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LED Displays Get Wearable
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9/3/2015   3 comments
A flexible, stretchable fabric-based light-emitting-diode (LED) display is built into a comfortable fabric by Imec and partners.
Cree Divests RF, Power Business
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9/3/2015   Post a comment
LED manufacturer Cree (Durham, N.C.) announced that the company’s power and RF division has been re-branded as Wolfspeed. The company announced in May that it would separate the business into a standalone company.
DesignCon Luminary Passes Suddenly
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9/2/2015   Post a comment
Last week, the signal-integrity community was left stunned when we heard about the death of Steve Weir.
SiC/GaN Poised for Power
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9/1/2015   6 comments
Power transistors consume less space while supplying more power when using silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) substrates over ordinary silicon wafers.
LEDs Get As Cheap as Bulbs
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9/1/2015   7 comments
Researchers at Florida State University have cut the cost of making LEDs for lighting, promising to deliver white lighting systems for the same price as incandescent bulbs.
TSMC Pulls Plug on Solar Business
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8/27/2015   Post a comment
TSMC's six-year flirtation with solar and LED manufacturing as diversifying alternatives to IC foundry work is coming to an end.
Wireless Charging Visits The Hospital
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8/26/2015   Post a comment
Wireless charging is making its way into hospitals with the goal of eliminating power issues in everything from surgical tools to defibrillators.
Superconductivity Temp Record Achieved
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8/26/2015   Post a comment
Researchers have found that hydrogen sulfide loses its electrical resistance at high temperatures when placed under high pressure -- a discovery that could pave the way for superconductors that operate at room temperature.
CEO Interview: Ambiq Sees Broader Options for Low Voltage
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Mike Noonen, recently appointed interim CEO at microcontroller startup Ambiq Micro, discusses the focus and opportunities for this pioneering company designing circuits that can operate below the threshold voltage of the constituent transistors.
Tesla Engineer Jumps Ship To Join Apple
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Apple is adding another senior automotive engineer -- this time from Tesla -- to its roster of people working on the closely guarded Project Titan autonomous vehicle project.
Will Apple Build an Entire Car?
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8/25/2015   19 comments
Whether its creators call it ‘iRod’ or ‘iCar,’ Apple has launched a pedal-to-the-metal drive into the automotive industry, while keeping typically mum, according to industry analysts.
iPhone6 Powered by Hydrogen
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8/25/2015   17 comments
Intelligent Energy, the company that already sells external fuel cells to recharge iPhone in Apple Stores, wants to put one inside the phone, demonstrating a prototype fuel cell exactly the same size as an iPhone6's lithium-ion battery.
Cellular, Asia Drive RF Sales
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8/25/2015   Post a comment
Basestation proliferation in China and the Asia-Pacific region are driving demand for RF power devices, according to a report from ABI Research. The market for RF power devices grew by approximately $1 billion in 2014, over 50% growth year-over-year.
Albany Research Hub Drives Collaboration
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8/24/2015   Post a comment
The College of Nanoscience and Engineering has grown from a physics department at the State University of New York’s Albany Polytechnic campus to the hub of research and development for New York state.
Smart-Meter ICs on Rise, Predicts Report
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8/21/2015   Post a comment
The global market for smart meters is going to be 132 million units in 2015 rising to 150 million units in 2019 providing significant growth opportunities for ICs, according to research firm IHS,
Google Loses Data: Who Says Lightning Never Strikes Twice?
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8/20/2015   Post a comment
In a four-strike incident, power to Google Compute Cloud disks in Ghislain, Belgium, gets interupted and data writes are lost.
AMS Plans To Rent A Wafer Fab In New York
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8/20/2015   2 comments
Austrian analog, mixed-signal and sensor company is set to manufacture chips in New York in a custom-built, rented wafer fab.
Cypress Solar PMICs Charge Indoors
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8/19/2015   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor announced a new family of solar energy harvesting power management integrated circuits to provide power to wireless sensors nodes that may be in the field for years at a time.
