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Can Formula E Overtake Formula One?
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5/29/2015   15 comments
The Formula E race in Berlin was marred by the winner of the race, Lucas de Grassi of the Audi Sport ABT Team, later being disqualified after an inspection of his car reveal he was using non-standard parts.
Google Rolls Android M, IoT OS
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5/28/2015   2 comments
Developers were audibly excited by the bevy of improvements and added features on the newest Android release, Android M. Google is unlikely to have satisfied hardware engineers, who may have been hoping for a next-generation device.
NXP Agrees to RF Power Business Sell-Off
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors strikes deal to sell its RF power business to Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd (JAC Capital) to appease regulators.
Daimler, Qualcomm Announce Strategic Partnership
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
Mercedes-Benz brand owner Daimler AG and Qualcomm Technologies have announced a strategic partnership aiming at vehicle connectivity. Initially both companies will together fathom out which technologies will suit best for future vehicle generations. Possible technologies include 3G/4G mobile radio as well as cable-free charging options such as Qualcomm’s Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology
Xray Sensor Startup Raises Funds
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
MultiX SA has developed a sensor the ME100 based on CdTe and CdZnTe crystal material. This together with a signal conditioning ASIC and high-speed front-end electronics is capable of measuring the energy of each incident x-ray photon.
Rohm Buys Renesas Wafer Fab
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
Rohm Co. Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan) has moved to acquire a 200mm wafer fab from Renesas Electronics Corp. for 450 million yen (about $3.7 million).
Gaming Helps Tool Emulate True Power Peaks
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5/27/2015   1 comment
Mentor Graphics' Veloce Power Application software identifies power consumption problems in emulation, enabling them to be nixed before fabrication.
Spreadtrum Guns for Intel’s 14nm FinFET in 2016
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5/27/2015   4 comments
Working with Intel, Spreadtrum CEO Leo Li sees three things going for his company. “The access to Intel’s foundry, strong IP, and Intel is the only processor architecture company that has its own foundry.”
Single-Molecule Diode Technique Targets Made for Nanoscale
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Columbia University in New York City reported that they have created a single-molecule diode for nanoscale devices.
Sensor Choices Power Industrial Internet Innovation
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
Whether or not the Internet of Things will live up to its own hype, the notion has certainly got people thinking. Proposals range from the “Internet of Everything” to some more focused concepts such as the Industrial Internet; a term first introduced by electrical giant GE, and now understood to mean the automation of industrial environments using sensor networks and machine-to-machine communications.
Implanted Biosensor Can Be Wirelessly Charged
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
A laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed an implantable biosensor that can report measurements wirelessly and powered by a battery worn on the skin.
Smartening up Power Monitoring
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5/26/2015   Post a comment
Built around an internal 16-bit PIC MCU, Microchip's new power monitoring IC makes it flexible enough for both industrial and consumer apps requiring power factor correction.
Xiaomi's Spending Spree: Its Logic and Method
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5/26/2015   2 comments
Xiaomi is on a spending spree lately in hopes of expanding its portfolio beyond smartphones. But textbook business-school investment strategies probably won’t cut it. After all, Xiaomi is no Google –- at least not yet. So what to do?
SK Hynix, Sharp Move Up Chip Vendor Ranking
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5/26/2015   Post a comment
SK Hynix, MediaTek and Sharp are three companies that showed strong sales growth year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015 and climbed up the top 20 chip vendor ranking produced by IC Insights.
Wearables Pocket IoT Crowdfunding
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5/20/2015   Post a comment
Incubator Wearable World hosted an event to showcase the intersection of crowdsourced startups and big-name tech scrambling for position in the emerging sector of the Internet of Things.
Electrode Discovery Points to Simpler Solar Cell Production
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Rice University have discovered a way of simplifying the manufacture of solar cells by using the top electrode as the catalyst that turns plain silicon into valuable black silicon.
Shenzhen Startup to Keep Copycats Out
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
Shenzhen, flush with money, talent and willing consumers, has become a new hub for the next-generation smartwatches. Startup 3Wearables CEO told us, “Our business model is designed to keep copycats out.”
AMD Preps GPU, DRAM Stack
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
AMD plans to combine on a single device one its graphics processors and the SK Hynix high bandwidth memory DRAM stack, aiming to beat to market similar devices described by its rival Nvidia.
High Current and High Power Density Demands on POL Converters
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
The complexity and performance of the latest FPGAs, processors, ASICs and associated memories for server, telecom, datacom, networking, and industrial equipment continue to increase the power demands in these applications
ARM, UMC to Roll 55nm Ultra-Low Power IoT Chips
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
ARM and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) announced Monday what they say is the first availability of a new ARM Artisan physical IP solution on 55nm for development of embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Teradyne Aims to Acquire Collaborative Robots Pioneer
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Teradyne, Inc. and the shareholders of Universal Robots (UR) have signed a definitive agreement under which Teradyne will acquire privately held Universal Robots, the Danish pioneer of collaborative robots.
FRAM's Slow, Unending Journey to Dominance
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Much like MRAM, PCM and RRAM, FRAM has never gained the foothold that was predicted at its inception. Niche applications are providing opportunities for more widespread use as alternatives to other NVRAMs.
Wearables Get Low-Power Clock
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5/18/2015   1 comment
SiTime claims to have the smallest, lightest lowest power oscillator in the industry in its SiT8021, designed specifically for the scant power budgets of wearables.
