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NASA, Taiwan to Develop Robotic Lunar Lander
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7/22/2016   Post a comment
Several Taiwanese research institutions have signed an agreement NASA to jointly develop an unmanned lunar lander that could crawl the moon’s surface as early as 2020, according to Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency.
GE Plans Software Platform For Creating 'Digital Twins'
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7/21/2016   Post a comment
GE already uses an internal platform for modeling jet engines, turbines, and other physical assets. Now, the company will be offering it as a service by the end of 2017.
Sensors, Peripherals to Dominate Wireless by 2021
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7/21/2016   Post a comment
Wireless sensor nodes and connected peripherals will outnumber hub devices such as smartphones and PCs in 2016 and increase their holding through 2021, according to ABI Research.
AI Drives Startup to Map Deep Learning Computer
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7/21/2016   Post a comment
AI is driving hardware innovation. Wave Computing has leveraged the well-understood dataflow technology, and designed a new processing unit, called Dataflow Processing Unit (DPU), that can natively support Google TensorFlow and Microsoft CNTK.
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic?
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7/20/2016   10 comments
Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank?
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7/19/2016   17 comments
The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
Cypress Aims Low-Pin Memory at Automotive, IoT
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7/18/2016   Post a comment
Unsurprisingly, higher performance and smaller footprints remain desirable memory attributes for automotive, but minimizing the potential points of failures is also a high priority for carmakers.
ARM Agrees To Be Bought by Japan's Softbank
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7/18/2016   7 comments
ARM Holdings plc has agreed to be bought by Softbank of Japan for £24.3 billion (about $32.25 billion) in an all-cash deal.
FCC Paves Way for 5G
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7/15/2016   Post a comment
The U.S Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve a set of rules for wireless broadband communications operating above 24 GHz.
Chip Equipment Spending to Stay Flat in 2016
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7/14/2016   Post a comment
The worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment market will be flat this year and will rebound in 2017 according to the SEMI trade association.
FinFET Startup Seeks Partners for Collaboration
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7/14/2016   Post a comment
FinScale Inc. (Dublin, Calif.), a startup that claims it knows how to build superior FinFETs optimized for quantum effects, has formed an industrial and academic partner program to accelerate development and adoption of its technology.
Leti Unveils New 3D Network-on-Chip
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7/14/2016   Post a comment
Leti’s 3D IC technology fundamentally differs from other 3D chips available on the commercial market. The difference lies in the interposer. Leti’s 3D NoC technology uses a ‘smart interposer,” where active elements are integrated.
Irongate Heralds New Cyber Threat to Industry
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7/13/2016   Post a comment
Recently-identified malware demonstrates a potential threat to industrial control systems.
M'soft, GE Partnership Targets Industrial Cloud
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7/12/2016   Post a comment
Microsoft and GE have announced a partnership that will make GE's Predix, a platform for the industrial internet, available on Azure.
Will NTSB Apply Brakes to Tesla's Autopilot?
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7/12/2016   11 comments
The NTSB’s entry into the investigations on a deadly crash on May 7 involving the “Autopilot” function in a 2015 Tesla Model S will certainly bring extra scrutiny to the automotive industry’s push for semi and full autonomous-driving technology.
U.S. PC Sales Show Surprising Strength
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7/12/2016   Post a comment
PC shipments in the U.S. unexpectedly increased year-over-year in the second quarter, snapping a string of five straight down quarters.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Ex-Broadcom Unit to Shape Cypress IoT Future
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
Cypress closed the previously announced acquisition for $550 million of Broadcom’s Internet of Things business unit. The new unit’s directions and strategies will likely tilt toward the Broadcom team, which dwarfs its counterpart at Cypress.
Intelligence Agency Sets 3D Challenge
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has issued a $100,000 challenge to the programming community to improve upon the automatic generation of 2D-to-3D imagery from satellites.
Startup Debuts Open Source SoCs
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7/11/2016   2 comments
Startup SiFive aims to use the open source RISC-V core as the heart of two SoC platforms, enabling a broader set of engineers to build custom processors.
Startup Looks to Put PAs on CMOS Express
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7/8/2016   Post a comment
ACCO Semiconductor has emerged from semi-stealth mode with a new type of transistor that it says enables power amplifiers to be built in CMOS.
Chip Sales Remain Stagnant
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7/8/2016   3 comments
Chip sales posted a slight sequential uptick in May, but were down nearly 8% compared with May 2015, according to the SIA.
Qualcomm Sues Chinese Smartphone Firm
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7/8/2016   Post a comment
Phone chip supplier and intellectual property licensor Qualcomm Inc. has sued Meizu Technology Co. Ltd. (Xhuhai, Guangdong, China) alleging infringement of patents covering features and technologies used in smartphones.
Google To Acquire Image Recognition Startup
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7/7/2016   Post a comment
Google announced a deal to buy image-recognition startup Moodstocks. Created in 2009, the French startup first introduced on-device image recognition in 2012, enabling smartphones to recognize whatever their camera sees.
IBM Rolls Out Job-Cutting Plan In The Netherlands
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7/7/2016   Post a comment
According to a leaked company memo, IBM is imposing involuntary job cuts in the Netherlands for the first time. Does the move serve as a template for Big Blue to impose forced layoffs in regions where local labor laws have made it difficult to impose mandatory cuts?
PROTO FPGAs Lower the Cost of Prototyping Rad-Tolerant FPGA-Based Systems
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7/7/2016   2 comments
RTG4 PROTO devices use the same silicon and the same packages as RTG4 flight-model FPGAs, but they cost a whole lot less.
