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Researchers Claim 44x Power Cuts
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois invented the worlds first on/off transceiver fast enough for commercialization, saving up to $870 million per year in datacenter power bills.
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs?
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
Integre Brings x1 HyperLink DSP to FPGA
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
Integre’s IP core allows a user-defined system to communicate with TMS320C66x multicore DSPs from Texas Instruments using a single lane high speed SERDES interface, or to another FPGA.
SanDisk Goes For Big Data Flash Market
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
InfiniFlash storage platform puts company in competition with customers and aims to deliver flash capacity at a price point competitive with hard disk drives
Linux Seeks Security, Unity
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
Linux needs greater security, unity and interoperability to meet its potential in the emerging Internet of Things said speakers at the Embedded Linux Conference.
Vehicle Reliability Is Up, Especially in Powertrain
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3/27/2015   1 comment
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year's Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware.
Robotic Bacteria Senses Humidity
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
A bacterial spore studded with graphene quantum dots makes the world best humidity sensor according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Toughening Up LPDDR4 and Parallel NOR Flash For Automotive
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
Ignoring the consumer market for now, Micron has introduced its newest generation of LDDR4 DRAMs and parallel NOR flash memory devices into the automotive market.
OFC: Transceiver Module Spec Prevents Mismatching
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
A keyed CDFP optical module prevents cables from being plugged into the wrong receptacle.
Micron, Intel Flash 3D NAND
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3/26/2015   1 comment
Micron and Intel have co-developed a 3-D flash NAND chip sampling now that is denser than the parts Samsung has been shipping since July.
DARPA Robotics Challenge Gears Up For Finale
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
The latest highlights from DARPA's years-long robotics competition show us just how creative we can be. Here's what you need to know in advance of the grand finale in June.
Nanolaser Enables On-Chip Photonics
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3/26/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington and Stanford has created a new type of laser for easier on-chip communications using electro-modulation.
Bosch Rides Apple to MEMS Dominance
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3/26/2015   1 comment
How did Bosch achieve a future “MEMS titan” status? Why is STMicroelectronics slipping? Get the lowdown of MEMS Industry status and technology breakdown.
Core Independent MCUs Come to Power Management
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
Using redundant sets of key power management functions, Microchip has used its core independent peripheral architecture in an 8 bit MCU to bring a high degree of flexibility to power supply, automotive, battery management, and LED display apps.
Free Online Class Teaches Analog Design
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
A new online classroom from TI provides training and hands-on experience in analog design.
MCU Vendors Engaging in Low-Power Leapfrog
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3/25/2015   7 comments
Competition to be the low-power MCU leader has resulted in a burst of product introductions, but it is the developer who will ultimately win.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
Intel's Xeon Phi to House 72 Cores
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3/25/2015   11 comments
Intel's Xeon Phi mutiprocessor, with up to 72 cores and integrated Micron Hybrid Memory Cubes, will accelerate both enterprise and supercomputer workloads.
OFC: Networks Cost Too Much
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3/25/2015   9 comments
At OFC 2015, Pradeep Sindhu of Juniper Networks told attendees that networks must change to a lower-cost business model.
Net Neutrality Rules Facing First Lawsuits
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
The FCC's new net neutrality rules are facing their first challenge from a number of industry trade groups, which have backing from companies such as AT&T and Verizon.
Why the Infineon and IR Combination Will Benefit the Power Electronics Industry
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
I recently had the pleasure of meeting some key members of the Infineon Power team from Munich at APEC in Charlotte, NC.
Up Against The (Power) Wall: Power Management And The Path To Exascale Computing
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
Exascale computing? It's the next big goal in supercomputer performance – and power management is one of the main obstacles to getting there.
Ericsson on Power: We Need To Rethink Structure
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
Next-generation cellular communications will require a drastic reduction in energy consumption, something researchers at Ericsson are calling “ultra-lean transmission.” A focus on power management software could alleviate some of these issues.
Cut Landfill: Transform Packing Materials to Rechargeable Batteries
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a way to turn discarded peanut-shaped packing materials into components for rechargeable batteries that could outperform the ones currently used.
Tektronix Returns to the High-speed Oscilloscope Game
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
With the introduction of the DPO7000SX, Tektronix gets back in the oscilloscope bandwidth race, quelling speculation the the company was lagging behind competitors.
Micron Tweaks Consumer MLC for Enterprise Storage
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
FortisFlash provides customers with more tools to fine tune MLC NAND flash for specific use cases and systems while better balancing endurance and performance than eMLC.
