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Battery Research Claims 10x Gain
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2/8/2016   Post a comment
A Stanford-SLAC team wrapped silicon lithium-ion anode particles in a custom-fit cage made of graphene to alleviate battery issues that sap their performance.
Cavendish MEMS Displace SOI
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2/8/2016   Post a comment
Cavendish Kinetics claims 2016 will be its breakout year with the backing of traditional radio frequency front-end maker Qorvo, a loyal OEM base of 20 phone designs using two million of their devices, and the likes of Jazz Semiconductor.
Picking up Good Vibrations: Artificial Trees Harvest Energy
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2/8/2016   Post a comment
Researchers from the University of Ohio have shown that tree-like structures made with electromechanical materials are suitable for converting winds or structural vibrations into electricity.
FormFactor to Buy Rival Probe Card Maker for $352 Million
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2/5/2016   Post a comment
A deal for Cascade Microtech would combine complementary product offerings into one "dominant" company, according to an industry analyst.
Making the Most of GPUs Without Draining Batteries
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2/4/2016   Post a comment
Launched in January and awarded a grant of 2.97 million Euros from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the "Low-power GPU2 (LPGPU2)" research project is a European initiative uniting researchers and graphics specialists to research and develop a novel tool chain for analyzing, visualizing, and improving the power efficiency of applications on mobile GPUs.
Battery Innovations Power Electric Bike
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2/3/2016   3 comments
The coolest looking electric bicycle is powered by innovative battery technology developed inside a San Francisco garage. Occasionally called “the Tesla of electric bicycles,” Bolt Motorbikes uses a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery with more proprietary features than the electric vehicle company.
Microsoft Recalls 2.4M Surface Pro Power Cords
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2/3/2016   Post a comment
Microsoft issued a recall for its Surface Pro AC power cords after it heard complaints of the cords overheating and posing a fire and shock hazard.
Chip Sales Dipped Slightly in 2015
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
Despite formidable economic headwinds, semiconductor sales in 2015 fell just short of the record total established in 2014, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Moore’s Law Goes Post-CMOS
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2/1/2016   8 comments
Moore's Law can continue if engineers focus on cost per transistor and adopt challenging post-CMOS techniques, Intel's top fav executive said at ISSCC.
Tektronix Turns 70, Unveils New Look & Strategy
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2/1/2016   7 comments
The venerable test & measurement company shows off a sleek logo and focuses on applications.
iPhone, iPad Wireless Charging May Come By 2017
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Apple is reportedly working on smoothing out issues with technology that lets consumers power up iPhones and iPads sans wires.
Samsung, Apple Top Chip Buyers Again
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Electronics giants ranked first and second in semiconductor consumption in 2015 for the fifth straight year, according to market research firm Gartner.
TI to Shutter Scotland Fab
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1/27/2016   1 comment
Analog chip giant will close 150mm fab, transfer production to existing 200mm facilities.
Developing The Perfect IoT Battery
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
The ideal battery for IoT applications would favor energy density over power density, while minimizing battery self-discharge. An excellent battery technology for such applications is lithium thionyl chloride.
Apple Forecasts First Quarterly Sales Decline Since 2003
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1/26/2016   3 comments
Despite record quarterly sales and profit, Apple's stock takes a hit after firm forecasts a year-over-year sales decline due largely to a strong U.S. Dollar.
Semiconductor R&D Spending Slows
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry spent slightly more on R&D in 2015, but the rate of growth was among the lowest on record, according to IC Insights.
Create a Cardboard Energy Harvester
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1/26/2016   26 comments
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland has invented a cardboard energy harvester suitable for wireless push-button switches and other similar applications.
Chip Stacks Take New Tacks
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1/25/2016   4 comments
Chip stacks will be key to advances in semiconductors, but in logic TSVs are waning while fan-out techniques and SiPs are on the rise.
Philips' $3 billion Lumileds Deal Blocked by US
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1/25/2016   Post a comment
Royal Philips (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has announced that a deal to sell an 80.1 percent interest in Lumileds, a vendor of LED-based lighting, has been terminated, because of concerns within the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Will Xilinx Join the M&A Party?
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1/21/2016   3 comments
Speculation holds that Qualcomm may be targeting Xilinx for acquisition after programmable logic vendor's recent regulatory filing.
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future
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1/21/2016   9 comments
The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Google, Intel Prep 48V Servers
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1/21/2016   4 comments
Google called for 48V server motherboards and Intel said it has a prototype design out for feedback in a DesignCon panel.
Stanford Develops 'Safe' Battery
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1/18/2016   14 comments
New battery developed at Stanford University shuts down at high temperatures and restarts when it cools without losing performance.
Intel Metamaterials Breakthrough
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1/18/2016   15 comments
Has Samsung Snagged Qualcomm Business with New Process?
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1/15/2016   2 comments
Samsung Electronics, which has been in a nip-and-tuck race with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to win foundry orders with the world’s most advanced fabrication technology, may have grabbed all of Qualcomm’s business with a second-generation version of its 14nm FinFET process.
Microchip Wins Atmel Bidding War
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1/15/2016   1 comment
Atmel announced that its board of directors favors an acquisition proposal by Microchip Technology and cancel an existing agreement to be acquired by Dialog Semiconductor.
Intel Meets Expectations Despite Sagging PC Market
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1/15/2016   1 comment
World's biggest chip maker says it's now deriving about 40% of sales from non-PC markets; firms sees data centers, Internet of Things and memory as future growth drivers.
