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Windows 10 On ARM: 7 Observations
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10/13/2014   4 comments
Microsoft reps have been tight-lipped about the future of Windows on ARM devices, but the company has many reasons to remain invested in non-Intel architectures.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines
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10/13/2014   1 comment
The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Apple Inspires Startup's PC TV
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10/11/2014   16 comments
The $1,600 Piixl G-Pack now available on Kickstarter is what a long time hobbyist essentially built for himself in lieu of the long rumored Apple iTV.
Cheap Fusion Beats Fossil Fuels
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10/10/2014   51 comments
A new fusion reactor design is based on a plasma configuration called a spheromak that is one tenth the size and a whole lot cheaper than alternative fusion reactor designs -- even cheaper than current-day fossil-fuel power plants.
Despite 'D' Disappointment, Tesla Still Matters
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10/10/2014   27 comments
The long, speculation-drenched week that followed Elon Musk’s “unveil the D” tweet is finally over. Tesla Motors Thursday night announced an all-wheel-drive (awd) Model S with semi-autopilot features.
IBM's Watson Going Global
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10/10/2014   4 comments
Woz Talks Engineering Passion At Gartner Symposium
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10/9/2014   2 comments
Attendees at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Fla., had the pleasure of listening to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak Tuesday night; many said it was one of the highlights of the conference.
Power Week: Solar Battery Recharges Itself Using Light & Air
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10/9/2014   1 comment
A hybrid device integrating both a battery and solar cell is claimed to both lower the cost of solar by 25% and increase its energy efficiency.
UMC Joins $6.2B China Foundry
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10/9/2014   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. said it will invest US$1.35 billion over five years in a 40nm foundry joint venture planned in Xiamen.
Lisa Su Named CEO at AMD
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10/8/2014   11 comments
AMD named Lisa Su as chief executive and president, making her the first female CEO among the top 20 semiconductor companies. Analysts hailed the move but scratched their heads over the timing, given Rory Read's successful but short tenure.
Land Grab for Yahoo's R&D Folks
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10/8/2014   4 comments
Startups are grabbing former Yahoo R&D engineers quickly in the wake of layoffs in India.
Nokia’s Largest Plant to Shut Down in India
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10/8/2014   11 comments
One of the world's biggest cellphone manufacturing plants, located in Chennai, India, will stop production of mobile phones and down shutters after Nov. 1. Microsoft, its lone customer, has terminated a subcontract agreement.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
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10/8/2014   16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Chip Options Sought as Costs Rise
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10/8/2014   14 comments
At the S3S Conference, engineers explored advances in silicon-on-insulator, sub-threshold voltage design, and monolithic 3D integration as costs of making chips rise and the industry consolidates.
Blue LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize
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10/7/2014   12 comments
Three Japanese-born researchers (one a U.S. professor at UCSB) will share the $1.1 million Nobel Prize for their work on the blue light emitting diode that has made possible white solid-state lighting that has obsoleted both incandescent and fluorescent.
Gigabit Ethernet Seeks a Boost
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10/7/2014   18 comments
Broadcom and Cisco are leading a call for interest in 2.5G and 5G Ethernet to give a boost to business-class access points swamped by throughput from emerging 802.11ac WiFi links.
Why Do Big Companies Make Their Own Sensors?
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10/7/2014   2 comments
The reasons big companies make their own sensors vary from the need for a guaranteed supply to the addition of a product they can sell to others to just another aspect of verticalization as a company policy.
Test & Measurement Calendar of Events
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10/7/2014   2 comments
Autumn is a busy time for engineering events, shows, conferences, and seminars. Here are some. Did we miss any?
Applied Micro to Move ARM Into Single-Board Computers
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10/7/2014   4 comments
Applied Micro will end the PowerPC family by moving all its products to the ARM architecture by 2018. It's a significant step, because Applied is the largest supplier of PowerPC chips after Freescale.
PCM Has Muddy Future
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10/7/2014   2 comments
Phase-change memory faces numerous challenges for mainstream adoption, but some niche applications remain, and even some new use cases only recently developed.
Kickstarter Gives Tips for Startups
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10/7/2014   3 comments
Design and tech projects make up 25% of the projects on crowdfunding site Kickstarter and account for 30% of funds raised. The trend is gaining steam, with many ARM-based devices, officials from Kickstarter and ARM said at ARM TechCon.
Cortus to Target Security to Win 32-Bit Processor Race
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10/7/2014   11 comments
Cortus, a 32-bit processor core supplier, is rolling out a new family of products based on its second-generation instruction set with increased code density. It hopes to compete with ARM by offering a co-processor interface and security.
TSMC Overtakes Samsung in FinFET
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10/6/2014   10 comments
TSMC has overtaken Samsung in the FinFET race to commercial production, according to industry analysts. Both companies lag Intel, which is making FinFET chips internally.
HP Splits, Adds 5,000 Layoffs
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10/6/2014   19 comments
Hewlett-Packard will split into separate $57B cloud and PC/printer companies, adding 5,000 more layoffs to its restructuring in a move that was met with muted response.
MaxLinear Acquires Physpeed, Aims at Data Centers
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10/6/2014   Post a comment
In hopes of building a solid presence in the enterprise and telecom infrastructure markets, MaxLinear Inc. is buying Physpeed Co., a Camarillo, Calif., developer of high-speed physical layer interconnect products.
HP Plans Split Into 2 Separate Businesses
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10/6/2014   1 comment
HP announced Monday that it plans to split into two companies: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. It's the culmination of a long-rumored move to separate the personal computer and printer businesses from the rest of the company.
