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ARM Extends Into IoT Software
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
ARM has announced plans for IoT device and cloud software under its mbed platform that is already making waves with embedded software vendors.
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.
MediaTek May Narrow Qualcomm’s Lead in China’s 4G Market
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10/1/2014   1 comment
MediaTek has a chance to narrow Qualcomm’s lead in China’s 4G smartphone market with the launch of a new octo-core processor in the first quarter of 2015.
Google, Silicon Labs Mesh for ZigBee-Like Protocol
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9/30/2014   5 comments
Google's Nest-led Thread Group is meeting at its campus in Mountain View to unveil Thread's IP-enabled low-power network, its protocol and software stack that can run on today's 802.15.4 products.
LPDDR3 Is A Half-Step
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9/30/2014   Post a comment
The rapid evolution of smartphones drove the quick adoption of LPDDR3, but its successor is more thought out and will take over relatively quickly.
Telecom Capex to Fall 2% in 2015
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9/30/2014   4 comments
Telecom carriers are expected to shave their capital spending on base stations and other gear in 2015, a new Dell'Oro Group report says.
HP Ships First ARM Servers
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9/29/2014   28 comments
Hewlett-Packard is shipping its first mainstream commercial servers using the 64-bit X-Gene ARM-based SoCs from Applied Micro and TI’s 32-bit Keystone II with PayPal among its users.
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.
Radios Tune Up for 5G
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9/26/2014   5 comments
5G cellular is expected to drive work in a couple new air interfaces, massive MIMO antennas, millimeter-wave frequencies, and Gbit-class LTE, but many hurdles lie ahead, say wireless experts.
Ericsson Dials Up Software, Services
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9/25/2014   Post a comment
To secure its place in a highly networked future, Ericsson has realigned its business to focus on software and services rather than hardware.
Tire Sensor for Industrial Trucks Solves a Burning Problem
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9/25/2014   1 comment
A research project of the Hannover University is currently developing a sensor system that enables operators to monitor the conditions of the tires on industrial trucks.
PZT Making Waves in MEMS
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9/25/2014   Post a comment
ST's announcement that it is offering a piezo-MEMS manufacturing process catapults the company to the front of a wave of uptake for the technology.
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.
Smart Clothes Seek Slim Electronics
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9/25/2014   8 comments
Smart shirt makers such as Hexoskin are getting traction, especially with athletes, but they need lower-power chips and better manufacturing processes for integrating sensors.
Broadcom Beefs Up Switch for SDN
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9/24/2014   3 comments
Broadcom will pack 7 billion transistors and 480 Mbits memory into its next generation Ethernet switch chip, the Strata XGS Tomahawk, targeting software-defined networks for rapidly expanding data centers.
NXP Beats Qualcomm, Gets First V2V Design Win
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9/23/2014   4 comments
The future of car-to-car communication in the United States is getting more real, now that Delphi Automotive has become the first Tier 1 to supply car-to-car communications modules to General Motors' 2017 Cadillac models.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips
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9/23/2014   2 comments
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
Backlash Coming on Car-to-Car Talk?
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9/18/2014   43 comments
Vehicle-to-vehicle communications will be mandated in the US, but public comments show concerns about V2V's security and privacy.
Consumers Expect Full In-Car Connectivity
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9/17/2014   20 comments
Drivers worldwide increasingly expect their cars to be “the next connected space,” a seamless extension to their already connected homes and offices, according to a global consumer study conducted by GfK.
iPhone 6 Future Revealed
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9/17/2014   7 comments
Apple's new bigger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are not just bigger, but have opened up the software door for interoperability among cooperating apps.
Open-Silicon Speeds ASIC/SoC Development for 100G Networks
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
Open-Silicon has just announced a complete 28Gbps SerDes evaluation platform including a board, test chip, and characterization data.
Cavium Attacks B'com in Switches
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9/16/2014   3 comments
Cavium aims to leapfrog networking giant Broadcom with new Ethernet switches from its acquisition of Xpliant, which has both a novel chip and approach to semiconductor startups.
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   40 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.
Intel Buys Powerwave Patents
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9/12/2014   5 comments
Intel acquired more than 1,400 patents and patent applications from Powerwave Technologies. The company purchased the patent portfolio for an undisclosed amount from an affiliate of The Gores Group, which obtained the patents following Powerwave's bankruptcy.
