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Automotive Chip Reliability: A Matter of Design Methods
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Up to 90% of all innovations today are generated through novel applications of semiconductors and electronic circuits. In the project Resilient Integrated Systems (RESIST), ten partners jointly strengthen the role of nanoelectronic components as the key to future developments. The research focuses on design processes for microchips and next-gen systems that will meet even higher requirements in terms of quality and reliability.
Paper Memory Ready to Roll
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the Finish VTT Technical Research Centre have demonstrated they could print memory circuits directly on paper, using simple roll-to-roll printing techniques with a particular mix of commercially available metallic inks.
Moore's Law: Dead or Alive
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4/17/2015   21 comments
Moore's Law is still alive and kicking after 50 years, but here are the technologies that are busting and boosting it in the 21st century.
'Connected Home' Key to Intel’s Lantiq Deal
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Intel has formed a freshly minted “Connected Home Division,” which will become a home for Lantiq’s employees and those who are currently working at Intel’s Service Provider Division.
Medtronic Wins EU Approval for Leadless Pacemaker
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
The approval comes a year and a half after St. Jude Medical acquired Nanostim and its EU-approved leadless pacemaker.
Rocket Fuels Student Space Dreams
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4/17/2015   2 comments
Boston students hope to break records by launching a homegrown rocket into space, one of many projects sponsored by the non-profit Mavericks.
TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion
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4/16/2015   2 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is cutting its planned capital expenditure for this year by $1 billion, citing improvements in capital efficiency and a faster-than-expected migration to its leading-edge 16nm process technology.
Odds of Success of Mie Fujitsu, Japan’s Pure-Play Foundry
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4/16/2015   2 comments
Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor is a foundry born from Fujitsu’s lack of any better options. Its genesis raises questions about the odds of Mie Fujitsu’s survival. We asked Mie Fujitsu President hard questions.
NFC Tags Check Food Freshness
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4/16/2015   Post a comment
In December last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had designed simple gas sensors relying on nanotubes-based chemiresistors (electrical circuits whose resistance changes when exposed to a particular chemical).
Samsung Describes Road to 14nm
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4/16/2015   2 comments
A Samsung executive described the company's road to it 14nm FinFET process used for the Exynos chip in its latest smartphones.
Data Centers Drive SDN, Bandwidth
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4/16/2015   1 comment
A Microsoft engineer described two new networking initiatives Web-scale engineers are driving to lower costs and get more bandwidth.
Nokia, AlcaLu Leapfrog Huawei
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4/15/2015   4 comments
Wireless is the likely target of layoffs after Nokia bid $16.6 billion for Alcatel-Lucent to create the world’s second largest telecom vendor.
IBM vs. Intel in Supercomputer Bout
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4/15/2015   6 comments
The Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) project financed by the Department of Energy (DoE) will bring home to the U.S. the fastest supercomputers in the world made by Cray, IBM, Intel and Nvidia.
Apple Buys Array Camera Firm LinX
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Apple has acquired Israeli startup LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., the developer of an array camera for mobile equipment, for a purchase price estimated at about $20 million.
Imagination Tunes in Wi-Fi, BT
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies hopes to leverage the communications experience of its Ensigma division to bring low power wireless connection to Internet of Things and wearable devices. Imagination hopes its built-for-IoT IP will prove valuable in a market that currently uses dumbed-down mobile chips
Intel Does Balancing Act
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
In its Q1 results, predictably Intel's PC business is down but data center, IoT, and nonvolatile memory made up for PC loses. Surprisingly capex goes down.
Power Electronics Market Surges
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The power electronics market is recovering after several tough years and will continue to expand, according to analysts at French research firm Yole Developpment. The power market will surpass 17 billion Euro by 2020, largely driven by electric and hybrid vehicles – which require power modules and new business integration methods.
Worldwide Semi Revenue Grew 7.9% in 2014, According to Gartner
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Booming DRAM market sees revenue increase 32 percent during 2014.
Is Head-Up Display Future ADAS Screen?
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4/15/2015   4 comments
Texas Instruments, rolling out a new automotive-qualified DLP chipset, is banking on head-up display, predicting it to become “the ADAS display of the future.” But can DLP redefine the HUD market?
Intel Keeps It Simple for IoT Firmware Developers
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4/14/2015   Post a comment
At IEDF in China, Intel Corp. introduced a free graphical firmware builder targeted at developers not experienced in embedded IoT design.
Module Makes BLE a Drop-In Design Element
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4/14/2015   5 comments
The EZ-BLE radio module is fully self-contained, making Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity easy to add.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age
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4/14/2015   6 comments
Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Graphene Spintronics Beats All
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4/14/2015   7 comments
Chalmers University of Technology claims graphene's high-electron mobility enables longer wires without repeaters for future spintronics that encode information on the spin of individual electrons instead of their charge like today.
3D Testing Standardized by SRC
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The Semiconductor Research Corp. has standardized Design-for-Test method for 3D chips that has fast throughput by using a single probe to touch several TSV microbumps at the same time.
