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NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle
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11/26/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the sale of its RF power amplifier business to Chinese state-controlled Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.
GloFo Sale: Report Says Abu Dhabi Holding Talks
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11/26/2015   2 comments
Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Development Co. has held talks with potential buyers for all or part of Globalfoundries Inc. according to a Bloomberg report that cited unnamed sources.
Positioning Servo Design Gets Jumpstart with SoC and Software
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11/25/2015   Post a comment
Making things move just the way you want may have gotten a bit easier with TI's new Position Manager.
Microsemi Sees off Skyworks to Win PMC-Sierra
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11/25/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire PMC-Sierra Inc., a maker of chips for optical storage and communications.
MEMS Market: Ups and Upstarts
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11/24/2015   8 comments
The newly renamed MEMS and Sensors Industrial Group hosted IHS, which predicted the growth of the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) growth rates through 2019.
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires
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11/23/2015   7 comments
Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
Japan Focuses on IoT Nuts & Bolts
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11/20/2015   Post a comment
Is Open IoT a missed opportunity for Japan? Can Japan contribute to the fast-growing world of the Internet of Things? Here's what we found at Embedded Technology 2015 in Yokohama.
Military Targets Wearables, Bioelectrics
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11/20/2015   1 comment
Members of the Armed Forces may be the toughest consumers of all, especially when it comes to wearables. The demand for precision technology that isn’t clunky and has a long battery life far exceeds that of the traditional wearable market, and has defined DARPA investment in wearables.
EEs Report Highest Pay Increase Since 2008
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11/20/2015   Post a comment
The IEEE-USA's annual salary survey found that electrical and electronics engineers employed in communications continued to command the highest median salary.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT
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11/19/2015   8 comments
Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
TrulySecure Embeds Biometrics
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11/19/2015   Post a comment
Sensory Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has been using neural networks since they were invented over 20 years ago to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with first voice activated command-and-control, then dictation and now authentication with voice and facial recognition, all running on the users device with one-second response time snd with no need to be connected to the cloud.
E-Textiles Weave Complex Tale
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11/18/2015   Post a comment
While wearables present innumerable opportunities for fashion designers, the supply chain isn’t up to speed, according to a panel of wearable technology and fashion experts.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone
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11/17/2015   1 comment
French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
TSMC & ITRI Develop Particle-Monitoring System to Boost Yields
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11/17/2015   Post a comment
Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC) have developed a new system to monitor particles in liquid solutions that can cause defects during the chip fabrication process.
GlobalFoundries Launches 14nm ASIC
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11/14/2015   Post a comment
GlobalFoundries announced a new ASIC, FX-14, based on technology acquired from IBM and the foundry’s new 14nm LPP process. FX-14 targets wired and wireless applications, as well as compute and storage applications with support for various SoCs including 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processors.
A Therapy Session for Insecure IoT
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11/13/2015   2 comments
Call the doctor, burgeoning Internet of Things devices are having a crisis! During a panel discussion at ARM TechCon, industry experts discussed the challenges of securing millions of devices.
Quantum-Dot Image Sensor Launch Threatens Silicon
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11/12/2015   3 comments
After nine years of work and having raised more than $100 million in venture capital, InVisage has launched a 13-megapixel sensor that uses a quantum-dot film rather than silicon to capture images.
Ambiq Leaps to Front of Low-Power MCU Lineup
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11/12/2015   10 comments
MCU vendors have been leapfrogging one another in low-power claims, but one has now jumped well out in front.
Write-Once Memory Speeds Up, Powers Down Reads
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
Wearables, Internet of Things (IoT) and even conventional read-only memory (ROM, flash, one-time programmable--OPM) need ultra-low power consumption for reads.
ARM CEO Touts IoT Security, Fire Safety
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11/11/2015   7 comments
ARM couldn’t have done it better if they tried. Just as CEO Simon Segars reached the climax of his TechCon keynote on the importance of security for the Internet of Things, a fire alarm rang out.
Measurement Computing Acquires Data Translation
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11/11/2015   9 comments
Longtime rivals in the data-acquisition field to merge, but keep both names.
TSMC Open to Selling Stake to Chinese Investors
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11/10/2015   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it is open to the possibility of selling a stake in itself to Chinese investors.
Micron Persistent Memory Pairs RAM/Flash
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11/10/2015   10 comments
Micron Technologies Inc. has combined a digital-in-line memory (DIMM) board with an self-backup-powered (with a super-capacitor) solid-state drive (SSD) to create a new memory architecture that can boost up-time by 100-times.
64-Bit Debug Tool Works Back in Time
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11/10/2015   2 comments
By recording system state for later reconstruction and replay, this unique debug tool simplifies debugging of 64-bit ARM systems running Linux.
Display Startup Preps $1 billion Funding Round
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11/9/2015   1 comment
Magic Leap Inc. a startup working on retinal display that superimposes computer generated imagery over real-world objects – is close to finalizing a billion-dollar financing round.
Scaling Down Semi Process Nodes for IoT Apps
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11/9/2015   1 comment
Scaling chips to 20-25 nanometers for Internet of Things devices will take longer than other markets because various elements in the mixed signal microcontroller-based architecture do not scale as easily.
