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Iridis4 Supercomputer Accelerates Big Research
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10/18/2013   9 comments
IBM Intelligent Cluster x86 architecture is the brawn behind one of the most powerful supercomputers in the UK devoted to science and technology research.
DRAMs Back in Black
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10/18/2013   8 comments
Dynamic random access memory business posts higher profits again after a three-year slump.
Brain Implants Near Milestone
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10/16/2013   28 comments
NeuroPace is close to approval for the first brain implant that listens to, then acts, on brain activity -- a milestone in the rising field of neural electronics.
Power Week in Review: Solid-State Battery, Energy Harvesting Forecast, Remote Microgrids & More
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10/16/2013   2 comments
This week, a solid-state battery that promises to extend EV range, forecasts for energy harvesting devices and remote microgrids, and a new approach in a lithium cell monitoring IC.
Sparkfun Offers Free Kits to Furloughed Workers
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10/16/2013   7 comments
Sparkfun wants to help in any way they can even if only to help pass the time and learn something new.
Bloomy Controls Receives NI Award
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10/16/2013   3 comments
NI Alliance partner Bloomy Controls received the first award for "Most Outstanding Technical Resources" from National Instruments.
Applied Materials Hawks Metal-Oxide Displays
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10/16/2013   6 comments
The ultra-high-res displays of the future are switching to metal oxide thin-film transistors, prompting Applied Materials to release chemical vapor deposition and physical vapor deposition systems specialized for producing metal-oxide backplanes.
Are You Ready When Your Google Car Freaks Out?
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10/16/2013   90 comments
There is one question everyone seems to avoid asking and answering: How does a self-driving car, when faced with a crisis beyond its program, hand control back over to the driver?
TI Launches Purpose-Built SoCs for Automotive Vision
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10/16/2013   15 comments
TI is rolling out a new family of SoCs for automotive vision-processing applications. Based on heterogeneous system architecture, the ADAS SoCs are designed to run high performance vision-processing at low power.
MEMS Enables Personal Crash Detector
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10/15/2013   6 comments
Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) are enabling whole new categories of wearable electronics, here an emergency-locator beacon that measures the concussive force of an impact to a sports helmet and notifies emergency personnel in the case of unconsciousness.
Prototyping TNG: Desktop Wire Bender
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10/15/2013   1 comment
The trend that bought 3D printers to our desktops continues; have you ever heard of a desktop wire bending machine?
Invensense Buys ADI's MEMS Mic Unit
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10/15/2013   2 comments
Invensense Inc. agrees to buy the micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) microphone business unit at Analog Devices Inc.
CMTL Expands Memory Testing to Industrial Platforms
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10/15/2013   2 comments
Independent compatibility testing lab sees potential beyond traditional Intel platforms for commercial modules as well as growth in SSD flash memory
Broadcom Tips Custom 64-Bit ARM Core
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10/15/2013   14 comments
Broadcom became the latest chip vendor to enter a heated race to deliver 64-bit server and comms SoCs based on a custom ARM core.
Altera Announces 5 New Low-Cost Dev Kits
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10/14/2013   8 comments
Based on Cyclone V FPGAs, these new development kits from Altera and its partners start at only $49.
JESD204B FPGA Debug Tool From ADI & Xilinx
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10/14/2013   Post a comment
The Analog Devices Linux JESD204B Eyescan Software works with Xilinx 7 series FPGAs and Zynq All Programmable SoCs.
UBM Tech Announces EE Live! 2014: Featuring the Embedded Systems Conference, Summits & Boot Camps
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10/14/2013   9 comments
The biggest annual event for the electronics industry has a new name and lineup of cutting-edge educational programs.
Silicon Motion Releases Controllers for USB 3.0 Flash Drives
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10/14/2013   1 comment
Company claims 15 to 20 percent reduction in BOM.
Vibrator Brings Buzz to Wearables
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10/14/2013   8 comments
The designer of a wearable vibrator blends advice on sexuality and entrepreneurship in the story of his startup.
IDT CEO Shuffle: Why & What Next?
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10/14/2013   31 comments
When Ted Tewksbury suddenly retired as CEO of Integrated Device Technology seven weeks ago, neither he nor the company explained what happened, or why.
Metrology: The Turtle of Engineering
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10/14/2013   8 comments
We usually think of electronics as a quickly-moving industry, but that's not always so. One area that is notoriously slow moving is metrology, the science of measurement.
Acquire Knowledge of the Oscilloscope Market
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10/11/2013   6 comments
A webcast by Frost & Sullivan will explain what happened in 2013 and what might happen as we end 2013.
Qualcomm Reveals Neural Network Progress
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10/11/2013   24 comments
Qualcomm recently revealed details of its work to create neural network chips modeled on the human brain at the EmTech conference.
Perfect iPad Add-On for Engineers Uses MEMS
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10/11/2013   11 comments
Kickstarter project leverages MEMS magnetometers from STMicroelectronics to create iSketchnote, an iPad cover that tracks a passive pen with a permanent magnet as the user draws on plain paper.
Ex-Samsung Exec Leads Korea’s Specialty Fab to Expansion
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10/11/2013   7 comments
Dongbu has been sharpening its strategy and steadily expanding capacity under Chang-Sik Choi, an ex-Samsung executive who arrived as president a year and a half ago.
