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Smart Panel Ponders AI's Future
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12/9/2014   7 comments
Artificial intelligence is well on its way to entering the market by 2025, but it may look different then much of the public has imagined. AI could give systems the ability to talk to each other quickly and simply, or reason and make inferences.
Freescale Charges 15W Wirelessly
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12/8/2014   4 comments
Freescale is turning up power with a new set of wireless charging receivers and transmitters for larger mobile devices such as phablets, tablets, and handheld medical equipment. The Qi-compliant system is the first in the industry to reach the 15 Watt threshold.
IBM Plugs Partners Into Power
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12/8/2014   7 comments
IBM's Open Power Foundation is playing significant roles in the Coral supercomputer program, efforts to find new uses for flash memory, and the proliferation of Power processors in China and beyond.
TSMC to Use EUV for 7nm, Says ASML
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12/8/2014   8 comments
ASML says that TSMC plans to buy two EUV scanners next year to extend the boundaries of its process technology, potentially to 7 nanometers.
AMS Acquires Sensor Company
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12/8/2014   3 comments
Analog chipmaker ams now will acquire acam-messelectronic, a vendor of highly accurate time-based measurement technology and related sensor solutions.
Foundry Sales Growing Faster Than Chip Market
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12/8/2014   4 comments
Global foundry IC revenues will grow by 13 percent to $47.9 billion in 2014, following on from annual growth of 13 percent in 2013 and 18 percent in 2012, according to a report produced jointly by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and market researcher IC Insights.
Ethernet for Drive-by-Wire?
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12/8/2014   22 comments
Ethernet is gaining momentum as an in-vehicle network. But beyond being the A/V network for in-vehicle infotainment systems, what’s the potential impact of Ethernet on the whole car? Opinions vary.
WiFi Is King at Kaiser
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12/5/2014   11 comments
Medical device makers should embrace WiFi but generally stay off Bluetooth, said a wireless specialist from healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente.
Startup Funded $143M to Create Sentient Computing
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12/5/2014   13 comments
Startup Sentient Technologies is aiming for a globally distributed artificial intelligence the world has never seen, except in movies.
Intel Picks Smartglass Partner
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12/4/2014   9 comments
Intel announced a multi-year research and development partnership with Italian company Luxottica to develop high-end smart eyewear. The chip maker is also expected to have silicon in the next generation Google Glass.
FDA Tackles Security, Software
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12/4/2014   3 comments
The FDA is working on guidelines for security in medtech devices, as well as ways to harmonize with international agencies on how it regulates software that acts as a medical device.
Whitelist Helping Identify Industrial Control Malware
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12/3/2014   8 comments
When malware invades your industrial control system, knowing which code you can trust is key to finding the contamination.
eSilicon Offers Try-Before-You-Buy IP Tool
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12/3/2014   5 comments
eSilicon launched the IP MarketPlace web-based tool for SoC designers. It facilitates browsing IP, encouraging designers to tinker, build, and generate a complete memory subsystem before making a purchase decision.
Power Week: Dreamliner Battery Fire Had Multiple Causes
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12/3/2014   4 comments
The lithium-ion battery fire that grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliners last year was a result of oversight and certification issues as well as design and testing problems on both Boeing's part and that of the battery maker, according to the NTSB.
Algotronix OTN AES-GCM Cores Are Configurable up to 800 Gbit/s
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12/3/2014   Post a comment
In the case of encryption cores, design team needs to be able to prove beyond doubt that no virus or Trojan code is incorporated in the core.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2015
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12/3/2014   3 comments
EDN and EE Times explore some of the hot technologies in 2014 that will shape technology trends for next year and beyond as engineers bring even more innovative ideas to reality.
TI's Digital Light Processor Shrinks to Glasses Size
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12/3/2014   4 comments
Texas Instruments' smallest DLP can fit on a pair of Google-like glasses to stay online perpetually, can turn the smartphone into a projector, and could even create a new category of "screenless" TVs.
Startup Tackles Color Blindness
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12/3/2014   1 comment
Eyeteq, an image fusion technology, can now be added to set-top boxes to improve 3D TV image viewing for people with color blindness.
Bluetooth 4.2 Unveiled: No Mesh Yet, But Big on IoT
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12/3/2014   14 comments
With new Bluetooth 4.2 specs published Dec. 3, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group promises to deliver several incremental but solid performance increases. Conspicuously absent is mesh technology.
Conductive Clay: The Future of Energy Storage?
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12/2/2014   1 comment
MXene clay -- which is two-dimensional and comprises three layers of titanium and two layers of carbon that's five atoms thick -- was developed by a team of researchers in Drexel's Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
MEMS Mics Taking Over
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12/2/2014   Post a comment
Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphones were developed to downsize the footprint of traditional electret mics, but engineers say they can solve a plethora of other sensor functions that used to require specialized devices.
HP Signals Itanium’s Decline
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12/2/2014   7 comments
Hewlett-Packard announces versions of its high-end, Itanium-based servers running on x86 chips, presaging a shift away from the processor it co-developed with Intel.
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass
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12/1/2014   11 comments
The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the existing Texas Instruments Omap chip.
