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Xbox One Teardown: Yet Another PC in Game Clothing
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11/29/2013   12 comments
Xbox has no surprises in the box, with showings from Marvell, Freescale Kinetis, Nuvoton, SK Hynix SDRAM, among others.
Spansion Targets IoT With Flexible MCUs
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11/27/2013   19 comments
Spansion's scalable and flexible MCU families offer seamless transition between ultra-low-power and ultra-high-performance.
Power Week-in-Review: Self-Healing Battery, Personal Hydroelectric Generator & Li-ion Forecast
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11/27/2013   16 comments
This week, a self-healing battery electrode, a personal hydropower turbine in a can, a forecast for li-ion battery pricing, a triple-output LED controller, and more.
9 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Thanksgivukkah
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11/27/2013   14 comments
Usually Christmas is hard to avoid, but this year – and this year only – we have Thanksgivukkah. Here are nine categories of stuff an engineer might want to receive for a once-in-many-lifetimes' event.
Antique Electronics Autopsy: Heathkit Grid Dip Meter GD-1A
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11/27/2013   32 comments
A visual, in-depth autopsy of a Heathkit Grid Dip Meter reveals a giant capacitor and other beauties from a bygone era.
3D Printers 'an Acorn' for Ailing HP
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11/26/2013   38 comments
Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman calls plans to release 3D printers in 2014 "an acorn" while reporting mildly upbeat financial results.
Tablets to Make Up Half of 2014 PC Market
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11/26/2013   31 comments
Industry analysts predict that tablets will take up half of the market share in 2014, with 285 million tablets expected to ship in 2014 and 396 million in 2017.
Supercomputer Accelerator Comes to Datacenter
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11/26/2013   4 comments
IBM is accelerating its enterprise software applications with Nvidia's coprocessor cards originally targeted at supercomputers.
Sand 9 TM651 Is First High-Precision MEMS Oscillator
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11/26/2013   2 comments
Sand 9's TM651 is the first MEMS oscillator that is temperature compensated and can maintain stand vibration to make it competitive with a high-precision temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO).
Slideshow: NAND Flash Process Nodes
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11/26/2013   3 comments
As the major suppliers jockey for position at the 1x process node, here's a look at their latest offerings and market projections.
Flash Shortages Drive SSD Shifts
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11/26/2013   13 comments
A tighter supply of NAND flash has spiked chip prices and is driving consolidation among dozens of independent solid-state drive makers.
IBM Wins Gordon Bell Prize
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11/25/2013   5 comments
World's most complex simulation of cloud cavitation collapse was awarded the prestigious Gordon Bell prize at Supercomputer 2013 (SC13, Nov. 17-22, Denver).
Apple Buys 3D Depth Sensor Company for $345M
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11/25/2013   12 comments
Apple has confirmed the purchase of israeli motion sensor tech developer PrimeSense for approximately $345 million. PrimeSense’s technology could be used in an iTV or next generation Apple TV as well as future iPhones and iPads.
China Investigates Qualcomm
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11/25/2013   19 comments
Qualcomm Incorporated Monday disclosed that China's National Development and Reform Commission, which regulates prices, has begun investigating Qualcomm regarding compliance with the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law.
Arduino Licenses Its Brand
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11/25/2013   Post a comment
Arduino is finally allowing its logo to be licensed for products built on its community with Arduino at Heart.
Spansion Exec Reassures Fujitsu Customers
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11/25/2013   9 comments
The most tangible technology advances, after Spansion acquired Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU/analog business, will come from the adoption of Spansion’s proprietary eCT technology in embedded MCUs -- to be released in 2015.
The Real 4G Takes a Step Forward
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11/25/2013   1 comment
A recent test of LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation brings higher data rates closer to reality.
IoT Challenge Sparks Ongoing Discussion
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11/25/2013   Post a comment
Join an ongoing conversation about the Smart America Challenge and what lies ahead for the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems.
Semi Industry Well Positioned for Conflict Mineral Reporting
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11/25/2013   6 comments
A semi-fixed set of resources and smaller list of factories that manufacture ICs may have the semiconductor industry uniquely positioned for conflict mineral reporting.
Xbox One vs. PS4: Microsoft More Profit Per Console
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11/22/2013   21 comments
Microsoft comes out punching with a significant upgrade to the Xbox franchise console and a true competitor to Sony's PS4 while delivering per-unit profits.
Micron's Automata Exploits Parallelism to Solve Big Data Problems
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11/22/2013   13 comments
The new Automata Processor architecture tackles the memory bottleneck while providing software tools that simplifying programming. Early university partners are already reaping the benefits.
Apple Awarded $290M in Patent Dispute with Samsung
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11/22/2013   6 comments
A federal jury awarded Apple over $290 million Thursday in an ongoing patent dispute with Samsung Electronics regarding technology used in iPhones and iPads. This latest legal win brings Apple's damages against Samsung to $929 million.
Sensor Showcase From Japan With Love
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11/22/2013   18 comments
At Embedded Technology 2013, vendors were talking up M2M, sensors, energy harvesting ICs, battery-less wireless connectivity, HTML browsers, and big data -- all thrown together as a solution.
Wolfson to Use Bat-Like Sonar for Gesture Recognition
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11/22/2013   4 comments
Wolfson Microelectronics plc (Edinburgh, Scotland) has teamed up with Elliptic Labs, a startup company working on ultrasonic touchless gesturing for consumer electronics devices.
NY Senator Seeks $70M Grant for Semiconductor Manufacturing Institute
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11/21/2013   8 comments
New York state and SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering are gunning for a $70 million federal grant to build a Power Electronics Manufacturing Institute. The public-private partnership aims to develop more effective methods for transmitting electricity.
