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ACE Awards: AMD Wins Company of Year
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12/8/2016   1 comment
Obama Blocks China's Acquisition of Aixtron
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12/3/2016   6 comments
Move likely to exacerbate tensions over China's place in global semiconductor industry.
Obama Set to Block Acquisition of Aixtron by Chinese Firm
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
U.S. President reportedly will prohibit acquisition of German semiconductor equipment supplier on U.S. national security grounds.
Nanotube Contacts Perfected
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
IBM sees a future full of carbon nanotubes for flexible electronics in wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices today, but also for complementary metal oxide transistor (CMOS) semiconductors for the More-than-Moore era ahead.
QuickLogic Introduces eFPGA (Embedded FPGA)
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11/30/2016   Post a comment
The burgeoning IoT market's extremely wide variety of end products and product variants can be addressed using SoCs containing embedded programmable logic.
Watson IDs Heart Disease
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
IBM's Watson acquires a new set of modules for diagnosing disease that increases their accuracy by 25-to-50 percent.
Bosch CEO: Hanging on to Lead
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11/21/2016   4 comments
The world's largest producer of automotive MEMS devices describes how it plans to hang onto the lead.
Microsemi Offers First FPGA-Based RISC-V IP Core
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The RISC-V was designed from the ground-up to be useful in modern computerized devices, ranging from warehouse-scale cloud computers to the smallest embedded systems.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
DSRC’s ‘Dead End,’ Says Qualcomm Exec
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11/15/2016   5 comments
As carmakers learn more about highly automated vehicles, they no longer dismiss the idea of V2X. But the radio war between DSC and LTE camps continues. Qualcomm’s takeover of NXP isn’t making the path to V2X any clearer.
2016 ACE Awards Finalists Announced
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11/11/2016   Post a comment
Don't miss the announcement of this year’s winners; cheer on your favorites at the ACE Awards ceremony, Wednesday, December 7, co-located during the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.
Electronica: CEO Forum Rambles on IoT Security, Safety
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11/8/2016   2 comments
The traditional CEO forum at Electronica continued a theme from two years before: the Internet of Things (IoT) but this time tried to shed some light on how to ensure safety and security.
Lattice Semiconductor to be Acquired for $1.3 Billion
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11/3/2016   1 comment
Having serious investment from Canyon Bridge may allow Lattice Semiconductor to evolve and grow its niche and become a major player.
DARPA's N-Zero Sensors Use "0" Power
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11/2/2016   5 comments
The Defense Advance Research Project Agency's (DARPA's) Near Zero Power Radio Frequency (RF) and Sensor Operations (N-Zero) initiative aims to sprinkle zero-standby power sensoofrs, communications nodes and Internet of Things (IoT) devices over the battlefield, critical infrastructure and perimeters for 24/7 monitoring without having to change batteries.
Watson Wins GM
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10/29/2016   2 comments
At the keynote speech during the World of Watson 2016 conference (Oct. 24-28, Las Vegas) IBM chief executive officer (CEO) Ginni Rometty invited General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra to jointly announce that IBM's augmented intelligence (AI) called Watson would be integrated with every new car equipped with OnStar connectivity (renamed OnStar-Go). The U.S. Secretary of Education also endorsed Watson.
Watson Use Proliferating
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10/27/2016   Post a comment
IBM's annual World of Watson released a plethora of new capabilities plus enumerated multiple new design wins, from the Toronto Raptors to General Motors.
Intel's Stratix 10 FPGAs, SoCs Sampling
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10/6/2016   3 comments
Devices like Stratix 10 FPGAs will help satisfy the insatiable demand for higher computational capabilities, lower latency, greater system flexibility, and increased power efficiencies
Startup Digs Deep Learning, Snags Big Backers
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10/6/2016   3 comments
ThinCI, architecture designer for deep learning graph analysis, has come out of stealth mode. The startup picked up Denso and Magna as its investors, while Dadi Perlmutter, former Intel executive vp is giving the startup’s technology a thumbs-up.
Startup Takes Wireless Patch to Hospital
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10/4/2016   3 comments
Startup HMicro announced an SoC, co-developed with STMicroelectronics, that uses Wi-Fi and other radios to link sensors to patient monitors in hospitals.
Universal Memristor Models All
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10/3/2016   Post a comment
University of Massachusetts says it has cut in half the number of components needed to model the human brain for deep learning algorithms with its diffusive memritor.
Samsung Calls for New CPU Design
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9/28/2016   6 comments
Samsung is working on a new processor architecture that leverages its dominance in memory, said a corporate strategist.
LED-Based ToF Sensor Network Detects Room Occupants
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9/22/2016   3 comments
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have been awarded a US patent for a system of LEDs and sensors that generate an elevation map of the space being lit by the luminaires.
Peratech 'Print' Smart Buttons on Any Surface
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9/20/2016   2 comments
Peratech, which invented quantum tunneling composites (QTC) materials, is now allowing its clients to print a smart button, which people can push with force, on any surface of any materials – including laminated wood.
ARM Raises Bar for Safety, Determinism
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9/19/2016   4 comments
ARM is rolling out what the company describes as its “most advanced processor for safety.” The new processor, dubbed Cortex-R52, is aimed at automotive, industrial and healthcare applications that demand functional safety.
