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Freescale reenters the RF IC market for the Internet of Things
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4/7/2013   1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor is planning to reenter the RF chip market later this year to support new ARM-based processors with wireless networking and cellular links.
Production ready Bluetooth low energy watch platform serves as bi-directional smartphone control
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4/7/2013   1 comment
Developed by wireless sports & fitness monitoring developer and manufacturer Dayton Industrial, the Portable Control Display Device (PCDD) is designed to be used a secondary bi-directional smartphone and installed app control and display interface using Bluetooth low energy.
Atmel acquires IDT’s smart metering IC product line to enhance smart energy offerings
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4/6/2013   1 comment
Atmel Corporation has completed the acquisition of Integrated Device Technology's smart metering IC product lines and technologies to enhance Atmel's smart energy product portfolio.
Compact portable vital signs monitor uses WiFi to display data on smartphones and tablets
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4/6/2013   1 comment
Sensaris has developed a novel, multi-sensor device for monitoring vital signs. Called the ZAO, it is currently going through the certification process and will be available mid 2013.
Smartphone app uses gaming approach to deliver energy savings
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An EnergyLife app smartphone application developed through BeAware, a EU funded project, LED by the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT), in Finland aims to bring gaming dimensions to energy awareness to reduce power consumption .
M2M group launches its Weightless standard
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The Weightless Special Interest Group (SIG) has ratified the first full version of its M2M protocol for white space frequencies.
ZigBee transceiver adds Wi-Fi coexistence, deep packet inspection for Wake-on-LAN
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GreenPeak Technologies has developed a new generation of ZigBee transceivers to make the smart home more reliable, secure and power efficient.
Dual-interface NFC tags connects smartphones to any device
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Inside Secure has released an innovative near field communication (NFC) tag that creates virtually limitless possibilities for interactions between NFC mobile devices like smartphones and a broad range of medical, communications, entertainment and other electronic devices.
Hypervisor boosts 'bring your own device' strategies
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Green Hills Software has launched a major new release of its INTEGRITY Multivisor to allow enterprise and government mobile device users and administrators to take advantage of off-the-shelf, BYOD mobile phones and tablets for both personal and business use.
Video codec hardware IP doubles performance
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Renesas Electronics announced a multi-format video codec hardware IP product that supports low-delay processing for automotive information terminals supporting High Definition Television (HDTV), mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and industrial equipment.
Touchstone Semi expands NanoWatt analog IC line to include TS3003, TS3004, TS3005, TS3006
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4/5/2013   Post a comment
The company’s latest additions include four new 1.55V to 5V, 1.9µA one-resistor-tunable timer ICs.
Tablet sales surging at PC's expense
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4/4/2013   35 comments
Changing consumer preferences has the shift from PCs to tablets in full swing, with PC sales expected to contract for second year in a row.
Emerson’s new 750 watt DS750PED and 1100 watt DS1100PED power supplies
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4/4/2013   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power has launched two ultra-compact AC-DC front-end power supplies that meet the 80 Plus Platinum Standard for efficiency.
GPS simulator verifies WAAS LPV navigation systems
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Aeroflex has added the ability to simulate WAAS LPV approach procedures to its GPSG-1000 portable GPS simulator to expedite and validate the installation of WAAS-capable navigation systems in aircraft.
Robo-fish to patrol oceans
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4/4/2013   6 comments
Cyro, Virginia Tech's robotic jellyfish, will surveil ocean, monitor for pollutants.
Toshiba low power OS targets Many-Core embedded designs
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Toshiba has taken the wraps off an innovative, low power operating system it has developed for many-core processors, targeting application in embedded systems, including automotive products and digital consumer products.
RGBW LED emitters targets narrow-beam stage lighting
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LED Engin announced the LZ4 flat lens family of compact, 4-die RGBW emitters for wash lamps and follow spots used in stage lighting applications.
Texas Instruments Inc. SN65LVDS324 image sensor receiver IC
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TI’s 1080p60 sensor-to-processor IC reduces video system size and power consumption.
C&K Components TDA Series DIP switches feature bifurcated contact for increased electrical reliability
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Aimed at providing design flexibility in hand-held devices, C&K has expanded its ultra-miniature DIP switch series to include a 1-position version.
Texas Instruments DRV2605 haptic driver
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TI's latest haptic driver makes it easy to add realistic tactile feedback effects to consumer and industrial products.
Fairchild enhances Power Supply WebDesigner
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The online design and simulation tool now provides CCM, non-isolated PFC buck and buck LED driver designs in under a minute.
AVX SMPS Series MLC capacitors feature expanded voltage, capacitance range
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AVX has introduced a 25V rating and extended capacitance range to its MIL-PRF-49470 SMPS capacitor family.
Linear Technology Corp. has developed a high voltage inverting DC/DC controller dubbed LTC3863
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Linear Tech's high voltage inverting DC/DC controller uses a single inductor to produce a negative voltage from a positive input voltage.
Xilinx Vivado Design Suite boasts IP integration and HLS enhancements
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Latest release of the Vivado SoC-strength design suite introduces IP Integrator and High-Level Synthesis enhancements.
Qualcomm, Broadcom rise in chip vendor ranking
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4/3/2013   12 comments
Only three of the top 10 chip sellers were able to grow sales in 2012, according to Gartner.
Chip suppliers target vehicle complexity
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4/2/2013   3 comments
Chip makers are hoping a new breed of microcontrollers will begin laying the foundation for a solution to one of the auto industry's most vexing design problems -- electronic complexity.
DI2CMS – I2C master/slave bus interface from Digital Core Design
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4/2/2013   Post a comment
Digital Core Design, an IP Core and System-on-Chip design house from Poland, has introduced its newest I2C Bus Interface soft core for ASICs and FPGAs.
3-D IC stacks pushed back to 2015
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4/2/2013   6 comments
Globalfoundries reports on a functioning 3-D wafer-level stack with through silicon vias as the industry pushes out plans for such products to 2015 or later.
Chip market growth limited to Americas, Asia-Pacific
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4/2/2013   5 comments
The global chip market continued to polarize in February as the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions showed year-on-year growth, Europe faltered and Japanese sales fell steeply.
China fabless: Actions Semi targets non-Apple market
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4/2/2013   11 comments
One of China's oldest fabless chip suppliers is often seen as a shrinking player in the diminishing MP3 player market. Look again.
Printed electronics harvest energy from waste heat
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4/1/2013   5 comments
Researchers explore using thermoelectric devices to harvest waste heat in cooling towers.
Sensors spread in age of 'data ubiquity'
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4/1/2013   1 comment
Brace yourself for a data-centric universe with sensors everywhere, says Pervasive Software's CTO.
Would the real Apple A5 please stand up?
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4/1/2013   8 comments
Apple A-5's shrink has less to do with process and more to do with fewer circuits.
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