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Plastic Solar Cells Double Output
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8/19/2015   6 comments
Fluence--for fluid enhanced crystal engineering--used a micron-sized "rake" to mix the two different polymers needed for plastic solar cells thus doubling their output over traditional mixing methods
MediaTek Faces Eroded Smartphone Growth
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8/19/2015   4 comments
MediaTek’s rapid growth in 4G smartphones is likely to be undermined by handset makers in China who design their own chips, according to an analyst who covers the tech industry in Asia.
USB Ain't So Simple Anymore
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8/19/2015   17 comments
Cypress, TI, NXP and Lattice have all rolled out new USB Type-C chips. Loaded with new features, USB Type C offers promises to system vendors. But for consumers, it may bring potential confusions, industry analysts cautioned.
Intel CEO Sees A Bright Future For IoT, Developers
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8/19/2015   Post a comment
Tiny computers, real-time depth sensing, and breakthrough memory technology are among the innovations featured at this year's Intel Developer Forum. CEO Brian Krzanich detailed how connected devices will change the way we all do business.
Intel Skylake Gets Mixed Reviews
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8/19/2015   Post a comment
Analysts praised the hardware controlled power states of Intel’s new Skylake SoC architecture but expressed skepticism about its to-be-proven performance.
Josephson Junctions: Ballistic Discovery Reveals Graphene Supercurrent Potential
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8/18/2015   Post a comment
Graphene has now been shown to have the ability to "bounce" electron waves, similar to how light waves reflect reflect off mirrors. This research could lead to more senstive magnetometers and voltmeters.
Taiwan May Ease Rules on Chip Investments in China
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8/18/2015   Post a comment
The Taiwan government may soon ease regulations to help local chipmakers get a bigger slice of the semiconductor business in China.
Inside GlobalFoundries' Fab 8
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8/18/2015   5 comments
We tour GlobalFoundries' Fab 8, one of the largest chip fabs in the United States, in Malta, N.Y. and a hub for innovations developed at R&D centers in Albany.
In-Building Location Services: The Next Big Bluetooth App?
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8/18/2015   Post a comment
Startup takes on the challenge of indoor navigation, uses a Bluetooth-based system in a smartphone and external beacons for tracking and engagement.
Natcore Takes Silver Out of Photovoltaics
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8/18/2015   Post a comment
Research company Natcore Technology claims its scientists have produced a low-cost all-back-contact silicon heterojunction photovoltaic structure in which silver has been completely eliminated, being replaced by aluminium.
Micron Upbeat About Turbulent 3D NAND Market
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8/17/2015   Post a comment
While company executives continue the narrative that Micron has successfully diversified and poised to capture emerging opportunities, financial analysts remain skeptical.
Raspberry Pi Bundled with Matlab/Simulink
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8/17/2015   1 comment
Farnell element14 is listing a package that puts together MATLAB and Simulink Student Suite software with a complete starter kit of Raspberry Pi hardware.
Metamaterials Single-Out One Voice
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8/17/2015   2 comments
Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) has invented a metamaterial-based voice-locator system that can pick out an individual's voice even from a crowded, noisy room.
Rambus to Enter Fabless Chip Biz
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8/17/2015   9 comments
Seizing the opportunity in a growing market of datacenters, Rambus is unveiling a server memory interface chipset. The move is significant because the company will enter a fabless chip business for the first time, instead of IP business.
Should Altera Worry About Intel's M&A Record?
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8/17/2015   14 comments
Altera’s fate after its pending acquisition by Intel is anybody’s guess. But the big worry is if Intel squashes Altera -- pushing newly acquired talent, products and technologies into oblivion as though they had never existed.
Lenovo, HTC Slash Jobs As Smartphone Market Shifts
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8/15/2015   1 comment
Facing pressure and competition in the global smartphone market, Lenovo and HTC each announced layoffs as part of different restructuring plans.
