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Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War
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9/2/2014   1 comment
With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
Microchip in Pursuit of CSR
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8/29/2014   11 comments
Microchip confirmed Thursday that it has had preliminary mutual discussions with CSR.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
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8/28/2014   13 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Rohm Opens MEMS Foundry Operation
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8/28/2014   Post a comment
Rohm Co. Ltd. created a foundry business at the six-inch Miyazaki wafer fab of its Lapis Semiconductor subsidiary that integrates product design and manufacturing based on the combination of thin-film piezoelectric processes and MEMS.
Forget iPhone: 4 Megatrends in China’s Smartphone Market
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8/27/2014   19 comments
Touch Taiwan is exposing some of Asia’s techno-political tensions, focused on one question: Who will own the display technologies likely to dominate the rapidly changing smartphone market in China?
Fairchild to Close 2 Manufacturing Facilities
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8/26/2014   7 comments
Fairchild is eliminating its internal 5-in wafer fabrication lines and shuttering its fabs in West Jordan, Utah and Penang, Malaysia.
Digital Light Processor Downsizes & Diversifies
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8/26/2014   7 comments
The digital light processor (DLP) was used in the first and most popular large-screen televisions, but now it has been downsized for pico-applications from projectors built-into smartphones to smart glasses.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously?
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8/25/2014   24 comments
China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
iPhone 6 Production Delays May Hurt Availability
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8/22/2014   1 comment
Apple's iPhone manufacturing partners are struggling to produce displays for the upcoming iPhone 6 after a last-minute design change caused widespread delays.
Vehicle-to-Vehicle: 7 Things to Know About Uncle Sam's Plan
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8/22/2014   16 comments
Now that more new cars are equipped with ADAS, the NHTSA plan, unveiled this week, to require V2V communications technologies in all new passenger cars might seem too little, too late.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier
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8/21/2014   12 comments
Infineon Technologies will buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash. Through the merger, the German chip company is pushing toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
Mesh Network Key to Winning IoT Race
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8/20/2014   8 comments
As competing wireless networking technologies gun for the smart home market, many contenders believe mesh networking is the heart of the matter for the Internet of Things.
Memsic Launches Monolithic 3-Axis Accelerometer
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
Memsic Inc. introduces what it claims is the world's first monolithic 3D accelerometer and the first to make use of wafer-level packaging.
Robot Room Service Hits Aloft Hotel Group
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
The "botlr" -- a robotic butler -- will deliver small goods to hotel guests upon request.
China Moves to Buy Omnivision
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8/19/2014   1 comment
CMOS image sensor developer Omnivision Technologies has received a takeover bid from Hua Capital Management at $29 a share, which would value the company at about $1.64 billion.
Laser Sensor System Scans Railway Tracks
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8/18/2014   18 comments
An innovative optical sensor system surveys the tracks quickly and safely. A laser scanner acquires geometrical irregularities and transforms them into 3D images.
Intel, MTK Carve Tablet Shares; China’s Actions Faces Turmoil
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8/15/2014   5 comments
China's tablet market is in turmoil, with stagnant growth and fierce competition from phablets. Intel and MediaTek are aggressively pursuing the white-box tablet market, forcing the retail price for locally branded seven-inch tablets below $50.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds
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8/13/2014   12 comments
Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
Nanoceramic Startup Gears Up for Growth
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8/12/2014   2 comments
The UK startup Cambridge Nanotherm hopes to commercialize its nanoceramic technology, which converts aluminum into a dielectric adept at carrying heat, by targeting high-end LED system makers.
Intel Outlines 14nm, Broadwell
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8/11/2014   18 comments
Intel provided first details of its 14nm process technology now qualified for volume production in at least one fab and gave a sneak peak at Broadwell, its first CPU to use it.
How to Ride a Comet
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8/11/2014   16 comments
After ten years and billions of kilometers traveled, the Rosetta Spacecraft’s successful rendezvous last week with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gersaimeno was a breeze for the mission control team compared to its next task.
Canada Ahead of US in Chip Ed
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8/8/2014   19 comments
The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC, Kingston) helps academics--professors and graduate students to build semiconductor prototypes including all steps from conception, to EDA to testing.
Microchip Eases Bluetooth Development With PIC32 Starter Kit
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8/7/2014   2 comments
Although wireless communications has spread, developers of wireless products still need a lot of expertise to incorporate wireless into designs.
To Stay Alive, Renesas Negotiates End-of-Life Deals
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8/7/2014   22 comments
The most urgent task for Renesas, “still fighting for survival,” is “to improve our gross profit rate,” says Renesas Electronics CEO Hisao Sakuta during quarterly financial results press conference.
E2V Buys Spanish Image Sensor Specialist
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
E2v Technologies has announced it has agreed to acquire Innovaciones Microelectronicas, which trades as AnaFocus and supplies CMOS image and vision sensors for the industrial, professional, scientific, medical and high-end surveillance markets.
