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U.S. Protecting Us from AI
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10/21/2016   2 comments
From lost jobs to nuclear holocaust, any negative impact artificial intelligence could have on society is what the U.S. government wants to head-off.
IoT Hears LTE Calling
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm said AT&T, Verizon and five module makers will use its chip for Cat-M1 and NB1 trials this year and commercial services in 2017.
Startup Taps Kickstarter To Manufacture Wireless Flash Device
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10/19/2016   Post a comment
iLuun chose Kickstarter to fund the next phase of its business and validate that there was a market for wireless flash drive that enables users to stream transfer media content to and from their mobile device
Qualcomm Tips 28 GHz 5G Chip
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10/17/2016   3 comments
Qualcomm announced a 5G modem for 28 GHz networks that Korea Telecom and Verizon will use in trials and services.
Salaries Rise, Gaps Widen for EEs
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10/14/2016   1 comment
Salaries for electrical engineers rose 3.85% in 2015 but gender and racial gaps in incomes widened significantly, according to a the latest survey from the IEEE.
IBM Weaves New 25G Link
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10/14/2016   5 comments
IBM announced OpenCAPI, a 25G interconnect for processors, accelerators and memories with backing from seven partners.
IoT Startup Taps Blockchain
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10/13/2016   1 comment
Startup Filament has developed an end node for the industrial Internet of Things than extends the LoRa network and uses blockchain as part of its security.
Did Processor Cause Samsung Note 7 Blowup?
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10/12/2016   35 comments
It’s far from clear what caused Samsung Note 7 to catch fire. But a new report emerged that the culprit might not be the lithium-ion batteries. Rather, the problem might reside in tweaks made to the processor.
Daimler: First to Go Wireless Charging
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10/12/2016   6 comments
The upcoming 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e will become the first commercially available plug-in hybrid featuring Qualcomm’ wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology.
Broadcom Tips 64x100G Switch
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10/11/2016   Post a comment
Broadcom leapfrogged rivals Barefoot and Cavium by sampling Tomahawk II, a 6.4 Tbit/second Ethernet switch chip for data centers.
Specs Pave Roads Around Xeon
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10/11/2016   3 comments
Two groups – CCIX and Gen-Z—announced chip interconnects meant to provide open alternatives for the data center to Intel’s Xeon interfaces.
IoT Consumer Groups Merge
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10/10/2016   2 comments
The Open Connectivity Foundation and AllSeen Alliance will blend their open-source environments into a consumer alternative to Apple’s Homekit and Google’s Weave.
Patent Study IDs Nuisance Suits
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10/7/2016   2 comments
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission called on courts and Congress to put reduce a class of nuisance patent suits from so-called patent trolls.
Intel's Stratix 10 FPGAs, SoCs Sampling
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10/6/2016   3 comments
Devices like Stratix 10 FPGAs will help satisfy the insatiable demand for higher computational capabilities, lower latency, greater system flexibility, and increased power efficiencies
EE Slashes CPU Design Cost
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10/5/2016   21 comments
An engineer taped out a massively multicore processor in a 16nm process for less than $1 million in under a year.
Software Predicts Power Component Failure
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10/5/2016   2 comments
Eaton Corp. unveils PredictPulse Insight is a cloud-based software subscription service that anticipates failures in universal power supply (UPS) systems before they happen.
Google Does Consumer Electronics
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10/4/2016   2 comments
Google rolled out its new hardware group and its first products—two smartphones, an Amazon Echo-alike, a VR headset and Wi-Fi access point.
Sony-Inside Huami Watch: Is It Time for FD-SOI?
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10/4/2016   2 comments
Without any visible end products, FD-SOI has struggled to overcome the skepticism of many engineers. Finally, it’s official. And it’s a watch. Sony’s GPS chip -- built on 28-nm FD-SOI process -- is powering a smartwatch by Huami, Xiaomi’s sub-brand.
Startup Takes Wireless Patch to Hospital
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10/4/2016   3 comments
Startup HMicro announced an SoC, co-developed with STMicroelectronics, that uses Wi-Fi and other radios to link sensors to patient monitors in hospitals.
Biometrics May Replace Phone Passwords
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10/3/2016   4 comments
FotoNation, a wholly owns subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has unveiled a suite of face- and iris-recognition algorithms that it hopes to license to every major smartphone maker to obsolete the password without the added hardware of fingerprint recognition.
For IoT, Silicon Labs Buys RTOS Vendor Micrium
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10/3/2016   2 comments
Silicon Labs announced Monday the acquisition of Micrium, a supplier of real-time operating system software. The move effectively positions Silicon Labs as the only IoT chip vendor offering multiprotocol wireless MCUs complete with an embedded RTOS.
Ethernet Flexes Network Muscles
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10/3/2016   2 comments
Chip vendors are designing a new class of Flexible Ethernet DSPs and ASICs that will let users dial in desired data rates.
5G Powered by MEMS
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10/3/2016   1 comment
SiTime claims to have beat quartz crystals at their own game with its Elite line of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) oscillators for 4G and 5G applications.
Qualcomm, NXP Discuss Merger, Say Reports
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9/29/2016   10 comments
Qualcomm may be considering buying NXP Semiconductors for more than $30 billion according to multiple press and Wall Street reports.
Samsung Calls for New CPU Design
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9/28/2016   6 comments
Samsung is working on a new processor architecture that leverages its dominance in memory, said a corporate strategist.
