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IBM Watson Speeds Drug Research
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8/29/2014   4 comments
IBM Watson moves from supplying known answers to tough questions to making its own discoveries in life sciences and pharmaceutical research.
Samsung Funds III-V FinFETs in US Lab
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8/29/2014   8 comments
Samsung is funding Penn State researchers working to fabricate III-V indium gallium arsenide FinFETs for possible use at the seven-nanometer node.
Imagination Takes On Raspberry Pi
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8/29/2014   10 comments
Imagination Technologies has developed its own version of Raspberry Pi, using a MIPS-based processor from Ingenic.
Microchip in Pursuit of CSR
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8/29/2014   8 comments
Microchip confirmed Thursday that it has had preliminary mutual discussions with CSR.
Are There Marsquakes on Mars?
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8/29/2014   9 comments
A 2016 mission will investigate the stuff under the surface of Mars that the Curiosity Rover is currently investigating.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
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8/28/2014   9 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Rohm Opens MEMS Foundry Operation
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8/28/2014   Post a comment
Rohm Co. Ltd. created a foundry business at the six-inch Miyazaki wafer fab of its Lapis Semiconductor subsidiary that integrates product design and manufacturing based on the combination of thin-film piezoelectric processes and MEMS.
Power Week: RF Charging Startup & Dialog Semi Team Up for Over-the-Air Power
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8/28/2014   1 comment
This week, "over-the-air" power got a boost when RF charging startup Energous and Dialog Semiconductor agreed to jointly develop a proof-of-concept reference design to help develop the market for a remote, wire-free charging technology.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs
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8/28/2014   9 comments
Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
White Goods Consolidation Drives Power Deals
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8/27/2014   3 comments
The power semiconductor industry has seen two key announcements this week, highlighting some serious consolidation, all driven by agitation in the white goods market.
Apple Preps Jumbo iPad
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8/27/2014   11 comments
Apple is preparing a larger version of its iPad for release in 2015. The bigger iPad, with a screen as big as those of laptops, could help Apple stir up fresh interest in its tablets.
Forget iPhone: 4 Megatrends in China’s Smartphone Market
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8/27/2014   19 comments
Touch Taiwan is exposing some of Asia’s techno-political tensions, focused on one question: Who will own the display technologies likely to dominate the rapidly changing smartphone market in China?
Google's Project Ara Is Science Fiction, Says Critic
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8/27/2014   6 comments
Google’s Project Ara to develop a modular mobile smartphone is destined to remain nothing more than a science project, warns blogger and former senior analyst Richard Windsor.
Google Preps Virtual Network
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8/27/2014   2 comments
Google described Andromeda, a central server-based controller users will be able to access to create, run, and extend virtual networks running in Google's data centers.
Brazil's Path to Hardware Manufacturing at Home
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8/26/2014   14 comments
John Hall, President of the Linux Foundation, lays out a scenario for how a clone of the Raspberry Pi, only better and much cheaper, could be made in Brazil. Call it the Plum Pi.
Fairchild to Close 2 Manufacturing Facilities
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8/26/2014   7 comments
Fairchild is eliminating its internal 5-in wafer fabrication lines and shuttering its fabs in West Jordan, Utah and Penang, Malaysia.
JEDEC Unveils Low-Power Memory Standard
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8/26/2014   5 comments
JEDEC published its LPDDR4 specification, which, with a redesigned architecture, operates twice as fast as LPDDR3, while still saving power.
SanDisk Bullish on SSD Adoption
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8/26/2014   5 comments
Ultra II is aimed at consumers looking to upgrade HDD or first generation SSD with simple migration tools in a PC market that has experienced flat growth at best.
Digital Light Processor Downsizes & Diversifies
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8/26/2014   7 comments
The digital light processor (DLP) was used in the first and most popular large-screen televisions, but now it has been downsized for pico-applications from projectors built-into smartphones to smart glasses.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
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8/26/2014   11 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Intel Shrinks 3G Chip for IoT
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8/25/2014   9 comments
Intel’s latest modem for the mobile Internet of Things, the XMM 6225, aims to grow into the market with cellular communications and high levels of integration. The company is touting the platform as the industry’s smallest, with a 300 mm2 footprint.
Google Glass & Lookalikes Find Niches
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8/25/2014   8 comments
Google Glass, Recon Jet, and Epson Moverio have been solutions looking for a problem for three years, but by combining these head-mounted output devices with a hands/voice-free input device the secret sauce may have finally congealed.
Murata to Buy RF IC Vendor Peregrine for $471M
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8/25/2014   1 comment
Passive component powerhouse, Japan’s Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has taken a major step to expand its RF component and wireless business with a $471 million deal to acquire fabless RF IC maker Peregrine Semiconductor Corp.
NAND, DRAM 3D-Transition Roadmaps
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8/25/2014   Post a comment
IC Insights has done its best to encapsulate the latest information from DRAM and NAND vendors to provide a roadmap for the transition to finer geometry processes and to multi-layered memories.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously?
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8/25/2014   24 comments
China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Microsoft, Opera Partner On Phone Browser
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8/22/2014   Post a comment
Opera Software's Opera Mini browser will replace Nokia's Xpress on Nokia feature phones, but Microsoft's long-term plan for old Nokia products is unclear.
