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Low-Power, Highly-Secure MCUs for the IoT
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6/26/2014   16 comments
Microchip's latest MCUs are ideally suited for a wide range of industrial, medical, and home automation applications, including things like IoT sensor nodes.
Augmented Reality Gets Physical With Haptics
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6/26/2014   7 comments
If all of us are already familiar with the basic silent-mode of most mobile phones, a crude form of haptics, there is much more to come on the display side.
Monolythic MEMS Sensor Cuts Size/Cost
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6/25/2014   12 comments
mCube hopes to expand into low-end smartphones and wearables with new round of series C funding.
GaN LEDs: Sputtering Cuts Costs on Larger Displays
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6/25/2014   7 comments
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a technology for creating GaN LEDs on glass substrate which could not only cut manufacturing costs but also help to develop OLED light panels.
Bosch 6-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit for Always-On Future
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6/25/2014   3 comments
Bosch's Sensortec aims its integrated low-power sensor platform for always-on applications in mobile and the Internet of Things.
Ultra-Low-Power FRAM-Based MCUs Target Next-Gen Applications
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6/24/2014   21 comments
TI's MSP430 FRAM-based MCUs, coupled with EnergyTrace++ technology, are designed from the ground up to enable the world’s lowest-power MCU systems.
Stealth Mercenary Team Boosts Fortune 500 Companies
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Synapse Design styles itself as a mercenary design team. Working for Fortune 500 companies, Synapse Design has taped out 33 SoCs in the last 12 months.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs
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6/23/2014   5 comments
Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
X-Fab Cranks Up MEMS Capacities
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6/23/2014   Post a comment
Semiconductor foundry X-Fab is expanding its MEMS manufacturing capacity in its Erfurt and Itzehoe locations. At these locations, X-Fab is adding 21.500 square feet of cleanroom facilities.
TE Connectivity Moves Deeper Into Sensors
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6/20/2014   2 comments
TE Connectivity's acquisition of Measurement Specialties of Massachusetts moves the connectivity giant into temperature measurement.
Brazil Wins in LFoundry Rousset Sell-Off
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6/20/2014   1 comment
South American wafer fab Six Semiconductores of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has been selected by the Commercial Court of Paris to buy the assets of the bankrupt LFoundry Rousset wafer fab site.
Apple Preps Multiple Smartwatches
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6/20/2014   12 comments
Wearable devices will include sensors to track health and fitness, according to sources.
Why MIPS? Imagination Makes Its Case
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6/19/2014   19 comments
Here are a few facts about where MIPS stands, and some clues to the big picture Imagination hopes to paint for its new customers.
Crunch Your IoT Data Before It Clogs the Network
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6/18/2014   3 comments
In today's IoT frenzy, a lot of companies rush to connect sensors and provide all sorts of monitoring services, and carriers will happily bill them for the data that transits through their networks.
Molex's Shopping Spree Continues
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6/18/2014   1 comment
Following the recent acquisition of the heavy-duty connector business of Westec last May, and after acquiring the Munich-based FCT Electronics Group in August last year, Molex, which only merged with cabling and connector giant Koch Industries in November last year, is now acquiring Flamar Cavi Elettrici S.r.l.
Analog Devices' $2 Billion RF Buy
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6/17/2014   6 comments
With its $2 billion cash deal to acquire RF chip maker Hittite Microwave Corp. last week, ADI will gain more than a 1,000 RF chip products that cover the frequency range of DC to 110 GHz: RF (0 to 6 GHz), microwave (6 GHz to 20 GHz), and millimeter wave (20 GHz to 110 GHz).
Next-Gen DSPs Target High-Performance Power-Constrained Apps
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6/17/2014   Post a comment
With up to 800 MMACs performance and 1 MB of embedded SRAM, the ADSP-BF70x processor family from ADI targets industrial imaging, audio, and automotive applications.
Programmable Analog: Maxim Creates Swiss Army Knife
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6/17/2014   30 comments
Instead of creating a problematical field-programmable analog array (FPAA), Maxim has created the analog equivalent of a simple PLD (programmable logic device).
First Ultrasonic MEMS Controller to Make Mobile Hands Free
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6/17/2014   Post a comment
Knowles, the world's biggest supplier of MEMS microphones, has announced the world's first ultrasonic MEMS microphone designed to extend the control of mobile devices into the 3D space above and around the screen.
Intel, Dell Ride SDN Into Telcos
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6/16/2014   6 comments
To handle the explosion of data in a more effective way, several service providers are advocating for a move to virtual networks driven by software and spearheaded by the telecommunications industry.
SiGe Chips Reduce Cost in 245GHz Gas Spectroscopy
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6/14/2014   Post a comment
Scientists have developed a compact, cost-effective sensor system for gas spectroscopy in 245GHz frequency range.
EV Battery Maker Claims 1,000 Miles per Charge
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6/12/2014   11 comments
An Israel-based battery company demonstrates an aluminum-air chemistry that it claims delivers as much as 1,000 miles per charge to electric cars.
ON Semi's Aptina Acquisition Aims at Automotive
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6/11/2014   2 comments
ON Semiconductor's $400 million acquisition of Aptina Imaging makes ON Semi the world's repository of CMOS image sensor experts.
Analog Chip Markets on the Up, Says WSTS
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6/10/2014   10 comments
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization raises its forecast of how sub-markets will perform in 2014 – including the Europe, Asia-Pacific regions and the analog, logic and memory product classes.
