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Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers
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11/13/2014   1 comment
An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared
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11/12/2014   3 comments
The proliferation of sensors from mobile, medical, and engineering applications will drive an “abundant” world free of pressing issues such as healthcare, according to speakers at the TSensors Summit held here. Sensors will be a key component in curing the world’s ills, and the world needs a roadmap.
TI Industrial Control MCUs Debut at Electronica
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
Integrated analog, enhanced isolation, and multichannel wireless are key features of TI's newest industrial offerings.
MEMS/Sensor Interface I3C Rocks
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11/12/2014   2 comments
The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance has upgraded to the I3C interface to handle modern high-speed data transfers from MEMS and other sensors.
Alca-Lu Puts Edge Router on X86
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11/12/2014   1 comment
Alcatel-Lucent plans to deliver all the functions of its custom-built edge routers on to x86 servers by the end of 2015 in a suite of software it calls its Virtual Services Router.
Will Google’s Thread Become Threat?
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11/12/2014   14 comments
Freescale’s Thread beta development program marks a milestone for Thread supporters, as the new protocol for the first time becomes tangible for developers.
8-Bit MCUs Target Industrial Control
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
With peripherals designed to offload the CPU, this 8-bit MCU from Microchip can take on many industrial control challenges.
China, US Strike Tech Trade Deal
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11/12/2014   6 comments
Negotiators from China and the US strike a preliminary agreement to end tariffs on as much as $1 trillion in annual sales of high-tech goods including semiconductors.
Chip Industry's IoT Facelift Comes With Security Wrinkle
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11/12/2014   2 comments
Semiconductor company CEOs on an Electronica panel see hardware-based security as an opportunity.
IoT Poses New Challenges to Test Service Providers
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Motion and acceleration sensors in some cases accelerate as high as 100g to 10 times higher than what electronics in a fighter jet are exposed to. How do you test for that?
Software Has the Last Word for PIN Entry
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
The Cartes Secure Connexions exhibition had its fair share of hardware exhibitors, but authentication is at the core of every transaction, and software solutions are increasingly taking center stage.
Auto-Grade Photovoltaic MOSFET Driver Debuts at Electronica
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Avago launches a photovoltaic MOSFET driver qualified to AEC-Q100 Grade 1 test guidelines, making it the first such device usable in "under-the-hood" high-temperature automotive applications.
MEMS Sensor Hub Goes All-in-One
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11/11/2014   5 comments
PNI Sensor Corp. offers all-in-one sensor hub including the MEMS sensors and bifurcates into two companies.
A Breeding Ground for French Startups
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Feeligreen, with its electronic dermapatch, was among the startups from France showcased at a recent event.
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.
Spansion’s Foray Into e.MMC Market
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Spansion has rolled out a family of “industrial-grade” embedded MultiMediaCard memory products by using its high-density MLC NAND flash. The company is playing catchup with Micron and Toshiba.
Gizmo 2 SBC for Embedded Systems & Maker-Pro DIYers
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11/11/2014   18 comments
The Gizmo 2 is an extremely powerful CPU+GPU-based open-source platform for embedded systems and DIY programmers wanting to take things to the next level.
CogniVue, Fraunhofer Debut Supersmall Camera at Electronica
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11/11/2014   3 comments
Fraunhofer's driver-assist microcamera, exhibited this week at Electronica in Munich, uses CogniVue's image processing technology and a Freescale Semiconductor image cognition processor based on CogniVue's IP.
Sensors See Gestures, Barcodes
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11/11/2014   3 comments
AMS AG announced a new family of intelligent sensors for gesture control at this week's Electronica in Germany. The next-generation TMG399x line adds sensing functionality and barcode emulation for mobile and other consumer electronics.
Cypress Jumps on BLE Bandwagon
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11/11/2014   6 comments
Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers discussed his new PSoC microcontrollers supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and a $9 node for what he calls the Internet of Plants.
Dell Research Updates Progress
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11/10/2014   2 comments
A year after its formation, Dell’s research arm is making strides in communications and focus on big data in medicine. Dell Research head Jai Menon talks future development in mobility, security, and machine learning.
Dense Flash Arrays Find New Niches
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11/10/2014   1 comment
Skyera's latest all-flash array is an example of how lower prices, as compared to spinning disks, are not the only factor driving adoption of flash arrays inside and outside the data center.
Vehicle-to-X Tech: 1,300km Drive Starts at Electronica
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11/10/2014   Post a comment
A large practical test of the Vehicle-to-X (V2X) communication technology in the form of a European road trip starts on Nov. 11 from electronica conference in Europe.
TSMC Predicts Next Big Thing
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11/10/2014   5 comments
With MEMS and CMOS on same chip, sourced from a single well-oiled supply chain offering dirt-cheap prices, innovators will create the "next big thing." One-stop shopping at a semiconductor manufacturer is the future, says TSMC.
Is ASE No Longer a ‘Serial Polluter’?
