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USB Oscilloscopes Get Beta Drivers for Open-Source Hardware
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11/25/2014   Post a comment
Pico Technology has released beta versions of drivers for BeagleBoneBlack and Raspberry Pi open-source controller boards.
Megachips to Launch DSP-Based Sensor Fusion IC
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11/25/2014   Post a comment
The growing sensor-fusion controller market for smartphones and wearable devices is about to meet a new competitor – this time from Japan. Megachips is rolling out a motion engine and sensor hub chip, dubbed Frizz.
Can Japan Get Her Groove Back With IoT?
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11/24/2014   4 comments
Japan once looked like a world leader in smart home standards. Now she's trying to get her groove back via the Internet of Things.
Xilinx Announces SDAccel Dev Environment for C, C++ & OpenCL
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11/18/2014   Post a comment
Real-world benchmarks show that -- using hand-coded RTL as a baseline reference point -- SDAccel can meet or exceed hand-coded results.
Cypress Announces PSoC 4 BLE & PRoC BLE
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11/13/2014   6 comments
The PSoC 4 BLE combines a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with programmable analog fabric, programmable digital fabric, and a Bluetooth low power core, all on the same silicon die.
New FPGA-based USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Device Controller From SLS
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11/11/2014   1 comment
By taking advantage of the FPGA's integrated transceivers, this new USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Device Controller IP from System Level Solutions removes the need for an external USB PHY chip.
MediaTek Aims for Fast Entry Into China’s LTE Market
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11/6/2014   1 comment
MediaTek aims to pare Qualcomm’s lead in China’s 4G smartphone market with the launch of a new octa-core processor in the first quarter of 2015.
Conference Explores 3D Semiconductor Technology
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11/5/2014   Post a comment
3D ASIP Conference in December 2014 to cover technology progress and markets for 3D semiconductor integration and packaging.
CTOs Wrestle With Mobile Security
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11/4/2014   25 comments
At Dell World, a panel of chief technical officers discussed how to encourage adoption and development of secure mobile devices for the workplace.
Oscilloscope Bandwidth Record Now 100 GHz
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10/30/2014   1 comment
Teledyne LeCroy breaks its own record for highest bandwidth real-time oscilloscope with the LabMaster 10-100Zi module.
Lattice & Forza Announce Fully Reconfigurable Image Sensor
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10/29/2014   6 comments
Smart sensors open a wealth of application possibilities in automobiles, homes, and factories, to name but a few -- anywhere sensors are to be found, in fact.
Microsoft Eyes Expanding FPGA Role
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10/23/2014   14 comments
Microsoft will explore using FPGAs to replace networking chips in its million-server datacenters to deliver new speeds and network functions.
Intel, Partners Reveal Privacy Survey
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10/22/2014   1 comment
The average person’s device ecosystem is expanding, exponentially increasing the amount of data being created as well as associated security risks. In response to a recently released survey, Intel and several of its partner organizations recently discussed big data and ways to mollify the more than 80% of users who are uneasy about who, or what, has access to their information.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit
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10/21/2014   9 comments
Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
Mega MATLAB Release From MathWorks
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10/17/2014   3 comments
R2014b is an extremely compelling release for both existing MATLAB users and new members of the MATLAB community.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
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10/15/2014   10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
In $2.5B Deal, Qualcomm & CSR Mesh
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10/15/2014   15 comments
Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest cellphone chip vendor, has agreed to buy CSR for $2.5 billion to strengthen its presence in the Internet of Things market.
Nokia’s Largest Plant to Shut Down in India
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10/8/2014   11 comments
One of the world's biggest cellphone manufacturing plants, located in Chennai, India, will stop production of mobile phones and down shutters after Nov. 1. Microsoft, its lone customer, has terminated a subcontract agreement.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
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10/8/2014   16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Test & Measurement Calendar of Events
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10/7/2014   2 comments
Autumn is a busy time for engineering events, shows, conferences, and seminars. Here are some. Did we miss any?
Applied Micro to Move ARM Into Single-Board Computers
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10/7/2014   4 comments
Applied Micro will end the PowerPC family by moving all its products to the ARM architecture by 2018. It's a significant step, because Applied is the largest supplier of PowerPC chips after Freescale.
MaxLinear Acquires Physpeed, Aims at Data Centers
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10/6/2014   Post a comment
In hopes of building a solid presence in the enterprise and telecom infrastructure markets, MaxLinear Inc. is buying Physpeed Co., a Camarillo, Calif., developer of high-speed physical layer interconnect products.
Spansion to Launch 3D-Embedded Automotive MCU
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10/1/2014   1 comment
Spansion will launch a new microcontroller designed to offer high-performance human machine interface (HMI) for automobile dash and clusters. It comes with HyberBus interface and 2D or 3D graphics cores (or both) embedded inside the MCU.
Tabula's DesignInsight Offers 100% Observability Into 3PLDs
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
It's not going too far to say that Tabula's DesignInsight technology has the potential to provide a step-function improvement in development time and cost.