Biologists Grow Living Circuits
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12/1/2014   9 comments
Biologists at MIT are wiring together implantable living cells to repair damage from maladies like Parkinson's.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion
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12/1/2014   13 comments
Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
Obama Tech Job Plan Disappoints
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12/1/2014   40 comments
The IEEE USA characterized President Obama's recent actions related to the high tech job market as "a missed opportunity" to expand the green card program.
Chip Market for Wireless Sensor Networks on 23% CAGR
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11/28/2014   6 comments
Wireless sensor networks market will grow to $12 billion industry by 2020, says San-Francisco based market analyst firm.
Gyroscope Accuracy Beats MEMS
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11/28/2014   17 comments
Qualtre claims its bulk acoustic wave (BAW) beats tuning fork.
Korea, France Join Forces on Driverless Cars R&D
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11/28/2014   13 comments
Driverless cars, wearables, and digital medical devices will be the focus of R&D projects jointly conduct by Korea and France, reports newspaper Korea Joongang Daily.
Micron Expands IoT & Auto Memory Products
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11/27/2014   4 comments
Micron expanded its offerings for embedded applications and the connected automobile with new products launched at Eletronica.
Moore's Law Competitor Wins $150K Elevator Pitch Prize
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11/27/2014   10 comments
Quilt packaging wins $150,000 prize for best elevator pitch explaining a new MEMS-based device or technology.
Sony’s 3-Year Plan: Treading Water or Just Sinking?
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11/26/2014   28 comments
Sony’s three-year outlook for its mobile business "isn’t aiming for size or market share," said Sony's new mobile chief.
HMC Spec Update Signals Healthy Adoption
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11/26/2014   6 comments
The release of the Hybrid Memory Cube specification 2.0, along with early-stage products that make use of the potential successor to DRAM, suggests it will gain traction, starting with high-performance computing and networking applications.
Power Week: Si-Based Power Discretes to Continue to Dominate Over Next Decade
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11/26/2014   3 comments
Discrete power electronics are predicted to become a $23 billion market by 2024, with fast-growing SiC- and GaN-based components grabbing a combined 13% share, and silicon continuing to remain the technology of choice.
Motor Controllers Offer Improved Noise Immunity
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11/25/2014   3 comments
Operating at 5V gives these digital signal controllers enhanced noise immunity and system robustness.
NXP to Pick Up Its Missing IoT Link – Bluetooth Low Energy
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11/25/2014   8 comments
In pursuit of the Internet of Things market, NXP Semiconductors has picked up a key technology conspicuously absent from its portfolio -- Bluetooth Low Energy -- from Quintic, a nine-year-old startup.
USB Oscilloscopes Get Beta Drivers for Open-Source Hardware
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11/25/2014   4 comments
Pico Technology has released beta versions of drivers for BeagleBoneBlack and Raspberry Pi open-source controller boards.
Megachips to Launch DSP-Based Sensor Fusion IC
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11/25/2014   2 comments
The growing sensor-fusion controller market for smartphones and wearable devices is about to meet a new competitor – this time from Japan. Megachips is rolling out a motion engine and sensor hub chip, dubbed Frizz.
MediaTek Plans $49 Million Investment in China's Chip Fund
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11/25/2014   1 comment
Taiwan’s largest chip designer has announced it will invest $48.9 million in a Chinese government fund as the company aims to sharpen its competitive edge in the world’s largest cellphone market.
Startup to Open Source Parallel CPU
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11/24/2014   53 comments
Rex Computing plans a parallel processor that could deliver a 10x leap in performance/watt. It will open source the design through Facebook's Open Compute Project.
OCZ Cuts Into Read-Intensive SSD Segment
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11/24/2014   1 comment
The SATA-based Saber 1000 Series is yet another option in a crowded market of SSDs specifically targeting read-intensive workloads such as web hosting and distributed computing environments.
Can Japan Get Her Groove Back With IoT?
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11/24/2014   11 comments
Japan once looked like a world leader in smart home standards. Now she's trying to get her groove back via the Internet of Things.
Anritsu ShockLine VNAs Receive Frost & Sullivan Award
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11/24/2014   1 comment
Its line of "faceless" VNA used for production RF T&M has been recognized for its small size, bandwidth, and user interface.
Experts Call for Secure Sensors
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11/21/2014   9 comments
Sensor nodes are the most vulnerable point of attack in an Internet of Things ecosystem, so securing the trillions of sensors industry experts expect is of the utmost concern.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret
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11/21/2014   22 comments
In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Intel Expects 2015 Mobile Speedup
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11/21/2014   12 comments
Intel is back on track with mobile, company officials said at an annual investor meeting.
LEDs Go Color-Temperature & Tunable
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11/21/2014   4 comments
The LED manufacturer Everlight introduced what it calls the world's first color-temperature tunable LEDs in a simple chip on board package.
Automotive Industry Drives Chip Demand
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11/20/2014   9 comments
Among all major end use-applications for integrated circuits, the automotive market exposes the strongest growth, finds market researcher IC Insight in a study to be released later this month.
Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?
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11/20/2014   7 comments
The acquisition of the Duracell battery brand by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway could have broader implications for the power technology industry.
Carbon Nanobuds Flex, Replace Indium Tin Oxide
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11/20/2014   7 comments
Carbon nanobud films will replace indium tin oxide as the transparent conductors enabling touchscreens, buttons, sliders, and more.
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