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ARM: Smartphone Sales Drop, but Recovery Is Coming
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
In the first quarter of 2014, ARM rescued its financial results with license deals, embedded chips, but the company sees a smartphone revival coming in second quarter.
IBM Unveils Power8 Chip as Open Hardware
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4/23/2014   5 comments
Google and other OpenPower Foundation partners express interest in IBM's Power8 chip designs and server motherboard specs.
LG, Sony Disclose Smartwatch Details
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4/23/2014   3 comments
LG offers more info about its upcoming Android Wear device, while Sony launches new colors and talks apps.
Cadence Breaks Into Top 4 in Semi IP Core Ranking
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
ARM Holdings remains the No. 1 semiconductor IP core supplier in the world, according to a new report from Gartner, but Cadence moved up the list due to several strategic acquisitions.
Ultracapacitor Breakthrough May Recharge Energy Storage
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4/23/2014   8 comments
A better material for ultracapacitors is a hybrid composite of graphene flakes and single-walled carbon nanotube, according to researchers at George Washington University.
Slimming ICs to a Single Molecule Wide
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4/23/2014   1 comment
Conductors with a layer of built-in insulation are helping chip developers control the power of nano-circuits, according to recent research from the University of Rochester.
No-Poaching Settlement Could Spur Tech Talent War
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4/23/2014   1 comment
Adobe, Apple, Google, and Intel reportedly close to settling a lawsuit over agreements not to recruit each other's employees. Tech pros could benefit from more open market.
Electronics Flea Market Has More Than Electronics
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4/23/2014   2 comments
The "Flea at MIT" is a monthly swapfest where you can find components, connectors, computers, tools, test equipment, and old radios.
Apple v. Samsung: Google Agreed to Indemnify Samsung
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4/23/2014   2 comments
Google agreed to indemnify Samsung against some of Apple's claims in the patent infringement lawsuit.
10nm Process Described in June
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4/23/2014   3 comments
IBM, GlobalFoundries, Samsung, and others will describe work on a 10 nm FinFET process, one of several notable papers at the VLSI Symposium.
Altera's FPGA DSP Goes Hardcore
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4/22/2014   11 comments
Having hardened floating-point DSP blocks in FPGAs opens the door to a wide range of military and commercial applications, and also reduces time-to-market.
Scale-Out Storage Has Limits
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4/22/2014   Post a comment
Disk may scale as your storage needs increase, but what do you do when your datacenter is maxed out?
Startup Makes First MEMS Bio-Tag Sales
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Bluechiip, an Australian startup, has started selling its own passive ID and temperature-sensing devices using MEMS technology. The company is targeting the healthcare and research markets.
Report: Magnetic RAM Set for 50% CAGR
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4/22/2014   10 comments
In the next five years, magnetic RAM is expected to replace older storage technologies such as DRAM and SRAM in many computing devices. This means sales are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 50 percent during this time.
Bluetooth LE Promises Fewer Cables, Less Weight in Cars
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4/22/2014   7 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy technology is about to get exploited for opening and closing doors and windows, or adjusting seats, mirrors and lighting – wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
Wearable Contest Takes to the Air
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4/22/2014   Post a comment
Wearable World, a San Francisco-based wearable Internet of Things startup, announced a competition in partnership with American Airlines for developers interested travel technology. The two-part competition begins June 6 in San Francisco with a final round on July 11 at San Francisco International Airport; winners will get to work on their device with the airline.
Samsung Attacks: Case Against Apple Begins
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4/22/2014   2 comments
Samsung's infringement complaint against Apple centers on smartphone technology for image storage as well as for video capture, compression, and transmission across devices.
Cadence to Acquire Jasper
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4/22/2014   7 comments
The merger will create the most comprehensive set of verification tools, according to the companies.
Nike FuelBand Layoffs: A Pivot in Wearables?
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4/21/2014   6 comments
Nike, a distant third in a three-company race to sell connected fitness trackers, is reportedly laying off members of its FuelBand design and engineering team while wooing developers and boosting its social network.
Neuromorphic Roadmap Plots Analog Path
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4/21/2014   8 comments
Human-brain-like cognitive computers will employ mixed-signal neuromorphic SoCs, according to the roadmap plotted by Georgia Tech researchers.
Google’s Project Tango Helps Robots Fly on ISS
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4/21/2014   2 comments
Google's experimental, 3D-navigating Project Tango will form the brains of NASA's SPHERES robots.
BMW Has Most Advanced Connectivity
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4/21/2014   11 comments
In the rush to create a better connected car, a new study finds that BMW is ahead of other car makers.
Slideshow: 10 Embedded Design Trends
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4/21/2014   18 comments
Among 10 trends in the 2014 version of our annual survey, Bluetooth is on the rise and FPGAs on the decline in embedded systems designs.
Wearables, Drones Scare Americans
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4/21/2014   4 comments
Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research finds.
Naptech Offers Free Calibrations for 5 Years
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4/21/2014   Post a comment
Just ship any repaired test equipment back once a year.
