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ARM, UMC to Roll 55nm Ultra-Low Power IoT Chips
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
ARM and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) announced Monday what they say is the first availability of a new ARM Artisan physical IP solution on 55nm for development of embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Mercedes-Benz Integrates Navigation with Apple Watch
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Daimler has introduced an intelligent integration between Apple Watch and Mercedes-Benz vehicles with its new MB Companion App.
Teradyne Aims to Acquire Collaborative Robots Pioneer
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Teradyne, Inc. and the shareholders of Universal Robots (UR) have signed a definitive agreement under which Teradyne will acquire privately held Universal Robots, the Danish pioneer of collaborative robots.
FRAM's Slow, Unending Journey to Dominance
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Much like MRAM, PCM and RRAM, FRAM has never gained the foothold that was predicted at its inception. Niche applications are providing opportunities for more widespread use as alternatives to other NVRAMs.
Wearables Get Low-Power Clock
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5/18/2015   1 comment
SiTime claims to have the smallest, lightest lowest power oscillator in the industry in its SiT8021, designed specifically for the scant power budgets of wearables.
Xiaomi Picks Leadcore to Go Vertical
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5/18/2015   2 comments
When Apple, Huawei and Samsung are already designing handsets using their own processors, Xiaomi, too, wants its own custom-designed processors to differentiate their products and control its own destiny, an executive of Leadcore Technology told EE Times.
China Wonders: Whither Wearable Wares?
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5/18/2015   5 comments
Tencent’s surveys indicate that 45.7 percent of consumers stop using their wearable devices within a month. In six months, that number swells to almost 99 percent. Chinese designers know they’ve got to rethink wearables.
Semi IP Licensing Growth Slows, Vendor Ranking Stabilizes
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
The pace of growth for the market for semiconductor intellectual property (IP) slowed in 2014 after four years of double-digit percentage annual increases, according to market research firm Gartner Inc.
Licensed Wireless Spectrum Generates $400 Billion in U.S.
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5/17/2015   Post a comment
Spectrum licensed to U.S. wireless carriers generates more than $400 billion annually in economic activity, according to a report issued today by the Brattle Group and prepared for CTIA - The Wireless Association®.
Matrix LED Lighting Enters the Compact Class
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5/15/2015   Post a comment
Smart lighting in the shape of electronically controlled Matrix headlamps is a feature exclusively found in the automotive top league, right? This perception is about to change: Opel / Vauxhall announced to equip its compact-class Astra with such a lighting system. The VW Golf rival will be introduced at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt (Germany) later this year.
Smart Cities Show Progress at Events
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5/15/2015   1 comment
Teams from more than 40 smart cities projects will gather near Washington DC to share work, said an IoT pioneer who will discuss their advances at the Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley.
Q'comm Rolls Wi-Fi Chips for IoT
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5/14/2015   Post a comment
Qualcomm Atheros rolled out two new Wi-Fi chips aimed at end nodes and hubs in the Internet of Things and packing more memory and punch than some existing IoT parts.
Is D-Wave a Quantum Computer?
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5/14/2015   8 comments
Critics say that D-Wave is not a "real" quantum computer because it can only solve optimization problems, but D-Wave Systems, Inc. counters that its an appropriate start to build and application-specific quantum computer on the way to a "universal" one.
EEs Wanted for High Speed Rail
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5/14/2015   25 comments
A June seminar in Silicon Valley aims to prepare engineers to participate in California’s high-speed rail project, the first in the nation.
IoT Clash Over 900 MHz Options
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5/14/2015   1 comment
As millions, billions, or trillions (depending which analysis you trust) of devices get connected to the Internet over the next few years, making sure those devices are able to connect easily and across protocols will be a major challenge. Samsung announced that its new Internet of Things module, Artik, will support a new networking structure that can overcome technical issues.
EtherCAT Linking Factory to Office
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5/14/2015   2 comments
The need to bridge between factory equipment and the corporate office is moving EtherCAT into a leading role among industrial networks.
