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Medtronic Wins EU Approval for Leadless Pacemaker
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
The approval comes a year and a half after St. Jude Medical acquired Nanostim and its EU-approved leadless pacemaker.
NFC Tags Check Food Freshness
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4/16/2015   Post a comment
In December last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had designed simple gas sensors relying on nanotubes-based chemiresistors (electrical circuits whose resistance changes when exposed to a particular chemical).
Module Makes BLE a Drop-In Design Element
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4/14/2015   5 comments
The EZ-BLE radio module is fully self-contained, making Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity easy to add.
Graphene Spintronics Beats All
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4/14/2015   7 comments
Chalmers University of Technology claims graphene's high-electron mobility enables longer wires without repeaters for future spintronics that encode information on the spin of individual electrons instead of their charge like today.
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables
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4/13/2015   1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec
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4/10/2015   13 comments
V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
Sensor Hub Lowers the Power
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4/9/2015   1 comment
QuickLogic announced the world's lowest power sensor hub greatly extending the lifetime of wearables.
Nanotube Circuits Learn Functions
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Durham University researchers teach nanotube circuits how to perform their functions by evolutionary learning.
Medtronic Adds to Diabetes Business
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Hot on the heels of its purchase of the Diabeter diabetes clinic and research center, Medtronic signs a licensing agreement for DreaMed Diabetes’ artificial pancreas algorithm.
IC Insights Halves Sensor Growth Forecast
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights Inc. has more than halved the growth it expects to see in the sensors and actuators semiconductor category during 2015 and 2016.
Vote Today! Best Nanotech
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4/7/2015   1 comment
The National Nanotechnology Initiative opens going voting on its best and brightest projects by clicking on its image in a special gallery.
Intel Buys Swiss Smartglasses Startups
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has bought Lemoptix SA, a provider of scanning micromirror technology, and Composyt Light Labs SA, which has developed a see-through display.
Top 50 Contract Manufacturers Ranked
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4/3/2015   2 comments
A website called Manufacturing Market Insider has released a list of the largest 50 electronics manufacturing services companies ranked by sales.
Medical Chip Market on 12% CAGR
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
Moves to smaller and portable medical equipment for use away from hospitals is driving up sales of ICs and sensors in the medical semiconductor market, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Robotic Bacteria Senses Humidity
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
A bacterial spore studded with graphene quantum dots makes the world best humidity sensor according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Free Online Class Teaches Analog Design
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
A new online classroom from TI provides training and hands-on experience in analog design.
Robots Go Viral with DNA
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3/24/2015   5 comments
Programming synthetic viruses and bacteria by their DNA sequence could enable engineers to address problems that today must be done with toxic chemicals. But to create an industry from an idea takes more than independent scientists working alone in their separate labs.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
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3/19/2015   5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Heart On-A-Chip Beats
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3/11/2015   6 comments
Researchers at the University of California have created a heart-on-a-chip that will be followed by a liver-on-a-chip, lungs-on-a-chip, spleen-on-a-chip, until they have all human organs on a single wafer connected by microfluidic channels carrying blood.
MWC Wrap-Up: 15 Curious Things We Spotted
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3/6/2015   12 comments
The Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show. What we saw ranged from foldable “connected” electric bicycle to connected car keys, a Project Ara Phone, M2M and lots of slideware for the 5G network.
Low-Power Wireless MCUs Proliferate
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Wireless device developers now have a new range of RF options that are low-power and easy to design with.
3D Printing Everywhere from Lab to Factory
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3/1/2015   Post a comment
3D printers have moved out of the toy store and onto the factory floor, at Local Motors, and into the physic lab, at Princeton University.
Tessera Buys Smart Sensors for Iris Recognition
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2/26/2015   Post a comment
FotoNation Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of chip packaging company Tessera Technologies Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has acquired Smart Sensors Ltd. (Bath, England), a developer of iris recognition biometric technology.
Silicon Seeks to Outsmart Brain
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2/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers are engaging many challenges that stand in the way of silicon implants with interfaces that can listen and respond to the brain for a wide variety of uses.
8-bit MCUs Stake New Claim in IoT
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2/23/2015   Post a comment
Far from being down and out in the IoT era, 8-bit MCUs are staking a claim with these new products from Silicon Labs.
Quantum Transistor Harnesses New Effect
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2/19/2015   2 comments
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new phenomenon--the quantum spin Hall effect--and have used it to create the world's first spintronic topological field effect transistor (TFET), in simulation at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at Texas A&M University.
Microsoft, Google Beat Humans at Image Recognition
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2/18/2015   14 comments
The world's first algorithm to classify images more accurately than humans is claimed by Microsoft.
