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Intel Readies Super-Resist for EUV
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7/17/2014   7 comments
Intel partners with Berkeley Lab to create extreme ultraviolet (EUV) resists.
New Applications Fuel MEMS Sensor Growth
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7/16/2014   1 comment
A report from IC Insights explains why the Internet of Things is driving all kinds of new measurements.
Lattice's iCE40 Ultra FPGAs Make Smart Devices Smarter
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7/16/2014   3 comments
If an ASSP got married to an FPGA, then the members of the iCE40 Ultra family would be their children.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs
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7/16/2014   14 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?
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.
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.
DesignCon Extends 2015 Abstract Deadline
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7/9/2014   Post a comment
DesignCon 2015 has extended its deadline for submitting abstracts to July 18, 2014.
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%.
Chip Market Growth Moderated in May
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
Europe's three-month average chip sales in May pushed forward showing strengthening growth year-on-year while the rest of world saw growth rates decline, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), that referenced the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
6 Keys to Navigating Connected Car's Software Quagmire
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7/8/2014   9 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.
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.
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.
Voice & Face Unlock Smartphones & Tablets
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6/30/2014   26 comments
The combination of voice identification and facial recognition -- referred to as "biometric fusion" -- yields extremely high levels of accuracy and security.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quantum Computing Researchers Tap Test & Measurement Tools
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6/18/2014   2 comments
Arbitrary waveform generator lets researchers work towards solving the problem of unstable qubits.
Is China the World's Leading Cyberspy?
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6/17/2014   6 comments
This is the first of a three-part series examining the fallout on industry from China's alleged cyberspying. Today we examine the proof of spying and its effects on industry.
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.
Programmable Analog: Maxim Creates Swiss Army Knife
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6/17/2014   30 comments
Instead of creating a problematical field-programmable analog array (FPAA), Maxim has created the analog equivalent of a simple PLD (programmable logic device).
Power-Conscious Controllers Reduce Energy Consumption
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6/17/2014   1 comment
While a great deal of effort is put into reducing power consumption of memory, controllers are playing a key role in driving down energy needs of overall systems.
Top Mobile Memory Vendors
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6/16/2014   Post a comment
In a recent report, Gartner ranked the top vendors of eMCP and eMMC mobile memory. In an interview with EETimes, Gartner's principal analyst, Brady Wang, explained the details.
World's Highest-Performance MOSFET Is III-V
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6/13/2014   9 comments
The world's highest-performance metal-oxide-semiconductor-field-effect-transistor is no longer silicon. It's made from indium-gallium-arsenide on a indium-phosphide layer, which can be grown atop a standard silicon wafer.
EMV Chips in 70% of Credit Cards by 2015
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6/11/2014   3 comments
Increasing fraud rates will push issuers to migrate customers to EMV-enabled cards before the October 2015 liability shift on card-present transactions, Aite Group says.
DCD's D16950 UART Soft IP Core for FPGAs & ASICs
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6/11/2014   8 comments
Functionally compatible to the OX16C950, the D16950 allows serial transmission in two modes: UART and FIFO.
ON Semi's Aptina Acquisition Aims at Automotive
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6/11/2014   2 comments
ON Semiconductor's $400 million acquisition of Aptina Imaging makes ON Semi the world's repository of CMOS image sensor experts.
Smartphones Become Instrument Displays
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6/10/2014   9 comments
Smartphones and tablets make great platforms for remote instrument displays and controls. Here's another example.
QuickLogic Wearable Solutions Include Hardware & Software
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6/9/2014   15 comments
Next-generation devices with be both environmentally and contextually aware; they will know if we are walking, running, or riding a bike.
TI to Redefine Infotainment for Economy Cars
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6/9/2014   9 comments
Consumer demand for advanced IVI systems, the bring-your-own-device trend, the auto industry’s pressing need to consolidate a growing number of ECUs, and the further progress of ADAS are key factors driving the automotive chip market.
Lantronix xPico WiFi Shield for Arduino
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6/5/2014   4 comments
xPico Wi-Fi shield delivers Wi-Fi access point and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity for Arduino development platforms.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
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6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
AMD's G-Series APUs & CPUs Take Flight
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6/4/2014   Post a comment
AMD's G-series devices address a wide range of embedded applications in healthcare, finance, education and retail, and also industrial applications in rugged and harsh environments.
Marvell to Hitch Apple's Smart Home Ride
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6/3/2014   3 comments
As Apple guns for a big stake in technology for monitoring health and home, Marvell, Broadcom, and TI are looking to piggyback on the Apple campaign. Marvell launched three separate IoT SoCs made for iDevices.
Computex: Pixelworks Debuts Mobile Video Post-Processing IC
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6/2/2014   3 comments
Pixelworks is the first chip vendor to develop a small, hardwired mobile video display processor that sits between a mobile SoC and the mobile device's panel.
Apple’s IoT 'Good Housekeeping' Label: MFi
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5/30/2014   33 comments
Expect Apple to beat Google to the punch by unveiling the company’s IoT strategy on its home front at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.
Intel, You Can Drive My Car
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5/30/2014   32 comments
Recognizing that the car, once a mechanical device, is rapidly becoming a software-intensive system, Intel unveils a comprehensive plan to help automakers and car OEMs prepare for a future that includes, eventually, self-driving.
EMC Musicians Reunite for August Symposium
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5/29/2014   1 comment
The EMC Society Band is looking for Musicians to join the fun on August 5 & 6 at the 2014 EMC Symposium in Raleigh.
AMD's 'Bald Eagle' R-Series APUs Soar
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5/28/2014   Post a comment
If the computational and graphics performance of R-Series APUs live up to AMD's claims, then these devices could be game changers.
Renesas May Sell LCD Chip Unit to Synaptics
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5/28/2014   3 comments
The Japanese semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics reportedly plans to sell its majority stake in Renesas SP Drivers, its LCD chip joint venture with Sharp and Powerchip Group, to the mobile device chip provider Synaptics.
Microchip Buys Taiwan’s ISSC Tech
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5/22/2014   3 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. makes a $328.5 million deal to acquire Taiwanese fabless chip company ISSC Technologies Corp., which sells Bluetooth chips aimed at the growing IoT sector.
DesignCon Issues 2015 Call for Abstracts
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5/22/2014   7 comments
The annual conference on high-speed digital design, signal integrity, and power integrity is now taking submissions for paper abstracts.
Toshiba & Sandisk to Scrap 2D NAND Fab for 300mm 3D NAND
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5/22/2014   5 comments
Toshiba announces it will demolish its No. 2 semiconductor fabrication facility at Yokkaichi Operations, a NAND Flash memory plant, and replace it with a new fab on the same site, dedicated to 3D NAND.
Get Free Test & Measurement Software
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5/21/2014   4 comments
There's plenty of free software available in the form of applications add-ons, drivers, and open-source. Help us compile our list of free T&M software by telling us what you use.
Rohde & Schwarz Joins M2M Alliance
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5/20/2014   1 comment
By Joining the M2M Alliance, Rohde & Schwarz moves into a burgeoning area where machine will communicate directly with each other, using wireless technologies.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
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5/20/2014   18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Japan's Chip Fabs Turn to Growing Lettuce
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5/19/2014   5 comments
Two of Japan's chip companies have decided to grow lettuce and other vegetables in idle semiconductor clean rooms, using specialized lighting to replace sunlight.
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