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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   28 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   7 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.
Stealth Mercenary Team Boosts Fortune 500 Companies
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Synapse Design styles itself as a mercenary design team. Working for Fortune 500 companies, Synapse Design has taped out 33 SoCs in the last 12 months.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs
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6/23/2014   5 comments
Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
Intel Massive Parallel Upgrades Due
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6/23/2014   8 comments
Intel ups the ante in supercomputer processors by boosting Xeon Phi from 1 to 3 teraflops, adding an on-chip optical fiber interface and 16 Gbytes of 3D hybrid memory cube jointly developed with Micron.
X-Fab Cranks Up MEMS Capacities
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6/23/2014   Post a comment
Semiconductor foundry X-Fab is expanding its MEMS manufacturing capacity in its Erfurt and Itzehoe locations. At these locations, X-Fab is adding 21.500 square feet of cleanroom facilities.
TE Connectivity Moves Deeper Into Sensors
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6/20/2014   2 comments
TE Connectivity's acquisition of Measurement Specialties of Massachusetts moves the connectivity giant into temperature measurement.
Apple Preps Multiple Smartwatches
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6/20/2014   12 comments
Wearable devices will include sensors to track health and fitness, according to sources.
Why MIPS? Imagination Makes Its Case
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6/19/2014   19 comments
Here are a few facts about where MIPS stands, and some clues to the big picture Imagination hopes to paint for its new customers.
Radios Give IoT New Channels
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6/19/2014   2 comments
Researchers at Imec described work on a basketful of radios for the Internet of Things from 79 GHz radar to 900 MHz wireless charging.
Crunch Your IoT Data Before It Clogs the Network
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6/18/2014   3 comments
In today's IoT frenzy, a lot of companies rush to connect sensors and provide all sorts of monitoring services, and carriers will happily bill them for the data that transits through their networks.
Analog Devices' $2 Billion RF Buy
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6/17/2014   6 comments
With its $2 billion cash deal to acquire RF chip maker Hittite Microwave Corp. last week, ADI will gain more than a 1,000 RF chip products that cover the frequency range of DC to 110 GHz: RF (0 to 6 GHz), microwave (6 GHz to 20 GHz), and millimeter wave (20 GHz to 110 GHz).
Next-Gen DSPs Target High-Performance Power-Constrained Apps
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6/17/2014   Post a comment
With up to 800 MMACs performance and 1 MB of embedded SRAM, the ADSP-BF70x processor family from ADI targets industrial imaging, audio, and automotive applications.
First Ultrasonic MEMS Controller to Make Mobile Hands Free
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6/17/2014   Post a comment
Knowles, the world's biggest supplier of MEMS microphones, has announced the world's first ultrasonic MEMS microphone designed to extend the control of mobile devices into the 3D space above and around the screen.
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