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Obama Blocks China's Acquisition of Aixtron
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12/3/2016   Post a comment
Move likely to exacerbate tensions over China's place in global semiconductor industry.
Obama Set to Block Acquisition of Aixtron by Chinese Firm
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
U.S. President reportedly will prohibit acquisition of German semiconductor equipment supplier on U.S. national security grounds.
QuickLogic Introduces eFPGA (Embedded FPGA)
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11/30/2016   Post a comment
The burgeoning IoT market's extremely wide variety of end products and product variants can be addressed using SoCs containing embedded programmable logic.
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag
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11/29/2016   1 comment
A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
Renesas Bounces Back, But How High?
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11/22/2016   Post a comment
Japan’s once ailing Renesas Electronics has been blessed -- unintentionally -- by NXP’s recent acquisition of Freescale. In an exclusive interview, Renesas executive explained the company’s recent rise, its plan for a new embedded vision SoC billed as Mobileye alternative
Bosch CEO: Hanging on to Lead
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11/21/2016   4 comments
The world's largest producer of automotive MEMS devices describes how it plans to hang onto the lead.
10 Cool Discoveries at Japan Embedded
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11/18/2016   Post a comment
The Embedded Technology 2016 showcased a ton of embedded boards, each with a clear focus on how to enable ‘low power’ and ‘embedded’ IoT devices. Highlights include deep learning coming to embedded boards, emergence of smarter IoT building blocks.
Microsemi Offers First FPGA-Based RISC-V IP Core
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The RISC-V was designed from the ground-up to be useful in modern computerized devices, ranging from warehouse-scale cloud computers to the smallest embedded systems.
ST's Bozotti on 'Back-to-Silicon' Differentiation
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
Carlo Bozotti, CEO of STMicroelectronics NV, has presided over a difficult period in the chip company's history as he first put together the ST-Ericsson mobile processors joint venture and then had to engineer ST's exit from what had became an ill-fated project. But now the write-offs, reorganizations and product phase outs are just about behind the company and it is starting to resume growth. EE Times Europe interviewed Bozotti at a bustling Electronica in Munich.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
Samsung's Naked Auto Desire: $8B Harman Buy
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11/14/2016   4 comments
Within the last 24 hours, two global conglomerates announced M&A deals in the automotive tech field. Samsung will pay $8 billion for the U.S. car technology group Harman, while Siemens agreed to acquire Mentor Graphics in $4.5 billion deal.
Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5B Deal
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11/14/2016   14 comments
Siemens agreed to buy Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion deal. Europe’s largest industrial conglomerate has been beefing up its industrial software capabilities, sees Mentor’s tools as critical for developing “smart” and “connected” products -- including autonomous vehicles.
Xilinx to Dive in Hyperscale Race
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
Xilinx is pursuing Altera (Intel), who took an early lead in the hyperscale computing by getting designed into Microsoft’s hyperscale acceleration fabric. Xilinx also goes after the inference side of machine learning where it believes it can beat Nvidia.
2016 ACE Awards Finalists Announced
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11/11/2016   Post a comment
Don't miss the announcement of this year’s winners; cheer on your favorites at the ACE Awards ceremony, Wednesday, December 7, co-located during the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.
Coating Stops Exploding Batteries
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11/10/2016   7 comments
Forge Nano says its nano coatings boost the thermal breakdown voltage of Li-Ion batteries by 120 Fahrenheit, thereby keeping them from exploding in all ambient conditions short of exposing them into an already burning fire.
Electronica: CEO Forum Rambles on IoT Security, Safety
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11/8/2016   2 comments
The traditional CEO forum at Electronica continued a theme from two years before: the Internet of Things (IoT) but this time tried to shed some light on how to ensure safety and security.
China Signs IoT Interop Plan
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11/8/2016   Post a comment
The Industrial Internet Consortium signed a deal with China officials that's part of an expanding network of global agreements on interoperabilty in IoT.
IoT: What NXP Has, What Qualcomm Lacks
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11/8/2016   1 comment
A new Modular IoT Gateway NXP announced at Electronica demonstrates the compmany's strong presence in the industrial IoT market, its unmatched expertise in IoT security and the company’s broad MCU portfolio — areas in which Qualcomm seems to trail NXP.
