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Transistors Minus Semiconductors
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2/9/2016   Post a comment
Michigan Tech engineers claim to have invented a transistor based not on semiconductors but on iron quantum-dot studded boron-nitride nanotubes.
Battery Research Claims 10x Gain
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2/8/2016   Post a comment
A Stanford-SLAC team wrapped silicon lithium-ion anode particles in a custom-fit cage made of graphene to alleviate battery issues that sap their performance.
Picking up Good Vibrations: Artificial Trees Harvest Energy
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2/8/2016   Post a comment
Researchers from the University of Ohio have shown that tree-like structures made with electromechanical materials are suitable for converting winds or structural vibrations into electricity.
Neural Network Built In Plastic
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2/5/2016   Post a comment
A team of scientists from Russia and Italy have created a neural network made from plastic memristors.
FormFactor to Buy Rival Probe Card Maker for $352 Million
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2/5/2016   Post a comment
A deal for Cascade Microtech would combine complementary product offerings into one "dominant" company, according to an industry analyst.
MIT Neural Network IC Aims At Mobiles
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2/4/2016   Post a comment
MIT researchers have designed a chip to implement neural networks and claim it is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU. This could be used to allow mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms locally, rather than uploading data to the Internet for processing.
Microsoft's Project Natick: Underwater Data Center Takes The Plunge
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2/4/2016   Post a comment
Microsoft aims to explore the possibility of an undersea data center for lower costs and environmental sustainability with Project Natick.
Making the Most of GPUs Without Draining Batteries
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2/4/2016   Post a comment
Launched in January and awarded a grant of 2.97 million Euros from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the "Low-power GPU2 (LPGPU2)" research project is a European initiative uniting researchers and graphics specialists to research and develop a novel tool chain for analyzing, visualizing, and improving the power efficiency of applications on mobile GPUs.
Google Fiber Expansion Coming To Public Housing
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2/4/2016   Post a comment
Google continues the expansion of its Fiber Internet service by offering free connections for families in public housing, starting in Kansas City. The search giant is already offering free WiFi service in some public housing developments.
Battery Innovations Power Electric Bike
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2/3/2016   3 comments
The coolest looking electric bicycle is powered by innovative battery technology developed inside a San Francisco garage. Occasionally called “the Tesla of electric bicycles,” Bolt Motorbikes uses a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery with more proprietary features than the electric vehicle company.
Astrobotic Technology: NASA’s Doorway to Mars Exploration
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2/3/2016   4 comments
Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining.
Taiwan Pursues White LED
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2/2/2016   1 comment
Chip Sales Dipped Slightly in 2015
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
Despite formidable economic headwinds, semiconductor sales in 2015 fell just short of the record total established in 2014, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Robots Get A Gentler Grip
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has devised flexible electrostatic grippers that are as gentle as human hands, yet can lift 100 times their own weight.
Tektronix Turns 70, Unveils New Look & Strategy
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2/1/2016   7 comments
The venerable test & measurement company shows off a sleek logo and focuses on applications.
NXP Outlines Autonomous Vehicle Advances
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has been working with Google on self-driving cars and has interesting progress to report. Speaking in the plenary session of the 63rd International Solid State Circuits Conference, officials said facsimiles of self-driving cars are already on the road.
Semiconductor R&D Flat in 2015
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2/1/2016   Post a comment
Industry-wide R&D expenditures grew 0.5 percent to a record-high $56.4 billion in 2015, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Google SkyBender Drone Project Aims To Deliver 5G Wi-Fi
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1/31/2016   Post a comment
Project SkyBender joins the ranks of Google's Project Loon and Facebook's efforts to provide super-fast WiFi from drones and other airborne vehicles.
Samsung, Apple Top Chip Buyers Again
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
Electronics giants ranked first and second in semiconductor consumption in 2015 for the fifth straight year, according to market research firm Gartner.
Russians' Report Memristors
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1/29/2016   2 comments
Marvin Minsky, inventor of the Perceptron, may have died, but Russian scientists report they've made the first polymer memristor based Perceptron come alive.
FDSOI Carries on Despite ST Re-org, Says COO
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1/28/2016   6 comments
STMicroelectronics' withdrawal from the set-top-box business and the transfer of engineers to microcontroller and digital automotive work will not stop the adoption of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) manufacturing process, according to Jean-Marc Chery, ST's chief operating officer.
TI to Shutter Scotland Fab
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1/27/2016   1 comment
Analog chip giant will close 150mm fab, transfer production to existing 200mm facilities.
UMC Raises 2016 Capex to $2.2 Billion on Improving Outlook
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s third-largest foundry, has raised its expected capital expenditure for 2016 to about $2.2 billion on expectations that the chip industry will emerge from a downturn around the second quarter of this year.
VC Funding Up, Investing Down in Q4'15
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Dow Jones Venture Source announced figures for venture capital funding in the fourth quarter of 2015. Fundraising rose sharply while the number of funds remained the even, though investments in U.S.-based companies decreased.
Microsoft Open Sources Deep Learning, AI Toolkit On GitHub
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1/27/2016   Post a comment
Previously available to academic researchers, Microsoft's Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) now has a friendlier open source license.
Apple Forecasts First Quarterly Sales Decline Since 2003
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1/26/2016   3 comments
Despite record quarterly sales and profit, Apple's stock takes a hit after firm forecasts a year-over-year sales decline due largely to a strong U.S. Dollar.