Toyota Creates $1 Billion AI, Robotics Institute In US
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11/9/2015   Post a comment
Toyota will invest $1 billion to create an AI and robotics research institute headed by former DARPA project manager and MIT professor Gill Pratt. Its mission will extend beyond self-driving cars.
Google, Tesla, Nissan: 6 Self-Driving Vehicles Cruising Our Way
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11/9/2015   Post a comment
Traditional car makers, such as Nissan and Daimler, are joining tech giants like Google in the race to create self-driving vehicles. Here's what you need to know.
Chinese Oscillator Maker to Raise $12.5bn for Memory Push
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11/9/2015   Post a comment
China's Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-controlled conglomerate, is planning to invest about $12.5 billion in a memory chip factory and related acquisitions and is planning to do so through an affiliated company, Tongfang Guoxin Electronics Co. Ltd..
Graphene-on-MEMS Makes Better Night-Vision Sensor
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11/6/2015   Post a comment
Graphene can be used to improve infrared vision systems so that they do not need the bulk and cost of cooling apparatus, according to a research paper published in Nano Letters.
Analog Design Automation Startup Gets Backing
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11/6/2015   Post a comment
Intento Design SA (Paris, France), an EDA company founded in spring 2015, has raised €900,000 (about $980,000) in early stage funding.
Apple's Investments Turn Unproductive, Observes Good Electronics
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11/5/2015   Post a comment
The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and the Good Electronics Network have published their observations on the financialisation route that an increasing number of large electronic goods corporations are taking, and the adverse societal impact this can have while not proving sustainable for the companies themselves.
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones
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11/5/2015   3 comments
Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
NASA Deep-Space mission challenges: Antennas to MIPS
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11/4/2015   1 comment
The New Horizons spacecraft and its voyage to Pluto is an excellent example of the challenges to electronic systems on a long journey in space. Here we look at the system designs and functionality as well as some of the difficulties an engineer would face in designing such systems.
China's Tsinghua Interested in MediaTek
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11/3/2015   Post a comment
China's Tsinghua Unigroup, a state-controlled conglomerate, has said it would be interested in talks with MediaTek Inc. and that the Taiwanese law that prevents Chinese investment in Taiwanese companies should be relaxed, according to Taiwanese reports.
Micron Extreme NOR Flashes All
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10/30/2015   9 comments
Micron Technology has a new flash memory technology that it claims will replace all NOR flash architectures over the next few years.
Smartphone Camera Filter Improves Low-Light Photography
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10/30/2015   1 comment
Engineers at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) have developed a camera filter for smartphones that allows for much brighter and sharper photos in low-light conditions.
Toshiba, Sony Confirm Transfer of Image Sensor Facilities
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10/30/2015   Post a comment
Sony and Toshiba aim to execute legally binding definitive agreements by the end of 2015. Afterward, the two Japanese companies will complete the transfer by March 31, 2016.
Verizon Unveils ThingSpace IoT Platform
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10/29/2015   Post a comment
Verizon wants to connect billions of things within the space of its 4G LTE network. The company announced an Internet of Things development platform, ThingSpace, that aims to lower the barrier to entry for connectivity in smart cities, healthcare, agriculture, energy, and sharing platforms.
Your Robot Replacement Has Arrived
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10/29/2015   Post a comment
Robotic process automation can help companies operate more frugally and efficiently, though potentially at the expense of human workers.
Oracle Hedges Server Bets
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
Oracle debuted five new servers and a separate server partnership with Intel. The new servers are based on its latest SPARC M7 microprocessor, while the partnership targets mission critical systems favored by IBM.
Toshiba to Sell Image Sensor Unit to Sony
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
Toshiba will sell its image sensor business to Sony for approximately 20 billion yen ($164.69 million), according to unnamed sources in a Reuters report.
Samsung Backs Terahertz Pioneer for Chip Inspection
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10/26/2015   Post a comment
TeraView Ltd., a pioneer of the solid-state generation and detection of terahertz light for use in imaging and characterizing materials, has received an investment of about $10 million.
Apple Takes Green Initiatives in China
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10/26/2015   1 comment
Apple plans to produce 2.2GW of solar power and other renewable energy in China to cut air pollution brought by factories that have made millions of iPhones and iPads in the past eight years.
Chip Mergers, Impacts Still Ahead
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10/26/2015   2 comments
The current consolidation of semiconductor companies is not over, and engineers and OEMs have yet to feel its impacts in layoffs and pricing.
AMD Unveils 64-bit x86 SOC for High-Performance Embedded
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
AMD claims high-end embedded leadership with x86-based R-Series SOCs.
TI Staying Above Consolidation Fray
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
Chipmaker's CFO says the company has no immediate plans to join in the acquisition frenzy sweeping the semiconductor industry.
Dell Preps Semi-Custom Servers
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10/22/2015   Post a comment
Dell unveiled new servers for the data center market and enterprise at its annual DellWorld conference, targeting custom and semi-custom network infrastructure and storage for tier two cloud providers and others.
PCs Live, Says Dell with Refresh
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10/20/2015   Post a comment
As the PC market continues to decline, Dell is doubling down with a desktop refresh targeting emerging markets including three desktop and three all-in-one PCs.
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