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Ultrasound: Can Chirp Usurp UI?
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2/27/2017   Post a comment
Chirp Microsystems is rolling out a single-chip ultrasonic time-of-flight sensor. “Touchless” – based on ultrasonic sensing – can “add another modality” to UI for wearable, AR/VR, smartphones and even automotive, believes the startup CEO.
3-D Interactive Projection Redefines MEMS
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2/27/2017   3 comments
Bosch’s combo micro-scanner/laser-projector is said to be capable of transforming any surface into a virtual user interface.
IEEE Director to Step Down
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2/24/2017   Post a comment
E. James Prendergast will retire next year after nearly nine years at the helm of the prestigious technical organization.
EU Privacy Rules Can Cloud Your IoT Future
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2/23/2017   1 comment
Looming large for the MWC crowd are two unresolved issues: the security and privacy of connected devices. EU’s privacy rules will affect not just big data companies like Google but also IoT companies, even when located outside Europe.
T.J. Rodgers Sues Cypress, Slams Chairman
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
Company founder says Chairman failed to disclose role in China-backed equity firm attempting to acquire rival Lattice Semiconductor.
Former Globalfoundries CEO to Lead SEMI Trade Group
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Ajit Manocha will replace as CEO of semiconductor equipment vendor trade group Denny McGuirk, who is retiring.
Cree, Infineon Nix Wolfspeed Deal Over U.S. Government Worries
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2/20/2017   Post a comment
Firms call off $850 million deal after Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States raises concerns.
9 Startups with Self-Driven Future (Maybe)
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2/20/2017   1 comment
How many autonomous driving startups are out there – waiting to be snatched up, or hoping to become the next Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project)?
Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers
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2/17/2017   3 comments
Big Blue has a new mesh network technology for its Weather Channel subsidiary that allows its app to propagate weather and disaster information among all cell phone users even when Internet and cellular networks are down.
Microsemi's PolarFire FPGAs Target Mid-Range Markets
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2/15/2017   Post a comment
In the case of its FPGAs, Microsemi has set its sights firmly on the mid-range market, cumulating in the introduction of its PolarFire family.
Altair Readies Cellular IoT IC with GPS Inside
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2/15/2017   1 comment
Altair is rolling out a highly-integrated cellular IoT chip, designed for easy transformation into an IoT module. Executing on Sony’s vision, it also features a GPS receiver. Altair’s future IoT chip may use FD-SOI.
Toshiba May Sell Majority Stake in Chip Unit
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2/14/2017   4 comments
Japanese conglomerate says it may part with controlling interest in chip group to raise capital after $6.3 billion write down.
IDT to Buy Optical Interconnect IC Vendor GigPeak
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2/14/2017   1 comment
All cash deal, worth $250 million, has been approved by both companies' boards.
TSMC Says Impact from Quake Not Material
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
TSMC, the world’s largest foundry, said that an earthquake on the southern tip of the island that occurred on Feb. 11th had no material impact on its operations.
Ford to Invest $1 Billion in Argo AI
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2/10/2017   Post a comment
Ford announced a $1 billion investment over the next five years in a startup called Argo AI, founded by two top AI robotic talents. Argo AI designs brain, Ford builds nerves, skeleton and muscle of autonomous cars.
AI, Automotive Boost Nvidia
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2/10/2017   1 comment
Nvidia continued it's roll by reporting record quarterly sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Startup 'Eyes' Healthier Displays
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Algorithms address the inherence shortcomings of standard display technologies in smartphones and automotive dashboards
FASTR Looks to Speed Auto-Tech Alliance
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2/9/2017   1 comment
In the era of autonomous cars, there are two hard problems the industry needs to solve: Cybersecurity and software reliability. Which industry groups are actually helping carmakers take a holistic view on both issues?
Cree-Infineon Deal Challenged by U.S. Government
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2/9/2017   Post a comment
Cree's $850 million sale of its Wolfspeed power and RF business could be dead in the water following objection from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CIFUS).
Intel to Spend $7 Billion on Arizona Fab
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2/8/2017   11 comments
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, standing beside U.S. President Donald Trump, announced the company would invest $7 billion investment in a semiconductor fab in Arizona.
Micron, Hynix Reportedly Seek Stake in Toshiba
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2/7/2017   5 comments
Memory chip vendors said to be two of five firms who are looking to buy a 20 percent stake in Japanese giant's semiconductor business.
Longtime NXP Researcher Snags IEEE Award
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2/6/2017   Post a comment
Marcel Pelgrom, author of an important model used in analog circuit design, was awarded the 2017 Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award by the IEEE.
Object-Detection Becomes Wearable
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2/6/2017   1 comment
Obstacle-detection technology, enabled by sensor fusion, is at the core of autonomous cars. What are the possibilities of applying the same sensor-fusion technology to wearable devices to aid the visually impaired or blind?
Hydrogen Fuel Cells: DOE Finds Faster, Cheaper Catalyst
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2/3/2017   25 comments
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has discovered a way to increase hydrogen production 1,000-times in water-based protic ionic liquid with a cheaper nickel catalyst that enables fuel cells to be recharged in 90 seconds.
Apple Watch Dominates as Smartwatches Return to Growth
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Global smartwatch shipments improved modestly in the fourth quarter, according to a market research firm.
