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Top 15 Analog, MEMS & Sensors News From 2014
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12/19/2014   Post a comment
From faulty MEMS mics to NXP's labor disputes, here are the most-read news articles of the year on EE Times Europe Analog.
11 Views of IEDM
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12/17/2014   3 comments
This week's International Electron Devices Meeting inspired new hope for Moore's law, with significant achievements reported by Intel, IBM, and TSMC in finFET process technology at 16 and 14 nm nodes.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
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12/16/2014   1 comment
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
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12/12/2014   23 comments
Startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Top 2014 Acquisitions that Advanced the Internet of Things
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12/11/2014   7 comments
2014 was the year when the electronics industry decidedly and collectively moved forward to push IoT. For evidence, look no further than the many mergers and acquisitions among IC, system, and software vendors this year.
Silicon Startups Get Incubator
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12/9/2014   10 comments
Silicon Catalyst aims to help about 10 semiconductor startups produce their first chips in 2015, leveraging partnerships with Keysight, Synopsys, and TSMC.
WiFi Is King at Kaiser
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12/5/2014   11 comments
Medical device makers should embrace WiFi but generally stay off Bluetooth, said a wireless specialist from healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion
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12/1/2014   13 comments
Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
12 Startups I Saw at Demo
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11/21/2014   9 comments
The consumer Internet of Things sector is getting crowded and maybe a bit ahead of itself, a Nest co-founder said at the Demo event, where a handful of smart-home startups showed their wares.
UWB Returns as a GPS for IoT
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11/18/2014   Post a comment
Ultrawideband technology (a.k.a. impulse radio) is staging a comeback as a technique to add localization for a wide range of uses in the Internet of Things.
Intel Guns for InfiniBand
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11/17/2014   5 comments
Intel announced the 10 nm version of Xeon Phi will integrate a 100 Gbit/s version of its Omni-Path interconnect with 56% lower latency and higher port density than InfiniBand.
ISSCC Tips Hot Circuit Designs
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11/17/2014   4 comments
The International Solid State Circuits Conference will host papers on new processors from Intel, AMD, and IBM and some of the first designs made in new FinFET processes.
Smart Battery Charges Up for IoT
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11/7/2014   11 comments
Startup Roost is developing a new twist on the Internet of Things -- a smart, networked battery that will put existing smoke alarms on home WiFi networks.
TI to Open 300mm Wafer Bumping Facility in Chengdu
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11/6/2014   2 comments
TI will open a 300mm wafer bumping facility in Chengdu, China. The company described the move as the third leg of a “long-term China strategy,” unveiled in 2010, to establish production facilities in China.
DARPA Gets Guinness Record for World's First THz Amp
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11/3/2014   5 comments
DARPA and Northrop Grumman Corporation break the communications equivalent of the sound barrier with a terahertz amplifier and now they have a Guinness World Record to prove it.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
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10/29/2014   13 comments
Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Microsoft Eyes Expanding FPGA Role
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10/23/2014   14 comments
Microsoft will explore using FPGAs to replace networking chips in its million-server datacenters to deliver new speeds and network functions.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know
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10/23/2014   42 comments
As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut
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10/22/2014   2 comments
A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
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10/21/2014   6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
IBM, GlobalFoundaries Strike Historic Fab Deal
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10/20/2014   20 comments
IBM will transfer its two loss-making fabs to GlobalFoundries along with $1.5 billion in cash and related patents in a deal that could take a year to get regulatory approval and even longer to sort out its implications for both companies’ roadmaps.
Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks
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10/17/2014   15 comments
At least a half dozen new efforts are sprouting up to patch gaps in Ethernet, forcing engineers to reconsider the road map for the ubiquitous networking technology.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
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10/16/2014   6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
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10/15/2014   10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
Why Infineon’s 200mm Fabs Matter
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10/14/2014   9 comments
A recent visit to Infineon's 200mm fabs in Dresden is surprising on two levels: the company's commitment to its older fabs and the level of "factory automation" it has pulled off.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines
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10/13/2014   1 comment
The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Slideshow: Maxim Integrates IoT
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10/10/2014   3 comments
The Internet of Things in its industrial and consumer flavors was a main focus for Maxim's annual demo day for its chips and reference designs.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off?
