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Apple’s Results Offer More Evidence of Tablet’s Decline
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7/22/2015   4 comments
Consumer electronics giant reports another stellar quarter, but stock price dives in after hours trading.
Cypress Dual Mode PMICs Win ACE Energy Award
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has been honored with UBM Canon’s ACE Award for energy technology. The San Jose, Calif.-based company produces dual mode energy harvesting power management integrated circuits for the Internet of Things.
Startup Award Goes to Incubator
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
An incubator for semiconductor startups launched in December was itself named the startup of the year in the annual ACE Awards hosted by EE Times and EDN.
Marvell CEO Named Exec of Year
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7/22/2015   1 comment
Sehat Sutardja, founder and chief executive of Marvell, was named executive of the year in the annual ACE Awards in part for driving innovation with two new technology initiatives this year.
RFID Chip Tags IoT Award
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
The Monza R6 tag chip from Impinj was named Internet of Things Product of the Year in the annual ACE Awards, in part for the company’s sustained efforts to nurture the fledgling market for UHF RFID tags.
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’
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7/22/2015   1 comment
In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
Freescale Truck Wins ACE
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Freescale's Internet of Tomorrow traveling showcase and training facility inside big rig trailer wins the ACE award for marketing at EE Times.
5G Still Needs Millimeter Wave Work
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Detailed system designs and improved architecture must be developed before millimeter waves can enter the market in a real way for 5G cellular systems around 2020.
ACE Awards Honor Industry Innovators
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
See the engineers, products, and companies that were celebrated at the 2015 ACE Awards, presented as part of ESC Silicon Valley.
Toshiba CEO Resigns Over Accounting Scandal
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7/21/2015   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp.'s CEO has resigned in response to a report from an independent investigation committee that has uncovered the worst accounting scandal in Toshiba's 140-year history.
Wearables Fail Check Up
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7/21/2015   2 comments
Wearable devices need to deliver medical-grade data then simplify it to relevant recommendations to consumers, said a speaker at ESC SV.
3D Printed Electronics Are Here, Researchers Say
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7/21/2015   Post a comment
3-D printers were used to print electronics circuit using polymers as the structural base and wax as a sacrificial material that they later filled with silver paste with a syringe to realize a proof-of-concept passive wireless sensor measuring food spoilage.
Germany Promises €400 Million Boost for Microelectronics
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7/21/2015   5 comments
With a nod to Globalfoundries and Infineon – two chip manufacturers that still have wafer fabs on German soil – the Germany's research ministry has said it will find additional cash to help promote microelectronics over the next few years.
Autoliv Acquires Active Safety Capabilities
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7/21/2015   Post a comment
Automotive safety systems vendor Autoliv buys parts of MACOM Technology Solutions Holding. With the move, Autoliv widens its technology base in anticipation of automated driving and safety-related connectivity features.
Fuel Cell Tech Refueling Network Planned
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7/21/2015   2 comments
Acceptance of hydrogen fuel cell technology suffers from the lack of an adequate refuelling infrastructure. But the situation could improve faster than some critics expect, as the HyFive project establishes a hydrogen filling station network across Europe.
Research Project Combines Valet Parking, Battery Charging
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7/21/2015   Post a comment
In the V-Charge project, six research partners are currently developing applications around autonomous and, in some cases, electric vehicles. The focus of the project is on methods and algorithms enabling vehicles to autonomously park, charge its batteries and get back to its user as soon at it is summoned.
AMD Upgrades Desktop SoC
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7/20/2015   5 comments
Advanced Micro Devices announced a refresh of its Kaveri desktop processors, the A8-7670K, designed for mainstream workloads, online gaming, and Windows 10.
Drones’ Agenda: New Spectrum
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7/20/2015   2 comments
As the term unmanned aerial vehicle suggests, drones are supposed to fly autonomously. And there’s the rub. Unresolved questions are: a) how drones can maintain a reliable communication link with the ground, and b) if so, what communication spectrum is available.
Neutron Measurements Help Find Plutonium’s "Missing" Magnetism
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7/20/2015   Post a comment
The discovery promises to open up opportunities to advance a variety of applications in materials, energy and computing sciences.
Video: Sensors, Liquid Crystals Make "Omnifocal" Glasses
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7/20/2015   1 comment
Perfect vision – all the time – is the claim from startup Deep Optics Ltd. (Petah Tiqva) for its eyeglasses that include sensors and liquid crystal materials to adjust to the wearer's near- and long-distance viewing.
Google Proposes Open Source Beacons
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7/19/2015   1 comment
Google's Eddystone protocol aims to make beacons more flexible and open, and to compete with Apple's iBeacon in what is still a nascent market.
Wi-Fi Rings in NYC Phone Booths
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7/17/2015   Post a comment
A new company with ties to Google will convert 10,000 payphones throughout the five boroughs into gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots. The ad-based links will provide free phone call and public Wi-Fi with seamless roaming.
IBM Slashes Next-Gen Power
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7/17/2015   14 comments
IBM Research aims to lower supply voltage to 0.2 volts to drastically cut idle power while maintaining superior performance using "boosters" that kick-in only when the circuit is being used.
Taiwan Chipmakers Leery of M&A Wave
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7/17/2015   1 comment
Taiwan chipmakers say they’re worried that the ongoing wave of global merger and acquisition activity in the semiconductor industry may leave them stranded.
Ex-IBMer Fired Up for Foundry
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7/16/2015   11 comments
Globalfoundries’ new CTO Gary Patton talks about life after IBM and the challenging road ahead for semiconductor makers.