Mars Probe Looks for Atmosphere 'Lost in Space'
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9/12/2014   2 comments
NASA's latest Martian probe is fast approaching the Red Planet to begin exploring its upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind to determine why our once-watery planetary neighbor has evolved into a barren, frozen world.
2 Years of Plenty Coming for Chip Industry
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9/11/2014   3 comments
Amid an abundance of market opportunities both in terms of applications and regions, the chip market is showing clear signs of a recovery, according to Malcolm Penn, CEO and principle analyst with market research firm Future Horizons.
5G Research Rides MM Waves
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9/11/2014   Post a comment
Connectivity is difficult in dense urban areas, but using higher frequencies will be the answer to connectivity issues, with 5G in full use by 2020. Following an “enormous response” by attendees at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, researchers at NYU Wireless are furthering their investigation into the 5G spectrum and millimeter wave frequencies.
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.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes
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9/10/2014   5 comments
Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
Apple Unveils Watch, iPhone 6
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9/9/2014   10 comments
Apple dives into wearables, debuts two new iPhones -- and promises to revolutionize mobile payments with Apple Pay.
GM Spurs Development of Automated Driving
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9/9/2014   17 comments
General Motors wants to take the lead in highly automated driving: While European carmakers pursue rather long-term plans with automated driving, the US carmaker changes to the fast lane.
Intel Xeon Boosts Workstation & Servers
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9/9/2014   5 comments
Intel said at its developer conference that it has upgraded its Xeon processors for workstations and servers to version three, and that the new Xeons, with 22nm 3D Tri-Gate technology and "per-core" dynamic regulation, have broken world performance records.
JEDEC Releases Wide I/O 2 Mobile DRAM Standard
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9/9/2014   Post a comment
Following the recent release of the LPDDR4 spec, JEDEC publishes its Wide I/O 2 mobile DRAM standard for 3D memory devices.
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.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G
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9/8/2014   4 comments
Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G SerDes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
Smartwatch Dev Kit: TI Chronos Not Just for Goal-Line Tech
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9/8/2014   14 comments
With smartwatches becoming all the rage, we decided to tear into TI's Chronos development kit to see what makes them tick.
NFC: Locking iPhone Users In
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9/8/2014   26 comments
The biggest game-changer iPhone 6 is expected to bring is a breakthrough Apple has negotiated with mobile carriers, banks, and credit card companies.
B’com Upgrades WiFi, BT Combo
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9/5/2014   2 comments
roadcom announced a next-generation WiFi 2x2 Multiple Input Multiple Output combo chip for mobile devices. The BCM4358 chipset aims to improve user experience on various connected devices by partitioning Bluetooth and WiFi communications.
Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm
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9/4/2014   9 comments
Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
6 Things I Expect at IDF
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9/4/2014   5 comments
The annual Intel Developer Conference will put a spotlight on the Internet of Things, Broadwell processors, 14nm process technology, new server CPUs and hopefully more.
Can Curved AMOLED Give Samsung a Clear Edge?
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9/4/2014   4 comments
Samsung springs a surprise at IFA 2014 in Berlin by revealing the Galaxy Note Edge, a curved 2,560 x 1,440-pixel AMOLED phablet with a wraparound screen that can display notifications, icons, and news scrolling like a ticker.
Consumer-Driven Surveillance Takes Shape
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9/4/2014   Post a comment
Although recording a crime does not prevent it from happening, banks, shop owners, city administrators, and law enforcement agencies all take for granted that more video surveillance equals more security.
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.
Nokia Upgrades LTE-A Systems
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9/3/2014   2 comments
Nokia today announced upgrades to its network that would allow operators to migrate WiMAX networks to TD-LTE-Advanced. The company’s 3.5 GHz carrier aggregation capable radio with new TD-LTE-Advanced features aims to smooth the transition to more advanced networks as well as improve service in dense user environments.
50G Ethernet Debate Brewing
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9/3/2014   11 comments
The Ethernet Alliance will host a discussion on the future of Ethernet at which engineers are expected to debate the need for a 50G standard, among other issues.
Anatomy of an ARM Server Chip
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9/2/2014   3 comments
Four out of the top five server IC companies prefer ARM. The server market bloodied ARM in recent years, but ARM is bouncing back with help from the popularity of the ARMv8 64-bit architecture.
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.
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