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Archer Supercomputer Is Fastest in UK
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4/11/2014   4 comments
The University of Edinburgh has installed a Cray XC30-based supercomputer, which is now the fastest supercomputer in England.
Optical Diode Reverses Time, Making Photo-Based IC Possible
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4/11/2014   4 comments
According to new research coming from Washington University, parity-time symmetry leads to optical diodes that will fit on microchip.
NASA Releases 1,000 Apps to Public
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4/11/2014   6 comments
Space agency makes more than 1,000 free apps available for public use, covering tasks from project management to image processing.
Jobs Saved at Micron Italy: Reports
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4/11/2014   5 comments
After a contentious month of back-and-forth between management and workers, Micron has agreed to keep most of the jobs at its Italian facility. Instead of 418 job cuts, the company plans to trim about 50 positions.
The Ampere, Redefined
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4/11/2014   23 comments
As the International Conference on Measures and Weights looks to agree on a new definition of the ampere, as one of the three basic dimensions of electricity, German researchers have devised a means to measure it.
Chip Experts Cautiously Optimistic
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4/10/2014   14 comments
Scaling looks good down to 5nm but the outlook is dim for alternative technologies such as FD-SOI and mixed for 450mm wafers, experts say.
ARM TechCon 2014 Call for Speaking Proposals Now Open!
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4/10/2014   Post a comment
ARM TechCon marks its 10th amazing year this October 1 through October 3, in Santa Clara, Calif., and the annual call for papers has now opened with a close of May 15.
Power Week-in-Review: 30s Smartphone Charge, Compact EV Motor Prototype & Class-D Driver
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4/10/2014   1 comment
This week, a smartphone battery that recharges in 30 seconds, a compact EV motor that weighs 77 kg and fits in a notebook backpack, a Class-D audio driver IC, and more.
Biomedical Sensors Analyze Vascular Deposits
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4/10/2014   2 comments
A new European program, called ESSENCE, looks to combine electrical engineering and healthcare expertise to create sensors for a range of medical applications.
Cisco, TI Expand IoT Partnerships
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4/10/2014   4 comments
Cisco launches an IoT startup challenge while Texas Instruments names eight companies as the first of a set of IoT cloud service partners.
The LED Patent Landscape
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4/10/2014   1 comment
A new report finds that Philips and Cree hold the highest-quality patents when it comes to LEDs. Samsung and LG are also major patent holders.
Freescale Upgrades Small-Cell SoC
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4/10/2014   1 comment
At its annual trade show, Freescale Technology Forum, Freescale Semiconductor debuted its next generation SoC for multi-standard wireless base stations. Developed in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, the QorIQ Qonverge B4860 chip is designed for widespread deployment in dense metropolitan areas.
Freescale Takes Floating-Point Microcontroller Under 80 Cents
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4/10/2014   2 comments
Freescale's ARM Cortex M4 floating-point microcontrollers bring the price to less than $1 for bulk orders.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’
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4/10/2014   10 comments
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
DMM Shows Differences in Real, Fake & Good Substitute Apple Cables
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4/10/2014   2 comments
Tests show the invisible ways that knockoff cables are made, but name brand cable makers do a good job.
Slideshow: 10 Things I Saw at Bluetooth World
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4/9/2014   4 comments
Bluetooth is moving into the Internet of Things in a big way with mesh technology on the horizon and plenty of traction in wearables.
Amino-Acid Semiconductors Promise Fast Phone Charging
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4/9/2014   4 comments
At a recent Microsoft showcase in Tel Aviv, startup firm StoreDot showed a new system for charging devices using organic polymer materials rather than traditional silicon.
Opal Kelly's Pins Soothe the Pain
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
If you are using Opal Kelly modules in your designs, then the Pins application is going to make your life much easier.
ARM Moves to LLVM Open-Source for Future Compilers
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In move away from proprietary technology, ARM plans to move any future compilers it develops into the open-source community through the LLVM license.
Dutch Woman Gets 3D-Printed Skull
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The new technology of 3D printing continues to expand into new areas. In this case, doctors in the Netherlands were able to create a new skull for a patient.
ISPD-14 Focuses on FinFETs, Security, Supply Chain
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
The 2014 International Symposium on Physical Design explored many areas in the development of next-generation integrated circuits. In addition to securing the chip supply chain and the latest FinFET developments, the discussion looked at cyberphysical system design.
High-Speed Memory: 6 Technologies to Watch
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4/9/2014   3 comments
When it comes to high-speed memory, what are the hot technologies that can’t afford to ignore? Here are six trends to follow, from DDR4 to the latest in SRAM.
Sony Curves Images Sensors & TSMC Stacks Them
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
At an upcoming conference, Sony and TSMC will present papers that detail new developments in sensor manufacturing and development technologies.
Freescale Tech Lab: Photo Collage
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4/9/2014   1 comment
Welcome to Freescale's tech lab. Here are some of the interesting things we saw on the first day of Freescale Technology Forum 2014.
Apple Lays Out Case for $2B Penalty
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4/9/2014   11 comments
An Apple expert testified why he believes Samsung owes the iPhone maker $2B+ in damages and could be liable for three times that amount.