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10/8/2014   16 comments
Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
Gigabit Ethernet Seeks a Boost
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10/7/2014   18 comments
Broadcom and Cisco are leading a call for interest in 2.5G and 5G Ethernet to give a boost to business-class access points swamped by throughput from emerging 802.11ac WiFi links.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
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10/3/2014   6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
IoT Calls for Simpler Protocol
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9/29/2014   13 comments
Chirp is a simplified messaging scheme geared for the Internet of Things where many basic devices will not have the muscle to process traditional protocols such as IPv6, says author Francis DaCosta.
Radios Tune Up for 5G
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9/26/2014   5 comments
5G cellular is expected to drive work in a couple new air interfaces, massive MIMO antennas, millimeter-wave frequencies, and Gbit-class LTE, but many hurdles lie ahead, say wireless experts.
Infineon's Secret Weapon: Dresden Fab, 48V Car Battery
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9/25/2014   41 comments
Infineon is banking on its power semiconductors to expand its presence in the global automotive market while its 300mm "thin" wafers and 48V battery will help meet the CO2 emission target for EU cars.
Carriers Define the Virtual Network
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9/24/2014   Post a comment
The ETSI network functions virtualization (NFV) group is extending its efforts another two years as it makes progress toward defining a virtualized network for telecom carriers.
Broadcom Beefs Up Switch for SDN
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9/24/2014   4 comments
Broadcom will pack 7 billion transistors and 480 Mbits memory into its next generation Ethernet switch chip, the Strata XGS Tomahawk, targeting software-defined networks for rapidly expanding data centers.
Q’comm Does Watches, Glasses, Robots
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9/19/2014   4 comments
Qualcomm showed design wins in smartwatches, VR glasses, and robots at its annual Uplinq event where it also gave updates on AllJoyn and its efforts in smartphones and WiFi.
Cavium Attacks B'com in Switches
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9/16/2014   3 comments
Cavium aims to leapfrog networking giant Broadcom with new Ethernet switches from its acquisition of Xpliant, which has both a novel chip and approach to semiconductor startups.
Apple, Samsung in 20nm Race
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9/15/2014   6 comments
Apple and Samsung are poised to ship their first smartphones using 20nm mobile processors, but they are applying the silicon technology in radically different ways.
Intel Opens Door on 7nm, Foundry
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9/11/2014   15 comments
Intel said it sees a path to making 7 nm chips without EUV lithography and gave its most detailed talk to date on its foundry service to share its chipmaking capabilities.
Apple Watch: 4 Things to Like, 3 Not So Much
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9/10/2014   34 comments
Remember, Apple Watch won’t hit the market until 2015. But as far as I know now, here are a few Apple hits and possible misses.
Startup Drives SerDes to 50G
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9/8/2014   4 comments
Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G SerDes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
50G Ethernet Debate Brewing
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9/3/2014   16 comments
The Ethernet Alliance will host a discussion on the future of Ethernet at which engineers are expected to debate the need for a 50G standard, among other issues.
3G/4G Rising for M2M
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9/3/2014   2 comments
3G and 4G cellular networking is on a rapid rise in machine-to-machine applications, according to an analyst with market watcher Berg Insights.
Wireless Net Takes the Next Train
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9/2/2014   3 comments
The first products are about to adopt the new 802.15.4p positive train control standard, which promises to decrease fatal accidents on railways around the globe.
9 Insights From Hot Interconnects
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8/29/2014   4 comments
Facebook described its network switch, while experts picked apart flaws in Ethernet, WiFi, InfiniBand, Linux, last-mile connections, and more at Hot Interconnects where one next-big-thing was silicon photonics.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs
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8/28/2014   10 comments
Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Google Preps Virtual Network
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8/27/2014   2 comments
Google described Andromeda, a central server-based controller users will be able to access to create, run, and extend virtual networks running in Google's data centers.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
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8/26/2014   12 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Startup Promises Sub-$20 DNA Test
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8/20/2014   12 comments
Startup InSilixa described a silicon bio-sensing array that promises to bring molecular diagnostics to the point of care with tests that cost less than $20.
China Wants to Be No. 1
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8/20/2014   14 comments
China aims to produce half the semiconductors it consumes by 2020, and it hopes to consume many of them in locally made smartphones, too.
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