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Cadence DSP Promises More Horsepower for Next-Gen Smartphones
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10/6/2015   Post a comment
Next-generation Tensilica vision and imaging DSP promises up to 13X boost in performance, 5X decrease in power consumption.
GE Connects Industrial IoT
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9/30/2015   Post a comment
Connecting manufacturing and industry to the Internet is the next great frontier for OEM and manufacturer General Electric. The company showcased analytics platforms alongside hardware at an industrial Internet event.
Cypress Bid to Acquire Atmel has Expired
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9/29/2015   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has issued a statement saying that an offer to acquire Atmel Corp. has expired and that Cypress is no longer interested in such an acquisition.
Apple Project Titan: Electric Car May Arrive By 2019
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9/23/2015   Post a comment
Apple is ramping up the development of Project Titan, its foray into electric car production, by expanding its team, the WSJ reports.
Synopsys Touts IP Portfolio for IoT
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9/22/2015   Post a comment
Stable of intellectual property, cobbled together largely from acquisitions, targets connectivity, security and sensor processing requirements of the Internet of Things.
Driving Toward Connected Cars
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9/16/2015   Post a comment
A McKinsey report finds growing demand for connected services and autonomous technology in vehicles.
Dresden Memory Startup To Debut At Semicon Europa
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9/15/2015   4 comments
A startup company that is working on a ferroelectric non-volatile memory technology based on hafnium oxide is set to make its debut at the Semicon Europa exhibition taking place in Dresden, Germany, October 6 to 8.
Is it an ASIC? Is it an FPGA? No, it's eASIC!
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9/14/2015   Post a comment
28nm Nextreme-3 devices offer 2x the performance of 28nm FPGAs & consume up to 80% less power, yet take less than 25% of the time required to develop a traditional 28nm ASIC.
TSMC Reports August Sales Drop
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9/10/2015   Post a comment
TSMC has reported that its net revenues for August 2015 were down both sequentially and on a year-on-year basis.
Intel-led Group Touts OIC 1.0 Over Rival IoT Specs
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9/10/2015   1 comment
The Open Interconnect Consortium has made public its long-waited Internet of Things candidate specification 1.0. "The big unresolved problem with IoT is not about ‘things.’ But it’s about the network,” said OIC executive director.
Nokia Shows Next-Gen Network
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9/9/2015   Post a comment
Nokia Networks announced a programmable 5G architecture for next-generation networks. Its 5G system will automatically adapt to legacy network’s separate parts to achieve lower latency and higher reliability.
Google Backer Offers $50M Quantum Computer Investment
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9/8/2015   Post a comment
One of the original investors in Google plans to invest up to $50 million in Cambridge Quantum Computing Ltd., a developer of tools and software for the commercialization of quantum computers.
Apple TV: 8 Questions to Ask
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9/7/2015   8 comments
Consumers’ TV viewing patterns have already changed. The key question to ask is: If Apple plans to bring its magic touch, or an “iPhone moment,” to TV, what will they have to do with their next Apple TV?
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.
New Technologies Secure the IoT & IIoT
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9/1/2015   Post a comment
Traditional security techniques are failing; today's devices & systems need a proactive real-time defense that leverages up-to-the minute threat intelligence and is future-proof.
New Advances in FPGA Security
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8/20/2015   Post a comment
If left unprotected, side-channel attacks can be used to extract secret keys during cryptographic operations like bitstream loading.
China Startup Offers Non-Volatile FPGAs
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8/19/2015   2 comments
Gowin Semiconductor Corp., a startup formed and backed to produce FPGAs has announced the availability of a non-volatile family of devices.
USB Ain't So Simple Anymore
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8/19/2015   17 comments
Cypress, TI, NXP and Lattice have all rolled out new USB Type-C chips. Loaded with new features, USB Type C offers promises to system vendors. But for consumers, it may bring potential confusions, industry analysts cautioned.
Intel CEO Sees A Bright Future For IoT, Developers
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8/19/2015   Post a comment
Tiny computers, real-time depth sensing, and breakthrough memory technology are among the innovations featured at this year's Intel Developer Forum. CEO Brian Krzanich detailed how connected devices will change the way we all do business.
Josephson Junctions: Ballistic Discovery Reveals Graphene Supercurrent Potential
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8/18/2015   Post a comment
Graphene has now been shown to have the ability to "bounce" electron waves, similar to how light waves reflect reflect off mirrors. This research could lead to more senstive magnetometers and voltmeters.
Taiwan May Ease Rules on Chip Investments in China
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8/18/2015   Post a comment
The Taiwan government may soon ease regulations to help local chipmakers get a bigger slice of the semiconductor business in China.
Should Altera Worry About Intel's M&A Record?
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8/17/2015   14 comments
Altera’s fate after its pending acquisition by Intel is anybody’s guess. But the big worry is if Intel squashes Altera -- pushing newly acquired talent, products and technologies into oblivion as though they had never existed.
Altera Launches SoC FPGA Developers’ Forum
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8/13/2015   1 comment
Altera is launching three one-day SoC FPGA developer conferences on three continents in 2015.
