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M'soft Plugs FPGAs in Datacenter
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8/12/2014   30 comments
FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx are getting plugged into the datacenter servers run by Microsoft and China's Baidu, pioneering a new dimension in distributed computing, according to talks at Hot Chips.
Racetrack Memory to Beat Hard Drives & Flash
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8/12/2014   12 comments
Researchers believe they have a promising new material that can make IBM's invention of racetrack memory into a reality.
Nanoceramic Startup Gears Up for Growth
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8/12/2014   2 comments
The UK startup Cambridge Nanotherm hopes to commercialize its nanoceramic technology, which converts aluminum into a dielectric adept at carrying heat, by targeting high-end LED system makers.
SanDisk Expands ULLtraDIMM Reach
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8/12/2014   Post a comment
Supermicro is the latest to adopt SanDisk’s enterprise SSDs using a memory channel storage architecture, while its Fusion-io acquisition addresses latency using PCIe.
Nvidia Flexes Custom 64-Bit ARM
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8/12/2014   2 comments
Nearly four years since work began, Nvidia announced results of Project Denver, a 64-bit custom ARM core, initially aimed at tablets in an upgrade of the Tegra K1 SoC.
Internet of Things: Batteries Not Required
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8/11/2014   14 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed WiFi Backscatter, a technology that culls energy from existing radio, TV, and wireless signals to connect low-energy devices to the Internet without the need for batteries.
Intel Outlines 14nm, Broadwell
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8/11/2014   18 comments
Intel provided first details of its 14nm process technology now qualified for volume production in at least one fab and gave a sneak peak at Broadwell, its first CPU to use it.
Acer Chromebook Breaks New Ground
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8/11/2014   12 comments
Acer on Monday announced the Chromebook 13, a family of laptops meant to tempt the budget- and performance-minded buyer. The Chromebook 13 is among the first to use a Tegra K1 processor under its hood.
How to Ride a Comet
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8/11/2014   16 comments
After ten years and billions of kilometers traveled, the Rosetta Spacecraft’s successful rendezvous last week with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gersaimeno was a breeze for the mission control team compared to its next task.
Actions to Split in Two, Break Up With Nasdaq
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8/11/2014   8 comments
EE Times has learned that Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd., a Chinese fabless chip company, is planning to split in two and delist itself from Nasdaq.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
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8/11/2014   1 comment
The Khronos Group is calling for help with an OpenGL makeover to create a viable cross-platform standard in the face of proprietary APIs coming from Apple, AMD, and Microsoft.
Microchip Taps Semtech's Long-Range RF
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8/8/2014   Post a comment
PIC microcontroller vendor Microchip Technology Inc. continued to shore up its RF expertise for the Internet of Things market with plans to develop products based on long-range technology from Semtech.
Nvidia Q2 Profits Rise on Gaming, Datacenter Demand
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8/8/2014   1 comment
Gaming chipmaker Nvidia Corp. couldn’t ward off the seasonal decline in the consumer PC market, but gaming and datacenters still drive profits in Q2 of 2014.
Canada Ahead of US in Chip Ed
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8/8/2014   19 comments
The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC, Kingston) helps academics--professors and graduate students to build semiconductor prototypes including all steps from conception, to EDA to testing.
IBM Puts Brain On-a-Chip
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8/7/2014   19 comments
IBM demonstrates its second-generation neurosynaptic chip modeled on the human brain yet consuming 5,000 times less power than a typical microprocessor.
NI Enters Semi Test Market
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8/7/2014   2 comments
A surprise interview with NI CEO James Truchard augments the news coming out of NI Week.
Chinese Government Rejects Apple's iPad
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8/7/2014   6 comments
Ten Apple products, including its iPad and MacBook line, have been excluded from Chinese government procurement, reflecting deepening distrust of American technology among foreign officials in the wake of leaks about expansive US intelligence gathering.
Microchip Eases Bluetooth Development With PIC32 Starter Kit
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8/7/2014   2 comments
Although wireless communications has spread, developers of wireless products still need a lot of expertise to incorporate wireless into designs.
Advanced Packaging Drives SPTS Semiconductor Deal
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8/7/2014   2 comments
A marriage between two unlikely partners -- a maker of optical inspection equipment for PCBs and a semiconductor etching and deposition company -- could signal just how important silicon is becoming to the function of the board.
Qi Won’t Go for Distance
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8/7/2014   2 comments
The Wireless Power Consortium announced an update to its wireless charging spec Qi and while it may seem like an incremental change, officials say the new resonant option is on the right track for the safest method of charging.
Power Week: Student-Designed EV a Tesla Beater?
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8/7/2014   1 comment
This week, a student-designed hybrid solar electric car has moved a step closer to becoming the world's first street-legal solar-powered vehicle.
To Stay Alive, Renesas Negotiates End-of-Life Deals
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8/7/2014   22 comments
The most urgent task for Renesas, “still fighting for survival,” is “to improve our gross profit rate,” says Renesas Electronics CEO Hisao Sakuta during quarterly financial results press conference.
Woz Riffs on Watches, Engineering
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8/7/2014   10 comments
Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley icon, gave his unvarnished opinions on smartwatches, engineering, and more in an on-stage interview at the Flash Memory Summit.
Apple iPhone 6 Expected Sept. 9
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8/6/2014   2 comments
Apple will follow its annual release schedule and show off new iPhones in early September, reports say.
Global Chip Sales Hit Record in June
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8/6/2014   1 comment
Improved economic conditions worldwide, particularly in the U.S., and a booming memory chip market are being credited for the global semiconductor industry’s robust sales growth in the first half of 2014.
