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Korea, France Join Forces on Driverless Cars R&D
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11/28/2014   Post a comment
Driverless cars, wearables, and digital medical devices will be focus of R&D projects jointly conduct by Korea and France, reports newspaper Korea Joongang Daily.
Moore's Law Competitor Wins $150K Elevator Pitch Prize
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11/27/2014   5 comments
Quilt packaging wins $150,000 prize for best elevator pitch explaining a new MEMS-based device or technology.
Nokia Sensing XChallenge Has a Winner
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11/19/2014   2 comments
The team that developed a handheld device that can provide hundreds of diagnostic values from a single drop of blood has won the Nokia Sensing XChallenge.
Flexible OLEDs Clear Last Hurdle
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11/18/2014   3 comments
Kateeva Inc. claims to solve last remaining hurdle to flexible, bendable, rollable OLED displays: keep moisture and oxygen away.
IBM to Build DoE's Next-Gen Coral Supercomputers
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11/14/2014   9 comments
Bring the processing to the data: IBM won two contracts with the DoE's Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Livermore (Coral) program, which aims to outperform its current supercomputers by not moving data.
Tiny Tattoos Sense Health
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11/13/2014   3 comments
Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors have prototypes for several tiny, inexpensive sensors, including tattoos and micro needles, that will target the health market.
Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared
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11/12/2014   3 comments
The proliferation of sensors from mobile, medical, and engineering applications will drive an “abundant” world free of pressing issues such as healthcare, according to speakers at the TSensors Summit held here. Sensors will be a key component in curing the world’s ills, and the world needs a roadmap.
A Breeding Ground for French Startups
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11/11/2014   Post a comment
Feeligreen, with its electronic dermapatch, was among the startups from France showcased at a recent event.
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.
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.
CTOs Wrestle With Mobile Security
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11/4/2014   25 comments
At Dell World, a panel of chief technical officers discussed how to encourage adoption and development of secure mobile devices for the workplace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
River Sensors to Clean Up Waterways
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10/16/2014   11 comments
Inexpensive sensors track the movement/source of pollution.
The Multibillion-Dollar Deals Reshaping Medtech
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10/13/2014   2 comments
Big medtech merger deals in the past few years have been in the billions of dollars, but a number of purchases in 2014 that have been industry-transforming mega deals in the tens of billions.
After Patient Deaths, Thoratec Reinstates Former CEO
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10/2/2014   2 comments
Thoratec Corp. has replaced CEO Gary Burbach with the man who previously led the company for a decade. The shakeup follows the deaths of four patients and reduced blood flow or lost consciousness in five others.
FDA's Device Approvals Come Under Fire, Again
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10/1/2014   2 comments
A recent study concludes that most medical devices cleared via the FDA's 510(k) and PMA processes lack sufficient evidence to show they are safe and effective. The report, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, concluded that 42 of the 50 medical devices studied did not have sufficient data backing their use.
Tabula's DesignInsight Offers 100% Observability Into 3PLDs
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
It's not going too far to say that Tabula's DesignInsight technology has the potential to provide a step-function improvement in development time and cost.
Electronic Brain by 2023
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9/30/2014   13 comments
Progress continues on fake brain to be used as test bed for disease cures, reports European Union at EU's annual Human Brain Project Summitt at the University of Heidelberg in Germany on Sept. 29.
Google, Silicon Labs Mesh for ZigBee-Like Protocol
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9/30/2014   6 comments
Google's Nest-led Thread Group is meeting at its campus in Mountain View to unveil Thread's IP-enabled low-power network, its protocol and software stack that can run on today's 802.15.4 products.
Bionic Ear Due Soon
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9/30/2014   6 comments
STMicroelectronics is collaborating with two other companies on a bionic ear that users wears 24/7 to enhance and control their audio experience.
Altera Announces Non-Volatile MAX 10 FPGAs & Eval Kits
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9/30/2014   8 comments
MAX 10 FPGAs are of interest for a broad range of application areas, including industrial control systems, automotive systems, communications, computing, and storage.
XMOS Adds ARM Core to Its Multi-Processor xCORE-XA Chip
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9/25/2014   3 comments
The xCORE-XA (eXtended Architecture) family augments a standard multi-processor xCORE device with an ultra-low-power 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller core.
Smart Clothes Seek Slim Electronics
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9/25/2014   8 comments
Smart shirt makers such as Hexoskin are getting traction, especially with athletes, but they need lower-power chips and better manufacturing processes for integrating sensors.
All Aboard the ARM Cortex-M7 MCU Express
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9/24/2014   Post a comment
ARM's new Cortex-M7 processor is highest performance member of the energy-efficient Cortex-M processor family.