$200M Photonics Effort to Keep US Ahead
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10/3/2014   2 comments
President has included $100 million in his 2015 budget for an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute to be matched by the winning proposal to built it.
Cheap Solar Absorbs Entire Spectrum
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10/3/2014   5 comments
Two-step process first absorbs entire spectrum of light from the sun then reradiates it in the infrared spectrum where conventional photovoltaics can turn it into electricity.
Chinese Instrument Maker Opens North American Office
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10/3/2014   8 comments
Siglent Technologies, a maker of oscilloscopes, multimeters, power supplies, and waveform generators, has opened on office in Solon, Ohio.
ARM Calls for 'Invisible' Technology
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10/2/2014   5 comments
While the physical size of silicon is ever shrinking, connectivity, performance, and efficiency need to be even less visible to consumers.
Power Week: Add Your Mark to the Nikola Tesla Museum
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Efforts to renovate Nikola Tesla's original Wardenclyffe lab on Long Island have entered a new phase with an Indiegogo campaign allowing supporters to "buy a brick for Nik."
ARM Servers Want a Tune Up
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10/2/2014   2 comments
ARM servers need better compilers to get optimal performance said a handful of early users and vendors, noting the still immature code chain for the emerging systems.
3D Magnet Stack Subs for Transistors
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10/2/2014   11 comments
A new type of 3D using stacked magnets is being proposed by the Technische Universität (Institute for Technical Electronics Munich, Germany).
Samsung Shows 14nm Chip
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10/2/2014   7 comments
Samsung showed a working mobile-applications processor made it its 14nm FinFET process at ARM Tech Con, but supplied few details on the status of the process or its customers.
ARM Partners Explore M7 Horizon
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10/2/2014   5 comments
ARM partners discussed new use cases for the Cortex-M7 MCU, which promises high performance at 5 CoreMark/MHz and 2.14 DMIPs/MHz. Freescale is one of several early ARM partners deploying the M7 in its SoCs; other partners include Dolby and Atmel.
After Patient Deaths, Thoratec Reinstates Former CEO
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10/2/2014   2 comments
Thoratec Corp. has replaced CEO Gary Burbach with the man who previously led the company for a decade. The shakeup follows the deaths of four patients and reduced blood flow or lost consciousness in five others.
Spansion to Launch 3D-Embedded Automotive MCU
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10/1/2014   1 comment
Spansion will launch a new microcontroller designed to offer high-performance human machine interface (HMI) for automobile dash and clusters. It comes with HyberBus interface and 2D or 3D graphics cores (or both) embedded inside the MCU.
Intel Leads Non-iPad Tablet Processor Market
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10/1/2014   3 comments
Intel, striving to get processor design wins in mobile devices, has made progress in the tablet computer rising to number-two supplier behind Apple in 2Q14, according to market analysis company Strategy Analytics.
FDA's Device Approvals Come Under Fire, Again
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10/1/2014   2 comments
A recent study concludes that most medical devices cleared via the FDA's 510(k) and PMA processes lack sufficient evidence to show they are safe and effective. The report, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, concluded that 42 of the 50 medical devices studied did not have sufficient data backing their use.
ARM Extends Into IoT Software
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10/1/2014   16 comments
ARM has announced plans for IoT device and cloud software under its mbed platform that is already making waves with embedded software vendors.
Tabula's DesignInsight Offers 100% Observability Into 3PLDs
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
It's not going too far to say that Tabula's DesignInsight technology has the potential to provide a step-function improvement in development time and cost.
MediaTek May Narrow Qualcomm’s Lead in China’s 4G Market
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10/1/2014   2 comments
MediaTek has a chance to narrow Qualcomm’s lead in China’s 4G smartphone market with the launch of a new octo-core processor in the first quarter of 2015.
Microsoft Announces Windows 10
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10/1/2014   78 comments
Microsoft execs emphasize the desktop UI, say Windows 10's final version will be shaped by customer feedback.
Robots Confront Safety Standards
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9/30/2014   7 comments
An emerging crop of industrial robots will be more user-friendly tools for novice users in a wide variety of small companies, but they may bump up against safety standards, experts say.
Electronic Brain by 2023
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9/30/2014   13 comments
Progress continues on fake brain to be used as test bed for disease cures, reports European Union at EU's annual Human Brain Project Summitt at the University of Heidelberg in Germany on Sept. 29.
Google, Silicon Labs Mesh for ZigBee-Like Protocol
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9/30/2014   6 comments
Google's Nest-led Thread Group is meeting at its campus in Mountain View to unveil Thread's IP-enabled low-power network, its protocol and software stack that can run on today's 802.15.4 products.
Bionic Ear Due Soon
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9/30/2014   5 comments
STMicroelectronics is collaborating with two other companies on a bionic ear that users wears 24/7 to enhance and control their audio experience.
Altera Announces Non-Volatile MAX 10 FPGAs & Eval Kits
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9/30/2014   8 comments
MAX 10 FPGAs are of interest for a broad range of application areas, including industrial control systems, automotive systems, communications, computing, and storage.
LPDDR3 Is A Half-Step
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9/30/2014   Post a comment
The rapid evolution of smartphones drove the quick adoption of LPDDR3, but its successor is more thought out and will take over relatively quickly.
IBM Conquers Wafer-Scale Graphene
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9/30/2014   3 comments
IBM has found a way to vastly reduce the costs of gallium nitride (GaN) wafers by growing them on a reusable wafer-scale layer of single-crystal graphene instead of expensive ($3,000) silicon carbide (SiC) wafers.
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