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Wireless Charging Gets Universal Antenna
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4/24/2015   2 comments
Managing the skin effect, or device temperature, may be the secret sauce in managing and popularizing wireless charging. Officials at wireless charging antenna company NuCurrent believe the company’s 50-patents in this area will push them to multi-mode charging success.
Elvis Sees All in Russia
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4/23/2015   17 comments
A Russian company claims it has the first Russian designed smart chip. The video intelligent processor (VIP-1) is sold in surveillance systems in Russia, but may be sold as a bare-chip overseas.
Magnesium Ions Could Beat LI In Car Batteries
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4/23/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a step closer towards the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars.
Samsung Details its Flex Display
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4/22/2015   1 comment
Samsung Display released key details about its new flexible AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) display used on Galaxy S6 edge smartphones. The company’s first curved mobile display was first released in 2013 with the Galaxy Round smartphone.
Cadence Tensilica Fusion DSP Core Targets IoT, Wearables
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4/22/2015   Post a comment
Tensilica Fusion is a configurable and scalable DSP that is ideal for applications requiring specialized computation, ultra-low power consumption, and the smallest possible footprint.
WSTS Marks America Up for 2015 Boom
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4/21/2015   Post a comment
The market for semiconductors in the Americas region will grow by 15 percent in 2015, according to a revised estimate from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
Wearable Cameras Next Boom Market for Image Sensors
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Annual shipments of wearable cameras will surpass 30 million units by 2020 according to market research firm Tractica.
NVM Express SSDs Hit Servers, Workstations
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4/20/2015   1 comment
HGST begins shipping its Ultrastar SN100 series for servers announced last year as part of its flash fabric, while Samsung aims its latest offering at the PC and workstation segment.
Making Wireless LoRa Design Easier, Faster
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4/20/2015   1 comment
Microchip has a pre-certified coin-cell sized module to accelerate deployment of LoRa wireless networks.
Transceiver Supports Dual 2.4 GHz IoT Networks
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Industrial applications, home automation, and the like often need multiple networks to be active. This transceiver helps bridge them.
MIT Accessorizes Your Thumbnail with Track Pad
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4/20/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory have shrunk the traditional capacitive touch pad to a thumbnail size, something thin and light enough to be stuck on the back of your thumb.
Medtronic Wins EU Approval for Leadless Pacemaker
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
The approval comes a year and a half after St. Jude Medical acquired Nanostim and its EU-approved leadless pacemaker.
Rocket Fuels Student Space Dreams
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4/17/2015   2 comments
Boston students hope to break records by launching a homegrown rocket into space, one of many projects sponsored by the non-profit Mavericks.
TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion
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4/16/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is cutting its planned capital expenditure for this year by $1 billion, citing improvements in capital efficiency and a faster-than-expected migration to its leading-edge 16nm process technology.
NFC Tags Check Food Freshness
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4/16/2015   Post a comment
In December last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had designed simple gas sensors relying on nanotubes-based chemiresistors (electrical circuits whose resistance changes when exposed to a particular chemical).
Apple Buys Array Camera Firm LinX
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Apple has acquired Israeli startup LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., the developer of an array camera for mobile equipment, for a purchase price estimated at about $20 million.
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables
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4/13/2015   1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
Intel, Samsung Up, Qualcomm, Toshiba Down in Chip Vendor Ranking
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
Gartner Inc. has produced an updated top-ten chip vendor ranking for 2014 based on companies' final financial results.
Taiwan Chipmakers Prepare to Transport Water as Drought Worsens
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4/10/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest chip foundry, and other chipmakers on the island say they are prepared to ship water supplies to their fabs here if drought conditions worsen.
Aluminum Battery Recharges in 1sec
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4/10/2015   16 comments
Stanford University has built a flexible battery made from aluminum foil, graphite and liquid salt, making it safe as well as adaptable to any form factor.
Sony Tips Billion-Dollar Capex for Stacked Image Sensors
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
Sony Corp. has announced an additional $375 million of spending planned for the 2015 fiscal year to further increase its ability to manufacture stacked CMOS image sensors.
On Semi Wins Image Sensor Slot
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4/9/2015   Post a comment
A tear down of the Hero entry-level sports camera from GoPro Inc. by market research firm IHS Technology reveals that Hero is based on the A7LS34 image processing chip from Amberella Inc. and a CMOS image sensor from Aptina, now part of On Semi.
IBM Sets Memory Density Record
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4/9/2015   8 comments
IBM set yet another world record in recording density on magnetic tape, maintaining its dominance for archiving and backup, even in the cloud.
Sensor Hub Lowers the Power
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4/9/2015   1 comment
QuickLogic announced the world's lowest power sensor hub greatly extending the lifetime of wearables.
Intel's 'Plans' for Atom x3 in IoT/Wearables, Bargain Smartphones
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4/9/2015   1 comment
Intel's Developer Forum in Shenzhen kicked off a major effort to woo Chinese firms and developers to Atom for wearables, mobiles and IoT.
