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First 2D Atomic Piezoelectric Discovered
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10/20/2014   Post a comment
The world's first 2D monolayer material has been shown to be piezoelectric, enabling a new era of super-sensitive sensors, and when stacked, a new power source for wearables and IoT.
Mega MATLAB Release From MathWorks
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10/17/2014   Post a comment
R2014b is an extremely compelling release for both existing MATLAB users and new members of the MATLAB community.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
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10/16/2014   6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
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10/15/2014   7 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
In $2.5B Deal, Qualcomm & CSR Mesh
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10/15/2014   15 comments
Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest cellphone chip vendor, has agreed to buy CSR for $2.5 billion to strengthen its presence in the Internet of Things market.
Microchip Forecast Dip Triggers Debate
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10/13/2014   16 comments
Microchip's downward revision in its September quarter revenue forecast spooked flocks of investors, driving down stock prices, not only for Microchip, but also for Intel and TI. The news appears to have caught semiconductor industry analysts by surprise.
Despite 'D' Disappointment, Tesla Still Matters
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10/10/2014   27 comments
The long, speculation-drenched week that followed Elon Musk’s “unveil the D” tweet is finally over. Tesla Motors Thursday night announced an all-wheel-drive (awd) Model S with semi-autopilot features.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
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10/8/2014   16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Test & Measurement Calendar of Events
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10/7/2014   2 comments
Autumn is a busy time for engineering events, shows, conferences, and seminars. Here are some. Did we miss any?
Spansion to Launch 3D-Embedded Automotive MCU
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10/1/2014   1 comment
Spansion will launch a new microcontroller designed to offer high-performance human machine interface (HMI) for automobile dash and clusters. It comes with HyberBus interface and 2D or 3D graphics cores (or both) embedded inside the MCU.
Robots Confront Safety Standards
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9/30/2014   7 comments
An emerging crop of industrial robots will be more user-friendly tools for novice users in a wide variety of small companies, but they may bump up against safety standards, experts say.
Altera Announces Non-Volatile MAX 10 FPGAs & Eval Kits
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9/30/2014   8 comments
MAX 10 FPGAs are of interest for a broad range of application areas, including industrial control systems, automotive systems, communications, computing, and storage.
Fairchild Reinvents Itself
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9/26/2014   11 comments
Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
Smartphone Shifts Automotive Processor Demand
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9/26/2014   7 comments
As the most disruptive trend in the automotive infotainment industry has market researcher HIS identified the use of smartphones in cars. The reason: Since smartphones are as ubiquitous as they are in today's vehicles, consequences for the design of head units and telematics portals in the vehicles are necessary, leading to a shift in microprocessor demand in these components.
MEMS Pioneer Raises $25M, Including Debt
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9/26/2014   4 comments
SiTime Corp., a pioneer of MEMS resonator devices as replacements for quartz timing devices, has closed a $25 million round of financing that includes a $15 million debt facility provided by Capital IP Investments Partners.
Infineon's Secret Weapon: Dresden Fab, 48V Car Battery
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9/25/2014   40 comments
Infineon is banking on its power semiconductors to expand its presence in the global automotive market while its 300mm "thin" wafers and 48V battery will help meet the CO2 emission target for EU cars.
Tire Sensor for Industrial Trucks Solves a Burning Problem
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9/25/2014   2 comments
A research project of the Hannover University is currently developing a sensor system that enables operators to monitor the conditions of the tires on industrial trucks.
All Aboard the ARM Cortex-M7 MCU Express
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9/24/2014   Post a comment
ARM's new Cortex-M7 processor is highest performance member of the energy-efficient Cortex-M processor family.
Centralized Architecture: Apps as Driver-Assistance Systems
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9/24/2014   6 comments
Is centralizing the dozens of ECUs and control units in a car into one powerful computing hub a good idea? Siemens says it means essential functions such as driver-assistance systems could be implemented as apps.
NXP Beats Qualcomm, Gets First V2V Design Win
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9/23/2014   4 comments
The future of car-to-car communication in the United States is getting more real, now that Delphi Automotive has become the first Tier 1 to supply car-to-car communications modules to General Motors' 2017 Cadillac models.
Startup's Piezoelectric MEMS Mics May Take Over
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9/22/2014   Post a comment
Vesper Claims Top Spot with 70dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Cars Made to Order at Retail
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9/19/2014   11 comments
Local Motors’sporty 3D printed car looks like licorice on wheels and cruised around a rocket playground while eager adults looked on. The vehicle innovation company – not car manufacturing, not motorcycle manufacturing – bills itself as a necessary alternative for consumers who want more choice.
Backlash Coming on Car-to-Car Talk?
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9/18/2014   49 comments
Vehicle-to-vehicle communications will be mandated in the US, but public comments show concerns about V2V's security and privacy.
Sensor Hubs Aided by IEEE-2700-2014 Datasheets
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9/17/2014   3 comments
The first MEMS standard, the IEEE 2700-2014, will standardize data sheets making it easier to compare models as well as build interoperable sensor hubs.
