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Experts Call for Secure Sensors
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11/21/2014   1 comment
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   4 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   9 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   Post a comment
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   7 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   3 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   5 comments
Carbon nanobud films will replace indium tin oxide as the transparent conductors enabling touchscreens, buttons, sliders, and more.
Qualcomm Rides LTE to Cat 10
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11/20/2014   3 comments
Qualcomm announced its fifth-generation LTE modem, a Category 10 chip with global carrier aggregation. The Gobi 9x45 modem and its second- generation RF360 envelope tracker are based on 20nm technology.
Industrial Processor Avoids Cache to Improve Real-Time Performance
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11/20/2014   2 comments
Dedicated, tightly coupled memory allows these MCUs to execute at full speed without needing cache.
Carbon RF to Extend Battery Life
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11/19/2014   7 comments
Carbonics aims to use carbon for next-gen RF semiconductors and other essential parts of smartphones and wearables, claiming it may extend lifetime per charge to a week.
Jaguar Land Rover Tours Its Cars
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11/19/2014   25 comments
Jaguar Land Rover detailed the complexity of electronics in its latest cars and gave a look at its ideas for features coming in the future in a keynote.
iCub: It's Robotic, It's Cute & It's Italian
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11/19/2014   7 comments
Japan's love affair with robots is well-known. So, predictably, Japanese attendees at Embedded Technology show are gushing over this little Italian -- about as big as a four-year-old child - which they praise as smart, sophisticated and gentle.
IoT Territorial Disputes
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11/19/2014   Post a comment
With plenty of room for the IoT nebula to share data, the Internet of Things network infrastructure game gears up.
Nokia Sensing XChallenge Has a Winner
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11/19/2014   1 comment
The team that developed a handheld device that can provide hundreds of diagnostic values from a single drop of blood has won the Nokia Sensing XChallenge.
Intel Merges Mobile, PC Divisions
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11/18/2014   14 comments
In a move to streamline business and combat dismal financial results for its mobile in the third quarter, Intel will merge its mobile and PC divisions. The transition is set to occur in early 2015.
Low-Cost MCUs Cover Audio to Industrial
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11/18/2014   17 comments
Microchip's new PIC32 series provides a rich feature set to cover a wide range of applications.
Xilinx Announces SDAccel Dev Environment for C, C++ & OpenCL
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11/18/2014   Post a comment
Real-world benchmarks show that -- using hand-coded RTL as a baseline reference point -- SDAccel can meet or exceed hand-coded results.
Infotainment Systems Drive Automotive SSD Adoption
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11/18/2014   1 comment
In-vehicle entertainment and navigation systems are becoming more mainstream and sophisticated, so data storage demands must keep up, not just with capacity, but with reliability and endurance as well.
Flexible OLEDs Clear Last Hurdle
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11/18/2014   2 comments
Kateeva Inc. claims to solve last remaining hurdle to flexible, bendable, rollable OLED displays: keep moisture and oxygen away.
Putting Memory on Paper
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11/18/2014   6 comments
Research shows that paper holds great potential as a low-cost, biodegradable surface for printing electronic circuits and components.
Ericsson Forecasts 9.5B Smartphone Subs by 2020
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11/18/2014   3 comments
Although the smartphone market is near saturated in certain regions, officials at Ericsson believe there is much more space for connection. In its annual mobility report, the company forecast increasing mobile subscriptions and connections through 2020.
Zigbee Opens Umbrella 3.0 Spec
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11/18/2014   3 comments
Zigbee 3.0 will require parts to support all six of its application profiles, easing the job for users to pick products for Internet of Things applications.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True
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11/18/2014   3 comments
China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Is Sony Too Big to Succeed?
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11/18/2014   4 comments
Big spenders and financial analysts gathering for Sony's investor relations event next week in Tokyo are preoccupied with one big question: Does Sony's management team have the medicine to cure its ailing electronics business?
Low Power, High Security for the IoT Edge
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11/17/2014   Post a comment
At Electronica, Atmel debuted MCUs and modules targeting IoT edge-node design, with low power and enhanced security as prominent features.
Intel Guns for InfiniBand
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11/17/2014   4 comments
Intel announced the 10 nm version of Xeon Phi will integrate a 100 Gbit/s version of its Omni-Path interconnect with 56% lower latency and higher port density than InfiniBand.
Will New SoCs Keep Marvell at No. 2 in China’s LTE Market?
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11/17/2014   3 comments
Marvell, with a 30% market share in China’s LTE market today, plans to fend off competitors with two five-mode 4G LTE 64-bit mobile processors -- one with octa-cores and another with quad-cores.
Top 500 Supercomputers Sputter
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11/17/2014   5 comments
The latest ranking of the world’s top supercomputers shows little change in the winners and a rate of growth that is slowing in several ways.
