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Freescale Reveals NXP Mega Merger Details
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4/24/2015   9 comments
Five companies, aside from NXP, were in talks with Freescale, and CEO Gregg Lowe will be leaving post merger. Freescale reveals details of the NXP merger during its quarterly results call.
QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung
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4/23/2015   3 comments
Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
Elvis Sees All in Russia
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4/23/2015   14 comments
A Russian company claims it has the first Russian designed smart chip. The video intelligent processor (VIP-1) is sold in surveillance systems in Russia, but may be sold as a bare-chip overseas.
Magnesium Ions Could Beat LI In Car Batteries
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4/23/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a step closer towards the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars.
MINI Giving Drivers a Peek at 'Augmented Reality'
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4/19/2015   7 comments
Although most drivers have yet to embrace the idea of head-up displays on windshields, MINI is leapfrogging to the next phase of futuristic motoring, with its introduction this week of AR eyewear – powered by Qualcomm
Automotive Chip Reliability: A Matter of Design Methods
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Up to 90% of all innovations today are generated through novel applications of semiconductors and electronic circuits. In the project Resilient Integrated Systems (RESIST), ten partners jointly strengthen the role of nanoelectronic components as the key to future developments. The research focuses on design processes for microchips and next-gen systems that will meet even higher requirements in terms of quality and reliability.
Odds of Success of Mie Fujitsu, Japan’s Pure-Play Foundry
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4/16/2015   2 comments
Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor is a foundry born from Fujitsu’s lack of any better options. Its genesis raises questions about the odds of Mie Fujitsu’s survival. We asked Mie Fujitsu President hard questions.
Power Electronics Market Surges
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
The power electronics market is recovering after several tough years and will continue to expand, according to analysts at French research firm Yole Developpment. The power market will surpass 17 billion Euro by 2020, largely driven by electric and hybrid vehicles – which require power modules and new business integration methods.
Is Head-Up Display Future ADAS Screen?
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4/15/2015   4 comments
Texas Instruments, rolling out a new automotive-qualified DLP chipset, is banking on head-up display, predicting it to become “the ADAS display of the future.” But can DLP redefine the HUD market?
Aluminum Battery Recharges in 1sec
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4/10/2015   16 comments
Stanford University has built a flexible battery made from aluminum foil, graphite and liquid salt, making it safe as well as adaptable to any form factor.
MEMS Startup Selects MIPS for Sensor Hubs
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
A South Korean startup has licensed a MIPS Warrior M-class CPU core from Imagination Technologies Group plc for use in sensor hubs it is developing to address IoT, wearables and automotive applications.
Sony Tips Billion-Dollar Capex for Stacked Image Sensors
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Sony Corp. has announced an additional $375 million of spending planned for the 2015 fiscal year to further increase its ability to manufacture stacked CMOS image sensors.
Intel's 'Plans' for Atom x3 in IoT/Wearables, Bargain Smartphones
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4/9/2015   1 comment
Intel's Developer Forum in Shenzhen kicked off a major effort to woo Chinese firms and developers to Atom for wearables, mobiles and IoT.
IC Insights Halves Sensor Growth Forecast
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights Inc. has more than halved the growth it expects to see in the sensors and actuators semiconductor category during 2015 and 2016.
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
Ziptronix Inc., a developer and provider of low-temperature direct bonding interconnect (DBI) technology for 3D integration, has announced a patent licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for the application of its technology to image sensors.
Reversed Power Converter May Shake Up Power Applications
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4/2/2015   3 comments
The new device, the LT-minus-1000, is a reversed power converter. Operating on normal dark input power, it supplies inverse power on the output. Designed for general purpose inverse power applications, it can supply up to inverse 30 watts.
Delphi Selected to Build Audi’s Autopilot Computer
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4/1/2015   1 comment
Automated driving is ante portas – but how will the computers look like that steer the vehicles through the evening rush hour and across the high-speed autobahn? Audi now introduced the electronic brain of future self-driving cars.
KIT, Schaeffler Optimize Power Steering for Electric Cars
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4/1/2015   Post a comment
A joint research project from mechatronics company Schaeffler AG and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is developing concepts that make power steering for electric vehicles more energy efficient.
Philips Offloads LED Lighting Components Unit for $2.8 Billion
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
Philips has agreed to sell an 80.1 percent stake in the company's lighting components division for $2.8 billion to Go Scale Capital, a technology fund that will seek to build the company's automotive LED business.
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs?
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3/30/2015   5 comments
Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
Robotic Bacteria Senses Humidity
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
A bacterial spore studded with graphene quantum dots makes the world best humidity sensor according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Toughening Up LPDDR4 and Parallel NOR Flash For Automotive
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
Ignoring the consumer market for now, Micron has introduced its newest generation of LDDR4 DRAMs and parallel NOR flash memory devices into the automotive market.
Vehicle Reliability Is Up, Especially in Powertrain
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3/27/2015   1 comment
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year's Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware.
DARPA Robotics Challenge Gears Up For Finale
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
The latest highlights from DARPA's years-long robotics competition show us just how creative we can be. Here's what you need to know in advance of the grand finale in June.
Bosch Rides Apple to MEMS Dominance
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3/26/2015   5 comments
How did Bosch achieve a future “MEMS titan” status? Why is STMicroelectronics slipping? Get the lowdown of MEMS Industry status and technology breakdown.