US Military To Launch Open Source Academy
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8/22/2014   Post a comment
Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Mississippi will offer open source training and Linux certification for military personnel and civilians in groundbreaking new program.
iPhone 6 Production Delays May Hurt Availability
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8/22/2014   1 comment
Apple's iPhone manufacturing partners are struggling to produce displays for the upcoming iPhone 6 after a last-minute design change caused widespread delays.
iPhone 6 Facts – Finally
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8/22/2014   24 comments
Top 10 app developer separates fact from rumors about Apple's coming iPhone 6.
Vehicle-to-Vehicle: 7 Things to Know About Uncle Sam's Plan
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8/22/2014   15 comments
Now that more new cars are equipped with ADAS, the NHTSA plan, unveiled this week, to require V2V communications technologies in all new passenger cars might seem too little, too late.
Silicon Valley Builds Bridge to Iran
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8/22/2014   6 comments
Serial entrepreneur Kamran Elahian is organizing a Silicon Valley event on innovation that will attempt to build a bridge to an emerging high-tech sector in his home country of Iran.
Power Week: IRF Only One of Many Rumored Infineon Targets
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8/21/2014   Post a comment
Prior to this week's big announcement of Infineon's agreement to buy International Rectifier, speculation swirled over several other chipmaker names as possible acquisition targets.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier
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8/21/2014   12 comments
Infineon Technologies will buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash. Through the merger, the German chip company is pushing toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
mCube Forms Indoor Navigation Subsidiary
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8/21/2014   2 comments
Fabless chip company mCube has formed Ten Degrees Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary to focus on business related to indoor navigation.
Mesh Network Key to Winning IoT Race
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8/20/2014   8 comments
As competing wireless networking technologies gun for the smart home market, many contenders believe mesh networking is the heart of the matter for the Internet of Things.
Microsoft Counters Google Chromebook
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8/20/2014   10 comments
Microsoft is gearing up in its fight to bring Windows to the lower end of the laptop market. The company earlier announced it would sell sub $200 versions of its Lumia smartphone, and will target this price range again with Windows OS laptops for $199 and $249.
Startup Promises Sub-$20 DNA Test
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8/20/2014   11 comments
Startup InSilixa described a silicon bio-sensing array that promises to bring molecular diagnostics to the point of care with tests that cost less than $20.
ARM Stressed in Server Bid
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8/20/2014   4 comments
ARM servers will come more slowly and perhaps to fewer applications than previously thought, according to server executives at Dell and Alibaba.
Can IoT Integration Kill the Useless Clock Display?
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8/20/2014   6 comments
Samsung's recent acquisition of SmartThings puts Samsung in position to call for more IoT integration across its white goods and consumer electronics. Will it take the brave step to kill the useless clock display?
Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board
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8/19/2014   5 comments
Former Microsoft CEO -- and newly minted LA Clippers owner -- Steve Ballmer steps down from the board but will remain Microsoft's largest individual shareholder.
Memsic Launches Monolithic 3-Axis Accelerometer
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
Memsic Inc. introduces what it claims is the world's first monolithic 3D accelerometer and the first to make use of wafer-level packaging.
Startup Sees Enterprise Op for TLC NAND
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
NxGn Data looks to make TLC viable as cold storage for enterprises while moving data and computation closer with its In-Situ Processing.
Microcontroller Market Resurges
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8/19/2014   4 comments
A full-blown recovery in the microcontroller sector is underway as sales to industrial and automotive customers rebound amidst the upturn in the global economy. And it isn't confined to just the 32-bit market.
AMD Enters Storage Sector
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8/19/2014   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has entered the storage sector with a line of Radeon-branded solid-state drives targeted specifically at the game console market.
Robot Room Service Hits Aloft Hotel Group
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
The "botlr" -- a robotic butler -- will deliver small goods to hotel guests upon request.
So Much Work, So Little Time for Engineers
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8/19/2014   27 comments
None of us, of course, will admit to watching cat videos or playing Tetris at work. But are engineers really as crazy-busy as they claim to be? And if they are, what’s going on?
China Moves to Buy Omnivision
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8/19/2014   1 comment
CMOS image sensor developer Omnivision Technologies has received a takeover bid from Hua Capital Management at $29 a share, which would value the company at about $1.64 billion.
S2C's FPGA-Based SoC Prototyping System Supports PCIe 3.0 Cores
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8/18/2014   1 comment
S2C has just announced that Northwest Logic's PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 solution has been validated and certified for use with S2C's ASIC prototyping platforms.
Intel Haswell Bug Won't Bite Many
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8/18/2014   5 comments
bug found in Intel’s Haswell processors may have the potential for system disruption, but most users will likely not encounter any issues. The error will also be included in upcoming Broadwell Y-series chips for use in Core M-based tablets.
Laser Sensor System Scans Railway Tracks
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8/18/2014   18 comments
An innovative optical sensor system surveys the tracks quickly and safely. A laser scanner acquires geometrical irregularities and transforms them into 3D images.
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