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NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Metallic Nanoparticles May Lower Solar Cost
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7/29/2015   1 comment
While the domestic solar energy industry grew 34% last year, fundamental technical breakthroughs are still needed to hit the national goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Researchers at Rice University say they have found a way reduce the costs of photovoltaic solar cells.
Demand for Radar Systems Boosts Infineon’s Chip Production
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7/28/2015   1 comment
Radar systems are experience rapidly growing acceptance among car buyers. While passenger cars with a radar sensor can be bought since the nineties, production figures as well as take rates reached significant numbers only by 2013. But since radar-based driver assistance systems are available at affordable prices, the numbers are skyrocketing. Infineon now has produced the ten millionth radar chip.
Smart Meters Can Destabilize Grid, Study Says
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7/28/2015   6 comments
In some geographies including Germany, smart meters are mandatory for new buildings – being an ingredient of smart grids, they allow energy suppliers to match energy generation and consumption by implementing differentiated tariffs and help users to optimize energy consumption profiles.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
IoT Accelerators Offer Advice to Entrepreneurs
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Startup accelerator experts panel offers IoT entrepreneurs insights into Kickstarter, manufacturing in China, and making the transition from prototype to production.
8-bit Fights Back with Autonomous Peripherals
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Using smart peripherals, 8-bit MCUs are trying to reclaim advanced applications from 32-bit contenders.
SK Hynix Starts 3D NAND Flash Production
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7/27/2015   Post a comment
Memory chipmaker SK Hynix Inc. has said it will prepare for its first production volumes of 3D NAND flash memory in the third quarter of 2015. It joins the ranks of Samsung, Toshiba and Micron.
Qualcomm Plans 15% Layoffs
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7/22/2015   8 comments
Qualcomm announced a realignment plan that aims to reduce costs by $1.4 billion by 2016 and will deliver pink slips to 15% of employees.
Can GloFo and Europe's Chip Firms Unite?
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Globalfoundries' Dresden wafer fab could become the European More-than-Moore foundry that the local chip companies lacked the courage to commission. As such Globalfoundries could yet receive financial support from the European Commission to expand its presence in Europe.
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’
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7/22/2015   1 comment
In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
Wi-Fi Rings in NYC Phone Booths
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7/17/2015   Post a comment
A new company with ties to Google will convert 10,000 payphones throughout the five boroughs into gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots. The ad-based links will provide free phone call and public Wi-Fi with seamless roaming.
Taiwan Chipmakers Leery of M&A Wave
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7/17/2015   1 comment
Taiwan chipmakers say they’re worried that the ongoing wave of global merger and acquisition activity in the semiconductor industry may leave them stranded.
Q'comm's Sales Practices Under Scrutiny
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7/16/2015   1 comment
The European Commission, the administrative and executive body of the 28-nation European Union, has opened two antitrust investigations into the behavior of Qualcomm with regard to its market dominance of semiconductors used in consumer electronics.
High Customer Interest in FD-SOI, GloFo Says
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7/16/2015   2 comments
Customers are already lining up to use the 22nm fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology announced by Globalfoundries earlier this week, according to a company executive.
TSMC Trims 2015 Outlook
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7/16/2015   7 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. the world’s largest chip foundry, said the outlook for the rest of this year is worse than the company previously expected because customers are digesting an inventory glut that built up earlier this year.
Intel Hits Q2 Target Despite PC Slump
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7/15/2015   6 comments
Intel's second quarter revenues were in line with expectations, with PC sales still slumping and growth in data center, memory and IoT segments.
Bell Labs Bucks Short-Term Research Trend
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7/15/2015   Post a comment
Solving networking problems is both an immediate and long-term goal for Bell Labs, as well as an interesting insight into its research strategy. While some legacy laboratories favor 2- or 3-year projects, Bell Labs emphasizes longer-term research.
Unifying IoT: Thread Delivers V1.0, Gets Qualcomm
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
The Thread Group is gathering momentum, laying a foundation for much needed unity in Internet of Things, and rolling out the networking layer designed to interoperate with a broad range of IoT solutions.
Battery Startup Gets Ex-Fab Exec
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
Albany battery startup BessTech announced that Doug Grose, former CEO of GlobalFoundries, has joined the company as its chief technology officer. Grose retired from GlobalFoundries and served as CEO for three years
Metrawatt Acquires UK Safety Testing Specialist Seaward Group
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7/8/2015   Post a comment
Seaward will become part of the GMC Instrumentation Division, a group of separate specialist T&M manufacturing businesses based in Germany, Switzerland and the USA and with a global international sales network.
M2M Shifting Quickly from 2G to 4G, Says Sequans
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7/8/2015   Post a comment
Although M2M devices are still largely dependent on 2G cellular links for device-to-device communication, M2M system vendors must decide soon to move their network “from 2G to something else,” said Georges Karam, CEO at Sequans Communications.
UL Planning to Tackle Cyber Security Certification
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7/8/2015   Post a comment
Currently in discussion with the White House, UL aims to certify IoT device security.
Samsung Boosts Batteries with Graphene
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7/6/2015   Post a comment
Researchers from Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), the company’s R&D hub, have found a way to extend lithium-ion battery life using silicon and graphene. The carbide-free graphene combats expansion to increase battery life by 1.8x over conventional lithium-ion batteries.
Thin Film Solar Cells May Rival Silicon
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7/6/2015   3 comments
A consortium of 11 European institutions in eight countries aim to one-up the cheap Chinese thin-film solar cells with efficiencies rivaling silicon at a fraction of the cost.
