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Analog Helps Drive TI's Q1 Profit
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4/24/2014   Post a comment
Texas Instruments reported sales revenues up 3 percent compared with the same quarter a year ago, but that includes a $37 million benefit for the sale of a site and other assets related to a previously announced restructuring.
Electronics Flea Market Has More Than Electronics
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4/23/2014   3 comments
The "Flea at MIT" is a monthly swapfest where you can find components, connectors, computers, tools, test equipment, and old radios.
Altera's FPGA DSP Goes Hardcore
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4/22/2014   11 comments
Having hardened floating-point DSP blocks in FPGAs opens the door to a wide range of military and commercial applications, and also reduces time-to-market.
Bluetooth LE Promises Fewer Cables, Less Weight in Cars
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4/22/2014   7 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy technology is about to get exploited for opening and closing doors and windows, or adjusting seats, mirrors and lighting – wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
Naptech Offers Free Calibrations for 5 Years
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4/21/2014   Post a comment
Just ship any repaired test equipment back once a year.
Bagels: Official Food of Test & Measurement
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4/18/2014   49 comments
A bagel is the perfect food to eat at your lab bench as long as you keep seeds from getting everywhere.
ON Semi on a Roll With Image Sensors
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4/17/2014   1 comment
Coupled with the company’s acquisition of Truesense last week and the rollout of the new Python family of CMOS image sensors this week, ON Semiconductor sets its sights on the automotive market of the future.
Registration Opens for Microchip's MASTERs Conference
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4/16/2014   Post a comment
This conference is a great chance to meet Microchip's subject-matter experts and their technical partners, and also to meet their distributor's FAEs, design partners, and other users.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
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4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
Freescale MCU Streamlines Car Dash Dev
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4/14/2014   1 comment
Born from direct collaboration between a European car company and Freescale's Automotive MCU group, the triple-core ARM-based MAC57D5xx MCU brings higher-end automotive instrument clusters to mid-level and economy cars.
The Ampere, Redefined
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4/11/2014   23 comments
As the International Conference on Measures and Weights looks to agree on a new definition of the ampere, as one of the three basic dimensions of electricity, German researchers have devised a means to measure it.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’
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4/10/2014   10 comments
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
Freescale Takes Floating-Point Microcontroller Under 80 Cents
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4/10/2014   2 comments
Freescale's ARM Cortex M4 floating-point microcontrollers bring the price to less than $1 for bulk orders.
The Man Behind pcDuino
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4/8/2014   7 comments
The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
DCD's (Good Old) 68HC08 MCU Is Going Strong
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4/8/2014   7 comments
The latest version of DCD's binary-compatible 68HC08 8-bit MCU IP core -- the DF6808 – can perform up to 100 million instructions per second.
New High-Efficiency Power Solution for Altera's High-Performance FPGAs
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The combination of Altera’s new ET4040 power conversion solution and high-end FPGAs offer systems designers the high-density, high-efficiency power conversion they require.
QuickLogic's Sensor Hub IDE & Dev Board Speeds Customization
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The sensor hub IDE and development board support easy sensor bring-up, sensor algorithm development, and real-time board-level debug for quicker time-to-market.
New Saleae Logic Analyzer Family Combines Digital & Analog
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4/7/2014   18 comments
This new logic analyzer family from Saleae distinguishes itself from the original product line by incorporating analog measurement capabilities.
As Moore’s Law Slows, Open Hardware Rises
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4/6/2014   5 comments
"We're just at the point where open hardware might have an impact opportunity," said EE Live! keynoter Bunnie Huang, speaking on the future of Moore’s Law and heirloom hardware.
Chips Face Tough Times, Says Sanghi
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4/3/2014   41 comments
It's a new and harsher day for the semiconductor industry, said Microchip CEO Steve Sanghi in an interview on the EE Live! show floor.
Park Assist for Economy Cars
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4/2/2014   20 comments
In hopes of bringing advanced automotive features such as park assist and blind spot detection to economy cars, Freescale has teamed up with Broadcom to develop a compact MCU integrated with BroadR-Reach automotive Ethernet PHY.
Toyota Underestimated 'Deadly' Risks
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4/1/2014   20 comments
A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota said in his keynote at EE Live! that the best assurance for preventing similar "deadly" outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.
