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MediaTek Cautions 'Weak Demand' for Handsets
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7/31/2015   1 comment
MediaTek has pared its expectations for 2015 as a result of weaker demand for smartphones and stronger price competition for the handset chips that the company makes.
Google Street View Cars Test The Air
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7/31/2015   Post a comment
Environmental sensor firm Aclima has partnered with Google to test air quality in urban areas.
Hybrid Solar Cells Capture More
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7/31/2015   Post a comment
Solar cells today waste as much as 44 percent of the solar spectrum--the infrared (IR)--but by combining inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules that lost energy can be unconverted to the visible spectrum for conversion to electricity, according to researchers at University of California, Riverside, (UCR).
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst
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7/30/2015   2 comments
Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
Graphene Lights Up Chips
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
A group of national and international researchers have demonstrated an on-chip visible light source using graphene as a filament. The team attached small strips of graphene to metal electrodes, suspended the strips above the substrate, and passed a current through the filaments.
Smarter Sensor Hub Cuts Power
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7/30/2015   3 comments
QuickLogic has a new sensor hub Eos, named after the Greek Goddess of the new dawn, which packs so many hardware accelerators--including it own field programmable gate array (FPGA)--on an SoC with an ARM Cortex-M4F, that it can serve as the application processor for wearables as well as significantly offload the app processor on a smartphone.
Smart Meters Can Destabilize Grid, Study Says
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7/28/2015   9 comments
In some geographies including Germany, smart meters are mandatory for new buildings – being an ingredient of smart grids, they allow energy suppliers to match energy generation and consumption by implementing differentiated tariffs and help users to optimize energy consumption profiles.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
IoT Accelerators Offer Advice to Entrepreneurs
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Startup accelerator experts panel offers IoT entrepreneurs insights into Kickstarter, manufacturing in China, and making the transition from prototype to production.
Graphene Sensor Detects Nano Molecules
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Teams from the Swiss University EPFL and the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona used graphene to improve upon infrared absorption spectroscopy for molecule detection.
Apple HomeKit Requires ID Chip
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7/28/2015   7 comments
Apple requires an ID chip in devices using its HomeKit software, one of several observations in a talk on platforms for the Internet of Things at ESC SV.
Getting Back to Basic with Bluetooth
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
In the new IoT environment where ease of development is primary, Silicon Labs provides Bluetooth developers with a simple BASIC-like scripting language.
Hacked Jeep: Whom to Blame?
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7/27/2015   23 comments
So, where, exactly, find a crack in the firewall of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee? How did they infiltrate and who’s at fault for failing to foresee the breach? Failures apparently occurred in multiple places.
IoT Net Gets New Leader
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7/27/2015   Post a comment
The LoRa Alliance will name communications veteran Geoff Mulligan as its new chairman starting August 1.
Moto G Details Leak Ahead Of Motorola Event
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7/27/2015   1 comment
Motorola is holding a splashy event in NYC July 28, and leaks have provided a solid look at what's in store.
Nanoparticle Imaging with Graphene
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7/24/2015   1 comment
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using a monolayer of graphene as a see-through lens-like cap -- called a graphene liquid cell -- to create a new imaging system that can see the individual atoms in a single nanoparticle while it is still in solution.
Freescale to Merge with NXP at Top of Game
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7/24/2015   9 comments
In what might become the last quarterly financial call for the awaiting acquisition by NXP Semiconductors, Freescale delivered strong second-quarter financial results, backed by record-breaking gross margins, operating profits, and design wins.
Near-Collision Poses Need for V2V in Google Cars
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7/24/2015   22 comments
Both Google and Delphi downplayed what took place last month between their self-driving cars that almost collided on the streets of Palo Alto. But could they have avoided an evasive action caused by suddenly aborting the lane change?
Facebook's Oculus Buys Israeli Hand-Motion Firm
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7/24/2015   Post a comment
Oculus VR LLC (Menlo Park, Calif.) is reported to be ready to spend about $60 million to acquire a startup called Pebbles Interfaces Ltd. (Kfar Saba, Israel).
Google Glass Enterprise, Pixate Deal Offers Mobile Clues
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7/23/2015   Post a comment
With new details about Google Glass, and with the acquisition of Pixate, Google is offering some insight into mobile roadmap.
Research Project Tackles Driver Takeover Issue
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7/23/2015   4 comments
Automated driving promises a more relaxed mobility, but what if a situation occurs that exceeds the capabilities of the electronic chauffeur? German aerospace research centre DLR has developed a system that alerts the driver in the case of an emerging problem.
Qualcomm Plans 15% Layoffs
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7/22/2015   8 comments
Qualcomm announced a realignment plan that aims to reduce costs by $1.4 billion by 2016 and will deliver pink slips to 15% of employees.
Smart Cities Efforts Expand
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
A meeting in November aims to kick off a new round of smart cities projects for 2016, according to a speaker from NIST at ESV SV.
IBM Frees Open Source Apps
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7/22/2015   2 comments
In 2015 IBM will contribute 50+ free programming projects focusing on analytics, mobile and cloud technologies to the open-source community plus include them on its Bluemix cloud development--free to individuals/students, up to $120,000 free to developers--as well as free developerWorks Open community to users for sharing open-source code, ideas and advise from IBM experts.
Apple’s Results Offer More Evidence of Tablet’s Decline
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7/22/2015   4 comments
Consumer electronics giant reports another stellar quarter, but stock price dives in after hours trading.