PMC-Sierra Scales Storage with PCIe, NVMe
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8/14/2015   Post a comment
The company said that together its Switchtec storage switches and Flashtec storage controllers help scale SSD performance using PCIe in the data center
Graphene Ribbons Grow on Germanium
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8/14/2015   2 comments
University of Wisconsin researchers have found a way to grow semiconducting graphene ribbons and control their bandgap.
Broadcom Tackles 5 Questions on Ethernet in Cars
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8/14/2015   4 comments
A Broadcom executive answers nagging questions on automotive Ethernet. They include its specific applications inside a car and if it has enough bandwidth to meet ADAS requirements. There’s also concern about Broadcom’s IP, and which car OEMs are already using Ethernet.
5G Expectations Soar
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8/14/2015   Post a comment
The next-generation of wireless technology is generating big-time predictions as the industry gears up for its potential benefits.
Samsung Slims Phones, Boosts Displays
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8/13/2015   Post a comment
Banking on trends toward larger screens, Samsung unveiled two new smartphones with larger displays in a smaller form factor. The Samsung S6 Edge+ and Note 5 will be available in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 21.
Intel Preps Crosspoint Server
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8/13/2015   6 comments
Intel will debut next week a new class of high performance servers using the 3-D Crosspoint memories it recently announced with Micron, said one expert.
Wearables a Strange Fit, Says CEA
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8/13/2015   Post a comment
Wearables represent a fast growing but highly diverse and fragmented market where winners and losers are hard to call, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
RRAM Breaks Records with Graphene
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8/13/2015   17 comments
Rice University professor James Tour and his group have developed a new type of nonvolatile resistive random access memory (RRAM) that overcomes the density limits of other designs by requiring no transistors, switches or diodes for bit cells, and it can be processed at low-temperatures for easy stacking in three dimensions (3D).
Altera Launches SoC FPGA Developers’ Forum
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8/13/2015   1 comment
Altera is launching three one-day SoC FPGA developer conferences on three continents in 2015.
Intel Said to Unseat Q'Com in iPhone
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8/12/2015   6 comments
Speculation about Intel Corp.’s design win for next Apple iPhone has resurged with a vengeance. A Northland Capital Markets’ analyst wrote in a research note that Intel will capture roughly 50% of Apple’s modem business in the upcoming iPhones due to launch September.
Forget Hall Effect, Use Magnetic Junction Tunneling
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8/12/2015   1 comment
Novel magnetic sensors and memory are appearing that use quantum tunneling effects.
IBM Watson Ready for Kick Off
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8/12/2015   1 comment
Edge-Up-Sports has contracted with IBM to use its Watson technology to provide its fantasy football managers with all the latest information about their players including commentators opinions, performance statistics, recent articles, news coverage, player tweets and official announcements about each player on their fantasy football team.
SMIC Expects First 28nm Revenue by Year End
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8/12/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., China’s largest foundry, will start commercial production of 28nm -- its most advanced technology node -- in Q3 and expects its first revenue contribution from 28nm by the end of this year.
Samsung Drives Up 3-D Flash
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8/11/2015   1 comment
Samsung announced a handful of novel products using its 3-D NAND flash chips, but the mass market for such products may be more than a year away, said analysts.
NIWeek: Flying Drones, Instrumented Bikes, Automated Guitars, & More
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8/11/2015   Post a comment
NI Week 2015 was a showcase of robotics. Here are some of the sights flying, rolling, and playing around Austin.
One-wire EEPROM Needs No Power
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8/11/2015   4 comments
This EEPROM gets all the power it needs from its data interface.
IoT Networks Debated at ESC
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8/11/2015   12 comments
The Internet of Things lacks a wide area network with broad coverage and low cost, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the recent ESV SV event.
'Black Dart' Counters Drones
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8/11/2015   2 comments
Joint U.S. military "Black Dart" exercises demonstrated and tested the latest countermeasures against enemy operated drones on July 26th through August 7th at the Naval Air Station (Point Mugu, California).