Robots Go Viral with DNA
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3/24/2015   5 comments
Programming synthetic viruses and bacteria by their DNA sequence could enable engineers to address problems that today must be done with toxic chemicals. But to create an industry from an idea takes more than independent scientists working alone in their separate labs.
TI’s 32-bit 'Successor' to the 16-bit MCU
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
TI's new ARM Cortex-M4F-based MCU is a higher performance alternative to traditional the 16-bit MSP430 and a lower power and feature-rich alternative to the ARM Cortex-M0.
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’
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3/24/2015   6 comments
Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.
Multicore MCU Brings Gigabit Ethernet to IoT
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Multiple cores bring blazing speed to low-cost MCUs for Ethernet connectivity and audio applications.
Optical Specs Plug Into Data Center
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft’s data center group is leading a new effort to define interfaces to plug optical cables directly into server and switch boards.
Bringing Sub-Threshold Voltage to Any MCU
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Based on the same subthreshold voltage technology used in its ARM-based Apollo Cortex-based processors, Ambiq's real-time clock family brings its low power benefits to any MCU-based design.
Apple A9 Orders Pivot to TSMC
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3/23/2015   1 comment
Apple will ramp up production of A9 for its yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6S. Originally, a majority of A9 orders were said to have gone to Samsung, but sources say TSMC snatched Apple A9 orders from Samsung on yield issues.
A New Kilogram Standard Made of Silicon?
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
For years, scientists around the globe pondered how a new definition for the kilogram could look like a definition less prone to aging and impermanence than the current standard kilogram, a small cylinder made of an alloy of platinum and iridium. The German institute for metrology PTB now claims to have the recipe.
Sensor Network on Board of ISS Secures Air Quality
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Environmental conditions such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, and air composition are vital for the life at the International Space Station (ISS). To collect these data at high accuracy and reliability, the German aerospace research centre DLR and Airbus Defence & Space developed and installed the Wise-Net wireless sensor network at the ISS; the measurement campaign was more successful than expected.
New Usecases Broaden Mobile ID, NFC
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3/20/2015   Post a comment
Strong smartcard and mobile ID solutions can help provide secure access and identification for devices, services, and official documents.
Optical Color Shifter Computes Cognitively
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3/20/2015   2 comments
All optical computers using the neural network paradigm could by pass the speed of silicon computers by using light only and chalcogenide as their material.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch
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3/20/2015   2 comments
Google, Intel, and TAG Heuer on Thursday announced plans to collaborate on a Swiss smartwatch based on Intel electronics and Google's Android Wear software. The Swiss watch industry faces a challenge from Apple, which plans to launch the Apple Watch next month.
PCB-Friendly Motion Module Targets Sensor Hubs
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3/20/2015   1 comment
To make nine axis sensor hub capabilities available for many embedded IoT apps, Microchip has developed a coin cell sized module that can fit onto any space constrained design.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA
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3/20/2015   1 comment
Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
Apple's ResearchKit: Is Open Source Good for Your and Apple's Health?
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3/20/2015   Post a comment
ResearchKit has potential for Apple's customers, and for the computing and communications world more generally, but there are also a few concerns.
Measurements Lead to Smarter Electrical Grids
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3/19/2015   Post a comment
Data acquisition of voltage, current, and power has become essential to the operation of today's smart-grid power distribution network.
MediaTek Sees IoT as Its Next Growth Driver
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3/19/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, Taiwan’s largest chip designer, says it expects IoT to become its next big growth driver once the smartphone business starts to lose steam.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
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3/19/2015   5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
Bi-directional RF Doubles Cellular Capacity
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3/18/2015   16 comments
Full-duplex sending and receiving over the same frequency at the same time is possible, unlike what you learned in engineering school. According to researchers at Columbia University, you just have to cancel out the signal from the much more powerful transmitter at the receiver's antenna.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Marvell Touts MoChi, FLC in Shanghai
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3/17/2015   6 comments
The president of Marvell painted broad strokes about its Final-Level Cache memories and a new interconnect technology called MoChi during a keynote in Shanghai. She described them as basic building blocks for the company’s newly proposed scalable SoCs.
Counterfeit SD Card Problem is Widespread
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3/17/2015   5 comments
Many consumers and corporate buyers find great deals online for SD cards, but find out too late they are counterfeit. Vendors have no real avenue to combat the problem.
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