Samsung Defense: Marketing Guru vs. Marketing Guru
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4/19/2014   9 comments
Parade of marketing and programming experts continues as Samsung tries to prove Apple’s reasoning is flawed.
Hubble Turns 24: 5 Biggest Discoveries
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4/19/2014   6 comments
The Hubble Space Telescope has helped solve huge questions about space. Coming next: Its successor will look back even further into time.
New IC for Driverless LEDs
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4/18/2014   4 comments
A Eurolighting module produces flicker-free LED light from 230 VAC.
SanDisk Finds Profit Behind the Tech Curve
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4/18/2014   3 comments
Focus and frugality put SanDisk in several sweet spots in the storage market, specifically by selling SSDs to datacenters while Samsung spends big on 3D NAND.
IoT Requires Continuous Development
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4/18/2014   3 comments
The Internet of Things will add so much programmability to devices that keeping software current will become a never-ending task.
AMD Narrows Its Losses in Q1
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4/18/2014   Post a comment
As sales of PC continue to decline, AMD is looking to reverse its losses through sales of its new Radion GPUs and gaming APUs.
Quantum-Dot Windows Harvest Solar Energy
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4/18/2014   10 comments
The windows of the future could harvest the sunlight passing through them, thanks to quantum-dot technology being developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Bagels: Official Food of Test & Measurement
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4/18/2014   49 comments
A bagel is the perfect food to eat at your lab bench as long as you keep seeds from getting everywhere.
Smartphones, 28nm Tech Drive TSMC 1Q Revenue
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
Thanks to demand for high-end smartphones and investment in technology such as 20nm manufacturing, TSMC posted first-quarter net income of $1.59 billion. That momentum is expected to continue in the second quarter.
Quantenna Speeds Up WiFi
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
As several major companies roll out 802.11ac solutions with multi-user, multiple input-multiple output (MU-MIMO), local startup Quantenna Communications has announced chip that’s a step ahead.
Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor
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4/17/2014   2 comments
In a series of leaked patent documents from South Korea, Samsung is proposing a one-ear "earphone" design that seems to be a response to Google Glass sales. This many replace a two-ear design that came to light during CES in January.
IMEC Adds Image Sensors to Commercial Development Service
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
The Belgian company has published a brochure that boasts of the facility adding image sensors and visions systems to its commercial development and foundry services.
Samsung, Globalfoundries Prep 14nm Process
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4/17/2014   7 comments
Putting heat on TSMC, Samsung and GlobalFoundries are putting a single 14nm process in production this year, but former partner IBM is out.
Power Week-in-Review: Wristband TE Generator & Solar Cell Efficiency Record
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
This week, a flexible band-shaped thermoelectric generator that can harvest body heat to power wearables, a solar cell conversion efficiency record using a silicon-based cell of practical size, a multi-topology DC/DC converter, and much more.
NASA Tests Technologies for Deep Space Exploration
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4/17/2014   1 comment
An oxygen recycling system, optical communications, and a deep space atomic clock top the space agency's list of priorities.
DARPA Turning Drones Into WiFi Hotspots
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4/17/2014   1 comment
The US military's research division is equipping aging drones used in Afghanistan and Iraq and equipment with wireless networking gear to make communications easier for soldiers in remote areas.
ON Semi on a Roll With Image Sensors
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4/17/2014   1 comment
Coupled with the company’s acquisition of Truesense last week and the rollout of the new Python family of CMOS image sensors this week, ON Semiconductor sets its sights on the automotive market of the future.
Wearable Computing Market on 78% CAGR Through 2018
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4/17/2014   1 comment
By the end of 2014, shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach more than 19 million units, roughly tripling from 2013. Fitness monitors are the hottest devices, but Google Glass and other accessories and devices are looking to catch on.
10 Space Exploration Trends to Watch
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4/16/2014   13 comments
The machines continue to perform splendidly across the solar system. Yet the uncertainty that now besets the American space program stems from Earth-bound policy failures and a singular lack of imagination.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250
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4/16/2014   5 comments
IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
Google Unveils Modular Phone
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4/16/2014   6 comments
Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
Google Contact Lens Patent Points to More Wearables
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4/16/2014   4 comments
In a filing from the US Patent Office, Google is looking to create smart contact lenses that include gesture technology and blink interfaces for wearable personal networks. The device could have medical uses.
Registration Opens for Microchip's MASTERs Conference
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4/16/2014   Post a comment
This conference is a great chance to meet Microchip's subject-matter experts and their technical partners, and also to meet their distributor's FAEs, design partners, and other users.
AllJoyn: A Common Language for Internet of Things
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4/16/2014   1 comment
Open-source lingua franca aims to let IoT devices and services communicate across manufacturers and operating systems.
Micron Workers Approve Italian Jobs Deal
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4/16/2014   Post a comment
The deal between Micron and its Italian workforce will save more than 400 engineering jobs.
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