Weightless Expands Wide-Area IoT Spec
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8/10/2015   Post a comment
The Weightless SIG has a new standard in the works, for two-way, low-power, wide-area networking in the IoT.
Aricent Buys SmartPlay for $180M
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8/10/2015   1 comment
Aricent will create a design group focused on the semiconductor industry with the capabilities it acquired from SmartPlay for an estimated $180 million.
Google Becomes Alphabet, Silicon Valley Zaibatsu
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8/10/2015   8 comments
Perhaps it was inevitable given the myriad business interests and technology fields Google has been so eager to get its hands on. Google announced Monday it will be creating a new holding company called Alphabet Inc.
AMD Slips From Ranking of Top 20 Chip Vendors
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8/7/2015   7 comments
A rough first half to the year, including a devastating second quarter, drops AMD from the list for first time in decades.
Solar Cell, Battery Combo May Simplify Power Generation
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8/7/2015   Post a comment
Ohio State University claims to have produced the first aqueous flow battery with solar capability, which researchers are calling an "aqueous solar flow battery."
Building-Integrated Photovoltaics About to Take-off, Say Analysts
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8/7/2015   6 comments
In its latest report, industry analyst firm n-tech Research predicts the total market for building-integrated solar photovoltaic (BIPV) systems will triple from about USD 3 billion in 2015 to over USD 9 billion in 2019, and surge to USD 26 billion by 2022, as more truly "integrated" BIPV products emerge that are monolithically integrated and multifunctional.
Nvidia Recalls Shield Tablets
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8/6/2015   Post a comment
Nvidia Corp. issued a voluntary recall for 8-inch Shield tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015, citing potential fire danger.
'Inevitable' Ethernet Moving Slowly into Cars
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8/6/2015   3 comments
Driven by a growing imperative to connect cars to the outside world, the emergence of the automotive Ethernet as the dominant in-vehicle network backbone seems inevitable. But how far has the automotive Ethernet really come?
Is NextInput Next Winner in Apple Products?
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8/6/2015   Post a comment
NextInput Inc., a startup founded in 2012, could be the latest MEMS sensor company to be catapulted to fame and fortune by design wins with that doyen of consumer electronics, Apple.
Intel's Skylake Debuts at Gamecon
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8/5/2015   5 comments
Intel unveiled its new Skylake microarchitecture, the successor to Broadwell, at the Gamescon Congress 2015. The quad-core 6th generation i5 and i7 quad-core processors target gaming and e-sport.
An Operator's View of 5G
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8/5/2015   1 comment
The Telecommunications Industry Association surveyed 58 operators globally on the future of 5G cellular, and found that the next-generation technology will begin rollout in Asia and require great effort from network operators.
CoolCube Circuit Stacking Moves to FinFET Process
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8/5/2015   3 comments
The CEA-Leti research laboratory at Grenoble France, has reported that its CoolCube 3D interconnect technology is suitable for use with FinFET manufacturing processes as well as with fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator manufacturing processes.
Apple: No Plans To Be A Mobile Operator
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8/5/2015   Post a comment
Apple has shut down industry rumors citing the company's plans to build its own virtual network service.
RealSense Teardown Highlights IR Light Projector
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8/5/2015   Post a comment
Reverse engineering services company Chipworks Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) has deconstructed an Intel RealSense depth-sensing camera taken out of a Lenovo Yoga15 computer.
New CISC Architecture Takes on RISC
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8/5/2015   16 comments
Imsys has developed a CISC-based processor designed to challenge ARM’s RISC-based cores in the highly competitive Internet of Things sector.
Semiconductor-less Transistors the Goal
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8/5/2015   1 comment
Michigan Tech is creating semiconductor-less heterojunctions using graphene and boron nitride nanotubes that they hope will supersede silicon at the end of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) circa 2028.
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