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Micron Workers Approve Italian Jobs Deal
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4/16/2014   Post a comment
The deal between Micron and its Italian workforce will save more than 400 engineering jobs.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
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4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
Gartner: Windows XP End Boosted Q1 2014 PC Sales
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4/16/2014   1 comment
The ongoing move to tablets and smartphones continues, but the end of Windows XP support got many consumers to plunk down money for new PCs, which helped shipments during the first quarter of 2014.
PC Prior Art Cited on iPhone
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4/15/2014   11 comments
Samsung cited a DOS-based app and an early web server as prior art against two of Apple's five patent infringement charges involving the Galaxy phones and tablets.
Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Business Sells for $3.45B
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4/15/2014   1 comment
Motorola Solutions is selling its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for more than $3 billion. The newly expanded Zebra plans to focus on IoT, mobility, and cloud-based applications.
Billion-Dollar BS Degrees
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4/15/2014   8 comments
Can anyone ever get rich, and we mean really rich, with an engineering degree? We asked ourselves that question after Forbes published its most recent list of the top 100 billionaires in the world.
Land Rover SUV Packs Sensors, Lasers, HUD
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4/15/2014   1 comment
The new Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept SUV is packed with so many high-tech systems it can barely manage to be a car.
Google's Project ARA Smartphones to Use Lattice ECP5 FPGAs
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4/15/2014   3 comments
Lattice ECP3 and ECP5 FPGAs to be used in Google's Project ARA smartphones to provide connectivity between modules and implement custom functionality.
Google Has Plans for Titan Drones
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4/15/2014   1 comment
Titan Aerospace's drones are expected to help deliver Internet connectivity to remote regions.
Sensors & Actuators Market Forecast on 11% CAGR to 2018
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4/15/2014   Post a comment
After a two-year slump, sales of acceleration, yaw, and magnetic sensors are expected to explode this year and for the next three years.
Tunable Semiconductors Offer Better Detectors, Solar Cells
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4/15/2014   1 comment
Researchers at Georgia State University have published a paper showing how to get a semiconductor to detect low-energy light sources. These tunable semiconductors could offer better detectors, as well as new types of solar cells.
IBM Nanowires Add Photonics to Silicon
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4/15/2014   1 comment
By straining gallium arsenide nanowires on silicon substrates, IBM demonstrates how light emitters/detectors can be integrated onto standard silicon chips.
Niche SRAM Sees Steady Demand From Network Gear
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4/15/2014   2 comments
While the SRAM market is much smaller than those of DRAM or NAND Flash, it’s the only memory fast enough for linecards in next-generation routers and switches.
Apple's Run at Auto Industry Makes Tier-1 Suppliers Nervous
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4/15/2014   1 comment
With Apple looking to enter the automobile market with CarPlay, carmakers eventually will have to make some hard choices, since the company is known to take over ecosystems with software and hardware offerings.
Google Takes Stand Against Apple
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4/14/2014   7 comments
Three Google software engineers defended Samsung against charges it infringed five Apple patents while a Samsung exec called the original iPhone "niche."
Amazon’s Smartphone: A Tracking Tool in Disguise?
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4/14/2014   3 comments
An Amazon-branded phone could change the way we think about how sensors can affect any number of businesses, not just retail.
Heartbleed Causing More Heartburn for OpenSSL & Site Owners
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4/14/2014   2 comments
Certificate authorities may have to figure out how to revoke and re-issue millions of certificates after "probably impossible" private-key hack took only three hours to accomplish.
Medtronic Spine Device Restores Function in Paralyzed Patients
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4/14/2014   1 comment
In a new report, researchers found that a spinal stimulator from Medtronic has been shown to help patients with paralyzed limbs. The scientists are planning additional tests.
French Team Developing Geo-Location Without GPS
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4/14/2014   2 comments
A group of researchers based in France is looking to spend more than $8.5 million to develop new technology that will allow people to geo-locate when a GPS satellite is unavailable.
Electron Spin Could Yield PCs That Run Fast While Turned Off
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4/14/2014   8 comments
Based on new findings, researchers call for redesigns to let computers run at normal speed with little or no electricity.
IoT Blooms in San Francisco
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4/14/2014   6 comments
A cluster of startups, incubators, investors, and events focused on hardware for the Internet of Things is coming alive in a San Francisco neighborhood.
Freescale MCU Streamlines Car Dash Dev
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4/14/2014   1 comment
Born from direct collaboration between a European car company and Freescale's Automotive MCU group, the triple-core ARM-based MAC57D5xx MCU brings higher-end automotive instrument clusters to mid-level and economy cars.
Samsung Grills Apple Expert
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4/11/2014   9 comments
Samsung's lead attorney grilled one of Apple's strongest experts, a witness who calculated the Korean giant owes $2.191 billion in damages.
Mushrooms Recover Gold out of Mobile Scrap
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4/11/2014   11 comments
Researchers have developed a novel way to extract metals, specifically gold, from discarded electronics: mushrooms.
Lattice Is Breaking the Rules With ECP5 FPGAs
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4/11/2014   Post a comment
The ECP5 FPGA family has been architected from the ground-up for high volume deployment.
