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Layoffs Hit 1,600 in Cypress Deal
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3/13/2015   1 comment
Cypress and Spansion are expected to lay off more than 20% of combined staff or about 1,600 people following their recently approved merger.
5G Challenges Ahead, Experts Say
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3/13/2015   4 comments
5G was undoubtedly a hot topic at Mobile World Congress, with industry officials and vendors excited about the next-generation communications system. A bevy of legal and economic requirements, however, may temper a bit of the excitement.
Tri-Core Sensor Hub Ups Ante: Sensors Included
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3/13/2015   1 comment
Invensense claims to have the world's first system-in-package to act not only as a 6-axis inertial sensor, but also as a programmable hub for all the other sensors in a smartphone.
PC Drop & iPhone Rumors Color Intel Forecast
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3/13/2015   9 comments
Intel’s forecast warning raise the issue of its ability to diversify its business. A recent report that Intel’s LTE modems “getting into iPhones in 2016” stirred some noise, but it’s still a rumor at this point.
64-bit Capable Credit-Sized Dev Kit For The Makers
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3/13/2015   Post a comment
Qualcomm's DragonBoard 410c has been designed as a low-cost development board based on the company’s 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor.
Vehicle-in-the-Loop Speeds Automotive Design Cycles
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3/13/2015   Post a comment
Confronted with increasing complexity and safety requirements for tomorrow’s vehicles, car designers increasingly use virtual test approaches to assure the correct functions of their systems. Complementing the known tool array of Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) and Software-in-the-Loop (SiL), technology company IPG GmbH suggests an approach it calls Vehicle-in-the-Loop (ViL), allowing users to significantly reduce the time to develop their Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
ST's Vigna Wins IEEE Award
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3/12/2015   Post a comment
Benedetto Vigna, executive vice president for the analog, MEMS, and sensors group at STMicroelectronics NV has been given a top IEEE award for his role in the development and commercialization of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).
One-stop Shop From IC Design to Silicon Tape Out
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3/12/2015   Post a comment
CEA-Leti has launched the Silicon Impulse IC design competence centre, offering IC design, advanced intellectual property, emulator and test services along with industrial multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttles.
Smart Glasses Go To Work
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3/12/2015   1 comment
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
Free Sirius One-Ups Siri
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3/12/2015   7 comments
University of Michigan researchers one-up Apple's Siri, Google's Now and Microsoft's Cortana with their free, open-source Sirius.
Marvell CEO: The Tinkerer at The Top
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3/12/2015   10 comments
Marvell CEO has been obsessed with a computer architecture that’s unchanged for decades. Why must its progress depend on more memory and faster CPU? “We are going to fix it for once and all.”
Xilinx Targets Embedded Software Developers with SDSoC
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3/11/2015   1 comment
Embedded software developers outnumber their hardware counterparts by a factor of 10:1, so a tool that lets them take full advantage of programmable SoCs is extremely significant.
Sigfox, Sequans: Tale of Two French IoT Firms
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3/11/2015   4 comments
There is an underlying thread in both 5G and IoT: Diversification. Diversified networks, network topologies and network infrastructures are necessary to enable both. Carriers realize that there will be no one-size-fits-all network for either 5G or IoT.
Heart On-A-Chip Beats
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3/11/2015   6 comments
Researchers at the University of California have created a heart-on-a-chip that will be followed by a liver-on-a-chip, lungs-on-a-chip, spleen-on-a-chip, until they have all human organs on a single wafer connected by microfluidic channels carrying blood.
Taking on Industrial IoT with Real-Time DDS
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3/11/2015   1 comment
Building on its experience in high reliability Data Distribution Services for the military/aerospace market, Prismtech launchs a "DDS for things" platform for networked devices requiring real-time, deterministic delivery.
FinFETs Race Toward Silicon
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3/10/2015   Post a comment
As Cadence announced a new physical-design tool, Synopsys said it has 100 production tape outs in FinFET processes, 90% of the advanced chips made to date.
