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Altera's FPGA DSP Goes Hardcore
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4/22/2014   7 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.
Startup Makes First MEMS Bio-Tag Sales
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4/22/2014   Post a comment
Bluechiip, an Australian startup, has started selling its own passive ID and temperature-sensing devices using MEMS technology. The company is targeting the healthcare and research markets.
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.
Niche SRAM Sees Steady Demand From Network Gear
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4/15/2014   2 comments
While the SRAM market is much smaller than those of DRAM or NAND Flash, it’s the only memory fast enough for linecards in next-generation routers and switches.
Medtronic Spine Device Restores Function in Paralyzed Patients
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4/14/2014   1 comment
In a new report, researchers found that a spinal stimulator from Medtronic has been shown to help patients with paralyzed limbs. The scientists are planning additional tests.
Google Glass for Parkinson's: 10 Findings
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4/11/2014   2 comments
Google Glass offers more health benefits than awkwardness, Parkinson's patients in UK study find. Sensors have a major role to play.
Biomedical Sensors Analyze Vascular Deposits
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4/10/2014   2 comments
A new European program, called ESSENCE, looks to combine electrical engineering and healthcare expertise to create sensors for a range of medical applications.
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.
Dutch Woman Gets 3D-Printed Skull
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
The new technology of 3D printing continues to expand into new areas. In this case, doctors in the Netherlands were able to create a new skull for a patient.
InvenSense, Sonion Collaborate on Hearing Aid Microphones
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4/4/2014   Post a comment
InvenSense, which manufactures MEMS microphones, is now working with hearing aid maker Sonion to add microphones to different hearing applications.
New DARPA Office Merges Biology & Technology
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4/3/2014   Post a comment
The Biological Technologies Office will focus on using neuroscience, sensor design, microsystems, and other technologies for defense purposes.
Startup Launches Record Resolution 150Mpixel Sensor
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4/2/2014   3 comments
The Chinese startup Gpixel has created what it calls the world's highest-resolution CMOS image sensor using the TS18IS process at the Tower Semiconductor foundry. The technology has uses in the medical, industrial, and scientific markets.
2013: a Tough Year for MedTech?
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3/28/2014   2 comments
When it comes to medtech, 2013 proved to be a tough year, with merger-and-acquisition activity down from the previous year. Could the Affordable Care Act have attributed to some of that downturn?
Interoperability in Healthcare Tech Could Save $30 Billion
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3/27/2014   7 comments
A new research paper is urging the healthcare industry to work more closely together in order to foster more interoperability, especially when it comes to promoting new technologies within the field.
Industrial Internet Group Launches
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3/27/2014   4 comments
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel launched the Industrial Internet Consortium to accelerate work on areas such as interoperability standards for the Internet of Things in industrial markets.
Intel Straps on Basis Health Band
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3/26/2014   5 comments
Intel officially a announced the purchase of San Franscisco-based smartwatch startup Basis Science. The acquisition comes as Intel attempts to push into the wearables sphere as a market leader.
Apple's M-Health Rumors Get Detailed
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3/26/2014   6 comments
For months, the rumor mill has been churning out stories about Apple entering the healthcare field. However, a recent meeting with the FDA and new image point to a health-monitoring app that the company may include with iOS8.
Florida Hospital Tracks Nurses Footsteps, Work Patterns
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3/25/2014   14 comments
Florida Hospital Celebration Health improves nurse scheduling, productivity with sensors that track workflows and patterns.
Medical Device Recalls Growing at Slower Pace Than Industry
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3/25/2014   3 comments
Recalls of medical devices always make for good headlines. However, recent reports show that the number of these recalls is actually on the decline.
Google Launches Android Wear Developer Preview
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3/18/2014   7 comments
Android developers can now adapt their apps to send information to upcoming Android smartwatches.
Mentor's Xpedition: Putting More Power Into Your Mouse
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3/18/2014   5 comments
Out of all the new features, 'Sketch Routing' took my breath away. You have to see it to believe it!
Patent Debate Spawns Stanford Study
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3/14/2014   16 comments
Stanford's Hoover Institution launches a five-year effort to determine whether the US patent system helps or hinders innovation.
Patent Data Missing in Troll Debate
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3/12/2014   2 comments
Congress and the Supreme Court are poised to take action on patent suits, but data to inform ongoing debates is missing, experts say.
New Med App Tackles Maternal Health Improvements
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3/11/2014   4 comments
Dubbed the Phone Oximeter, a new mobile app has garnered funding and is poised to provide an affordable option to developing nations.
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).
Power Week-in-Review: Human Kinetic Energy Harvester & Wireless EV Charger Forecast
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3/6/2014   1 comment
This week we review a wearable electromagnetic energy harvester that harvests human vibrational kinetic energy, a forecast for wireless EV charging, cheaper and more efficient polymer solar cells, wireless power product announcements, and more.
