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Intel Israel Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons
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5/30/2014   4 comments
Chiportal reveals the details behind Intel Israel's proposal to upgrade its fab in Kiryat Gat.
Apple’s IoT 'Good Housekeeping' Label: MFi
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5/30/2014   33 comments
Expect Apple to beat Google to the punch by unveiling the company’s IoT strategy on its home front at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.
Intel, You Can Drive My Car
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5/30/2014   32 comments
Recognizing that the car, once a mechanical device, is rapidly becoming a software-intensive system, Intel unveils a comprehensive plan to help automakers and car OEMs prepare for a future that includes, eventually, self-driving.
ARM Grabs Duolog for SoC Tools
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5/29/2014   1 comment
ARM is negotiating to acquire Duolog, a small EDA tools company with which it is developing trace and debug tools for multicore SoCs.
Power Week: Smaller EV Power Module, SiC Rectifiers & Battery Monitors
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5/29/2014   Post a comment
This week, a power module from Infineon for EV inverters has a 30% smaller form factor than previous devices. Also: new SiC Schottky rectifiers from Cree and multi-cell battery monitors from Texas Instruments.
Intel, Rockchip Co-Design Tablet SoC
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5/27/2014   16 comments
Intel will co-design a quad-core 3G SoC for entry-level Android tablets with Rockchip, one of China's top designers of ARM-based mobile SoCs.
Analog Devices Posts Strong Fiscal Q2
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5/23/2014   3 comments
Analog, mixed-signal, and DSP vendor Analog Devices posted strong second-quarter results on strength in all of its key market sectors, including industrial, automotive, and communications, which accounted for 89% of revenue.
HP Plans 16,000 More Layoffs
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5/22/2014   21 comments
Hewlett-Packard stunned analysts with plans to lay off 16,000 more employees, but execs insisted the company is on the road back.
Power Week: Toyota Develops SiC Transistor, Structural Supercap & More
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5/22/2014   1 comment
Toyota unveils an in-house-developed SiC power semiconductor to increase hybrid vehicle efficiency, a structural supercap that handles stresses and vibrations without affecting performance, a supercap charger/backup controller IC, and a high-voltage/high-current connector for commercial vehicles.
MIPS Rallies Open-Source Group
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5/22/2014   12 comments
Imagination Technologies gathered 10 companies including Broadcom, Cavium, and Qualcomm to develop open-source code for MIPS CPUs.
Patent Reform? Experts Say No
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5/21/2014   22 comments
A handful of papers presented at a Stanford symposium conclude the US patent system does not need reform, despite broad calls for change.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
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5/20/2014   18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Implant Gets Power Through Flesh
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5/19/2014   9 comments
A Stanford team claims it has developed a new approach to sending wireless power through living tissue, enabling smaller, deeper implants.
Spansion Courts Carmakers With Cortex-R5-Based MCUs
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5/19/2014   5 comments
In hopes of gaining a sizable share in the growing automotive chip market, Spansion Inc. is rolling out a new family of automotive MCUs, called Traveo, based on ARM Cortex 5 cores.
Qualcomm Preps IoT, IBM Upgrades Watson
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5/16/2014   6 comments
Qualcomm is working on "a portfolio of products" for the Internet of Things, said its new CEO at an event where IBM discussed the future of Watson.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision
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5/16/2014   5 comments
A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth
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5/15/2014   6 comments
The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Startup Faces SoC, Gender Challenges
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5/15/2014   8 comments
NetSpeed's Sundari Mitra wants to reshape the way SoCs are designed as she faces down challenges of a male-dominated industry.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP
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5/15/2014   7 comments
Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Power Week-in-Review: Carbon Battery Trumps Lithium & Solar EV Carport
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5/15/2014   1 comment
This week, a new carbon-based battery technology claiming advantages over lithium, BMW presents a sustainable solar carport for its EVs, Cree launches a 1200V/25mΩ SiC MOSFET in a TO-247, and an industrial power component tester that simulates lifetime performance.
Rambus Rejoins Jedec
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5/14/2014   5 comments
Rambus has been invited to rejoin the memory standards group Jedec after a nearly 20-year absence marked by suits with major DRAM suppliers.
Leading Maker Dreams of Open Cores
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5/14/2014   12 comments
The most exciting thing on the horizon for open source hardware is potential for open processors and SoCs, said a movement leader.
Modular Tablet Plugs Into Partners
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5/14/2014   2 comments
Texas-based Entegra Technologies today debuted a modular tablet built for military and enterprise, based on an open source platform. The Crossfire Pro allows users to choose operating systems, processor ecosystems, I/O ports, wireless connectivity, and accessories.
