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Cheap Fusion Beats Fossil Fuels
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10/10/2014   51 comments
A new fusion reactor design is based on a plasma configuration called a spheromak that is one tenth the size and a whole lot cheaper than alternative fusion reactor designs -- even cheaper than current-day fossil-fuel power plants.
Despite 'D' Disappointment, Tesla Still Matters
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10/10/2014   27 comments
The long, speculation-drenched week that followed Elon Musk’s “unveil the D” tweet is finally over. Tesla Motors Thursday night announced an all-wheel-drive (awd) Model S with semi-autopilot features.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
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10/8/2014   16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Applied Micro to Move ARM Into Single-Board Computers
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10/7/2014   4 comments
Applied Micro will end the PowerPC family by moving all its products to the ARM architecture by 2018. It's a significant step, because Applied is the largest supplier of PowerPC chips after Freescale.
HP Plans Split Into 2 Separate Businesses
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10/6/2014   1 comment
HP announced Monday that it plans to split into two companies: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. It's the culmination of a long-rumored move to separate the personal computer and printer businesses from the rest of the company.
$200M Photonics Effort to Keep US Ahead
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10/3/2014   2 comments
President has included $100 million in his 2015 budget for an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute to be matched by the winning proposal to built it.
ARM Partners Explore M7 Horizon
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10/2/2014   5 comments
ARM partners discussed new use cases for the Cortex-M7 MCU, which promises high performance at 5 CoreMark/MHz and 2.14 DMIPs/MHz. Freescale is one of several early ARM partners deploying the M7 in its SoCs; other partners include Dolby and Atmel.
Tabula's DesignInsight Offers 100% Observability Into 3PLDs
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
It's not going too far to say that Tabula's DesignInsight technology has the potential to provide a step-function improvement in development time and cost.
Robots Confront Safety Standards
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9/30/2014   7 comments
An emerging crop of industrial robots will be more user-friendly tools for novice users in a wide variety of small companies, but they may bump up against safety standards, experts say.
Google, Silicon Labs Mesh for ZigBee-Like Protocol
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9/30/2014   6 comments
Google's Nest-led Thread Group is meeting at its campus in Mountain View to unveil Thread's IP-enabled low-power network, its protocol and software stack that can run on today's 802.15.4 products.
Altera Announces Non-Volatile MAX 10 FPGAs & Eval Kits
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9/30/2014   8 comments
MAX 10 FPGAs are of interest for a broad range of application areas, including industrial control systems, automotive systems, communications, computing, and storage.
Fairchild Reinvents Itself
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9/26/2014   11 comments
Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
MEMS Pioneer Raises $25M, Including Debt
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9/26/2014   4 comments
SiTime Corp., a pioneer of MEMS resonator devices as replacements for quartz timing devices, has closed a $25 million round of financing that includes a $15 million debt facility provided by Capital IP Investments Partners.
Infineon's Secret Weapon: Dresden Fab, 48V Car Battery
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9/25/2014   41 comments
Infineon is banking on its power semiconductors to expand its presence in the global automotive market while its 300mm "thin" wafers and 48V battery will help meet the CO2 emission target for EU cars.
IBM Water Cooling Enables a Super Solar Dish
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9/25/2014   20 comments
A solar disk cuts costs by using fiber-reinforced concrete, supporting polymer-backed aluminum foil mirrors concentrated on four-spectrum InGaAs photovoltaic cells cooled by water in IBM-fabricated micro-channels.
Tire Sensor for Industrial Trucks Solves a Burning Problem
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9/25/2014   2 comments
A research project of the Hannover University is currently developing a sensor system that enables operators to monitor the conditions of the tires on industrial trucks.
PZT Making Waves in MEMS
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9/25/2014   Post a comment
ST's announcement that it is offering a piezo-MEMS manufacturing process catapults the company to the front of a wave of uptake for the technology.
XMOS Adds ARM Core to Its Multi-Processor xCORE-XA Chip
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9/25/2014   3 comments
The xCORE-XA (eXtended Architecture) family augments a standard multi-processor xCORE device with an ultra-low-power 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller core.