Microchip's Latest 8-Bit MCUs Boast Dual ADCs
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9/24/2014   Post a comment
The combination of low power consumption and dual ADCs (with hardware support for advanced touch-sensing) makes these 8-bit MCUs ideal for a wide variety of sensor applications.
Sensor Hubs Aided by IEEE-2700-2014 Datasheets
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9/17/2014   3 comments
The first MEMS standard, the IEEE 2700-2014, will standardize data sheets making it easier to compare models as well as build interoperable sensor hubs.
Lemoptix Pico-Projector Excels
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9/16/2014   10 comments
Claims brightest, smallest MEMS projector solution
7 Most Audacious Medtech Predictions
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9/16/2014   20 comments
Making the blind see and the crippled walk sounds like something from a book of miracles; instead they're predictions that medical devices may make come true.
Will Artificial Hearts Be Next Big Thing in Medtech?
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9/12/2014   9 comments
The total artificial heart might be the next medtech goldmine. Shares of artificial heart maker Carmat climbed nearly 20% in midday trading on September 5 amidst recently confirmed rumors that the company’s technology had been successfully implanted in the second human patient.
Apple Unveils Watch, iPhone 6
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9/9/2014   10 comments
Apple dives into wearables, debuts two new iPhones -- and promises to revolutionize mobile payments with Apple Pay.
Smartwatch Dev Kit: TI Chronos Not Just for Goal-Line Tech
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9/8/2014   16 comments
With smartwatches becoming all the rage, we decided to tear into TI's Chronos development kit to see what makes them tick.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry?
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9/4/2014   13 comments
By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
Super Cheap Windows Devices Emerge At IFA
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9/3/2014   11 comments
Asus, Acer, and Toshiba announce some of the most affordable Windows devices ever at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with prices as low as $120. Is the user experience up to snuff?
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil
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9/3/2014   5 comments
Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
IBM Watson Speeds Drug Research
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8/29/2014   7 comments
IBM Watson moves from supplying known answers to tough questions to making its own discoveries in life sciences and pharmaceutical research.
Google Glass & Lookalikes Find Niches
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8/25/2014   8 comments
Google Glass, Recon Jet, and Epson Moverio have been solutions looking for a problem for three years, but by combining these head-mounted output devices with a hands/voice-free input device the secret sauce may have finally congealed.
Startup Promises Sub-$20 DNA Test
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8/20/2014   12 comments
Startup InSilixa described a silicon bio-sensing array that promises to bring molecular diagnostics to the point of care with tests that cost less than $20.
Memsic Launches Monolithic 3-Axis Accelerometer
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
Memsic Inc. introduces what it claims is the world's first monolithic 3D accelerometer and the first to make use of wafer-level packaging.
Intel's Big Data to Fight Parkinson's Disease
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8/14/2014   6 comments
Intel is collaborating with The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to use big data analytics in research and treatment for Parkinson's disease. A multi-phase study used the specially created analytics platform to detect patterns in participant data collected from wearable technologies used to monitor symptoms.
IBM Puts Brain On-a-Chip
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8/7/2014   19 comments
IBM demonstrates its second-generation neurosynaptic chip modeled on the human brain yet consuming 5,000 times less power than a typical microprocessor.
Microchip Eases Bluetooth Development With PIC32 Starter Kit
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8/7/2014   2 comments
Although wireless communications has spread, developers of wireless products still need a lot of expertise to incorporate wireless into designs.
E2V Buys Spanish Image Sensor Specialist
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
E2v Technologies has announced it has agreed to acquire Innovaciones Microelectronicas, which trades as AnaFocus and supplies CMOS image and vision sensors for the industrial, professional, scientific, medical and high-end surveillance markets.
Gadget Uses Brain Waves to Control Household Functions
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8/6/2014   4 comments
Gadget uses brain waves to control household items like turning lights on/off, changing TV channels, and sending predefined text messages, thanks to collaboration between Philips and Accenture.
5 Humble Medical Devices Get an mHealth Makeover
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8/6/2014   1 comment
Transforming legacy medical devices into 21st century tools that have wireless capability has been a topic of interest among R&D engineers and design firms as wireless technology has become ubiquitous. In many cases, the design involves adding sensors capable of transmitting data from the legacy device. But the slideshow below shows device design on steroids.
MEMS Leaders Under Pressure, Says Yole
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8/4/2014   Post a comment
The MEMS industry is changing as established manufacturing leaders with an emphasis on delivering components are put under pressure by fabless MEMS vendors, as customers become more interested in functionality -- a mix of hardware and software -- than components.
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