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Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   2 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.”
Flexible Displays Going Commercial
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7/15/2014   11 comments
LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Micro Sensor Monitors Properties of Liquids
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7/15/2014   2 comments
Researchers are developing sensors that can measure the quality of lubricants using a microchip aluminium nitride cantilever that vibrates when a liquid exerts mechanical resistance on it.
Smart Sensors Offer Haptic Feedback
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7/14/2014   1 comment
Fraunhofer ISC's Centre for Smart Materials has demonstrated materials that can be used to create intelligent sensors with haptic feedback.
Honda Admits Software Problem, Recalls 175,000 Hybrids
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7/10/2014   71 comments
For the first time, a carmaker has conceded that a software glitch in electronic control units could cause sudden acceleration. Honda, citing software problems, is recalling 175,000 hybrid vehicles in Japan.
Qualcomm Snaps Up CSR's Imaging Team
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7/10/2014   Post a comment
Cellphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying the imaging operations of CSR plc, which are based in Israel, according to local reports. CSR announced it would be selling the business for $44 million on July 2.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves
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7/9/2014   6 comments
Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
Inductive Charging Takes Shape at BMW & Daimler
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7/9/2014   9 comments
BMW plans to launch series production for inductive charging schemes for electric vehicles. The project is conducted along with competitor Daimler. Each company plans to provide a uniform charging technology for the garage at home.
XS Embedded Deal Gives Mentor Inside Track in Car Race
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7/9/2014   2 comments
The acquisition of German company XS Embedded makes Mentor Graphics by far “the most complete” automotive embedded system company in the world, according to Mentor executive.
Connected Car: NXP's One-Chip Wireless Design
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7/8/2014   1 comment
European Drive C2X project gets a new approved part. NXP’s TEF510x, the second product from the RoadLINK range, is now available to automotive OEMs.
6 Keys to Navigating Connected Car's Software Quagmire
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7/8/2014   11 comments
The rush to achieve connected cars has thrown the automotive industry into a technological quagmire. EE Times dissects the technological building blocks and lays out who the players are and who benefits most.
IBM Pledges Nanotube Transistor by 2020 or Bust
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7/2/2014   5 comments
After over two decades of work on carbon nanotube transistors, IBM finally thinks is may have a workable architecture -- if the kinks can be worked out by 2020.
Bosch Holds Top Position in Auto MEMS
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7/1/2014   1 comment
Bosch extended its lead in the automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors market last year in a big way, according to a new report from IHS Technology.
AMS, Dialog Confirm Merger Talks
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6/30/2014   6 comments
Mixed-signal, power, and RF chip companies AMS AG and Dialog Semiconductor plc have announced that they are in discussions over a possible merger.
Augmented Reality Gets Physical With Haptics
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6/26/2014   7 comments
If all of us are already familiar with the basic silent-mode of most mobile phones, a crude form of haptics, there is much more to come on the display side.
Monolythic MEMS Sensor Cuts Size/Cost
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6/25/2014   12 comments
mCube hopes to expand into low-end smartphones and wearables with new round of series C funding.
TRW Launches Its Largest R&D Center -- in China
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6/24/2014   2 comments
TRW Automotive Holdings has opened an R&D center in China. Placing its largest technology center in the Middle Kingdom provides a clear hint about where the automotive supplier expects further growth.
Stealth Mercenary Team Boosts Fortune 500 Companies
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Synapse Design styles itself as a mercenary design team. Working for Fortune 500 companies, Synapse Design has taped out 33 SoCs in the last 12 months.
TE Connectivity Moves Deeper Into Sensors
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6/20/2014   2 comments
TE Connectivity's acquisition of Measurement Specialties of Massachusetts moves the connectivity giant into temperature measurement.
Why MIPS? Imagination Makes Its Case
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6/19/2014   19 comments
Here are a few facts about where MIPS stands, and some clues to the big picture Imagination hopes to paint for its new customers.
Crunch Your IoT Data Before It Clogs the Network
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6/18/2014   3 comments
In today's IoT frenzy, a lot of companies rush to connect sensors and provide all sorts of monitoring services, and carriers will happily bill them for the data that transits through their networks.
Make Way for Autonomous Cars
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6/17/2014   1 comment
Google's recent announcement that it would produce approximately 100 self-driving cars came as a surprise to the general public, but it's hardly a new idea within the auto industry.
Head-Up Displays Made Affordable by Combiner
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6/15/2014   3 comments
Bosch's "Combiner"-type automotive head-up display, developed with BMW, is smaller and cheaper, Bosch claims. It could soon appear in other manufacturers' small cars.
EV Battery Maker Claims 1,000 Miles per Charge
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6/12/2014   11 comments
An Israel-based battery company demonstrates an aluminum-air chemistry that it claims delivers as much as 1,000 miles per charge to electric cars.
ON Semi's Aptina Acquisition Aims at Automotive
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6/11/2014   2 comments
ON Semiconductor's $400 million acquisition of Aptina Imaging makes ON Semi the world's repository of CMOS image sensor experts.
TI to Redefine Infotainment for Economy Cars
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6/9/2014   9 comments
Consumer demand for advanced IVI systems, the bring-your-own-device trend, the auto industry’s pressing need to consolidate a growing number of ECUs, and the further progress of ADAS are key factors driving the automotive chip market.