Semiconductor R&D Spending Slows
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry spent slightly more on R&D in 2015, but the rate of growth was among the lowest on record, according to IC Insights.
Create a Cardboard Energy Harvester
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1/26/2016   26 comments
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland has invented a cardboard energy harvester suitable for wireless push-button switches and other similar applications.
Philips' $3 billion Lumileds Deal Blocked by US
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1/25/2016   Post a comment
Royal Philips (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has announced that a deal to sell an 80.1 percent interest in Lumileds, a vendor of LED-based lighting, has been terminated, because of concerns within the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future
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1/21/2016   9 comments
The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Microchip Signs to Buy Atmel
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1/20/2016   2 comments
Microcontroller, analog and flash memory IC vendor Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) has agreed to buy Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) for about $3.56 billion and Dialog Semiconductor, previously set to buy Atmel, has been paid a $137.3 million termination fee.
Memristor Computer Emulates Brain Functions
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1/20/2016   8 comments
Knowm Inc. (Santa Fe, N.M.) has introduced two new memristors to emulate new brain functions plus has diversified its packaging by adding a die-only options that holds 180 memristors.
Stanford Develops 'Safe' Battery
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1/18/2016   14 comments
New battery developed at Stanford University shuts down at high temperatures and restarts when it cools without losing performance.
Samsung Gives Ground Over Chip Workers' Cancers
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1/14/2016   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has made a concession to the families of scores of workers and former employees who have died of cancers over the last decade.
Qualcomm, TDK Prep $3bn RF Joint Venture
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1/14/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) and TDK Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) have agreed to form a joint venture – RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. – to deliver radio frequency modules and filters for multiple applications, including IoT, drones, robotics and automotive electronics.
All Aboard the Hardware Startup Train
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1/13/2016   2 comments
After years of software-based funding and tedious development, the crowdfunding tide is turning toward hardware. At International CES, held Jan. 6- 9, officials from Indiegogo said companies throughout the chip and gadget ecosystem are getting on board.
Patent Awards Down, IBM Still No. 1
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1/13/2016   Post a comment
2015 saw a 1% downturn in U.S. patent activity for the first time in seven years, with 298,407 utility patents filed. Perennial patent leader IBM led the year with 7,355 patents, down slightly from 2014.
Amazon Now Sells Own ARM chips
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1/7/2016   2 comments
Annapurna Labs Inc. ( ), a subsidiary of Internet shopping channel Amazon.com, has announced the availability of its Alpine range of ARM-based chips and subsystems aimed at home use Wi-Fi routers and Network-Attached Storage devices.
Free Core, Some Assembly Required
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1/7/2016   13 comments
The RISC-V free, open-source microprocessor core needs lots of work but has a cadre of seasoned engineers willing to help.
MediaTek 5G Combines Heterogenous Dark Silicon
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1/7/2016   2 comments
MediaTek aims to dominate the 5G handset chip market by populating with multiple CPUs, GPUs and specialized accelerators that will only be turned on when needed (dark silicon style) and sold at prices lower than Qualcomm and Broadcom, its to main competitors.
China Is Chip Market's Only Growth Region
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1/5/2016   1 comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for November 2015 declined by 3.0 percent compared with the figure for the same month a year before, according to numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
DARPA Funds Atoms-to-Products Breakthrough
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12/29/2015   2 comments
DARPA funds Atoms-to-Products program with undisclosed funding amounts allotted to 10 companies and universities to maintain quantum nanoscale properties at the millimeter scale of microchips.
Startup Raises Funds for Battery-Less IoT
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12/28/2015   Post a comment
PsiKick Inc. (Charlottesville, Virginia), a semiconductor startup formed to work on sub-threshold voltage operation wireless circuits, has raised $16.5 million in Series B financing led by Osage University Partners and joined by existing investors.
Power Source Tailored for Wearable Electronics
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12/23/2015   Post a comment
Researchers have developed flexible wire-shaped microsupercapacitors that can be woven into a jacket, shirt or dress, creating a tailored power source for wearable electronics.
Apple Finds Home At Former Q'comm Display Lab
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12/21/2015   Post a comment
Apple has started work in a small-scale production facility in Longtan near Taipei, Taiwan on display technologies, according to a Bloomberg report.
Microchip Named as Atmel Bidder
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12/17/2015   4 comments
Microcontroller vendor Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) is the company that has made a $3.8 billion unsolicited offer for Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.), according to a Reuters report that referenced an unnamed source.
Apple Buys Wafer Fab in San Jose
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12/16/2015   7 comments
Apple Inc. has bought a wafer fab in North First Street, San Jose, Calif. from analog and mixed-signal chip vendor Maxim Integrated Products Inc., according to a Silicon Valley Business Journal report.
BrainChip Provides Details of Neural Network Architecture
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12/16/2015   Post a comment
Peter van der Made, CTO and interim CEO of BrainChip Inc. provides more details of his company's spiking neural network architecture, SNAP64.
Mobile Apps Get Easier for Enterprise IoT
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12/14/2015   Post a comment
Mobile apps, the forgotten element of the IoT, can now be created without the need for coding.
Samsung Drives Into Next-Gen Auto Components Market
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12/11/2015   Post a comment
Samsung turns to the automotive space with a focus on next-generation technologies.
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