Nokia Demos 10 Gbits on High Frequency
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4/9/2015   8 comments
Nokia Networks will demonstrate several next-generation cellular communications strategies at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, highlighting 10 Gbit/second data rates on over high frequencies. The Summit is co-hosted by NYU Wireless and Nokia to bring together wireless/mobile research and development leaders from around the world.
Samsung Galaxy S6: A New Slate
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Samsung has invested in maturing its Shannon architecture and as such has ousted Qualcomm and others as the phone’s core chipset and system architecture, says analyst team at Teardown.com.
Nanotube Circuits Learn Functions
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Durham University researchers teach nanotube circuits how to perform their functions by evolutionary learning.
RTG4 -- Latest Family of Radiation-Tolerant FPGAs from Microsemi
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4/8/2015   Post a comment
Typical uses for RTG4 FPGAs include remote sensing space payloads, such as radar, imaging and spectrometry in civilian, scientific and commercial applications.
IC Insights Halves Sensor Growth Forecast
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights Inc. has more than halved the growth it expects to see in the sensors and actuators semiconductor category during 2015 and 2016.
Vote Today! Best Nanotech
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4/7/2015   1 comment
The National Nanotechnology Initiative opens going voting on its best and brightest projects by clicking on its image in a special gallery.
Atmel Bids for Low-Power MCU Leadership
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Atmel is targeting its SAM21 MCUs at the needs of Internet of Things developers by providing fine-grained feature-by-feature power management.
Mentor Graphics Drives ISPD Contest
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4/6/2015   1 comment
The contest winners for the Association for Computing Machinery's ACM's) International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) are enumerated as well as Kurt Antreich who was honored for his outstanding achievements.
Intel Buys Swiss Smartglasses Startups
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4/3/2015   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has bought Lemoptix SA, a provider of scanning micromirror technology, and Composyt Light Labs SA, which has developed a see-through display.
Top 50 Contract Manufacturers Ranked
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4/3/2015   2 comments
A website called Manufacturing Market Insider has released a list of the largest 50 electronics manufacturing services companies ranked by sales.
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
Ziptronix Inc., a developer and provider of low-temperature direct bonding interconnect (DBI) technology for 3D integration, has announced a patent licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for the application of its technology to image sensors.
CCD Image Sensors are Dead, says Yole
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
"This is the beginning of the end for Sony CCDs," says Yole's imaging and sensors analyst.
Dual-Function Material Conducts Heat, Absorbs EMI
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4/2/2015   Post a comment
A dual-function, board level material simultaneously improves signal integrity and temperature stability of electronic circuits.
CoolCube 3D Goes Monolithic
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4/2/2015   4 comments
The University of Grenoble Alpes (France) has developed their CoolCube 3D chips using a monolithic method.
Festival Redesigns San Francisco
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4/1/2015   2 comments
Fifty projects -- from a life-size replica of San Francisco Chronicle writer Herb Caen’s typewriter, with seats, to a microhousing installation -- will be on display at the Market Street Prototyping Festival. Organizers hope that some designs will be integrated into the long-term design of SF’s sidewalks.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
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4/1/2015   3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
3D Qualcomm SoC Testing on Horizon
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3/31/2015   26 comments
Qualcomm is doing extensive research into how to build 3D structures on a single die without having to use through-silicon-vias (TSVs) and hopes to test 3D SoCs soon.
Robotic Bacteria Senses Humidity
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
A bacterial spore studded with graphene quantum dots makes the world best humidity sensor according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Nanolaser Enables On-Chip Photonics
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3/26/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington and Stanford has created a new type of laser for easier on-chip communications using electro-modulation.
DARPA Robotics Challenge Gears Up For Finale
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3/26/2015   Post a comment
The latest highlights from DARPA's years-long robotics competition show us just how creative we can be. Here's what you need to know in advance of the grand finale in June.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
Robots Go Viral with DNA
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3/24/2015   5 comments
Programming synthetic viruses and bacteria by their DNA sequence could enable engineers to address problems that today must be done with toxic chemicals. But to create an industry from an idea takes more than independent scientists working alone in their separate labs.
Optical Color Shifter Computes Cognitively
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3/20/2015   2 comments
All optical computers using the neural network paradigm could by pass the speed of silicon computers by using light only and chalcogenide as their material.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch
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3/20/2015   2 comments
Google, Intel, and TAG Heuer on Thursday announced plans to collaborate on a Swiss smartwatch based on Intel electronics and Google's Android Wear software. The Swiss watch industry faces a challenge from Apple, which plans to launch the Apple Watch next month.
Bi-directional RF Doubles Cellular Capacity
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3/18/2015   16 comments
Full-duplex sending and receiving over the same frequency at the same time is possible, unlike what you learned in engineering school. According to researchers at Columbia University, you just have to cancel out the signal from the much more powerful transmitter at the receiver's antenna.
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