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Nadella's Windows 9 & Device Plans Explained
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7/24/2014   4 comments
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says his company is "streamlining" Windows into a converged OS, and "right-sizing" its device efforts. But what does this really mean?
Apple OS X Yosemite Beta Debuts
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7/24/2014   Post a comment
Apple's obsession with secrecy gives way to involving customers in the software development process.
2D-to-3D Conversion Adds Texture on Top
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7/16/2014   1 comment
In an SID 2014 paper, NLT Technologies researchers disclosed how they were able to use a variant of electrovibration on a 4.1-inch-wide touchscreen prototype to create localized friction (at multiple touchpoints) and the perception of texture.
Lattice's iCE40 Ultra FPGAs Make Smart Devices Smarter
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7/16/2014   3 comments
If an ASSP got married to an FPGA, then the members of the iCE40 Ultra family would be their children.
Flexible Displays Going Commercial
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7/15/2014   11 comments
LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Smart Sensors Offer Haptic Feedback
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7/14/2014   1 comment
Fraunhofer ISC's Centre for Smart Materials has demonstrated materials that can be used to create intelligent sensors with haptic feedback.
Qualcomm Snaps Up CSR's Imaging Team
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7/10/2014   Post a comment
Cellphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying the imaging operations of CSR plc, which are based in Israel, according to local reports. CSR announced it would be selling the business for $44 million on July 2.
2-Year Chipmaking Equipment Spending Boom Coming
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7/10/2014   Post a comment
After years of underspending on chipmaking equipment, the semiconductor industry is set for two consecutive strong growth years, according to the SEMI industry organization.
IBM Pledges Nanotube Transistor by 2020 or Bust
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7/2/2014   5 comments
After over two decades of work on carbon nanotube transistors, IBM finally thinks is may have a workable architecture -- if the kinks can be worked out by 2020.
Voice & Face Unlock Smartphones & Tablets
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6/30/2014   26 comments
The combination of voice identification and facial recognition -- referred to as "biometric fusion" -- yields extremely high levels of accuracy and security.
Magnetically Responsive Liquid Crystals Enable Novel Display Apps
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6/30/2014   2 comments
Scientists at the University of California have constructed liquid crystals with optical properties that can be instantly and reversibly controlled by an external magnetic field, paving the way for novel display applications.
Augmented Reality Gets Physical With Haptics
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6/26/2014   7 comments
If all of us are already familiar with the basic silent-mode of most mobile phones, a crude form of haptics, there is much more to come on the display side.
Monolythic MEMS Sensor Cuts Size/Cost
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6/25/2014   12 comments
mCube hopes to expand into low-end smartphones and wearables with new round of series C funding.
Smarter Sensor Hub Tops Off Android
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6/25/2014   7 comments
PNI Sensor Corp. supports all 4.4 KitKat sensor functions for latest Android operating system.
Ultra-Low-Power FRAM-Based MCUs Target Next-Gen Applications
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6/24/2014   21 comments
TI's MSP430 FRAM-based MCUs, coupled with EnergyTrace++ technology, are designed from the ground up to enable the world’s lowest-power MCU systems.
China Smartphones: Hot for Sensor Hubs
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6/23/2014   5 comments
Hillcrest Labs has snatched a smartphone design win for its sensor hub software from Coolpad. This illustrates the insatiable desire among smartphone and wearable vendors to add more sensors to their devices.
Apple Preps Multiple Smartwatches
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6/20/2014   12 comments
Wearable devices will include sensors to track health and fitness, according to sources.
Patient, Heal Thyself!: How an Army Vet Did While Helping His Comrades
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6/19/2014   9 comments
Veteran Justin Minyard, a 9/11 first responder at the Pentagon who went on to serve tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, insists medical technology saved his life.
Why MIPS? Imagination Makes Its Case
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6/19/2014   19 comments
Here are a few facts about where MIPS stands, and some clues to the big picture Imagination hopes to paint for its new customers.
Crunch Your IoT Data Before It Clogs the Network
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6/18/2014   3 comments
In today's IoT frenzy, a lot of companies rush to connect sensors and provide all sorts of monitoring services, and carriers will happily bill them for the data that transits through their networks.
Molex's Shopping Spree Continues
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6/18/2014   1 comment
Following the recent acquisition of the heavy-duty connector business of Westec last May, and after acquiring the Munich-based FCT Electronics Group in August last year, Molex, which only merged with cabling and connector giant Koch Industries in November last year, is now acquiring Flamar Cavi Elettrici S.r.l.
Analog Devices' $2 Billion RF Buy
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6/17/2014   6 comments
With its $2 billion cash deal to acquire RF chip maker Hittite Microwave Corp. last week, ADI will gain more than a 1,000 RF chip products that cover the frequency range of DC to 110 GHz: RF (0 to 6 GHz), microwave (6 GHz to 20 GHz), and millimeter wave (20 GHz to 110 GHz).
Next-Gen DSPs Target High-Performance Power-Constrained Apps
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6/17/2014   Post a comment
With up to 800 MMACs performance and 1 MB of embedded SRAM, the ADSP-BF70x processor family from ADI targets industrial imaging, audio, and automotive applications.
SiGe Chips Reduce Cost in 245GHz Gas Spectroscopy
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6/14/2014   Post a comment
Scientists have developed a compact, cost-effective sensor system for gas spectroscopy in 245GHz frequency range.