Lattice Semiconductor to be Acquired for $1.3 Billion
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11/3/2016   1 comment
Having serious investment from Canyon Bridge may allow Lattice Semiconductor to evolve and grow its niche and become a major player.
Security & Safety Center Stage at ARM TechCon
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11/2/2016   1 comment
The ARM announcement of chip to cloud security for its new ARMv8-M product line opened a trove of IoT security announcements at ARM TechCon.
DARPA's N-Zero Sensors Use "0" Power
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11/2/2016   5 comments
The Defense Advance Research Project Agency's (DARPA's) Near Zero Power Radio Frequency (RF) and Sensor Operations (N-Zero) initiative aims to sprinkle zero-standby power sensoofrs, communications nodes and Internet of Things (IoT) devices over the battlefield, critical infrastructure and perimeters for 24/7 monitoring without having to change batteries.
Intel, Qualcomm Head for Car Clash
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11/1/2016   1 comment
As Qualcomm, after its NXP takeover, becomes a $35 billion behemoth and morphs into the world’s largest automotive chip vendor, expect rivalry between Qualcomm vs. Intel to escalate. The two giants will lock horns in fast-moving highly automated vehicles.
Ford & QNX Bypass Tier 1 Middlemen
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10/31/2016   1 comment
BlackBerry Limited announced Monday an agreement with Ford Motor Company, under which the automotive giant will expand its use of BlackBerry’s QNX and its security software in Ford vehicles.
Analog Devices acquires Innovasic for smart automation, industrial IoT technologies
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) has announced the acquisition of Innovasic (Albuquerque, NM), specialist semiconductor and IP vendor of deterministic Ethernet semiconductor and software solutions. The acquisition, ADI says, adds a suite of multiprotocol Industrial Ethernet solutions and key enabling technologies to ADI’s Smart Automation Solutions portfolio for industrial automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT).
Making Lithium-Ion Batteries Fireproof
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Lithium ion batteries are indispensable as energy source for millions of electronic devices as well as for electromobility. Their drawback: They are not overly safe in that they are easily inflammable – we remember the recent wave of headlines about burning smartphones from Samsung. In a joint research effort, the University of Ferrara and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have found a way to tame the batteries.
Eye-Catching Chronocam Grabs $15M Series B
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Chronocam AS (Paris, France) is a startup company that develops vision sensors and systems for machine vision based on an asynchronous pixel sensor technology, has obtained $15 million in Series B funding.
$35B Qualcomm Question: What Next?
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10/28/2016   11 comments
Now that Qualcomm has announced its NXP acquisition, it’s time to examine the deal’s potential consequences. Qualcomm, $35 billion chip company, will affect both the combined companies’ internal operations and competitors on the market -- especially in the automotive segment.
ARM Does IoT Security Chip to Cloud
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10/25/2016   1 comment
To simplify IoT design with embedded security, ARM has developed a suite of cores, software, and services to handle chip to cloud interaction.
Intel, ARM Battle over IoT
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10/25/2016   3 comments
Intel and ARM load up enhanced processors as their battle over the Internet of Things heats up this week.
Movidius to Push AI at Edge of Network
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10/24/2016   1 comment
Movidius has partnered with China’s Hikvision to penetrate artificial intelligence deeper into surveillance cameras. Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane says deploying AI at network edge is massive trend.
ST Blends Security, Performance in IoT MCUs
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10/20/2016   Post a comment
The STM32H7 series provides high performance and enhanced security along with rich memory resources to simplify high-end IoT design.
ARM Moves to Fill Industry's Engineering Education Gap
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
Between what engineering schools teach and industry needs, ARM seeks to insert online education.
Bloomberg in France Advises Startup Crowd
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10/14/2016   Post a comment
Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg, and Emmanuel Macron, former French Minister of Economy, came on stage together at a two-day conference in Paris, talked to the entrepreneurs about startups, roles of the government and taking risks.
IoT Startup Taps Blockchain
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10/13/2016   1 comment
Startup Filament has developed an end node for the industrial Internet of Things than extends the LoRa network and uses blockchain as part of its security.
Did Processor Cause Samsung Note 7 Blowup?