SanDisk, Samsung Ramp Up Smartphone Performance
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3/10/2015   Post a comment
SanDisk is overprovisioning TLC NAND to be formatted as SLC where needed, while Samsung speeds up performance using UFS 2.0; both have increased storage capacity to handle more multimedia
Startup Lights New Way to Wireless Charging
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3/10/2015   2 comments
Israeli company Wi-Charge developed transmitters and receivers that use laser light to charge a variety of devices. Originally based in lightbulb and plug-in form factors, the transmitters are designed to provide a constant charge while eliminating the unsafe radiation associated with infrared light.
Infineon: Why It's Back at MWC
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3/10/2015   1 comment
Since 2011, when it sold its wireless business to Intel, Infineon’s name – along with its baseband and RF technologies — has faded into the memory of the mobile world. But they are back in Barcelona this week. Why?
Intersil Fined for TAOS Patent Infringement
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3/10/2015   Post a comment
Intersil Corp. has been found guilty of infringing patents held by Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions Inc. (TAOS) and fined $58.8 million in a court case that dates back to 2008. Taos was acquired by AMS AG (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) in 2011.
Intel's 1st Xeon SoC Twists ARM
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3/9/2015   23 comments
Intel hopes it first Xeon SoC -- the D-1500 -- will be an ARM killer in the micro server market.
Bosch Debuts 1st MEMS Sensor Hub
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3/9/2015   6 comments
Bosch and Akustica have announced new MEMS products, namely, sensor hubs and HD mic, respectively.
Synopsys Opens Up ARC Processor Architecture Online
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3/9/2015   2 comments
To reach developers in a range of new embedded Internet of Things designs, Synopsys has sponsored the embARC.org web with open source tools for use with its ARC processor.
NXP to Focus on All CMOS Radar Future
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3/9/2015   9 comments
NXP CEO sees making “big and clunky radars” small is critical for ADAS. NXP has an RF CMOS-based 80GHz radar front-end transmitter chip — a working prototype – in the hands of its lead customers for several months.
Stick a PUF to Your Board
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3/6/2015   1 comment
The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC) is developing a very versatile and flexible form of Physically Unclonable Function (PUF), one that can wrap an entire circuit board to secure it from physical attacks.
OmniVision Shrinks Image Sensor Pixel to 1-micron
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
The OV16880 is a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor from OmniVision Technologies Inc. with a pixel size of 1-micron. The sensor uses PureCel-S stacked die technology and supports phase detection autofocus (PDAP).
Samsung Acquires YESCO to Strengthen LED Display Expertise
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
Sign of the times: Acquisition reinforces Samsung’s entry into the LED display market.
EU's 5G Vision Gets Clearer, Still Fragmented
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
The European Commission’s new digital boss, Günther H. Oettinger, praises advances in 5G since the introduction of the 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G-PPP)
Harman: Connected Car to Alter Infotainment
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
With the Connected Car becoming reality, the infotainment landscape in the vehicles will undergo massive changes. At the recent Euroforum industry meeting on automotive electronics in Munich, Harman sketched they way from today's relatively simple infotainment systems to the connectivity hubs of the future.
TV Reboots with Web-Like Service
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3/6/2015   12 comments
The next-generation U.S. standard for terrestrial TV will embrace Web standards and support 4K video in hopes of delivering more compelling services.
MWC Wrap-Up: 15 Curious Things We Spotted
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3/6/2015   12 comments
The Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show. What we saw ranged from foldable “connected” electric bicycle to connected car keys, a Project Ara Phone, M2M and lots of slideware for the 5G network.
Sensors for Wearable Electronics on 40% CAGR
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
Wearable electronics will be the big opportunity for sensors after margins shrink in smartphones and tablet computers, according to market research firm Frost & Sullivan Inc.