Plastic Solar Cells Double Output
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8/19/2015   6 comments
Fluence--for fluid enhanced crystal engineering--used a micron-sized "rake" to mix the two different polymers needed for plastic solar cells thus doubling their output over traditional mixing methods
Inside GlobalFoundries' Fab 8
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8/18/2015   5 comments
We tour GlobalFoundries' Fab 8, one of the largest chip fabs in the United States, in Malta, N.Y. and a hub for innovations developed at R&D centers in Albany.
Natcore Takes Silver Out of Photovoltaics
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8/18/2015   Post a comment
Research company Natcore Technology claims its scientists have produced a low-cost all-back-contact silicon heterojunction photovoltaic structure in which silver has been completely eliminated, being replaced by aluminium.
Samsung Slims Phones, Boosts Displays
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8/13/2015   Post a comment
Banking on trends toward larger screens, Samsung unveiled two new smartphones with larger displays in a smaller form factor. The Samsung S6 Edge+ and Note 5 will be available in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 21.
One-wire EEPROM Needs No Power
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8/11/2015   4 comments
This EEPROM gets all the power it needs from its data interface.
AMD Slips From Ranking of Top 20 Chip Vendors
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8/7/2015   7 comments
A rough first half to the year, including a devastating second quarter, drops AMD from the list for first time in decades.
Solar Cell, Battery Combo May Simplify Power Generation
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8/7/2015   Post a comment
Ohio State University claims to have produced the first aqueous flow battery with solar capability, which researchers are calling an "aqueous solar flow battery."
Building-Integrated Photovoltaics About to Take-off, Say Analysts
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8/7/2015   6 comments
In its latest report, industry analyst firm n-tech Research predicts the total market for building-integrated solar photovoltaic (BIPV) systems will triple from about USD 3 billion in 2015 to over USD 9 billion in 2019, and surge to USD 26 billion by 2022, as more truly "integrated" BIPV products emerge that are monolithically integrated and multifunctional.
Nvidia Recalls Shield Tablets
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8/6/2015   Post a comment
Nvidia Corp. issued a voluntary recall for 8-inch Shield tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015, citing potential fire danger.
Your Smartphone Battery Could Be Tracking You
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8/5/2015   Post a comment
Eric Zeman Commentary 4 COMMENTS COMMENT NOW Rate It 50% 50% inShare 25 Your Smartphone Battery Could Be Tracking You Security researchers have found a way to track a user's smartphone Web usage through battery life.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Details Spilled
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8/5/2015   Post a comment
Samsung's big-screened smartphone -- the Galaxy Note 5 -- will be a giant version of the Galaxy S6, for good or ill.
Wireless Charging Metrics Debated
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8/4/2015   Post a comment
The Wireless Power Consortium has co-authored a study that aims to create a standard for measuring the efficiency of wireless charging systems. The study found in favor of the WPC's Qi system, but analysts aren't sure whether the methods will be absorbed by the rest of the industry.
Will The World Coalesce Around USB Type C?
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8/3/2015   5 comments
USB Type C is still too new for any market forecast numbers. But some analysts anticipate that USB Type C with its alt modes could “bring some ‘consolidation’ in the connector market,” where consumers need just one cable.
NASA Preps Venus ICs
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8/3/2015   Post a comment
NASA is sending a mission to Venus, where the surface temperature is up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit--hot enough to melt lead and to turn aluminum into a slurry. What electronics could survive? One company uses silicon carbide wafers and a mystery metal to fabricate the mixed signal chips for the Venus Landsailing Rover.
Hybrid Solar Cells Capture More
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7/31/2015   1 comment
Solar cells today waste as much as 44 percent of the solar spectrum--the infrared (IR)--but by combining inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules that lost energy can be unconverted to the visible spectrum for conversion to electricity, according to researchers at University of California, Riverside, (UCR).
