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5Barz Tries to Solve Limited Mobile Connectivity
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2/28/2014   4 comments
At the Mobile World Congress show this week, 5 Barz unveiled its Network Extender device. Like many other companies, 5 Barz is looking to extend connectivity in poorly served areas.
Embedded World 2014: 5 Hot Trends
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2/28/2014   3 comments
The Embedded World conference this week offered some details about how the embedded market will involve over the next 12 months. In addition to the whole notion of the Internet of Things, it looks like 2014 will be a good year to brush up on Linux skills.
IoT Is Changing M2M Economics
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2/28/2014   2 comments
The emergence of the Internet of Things is changing the way mobile network operators are making money from M2M. The next step is moving up the value chain to offer more end-to-end solutions.
MIT Research Looks to Extend Moore’s Law
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2/28/2014   5 comments
For years, the semiconductor world has waited for Moore’s Law to reach its limit. However, new research from MIT is showing how manufacturers can still shrink geometries past 20-nm cost effectively.
Internet of Things: 50 Billion Is Only the Beginning
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2/28/2014   7 comments
At MWC, Google’s Nest acquisition got executives talking about what the next phase of IoT means. The issues range from security, to power efficiency, to who controls the ecosystem.
International Oscilloscope Week
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2/27/2014   11 comments
Oscilloscopes from three countries were announced this week. Here's a roundup.
Validity of New Feature Phone Market
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2/27/2014   23 comments
What once looked like a sky-is-a-limit smartphone market is grounded. If the Mobile World Congress has given us any clue, low-cost mobile handsets are back in the spotlight.
IBM Begins US Layoffs
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2/27/2014   28 comments
IBM began its first round of United States layoffs Thursday as part of a “global rebalancing” act that could save about $1 billion in costs. The restructuring process could see as many as 15,000 jobs being cut globally, including India, Brazil, and the European region
Baidu Grows Silicon Valley Footprint
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2/27/2014   2 comments
An expanding US development center will help China's search giant prepare a move to embrace GPUs and DSPs in its datacenters.
Allied's 3 Gadget Smackdowns at EE Live! 2014
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2/27/2014   9 comments
The Gadget Smackdown at last year's conference was so popular that Allied Electronics is sponsoring three Smackdown sessions at EE Live! 2014.
Ford Demos Automated Driving Car at MWC
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2/27/2014   2 comments
With the platform, Ford intends to fathom out technological issues associated to automated driving as well as legal and societal ones.
Tesla Targets Battery Innovation to Reduce EV Costs
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2/27/2014   18 comments
Tesla is planning to build a "Gigafactory" that looks to reduce the cost of battery production and make the cars even more affordable to the general public.
IBM Sets Data Transfer Record in Multimode Optical Fiber
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2/27/2014   2 comments
IBM researchers have announced a new record for data transmission over a multimode optical fiber.
MWC: Getting Beyond Wearables v.1.0
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2/27/2014   Post a comment
Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona features a great deal of conversation and excitement about the next wave of wearable technology.
Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away
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2/27/2014   14 comments
Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, will speak at EELive! and discuss how the Open XC and open-source platform could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.
Power Week-in-Review: Dell Signs On to Wireless Power
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2/27/2014   2 comments
This week: Dell becomes the first major PC maker to support a wireless charging standard, nanoparticles improve a self-charging battery, and we see the first automated battery life measurement system for mobile devices.
Hot PCB, FPGA & MCU News From Altium
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2/26/2014   10 comments
Altium has just announced the latest version of Altium Designer along with TASKING compiler suite support for LC87 MCUs from ON Semiconductor.
Tronics Prototypes Piezoresistive 6DOF Sensor
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2/26/2014   Post a comment
Tronics Microsystems SA (Grenoble, France) has designed and manufactured its first batch of 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) MEMS chips based on piezoresistive nanowire technology licensed from research institute CEA-Leti.
5G Spectrum Needed, Says Expert
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2/26/2014   8 comments
US regulators should open up 28-90 GHz bands for cellular applications, paving the way for a wireless renaissance, said a veteran researcher.
IEEE & MEMS Industry Group Team Up on Standards
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2/26/2014   2 comments
IEEE, MEMS Industry Group team on standards The IEEE Standards Association and MEMS Industry Group trade association have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a working group to develop standards for e-health and the Internet of things (IoT).
RF Micro & TriQuint to Merge in $1.6B Stock Deal
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2/26/2014   4 comments
A proposed $1.6 billion all-stock merger between TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. and RF Micro Devices Inc. is expected to create a wireless component powerhouse capable of providing all of the critical RF building blocks required to simplify handset and equipment design.
Samsung Drops Android From Wearable OS
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2/25/2014   15 comments
Samsung’s move to drop Android OS for its latest generation of wearables could have a major effect on the future smartwatch and fit band market, according to analysts.
Mobile World Congress Has Test, Too
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2/25/2014   1 comment
The MWC isn't just about the latest mobile devices. It's about the equipment needed to make sure mobile gadgets work.
NXP's New LPC1500 MCUs Streamline Motor Control
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2/25/2014   Post a comment
The vast majority of electric motors are horribly inefficient; MCUs like NXP's LPC1500 family help designers achieve precise speed and torque control, lower noise, and optimize motor efficiency.
Miniaturized Technology Pumps New Life Into Cardiology
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2/25/2014   6 comments
The shrinking size of technology is fueling an array of advances that could transform the field.
