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Ford / MIT Collaborate on Future
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8/29/2016   1 comment
Ford and MIT collaborate to mine Big Data from smartphones to perform urban planning.
Auto Cybersecurity Dissected: Who, Where & What
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8/25/2016   2 comments
The automotive industry’s change in perception on cybersecurity, compared to just a year ago, is seismic. We attempt to break down the layers of automotive cybersecurity. We identify where such software will reside, its functions and likely evolution.
SiC Muscles Rohm into Auto Biz
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8/24/2016   Post a comment
Rohm, a Japanese component vendor whose business could be harmed by the steady decline in market share among leading Japanese CE vendors, has good reason to sweat its own prospects. But Rohm says it has a clear growth strategy.
Renesas Sets Sights on Intersil
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8/23/2016   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics is “in the final stages of negotiations to acquire Intersil,” reported the Japanese economic newspaper Nikkei Monday. Neither Renesas nor Intersil is confirming the report at this time.
Automotive Lidar Startup Raises Series A
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8/19/2016   Post a comment
Innoviz Technologies Ltd. (Kfar Saba, Israel), a 2016 startup developing lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles, has raised $9 million in a Series A financing round.
Uber Takes Over Otto, Partners with Volvo for Autonomous Driving
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8/19/2016   Post a comment
On the company's webpage, Uber's CEO and Co-Founder Travis Kalanick officially announced the acquisition of Otto, a fresh startup driven by high profile engineers who developed a kit that allows big-rig trucks to drive autonomously on highways.
Rivals Chasing Velodyne in Lidar Race
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8/18/2016   6 comments
Velodyne unveiled a combined $150 million investment from co-investors Ford Motor Company and China’s Baidu. A growing number of startups are now chasing Velodyne, the most experienced and best funded lidar tech company.
Toyota Partners with Taxi for Automated Driving
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8/17/2016   Post a comment
Toyota Motor Corp and the Japan Federation of Hire-Taxi Associations have entered into a memorandum of understanding for the development of autonomous driving technologies, aiming to introduce a new vehicle targeted at taxi operators by 2017.
Cypress New CEO to Bring ‘Outsider’ Perspective
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8/11/2016   3 comments
Cypress’ new CEO said that the key to success for a semiconductor company is to “become relevant to your customers.” Cypress hopes to become “a tech company that customers want to partner with,” he said.
Will Next Tesla Speak Mandarin?
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8/10/2016   1 comment
China’s dream of creating the “next Tesla” is generating a global rush to develop and manufacture EVs in China. How much of this enthusiasm is an inflated reality created by Chinese audacity, however, remains to be seen.
Murata’s Playbook: Smartphones, Auto, Battery
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8/8/2016   3 comments
The new hope for Japan’s electronics industry is component suppliers who started out making lowly components. We sat down with Murata’s executive vice president and asked him about its post-smartphone strategy, why it wants Sony’s lagging battery business.
TDK Bids to Buy MEMS Maker Tronics
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8/3/2016   Post a comment
Japan's TDK Corp. has offered €48.65 million (about $55 million) to buy MEMS manufacturer Tronics Microsystems.
New Jeep Hack Proves Cars Still Exposed
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8/3/2016   10 comments
When Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek take the stage Thursday morning at the Black Hat events, they will outline new methods of CAN message injection.
ZF Closes Tech Gap, Buys Lidar Company
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8/3/2016   Post a comment
The automotive supplier ZF AG has acquired a 40% stake in Hamburg (Germany) based Ibeo Automotive Systems. With the move, ZF intends to participate in Ibeo’s substantial expertise in the field of Lidar technology and environment recognition algorithms. Both assets are important building blocks for autonomous driving.
US Battery Consortium to Boost Small Lithium-Metal Projects
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8/2/2016   Post a comment
A major battery research consortium in the US will provide up to $10m for small projects around the world in a bid to boost the development of lithium-metal cells for electric vehicles and smart grid storage.
Startup Releases Vehicle-Agnostic Autopilot Software
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7/30/2016   1 comment
Technology company Oxbotica has launched its mobile autonomy software Selenium. Though the developers demonstrated the software in a purpose-built concept car, they claim that it can be applied to more or less any vehicle. Another unique feature: the software gets its bearings without relying on GPS.
China’s LeEco to Acquire Vizio for $2 Billion
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
Upstart Chinese tech firm ponies up for one of North America's largest TV suppliers.
ST Buys NFC, RFID Assets from AMS
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV has acquired NFC, RFID reader business from AMS AG for a sum of $77.8 million plus an additional sum based on how the business performs in future.
Tesla-Mobileye Rift: Divorce or Lovers' Spat?
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7/28/2016   12 comments
Mobileye’s CTO’s comments about Tesla during its Q2 financial reporting illustrates not just the love lost between the two proud technology companies, but what it would take for them to pursue “safety” in the ear of autonomous driving.
Marvell Swings to Loss in Delayed Report
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
New CEO Matthew Murphy says he is looking to trim the fat and focus on profitable businesses.
Qualcomm Pursues Boost in Wireless EV Charge
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm revealed its first wireless electric vehicle charging license agreement with a major tier one. The market momentum behind EV charging has picked up steam, as multiple RFQs from major car OEMs are flying around, said a Qualcomm executive.
ADI to Acquire Linear Tech for $14.8 Billion
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7/26/2016   15 comments
Latest semiconductor industry blockbuster deal would combine analog chip heavyweights.
TI Stays Steady Without Blockbuster Deal
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Texas Instruments, which has shied away from the sort of blockbuster acquisitions made by peers over the past two years, continues to post strong sales and profits.
