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Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
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4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
ISPD-14 Focuses on FinFETs, Security, Supply Chain
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
The 2014 International Symposium on Physical Design explored many areas in the development of next-generation integrated circuits. In addition to securing the chip supply chain and the latest FinFET developments, the discussion looked at cyberphysical system design.
Internet, Apps & Now Hardware
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4/3/2014   8 comments
Web designers, software developers, and non-engineering professionals with no prior experience in designing a system are turning their attention to hardware, Marvell's Kinoma vice president says.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
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3/18/2014   19 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.
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."
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.
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.
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented
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2/18/2014   3 comments
Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
Did Apple Steal DLNA's Thunder?
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2/13/2014   23 comments
Within its closed iOS device universe, Apple has delivered an "interoperable" experience, "or at least the belief in such" among its users, says an analyst. Does that mean Apple stole DLNA's thunder?
Qualcomm Answers 'Auto-Grade Dilemma'
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2/10/2014   1 comment
Qualcomm is ideally positioned to answer what I call the "auto-grade dilemma." It's a dilemma because moving technologies originally designed for smartphones to automotive use is a big challenge -- especially for a company like Qualcomm.
IBM’s Chip Unit on Chopping Block?
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2/7/2014   50 comments
Discussions about putting IBM’s semiconductor business on the chopping block have returned with a vengeance. IBM reportedly retained Goldman Sachs to look for possible buyers.
3 Google Moves Signal End of Smartphone Era
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1/30/2014   52 comments
Connect the dots among the three big moves Google made this month to dump Motorola, snatch up Nest, and make peace with Samsung, and what do you get? I see the end of the smartphone era.
Slideshow: Fujitsu's Smarter Planet
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1/24/2014   6 comments
The 70-person Silicon Valley lab of Japan's Fujitsu hosted an open house showing its latest devices for the car, office, and home.
Glasses Refocus Mobile Power Design
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1/22/2014   1 comment
Wearable computers such as glasses open up the door to new user experiences in context awareness, but they need new power architectures to drive them.
Power Over Ethernet Group Forms
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1/22/2014   18 comments
The Ethernet Alliance has launched a Power Over Ethernet Subcommittee as part of the alliance's work in Power over Ethernet (PoE). PoE is the delivery of power over Ethernet cables, which has has potential for less power-hungry remote devices, such as wall-mounted cameras and automotive advanced driver assistance systems
MediaTek, Pixelworks Gun for Mobile Video Post-Processing
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1/16/2014   4 comments
MediaTek is migrating its home-grown Picture Quality engine, originally developed for large-screen HDTVs by its home business unit, into its latest eight-core mobile apps processor called “True Octa.”
Auto UI at Digital Cusp
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1/13/2014   8 comments
As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined
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1/13/2014   4 comments
Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
Standards & Travels
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1/10/2014   Post a comment
Technical standards bring engineers closer together through a common language.
SoC Design: Hierarchical Flow Only Way to Go
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1/9/2014   Post a comment
A spectacular rise in SoC design complexity and size means it's critical to minimize lengthy problem detection and fix issues as early as possible using a comprehensive hierarchical SoC methodology. Here's why.
Take a Smartphone & Wrap a Car Around It
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1/8/2014   22 comments
Tesla's Elon Musk is no longer the only gearhead thinking of the car as a smartphone. The perception of a car turning into a smartphone (or a smartphone turning into a car) is a prophecy fulfilling itself at 90 miles an hour.
LG Revives webOS for Smart TV
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1/7/2014   13 comments
LG Electronics has breathed new life into webOS – a mobile operating system originally developed by Palm, by redesigning it as an OS for its new smart TV platform.
Will You Take the Password Pill?
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12/26/2013   23 comments
The password pill and the display-cover display are two of the stranger extreme features on the way for differentiating mature mobile devices.
Has Signal Integrity Killed the Breakout Box?
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12/24/2013   8 comments
The trusty breakout box, once common for RS-232 testing, has fallen victim to the high-speed digital signal.
2.5-D Stacks Pile Up at Event
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12/24/2013   6 comments
More than a dozen companies presented results of test chips or support capabilities for 2.5-D and 3-D chip stacks at a recent event.
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.
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.
