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NXP to Pick Up Its Missing IoT Link – Bluetooth Low Energy
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11/25/2014   Post a comment
In pursuit of the Internet of Things market, NXP Semiconductors has picked up a key technology conspicuously absent from its portfolio -- Bluetooth Low Energy -- from Quintic, a nine-year-old startup.
USB Oscilloscopes Get Beta Drivers for Open-Source Hardware
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11/25/2014   Post a comment
Pico Technology has released beta versions of drivers for BeagleBoneBlack and Raspberry Pi open-source controller boards.
Can Japan Get Her Groove Back With IoT?
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11/24/2014   4 comments
Japan once looked like a world leader in smart home standards. Now she's trying to get her groove back via the Internet of Things.
LEDs Go Color-Temperature & Tunable
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11/21/2014   2 comments
The LED manufacturer Everlight introduced what it calls the world's first color-temperature tunable LEDs in a simple chip on board package.
Xilinx Announces SDAccel Dev Environment for C, C++ & OpenCL
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11/18/2014   Post a comment
Real-world benchmarks show that -- using hand-coded RTL as a baseline reference point -- SDAccel can meet or exceed hand-coded results.
Flexible OLEDs Clear Last Hurdle
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11/18/2014   2 comments
Kateeva Inc. claims to solve last remaining hurdle to flexible, bendable, rollable OLED displays: keep moisture and oxygen away.
Putting Memory on Paper
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11/18/2014   6 comments
Research shows that paper holds great potential as a low-cost, biodegradable surface for printing electronic circuits and components.
Breathalyzer Detects Diseases
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11/14/2014   18 comments
What if, with one big breath, you could determine your liver function or glucose levels? Researchers at the State University of New York, Stony Brook have developed a diagnostic breathalyzer that will make connotations with blood alcohol content a thing of the past.
Tiny Tattoos Sense Health
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11/13/2014   2 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.
Cypress Announces PSoC 4 BLE & PRoC BLE
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11/13/2014   6 comments
The PSoC 4 BLE combines a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with programmable analog fabric, programmable digital fabric, and a Bluetooth low power core, all on the same silicon die.
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.
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.
Gizmo 2 SBC for Embedded Systems & Maker-Pro DIYers
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11/11/2014   18 comments
The Gizmo 2 is an extremely powerful CPU+GPU-based open-source platform for embedded systems and DIY programmers wanting to take things to the next level.
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.
Sensor Fusion Goes Open-Source
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11/6/2014   7 comments
A new industry group has formed to simplify the process by which sensor data is synthesized. The Accelerated Innovation Community is an open-source algorithm cooperative dedicated to improving the accuracy of sensors.
DARPA Gets Guinness Record for World's First THz Amp
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11/3/2014   5 comments
DARPA and Northrop Grumman Corporation break the communications equivalent of the sound barrier with a terahertz amplifier and now they have a Guinness World Record to prove it.
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.
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.
Mentor Enhances Multi-Board PCB System Design Capabilities
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10/28/2014   2 comments
xSD Systems Designer supports system-wide partitioning and re-partitioning of functions to different boards.
Free CircuitMaker PCB Tool From Altium
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10/28/2014   18 comments
Circuit Maker from Altium is targeted at hobbyists and makers, or people who are just starting to get into PCB design.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate
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10/28/2014   14 comments
While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
UNH-IOL Selected as G.fast Test Lab
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10/23/2014   1 comment
Impartial lab is first to become an official G.fast test facility for the short-range, high-speed subscriber-line technology.
Tiny Display Rides Maker Wave
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10/22/2014   7 comments
Startup Tiny Circuits looks to bridge the gap between hobbyists and OEMs with a variety of Ardunio-based click-and-play pieces.
Memory Transition Prompts Testing Uptick
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10/21/2014   Post a comment
As DDR4 starts to see some traction, test equipment manufacturers are seeing increased demand for their tools as system builders look to guarantee compliance and interoperability.
Mega MATLAB Release From MathWorks
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10/17/2014   3 comments
R2014b is an extremely compelling release for both existing MATLAB users and new members of the MATLAB community.
