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Successful With Phones & Drones, Parrot Ponders Farming
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12/18/2014   7 comments
Parrot is a 20-year-old startup that has the passion of "makers" backed by intimate knowledge of telephony connectivity, digital signal processing, and in-house ASIC design.
Infineon & UMC Extend Manufacturing Pact Into Auto ICs
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12/17/2014   Post a comment
German chipmaker will partner with Taiwanese foundry to manufacture power semiconductors for automotive applications, extending a production alliance in logic chips lasting more than 15 years.
Apps Layer: '800lb Gorilla' in IoT Nobody Talks About
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12/16/2014   20 comments
Plenty of people and companies in the technology world tend to come at the Internet of Things by dwelling on "Internet." But what if we started with the "Things" instead?
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off?
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12/15/2014   8 comments
Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
More for IoT: Our Natural Roadmap, Says Cypress CEO
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12/15/2014   Post a comment
Following the $4 Billion all-stock 50%-split Cypress-Spansion merger, CEO T.J. Rodgers will head the new company under the global name Cypress. The company will keep Spansion’s world leadership in NOR Flash memory and retain Cypress’ huge SRAM memory market.
Sequans: The Startup That Started Over
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12/15/2014   6 comments
Early one Paris morning in July 2011, Georges Karam, president and CEO of Sequans, got a call from HTC. Kara'’s biggest customer asked him to stop shipping Sequans' WiMax radio chips. That called changed everything.
Top 2014 Acquisitions that Advanced the Internet of Things
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12/11/2014   7 comments
2014 was the year when the electronics industry decidedly and collectively moved forward to push IoT. For evidence, look no further than the many mergers and acquisitions among IC, system, and software vendors this year.
TSMC to Use EUV for 7nm, Says ASML
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12/8/2014   8 comments
ASML says that TSMC plans to buy two EUV scanners next year to extend the boundaries of its process technology, potentially to 7 nanometers.
Foundry Sales Growing Faster Than Chip Market
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12/8/2014   4 comments
Global foundry IC revenues will grow by 13 percent to $47.9 billion in 2014, following on from annual growth of 13 percent in 2013 and 18 percent in 2012, according to a report produced jointly by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and market researcher IC Insights.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2015
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12/3/2014   3 comments
EDN and EE Times explore some of the hot technologies in 2014 that will shape technology trends for next year and beyond as engineers bring even more innovative ideas to reality.
Bluetooth 4.2 Unveiled: No Mesh Yet, But Big on IoT
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12/3/2014   14 comments
With new Bluetooth 4.2 specs published Dec. 3, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group promises to deliver several incremental but solid performance increases. Conspicuously absent is mesh technology.
Biologists Grow Living Circuits
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12/1/2014   9 comments
Biologists at MIT are wiring together implantable living cells to repair damage from maladies like Parkinson's.
Sony’s 3-Year Plan: Treading Water or Just Sinking?
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11/26/2014   28 comments
Sony’s three-year outlook for its mobile business "isn’t aiming for size or market share," said Sony's new mobile chief.
Motor Controllers Offer Improved Noise Immunity
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11/25/2014   3 comments
Operating at 5V gives these digital signal controllers enhanced noise immunity and system robustness.
USB Oscilloscopes Get Beta Drivers for Open-Source Hardware
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11/25/2014   4 comments
Pico Technology has released beta versions of drivers for BeagleBoneBlack and Raspberry Pi open-source controller boards.
Megachips to Launch DSP-Based Sensor Fusion IC
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11/25/2014   2 comments
The growing sensor-fusion controller market for smartphones and wearable devices is about to meet a new competitor – this time from Japan. Megachips is rolling out a motion engine and sensor hub chip, dubbed Frizz.
Can Japan Get Her Groove Back With IoT?
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11/24/2014   11 comments
Japan once looked like a world leader in smart home standards. Now she's trying to get her groove back via the Internet of Things.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret
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11/21/2014   22 comments
In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Automotive Industry Drives Chip Demand
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11/20/2014   9 comments
Among all major end use-applications for integrated circuits, the automotive market exposes the strongest growth, finds market researcher IC Insight in a study to be released later this month.
