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25G Ethernet Looks Back to Future
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7/30/2014   Post a comment
The chairman of the group that set 40 and 100 Gbit/s Ethernet standards gives his perspective on the recent decision to explore a 25G interface.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol
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7/29/2014   Post a comment
The IPSO Alliance will release a reference architecture for an IoT software stack based on the Internet Protocol, along with a list of smart objects for functions such as lighting control.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
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7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
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7/24/2014   10 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital
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7/24/2014   16 comments
Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini.
Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs
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7/22/2014   29 comments
Broadcom announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, 20% of its workforce after decided it cold not sell and should exit the cellular baseband business.
5G Calling: US Answers, Sorta
News & Analysis  
7/21/2014   4 comments
In the third and final part of our series on 5G cellular we look at work in the US where there are efforts but no industrial 5G consortium as such.
5G Calling: Asia Rising
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7/17/2014   7 comments
China and Korea have established dedicated 5G industrial research efforts that have formed alliances with each other and are now reaching out to collaborate with Europe's 5GPPP.
5G Calling: Alliances Form
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7/16/2014   1 comment
Governments and industry research groups in Europe, Asia, and the US are starting to link up in hopes of driving to a single standard for 5G cellular services expected to switch on in about 2020.
IBM Needs Custom Silicon Prowess
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7/3/2014   19 comments
IBM needs its own unique silicon process technology to drive its server business, but few -- even within IBM's top ranks -- really appreciate that reality.
Datacenters Drive 25GE Effort
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7/3/2014   14 comments
Ethernet products running at 25 and 50 Gbits/s could emerge within 12 to 18 months, thanks to a consortium driven by datacenter rivals Google and Microsoft.
Spectrum Sharing Omens Bode Well
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7/1/2014   1 comment
Dynamic spectrum sharing is gaining momentum in five ways, says the leader of a consortium pushing for the policy changes.
IBM at the Crossroads: How IBM Got to this Point
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6/25/2014   9 comments
In the third of a three-part series we analyze how IBM got to the crossroads of considering a sale of its fabs, given its standing as a semiconductor leader.
IBM at the Crossroads: IBM Responds
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6/24/2014   11 comments
In the second of a three-part series IBM responds to comments from analysts and IBMers about the future of the company as a chipmaker.
Stealth Mercenary Team Boosts Fortune 500 Companies
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Synapse Design styles itself as a mercenary design team. Working for Fortune 500 companies, Synapse Design has taped out 33 SoCs in the last 12 months.
MEMS Microphones Busting Out All Over
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Once portrayed as a dead-end market destined to become a mere commodity where the most important parameter was cost, MEMS microphones today are driven by smartphones/tablets/laptops with IoT/wearables/automotive quickening pace. MEMS mics' added value has no bound in sight.
IBM at the Crossroads: Employees Talk
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6/23/2014   16 comments
In the first of a three-part series we talk to analysts and current and former IBMers about the future of IBM as a chipmaker.
Radios Give IoT New Channels
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6/19/2014   2 comments
Researchers at Imec described work on a basketful of radios for the Internet of Things from 79 GHz radar to 900 MHz wireless charging.
China's IC Industry: Opportunity for All
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6/13/2014   2 comments
China reportedly will invest $10 billion a year in the chip industry over the next decade. The plan is to set up a fund and let professional investors identify which Chinese entities should be funded.
Analog Chip Markets on the Up, Says WSTS
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6/10/2014   10 comments
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization raises its forecast of how sub-markets will perform in 2014 – including the Europe, Asia-Pacific regions and the analog, logic and memory product classes.
IBM Upgrades RF Foundry Efforts
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6/10/2014   21 comments
IBM is ramping up new silicon-on-insulator and silicon germanium processes in one of its fabs, amid reports the unit is up for sale.
TI to Redefine Infotainment for Economy Cars
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6/9/2014   9 comments
Consumer demand for advanced IVI systems, the bring-your-own-device trend, the auto industry’s pressing need to consolidate a growing number of ECUs, and the further progress of ADAS are key factors driving the automotive chip market.
Samsung Joins Medical Revolution
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6/6/2014   17 comments
Samsung's Young Sohn is the latest and most high profile executive to join a digital medical revolution arming consumers to manage their healthcare.
Safer Car Design Demands New Testing Approaches
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6/5/2014   25 comments
Automotive companies need to evolve their development processes to adapt to the new age of software on wheels.
PCIe Preps for Internet of Things
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6/4/2014   4 comments
Versions of PCI Express geared for the Internet of Things and SoCs are in the works, the PCI-SIG said at its annual developer's conference.
100G Effort Eyes One Optical Lane
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6/2/2014   10 comments
A June workshop will scope out the possibilities and challenges for sending 100 Gbits/s over a single lambda focusing on data centers.
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.
Circuit Reliability for the Auto Industry
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5/29/2014   4 comments
Let's look specifically at the automotive industry, examine some of the circuit reliability challenges they must overcome to meet both industry quality standards and consumers’ expectations.
Slideshow: Beyond Google Glass
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5/29/2014   14 comments
A half dozen headset makers demoed devices that aim to leapfrog Google's Project Glass into an emerging 3D augmented-reality market.
Regulators May Stymie 60 GHz Use
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5/28/2014   2 comments
Emerging 60GHz communications could be a prime example of how a market can be held back by subtle differences in government regulations.
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.
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.
Photons Coming Down Cloudy Path
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5/16/2014   8 comments
Systems designers see high-speed optical interconnect between chips coming soon, but there’s little agreement on how best to do it.
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.
Managing Vehicle Networking
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5/13/2014   1 comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
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.
Teardown Compares Combo Sensors
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5/12/2014   3 comments
The latest nine-axis combo sensors from Bosch, InvenSense, and STMicro have similar costs despite different designs, according to a System Plus Consulting chip teardown.
UPnP+ Bridges IoT to Cloud
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5/8/2014   4 comments
A new set of specs and code from the Universal Plug and Play Forum aims to bridge non-IP devices and cloud services into its WiFi world.
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.
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.
Smartphones Leave Identifiable 'Fingerprints'
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4/29/2014   3 comments
Components leave identifiable markers on sensor data and radio signals without requiring any personal data.
Fitness Wearables Lack Accuracy
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4/18/2014   16 comments
A new generation of wearable fitness sensors is needed to enable consumers to become their own fitness coaches.
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.
Wearable Computing Market on 78% CAGR Through 2018
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4/17/2014   1 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.
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.
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