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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   49 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.
TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion
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4/16/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is cutting its planned capital expenditure for this year by $1 billion, citing improvements in capital efficiency and a faster-than-expected migration to its leading-edge 16nm process technology.
Apple Buys Array Camera Firm LinX
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Apple has acquired Israeli startup LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., the developer of an array camera for mobile equipment, for a purchase price estimated at about $20 million.
Intel Does Balancing Act
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
In its Q1 results, predictably Intel's PC business is down but data center, IoT, and nonvolatile memory made up for PC loses. Surprisingly capex goes down.
Module Makes BLE a Drop-In Design Element
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4/14/2015   6 comments
The EZ-BLE radio module is fully self-contained, making Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity easy to add.
MEMS Startup Selects MIPS for Sensor Hubs
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
A South Korean startup has licensed a MIPS Warrior M-class CPU core from Imagination Technologies Group plc for use in sensor hubs it is developing to address IoT, wearables and automotive applications.
Sony Tips Billion-Dollar Capex for Stacked Image Sensors
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Sony Corp. has announced an additional $375 million of spending planned for the 2015 fiscal year to further increase its ability to manufacture stacked CMOS image sensors.
On Semi Wins Image Sensor Slot
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
A tear down of the Hero entry-level sports camera from GoPro Inc. by market research firm IHS Technology reveals that Hero is based on the A7LS34 image processing chip from Amberella Inc. and a CMOS image sensor from Aptina, now part of On Semi.
RTOS Evolves to Ease Wireless IoT Device Design
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Automated power management and built-in drivers allow this RTOS to greatly simplify IoT design.
Intel's 'Plans' for Atom x3 in IoT/Wearables, Bargain Smartphones
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4/9/2015   1 comment
Intel's Developer Forum in Shenzhen kicked off a major effort to woo Chinese firms and developers to Atom for wearables, mobiles and IoT.
TSMC Outlines 16nm, 10nm Plans
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4/8/2015   2 comments
TSMC announced plans to roll out updated low-power versions of existing chips and announced its roadmap for smaller process nodes. The company will begin volume production of its 16nm FinFet+ in the middle of this year while breaking ground on 10nm development.
IC Insights Halves Sensor Growth Forecast
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights Inc. has more than halved the growth it expects to see in the sensors and actuators semiconductor category during 2015 and 2016.
Omnivision Loses Ground in CMOS Image Sensor Ranking
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Sony has pulled out a lead over its nearest competitors in the CMOS image sensor market in 2014 winning more than a quarter of the global market, according to according to market research company Yole Developpement.
Code Visualization Comes to ARM Community
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Percepio has joined the ARM Connected Community, bringing its Tracealyzer code visualization tool to the party.
Atmel Bids for Low-Power MCU Leadership
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Atmel is targeting its SAM21 MCUs at the needs of Internet of Things developers by providing fine-grained feature-by-feature power management.
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
Ziptronix Inc., a developer and provider of low-temperature direct bonding interconnect (DBI) technology for 3D integration, has announced a patent licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for the application of its technology to image sensors.
CCD Image Sensors are Dead, says Yole
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
"This is the beginning of the end for Sony CCDs," says Yole's imaging and sensors analyst.
KIT, Schaeffler Optimize Power Steering for Electric Cars
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4/1/2015   Post a comment
A joint research project from mechatronics company Schaeffler AG and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is developing concepts that make power steering for electric vehicles more energy efficient.
Neural Networks Take on Embedded Vision
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3/30/2015   1 comment
Synopsys configurable vision coprocessor architecture uses ARC-based RISC cores in tandem with specialized object detection processing engines.
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs?
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3/30/2015   5 comments
Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
Robotic Bacteria Senses Humidity
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
A bacterial spore studded with graphene quantum dots makes the world best humidity sensor according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Bosch Rides Apple to MEMS Dominance
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3/26/2015   5 comments
How did Bosch achieve a future “MEMS titan” status? Why is STMicroelectronics slipping? Get the lowdown of MEMS Industry status and technology breakdown.
