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UWAS: Playing Hide and Seek with Drones
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
The Paris Air Show (June 15-21) was rich in drone solutions, from warfare mean machines to consumer toys and everything in between for the professional user. Yet, the recurring unauthorized flights that have been reported in the French national press over sensitive sites (embassies, nuclear or other industrial sites) have brought bad publicity to drones in general, making French authorities fear that those flights may be tied to terrorist or other criminal activities.
Nanogenerator Harvests Energy From Rolling Tires
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) have developed a nanogenerator that harvests friction energy from a vehicle's rolling tires, promising a new way for automobile manufacturers to achieve more efficiency from their vehicles.
ZF Sets Course to Driver Assistance
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
Having just completed the takeover of TRW Automotive, mechatronics giant ZF Friedrichshafen, is now steering more seriously into the automotive electronics business. With the acquisition of a software developers team from Halla DAS Lab Europe (HDLE) GmbH, ZF grabs technology competence in the field of driver assistance systems and semi-autonomous driving.
Do Head-Up Displays Lead the Wrong Way to Safety?
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7/1/2015   5 comments
In vehicles, head-up displays (HUDs) have been developed to reduce driver distraction and help drivers to keep their eyes on the street by displaying navigation information, road signs and other traffic relevant data at the windshield right in the driver’s field of sight; the goal of the technology is increasing traffic safety. A study of the university of Toronto now reveals that HUDs rather have the opposite effect – they actually can be a threat to safety, the study suggests.
Automotive King Redefines Future
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6/30/2015   18 comments
By 2030 the cost of an automobile will be mostly from the advanced electronics, according to analysts, with Freescale supplying the Lion's portion of those chips since it will be number one is automotive electronics after the merger with NXP later this year.
MRAM Maker Everspin Remembers Its Industrial Roots
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6/29/2015   1 comment
The only company currently shipping magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) products sees a wide array of use cases, including in the data center, but industrial applications remain its bread and butter.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Secure IoT MCUs Drive Freescale-NXP
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
The future of Freescale Semiconductor and NXP is in connecting and securing the Internet of Things, with a major focus on automotive. The CEOs of both companies outlined their collective vision for the merger, which will likely close in November.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race?
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6/23/2015   3 comments
How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
Freescale S32 Ups Automotive Ante
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6/23/2015   Post a comment
Freescale has created what it calls the first complete family of ARM processors and all the software drivers, middleware functional-safety, and security algorithms automobile makers need for free.
IR Cameras Soon a Commodity, Warns Yole
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6/19/2015   2 comments
Over the next several years, uncooled thermal camera shipments will accelerate rapidly, with volumes growing at 22% CAGR between 2015 and 2020, according to Yole Développement's latest report.
Bidding War for ISSI Wages On
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6/19/2015   Post a comment
Just when it looked as though ISSI was set to let stockholders favor of the Uphill transaction, Cypress came back with a higher offer, only to be trumped again by Uphill
IBM Demos III-V FinFETs on Silicon
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6/18/2015   3 comments
IBM has found a way to use confined epitaxial overgrowth (CELO) to build III-V FinFETs on silicon wafers using standard CMOS processing.
ACE Awards Finalists Recognized for Innovation in Electronics
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6/18/2015   Post a comment
Winners to be announced at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley; ACE Lifetime Achievement to celebrate Linear Technology's Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin.
Sensata Climbs Automotive MEMS Ranking
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6/17/2015   1 comment
Sensata leapfrogged Freescale and Denso to second position in the automotive MEMS market in 2014 but still a considerable way behind market leader Robert Bosch GmbH, according to market analysis firm IHS.
Paris Air Show Grounds Drones — Again
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6/17/2015   5 comments
Despite its commitment to displaying machines designed to fly, there are unwelcome flying objects at the Paris Air Show. Drones are grounded.
Video: 8K-Resolution on YouTube
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6/15/2015   Post a comment
"Ghost Towns" from Neumann Films is claimed to be the first 8K-resolution video available to be viewed on YouTube.
Cypress and ISSI: On Again, Off Again
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6/11/2015   Post a comment
After citing anti-trust concerns as a barrier to a potential Cypress acquisition, ISSI briefly was open to a merger, but is now advising stockholders to vote in favor of an amended Uphill agreement, which was first floated in March.
