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Motion Control Comes to Masses with TI Launchpad
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1/23/2015   7 comments
Prototyping of brushless motor control systems has required specialized expertise, but a new offering from TI aims to change that.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety
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1/22/2015   2 comments
In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
Microsemi & Intrinsic-ID Team To Offer Extreme-Security FPGAs & Systems
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1/21/2015   5 comments
It seems as though Microsemi -- teaming with Intrinsic-ID -- may have implemented the most reliable and secure on-chip security system in existence at this time.
CMOSIS Considering IPO
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1/20/2015   Post a comment
CMOSIS, a developer of advanced CMOS image sensors for applications in machine vision, digital cinema, aerospace, scientific and medical applications, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) of shares according to local newspaper De Tijd.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions
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1/20/2015   42 comments
Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
Ford Self-Driving Cars On-the-Cheap
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1/20/2015   34 comments
No need to equip self-driving cars with expensive radar or lidar, say researchers: just use multiple cheap cameras.
Adding Intelligence to Rotary Encoders
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1/19/2015   15 comments
Rotary encoders typically provide simple pulses to a motor controller, but with added intelligence they can do much more.
China’s Shifting Sands Spell Trouble for Qualcomm, Broadcom
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1/16/2015   8 comments
Big changes in the works including China Mobile’s shift in procurement policy from five-mode to three-mode smartphones, and plans among Chinese apps fabless to embrace connectivity, will affect the leaders in the U.S. chip industry.
Win a Bench Full of Test Equipment
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1/13/2015   30 comments
Keysight Technologies is giving away a bench full of general-purpose test equipment.
The Hot, the Odd and the Risky -- Spotted at CES
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1/13/2015   27 comments
A ton of interesting stuff always surfaces at the International CES. Taken together, it weaves into a tapestry of technology whose threads offer clues to the possibilities we might explore in 2015.
CES Chips Charge Wirelessly
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1/12/2015   7 comments
Wireless charging powered up International CES this year, with booths demonstrating multiple standards and charging methods across the conference’s multiple locations. Like many technologies at CES, wireless charging is at an inflection point.
Broadcom CEO: Life After LTE, 5G Cellular Exit
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1/12/2015   14 comments
Although Broadcom's connectivity business has been excellent, the company may face stiff competition from Chinese fabless companies that are licensing connectivity IP cores. We caught up with Broadcom CEO at CES.
MediaTek Wins Sony as Best Friend, Guns for High End
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1/7/2015   1 comment
The MediaTek president used the CES to disclose two things: Sony is MediaTek's "most important friend" -- in a partnership that led to the world's first Android TV, and MediaTek’s unequivocal share in the global TV SoC market.
15-in-15: Analog, MEMS & Sensor Startups to Watch in 2015
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1/6/2015   Post a comment
Here are 15 startups that are eager to change the world of electronics and that we think are worth keeping an eye on in 2015 if you are interested in analog, MEMS, and sensors.
IoT: Collaborate or Else, Says Samsung CEO
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1/6/2015   14 comments
Samsung Electronics CEO BK Yoon, in his keynote at CES, made a passionate pitch to “unlock the infinite possibilities of the Internet of Things,” while suggesting that the industry fall in line behind Samsung’s leadership.
The Key to a 'Cool Car' Is a Cool Key – NXP
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1/6/2015   7 comments
The car key is seemingly destined to become the most visible object differentiating one car brand from another. At least, that’s what car OEMs expect -- and NXP Semiconductors is banking on it.
Q'comm Allies in Cars, Health, IoT
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1/5/2015   1 comment
Qualcomm's silicon is in everything, and its ecosystem is growing, officials said at the International CES. The company didn't have any huge chip announcements, but it highlighted partnerships that will allow continued growth across markets.
CES Unveiled: Robots, Patches, Plugs & Kid Surveillance
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1/5/2015   5 comments
At CES Unveiled this year, two trends have emerged: more wearables pitched for better accuracy (some with "medical-grade" claims) and more gateway products to talk to a WiFi router or directly with the outside world.
Nvidia Drives Tegra to TFlops
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1/5/2015   4 comments
Nvidia kicked off International CES, held here Jan. 6-9, with three major announcements for mobile and automotive computing. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the Tegra X1, a 256-core "mobile superchip" with more than a teraflop of processing power and 16-bit floating point.
Fonts Could Set IoT Devices Apart
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1/5/2015   9 comments
Aesthetically pleasing and scalable typefaces might be the factor that makes one IoT device stand out from others, according to Monotype Imaging.
Broadcom Goes Pedal-to-the-Metal With Ethernet & NFC
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1/5/2015   8 comments
Through the announcement of two new auto-grade chips that include an Ethernet physical layer transceiver IC and an NFC chip, Broadcom is demonstrating at the International CES a strong commitment to its automotive initiative.
2015: Year of the Air-Quality Sensor
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1/1/2015   11 comments
Gas sensors, especially those that can sense air quality, will skyrocket in popularity starting in 2015, being led by inclusion in Chinese smartphones, according to IHS.
CES: 55" TV Thin as iPad Air
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1/1/2015   7 comments
LG's news flat panel TV is as thin as an Apple iPad Air -- just 7.5 millimeters.
BASF Develops Simple 3D Sensor
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12/31/2014   8 comments
Chemicals giant BASF SE has developed a single-lens passive optical sensor that can measure distance to an object and thereby 3D position detection and 3D imaging.