Core Independent MCUs Come to Power Management
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
Using redundant sets of key power management functions, Microchip has used its core independent peripheral architecture in an 8 bit MCU to bring a high degree of flexibility to power supply, automotive, battery management, and LED display apps.
Free Online Class Teaches Analog Design
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
A new online classroom from TI provides training and hands-on experience in analog design.
MCU Vendors Engaging in Low-Power Leapfrog
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3/25/2015   8 comments
Competition to be the low-power MCU leader has resulted in a burst of product introductions, but it is the developer who will ultimately win.
Intel's Xeon Phi to House 72 Cores
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3/25/2015   12 comments
Intel's Xeon Phi mutiprocessor, with up to 72 cores and integrated Micron Hybrid Memory Cubes, will accelerate both enterprise and supercomputer workloads.
TI’s 32-bit 'Successor' to the 16-bit MCU
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
TI's new ARM Cortex-M4F-based MCU is a higher performance alternative to traditional the 16-bit MSP430 and a lower power and feature-rich alternative to the ARM Cortex-M0.
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’
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3/24/2015   6 comments
Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.
Multicore MCU Brings Gigabit Ethernet to IoT
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Multiple cores bring blazing speed to low-cost MCUs for Ethernet connectivity and audio applications.
Bringing Sub-Threshold Voltage to Any MCU
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Based on the same subthreshold voltage technology used in its ARM-based Apollo Cortex-based processors, Ambiq's real-time clock family brings its low power benefits to any MCU-based design.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA
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3/20/2015   2 comments
Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
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3/19/2015   5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Marvell Touts MoChi, FLC in Shanghai
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3/17/2015   6 comments
The president of Marvell painted broad strokes about its Final-Level Cache memories and a new interconnect technology called MoChi during a keynote in Shanghai. She described them as basic building blocks for the company’s newly proposed scalable SoCs.
Insects Harnessed for Surveillance
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3/17/2015   5 comments
Cooperative research between U.S. and China results in a cyborg beetle that can be flown by remote control for surveillance.
Tri-Core Sensor Hub Ups Ante: Sensors Included
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3/13/2015   1 comment
Invensense claims to have the world's first system-in-package to act not only as a 6-axis inertial sensor, but also as a programmable hub for all the other sensors in a smartphone.
ST's Vigna Wins IEEE Award
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3/12/2015   Post a comment
Benedetto Vigna, executive vice president for the analog, MEMS, and sensors group at STMicroelectronics NV has been given a top IEEE award for his role in the development and commercialization of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).
Sigfox, Sequans: Tale of Two French IoT Firms
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3/11/2015   6 comments
There is an underlying thread in both 5G and IoT: Diversification. Diversified networks, network topologies and network infrastructures are necessary to enable both. Carriers realize that there will be no one-size-fits-all network for either 5G or IoT.
Taking on Industrial IoT with Real-Time DDS
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3/11/2015   1 comment
Building on its experience in high reliability Data Distribution Services for the military/aerospace market, Prismtech launchs a "DDS for things" platform for networked devices requiring real-time, deterministic delivery.
Infineon: Why It's Back at MWC
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3/10/2015   1 comment
Since 2011, when it sold its wireless business to Intel, Infineon’s name – along with its baseband and RF technologies — has faded into the memory of the mobile world. But they are back in Barcelona this week. Why?
Intersil Fined for TAOS Patent Infringement
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3/10/2015   Post a comment
Intersil Corp. has been found guilty of infringing patents held by Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions Inc. (TAOS) and fined $58.8 million in a court case that dates back to 2008. Taos was acquired by AMS AG (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) in 2011.
OmniVision Shrinks Image Sensor Pixel to 1-micron
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
The OV16880 is a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor from OmniVision Technologies Inc. with a pixel size of 1-micron. The sensor uses PureCel-S stacked die technology and supports phase detection autofocus (PDAP).
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