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Sony Invests in Stacked Image Sensor Manufacturing Capacity
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7/25/2014   Post a comment
Sony Corp. has said it plans to invest 35 billion yen (about $340 million) to increase its production of stacked CMOS image sensors in support of demand for them in smartphones and tablet computers.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   2 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Nadella's Windows 9 & Device Plans Explained
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7/24/2014   4 comments
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says his company is "streamlining" Windows into a converged OS, and "right-sizing" its device efforts. But what does this really mean?
Apple OS X Yosemite Beta Debuts
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7/24/2014   Post a comment
Apple's obsession with secrecy gives way to involving customers in the software development process.
Apple in China: Best Is Yet to Come?
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7/24/2014   6 comments
Apple CEO Tim Cook described Apple’s business prospect in China as "a watershed moment."
Power Week: Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting's Bright Future
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7/24/2014   1 comment
This week, the future of sub-watt thermoelectric energy harvesting as a battery replacement in various markets -- including infrastructure, transportation and consumer -- is looking promising.
Smartwatches Suck, Says Pebble Backer
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7/23/2014   24 comments
There are only two significant platforms in the smartwatch arena and neither are up to snuff, according to Pebble’s Myriam Joire. The chief project evangelist discussed the past, present, and future of smartwatches at Wearable Tech Expo.
5G Calling: US Answers, Sorta
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7/21/2014   4 comments
In the third and final part of our series on 5G cellular we look at work in the US where there are efforts but no industrial 5G consortium as such.
5G Calling: Asia Rising
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7/17/2014   7 comments
China and Korea have established dedicated 5G industrial research efforts that have formed alliances with each other and are now reaching out to collaborate with Europe's 5GPPP.
Atmel's Wireless Castle Complete
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7/16/2014   5 comments
With its proposed $140 million deal to acquire Newport Media, Atmel will add two key products to complete its SmartConnect wireless portfolio: 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth modules.
Bluetooth Fights Back Against Thread
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7/16/2014   12 comments
If you thought the Thread group would bring harmony to the Internet of Things, think again.
2D-to-3D Conversion Adds Texture on Top
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7/16/2014   1 comment
In an SID 2014 paper, NLT Technologies researchers disclosed how they were able to use a variant of electrovibration on a 4.1-inch-wide touchscreen prototype to create localized friction (at multiple touchpoints) and the perception of texture.
5G Calling: Alliances Form
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7/16/2014   1 comment
Governments and industry research groups in Europe, Asia, and the US are starting to link up in hopes of driving to a single standard for 5G cellular services expected to switch on in about 2020.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs
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7/16/2014   19 comments
In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
Flexible Displays Going Commercial
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7/15/2014   11 comments
LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Intel's Mobile Losses Mount
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7/15/2014   8 comments
Intel reported significant increases in net income during its second-quarter revenue report, held July 15, as well as record quarterly microprocessor shipments. Despite a generally good quarter, the company showed massive losses in its mobile unit.
Nest Nurtures New IoT Protocol
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7/15/2014   6 comments
Google's Nest is leading Thread, a new group promoting a home automation protocol for secure mesh networks over 802.15.4 radios that it has been using in its products since its inception.
IBM Migrates to the Cloud
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7/14/2014   3 comments
IBM says it can offer its cloud customers 90 percent savings with its hardware, software, and storage capability for cloud-based and hybrid users.
Smart Sensors Offer Haptic Feedback
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7/14/2014   1 comment
Fraunhofer ISC's Centre for Smart Materials has demonstrated materials that can be used to create intelligent sensors with haptic feedback.
Can Samsung Get Qualcomm in LTE Market?
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7/11/2014   8 comments
Samsung took the wraps off of a new LTE radio chip. It's noteworthy that the company has integrated its own quad-core application processor and called it Exynos ModAP. The Korean behemoth's intention is clear: Get Qualcomm.
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices
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7/10/2014   8 comments
This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
Qualcomm Snaps Up CSR's Imaging Team
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7/10/2014   Post a comment
Cellphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying the imaging operations of CSR plc, which are based in Israel, according to local reports. CSR announced it would be selling the business for $44 million on July 2.
MCUs, Memory Balance Security, Performance
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7/10/2014   1 comment
The need to secure devices at the MCU or SSD level is becoming more pressing thanks to BYOD and the Internet of Things, but perceptions linger that encryption degrades device performance.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves
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7/9/2014   6 comments
Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
Invensense MEMS Merges With Movea Motion
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7/8/2014   4 comments
Invensense buys Movea and Trusted Positioning to bolster its motion processing algorithms embedded in its micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS), system-on-chips, and future sensor hubs.
Medical Devices Require Radiation-Tolerant Memory
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7/8/2014   8 comments
While a great deal of focus for memory in medical applications is placed on size and power consumption, devices that are smarter and implantable will need to withstand sterilization through radiation.
