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MIT Neural Network IC Aims At Mobiles
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2/4/2016   Post a comment
MIT researchers have designed a chip to implement neural networks and claim it is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU. This could be used to allow mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms locally, rather than uploading data to the Internet for processing.
iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 May Launch At Apple March Event
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2/3/2016   Post a comment
Apple might unveil new products, including the iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se, and new strap options for the Apple Watch, in March.
NASA Denies Hackers Hijacked Its Drone
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2/3/2016   Post a comment
The space agency insists AnonSec didn't commandeer a NASA Global Hawk drone, but it's still looking into claims its network was hacked.
Battery Innovations Power Electric Bike
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2/3/2016   2 comments
The coolest looking electric bicycle is powered by innovative battery technology developed inside a San Francisco garage. Occasionally called “the Tesla of electric bicycles,” Bolt Motorbikes uses a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery with more proprietary features than the electric vehicle company.
FinFETs Flow at Samsung, TSMC
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2/3/2016   3 comments
Production of next-generation FinFET chips is underway in earnest with Samsung and TSMC leading the charge. Although Samsung announced mass production of its 14nm LPP process technology with a major customer win in Qualcomm, TSMC may have the last laugh with Apple driving shipments.
Microsoft Windows Phone Headed Toward Zombieland?
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2/2/2016   Post a comment
New flagship hardware released during Q4 wasn't enough to help overcome Microsoft Windows Phone's long, downward spiral into a zombie platform.
Smartwatch Sales To Grow 48% By 2017, Gartner Says
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2/2/2016   Post a comment
Wearables will achieve over 18% growth in 2016, with smartwatches taking the lead for earnings growth potential, Gartner predicts.
Fingerprint Sensor Market on 31% CAGR
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2/2/2016   2 comments
Unit shipments of fingerprint sensors have grown from 316 million in 2014 to 499 million in 2015 and will continue to increase each year to peak at 1.6 billion in 2020, according to IHS Technology.
34 Automotive Startups to Watch
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2/2/2016   2 comments
The automotive sector has been going through something of a renaissance with automotive tech startups mushrooming at unprecedented speed. In collaboration with IHS Automotive’s analyst Egil Juliussen, we put together a list of 34 startups to watch.
Chip Sales Dipped Slightly in 2015
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
Despite formidable economic headwinds, semiconductor sales in 2015 fell just short of the record total established in 2014, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
NXP Outlines Autonomous Vehicle Advances
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has been working with Google on self-driving cars and has interesting progress to report. Speaking in the plenary session of the 63rd International Solid State Circuits Conference, officials said facsimiles of self-driving cars are already on the road.
Google SkyBender Drone Project Aims To Deliver 5G Wi-Fi
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1/31/2016   Post a comment
Project SkyBender joins the ranks of Google's Project Loon and Facebook's efforts to provide super-fast WiFi from drones and other airborne vehicles.
iPhone, iPad Wireless Charging May Come By 2017
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Apple is reportedly working on smoothing out issues with technology that lets consumers power up iPhones and iPads sans wires.
Samsung, Apple Top Chip Buyers Again
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Electronics giants ranked first and second in semiconductor consumption in 2015 for the fifth straight year, according to market research firm Gartner.
IoT Frameworks Dig in for Battle
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1/28/2016   Post a comment
No winner emerged among competing application frameworks for the Internet of Things at CES, leaving analysts calling for a truce.
TI to Shutter Scotland Fab
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1/27/2016   1 comment
Analog chip giant will close 150mm fab, transfer production to existing 200mm facilities.
VC Funding Up, Investing Down in Q4'15
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Dow Jones Venture Source announced figures for venture capital funding in the fourth quarter of 2015. Fundraising rose sharply while the number of funds remained the even, though investments in U.S.-based companies decreased.
Set-Top Era Over, Says FCC
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1/27/2016   14 comments
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced a proposal to force pay-TV operators to adopt open formats so any systems or software developer can access their content.
Developing The Perfect IoT Battery
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
The ideal battery for IoT applications would favor energy density over power density, while minimizing battery self-discharge. An excellent battery technology for such applications is lithium thionyl chloride.
Microsoft Open Sources Deep Learning, AI Toolkit On GitHub
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Previously available to academic researchers, Microsoft's Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) now has a friendlier open source license.
Google's Deep Learning Comes to Movidius
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Google will buy Movidius vision processing chips and license the entire Movidius software development environment. Google's goal is to expand its machine intelligence technology beyond the data center, by bringing it to mobile devices.
India Preps RISC-V Processors
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1/27/2016   34 comments
An India government lab expects to get up to $45 million to develop a 64-bit RISC-V microprocessor, while a team of academics is developing similar chips released as open source.
Apple Forecasts First Quarterly Sales Decline Since 2003
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1/26/2016   3 comments
Despite record quarterly sales and profit, Apple's stock takes a hit after firm forecasts a year-over-year sales decline due largely to a strong U.S. Dollar.
Semiconductor R&D Spending Slows
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry spent slightly more on R&D in 2015, but the rate of growth was among the lowest on record, according to IC Insights.
Sony to Acquire Altair Semi For $212 Million
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
Japanese electronics giant plans to combine existing sensing technologies with Israeli startups LTE chipsets for new breed of IoT products.
Linux Framework Attracts Support
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
A new working group will shepherd the OpenAMP framework for supporting multiple operating systems and processors within a system.
Create a Cardboard Energy Harvester
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1/26/2016   26 comments
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland has invented a cardboard energy harvester suitable for wireless push-button switches and other similar applications.
