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Violin Doubles Down on Flash Fabric Architecture
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2/23/2015   Post a comment
Veteran all-flash array maker is targeting a wider market for its platform with enterprise-grade data services and aims to be cost-competitive with traditional storage vendors
Parrot Spins Positive on FAA Drone Draft
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2/23/2015   2 comments
We talked with Yannick Levy, vice president of Parrot (Paris), to find out how the FAA’s draft drone rules are viewed in Europe, and where the focus of the drone debate will move next.
8-bit MCUs Stake New Claim in IoT
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2/23/2015   Post a comment
Far from being down and out in the IoT era, 8-bit MCUs are staking a claim with these new products from Silicon Labs.
Chip Packs 100, 64-bit ARM Cores
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2/23/2015   4 comments
EZchip announced it will sample next year a 28nm network processor using 100 ARM 64-bit A53 cores, gunning for sockets with Broadcom and Cavium.
3D E-Beam Enables 3D NAND Flash
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2/23/2015   2 comments
Applied Materials claims to have solved the last remaining problems around enabling mass production of 3D NAND flash memory cubes. The company says it has leveled the playing field so any semiconductor maker can make 3-D FinFETs as well as Intel already does.
Intel Carves Tiny SRAMs at 14nm
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2/22/2015   17 comments
Intel will describe at ISSCC advances based on its 14nm process technology including what it calls the world’s smallest SRAM cell and PCI Express circuit.
Self-Driving Cars in Real-World Traffic With Real Customers
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2/20/2015   Post a comment
Volvo has provided details of its plan to carry out a project with 100 self-driving cars in Gothenburg's real-world traffic. The project reveals which problems autonomous driving will be confronted with.
Molex to Acquire SDP Telecom and Expand RF Solutions
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2/19/2015   1 comment
Global interconnect and cable assembly provider Molex Incorporated is acquiring Canadian company SDP Telecom, a designer and manufacturer of RF/microwave solutions for the wireless communications industry.
Quantum Transistor Harnesses New Effect
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2/19/2015   2 comments
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new phenomenon--the quantum spin Hall effect--and have used it to create the world's first spintronic topological field effect transistor (TFET), in simulation at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at Texas A&M University.
Ultra-Low Power System for Wearable Devices
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2/19/2015   Post a comment
When an ultra-low power optimized MCU and ultra-low power optimized DC/DC converter come together, the result is a well-running, well-oiled machine fit for wearable applications.
Will Energy-Harvesting 3D Printed Trees Charge Your Smartphone?
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2/18/2015   1 comment
Scientists at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) have developed a prototype of a 3D printed tree that harvests solar energy using organic solar cells and kinetic energy from vibrations in its surrounding environment.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High
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2/18/2015   12 comments
Under the FAA’s proposed rules, gone are such antiquated rules as [drone] operators must be “licensed pilots.” Intact are “see and avoid” principles; must fly within line of sight of the operator.
Microsoft, Google Beat Humans at Image Recognition
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2/18/2015   14 comments
The world's first algorithm to classify images more accurately than humans is claimed by Microsoft.
GlobalFoundries Teams with IMEC on RF CMOS
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2/17/2015   1 comment
GlobalFoundries has announced a partnership with nanoelectronics research center IMEC for joint research on future radio architectures and designs for highly integrated mobile devices and IoT applications.
Samsung Makes New Package for Smartphones
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2/17/2015   10 comments
New ePoP package combines DRAM, eMMC, and controller together to reduce footprint in smartphones that could allow for smaller devices, larger batteries or additional features
IBM Adds All Vendors to its Cloud-of-Clouds
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2/17/2015   1 comment
IBM turns its attention to management software that manages both its own and the cloud-based servers of other vendors in hybrid clouds of clouds.
NeuroMem IC Matches Patterns, Sees All, Knows All
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2/17/2015   7 comments
NeuroMem, a startup, spun out of General Vision, is betting the farm on the growing demand for pattern recognition in data analytics.
Self-Directing Antennas Prep for 5G
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2/17/2015   Post a comment
Ethertronics is leveraging experience developing embedded antennas to create a line of dedicated beamforming chips. The company’s EtherChip EC482 aims to improve RF signal for Wi-Fi and 5 GHz backend applications.
Smart Doorbell Streams Video
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2/16/2015   4 comments
Home automation startup Skybell has developed an always-on device that streams video with only an 800 milliamp battery. The secret sauce for managing the company’s Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell is already in the home.http://img.deusm.com/eetimes/2015/02/1325689/action-large.jpg
Printed Circuit Boards Right Out of the Printer
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2/16/2015   4 comments
A small desktop PCB printer can not only print conductive circuit tracks and insulating masking layers, but also perform solder reflow once the solder paste has been applied.
National Instruments, Cobham Combine Expertise in Barter Deal
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2/16/2015   Post a comment
National Instruments and Cobham Wireless sign a mutual agreement to join their expertise. With the move, the companies advance their business in the area of next-generation communication application test.
Volvo Cars Share Road-Condition Info in the Cloud
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2/13/2015   Post a comment
In a joint project, carmaker Volvo and the Swedish and Norwegian public agencies combine V2X communications and cloud-based data storage and processing. The purpose: spreading information about hazardous road condition as quickly as possible.
Obama Signs Exec Order to Share Cyberthreat Info
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2/13/2015   Post a comment
President Obama today signed a new Executive Order to promote the sharing of cyberthreat information among private sector organizations as well as between the private and public sectors.
Nanotubes May Self-Organize into Synthetic Life
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2/13/2015   5 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, home of the sentient HAL 9000 computer, are now trying to create living things with nanotubes that self-assemble into organisms that reverse entropy.