Industrial Processor Avoids Cache to Improve Real-Time Performance
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11/20/2014   3 comments
Dedicated, tightly coupled memory allows these MCUs to execute at full speed without needing cache.
iCub: It's Robotic, It's Cute & It's Italian
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11/19/2014   14 comments
Japan's love affair with robots is well-known. So, predictably, Japanese attendees at Embedded Technology show are gushing over this little Italian -- about as big as a four-year-old child - which they praise as smart, sophisticated and gentle.
Intel Merges Mobile, PC Divisions
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11/18/2014   25 comments
In a move to streamline business and combat dismal financial results for its mobile in the third quarter, Intel will merge its mobile and PC divisions. The transition is set to occur in early 2015.
Low-Cost MCUs Cover Audio to Industrial
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11/18/2014   20 comments
Microchip's new PIC32 series provides a rich feature set to cover a wide range of applications.
Xilinx Announces SDAccel Dev Environment for C, C++ & OpenCL
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11/18/2014   2 comments
Real-world benchmarks show that -- using hand-coded RTL as a baseline reference point -- SDAccel can meet or exceed hand-coded results.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True
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11/18/2014   3 comments
China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Is Sony Too Big to Succeed?
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11/18/2014   12 comments
Big spenders and financial analysts gathering for Sony's investor relations event next week in Tokyo are preoccupied with one big question: Does Sony's management team have the medicine to cure its ailing electronics business?
Low Power, High Security for the IoT Edge
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11/17/2014   5 comments
At Electronica, Atmel debuted MCUs and modules targeting IoT edge-node design, with low power and enhanced security as prominent features.
Will New SoCs Keep Marvell at No. 2 in China’s LTE Market?
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11/17/2014   3 comments
Marvell, with a 30% market share in China’s LTE market today, plans to fend off competitors with two five-mode 4G LTE 64-bit mobile processors -- one with octa-cores and another with quad-cores.
Cypress Announces PSoC 4 BLE & PRoC BLE
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11/13/2014   14 comments
The PSoC 4 BLE combines a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with programmable analog fabric, programmable digital fabric, and a Bluetooth low power core, all on the same silicon die.
TI Industrial Control MCUs Debut at Electronica
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
Integrated analog, enhanced isolation, and multichannel wireless are key features of TI's newest industrial offerings.
Will Google’s Thread Become Threat?
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11/12/2014   14 comments
Freescale’s Thread beta development program marks a milestone for Thread supporters, as the new protocol for the first time becomes tangible for developers.
8-Bit MCUs Target Industrial Control
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
With peripherals designed to offload the CPU, this 8-bit MCU from Microchip can take on many industrial control challenges.
Spansion’s Foray Into e.MMC Market
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Spansion has rolled out a family of “industrial-grade” embedded MultiMediaCard memory products by using its high-density MLC NAND flash. The company is playing catchup with Micron and Toshiba.
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.
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.
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.
Superconductivity Predicted by Supercomputer
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11/5/2014   4 comments
Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has started manufacturing the military grade MAXL-OL-2000 MEMS-based accelerometer family for fabless chip company Physical Logic AG (Zurich, Switzerland) using a thick-film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of its 180nm modular MEMS process.
Chip Market Growth Continues to Slow in September
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11/4/2014   1 comment
For the fourth consecutive month the annual growth in the global semiconductor market slowed in September.
China Blamed for Microchip Dip
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10/30/2014   4 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending Sept. 30. Officials said the company's decrease in sales is a reflection of the economic climate in China rather than internal issues.
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.
UMC Takes Bigger Slice of 28nm Business
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10/29/2014   7 comments
UMC, the world’s third-largest chip foundry, said that it grabbed a larger piece of the 28 nm business that is dominated by TSMC. UMC reiterated its capital expenditure for this year at about $1.3 billion.
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.
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.
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.
Intel, IBM Dueling 14nm FinFETS
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10/21/2014   25 comments
The duel of the FinFETs will take place between Intel and GlobalFoundries now that it has taken over manufacturing of semiconductors from IBM with the details of architectures here.
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.
Memory Transition Prompts Testing Uptick
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10/21/2014   Post a comment
As DDR4 starts to see some traction, test equipment manufacturers are seeing increased demand for their tools as system builders look to guarantee compliance and interoperability.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit
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10/21/2014   9 comments
Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
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