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Aiming at Smartphones, PoLight Readies for Mass Production
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Headquartered in Horten, Norwegian startup poLight AS has raised NOK 146m (USD19M) in a private placement of shares, to fuel the deployment of its piezo-MEMS auto-focus lens technology, TLens.
TSMC Plans to Invest $16 Billion More in Taiwan Site
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2/9/2015   9 comments
TSMC plans to invest an additional $15.9 billion as part of an expansion on the site of an existing fab near Taichung. TSMC expects the investment to create an additional 5,000 jobs at the site.
Silicon Labs Deploys M&A to Crack IoT
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2/4/2015   Post a comment
Silicon Labs has acquired a Finnish wireless module vendor Bluegiga Technologies, picking up the last missing link for its IoT play. Silicon Labs’ other IoT-related mergers include Energy Micro AS in 2013 and Ember in 2012.
Sony to Ramp CMOS Image Sensor Production
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2/3/2015   Post a comment
Sony is spending in FY15 on image sensor production to meet smartphone demand and reinforce its number one position, while closing down an IC development site.
Voice & Graphical User Interface MCUs Available
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
Human machine interface design using graphics or voice just got cheaper and easier.
Intel to Buy Lantiq, Get Ready for Smart Gateways
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2/2/2015   2 comments
Intel will acquire German-based Lantiq, with a goal to drive a smart gateway that connects a growing number of devices and services in the home.
CMOS Image Sensor Market on 10.6% CAGR
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
The rapid uptake of CMOS image sensors in automotive applications has raised the predicted growth rate for a market already transitioning with the rise of the smartphone, according to Yole Developpement.
Rambus Readies Lensless Image Sensor Platform
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1/30/2015   4 comments
Intellectual property licensor Rambus is going to provide a "platform" for the maker community and others to use to experiment with its previously announced lensless image sensors, according to CEO Ron Black.
Wi-Fi Alliance Radiates Outward
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1/28/2015   Post a comment
The Wi-Fi Alliance is one of several industry groups grappling with an explosion of connected devices. The group faces increasing challenges in complexity, performance needs, and diminishing power requirements for new and existing smart home and IoT devices.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So
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1/28/2015   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
Co-Robots Working Alongside People
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1/27/2015   4 comments
Robots can work alongside people helping them without danger of injuries.
Analog, Embedded Drive TI Upwards in 2014
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1/27/2015   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. has reported a net income of $825 million on fourth quarter 2014 revenue of $3.27 billion.
Maxim Exits Consumer MEMS, Touch Sensors
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1/27/2015   3 comments
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has decided to get out of consumer MEMS and consumer touch sensor markets and focus its sensor business on the automotive sensor. Meanwhile Maxim is making moves into wearable equipment, mainly with the provision of power management ICs.
Intel, Microsoft Improve Odds for AR
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1/26/2015   20 comments
Microsoft unveils HoloLens and Intel invests in AR glasses. Are we seeing 2015 finally becoming the year when AR/VR starts going mainstream in earnest?
Motion Control Comes to Masses with TI Launchpad
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1/23/2015   7 comments
Prototyping of brushless motor control systems has required specialized expertise, but a new offering from TI aims to change that.
Intel, Microsoft, Autodesk Creating Life
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1/23/2015   28 comments
Microbial Robotics has created microscopic robots from living viruses (ViruBots) and bacteria (BactoBots) that can clean toxins from water, hunt down and kill (only) cancer cells or perform nearly any other humanitarian environmental or therapeutic task.
$2 Waves 3D Gesture Into Any Device
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1/22/2015   3 comments
With the wave of a hand, Microchip's GestIC controls anything -- tablet to light bulb. Microchip claims its GestIC turns any device into a 3D mid-air gesture recognizer.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety
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1/22/2015   3 comments
In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
B&B Bringing Legacy Systems into Industrial IoT
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1/21/2015   Post a comment
With a name change and a new partner program, B&B SmartWorx takes aim at the Industrial Internet of Things.
Microsemi & Intrinsic-ID Team To Offer Extreme-Security FPGAs & Systems
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1/21/2015   9 comments
It seems as though Microsemi -- teaming with Intrinsic-ID -- may have implemented the most reliable and secure on-chip security system in existence at this time.
CMOSIS Considering IPO
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1/20/2015   Post a comment
CMOSIS, a developer of advanced CMOS image sensors for applications in machine vision, digital cinema, aerospace, scientific and medical applications, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) of shares according to local newspaper De Tijd.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions
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1/20/2015   43 comments
Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
Ford Self-Driving Cars On-the-Cheap
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1/20/2015   39 comments
No need to equip self-driving cars with expensive radar or lidar, say researchers: just use multiple cheap cameras.
Adding Intelligence to Rotary Encoders
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1/19/2015   15 comments
Rotary encoders typically provide simple pulses to a motor controller, but with added intelligence they can do much more.
China’s Shifting Sands Spell Trouble for Qualcomm, Broadcom
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1/16/2015   8 comments
Big changes in the works including China Mobile’s shift in procurement policy from five-mode to three-mode smartphones, and plans among Chinese apps fabless to embrace connectivity, will affect the leaders in the U.S. chip industry.
The Hot, the Odd and the Risky -- Spotted at CES
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1/13/2015   27 comments
A ton of interesting stuff always surfaces at the International CES. Taken together, it weaves into a tapestry of technology whose threads offer clues to the possibilities we might explore in 2015.