3-D Fingerprint Scanner Beats Apple's
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7/3/2015   3 comments
The University of California at Davis, in cooperation with the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) has created a three-dimensional (3-D) MEMS fingerprint identification system atop a CMOS ASIC.
Bosch Finds Graphene Magnetic Sensor 100x More Sensitive than Silicon
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7/3/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the Stuttgart-based engineering company Bosch have worked with scientists at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research to create a graphene-based magnetic sensor which is 100 times more sensitive than an equivalent device based on silicon.
Intel President, Execs Step Down
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7/2/2015   11 comments
Intel President Renée James is among several top executives who announced plans to resign from the chip giant. Three other executives from various divisions will also leave the company.
IBM-GlobalFoundries Deal Finalized
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7/1/2015   7 comments
Following final approval by U.S. regulators, IBM closed the sale of its chip manufacturing operations to GlobalFoundries. IBM will pay $1.5 billion to the world’s second largest chip foundry.
Nanogenerator Harvests Energy From Rolling Tires
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7/1/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) have developed a nanogenerator that harvests friction energy from a vehicle's rolling tires, promising a new way for automobile manufacturers to achieve more efficiency from their vehicles.
Synopsys Acquires Elliptic Technologies, Beefs up Security
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
Synopsys, Inc. is acquiring security intellectual property company Elliptic Technologies.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Low Temperature 2D MoS2 Now at Wafer-Level
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute have fabricated and characterised large-area 2D films of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), an N-type semiconductor, at room temperature using a process which is scalable to any size wafer.
GlobalFoundries’ FD-SOI Revolution
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6/23/2015   7 comments
Confirming the imminent announcement of the company’s big FD-SOI plan, GlobalFoundries came to Grenoble to discuss its 22nm FD-SOI process scheduled to be qualified by early 2016.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race?
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6/23/2015   3 comments
How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
Renesas APIs Bring RTOS Development to the Masses
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6/23/2015   2 comments
Renesas Electronics' Synergy MCU family and API aims provide a simplified platform for developing code for an integrated RTOS kernel and services in an application.
AMD Denies Mulling Breakup
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6/22/2015   Post a comment
Company denies report that it hired a consulting firm to help it consider options for breaking up the company or spinning off part of its business.
Wide Area Network for IoT Gets Protocol Standard
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6/22/2015   3 comments
The LoRa approach wide-area IoT networking now has an open protocol standard available.
Freescale Adds Comms to IoT MCUs
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6/22/2015   1 comment
Freescale announced a new set of microcontrollers with integrated communications as part of its Kinetis family. The multi-protocol chips are designed for home automation and industrial control devices in the Internet of Things
Freescale i.MX 7 Finally Here
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6/22/2015   3 comments
Freescale's latest application processor, the i.MX 7 comes with one or two ARM Cortex-A7 microprocessors as well as one Cortex-M4 micro controller resulting in a unique heterogeneous architecture that consumes as little as 250 microAmps in its Low Power State Retention mode (LPSR).
Crocus Gets $21 Million backing for Sensor Push
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6/21/2015   Post a comment
Crocus Technology SA (Santa Clara, Calif.), a developer of magnetic RAM and related devices has announced it has raised $21 million (about €19 million) in funding. This brings the total raised by the company to date to $194 million (about €180.3M).
IR Cameras Soon a Commodity, Warns Yole
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6/19/2015   2 comments
Over the next several years, uncooled thermal camera shipments will accelerate rapidly, with volumes growing at 22% CAGR between 2015 and 2020, according to Yole Développement's latest report.
ASICs for the IoT Cross the Horizon
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6/19/2015   2 comments
The custom chip industry is working to jump-start ASIC development for the Internet of Things.
InVisage, TSMC Join Forces for Image Sensor Attack
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6/19/2015   Post a comment
InVisage Technologies Inc., a startup developing quantum-dot based light capture film for image sensors, has opened its first sensor manufacturing facility QFAB3 in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan.
IBM Demos III-V FinFETs on Silicon
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6/18/2015   3 comments
IBM has found a way to use confined epitaxial overgrowth (CELO) to build III-V FinFETs on silicon wafers using standard CMOS processing.
Stephen Elop Out In Microsoft Executive Shakeup
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6/18/2015   Post a comment
Organizational changes within Microsoft's engineering team will result in the departure of senior executives, including former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.
ACE Awards Finalists Recognized for Innovation in Electronics
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6/18/2015   Post a comment
Winners to be announced at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley; ACE Lifetime Achievement to celebrate Linear Technology's Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin.
Paris Air Show Grounds Drones — Again
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6/17/2015   5 comments
Despite its commitment to displaying machines designed to fly, there are unwelcome flying objects at the Paris Air Show. Drones are grounded.
Fairchild Out "Smarts" Dumb MEMS
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6/16/2015   7 comments
Fairchild announced its entry into the MEMS market -- under its own label -- last year, even though its been a MEMS foundry since 2001 from which it gained the experience to build "smart" high-end devices with built-in DSPs that it claims reduces power over competing high-accuracy six axis inertial measurement units (IMUs).
Omnivision Moves Sensor Supply to China, Says Yole
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6/16/2015   Post a comment
The acquisition of OmniVision Technologies by a Chinese consortium is being accompanied by the movement of manufacturing support into China, according to Yole Developpement.
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