IoT Network Snags $115M
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2/13/2015   5 comments
A $115 million round Sigfox closed to build out its proprietary 900 MHz wide-area network is the latest leap in a race to link the Internet of Things.
Android to Become 'Workhorse' of Cybercrime
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2/13/2015   2 comments
As of the end of 2014, 16 million mobile devices worldwide have been infected by malicious software, estimated Alcatel-Lucent’s security arm, Motive Security Labs, in its latest security report released Thursday (Feb. 12).
Nvidia Envisions Self-Driving Cars
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2/13/2015   1 comment
Automotive and mobile gaming were growth areas for graphics processor company Nvidia in 2014; Nvidia sees Tegra X1 and deep learning leading way to self-driving cars.
Samsung Pumps $3.6bn into OLED Panel Productions
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
South Korea's Samsung Display has unveiled plans to invest $3.6 billion into making organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels to support the company's parent Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to boost components sales to offset weaker smartphone earnings.
Wearables Don Smart Fabrics
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
What do musical instruments, car seats, and shoes have in common? Each item benefits from smart fabrics invented by a Berkeley, Calif. company BeBop sensors. BeBop layers printed circuits onto polyester felts, synthetic silks weaves, and spandex of various thickness to create a web of sensors that connected to a sewn-in microcontroller.
Rear Axle Becomes Steerable… by Wire
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2/11/2015   3 comments
In an innovative approach to automotive kinematics, ZF Friedrichshafen, which recently took over mechatronic systems supplier TRW Automotive, introduces a steerable rear axle design in which decisive elements are controlled by software.
Nanorobots Must Self Repair
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2/11/2015   Post a comment
Beyond MEMS is the realm of molecular machines 1000-times smaller and using self-repairing mechanisms according to Columbia University.
Can 'Baking Powder' Effect Boost Solar Cell Efficiencies?
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2/11/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have come up with the answer as to why the efficiency of plastic solar cells can be doubled or tripled if an extra solvent is added during the production process.
ST Extends MEMS Pilot Line Project
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2/10/2015   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV is set to benefit from an extension of the Lab4MEMS pilot project that has been agreed by the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) Joint Undertaking (JU), a public-private partnership in nanoelectronics.
China Deal Squeezes Royalty Cuts from Qualcomm
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2/10/2015   5 comments
China’s National Development and Reform Commission called the investigation “antitrust case.” But more accurately, it successfully haggled with Qualcomm to get the royalty rate cuts for Chinese handset vendors.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead
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2/10/2015   1 comment
In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
DelfMEMS Shows SP12T RF MEMS Switch
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2/10/2015   Post a comment
DelfMEMS SA (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France), a supplier of radio frequency switches made using MEMS techniques, is set to demonstrate a twelve-throw RF ohmic contact switch at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015.
1st MEMS Spectrometer Debuts
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2/10/2015   7 comments
Si-Ware (Cairo, Egypt) has created the world's first microelectromechanical system (MEMS) spectrometer chip, which it sells in a handheld module under the Neospectra brand name.
Hollywood Hands Engineer an Oscar
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2/10/2015   4 comments
Texas Instruments engineer Larry Hornbeck will receive an Academy Award of Merit for his work in improving color and projection in digital films through optical semiconductors.
Software Radio Debuts at MWC
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2/10/2015   15 comments
UK-based Cambridge Consultants developed an all-digital radio transmitter using off-the-shelf chips that could cost less than $1, aimed at conserving precious spectrum.
Single-Chip USB Type-C Port Controllers from Cypress Semiconductor
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2/9/2015   Post a comment
CCG1 USB Type-C Port Controllers with PD come pre-loaded with a firmware stack that supports up to two Type-C ports, including power delivery support.
Embedded Tools Target 'Industry 4.0' Development
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Rising interest in applying the Internet of Things to industrial applications has prompted Mentor Graphics to assemble a suitable runtime and tool framework for developers.
Arm Buys IoT Security Firm
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2/9/2015   2 comments
ARM bought Offspark, a provider of Transport Layer Security ARM will fold into its mbed operating system for Cortex-M cores aimed at the Internet of Things.
MediaTek to Boost R&D Staff to Grab More LTE Share
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2/9/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, Taiwan’s largest chip designer, said it plans to increase its R&D headcount by about a fifth this year as it aims to grab a bigger piece of the LTE smartphone market from Qualcomm.
Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now
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2/9/2015   15 comments
From open source software to developing apps, industry professionals urge embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
Alibaba and Meizu Join Forces vs. Android
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2/9/2015   4 comments
Alibaba Group Holding Limited announced Monday its $590 million investment in Meizu, one of China’s smaller smartphone vendors. Here’s what has driven Alibaba to the deal.
Aiming at Smartphones, PoLight Readies for Mass Production
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Headquartered in Horten, Norwegian startup poLight AS has raised NOK 146m (USD19M) in a private placement of shares, to fuel the deployment of its piezo-MEMS auto-focus lens technology, TLens.
Thermoelectric Nanowires to Cool Chips
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Researchers are finding all kinds or novel cooling methods to pull out the heat threatening to melt down chips that run faster than 3-Gz, but by embedding thermoelectric nanowires into the backside of chip Sandia National Labs hopes to continue scaling to higher speeds.
TSMC Plans to Invest $16 Billion More in Taiwan Site
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2/9/2015   9 comments
TSMC plans to invest an additional $15.9 billion as part of an expansion on the site of an existing fab near Taichung. TSMC expects the investment to create an additional 5,000 jobs at the site.
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