Tesla's Fatal Crash: 6 Unanswered Questions
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7/7/2016   42 comments
Tesla’s fatal crash has many automotive industry experts wondering what exactly happened. EE Times makes an attempt to dissect which technologies were at play inside Model S Autopilot, and what limitations each technology was manifested in the crash.
ASML’s Tech Chief Snags SIA's Noyce Award
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7/7/2016   Post a comment
Martin van den Brink, a long-time technologist at lithography system vendor ASML Holding NV, has been named the 2016 winner of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)’s Robert N. Noyce Award.
Synopsys Buys Glasgow EDA Startup
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7/5/2016   Post a comment
Brexit Threatens London's Data Center Market
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7/5/2016   8 comments
The future of the UK, and specifically of London, as the leading market for data centers in Europe could be affected by Brexit, according to an analysis by 451 Research. However, the split could also provide opportunities for the US.
Lossy Imagination Says There's Good Signs in Graphics
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7/5/2016   Post a comment
Licensing revenue halved, royalties decline year-on-year, but processor intellectual property company Imagination sees signs of hope in its GPU business.
Auto Security Demands All-Over Answer
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7/5/2016   Post a comment
In automotive security, the state of play has significantly altered. If Harman’s acquisitions of three auto-security tech companies are any indication, the industry is demanding a comprehensive answer covering over-the-air update and intrusion-detection systems to in-vehicle network protection.
Averna Acquires Nexjen, Goes Deeper in U.S. Test Market
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7/1/2016   Post a comment
Nexjen adds strength in the southeastern U.S., particularly in RF test.
Why Intel Got Inside BMW-Mobileye Deal
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7/1/2016   Post a comment
The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will collaborate to bring fleets of fully self-driving vehicles to the streets by 2021. While the BMW-Mobileye connection has been known to industry observers, Intel was a surprise element in the three-way deal.
Micron to Cut Jobs
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7/1/2016   Post a comment
Memory chip maker will shed unspecified number of jobs in cost-cutting move amid challenging market conditions.
AMD Buys PC Gaming Software Firm
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6/29/2016   2 comments
Chip vendor says software designed for Radeon will help "future proof" graphics processors.
UL Bringing ‘Adult Supervision’ to IoT--Really?
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6/29/2016   2 comments
In early April when UL launched its new cybersecurity standard, dubbed UL 2900, reactions from the IoT market were split. Three months later, is it proving an extra burden or a benefit to the IoT community?
Google Fellow Talks Neural Nets, Deep Learning
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6/28/2016   2 comments
We are already living with deep learning and large-scale neural networks, as evidenced by the growing number of applications that rely on computer vision, language understanding, robotics and more. Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean discusses what he wants most from neural networks and machine learning.
Aquantia Rolls Second-Gen AQrate Chips
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6/28/2016   Post a comment
Startup, considered a prime candidate for IPO, also marks milestone in NBASE-T PHY shipments.
How Do You Update 1 Billion IoT Devices?
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6/27/2016   5 comments
IoT devices need over-the-air firmware and software updates, but that must be done quickly and securely. Resin.io, which just got $9 million in funding from GE Ventures, Ericsson and others, thinks it has answers to such hard IoT problems.
Brexit Ripples Through Tech Community
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6/27/2016   18 comments
UK voters gave a thumbs up for leaving the European Union, generating concerns in the tech community over the ease of finding jobs and potential company relocations.
CMOS Image Sensor Market Strengthens on Added Functions
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6/27/2016   3 comments
Functionality beyond simply taking "snaps" is pushing change in the CMOS image sensor market and has caused market researcher Yole Developpement to increase its market size forecast for the years to come.
Microfluidics-Based Pressure Sensor Takes Loads, Bends
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6/23/2016   Post a comment
Researchers have devised a thin and flexible pressure sensor that not only measures compressive loads from a very wide range (2 kPa to 400 kPa) but can distinguish bending or stretching loads.
Fab Tool Book-to-Bill Remains Above Parity
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6/23/2016   Post a comment
Ratio of bookings to billings among North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers has been greater than 1.0 each month of 2016.
Consolidation Shuffles Automotive IC Vendor Rankings
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6/22/2016   Post a comment
NXP and Infineon moved up the list of automotive chip suppliers last year based on big acquisitions.
Researchers Claim First 1,000-core Processor
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6/22/2016   2 comments
A team of researchers from the University of California-Davis has reported designing a 1,000 core processor said to be the most energy efficient many-core processor ever reported.
Zero Power Listen-Mode Sensor Debuts
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6/22/2016   3 comments
An acoustic “event-detection” device like Vesper’s new piezoelectric MEMS microphone uses sound energy to wake a system from full power-down mode, thus enabling battery life of a system embedded with the sensor to span not months but years.
Achronix FPGA-Based Accelerator-6D PCIe Board for Data Center & Network Acceleration
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
The Accelerator-6D is the industry’s highest single-FPGA memory bandwidth, PCIe add-in card for high-speed data center acceleration applications.
Maxim Exec Named Marvell CEO
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6/20/2016   Post a comment
Former Maxim Integrated sales VP tapped to succeed Sehat Sutardja at Marvell Technology.
Apple Appeals Order to Halt iPhone 6 Sales in Beijing
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6/17/2016   2 comments
A ruling by a an intellectual property tribunal in Chinese capitol would halt sales of the smartphones based on alleged violation of design patent.
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