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Top Robot Stories of 2014
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12/17/2014   Post a comment
Robots have fascinated us for centuries, but now we are realizing those visions. Here are some of the top robot stories that amazed and delighted us this past year.
Infineon & UMC Extend Manufacturing Pact Into Auto ICs
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12/17/2014   Post a comment
German chipmaker will partner with Taiwanese foundry to manufacture power semiconductors for automotive applications, extending a production alliance in logic chips lasting more than 15 years.
Apps Layer: '800lb Gorilla' in IoT Nobody Talks About
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12/16/2014   14 comments
Plenty of people and companies in the technology world tend to come at the Internet of Things by dwelling on "Internet." But what if we started with the "Things" instead?
Top 10 Industrial Control DesignLine Stories in 2014
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12/16/2014   Post a comment
It's time for a quick recap of the Industrial Control DesignLine stories that captured the most attention in 2014.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off?
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12/15/2014   8 comments
Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
Sequans: The Startup That Started Over
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12/15/2014   6 comments
Early one Paris morning in July 2011, Georges Karam, president and CEO of Sequans, got a call from HTC. Kara'’s biggest customer asked him to stop shipping Sequans' WiMax radio chips. That called changed everything.
IoT Will Give 'Embedded' a Shot in the Arm
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12/13/2014   2 comments
The largest IoT semiconductor market segment will be "connected cities' followed by industrial, predicts market research firm IC Insights.
Pre-Certification Kits Easing Path to Safety-Critical Design
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12/11/2014   7 comments
Certification of safety-critical systems may be getting a bit easier thanks to pre-certified platforms from software and hardware vendors.
Alliance Prepping for Ethernet in the Industrial IoT
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
The IEEE is developing an Ethernet standard that would meet the determinism needs of industrial applications, and the AVnu Alliance is preparing the industry to be ready for it.
Top 2014 Acquisitions that Advanced the Internet of Things
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12/11/2014   7 comments
2014 was the year when the electronics industry decidedly and collectively moved forward to push IoT. For evidence, look no further than the many mergers and acquisitions among IC, system, and software vendors this year.
Sensor Transponder Brings NFC to Industrial Apps
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12/10/2014   2 comments
Read batteryless embedded sensors with a tap using NFC transponders.
Stepper Motor Controller Eliminates Need for Tuning
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12/9/2014   Post a comment
Tuning a motor controller used to be a time-consuming process. Not any longer.
Ethernet for Drive-by-Wire?
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12/8/2014   21 comments
Ethernet is gaining momentum as an in-vehicle network. But beyond being the A/V network for in-vehicle infotainment systems, what’s the potential impact of Ethernet on the whole car? Opinions vary.
Whitelist Helping Identify Industrial Control Malware
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12/3/2014   8 comments
When malware invades your industrial control system, knowing which code you can trust is key to finding the contamination.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2015
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12/3/2014   3 comments
EDN and EE Times explore some of the hot technologies in 2014 that will shape technology trends for next year and beyond as engineers bring even more innovative ideas to reality.
TI's Digital Light Processor Shrinks to Glasses Size
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12/3/2014   4 comments
Texas Instruments' smallest DLP can fit on a pair of Google-like glasses to stay online perpetually, can turn the smartphone into a projector, and could even create a new category of "screenless" TVs.
Bluetooth 4.2 Unveiled: No Mesh Yet, But Big on IoT
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12/3/2014   14 comments
With new Bluetooth 4.2 specs published Dec. 3, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group promises to deliver several incremental but solid performance increases. Conspicuously absent is mesh technology.
MEMS Mics Taking Over
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12/2/2014   Post a comment
Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphones were developed to downsize the footprint of traditional electret mics, but engineers say they can solve a plethora of other sensor functions that used to require specialized devices.
Obama Tech Job Plan Disappoints
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12/1/2014   40 comments
The IEEE USA characterized President Obama's recent actions related to the high tech job market as "a missed opportunity" to expand the green card program.
Chip Market for Wireless Sensor Networks on 23% CAGR
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11/28/2014   6 comments
Wireless sensor networks market will grow to $12 billion industry by 2020, says San-Francisco based market analyst firm.
Gyroscope Accuracy Beats MEMS
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11/28/2014   17 comments
Qualtre claims its bulk acoustic wave (BAW) beats tuning fork.
Micron Expands IoT & Auto Memory Products
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11/27/2014   4 comments
Micron expanded its offerings for embedded applications and the connected automobile with new products launched at Eletronica.
Motor Controllers Offer Improved Noise Immunity
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11/25/2014   3 comments
Operating at 5V gives these digital signal controllers enhanced noise immunity and system robustness.
NXP to Pick Up Its Missing IoT Link – Bluetooth Low Energy
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11/25/2014   8 comments
In pursuit of the Internet of Things market, NXP Semiconductors has picked up a key technology conspicuously absent from its portfolio -- Bluetooth Low Energy -- from Quintic, a nine-year-old startup.
Megachips to Launch DSP-Based Sensor Fusion IC
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11/25/2014   2 comments
The growing sensor-fusion controller market for smartphones and wearable devices is about to meet a new competitor – this time from Japan. Megachips is rolling out a motion engine and sensor hub chip, dubbed Frizz.
