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Q’comm, NXP Discuss Merger, Say Reports
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9/29/2016   2 comments
Qualcomm may be considering buying NXP Semiconductors for more than $30 billion according to multiple press and Wall Street reports.
Topic Teardown: Fed's Robo-Car Policy
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9/28/2016   1 comment
It’s been a week since the Department of Transportation unveiled its ground-breaking policy on autonomous cars. Here are five issues in the Fed’s policy that are likely to trigger hot debates among automakers during the coming comment period.
Carmakers, Telecom Players Join Forces on 5G
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9/28/2016   Post a comment
The “5G Automotive Association” was launched to develop, test and promote 5G communications solutions. Joining the forces include: Audi, BMW and Daimler, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and Intel and Qualcomm.
pMTJ Is Where the MRAM Action Is
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9/27/2016   1 comment
Another emerging player is ramping up as another layer memory has presented itself as a destination for MRAM and other alternative technologies such as 3D XPoint
Allied with Intel, CEA-Leti Shoots for Moon
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9/27/2016   3 comments
CEA-Leti's CEA calls the new five-year research contract with Intel a "moonshot." Included in the research framework is for the French institute to provide technologies that enable the next-generation communicationo for Internet of Things.
Massive Sensor Fusion for Cars Is HERE
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9/26/2016   1 comment
HERE’s new live traffic/map offerings are the world’s first services created from real-time sensor data from competing car brands. From technical perspectives, though, bigger issues include: how open the specifications will be for collected sensory data.
Wide-Bandgap Boosts EVs
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9/22/2016   1 comment
North Carolina State University (NC State) has invented a power inverter for electric vehicles that almost meets the Department of Energy's (DoE's) 2020 mandate by using wide-bandgap silicon-carbide components.
Amazon Echo & How It Resonates
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9/22/2016   4 comments
Amazon’s Echo-like smart speakers are on the rise. The voice interface is emerging as one of the most natural interface to control IoT devices. Analysts expect the voice interface in home automation hubs, TVs, set-top boxes, HVAC/environmental control hubs and more.
Robo-Car's Safety Challenges DoT
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9/21/2016   27 comments
The federal policy places self-driving cars directly under the purview of federal regulators. Stripped from the privilege of “self-certifying” their vehicles, carmakers will need “pre-market approval” from the DoT. The key question, however, is testing of AI cars’ safety.
Peratech 'Print' Smart Buttons on Any Surface
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9/20/2016   2 comments
Peratech, which invented quantum tunneling composites (QTC) materials, is now allowing its clients to print a smart button, which people can push with force, on any surface of any materials – including laminated wood.
ARM Raises Bar for Safety, Determinism
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9/19/2016   4 comments
ARM is rolling out what the company describes as its “most advanced processor for safety.” The new processor, dubbed Cortex-R52, is aimed at automotive, industrial and healthcare applications that demand functional safety.
Robots On the Rise
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9/16/2016   Post a comment
Industry orders for robots grew to record heights in the first half of 2016, according to A3.
Questions About Tesla Autopilot Safety Hit Stone Wall
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9/16/2016   19 comments
A fatal accident in China thrust Tesla’s transparency into sharp focus this week, posing fresh and daunting questions as to how safe Tesla's Autopilot really is.
Intersil Deal: Renesas' Survival Bid
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9/13/2016   Post a comment
In an exclusive telephone interview with EE Times, Renesas CEO said the Intersil deal won't be the last big M&A for Renesas. Intersil CEO will stay with the new company in a senior management position.
Software Flaw in Airbag Triggers GM’s Recall
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9/9/2016   7 comments
GM’s latest recall caused by software defect in airbags has exposed a symptom of a much larger problem -- how best to manage the growing amount of software in vehicles.
Globalfoundries Preps 12nm FDSOI Process
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9/8/2016   7 comments
Globalfoundries has announced a next-generation FDSOI process, called12FDX, to follow on from the 22FDX process that is nearing production. The new process nominally at 12nm minimum geometry is intended for mobile computing, 5G, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.
IC Insights Trims IoT Chip Market Forecast
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9/8/2016   1 comment
IC Insights reduced the IoT semiconductor market’s projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) -- between 2014 and 2019 -- from originally projected 21.1 percent to 19.9 percent.