SiLabs Marches to a Different Drummer
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Silicon Labs gives full attention to the Universal Serial Bus in new low power Cortex-M0+ based microcontroller family.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts
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5/13/2015   2 comments
Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
IoT Feels Samsung's Artik Breeze
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5/12/2015   1 comment
Samsung announced a new series of modules designed for the Internet of Things as well as handful of partnerships to grow the open development community. The three modules, dubbed Artik, are complete hardware and software systems with built-in security.
Startup's Search Engine Matches Experts to Projects, Globally
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5/12/2015   Post a comment
French startup ideXlab has developed a very specialized search engine, one that shifts through patents, academic papers, specialized industrial databases and even social networks to establish expert profiles and match them to your projects.
Drivers Not Ready to Let Cars Take Over, Says Poll
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5/12/2015   12 comments
Do car owners have confidence in algorithms and control units that eventually could take over the command over their vehicles? A recent study reveals deep-seated concerns.
NFC Tags Get Much Needed Security Upgrade
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Additional data protection mechanisms added to the Near Field Communications protocol will further secure mobile phone-based transactions as well as in a variety of wearable IoT applications.
BMW Pushes Tri-Motor Concept
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5/12/2015   5 comments
In a shift of emphasis from conventional to electric drive, BMW believes using two electric motors for high acceleration from a standing start, while the combustion engine for additional power at high speeds.
Vision Core Tightens its Focus
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CogniVue released the first details of Opus, its next-generation vision processing core that targets the rapidly emerging ADAS market of car safety subsystems.
IBM Demos CMOS Silicon Photonics
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5/12/2015   10 comments
After 30 years of research IBM has unveiled the inexpensive, commercializable solution to silicon photonics that encodes and translates both electricity and light on a single CMOS chip.
New Spectra-Q Engine at Heart of Altera's Quartus II FPGA Environment
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5/11/2015   1 comment
Greater device complexity mandates increased development productivity. The latest version of Altera's Quartus II FPGA development environment rises to the challenge.
ESC Boston: The Serial Port Lives
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5/11/2015   18 comments
The classic, easy-to-implement serial port is still widely used, especially in industrial embedded computers.
Diablo Memory Channel Storage Architecture Gains Traction
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5/11/2015   Post a comment
Lenovo has integrated MCS with its latest X6 servers just as litigation affecting Diablo’s ability to ship technology has been resolved
LTE-WiFi Debate Exposes Spectrum Land Grab
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5/11/2015   7 comments
A new document circulated among members of the 3GPP working groups, entitled as “Precluding standalone access of LTE on unlicensed carriers,” shows cell operators’ desire to revise 3GPP’s own rule and prohibit non-LTE carriers from using LTE-U.
Ultrasounds and Plastic in Place of Complex Electronics
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5/11/2015   1 comment
In a joint project from Carnegie Mellon University HCI Institute and Disney Research, researchers have demonstrated the use of cheap 3D printed plastic parts in place of complex analogue electronic circuitry to build smartphone plug-in accessories such as docking stations and other playful extensions.
Samsung Breaks Ground on $14 Billion Fab
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5/8/2015   13 comments
Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feet for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
Microchip to Acquire Micrel
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5/8/2015   2 comments
Microcontroller and analog semiconductor company Microchip Technology Incorporated has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the analog semiconductor company Micrel for $14.00 per share--an acquisition price of $839 million.
SMIC Mum on 28nm Revenue Prospect in 2015
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5/8/2015   1 comment
SMIC declined to say if it will make money from 28nm products this year. However, last July, SMIC announced a deal with Qualcomm, under which SMIC’s 28mm process will be used to make Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.
Surround View Camera Integrated into Driver Assistance
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
Automotive supplier Continental has demonstrated a potential new application for surround view cameras: Their signals can be used in advanced driver assistance systems such as automatic braking when reversing, cross traffic assistant and automated parking.