IBM's Watson Does Deep-Learning Too
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3/5/2015   3 comments
IBM Corp. recently acquired AlchemyAPI for its "deep learning" capabilities, giving Watson the ability to perceive hierarchies of knowledge instead of just individual facts.
Qualcomm CTO on LTE-U, 5G Challenges
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3/4/2015   6 comments
EE Times caught up with Matt Grob, Qualcomm CTO. We asked the why’s and wherefore’s of LTE-U. Further, we asked what challenges he sees for the yet to be defined 5G standard, which is said to go beyond faster speed.
Low-Power Wireless MCUs Proliferate
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Wireless device developers now have a new range of RF options that are low-power and easy to design with.
Engineers on Creating Better Technical Documentation
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3/4/2015   13 comments
Everyone benefits from good documentation. So why does so much of it suck, and how can companies do better?
2D Material Beats Graphene
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3/4/2015   2 comments
Black phosphorus is a 2D material with advantages over graphene, including a variable bandgap and other photonics characteristics.
5G Researchers Seek Spectrum
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Next generation cellular communications will need to exist in current frequency bands as well as ultra-dense networks that stretch from below 6 GHz to 100 GHz in order to serve a variety of use cases and industries. For some industry officials, standardization can't come soon enough.
Parrot Takes Instant 3D Mapping to the Sky
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
On Nvidia's booth at embedded world, a robot arm was swinging a stereo camera assembly, in a drone-like fashion, demonstrating Parrot’s software capabilities to turn cheap stereovision into real-time 3D mapping using nVidia’s Jetson TK1 development kit.
IBM Slumps, Cisco Gains In 2014 Server Sales
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Gartner annual report on server shipments and revenue sees Cisco, Lenovo gaining share, IBM, HP losing ground.
FCC Chief at MWC: 'No One Blocks Internet'
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3/3/2015   15 comments
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, at the Mobile World Congress, compared the FCC's controversial Open Internet Rules to the First Amendment and said, “No one blocks the Internet.”
NXP CEO: ‘Security, IoT, Cars’ Drove Freescale Deal
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3/3/2015   2 comments
NXP CEO spoke with on the overlapping businesses with Freescale, once the merger goes through. Products that don’t belong to NXP’s focus on “security and connectivity with a smarter world” are Freescale’s network processors and NXP’s standard products.
Spectrum, 5G in MWC Spotlight
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3/3/2015   1 comment
To avoid a massive and unruly cellular frequency shakeup, a panel experts from the cellular, satellite, broadcasting, and networking industries discussed at the Mobile World Congress how to best use spectrum, especially for 5G cellular.
IoT Security a Prime Focus for Freescale
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
Security is a major concern in the Internet of Things, and Freescale intends to provide developers with the answers.
Rohde & Schwarz Highlights 5G Tester at MWC
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To support designers and developers in research activities, Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has developed a test setup for bandwidth-hungry applications in the millimeter wave range.
Unleash The Power of JavaScript For IoT
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3/3/2015   5 comments
Marvell has open-sourced its software crown jewel, KinomaJS. Marvell, which has been using JavaScript-based Kinoma, developed by ex-Apple Team, hopes to accelerate IoT development by making it open source.
IBM, Semtech 30-Mile IoT Uses 10-Year AAs
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3/3/2015   18 comments
IBM and Semtech go long into machine-to-machine (M2M) working with open standards LoRa (long-range) Alliance to put serious distance between sensors and the cloud.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
With new proprietary graphics interfaces out from AMD, Apple and Microsoft, Khronos Group is previewing Vulkan as an open follow on to OpenGL.
Altium Updates High-Speed PCB Design Tool
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
Altium next update to its flagship PCB design tool, Altium Designer 15.1, introduces new features the company says improves design productivity, documentation outputs, and high-speed design efficiency.
Chip Market Contracts in Europe, January
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
The three-month average European chip market contracted in January 2015 when compared with same period in 2014, in contrast to the global market increased by 8.7 percent, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), reporting data compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
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