Analysts Predict CES Hotspots
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12/29/2014   10 comments
A few technologies and themes arise from each International CES, the massive annual consumer electronics show held in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9. The upcoming event will likely feature improved-upon devices from 2014, with a more fleshed-out hardware ecosystem.
Ten Deals That Shaped Analog, MEMS & Sensors in 2014
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12/24/2014   4 comments
The company merger and acquisition trend that characterized 2013 was still present in 2014 but was, perhaps, slightly less frenzied.
Pitfalls in Internet of Things for 2015 & Beyond
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12/23/2014   12 comments
EE Times in recent weeks asked several companies and analysts what hurdles they see ahead of them in the IoT market. Here are the key pitfalls identified by them.
Top 15 Analog, MEMS & Sensors News From 2014
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12/19/2014   1 comment
From faulty MEMS mics to NXP's labor disputes, here are the most-read news articles of the year on EE Times Europe Analog.
Successful With Phones & Drones, Parrot Ponders Farming
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12/18/2014   13 comments
Parrot is a 20-year-old startup that has the passion of "makers" backed by intimate knowledge of telephony connectivity, digital signal processing, and in-house ASIC design.
Infineon & UMC Extend Manufacturing Pact Into Auto ICs
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12/17/2014   Post a comment
German chipmaker will partner with Taiwanese foundry to manufacture power semiconductors for automotive applications, extending a production alliance in logic chips lasting more than 15 years.
Apps Layer: '800lb Gorilla' in IoT Nobody Talks About
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12/16/2014   25 comments
Plenty of people and companies in the technology world tend to come at the Internet of Things by dwelling on "Internet." But what if we started with the "Things" instead?
IoT Will Give 'Embedded' a Shot in the Arm
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12/13/2014   3 comments
The largest IoT semiconductor market segment will be "connected cities' followed by industrial, predicts market research firm IC Insights.
Pre-Certification Kits Easing Path to Safety-Critical Design
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12/11/2014   7 comments
Certification of safety-critical systems may be getting a bit easier thanks to pre-certified platforms from software and hardware vendors.
Alliance Prepping for Ethernet in the Industrial IoT
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
The IEEE is developing an Ethernet standard that would meet the determinism needs of industrial applications, and the AVnu Alliance is preparing the industry to be ready for it.
Top 2014 Acquisitions that Advanced the Internet of Things
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12/11/2014   10 comments
2014 was the year when the electronics industry decidedly and collectively moved forward to push IoT. For evidence, look no further than the many mergers and acquisitions among IC, system, and software vendors this year.
Stepper Motor Controller Eliminates Need for Tuning
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12/9/2014   4 comments
Tuning a motor controller used to be a time-consuming process. Not any longer.
AMS Acquires Sensor Company
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12/8/2014   3 comments
Analog chipmaker ams now will acquire acam-messelectronic, a vendor of highly accurate time-based measurement technology and related sensor solutions.
Ethernet for Drive-by-Wire?
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12/8/2014   22 comments
Ethernet is gaining momentum as an in-vehicle network. But beyond being the A/V network for in-vehicle infotainment systems, what’s the potential impact of Ethernet on the whole car? Opinions vary.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2015
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12/3/2014   3 comments
EDN and EE Times explore some of the hot technologies in 2014 that will shape technology trends for next year and beyond as engineers bring even more innovative ideas to reality.
Startup Tackles Color Blindness
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12/3/2014   1 comment
Eyeteq, an image fusion technology, can now be added to set-top boxes to improve 3D TV image viewing for people with color blindness.
Bluetooth 4.2 Unveiled: No Mesh Yet, But Big on IoT
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12/3/2014   14 comments
With new Bluetooth 4.2 specs published Dec. 3, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group promises to deliver several incremental but solid performance increases. Conspicuously absent is mesh technology.
Chip Market for Wireless Sensor Networks on 23% CAGR
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11/28/2014   9 comments
Wireless sensor networks market will grow to $12 billion industry by 2020, says San-Francisco based market analyst firm.
Gyroscope Accuracy Beats MEMS
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11/28/2014   17 comments
Qualtre claims its bulk acoustic wave (BAW) beats tuning fork.
Korea, France Join Forces on Driverless Cars R&D
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11/28/2014   13 comments
Driverless cars, wearables, and digital medical devices will be the focus of R&D projects jointly conduct by Korea and France, reports newspaper Korea Joongang Daily.
Micron Expands IoT & Auto Memory Products
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11/27/2014   4 comments
Micron expanded its offerings for embedded applications and the connected automobile with new products launched at Eletronica.
Motor Controllers Offer Improved Noise Immunity
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11/25/2014   3 comments
Operating at 5V gives these digital signal controllers enhanced noise immunity and system robustness.
NXP to Pick Up Its Missing IoT Link – Bluetooth Low Energy
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11/25/2014   8 comments
In pursuit of the Internet of Things market, NXP Semiconductors has picked up a key technology conspicuously absent from its portfolio -- Bluetooth Low Energy -- from Quintic, a nine-year-old startup.
Megachips to Launch DSP-Based Sensor Fusion IC
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11/25/2014   2 comments
The growing sensor-fusion controller market for smartphones and wearable devices is about to meet a new competitor – this time from Japan. Megachips is rolling out a motion engine and sensor hub chip, dubbed Frizz.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret
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11/21/2014   22 comments
In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
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