E2V Buys Spanish Image Sensor Specialist
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
E2v Technologies has announced it has agreed to acquire Innovaciones Microelectronicas, which trades as AnaFocus and supplies CMOS image and vision sensors for the industrial, professional, scientific, medical and high-end surveillance markets.
Samsung Loses Grip on China
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
Xiaomi has usurped Samsung's smartphone lead in the world's largest market.
Gadget Uses Brain Waves to Control Household Functions
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8/6/2014   4 comments
Gadget uses brain waves to control household items like turning lights on/off, changing TV channels, and sending predefined text messages, thanks to collaboration between Philips and Accenture.
5 Humble Medical Devices Get an mHealth Makeover
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8/6/2014   1 comment
Transforming legacy medical devices into 21st century tools that have wireless capability has been a topic of interest among R&D engineers and design firms as wireless technology has become ubiquitous. In many cases, the design involves adding sensors capable of transmitting data from the legacy device. But the slideshow below shows device design on steroids.
EMC 2014 Keynote: EMC's Past & Future
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8/6/2014   8 comments
Respected EMC Consultant Henry Ott gave engineers a history of EMC, where it is today, and where it's likely to go.
Samsung Tips 3-Bit Vertical NAND
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8/5/2014   8 comments
Samsung said it will ship a version of its 128 Gbit vertical NAND supporting three bits per cell within weeks.
Flash Fails 5 Ways, Says Alibaba
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8/5/2014   4 comments
An R&D manager for cloud services at China's Alibaba datacenters gave a laundry list of problems flash vendors need to address in a keynote at the Flash Memory Summit.
Industrial Electronics Chip Sector Rebounds
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8/5/2014   1 comment
The industrial electronics chip sector continued to rebound in the first quarter of this year, buoyed by stronger business conditions across the global economy, according to an IHS report.
Silicon Motion SSD Controller Anticipates TLC Growth
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8/5/2014   1 comment
Triple-level-cell NAND appears to be following a path similar to that of MLC, with adoption picking up steam in client devices. But TLC finding its way into the enterprise could take another few years.
MEMS Imitates Logic
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8/5/2014   1 comment
There were those who said history would not repeat itself. But evidence continues to accumulate that the MEMS sector will follow a similar path to CMOS logic.
PMC Plugs DRAM Into PCI Express
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8/5/2014   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra is using its NAND flash controller in a flash-backed DRAM memory card that plugs into the PCI Express 3.0 bus, aimed at memory-constrained systems that demand more performance.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
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8/4/2014   7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
Wireless Charging Startup Taps RF
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8/4/2014   11 comments
As products using coil-based wireless charging standards roll out, Bay Area-based startup Energous hopes radio frequency charging will take hold in the burgeoning wearables market targeting devices with relatively modest needs up to 10 Watts.
MEMS Leaders Under Pressure, Says Yole
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8/4/2014   Post a comment
The MEMS industry is changing as established manufacturing leaders with an emphasis on delivering components are put under pressure by fabless MEMS vendors, as customers become more interested in functionality -- a mix of hardware and software -- than components.
EUV Results Bogus, Says Analyst
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8/1/2014   29 comments
A veteran industry watcher and an IBM expert are at loggerheads over IBM's recent announcement of a throughput advance with the latest ASML extreme ultraviolet lithography scanner.
Has Sharp Dug Itself Out?
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8/1/2014   7 comments
Helped by demand for small and midsized LCD panels, Sharp reported for the latest April-June quarter an operating profit of 4.6 billion yen, up 55 percent from the same period a year ago.
Keysight Technologies Opens Its Doors
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8/1/2014   19 comments
The former Electronic Measurement Group of Agilent Technologies has officially opened as Keysight Technologies.
Is Tesla's Gigafactory a Gigablunder for Panasonic?
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7/31/2014   27 comments
Panasonic signed a deal with Tesla on a large-scale battery plant, known as Gigafactory. The question inside and outside the Japanese company is this: how big an albatross might the Gigafactory become for Panasonic.
Android, China Rise in Smartphones
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7/31/2014   5 comments
Nearly 300 million smartphones shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2014, with Android OS capturing a record of 85% market share. Record Android shipments also brought changes in major handset vendors, with Chinese brands not three of the six top players.
Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation
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7/31/2014   7 comments
Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Q'comm Shares a Wearable Strategy
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7/31/2014   10 comments
The future of ubiquitous wearables will require more innovation than what is currently on the market, with dedicated silicon, interoperability, and beauty leading the charge. EE Times sat down with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok to talk strategy around mainstreaming wearables.
Sony, Panasonic, Japan Display Plan OLED Joint Venture
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7/31/2014   3 comments
Sony Corp., Panasonic Corp., and Japan Display Inc. are working together to create a new company, to be named JOLED, which is expected to be launched early in 2015 to develop small and midsized organic light-emitting diode displays for use in tablet devices.
Sony, TSMC Win Award for Silicon-Plastic Process Development
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7/31/2014   1 comment
Sony and TSMC's paper describing a process to integrate a silicon biosensor into a microfluidic chip with the potential to create cost-effective, mass-fabricated point-of-care devices gets Best Abstract of Interest to the Industry Division Award from American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
Power Week: Google's $1M Power Inverter Challenge – How Small Is Possible?
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7/31/2014   6 comments
This week, Google, along with the IEEE, is offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can build a kilowatt-scale power inverter roughly the size of a laptop. A full list of technical requirements is available.
6 Things to Expect at Flash Summit
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7/31/2014   6 comments
A coming out party for NVMe PCIe SSDs, more flash appliances and arrays, incremental news on vertical NAND and next-gen memories, and more are on tap for next week's Flash Memory Summit.
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