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NeuroMem IC Matches Patterns, Sees All, Knows All
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2/17/2015   7 comments
NeuroMem, a startup, spun out of General Vision, is betting the farm on the growing demand for pattern recognition in data analytics.
Self-Directing Antennas Prep for 5G
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2/17/2015   Post a comment
Ethertronics is leveraging experience developing embedded antennas to create a line of dedicated beamforming chips. The company’s EtherChip EC482 aims to improve RF signal for Wi-Fi and 5 GHz backend applications.
Smart Doorbell Streams Video
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2/16/2015   4 comments
Home automation startup Skybell has developed an always-on device that streams video with only an 800 milliamp battery. The secret sauce for managing the company’s Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell is already in the home.http://img.deusm.com/eetimes/2015/02/1325689/action-large.jpg
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.
National Instruments, Cobham Combine Expertise in Barter Deal
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2/16/2015   Post a comment
National Instruments and Cobham Wireless sign a mutual agreement to join their expertise. With the move, the companies advance their business in the area of next-generation communication application test.
Volvo Cars Share Road-Condition Info in the Cloud
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2/13/2015   Post a comment
In a joint project, carmaker Volvo and the Swedish and Norwegian public agencies combine V2X communications and cloud-based data storage and processing. The purpose: spreading information about hazardous road condition as quickly as possible.
Obama Signs Exec Order to Share Cyberthreat Info
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2/13/2015   Post a comment
President Obama today signed a new Executive Order to promote the sharing of cyberthreat information among private sector organizations as well as between the private and public sectors.
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.
IoT Network Snags $115M
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2/13/2015   5 comments
A $115 million round Sigfox closed to build out its proprietary 900 MHz wide-area network is the latest leap in a race to link the Internet of Things.
Android to Become 'Workhorse' of Cybercrime
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2/13/2015   2 comments
As of the end of 2014, 16 million mobile devices worldwide have been infected by malicious software, estimated Alcatel-Lucent’s security arm, Motive Security Labs, in its latest security report released Thursday (Feb. 12).
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.
Wearables Don Smart Fabrics
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
What do musical instruments, car seats, and shoes have in common? Each item benefits from smart fabrics invented by a Berkeley, Calif. company BeBop sensors. BeBop layers printed circuits onto polyester felts, synthetic silks weaves, and spandex of various thickness to create a web of sensors that connected to a sewn-in microcontroller.
Rear Axle Becomes Steerable… by Wire
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2/11/2015   3 comments
In an innovative approach to automotive kinematics, ZF Friedrichshafen, which recently took over mechatronic systems supplier TRW Automotive, introduces a steerable rear axle design in which decisive elements are controlled by software.
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.
Can 'Baking Powder' Effect Boost Solar Cell Efficiencies?
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2/11/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have come up with the answer as to why the efficiency of plastic solar cells can be doubled or tripled if an extra solvent is added during the production process.
ST Extends MEMS Pilot Line Project
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2/10/2015   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV is set to benefit from an extension of the Lab4MEMS pilot project that has been agreed by the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) Joint Undertaking (JU), a public-private partnership in nanoelectronics.
China Deal Squeezes Royalty Cuts from Qualcomm
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2/10/2015   5 comments
China’s National Development and Reform Commission called the investigation “antitrust case.” But more accurately, it successfully haggled with Qualcomm to get the royalty rate cuts for Chinese handset vendors.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead
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2/10/2015   1 comment
In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
DelfMEMS Shows SP12T RF MEMS Switch
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DelfMEMS SA (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France), a supplier of radio frequency switches made using MEMS techniques, is set to demonstrate a twelve-throw RF ohmic contact switch at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015.
1st MEMS Spectrometer Debuts
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2/10/2015   7 comments
Si-Ware (Cairo, Egypt) has created the world's first microelectromechanical system (MEMS) spectrometer chip, which it sells in a handheld module under the Neospectra brand name.
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.
Single-Chip USB Type-C Port Controllers from Cypress Semiconductor
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2/9/2015   Post a comment
CCG1 USB Type-C Port Controllers with PD come pre-loaded with a firmware stack that supports up to two Type-C ports, including power delivery support.
