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Robo-Car's Safety Challenges DoT
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9/21/2016   27 comments
The federal policy places self-driving cars directly under the purview of federal regulators. Stripped from the privilege of “self-certifying” their vehicles, carmakers will need “pre-market approval” from the DoT. The key question, however, is testing of AI cars’ safety.
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.
Microsemi FPGAs Support Growing Demand for MIPI CSI-2 Interfaces
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9/15/2016   Post a comment
Microsemi’s MIPI CSI-2 imaging/video solution includes an example reference design and a detailed app note.
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.
Ford / MIT Collaborate on Future
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8/29/2016   6 comments
Ford and MIT collaborate to mine Big Data from smartphones to perform urban planning.
Advances Get a Grip on Single Photons & Molecules
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8/23/2016   9 comments
Researchers are on the road to creating a single-photon emitter and a single-molecule detector.
Watson for the Masses
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8/18/2016   1 comment
The Columbus-Collaboratory has integrated IBM's Watson into the R programming language with its CognizeR.
EPA Crowdsources Pollution Sensing
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8/11/2016   Post a comment
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing $4.5 million in grants to six universities to deploy air pollution sensor networks and educate the public how to use them to reduce it.
Wi-Fi Interference Hits Spotlight
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8/9/2016   2 comments
The levels of interference between Wi-Fi access points are all over the board according to tests presented at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Cellular, Wi-Fi Clash in Air War
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8/8/2016   8 comments
A test plan for LTE-U has sparked a battle between cellular and Wi-Fi companies over how to share unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum.
Next-Gen IoT Consortium Launches
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8/5/2016   4 comments
Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) to form a consortium for microelectromechanical system (MEMS, including Delta Electronics, Inc., InvenSense Inc., Standing Egg Inc., STATS ChipPAC Limited, ULVAC, Inc.) and silicon photonics packaging breakthroughs (including Accelink Technologies Co., Ltd., Corning Incorporated, Fujikura Ltd., Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and NTT).
China’s LeEco to Acquire Vizio for $2 Billion
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
Upstart Chinese tech firm ponies up for one of North America's largest TV suppliers.
Marvell Swings to Loss in Delayed Report
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
New CEO Matthew Murphy says he is looking to trim the fat and focus on profitable businesses.
New Guidance for Medical Device Applications to FDA
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
Medical device developers preparing pre-market submissions to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can refer to new and updated guidance. Published by FDA in mid-June.
ADI to Acquire Linear Tech for $14.8 Billion
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7/26/2016   15 comments
Latest semiconductor industry blockbuster deal would combine analog chip heavyweights.
TI Stays Steady Without Blockbuster Deal
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Texas Instruments, which has shied away from the sort of blockbuster acquisitions made by peers over the past two years, continues to post strong sales and profits.
IP Pioneer Mark Templeton Dies
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Co-founder and former president of Artisan Components drown July 17 while kayaking on Oregon's Rogue River.
'Poison Pill' Fuels Speculation of Micron Takeover
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7/25/2016   2 comments
Stock price rises 6% on news of shareholder rights issue designed to prevent individual or entity from amassing more than 5% of memory chip vendor's common stock.
Stacking Boosts Polarimetry
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7/19/2016   Post a comment
Researchers use stacked organic polarization detectors to improve polarimetry for a wide range of sensing applications, from military targets to atmospheric gases to telecommunications and biomedical imaging.
U.S. PC Sales Show Surprising Strength
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7/12/2016   Post a comment
PC shipments in the U.S. unexpectedly increased year-over-year in the second quarter, snapping a string of five straight down quarters.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Zinc Doping Boosts GaAs Nanowire Lasers
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7/11/2016   Post a comment
Scientists at The Australian National University have improved the performance of unpassivated GaAs nanowire lasers more than a hundred folds, by adding zinc as a dopant, changing the crystal structure and increasing the device's radiative efficiency.
Startup Looks to Put PAs on CMOS Express
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7/8/2016   Post a comment
ACCO Semiconductor has emerged from semi-stealth mode with a new type of transistor that it says enables power amplifiers to be built in CMOS.
Perovskite Discovery Promises Big Efficiency Boost
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7/8/2016   Post a comment
Researchers have found a way to boost the efficiency of perovskite solar cells to 31%.
Chip Sales Remain Stagnant
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7/8/2016   3 comments
Chip sales posted a slight sequential uptick in May, but were down nearly 8% compared with May 2015, according to the SIA.
Perovskite Discovery Promises Big Efficiency Boost
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7/8/2016   Post a comment
Researchers have found a way to boost the efficiency of perovskite solar cells to 31%.
PROTO FPGAs Lower the Cost of Prototyping Rad-Tolerant FPGA-Based Systems
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7/7/2016   2 comments
RTG4 PROTO devices use the same silicon and the same packages as RTG4 flight-model FPGAs, but they cost a whole lot less.
