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Top 15 Analog, MEMS & Sensors News From 2014
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12/19/2014   1 comment
From faulty MEMS mics to NXP's labor disputes, here are the most-read news articles of the year on EE Times Europe Analog.
Space Weather Satellite Set for Launch
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12/19/2014   2 comments
NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory will serve as an early warning system for Earth-directed solar storms.
Successful With Phones & Drones, Parrot Ponders Farming
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12/18/2014   6 comments
Parrot is a 20-year-old startup that has the passion of "makers" backed by intimate knowledge of telephony connectivity, digital signal processing, and in-house ASIC design.
Industrial IoT Framework Near
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12/18/2014   4 comments
The Industrial Internet Consortium plans to finish a reference architecture for the Internet of Things by March, start identifying standards gaps, and roll out multiple test beds for it.
Vote for the Engineer of the Year
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12/17/2014   2 comments
Finalists announced, survey below. The award, sponsored by National Instruments, includes a $10,000 grant and will be given out at DesignCon 2015.
Apps Layer: '800lb Gorilla' in IoT Nobody Talks About
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12/16/2014   20 comments
Plenty of people and companies in the technology world tend to come at the Internet of Things by dwelling on "Internet." But what if we started with the "Things" instead?
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off?
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12/15/2014   8 comments
Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
7 Questions With Broadcom’s CTO
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12/15/2014   1 comment
Broadcom co-founder and chief technologist talks about Moore’s Law, his plans for 16nm FinFET tape-outs in 2015, IoT platform wars and shifts in the engineering profession.
Sequans: The Startup That Started Over
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12/15/2014   6 comments
Early one Paris morning in July 2011, Georges Karam, president and CEO of Sequans, got a call from HTC. Kara'’s biggest customer asked him to stop shipping Sequans' WiMax radio chips. That called changed everything.
IoT Will Give 'Embedded' a Shot in the Arm
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12/13/2014   2 comments
The largest IoT semiconductor market segment will be "connected cities' followed by industrial, predicts market research firm IC Insights.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
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12/12/2014   23 comments
Startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Power Week: EM Fields From Power Lines, Cellphones Not Harmful, Says Study
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
Electromagnetic fields from power lines and mobile phones are not likely to be harmful to humans, according to new research on the effect of weak magnetic fields on human proteins.
Alliance Prepping for Ethernet in the Industrial IoT
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12/11/2014   Post a comment
The IEEE is developing an Ethernet standard that would meet the determinism needs of industrial applications, and the AVnu Alliance is preparing the industry to be ready for it.
Top 2014 Acquisitions that Advanced the Internet of Things
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12/11/2014   7 comments
2014 was the year when the electronics industry decidedly and collectively moved forward to push IoT. For evidence, look no further than the many mergers and acquisitions among IC, system, and software vendors this year.
Obama Net Effort Under Fire
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12/10/2014   5 comments
More than 60 high tech companies sent a letter to Congress opposing a move by the White House to reclassify Internet service as a basic utility, saying new regulations could slash investments and jobs.
IBM Plugs Partners Into Power
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12/8/2014   7 comments
IBM's Open Power Foundation is playing significant roles in the Coral supercomputer program, efforts to find new uses for flash memory, and the proliferation of Power processors in China and beyond.
AMS Acquires Sensor Company
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12/8/2014   3 comments
Analog chipmaker ams now will acquire acam-messelectronic, a vendor of highly accurate time-based measurement technology and related sensor solutions.
WiFi Is King at Kaiser
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12/5/2014   11 comments
Medical device makers should embrace WiFi but generally stay off Bluetooth, said a wireless specialist from healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente.
Startup Funded $143M to Create Sentient Computing
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12/5/2014   13 comments
Startup Sentient Technologies is aiming for a globally distributed artificial intelligence the world has never seen, except in movies.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2015
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12/3/2014   3 comments
EDN and EE Times explore some of the hot technologies in 2014 that will shape technology trends for next year and beyond as engineers bring even more innovative ideas to reality.
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass
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12/1/2014   11 comments
The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the existing Texas Instruments Omap chip.
Chip Market for Wireless Sensor Networks on 23% CAGR
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11/28/2014   6 comments
Wireless sensor networks market will grow to $12 billion industry by 2020, says San-Francisco based market analyst firm.
Gyroscope Accuracy Beats MEMS
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11/28/2014   17 comments
Qualtre claims its bulk acoustic wave (BAW) beats tuning fork.
Micron Expands IoT & Auto Memory Products
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11/27/2014   4 comments
Micron expanded its offerings for embedded applications and the connected automobile with new products launched at Eletronica.
Sony’s 3-Year Plan: Treading Water or Just Sinking?
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11/26/2014   28 comments
Sony’s three-year outlook for its mobile business "isn’t aiming for size or market share," said Sony's new mobile chief.
