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Intel Keeps It Simple for IoT Firmware Developers
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4/14/2015   Post a comment
At IEDF in China, Intel Corp. introduced a free graphical firmware builder targeted at developers not experienced in embedded IoT design.
Module Makes BLE a Drop-In Design Element
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4/14/2015   6 comments
The EZ-BLE radio module is fully self-contained, making Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity easy to add.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age
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4/14/2015   6 comments
Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Graphene Spintronics Beats All
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4/14/2015   7 comments
Chalmers University of Technology claims graphene's high-electron mobility enables longer wires without repeaters for future spintronics that encode information on the spin of individual electrons instead of their charge like today.
3D Testing Standardized by SRC
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4/14/2015   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Research Corp. has standardized Design-for-Test method for 3D chips that has fast throughput by using a single probe to touch several TSV microbumps at the same time.
Netlist Extends NVDIMMs with EXPRESSvault
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4/13/2015   Post a comment
Latest non-volatile memory offering combines DRAM and MLC flash for use as a block storage or as a persistent memory extension
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables
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4/13/2015   1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
Intel, Samsung Up, Qualcomm, Toshiba Down in Chip Vendor Ranking
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
Gartner Inc. has produced an updated top-ten chip vendor ranking for 2014 based on companies' final financial results.
Taiwan Chipmakers Prepare to Transport Water as Drought Worsens
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4/10/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest chip foundry, and other chipmakers on the island say they are prepared to ship water supplies to their fabs here if drought conditions worsen.
Panzura Doubles Flash Controller Capacity
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
Increasing flash at the edge allows for faster file access and synchronization for organizations will multiple offices that need to collaborate
Aluminum Battery Recharges in 1sec
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4/10/2015   16 comments
Stanford University has built a flexible battery made from aluminum foil, graphite and liquid salt, making it safe as well as adaptable to any form factor.
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec
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4/10/2015   13 comments
V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
MEMS Startup Selects MIPS for Sensor Hubs
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
A South Korean startup has licensed a MIPS Warrior M-class CPU core from Imagination Technologies Group plc for use in sensor hubs it is developing to address IoT, wearables and automotive applications.
Intel, Altera End Acquisition Talks
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4/10/2015   6 comments
A rumored deal between Intel and FPGA maker Altera is now dead, following reports of a price disagreement.
Sony Tips Billion-Dollar Capex for Stacked Image Sensors
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Sony Corp. has announced an additional $375 million of spending planned for the 2015 fiscal year to further increase its ability to manufacture stacked CMOS image sensors.
On Semi Wins Image Sensor Slot
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
A tear down of the Hero entry-level sports camera from GoPro Inc. by market research firm IHS Technology reveals that Hero is based on the A7LS34 image processing chip from Amberella Inc. and a CMOS image sensor from Aptina, now part of On Semi.
RTOS Evolves to Ease Wireless IoT Device Design
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Automated power management and built-in drivers allow this RTOS to greatly simplify IoT design.
IBM Sets Memory Density Record
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4/9/2015   8 comments
IBM set yet another world record in recording density on magnetic tape, maintaining its dominance for archiving and backup, even in the cloud.
Sensor Hub Lowers the Power
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4/9/2015   1 comment
QuickLogic announced the world's lowest power sensor hub greatly extending the lifetime of wearables.
Intel's 'Plans' for Atom x3 in IoT/Wearables, Bargain Smartphones
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4/9/2015   1 comment
Intel's Developer Forum in Shenzhen kicked off a major effort to woo Chinese firms and developers to Atom for wearables, mobiles and IoT.
Nokia Demos 10 Gbits on High Frequency
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4/9/2015   8 comments
Nokia Networks will demonstrate several next-generation cellular communications strategies at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, highlighting 10 Gbit/second data rates on over high frequencies. The Summit is co-hosted by NYU Wireless and Nokia to bring together wireless/mobile research and development leaders from around the world.
Tracking Software in the Age of Ubiquitous Connectivity
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Software distribution-as-a-Service is a new middleware capability emerging to monitor and manage the health and security of software code and data transported over networks.
The NXP-Freescale Merger—A $4 Billion Giant
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
The NXP/Freescale merger will create a giant expected to hog the road and market share for automotive systems.
Samsung Galaxy S6: A New Slate
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Samsung has invested in maturing its Shannon architecture and as such has ousted Qualcomm and others as the phone’s core chipset and system architecture, says analyst team at Teardown.com.
Bell Labs Opens New Doors
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4/8/2015   5 comments
Bell Labs celebrates is forward looking research at the unveiling of the Nobel Laureate Garden. The president Marcus Weldon's look into its future.
Nanotube Circuits Learn Functions
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Durham University researchers teach nanotube circuits how to perform their functions by evolutionary learning.
