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SanDisk Finds Profit Behind the Tech Curve
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4/18/2014   3 comments
Focus and frugality put SanDisk in several sweet spots in the storage market, specifically by selling SSDs to datacenters while Samsung spends big on 3D NAND.
AMD Narrows Its Losses in Q1
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4/18/2014   Post a comment
As sales of PC continue to decline, AMD is looking to reverse its losses through sales of its new Radion GPUs and gaming APUs.
Smartphones, 28nm Tech Drive TSMC 1Q Revenue
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
Thanks to demand for high-end smartphones and investment in technology such as 20nm manufacturing, TSMC posted first-quarter net income of $1.59 billion. That momentum is expected to continue in the second quarter.
IMEC Adds Image Sensors to Commercial Development Service
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
The Belgian company has published a brochure that boasts of the facility adding image sensors and visions systems to its commercial development and foundry services.
Samsung, Globalfoundries Prep 14nm Process
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4/17/2014   5 comments
Putting heat on TSMC, Samsung and GlobalFoundries are putting a single 14nm process in production this year, but former partner IBM is out.
Power Week-in-Review: Wristband TE Generator & Solar Cell Efficiency Record
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
This week, a flexible band-shaped thermoelectric generator that can harvest body heat to power wearables, a solar cell conversion efficiency record using a silicon-based cell of practical size, a multi-topology DC/DC converter, and much more.
DARPA Turning Drones Into WiFi Hotspots
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4/17/2014   1 comment
The US military's research division is equipping aging drones used in Afghanistan and Iraq and equipment with wireless networking gear to make communications easier for soldiers in remote areas.
ON Semi on a Roll With Image Sensors
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4/17/2014   1 comment
Coupled with the company’s acquisition of Truesense last week and the rollout of the new Python family of CMOS image sensors this week, ON Semiconductor sets its sights on the automotive market of the future.
Wearable Computing Market on 78% CAGR Through 2018
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
By the end of 2014, shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach more than 19 million units, roughly tripling from 2013. Fitness monitors are the hottest devices, but Google Glass and other accessories and devices are looking to catch on.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250
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4/16/2014   3 comments
IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
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4/16/2014   9 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.
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.
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.
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.
Google Takes Stand Against Apple
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4/14/2014   6 comments
Three Google software engineers defended Samsung against charges it infringed five Apple patents while a Samsung exec called the original iPhone "niche."
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   5 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple Lays Out Case for $2B Penalty
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4/9/2014   11 comments
An Apple expert testified why he believes Samsung owes the iPhone maker $2B+ in damages and could be liable for three times that amount.
Chip Market Grew 5% in 2013, Says Gartner
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The worldwide semiconductor market hit $315 billion in revenue in 2013, thanks to robust demand for memory technology. Intel held the top spot, despite a drop in revenue.
The Man Behind pcDuino
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4/8/2014   7 comments
The pcDuino, a single-board computer, was a brainchild of Jingfeng Liu, ex-Marvell engineer. It started when Liu realized that Arduino hardware users don’t necessarily speak the same language as people working in the Linux software environment.
Apple Puts Android on Hot Seat
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4/8/2014   12 comments
Apple examined details of Google's Android code in testimony Monday as part of its patent infringement case against Samsung.
Freescale Grabs Mindspeed's ARM
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor will purchase the CPE communications processor business of Mindspeed Technologies, which includes a series of ARM-based multicore embedded processors and associated software.
B'com, Freescale Clash in Comms
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4/8/2014   7 comments
With their latest SoCs, Freescale and Broadcom are going head-to-head to capture sockets in communications systems aimed at software-defined networking.
Micron Reorg Focuses on 4 Key Businesses
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4/7/2014   4 comments
During its recent earnings report, Micron executives announced a company-wide reorganization that will focus resources on four key businesses: computing and networking, mobile, storage, and embedded.
Steve Jobs's Email Revealed
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4/7/2014   15 comments
An email from Steve Jobs outlining his views on Apple's priorities for 2011 was released by Samsung as part of evidence in a patent infringement trial.
Samsung Researchers Celebrate Promising Graphene Breakthrough
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4/7/2014   4 comments
A new manufacturing technique could accelerate use of the world's strongest material in computers and other products.
Apple, Samsung Allege Copying
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4/4/2014   4 comments
Apple showed Samsung reports detailing plans to copy a patented slide-to-unlock feature; Samsung countered with emails from Steve Jobs on Google.
Semis & Supply Chain: Chip CEO Points to Disconnects
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4/4/2014   2 comments
Has the supply chain industry actually hurt chip development? Microchip Technology CEO Steve Sanghi believes it has.
SK Hynix, Others Benefit From DRAM Shortage
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4/3/2014   1 comment
The semiconductor industry's record revenue is skewed by a shortage of memory and a spike in costs, according to Garter. SK Hynix is one company that has benefited.
Power Week-in-Review: The Ampere Redefined & PV Power Plant in a Box
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4/3/2014   1 comment
This week, the venerable electrical base unit of current -- the ampere -- may be looking at a definition makeover, a portable solar plant for use in areas without electricity makes its debut, and the introduction of what is claimed as the industry's most efficient ultra-low-power boost regulator for photovoltaic and thermoelectric energy harvesting systems.
Chips Face Tough Times, Says Sanghi
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4/3/2014   41 comments
It's a new and harsher day for the semiconductor industry, said Microchip CEO Steve Sanghi in an interview on the EE Live! show floor.
Micron Improves in Latest Chip Vendor Rankings
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4/3/2014   Post a comment
With improved sales, memory chip maker Micron moved into the top five of IC Insight’s latest chip maker rankings. Intel and Samsung ranked first and second respectively.
Micrium Gears Up for IoT
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4/3/2014   5 comments
RTOS and embedded software provider Micrium is putting partnerships and plans in place to become an end-to-end IoT software provider.
MEMS Mics Pass $1B Milestone
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4/2/2014   8 comments
The micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) microphone market it on track to top the $1 billion milestone in 2014.
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