Deep Learning Resurrects Neural Networks
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6/11/2014   3 comments
Ersatz brings deep learning neural networks to any organization's own servers.
QuickLogic Wearable Solutions Include Hardware & Software
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6/9/2014   15 comments
Next-generation devices with be both environmentally and contextually aware; they will know if we are walking, running, or riding a bike.
DNA Chip Will Plug Into Handsets
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6/9/2014   7 comments
Illumina discussed its early research on a chip that could plug into a smartphone, delivering genomic diagnostics to consumers in clinics.
Movidius Redefines Computer Vision
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6/6/2014   6 comments
Movidius has defined a new category of processor -- a vision procession unit (VPU) -- that emulates the functions of the human visual cortex.
Samsung Joins Medical Revolution
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6/6/2014   17 comments
Samsung's Young Sohn is the latest and most high profile executive to join a digital medical revolution arming consumers to manage their healthcare.
Lantronix xPico WiFi Shield for Arduino
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6/5/2014   4 comments
xPico Wi-Fi shield delivers Wi-Fi access point and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity for Arduino development platforms.
AMD's G-Series APUs & CPUs Take Flight
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6/4/2014   Post a comment
AMD's G-series devices address a wide range of embedded applications in healthcare, finance, education and retail, and also industrial applications in rugged and harsh environments.
MEMS Clock Cuts Wearable Power in Half
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6/4/2014   10 comments
SiTime Corp. has created world's most accurate MEMS real-time clock with just plus or minus five parts per million of a TCXO class part.
Opal Kelly's USB-FPGA JESD204B FMC Powerhouse Platform
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6/2/2014   2 comments
The XEM7350 module from Opal Kelly boasts a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA and USB 3.0 providing a JESD204B powerhouse platform on an ultra-compact FMC carrier.
AMD's 'Bald Eagle' R-Series APUs Soar
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5/28/2014   Post a comment
If the computational and graphics performance of R-Series APUs live up to AMD's claims, then these devices could be game changers.
Bel Fuse to Buy Emerson’s Power Connectivity Unit for $98M
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5/24/2014   2 comments
Interconnect vendor Bel Fuse Inc. continued to pursue its aggressive acquisition strategy with a $98 million cash deal to acquire the Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions (ECS) business of Emerson Inc.
Implant Gets Power Through Flesh
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5/19/2014   9 comments
A Stanford team claims it has developed a new approach to sending wireless power through living tissue, enabling smaller, deeper implants.
Terahertz Detectors Go Handheld
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5/19/2014   Post a comment
Terahertz detectors have been downsized from those giant machines you walk through at the airport to palm size in professor Jay Guo's lab at University of Michigan.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP
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5/15/2014   7 comments
Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Fiber Supercapacitor Aims to Power Wearable Devices
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5/13/2014   1 comment
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Tsinghua University in China, and Case Western Reserve University in the USA claim to have developed a fiber supercapacitor that can be woven into clothing and power wearable medical monitors and communications.
Apple Takes Aim at Beats Electronics for Streaming & Wearables
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5/12/2014   4 comments
The story in the press that Apple is close to acquiring the headphone and online music business Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion has generated a lot of negative and positive buzz.
Neurogrid's Electronic Brain Controls Robotics
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5/2/2014   10 comments
Stanford University has pushed its Neurogrid project has secured $10 million in funding to develop its NeuroCore chips that could revolutionize the smart prosthetics of the future.
When Apps Attack
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5/1/2014   16 comments
Alcatel-Lucent released Mobile Application Rankings report to expose certain mobile apps’ misbehavior -- its unintended consequences on networks, consumers’ data plans, and hardware designs.
Bionic Athletes to Compete in 2016 Zürich Cybathlon
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5/1/2014   Post a comment
Since traditional sports are reluctant to accept athletes with prosthetic augmentation, the time is ripe for the debut of the Cybathlon, described by its promoters as "a championship for racing pilots with disabilities."
Silego Announces World's Smallest Mixed-Signal FPGA
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4/30/2014   2 comments
A single GPAK mixed-signal FPGA can replace a variety of primitive logic, comparators, and passive components, thereby saving cost, power, and PCB real estate.
Nomadic Altium Tribe Is on the Move Again
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4/30/2014   18 comments
The hot-off-the-press news is that the guys and gals at Altium are on the move again -- they are leaving Shanghai, China, and heading towards San Diego, USA.
Apple Recruits New MedTech Rock Star
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4/30/2014   6 comments
Apple has added Divya Nag -- another medical device veteran -- to its growing roster of professionals with a background in life sciences. The hire could help Apple navigate the medical technology market.
Smartphones Leave Identifiable 'Fingerprints'
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4/29/2014   3 comments
Components leave identifiable markers on sensor data and radio signals without requiring any personal data.
TI's New Code Composer IDE Simplifies Everything
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4/29/2014   5 comments
The 'Simple Mode' greatly reduces all of the available options and exposes only the essential functionality the user requires to get up-and-running.
Startups Pioneer Printed Electronics
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4/29/2014   4 comments
Kalamazoo, Mich., was once known as a paper mill town, but these days it is emerging as a center for a coming wave of printed electronics.
Is It Secure to Use BLE in Cars?
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4/29/2014   25 comments
How secure is Bluetooth Smart inside cars? The Bluetooth SIG is working behind the scenes to plug some security holes in Bluetooth Smart, and it's not quite finished.
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