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2D Material Beats Graphene
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3/4/2015   2 comments
Black phosphorus is a 2D material with advantages over graphene, including a variable bandgap and other photonics characteristics.
Parrot Takes Instant 3D Mapping to the Sky
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
On Nvidia's booth at embedded world, a robot arm was swinging a stereo camera assembly, in a drone-like fashion, demonstrating Parrot’s software capabilities to turn cheap stereovision into real-time 3D mapping using nVidia’s Jetson TK1 development kit.
Altium Updates High-Speed PCB Design Tool
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
Altium next update to its flagship PCB design tool, Altium Designer 15.1, introduces new features the company says improves design productivity, documentation outputs, and high-speed design efficiency.
3D Printing Everywhere from Lab to Factory
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3/1/2015   Post a comment
3D printers have moved out of the toy store and onto the factory floor, at Local Motors, and into the physic lab, at Princeton University.
Graphene Polymer Speeds Electron Transport
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2/27/2015   Post a comment
Depositing conducting polymers on graphene gives then highly desirable electrical properties, flexibility and strength for future flexible electronics, organic solar cells, protective coatings and other practical applications.
Hi-Speed Transistors from Liquid Processing
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2/26/2015   10 comments
A University of Chicago lab has invented a new kind of solder that can electronically join disparate semiconductors that were impossible to solder before plus print crystalline-like high-speed transistors as well as revolutionize 3-D printing.
5G Horizon Seen at ISSCC
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2/25/2015   3 comments
Research on 5G is coming to a head as companies prepare to make proposals next year that will shape the next-generation cellular standards, said experts at an ISSCC panel.
Flex Logix Introduces FPGA IP Cores for SoC Designs
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2/25/2015   1 comment
The EFLX FPGA fabric allows things like I/O protocols, encryption algorithms, radio filters, and other "fixed" functions to be upgraded on-the-fly.
Flash for Even Commodity Servers
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2/25/2015   Post a comment
SolidFire claims to be the leading vendor of flash hardware systems for high-performance systems and servers, but now its marketing its software-only to marry your own hardware to your own flash making it affordable even by the smallest-servers.
Xilinx Unveils 16nm Ultrascale+ FPGAs, MPSoCs & 3D ICs
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2/24/2015   1 comment
Applications for Xilinx's new UltraScale+ FPGAs, MPSoCs, and 3D ICs include LTE Advanced and early 5G wireless, terabit wired communications, automotive ADAS, and industrial IoT.
Organic Solar Cells Au Naturel
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2/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers search for naturally occurring carbon-based materials to enable ultra-cheap solar cells.
3D E-Beam Enables 3D NAND Flash
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2/23/2015   2 comments
Applied Materials claims to have solved the last remaining problems around enabling mass production of 3D NAND flash memory cubes. The company says it has leveled the playing field so any semiconductor maker can make 3-D FinFETs as well as Intel already does.
Quantum Transistor Harnesses New Effect
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2/19/2015   2 comments
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new phenomenon--the quantum spin Hall effect--and have used it to create the world's first spintronic topological field effect transistor (TFET), in simulation at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at Texas A&M University.
Microsoft, Google Beat Humans at Image Recognition
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2/18/2015   14 comments
The world's first algorithm to classify images more accurately than humans is claimed by Microsoft.
Printed Circuit Boards Right Out of the Printer
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2/16/2015   4 comments
A small desktop PCB printer can not only print conductive circuit tracks and insulating masking layers, but also perform solder reflow once the solder paste has been applied.
Nanotubes May Self-Organize into Synthetic Life
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2/13/2015   5 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, home of the sentient HAL 9000 computer, are now trying to create living things with nanotubes that self-assemble into organisms that reverse entropy.
Nvidia Envisions Self-Driving Cars
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2/13/2015   1 comment
Automotive and mobile gaming were growth areas for graphics processor company Nvidia in 2014; Nvidia sees Tegra X1 and deep learning leading way to self-driving cars.
Samsung Pumps $3.6bn into OLED Panel Productions
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
South Korea's Samsung Display has unveiled plans to invest $3.6 billion into making organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels to support the company's parent Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to boost components sales to offset weaker smartphone earnings.
Nanorobots Must Self Repair
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2/11/2015   Post a comment
Beyond MEMS is the realm of molecular machines 1000-times smaller and using self-repairing mechanisms according to Columbia University.
Hollywood Hands Engineer an Oscar
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2/10/2015   4 comments
Texas Instruments engineer Larry Hornbeck will receive an Academy Award of Merit for his work in improving color and projection in digital films through optical semiconductors.
Software Radio Debuts at MWC
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2/10/2015   15 comments
UK-based Cambridge Consultants developed an all-digital radio transmitter using off-the-shelf chips that could cost less than $1, aimed at conserving precious spectrum.
Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now
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2/9/2015   15 comments
From open source software to developing apps, industry professionals urge embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
Aiming at Smartphones, PoLight Readies for Mass Production
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Headquartered in Horten, Norwegian startup poLight AS has raised NOK 146m (USD19M) in a private placement of shares, to fuel the deployment of its piezo-MEMS auto-focus lens technology, TLens.
1.5 nm Metrology Extends Moore's Law
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2/6/2015   1 comment
Even a ruler can nix Moore's Law. Rulers need to be as much as 10 times finer than the semiconductors they are measure. Thanks to researchers at some US national labs collaborating with industry, the finest metrology tool is now at 1.5 nanometers.