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10/12/2016   37 comments
It’s far from clear what caused Samsung Note 7 to catch fire. But a new report emerged that the culprit might not be the lithium-ion batteries. Rather, the problem might reside in tweaks made to the processor.
Achronix Brings eFPGA IP to SoC
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10/11/2016   6 comments
Achronix has declared that the embedded FPGA — which chip designers can simply drop into their own SoC designs with wire-to-wire connections — is no longer a pipe dream. It’s here and shipping, said Steve Mensor, Achronix executive.
Intel's Stratix 10 FPGAs, SoCs Sampling
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10/6/2016   3 comments
Devices like Stratix 10 FPGAs will help satisfy the insatiable demand for higher computational capabilities, lower latency, greater system flexibility, and increased power efficiencies
Lam/KLA Failure Cools M&A
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10/6/2016   Post a comment
Regulators struck down a proposed merger of Lam Research and KLA-Tencor, signaling collaboration will be the focus in process technology.
Startup Digs Deep Learning, Snags Big Backers
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10/6/2016   3 comments
ThinCI, architecture designer for deep learning graph analysis, has come out of stealth mode. The startup picked up Denso and Magna as its investors, while Dadi Perlmutter, former Intel executive vp is giving the startup’s technology a thumbs-up.
NXP Rides Growing Motor Control MCUs
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10/5/2016   Post a comment
Carmakers are eager to squeeze more comfort and convenience into their cars. Inevitably, they will have to install more motor control chips into their vehicles. NXP is launching new motor control MCUs along with software and new tools.
Flash Extends Life of Magnetic Tape Machines
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10/4/2016   1 comment
Magnetic tape has long been a stalwart storage technology, and machines are still alive and well in many industries where it doesn't make financial sense to upgrade to more modern technologies
Toyota: Hydrocar as 'Power Bank' 20 Years out
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10/4/2016   7 comments
Toyota brought to Paris Toyota FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) PLUS. It uses compressed hydrogen as its fuel source. Toyota proposes the FCV PLUS will be also used as a “generator” for homes, other cars and local power grids.
Sony-Inside Huami Watch: Is It Time for FD-SOI?
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10/4/2016   2 comments
Without any visible end products, FD-SOI has struggled to overcome the skepticism of many engineers. Finally, it’s official. And it’s a watch. Sony’s GPS chip -- built on 28-nm FD-SOI process -- is powering a smartwatch by Huami, Xiaomi’s sub-brand.
For IoT, Silicon Labs Buys RTOS Vendor Micrium
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10/3/2016   2 comments
Silicon Labs announced Monday the acquisition of Micrium, a supplier of real-time operating system software. The move effectively positions Silicon Labs as the only IoT chip vendor offering multiprotocol wireless MCUs complete with an embedded RTOS.
Deep Learning: Achilles Heel in Robo-Car Tests
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10/3/2016   5 comments
Advancements in machine learning have made autonomous driving almost a near reality. But when it comes to “safety testing,” machine learning is the Achilles Heel of autonomous driving. Safety experts are finding several “holes” in DoT’s Automated Policy.
Consortium Forms Framework for Industrial Cybersecurity
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9/29/2016   Post a comment
The IIC's Security Framework provides a starting point for evolving an industry consensus on industrial IoT cybersecurity.
Topic Teardown: Fed's Robo-Car Policy
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9/28/2016   1 comment
It’s been a week since the Department of Transportation unveiled its ground-breaking policy on autonomous cars. Here are five issues in the Fed’s policy that are likely to trigger hot debates among automakers during the coming comment period.
GE Plugs into Industrial Internet
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9/27/2016   1 comment
GE provided a look under the hood of its first major systems geared for the Industrial Internet of Things.
Amazon Echo & How It Resonates
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9/22/2016   4 comments
Amazon’s Echo-like smart speakers are on the rise. The voice interface is emerging as one of the most natural interface to control IoT devices. Analysts expect the voice interface in home automation hubs, TVs, set-top boxes, HVAC/environmental control hubs and more.
Peratech 'Print' Smart Buttons on Any Surface
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9/20/2016   2 comments
Peratech, which invented quantum tunneling composites (QTC) materials, is now allowing its clients to print a smart button, which people can push with force, on any surface of any materials – including laminated wood.
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