China's Tianhe-2 Holds Top Spot on Supercomputer List
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11/21/2013   Post a comment
China's Tianhe-2 is the world's most powerful supercomputer, according to a biannual list that measures systems' ability to solve a set of linear equations. Tianhe-2 has a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark.
Chip Firms & OEMs to Make Strong Finish in 2013
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11/21/2013   1 comment
Chip makers and electronics original equipment manufacturers will enjoy significant revenue growth in 2013, says IHS.
Cloud-Based FPGA Verification from OneSpin & Plunify
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11/21/2013   5 comments
This on-demand, pay-per-use business model means that users can potentially save a lot of money.
Power Week-in-Review: Wearable Batteries, Deep Sea Power, IGBT Module Monitor
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11/21/2013   Post a comment
This week, a new development in flexible batteries, testing deep sea power technology, a forecast for the stationary battery market, real-time IGBT module performance monitoring, and more.
Slideshow: DesignCon 2014 Mobile App
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11/21/2013   1 comment
Download the DesignCon 2014 Mobile App and have all the conference and exhibition information at your fingertips.
IoT on Fingertip Appears at EE Live!
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11/21/2013   13 comments
After helping pioneer the Internet of Things, Berkeley's Kris Pister wants to put an entire node (including power source) on a chip.
Omron: Never Underestimate Blood Pressure
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11/21/2013   10 comments
To win the next-generation smart healthcare battle, Omron executive says it's important to know the types of data your technology must "sense, track, accumulate, and send" to doctors who are treating patients' lifestyle illnesses.
Ink-Jet Printing for OLED Displays Debuts
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11/21/2013   5 comments
Startup Kateeva debuts its G8-sized Yieldjet tool for manufacturing organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays using ink-jet printer techniques.
Toyota Exec Is (a) Generic, (b) Skeptical, (c) Mum
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11/20/2013   21 comments
A Toyota executive opened the Embedded Technology 2013 Conference Wednesday with a keynote speech that was distinguished by what was left out.
Feeling a Warm Tingle? Remote-Controlled Underwear
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11/20/2013   24 comments
A software application, real-time server, and touch actuator technology mounted in undergarments are designed to replicate the nuances of touch.
EDN Releases Top 100 Products of 2013
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11/20/2013   1 comment
The electronics community has voted. The annual EDN Hot 100 Products list is out, with offerings in 12 categories from microcontrollers to test and measurement equipment.
EX-800 Blade Server Is the Buzz at Super Computing Conference
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11/20/2013   5 comments
Featuring a hybrid memory cube (HMC) from Micron and FPGAs from Altera, the EX-800 blade server from Pico Computing is the buzz of the Super Computing Conference.
Where Nerds Network: Silicon Valley's Top 20 Watering Holes
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11/20/2013   24 comments
Here are the most popular hangout spots for nerd-workers in Silicon Valley today, with a look at a few that are gone but not forgotten.
Intrinsic-ID to Make Dropbox Secure for Business Users
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11/20/2013   4 comments
Intrinsic-ID announced it is bringing a professional level of security to Dropbox users.
Big Data May Mimic, Replace Brain
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11/20/2013   11 comments
A venture capitalist calls for advances that automate healthcare while a researcher shows ways of applying algorithms used by the neocortex.
Intel to Customize High-End Processors
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11/20/2013   13 comments
Intel's roadmap for its future high-end processors promises greater levels of integration as well as customized models of its Xeon and Xeon Phi processors with in-package memory, high-speed switches, optical fabrics, next-generation storage, and 3D stacked memory.
Wireless Test Equipment Goes 160MHz
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11/20/2013   Post a comment
IEEE 802.11ac, the latest WiFi standard, is bringing signal courses and spectrum analyzers with 160MHz bandwidth to market.
IBM Broadens Access to Ask Watson Apps
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11/19/2013   5 comments
IBM's Watson Developers Cloud will enable software developers in a wide variety of application domains to access Watson's cognitive computing abilities for their third-party apps.
Microchip Stakes Claim for World's Fastest 32-Bit MCUs
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11/19/2013   11 comments
Microchip's new 32-bit MCU family offers class-leading performance with 200MHz / 330DMIPS and 3.28 CoreMarks/MHz (over 3X the performance of previous generation PIC32 MCUs).
Sony Makes $18 on PS4, IHS Estimates
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11/19/2013   11 comments
Sony stands to make a marginal profit on each of its new PS4 consoles, a shift from past practices, according to a teardown analysis from IHS.
EE Times University: Fundamentals of MCUs (Free Dev Board)
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11/19/2013   1 comment
Forthcoming "Fundamentals of MCUs" course features a hands-on workshop and a free STM32F429 Discovery Board.
Diablo Memory Architecture Finds Favor With High Performance Apps
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11/19/2013   Post a comment
60East Technologies will incorporate Memory Channel Storage architecture into messaging platform while SanDisk will collaborate with Diablo to develop ULL technology for servers
Imagination Reinvents Imaging Signal Processing
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11/18/2013   5 comments
Raptor, a new image signal processing architecture, combines heterogeneous computing to create a system platform for vision.
Nvidia, Micron Debut High-End Processors
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11/18/2013   24 comments
Nvidia is shipping its latest Tesla for high-end computing, but Intel may counter with an integrated Xeon Phi, and Micron tipped a novel part coming in 2014.
China Retains Lead in Supercomputers
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11/18/2013   19 comments
At more than 33 petaflops/s, China's Tainhe-2 retains the lead as the world's most powerful computer, but Cray was a new entrant at No. 6.
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