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GlobalFoundries Wins Approval for Next NY Fab
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8/30/2013   18 comments
GlobalFoundries has won local planning approval for a second, much larger, wafer fab in New York that could cost $15 billion, but which could depend on Apple for the green light.
WiFi Rides 900 MHz, Attacking Zigbee
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8/30/2013   9 comments
The IEEE may vote before the end of September on a draft 802.11ah standard to let WiFi ride 900 MHz into home and building networks.
Samsung Starts Volume Production of DDR4 Memory
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8/30/2013   10 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has started volume production of DDR4 format memory, for use in enterprise servers in datacenters.
SK Hynix 16 nm NAND Flash Headed for SSD
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8/29/2013   5 comments
SK Hynix joins the ranks of 16 nm NAND flash suppliers, but has yet to say what memory capacity it is offering.
Sixense Kickstarts Wireless Controllers
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8/29/2013   14 comments
Even established company's are now using Kickstarter to raise funds, here Sixense to market its second generation wireless motion tracking platform called STEM (for Sixense tracking embedded module).
GPU-Compute on Exynos Made Easier
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8/29/2013   2 comments
Imagination has developed OpenCL extensions related to camera operations and computational photography that apply to its PowerVR Series 5 GPUs -- in use in such platforms as the Odriod development board and the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Test & Measurement Product Roundup: August 2013
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8/28/2013   2 comments
Here’s a digest of the latest test & measurement products making news this month.
Got MIPI? If Not, Lattice Will Show You How
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8/28/2013   2 comments
Lattice's new reference designs for MIPI DSI and CSI TX/RX help designers overcome the challenges of integrating camera and display capabilities in their systems.
CMOS Timing Startup Turns to Crystal
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8/28/2013   9 comments
A developer of CMOS replacements for crystal oscillators has a new CEO, taken on more VC funding, and extended its business plan to include crystal oscillators.
MediaTek, MStar Merger Gets China's OK
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8/28/2013   11 comments
China's Ministry of Commerce has approved a proposed $4 billion merger between fabless chip companies MediaTek and MStar – but with conditions.
Moore's Law Dead by 2022, Expert Says
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8/27/2013   42 comments
The ability to double transistors on a slice of silicon will end as early as 2020, said the director of an agency trying to find what's next.
IBM Hawks Open Software-Defined Environments
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8/27/2013   2 comments
IBM borrows its own Linux strategy to support OpenStack, which virtualizes compute, storage, and networking resources for open-source data centers.
Got Zuken? There's a New Enterprise-Level PCB/System Design Player in Town!
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8/27/2013   12 comments
In many respects, it's surprising that Zuken has managed to maintain such a low profile in the USA because they are so well known in the rest of the world.
ARM Buys Sensinode for IoT Software
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8/27/2013   7 comments
ARM bought startup Sensinode for the 6LoWPAN-based M2M software, which it will license and make available through its mbed program.
3D Graphene Could Make Solar Cells Cheaper
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8/26/2013   16 comments
Michigan Tech has created a novel 3D graphene material that can replace the expensive precious metals in solar cells as well as improve battery performance and perhaps even enable less expensive superconductors.
Group Describes Specs for x86, ARM SoCs
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8/26/2013   5 comments
The Heterogeneous Systems Architecture group gave a first look at work on parallel programming specs backed by AMD, ARM, and ARM SoC vendors.
Startup Wants Simple, App-Savvy Switches
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8/23/2013   8 comments
The chief technology officer for Insieme Networks laid out his design principles -- but not his designs -- in a keynote at Hot Interconnects.
Autonomous Cars: Breaking Down Market Forecasts
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8/23/2013   40 comments
Market forecasts on autonomous cars wildly vary, depending on how “autonomous” people mean when they say “autonomous cars” – and what legal and commercial roadblocks they anticipate.
US Labs Unlock Secure Tech for Silicon Valley
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8/22/2013   10 comments
The Department of Homeland Security hosted its first annual showcase of cyber-security technologies available for licensing from federal labs.
Miniature SiP for Electric Vehicles
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8/21/2013   13 comments
Infineon, together with 40 partners, developed basic technologies that enable much more compact and reliable SiP solutions than those available on the market today.
Flow Batteries Going Grid Scale
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8/21/2013   27 comments
A new flow battery from MIT aims for grid-scale applications by storing energy from solar arrays and wind farms during lulls and then supplying it during peak demand.
DARPA Funds Neural Image Processor
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8/20/2013   2 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) granted University of Michigan a $5.7 million four-year contract to build a prototype neural network capable of processing images 1,000-times faster than today.
Lattice's $24.99 iCEstick FPGA Evaluation Kit
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8/20/2013   10 comments
The iCEstick Evaluation Kit from Lattice Semiconductor opens the door to some very interesting design evaluations and product prototyping scenarios.
EVs Are Environmentally Friendly: True or False?
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8/20/2013   44 comments
Are “green” electric cars a fallacy? Climate Central’s latest report -- in its state-by-state analysis -- offers more nuanced answers.