Matrix LED Lighting Enters the Compact Class
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5/15/2015   Post a comment
Smart lighting in the shape of electronically controlled Matrix headlamps is a feature exclusively found in the automotive top league, right? This perception is about to change: Opel / Vauxhall announced to equip its compact-class Astra with such a lighting system. The VW Golf rival will be introduced at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt (Germany) later this year.
Q'comm Rolls Wi-Fi Chips for IoT
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5/14/2015   Post a comment
Qualcomm Atheros rolled out two new Wi-Fi chips aimed at end nodes and hubs in the Internet of Things and packing more memory and punch than some existing IoT parts.
IoT Clash Over 900 MHz Options
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5/14/2015   1 comment
As millions, billions, or trillions (depending which analysis you trust) of devices get connected to the Internet over the next few years, making sure those devices are able to connect easily and across protocols will be a major challenge. Samsung announced that its new Internet of Things module, Artik, will support a new networking structure that can overcome technical issues.
SiLabs Marches to a Different Drummer
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5/14/2015   Post a comment
Silicon Labs gives full attention to the Universal Serial Bus in new low power Cortex-M0+ based microcontroller family.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts
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5/13/2015   2 comments
Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
IoT Feels Samsung's Artik Breeze
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5/12/2015   1 comment
Samsung announced a new series of modules designed for the Internet of Things as well as handful of partnerships to grow the open development community. The three modules, dubbed Artik, are complete hardware and software systems with built-in security.
BMW Pushes Tri-Motor Concept
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5/12/2015   5 comments
In a shift of emphasis from conventional to electric drive, BMW believes using two electric motors for high acceleration from a standing start, while the combustion engine for additional power at high speeds.
Solar Cell Material for Transistors Holds Promise
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5/7/2015   3 comments
Halide-perovskite complementary field-effect transistors were demonstrated for the first time possibly opening an new era of organic-inorganic semiconductors that are cheap, easy to manufacture and can be deposited on flexible substrates.
ST Brings More Power MCUs to Auto Electronics
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5/7/2015   1 comment
ST has rolled out a 40 nanometer version of the Power Architecture for use in security- and safety-critical automotive power train and body electronics apps.
Intel's High-End Xeon E7v3 Debuts
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5/4/2015   3 comments
Intel claims its high-end Xeon E7v3 breaks speed records for data analytics, beating IBM's Power8.
MEMS-Based Laser Headlights Adapt to Speed
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5/2/2015   Post a comment
On the basis of its laser spot high-beam headlight, Audi is developing a system that automatically adjusts the illumination by the speed of the vehicle. The new technology utilizes only a single MEMS mirror to deflect the laser beam.
Sensors, Auto Power Drive ST Revenues
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5/1/2015   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics revenue, totaling $1.71 billion in Q1, came from power and automotive chips.
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
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4/30/2015   1 comment
In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
Exploding Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Real-Time Analysis
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
Using 3D imaging techniques, European researchers have shown what happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode.
Rethinking Energy Performance
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4/30/2015   Post a comment
Technology is developing faster than ever, and with demands pulling at operators from all directions, it’s vital that networks are streamlined and efficient.
Wireless Charging Gets Universal Antenna
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4/24/2015   3 comments
Managing the skin effect, or device temperature, may be the secret sauce in managing and popularizing wireless charging. Officials at wireless charging antenna company NuCurrent believe the company’s 50-patents in this area will push them to multi-mode charging success.
Iron Fluoride to Triple Energy Storage?
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4/23/2015   Post a comment
Researchers the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing iron fluoride which can store three times the energy of existing batteries.
ARM Seeks Energy Harvesting Edge in IoT
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4/23/2015   Post a comment
With battery lifetimes becoming an increasing preoccupation of some of the world's largest brands including Google, Apple, Tesla and Dyson it now seems UK-based ARM is focusing on extending the battery life of sensors using Bluetooth to address the Internet of Things.
Magnesium Ions Could Beat LI In Car Batteries
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4/23/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a step closer towards the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars.
Samsung Details its Flex Display
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4/22/2015   1 comment
Samsung Display released key details about its new flexible AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) display used on Galaxy S6 edge smartphones. The company’s first curved mobile display was first released in 2013 with the Galaxy Round smartphone.
WSTS Marks America Up for 2015 Boom
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4/21/2015   Post a comment
The market for semiconductors in the Americas region will grow by 15 percent in 2015, according to a revised estimate from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
IBM vs. Intel in Supercomputer Bout
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4/15/2015   11 comments
The Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) project financed by the Department of Energy (DoE) will bring home to the U.S. the fastest supercomputers in the world made by Cray, IBM, Intel and Nvidia.
Imagination Tunes in Wi-Fi, BT
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies hopes to leverage the communications experience of its Ensigma division to bring low power wireless connection to Internet of Things and wearable devices. Imagination hopes its built-for-IoT IP will prove valuable in a market that currently uses dumbed-down mobile chips
Power Electronics Market Surges
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
The power electronics market is recovering after several tough years and will continue to expand, according to analysts at French research firm Yole Developpment. The power market will surpass 17 billion Euro by 2020, largely driven by electric and hybrid vehicles – which require power modules and new business integration methods.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age
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4/14/2015   6 comments
Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables
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4/13/2015   1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
Intel, Samsung Up, Qualcomm, Toshiba Down in Chip Vendor Ranking
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
Gartner Inc. has produced an updated top-ten chip vendor ranking for 2014 based on companies' final financial results.
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