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5G Makes Waves for Asia Giants
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4/27/2015   Post a comment
The recent 5G Forum USA, held in Palo Alto, Calif., brought together researchers and executives from major telcos and universities to discuss next generation communications for multiple markets. Representatives from several Asian communications giants discussed was radio communications and virtual networks will help ease the transition to 5G.
QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung
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4/23/2015   3 comments
Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
Smartwatch Uptick in Mobile Slump
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4/23/2015   3 comments
Smartwatches could grow to sales of 400 million units a year by 2019 when smartphone and tablet sales slump to single-digit levels, said a market watcher.
NFC Makes e-Ink Fashionable
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4/22/2015   Post a comment
Take a flexible e-Ink display foil, shape it and turn it into a wearable accessory, then control the black & white display using your smartphone through an NFC connection, uploading any design to match your outfit.
China Handsets Lift Broadcom Sales
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4/21/2015   Post a comment
Broadcom today reported better than expected results for the first quarter of 2015, with revenue driven by high-end smartphone and broadband access markets.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
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4/21/2015   6 comments
We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
Wearable Cameras Next Boom Market for Image Sensors
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Annual shipments of wearable cameras will surpass 30 million units by 2020 according to market research firm Tractica.
Making Wireless LoRa Design Easier, Faster
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4/20/2015   1 comment
Microchip has a pre-certified coin-cell sized module to accelerate deployment of LoRa wireless networks.
Transceiver Supports Dual 2.4 GHz IoT Networks
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Industrial applications, home automation, and the like often need multiple networks to be active. This transceiver helps bridge them.
MINI Giving Drivers a Peek at 'Augmented Reality'
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4/19/2015   7 comments
Although most drivers have yet to embrace the idea of head-up displays on windshields, MINI is leapfrogging to the next phase of futuristic motoring, with its introduction this week of AR eyewear – powered by Qualcomm
TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion
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4/16/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is cutting its planned capital expenditure for this year by $1 billion, citing improvements in capital efficiency and a faster-than-expected migration to its leading-edge 16nm process technology.
Odds of Success of Mie Fujitsu, Japan’s Pure-Play Foundry
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4/16/2015   2 comments
Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor is a foundry born from Fujitsu’s lack of any better options. Its genesis raises questions about the odds of Mie Fujitsu’s survival. We asked Mie Fujitsu President hard questions.
NFC Tags Check Food Freshness
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4/16/2015   Post a comment
In December last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had designed simple gas sensors relying on nanotubes-based chemiresistors (electrical circuits whose resistance changes when exposed to a particular chemical).
Data Centers Drive SDN, Bandwidth
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4/16/2015   2 comments
A Microsoft engineer described two new networking initiatives Web-scale engineers are driving to lower costs and get more bandwidth.
Nokia, AlcaLu Leapfrog Huawei
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4/15/2015   4 comments
Wireless is the likely target of layoffs after Nokia bid $16.6 billion for Alcatel-Lucent to create the world’s second largest telecom vendor.
Apple Buys Array Camera Firm LinX
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Apple has acquired Israeli startup LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., the developer of an array camera for mobile equipment, for a purchase price estimated at about $20 million.
Imagination Tunes in Wi-Fi, BT
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies hopes to leverage the communications experience of its Ensigma division to bring low power wireless connection to Internet of Things and wearable devices. Imagination hopes its built-for-IoT IP will prove valuable in a market that currently uses dumbed-down mobile chips
Module Makes BLE a Drop-In Design Element
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4/14/2015   6 comments
The EZ-BLE radio module is fully self-contained, making Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity easy to add.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age
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4/14/2015   6 comments
Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Taiwan Chipmakers Prepare to Transport Water as Drought Worsens
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4/10/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest chip foundry, and other chipmakers on the island say they are prepared to ship water supplies to their fabs here if drought conditions worsen.
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec
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4/10/2015   14 comments
V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
Sony Tips Billion-Dollar Capex for Stacked Image Sensors
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Sony Corp. has announced an additional $375 million of spending planned for the 2015 fiscal year to further increase its ability to manufacture stacked CMOS image sensors.
On Semi Wins Image Sensor Slot
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
A tear down of the Hero entry-level sports camera from GoPro Inc. by market research firm IHS Technology reveals that Hero is based on the A7LS34 image processing chip from Amberella Inc. and a CMOS image sensor from Aptina, now part of On Semi.