Carmakers, Telecom Players Join Forces on 5G
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9/28/2016   Post a comment
The “5G Automotive Association” was launched to develop, test and promote 5G communications solutions. Joining the forces include: Audi, BMW and Daimler, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and Intel and Qualcomm.
GE Plugs into Industrial Internet
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9/27/2016   1 comment
GE provided a look under the hood of its first major systems geared for the Industrial Internet of Things.
Allied with Intel, CEA-Leti Shoots for Moon
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9/27/2016   3 comments
CEA-Leti's CEA calls the new five-year research contract with Intel a "moonshot." Included in the research framework is for the French institute to provide technologies that enable the next-generation communicationo for Internet of Things.
Baidu Releases AI Benchmark
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9/26/2016   2 comments
Calling for 100x faster processors, Baidu released DeepBench, a benchmark for how fast processors train neural networks.
Imagination 2.0 Update Ships
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9/26/2016   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies predicts profits this year with streamlined operations under a new CEO and thoughts of new core IP licensing models.
Massive Sensor Fusion for Cars Is HERE
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9/26/2016   1 comment
HERE’s new live traffic/map offerings are the world’s first services created from real-time sensor data from competing car brands. From technical perspectives, though, bigger issues include: how open the specifications will be for collected sensory data.
TSMC Expands its 3D Menu
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9/22/2016   14 comments
TSMC showed an expanding array of foundry process technologies, packaging options and applications-specific platforms at an event.
Amazon Echo & How It Resonates
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9/22/2016   4 comments
Amazon’s Echo-like smart speakers are on the rise. The voice interface is emerging as one of the most natural interface to control IoT devices. Analysts expect the voice interface in home automation hubs, TVs, set-top boxes, HVAC/environmental control hubs and more.
Startup Tips Machine Learning Chip
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9/21/2016   3 comments
Wave Computing will describe a machine-learning chip at an event showing increasing specialization in microprocessor designs.
Persistent Memory Needs Apps
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9/20/2016   6 comments
A researcher from Hewlett Packard Enterprise called for apps that use persistent memory on servers although the chips are still more than a year away.
NIST Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity Reports
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9/19/2016   1 comment
The National Institute for Standards and Technology is looking for industry comment on two draft cybersecurity reports in the next few weeks.
5G Cellular 'Still in Early Stages'
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9/16/2016   1 comment
Despite talks of early trials and even commercial systems, the work on a 5G standard at the 3GPP is still in an early phase, said a Qorvo engineer attending the meetings.
Biometrics Upgrade to AirPod-like Earbuds
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9/15/2016   2 comments
Valencell Inc's PerformTek biometric measurement module adds biometric sensing function to accelerometer-equipped wireless earbuds.
GF Debuts 7nm, Embedded MRAM
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9/15/2016   18 comments
Globalfoundries described its 7nm FinFET process for 2018 and an embedded MRAM option for its 22nm FD-SOI process.
Touch Standard Rides I3C Link
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9/14/2016   Post a comment
The MIPI Alliance is working on a standard touchscreen interface that will ride its emerging I3C upgrade to the widely used I2C link.
Web Giants Drive Optical Nets
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9/12/2016   Post a comment
Microsoft and Facebook are driving separate efforts for a new generation of simplified 400G coherent optical transceivers and optical transport systems.
NXP Connects iPhone-7 Earbuds?
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9/10/2016   24 comments
Could the NXP's NFMI system-on-chip, the NxH2280 NFMI radio for Bluetooth-free earbuds, be in Apple's iPhone 7?
Software Flaw in Airbag Triggers GM’s Recall
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9/9/2016   7 comments
GM’s latest recall caused by software defect in airbags has exposed a symptom of a much larger problem -- how best to manage the growing amount of software in vehicles.
FCC: Get an App for that Video
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9/9/2016   2 comments
Pay-TV services would be required to provide free apps to access and search their video content under an FCC proposal aimed to open competition in digital media.
IoT 3 in 1 Tape Measure Get Crowdfunding Love
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9/8/2016   1 comment
Bagel Labs has invented a three-in-one Internet of Things (IoT) measurement device that replaces the tape measure, the roller measure, and the laser measurer for under $75.
Apple Heralds Dawn of Dual Lens Camera
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9/8/2016   1 comment
Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus comes with a dual-lens camera, providing both telephoto-zoom and depth of field features. Corephotonics, who pioneered the computational dual camera for smartphones, is enabling Apple’s competitors to develop similar dual camera smartphones.
Globalfoundries Preps 12nm FDSOI Process
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9/8/2016   7 comments
Globalfoundries has announced a next-generation FDSOI process, called12FDX, to follow on from the 22FDX process that is nearing production. The new process nominally at 12nm minimum geometry is intended for mobile computing, 5G, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.
IC Insights Trims IoT Chip Market Forecast
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9/8/2016   1 comment
IC Insights reduced the IoT semiconductor market’s projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) -- between 2014 and 2019 -- from originally projected 21.1 percent to 19.9 percent.
Intel Spins out Security Group
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9/7/2016   Post a comment
Intel will spin out its security group into an independent company renamed McAfee, selling 51% of it to a private equity firm for $3.1 billion.
Apple Debuts Three Custom Chips
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9/7/2016   16 comments
Apple described three new chips powering its iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 and a new family of wireless earbuds and headphones.
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