Nanotubes May Self-Organize into Synthetic Life
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2/13/2015   5 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, home of the sentient HAL 9000 computer, are now trying to create living things with nanotubes that self-assemble into organisms that reverse entropy.
Nanorobots Must Self Repair
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2/11/2015   Post a comment
Beyond MEMS is the realm of molecular machines 1000-times smaller and using self-repairing mechanisms according to Columbia University.
1st MEMS Spectrometer Debuts
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2/10/2015   7 comments
Si-Ware (Cairo, Egypt) has created the world's first microelectromechanical system (MEMS) spectrometer chip, which it sells in a handheld module under the Neospectra brand name.
Single-Chip USB Type-C Port Controllers from Cypress Semiconductor
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2/9/2015   Post a comment
CCG1 USB Type-C Port Controllers with PD come pre-loaded with a firmware stack that supports up to two Type-C ports, including power delivery support.
Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now
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2/9/2015   15 comments
From open source software to developing apps, industry professionals urge embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
Invisibility Cloaks Now Shield People from Sight
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1/31/2015   19 comments
Invisibility cloaks are now working in the visible spectrum, someday allowing people to become invisible.
Quantum Entanglement Now On-a-Chip
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1/28/2015   6 comments
Uncrackable encryption and quantum computers enabled by tiny 20 micron source of entangled photons according to Italian scientist at di Università degli Studi di Pavia.
Intel, Microsoft Improve Odds for AR
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1/26/2015   20 comments
Microsoft unveils HoloLens and Intel invests in AR glasses. Are we seeing 2015 finally becoming the year when AR/VR starts going mainstream in earnest?
Intel, Microsoft, Autodesk Creating Life
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1/23/2015   28 comments
Microbial Robotics has created microscopic robots from living viruses (ViruBots) and bacteria (BactoBots) that can clean toxins from water, hunt down and kill (only) cancer cells or perform nearly any other humanitarian environmental or therapeutic task.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety
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1/22/2015   3 comments
In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
Microsemi & Intrinsic-ID Team To Offer Extreme-Security FPGAs & Systems
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1/21/2015   9 comments
It seems as though Microsemi -- teaming with Intrinsic-ID -- may have implemented the most reliable and secure on-chip security system in existence at this time.
CMOSIS Considering IPO
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1/20/2015   Post a comment
CMOSIS, a developer of advanced CMOS image sensors for applications in machine vision, digital cinema, aerospace, scientific and medical applications, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) of shares according to local newspaper De Tijd.
Drones and Wearables App Store Launches
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1/20/2015   15 comments
World's first app store for Internet of Things devices will come from the makers of Ubuntu Linux.
Electronic Spine Cures Paralysis
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1/19/2015   18 comments
Electronic spine cures paralysis, restores walking ability to injured.
Engineers Put Showers on Wheels
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1/9/2015   7 comments
Startup Lava Mae aims to help San Francisco's homeless get a decent shower by converting city buses into bathrooms on wheels.
CES: IoT Modules Quicken Innovation
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1/6/2015   5 comments
Weaved is a company that brings the little guys into their fold, with customized modules, colors, form factors, and free software to marry it all to their cloud.
15-in-15: Analog, MEMS & Sensor Startups to Watch in 2015
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1/6/2015   Post a comment
Here are 15 startups that are eager to change the world of electronics and that we think are worth keeping an eye on in 2015 if you are interested in analog, MEMS, and sensors.
CES Unveiled: Robots, Patches, Plugs & Kid Surveillance
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1/5/2015   5 comments
At CES Unveiled this year, two trends have emerged: more wearables pitched for better accuracy (some with "medical-grade" claims) and more gateway products to talk to a WiFi router or directly with the outside world.
Sony Chooses PNI Hub for SmartWatch
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1/5/2015   5 comments
PNI Sensor reveals its first customer is Sony for its SmartWatch 3 for its SENtral sensor hub, plus releases what it calls the world's first wearable development kit for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
2015: Year of the Air-Quality Sensor
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1/1/2015   11 comments
Gas sensors, especially those that can sense air quality, will skyrocket in popularity starting in 2015, being led by inclusion in Chinese smartphones, according to IHS.
CES: 55" TV Thin as iPad Air
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1/1/2015   7 comments
LG's news flat panel TV is as thin as an Apple iPad Air -- just 7.5 millimeters.
BASF Develops Simple 3D Sensor
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12/31/2014   8 comments
Chemicals giant BASF SE has developed a single-lens passive optical sensor that can measure distance to an object and thereby 3D position detection and 3D imaging.
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