Serial Links Rev Up to 56 Gbit/s
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5/13/2014   3 comments
The first public proposals for extending serial links to 56 Gbit/s are expected at the next OIF meeting, laying a foundation for future nets.
3D NAND Transition: 15nm Process Technology Takes Shape
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5/13/2014   5 comments
SanDisk and Toshiba are both continuing to push floating gates until 3D NAND makes economic sense with 15nm process technology that will be applied to wide range of market segments
Will Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup?
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5/12/2014   1 comment
The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
Do Auto MCUs Need Proprietary Flash?
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5/9/2014   11 comments
As the technology moves down to the finer node, Globalfoundries sees the 28-nm process node becoming the "battleground." That might force automotive chip companies to give up proprietary embedded VNM technology.
US Event Flexes IoT Muscle
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5/9/2014   2 comments
Next month's Smart America Summit in Washington, DC, will demo 24 IoT projects supported by more than 100 companies, colleges, and hospitals.
Power Week-in-Review: EM-Field Safety in EVs & Power Device Analyzer for Circuit Design
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5/8/2014   2 comments
This week, confirmation that EM fields from electric vehicles pose no dangers, an alcohol-powered micro fuel cell that could replace smartphone batteries, and a single-box power device analyzer for power circuit design.
Is Infineon Really Back on Track?
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5/8/2014   1 comment
When comparing Infineon with other European chip companies, like ST and NXP, the story becomes more complex.
Wearable SoC: Let DSP Do 'Always Listening' Chores
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5/7/2014   8 comments
To design a wearable SoC, forget about using a multicore app processor. Combining a multifunctional DSP core with a small MCU/CPU is one way to go.
Microchip Buoyed by SMSC to Record Results
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5/7/2014   1 comment
Microchip Technology Inc. reported record net sales of $1.931 billion for the three months and fiscal year ending on March 31, 2014. The 22% year-over-year increase points to a winning business strategy based on elbowing-out competitors.
Post-Merger Spansion 'Integrates' With Big Move Into Auto
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5/7/2014   3 comments
Synergy is no longer the stated goal behind Spansion’s acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor’s MCU and analog businesses. Shown in its Q1 results, Spansion is scoring design wins globally, especially in the automotive sector.
Intel Should Exit Mobile, Analyst Says
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5/7/2014   14 comments
Over the course of the company’s history, Intel has moved in and out of the mobile market. Following poor earnings per share revenue in the first quarter of 2014, analysts at JP Morgan examined the possibility of Intel shutting down its mobile and communications group.
Graphene-Analog Outperforms Original
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5/6/2014   2 comments
Graphene analog materials said to outperform carbon by mimicking most of its good properties while adding an essential missing element from graphene -- a usable bandgap.
Poetic Process Could Extend the End of Moore’s Law
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5/6/2014   5 comments
POET Technologies has developed a gallium arsenide process to build electrical, optical, and electro-optical integrated circuits on one monolithic chip.
AMD Takes Swing at Custom ARM
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5/5/2014   12 comments
AMD described a two-step route to interchangeable custom ARM and x86 64-bit SoCs to come in 2016, seeking a unique spot in a crowded field.
Do Linear's Dust Networks Matter in IoT?
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5/5/2014   25 comments
Joy Weiss, president and CEO of Dust Networks at Linear, says that Dust and Cisco co-chair an IETF working group in a bid to include in 6LowPAN some elements of Dust's Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol.
Slideshow: Ethernet's Present & Future
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5/5/2014   2 comments
The Ethernet Summit discussed struggles that ranged from defining 400GE and getting 10Mbit links deployed as well as cloud and SDN issues.
Verdict Split in Apple v. Samsung
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5/2/2014   39 comments
Jurors awarded Apple $119 million, a fraction of the $2+ billion it sought, failing to hurt the Korean company or slow the Android juggernaut.
When Apps Attack
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5/1/2014   16 comments
Alcatel-Lucent released Mobile Application Rankings report to expose certain mobile apps’ misbehavior -- its unintended consequences on networks, consumers’ data plans, and hardware designs.
Ethernet Switches to Datacenters
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5/1/2014   18 comments
The market for Ethernet switches is increasingly defined by a few mega datacenters and a rising set of vendors and users in China, says Dell'Oro Group.
Power Week-in-Review: AC-to-HVDC Grid Research & Non-Optimized Smartwatches
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5/1/2014   1 comment
This week, research into ways to improve electrical power transmission using HVDC grids, a report that smartwatches are being designed with smartphone chipsets rather than wearable-optimized components, a PMBus power system manager, and more.
Wearable Shakeup Ahead, CTO Says
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5/1/2014   19 comments
Wearables will see a shakeout this year, says the CTO of Lenovo, confirming the computer giant has started a modest chip-design group.


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