River Sensors to Clean Up Waterways
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10/16/2014   11 comments
Inexpensive sensors track the movement/source of pollution.
NYC Shines as Maker City
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10/14/2014   2 comments
The maker movement is helping redefine manufacturing in New York City and around the world, a panel of city officials and industry experts said last month at MakerCon in New York City. Smaller production volumes, collective workspaces, and refined equipment are paving the way for a new industrial revolution.
Racetrack Is Making Slow but Sure Progress
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10/14/2014   2 comments
IBM’s experimental memory is still in the lab, but the leader of the team developing the emerging memory has confidence in its longevity.
Apple Inspires Startup's PC TV
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10/11/2014   17 comments
The $1,600 Piixl G-Pack now available on Kickstarter is what a long time hobbyist essentially built for himself in lieu of the long rumored Apple iTV.
Blue LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize
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10/7/2014   12 comments
Three Japanese-born researchers (one a U.S. professor at UCSB) will share the $1.1 million Nobel Prize for their work on the blue light emitting diode that has made possible white solid-state lighting that has obsoleted both incandescent and fluorescent.
Test & Measurement Calendar of Events
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10/7/2014   2 comments
Autumn is a busy time for engineering events, shows, conferences, and seminars. Here are some. Did we miss any?
Kickstarter Gives Tips for Startups
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10/7/2014   4 comments
Design and tech projects make up 25% of the projects on crowdfunding site Kickstarter and account for 30% of funds raised. The trend is gaining steam, with many ARM-based devices, officials from Kickstarter and ARM said at ARM TechCon.
Chinese Instrument Maker Opens North American Office
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10/3/2014   8 comments
Siglent Technologies, a maker of oscilloscopes, multimeters, power supplies, and waveform generators, has opened on office in Solon, Ohio.
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.
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.
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.
Carbon's System Exchange Portal Speeds Development
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9/24/2014   1 comment
Having access to complete virtual systems can dramatically increase productivity and accelerate time to market and time to profitability.
3D Printers Pursue High Fashion
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9/23/2014   11 comments
Advances in 3D printers hold promise for a clothing and fashion industry stuck in 100-year-old processes, but they still have years of evolution ahead, a Designers of Things event speaker said.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips
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9/23/2014   4 comments
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
What Apple Stuffed Inside iPhone 6 Plus
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9/19/2014   8 comments
The iPhone 6 Plus packs a host of new tech including Apple's A8 SoC manufactured by TSMC.
Cars Made to Order at Retail
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9/19/2014   11 comments
Local Motors’sporty 3D printed car looks like licorice on wheels and cruised around a rocket playground while eager adults looked on. The vehicle innovation company – not car manufacturing, not motorcycle manufacturing – bills itself as a necessary alternative for consumers who want more choice.
Elastomeric Camouflage Switches Texture & Color
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9/18/2014   2 comments
Inspired by nature's most skillful camouflage artists, MIT researchers harness elastomers' ability to change surface texture when voltage is applied to a make a flexible material that simultaneously changes its color and texture on demand.
Open-Silicon Speeds ASIC/SoC Development for 100G Networks
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
Open-Silicon has just announced a complete 28Gbps SerDes evaluation platform including a board, test chip, and characterization data.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India
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9/15/2014   19 comments
Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
IDF: Tabula Unleashes Extreme 3PLD-Based Coms & Server Boards
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9/10/2014   7 comments
At the Intel Developers Forum, Tabula is demonstrating a suite of extreme performance, FPGA-based communications and server boards.
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.
QuickLogic's Sub-150µW Smartphone/Wearable Sensor Hub
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9/4/2014   1 comment
Need to integrate accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, pressure, temperature, humidity, ambient light, gesture, proximity and heart rate monitor sensors? QuickLogic's ArcticLink 3 S2 has you covered.
Can Curved AMOLED Give Samsung a Clear Edge?
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9/4/2014   4 comments
Samsung springs a surprise at IFA 2014 in Berlin by revealing the Galaxy Note Edge, a curved 2,560 x 1,440-pixel AMOLED phablet with a wraparound screen that can display notifications, icons, and news scrolling like a ticker.
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