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.
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.
Congress Seeking to Limit FDA Oversight of Low-Risk Software
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3/5/2014   Post a comment
In Washington, there's a growing debate about how much regulation EHRs and EMRs need from agencies like the FDA.
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.
CarePredict Debuts Remote Health Monitoring for Seniors
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3/4/2014   1 comment
A Florida startup is showing that wearables have more uses than keeping track of your jogging pace. The company is using sensors to keep track of seniors with serious illnesses.
Interferometer Approach Improves Bio-Sensor Sensitivity
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3/3/2014   Post a comment
A team of researchers at Toyohashi University are claiming a new breakthrough in biosensor technology that looks to benefit the healthcare industry.
Miniaturized Technology Pumps New Life Into Cardiology
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2/25/2014   6 comments
The shrinking size of technology is fueling an array of advances that could transform the field.
Freescale's Tiny Kinetis KL03 MCU Targets Internet of Things
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2/25/2014   12 comments
Smaller than a dimple on a golf ball, Freescale's new Kinetis KL03 MCU is currently the world's smallest 32-bit MCU based on ARM technology.
Imagination Unveils MIPS Series 5 Warrior M-Class MCU IP Cores
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2/24/2014   1 comment
The MIPS M5100 and M5150 MCUs both boast a hardware virtualization MMU (memory management unit).
Sochi Olympics: 6 Technologies That Caught Our Eye
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2/21/2014   4 comments
The 2014 Winter Olympics are coming to an end, but that doesn't mean we can't still marvel at the technology under the collective hood of the competition out there on the slopes and the ice.
Power Week-in-Review: Injectable Microbattery, Android Audio Tunneling & 'Pomegranate' Electrode
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
This week, an injectable microbattery offering twice the energy of similar devices, a "pomegranate-inspired" electrode that could spur development of silicon-based Li-ion batteries, and audio DSP cores that cut Android audio processing power and save battery life.
First Time Ever at ACM/SIGDA Conference: FPGAs for Mobile Apps
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2/19/2014   4 comments
Historically, the ACM/SIGDA conference has tended to focus on the "big and hairy" FPGA technologies; this year, for the first time, there will be a topic on FPGAs for mobile applications.
Spansion to Launch HyperBus I/F for Automotive
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2/18/2014   12 comments
Spansion has developed HyberBus Interface, targeting in-car systems that demand “instant-on” and “interactive graphical user interface.” The proprietary interface offers low latency, high read throughput, and low pin-count.
5 Hot Papers from ISSCC
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2/14/2014   9 comments
More than two dozen scientific papers are on display at this week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. These five technologies showcase the latest innovations from research institutions, startups, and big market players.
Silego Unveils Tiny GPAK3 Mixed-Signal FPGAs
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2/13/2014   9 comments
New GPAK3 devices allow designers to integrate up to 30 discrete and passive components into a single device in a tiny package (2mm x 3mm).
Power Week-in-Review: Fusion Breakthrough, Flexible Piezo Fabric & NASA Boosts EVs
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2/13/2014   1 comment
This week, scientists move one step closer to achieving fusion "ignition," a flexible energy harvesting fabric that delivers twice the power of other such textiles, NASA commits to power source development for EVs, and a MIPI-BIF-compliant fuel gauge IC.
The STMicroelectronics M24SR Discovery Kit Jumpstarts NFC IoT Designs
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2/13/2014   Post a comment
In the forthcoming IoT world, devices will communicate by simply touching each other of being brought into close proximity.
FPGA Sandwich Secures Boot Up on Embedded Systems
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2/11/2014   9 comments
Security, or the lack thereof, with our embedded systems is a "perfect storm" that's just biding its time waiting to happen.
Top 10 Sensor Trends to Watch
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2/10/2014   22 comments
Here’s a look at 10 trends in 10 sensor applications emerging from the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and over the past year.
Google Glass Gets Korean Upgrade
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2/10/2014   5 comments
Researchers in Korea develop a custom accelerator chip geared to providing a next-generation user interface for wearable glasses.
Stretchable wiring uses liquid metal
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2/1/2014   4 comments
Stretchable wiring that could be developed for use in a range of applications from headphones to phone chargers has been developed by researchers from North Carolina State University.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
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1/31/2014   17 comments
MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
Power Week in Review: Formula 1 'Power Unit,' Implantable Energy Harvester & Programmable Controller
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1/30/2014   Post a comment
Highlights this week include the newly designed - and significantly "greener" - Formula One engine, an implantable energy harvester that could do away with the need for surgery to replace batteries in pacemakers etc., and a programmable power controller specifically designed for Information/Communications systems.
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