Tesla's Fatal Crash: 6 Unanswered Questions
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7/7/2016   44 comments
Tesla’s fatal crash has many automotive industry experts wondering what exactly happened. EE Times makes an attempt to dissect which technologies were at play inside Model S Autopilot, and what limitations each technology was manifested in the crash.
ASML’s Tech Chief Snags SIA's Noyce Award
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7/7/2016   Post a comment
Martin van den Brink, a long-time technologist at lithography system vendor ASML Holding NV, has been named the 2016 winner of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)’s Robert N. Noyce Award.
Paper-Based Microbial Fuel Cell Produces 1.3μW
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7/5/2016   Post a comment
Researchers from the Iowa State University have developed a 3D paper microbial fuel cell (MFC) that could take advantage of capillary action to guide the liquids through the system, eliminating the need for external power.
Auto Security Demands All-Over Answer
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7/5/2016   Post a comment
In automotive security, the state of play has significantly altered. If Harman’s acquisitions of three auto-security tech companies are any indication, the industry is demanding a comprehensive answer covering over-the-air update and intrusion-detection systems to in-vehicle network protection.
Averna Acquires Nexjen, Goes Deeper in U.S. Test Market
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7/1/2016   Post a comment
Nexjen adds strength in the southeastern U.S., particularly in RF test.
Micron to Cut Jobs
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7/1/2016   Post a comment
Memory chip maker will shed unspecified number of jobs in cost-cutting move amid challenging market conditions.
AMD Buys PC Gaming Software Firm
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6/29/2016   2 comments
Chip vendor says software designed for Radeon will help "future proof" graphics processors.
Google Fellow Talks Neural Nets, Deep Learning
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6/28/2016   2 comments
We are already living with deep learning and large-scale neural networks, as evidenced by the growing number of applications that rely on computer vision, language understanding, robotics and more. Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean discusses what he wants most from neural networks and machine learning.
Aquantia Rolls Second-Gen AQrate Chips
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6/28/2016   Post a comment
Startup, considered a prime candidate for IPO, also marks milestone in NBASE-T PHY shipments.
Brexit Ripples Through Tech Community
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6/27/2016   18 comments
UK voters gave a thumbs up for leaving the European Union, generating concerns in the tech community over the ease of finding jobs and potential company relocations.
CMOS Image Sensor Market Strengthens on Added Functions
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6/27/2016   3 comments
Functionality beyond simply taking "snaps" is pushing change in the CMOS image sensor market and has caused market researcher Yole Developpement to increase its market size forecast for the years to come.
Fab Tool Book-to-Bill Remains Above Parity
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6/23/2016   Post a comment
Ratio of bookings to billings among North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers has been greater than 1.0 each month of 2016.
Researchers Develop Reliable Rechargable Zinc Battery
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6/21/2016   3 comments
Researchers from Stanford University and Toyota developed a novel battery design for grid-scale energy storage. The battery has electrodes made of zinc and nickel, inexpensive metals, which are available commercially but few are rechargeable.
Nanotech Boosts Hydrogen Fuel Production
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a method for producing hydrogen fuel that offers fewer emissions and is more stable.
Maxim Exec Named Marvell CEO
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6/20/2016   Post a comment
Former Maxim Integrated sales VP tapped to succeed Sehat Sutardja at Marvell Technology.
Apple Appeals Order to Halt iPhone 6 Sales in Beijing
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6/17/2016   2 comments
A ruling by a an intellectual property tribunal in Chinese capitol would halt sales of the smartphones based on alleged violation of design patent.
Samsung Reportedly Appoints Panel to Protect Fab Workers
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6/16/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics has appointed an ombudsman committee to monitor and report on workplace safety at its wafer fabs, according to a Korea Herald report.
Intel, CEA Team on IoT Research
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6/16/2016   1 comment
Chip giant signs five-year deal for shared R&D program with European research institute.
China to Dominate Fab Building
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6/16/2016   2 comments
Ten of the 19 fabs set to be built worldwide in 2016 and 2017 will be in China, according to the trade group SEMI.
MIT's Phase-Locked Laser Array Yields Better Beam
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6/14/2016   Post a comment
Researchers from MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have demonstrated a natural phase-locking mechanism of closely integrated nanolasers, showing that the typically unwanted lateral emissions could contribute to a long-range global coupling of all the lasers in the 2D array.
The Road Ahead For AI in Cars
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6/14/2016   8 comments
AI is seen as an enabler for ‘real’ autonomous cars. We asked an IHS analyst to break down automotive AI, including its advancements, applications inside vehicles, and the hardware available to process AI algorithms.
T&M Products: Oscilloscope, Network Test, Thermal Imager, & More
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6/13/2016   Post a comment
Here are some of the top test and measurement products introduced in the last 60 days.
IDC Cuts PC Shipment Forecast
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6/10/2016   Post a comment
Market research firm now expects PC market to contract at faster rate following dismal first quarter.
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