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Google, Fiat To Collaborate in Autonomous Driving Development
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5/11/2016   Post a comment
Carmaker Fiat Chrysler (FCA) will collaborate with Google in developing technologies for self-driving vehicles. According to media reports, FCA will integrate Google’s technology into about 100 Chrysler hybrid minivan Pacifica vehicles.
IOT Piggybacks on Lego: Simple Physics
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This Israeli startup has raised well over ten times its initial $50,000 crowdfunding goal, offering what it describes as Lego on steroids.
Nest Shares Thread Code
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Google’s Nest released an open source version of software it uses to implement Thread to accelerate adoption of the smart-home protocol.
Magnetic Graphene Possible
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By inserting hydrogen atoms into the lattice of a graphene sheet, an array of electrons in nanoscale domains encoded with magnetic spin transforms the material into a spintronic successor to silicon.
Stretchable Polymer Optics Embed Carbon Nanotubes for Better Focus
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5/11/2016   Post a comment
Researchers from the Department of Microelectronics at the Delft University of Technology have flattened out the binary Fresnel lens concept to a thin stretchable polymer membrane with radial patterns of vertically grown carbon nanotubes (CNT).
Cryptographic IP Speeds Car2x Communications
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5/10/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor IP provider EnSilica has launched a cryptographic IP that could help meet the high security communication and latency requirements of automotive Car2Car and Car2Infrastructure (Car2x) applications. These applications form part of emerging Intelligent Transport Systems.
Imagination Inside Innovative Video Analytics Engine
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5/10/2016   Post a comment
Russian ASIC expert company Elvees and UK-based chip IP provider Imagination Technologies are creating an innovative SoC platform, called the Elise SoC, for a wide range of video analytics and high-performance mobile computing.
U.S. Investigates Security Update Practices
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5/10/2016   4 comments
Federal agencies are seriously worried about cyberattacks. Whether such assaults are launched on smartphone or cars, they’ve come to believe that the threats are real. Agencies are asking industries how they’re responding to the vulnerabilities of their connected devices.
DRAM Goes Hot and Cold
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5/9/2016   Post a comment
The commodity memory has a lot of niche applications, especially when it's protected against heat, moisture, humidity and cold
IC Capital Spending Forecast Improves Slightly
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Gartner says spending to decline by 2%, an improvement from its January projection.
Honeywell Sharpens Thrust into IIoT
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Honeywell Process Controls has created a new business unit to focus on the industrial IoT.
Cellular Link Paves Road to 5G
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5/9/2016   1 comment
The Next-Generation Fronthaul Interface (IEEE 1914) promises lower costs for carriers and could enable 5G features such as cloud-RAN and massive MIMO.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story
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5/6/2016   6 comments
Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
White House Takes Deep Interest In AI
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5/6/2016   1 comment
The US government is seeking a more active role in shaping the direction of AI research and development.
NXP Takes Auto Chip Vendor Crown
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Following its takeover of Freescale, NXP Semiconductor has been declared the leading automotive chip vendor for 2015 by market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Strong Growth Seen For CMOS Image Sensor Market
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IC Insights projects that market will grow at 9% CAGR through 2020 as automotive, security and medical applications adopt the technology.
Analog, MEMS Drag On ST’s Results
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Rumor mill says Carlo Bozotti's tenure as CEO could soon come to and end.
Enhanced Guidelines Appear for Safe, Secure C Programs
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MISRA C, the coding standard for safety-critical systems, has been enhanced with new rules addressing security in C coding.
Electromobility Drives Infineon’s Sales
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The quarterly figures of chipmaker Infineon were slightly better than expected; sales to automotive customers grew faster than average.
AMS Wins $77 Million from Intersil
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A Texas Judge has ordered power management and analog iC company Intersil Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) to pay Austria's AMS $77 million in damages, including $10 million in exemplary damages.
Graphene Patterned at Room Temp
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5/5/2016   3 comments
Graphene is easily grown with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on copper foil, but a simple way of etching out the necessary circuit patterns and transferring them to a non-metallic substrate has eluded engineers. Now researchers at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) claim to have a one-step room temperature process for quickly patterning and transferring graphene circuits to flexible substrates using a simple shadow mask.
IoT Network Calls for Sensors
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5/5/2016   4 comments
Senet said it has found third-party gateway vendors but now needs more connected sensors to fuel its LoRa network service for the Internet of Things.
Analog, MEMS Drag on ST Results
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5/4/2016   3 comments
One of Europe's top three semiconductor companies STMicroelectronics NV has found that it is now analog and MEMS business unit that is dragging the company down and keeping it in loss.
Google, Fiat Chrysler Join Forces For Self-Driving Cars
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5/4/2016   2 comments
The partnership heralds a new chapter in Google's quest to bring autonomous vehicles to public roads in the US.
Former Intel Exec Perlmutter to Chair ReRam Startup
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5/4/2016   5 comments
David Perlmutter, a former executive vice president and chief product officer at Intel, has agreed to be non-executive chairman of Weebit Nano, a startup formed to commercialize silicon dioxide resistive RAM technology.
