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Software Has the Last Word for PIN Entry
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
The Cartes Secure Connexions exhibition had its fair share of hardware exhibitors, but authentication is at the core of every transaction, and software solutions are increasingly taking center stage.
MEMS Sensor Hub Goes All-in-One
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11/11/2014   5 comments
PNI Sensor Corp. offers all-in-one sensor hub including the MEMS sensors and bifurcates into two companies.
New FPGA-based USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Device Controller From SLS
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11/11/2014   1 comment
By taking advantage of the FPGA's integrated transceivers, this new USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Device Controller IP from System Level Solutions removes the need for an external USB PHY chip.
Gizmo 2 SBC for Embedded Systems & Maker-Pro DIYers
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11/11/2014   18 comments
The Gizmo 2 is an extremely powerful CPU+GPU-based open-source platform for embedded systems and DIY programmers wanting to take things to the next level.
CogniVue, Fraunhofer Debut Supersmall Camera at Electronica
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11/11/2014   4 comments
Fraunhofer's driver-assist microcamera, exhibited this week at Electronica in Munich, uses CogniVue's image processing technology and a Freescale Semiconductor image cognition processor based on CogniVue's IP.
Sensors See Gestures, Barcodes
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11/11/2014   3 comments
AMS AG announced a new family of intelligent sensors for gesture control at this week's Electronica in Germany. The next-generation TMG399x line adds sensing functionality and barcode emulation for mobile and other consumer electronics.
Cypress Jumps on BLE Bandwagon
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11/11/2014   6 comments
Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers discussed his new PSoC microcontrollers supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and a $9 node for what he calls the Internet of Plants.
TSMC Predicts Next Big Thing
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11/10/2014   5 comments
With MEMS and CMOS on same chip, sourced from a single well-oiled supply chain offering dirt-cheap prices, innovators will create the "next big thing." One-stop shopping at a semiconductor manufacturer is the future, says TSMC.
NXP's Ultra-Low-Power LPC54100 MCUs for Always-On Sensor Apps
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11/7/2014   18 comments
LPC54100 MCUs boast dual processors: a Cortex-M0+ for listening, data aggregation, and management functions, and a Cortex-M4F for math-intensive sensor fusion algorithms.
Smart Battery Charges Up for IoT
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11/7/2014   11 comments
Startup Roost is developing a new twist on the Internet of Things -- a smart, networked battery that will put existing smoke alarms on home WiFi networks.
MediaTek Aims for Fast Entry Into China’s LTE Market
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11/6/2014   1 comment
MediaTek aims to pare Qualcomm’s lead in China’s 4G smartphone market with the launch of a new octa-core processor in the first quarter of 2015.
Sensor Fusion Goes Open-Source
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11/6/2014   8 comments
A new industry group has formed to simplify the process by which sensor data is synthesized. The Accelerated Innovation Community is an open-source algorithm cooperative dedicated to improving the accuracy of sensors.
Conference Explores 3D Semiconductor Technology
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11/5/2014   Post a comment
3D ASIP Conference in December 2014 to cover technology progress and markets for 3D semiconductor integration and packaging.
ST's Small 6-Axis IMU a Big Move Into Automotive
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11/4/2014   1 comment
STMicroelectronics has synchronized an accelerometer and a gyroscope on the world's smallest 6-axis inertial measurement unit.
IoT Data Must Be Prioritized
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11/3/2014   2 comments
The proliferation of Internet of Things devices may contribute to the big data onslaught, but ultimately this growth of information to be processed by memory and flash must be triaged like any other incoming data.
Why Xiaomi Is World's 3rd Largest Mobile Co.
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10/30/2014   32 comments
Xiaomi's emergence as world's third largest smartphone vendor makes us ask how the rules have changed in global smartphone market.
Japan's MegaChips to Buy MEMS Timing Leader SiTime
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10/29/2014   4 comments
MegaChips, Japan's fast-growing fabless, will buy SiTime Corp. for $200 million in cash to leverage SiTime's MEMS timing devices to enhance its own SoCs and ASSPs for wearable and mobile devices.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
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10/29/2014   13 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Lattice & Forza Announce Fully Reconfigurable Image Sensor
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10/29/2014   6 comments
Smart sensors open a wealth of application possibilities in automobiles, homes, and factories, to name but a few -- anywhere sensors are to be found, in fact.
ARM Cortex-M7: Abundance of Memory or Not Enough?
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10/28/2014   31 comments
Whether the Cortex M7 meets requirements depends on who you ask; the myriad answers point to the hairball of decisions and trade-offs in hardware, software and systems today’s developers are confronted with.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate
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10/28/2014   14 comments
While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
Wearables Ready for Work, Survey Says
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10/28/2014   11 comments
A new survey finds that the majority of adults want wearables in their workplace, though the US remains behind in overall wearable acceptance.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup
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10/27/2014   10 comments
Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
NASA Spinoffs: 6 Innovations In Health & Medicine
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10/23/2014   2 comments
The concept of applying technologies used in space to enhance the lives of people on Earth drives NASA's spinoff program, a technology originally developed for NASA missions is transferred to the public for commercial use.
iPad Air 2: Biggest Weakness
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10/23/2014   13 comments
Early reviews of the Apple iPad Air 2 all sing a similar tune: It's thin and light, the screen is better, the cameras are great, and it delivers incredible performance. But two reviews dinged the device heavily on multitasking.
