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ST Opens MEMS Microphone Test Laboratory
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7/28/2014   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV has set up an anechoic chamber in Taipei, Taiwan, for use in MEMS microphone application development.
Microsemi Bolsters FPGA Stance With Mingoa Acquisition
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7/28/2014   Post a comment
The Mingoa deal demonstrates Microsemi’s push to gain market share in the FPGA industry, which the company entered when it acquired Actel in 2010.
FAA Rules on Drones vs. Model Aircraft Contested
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7/28/2014   1 comment
Proposed FAA dividing line between model aircraft and drones is too limiting to hobbyists, says the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Academy of Model Aeronautics.
Space Business Rising, Experts Say
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7/28/2014   7 comments
The emerging commercial space sector is making progress but still has a long way to go, said NASA and other experts at a New Space event.
Geotracker Tags Unlicensed Band
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7/25/2014   5 comments
We’re tracking a startup budding from San Francisco’s Internet of Things gulch – and it’s tracking us. Iotera is banking on the long-range power of its geotracking system to change the way people, animals, and devices are located across cities.
Teardown.com: Amazon Brings Fire to Phone Market
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7/25/2014   9 comments
Qualcomm is the primary provider of the key integrated circuits in Amazon's Fire phone, with both Invensense and OmniVision noted for their role in Amazon’s Dynamic Perspective display technology.
What's That Smell? An App for That Soon, Says Sensirion
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7/25/2014   8 comments
With the acquisition of neighbouring cloud business Koubachi AG, Zurich-based company Sensirion is gearing up to meet the increasing demand for cloud-based sensor data management and services.
Sony Invests in Stacked Image Sensor Manufacturing Capacity
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7/25/2014   2 comments
Sony Corp. has said it plans to invest 35 billion yen (about $340 million) to increase its production of stacked CMOS image sensors in support of demand for them in smartphones and tablet computers.
NASA Exec Says, 'Boldly Go!'
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7/25/2014   14 comments
Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center, challenged a Silicon Valley crowd to go beyond our solar system to find life and settle space -- and harness biotechnology along the way.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
IPC Releases Electronics Quality Survey
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7/24/2014   7 comments
The annual survey provides insight into how electronics manufacturers are succeeding at producing quality products.
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
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7/24/2014   9 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Nadella's Windows 9 & Device Plans Explained
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7/24/2014   6 comments
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says his company is "streamlining" Windows into a converged OS, and "right-sizing" its device efforts. But what does this really mean?
Apple OS X Yosemite Beta Debuts
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7/24/2014   Post a comment
Apple's obsession with secrecy gives way to involving customers in the software development process.
60 GHz Startup Targets Mobile
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7/24/2014   10 comments
On the heels of Qualcomm’s acquisition of 60 GHz chipset manufacturer Wilcoity, startup Nitero is releasing its first 60 GHz WiFi silicon taregting mobile displays and I/O.
Apple in China: Best Is Yet to Come?
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7/24/2014   18 comments
Apple CEO Tim Cook described Apple’s business prospect in China as "a watershed moment."
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital
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7/24/2014   15 comments
Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini.
Power Week: Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting's Bright Future
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7/24/2014   9 comments
This week, the future of sub-watt thermoelectric energy harvesting as a battery replacement in various markets -- including infrastructure, transportation and consumer -- is looking promising.
Energy Harvesting Chip Demonstrated
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7/24/2014   7 comments
Imec and Omron have collaborated on a tiny 5x6 cm energy harvester for sensors in hard-to-reach locations.
Silicon Photonics Acquires Key Subsystems
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7/23/2014   3 comments
Silicon photonics will someday replace the expensive gallium arsenide photonics components used today, but all the subsystems have to be created in silicon, which Imec is doing one-by-one.
Smartwatches Suck, Says Pebble Backer
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7/23/2014   30 comments
There are only two significant platforms in the smartwatch arena and neither are up to snuff, according to Pebble’s Myriam Joire. The chief project evangelist discussed the past, present, and future of smartwatches at Wearable Tech Expo.
DARPA's Chip Office Reboots to Tackle Cost & Complexity
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7/23/2014   3 comments
DARPA's Microelectronics Technology Office, the source of much chip innovation over the past two decades, is now at the forefront of efforts to solve nagging cost and complexity issues that plague many modern weapon systems.
Imagination Positions Itself for 802.11ah & IoT
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7/23/2014   1 comment
Imagination Technologies has developed a low-power configurable radio architecture for the wide range of existing and emerging protocols for the Internet of Things.
Mentor Launches Xpedition PCB Data Management Solution
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7/23/2014   Post a comment
New Xpedition Data Management Solution will ensure flow-wide PCB data accuracy, integrity, and security for the enterprise.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
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7/22/2014   29 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
AMS, Dialog Merger Talks Fail
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7/22/2014   Post a comment
Talks over a possible merger of mixed-signal chip companies AMS and Dialog Semiconductor plc have failed to reach agreement and been abandoned.
