officials announced at the company’s annual conference, Freescale Technology Forum. Two QorIQ chips, LS1048A and LS1088A, are designed for Internet of Things networking at the edge.<
Samplify Founder Forms Next Compression Startup
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Al Wegener, an expert in signal compression, has founded a startup company called Anacode Labs Inc. (Aptos, Calif.) to provide compression hardware and software under an IP licensing business model.
ARM, Synopsys Join UMC to Ramp Foundry's 14nm FinFET Process
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6/24/2015   2 comments
ARM and Synopsys have teamed up with United Microelectronics Corp., the world's second-largest foundry, to make some of the first test chips with UMC's 14nm FinFET technology.
Low Temperature 2D MoS2 Now at Wafer-Level
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute have fabricated and characterised large-area 2D films of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), an N-type semiconductor, at room temperature using a process which is scalable to any size wafer.
Smart Shirt Adorns IoT Efforts
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
A smart T-shirt and a new Internet of Things research program with a low cost air quality sensor were announced by researchers at Imec and the Holst Center.
Secure IoT MCUs Drive Freescale-NXP
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
The future of Freescale Semiconductor and NXP is in connecting and securing the Internet of Things, with a major focus on automotive. The CEOs of both companies outlined their collective vision for the merger, which will likely close in November.
Brazil Startup offers PMIC for Solar Energy Harvesting
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
SiliconReef, a Brazilian startup founded around 2008 that offers analog and mixed-signal design services, has introduced its first product, a power management IC for solar energy harvesting applications.
GlobalFoundries’ FD-SOI Revolution
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6/23/2015   7 comments
Confirming the imminent announcement of the company’s big FD-SOI plan, GlobalFoundries came to Grenoble to discuss its 22nm FD-SOI process scheduled to be qualified by early 2016.
PCIe 16G May Take Until 2017
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6/23/2015   1 comment
The PCI Express 4.0 standard, aka Gen 4, may not be complete until 2017, but Cadence and Synopsys will announce PHY and controller blocks for it this week.
The White-Boxing of Software-Defined Networking
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6/23/2015   Post a comment
White-box network router and switch providers are going after a piece of the growing software-defined networking market.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race?
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6/23/2015   3 comments
How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
Renesas APIs Bring RTOS Development to the Masses
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6/23/2015   1 comment
Renesas Electronics' Synergy MCU family and API aims provide a simplified platform for developing code for an integrated RTOS kernel and services in an application.
China's SMIC, Q'comm in 14nm Deal
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6/23/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. formed a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec to develop a homegrown 14nm node ready for mass production by 2020.
Startup Taps Into Home Energy Circuit
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6/23/2015   1 comment
Startup Curb wants to help you find the energy hog in your home -- whether that be your spouse or a space heater. The home automation company has developed a hardware system that attaches to a home circuit breaker to monitor energy consumption.
Freescale MCUs Secure IoT
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6/23/2015   Post a comment
Freescale announced a new family of microcontrollers designed with a focus on security for the Internet of Things. The Kinetis K80, K81, and K82 sport several layers of hardware security.
Freescale S32 Ups Automotive Ante
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6/23/2015   Post a comment
Freescale has created what it calls the first complete family of ARM processors and all the software drivers, middleware functional-safety, and security algorithms automobile makers need for free.
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