Google Glass for Parkinson's: 10 Findings
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4/11/2014   2 comments
Google Glass offers more health benefits than awkwardness, Parkinson's patients in UK study find. Sensors have a major role to play.
Archer Supercomputer Is Fastest in UK
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4/11/2014   4 comments
The University of Edinburgh has installed a Cray XC30-based supercomputer, which is now the fastest supercomputer in England.
Optical Diode Reverses Time, Making Photo-Based IC Possible
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4/11/2014   4 comments
According to new research coming from Washington University, parity-time symmetry leads to optical diodes that will fit on microchip.
NASA Releases 1,000 Apps to Public
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4/11/2014   6 comments
Space agency makes more than 1,000 free apps available for public use, covering tasks from project management to image processing.
Jobs Saved at Micron Italy: Reports
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4/11/2014   5 comments
After a contentious month of back-and-forth between management and workers, Micron has agreed to keep most of the jobs at its Italian facility. Instead of 418 job cuts, the company plans to trim about 50 positions.
The Ampere, Redefined
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4/11/2014   23 comments
As the International Conference on Measures and Weights looks to agree on a new definition of the ampere, as one of the three basic dimensions of electricity, German researchers have devised a means to measure it.
Chip Experts Cautiously Optimistic
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4/10/2014   14 comments
Scaling looks good down to 5nm but the outlook is dim for alternative technologies such as FD-SOI and mixed for 450mm wafers, experts say.
ARM TechCon 2014 Call for Speaking Proposals Now Open!
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4/10/2014   Post a comment
ARM TechCon marks its 10th amazing year this October 1 through October 3, in Santa Clara, Calif., and the annual call for papers has now opened with a close of May 15.
Power Week-in-Review: 30s Smartphone Charge, Compact EV Motor Prototype & Class-D Driver
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4/10/2014   1 comment
This week, a smartphone battery that recharges in 30 seconds, a compact EV motor that weighs 77 kg and fits in a notebook backpack, a Class-D audio driver IC, and more.
Biomedical Sensors Analyze Vascular Deposits
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4/10/2014   2 comments
A new European program, called ESSENCE, looks to combine electrical engineering and healthcare expertise to create sensors for a range of medical applications.
Cisco, TI Expand IoT Partnerships
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4/10/2014   4 comments
Cisco launches an IoT startup challenge while Texas Instruments names eight companies as the first of a set of IoT cloud service partners.
The LED Patent Landscape
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4/10/2014   1 comment
A new report finds that Philips and Cree hold the highest-quality patents when it comes to LEDs. Samsung and LG are also major patent holders.
Freescale Upgrades Small-Cell SoC
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4/10/2014   1 comment
At its annual trade show, Freescale Technology Forum, Freescale Semiconductor debuted its next generation SoC for multi-standard wireless base stations. Developed in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, the QorIQ Qonverge B4860 chip is designed for widespread deployment in dense metropolitan areas.
Freescale Takes Floating-Point Microcontroller Under 80 Cents
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4/10/2014   2 comments
Freescale's ARM Cortex M4 floating-point microcontrollers bring the price to less than $1 for bulk orders.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’
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4/10/2014   10 comments
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
DMM Shows Differences in Real, Fake & Good Substitute Apple Cables
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4/10/2014   2 comments
Tests show the invisible ways that knockoff cables are made, but name brand cable makers do a good job.
Slideshow: 10 Things I Saw at Bluetooth World
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4/9/2014   4 comments
Bluetooth is moving into the Internet of Things in a big way with mesh technology on the horizon and plenty of traction in wearables.
Amino-Acid Semiconductors Promise Fast Phone Charging
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4/9/2014   4 comments
At a recent Microsoft showcase in Tel Aviv, startup firm StoreDot showed a new system for charging devices using organic polymer materials rather than traditional silicon.
Opal Kelly's Pins Soothe the Pain
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
If you are using Opal Kelly modules in your designs, then the Pins application is going to make your life much easier.
ARM Moves to LLVM Open-Source for Future Compilers
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
In move away from proprietary technology, ARM plans to move any future compilers it develops into the open-source community through the LLVM license.
Dutch Woman Gets 3D-Printed Skull
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
The new technology of 3D printing continues to expand into new areas. In this case, doctors in the Netherlands were able to create a new skull for a patient.
ISPD-14 Focuses on FinFETs, Security, Supply Chain
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
The 2014 International Symposium on Physical Design explored many areas in the development of next-generation integrated circuits. In addition to securing the chip supply chain and the latest FinFET developments, the discussion looked at cyberphysical system design.
High-Speed Memory: 6 Technologies to Watch
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4/9/2014   3 comments
When it comes to high-speed memory, what are the hot technologies that can’t afford to ignore? Here are six trends to follow, from DDR4 to the latest in SRAM.
Sony Curves Images Sensors & TSMC Stacks Them
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
At an upcoming conference, Sony and TSMC will present papers that detail new developments in sensor manufacturing and development technologies.
Freescale Tech Lab: Photo Collage
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4/9/2014   1 comment
Welcome to Freescale's tech lab. Here are some of the interesting things we saw on the first day of Freescale Technology Forum 2014.
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