NXP to Pick Up Its Missing IoT Link – Bluetooth Low Energy
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11/25/2014   8 comments
In pursuit of the Internet of Things market, NXP Semiconductors has picked up a key technology conspicuously absent from its portfolio -- Bluetooth Low Energy -- from Quintic, a nine-year-old startup.
Megachips to Launch DSP-Based Sensor Fusion IC
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11/25/2014   2 comments
The growing sensor-fusion controller market for smartphones and wearable devices is about to meet a new competitor – this time from Japan. Megachips is rolling out a motion engine and sensor hub chip, dubbed Frizz.
MediaTek Plans $49 Million Investment in China's Chip Fund
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11/25/2014   1 comment
Taiwan’s largest chip designer has announced it will invest $48.9 million in a Chinese government fund as the company aims to sharpen its competitive edge in the world’s largest cellphone market.
Can Japan Get Her Groove Back With IoT?
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11/24/2014   11 comments
Japan once looked like a world leader in smart home standards. Now she's trying to get her groove back via the Internet of Things.
Anritsu ShockLine VNAs Receive Frost & Sullivan Award
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11/24/2014   1 comment
Its line of "faceless" VNA used for production RF T&M has been recognized for its small size, bandwidth, and user interface.
Experts Call for Secure Sensors
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11/21/2014   9 comments
Sensor nodes are the most vulnerable point of attack in an Internet of Things ecosystem, so securing the trillions of sensors industry experts expect is of the utmost concern.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret
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11/21/2014   22 comments
In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Carbon RF to Extend Battery Life
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11/19/2014   13 comments
Carbonics aims to use carbon for next-gen RF semiconductors and other essential parts of smartphones and wearables, claiming it may extend lifetime per charge to a week.
IoT Territorial Disputes
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11/19/2014   1 comment
With plenty of room for the IoT nebula to share data, the Internet of Things network infrastructure game gears up.
Xilinx Announces SDAccel Dev Environment for C, C++ & OpenCL
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11/18/2014   2 comments
Real-world benchmarks show that -- using hand-coded RTL as a baseline reference point -- SDAccel can meet or exceed hand-coded results.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True
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11/18/2014   3 comments
China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Is Sony Too Big to Succeed?
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11/18/2014   12 comments
Big spenders and financial analysts gathering for Sony's investor relations event next week in Tokyo are preoccupied with one big question: Does Sony's management team have the medicine to cure its ailing electronics business?
Low Power, High Security for the IoT Edge
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11/17/2014   5 comments
At Electronica, Atmel debuted MCUs and modules targeting IoT edge-node design, with low power and enhanced security as prominent features.
Intel Guns for InfiniBand
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11/17/2014   5 comments
Intel announced the 10 nm version of Xeon Phi will integrate a 100 Gbit/s version of its Omni-Path interconnect with 56% lower latency and higher port density than InfiniBand.
Will New SoCs Keep Marvell at No. 2 in China’s LTE Market?
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11/17/2014   3 comments
Marvell, with a 30% market share in China’s LTE market today, plans to fend off competitors with two five-mode 4G LTE 64-bit mobile processors -- one with octa-cores and another with quad-cores.
Top 500 Supercomputers Sputter
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11/17/2014   6 comments
The latest ranking of the world’s top supercomputers shows little change in the winners and a rate of growth that is slowing in several ways.
Facebook Weaves New Fabric
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11/14/2014   5 comments
Facebook announced it is using a new fabric in its latest datacenter, using smaller existing 40G switches in a new topology rather than driving toward the bigger, faster aggregation switches datacenters sometimes use.
Cypress Announces PSoC 4 BLE & PRoC BLE
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11/13/2014   14 comments
The PSoC 4 BLE combines a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with programmable analog fabric, programmable digital fabric, and a Bluetooth low power core, all on the same silicon die.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers
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11/13/2014   1 comment
An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
TI Industrial Control MCUs Debut at Electronica
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
Integrated analog, enhanced isolation, and multichannel wireless are key features of TI's newest industrial offerings.
Alca-Lu Puts Edge Router on X86
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11/12/2014   1 comment
Alcatel-Lucent plans to deliver all the functions of its custom-built edge routers on to x86 servers by the end of 2015 in a suite of software it calls its Virtual Services Router.
Will Google’s Thread Become Threat?
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11/12/2014   14 comments
Freescale’s Thread beta development program marks a milestone for Thread supporters, as the new protocol for the first time becomes tangible for developers.
Chip Industry's IoT Facelift Comes With Security Wrinkle
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11/12/2014   2 comments
Semiconductor company CEOs on an Electronica panel see hardware-based security as an opportunity.
Software Has the Last Word for PIN Entry
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
The Cartes Secure Connexions exhibition had its fair share of hardware exhibitors, but authentication is at the core of every transaction, and software solutions are increasingly taking center stage.
New FPGA-based USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Device Controller From SLS
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11/11/2014   1 comment
By taking advantage of the FPGA's integrated transceivers, this new USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Device Controller IP from System Level Solutions removes the need for an external USB PHY chip.
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