NASA Satellite to Map Carbon Emissions Using Plant 'Glow'
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6/10/2014   8 comments
NASA will try again this summer to launch an Earth observation satellite that will use a novel fluorescence sensor to help measure atmospheric CO2 and ultimately map carbon sources and carbon sinks on Earth.
Ziptronix & EVG Improve Wafer Alignment
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6/9/2014   3 comments
Collaboration between Ziptronix and EVG has led to submicron post-bond alignment accuracy on customer-provided wafers. The process supports stacking and can be applied to memory and image sensors.
TI to Redefine Infotainment for Economy Cars
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6/9/2014   9 comments
Consumer demand for advanced IVI systems, the bring-your-own-device trend, the auto industry’s pressing need to consolidate a growing number of ECUs, and the further progress of ADAS are key factors driving the automotive chip market.
Google Posts Project Tango Tablet Signup
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6/6/2014   5 comments
Developers can now sign up to be notified when Google starts selling its Project Tango Tablet Development Kit this summer.
Movidius Redefines Computer Vision
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6/6/2014   6 comments
Movidius has defined a new category of processor -- a vision procession unit (VPU) -- that emulates the functions of the human visual cortex.
Lantronix xPico WiFi Shield for Arduino
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6/5/2014   4 comments
xPico Wi-Fi shield delivers Wi-Fi access point and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity for Arduino development platforms.
AMD's G-Series APUs & CPUs Take Flight
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6/4/2014   Post a comment
AMD's G-series devices address a wide range of embedded applications in healthcare, finance, education and retail, and also industrial applications in rugged and harsh environments.
MEMS Clock Cuts Wearable Power in Half
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6/4/2014   10 comments
SiTime Corp. has created world's most accurate MEMS real-time clock with just plus or minus five parts per million of a TCXO class part.
Opal Kelly's USB-FPGA JESD204B FMC Powerhouse Platform
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6/2/2014   2 comments
The XEM7350 module from Opal Kelly boasts a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA and USB 3.0 providing a JESD204B powerhouse platform on an ultra-compact FMC carrier.
Always-on Analytics Beyond NSA's Dreams
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6/2/2014   Post a comment
It looks as if always-on analytics will pair with always-on connectivity and augmented reality, beyond the NSA's wildest dreams.
SpaceX 3D Prints Rocket Thruster
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5/30/2014   16 comments
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) certified ready for space travel the world's first rocket thruster to be fabricated on a 3D printer.
Apple’s IoT 'Good Housekeeping' Label: MFi
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5/30/2014   33 comments
Expect Apple to beat Google to the punch by unveiling the company’s IoT strategy on its home front at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.
AMD's 'Bald Eagle' R-Series APUs Soar
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5/28/2014   Post a comment
If the computational and graphics performance of R-Series APUs live up to AMD's claims, then these devices could be game changers.
Renesas May Sell LCD Chip Unit to Synaptics
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5/28/2014   3 comments
The Japanese semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics reportedly plans to sell its majority stake in Renesas SP Drivers, its LCD chip joint venture with Sharp and Powerchip Group, to the mobile device chip provider Synaptics.
Counterfeit DC/DC Converters in the Supply Chain
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5/28/2014   2 comments
Power converter maker Recom has issued an advisory that it has identified numerous counterfeit copies of its products in the market and is seeking to protect its brand value.
Google is Making a 3D Imaging Tablet
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5/27/2014   9 comments
As part of Project Tango, Google may now be building a first-generation 3D tablet.
Bel Fuse to Buy Emerson’s Power Connectivity Unit for $98M
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5/24/2014   2 comments
Interconnect vendor Bel Fuse Inc. continued to pursue its aggressive acquisition strategy with a $98 million cash deal to acquire the Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions (ECS) business of Emerson Inc.
Roombots Self-Assemble into Furniture
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5/23/2014   12 comments
Modular robots called Roombots combine with passive parts to shape-change into different types of furniture at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL--Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne)
Analog Devices Posts Strong Fiscal Q2
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5/23/2014   3 comments
Analog, mixed-signal, and DSP vendor Analog Devices posted strong second-quarter results on strength in all of its key market sectors, including industrial, automotive, and communications, which accounted for 89% of revenue.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
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5/20/2014   18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
World Cup: Ref's Watch Vibrates When a Goal Is Scored
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5/19/2014   12 comments
The Goal Line Technology designed for the Brazil World Cup transmits a message to the referee if all of the ball has crossed the goal-line.
Terahertz Detectors Go Handheld
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5/19/2014   Post a comment
Terahertz detectors have been downsized from those giant machines you walk through at the airport to palm size in professor Jay Guo's lab at University of Michigan.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision
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5/16/2014   5 comments
A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
Fluke Connect: A Cool Concept That Begs for More
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5/15/2014   15 comments
Connecting handheld measurement instruments to smartphones makes sense because so many engineers have both. Fluke Connect is a concept that is a great start, but will immediately leave you asking it to do more.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP
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5/15/2014   7 comments
Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
3D Printed Vehicles Meet US Grand Challenge
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5/15/2014   4 comments
The Spring 2014 Additive Manufacturing Grand Challenge is hosted by Virginia Tech to demonstrate the utility of 3D printed vehicles.
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