Valleytronics Qubits Travel in Graphene
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5/8/2015   1 comment
Valleytronics may challenge spintronics as a new encoding for quantum computers where qubits are encoded as electron momentum traveling in valleys between domain walls in the atomic lattice of graphene.
Can TI Obsolete FPGAs?
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5/7/2015   33 comments
Field-programmable gate arrays are a blank slate that solves any computing problem at super-high speeds but for a cost. Texas Instruments to create a family of ARM+DSP+programmable accelerator chips to that perform the same jobs as the FPGA but in a cheaper, smaller package that is easier to program. Here's what industry analysts think of it.
Facebook Shares Storage Recipe
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5/7/2015   4 comments
Engineers at Facebook shared details of their recipe for creating massive storage systems at bargain basement prices, defying traditional OEM hard drive arrays.
Infineon Seeks Buyer for Welsh Wafer Fab
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5/7/2015   3 comments
Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has told staff at the Newport Wales wafer fab that it has inherited as part of its acquisition of International Rectifier Corp. that they will seek a buyer for fab. That's according to a report in the South Wales Argus.
Startup's Webcams Move to 4K Panoramic Video
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5/7/2015   3 comments
Founded in 2013 and having secured two rounds of funding, including a Series B round of $10.5M from Intel Capital back in 2014, California-based startup Altia Systems has just launched its PanaCast2 Personal Panoramic Video System.
Solar Cell Material for Transistors Holds Promise
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5/7/2015   3 comments
Halide-perovskite complementary field-effect transistors were demonstrated for the first time possibly opening an new era of organic-inorganic semiconductors that are cheap, easy to manufacture and can be deposited on flexible substrates.
Qualcomm, Broadcom at Odds Over LTE-Unlicensed
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5/7/2015   15 comments
The FCC has declared its intention to monitor promoters of the new LTE-U, pressuring them to play nice – and fairly – in the unlicensed spectrum with those who rely on Wi-Fi for broadband business. Stakes are high for everyone involved.
ST Falls to 4th in 2014 Sensor Sales Ranking
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5/7/2015   Post a comment
Market leader Bosch grabbed 20 percent of worldwide sales of sensor components in 2014, according to IC Insights. At the same time a 19 percent drop in the dollar value of its sensor sales in 2014 sent ST falling from second to fourth.
ST Brings More Power MCUs to Auto Electronics
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5/7/2015   1 comment
ST has rolled out a 40 nanometer version of the Power Architecture for use in security- and safety-critical automotive power train and body electronics apps.
Dialog, Foxconn, Lite-On to Form Sensor Joint Venture
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5/7/2015   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor and Foxconn are set to transform Dyna Image, a Lite-On subsidiary making optical, inertial and environmental sensors for sale in the Chinese market, into a joint venture.
3D Expands Vision Applications in Industrial Automation
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Manufacturing has used 2D vision in automated inspection for years, but now there's a whole new dimension to vision in industry.
Quantum Computing Gets an OS
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Cambridge Quantum Computing (“CQCL”; Cambridge, UK) has announced that it has developed an operating system for Quantum Computers.
UltraHaptics Promises Airborne Tactile Interfaces
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Founded in 2013, Bristol-based startup Ultrahaptics relies on a compact array of ultrasound transducers to send inaudible sound waves through the air, using phase-shift techniques to precisely control the focus and intensity of the acoustic radiation pressure into something tangible.
Apple to Cash on Watch, Says IHS
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
According to a preliminary estimate by IHS and its Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service, the Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product, with actual hardware costs representing just under a quarter of the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).
Knowles Buys Audience for $85 Million
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5/5/2015   1 comment
MEMS microphone supplier Knowles Corp. (Itasca, Illinois) has agreed to acquire Audience Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) for million net of a cash balance of million.
Chip Market Growth Strong Q1 in US, China
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
The global chip market continued to be a tale of contrasting fortunes with Europe and Japanese markets contracting and the Americas and China enjoying double-digit percentage annual growth, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), reporting data compiled by the World Semiconductor.
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