IBM Launches Accelerated Discovery Lab
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10/10/2013   5 comments
IBM has unveiled its new Accelerated Discovery Lab, which retargets its analytic algorithms and Watson question-and-answer technologies.
Power Week in Review: Paper Generators, Folding Battery, EV Charging Eqpt Forecast & More
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10/10/2013   1 comment
This week, paper-like generators that produce energy from user interaction, a forecast for electric vehicle charging equipment, folding batteries for increased energy density, and an isolated energy measurement chipset for embedded applications.
Panasonic Kisses Plasma Goodbye
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10/10/2013   46 comments
Panasonic will stop producing plasma TV panels by March 2014 -- a year sooner than predicted.
Meters That Measure Magnetics
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10/9/2013   1 comment
Gaussmeters and fluxmeters let you measure magnetic fields if you have the right meter, the right probes, and the right technique.
Modular Robots Self-Assemble
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10/9/2013   5 comments
MIT researchers have created a module robotic paradigm called M-Robots that does not have external moving parts.
Smart Video Outpacing Population
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10/9/2013   7 comments
IHS predicts that there will be more Internet-connected smart video devices than the total world population by 2017.
See Bugblat's TIF (Tiny FPGA Board) & PIF (FPGA for Raspberry Pi)
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10/9/2013   11 comments
The TIF can be used for many tasks, including recreating legacy components; the PIF can be used to provide humongous computational performance to augment the capabilities of a Raspberry Pi.
Gameduino 2: An Arduino-Powered Handheld Gaming System
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10/9/2013   Post a comment
This handheld gaming system not only has an Arduino, but also an ft800 graphics processor by FTDI.
Silicon Labs' Energy-Friendly ARM Cortex-M0+ MCUs
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10/9/2013   5 comments
EFM32 Zero Gecko MCUs deliver industry-leading energy efficiency and 32-bit performance at very attractive prices.
EUV Still Promising on IMEC's Road Map
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10/9/2013   16 comments
Much delayed extreme ultraviolet lithography could enable a 9nm node sometime in 2016 or beyond, according to forecasts from IMEC.
With Dual-Mode Wireless Charging IC, IDT Urges to Cut the Cords
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10/8/2013   14 comments
Jeffery McCreary, IDT's CEO, revealed that IDT is gunning for the still embryonic but potentially huge wireless charging market.
High-Power LEDs: Hotter Than You Think
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10/8/2013   9 comments
For the past several years, we've thought that LEDs provided light, not heat. We were wrong.
Researcher Eyes Display on Contact Lens
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10/8/2013   17 comments
An IMEC researcher demonstrated prototypes of an artificial iris, a first step on the way to a contact lens display.
MEMS-Enabled Electronic Nose Is Nothing to Sneeze At
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10/8/2013   9 comments
The world's first MEMS vacuum pump is enabling laboratory-bound mass spectrometers to be downsized to handheld size for homeland security, environmental monitoring, and even smartphone detectors of everything from disease to air quality.
Mobile IC Vendors to Alter Automotive SoC Market
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10/8/2013   5 comments
The rise and fall of smartphone SoC companies has become intricately intertwined with the future of automotive chip suppliers. Many automotive IC companies are racing to dominate the fast-growing segment of in-vehicle infotainment SoCs.
Mike Noonen, GloFo Executive VP, Resigns
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10/7/2013   19 comments
Mike Noonen has resigned from his position as the executive vice president at GlobalFoundries. Noonen was responsible for global products, design, sales, and marketing at the world’s second largest foundry.
IMEC, ASML Team to Automate Scanners
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10/7/2013   3 comments
As many as 100 researchers will join a collaborate effort to automate optimizations for next-gen lithography systems.
Tesla Battery Fire: Musk Responds & an Expert Explains
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10/7/2013   26 comments
A video of a burning Tesla Model S spread across the internet like wildfire. Elon Musk has responded.
Intel Tackles SoC With Quark
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10/7/2013   25 comments
After years of fighting x86 clones, Intel has launched its own synthesisable core called Quark.
Mellanox Preps Silicon Photonics, 100G Switch
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10/7/2013   8 comments
Aiming to drive 100G comms gear into broader markets, Mellanox said it will ship systems using silicon photonics as soon as the end of 2104.
Video: Impact Caused Tesla Battery Fire
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10/7/2013   17 comments
A fire in a Tesla Model S electric sedan has once again placed a spotlight on the issue of lithium-ion battery safety.
Verizon Taps AMD's Sea Micro Servers
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10/7/2013   6 comments
AMD said a deal to supply Verizon's datacenters is evidence of interconnect technology coming to future server SoCs.
BITalino: A DIY Toolkit for Physiological Computing
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10/4/2013   12 comments
Traditionally the purview of medical and quality-of-life applications, the use of bio-signals is appearing in a wide variety of other areas, including informatics.
Boston Dynamics Unleashes Wildcat, the Sprinting Quadruped Robot
News & Analysis  
10/4/2013   44 comments
Boston Dynamics continues to surprise with robots that move with incredible speed, agility.
Intel Quark Rides Arduino
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10/3/2013   19 comments
Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich appeared on the Maker Faire Rome stage to show an Arduino-compatible board using Intel's new Quark processor.
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