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MediaTek Aims for Fast Entry Into China’s LTE Market
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11/6/2014   1 comment
MediaTek aims to pare Qualcomm’s lead in China’s 4G smartphone market with the launch of a new octa-core processor in the first quarter of 2015.
Sensor Fusion Goes Open-Source
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11/6/2014   8 comments
A new industry group has formed to simplify the process by which sensor data is synthesized. The Accelerated Innovation Community is an open-source algorithm cooperative dedicated to improving the accuracy of sensors.
BlackEnergy Malware Targeting Industrial Control
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11/5/2014   8 comments
Department of Homeland Security warns that human-machine interface on industrial control systems is target of a persistent malware campaign.
Superconductivity Predicted by Supercomputer
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11/5/2014   4 comments
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has started manufacturing the military grade MAXL-OL-2000 MEMS-based accelerometer family for fabless chip company Physical Logic AG (Zurich, Switzerland) using a thick-film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of its 180nm modular MEMS process.
Chip Market Growth Continues to Slow in September
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11/4/2014   1 comment
For the fourth consecutive month the annual growth in the global semiconductor market slowed in September.
ST's Small 6-Axis IMU a Big Move Into Automotive
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11/4/2014   1 comment
STMicroelectronics has synchronized an accelerometer and a gyroscope on the world's smallest 6-axis inertial measurement unit.
CTOs Wrestle With Mobile Security
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11/4/2014   25 comments
At Dell World, a panel of chief technical officers discussed how to encourage adoption and development of secure mobile devices for the workplace.
China Blamed for Microchip Dip
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10/30/2014   4 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending Sept. 30. Officials said the company's decrease in sales is a reflection of the economic climate in China rather than internal issues.
Japan's MegaChips to Buy MEMS Timing Leader SiTime
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10/29/2014   4 comments
MegaChips, Japan's fast-growing fabless, will buy SiTime Corp. for $200 million in cash to leverage SiTime's MEMS timing devices to enhance its own SoCs and ASSPs for wearable and mobile devices.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
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10/29/2014   13 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Lattice & Forza Announce Fully Reconfigurable Image Sensor
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10/29/2014   6 comments
Smart sensors open a wealth of application possibilities in automobiles, homes, and factories, to name but a few -- anywhere sensors are to be found, in fact.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate
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10/28/2014   14 comments
While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
China's 5-Year Plan Revealed
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10/23/2014   12 comments
China's next five-year plan, starting in 2016, will emphasize connectivity, a smartphone for everyone, and the Internet of Things en masse.
Murata Cheerleaders Show Off Sensor & Swarm Smarts
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10/23/2014   2 comments
The Murata cheerleaders are a team of small robots that use both sensing and communications to achieve stability and group synchronization.
Sensors for Wearables Market to Double in 2015
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10/22/2014   3 comments
Market analysis and forecast organization IHS thinks that Apple's Watch will stimulate and set a standard for fitness and health monitoring features on wearable electronics devices.
Intel, Partners Reveal Privacy Survey
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10/22/2014   1 comment
The average person’s device ecosystem is expanding, exponentially increasing the amount of data being created as well as associated security risks. In response to a recently released survey, Intel and several of its partner organizations recently discussed big data and ways to mollify the more than 80% of users who are uneasy about who, or what, has access to their information.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
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10/21/2014   6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
Spansion Expands MCUs With IoT on Its Radar
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10/20/2014   2 comments
Spansion has unveiled 96 new MCUs, additions to the company's FM4 family based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. Running at 200MHz, they offer up to 2MB flash memory, a large set of interfaces, security, and 5V I/O.
Mega MATLAB Release From MathWorks
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10/17/2014   3 comments
R2014b is an extremely compelling release for both existing MATLAB users and new members of the MATLAB community.
Nanotube Field Emitters Beat OLEDs
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10/16/2014   15 comments
Like a cathode ray tube of old, nanotube field emitters energize a phosphorous display for flat-panel lighting that uses 100 times less energy than LEDs and is brighter than OLED panels.
Taipei Electronics Show: Betting on the Smartphone as the Hub
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10/16/2014   8 comments
At last week's Taipei International Electronics Show, vendors were taunting new products designed with smartphones in mind. Here's a look at four new product launches.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
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10/16/2014   6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
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10/15/2014   10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
In $2.5B Deal, Qualcomm & CSR Mesh
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10/15/2014   15 comments
Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest cellphone chip vendor, has agreed to buy CSR for $2.5 billion to strengthen its presence in the Internet of Things market.
NYC Shines as Maker City
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10/14/2014   2 comments
The maker movement is helping redefine manufacturing in New York City and around the world, a panel of city officials and industry experts said last month at MakerCon in New York City. Smaller production volumes, collective workspaces, and refined equipment are paving the way for a new industrial revolution.
Microchip Forecast Dip Triggers Debate
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10/13/2014   16 comments
Microchip's downward revision in its September quarter revenue forecast spooked flocks of investors, driving down stock prices, not only for Microchip, but also for Intel and TI. The news appears to have caught semiconductor industry analysts by surprise.
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.
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