Intel's 'Plans' for Atom x3 in IoT/Wearables, Bargain Smartphones
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4/9/2015   1 comment
Intel's Developer Forum in Shenzhen kicked off a major effort to woo Chinese firms and developers to Atom for wearables, mobiles and IoT.
Nokia Demos 10 Gbits on High Frequency
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4/9/2015   8 comments
Nokia Networks will demonstrate several next-generation cellular communications strategies at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, highlighting 10 Gbit/second data rates on over high frequencies. The Summit is co-hosted by NYU Wireless and Nokia to bring together wireless/mobile research and development leaders from around the world.
Samsung Galaxy S6: A New Slate
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Samsung has invested in maturing its Shannon architecture and as such has ousted Qualcomm and others as the phone’s core chipset and system architecture, says analyst team at Teardown.com.
RTG4 -- Latest Family of Radiation-Tolerant FPGAs from Microsemi
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Typical uses for RTG4 FPGAs include remote sensing space payloads, such as radar, imaging and spectrometry in civilian, scientific and commercial applications.
IC Insights Halves Sensor Growth Forecast
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights Inc. has more than halved the growth it expects to see in the sensors and actuators semiconductor category during 2015 and 2016.
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
Ziptronix Inc., a developer and provider of low-temperature direct bonding interconnect (DBI) technology for 3D integration, has announced a patent licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for the application of its technology to image sensors.
Thread, ZigBee Knit IoT Stacks
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4/2/2015   4 comments
The Thread group and the ZigBee Alliance will define a spec to run the application-level Zigbee Cluster Library over native–IP Thread networks.
10 Apple Acquisitions: What Do They Mean?
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
Apple has a habit of buying tech companies. Let's look at its most recent acquisitions and in what ways each might enhance the company's future.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
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4/1/2015   3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Why MediaTek Pushes Cross-Device Sharing
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3/30/2015   5 comments
MediaTek is creating a technology, called CrossMount, that will link and share software and hardware resources of televisions and handheld devices in ways that would fulfill their unrealized potential. What’s behind the Taiwanese IC giant’s ambition?
OFC: Facebook Engineer Wants Silicon Photonics Now
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3/30/2015   Post a comment
At the annual panel session for editors and analysts, an engineer from Facebook pushed engineers from suppliers to lower costs while at the same time increasing data rates.
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs?
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3/30/2015   5 comments
Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
Linux Seeks Security, Unity
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3/27/2015   3 comments
Linux needs greater security, unity and interoperability to meet its potential in the emerging Internet of Things said speakers at the Embedded Linux Conference.
OFC: Transceiver Module Spec Prevents Mismatching
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
A keyed CDFP optical module prevents cables from being plugged into the wrong receptacle.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
OFC: Networks Cost Too Much
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3/25/2015   9 comments
At OFC 2015, Pradeep Sindhu of Juniper Networks told attendees that networks must change to a lower-cost business model.
Ericsson on Power: We Need To Rethink Structure
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
Next-generation cellular communications will require a drastic reduction in energy consumption, something researchers at Ericsson are calling “ultra-lean transmission.” A focus on power management software could alleviate some of these issues.
Tektronix Returns to the High-speed Oscilloscope Game
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3/24/2015   Post a comment
With the introduction of the DPO7000SX, Tektronix gets back in the oscilloscope bandwidth race, quelling speculation the the company was lagging behind competitors.
Optical Specs Plug Into Data Center
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft’s data center group is leading a new effort to define interfaces to plug optical cables directly into server and switch boards.
Apple A9 Orders Pivot to TSMC
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3/23/2015   1 comment
Apple will ramp up production of A9 for its yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6S. Originally, a majority of A9 orders were said to have gone to Samsung, but sources say TSMC snatched Apple A9 orders from Samsung on yield issues.
Sensor Network on Board of ISS Secures Air Quality
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Environmental conditions such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, and air composition are vital for the life at the International Space Station (ISS). To collect these data at high accuracy and reliability, the German aerospace research centre DLR and Airbus Defence & Space developed and installed the Wise-Net wireless sensor network at the ISS; the measurement campaign was more successful than expected.
New Usecases Broaden Mobile ID, NFC
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3/20/2015   Post a comment
Strong smartcard and mobile ID solutions can help provide secure access and identification for devices, services, and official documents.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA
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3/20/2015   2 comments
Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
MediaTek Sees IoT as Its Next Growth Driver
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3/19/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, Taiwan’s largest chip designer, says it expects IoT to become its next big growth driver once the smartphone business starts to lose steam.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
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3/19/2015   5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
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