All Aboard the ARM Cortex-M7 MCU Express
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9/24/2014   Post a comment
ARM's new Cortex-M7 processor is highest performance member of the energy-efficient Cortex-M processor family.
Microchip's Latest 8-Bit MCUs Boast Dual ADCs
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9/24/2014   Post a comment
The combination of low power consumption and dual ADCs (with hardware support for advanced touch-sensing) makes these 8-bit MCUs ideal for a wide variety of sensor applications.
NXP Beats Qualcomm, Gets First V2V Design Win
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9/23/2014   4 comments
The future of car-to-car communication in the United States is getting more real, now that Delphi Automotive has become the first Tier 1 to supply car-to-car communications modules to General Motors' 2017 Cadillac models.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips
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9/23/2014   4 comments
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
Cars Made to Order at Retail
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9/19/2014   11 comments
Local Motors’sporty 3D printed car looks like licorice on wheels and cruised around a rocket playground while eager adults looked on. The vehicle innovation company – not car manufacturing, not motorcycle manufacturing – bills itself as a necessary alternative for consumers who want more choice.
Backlash Coming on Car-to-Car Talk?
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9/18/2014   49 comments
Vehicle-to-vehicle communications will be mandated in the US, but public comments show concerns about V2V's security and privacy.
Sensor Hubs Aided by IEEE-2700-2014 Datasheets
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9/17/2014   3 comments
The first MEMS standard, the IEEE 2700-2014, will standardize data sheets making it easier to compare models as well as build interoperable sensor hubs.
Lemoptix Pico-Projector Excels
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9/16/2014   10 comments
Claims brightest, smallest MEMS projector solution
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India
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9/15/2014   19 comments
Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
New 'Runaway Toyota' Case Tests DOJ's Integrity
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9/12/2014   42 comments
Just as the memory of Toyota's unintended acceleration cases began to fade, at least in the minds of the media and a few million thus far unaffected Toyota owners, in comes Robert Ruginis to dredge it all up again.
2 Years of Plenty Coming for Chip Industry
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9/11/2014   3 comments
Amid an abundance of market opportunities both in terms of applications and regions, the chip market is showing clear signs of a recovery, according to Malcolm Penn, CEO and principle analyst with market research firm Future Horizons.
Intel Opens Door on 7nm, Foundry
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9/11/2014   15 comments
Intel said it sees a path to making 7 nm chips without EUV lithography and gave its most detailed talk to date on its foundry service to share its chipmaking capabilities.
IDF: Tabula Unleashes Extreme 3PLD-Based Coms & Server Boards
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9/10/2014   7 comments
At the Intel Developers Forum, Tabula is demonstrating a suite of extreme performance, FPGA-based communications and server boards.
Austria's AMS Shopping for Wafer Fab
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9/8/2014   6 comments
AMS, which manufactures analog circuits, MEMS and sensors in Austria on 200mm-diameter wafers, wants to buy another wafer fab.
NFC: Locking iPhone Users In
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9/8/2014   26 comments
The biggest game-changer iPhone 6 is expected to bring is a breakthrough Apple has negotiated with mobile carriers, banks, and credit card companies.
Employees at Apple Supplier Factory at Risk, Report Says
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9/4/2014   9 comments
A factory in Suqian, China was found to have a number of serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations, according to a report from China Labor Watch and Green America. Catcher manufactures metal iPad covers and other parts for fifth generation iPhones and contracts with Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Sony, HTC, Motorola and others.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry?
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9/4/2014   13 comments
By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
Super Cheap Windows Devices Emerge At IFA
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9/3/2014   11 comments
Asus, Acer, and Toshiba announce some of the most affordable Windows devices ever at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with prices as low as $120. Is the user experience up to snuff?
Photodevice Detects Color With Metal Grating
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9/3/2014   1 comment
Researchers have created a CMOS-compatible color photodetector that uses aluminium grating technology rather than color filters to make the sensor respond to red, green, and blue light.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil
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9/3/2014   5 comments
Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War
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9/2/2014   3 comments
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   14 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   9 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   17 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   11 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.
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