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ARM Servers Call for Compilers
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
ARM servers need better compilers to get optimal performance said a handful of early users and vendors, noting the still immature code chain for the emerging systems.
3D Magnet Stack Subs for Transistors
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
A new type of 3D using stacked magnets is being proposed by the Technische Universität (Institute for Technical Electronics Munich, Germany).
Samsung Shows 14nm Chip
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Samsung showed a working mobile-applications processor made it its 14nm FinFET process at ARM Tech Con, but supplied few details on the status of the process or its customers.
ARM Partners Explore M7 Horizon
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
ARM partners discussed new use cases for the Cortex-M7 MCU, which promises high performance at 5 CoreMark/MHz and 2.14 DMIPs/MHz. Freescale is one of several early ARM partners deploying the M7 in its SoCs; other partners include Dolby and Atmel.
After Patient Deaths, Thoratec Reinstates Former CEO
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Thoratec Corp. has replaced CEO Gary Burbach with the man who previously led the company for a decade. The shakeup follows the deaths of four patients and reduced blood flow or lost consciousness in five others.
Spansion to Launch 3D-Embedded Automotive MCU
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
Spansion will launch a new microcontroller designed to offer high-performance human machine interface (HMI) for automobile dash and clusters. It comes with HyberBus interface and 2D or 3D graphics cores (or both) embedded inside the MCU.
Intel Leads Non-iPad Tablet Processor Market
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10/1/2014   1 comment
Intel, striving to get processor design wins in mobile devices, has made progress in the tablet computer rising to number-two supplier behind Apple in 2Q14, according to market analysis company Strategy Analytics.
FDA's Device Approvals Come Under Fire, Again
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
A recent study concludes that most medical devices cleared via the FDA's 510(k) and PMA processes lack sufficient evidence to show they are safe and effective. The report, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, concluded that 42 of the 50 medical devices studied did not have sufficient data backing their use.
ARM Extends Into IoT Software
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10/1/2014   9 comments
ARM has announced plans for IoT device and cloud software under its mbed platform that is already making waves with embedded software vendors.
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.
MediaTek May Narrow Qualcomm’s Lead in China’s 4G Market
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10/1/2014   2 comments
MediaTek has a chance to narrow Qualcomm’s lead in China’s 4G smartphone market with the launch of a new octo-core processor in the first quarter of 2015.
Microsoft Announces Windows 10
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10/1/2014   18 comments
Microsoft execs emphasize the desktop UI, say Windows 10's final version will be shaped by customer feedback.
Robots Confront Safety Standards
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9/30/2014   6 comments
An emerging crop of industrial robots will be more user-friendly tools for novice users in a wide variety of small companies, but they may bump up against safety standards, experts say.
Electronic Brain by 2023
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9/30/2014   13 comments
Progress continues on fake brain to be used as test bed for disease cures, reports European Union at EU's annual Human Brain Project Summitt at the University of Heidelberg in Germany on Sept. 29.
Google, Silicon Labs Mesh for ZigBee-Like Protocol
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9/30/2014   6 comments
Google's Nest-led Thread Group is meeting at its campus in Mountain View to unveil Thread's IP-enabled low-power network, its protocol and software stack that can run on today's 802.15.4 products.
Bionic Ear Due Soon
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9/30/2014   4 comments
STMicroelectronics is collaborating with two other companies on a bionic ear that users wears 24/7 to enhance and control their audio experience.
Altera Announces Non-Volatile MAX 10 FPGAs & Eval Kits
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9/30/2014   7 comments
MAX 10 FPGAs are of interest for a broad range of application areas, including industrial control systems, automotive systems, communications, computing, and storage.
LPDDR3 Is A Half-Step
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9/30/2014   Post a comment
The rapid evolution of smartphones drove the quick adoption of LPDDR3, but its successor is more thought out and will take over relatively quickly.
IBM Conquers Wafer-Scale Graphene
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9/30/2014   2 comments
IBM has found a way to vastly reduce the costs of gallium nitride (GaN) wafers by growing them on a reusable wafer-scale layer of single-crystal graphene instead of expensive ($3,000) silicon carbide (SiC) wafers.
Telecom Capex to Fall 2% in 2015
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9/30/2014   5 comments
Telecom carriers are expected to shave their capital spending on base stations and other gear in 2015, a new Dell'Oro Group report says.
Sensors Build Case Against Cold
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9/29/2014   6 comments
As some predict that New York’s easy summer may turn into a hellish winter, a local startup aims to fix the freeze. Heat Seek, grand prize winner of this year’s NYC BigApps competition in the live and connected device categories, wants to keep tenants warm with inexpensive temperature sensors.
HP Ships First ARM Servers
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9/29/2014   28 comments
Hewlett-Packard is shipping its first mainstream commercial servers using the 64-bit X-Gene ARM-based SoCs from Applied Micro and TI’s 32-bit Keystone II with PayPal among its users.