'Incompetence & Neglect' in GM Recall
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6/6/2014   15 comments
General Motors did not cover up its infamous ignition switch problem, but it was responsible for massive and widespread incompetence, according to a new investigation.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
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6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
Always-on Analytics Beyond NSA's Dreams
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6/2/2014   Post a comment
It looks as if always-on analytics will pair with always-on connectivity and augmented reality, beyond the NSA's wildest dreams.
Intel, You Can Drive My Car
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5/30/2014   32 comments
Recognizing that the car, once a mechanical device, is rapidly becoming a software-intensive system, Intel unveils a comprehensive plan to help automakers and car OEMs prepare for a future that includes, eventually, self-driving.
Can Graphene Make Large-Scale Electricity Storage Viable?
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5/29/2014   3 comments
Researchers are exploring different ways to reduce the size and weight of batteries and extend their lifespan by adding graphene as a component material.
Supercaps Breakthrough: Phone Case to Replace Battery
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5/28/2014   19 comments
Say goodbye to your phone battery and charger. A new structural material could transform a mobile device's entire case into a hybrid super-capacitor/battery, making traditional batteries obsolete.
Parallel NOR Delivers Performance SPI Can't
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5/27/2014   2 comments
The focus of systems designers is usually on reducing cost and power consumption by using serial flash, but many automotive and embedded applications require the high performance of a parallel interface.
Analog Devices Posts Strong Fiscal Q2
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5/23/2014   3 comments
Analog, mixed-signal, and DSP vendor Analog Devices posted strong second-quarter results on strength in all of its key market sectors, including industrial, automotive, and communications, which accounted for 89% of revenue.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
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5/20/2014   18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Spansion Courts Carmakers With Cortex-R5-Based MCUs
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5/19/2014   5 comments
In hopes of gaining a sizable share in the growing automotive chip market, Spansion Inc. is rolling out a new family of automotive MCUs, called Traveo, based on ARM Cortex 5 cores.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth
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5/15/2014   6 comments
The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP
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5/15/2014   7 comments
Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
3D Printed Vehicles Meet US Grand Challenge
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5/15/2014   4 comments
The Spring 2014 Additive Manufacturing Grand Challenge is hosted by Virginia Tech to demonstrate the utility of 3D printed vehicles.
Power Week-in-Review: Carbon Battery Trumps Lithium & Solar EV Carport
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5/15/2014   1 comment
This week, a new carbon-based battery technology claiming advantages over lithium, BMW presents a sustainable solar carport for its EVs, Cree launches a 1200V/25mΩ SiC MOSFET in a TO-247, and an industrial power component tester that simulates lifetime performance.
Fairchild Confirms Fabless MEMS Entry
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5/13/2014   2 comments
Fairchild Semiconductor has confirmed it will enter the inertial MEMS market with mass production in 2014 as it formally announced the acquisition of Xsens Technologies.
Do Auto MCUs Need Proprietary Flash?
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5/9/2014   11 comments
As the technology moves down to the finer node, Globalfoundries sees the 28-nm process node becoming the "battleground." That might force automotive chip companies to give up proprietary embedded VNM technology.
Smart Tires: Software Measures Tread Depth
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5/9/2014   7 comments
A technique that detects if a tire has insufficient tread depth uses software to deduce the actual tread depth from the gradual changes in the tire's rolling behavior over time.
Post-Merger Spansion 'Integrates' With Big Move Into Auto
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5/7/2014   3 comments
Synergy is no longer the stated goal behind Spansion’s acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor’s MCU and analog businesses. Shown in its Q1 results, Spansion is scoring design wins globally, especially in the automotive sector.
Do Linear's Dust Networks Matter in IoT?
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5/5/2014   25 comments
Joy Weiss, president and CEO of Dust Networks at Linear, says that Dust and Cisco co-chair an IETF working group in a bid to include in 6LowPAN some elements of Dust's Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol.
Volvo's Self-Driving Cars Passing Driving Tests
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5/5/2014   5 comments
Volvo Car Group’s automated driving project, "Drive Me," is making progress, with 100 self-driving vehicles on public roads in everyday driving conditions. The first test cars are rolling around the Swedish city of Gothenburg. Volvo reports that the Autopilot technology is performing well.
Q & A on Automotive Test: Verify & Share Results
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5/2/2014   1 comment
Engineers at National Instruments explain how automotive safety can improve if test engineers verify test functions and share data with designers.
Silego Announces World's Smallest Mixed-Signal FPGA
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4/30/2014   2 comments
A single GPAK mixed-signal FPGA can replace a variety of primitive logic, comparators, and passive components, thereby saving cost, power, and PCB real estate.
Nomadic Altium Tribe Is on the Move Again
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4/30/2014   18 comments
The hot-off-the-press news is that the guys and gals at Altium are on the move again -- they are leaving Shanghai, China, and heading towards San Diego, USA.
Google Car's Next Move
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4/30/2014   11 comments
Most impressive about the video clip posted by Google is how neatly Google Car’s computer vision organizes what it sees on streets into separate, independent boxes, according to IHS analyst.
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