Q'comm's Sales Practices Under Scrutiny
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7/16/2015   1 comment
The European Commission, the administrative and executive body of the 28-nation European Union, has opened two antitrust investigations into the behavior of Qualcomm with regard to its market dominance of semiconductors used in consumer electronics.
High Customer Interest in FD-SOI, GloFo Says
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7/16/2015   2 comments
Customers are already lining up to use the 22nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology announced by Globalfoundries earlier this week, according to a company executive.
TSMC Trims 2015 Outlook
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7/16/2015   7 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. the world’s largest chip foundry, said the outlook for the rest of this year is worse than the company previously expected because customers are digesting an inventory glut that built up earlier this year.
Google Glass Enterprise Edition: What We Know So Far
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7/16/2015   Post a comment
The rumored Google Glass Enterprise Edition looks more like a maintenance release to placate the company's handful of Glass at Work partners until the company finds a way to reimagine and reinvigorate the project.
Intel Hits Q2 Target Despite PC Slump
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7/15/2015   6 comments
Intel's second quarter revenues were in line with expectations, with PC sales still slumping and growth in data center, memory and IoT segments.
Windows 10 No Cure for Ailing PC Industry
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7/15/2015   13 comments
Release of new Microsoft operating system will not drive a massive PC refresh cycle as previous versions did.
Mobile World Congress To Stay in Barcelona
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7/15/2015   2 comments
Despite city politics, GSMA's Mobile World Congress is staying in Barcelona until 2023.
PC, Mobile Slump Hits Chips
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7/15/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor sales are in a two year slump due to weak demand for PCs and mobile systems and the IoT and China won’t help much, says Gartner.
Bell Labs Bucks Short-Term Research Trend
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7/15/2015   Post a comment
Solving networking problems is both an immediate and long-term goal for Bell Labs, as well as an interesting insight into its research strategy. While some legacy laboratories favor 2- or 3-year projects, Bell Labs emphasizes longer-term research.
Phosphorene's Two Dimensions Could Beat Silicon
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7/14/2015   1 comment
Black phosphorus, already shown to be superior to silicon and graphene for photonics applications, may also be better for building electronic circuits.
Unifying IoT: Thread Delivers V1.0, Gets Qualcomm
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
The Thread Group is gathering momentum, laying a foundation for much needed unity in Internet of Things, and rolling out the networking layer designed to interoperate with a broad range of IoT solutions.
Millimeter Waves Hitch a Ride
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are studying how technologies using millimeter wave frequencies could be modified for cars.
Battery Startup Gets Ex-Fab Exec
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
Albany battery startup BessTech announced that Doug Grose, former CEO of GlobalFoundries, has joined the company as its chief technology officer. Grose retired from GlobalFoundries and served as CEO for three years
China Bids $23B for Micron
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7/13/2015   9 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup bid $23 billion for Micron in a deal that would put China at the forefront of the memory chip business but face close scrutiny from U.S. regulators.
Toshiba Execs in Firing Line, Accounting Probe Nears End
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7/13/2015   1 comment
Toshiba Corp. has issued a statement saying that no executive resignations have been decided with regard to accountancy practices that are under an investigation that is expected to report is conclusions mid-July.
Globalfoundries Launches Own FDSOI Processes
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7/13/2015   16 comments
Globalfoundries Inc. has announced that it is offering a fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) manufacturing platform with a nominal 22nm minimum geometry design rule that can operate down to 0.4V.
Avalanche Samples Spin Transfer Torque Magnetic RAM
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7/13/2015   2 comments
Proprietary perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction cells combined with low-cost 300mm production are critical for high volume, cost sensitive applications.
Better FRAM MCU State Recovery After Power Loss
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7/13/2015   1 comment
TI’s Compute Through Power Loss (CPTL) library incorporates a context save-and-restore algorithm that brings a FRAM-based 16-bit MSP430 MCU back to its original operating state before a power interruption.
Supercomputing Centers-of-Excellence Twin
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7/13/2015   1 comment
IBM announced today two new Centers of Excellence at Oak Ridge National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, both of which will be focused on the joint development of the applications necessary to make the Coral supercomputers successful.
X-Fab offers SOI Process for Analog, Power
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7/13/2015   Post a comment
X-Fab Silicon Foundries GmbH has introduced a 180nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) manufacturing process for use in automotive, industrial and medical applications.
Teardown: Ruggedness and Flexibility Keep PLCs Strong in Industrial
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7/10/2015   Post a comment
A teardown of an Allen-Bradley (Rockwell Automation) Micro850 programmable logic controller, the epitome of rugged industrial control, shows that optocouplers are the go-to technology for reliable isolation, while flexibility and easy programmability using modern languages remains key to PLC’s longevity.
Wafer Fab Closures Analyzed by Diameter, Region
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7/10/2015   Post a comment
Chipmakers closed or repurposed 83 wafer fabs in the period 2009 to 2014 according to IC Insights.
Indian Wafer Fab Will be Specialty Foundry
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7/10/2015   3 comments
Cricket Semiconductor – a company set up with the purpose of building and operating $1 billion analog and power semiconductor wafer fab in India – will operate as a specialty foundry, according to Lou Hutter, one of two former Texas Instruments executives who formed the company.
Drop in Foundry Sales Sends a Warning Signal
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7/10/2015   3 comments
For the first time in more than three years, the world's two biggest foundries have posted negative monthly revenue figures at the same time.
Memory Roundup: Micron's TLC NAND Followed by Controller Support
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7/9/2015   Post a comment
June saw Silicon Motion add support to its client SSD controller for Micron's new 16nm TLC NAND, while legacy memory maker Alliance is filling need for hard to find DDR2 SDRAM
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