Altera Announces Non-Volatile MAX 10 FPGAs & Eval Kits
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9/30/2014   8 comments
MAX 10 FPGAs are of interest for a broad range of application areas, including industrial control systems, automotive systems, communications, computing, and storage.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China
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9/26/2014   20 comments
China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
XMOS Adds ARM Core to Its Multi-Processor xCORE-XA Chip
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9/25/2014   3 comments
The xCORE-XA (eXtended Architecture) family augments a standard multi-processor xCORE device with an ultra-low-power 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller core.
AXIe-0: The Inside Story of a New Modular Instrument Standard
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9/24/2014   2 comments
Like Coke Zero, AXIe Zero is the diet version of its namesake. Larry Desjardin explains the new standard for low-cost instruments and switching.
Asia-Pacific IC Usage Domination Growing
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9/17/2014   8 comments
Asia-Pacific is the dominant market for ICs for most products categories. The exceptions are Europe, leading in the automotive sector, and the Americas region, leading in government and military, according to IC Insights.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India
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9/15/2014   19 comments
Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
5G Rise Slowed by Cost, Regulation
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9/15/2014   1 comment
Much needs to be done to secure the infrastructure necessary for fifth-generation wireless communications and the use of millimeter wave technology. As researchers at NYU Polytechnic’s wireless research center make strides in mapping and measuring frequencies between 10 and 300 GHz, Moore's Law and governmental regulations are slowing the process.
New 'Runaway Toyota' Case Tests DOJ's Integrity
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9/12/2014   42 comments
Just as the memory of Toyota's unintended acceleration cases began to fade, at least in the minds of the media and a few million thus far unaffected Toyota owners, in comes Robert Ruginis to dredge it all up again.
IDF: Tabula Unleashes Extreme 3PLD-Based Coms & Server Boards
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9/10/2014   7 comments
At the Intel Developers Forum, Tabula is demonstrating a suite of extreme performance, FPGA-based communications and server boards.
Small Cells Tipped by Big 3
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9/9/2014   7 comments
Nokia Networks, Ericsson, and Alcatel-Lucent announced updates to their small cell base stations, highlighting migration to LTE-Advanced with features such as carrier aggregation and easier connections to heterogeneous networks.
How Secure Is Your USB?
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9/8/2014   3 comments
Reverse engineering a USB controller's firmware is a possible route hackers could take into your device. What one chip industry IP vendor partnership is doing about it.
QuickLogic's Sub-150µW Smartphone/Wearable Sensor Hub
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9/4/2014   1 comment
Need to integrate accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, pressure, temperature, humidity, ambient light, gesture, proximity and heart rate monitor sensors? QuickLogic's ArcticLink 3 S2 has you covered.
Boston-Area EMC Seminar, Sept. 16
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9/4/2014   3 comments
EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt will give a practical EMC seminar at Bose Corp. in Framingham, Mass., on September 16, 2014.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry?
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9/4/2014   13 comments
By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
DesignCon Mascot Goes to a Bullfight
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9/3/2014   Post a comment
Chiphead, DesignCon's mascot, recently visited Spain and Amsterdam. See his pictorial essay.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil
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9/3/2014   5 comments
Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
Europe Leads in Chip Market Growth
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9/2/2014   1 comment
In July, Europe showed the strongest year-on-year growth of all regions tracked by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War
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9/2/2014   3 comments
With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
Microchip in Pursuit of CSR
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8/29/2014   11 comments
Microchip confirmed Thursday that it has had preliminary mutual discussions with CSR.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
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8/28/2014   14 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Forget iPhone: 4 Megatrends in China’s Smartphone Market
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8/27/2014   19 comments
Touch Taiwan is exposing some of Asia’s techno-political tensions, focused on one question: Who will own the display technologies likely to dominate the rapidly changing smartphone market in China?
S2C's FPGA-Based SoC Prototyping System Supports PCIe 3.0 Cores
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8/18/2014   1 comment
S2C has just announced that Northwest Logic's PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 solution has been validated and certified for use with S2C's ASIC prototyping platforms.
Intel, MTK Carve Tablet Shares; China’s Actions Faces Turmoil
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8/15/2014   5 comments
China's tablet market is in turmoil, with stagnant growth and fierce competition from phablets. Intel and MediaTek are aggressively pursuing the white-box tablet market, forcing the retail price for locally branded seven-inch tablets below $50.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds
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8/13/2014   12 comments
Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
Live Music Returns to EMC Symposium
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8/13/2014   1 comment
The EMC Band made a triumphant return to the stage at the 2014 IEEE EMC Symposium in Raleigh, N.C.
The Limits of Moore's Law Limits
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8/13/2014   20 comments
Moore's Law has limits, some of which are quickly approaching. Several other limits, however, are more flexible, giving room to continue progress. Igor Markov explores limits of fundamental limits for future chip scaling.
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