Consumers Expect Full In-Car Connectivity
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9/17/2014   20 comments
Drivers worldwide increasingly expect their cars to be “the next connected space,” a seamless extension to their already connected homes and offices, according to a global consumer study conducted by GfK.
Lemoptix Pico-Projector Excels
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9/16/2014   10 comments
Claims brightest, smallest MEMS projector solution
ZF Swallows TRW Automotive
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
US-based TRW Automotive has been acquired by automotive parts company ZF Friedrichshafen, creating the second largest automotive suppliers after Robert Bosch GmbH.
New 'Runaway Toyota' Case Tests DOJ's Integrity
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9/12/2014   42 comments
Just as the memory of Toyota's unintended acceleration cases began to fade, at least in the minds of the media and a few million thus far unaffected Toyota owners, in comes Robert Ruginis to dredge it all up again.
Connected EVs Drive Farther, Project Finds
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9/12/2014   3 comments
A research consortium headed by carmaker BMW explored ways to extend the driving range of electric cars at a given battery capacity. The result: Smart driving strategies and connected technologies can extend the range by as much as 15%, even with available batteries.
GM Spurs Development of Automated Driving
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9/9/2014   17 comments
General Motors wants to take the lead in highly automated driving: While European carmakers pursue rather long-term plans with automated driving, the US carmaker changes to the fast lane.
Boston-Area EMC Seminar, Sept. 16
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9/4/2014   3 comments
EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt will give a practical EMC seminar at Bose Corp. in Framingham, Mass., on September 16, 2014.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
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8/28/2014   13 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Vehicle-to-Vehicle: 7 Things to Know About Uncle Sam's Plan
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8/22/2014   17 comments
Now that more new cars are equipped with ADAS, the NHTSA plan, unveiled this week, to require V2V communications technologies in all new passenger cars might seem too little, too late.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier
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8/21/2014   12 comments
Infineon Technologies will buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash. Through the merger, the German chip company is pushing toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
To Stay Alive, Renesas Negotiates End-of-Life Deals
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8/7/2014   22 comments
The most urgent task for Renesas, “still fighting for survival,” is “to improve our gross profit rate,” says Renesas Electronics CEO Hisao Sakuta during quarterly financial results press conference.
MEMS Imitates Logic
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8/5/2014   1 comment
There were those who said history would not repeat itself. But evidence continues to accumulate that the MEMS sector will follow a similar path to CMOS logic.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
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8/4/2014   7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
MEMS Leaders Under Pressure, Says Yole
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8/4/2014   Post a comment
The MEMS industry is changing as established manufacturing leaders with an emphasis on delivering components are put under pressure by fabless MEMS vendors, as customers become more interested in functionality -- a mix of hardware and software -- than components.
Is Tesla's Gigafactory a Gigablunder for Panasonic?
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7/31/2014   27 comments
Panasonic signed a deal with Tesla on a large-scale battery plant, known as Gigafactory. The question inside and outside the Japanese company is this: how big an albatross might the Gigafactory become for Panasonic.
Next-Gen HiFi Competition Takes Place in the Car
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7/30/2014   6 comments
Car radio? Old school. Infotainment? Better. Now the next generation of fine audio is preparing to start at Continental and Audi. Is the golden age for audiophile car lovers arriving?
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Flexible Displays Going Commercial
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7/15/2014   11 comments
LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Micro Sensor Monitors Properties of Liquids
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7/15/2014   2 comments
Researchers are developing sensors that can measure the quality of lubricants using a microchip aluminium nitride cantilever that vibrates when a liquid exerts mechanical resistance on it.
Smart Sensors Offer Haptic Feedback
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7/14/2014   1 comment
Fraunhofer ISC's Centre for Smart Materials has demonstrated materials that can be used to create intelligent sensors with haptic feedback.
Honda Admits Software Problem, Recalls 175,000 Hybrids
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7/10/2014   72 comments
For the first time, a carmaker has conceded that a software glitch in electronic control units could cause sudden acceleration. Honda, citing software problems, is recalling 175,000 hybrid vehicles in Japan.
Qualcomm Snaps Up CSR's Imaging Team
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7/10/2014   Post a comment
Cellphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying the imaging operations of CSR plc, which are based in Israel, according to local reports. CSR announced it would be selling the business for $44 million on July 2.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves
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7/9/2014   6 comments
Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
Inductive Charging Takes Shape at BMW & Daimler
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7/9/2014   11 comments
BMW plans to launch series production for inductive charging schemes for electric vehicles. The project is conducted along with competitor Daimler. Each company plans to provide a uniform charging technology for the garage at home.
XS Embedded Deal Gives Mentor Inside Track in Car Race
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7/9/2014   2 comments
The acquisition of German company XS Embedded makes Mentor Graphics by far “the most complete” automotive embedded system company in the world, according to Mentor executive.
Connected Car: NXP's One-Chip Wireless Design
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7/8/2014   1 comment
European Drive C2X project gets a new approved part. NXP’s TEF510x, the second product from the RoadLINK range, is now available to automotive OEMs.
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