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Power Week-in-Review: Smallest Laptop Adapter, Fusion Power Breakthrough & BLE Wireless Power Solution
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12/26/2013   12 comments
This week, development of a laptop power adapter in a wall plug form factor, a breakthrough in the superconducting cables needed to control nuclear fusion reactors, a new LDO+ from Linear Technology, a Bluetooth Smart-based wireless charging solution and more.
5G Dials Up Global Efforts
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12/24/2013   13 comments
The chair of Europe's new 5GPPP Association explained his group's plans and pointed to others around the world defining the next-gen network.
Mediatek Going 64-Bit, LTE in 2014
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12/23/2013   6 comments
Mediatek will drive LTE and 64-bit cores into its mobile SoCs in 2014 as the rising Taiwan chip vendor makes a bid for more business outside Asia.
Altera CEO Upbeat After Tough 2013
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12/23/2013   7 comments
The FPGA vendor's chief executive shared his views on the outlook for semiconductors and engineering in a yearend interview with EE Times.
Top 10 Automotive Agendas for 2014 & Beyond
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12/20/2013   22 comments
Carmakers today languish between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, they face a dizzying array of new technologies to adopt, while they must comply with new regulations.
Indiegogo Propels MedTech Startup to CES
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12/19/2013   9 comments
Skulpt will stand next to giants such as Samsung at the Consumer Electronics Show, thanks in part to the visibility it gained through crowdfunding.
Power Week in Review: Laptop Charger Standard, Predicting Blackouts & TFET Advance
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12/19/2013   4 comments
This week, a tunnel field-effect transistor that promises HF operation at very low power, an algorithmic approach for predicting blackouts, a new standard for a single external charger for notebook computers, a Qi-compliant wireless power receiver controller IC, and more.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle
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12/18/2013   25 comments
Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.
Amazing Race Toward Autonomous Car Design
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12/17/2013   17 comments
Chip companies are finding 2014 a critical year to drive their technology into semi-autonomous car platforms -- currently in development by a number of different carmakers.
Mindspeed Boosts Intel Baseband Play
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12/17/2013   13 comments
Intel has acquired the wireless division of Mindspeed, shortly after Mindspeed's business was mostly bought out by Macom. This shows not only Mindsppeed's desire to ramp down, if not completely close, its wireless division but Intel's desire to get into the wireless market.
Startup Claims Bandwidth Breakthrough
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12/17/2013   27 comments
Magnacom described a digital modulation scheme that offers up to a 10 dB boost over today's QAM for less than a square millimeter of silicon.
Avago/LSI Points to Maturing Industry
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12/16/2013   10 comments
Avago's $6.6 billion deal to acquire LSI creates a broad wireless and wired communications and storage chip vendor well suited to a maturing industry.
Qualcomm Kicks Off Midrange 4G Fight
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12/16/2013   11 comments
Qualcomm kicked off the next round of competition in smartphones with its announcement of high-end and mid-range LTE chips last week. Broadcom, Mediatek and others are expected to join the 4G handset battle in 2014.
Panel Probes Chipmaking Challenges
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12/16/2013   3 comments
Four senior technologists said the job of making advanced chips and finding ways to collaborate on the work is getting tougher.
Toyota May Settle Unintended Acceleration Cases
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12/13/2013   10 comments
Toyota Motor Corp., still faced with hundreds of state and federal lawsuits on Toyota's unintended acceleration problems, has agreed to start an intensive settlement process.
Spansion vs. Renesas Flash MCU War: Smoke but No Fire?
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12/13/2013   3 comments
Chip companies serving the automotive industry know where the next-generation MCU battle will be played out: high-performance MCUs with fast-access flash memory at 40-nm process. Expect a battle to start brewing between Renesas Electronics and Spansion.
Qualcomm CEO: Mollenkopf to Succeed Jacobs
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12/13/2013   1 comment
Mobile chip giant Qualcomm said its chief operating officer Steve Mollenkopf will become its new CEO on March 4.
Startup Puts Wireless Charging in a Box
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12/12/2013   11 comments
Humavox emerged from stealth mode with an RF-based wireless charging technology it will license for smart watches, hearing aids, and glasses.
We Drive Less: True or False?
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12/12/2013   38 comments
The driving boom is over in the United States. True or false? For anyone who grew up thinking the United States is the epicenter of the world’s car culture, it's a hard possibility to swallow.
Samueli Sees Life After Moore's Law
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12/12/2013   14 comments
Broadcom CTO Henry Samueli talked about the slowdown in CMOS scaling and how Broadcom will survive it in an interview with EE Times.
Chip Execs Lower Expectations
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12/11/2013   8 comments
Semi industry leaders see less momentum today for a sustained industry recovery in 2014 than a year ago, according to an industry survey. This muted confidence is primarily a result of revenue growth.
Spansion Plays Hardball With Patents
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12/10/2013   11 comments
Spansion is turning up the heat on anyone misusing its technology without getting consensus from the company, sending letters to a list of memory companies and non-memory end-users, warning them on potential patent infringement.
Qualcomm vs. Broadcom: Race on China’s BeiDou Nav System
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12/9/2013   10 comments
China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system has become the biggest bone of contention in the Qualcomm vs. Broadcom competition to deliver more accurate positioning information to mobile devices.
Cloud Power Issue Looms, Says Cisco CTO
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12/9/2013   34 comments
Mega-datacenters will demand as much power as small cities in the next few years without technology breakthroughs, warns a Cisco CTO.
Growth in Memory Sector Spurs 2013 Rebound for Semiconductors
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12/6/2013   6 comments
IHS predicts that in 2012 the chip market will experience significant growth thanks in large part to growth in the memory sector. This comes on the heels of significant decline in 2012.
Power Week-in-Review: Aerial Power Plants, Thermoelectronic Generator & DC Power Forecast
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12/5/2013   1 comment
This week, a practical thermionic generator with high efficiency, a project to build high-altitude drone-based aerial power plants, a forecast for DC power in commercial buildings, a HV boost converter, and more.
Sony May Buy Renesas Fab
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12/4/2013   11 comments
Sony is considering the purchase of a chip fab from Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas, with plans to expand CMOS image sensor production at a cost of $96 million. Sony already has around 30 percent of the CMOS image sensor market.
Intel Revs Up Comms Coprocessor
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12/4/2013   5 comments
Coleto Creek raises the ante for Intel's bid to get its x86 processors used more broadly in a wide variety of communications systems.
FDA Charts Mobile Health Progress
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12/3/2013   17 comments
A top FDA technologist made the case the agency is making progress in its effort to keep pace with the rapidly evolving mobile health sector.
Stanene May Be Better Than Graphene
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12/3/2013   13 comments
Move over graphene. A new material called stanene combines the best properties of a room temperature superconductor with the ease of fabrication of metal deposition with tin instead of copper.
Carriers Switch on Small Cells Slowly
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12/3/2013   5 comments
The Small Cell Forum expects 11.5 million small-cell base stations will be in use by 2018, up from just 168,000 today.
Startup Drives 60 GHz to Small Cells
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12/2/2013   3 comments
Peraso Technologies packed its 60 GHz transceiver in a waveguide module to get an edge of Hittite and Infineon in backhaul for small cell base stations.


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