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Ballmer’s Last Stand: Cloud Chief Taking Over Microsoft
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1/31/2014   32 comments
Microsoft Corp. reportedly is about to name Satya Nadella, the head of its cloud and enterprise division, as Steve Ballmer's successor as CEO.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
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1/31/2014   17 comments
MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Power Week in Review: Formula 1 'Power Unit,' Implantable Energy Harvester & Programmable Controller
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1/30/2014   Post a comment
Highlights this week include the newly designed - and significantly "greener" - Formula One engine, an implantable energy harvester that could do away with the need for surgery to replace batteries in pacemakers etc., and a programmable power controller specifically designed for Information/Communications systems.
Freescale 2013 Strength Driven by Auto
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1/30/2014   4 comments
Automotive and 32-bit MCUs are big winners for Freescale in 2013, along with multicore and RF.
Yokogawa Expands Production in North America
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1/29/2014   Post a comment
The industrial automation and control equipment manufacturer is expanding production at its Newnan, Ga., facility and boosting its workforce in North America to more than 1,000 by next year.
Macronix-Spansion Clash Heats Up
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1/28/2014   4 comments
The war of words between Spansion and Macronix, entangled in several separate legal fights over flash memory, escalated when Macronix issued a release entitled “Macronix Demands Spansion Cease and Desist False and Misleading Statements Concerning Macronix.”
CAST Announces World's Fastest 8051-Compatible MCU Core
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1/28/2014   11 comments
The exciting thing is that the 8051-compativble IP core market continues to be so vibrant.
JESD204B Surging Ahead: News From Altera & TI
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1/23/2014   1 comment
Altera and TI both have news about solutions and devices that support the JEDEC JESD204B serial interface standard for FPGAs and data converters.
Power Week-in-Review: Micro Windmill, Storing 'Solar Fuel' & Next-Gen WPC Controller
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1/23/2014   1 comment
Highlights this week include a MEMS-based micro-windmill that can be used to recharge batteries in cell phones, a new way to convert and store solar energy, and a new wireless power controller from TI.
New Materials, Engines Light Up Detroit Auto Show
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1/22/2014   3 comments
The Auto Show in Detroit last week offered its annual seamless blend of cars, celebrities, bright lights, loud music, short dresses, and variable camshaft timing.
Ametek Acquires Teseq
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1/21/2014   1 comment
With the acquisition, Teseq and its subsidiaries boost Ametek's coverage in EMC precompliance and compliance tests.
Power Week-in-Review: 'Superlens' Extends Wireless Power, Precision Power Scope & Free Battery Dev Code
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1/16/2014   4 comments
This week, a metamaterial "superlens" that extends the distance of magneto-inductive wireless power transfer, plus free lithium-battery development code, the industry's first precision power scope, and Vicor's first ChiP-based power modules.
TSMC: Solid Growth in Q4 Backed Up by Mobile
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1/16/2014   6 comments
TSMC showed a solid 10.9% year-over-year growth in revenue in the fourth quarter, backed up strong mobile growth. But the demand for computer, consumer, and industrial-related products all declined by double digits.
Google Acquires Nest Labs for $3.2B
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1/14/2014   45 comments
Let the battle begin over the so-called "conscious home" -- a vision held by Nest Lab’s co-founder Tony Fadell. Now that Google is that "home" picture, through the acquisition of Nest, expect the market segment to heat up.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp
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1/13/2014   8 comments
As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
FCC's Wheeler Stresses 'Values' in CES Debut
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1/10/2014   10 comments
New FCC chairman, responsible for upcoming spectrum auction, tells broadcasters to view upheaval as an opportunity to harness the digital universe while performing the same public services.
Conexant Targets Far-Field Voice Processing for TVs, PCs, Smartphones & Tablets
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1/9/2014   2 comments
We are currently poised on the brink of a dramatic increase in the deployment of voice-controlled "things." Hold onto your hats, because the world is about to change!
Power Week-in-Review: Mega Flow Battery, EV Forecast & Mag Res Charger for Qi Phones
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1/9/2014   Post a comment
This week, a possible breakthrough in renewable energy storage, a forecast for the growth in electric vehicles, and the debut of a magnetic resonance charger for wirelessly charging Qi phones at longer distances.
Toyota Suddenly Accelerates Fuel-Cell Race
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1/7/2014   45 comments
Toyota announced at International CES that it will put on the road a mass-market hydrogen fuel-cell car in 2015.
Qualcomm Unveils Auto Game Plan at CES
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1/6/2014   5 comments
Qualcomm will leverage its strong presence in the in-car cellular modem market to advance automakers’ telematics business and join the brewing in-vehicle infotainment platform battle by introducing auto-grade Snapdragon.
Power Week-in-Review: Ford Solar Hybrid EV, PV Cell Chip & Home Electricity Use
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1/2/2014   5 comments
This week, a first-of-its-kind solar powered hybrid EV from Ford, news that home electricity usage has dropped to 2001 levels, and an energy harvesting photovoltaic cell chip.
LinkedIn Poll: Windows OS for Test
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1/2/2014   5 comments
Take our poll on which version of Windows you use for automated test.
IR Sensor Startup Preps Smartphone Bid
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1/1/2014   2 comments
A developer of infrared sensors has raised 4 million to help it pitch for design wins in smartphones and tablet computers.


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