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Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
S3 Preps DAC Product With a Twist
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3/28/2014   1 comment
The Irish firm, which has mostly stuck to its role as a supplier of design services and IP, is looking to sell its own ICs soon. The first product is likely to be a high-speed digital-to-analog converter.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap?
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3/27/2014   13 comments
Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
Industrial Internet Group Launches
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3/27/2014   4 comments
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel launched the Industrial Internet Consortium to accelerate work on areas such as interoperability standards for the Internet of Things in industrial markets.
Power Week-in-Review: Human Body-Based Portable Generator & IR-Absorbing Silicon PV Cells
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3/27/2014   Post a comment
This week, a triboelectric-based generator that uses the human body to power portable devices, a silicon solar cell that can absorb (and convert to electricity) infrared radiation, a power platform that enables the design of ultra-small 45W power adapters, and much more.
Samsung, Intel Lead Chip Capex Ranking
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3/27/2014   4 comments
While SanDisk and Micron are expected to increase their capital spending in 2014, Samsung and Intel are still expected to remain the two biggest spenders during the next 12 months.
Audi Self-Driving Car Rides Nvidia
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3/25/2014   14 comments
Audi's self-driving car drove a few feet on the San Jose Conference Center stage on a Tegra K1 chip, delivering a new Nvidia strategy.
Transistor-Cost Declines Slowing, Synopsys Says
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3/24/2014   10 comments
The cost/transistor is not declining like it used to, forcing shifts and opening opportunities said the chairman of Synopsys at an annual user group event.
Europe Seeing Slower Speeds for IC Compiler II Designs
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3/24/2014   Post a comment
When compared to the United States and Japan, European engineers are seeing less speed-up in their chip designs from a new version of IC Compiler. Here’s a look at the reasons why.
Synopsys Upgrades Place & Route Tool
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3/24/2014   1 comment
Synopsys announced the IC Compiler II and an upgrade of its flagship place-and-route chip design tool, boasting faster throughput while using less memory.
IoT Cloud Blooms, Says EE Live! Speaker
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3/24/2014   9 comments
The range of IoT markets and protocols are challenges for those linking smart systems to the Net, says a cloud IoT executive speaking at EE Live!
Semi Makers Spend Big on Capex
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3/21/2014   5 comments
Capital spending in the semiconductor industry is on the rise... which is good news for the industry.
Topological Insulators Boost Spintronic Devices
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3/21/2014   3 comments
In a new paper, researchers from three different universities detailed a new way to control the surface electronic states of TIs. Eventually, this could lead to their use in a range of spintronic devices.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT
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3/20/2014   38 comments
Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
Will China Conquer MEMS?
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3/20/2014   8 comments
After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
Power Week-in-Review: Universal Phone Charger & EV Battery Storage for Data Centers
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3/20/2014   3 comments
This week, another step forward for a universal charger for mobile phones, another use for second-life EV Li-ion batteries, an e-bike battery-monitoring demo kit, and numerous power product announcements coinciding with APEC 2014.
UC Berkeley Scientists Advance On-Chip Inductor Technology
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3/20/2014   6 comments
New research from UC Berkeley is showing how magnetic particles can enable miniaturization while boosting inductance and performance.
GloFo Shows Progress in 3D Stacks
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3/19/2014   7 comments
GlobalFoundries will report on progress creating a 3D chip stack in a 20 nm process without requiring keep-out zones around its through-silicon vias.
Startup Plugs Chip Security Hole
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3/19/2014   2 comments
ChaoSecure is a new standard cell library from startup ChaoLogix that masks a chip's EMI signature to prevent power differential attacks.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
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3/19/2014   3 comments
Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Imagination Offers Ray Tracing
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3/18/2014   8 comments
The Multicore IP block design from Imagination Technologies combines ray tracing and tile rendering for mobile graphics and games.
Thin-Film Sensors to Integrate Process Monitoring
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3/18/2014   Post a comment
In Germany, a team of researchers is coating the machines with non-wearing, thin-film sensors to help improve the manufacturing process.
IoT Meets Cars: Security Threats Ahead
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3/18/2014   1 comment
As the Internet of Things extends to automobiles, security and privacy threats come along for the ride.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
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3/18/2014   20 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Patent Expert Sees No Simple Answers
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3/18/2014   7 comments
The former head of the US patent office shares his views on the so-called mobile patent wars and proposes a sound approach to standards-essential patents.
Sensor Fusion on EE Live! Menu
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3/17/2014   4 comments
Sensor fusion is rapidly becoming the secret sauce for the Internet of Things, a recipe experts will describe at an EE Live! panel.