Hacking Self-Driving Cars Easy, Say Firms
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6/10/2015   1 comment
New self-driving technology in driverless cars could end up leaving such vehicles vulnerable to hackers, according to cyber security firm Mission Secure Inc. (MSi) and autonomous robotics platform developer Perrone Robotics Inc.
Synopsys IP Speeds Automotive SoC Design
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6/10/2015   Post a comment
Targeting safety-critical IP for automotive applications, Synopsys widens its offerings. They include Ethernet Audio Video Bridging (AVB), Low-power DDR3 memory, non-volatile memories, data converters and other functional units, all powered by Synopsys ARC microprocessor architecture.
No ISSI for Cypress
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6/9/2015   Post a comment
Anti-trust concerns halt acquisition that would have further expanded Cypress offerings in the automotive memory segment in the wake of its merger with Spansion
Atmel on the Block
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6/9/2015   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. is on the block, looking for a potential buyer, Reuters reported Monday. If true, the move feeds further fuel into the M&A frenzy currently affecting the global semiconductor market.
Apple Recruits for "Next Big Thing" in Sensors
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6/8/2015   Post a comment
Apple is hiring engineers to help it push "innovation in the field of image sensing."
Report: Google Buys MEMS Sensor Startup
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6/8/2015   Post a comment
Internet giant Google Inc. acquired MEMS sensor startup Lumedyne Technologies Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) for about $85 million back in November 2014, according to an Xconomy report.
Altera's Stratix 10 FPGAs & SoCs -- Breakthroughs in Performance, Integration, Density, and Security
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6/5/2015   Post a comment
New innovations promise 2X performance, 5.5 million logic elements, heterogeneous 3D system-in-package integration, and comprehensive security capabilities.
Video: Panorama Rolls Out MEMS-Based Chemical Sensor
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6/5/2015   Post a comment
Panorama Synergy Ltd. (Perth, Western Australia) has developed a chemical sensor based on the interaction of silicon photonic structures with a microscopic cantilever beam.
DMQ Launches Smaller MEMS Micro Valve
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6/4/2015   Post a comment
DunAn Microstaq Inc. (Austin, Texas) has announced the availability of the silQflo silicon servo valve, a MEMS based device measuring 10.80mm by 4.83mm by 2.225mm.
Batteries Charge for Energy Role
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6/4/2015   1 comment
Improved technology for smart cities and the decreasing cost of renewable energy installation is rapidly changing the power management market. The resulting decentralization of electricity sources requires new power management solutions and business models, which will drive a multi-billion dollar market in the next 10 years.
City Smarts Marshalled in Germany
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6/4/2015   9 comments
Germany's smart cities plan aims to make Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg and other cities self-sufficient in energy, integrated in access to mass transit with a single e-token, and totally connected to citizens for communication during normal and times of emergencies.
Over-the-Air Platform Keeps Automotive Software Current
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6/3/2015   3 comments
U.S.-based Movimento Group has introduced a platform that helps OEMs and tier ones to keep the software status of their vehicles current even when they are out on the roads. Plus, it enables users to establish new business models based on big data technologies.
Learn EMC, Safety, and RF from Washington Labs
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6/2/2015   Post a comment
Washington Labs, testing house located in Maryland, offers a series of webinars for engineers interested on EMC, RF, and safety compliance.
Opel Astra: High-End Connectivity for the Masses
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6/2/2015   Post a comment
The new Opel / Vauxhall Astra, a serious contender to Volkswagen’s long-standing bestseller Golf, may make connectivity and driver assistance affordable. The vehicle marks a new phase for the European GM subsidiary and for the entire compact class.
Industry's Most Sensitive MEMS Mic
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6/1/2015   2 comments
Vesper Technologies Inc. claims to have the world's smallest and highest signal-to-noise-ratio microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphone available today.
Apple Buys into Augmented Reality -- for Cars?
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5/30/2015   Post a comment
Munich-based augmented reality software vendor Metaio GmbH has been acquired by Apple. The move fuels anew speculations around Apple’s plans to enter the automotive market.
Google Unveils Smart Fabric Program
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5/29/2015   7 comments
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   7 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.
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