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Broadcom Posts Fiscal Q4 Loss
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12/8/2016   Post a comment
Chip vendor raises long-term gross margin forecast as it moves to complete the integration of Avago Ltd., Broadcom Corp.
ACE Awards: AMD Wins Company of Year
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12/8/2016   1 comment
Patterson and Hennessey reminisce about how far the industry has come at EE Times' and EDN's Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards.
Microgrid Shares the Power in NYC
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12/5/2016   Post a comment
Off-the-shelf hardware and blockchain-enabled virtualization is enabling a distributed energy system, the Brooklyn Microgrid, that faces policy hurdles.
Obama Blocks China's Acquisition of Aixtron
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12/3/2016   6 comments
Move likely to exacerbate tensions over China's place in global semiconductor industry.
Obama Set to Block Acquisition of Aixtron by Chinese Firm
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
U.S. President reportedly will prohibit acquisition of German semiconductor equipment supplier on U.S. national security grounds.
SMIC Establishes Specialty Foundry JV
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
China's largest foundry sets up joint venture with the city of Ningbo to address specialty technology applicable to the Internet of Things.
Bosch CEO: Hanging on to Lead
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11/21/2016   4 comments
The world's largest producer of automotive MEMS devices describes how it plans to hang onto the lead.
ST's Bozotti on 'Back-to-Silicon' Differentiation
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
Carlo Bozotti, CEO of STMicroelectronics NV, has presided over a difficult period in the chip company's history as he first put together the ST-Ericsson mobile processors joint venture and then had to engineer ST's exit from what had became an ill-fated project. But now the write-offs, reorganizations and product phase outs are just about behind the company and it is starting to resume growth. EE Times Europe interviewed Bozotti at a bustling Electronica in Munich.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
3D Printed Buses Here
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11/16/2016   8 comments
Local Motors has been a solution looking for a problem since its inception, but may have finally hit the nail on the head with its Olli substitute for traditional transit systems at just 20% of their cost, but with more convenience, faster times and free-ride driverless capabilities.
2016 ACE Awards Finalists Announced
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11/11/2016   Post a comment
Don't miss the announcement of this year’s winners; cheer on your favorites at the ACE Awards ceremony, Wednesday, December 7, co-located during the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.
Coating Stops Exploding Batteries
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11/10/2016   7 comments
Forge Nano says its nano coatings boost the thermal breakdown voltage of Li-Ion batteries by 120 Fahrenheit, thereby keeping them from exploding in all ambient conditions short of exposing them into an already burning fire.
Electronica: CEO Forum Rambles on IoT Security, Safety
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11/8/2016   2 comments
The traditional CEO forum at Electronica continued a theme from two years before: the Internet of Things (IoT) but this time tried to shed some light on how to ensure safety and security.
Making Lithium-Ion Batteries Fireproof
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Lithium ion batteries are indispensable as energy source for millions of electronic devices as well as for electromobility. Their drawback: They are not overly safe in that they are easily inflammable – we remember the recent wave of headlines about burning smartphones from Samsung. In a joint research effort, the University of Ferrara and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have found a way to tame the batteries.
Did Processor Cause Samsung Note 7 Blowup?
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10/12/2016   37 comments
It’s far from clear what caused Samsung Note 7 to catch fire. But a new report emerged that the culprit might not be the lithium-ion batteries. Rather, the problem might reside in tweaks made to the processor.
Daimler: First to Go Wireless Charging
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10/12/2016   6 comments
The upcoming 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e will become the first commercially available plug-in hybrid featuring Qualcomm’ wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology.
Better DRAM with No New Materials
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10/11/2016   12 comments
Kilopass' Vertical Layered Thyristor architecture eliminates the need for power-consuming refresh cycles
Software Predicts Power Component Failure
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10/5/2016   2 comments
Eaton Corp. unveils PredictPulse Insight is a cloud-based software subscription service that anticipates failures in universal power supply (UPS) systems before they happen.
Toyota: Hydrocar as 'Power Bank' 20 Years out
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10/4/2016   7 comments
Toyota brought to Paris Toyota FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) PLUS. It uses compressed hydrogen as its fuel source. Toyota proposes the FCV PLUS will be also used as a “generator” for homes, other cars and local power grids.
TSMC Staffing R&D for 3nm Process
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10/4/2016   9 comments
TSMC will actively develop 5nm process technology, while dedicating R&D personnel to work on 3nm, ultimately aiming at 1nm, reports Taiwanese magazine CTimes.
GE Plugs into Industrial Internet
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9/27/2016   1 comment
GE provided a look under the hood of its first major systems geared for the Industrial Internet of Things.
LED-Based ToF Sensor Network Detects Room Occupants
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9/22/2016   3 comments
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have been awarded a US patent for a system of LEDs and sensors that generate an elevation map of the space being lit by the luminaires.
Wide-Bandgap Boosts EVs
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9/22/2016   1 comment
North Carolina State University (NC State) has invented a power inverter for electric vehicles that almost meets the Department of Energy's (DoE's) 2020 mandate by using wide-bandgap silicon-carbide components.
Intersil Deal: Renesas' Survival Bid
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9/13/2016   Post a comment
In an exclusive telephone interview with EE Times, Renesas CEO said the Intersil deal won't be the last big M&A for Renesas. Intersil CEO will stay with the new company in a senior management position.
NXP Connects iPhone-7 Earbuds?
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9/10/2016   24 comments
Could the NXP's NFMI system-on-chip, the NxH2280 NFMI radio for Bluetooth-free earbuds, be in Apple's iPhone 7?