LTE IoT: Sequans Claims 'Big Lead' over Rivals
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9/6/2016   3 comments
With the recent ratification of the Cat M1 and Cat NB1 standards, Cellular IoT is getting hot. Sequans claims it’s the first to sample CAT M1/NB1 chips, 9 months ahead of its rivals including Qualcomm, Intel and Altair.
Intel Buys Movidius: Automotive Vision in Play?
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9/6/2016   Post a comment
The Movidius deal is a big win for Intel. Where analysts’ opinions diverge is whether Intel has a long-term ambition to extend Movidius’ technology to autonomous cars, and if Movidius is equally hungry for the automotive market.
TSMC, Renesas Partner in 28nm for Robotic Cars
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9/5/2016   14 comments
Renesas will combine its Metal-Oxide-Nitride-Oxide-Silicon (MONOS) eFlash technology with TSMC’s 28nm high-K metal gate process to make MCUs for applications such as autonomous vehicle sensor control, coordination of ECUs, fuel-efficient engine management and motor inverter control for EVs.
2016 IC Industry: Who Grabbed What...So Far
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9/2/2016   11 comments
Among M&A deals thus far in 2016, we find more transactions that are not an outright “whole” company acquisition. As deals get granular, who owns what becomes more of a tangled web. EE Times attempts to untangle it.
Renesas, Maxim In Duel for Intersil
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8/31/2016   Post a comment
The courtship of Intersil Corp. is turning into a duel between Japan’s Renesas Electronics and San Jose, Calif.-based Maxim Integrated Products Inc. Intersil may announce a sale to Renesas as early as next week, Reuters reported.
IC Industry M&A: Who's Left to Buy?
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8/31/2016   4 comments
Only eight months in, 2016 is already looking like another blockbuster year for M&A in the global chip industry. As valuations keep going up, the questions are who’s left to buy and what’s a good buy?
Apple Owes $14.5 Billion Back Tax, says Europe
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8/30/2016   6 comments
The European Commission has ruled that over several years Ireland has granted unjustifiable tax benefits to Apple worth up to €13 billion (about $14.5 billion), which the US computer company must now pay back to the Irish state — plus interest.
ARM Investors Nod to Its Sale to SoftBank
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8/30/2016   1 comment
Shareholders of ARM overwhelmingly approved its sale to SoftBank on Tuesday. The move officially put an end to the independence of ARM, a wildly successful processor IP core company born 31 years ago in Cambridge, the U.K.
ON Semi to Sell Automotive IGBT Biz to Littelfuse
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8/30/2016   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has agreed to sell its ignition IGBT power device business to Littelfuse (Chicago, IL) for $104 million to allow its acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor to go ahead.
3D Composite Promises High-temp Energy Storage for EVs
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8/30/2016   1 comment
Researchers from Penn State University have found a way to prevent the dielectric breakdown and leakage of high-density supercapacitors as they are submitted to the high temperatures found in hybrid and electric vehicles, while increasing their energy density.
Ford / MIT Collaborate on Future
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8/29/2016   6 comments
Ford and MIT collaborate to mine Big Data from smartphones to perform urban planning.
Auto Cybersecurity Dissected: Who, Where & What
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8/25/2016   3 comments
The automotive industry’s change in perception on cybersecurity, compared to just a year ago, is seismic. We attempt to break down the layers of automotive cybersecurity. We identify where such software will reside, its functions and likely evolution.
SiC Muscles Rohm into Auto Biz
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8/24/2016   Post a comment
Rohm, a Japanese component vendor whose business could be harmed by the steady decline in market share among leading Japanese CE vendors, has good reason to sweat its own prospects. But Rohm says it has a clear growth strategy.
Renesas Sets Sights on Intersil
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8/23/2016   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics is “in the final stages of negotiations to acquire Intersil,” reported the Japanese economic newspaper Nikkei Monday. Neither Renesas nor Intersil is confirming the report at this time.
Automotive Lidar Startup Raises Series A
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8/19/2016   Post a comment
Innoviz Technologies Ltd. (Kfar Saba, Israel), a 2016 startup developing lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles, has raised $9 million in a Series A financing round.
Uber Takes Over Otto, Partners with Volvo for Autonomous Driving
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8/19/2016   Post a comment
On the company's webpage, Uber's CEO and Co-Founder Travis Kalanick officially announced the acquisition of Otto, a fresh startup driven by high profile engineers who developed a kit that allows big-rig trucks to drive autonomously on highways.