Qualcomm, TDK Prep $3bn RF Joint Venture
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1/25/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) and TDK Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) have agreed to form a joint venture – RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. – to deliver radio frequency modules and filters for multiple applications, including IoT, drones, robotics and automotive electronics.
Chip Stacks Take New Tacks
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1/25/2016   4 comments
Chip stacks will be key to advances in semiconductors, but in logic TSVs are waning while fan-out techniques and SiPs are on the rise.
Security Outlook Bleak, Improving
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1/22/2016   1 comment
The rise of the Internet of Things with more devices and data means many more security breaches are ahead but so are more secure SoCs, said an expert at DesignCon.
Will Xilinx Join the M&A Party?
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1/21/2016   3 comments
Speculation holds that Qualcomm may be targeting Xilinx for acquisition after programmable logic vendor's recent regulatory filing.
IoT Shoots for the Stars
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1/21/2016   1 comment
Arrayent, the inventor of the Connect Platform for Internet of Things brands such as Whirlpool, Pentair, Maytag Commercial Laundry, LiftMaster, and more just landed $15 million in Series C funding.
Sony To Use FD-SOI in Stacked Image Sensors
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1/21/2016   4 comments
At the FD-SOI Forum held here Thursday, the biggest FD-SOI news, which surfaced as chatter during coffee breaks at the Forum, is that Sony is looking to use FD-SOI for image signal processor on chip stack CMOS Image Sensors.
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future
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1/21/2016   9 comments
The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Intel Protege Pitches Wireless SoC for IoT
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1/20/2016   Post a comment
Fabless chip company Telink Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China) has launched the TLSR8269 a system-on-chip intended to provide low power wireless connection for the Internet of Things applications in the smart home.
Ultrasound Proximity Software Replaces Hardware-Based Sensors
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1/19/2016   2 comments
Elliptic Labs has launched a software-based ultrasound proximity sensing solution that relies on the smartphones' speaker and microphone to replace today’s optical proximity sensors.
Has Samsung Snagged Qualcomm Business with New Process?
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1/15/2016   2 comments
Samsung Electronics, which has been in a nip-and-tuck race with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to win foundry orders with the world’s most advanced fabrication technology, may have grabbed all of Qualcomm’s business with a second-generation version of its 14nm FinFET process.
Intel Meets Expectations Despite Sagging PC Market
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1/15/2016   1 comment
World's biggest chip maker says it's now deriving about 40% of sales from non-PC markets; firms sees data centers, Internet of Things and memory as future growth drivers.
Consumers Feel Perils of Connectivity
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1/14/2016   7 comments
Connectivity is the main thing in the Internet of Things . But what if software updates, unbeknownst to users, go haywire, leaving people -- especially seniors, the ill and babies – inside in the cold?
Al Gore on China, Mobile Web
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1/14/2016   4 comments
The warming relationship between China and the U.S. is important for continued development of the mobile Internet, according to former vice president Al Gore. Yet new tech companies also play an important role in shaping the future world.
Qualcomm, TDK Prep $3bn RF Joint Venture
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1/14/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) and TDK Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) have agreed to form a joint venture – RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. – to deliver radio frequency modules and filters for multiple applications, including IoT, drones, robotics and automotive electronics.
6 Things to Know About HDR, 4K TV
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1/14/2016   3 comments
The consumer electronics world has just got some much-needed clarity on 4K Ultra High Definition TV. In parallel, the industry now faces a fresh format battle brewing over High Dynamic Range technology. Here are the six things you need to know about 4K, HDR.
All Aboard the Hardware Startup Train
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1/13/2016   2 comments
After years of software-based funding and tedious development, the crowdfunding tide is turning toward hardware. At International CES, held Jan. 6- 9, officials from Indiegogo said companies throughout the chip and gadget ecosystem are getting on board.
PC Shipments Fall For 4th Straight Year
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1/13/2016   1 comment
Largest ever year-over-year drop after holiday season didn't materialize.
Chip Forecasts, Drivers Diverge
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1/12/2016   5 comments
Chip revenues could contract 3%, expand 4% or something in between this year, said analysts at the SEMI trade group's annual executive forum.
Ultra-Thin Sensors Flex for Medicine
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1/12/2016   Post a comment
The future of medical monitoring should be small, flexible and very, very thin according to wearable company MC10. The Massachusetts-based announced several flexible body-worn sensors at International CES, one of which is less than half the thickness of human hair.
Streetlight Shines on Metro IoT
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1/11/2016   4 comments
A smart streetlight developed by Philips is shining a light on the Internet of Things in smart cities.
Mobileye, Nvidia (and Others) Spar over Cars
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1/11/2016   5 comments
The field of autonomous driving technologies revealed its substantial expansion at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Mobileye’s new mapping technology is potentially “most dangerous,” cautioned CEVA CEO, as it can lock in car makers using Mobileye’s EyeQ chip.
ARM Exec’s Straight Car Talk at CES
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1/7/2016   1 comment
In a one-on-one interview with EE Times at the CES, Ian Drew, ARM’s executive vice president of marketing and business development, posed five questions that the automotive industry -- or the tech industry in general -- would rather not hear.
Amazon Now Sells Own ARM chips
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1/7/2016   2 comments
Annapurna Labs Inc. ( ), a subsidiary of Internet shopping channel Amazon.com, has announced the availability of its Alpine range of ARM-based chips and subsystems aimed at home use Wi-Fi routers and Network-Attached Storage devices.
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