Nudging Toward a More Open Cloud
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9/29/2014   6 comments
Fairchild Reinvents Itself
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9/26/2014   10 comments
Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
Smartphone Shifts Automotive Processor Demand
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9/26/2014   6 comments
As the most disruptive trend in the automotive infotainment industry has market researcher HIS identified the use of smartphones in cars. The reason: Since smartphones are as ubiquitous as they are in today's vehicles, consequences for the design of head units and telematics portals in the vehicles are necessary, leading to a shift in microprocessor demand in these components.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China
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9/26/2014   20 comments
China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
MEMS Pioneer Raises $25M, Including Debt
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9/26/2014   4 comments
SiTime Corp., a pioneer of MEMS resonator devices as replacements for quartz timing devices, has closed a $25 million round of financing that includes a $15 million debt facility provided by Capital IP Investments Partners.
Radios Tune Up for 5G
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9/26/2014   5 comments
5G cellular is expected to drive work in a couple new air interfaces, massive MIMO antennas, millimeter-wave frequencies, and Gbit-class LTE, but many hurdles lie ahead, say wireless experts.
Intel May Invest in Spreadtrum, Report Says
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9/25/2014   8 comments
Rumors surrounding Intel’s possible investment in Chinese-government affiliated mobile chipmakers Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics may bear weight, but also beg many questions.
Infineon's Secret Weapon: Dresden Fab, 48V Car Battery
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9/25/2014   32 comments
Infineon is banking on its power semiconductors to expand its presence in the global automotive market while its 300mm "thin" wafers and 48V battery will help meet the CO2 emission target for EU cars.
IBM Water Cooling Enables a Super Solar Dish
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9/25/2014   12 comments
A solar disk cuts costs by using fiber-reinforced concrete, supporting polymer-backed aluminum foil mirrors concentrated on four-spectrum InGaAs photovoltaic cells cooled by water in IBM-fabricated micro-channels.
Ericsson Dials Up Software, Services
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9/25/2014   Post a comment
To secure its place in a highly networked future, Ericsson has realigned its business to focus on software and services rather than hardware.
Power Week: Intel's Wireless Charging Bowl Is Imminent
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9/25/2014   4 comments
The smart wireless charging bowl that Intel unveiled at CES this year to great interest will be available on the market around the end of the year, Intel's CEO says.
Design as a Craft, Not a Commodity
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9/25/2014   7 comments
Tire Sensor for Industrial Trucks Solves a Burning Problem
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9/25/2014   2 comments
A research project of the Hannover University is currently developing a sensor system that enables operators to monitor the conditions of the tires on industrial trucks.
PZT Making Waves in MEMS
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9/25/2014   Post a comment
ST's announcement that it is offering a piezo-MEMS manufacturing process catapults the company to the front of a wave of uptake for the technology.
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.
Smart Clothes Seek Slim Electronics
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9/25/2014   8 comments
Smart shirt makers such as Hexoskin are getting traction, especially with athletes, but they need lower-power chips and better manufacturing processes for integrating sensors.
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.
AXIe-0: The Inside Story of a New Modular Instrument Standard
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9/24/2014   2 comments
Like Coke Zero, AXIe Zero is the diet version of its namesake. Larry Desjardin explains the new standard for low-cost instruments and switching.
Centralized Architecture: Apps as Driver-Assistance Systems
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9/24/2014   6 comments
Is centralizing the dozens of ECUs and control units in a car into one powerful computing hub a good idea? Siemens says it means essential functions such as driver-assistance systems could be implemented as apps.
Broadcom Beefs Up Switch for SDN
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9/24/2014   4 comments
Broadcom will pack 7 billion transistors and 480 Mbits memory into its next generation Ethernet switch chip, the Strata XGS Tomahawk, targeting software-defined networks for rapidly expanding data centers.
NXP Beats Qualcomm, Gets First V2V Design Win
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9/23/2014   4 comments
The future of car-to-car communication in the United States is getting more real, now that Delphi Automotive has become the first Tier 1 to supply car-to-car communications modules to General Motors' 2017 Cadillac models.
ARM Pumps Up MCU for IoT
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9/23/2014   17 comments
ARM announced its next generation 28mnm process 32-bit Cortex-M7 processor for embedded applications in the industrial, infrastructure, and home automation markets. ARM bills the M7 as its most powerful MCU with double the compute and digital signal processing capability.
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   2 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.
SD Cards Now Support Contactless Communication
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9/23/2014   Post a comment
A new specification allows SD memory cards in PCs, smartphones, and printers to exchange data using TransferJet, which is quicker than wireless LAN.
Startup's Piezoelectric MEMS Mics May Take Over
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9/22/2014   Post a comment
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