2016 IC Industry: Who Grabbed What...So Far
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9/2/2016   11 comments
Among M&A deals thus far in 2016, we find more transactions that are not an outright “whole” company acquisition. As deals get granular, who owns what becomes more of a tangled web. EE Times attempts to untangle it.
Renesas, Maxim In Duel for Intersil
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8/31/2016   Post a comment
The courtship of Intersil Corp. is turning into a duel between Japan’s Renesas Electronics and San Jose, Calif.-based Maxim Integrated Products Inc. Intersil may announce a sale to Renesas as early as next week, Reuters reported.
Sunic System Promises 2,250ppi OLEDs for VR
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8/31/2016   Post a comment
At the 16th International Meeting on Information Display (IMID 2016) held in South Korea, OLED deposition equipment manufacturer Sunic System unveiled its technical solution for the production of 11K (2,250 ppi) AMOLEDs.
IC Industry M&A: Who's Left to Buy?
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8/31/2016   4 comments
Only eight months in, 2016 is already looking like another blockbuster year for M&A in the global chip industry. As valuations keep going up, the questions are who’s left to buy and what’s a good buy?
ON Semi to Sell Automotive IGBT Biz to Littelfuse
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8/30/2016   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has agreed to sell its ignition IGBT power device business to Littelfuse (Chicago, IL) for $104 million to allow its acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor to go ahead.
3D Composite Promises High-temp Energy Storage for EVs
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8/30/2016   1 comment
Researchers from Penn State University have found a way to prevent the dielectric breakdown and leakage of high-density supercapacitors as they are submitted to the high temperatures found in hybrid and electric vehicles, while increasing their energy density.
SiC Muscles Rohm into Auto Biz
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8/24/2016   Post a comment
Rohm, a Japanese component vendor whose business could be harmed by the steady decline in market share among leading Japanese CE vendors, has good reason to sweat its own prospects. But Rohm says it has a clear growth strategy.
Microsoft Gives Peek at HoloLens Chip
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8/23/2016   4 comments
The HoloLens processing unit uses 24 Tensilica DSPs and an assortment of accelerators to deliver a trillion pixel-operations per second, Microsoft disclosed.
Micron Moves 3D NAND Into Mobile
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
Micron's first foray into mobile 3D NAND is a 32GB offering aimed at the high and mid-end smartphone segment and is the first to use the Universal Flash Storage 2.1 standard
Will Next Tesla Speak Mandarin?
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8/10/2016   1 comment
China’s dream of creating the “next Tesla” is generating a global rush to develop and manufacture EVs in China. How much of this enthusiasm is an inflated reality created by Chinese audacity, however, remains to be seen.
OLEDs to beat LCDs in smartphones by 2020, says IHS Markit
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8/9/2016   2 comments
Although liquid-crystal display (LCD) has dominated mobile phone displays for more than 15 years, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology is expected to become the leading smartphone display technology in 2020, according to IHS Markit's recent figures.
2-D PV to Rival Graphene
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8/8/2016   1 comment
Department of Energy (DoE) funded researchers have discovered that thinning out the photovoltaic (PV) material called halide perovskite could provide a high-mobility high-power material for future transistors that rivals graphene, but is easier to fabricate.
Murata’s Playbook: Smartphones, Auto, Battery
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8/8/2016   3 comments
The new hope for Japan’s electronics industry is component suppliers who started out making lowly components. We sat down with Murata’s executive vice president and asked him about its post-smartphone strategy, why it wants Sony’s lagging battery business.
Big Three Chipmakers Likely to Boost Capex
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8/8/2016   1 comment
The big three chipmakers — Intel, Samsung and TSMC — are likely to increase capital expenditures during the second half of this year while the rest of the semiconductor industry tightens the belt, according to a market research firm.
Tiny Solar Cells Could Power Personal Devices
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8/5/2016   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created high-performance, micro-scale lateral solar cells that could be used for wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, and even auto-focusing contact lenses.
GaN Power Amplifier Addresses 5G
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8/5/2016   2 comments
Researchers in Germany have developed one of the building blocks required to roll out 5G networks: An integrated circuit for power amplifier transistor implemented in gallium nitride technology.
Field Data Proves GaN FET Reliability, Says EPC
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8/2/2016   Post a comment
Gallium nitride power FET maker Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has published its reliability report documenting GaN technology reliability after millions of device hours of stress testing, and based on analysis of all field returns.
US Battery Consortium to Boost Small Lithium-Metal Projects
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8/2/2016   Post a comment
A major battery research consortium in the US will provide up to $10m for small projects around the world in a bid to boost the development of lithium-metal cells for electric vehicles and smart grid storage.
Oxides Make Ultra Conductor
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8/1/2016   Post a comment
University of Utah researchers discover how to interface two insulators can make an ultra-high electron density conductor at their interface.
China’s LeEco to Acquire Vizio for $2 Billion
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
Upstart Chinese tech firm ponies up for one of North America's largest TV suppliers.
Spray-On Solar Material Holds Promise
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
Metal halide perovskite thin film solar cells self-assemble on nearly any surface by merely spraying them on at room temperature.
Sony Sells Industrial Battery Business
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
Sony is to sell most of its battery business to Murata for an undisclosed sum.
Marvell Swings to Loss in Delayed Report
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
New CEO Matthew Murphy says he is looking to trim the fat and focus on profitable businesses.
Qualcomm Pursues Boost in Wireless EV Charge
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm revealed its first wireless electric vehicle charging license agreement with a major tier one. The market momentum behind EV charging has picked up steam, as multiple RFQs from major car OEMs are flying around, said a Qualcomm executive.
ADI to Acquire Linear Tech for $14.8 Billion
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7/26/2016   15 comments
Latest semiconductor industry blockbuster deal would combine analog chip heavyweights.
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