Biometrics Upgrade to AirPod-like Earbuds
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9/15/2016   2 comments
Valencell Inc's PerformTek biometric measurement module adds biometric sensing function to accelerometer-equipped wireless earbuds.
Microsemi FPGAs Support Growing Demand for MIPI CSI-2 Interfaces
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9/15/2016   Post a comment
Microsemi’s MIPI CSI-2 imaging/video solution includes an example reference design and a detailed app note.
Globalfoundries Preps 12nm FDSOI Process
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9/8/2016   7 comments
Globalfoundries has announced a next-generation FDSOI process, called12FDX, to follow on from the 22FDX process that is nearing production. The new process nominally at 12nm minimum geometry is intended for mobile computing, 5G, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.
IC Industry M&A: Who's Left to Buy?
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8/31/2016   4 comments
Only eight months in, 2016 is already looking like another blockbuster year for M&A in the global chip industry. As valuations keep going up, the questions are who’s left to buy and what’s a good buy?
‘Interscatter’ Tech Lets Implants Talk Wi-Fi
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8/19/2016   Post a comment
University of Washington researchers have developed what they call “interscatter communication” technology that backscatters (or reflects) existing signals like Bluetooth in the air, transforming wireless transmissions from one technology to another.
Google Partners with Pharma Giant on 'Bioelectronic' Meds
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8/16/2016   2 comments
The company formerly known as Google Life Sciences LLC and GlaxoSmithKline plc (Brentford, England) have agreed to form a joint venture to develop bioelectronics including such technologies as implanted neurostimulators.
IBM Lab on Chip Detects Cancer
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8/10/2016   4 comments
IBM Research has designed a microfluidic lab-on-a-chip that can separate biological particles down to sizes as small as 20-nanometers to screen for cancer markers so small that a tumor has not even started to grow.
"Take Your Pills" Says Connected Package
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8/8/2016   Post a comment
According to Lux Research, smart’ pills and connected patches could save $290 billion in U.S. healthcare costs, through better medication adherence.
Tiny Solar Cells Could Power Personal Devices
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8/5/2016   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created high-performance, micro-scale lateral solar cells that could be used for wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, and even auto-focusing contact lenses.
TDK Bids to Buy MEMS Maker Tronics
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8/3/2016   Post a comment
Japan's TDK Corp. has offered €48.65 million (about $55 million) to buy MEMS manufacturer Tronics Microsystems.
MediaTek Faces Chip Supply Constraints
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8/3/2016   6 comments
MediaTek said it is unable to meet demand for 3G and 4G smartphone products because it underestimated the supply of chips it would need from its foundry partners.
China’s LeEco to Acquire Vizio for $2 Billion
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7/29/2016   Post a comment
Upstart Chinese tech firm ponies up for one of North America's largest TV suppliers.
Marvell Swings to Loss in Delayed Report
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
New CEO Matthew Murphy says he is looking to trim the fat and focus on profitable businesses.
New Guidance for Medical Device Applications to FDA
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7/27/2016   Post a comment
Medical device developers preparing pre-market submissions to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can refer to new and updated guidance. Published by FDA in mid-June.
ADI to Acquire Linear Tech for $14.8 Billion
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7/26/2016   15 comments
Latest semiconductor industry blockbuster deal would combine analog chip heavyweights.
TI Stays Steady Without Blockbuster Deal
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Texas Instruments, which has shied away from the sort of blockbuster acquisitions made by peers over the past two years, continues to post strong sales and profits.
IP Pioneer Mark Templeton Dies
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Co-founder and former president of Artisan Components drown July 17 while kayaking on Oregon's Rogue River.
'Poison Pill' Fuels Speculation of Micron Takeover
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7/25/2016   2 comments
Stock price rises 6% on news of shareholder rights issue designed to prevent individual or entity from amassing more than 5% of memory chip vendor's common stock.
Artificial Pancreas Race Includes Motivated Underdog
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7/25/2016   Post a comment
Bigfoot Biomedical goes up against Medtronic and other big players in the race to get an artificial pancreas to market.
Hearables: Next Big Consumer Thing
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7/25/2016   15 comments
Hearing aids, the first "hearable," helped people with damaged hearing but may now enhance the hearing of people with normal hearing.
Audio Rises for Event Detection
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7/25/2016   14 comments
Audio is heading from pure playback to enabling “input, trigger and analytics in contextual awareness,” says an industry executive. But what will take microphones to play as important a role as cameras to add “intelligence” to autonomous cars?
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic?
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7/20/2016   14 comments
Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
Stacking Boosts Polarimetry
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7/19/2016   Post a comment
Researchers use stacked organic polarization detectors to improve polarimetry for a wide range of sensing applications, from military targets to atmospheric gases to telecommunications and biomedical imaging.
ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank?
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7/19/2016   20 comments
The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
ARM Agrees To Be Bought by Japan's Softbank
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7/18/2016   7 comments
ARM Holdings plc has agreed to be bought by Softbank of Japan for £24.3 billion (about $32.25 billion) in an all-cash deal.
Futuristic LUKE Arm to Go on Sale
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7/16/2016   Post a comment
Under development and testing for years, the LUKE arm offers amputees revolutionary capabilities.
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