NIWeek: Flying Drones, Instrumented Bikes, Automated Guitars, & More
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8/11/2015   Post a comment
NI Week 2015 was a showcase of robotics. Here are some of the sights flying, rolling, and playing around Austin.
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.
An Operator's View of 5G
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8/5/2015   1 comment
The Telecommunications Industry Association surveyed 58 operators globally on the future of 5G cellular, and found that the next-generation technology will begin rollout in Asia and require great effort from network operators.
NI Week: Videos From Opening Day
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8/4/2015   Post a comment
NI Week opened today with a two-hour exhibit opening. Here's some of what we saw.
Smarter Sensor Hub Cuts Power
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7/30/2015   4 comments
QuickLogic has a new sensor hub Eos, named after the Greek Goddess of the new dawn, which packs so many hardware accelerators--including it own field programmable gate array (FPGA)--on an SoC with an ARM Cortex-M4F, that it can serve as the application processor for wearables as well as significantly offload the app processor on a smartphone.
eBook Explains Faster In-System Flash Programming
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7/29/2015   1 comment
"Faster Flash Programming via FPGA and IJTAG" from ASSET Intertech shows you how to program FPGAs 50 to 1000 times faster.
Neutron Measurements Help Find Plutonium’s "Missing" Magnetism
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7/20/2015   Post a comment
The discovery promises to open up opportunities to advance a variety of applications in materials, energy and computing sciences.
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.
Globalfoundries Launches Own FDSOI Processes
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7/13/2015   37 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.
Teardown: Ruggedness and Flexibility Keep PLCs Strong in Industrial
7/10/2015   Post a comment
A teardown of an Allen-Bradley (Rockwell Automation) Micro850 programmable logic controller, the epitome of rugged industrial control, shows that optocouplers are the go-to technology for reliable isolation, while flexibility and easy programmability using modern languages remains key to PLC’s longevity.
Wafer Fab Closures Analyzed by Diameter, Region
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7/10/2015   Post a comment
Chipmakers closed or repurposed 83 wafer fabs in the period 2009 to 2014 according to IC Insights.
Drop in Foundry Sales Sends a Warning Signal
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7/10/2015   3 comments
For the first time in more than three years, the world's two biggest foundries have posted negative monthly revenue figures at the same time.
In Search of 3D Printed Fiber Optics
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7/9/2015   Post a comment
3D printing of optical fibers could lead to new products for imaging and telecommunications, but only after years of testing.
Bell Labs Plugs in to the Network
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7/9/2015   Post a comment
The famed Bell Labs is not dead, President Marcus Weldon said. While some may think the multi-Nobel Prize winning research institute has fallen from glory in the past few years, the Alcatel-Lucent facility has kicked networking research into high gear.
Veteran EDA Analyst Gary Smith Dies
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7/7/2015   9 comments
Memorial set for July 12 for man who was the voice of EDA for more than three decades.
DesignCon 2016 Abstract Deadline Extended
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7/2/2015   Post a comment
You now have until Wednesday, July 8 so get your abstract in right away.
Synopsys Acquires Elliptic Technologies, Beefs up Security
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
Synopsys, Inc. is acquiring security intellectual property company Elliptic Technologies.
Startup's Tech is Intel's Quark Neural Network
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
The pattern-classification technology inside the Quark SE system chip from Intel is the same as that being offered for license and in chip form by startup NeuroMem Inc.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
IBM Demos III-V FinFETs on Silicon
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6/18/2015   3 comments
IBM has found a way to use confined epitaxial overgrowth (CELO) to build III-V FinFETs on silicon wafers using standard CMOS processing.
ACE Awards Finalists Recognized for Innovation in Electronics
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6/18/2015   Post a comment
Winners to be announced at the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley; ACE Lifetime Achievement to celebrate Linear Technology's Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin.
Oculus Touch Creates Virtual Hands
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6/11/2015   Post a comment
Oculus is taking another step into the virtual world, adding touch capabilities with a new wearable controller for its virtual reality goggles.
iOS 9, Mac OS X El Capitan Dominate WWDC 2015
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6/8/2015   Post a comment
Apple's WWDC 2015 set the stage for a new Apple Music streaming service and updates including OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, and WatchOS 2.
IBM Renting Its EDA Tools
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6/7/2015   5 comments
Ever since IBM started designing systems over 100 years ago, it has used it own internally developed toolkits, the envy of designers who have to use brand-x electronic design automation (EDA) suites. Now IBM is renting the use of its famous tools online at one-half the price of licensing brand-x tools.
Altera's Stratix 10 FPGAs & SoCs -- Breakthroughs in Performance, Integration, Density, and Security
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6/5/2015   Post a comment
New innovations promise 2X performance, 5.5 million logic elements, heterogeneous 3D system-in-package integration, and comprehensive security capabilities.
AMD Unveils Carrizo Power Details
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6/2/2015   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices filled in details about its latest x86 processor, Carrizo, highlighting the chip’s single, scalable architecture and video processing capabilities for the notebook segment. The company divulged a few of its engineering secrets for squeezing out more performance at lower power at a media event last month.
Intel, Altera: Math in Question
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6/1/2015   35 comments
Analysts said Intel and FPGA vendor Altera will see benefits from their $16.7 billion merger, but question the math and assumptions behind the deal.
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