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Power Week: Did We Just Avoid an 'Electric Armageddon?'
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9/18/2014   Post a comment
While a powerful solar storm this past week resulted only in enhanced auroras in the night skies for some earth residents, some worry of a potential EM pulse catastrophe that would virtually bring civilization to a halt.
Connected EVs Drive Farther, Project Finds
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9/12/2014   2 comments
A research consortium headed by carmaker BMW explored ways to extend the driving range of electric cars at a given battery capacity. The result: Smart driving strategies and connected technologies can extend the range by as much as 15%, even with available batteries.
Moore's Law Has No End in Sight
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9/12/2014   22 comments
Gallium arsenide (GaAs) will soon outpace silicon as a higher-performance choice for implementing integrated circuits, according to POET Technologies Inc.
Power Week: DOE – EVs Everywhere, Anyhow
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9/11/2014   1 comment
The DOE has announced $55 million in planned investments in 31 new projects (details available) -- including several that are researching "beyond Lithium-ion" technologies -- intended to accelerate the research and development of efficient vehicles.
Austria's AMS Shopping for Wafer Fab
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9/8/2014   6 comments
AMS, which manufactures analog circuits, MEMS and sensors in Austria on 200mm-diameter wafers, wants to buy another wafer fab.
Intel Core M Puts PC Back on Map
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9/5/2014   21 comments
Intel says its latest Core M features up to 700 percent boost in performance at just 25 percent of the power previously consumed by laptop PCs.
QuickLogic's Sub-150µW Smartphone/Wearable Sensor Hub
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9/4/2014   1 comment
Need to integrate accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, pressure, temperature, humidity, ambient light, gesture, proximity and heart rate monitor sensors? QuickLogic's ArcticLink 3 S2 has you covered.
Boston-Area EMC Seminar, Sept. 16
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9/4/2014   3 comments
EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt will give a practical EMC seminar at Bose Corp. in Framingham, Mass., on September 16, 2014.
Power Week: Tesla Gigafactory Will Fail to Meet Li-ion Price Goals, Says Report
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9/4/2014   5 comments
Just as the location of Tesla's planned Gigafactory is being announced, a new report casts doubt on whether the giant battery factory will be able to achieve its targeted cost-reduction goals for lithium ion cells.
Always-On Touch Gestures Save Time & Battery
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9/3/2014   3 comments
New touchscreen controller allows you to open apps by drawing a user-defined symbol on the blank screen.
MIPS Moves Multicore Battle to Clustering
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9/2/2014   3 comments
Imagination Technologies launches its I-class I6400 MIPS 64-bit processor with a focus on multi: multithreading, multicore, and multicluster coherent processing.
Power Week: RF Charging Startup & Dialog Semi Team Up for Over-the-Air Power
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8/28/2014   1 comment
This week, "over-the-air" power got a boost when RF charging startup Energous and Dialog Semiconductor agreed to jointly develop a proof-of-concept reference design to help develop the market for a remote, wire-free charging technology.
White Goods Consolidation Drives Power Deals
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8/27/2014   3 comments
The power semiconductor industry has seen two key announcements this week, highlighting some serious consolidation, all driven by agitation in the white goods market.
Fairchild to Close 2 Manufacturing Facilities
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8/26/2014   7 comments
Fairchild is eliminating its internal 5-in wafer fabrication lines and shuttering its fabs in West Jordan, Utah and Penang, Malaysia.
JEDEC Unveils Low-Power Memory Standard
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8/26/2014   5 comments
JEDEC published its LPDDR4 specification, which, with a redesigned architecture, operates twice as fast as LPDDR3, while still saving power.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
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8/26/2014   12 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Power Week: IRF Only One of Many Rumored Infineon Targets
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8/21/2014   Post a comment
Prior to this week's big announcement of Infineon's agreement to buy International Rectifier, speculation swirled over several other chipmaker names as possible acquisition targets.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier
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8/21/2014   12 comments
Infineon Technologies will buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash. Through the merger, the German chip company is pushing toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
Semiconductor Funding Deals Dip
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8/16/2014   1 comment
Venture capitalists are still a bit wary about investing in the semiconductor industry. The GSA reports that, despite a 2.4% drop, companies are receiving more financing on average.
Bitcoin ASIC in Chips-to-$ Race
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8/14/2014   6 comments
Startup Cointerra described its bitcoin mining ASIC at Hot Chips, painting a picture of the headlong race to virtual money -- and logic power density -- that the emerging bitcoin economy has spawned.
Power Week: FAA - Lithium Batteries Pose More Danger Than Thought
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8/14/2014   5 comments
New FAA tests on lithium batteries show that the devices pose more dangers to planes than previously thought.
The Limits of Moore's Law Limits
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8/13/2014   20 comments
Moore's Law has limits, some of which are quickly approaching. Several other limits, however, are more flexible, giving room to continue progress. Igor Markov explores limits of fundamental limits for future chip scaling.
Internet of Things: Batteries Not Required
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8/11/2014   14 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed WiFi Backscatter, a technology that culls energy from existing radio, TV, and wireless signals to connect low-energy devices to the Internet without the need for batteries.
Qi Won’t Go for Distance
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8/7/2014   2 comments
The Wireless Power Consortium announced an update to its wireless charging spec Qi and while it may seem like an incremental change, officials say the new resonant option is on the right track for the safest method of charging.
Power Week: Student-Designed EV a Tesla Beater?
