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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   4 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   2 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.
Marvell Touts MoChi, FLC in Shanghai
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3/17/2015   6 comments
The president of Marvell painted broad strokes about its Final-Level Cache memories and a new interconnect technology called MoChi during a keynote in Shanghai. She described them as basic building blocks for the company’s newly proposed scalable SoCs.
Counterfeit SD Card Problem is Widespread
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3/17/2015   5 comments
Many consumers and corporate buyers find great deals online for SD cards, but find out too late they are counterfeit. Vendors have no real avenue to combat the problem.
ams and ST Team Up to Secure NFC Mobile Payments
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3/16/2015   1 comment
There are some problems and security issues with NFC. ams AG and STMicroelectronics have collaborated to introduce an NFC system reference design that assures easy, reliable and secure contactless transactions while suiting the form factor of mobile and wearable devices.
5G Challenges Ahead, Experts Say
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3/13/2015   4 comments
5G was undoubtedly a hot topic at Mobile World Congress, with industry officials and vendors excited about the next-generation communications system. A bevy of legal and economic requirements, however, may temper a bit of the excitement.
PC Drop & iPhone Rumors Color Intel Forecast
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3/13/2015   9 comments
Intel’s forecast warning raise the issue of its ability to diversify its business. A recent report that Intel’s LTE modems “getting into iPhones in 2016” stirred some noise, but it’s still a rumor at this point.
Smart Glasses Go To Work
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3/12/2015   1 comment
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
Marvell CEO: The Tinkerer at The Top
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3/12/2015   10 comments
Marvell CEO has been obsessed with a computer architecture that’s unchanged for decades. Why must its progress depend on more memory and faster CPU? “We are going to fix it for once and all.”
Sigfox, Sequans: Tale of Two French IoT Firms
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3/11/2015   4 comments
There is an underlying thread in both 5G and IoT: Diversification. Diversified networks, network topologies and network infrastructures are necessary to enable both. Carriers realize that there will be no one-size-fits-all network for either 5G or IoT.
Taking on Industrial IoT with Real-Time DDS
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3/11/2015   1 comment
Building on its experience in high reliability Data Distribution Services for the military/aerospace market, Prismtech launchs a "DDS for things" platform for networked devices requiring real-time, deterministic delivery.
SanDisk, Samsung Ramp Up Smartphone Performance
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3/10/2015   Post a comment
SanDisk is overprovisioning TLC NAND to be formatted as SLC where needed, while Samsung speeds up performance using UFS 2.0; both have increased storage capacity to handle more multimedia
Infineon: Why It's Back at MWC
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3/10/2015   1 comment
Since 2011, when it sold its wireless business to Intel, Infineon’s name – along with its baseband and RF technologies — has faded into the memory of the mobile world. But they are back in Barcelona this week. Why?
Intel's 1st Xeon SoC Twists ARM
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3/9/2015   23 comments
Intel hopes it first Xeon SoC -- the D-1500 -- will be an ARM killer in the micro server market.
Samsung Acquires YESCO to Strengthen LED Display Expertise
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
Sign of the times: Acquisition reinforces Samsung’s entry into the LED display market.
EU's 5G Vision Gets Clearer, Still Fragmented
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3/6/2015   Post a comment
The European Commission’s new digital boss, Günther H. Oettinger, praises advances in 5G since the introduction of the 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G-PPP)
MWC Wrap-Up: 15 Curious Things We Spotted
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3/6/2015   12 comments
The Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show. What we saw ranged from foldable “connected” electric bicycle to connected car keys, a Project Ara Phone, M2M and lots of slideware for the 5G network.
Low-Power Wireless MCUs Proliferate
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Wireless device developers now have a new range of RF options that are low-power and easy to design with.
5G Researchers Seek Spectrum
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Next generation cellular communications will need to exist in current frequency bands as well as ultra-dense networks that stretch from below 6 GHz to 100 GHz in order to serve a variety of use cases and industries. For some industry officials, standardization can't come soon enough.
IBM Slumps, Cisco Gains In 2014 Server Sales
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Gartner annual report on server shipments and revenue sees Cisco, Lenovo gaining share, IBM, HP losing ground.
Spectrum, 5G in MWC Spotlight
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3/3/2015   1 comment
To avoid a massive and unruly cellular frequency shakeup, a panel experts from the cellular, satellite, broadcasting, and networking industries discussed at the Mobile World Congress how to best use spectrum, especially for 5G cellular.
Rohde & Schwarz Highlights 5G Tester at MWC
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
To support designers and developers in research activities, Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has developed a test setup for bandwidth-hungry applications in the millimeter wave range.
Telcos Demand 'Digital Neutrality'
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3/2/2015   8 comments
Telco operators at Mobile World Congress called for a “level playing field” with apps/service providers such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better
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3/2/2015   13 comments
The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
Base Stations Go Virtual, Flexible
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Several major players in the base station market have are trying to solve the problem of increasing data rates and the need for speed with a variety of configurable small and macro cells. Alcatel-Lucent, Aquantia, and Qualcomm each announced chip sets and software that harness new cellular bands and spectrum.
Freescale Unveils Vision SoC for Accident-Free Cars
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Freescale has unveiled an automotive vision system-on-chip. Besides advanced vision algorithms and sensor data fusion features, the new SoC provides protection against external wireless attacks, a much needed feature in the era of “Connected Cars.”
Freescale, Cisco, Ciena Give Nod to FD-SOI
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3/1/2015   52 comments
Freescale, Cisco and Ciena have defied the general skepticism of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator by revealing their own experience with the process technology, creating expectations that more companies might follow.
MediaTek Sails Uncharted Waters With CrossMount
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3/1/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek has revealed a new cross-device sharing technology called “CrossMount.” With the proposal of a new industry standard that’s royalty-free and open to all comers, MediaTek sails uncharted waters.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps
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2/27/2015   1 comment
Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
IoT Terrain Still Shifting
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2/27/2015   3 comments
The Internet of Things continues to fragment with competing networks and frameworks from 6LoWPAN to Zigbee, Apple Homekit and Google’s Thread.
Radar Can't Spot Mystery Drones over Paris
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2/26/2015   5 comments
Unidentified drones were spotted in the skies above Paris two nights in a row this week. The French authorities don’t know who is controlling them, the number of drones involved, or even if they were all coordinated.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips
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2/26/2015   6 comments
The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
Mesh Comes to Bluetooth
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2/25/2015   6 comments
Expect Bluetooth to add mesh networking technology later this year. The Bluetooth SIG’s fast-track effort is a testament to the groundswell of interest in the technology. But it can also be viewed as a pre-emptive strike against the Thread Group.
5G Horizon Seen at ISSCC
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2/25/2015   3 comments
Research on 5G is coming to a head as companies prepare to make proposals next year that will shape the next-generation cellular standards, said experts at an ISSCC panel.
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