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’
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3/24/2015   6 comments
Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.
Multicore MCU Brings Gigabit Ethernet to IoT
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Multiple cores bring blazing speed to low-cost MCUs for Ethernet connectivity and audio applications.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA
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3/20/2015   2 comments
Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
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3/19/2015   5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
AeroMobil Self-Flying Car Previews At SXSW
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3/17/2015   1 comment
AeroMobil has introduced a flying car, and soon the car will fly itself. The company detailed its plans at SXSW.
Are AGVs Ready for the Assembly Line?
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3/16/2015   Post a comment
A Michigan-based company is putting a new wrinkle on the decades-old concept of using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) on the factory floor.
Layoffs Hit 1,600 in Cypress Deal
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3/13/2015   1 comment
Cypress and Spansion are expected to lay off more than 20% of combined staff or about 1,600 people following their recently approved merger.
Vehicle-in-the-Loop Speeds Automotive Design Cycles
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3/13/2015   Post a comment
Confronted with increasing complexity and safety requirements for tomorrow’s vehicles, car designers increasingly use virtual test approaches to assure the correct functions of their systems. Complementing the known tool array of Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) and Software-in-the-Loop (SiL), technology company IPG GmbH suggests an approach it calls Vehicle-in-the-Loop (ViL), allowing users to significantly reduce the time to develop their Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
ST's Vigna Wins IEEE Award
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3/12/2015   Post a comment
Benedetto Vigna, executive vice president for the analog, MEMS, and sensors group at STMicroelectronics NV has been given a top IEEE award for his role in the development and commercialization of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).
Sigfox, Sequans: Tale of Two French IoT Firms
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3/11/2015   6 comments
There is an underlying thread in both 5G and IoT: Diversification. Diversified networks, network topologies and network infrastructures are necessary to enable both. Carriers realize that there will be no one-size-fits-all network for either 5G or IoT.
NXP to Focus on All CMOS Radar Future
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3/9/2015   9 comments
NXP CEO sees making “big and clunky radars” small is critical for ADAS. NXP has an RF CMOS-based 80GHz radar front-end transmitter chip — a working prototype – in the hands of its lead customers for several months.
Harman: Connected Car to Alter Infotainment
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
With the Connected Car becoming reality, the infotainment landscape in the vehicles will undergo massive changes. At the recent Euroforum industry meeting on automotive electronics in Munich, Harman sketched they way from today's relatively simple infotainment systems to the connectivity hubs of the future.
Low-Power Wireless MCUs Proliferate
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Wireless device developers now have a new range of RF options that are low-power and easy to design with.
Parrot Takes Instant 3D Mapping to the Sky
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
On Nvidia's booth at embedded world, a robot arm was swinging a stereo camera assembly, in a drone-like fashion, demonstrating Parrot’s software capabilities to turn cheap stereovision into real-time 3D mapping using nVidia’s Jetson TK1 development kit.
NXP CEO: ‘Security, IoT, Cars’ Drove Freescale Deal
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3/3/2015   2 comments
NXP CEO spoke with on the overlapping businesses with Freescale, once the merger goes through. Products that don’t belong to NXP’s focus on “security and connectivity with a smarter world” are Freescale’s network processors and NXP’s standard products.
Spansion Adds RAM to HyperBus
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Combination of new HyperRAM and HyperFlash connected to a common HyperBus interface reduces pin counts and means smaller packages for use in automotive and Internet of Things devices
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better
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3/2/2015   13 comments
The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
Freescale Unveils Vision SoC for Accident-Free Cars
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Freescale has unveiled an automotive vision system-on-chip. Besides advanced vision algorithms and sensor data fusion features, the new SoC provides protection against external wireless attacks, a much needed feature in the era of “Connected Cars.”
NXP, Freescale Plan Mega Merger
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3/1/2015   23 comments
NXP bid to acquire Freescale to create a $10 billion embedded chip giant that would be a world leader in automotive chips and microcontrollers.
3D Printing Everywhere from Lab to Factory
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3/1/2015   Post a comment
3D printers have moved out of the toy store and onto the factory floor, at Local Motors, and into the physic lab, at Princeton University.
Infineon: CAN FD Success Goes at Expense of FlexRay
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2/27/2015   Post a comment
The faster version of the venerable CAN bus, CAN FD is currently taking off at several carmakers. Infineon's Thomas Böhm, Head of Body / Automotive, believes this could well go at the expense of FlexRay.
Tessera Buys Smart Sensors for Iris Recognition
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2/26/2015   Post a comment
FotoNation Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of chip packaging company Tessera Technologies Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has acquired Smart Sensors Ltd. (Bath, England), a developer of iris recognition biometric technology.
Radar Can't Spot Mystery Drones over Paris
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2/26/2015   5 comments
Unidentified drones were spotted in the skies above Paris two nights in a row this week. The French authorities don’t know who is controlling them, the number of drones involved, or even if they were all coordinated.
5 Trends to Watch at Mobile World Congress
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2/25/2015   4 comments
Anything and everything in the world that demands wireless connectivity – cars, phones, homes, retail transactions, factories, buildings, wearables, public transportation systems, you name it – is descending upon the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona.
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