Health Startups Are Unfit, Says MD
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10/23/2014   8 comments
Today's startups pursuing consumer health and fitness generally use poor sensors and algorithms in subpar products, but the area is ripe with opportunity, said a Stanford expert.
China's 5-Year Plan Revealed
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10/23/2014   12 comments
China's next five-year plan, starting in 2016, will emphasize connectivity, a smartphone for everyone, and the Internet of Things en masse.
Sensors for Wearables Market to Double in 2015
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10/22/2014   3 comments
Market analysis and forecast organization IHS thinks that Apple's Watch will stimulate and set a standard for fitness and health monitoring features on wearable electronics devices.
World's Wireless Record Breaks 40 Gbit/s
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10/22/2014   11 comments
A whole world of engineers is shooting for the next speedup in wireless communications beyond the LTE Advanced 1 Gbit/s ceiling. Now researchers have demonstrated 40 Gbit/s wireless speeds to be used for backhaul for now but for commercial users someday.
Intel, Partners Reveal Privacy Survey
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10/22/2014   1 comment
The average person’s device ecosystem is expanding, exponentially increasing the amount of data being created as well as associated security risks. In response to a recently released survey, Intel and several of its partner organizations recently discussed big data and ways to mollify the more than 80% of users who are uneasy about who, or what, has access to their information.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut
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10/22/2014   2 comments
A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
Tiny Display Rides Maker Wave
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10/22/2014   7 comments
Startup Tiny Circuits looks to bridge the gap between hobbyists and OEMs with a variety of Ardunio-based click-and-play pieces.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
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10/21/2014   6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
As Revenue Dips, China Mobile Pushes 4G
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10/20/2014   4 comments
China Mobile's 2014 nine-month income fell by 9.7% compared with the same period a year ago, and profits dipped for the fifth-straight quarter.
IoT Group Turns Off TV Band
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10/20/2014   7 comments
The Weightless SIG is turning away from its TV White Spaces effort and moving up-band to 900 MHz with the help of NWave Technologies, which joins the Internet of Things effort.
Computer Vision Opens New API
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10/20/2014   3 comments
The Khronos Group has officially released OpenVX, a high-level applications programming interface for computer vision apps.
Spansion Expands MCUs With IoT on Its Radar
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10/20/2014   2 comments
Spansion has unveiled 96 new MCUs, additions to the company's FM4 family based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. Running at 200MHz, they offer up to 2MB flash memory, a large set of interfaces, security, and 5V I/O.
First 2D Atomic Piezoelectric Discovered
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10/20/2014   6 comments
The world's first 2D monolayer material has been shown to be piezoelectric, enabling a new era of super-sensitive sensors, and when stacked, a new power source for wearables and IoT.
Mega MATLAB Release From MathWorks
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10/17/2014   3 comments
R2014b is an extremely compelling release for both existing MATLAB users and new members of the MATLAB community.
Taipei Electronics Show: Betting on the Smartphone as the Hub
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10/16/2014   8 comments
At last week's Taipei International Electronics Show, vendors were taunting new products designed with smartphones in mind. Here's a look at four new product launches.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
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10/16/2014   6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
Apple's Next iPads: 13 Things To Expect
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10/15/2014   9 comments
Assuming Apple releases new iPads this Thursday, as expected, the issue won't be whether the new tablets will be improved -- they will be. Rather, the issue will be whether the new devices are improved enough to justify a purchase. Luckily for Apple, the new devices will likely boast substantial upgrades.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
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10/15/2014   10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
In $2.5B Deal, Qualcomm & CSR Mesh
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10/15/2014   15 comments
Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest cellphone chip vendor, has agreed to buy CSR for $2.5 billion to strengthen its presence in the Internet of Things market.
NYC Shines as Maker City
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10/14/2014   2 comments
The maker movement is helping redefine manufacturing in New York City and around the world, a panel of city officials and industry experts said last month at MakerCon in New York City. Smaller production volumes, collective workspaces, and refined equipment are paving the way for a new industrial revolution.
Microchip Forecast Dip Triggers Debate
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10/13/2014   16 comments
Microchip's downward revision in its September quarter revenue forecast spooked flocks of investors, driving down stock prices, not only for Microchip, but also for Intel and TI. The news appears to have caught semiconductor industry analysts by surprise.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines
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10/13/2014   1 comment
The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Power Week: Solar Battery Recharges Itself Using Light & Air
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10/9/2014   1 comment
A hybrid device integrating both a battery and solar cell is claimed to both lower the cost of solar by 25% and increase its energy efficiency.
Nokia’s Largest Plant to Shut Down in India
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10/8/2014   11 comments
One of the world's biggest cellphone manufacturing plants, located in Chennai, India, will stop production of mobile phones and down shutters after Nov. 1. Microsoft, its lone customer, has terminated a subcontract agreement.
Why Do Big Companies Make Their Own Sensors?
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10/7/2014   2 comments
The reasons big companies make their own sensors vary from the need for a guaranteed supply to the addition of a product they can sell to others to just another aspect of verticalization as a company policy.
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