Mobile Maturity Leads to Extremes
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12/11/2013   7 comments
The commoditization of the smartphone is driving innovation to extremes and creating a new class of wearable devices, according to market watcher Bill Boldt.
AllSeen, Unseen in Q'comm IoT Bid
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12/10/2013   11 comments
Qualcomm found 23 backers for its Internet of Things software, but it remains to be seen what they do with it in a new open-source alliance.
Pebble CEO Turns Back Clock
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12/6/2013   11 comments
The chief executive of Pebble Technology told the story of the launch of the Pebble Watch effort at an event sponsored by Broadcom.
Intel Revs Up Comms Coprocessor
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12/4/2013   8 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.
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.
4 Predictions for 2014 Networks
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12/2/2013   6 comments
The CTO of Vitesse Semiconductor shares four trends in communications and networking he sees when he looks at 2014 in his crystal ball.
3D Stacks Need Lower Costs, Broader Backing
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11/26/2013   13 comments
A recent gathering at Georgia Tech showed the emerging technology for 3D chip stacking needs to come down in costs and get broader backing from designers and managers.
Flash Shortages Drive SSD Shifts
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11/26/2013   13 comments
A tighter supply of NAND flash has spiked chip prices and is driving consolidation among dozens of independent solid-state drive makers.
China Investigates Qualcomm
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11/25/2013   19 comments
Qualcomm Incorporated Monday disclosed that China's National Development and Reform Commission, which regulates prices, has begun investigating Qualcomm regarding compliance with the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law.
Spansion Exec Reassures Fujitsu Customers
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11/25/2013   9 comments
The most tangible technology advances, after Spansion acquired Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU/analog business, will come from the adoption of Spansion’s proprietary eCT technology in embedded MCUs -- to be released in 2015.
IoT Challenge Sparks Ongoing Discussion
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11/25/2013   Post a comment
Join an ongoing conversation about the Smart America Challenge and what lies ahead for the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems.
IoT on Fingertip Appears at EE Live!
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11/21/2013   13 comments
After helping pioneer the Internet of Things, Berkeley's Kris Pister wants to put an entire node (including power source) on a chip.
Qualcomm Ups the Mobile Ante
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11/21/2013   10 comments
Mobile processor leader Qualcomm used its analyst day to rev its product line, upping the ante on competitors angling for the hot smartphone market.
Embedded Vision: Who's Watching Whom & Why
Blog  
11/18/2013   24 comments
Imaging technology is no longer just about the never-ending megapixel race among CMOS image sensors. As market focus shifts to "vision" processing, the industry has drawn a new battle line.
Chat With Presidential Fellows on IoT
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11/18/2013   8 comments
This Friday EE Times is hosting a Twitter chat on the Internet of Things with two veteran entrepreneurs and US Presidential Innovation Fellows behind the Smart America Challenge.
Industrial Internet Group Debuts Soon
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11/15/2013   12 comments
A 10-company US consortium to set standards for the Industrial Internet aims to debut in January, said a GE executive driving a business in the area.
iOS Oscilloscope Gets a Second Channel
News & Analysis  
11/14/2013   15 comments
Oscium's iMSO-204 adds a second analog channel with increased memory and sample rate over its predecessor.
AMD Secures PC Notebooks, Tablets With ARM
News & Analysis  
11/13/2013   8 comments
AMD announced two new mobile x86 processors using a new ARM Cortex-A5 security block, including a 2W tablet SoC.
AMD Faces Long Road to HSA Success
News & Analysis  
11/13/2013   11 comments
AMD has the right vision for creating a standard for SoCs blending GPUs, CPUs, and other cores, but there's plenty of work ahead to deliver on it.
AMD Tips Client, Server Chips for HSA
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11/11/2013   8 comments
AMD announced client and server processors shipping in 2014 will be its first using technology from the HSA Foundation for mixed-core SoCs.
Digital Medicine Will Reshape Hospitals
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11/11/2013   22 comments
Semiconductors could power personal, virtual healthcare that reshape hospitals, said a keynoter at the chip industry's annual gala.
Apple, Samsung, Foundries Key to 3D ICs
News & Analysis  
11/8/2013   21 comments
The Apple A7 in the iPhone 5s is a "poor man's 3D IC" said one veteran at a panel discussion that shed light on the state and future of chip stacks.
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