Broadcom CEO: Life After LTE, 5G Cellular Exit
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1/12/2015   14 comments
Although Broadcom's connectivity business has been excellent, the company may face stiff competition from Chinese fabless companies that are licensing connectivity IP cores. We caught up with Broadcom CEO at CES.
Marvell Shrink-Wraps IoT Gateway Product
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1/9/2015   2 comments
Marvell designed a highly integrated device -- as a reference design -- allowing consumers to manage their wireline and wireless network connectivity, store their home media, automate home devices and access digital home entertainment.
NI's Truchard Named IEEE Fellow
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1/7/2015   Post a comment
The instrument company's co-founder joins an elite list of engineers.
15-in-15: Analog, MEMS & Sensor Startups to Watch in 2015
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1/6/2015   Post a comment
Here are 15 startups that are eager to change the world of electronics and that we think are worth keeping an eye on in 2015 if you are interested in analog, MEMS, and sensors.
IoT: Collaborate or Else, Says Samsung CEO
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1/6/2015   14 comments
Samsung Electronics CEO BK Yoon, in his keynote at CES, made a passionate pitch to “unlock the infinite possibilities of the Internet of Things,” while suggesting that the industry fall in line behind Samsung’s leadership.
CES Unveiled: Robots, Patches, Plugs & Kid Surveillance
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1/5/2015   5 comments
At CES Unveiled this year, two trends have emerged: more wearables pitched for better accuracy (some with "medical-grade" claims) and more gateway products to talk to a WiFi router or directly with the outside world.
Sony Chooses PNI Hub for SmartWatch
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1/5/2015   5 comments
PNI Sensor reveals its first customer is Sony for its SmartWatch 3 for its SENtral sensor hub, plus releases what it calls the world's first wearable development kit for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Fonts Could Set IoT Devices Apart
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1/5/2015   10 comments
Aesthetically pleasing and scalable typefaces might be the factor that makes one IoT device stand out from others, according to Monotype Imaging.
Bosch Awash in MEMS Combo Sensors
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1/5/2015   Post a comment
Bosch has combined its expertise in micro-electromechanical systems into a sensor that measures temperature, pressure, humidity, and indoor air quality in a 3x3x0.93 mm LGA metal lid package.
2015: Year of the Air-Quality Sensor
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1/1/2015   11 comments
Gas sensors, especially those that can sense air quality, will skyrocket in popularity starting in 2015, being led by inclusion in Chinese smartphones, according to IHS.
CES: 55" TV Thin as iPad Air
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1/1/2015   7 comments
LG's news flat panel TV is as thin as an Apple iPad Air -- just 7.5 millimeters.
BASF Develops Simple 3D Sensor
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12/31/2014   8 comments
Chemicals giant BASF SE has developed a single-lens passive optical sensor that can measure distance to an object and thereby 3D position detection and 3D imaging.
Ten Deals That Shaped Analog, MEMS & Sensors in 2014
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12/24/2014   4 comments
The company merger and acquisition trend that characterized 2013 was still present in 2014 but was, perhaps, slightly less frenzied.
10 Top Challenges Industrial IoT Must Overcome in 2015
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12/24/2014   28 comments
Consumer electronics gets all the press, but the industrial applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) have the better business case. There are many challenges to overcome, though, before the industrial IoT can take off.
Pitfalls in Internet of Things for 2015 & Beyond
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12/23/2014   12 comments
EE Times in recent weeks asked several companies and analysts what hurdles they see ahead of them in the IoT market. Here are the key pitfalls identified by them.
MEMS Spurred by Industrial IoT
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12/22/2014   5 comments
Industrial uses of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) still trail consumer ones but are expected to grow to $750 million by 2018 from $350 million in 2014.
Top 15 Analog, MEMS & Sensors News From 2014
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12/19/2014   1 comment
From faulty MEMS mics to NXP's labor disputes, here are the most-read news articles of the year on EE Times Europe Analog.
Space Weather Satellite Set for Launch
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12/19/2014   12 comments
NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory will serve as an early warning system for Earth-directed solar storms.
Successful With Phones & Drones, Parrot Ponders Farming
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12/18/2014   13 comments
Parrot is a 20-year-old startup that has the passion of "makers" backed by intimate knowledge of telephony connectivity, digital signal processing, and in-house ASIC design.
Industrial IoT Framework Near
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12/18/2014   5 comments
The Industrial Internet Consortium plans to finish a reference architecture for the Internet of Things by March, start identifying standards gaps, and roll out multiple test beds for it.
Top Robot Stories of 2014
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12/17/2014   6 comments
Robots have fascinated us for centuries, but now we are realizing those visions. Here are some of the top robot stories that amazed and delighted us this past year.
Infineon & UMC Extend Manufacturing Pact Into Auto ICs
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12/17/2014   Post a comment
German chipmaker will partner with Taiwanese foundry to manufacture power semiconductors for automotive applications, extending a production alliance in logic chips lasting more than 15 years.
Apps Layer: '800lb Gorilla' in IoT Nobody Talks About
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12/16/2014   25 comments
Plenty of people and companies in the technology world tend to come at the Internet of Things by dwelling on "Internet." But what if we started with the "Things" instead?
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