ISSCC Tips Hot Circuit Designs
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11/17/2014   4 comments
The International Solid State Circuits Conference will host papers on new processors from Intel, AMD, and IBM and some of the first designs made in new FinFET processes.
Breathalyzer Detects Diseases
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11/14/2014   18 comments
What if, with one big breath, you could determine your liver function or glucose levels? Researchers at the State University of New York, Stony Brook have developed a diagnostic breathalyzer that will make connotations with blood alcohol content a thing of the past.
Facebook Weaves New Fabric
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11/14/2014   5 comments
Facebook announced it is using a new fabric in its latest datacenter, using smaller existing 40G switches in a new topology rather than driving toward the bigger, faster aggregation switches datacenters sometimes use.
Renesas Shifts Automotive Center of Gravity to Europe
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11/14/2014   Post a comment
Europe gets automotive, US gets industrial: Chipmaker Renesas will open its Global ADAS Solution Group in Düsseldorf, Germany.
IBM to Build DoE's Next-Gen Coral Supercomputers
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11/14/2014   9 comments
Bring the processing to the data: IBM won two contracts with the DoE's Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Livermore (Coral) program, which aims to outperform its current supercomputers by not moving data.
Touchdown! ESA Lands on Comet
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11/14/2014   1 comment
See how a mission 20 years in the making made history when a spacecraft successfully achieved a bouncy but soft landing on a comet.
Analysts: TSMC’s FinFET Shows 'Company Ahead of Schedule'
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11/13/2014   1 comment
TSMC's "milestone" announcement on the production of its 16nm FinFET Plus process is yet another sign that the world's largest chip foundry is ahead of schedule, according to analysts.
Tiny Tattoos Sense Health
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11/13/2014   2 comments
Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors have prototypes for several tiny, inexpensive sensors, including tattoos and micro needles, that will target the health market.
Power Week: First Distributed Power Standards Unveiled by AMP Consortium
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11/13/2014   Post a comment
The recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium announced initial standards for digital POL and advanced bus DC-DC converters aimed at providing a complete distributed power ecosystem.
Cypress Announces PSoC 4 BLE & PRoC BLE
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11/13/2014   6 comments
The PSoC 4 BLE combines a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with programmable analog fabric, programmable digital fabric, and a Bluetooth low power core, all on the same silicon die.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers
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11/13/2014   1 comment
An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared
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11/12/2014   3 comments
The proliferation of sensors from mobile, medical, and engineering applications will drive an “abundant” world free of pressing issues such as healthcare, according to speakers at the TSensors Summit held here. Sensors will be a key component in curing the world’s ills, and the world needs a roadmap.
TI Industrial Control MCUs Debut at Electronica
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
Integrated analog, enhanced isolation, and multichannel wireless are key features of TI's newest industrial offerings.
MEMS/Sensor Interface I3C Rocks
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11/12/2014   2 comments
The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance has upgraded to the I3C interface to handle modern high-speed data transfers from MEMS and other sensors.
Alca-Lu Puts Edge Router on X86
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11/12/2014   1 comment
Alcatel-Lucent plans to deliver all the functions of its custom-built edge routers on to x86 servers by the end of 2015 in a suite of software it calls its Virtual Services Router.
Will Google’s Thread Become Threat?
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11/12/2014   14 comments
Freescale’s Thread beta development program marks a milestone for Thread supporters, as the new protocol for the first time becomes tangible for developers.
8-Bit MCUs Target Industrial Control
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
With peripherals designed to offload the CPU, this 8-bit MCU from Microchip can take on many industrial control challenges.
China, US Strike Tech Trade Deal
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11/12/2014   6 comments
Negotiators from China and the US strike a preliminary agreement to end tariffs on as much as $1 trillion in annual sales of high-tech goods including semiconductors.
Chip Industry's IoT Facelift Comes With Security Wrinkle
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11/12/2014   2 comments
Semiconductor company CEOs on an Electronica panel see hardware-based security as an opportunity.
IoT Poses New Challenges to Test Service Providers
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Motion and acceleration sensors in some cases accelerate as high as 100g to 10 times higher than what electronics in a fighter jet are exposed to. How do you test for that?
Software Has the Last Word for PIN Entry
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
The Cartes Secure Connexions exhibition had its fair share of hardware exhibitors, but authentication is at the core of every transaction, and software solutions are increasingly taking center stage.
Auto-Grade Photovoltaic MOSFET Driver Debuts at Electronica
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Avago launches a photovoltaic MOSFET driver qualified to AEC-Q100 Grade 1 test guidelines, making it the first such device usable in "under-the-hood" high-temperature automotive applications.
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