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NI's mmW Radio Speeds 5G Research
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4/21/2016   1 comment
National Instruments announced a software defined radio for the millimeter wave spectrum. The transceiver system that can transmit and/or receive wide-bandwidth signals at 2 GHz real-time bandwidth, covering the 71-76 GHz spectrum. The system comes with accompanying software.
Qualcomm Posts Strong Results, Inks Licensing Deals
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4/21/2016   5 comments
Fabless chip giant showing progress in reaping royalties from China, South Korea.
EU Slaps Google With Android Antitrust Charges
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4/21/2016   Post a comment
Google's requirements for Android manufacturing partners violate competition rules, the European Commission charges.
Ams Breaks Ground on N.Y. Fab
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4/20/2016   1 comment
AMS AG broke ground on a wafer fab in upstate New York today, joining the ranks of advanced manufacturers in the region. The Austrian company aims to start volume ramp of high-performance analog wafers by the second half of 2018.
Companies Unite On Semester-Long MCU Curriculum
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4/20/2016   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies, Microchip Technology and Digilent have launched the Connected MCU Lab, a new course developed through the companies’ respective university programs.
Graphene-Based Sensor Detects Gases in the Home
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4/19/2016   Post a comment
Scientists have developed a graphene-based sensor and switch that can detect harmful air pollution in the home with low power consumption.
Notebook PC Vendors Look to Higher Quality Displays
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4/18/2016   1 comment
Faced with declining shipments and decreasing margins, vendors of notebook PCs are turning to higher resolution displays for use in premium models.
Quakes Hit Japan's IC & Auto Makers Hard
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4/18/2016   3 comments
Japanese electronics and automotive manufacturers are struggling to assess damages to their manufacturing facilities after a series of earthquakes--as high as 7.3 magnitude on the Richter scale--struck Kyushu, Japan’s southern island.
Qorvo Buys Wireless IoT Specialist Greenpeak
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
RF chip company formed by the merger of RF Microdevices and TriQuint agrees to acquire fabless short-range wireless chip company.
Arduino-Compatible LoRa Board Senses It All
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
Dutch startup Sodaq has launched what the company believes will truly boost LoRa's adoption by makers and hobbyists of all horizons.
Everspin Aims MRAM at SSD Storage Tiers
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4/18/2016   1 comment
MRAM pioneer continues efforts to expand the applications for its non-volatile memory by displacing DRAM as a persistent memory in enterprise storage applications
Flexible Sheet Camera Captures Images with Unusual Fields of View
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
A team of researchers at the Computer Science Columbia University (New York, NY) has developed a novel sheet camera that can be wrapped around everyday objects to capture images that cannot be taken with one or more conventional cameras.
Open Source: Licensing Pitfalls May Outweigh Benefits
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4/18/2016   4 comments
Using open-source software can reduce development cost and effort, but pay close attention to the licenses involved.
Movidius Weds Thermal Imager & Computer Vision
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
Flir and Movidius have worked together to add Movidius’ advanced computer vision capabilities to FLIR’s newest thermal imaging camera core called Boson. “Nothing like this exists today,” boasted Movidius CEO.
RF Power Amplifier Firm ACCO Snags $35M in Funding
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4/15/2016   Post a comment
In what has become an increasingly rare event, chip maker ACCO Semiconductor announces $35 million in venture funding.
Intel Reportedly Readies Mass Layoff
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4/15/2016   21 comments
Intel is preparing to a re-organization that include thousands of layoffs, according to a report by the Portland Oregonian.
Spiraling Data Costs Imperil IoT
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4/14/2016   4 comments
IoT system designers and service providers often don’t realize until much too late in the design cycle that their data costs are “quickly spiraling out of control,” Windspring CEO observed.
FD-SOI Expands, But Is It Disruptive?
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4/14/2016   5 comments
The ecosystem for fully-depleted silicon on insulator (FD-SOI) process technology has tipped from a too-late technology to a viable alternative to finFETs for the Internet of Things and automotive markets. To many, the presence of officials from major companies at an industry event signaled a coalescing around the technology.
US Government Seeks Guidance On Its Role in IOT
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4/12/2016   3 comments
In a Request for Comments, the US Department of Commerce is asking for help defining the government's potential role in fostering development of the Internet of Things.
Broadcom Drives Enterprise Wi-Fi to 2 Lanes
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4/12/2016   Post a comment
To handle an ever-increasing number of devices connecting in public, Broadcom announced a new dual-channel 5 GHz Wi-Fi access point platform for enterprise. Broadcom’s 5G-HD platform is based on a quad-core 64-bit Cortex A-53 CPU and a flexible architecture for routing different kinds of mobile traffic.
Sayonara, Japan Semiconductor Inc.
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4/12/2016   20 comments
The Japanese semiconductor industry’s downfall is undeniable. EE Times went back to Japan and explored what remains of Japanese chip vendors, how Japan Inc. has crumbled and if we grade recent restructuring programs, who comes out on top.
Plessey Sees Greener Pastures in Horticultural Lighting
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4/11/2016   Post a comment
Plessey will add new arm to its semiconductor fab operations with a global exclusive license agreement to manufacture and sell the PhytoLux horticultural lighting product.
Plessey Sees Greener Pastures in Horticultural Lighting
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4/11/2016   Post a comment
Plessey will add new arm to its semiconductor fab operations with a global exclusive license agreement to manufacture and sell the PhytoLux horticultural lighting product.
NXP Unit Reportedly Attracts Chinese Suitors
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4/11/2016   1 comment
Chinese suitors including Beijing-based JAC Capital Management are interested in NXP's standard products business, according to a Bloomberg report.