Rivals Chasing Velodyne in Lidar Race
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8/18/2016   6 comments
Velodyne unveiled a combined $150 million investment from co-investors Ford Motor Company and China’s Baidu. A growing number of startups are now chasing Velodyne, the most experienced and best funded lidar tech company.
Toyota Partners with Taxi for Automated Driving
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8/17/2016   Post a comment
Toyota Motor Corp and the Japan Federation of Hire-Taxi Associations have entered into a memorandum of understanding for the development of autonomous driving technologies, aiming to introduce a new vehicle targeted at taxi operators by 2017.
Cypress New CEO to Bring ‘Outsider’ Perspective
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8/11/2016   3 comments
Cypress’ new CEO said that the key to success for a semiconductor company is to “become relevant to your customers.” Cypress hopes to become “a tech company that customers want to partner with,” he said.
Will Next Tesla Speak Mandarin?
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8/10/2016   1 comment
China’s dream of creating the “next Tesla” is generating a global rush to develop and manufacture EVs in China. How much of this enthusiasm is an inflated reality created by Chinese audacity, however, remains to be seen.
Murata’s Playbook: Smartphones, Auto, Battery
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8/8/2016   3 comments
The new hope for Japan’s electronics industry is component suppliers who started out making lowly components. We sat down with Murata’s executive vice president and asked him about its post-smartphone strategy, why it wants Sony’s lagging battery business.
TDK Bids to Buy MEMS Maker Tronics
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8/3/2016   Post a comment
Japan's TDK Corp. has offered €48.65 million (about $55 million) to buy MEMS manufacturer Tronics Microsystems.
New Jeep Hack Proves Cars Still Exposed
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8/3/2016   10 comments
When Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek take the stage Thursday morning at the Black Hat events, they will outline new methods of CAN message injection.
ZF Closes Tech Gap, Buys Lidar Company
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8/3/2016   Post a comment
The automotive supplier ZF AG has acquired a 40% stake in Hamburg (Germany) based Ibeo Automotive Systems. With the move, ZF intends to participate in Ibeo’s substantial expertise in the field of Lidar technology and environment recognition algorithms. Both assets are important building blocks for autonomous driving.
US Battery Consortium to Boost Small Lithium-Metal Projects
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8/2/2016   Post a comment
A major battery research consortium in the US will provide up to $10m for small projects around the world in a bid to boost the development of lithium-metal cells for electric vehicles and smart grid storage.
Startup Releases Vehicle-Agnostic Autopilot Software
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7/30/2016   1 comment
Technology company Oxbotica has launched its mobile autonomy software Selenium. Though the developers demonstrated the software in a purpose-built concept car, they claim that it can be applied to more or less any vehicle. Another unique feature: the software gets its bearings without relying on GPS.
China’s LeEco to Acquire Vizio for $2 Billion
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
Upstart Chinese tech firm ponies up for one of North America's largest TV suppliers.
ST Buys NFC, RFID Assets from AMS
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV has acquired NFC, RFID reader business from AMS AG for a sum of $77.8 million plus an additional sum based on how the business performs in future.
Tesla-Mobileye Rift: Divorce or Lovers' Spat?
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7/28/2016   12 comments
Mobileye’s CTO’s comments about Tesla during its Q2 financial reporting illustrates not just the love lost between the two proud technology companies, but what it would take for them to pursue “safety” in the ear of autonomous driving.
Marvell Swings to Loss in Delayed Report
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
New CEO Matthew Murphy says he is looking to trim the fat and focus on profitable businesses.
Qualcomm Pursues Boost in Wireless EV Charge
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm revealed its first wireless electric vehicle charging license agreement with a major tier one. The market momentum behind EV charging has picked up steam, as multiple RFQs from major car OEMs are flying around, said a Qualcomm executive.
ADI to Acquire Linear Tech for $14.8 Billion
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7/26/2016   15 comments
Latest semiconductor industry blockbuster deal would combine analog chip heavyweights.
TI Stays Steady Without Blockbuster Deal
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Texas Instruments, which has shied away from the sort of blockbuster acquisitions made by peers over the past two years, continues to post strong sales and profits.
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