Chip Market Grew 5% in 2013, Says Gartner
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The worldwide semiconductor market hit $315 billion in revenue in 2013, thanks to robust demand for memory technology. Intel held the top spot, despite a drop in revenue.
The Man Behind pcDuino
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4/8/2014   7 comments
The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
DCD's (Good Old) 68HC08 MCU Is Going Strong
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4/8/2014   1 comment
The latest version of DCD's binary-compatible 68HC08 8-bit MCU IP core -- the DF6808 – can perform up to 100 million instructions per second.
New High-Efficiency Power Solution for Altera's High-Performance FPGAs
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The combination of Altera’s new ET4040 power conversion solution and high-end FPGAs offer systems designers the high-density, high-efficiency power conversion they require.
QuickLogic's Sensor Hub IDE & Dev Board Speeds Customization
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The sensor hub IDE and development board support easy sensor bring-up, sensor algorithm development, and real-time board-level debug for quicker time-to-market.
Silicon Motion Expands FerriSSD Line, Adds eMMC
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
Embedded memory offerings are aimed at commercial and industrial applications that are temperature sensitive and require longevity and reliability.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 & 808 Chips Boost Network Capabilities
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4/8/2014   4 comments
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 and 808 processors will be the highest-performing yet from the company, will offer the ability to aggregate LTE networks, and could deliver 300 Mbit/s. However, carriers would have to support the technology first.
Apple Puts Android on Hot Seat
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4/8/2014   12 comments
Apple examined details of Google's Android code in testimony Monday as part of its patent infringement case against Samsung.
Freescale Grabs Mindspeed's ARM
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Freescale Semiconductor will purchase the CPE communications processor business of Mindspeed Technologies, which includes a series of ARM-based multicore embedded processors and associated software.
Global Chip Sales Rose 11.4% in February
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4/8/2014   1 comment
The increase was the largest year-over-year increase in three years, according to SIA.
B'com, Freescale Clash in Comms
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4/8/2014   7 comments
With their latest SoCs, Freescale and Broadcom are going head-to-head to capture sockets in communications systems aimed at software-defined networking.
Micron Reorg Focuses on 4 Key Businesses
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4/7/2014   4 comments
During its recent earnings report, Micron executives announced a company-wide reorganization that will focus resources on four key businesses: computing and networking, mobile, storage, and embedded.
Steve Jobs's Email Revealed
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4/7/2014   15 comments
An email from Steve Jobs outlining his views on Apple's priorities for 2011 was released by Samsung as part of evidence in a patent infringement trial.
New Saleae Logic Analyzer Family Combines Digital & Analog
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4/7/2014   18 comments
This new logic analyzer family from Saleae distinguishes itself from the original product line by incorporating analog measurement capabilities.
ARM Endorses Open-Source Sensor Platform
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4/7/2014   Post a comment
Billed as first open-source software to streamline designing sensor hubs, Sensor Platforms Inc. launches Open Sensor Platform with powerful ally in ARM.
Gesture Flaw Makes Google's Nest Halt Sale of Smoke Alarms
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4/7/2014   12 comments
Nest Labs is halting sales of its Nest Protect product after finding flaws with a gesture recognition feature. Google recently bought the company for $3.2 billion.
Samsung Researchers Celebrate Promising Graphene Breakthrough
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4/7/2014   4 comments
A new manufacturing technique could accelerate use of the world's strongest material in computers and other products.
Honda Tests System That Warns Drivers of Traffic Signals
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4/7/2014   8 comments
Speed/brake recommendations on dash to help drivers save gas, make more green lights.
Samsung S5 Teardown: Loaded With Sensors
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4/7/2014   8 comments
Samsung's Galaxy S5 has next version Exynos and the SuperAMOLED display, among a Teardown.com previews their teardown.
As Moore’s Law Slows, Open Hardware Rises
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4/6/2014   5 comments
"We're just at the point where open hardware might have an impact opportunity," said EE Live! keynoter Bunnie Huang, speaking on the future of Moore’s Law and heirloom hardware.
ACE Awards 2014 Celebrate Ecosystem
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4/6/2014   1 comment
AQuantia wins company of the year, AMD's Lisa Su wins executive of the year at EE Times and EDN's ACE Awards ceremony on Tuesday night; Jack Ganssle and ISSCC' Ken Smith and Laura Fujino also honored for achievement.
Apple, Samsung Allege Copying
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4/4/2014   4 comments
Apple showed Samsung reports detailing plans to copy a patented slide-to-unlock feature; Samsung countered with emails from Steve Jobs on Google.
NIST Sets New Time Standard
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4/4/2014   8 comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a new atomic clock time standard that is three times as accurate as the existing standard.
Electronics That Dissolve on Schedule
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4/4/2014   7 comments
The biggest trick in making circuits that dissolve is being able to control how long they stick around.
InvenSense, Sonion Collaborate on Hearing Aid Microphones
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InvenSense, which manufactures MEMS microphones, is now working with hearing aid maker Sonion to add microphones to different hearing applications.
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