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Rohm Buys Renesas Wafer Fab
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
Rohm Co. Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan) has moved to acquire a 200mm wafer fab from Renesas Electronics Corp. for 450 million yen (about $3.7 million).
Gaming Helps Tool Emulate True Power Peaks
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5/27/2015   1 comment
Mentor Graphics' Veloce Power Application software identifies power consumption problems in emulation, enabling them to be nixed before fabrication.
CES Asia: ‘Zero Distance’ to Supply Chains
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
Conspicuously missing from CES Asia are big name consumer electronics brands -- even local companies like Xiaomi and Lenovo. The show, however, signals the region’s close proximity among product design, manufacturing and supply chains.
Sensor Choices Power Industrial Internet Innovation
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
Whether or not the Internet of Things will live up to its own hype, the notion has certainly got people thinking. Proposals range from the “Internet of Everything” to some more focused concepts such as the Industrial Internet; a term first introduced by electrical giant GE, and now understood to mean the automation of industrial environments using sensor networks and machine-to-machine communications.
Smartening up Power Monitoring
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5/26/2015   Post a comment
Built around an internal 16-bit PIC MCU, Microchip's new power monitoring IC makes it flexible enough for both industrial and consumer apps requiring power factor correction.
Smart Factories Meet AI
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5/25/2015   1 comment
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has 47 years of experience in smart decision support, smart crowd control, the smart factory and more.
Development Kit Targets Motion Control Design
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5/22/2015   Post a comment
TI's DesignDRIVE gives motion control developers a sandbox in which they can experiment with sensor and motor control topologies.
New Tool Automates Register Verification Process for FPGA, SoC & IP Designs
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5/22/2015   Post a comment
Registers are one of the first aspects of the design that must be tested because they contain the configuration settings for the hardware and are the basis of the hardware/software interface.
Huawei’s Everything-Connected Game Plan
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5/22/2015   4 comments
As Chinese Internet companies like Tencent, Alibaba and Xiaomi bulldoze into the local consumer electronics market with online strategies, the position of China’s telecom giant Huawei grows ever more intriguing. Will Huawei join them or stand on its own?
Robot Revolution Initiative Launches in Japan
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5/21/2015   Post a comment
Seeking to lead the "robot revolution," Japan has initiated development of a five-year plan to dramatically expand the role of robots in industry and society.
Software Secure? Good! But What About the Hardware (FPGAs & SoCs)?
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5/20/2015   1 comment
The Prospect Hardware Security Design and Analysis Toolkit from Tortuga Logic is a valuable addition to the Design-for-Security arsenal.
Festo's Smart Robotics Aimed at SMC
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5/19/2015   5 comments
Festo Didati GmbH & Co KG (Denkendorf, Germany)
Cypress Eyes ISSI
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
On the heels of its Spansion acquisition, Cypress has made an offer for the fabless semiconductor company that focuses on the automotive, communications and industrial markets with its DRAM, SRAM and NOR flash products
Teradyne Aims to Acquire Collaborative Robots Pioneer
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Teradyne, Inc. and the shareholders of Universal Robots (UR) have signed a definitive agreement under which Teradyne will acquire privately held Universal Robots, the Danish pioneer of collaborative robots.
FRAM's Slow, Unending Journey to Dominance
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Much like MRAM, PCM and RRAM, FRAM has never gained the foothold that was predicted at its inception. Niche applications are providing opportunities for more widespread use as alternatives to other NVRAMs.
China Wonders: Whither Wearable Wares?
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5/18/2015   5 comments
Tencent’s surveys indicate that 45.7 percent of consumers stop using their wearable devices within a month. In six months, that number swells to almost 99 percent. Chinese designers know they’ve got to rethink wearables.
EEs Wanted for High Speed Rail
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5/14/2015   25 comments
A June seminar in Silicon Valley aims to prepare engineers to participate in California’s high-speed rail project, the first in the nation.
EtherCAT Linking Factory to Office
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5/14/2015   2 comments
The need to bridge between factory equipment and the corporate office is moving EtherCAT into a leading role among industrial networks.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts
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5/13/2015   2 comments
Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
IBM Demos CMOS Silicon Photonics
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5/12/2015   10 comments
After 30 years of research IBM has unveiled the inexpensive, commercializable solution to silicon photonics that encodes and translates both electricity and light on a single CMOS chip.
ESC Boston: The Serial Port Lives
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5/11/2015   18 comments
The classic, easy-to-implement serial port is still widely used, especially in industrial embedded computers.
Samsung Breaks Ground on $14 Billion Fab
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5/8/2015   13 comments
Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feet for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
Microchip to Acquire Micrel
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5/8/2015   2 comments
Microcontroller and analog semiconductor company Microchip Technology Incorporated has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the analog semiconductor company Micrel for $14.00 per share--an acquisition price of $839 million.
Surround View Camera Integrated into Driver Assistance
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
Automotive supplier Continental has demonstrated a potential new application for surround view cameras: Their signals can be used in advanced driver assistance systems such as automatic braking when reversing, cross traffic assistant and automated parking.
Can TI Obsolete FPGAs?
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5/7/2015   33 comments
Field-programmable gate arrays are a blank slate that solves any computing problem at super-high speeds but for a cost. Texas Instruments to create a family of ARM+DSP+programmable accelerator chips to that perform the same jobs as the FPGA but in a cheaper, smaller package that is easier to program. Here's what industry analysts think of it.