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11/10/2014   Post a comment
ASE, the world’s largest assembly/test company, received a guilty verdict last month for dumping wastewater containing strong acids and heavy metals into the Houjing River. ASE’s CEO blames the Taiwan government for not improving industry regulation.
PowerVR Guns for AMD, Nvidia
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11/10/2014   11 comments
Imagination Technologies' latest PowerVR Series 7 graphics cores sport a host of new features, including the ability to play in notebooks, consoles, and servers.
NXP's Ultra-Low-Power LPC54100 MCUs for Always-On Sensor Apps
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11/7/2014   18 comments
LPC54100 MCUs boast dual processors: a Cortex-M0+ for listening, data aggregation, and management functions, and a Cortex-M4F for math-intensive sensor fusion algorithms.
Smart Battery Charges Up for IoT
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11/7/2014   11 comments
Startup Roost is developing a new twist on the Internet of Things -- a smart, networked battery that will put existing smoke alarms on home WiFi networks.
Globalfoundries Wins Design Partner
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11/6/2014   8 comments
Invecas, an IP core and SoC design firm formed by combining two companies and a small group of ex-IBMers, has set up shop exclusively supporting Globalfoundries, which is racing to deliver 14nm FinFET node.
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.
Power Week: Compact Fusion Energy About to Happen?
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11/6/2014   15 comments
Lockheed Martin is working on a compact fusion reactor the size of a jet engine that it says can be developed and deployed in under a decade.
TI to Open 300mm Wafer Bumping Facility in Chengdu
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11/6/2014   2 comments
TI will open a 300mm wafer bumping facility in Chengdu, China. The company described the move as the third leg of a “long-term China strategy,” unveiled in 2010, to establish production facilities in China.
Sensor Fusion Goes Open-Source
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11/6/2014   8 comments
A new industry group has formed to simplify the process by which sensor data is synthesized. The Accelerated Innovation Community is an open-source algorithm cooperative dedicated to improving the accuracy of sensors.
Big Data Goes Unicorn Hunting
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11/6/2014   6 comments
In today's big data era, the U.S. is starving for data scientists, according to panelists at Dell World here.
China Owes Us, Qualcomm Says
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11/5/2014   18 comments
In an otherwise glowing quarterly financial report, Qualcomm said China device makers are not reporting hundreds of millions in sales to avoid royalties.
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.
BlackEnergy Malware Targeting Industrial Control
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11/5/2014   8 comments
Department of Homeland Security warns that human-machine interface on industrial control systems is target of a persistent malware campaign.
Smart Wall Focuses Scattered RF Signal
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11/5/2014   Post a comment
Have you ever experienced bad radio communication? Struggling to find the right spot at home? Are you making the most of a faint signal to place a phone call?
Superconductivity Predicted by Supercomputer
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11/5/2014   4 comments
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has started manufacturing the military grade MAXL-OL-2000 MEMS-based accelerometer family for fabless chip company Physical Logic AG (Zurich, Switzerland) using a thick-film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of its 180nm modular MEMS process.
Fabless Pipsqueaks Grow Up
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11/5/2014   14 comments
The trade association of fabless semiconductor companies celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, declaring victory in its goal to establish its sector and the business model behind it.
Chip Market Growth Continues to Slow in September
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11/4/2014   1 comment
For the fourth consecutive month the annual growth in the global semiconductor market slowed in September.
ST's Small 6-Axis IMU a Big Move Into Automotive
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11/4/2014   1 comment
STMicroelectronics has synchronized an accelerometer and a gyroscope on the world's smallest 6-axis inertial measurement unit.
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.
DARPA Gets Guinness Record for World's First THz Amp
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11/3/2014   5 comments
DARPA and Northrop Grumman Corporation break the communications equivalent of the sound barrier with a terahertz amplifier and now they have a Guinness World Record to prove it.
IoT Data Must Be Prioritized
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11/3/2014   2 comments
The proliferation of Internet of Things devices may contribute to the big data onslaught, but ultimately this growth of information to be processed by memory and flash must be triaged like any other incoming data.
Imagination Takes On Nvidia
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11/3/2014   4 comments
Imagination Technologies is developing technology to link hundreds of MIPS and PowerVR cores.
Chinese Startup Halves Cost of SSD
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11/3/2014   16 comments
Sage Microelectronics is shipping an SSD controller IC capable of up to 5 terabytes on a single PCB with a standard 2.5 inch form factor.
Startups, Robots Drive YC Founder
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10/31/2014   2 comments
Trevor Blackwell, co-founder of seminal startup accelerator Y Combinator, shares thoughts on his passion for startups, robotics, and software.
China Blamed for Microchip Dip
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10/30/2014   4 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending Sept. 30. Officials said the company's decrease in sales is a reflection of the economic climate in China rather than internal issues.
Why Xiaomi Is World's 3rd Largest Mobile Co.
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10/30/2014   28 comments
Xiaomi's emergence as world's third largest smartphone vendor makes us ask how the rules have changed in global smartphone market.
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