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8/7/2014   1 comment
This week, a student-designed hybrid solar electric car has moved a step closer to becoming the world's first street-legal solar-powered vehicle.
Wireless Charging Startup Taps RF
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8/4/2014   13 comments
As products using coil-based wireless charging standards roll out, Bay Area-based startup Energous hopes radio frequency charging will take hold in the burgeoning wearables market targeting devices with relatively modest needs up to 10 Watts.
Is Tesla's Gigafactory a Gigablunder for Panasonic?
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7/31/2014   27 comments
Panasonic signed a deal with Tesla on a large-scale battery plant, known as Gigafactory. The question inside and outside the Japanese company is this: how big an albatross might the Gigafactory become for Panasonic.
Power Week: Google's $1M Power Inverter Challenge – How Small Is Possible?
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7/31/2014   6 comments
This week, Google, along with the IEEE, is offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can build a kilowatt-scale power inverter roughly the size of a laptop. A full list of technical requirements is available.
Massive Job Cuts: Dark Clouds Over Lighting Business
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7/30/2014   8 comments
Amid the decline of conventional illuminants like incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes, the lighting manufacturer Osram said it will cut 7,800 jobs worldwide, or 22% of its global workforce.
Power Week: Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting's Bright Future
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7/24/2014   9 comments
This week, the future of sub-watt thermoelectric energy harvesting as a battery replacement in various markets -- including infrastructure, transportation and consumer -- is looking promising.
Energy Harvesting Chip Demonstrated
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7/24/2014   8 comments
Imec and Omron have collaborated on a tiny 5x6 cm energy harvester for sensors in hard-to-reach locations.
Smartwatches Suck, Says Pebble Backer
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7/23/2014   30 comments
There are only two significant platforms in the smartwatch arena and neither are up to snuff, according to Pebble’s Myriam Joire. The chief project evangelist discussed the past, present, and future of smartwatches at Wearable Tech Expo.
AMS, Dialog Merger Talks Fail
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7/22/2014   Post a comment
Talks over a possible merger of mixed-signal chip companies AMS and Dialog Semiconductor plc have failed to reach agreement and been abandoned.
Power Week: Solar Roadways – Sci-Fi or Future Reality?
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7/17/2014   30 comments
This week, the concept of roadways paved with solar panels recently received a boost after a crowdfunding campaign in support of one such project raised more than double its $1 million goal.
Tiny GPU Targets IoT, Android Wear
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7/16/2014   4 comments
Imagination Technologies announced a new Android-compatible graphics core for wearables and the Internet of Things. The PowerVR Series5XE GX5300 core is 0.55mm2 - what Imagination dubs the smallest chip in the industry - and designed for low-cost, area constrained applications.
Bluetooth Fights Back Against Thread
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7/16/2014   14 comments
If you thought the Thread group would bring harmony to the Internet of Things, think again.
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices
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7/10/2014   8 comments
This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
Inductive Charging Takes Shape at BMW & Daimler
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7/9/2014   11 comments
BMW plans to launch series production for inductive charging schemes for electric vehicles. The project is conducted along with competitor Daimler. Each company plans to provide a uniform charging technology for the garage at home.
HAMEG Name Ends, Lives On as Rohde & Schwarz
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
HAMEG operations to continue and expand. Products to be marketed as R&S value line.
Lowest Power MEMS Mic Cuts Noise
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7/6/2014   6 comments
At 200 microAmps, Knowles claims new low for MEMS mics making its microphone ideal for always-on circuitry.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench
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7/3/2014   Post a comment
National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.
Murata Agrees to Digital Power Module Collaboration With Ericsson
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7/3/2014   1 comment
Murata Power Solutions has entered into a technical collaboration agreement with Ericsson that has the goal of accelerating the adoption of digital power products.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices
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7/3/2014   10 comments
This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
IBM Pledges Nanotube Transistor by 2020 or Bust
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7/2/2014   5 comments
After over two decades of work on carbon nanotube transistors, IBM finally thinks is may have a workable architecture -- if the kinks can be worked out by 2020.
AMS, Dialog Confirm Merger Talks
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6/30/2014   6 comments
Mixed-signal, power, and RF chip companies AMS AG and Dialog Semiconductor plc have announced that they are in discussions over a possible merger.
Bean Curd Component Could Slash Solar Panel Costs
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6/26/2014   32 comments
A researcher scores an almost perfect “free lunch” in discovering a cheaper, less toxic material substitute for the cadmium chloride used in solar panels.
Low-Power, Highly-Secure MCUs for the IoT
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6/26/2014   16 comments
Microchip's latest MCUs are ideally suited for a wide range of industrial, medical, and home automation applications, including things like IoT sensor nodes.
Power Week: Cheap, Organic Battery for Power Grid; Paper-Thin Battery for IoT & SiC News
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6/26/2014   4 comments
This week scientists announce a battery for grid electrical storage, German researchers demonstrate efficiency improvements in power electronics, and STMicroelectronics introduces a paper-thin lithium battery suited for ultra-low-profile applications.
Cirrus to Take Half Audio IC Market, Says Report
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6/26/2014   6 comments
Price pressure in the growing audio IC market is leading to consolidation and will continue, according to SensiAn Research. And it is happening top-down with the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics by Cirrus Logic.
GaN LEDs: Sputtering Cuts Costs on Larger Displays
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6/25/2014   7 comments
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a technology for creating GaN LEDs on glass substrate which could not only cut manufacturing costs but also help to develop OLED light panels.
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