Mobile Uptick Ahead, Says ARM
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7/22/2014   3 comments
Mobile device shipments are rebounding from a slump, but challenges are still ahead for Moore's Law and IoT fragmentation, said ARM's CEO announcing the company's latest quarterly results.
Learn Signal Integrity Online
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7/22/2014   1 comment
Signal-integrity evangelist Eric Bogatin's classes are now available through an online subscription.
25G Ethernet on Tap at IEEE
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7/21/2014   5 comments
In the wake of a June launch for an industry consortium driving 25 Gbit/s Ethernet for use in data centers, an IEEE 802.3 group voted last week to pursue a standard for the technology.
NAND Suit: Toshiba Seeks $1.1B From SK Hynix
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7/21/2014   7 comments
South Korea's SK Hynix Inc. disclosed in a regulatory filing that Toshiba Corp. is seeking $1.1 billion in damages over the suspected theft of data related to NAND flash memory chip technology.
Cloud-Based Chip Design Research & Education
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7/21/2014   17 comments
Semiconductor Research and Silicon Cloud give chip designers global reach.
XMOS Sees Key $26M Investment
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7/21/2014   4 comments
UK chip designer XMOS has raised $26.2m from three global chip partners in one of the largest silicon investments this year.
VC Investments Spike in Q2
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7/21/2014   1 comment
US companies posted double-digit increases in second-quarter investments from a year earlier, leading to the highest rate of capital investment in 13 years.
5G Calling: US Answers, Sorta
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7/21/2014   4 comments
In the third and final part of our series on 5G cellular we look at work in the US where there are efforts but no industrial 5G consortium as such.
MIT Wrist-Robot Adds Extra Fingers
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7/18/2014   20 comments
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a wrist-worn robot that adds two fingers adjacent the thumb and pinky to help perform tasks with one hand that would ordinarily require two.
OCZ Updates SQL Flash Accelerator
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7/18/2014   Post a comment
Toshiba-owned company makes flash acceleration simple for SQ L DBAs with updates to support the latest version of the popular Microsoft database software and virtualized environments.
Cadence Announces Protium FPGA-Based Rapid Prototyping Platform
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7/17/2014   2 comments
In addition to its Palladium series of hardware accelerators/emulators, Cadence has just announced its Protium FPGA-based next-generation rapid prototyping platform.
Power Week: Solar Roadways – Sci-Fi or Future Reality?
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7/17/2014   28 comments
This week, the concept of roadways paved with solar panels recently received a boost after a crowdfunding campaign in support of one such project raised more than double its $1 million goal.
Microsoft Cuts 18,000 Jobs
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7/17/2014   11 comments
Microsoft today announced sweeping layoffs related to the acquisition of Nokia’s handset division. The company will cut 18,000 jobs over the next year and while 12,500 layoffs are related to Nokia-related, Microsoft officials said losses are company-wide.
Intel Readies Super-Resist for EUV
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7/17/2014   7 comments
Intel partners with Berkeley Lab to create extreme ultraviolet (EUV) resists.
5G Calling: Asia Rising
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7/17/2014   7 comments
China and Korea have established dedicated 5G industrial research efforts that have formed alliances with each other and are now reaching out to collaborate with Europe's 5GPPP.
Atmel's Wireless Castle Complete
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7/16/2014   5 comments
With its proposed $140 million deal to acquire Newport Media, Atmel will add two key products to complete its SmartConnect wireless portfolio: 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth modules.
Tiny GPU Targets IoT, Android Wear
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7/16/2014   4 comments
Imagination Technologies announced a new Android-compatible graphics core for wearables and the Internet of Things. The PowerVR Series5XE GX5300 core is 0.55mm2 - what Imagination dubs the smallest chip in the industry - and designed for low-cost, area constrained applications.
Bluetooth Fights Back Against Thread
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7/16/2014   12 comments
If you thought the Thread group would bring harmony to the Internet of Things, think again.
2D-to-3D Conversion Adds Texture on Top
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7/16/2014   1 comment
In an SID 2014 paper, NLT Technologies researchers disclosed how they were able to use a variant of electrovibration on a 4.1-inch-wide touchscreen prototype to create localized friction (at multiple touchpoints) and the perception of texture.
New Applications Fuel MEMS Sensor Growth
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7/16/2014   1 comment
A report from IC Insights explains why the Internet of Things is driving all kinds of new measurements.
Lattice's iCE40 Ultra FPGAs Make Smart Devices Smarter
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7/16/2014   4 comments
If an ASSP got married to an FPGA, then the members of the iCE40 Ultra family would be their children.
5G Calling: Alliances Form
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7/16/2014   1 comment
Governments and industry research groups in Europe, Asia, and the US are starting to link up in hopes of driving to a single standard for 5G cellular services expected to switch on in about 2020.
Broadcom Raises Small-Cell Bid
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7/16/2014   Post a comment
Broadcom is sampling an updated line of its small cell chipsets for residential and enterprise markets. The BCM617XX family of SoCs supports 3G, 4G, and LTE for what Broadcom considers to be a growing market.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs
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7/16/2014   27 comments
In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
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