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Google Unveils Smart Fabric Program
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5/29/2015   Post a comment
In what might be the largest development in smart fabrics, Google announced a project to scale manufacturing of fabrics that use broad gestures to control mobile devices, lights, and more.
Can Formula E Overtake Formula One?
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5/29/2015   15 comments
The Formula E race in Berlin was marred by the winner of the race, Lucas de Grassi of the Audi Sport ABT Team, later being disqualified after an inspection of his car reveal he was using non-standard parts.
Huawei vs. Xiaomi: China in Microcosm
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5/29/2015   6 comments
Huawei’s technological prowess in telecom and Xiaomi’s agility in China’s consumer electronics market illustrate both companies’ potential and their weaknesses. Understanding the differences offers a glimpse into the future -- where China is guiding the global electronics industry.
Daimler, Qualcomm Announce Strategic Partnership
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
Mercedes-Benz brand owner Daimler AG and Qualcomm Technologies have announced a strategic partnership aiming at vehicle connectivity. Initially both companies will together fathom out which technologies will suit best for future vehicle generations. Possible technologies include 3G/4G mobile radio as well as cable-free charging options such as Qualcomm’s Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology
Rohm Buys Renesas Wafer Fab
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
Rohm Co. Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan) has moved to acquire a 200mm wafer fab from Renesas Electronics Corp. for 450 million yen (about $3.7 million).
CES Asia: ‘Zero Distance’ to Supply Chains
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
Conspicuously missing from CES Asia are big name consumer electronics brands -- even local companies like Xiaomi and Lenovo. The show, however, signals the region’s close proximity among product design, manufacturing and supply chains.
Huawei’s Everything-Connected Game Plan
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5/22/2015   4 comments
As Chinese Internet companies like Tencent, Alibaba and Xiaomi bulldoze into the local consumer electronics market with online strategies, the position of China’s telecom giant Huawei grows ever more intriguing. Will Huawei join them or stand on its own?
Self-Driving Cars Without Passengers
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5/21/2015   3 comments
Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) is aiming for self-driving cars that you drop off at garage and then let them find a space and plug into recharge.
MBtech Boosts Electromobility With New Competence Center
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
Engineering and consulting services company MBtech is bundling its electromobility expertise in a new competence center. The center’s engineering topics range from high-voltage systems and power electronics to the development of high-voltage battery management systems.
Cypress Eyes ISSI
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
On the heels of its Spansion acquisition, Cypress has made an offer for the fabless semiconductor company that focuses on the automotive, communications and industrial markets with its DRAM, SRAM and NOR flash products
Mercedes-Benz Integrates Navigation with Apple Watch
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Daimler has introduced an intelligent integration between Apple Watch and Mercedes-Benz vehicles with its new MB Companion App.
Matrix LED Lighting Enters the Compact Class
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5/15/2015   Post a comment
Smart lighting in the shape of electronically controlled Matrix headlamps is a feature exclusively found in the automotive top league, right? This perception is about to change: Opel / Vauxhall announced to equip its compact-class Astra with such a lighting system. The VW Golf rival will be introduced at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt (Germany) later this year.
EEs Wanted for High Speed Rail
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5/14/2015   25 comments
A June seminar in Silicon Valley aims to prepare engineers to participate in California’s high-speed rail project, the first in the nation.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts
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5/13/2015   2 comments
Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
Drivers Not Ready to Let Cars Take Over, Says Poll
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5/12/2015   12 comments
Do car owners have confidence in algorithms and control units that eventually could take over the command over their vehicles? A recent study reveals deep-seated concerns.
BMW Pushes Tri-Motor Concept
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5/12/2015   5 comments
In a shift of emphasis from conventional to electric drive, BMW believes using two electric motors for high acceleration from a standing start, while the combustion engine for additional power at high speeds.
Vision Core Tightens its Focus
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5/12/2015   Post a comment
CogniVue released the first details of Opus, its next-generation vision processing core that targets the rapidly emerging ADAS market of car safety subsystems.
