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Radar Can't Spot Mystery Drones over Paris
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2/26/2015   5 comments
Unidentified drones were spotted in the skies above Paris two nights in a row this week. The French authorities don’t know who is controlling them, the number of drones involved, or even if they were all coordinated.
IoT Starter Kit Connects Developer to Cloud in Moments
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2/26/2015   1 comment
Seeking to simplify the prospect of creating an IoT prototype that is web connected, ARM has partnered with IBM to provide an end-to-end, out of the box dev kit.
Mesh Comes to Bluetooth
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2/25/2015   6 comments
Expect Bluetooth to add mesh networking technology later this year. The Bluetooth SIG’s fast-track effort is a testament to the groundswell of interest in the technology. But it can also be viewed as a pre-emptive strike against the Thread Group.
Xilinx Unveils 16nm Ultrascale+ FPGAs, MPSoCs & 3D ICs
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2/24/2015   1 comment
Applications for Xilinx's new UltraScale+ FPGAs, MPSoCs, and 3D ICs include LTE Advanced and early 5G wireless, terabit wired communications, automotive ADAS, and industrial IoT.
Silicon Labs' First Salvo in IoT SoCs: Blue Gecko
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2/24/2015   2 comments
Silicon Labs unveiled its first Bluetooth Low Energy wireless SoC, Blue Gecko. Integrating Silicon Labs’ EFM32 Gecko MCU with 2.4GHz radio, it’s the first in a series of IoT SoCs Silicon Labs has promised to deliver in coming months.
Parrot Spins Positive on FAA Drone Draft
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2/23/2015   2 comments
We talked with Yannick Levy, vice president of Parrot (Paris), to find out how the FAA’s draft drone rules are viewed in Europe, and where the focus of the drone debate will move next.
8-bit MCUs Stake New Claim in IoT
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2/23/2015   Post a comment
Far from being down and out in the IoT era, 8-bit MCUs are staking a claim with these new products from Silicon Labs.
3D E-Beam Enables 3D NAND Flash
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2/23/2015   2 comments
Applied Materials claims to have solved the last remaining problems around enabling mass production of 3D NAND flash memory cubes. The company says it has leveled the playing field so any semiconductor maker can make 3-D FinFETs as well as Intel already does.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High
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2/18/2015   12 comments
Under the FAA’s proposed rules, gone are such antiquated rules as [drone] operators must be “licensed pilots.” Intact are “see and avoid” principles; must fly within line of sight of the operator.
Microsoft, Google Beat Humans at Image Recognition
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2/18/2015   14 comments
The world's first algorithm to classify images more accurately than humans is claimed by Microsoft.
IBM Adds All Vendors to its Cloud-of-Clouds
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2/17/2015   1 comment
IBM turns its attention to management software that manages both its own and the cloud-based servers of other vendors in hybrid clouds of clouds.
NeuroMem IC Matches Patterns, Sees All, Knows All
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2/17/2015   7 comments
NeuroMem, a startup, spun out of General Vision, is betting the farm on the growing demand for pattern recognition in data analytics.
Volvo Cars Share Road-Condition Info in the Cloud
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2/13/2015   Post a comment
In a joint project, carmaker Volvo and the Swedish and Norwegian public agencies combine V2X communications and cloud-based data storage and processing. The purpose: spreading information about hazardous road condition as quickly as possible.
Nanorobots Must Self Repair
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2/11/2015   Post a comment
Beyond MEMS is the realm of molecular machines 1000-times smaller and using self-repairing mechanisms according to Columbia University.
ST Extends MEMS Pilot Line Project
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2/10/2015   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV is set to benefit from an extension of the Lab4MEMS pilot project that has been agreed by the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) Joint Undertaking (JU), a public-private partnership in nanoelectronics.
1st MEMS Spectrometer Debuts
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2/10/2015   7 comments
Si-Ware (Cairo, Egypt) has created the world's first microelectromechanical system (MEMS) spectrometer chip, which it sells in a handheld module under the Neospectra brand name.
Hollywood Hands Engineer an Oscar
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2/10/2015   4 comments
Texas Instruments engineer Larry Hornbeck will receive an Academy Award of Merit for his work in improving color and projection in digital films through optical semiconductors.
Single-Chip USB Type-C Port Controllers from Cypress Semiconductor
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2/9/2015   Post a comment
CCG1 USB Type-C Port Controllers with PD come pre-loaded with a firmware stack that supports up to two Type-C ports, including power delivery support.
Embedded Tools Target 'Industry 4.0' Development
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Rising interest in applying the Internet of Things to industrial applications has prompted Mentor Graphics to assemble a suitable runtime and tool framework for developers.
Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now
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2/9/2015   15 comments
From open source software to developing apps, industry professionals urge embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
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.
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