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Top 15 Analog, MEMS & Sensors News From 2014
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12/19/2014   Post a 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   Post a comment
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   3 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   3 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.
Sony's Debuts Smartglasses Module
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12/18/2014   1 comment
Following up on prototypes demonstrated earlier this year, Sony has announced an attachable smartglass module that can turn various eyewear into augmented reality devices.
Apps Layer: '800lb Gorilla' in IoT Nobody Talks About
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12/16/2014   15 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.
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.
Sensor Transponder Brings NFC to Industrial Apps
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12/10/2014   2 comments
Read batteryless embedded sensors with a tap using NFC transponders.
Intel Rolls IoT Platform
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12/10/2014   4 comments
Intel's new IoT platform aims to improve connectivity and security with an updated gateway, embedded security, and edge management software.
Silicon Startups Get Incubator
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12/9/2014   10 comments
Silicon Catalyst aims to help about 10 semiconductor startups produce their first chips in 2015, leveraging partnerships with Keysight, Synopsys, and TSMC.
Smart Panel Ponders AI's Future
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12/9/2014   7 comments
Artificial intelligence is well on its way to entering the market by 2025, but it may look different then much of the public has imagined. AI could give systems the ability to talk to each other quickly and simply, or reason and make inferences.
Freescale Charges 15W Wirelessly
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12/8/2014   4 comments
Freescale is turning up power with a new set of wireless charging receivers and transmitters for larger mobile devices such as phablets, tablets, and handheld medical equipment. The Qi-compliant system is the first in the industry to reach the 15 Watt threshold.
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.
Intel Picks Smartglass Partner
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12/4/2014   9 comments
Intel announced a multi-year research and development partnership with Italian company Luxottica to develop high-end smart eyewear. The chip maker is also expected to have silicon in the next generation Google Glass.
eSilicon Offers Try-Before-You-Buy IP Tool
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12/3/2014   4 comments
eSilicon launched the IP MarketPlace web-based tool for SoC designers. It facilitates browsing IP, encouraging designers to tinker, build, and generate a complete memory subsystem before making a purchase decision.
Algotronix OTN AES-GCM Cores Are Configurable up to 800 Gbit/s
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12/3/2014   Post a comment
In the case of encryption cores, design team needs to be able to prove beyond doubt that no virus or Trojan code is incorporated in the core.
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.
TI's Digital Light Processor Shrinks to Glasses Size
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12/3/2014   4 comments
Texas Instruments' smallest DLP can fit on a pair of Google-like glasses to stay online perpetually, can turn the smartphone into a projector, and could even create a new category of "screenless" TVs.
Bluetooth 4.2 Unveiled: No Mesh Yet, But Big on IoT
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12/3/2014   14 comments
With new Bluetooth 4.2 specs published Dec. 3, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group promises to deliver several incremental but solid performance increases. Conspicuously absent is mesh technology.
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.
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.
Moore's Law Competitor Wins $150K Elevator Pitch Prize
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11/27/2014   10 comments
Quilt packaging wins $150,000 prize for best elevator pitch explaining a new MEMS-based device or technology.
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.
USB Oscilloscopes Get Beta Drivers for Open-Source Hardware
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11/25/2014   4 comments
Pico Technology has released beta versions of drivers for BeagleBoneBlack and Raspberry Pi open-source controller boards.
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.
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.
Intel Expects 2015 Mobile Speedup
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11/21/2014   12 comments
Intel is back on track with mobile, company officials said at an annual investor meeting.
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.
Flexible OLEDs Clear Last Hurdle
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11/18/2014   3 comments
Kateeva Inc. claims to solve last remaining hurdle to flexible, bendable, rollable OLED displays: keep moisture and oxygen away.
Ericsson Forecasts 9.5B Smartphone Subs by 2020
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11/18/2014   3 comments
Although the smartphone market is near saturated in certain regions, officials at Ericsson believe there is much more space for connection. In its annual mobility report, the company forecast increasing mobile subscriptions and connections through 2020.
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.
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.
IBM to Build DoE's Next-Gen Coral Supercomputers
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11/14/2014   10 comments
Bring the processing to the data: IBM won two contracts with the DoE's Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Livermore (Coral) program, which aims to outperform its current supercomputers by not moving data.
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.
Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared
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11/12/2014   3 comments
The proliferation of sensors from mobile, medical, and engineering applications will drive an “abundant” world free of pressing issues such as healthcare, according to speakers at the TSensors Summit held here. Sensors will be a key component in curing the world’s ills, and the world needs a roadmap.
MEMS/Sensor Interface I3C Rocks
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11/12/2014   2 comments
The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance has upgraded to the I3C interface to handle modern high-speed data transfers from MEMS and other sensors.
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