Startup's Cluster Trumps InfiniBand
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2/25/2014   15 comments
A3Cube has developed an extension of PCI Express it claims supports latency of 100 nanoseconds in server clusters, far less than InfiniBand.
Hawaiian Shirts to be Unofficial Garb for EE Live 2014!
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2/25/2014   31 comments
It would be my greatest wish come true to see the exhibition floor at EE Live! replete with Hawaiian shirts as far as the eye can see.
Freescale's Tiny Kinetis KL03 MCU Targets Internet of Things
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2/25/2014   12 comments
Smaller than a dimple on a golf ball, Freescale's new Kinetis KL03 MCU is currently the world's smallest 32-bit MCU based on ARM technology.
Intel, TSMC Revive EUV Hopes
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2/25/2014   28 comments
Intel and TSMC shared their latest efforts on extreme ultraviolet lithography, the technology they hope to use to make 7 nm and 10 nm chips.
LTE Built-In GM Cars: No Smartphones Required
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2/25/2014   24 comments
Smartphones are no longer the only platform hotly pursued by cellular operators eager to boost their revenue. Now, it’s cars. GM has partnered with AT&T, and Qualcomm launched 20nm LTE-A chipset for automotive.
Pro Design Unveils proFPGA uno Virtex 7 FPGA-based ASIC/SoC Prototyping System
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2/25/2014   Post a comment
In addition to the proFPGA uno motherboard, various pluggable FPGA-based modules can be added as required.
BMW Sparks Laser Light Revolution
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2/25/2014   10 comments
Osram has been named as the system partner for the first production vehicle in the world equipped with a laser light. German automotive manufacturer BMW plans to put a laser-equipped BMW i8 car on the road by the second half of 2014.
Google Prototypes Depth-Sensing Mobile Phone
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2/25/2014   4 comments
OmniVision, Movidius and Paracosm could benefit if Google can hone its just announced prototype depth-sensing mobile phone.
Intel Rolls Integrated Industrial System
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2/25/2014   Post a comment
Intel is preparing a new line of industrial solutions for the embedded market. It is aimed at consolidated systems and will be available in the second quarter of 2014.
AMD Targets Embedded Graphics
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2/25/2014   Post a comment
AMD is launching cards using its latest graphics chips as part of its drive to grow its embedded business.
EE Live! Tutorial Offers Sneak Preview of New C++ Features
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2/25/2014   1 comment
C++ legends Bjarne Soustrup and Herb Sutter will share insights and answers during a lively two-day session.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Unveiled at MWC
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2/24/2014   12 comments
Samsung announced the next generation of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. The water and dust proof S5 has cat 4 LTE coverage and is designed to complement the company's new line of wearable devices.
NAND Up, NOR Down in Flash
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2/24/2014   2 comments
As the overall memory market stagnates, a marked contrast emerges: NOR is doing very poorly while NAND Flash is growing strong.
Sony Xperia Handset Emphasizes Mobile Media
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2/24/2014   1 comment
Sony introduced the Xperia Z2 at Mobile World Congress this week, highlighting the handset as the company’s flagship smartphone for advanced multimedia. Sony Mobile CEO Kunimasa Suzuki touted Xperia Z2 as “the best of Sony.”
Mobile World Congress: Samsung Leads Wearables Charge
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2/24/2014   Post a comment
As Mobile World Congress opens, Samsung debuts two new smartwatches and its rivals weigh in with a slew of new phones and wearables.
Imagination Unveils MIPS Series 5 Warrior M-Class MCU IP Cores
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2/24/2014   1 comment
The MIPS M5100 and M5150 MCUs both boast a hardware virtualization MMU (memory management unit).
Nokia’s Android X Series Targets 'Next Billion'
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2/24/2014   15 comments
Under the tagline, "connecting the next billion to the Internet," Nokia unveiled its first Android-based mobile handsets, the Nokia X series, at the Mobile World Congress.
Teenage CEO Speaks at EE Live!
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2/24/2014   9 comments
At 17, and chief executive of his own high-performance computer startup, Thomas Sohmers shares his views on Silicon Valley and more at EE Live!
Who Has the Best Android Phone in China?
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2/24/2014   3 comments
Which company offers the best Android smartphone to Chinese consumers? The Mobile Experience Alliance has launched a new rating system called Certimo that both consumers and OEMs can use.
$25 Smartphones on Firefox OS to Rock MWC
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2/23/2014   34 comments
Spreadtrum and Mozilla, Firefox's OS designer, have teamed up to storm emerging markets with a $25 smartphone -- its startling low cost enabled by web technologies.
Startup Stacks Chips Wirelessly
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2/21/2014   28 comments
ThruChip of Japan wants to license an inductive coupling method for linking 3D chip stacks wirelessly, saving costs and hassles of wired links.
Broadcom Chip Locates Wearables
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2/21/2014   4 comments
Broadcom announced a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and sensor hub integrated SoC. The 40nm chip is designed for low-power, mass-market wearable devices and aims to fix issues associated with high cost, often inaccurate GPS systems.
Antcor Drives WiFi at 900 MHz
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2/20/2014   6 comments
A new DSP block from Antcor supports the pending 802.11ah standard for 900 MHz WiFi, geared for the Internet of Things.
Altair Rolls LTE-Advanced Chip
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2/20/2014   2 comments
Altair announced an LTE-Advanced baseband processor it will ship in the second half of the year, its third-generation LTE design.
FPGA Engineering Boot Camp at EE Live! 2014
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
This is the training course to attend if you want to know whether or not FPGAs should feature in your future embedded systems and products.
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