IP Pioneer Mark Templeton Dies
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Co-founder and former president of Artisan Components drown July 17 while kayaking on Oregon's Rogue River.
'Poison Pill' Fuels Speculation of Micron Takeover
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7/25/2016   2 comments
Stock price rises 6% on news of shareholder rights issue designed to prevent individual or entity from amassing more than 5% of memory chip vendor's common stock.
Audio Rises for Event Detection
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7/25/2016   14 comments
Audio is heading from pure playback to enabling “input, trigger and analytics in contextual awareness,” says an industry executive. But what will take microphones to play as important a role as cameras to add “intelligence” to autonomous cars?
Qualcomm’s China Compromise Pays Off
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7/22/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm makes progress and profits from its agreement with China's NDRC, in quarterly results.
AI Drives Startup to Map Deep Learning Computer
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7/21/2016   Post a comment
AI is driving hardware innovation. Wave Computing has leveraged the well-understood dataflow technology, and designed a new processing unit, called Dataflow Processing Unit (DPU), that can natively support Google TensorFlow and Microsoft CNTK.
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic?
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7/20/2016   14 comments
Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
Daimler Demos Semi-Autonomous City Bus
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7/20/2016   Post a comment
No mirrors, but piles of forward- and backward-looking cameras, long- and short-range radar along with high-precision GPS – these sensors create a exact 260-degree virtual image of the surroundings. This equipment enables Daimler’s newly-designed Future Bus to roll along a 20-km track (about 12.5 miles) through the city traffic of Amsterdam without driver intervention. The technology will enter series production early in the next decade, the company says.
ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank?
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7/19/2016   18 comments
The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
Cypress Aims Low-Pin Memory at Automotive, IoT
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7/18/2016   Post a comment
Unsurprisingly, higher performance and smaller footprints remain desirable memory attributes for automotive, but minimizing the potential points of failures is also a high priority for carmakers.
Infineon Details Plans for Wolfspeed Takeover
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7/18/2016   Post a comment
Infineon recently announced the intention to acquire compound semiconductor expert Wolfspeed. But how are the perspectives for Wolfspeed, its product range and its staff? During a conference call, Infineon CEO Reinhard Ploss shed light on his plans.
ARM Agrees To Be Bought by Japan's Softbank
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7/18/2016   7 comments
ARM Holdings plc has agreed to be bought by Softbank of Japan for £24.3 billion (about $32.25 billion) in an all-cash deal.
FCC Paves Way for 5G
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7/15/2016   Post a comment
The U.S Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve a set of rules for wireless broadband communications operating above 24 GHz.
Audi Exec Predicts ‘Server Blades’ on Wheels
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7/15/2016   Post a comment
Updating a car via software isn’t enough. Audi wants to make hardware upgradable. Using the modular design of server blades as its metaphor, Audi said it wants to “pull in and pull out blades in a car.”
Infineon to buy Cree's Wolfspeed SiC business
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7/14/2016   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has agreed to buy the Wolfspeed power and RF division of Cree Inc. for $850 million in cash (about €740 million).
Will NTSB Apply Brakes to Tesla's Autopilot?
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7/12/2016   11 comments
The NTSB’s entry into the investigations on a deadly crash on May 7 involving the “Autopilot” function in a 2015 Tesla Model S will certainly bring extra scrutiny to the automotive industry’s push for semi and full autonomous-driving technology.
U.S. PC Sales Show Surprising Strength
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7/12/2016   Post a comment
PC shipments in the U.S. unexpectedly increased year-over-year in the second quarter, snapping a string of five straight down quarters.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Automotive Memory: Still a Niche Market?
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
Micron's latest SLC NAND is aimed at embedded application uses including connected cars, but although automotive is sexy, as a memory segment it's never going to be that large: it comes down to the volume of vehicles built every year.
Startup Looks to Put PAs on CMOS Express
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7/8/2016   Post a comment
ACCO Semiconductor has emerged from semi-stealth mode with a new type of transistor that it says enables power amplifiers to be built in CMOS.
Chip Sales Remain Stagnant
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7/8/2016   3 comments
Chip sales posted a slight sequential uptick in May, but were down nearly 8% compared with May 2015, according to the SIA.
Tesla's Fatal Crash: 6 Unanswered Questions
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7/7/2016   42 comments
Tesla’s fatal crash has many automotive industry experts wondering what exactly happened. EE Times makes an attempt to dissect which technologies were at play inside Model S Autopilot, and what limitations each technology was manifested in the crash.
ASML’s Tech Chief Snags SIA's Noyce Award
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7/7/2016   Post a comment
Martin van den Brink, a long-time technologist at lithography system vendor ASML Holding NV, has been named the 2016 winner of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)’s Robert N. Noyce Award.
Synopsys Buys Glasgow EDA Startup
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7/5/2016   Post a comment
Auto Security Demands All-Over Answer
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7/5/2016   Post a comment
In automotive security, the state of play has significantly altered. If Harman’s acquisitions of three auto-security tech companies are any indication, the industry is demanding a comprehensive answer covering over-the-air update and intrusion-detection systems to in-vehicle network protection.
Why Intel Got Inside BMW-Mobileye Deal
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7/1/2016   Post a comment
The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will collaborate to bring fleets of fully self-driving vehicles to the streets by 2021. While the BMW-Mobileye connection has been known to industry observers, Intel was a surprise element in the three-way deal.
Micron to Cut Jobs
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7/1/2016   Post a comment
Memory chip maker will shed unspecified number of jobs in cost-cutting move amid challenging market conditions.
Rambus to Buy Inphi’s Memory Business
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6/30/2016   Post a comment
Deal, worth $90 million, expands Rambus technology in server memory interface chips.
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