Android Auto Rolls Into 18 New Countries
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4/6/2016   Post a comment
Google's Android Auto tool that gives drivers access to features including maps, music, and search, is now available in a larger selection of countries around the world.
AMD Climbs Bristol Ridge
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4/6/2016   1 comment
AMD unveiled its new mobile 7th generation of FX A-Series processors, code named Bristol Ridge. The Bristol Ridge AMD FX processors will be featured in a new notebook design by HP and offer improved multitasking performance, ultra-HD video streaming and all day battery life.
Printed Pressure & Temp Sensors Added to Tires
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4/5/2016   1 comment
Silent Sensors has moved to CPI’s National Printable Electronics Centre in the UK to scale up the London-based company's patented tire sensor technology, which has been developed to measure tire pressure and temperature.
Smartphone Sales Growth Projected to Slip to 7%
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4/1/2016   7 comments
Growth in smartphone sales is projected to slip into single digits for the first time and PC sales are forecast to fall again in 2016, according to Gartner.
Open-Source Processor Core Ready For IoT
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3/31/2016   4 comments
Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna have developed PULPino, an open-source processor optimized for low power consumption and application in wearables and the Internet of Things.
Littelfuse Acquires Circuit-Protection Line from TE
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3/29/2016   Post a comment
The company that specializes in circuit protection has acquired products from TE Connectivity.
Marvell licenses startup's SerDes
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3/29/2016   1 comment
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. has licensed the Glasswing chip-to-chip SerDes technology from startup company Kandou Bus SA (Lausanne, Switerland).
Microchip Rolls Remote Temp Sensor ICs
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3/28/2016   1 comment
New line of low-temperature monitoring ICs said to provide accurate measurement at low cost.
Apple Watch At 1: How It's Changed
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3/26/2016   Post a comment
The Apple Watch debuted one year ago this month. How has the wearable changed over the year, and what's coming in the future?
Microsemi Sells Board Level Systems Business
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3/25/2016   Post a comment
Chip firm carves out "non-strategic component" of a board level systems and packaging business, sells it to Mercury Systems for $300 million.
FCC Spectrum Auction Finally Nears Despite Infighting
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3/25/2016   Post a comment
As the FCC's auction of 600 MHz wireless spectrum -- four years in the making -- finally draws near, new testimony shows an agency struggling with infighting and partisanship.
Autopilot: Flying vs. Driving
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3/25/2016   12 comments
Trained pilots suffer from boredom, distraction, mode confusion on Autopilot. How about us drivers driving an autonomous car?
Fear Not the Cobot
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3/24/2016   Post a comment
Discussing the newest and perhaps most exciting realm of industrial robotics: collaborative robots.
Semi Market Breakdown and 2016 Forecasts
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3/24/2016   Post a comment
The 2016 global chip market will grow 0.3% compared with 2015 to reach a value of $341.0 billion, but the European region will see its part of that market contract by 1.6%, according to industry association SEMI.
U.S. Spurs Industrial Chip Market Growth
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3/23/2016   Post a comment
The United States accounts for 30% of all industrial semiconductor consumption, a market that is expected to grow at an 8% CAGR through 2019.
Apple's Liam Robot Emphasizes Company's Sustainable Credentials
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3/23/2016   Post a comment
The focus at Apple's most recent event may have been on products, such as the iPhone SE, but the company made some impressive strides in sustainability, too. The highlight of all this is Liam, a robot that recycles old iPhones.
3D NAND Fab Seen as Milestone for China
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3/22/2016   3 comments
Breaking of ground for construction of XMC fab that will eventually produce 200,000 wafers per month signals new phase in development of China's domestic semiconductor manufacturing industry, says analyst.
Imagination Stock Rises on Report of Apple Talks
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3/22/2016   1 comment
The share price of troubled processor intellectual property licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc jumped on Tuesday on a report of potential acquisition by Apple.
Former Intel CEO Andy Grove Dies
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3/22/2016   8 comments
Hungarian immigrant who helped transform Intel into the world's biggest semiconductor company, passes away at age 79.
NAND Revenue Declines as Prices Fall
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3/21/2016   Post a comment
Contracting pricing for NAND flash memory fell by roughly 10% in the fourth quarter, according to market research firm TrendForce.
U.S. to Temporarily Relax Restrictions on ZTE
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3/21/2016   Post a comment
A senior U.S. Commerce Department official said the U.S. will temporarily lift exports restrictions imposed earlier this month on Chinese telecom giant, according to published reports.
12 In-Car Devices to Watch Drivers
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3/18/2016   2 comments
Automakers know that drivers get tired, they get sleepy and, more often than not, their attention wanders. But technologies to monitor drivers have taken on a whole new meaning, as more automated features come into cars.
Data Translation Announces Last Buy for Some Products
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3/17/2016   1 comment
The company is phasing out many ISA, PCI, and USB data-acquisition and frame-grabber product. Fortunately most have recommended replacements.
Drones' Challenge: Add 'Autonomy' in Flying
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3/16/2016   1 comment
Most consumer drones today are flying blind. Taking on the challenge of autonomous flying are DJI, the world’s leading drone maker in Shenzhen, China, and Movidius (San Mateo, Calif.), a designer of low-power computer vision SoCs.
Driverless Car Hearing: Did Right Qs Get Asked?
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3/16/2016   1 comment
Members of the Senate panel and companies urged policy makers to develop uniform national, regulations for autonomous cars. Duke University robotics professor criticized the current status of driverless car testing consists of “superficial demonstrations,” not “evidence-based tests and evaluations.”
Smart Glasses May Replace Smartphones
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3/15/2016   4 comments
The nascent virtual and augmented reality market will explode by 2018, according to a panel at Game Developers Conference. While still in the prototyping and developer kit stage, VR/AR headsets will eventually account for a large market.
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