Graphene Lights Up Chips
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
A group of national and international researchers have demonstrated an on-chip visible light source using graphene as a filament. The team attached small strips of graphene to metal electrodes, suspended the strips above the substrate, and passed a current through the filaments.
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Samsung SE370 Monitor Boasts Wireless Charging Capability
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7/29/2015   1 comment
No stranger to innovative products, Samsung launches the SE370 monitor, which can wirelessly charge your smartphone.
Metallic Nanoparticles May Lower Solar Cost
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7/29/2015   1 comment
While the domestic solar energy industry grew 34% last year, fundamental technical breakthroughs are still needed to hit the national goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Researchers at Rice University say they have found a way reduce the costs of photovoltaic solar cells.
Smart Meters Can Destabilize Grid, Study Says
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7/28/2015   11 comments
In some geographies including Germany, smart meters are mandatory for new buildings – being an ingredient of smart grids, they allow energy suppliers to match energy generation and consumption by implementing differentiated tariffs and help users to optimize energy consumption profiles.
Rohm Semiconductor Acquires Powervation
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Analog IC manufacturer Rohm has acquired digital power IC company Powervation for approximately $70 million in cash. The deal will bolster Rohm’s share of the power market as high density systems increasingly call for a digital power.
Freescale to Merge with NXP at Top of Game
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7/24/2015   10 comments
In what might become the last quarterly financial call for the awaiting acquisition by NXP Semiconductors, Freescale delivered strong second-quarter financial results, backed by record-breaking gross margins, operating profits, and design wins.
Research Project Tackles Driver Takeover Issue
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7/23/2015   4 comments
Automated driving promises a more relaxed mobility, but what if a situation occurs that exceeds the capabilities of the electronic chauffeur? German aerospace research centre DLR has developed a system that alerts the driver in the case of an emerging problem.
Cypress Dual Mode PMICs Win ACE Energy Award
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has been honored with UBM Canon’s ACE Award for energy technology. The San Jose, Calif.-based company produces dual mode energy harvesting power management integrated circuits for the Internet of Things.
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’
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7/22/2015   1 comment
In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
5G Still Needs Millimeter Wave Work
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Detailed system designs and improved architecture must be developed before millimeter waves can enter the market in a real way for 5G cellular systems around 2020.
Fuel Cell Tech Refueling Network Planned
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7/21/2015   2 comments
Acceptance of hydrogen fuel cell technology suffers from the lack of an adequate refuelling infrastructure. But the situation could improve faster than some critics expect, as the HyFive project establishes a hydrogen filling station network across Europe.
Research Project Combines Valet Parking, Battery Charging
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7/21/2015   Post a comment
In the V-Charge project, six research partners are currently developing applications around autonomous and, in some cases, electric vehicles. The focus of the project is on methods and algorithms enabling vehicles to autonomously park, charge its batteries and get back to its user as soon at it is summoned.
Taiwan Chipmakers Leery of M&A Wave
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7/17/2015   1 comment
Taiwan chipmakers say they’re worried that the ongoing wave of global merger and acquisition activity in the semiconductor industry may leave them stranded.
Bell Labs Bucks Short-Term Research Trend
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7/15/2015   Post a comment
Solving networking problems is both an immediate and long-term goal for Bell Labs, as well as an interesting insight into its research strategy. While some legacy laboratories favor 2- or 3-year projects, Bell Labs emphasizes longer-term research.
Battery Startup Gets Ex-Fab Exec
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
Albany battery startup BessTech announced that Doug Grose, former CEO of GlobalFoundries, has joined the company as its chief technology officer. Grose retired from GlobalFoundries and served as CEO for three years
Globalfoundries Launches Own FDSOI Processes
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7/13/2015   36 comments
Globalfoundries Inc. has announced that it is offering a fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) manufacturing platform with a nominal 22nm minimum geometry design rule that can operate down to 0.4V.
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