Micron CEO Durcan to Retire
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2/2/2017   11 comments
Company alluded to a new memory with near DRAM capabilities and offered no new details on 3D Xpoint
UMC to Start 14nm Shipments in Q1
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2/2/2017   6 comments
Taiwanese foundry accelerates plan to bring its most advanced manufacturing process to market.
Q'comm-NXP Faces Trump, China Hurdles
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2/2/2017   9 comments
Qualcomm’s $39 billion acquisition of NXP could hit a snag. China’s MOFCOM could target the deal by demanding material divestitures as a condition of clearance. CFIUS could object to concessions Qualcomm and/or NXP might offer to MOFCOM.
Record iPhone Sales Lift Apple
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1/31/2017   9 comments
Apple posted it's best-ever quarterly revenue thanks in part to stronger-than-expected sales of its flagship smartphone.
Nokia Applies IMPACT to IoT Fragmentation
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1/31/2017   Post a comment
Lack of security and fragmentation are often cited as basic reasons why the Internet of Things market has been slow to catch fire. Nokia hopes to provide pre-integrated applications that help alleviate customers’ initial trepidation before plunging into IoT.
Miniaturization, IoT Fuel Electronics Adhesive Growth
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1/27/2017   Post a comment
Competitive market is benefitting from the demand for high-quality electronics and is focused on innovation as vendors look at growth through acquisition
Intel Cautious on PC Consumption
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1/26/2017   Post a comment
Intel's fourth quarter sales and profit beat expectations and the company also delivered a better-than-expected forecast for the first quarter of this year.
Is Semiconductor M&A Wave Dissipating?
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1/25/2017   1 comment
The wave of consolidation that has swept the semiconductor industry over the past two years has shown some signs of slowing, but is it?
Video Conferencing & Collaboration Leaps Forward
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1/24/2017   1 comment
The NVIDIA Jetson TX1-powered Cisco Spark Board sets the current standard in video conferencing and collaboration.
Nvidia's Jetson Goes Embedded, Gets Cisco
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1/24/2017   2 comments
GPUs shine no longer in just supercomputers, PCs and game machines. Nvidia, the graphics chip giant, is eagerly plowing inroads into the embedded market, by leveraging Jetson TX1, its AI computing platform.
Chip Sales Projected to Grow 7% in 2017
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1/24/2017   1 comment
Market research firm Gartner says the turnaround in chip sales that started in the second half of 2016 will continue through 2017.
Space X: L.A. to S.F. in 35 Minutes
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1/24/2017   Post a comment
The Space X contest narrowed down a field of over 1200 entrants to 29 for the pod trip by tube from L.A. To S.F. in 35 minutes.
Automotive ECU Updates: Keeping the Hackers Out
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1/23/2017   2 comments
A new software security technology called Uptane aims to keep hackers away from firmware updates and keep manufacturers and suppliers in control.
EDA Firm ATopTech Files for Bankruptcy
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
Privately held EDA vendor expects to be sold after losing long-running legal battle with Synopsys.
NHTSA Lets Tesla Off The Hook
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1/20/2017   5 comments
The NHTSA concluded a months-long investigation of a fatal crash in Florida, and reported that the agency found no defects in Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking and Autopilot systems. Did NHTSA let Tesla off the hook too easily? Absolutely.
Tsinghua to Build $30 Billion Memory Fab in China
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1/20/2017   10 comments
State-controlled Chinese chip firm has committed to $54 billion to two memory fab projects in past two months.
Automotive Power Semi Market Keeps Soaring
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
The global market for power semiconductors used in cars and light passenger vehicles will grow by more in $3 billion USD in the next six years, predicts market research company IHS Markit.
Chip Sales Grew 1.5% in ‘16, Gartner says
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
Global chip revenue increased by 1.5% in 2016 as a late-year surge enabled the semiconductor industry to avoid widely anticipated contraction, according to market research firm Gartner.
Future of Chip Research Group Questioned
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1/19/2017   6 comments
Questions surround the future of SUNY Poly's semiconductor industry research after the resignation and arrest of its CEO and the disintegration of two high-profile projects.
Toshiba Mulls Chip Business Spinoff
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1/17/2017   4 comments
Toshiba is considering a plan to spin off its chip business and sell a partial stake in the unit to Western Digital, reported Japanese financial daily newspaper Nikkei.
Steep Rise of Drones Boosts Other Business
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1/17/2017   Post a comment
A new report by Grand View Research predicts anti-drone technologies, such as electromagnetic shields, lasers, and "net-firing bazookas,” could reach $1.85 billion by 2024.
Racing to Offer Mobileye 'Killer Chip'
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1/17/2017   1 comment
With Mobileye acknowledged as the king of the hill in the hottest automotive vision market, it has become incumbent upon competitors to say they’ve got “a Mobileye killer solution.” But what would it take to become the next Mobileye?
NRAM's Day Is Finally Here: Report
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1/17/2017   2 comments
Nantero's recent licensing agreement with tech giant Fujitsu may be the tipping point for the nascent memory needed
Consortium Releases Sensor Interface Spec
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1/16/2017   Post a comment
MIPI Alliance I3C specification said to streamline sensor integration in smartphones, wearables, Internet of Things devices and automotive systems.
Crossbar ReRAM in Production at SMIC
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1/13/2017   5 comments
Non-volatile resistive RAM developer keeps promise to begin production in 2016.
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