Cypress Dual Mode PMICs Win ACE Energy Award
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has been honored with UBM Canon’s ACE Award for energy technology. The San Jose, Calif.-based company produces dual mode energy harvesting power management integrated circuits for the Internet of Things.
RFID Chip Tags IoT Award
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
The Monza R6 tag chip from Impinj was named Internet of Things Product of the Year in the annual ACE Awards, in part for the company’s sustained efforts to nurture the fledgling market for UHF RFID tags.
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’
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7/22/2015   1 comment
In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
Freescale Truck Wins ACE
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Freescale's Internet of Tomorrow traveling showcase and training facility inside big rig trailer wins the ACE award for marketing at EE Times.
5G Still Needs Millimeter Wave Work
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7/22/2015   Post a comment
Detailed system designs and improved architecture must be developed before millimeter waves can enter the market in a real way for 5G cellular systems around 2020.
Toshiba CEO Resigns Over Accounting Scandal
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7/21/2015   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp.'s CEO has resigned in response to a report from an independent investigation committee that has uncovered the worst accounting scandal in Toshiba's 140-year history.
Wearables Fail Check Up
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7/21/2015   2 comments
Wearable devices need to deliver medical-grade data then simplify it to relevant recommendations to consumers, said a speaker at ESC SV.
3D Printed Electronics Are Here, Researchers Say
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7/21/2015   Post a comment
3-D printers were used to print electronics circuit using polymers as the structural base and wax as a sacrificial material that they later filled with silver paste with a syringe to realize a proof-of-concept passive wireless sensor measuring food spoilage.
Drones’ Agenda: New Spectrum
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7/20/2015   2 comments
As the term unmanned aerial vehicle suggests, drones are supposed to fly autonomously. And there’s the rub. Unresolved questions are: a) how drones can maintain a reliable communication link with the ground, and b) if so, what communication spectrum is available.
Video: Sensors, Liquid Crystals Make "Omnifocal" Glasses
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7/20/2015   1 comment
Perfect vision – all the time – is the claim from startup Deep Optics Ltd. (Petah Tiqva) for its eyeglasses that include sensors and liquid crystal materials to adjust to the wearer's near- and long-distance viewing.
Google Proposes Open Source Beacons
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7/19/2015   1 comment
Google's Eddystone protocol aims to make beacons more flexible and open, and to compete with Apple's iBeacon in what is still a nascent market.
Wi-Fi Rings in NYC Phone Booths
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7/17/2015   Post a comment
A new company with ties to Google will convert 10,000 payphones throughout the five boroughs into gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots. The ad-based links will provide free phone call and public Wi-Fi with seamless roaming.
Google Glass Enterprise Edition: What We Know So Far
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7/16/2015   Post a comment
The rumored Google Glass Enterprise Edition looks more like a maintenance release to placate the company's handful of Glass at Work partners until the company finds a way to reimagine and reinvigorate the project.
Intel Hits Q2 Target Despite PC Slump
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7/15/2015   6 comments
Intel's second quarter revenues were in line with expectations, with PC sales still slumping and growth in data center, memory and IoT segments.
Mobile World Congress To Stay in Barcelona
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7/15/2015   2 comments
Despite city politics, GSMA's Mobile World Congress is staying in Barcelona until 2023.
PC, Mobile Slump Hits Chips
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7/15/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor sales are in a two year slump due to weak demand for PCs and mobile systems and the IoT and China won’t help much, says Gartner.
Unifying IoT: Thread Delivers V1.0, Gets Qualcomm
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
The Thread Group is gathering momentum, laying a foundation for much needed unity in Internet of Things, and rolling out the networking layer designed to interoperate with a broad range of IoT solutions.
Better FRAM MCU State Recovery After Power Loss
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7/13/2015   1 comment
TI’s Compute Through Power Loss (CPTL) library incorporates a context save-and-restore algorithm that brings a FRAM-based 16-bit MSP430 MCU back to its original operating state before a power interruption.
5G Moves Out of the Lab
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7/8/2015   7 comments
5G cellular networks will move out of the lab and into formal standards work and field trials starting over the next several months.
M2M Shifting Quickly from 2G to 4G, Says Sequans
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7/8/2015   Post a comment
Although M2M devices are still largely dependent on 2G cellular links for device-to-device communication, M2M system vendors must decide soon to move their network “from 2G to something else,” said Georges Karam, CEO at Sequans Communications.
UL Planning to Tackle Cyber Security Certification
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7/8/2015   Post a comment
Currently in discussion with the White House, UL aims to certify IoT device security.
Thin Film Solar Cells May Rival Silicon
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7/6/2015   3 comments
A consortium of 11 European institutions in eight countries aim to one-up the cheap Chinese thin-film solar cells with efficiencies rivaling silicon at a fraction of the cost.
Apple Watch Tear Down Reveals European Chips
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7/3/2015   1 comment
The Apple Watch, is the trailblazer of a wearables equipment market set to boom by 2020, according to market research organization Yole Developpement. And several leading European chipmakers are set to benefit, according to a tear down of the watch.
3-D Fingerprint Scanner Beats Apple's
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7/3/2015   3 comments
The University of California at Davis, in cooperation with the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) has created a three-dimensional (3-D) MEMS fingerprint identification system atop a CMOS ASIC.
FinFETs + FD-SOI Proposition: May Save Power
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7/2/2015   25 comments
Ron Martino, vice president of application processors and advanced technology for Freescale’s MCUs says there is room both both FinFETs, FD-SOI and combinations of the two.
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