Can Japan Get Her Groove Back With IoT?
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11/24/2014   11 comments
Japan once looked like a world leader in smart home standards. Now she's trying to get her groove back via the Internet of Things.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret
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11/21/2014   22 comments
In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Industrial Processor Avoids Cache to Improve Real-Time Performance
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11/20/2014   3 comments
Dedicated, tightly coupled memory allows these MCUs to execute at full speed without needing cache.
iCub: It's Robotic, It's Cute & It's Italian
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11/19/2014   14 comments
Japan's love affair with robots is well-known. So, predictably, Japanese attendees at Embedded Technology show are gushing over this little Italian -- about as big as a four-year-old child - which they praise as smart, sophisticated and gentle.
Low-Cost MCUs Cover Audio to Industrial
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11/18/2014   20 comments
Microchip's new PIC32 series provides a rich feature set to cover a wide range of applications.
Xilinx Announces SDAccel Dev Environment for C, C++ & OpenCL
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11/18/2014   2 comments
Real-world benchmarks show that -- using hand-coded RTL as a baseline reference point -- SDAccel can meet or exceed hand-coded results.
Flexible OLEDs Clear Last Hurdle
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11/18/2014   3 comments
Kateeva Inc. claims to solve last remaining hurdle to flexible, bendable, rollable OLED displays: keep moisture and oxygen away.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True
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11/18/2014   3 comments
China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Low Power, High Security for the IoT Edge
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11/17/2014   5 comments
At Electronica, Atmel debuted MCUs and modules targeting IoT edge-node design, with low power and enhanced security as prominent features.
Tiny Tattoos Sense Health
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11/13/2014   3 comments
Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors have prototypes for several tiny, inexpensive sensors, including tattoos and micro needles, that will target the health market.
Cypress Announces PSoC 4 BLE & PRoC BLE
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11/13/2014   14 comments
The PSoC 4 BLE combines a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with programmable analog fabric, programmable digital fabric, and a Bluetooth low power core, all on the same silicon die.
Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared
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11/12/2014   3 comments
The proliferation of sensors from mobile, medical, and engineering applications will drive an “abundant” world free of pressing issues such as healthcare, according to speakers at the TSensors Summit held here. Sensors will be a key component in curing the world’s ills, and the world needs a roadmap.
TI Industrial Control MCUs Debut at Electronica
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
Integrated analog, enhanced isolation, and multichannel wireless are key features of TI's newest industrial offerings.
MEMS/Sensor Interface I3C Rocks
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11/12/2014   2 comments
The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance has upgraded to the I3C interface to handle modern high-speed data transfers from MEMS and other sensors.
8-Bit MCUs Target Industrial Control
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
With peripherals designed to offload the CPU, this 8-bit MCU from Microchip can take on many industrial control challenges.
MEMS Sensor Hub Goes All-in-One
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11/11/2014   5 comments
PNI Sensor Corp. offers all-in-one sensor hub including the MEMS sensors and bifurcates into two companies.
New FPGA-based USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Device Controller From SLS
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11/11/2014   1 comment
By taking advantage of the FPGA's integrated transceivers, this new USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Device Controller IP from System Level Solutions removes the need for an external USB PHY chip.
Spansion’s Foray Into e.MMC Market
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Spansion has rolled out a family of “industrial-grade” embedded MultiMediaCard memory products by using its high-density MLC NAND flash. The company is playing catchup with Micron and Toshiba.
Gizmo 2 SBC for Embedded Systems & Maker-Pro DIYers
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11/11/2014   18 comments
The Gizmo 2 is an extremely powerful CPU+GPU-based open-source platform for embedded systems and DIY programmers wanting to take things to the next level.
TSMC Predicts Next Big Thing
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11/10/2014   5 comments
With MEMS and CMOS on same chip, sourced from a single well-oiled supply chain offering dirt-cheap prices, innovators will create the "next big thing." One-stop shopping at a semiconductor manufacturer is the future, says TSMC.
NXP's Ultra-Low-Power LPC54100 MCUs for Always-On Sensor Apps
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11/7/2014   18 comments
LPC54100 MCUs boast dual processors: a Cortex-M0+ for listening, data aggregation, and management functions, and a Cortex-M4F for math-intensive sensor fusion algorithms.
MediaTek Aims for Fast Entry Into China’s LTE Market
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11/6/2014   1 comment
MediaTek aims to pare Qualcomm’s lead in China’s 4G smartphone market with the launch of a new octa-core processor in the first quarter of 2015.
Sensor Fusion Goes Open-Source
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11/6/2014   8 comments
A new industry group has formed to simplify the process by which sensor data is synthesized. The Accelerated Innovation Community is an open-source algorithm cooperative dedicated to improving the accuracy of sensors.
BlackEnergy Malware Targeting Industrial Control
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11/5/2014   8 comments
Department of Homeland Security warns that human-machine interface on industrial control systems is target of a persistent malware campaign.
Superconductivity Predicted by Supercomputer
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11/5/2014   4 comments
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has started manufacturing the military grade MAXL-OL-2000 MEMS-based accelerometer family for fabless chip company Physical Logic AG (Zurich, Switzerland) using a thick-film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of its 180nm modular MEMS process.
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