Microchip Announces New 8-Bit MCU Family at EE Live! 2014
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4/1/2014   1 comment
The integration of intelligent analog capabilities offered by the PIC16(L)F170X/171X family of 8-bit CPUs reduces system BOM cost and board real estate.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
Xilinx Introduces SDNet & 'Softly' Defined Networks
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3/31/2014   6 comments
Software Defined Specification Environment for Networking (SDNet) enables "Softly" Defined Networks.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap?
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3/27/2014   13 comments
Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
China to Blow $10B a Year on Chips
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3/25/2014   18 comments
Semiconductor business in China is abuzz about the huge chunk of money China’s central and local governments are about to plunk down on the domestic chip industry.
Will China Conquer MEMS?
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3/20/2014   8 comments
After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
5 New Products Not to Miss at EE Live!
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3/19/2014   3 comments
We've highlighted five new products that you shouldn't miss at EE Live! in April. Here's a quick tour of what's hot.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
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3/19/2014   3 comments
Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Imagination Offers Ray Tracing
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3/18/2014   8 comments
The Multicore IP block design from Imagination Technologies combines ray tracing and tile rendering for mobile graphics and games.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
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3/18/2014   19 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
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3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Research Labs Push the Bleeding Edge of Shared Memory Systems
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology turns to SGI's Intel-powered UV 2000 for pre and post-processing offline grid simulations for its Earth Simulator supercomputer.
MediaTek: Hotknot vs. NFC Begins
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3/12/2014   14 comments
MediaTek, Taiwan’s consumer electronics chip giant, will soon start sneaking into China’s smartphones a newly invented proximity technology called Hotknot.
ZTE's Bid to Go Upmarket via Nubia
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3/10/2014   4 comments
Nubia is ZTE's vehicle to go "upmarket," with a mission to establish a viable consumer brand and consumer channels -- not just in China but also in the United States.
Bacon-Scented Alarm Clocks
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3/10/2014   7 comments
What do you think? Is this real, or am I just a sucker for bacon?
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
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3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
Active-Semi Announce Scalable Wireless Mobile Charging SoC Solution
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3/7/2014   5 comments
Have you used a wireless charger yet? If not, how long do you think it will be before you start counting this technology as a "must have" tick-box item on your checklist?
TI on Cloud 9 With Tiva C Series IoT-Capable LaunchPad
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3/7/2014   Post a comment
The world as we know it is about to change dramatically -- hold onto your hat -- it's going to be an interesting ride!
Xilinx Starts Unveiling 16nm UltraScale MPSoC Architecture
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3/6/2014   10 comments
In addition to UltraScale FPGAs and 3D ICs, Xilinx will be fielding a family of 16nm multi-processor SoCs (MPSoCs).
Microchip Expands 8-Bit MCU Portfolio in Multiple Directions
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3/6/2014   7 comments
Microchip has expanded its range of 8-bit MCUs targeted at safety-critical and high-precision control applications.
Vote: 6 STEM Programs That Matter
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3/6/2014   10 comments
Help us determine who will win the STEM Impact Award. Voting is open today through March 17.
New DARPA Program Targets Bootleg Components
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3/5/2014   9 comments
Counterfeit components remain the scourge of electronics OEMs. The Pentagon is looking to the engineering community for a solution that will authenticate parts at any step in the supply chain.
ARM to Drive Tablet & Set-Top SoC Convergence
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3/5/2014   14 comments
The players doggedly chasing the DTV and set-top market are no longer traditional TV chip vendors. Instead, mobile (i.e., tablet) SoC vendors have emerged to take the lead.
Touchstone Semi Sells Assets to Silicon Labs for $1.5M
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3/5/2014   5 comments
Silicon Labs to gain nearly 70 analog products in the $1.5 million deal to buy Touchstone Semi's assets.
Radio Shack: Still Relevant for Neighborhood Engineers?
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3/4/2014   37 comments
Is the electronics retailer relevant as a local store? Where do you buy electronic parts?
Energy Benchmark Measures MCUs
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3/4/2014   4 comments
The EEMBC consortium announced ULPBench-CP, a low-power microcontroller benchmark that's part of a planned family of tools.
Apple's iOS Codes Get Inside Car
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3/4/2014   15 comments
With CarPlay, Apple’s naked ambition to get inside the car has become more evident than ever before. So is the eagerness of carmakers to associate their cars with the popular smartphone platform -- at any cost.
Embedded World 2014: 5 Hot Trends
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2/28/2014   3 comments
The Embedded World conference this week offered some details about how the embedded market will involve over the next 12 months. In addition to the whole notion of the Internet of Things, it looks like 2014 will be a good year to brush up on Linux skills.
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