Analog Brain to Simulate Real Thing
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5/4/2016   3 comments
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) is working on building electronic brains using analog components that operate like real biological brains, unlike the digitally emulated electronic brains being built in the best by companies like IBM.
Chip Roadmap Reboots Under New Management
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5/4/2016   5 comments
The IEEE has taken ownership of the ITRS process for defining the chip road map, expanding it to including computing systems.
Activist Investor Attacks Vex Chipmakers
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5/4/2016   10 comments
Beyond Yahoo, Apple and Sony, chip vendors have been targeted by activist investors. The big change now is that hedge fund investors -- whose focus used to be on small to medium companies -- are now getting much bolder.
Microchip, Micrel CEOs Duel Over Deal
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5/3/2016   9 comments
Micrel and Microchip CEOs came to loggerheads over the extent of layoffs after a recent acquisition.
Chip Sales Edge Up Slightly
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5/3/2016   2 comments
The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that chip sales increased slightly in March compared with February, but sales for the first quarter were down sequentially and year-over-year.
Cadence DSP Targets Neural Network Development
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5/2/2016   1 comment
Tensilica Vision V5 digital signal processor promises 4X performance improvement over predecessor for use in fast-growing field of artificial intelligence.
MaxLinear Buys Microsemi’s Broadband Wireless Unit
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Technology and assets, formerly of PMC-Sierra, to be combined with MaxLinear's low-power, digital CMOS, radio-frequency mixed-signal capabilities.
How Google Made Chromecast Cool
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Since the release of the first generation of the Chromecast, Google has old more than 20 million units to customers looking to make their tired old TVs a little smarter.
Researchers Develop Dissolvable Memristor
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5/2/2016   1 comment
University researchers have produced a so-called memristor device made from egg proteins, magnesium and tungsten.
Intel to Exit Mobile SoC Business
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4/29/2016   16 comments
As it proceeds with a massive restructuring plan announced earlier this month, Intel will exit the smartphone and tablet mobile SoC business by ending its struggling Atom chip product line. Intel is likely to keep its modem team.
Samsung Smartphones Lift Profit as Chips Slump
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4/29/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics, South Korea’s largest company, said an early release of its Galaxy S7 smartphone helped shore up first-quarter earnings while its semiconductor unit lulled and its flat-panel display business recorded a loss.
Chips for Energy Harvesting: The Next Billion-Dollar Market
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4/29/2016   Post a comment
Although energy harvesting has failed to take off to date, it is expected to drive $3 billion in semiconductor sales in 2020, according to Semico Research.
MediaTek Expects Increase in Smartphone Shipments
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4/29/2016   1 comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest competitor in the smartphone silicon business, said it expects to increase shipments during the second quarter this year from the first quarter even as global growth in the segment has stalled for the first time.
Radio Show Taps into Sensor Nets
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4/29/2016   4 comments
Two experts share real-world experiences designing and securing wireless sensor networks for the Internet of Things in an EE Times Radio show.
Smartphone Shipments Down for First Time
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4/29/2016   7 comments
Smartphone shipments fell for the first time in their nearly decade-long history during the first quarter this year, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Cypress to Pay $550 Million for Broadcom’s IoT Business
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4/28/2016   1 comment
Cypress says deal will open up new markets, give firm leadership position in consumer Internet of Things space.
T.J. Rodgers Steps Down at Cypress
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4/28/2016   8 comments
Cypress Semiconductor Corp.’s CEO T.J. Rodgers will retire this week from the top position he held at the company he founded 34 years ago.
Fuel Cell Plane May Bring Zero Emission Flying in Reach
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
The German aeronautics and space research center DLR is currently developing a fuel cell-based research platform to explore more sustainable electrically-driven, locally emission-free passenger airplanes.
JEDEC Adds UFS Card Spec
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
The Universal Flash Storage (UFS) family of standards have been updated along with the introduction of a new removable memory card option for the mobile device market
Auto & Cloud Companies' Alliances Untangled
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4/28/2016   2 comments
In the era of the Internet of Everything, big data has thrown together a roster of once-strange bedfellows, including Rolls-Royce with Microsoft, Hyundai with Cisco, Toyota with Microsoft, Amazon with the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, and BMW with Microsoft.
TI Tops Estimates on Automotive IC Strength
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
Buoyed by strong sales of automotive semiconductors, Texas Instruments delivered first quarter results that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Xilinx Shares Decline After Light Forecast
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Programmable logic vendor beats quarterly sales expectations, but excepts sales to be flat in the current quarter.
Marvell Shakes up Board in Deal with Hedge Fund
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4/27/2016   6 comments
Chip firm commences search for CEO after burying hatchet with Starboard Value LP.
Macom Sues Infineon Over GaN Rights
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4/27/2016   Post a comment
RF and microwave chip vendor asks U.S. federal court to protect patented gallium nitride on silicon technology developed by Nitronex, which Macom acquired in 2014.
NXP Bullish on Future With Freescale in Fold
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4/27/2016   5 comments
No. 1 automotive semiconductor supplier forecasts better than expected second quarter, says integration is going well.
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