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Validity of New Feature Phone Market
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2/27/2014   23 comments
What once looked like a sky-is-a-limit smartphone market is grounded. If the Mobile World Congress has given us any clue, low-cost mobile handsets are back in the spotlight.
Tronics Prototypes Piezoresistive 6DOF Sensor
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2/26/2014   Post a comment
Tronics Microsystems SA (Grenoble, France) has designed and manufactured its first batch of 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) MEMS chips based on piezoresistive nanowire technology licensed from research institute CEA-Leti.
RF Micro & TriQuint to Merge in $1.6B Stock Deal
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2/26/2014   4 comments
A proposed $1.6 billion all-stock merger between TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. and RF Micro Devices Inc. is expected to create a wireless component powerhouse capable of providing all of the critical RF building blocks required to simplify handset and equipment design.
NXP's New LPC1500 MCUs Streamline Motor Control
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2/25/2014   Post a comment
The vast majority of electric motors are horribly inefficient; MCUs like NXP's LPC1500 family help designers achieve precise speed and torque control, lower noise, and optimize motor efficiency.
Freescale's Tiny Kinetis KL03 MCU Targets Internet of Things
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2/25/2014   12 comments
Smaller than a dimple on a golf ball, Freescale's new Kinetis KL03 MCU is currently the world's smallest 32-bit MCU based on ARM technology.
LTE Built-In GM Cars: No Smartphones Required
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2/25/2014   24 comments
Smartphones are no longer the only platform hotly pursued by cellular operators eager to boost their revenue. Now, it’s cars. GM has partnered with AT&T, and Qualcomm launched 20nm LTE-A chipset for automotive.
Intel Rolls Integrated Industrial System
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2/25/2014   Post a comment
Intel is preparing a new line of industrial solutions for the embedded market. It is aimed at consolidated systems and will be available in the second quarter of 2014.
Imagination Unveils MIPS Series 5 Warrior M-Class MCU IP Cores
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2/24/2014   1 comment
The MIPS M5100 and M5150 MCUs both boast a hardware virtualization MMU (memory management unit).
Nokia’s Android X Series Targets 'Next Billion'
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2/24/2014   15 comments
Under the tagline, "connecting the next billion to the Internet," Nokia unveiled its first Android-based mobile handsets, the Nokia X series, at the Mobile World Congress.
$25 Smartphones on Firefox OS to Rock MWC
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2/23/2014   34 comments
Spreadtrum and Mozilla, Firefox's OS designer, have teamed up to storm emerging markets with a $25 smartphone -- its startling low cost enabled by web technologies.
Antcor Drives WiFi at 900 MHz
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2/20/2014   6 comments
A new DSP block from Antcor supports the pending 802.11ah standard for 900 MHz WiFi, geared for the Internet of Things.
FPGA Engineering Boot Camp at EE Live! 2014
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
This is the training course to attend if you want to know whether or not FPGAs should feature in your future embedded systems and products.
First Time Ever at ACM/SIGDA Conference: FPGAs for Mobile Apps
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2/19/2014   4 comments
Historically, the ACM/SIGDA conference has tended to focus on the "big and hairy" FPGA technologies; this year, for the first time, there will be a topic on FPGAs for mobile applications.
Spansion to Launch HyperBus I/F for Automotive
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2/18/2014   12 comments
Spansion has developed HyberBus Interface, targeting in-car systems that demand “instant-on” and “interactive graphical user interface.” The proprietary interface offers low latency, high read throughput, and low pin-count.
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented
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2/18/2014   3 comments
Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
Big blues at IBM India
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2/17/2014   37 comments
Layoffs are likely to spread to all IBM units globally. 2,000 may lose job in India, 15,000 lay-offs worldwide.
Depth-Sensing Image Sensor Array Touted for Smartphones
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2/15/2014   4 comments
Heptagon claims to offer first integrated 3D imaging system ready for mass production in smartphones, tablets and phablets.
Silego Unveils Tiny GPAK3 Mixed-Signal FPGAs
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2/13/2014   9 comments
New GPAK3 devices allow designers to integrate up to 30 discrete and passive components into a single device in a tiny package (2mm x 3mm).
Power Week-in-Review: Fusion Breakthrough, Flexible Piezo Fabric & NASA Boosts EVs
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2/13/2014   1 comment
This week, scientists move one step closer to achieving fusion "ignition," a flexible energy harvesting fabric that delivers twice the power of other such textiles, NASA commits to power source development for EVs, and a MIPI-BIF-compliant fuel gauge IC.
The STMicroelectronics M24SR Discovery Kit Jumpstarts NFC IoT Designs
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2/13/2014   Post a comment
In the forthcoming IoT world, devices will communicate by simply touching each other of being brought into close proximity.
What's a 6-in-1 Oscilloscope, Anyway?
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2/8/2014   14 comments
Tektronix is promoting a new 6-in-1 oscilloscope. Which 6 features do you think it will have?
IBM’s Chip Unit on Chopping Block?
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2/7/2014   49 comments
Discussions about putting IBM’s semiconductor business on the chopping block have returned with a vengeance. IBM reportedly retained Goldman Sachs to look for possible buyers.
Power Week-in-Review: 10 EV Predictions
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2/6/2014   2 comments
This week, 10 market and technology predictions for electric vehicles in 2014, an energy harvester that continuously converts low-frequency vibration to electricity, a "proton flow" battery that could offer an economical hydrogen-based alternative to lithium, and a real-time AC power monitor IC.
Spansion, Post Merger, to Launch Auto SoC Mid-2014
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2/5/2014   20 comments
Spansion plans to home in on the automotive market by launching new SoC products, the first fruits of the acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU and analog businesses, in the middle of this year.
Government OKs Car-to-Car Talk
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2/5/2014   23 comments
In announcing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology Monday, the US Dept. of Transportation pledged to “begin taking steps to enable” V2V for light vehicles. But it stopped short of proposing rulemaking.
Android Malware: Alcatel-Lucent Diagnoses Plague
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2/3/2014   19 comments
If China is worried about the security of Android phones, Alcatel-Lucent's latest malware report might have made the case for all that costly angst.
Stretchable wiring uses liquid metal
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2/1/2014   4 comments
Stretchable wiring that could be developed for use in a range of applications from headphones to phone chargers has been developed by researchers from North Carolina State University.


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