Netlist Extends NVDIMMs with EXPRESSvault
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4/13/2015   Post a comment
Latest non-volatile memory offering combines DRAM and MLC flash for use as a block storage or as a persistent memory extension
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables
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4/13/2015   1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
Intel, Samsung Up, Qualcomm, Toshiba Down in Chip Vendor Ranking
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
Gartner Inc. has produced an updated top-ten chip vendor ranking for 2014 based on companies' final financial results.
Taiwan Chipmakers Prepare to Transport Water as Drought Worsens
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4/10/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest chip foundry, and other chipmakers on the island say they are prepared to ship water supplies to their fabs here if drought conditions worsen.
Panzura Doubles Flash Controller Capacity
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
Increasing flash at the edge allows for faster file access and synchronization for organizations will multiple offices that need to collaborate
Aluminum Battery Recharges in 1sec
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4/10/2015   16 comments
Stanford University has built a flexible battery made from aluminum foil, graphite and liquid salt, making it safe as well as adaptable to any form factor.
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec
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4/10/2015   13 comments
V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
MEMS Startup Selects MIPS for Sensor Hubs
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
A South Korean startup has licensed a MIPS Warrior M-class CPU core from Imagination Technologies Group plc for use in sensor hubs it is developing to address IoT, wearables and automotive applications.
Intel, Altera End Acquisition Talks
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4/10/2015   6 comments
A rumored deal between Intel and FPGA maker Altera is now dead, following reports of a price disagreement.
Sony Tips Billion-Dollar Capex for Stacked Image Sensors
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Sony Corp. has announced an additional $375 million of spending planned for the 2015 fiscal year to further increase its ability to manufacture stacked CMOS image sensors.
On Semi Wins Image Sensor Slot
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
A tear down of the Hero entry-level sports camera from GoPro Inc. by market research firm IHS Technology reveals that Hero is based on the A7LS34 image processing chip from Amberella Inc. and a CMOS image sensor from Aptina, now part of On Semi.
RTOS Evolves to Ease Wireless IoT Device Design
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Automated power management and built-in drivers allow this RTOS to greatly simplify IoT design.
IBM Sets Memory Density Record
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4/9/2015   8 comments
IBM set yet another world record in recording density on magnetic tape, maintaining its dominance for archiving and backup, even in the cloud.
Sensor Hub Lowers the Power
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4/9/2015   1 comment
QuickLogic announced the world's lowest power sensor hub greatly extending the lifetime of wearables.
Intel's 'Plans' for Atom x3 in IoT/Wearables, Bargain Smartphones
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4/9/2015   1 comment
Intel's Developer Forum in Shenzhen kicked off a major effort to woo Chinese firms and developers to Atom for wearables, mobiles and IoT.
Nokia Demos 10 Gbits on High Frequency
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4/9/2015   8 comments
Nokia Networks will demonstrate several next-generation cellular communications strategies at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, highlighting 10 Gbit/second data rates on over high frequencies. The Summit is co-hosted by NYU Wireless and Nokia to bring together wireless/mobile research and development leaders from around the world.
Tracking Software in the Age of Ubiquitous Connectivity
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Software distribution-as-a-Service is a new middleware capability emerging to monitor and manage the health and security of software code and data transported over networks.
The NXP-Freescale Merger—A $4 Billion Giant
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
The NXP/Freescale merger will create a giant expected to hog the road and market share for automotive systems.
Samsung Galaxy S6: A New Slate
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Samsung has invested in maturing its Shannon architecture and as such has ousted Qualcomm and others as the phone’s core chipset and system architecture, says analyst team at Teardown.com.
Bell Labs Opens New Doors
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4/8/2015   5 comments
Bell Labs celebrates is forward looking research at the unveiling of the Nobel Laureate Garden. The president Marcus Weldon's look into its future.
Nanotube Circuits Learn Functions
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Durham University researchers teach nanotube circuits how to perform their functions by evolutionary learning.
RTG4 -- Latest Family of Radiation-Tolerant FPGAs from Microsemi
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Typical uses for RTG4 FPGAs include remote sensing space payloads, such as radar, imaging and spectrometry in civilian, scientific and commercial applications.
Smart Homes Smell the Coffee
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Withings announced a smart home monitor with an air-quality sensor from AMS, the first of many such Internet of Things systems to come.
TSMC Outlines 16nm, 10nm Plans
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4/8/2015   2 comments
TSMC announced plans to roll out updated low-power versions of existing chips and announced its roadmap for smaller process nodes. The company will begin volume production of its 16nm FinFet+ in the middle of this year while breaking ground on 10nm development.
European Chip Market Turns 'Schizophrenic'
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Euro-dollar exchange rates affected European chip market figures significantly in February 2015 with the three-month average of European chip market showing growth when interpreted in euros and showing a decline in dollar terms.
Medtronic Adds to Diabetes Business
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Hot on the heels of its purchase of the Diabeter diabetes clinic and research center, Medtronic signs a licensing agreement for DreaMed Diabetes’ artificial pancreas algorithm.
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