Atomic Clocks Double as Quantum Simulators
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8/19/2013   4 comments
Atomic clocks can simulate quantum states in real time, according to researchers at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Micron Sees Consolidation, Then Shifts
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8/19/2013   12 comments
Memory is in a belt-tightening phase, but new technologies on the horizon promise shifting fortunes, said Micron's president.
Q-MEMS Downsizes Inertial Measurement Units
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8/19/2013   9 comments
Epson lays claim to the world's smallest high-performance inertial measurement unit (IMU)--the V340 is a six-axis high-precision gyroscope/accelerometer combo that measures just twelve-by-ten-by-four millimeters.
Applied Materials Appoints CEO
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8/16/2013   8 comments
Gary Dickerson was appointed to replace Michael Splinter as CEO of the leading chip-making equipment firm. Splinter is to serve as executive chairman.
ARM Preps Near-Threshold Processor for IoT
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8/15/2013   17 comments
ARM has been researching logic operation at near-threshold voltages and at clock frequencies of the order of tens of kilohertz. Its CTO says a core that uses such low voltages and clock frequencies could support low-power processing in applications that rely on energy harvesting.
Slideshow: Facebook Calls for Cold Flash
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8/15/2013   25 comments
Facebook called for a new class of flash chips in a keynote describing how the company organizes its computer systems and processes its traffic.
NXP: 3 Phases of Automotive Ethernet
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8/14/2013   10 comments
The introduction of Ethernet inside the automobile is inevitable, but opinions are divided about how it will be phased in and what role it will play.
Smartphones Outsell Feature Phones for First Time
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8/14/2013   20 comments
Sales of smartphones grew 47 percent in the second quarter and accounted for more than half of all mobile handset sales, according to Gartner.
IBM Gives a Peek at Flash Road Map
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8/14/2013   3 comments
Big Blue will tap controllers from startup Diablo and its own in-house designs to plug flash DIMMS into servers next year.
MEMS Nixes Quantum Light Fluctuations
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8/14/2013   9 comments
Caltech researchers harnessed MEMS resonators to nix the tiniest quantum fluctuations in laser light, potentially enabling a new generation of ultra-precise measurement instruments.
Apple to Boost Pure-Play Foundry Growth
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8/14/2013   9 comments
Thanks largely to expectations that Apple will move at least some of its chip manufacturing to TSMC, overall pure-play foundry sales are expected to grow more than 20 percent this year.
Micron Tells Story of Building DRAM Cube
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8/13/2013   8 comments
Engineers tell the story of the 4 Gbyte, 160 Gbyte/second Hybrid Memory Cube, a device sampling now that almost didn't see the light of day.
Ceva-ZTE Deal Hints Home-Grown ASIC Is Back
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8/13/2013   14 comments
ZTE's chip division will be using Ceva's DSP to design LTE TDD/FDD multi-mode SoCs to power its upcoming base stations for the global market.
Mobile Rising in Processor Market
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8/13/2013   11 comments
Mobile processors are becoming more significant in an expanding microprocessor market, because the PC market is in the doldrums, and non-x86 processors are failing to penetrate PCs, IC Insights says.
Intel Acquires Fujitsu Wireless
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8/13/2013   33 comments
Intel confirmed a report by analyst Will Strauss that it acquired Arizona-based subsidiary of the Japanese electronics giant.
Slideshow: Engineers Gather at EMC Symposium
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8/13/2013   14 comments
The 2013 IEEE EMC Symposium took place last week in Denver.
Facebook Preps Switch, Taps Atom SoC
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8/12/2013   13 comments
Broadcom and Netronome submitted competing proposals to Facebook for a switch while the web giant readies Intel's Avoton for a storage role.
Adapteva Launches PUP
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8/12/2013   8 comments
Adapteva's PUP (Parallella University Program) is intended to bring parallel computing to the forefront in university engineering education.
Rambus Focuses on Products, Not Patents
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8/12/2013   12 comments
Under CEO Ron Black, Rambus has a renewed emphasis on bringing technologies and products to market, rather than on simply licensing patents.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup: Aug. 12, 2013
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8/12/2013   5 comments
This is a roundup of news and activities associated with EDA and IP that broke over the past week.
Silicon Retina Chip Recognizes Motion Patterns
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8/12/2013   8 comments
IBM isn't the only one crafting cognitive computers. These Swiss researchers claim to have created a cognitive function on a mixed-signal chip using a technique called a "soft state machine."
TSMC's Sales Growth Slowed in July
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8/12/2013   3 comments
Year-on-year revenue growth at leading foundry TSMC slowed in July while the same metric at its rival UMC increased, sending mixed signals about any imminent slowdown.
Internets of Things Need Glue
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8/12/2013   42 comments
Pioneers and experts say what the IoT needs is consensus on a standard and "glue" to link the many incompatible protocols deployed today.
Hoover Institution Plans Report on US Patent System
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8/9/2013   4 comments
Stanford's think tank will weigh in on whether the US patent system helps or hinders innovation with a report and a series of events.
Academic Tips Non-Filamentary ReRAM
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8/9/2013   57 comments
University of Colorado professor and ferroelectric expert claims metal-insulator transition memory can be next non-volatile memory.
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