MIT Puts 36-Core Internet on a Chip
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7/8/2014   3 comments
MIT has created an Internet-on-a-chip architecture that can scale to any number processors using twin mesh networks to ensure cache coherency even though its prototype has only 32 cores.
IoT Group Defines Comms Spec
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7/8/2014   4 comments
The Open Interconnect Group backed by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, and Samsung aims to ease the job of connecting devices in the emerging Internet of Things.
6 Keys to Navigating Connected Car's Software Quagmire
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7/8/2014   11 comments
The rush to achieve connected cars has thrown the automotive industry into a technological quagmire. EE Times dissects the technological building blocks and lays out who the players are and who benefits most.
Module Boost Indoor Tracking Accuracy
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7/7/2014   1 comment
Fabless semi company DecaWave aims to end accuracy issues associated with the burgeoning indoor location tracking market. Its new CMOS module, based on the DWM1000 chip, locates objects using time of flight systems to a precision of 10 cm indoors.
Intel Wants Open-Source Analytics
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7/7/2014   2 comments
While Intel finishes work on an upgrade of its Hadoop distribution with Cloudera, it is setting its sights on driving analytics to open source, too.
Lowest Power MEMS Mic Cuts Noise
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7/6/2014   6 comments
At 200 microAmps, Knowles claims new low for MEMS mics making its microphone ideal for always-on circuitry.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now?
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7/3/2014   16 comments
SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench
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7/3/2014   Post a comment
National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices
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7/3/2014   10 comments
This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
EZchip Buys Tilera
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7/1/2014   9 comments
EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.
Samsung Explains OS Shift for Smartwatches
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7/1/2014   Post a comment
Less than six months after announcing it would drop Android for a home-grown operating system, Samsung is getting back in the sack with the open source OS. At Google’s developer conference last week, officials announced that the Samsung Gear Live would be one of three smartwatches debuting Android Wear, but little attention was paid to the transition.
Magnetically Responsive Liquid Crystals Enable Novel Display Apps
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6/30/2014   2 comments
Scientists at the University of California have constructed liquid crystals with optical properties that can be instantly and reversibly controlled by an external magnetic field, paving the way for novel display applications.
AMS, Dialog Confirm Merger Talks
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6/30/2014   6 comments
Mixed-signal, power, and RF chip companies AMS AG and Dialog Semiconductor plc have announced that they are in discussions over a possible merger.
Google Boots Up Project Ara
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6/27/2014   9 comments
Project Ara is literally up and running, as members of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team demonstrated a prototype modular phone at the company’s developer conference. Although the smartphone prototype, froze while booting up, project leads were excited about the device’s potential.
Seeing Is Believing With Google’s Tango Tablet
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6/26/2014   8 comments
Project Tango will be in consumer hands as early as next year, speakers at Google's I/O developer conference said today. Google is in early engagements with LG to produce the 3D depth sensing tablet next year.
Low-Power, Highly-Secure MCUs for the IoT
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6/26/2014   16 comments
Microchip's latest MCUs are ideally suited for a wide range of industrial, medical, and home automation applications, including things like IoT sensor nodes.
Power Week: Cheap, Organic Battery for Power Grid; Paper-Thin Battery for IoT & SiC News
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6/26/2014   4 comments
This week scientists announce a battery for grid electrical storage, German researchers demonstrate efficiency improvements in power electronics, and STMicroelectronics introduces a paper-thin lithium battery suited for ultra-low-profile applications.
Augmented Reality Gets Physical With Haptics
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6/26/2014   7 comments
If all of us are already familiar with the basic silent-mode of most mobile phones, a crude form of haptics, there is much more to come on the display side.
Cirrus to Take Half Audio IC Market, Says Report
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6/26/2014   6 comments
Price pressure in the growing audio IC market is leading to consolidation and will continue, according to SensiAn Research. And it is happening top-down with the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics by Cirrus Logic.
Google Previews Upcoming Android Release
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6/25/2014   23 comments
At its annual I/O developer conference held today, Google announced a litany of updates to its mobile, auto, entertainment, and wearable platforms with a new version of Android. The upcoming Android L release will run on three smartwatches, 25 vehicles, and a phone for emerging markets.
Monolythic MEMS Sensor Cuts Size/Cost
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6/25/2014   12 comments
mCube hopes to expand into low-end smartphones and wearables with new round of series C funding.
Bosch 6-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit for Always-On Future
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6/25/2014   3 comments
Bosch's Sensortec aims its integrated low-power sensor platform for always-on applications in mobile and the Internet of Things.
Smarter Sensor Hub Tops Off Android
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6/25/2014   7 comments
PNI Sensor Corp. supports all 4.4 KitKat sensor functions for latest Android operating system.
Ultra-Low-Power FRAM-Based MCUs Target Next-Gen Applications
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6/24/2014   21 comments
TI's MSP430 FRAM-based MCUs, coupled with EnergyTrace++ technology, are designed from the ground up to enable the world’s lowest-power MCU systems.
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