Industrial Electronics Chip Sector Rebounds
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8/5/2014   1 comment
The industrial electronics chip sector continued to rebound in the first quarter of this year, buoyed by stronger business conditions across the global economy, according to an IHS report.
MEMS Imitates Logic
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8/5/2014   1 comment
There were those who said history would not repeat itself. But evidence continues to accumulate that the MEMS sector will follow a similar path to CMOS logic.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
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8/4/2014   7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
MEMS Leaders Under Pressure, Says Yole
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8/4/2014   Post a comment
The MEMS industry is changing as established manufacturing leaders with an emphasis on delivering components are put under pressure by fabless MEMS vendors, as customers become more interested in functionality -- a mix of hardware and software -- than components.
Keysight Technologies Opens Its Doors
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8/1/2014   19 comments
The former Electronic Measurement Group of Agilent Technologies has officially opened as Keysight Technologies.
Is Tesla's Gigafactory a Gigablunder for Panasonic?
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7/31/2014   27 comments
Panasonic signed a deal with Tesla on a large-scale battery plant, known as Gigafactory. The question inside and outside the Japanese company is this: how big an albatross might the Gigafactory become for Panasonic.
Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation
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7/31/2014   7 comments
Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Sony, Panasonic, Japan Display Plan OLED Joint Venture
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7/31/2014   3 comments
Sony Corp., Panasonic Corp., and Japan Display Inc. are working together to create a new company, to be named JOLED, which is expected to be launched early in 2015 to develop small and midsized organic light-emitting diode displays for use in tablet devices.
Sony, TSMC Win Award for Silicon-Plastic Process Development
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7/31/2014   1 comment
Sony and TSMC's paper describing a process to integrate a silicon biosensor into a microfluidic chip with the potential to create cost-effective, mass-fabricated point-of-care devices gets Best Abstract of Interest to the Industry Division Award from American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
ST Opens MEMS Microphone Test Laboratory
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7/28/2014   2 comments
STMicroelectronics NV has set up an anechoic chamber in Taipei, Taiwan, for use in MEMS microphone application development.
Sony Invests in Stacked Image Sensor Manufacturing Capacity
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7/25/2014   7 comments
Sony Corp. has said it plans to invest 35 billion yen (about $340 million) to increase its production of stacked CMOS image sensors in support of demand for them in smartphones and tablet computers.
NASA Exec Says, 'Boldly Go!'
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7/25/2014   17 comments
Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center, challenged a Silicon Valley crowd to go beyond our solar system to find life and settle space -- and harness biotechnology along the way.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Apple in China: Best Is Yet to Come?
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7/24/2014   21 comments
Apple CEO Tim Cook described Apple’s business prospect in China as "a watershed moment."
AMS, Dialog Merger Talks Fail
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7/22/2014   Post a comment
Talks over a possible merger of mixed-signal chip companies AMS and Dialog Semiconductor plc have failed to reach agreement and been abandoned.
MIT Wrist-Robot Adds Extra Fingers
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7/18/2014   20 comments
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a wrist-worn robot that adds two fingers adjacent the thumb and pinky to help perform tasks with one hand that would ordinarily require two.
Atmel's Wireless Castle Complete
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7/16/2014   5 comments
With its proposed $140 million deal to acquire Newport Media, Atmel will add two key products to complete its SmartConnect wireless portfolio: 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth modules.
2D-to-3D Conversion Adds Texture on Top
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7/16/2014   2 comments
In an SID 2014 paper, NLT Technologies researchers disclosed how they were able to use a variant of electrovibration on a 4.1-inch-wide touchscreen prototype to create localized friction (at multiple touchpoints) and the perception of texture.
Lattice's iCE40 Ultra FPGAs Make Smart Devices Smarter
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7/16/2014   4 comments
If an ASSP got married to an FPGA, then the members of the iCE40 Ultra family would be their children.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs
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7/16/2014   28 comments
In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
Flexible Displays Going Commercial
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7/15/2014   11 comments
LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Intel's Mobile Losses Mount
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7/15/2014   8 comments
Intel reported significant increases in net income during its second-quarter revenue report, held July 15, as well as record quarterly microprocessor shipments. Despite a generally good quarter, the company showed massive losses in its mobile unit.
Micro Sensor Monitors Properties of Liquids
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7/15/2014   2 comments
Researchers are developing sensors that can measure the quality of lubricants using a microchip aluminium nitride cantilever that vibrates when a liquid exerts mechanical resistance on it.
Smart Sensors Offer Haptic Feedback
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7/14/2014   1 comment
Fraunhofer ISC's Centre for Smart Materials has demonstrated materials that can be used to create intelligent sensors with haptic feedback.
Can Samsung Get Qualcomm in LTE Market?
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7/11/2014   8 comments
Samsung took the wraps off of a new LTE radio chip. It's noteworthy that the company has integrated its own quad-core application processor and called it Exynos ModAP. The Korean behemoth's intention is clear: Get Qualcomm.
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