Embedded Tools Target 'Industry 4.0' Development
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Rising interest in applying the Internet of Things to industrial applications has prompted Mentor Graphics to assemble a suitable runtime and tool framework for developers.
Arm Buys IoT Security Firm
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2/9/2015   2 comments
ARM bought Offspark, a provider of Transport Layer Security ARM will fold into its mbed operating system for Cortex-M cores aimed at the Internet of Things.
MediaTek to Boost R&D Staff to Grab More LTE Share
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2/9/2015   Post a comment
MediaTek, Taiwan’s largest chip designer, said it plans to increase its R&D headcount by about a fifth this year as it aims to grab a bigger piece of the LTE smartphone market from Qualcomm.
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.
Alibaba and Meizu Join Forces vs. Android
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2/9/2015   4 comments
Alibaba Group Holding Limited announced Monday its $590 million investment in Meizu, one of China’s smaller smartphone vendors. Here’s what has driven Alibaba to the deal.
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.
Thermoelectric Nanowires to Cool Chips
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2/9/2015   1 comment
Researchers are finding all kinds or novel cooling methods to pull out the heat threatening to melt down chips that run faster than 3-Gz, but by embedding thermoelectric nanowires into the backside of chip Sandia National Labs hopes to continue scaling to higher speeds.
TSMC Plans to Invest $16 Billion More in Taiwan Site
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2/9/2015   9 comments
TSMC plans to invest an additional $15.9 billion as part of an expansion on the site of an existing fab near Taichung. TSMC expects the investment to create an additional 5,000 jobs at the site.
Open-Silicon: ‘No Software Runs Without Hardware’
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2/9/2015   1 comment
As the valuation of high-tech companies goes increasingly lopsided -- disproportionately favoring the software business -- the obvious question is: Who nowadays is willing to get their hands dirty designing high-cost, low-margin hardware?
Stanford Prez Grades U.S. Tech
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2/6/2015   13 comments
Stanford President John Hennessy warned the U.S. is falling behind in basic research and need to fix issues ranging from immigration to education.
TSMC Sues Over Trade-Secret Leak to Samsung
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2/6/2015   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is suing a former R&D employee on the suspicion that he leaked secrets including but not limited to 28nm process technology to Samsung.
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.
Scalable Electric Powertrain Targets Utility Vehicles
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2/5/2015   Post a comment
While electromobility gains traction, the development of commercial vehicles with electric powetrain lags. Their powertrain is just too expensive, clumsy and heavy. Fraunhofer researchers addressed this problem with an optimized axle module with integrated motor.
Silicon Labs Deploys M&A to Crack IoT
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2/4/2015   Post a comment
Silicon Labs has acquired a Finnish wireless module vendor Bluegiga Technologies, picking up the last missing link for its IoT play. Silicon Labs’ other IoT-related mergers include Energy Micro AS in 2013 and Ember in 2012.
2nd TransAsia To Crash in a Year
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2/4/2015   35 comments
The second TransAsia Airway's French-made ATR-72 aircraft to crash within a year indicates technology problems with engines despite pristine record for craft over last decade.
Silicon Valley Expands Unevenly
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2/4/2015   4 comments
The annual Silicon Valley Index revealed the region continues to be one of the nation’s most innovative and prosperous areas, but its wealth is unequally shared.
Synopsys Adds Verification IP For Mobile Memories
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2/4/2015   Post a comment
Consumer applications for UFS, UniProSM and eMMC are driving demand for verification tools to deliver products with tight timelines as the specifications for all three continue to be updated.
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.
ARM Cores Take on PC Processors
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2/3/2015   18 comments
ARM today announced a new processor, GPU, and IP suite targeted for mobile SoCs. The 64-bit Cortex-A72 processor, Mali-T880 GPU, and Cache Coherent Interconnect aim to usher in an era where mobile devices “serve as your primary and only compute platform.”
Rambus ReRAM Attracts First Commercial Customer
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2/3/2015   8 comments
Emerging memory has potential in niche applications for aerospace and military customers, according to licensee Tezzaron, with broad uses in the future to replace flash and perhaps DRAM in commercial applications
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.
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