PC Shipments Fall For 4th Straight Year
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1/13/2016   1 comment
Largest ever year-over-year drop after holiday season didn't materialize.
BMW Funds Battery-less Solar Storage
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1/12/2016   2 comments
A solar thermal fuel polymer being perfected at MIT with money from BMW could be used to store solar photons before dusk, then release the energy as phonons that defrost car windows in the morning with more applications on the way.
Ultra-Thin Sensors Flex for Medicine
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1/12/2016   Post a comment
The future of medical monitoring should be small, flexible and very, very thin according to wearable company MC10. The Massachusetts-based announced several flexible body-worn sensors at International CES, one of which is less than half the thickness of human hair.
TI, Analog Devices Reportedly Abandon Pursuit of Maxim
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1/8/2016   Post a comment
Analog chip giants drop bids to acquire Maxim Integrated Products after failing to agree on price, according to Bloomberg.
MediaTek 5G Combines Heterogenous Dark Silicon
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1/7/2016   2 comments
MediaTek aims to dominate the 5G handset chip market by populating with multiple CPUs, GPUs and specialized accelerators that will only be turned on when needed (dark silicon style) and sold at prices lower than Qualcomm and Broadcom, its to main competitors.
Fairchild’s Board Backs Bid From Chinese Firms
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1/5/2016   1 comment
Determination that offer from China Resources and Hua Capital Management is superior to offer by ON Semiconductor paves way for Fairchild to negotiate with Chinese firms.
China Is Chip Market's Only Growth Region
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1/5/2016   1 comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for November 2015 declined by 3.0 percent compared with the figure for the same month a year before, according to numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Broadcom’s Low Power Comms Play
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1/5/2016   Post a comment
Broadcom announced a new low power Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo chip that targets mobile platforms and accessories. The chip has three times the battery life of previous combo chips, the company said at International CES, held here Jan. 6-9.
Fairchild Gets New Takeover Offer in Escalated Bidding War
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12/29/2015   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. has received a revised takeover offer from a group representing China Resources Microelectronics (CR Micro), according to press reports.
Startup Raises Funds for Battery-Less IoT
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12/28/2015   Post a comment
PsiKick Inc. (Charlottesville, Virginia), a semiconductor startup formed to work on sub-threshold voltage operation wireless circuits, has raised $16.5 million in Series B financing led by Osage University Partners and joined by existing investors.
Radio Powers Autonomous Temperature Sensor
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12/24/2015   4 comments
Researchers at the Technical University of Eindhoven have developed a wireless temperature sensor that is powered by millimeter wavelength radio waves that are also used for communications.
Samsung Running 28nm FDSOI Chip Process
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12/23/2015   2 comments
Samsung is running 28nm fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) wafers for STMicroelectronics, the developer of the technology, and has other customers lined up, according to an Advanced Substrate News report.
Power Source Tailored for Wearable Electronics
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12/23/2015   Post a comment
Researchers have developed flexible wire-shaped microsupercapacitors that can be woven into a jacket, shirt or dress, creating a tailored power source for wearable electronics.
ZigBee 3.0 to Include Energy Harvesting
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12/21/2015   Post a comment
The ZigBee Alliance industry association has said that it will work to combine EnOcean energy harvesting with ZigBee 3.0 to help address a breadth of IoT applications in smart home, smart city and industry 4.0.
Leti Strains to Improve FDSOI
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12/17/2015   Post a comment
French research institute CEA-Leti has reported on two techniques to put local strain in the silicon channel of a fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) manufacturing process.
Power’s Role in Thinner Designs
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12/13/2015   Post a comment
Although inductors do exist in small form factors, it is hard to make them extremely thin and maintain the required quality factors
Tim Cook Defends Against iPhone Battery 'Hump' Jabs
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12/11/2015   7 comments
In response to complaints about iPhone battery life, Apple recently released its first battery case for the device, but the "hump" in the back has met with criticism. CEO Tim Cook defends the design.
M&A Pace to Accelerate in 2016, Says Survey
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12/11/2015   1 comment
Semiconductor industry business leaders predict that the number of mergers and acquisitions in 2016 will match or exceed 2015, according to an annual survey of semiconductor industry business leaders conducted by business.
Chinese Group Bids for Fairchild
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12/9/2015   Post a comment
State-backed Chinese firm leads consortium offering $2.46 billion, topping an earlier bid by ON Semiconductor.
IBM Forecaster Cuts Pollution, Energy Waste
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12/9/2015   2 comments
IBM's Watson-like Green Horizons forecaster cut pollution in Beijing by 20% in just one year and now is being exported to the most polluted cities in the world.
Flat Tunneling Transistor Operates at 0.1V
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12/8/2015   7 comments
A transistor designed with a molybdenum disulfide single atomic layer as its channel has been shown to switch at voltages down to 0.1 volt with the prospect of reducing power dissipation by 90 percent compared with state-of-the-art silicon transistors.
UMC to Start 12-inch Fab in China Ahead of Schedule
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12/7/2015   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world's third-largest foundry, said it expects to open a joint venture 12-inch fab in China about two months earlier than the company expected.
Tech Tackles Climate Change: From Batteries to Mini-Grids
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12/5/2015   13 comments
This fourth part of how we can still beat greenhouse warming climate change by adopting carbon-free electrical generation and zero-emission transit focuses on batteries and the infrastructure that utilizes them.
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As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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