Startup's Webcams Move to 4K Panoramic Video
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5/7/2015   3 comments
Founded in 2013 and having secured two rounds of funding, including a Series B round of $10.5M from Intel Capital back in 2014, California-based startup Altia Systems has just launched its PanaCast2 Personal Panoramic Video System.
ST Falls to 4th in 2014 Sensor Sales Ranking
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5/7/2015   Post a comment
Market leader Bosch grabbed 20 percent of worldwide sales of sensor components in 2014, according to IC Insights. At the same time a 19 percent drop in the dollar value of its sensor sales in 2014 sent ST falling from second to fourth.
Dialog, Foxconn, Lite-On to Form Sensor Joint Venture
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5/7/2015   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor and Foxconn are set to transform Dyna Image, a Lite-On subsidiary making optical, inertial and environmental sensors for sale in the Chinese market, into a joint venture.
3D Expands Vision Applications in Industrial Automation
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Manufacturing has used 2D vision in automated inspection for years, but now there's a whole new dimension to vision in industry.
Quantum Computing Gets an OS
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Cambridge Quantum Computing (“CQCL”; Cambridge, UK) has announced that it has developed an operating system for Quantum Computers.
UltraHaptics Promises Airborne Tactile Interfaces
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Founded in 2013, Bristol-based startup Ultrahaptics relies on a compact array of ultrasound transducers to send inaudible sound waves through the air, using phase-shift techniques to precisely control the focus and intensity of the acoustic radiation pressure into something tangible.
Emergency Brake Relies Solely on Video Signal
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5/5/2015   1 comment
Bosch succeeded in implementing an emergency brake assistant that gets all necessary data exclusively from a stereo video camera; no radar or lidar signals required.
Why Intel and Qualcomm Can't Agree on IoT Framework
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5/5/2015   5 comments
How do you tell ISC License from Apache 2.0? Why is a Patent Pledge necessary? Triggering differences in IP policies of AllSeen and Open Interconnect Consortium is an ongoing tug of war between engineers and lawyers.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union
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5/1/2015   2 comments
Lattice CEO, after its acquisition of Silicon Image in March, believes the marriage of FPGA company to an ASSP firm is a match made in heaven. He said, “That’s why Intel wants Altera. It’s obvious.” But is it?
Effective Code Coverage Comes to Multicore Software
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5/1/2015   Post a comment
New code coverage tool gives greater visibility into software running on a multicore design.
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
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4/30/2015   1 comment
In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
How the 3 Cs Drive IC Consumption
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4/29/2015   1 comment
The communications, computers and consumer electronics sectors are set to be responsible for more than 70 percent of IC sales in every geographic region -- Americas, Europe, Japan, and Asia-Pacific -- in 2015, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Ethernet Geared for Cars, Factories
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4/29/2015   7 comments
A new class of Ethernet chips and software will emerge next year, opening the networking technology up to use in time-sensitive applications in cars, factory robots and more.
Start-up's Co-Robots Handle Logistics
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4/29/2015   1 comment
Seven month old startup Fetch Robotics is already releasing its first product for warehouse logistics -- a pair of co-robots that fetches online orders from warehouse shelves and sends them to automated machinery that seals the box and applies its label.
IBM Solves Quantum Computing
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4/29/2015   21 comments
IBM's new prototype of its future quantum computer corrects errors that spoil calculations and is scalable to any size.
Topic Teardown: Connected Cars' Pros & Cons
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4/28/2015   11 comments
We illustrate the benefits of connected cars. We analyze the driving force behind the connected car. We will scout security measures necessary inside cars in order to make connected cars less vulnerable to external malicious attacks.
Ruggedized Tire Pressure Sensor Raises Bar
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4/28/2015   1 comment
Heavy trucks, buses and construction vehicles can now have the luxury of automatic tire pressure monitoring with Freescale's new chip that it claims also issues warnings that can prevent blowouts.
Freescale Reveals NXP Mega Merger Details
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4/24/2015   9 comments
Five companies, aside from NXP, were in talks with Freescale, and CEO Gregg Lowe will be leaving post merger. Freescale reveals details of the NXP merger during its quarterly results call.
Elvis Sees All in Russia
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4/23/2015   17 comments
A Russian company claims it has the first Russian designed smart chip. The video intelligent processor (VIP-1) is sold in surveillance systems in Russia, but may be sold as a bare-chip overseas.
Cadence Tensilica Fusion DSP Core Targets IoT, Wearables
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4/22/2015   Post a comment
Tensilica Fusion is a configurable and scalable DSP that is ideal for applications requiring specialized computation, ultra-low power consumption, and the smallest possible footprint.
TI Obsoletes FPGA
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4/21/2015   56 comments
Texas Instruments is out to kill the FPGA with a nine processor chip that can downsize avionics, military and medical applications to portable size -- from backpack radars to portable MRIs.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
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4/21/2015   6 comments
We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
Wearable Cameras Next Boom Market for Image Sensors
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Annual shipments of wearable cameras will surpass 30 million units by 2020 according to market research firm Tractica.
Making Wireless LoRa Design Easier, Faster
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4/20/2015   1 comment
Microchip has a pre-certified coin-cell sized module to accelerate deployment of LoRa wireless networks.
Transceiver Supports Dual 2.4 GHz IoT Networks
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Industrial applications, home automation, and the like often need multiple networks to be active. This transceiver helps bridge them.
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