Robot Solves Rubik's Cube in 3 Seconds
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3/17/2014   Post a comment
A new robot using intelligence from a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, along with an eight-core ARM processor, has set a new record for solving a Rubik’s Cube.
Spansion Scores Win Against Macronix in Patent Spat
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3/14/2014   Post a comment
New rulings in infringement allegations filed by Macronix against Spansion fail to settle the question.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
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3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Patent Debate Spawns Stanford Study
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3/14/2014   16 comments
Stanford's Hoover Institution launches a five-year effort to determine whether the US patent system helps or hinders innovation.
Power Week-in-Review: Paper Battery, 'Nanobox' Energy Storage & HV SiC MOSFET
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3/13/2014   Post a comment
This week, a hybrid Li-ion battery pack/supercapacitor system that promises to extend mobile battery performance, a "graphene origami" technique that could pave the way toward practical and efficient hydrogen energy storage, and a high-voltage high-temp SiC power MOSFET.
ClariPHY 28nm SoC Brings Telecoms Into the Datacenter
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
A new, 28nm system-on-a-chip design from ClariPHY is looking to bring 100 Gbit/s optical links used in telecoms into the datacenter.
Patent Data Missing in Troll Debate
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3/12/2014   2 comments
Congress and the Supreme Court are poised to take action on patent suits, but data to inform ongoing debates is missing, experts say.
MediaTek: Hotknot vs. NFC Begins
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3/12/2014   14 comments
MediaTek, Taiwan’s consumer electronics chip giant, will soon start sneaking into China’s smartphones a newly invented proximity technology called Hotknot.
Intel, Mellanox, Vello Ride Optics
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3/11/2014   1 comment
Intel, Mellanox, Vello, and others detailed new standards efforts in optical networking at the OFC 2014 event.
Low-Power Wireless Modules Market Will Hit $1.4 Billion
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3/11/2014   Post a comment
A growing need for quick, turnkey technology is helping to drive the worldwide market for low-power wireless modules, according to new research. By the end of 2014, the market is expected to hit $1.4 billion.
ZTE's Bid to Go Upmarket via Nubia
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3/10/2014   4 comments
Nubia is ZTE's vehicle to go "upmarket," with a mission to establish a viable consumer brand and consumer channels -- not just in China but also in the United States.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
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3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
IoT Pulse Checked at EE Live!
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3/10/2014   1 comment
A market researcher will report at EE Live! whether engineers are increasing or dialing back their expectations for the Internet of Things.
Conspiracy Alleged Over Rousset Wafer Fab Closure
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3/7/2014   3 comments
A federal lawsuit alleges that a US company conspired to sell its French fab to a German firm to avoid the costs of closing the plant, including paying workers.
Fairchild Acquires Body Motion Capture Firm Xsens: Report
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3/7/2014   6 comments
Fairchild is reportedly buying Xsens, a private company based in the Netherlands, which specializes in 3D motion tracking technology that uses MEMS inertial sensors.
Spin Waves Cut Logic Power
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3/7/2014   7 comments
In a new research paper, UCLA scientists explain how they used electron spin to slash the power consumption of logic devices.
Power Week-in-Review: Human Kinetic Energy Harvester & Wireless EV Charger Forecast
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3/6/2014   1 comment
This week we review a wearable electromagnetic energy harvester that harvests human vibrational kinetic energy, a forecast for wireless EV charging, cheaper and more efficient polymer solar cells, wireless power product announcements, and more.
Roll-up Digital Screens Now Closer to Reality
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3/6/2014   3 comments
Will you soon be able to roll up your tablet and put it in your pocket? New research suggests that roll-up, flexible screens are possible and even closer to reality than you think.
Fairchild Faces $315M Patent Infringement Charge
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3/5/2014   12 comments
A jury found that Fairchild infringed on two power-supply IC patents held by Power Integration.
ARM to Drive Tablet & Set-Top SoC Convergence
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3/5/2014   14 comments
The players doggedly chasing the DTV and set-top market are no longer traditional TV chip vendors. Instead, mobile (i.e., tablet) SoC vendors have emerged to take the lead.
SDN Spawns Shift, Slowdown
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3/5/2014   8 comments
The move to software-defined networking holds opportunities, say backers, but it damped 2013 sales of routers and switches, says a market researcher.
Startup Slashes SRAM Power With Standard Logic Process
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3/4/2014   4 comments
A UK startup is building static memory on a standard logic process that slashes power without reducing speed.
Energy Benchmark Measures MCUs
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3/4/2014   4 comments
The EEMBC consortium announced ULPBench-CP, a low-power microcontroller benchmark that's part of a planned family of tools.
NXP Staff Strike for More Pay
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3/4/2014   8 comments
Workers at the European fab are demanding a 4.5% pay increase and are planning additional action later this month.
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