RTG4 -- Latest Family of Radiation-Tolerant FPGAs from Microsemi
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Typical uses for RTG4 FPGAs include remote sensing space payloads, such as radar, imaging and spectrometry in civilian, scientific and commercial applications.
Smart Homes Smell the Coffee
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Withings announced a smart home monitor with an air-quality sensor from AMS, the first of many such Internet of Things systems to come.
TSMC Outlines 16nm, 10nm Plans
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4/8/2015   2 comments
TSMC announced plans to roll out updated low-power versions of existing chips and announced its roadmap for smaller process nodes. The company will begin volume production of its 16nm FinFet+ in the middle of this year while breaking ground on 10nm development.
European Chip Market Turns 'Schizophrenic'
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Euro-dollar exchange rates affected European chip market figures significantly in February 2015 with the three-month average of European chip market showing growth when interpreted in euros and showing a decline in dollar terms.
Medtronic Adds to Diabetes Business
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Hot on the heels of its purchase of the Diabeter diabetes clinic and research center, Medtronic signs a licensing agreement for DreaMed Diabetes’ artificial pancreas algorithm.
IC Insights Halves Sensor Growth Forecast
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights Inc. has more than halved the growth it expects to see in the sensors and actuators semiconductor category during 2015 and 2016.
Altera, TSMC Announce First UBM-Free Packaging for MAX 10 FPGAs
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4/7/2015   1 comment
Altera Corp. and foundry supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. cooperate on first UBM-free (under-bump metallization-free) WLCSP (wafer-level chip scale package) technology, despite speculation about Intel being in talks to acquire Altera.
Vote Today! Best Nanotech
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4/7/2015   1 comment
The National Nanotechnology Initiative opens going voting on its best and brightest projects by clicking on its image in a special gallery.
Omnivision Loses Ground in CMOS Image Sensor Ranking
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Sony has pulled out a lead over its nearest competitors in the CMOS image sensor market in 2014 winning more than a quarter of the global market, according to according to market research company Yole Developpement.
Code Visualization Comes to ARM Community
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Percepio has joined the ARM Connected Community, bringing its Tracealyzer code visualization tool to the party.
Atmel Bids for Low-Power MCU Leadership
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Atmel is targeting its SAM21 MCUs at the needs of Internet of Things developers by providing fine-grained feature-by-feature power management.
A PCB Design Tool That Mechanical Engineers Will Love
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4/7/2015   1 comment
Altium's PCBWorks allows printed circuit board data to be created, modified, and then seen in a SolidWorks 3D mechanical design flow.
STEM is Core at Six-Year School
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Students at a new six year academy in Queens, N.Y. may be blazing the trail for integrated high school and college-level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education that aims to prep inner-city kids for a variety of technical and business careers.
Mentor Graphics Drives ISPD Contest
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4/6/2015   1 comment
The contest winners for the Association for Computing Machinery's ACM's) International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) are enumerated as well as Kurt Antreich who was honored for his outstanding achievements.
ARM Injected with Low Power API
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
To suit the ultra low-power needs of many battery-operated devices, SI will develop a power management application programming interface for ARM’s mbed development platforms.
Intel Buys Swiss Smartglasses Startups
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has bought Lemoptix SA, a provider of scanning micromirror technology, and Composyt Light Labs SA, which has developed a see-through display.
Microsoft Office Lens Comes to iOS, Android
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft's smartphone-compatible pocket scanner, Office Lens, is available in full and preview versions on iOS and Android.
Top 50 Contract Manufacturers Ranked
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4/3/2015   2 comments
A website called Manufacturing Market Insider has released a list of the largest 50 electronics manufacturing services companies ranked by sales.
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
Ziptronix Inc., a developer and provider of low-temperature direct bonding interconnect (DBI) technology for 3D integration, has announced a patent licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for the application of its technology to image sensors.
CCD Image Sensors are Dead, says Yole
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
"This is the beginning of the end for Sony CCDs," says Yole's imaging and sensors analyst.
Dual-Function Material Conducts Heat, Absorbs EMI
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
A dual-function, board level material simultaneously improves signal integrity and temperature stability of electronic circuits.
Thread, ZigBee Knit IoT Stacks
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4/2/2015   4 comments
The Thread group and the ZigBee Alliance will define a spec to run the application-level Zigbee Cluster Library over native–IP Thread networks.
CoolCube 3D Goes Monolithic
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4/2/2015   4 comments
The University of Grenoble Alpes (France) has developed their CoolCube 3D chips using a monolithic method.
Reversed Power Converter May Shake Up Power Applications
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4/2/2015   3 comments
The new device, the LT-minus-1000, is a reversed power converter. Operating on normal dark input power, it supplies inverse power on the output. Designed for general purpose inverse power applications, it can supply up to inverse 30 watts.
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