LTE-WiFi Debate Exposes Spectrum Land Grab
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5/11/2015   7 comments
A new document circulated among members of the 3GPP working groups, entitled as “Precluding standalone access of LTE on unlicensed carriers,” shows cell operators’ desire to revise 3GPP’s own rule and prohibit non-LTE carriers from using LTE-U.
Samsung Breaks Ground on $14 Billion Fab
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5/8/2015   13 comments
Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feet for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
Microchip to Acquire Micrel
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5/8/2015   2 comments
Microcontroller and analog semiconductor company Microchip Technology Incorporated has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the analog semiconductor company Micrel for $14.00 per share--an acquisition price of $839 million.
Surround View Camera Integrated into Driver Assistance
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
Automotive supplier Continental has demonstrated a potential new application for surround view cameras: Their signals can be used in advanced driver assistance systems such as automatic braking when reversing, cross traffic assistant and automated parking.
ST Falls to 4th in 2014 Sensor Sales Ranking
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5/7/2015   Post a comment
Market leader Bosch grabbed 20 percent of worldwide sales of sensor components in 2014, according to IC Insights. At the same time a 19 percent drop in the dollar value of its sensor sales in 2014 sent ST falling from second to fourth.
ST Brings More Power MCUs to Auto Electronics
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5/7/2015   1 comment
ST has rolled out a 40 nanometer version of the Power Architecture for use in security- and safety-critical automotive power train and body electronics apps.
Dialog, Foxconn, Lite-On to Form Sensor Joint Venture
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5/7/2015   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor and Foxconn are set to transform Dyna Image, a Lite-On subsidiary making optical, inertial and environmental sensors for sale in the Chinese market, into a joint venture.
3D Expands Vision Applications in Industrial Automation
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Manufacturing has used 2D vision in automated inspection for years, but now there's a whole new dimension to vision in industry.
UltraHaptics Promises Airborne Tactile Interfaces
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Founded in 2013, Bristol-based startup Ultrahaptics relies on a compact array of ultrasound transducers to send inaudible sound waves through the air, using phase-shift techniques to precisely control the focus and intensity of the acoustic radiation pressure into something tangible.
NXP-Qualcomm Partnership to Drive NFC
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5/5/2015   3 comments
Expect droves of Android phones featuring secure NFC mobile transactions a la Apple Pay to hit the global market soon. NXP and Qualcomm have partnered to bring NXP’s NFC and secure element technology onto Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform.
Emergency Brake Relies Solely on Video Signal
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5/5/2015   1 comment
Bosch succeeded in implementing an emergency brake assistant that gets all necessary data exclusively from a stereo video camera; no radar or lidar signals required.
MEMS-Based Laser Headlights Adapt to Speed
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5/2/2015   Post a comment
On the basis of its laser spot high-beam headlight, Audi is developing a system that automatically adjusts the illumination by the speed of the vehicle. The new technology utilizes only a single MEMS mirror to deflect the laser beam.
Sensors, Auto Power Drive ST Revenues
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5/1/2015   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics revenue, totaling $1.71 billion in Q1, came from power and automotive chips.
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
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4/30/2015   1 comment
In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
How the 3 Cs Drive IC Consumption
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4/29/2015   1 comment
The communications, computers and consumer electronics sectors are set to be responsible for more than 70 percent of IC sales in every geographic region -- Americas, Europe, Japan, and Asia-Pacific -- in 2015, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Topic Teardown: Connected Cars' Pros & Cons
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4/28/2015   11 comments
We illustrate the benefits of connected cars. We analyze the driving force behind the connected car. We will scout security measures necessary inside cars in order to make connected cars less vulnerable to external malicious attacks.
Ruggedized Tire Pressure Sensor Raises Bar
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4/28/2015   1 comment
Heavy trucks, buses and construction vehicles can now have the luxury of automatic tire pressure monitoring with Freescale's new chip that it claims also issues warnings that can prevent blowouts.
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   17 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   8 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   5 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.
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