Out Googling Google on Big Data Searches
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2/4/2015   4 comments
Northwestern University professor Luis Amaral has come up with a superior search algorithm that out Google's Google and he is giving it away free.
Sony to Ramp CMOS Image Sensor Production
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2/3/2015   Post a comment
Sony is spending in FY15 on image sensor production to meet smartphone demand and reinforce its number one position, while closing down an IC development site.
Diamond Qubits: Everybody's Best Friend
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2/3/2015   1 comment
Quantum computers got a big boost recently when scientists at MIT found a way to embed then in artificial diamonds.
Toyota Tests Silicon Carbide Tech in Near-Series Designs
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2/2/2015   3 comments
Silicon carbide (SiC) power devices will get a test drive in Toyota's prototype car. If successful, SiC-based power control units may lower power needs in hybrids.
Intel Triples Tablet Application Processor Shipments
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
Intel's shipments of application processors for tablet computers more than tripled in 3Q14, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
IBM Shifts SUNY Chip Researchers
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2/2/2015   1 comment
Researchers at New York’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute are developing chip technology at 7nm for IBM. The organizations announced that more than 220 of these engineers and scientists at SUNY Poly's Albany Nanotech campus will become part of IBM Research.
Raspberry Pi 2 Gets Broadcom ARMv7 Quad Core
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
The successor to four-million-unit-selling Raspberry Pi is six times faster with 1GB of RAM to run bigger and more powerful projects.
CMOS Image Sensor Market on 10.6% CAGR
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
The rapid uptake of CMOS image sensors in automotive applications has raised the predicted growth rate for a market already transitioning with the rise of the smartphone, according to Yole Developpement.
Invisibility Cloaks Now Shield People from Sight
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1/31/2015   19 comments
Invisibility cloaks are now working in the visible spectrum, someday allowing people to become invisible.
FPGA Debug Goes Outside with New Hardware
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1/30/2015   2 comments
For 10 years, Belgium company Byte Paradigm has operated as a design center for high-end FPGA-based systems as well as an electronics test and debugging service. Under a new name Yugo Systems, the company is about to expand its offering for FPGA debug.
Qualcomm Outlook Exposes 5 Trouble Spots
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1/30/2015   4 comments
Although Qualcomm showed strong Q1 results, the company -- facing several trouble spots in China -- lowered its chipset division’s operating margin guidance to 16-18% and its 2015 annual revenue guidance by $800 million.
Supercapbatteries, Thermoelectrics to Power Future Cars
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1/30/2015   29 comments
The cars of the future will be powered by supercabatteries and thermoelectric energy recovery systems, according to IDTechEx Ltd. in Cambridge, U.K.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So
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1/28/2015   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
Analog, Embedded Drive TI Upwards in 2014
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1/27/2015   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. has reported a net income of $825 million on fourth quarter 2014 revenue of $3.27 billion.
Maxim Exits Consumer MEMS, Touch Sensors
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1/27/2015   3 comments
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has decided to get out of consumer MEMS and consumer touch sensor markets and focus its sensor business on the automotive sensor. Meanwhile Maxim is making moves into wearable equipment, mainly with the provision of power management ICs.
EDA Startup Takes on Signal Integrity Barrier
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1/26/2015   5 comments
AtaiTec has developed a suite of simple, accurate, and cost-effective tools -- ISD, ADK, X2D -- to enhance existing SI flows.
Intel, Microsoft Improve Odds for AR
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1/26/2015   20 comments
Microsoft unveils HoloLens and Intel invests in AR glasses. Are we seeing 2015 finally becoming the year when AR/VR starts going mainstream in earnest?
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games
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1/23/2015   4 comments
Imagination Technologies continues to hedge its bets on graphics-based processing, showcasing a variety of demonstrations based on its PowerVR GPU at International CES.
Motion Control Comes to Masses with TI Launchpad
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1/23/2015   7 comments
Prototyping of brushless motor control systems has required specialized expertise, but a new offering from TI aims to change that.
Microsemi & Intrinsic-ID Team To Offer Extreme-Security FPGAs & Systems
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1/21/2015   9 comments
It seems as though Microsemi -- teaming with Intrinsic-ID -- may have implemented the most reliable and secure on-chip security system in existence at this time.
Win a Bench Full of Test Equipment
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1/13/2015   31 comments
Keysight Technologies is giving away a bench full of general-purpose test equipment.
The Hot, the Odd and the Risky -- Spotted at CES
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1/13/2015   27 comments
A ton of interesting stuff always surfaces at the International CES. Taken together, it weaves into a tapestry of technology whose threads offer clues to the possibilities we might explore in 2015.
CES Chips Charge Wirelessly
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1/12/2015   8 comments
Wireless charging powered up International CES this year, with booths demonstrating multiple standards and charging methods across the conference’s multiple locations. Like many technologies at CES, wireless charging is at an inflection point.
Intel Tips Mini IoT Module
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1/7/2015   13 comments
Intel unveiled the next generation in its wearable hardware ecosystem, a button-sized SoC called Curie. At its International CES keynote, Intel highlighted several initiatives and hardware developments targeted at this burgeoning market.
Fonts Could Set IoT Devices Apart
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1/5/2015   9 comments
Aesthetically pleasing and scalable typefaces might be the factor that makes one IoT device stand out from others, according to Monotype Imaging.
CES: 55" TV Thin as iPad Air
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1/1/2015   7 comments
LG's news flat panel TV is as thin as an Apple iPad Air -- just 7.5 millimeters.
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