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posted in March 2014
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
News & Analysis  
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.
10 Versatile Uses for USB Flash Drives
Slideshow  
3/29/2014   1 comment
USB flash drives come into their own with new adaptations for increased functionality.
NSA’s Huawei Spying Used Well-Tested Methods
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   32 comments
According to published reports, the NSA investigated China's Huawei for possible spying, creating a backdoor into a large portion of the company's network. It's a method the NSA has perfected.
Samsung, Intel Lead Chip Capex Ranking
News & Analysis  
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.
Intel, Altera Extend 14nm Foundry Deal
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   2 comments
These "multi-die" devices will boost performance and lower manufacturing costs. Intel and Altera originally announced their deal in 2013.
Samsung 2x nm LPDDR3 DRAM Scales Memory Wall
Blog  
3/25/2014   6 comments
TechInsights examines Samsung's 2x nm LPDDR3 DRAM to find a thin die with large memory density.
Micron Italian Job Cuts Get Global Criticism
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   12 comments
A series of proposed job cuts to Micron’s Italian operation are facing protests from unions throughout Europe.
PCIe Storage Spec Group Incorporates for Added Clout
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3/24/2014   Post a comment
The NVM Express Work Group has decided to incorporate itself to further the NVM Express specification for accessing solid-state disks on a PCI Express bus.
Topological Insulators Boost Spintronic Devices
News & Analysis  
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.
Last Gasp for Hard Disk Drives
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   14 comments
While solid state gains ground, vendors surprise the market with new hard disk drives. Does anyone really need them?
Android User Lawsuit Highlights Personal Data Perils
News & Analysis  
3/19/2014   6 comments
In a 2013 lawsuit, Android users claimed that Google had gained access to personal information from their smartphones and tablets and then gave it to a third party. These users claim that they never gave permission for this, highlighting the perils of having personal information on mobile devices.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
News & Analysis  
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.
Samsung Pushes DDR3 Design & Manufacturing to New Efficiencies
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   3 comments
New 20 nanometer process technology uses currently available immersion ArF lithography to manufacture 4Gb DDR3 for a wide range of computing applications.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
News & Analysis  
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.
1TB Archive Disc Avoids Format War
News & Analysis  
3/17/2014   2 comments
Sony and Panasonic are developing new disk storage technology that can store up to a terabyte of data on a disk, and the two companies are doing it without a fight.
What's in an Airplane's Black Box?
News & Analysis  
3/17/2014   16 comments
In the end, it all comes down to the memory. I spoke to EDN (our sister site) contributing editor Nicole Faubert last week, and she was wondering what electronics were inside the important black box.
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.
Toshiba, SanDisk Sue Hynix Over Flash Memory Use
News & Analysis  
3/14/2014   2 comments
Flash partners Toshiba and SanDisk have filed different lawsuits against Hynix over the company's use of flash memory technology.
Research Labs Push the Bleeding Edge of Shared Memory Systems
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology turns to SGI's Intel-powered UV 2000 for pre and post-processing offline grid simulations for its Earth Simulator supercomputer.
Micron Gives New Life to IBM's Latent Image Memory
Blog  
3/11/2014   2 comments
Ron Neale reviews Micron’s new patent and IBM’s legacy work. He imagines a type of SRAM memory that learns.
DDR4 Heir-Apparent Makes Progress
News & Analysis  
3/11/2014   16 comments
The final second-generation specification for Hybrid Memory Cube is expected in May, just as DDR4 is poised for wider adoption in servers. But a memory wall awaits, and HMC is its most likely replacement.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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.
Internet of Things: What About Data Storage?
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3/6/2014   Post a comment
The Internet of Things presents a new set of data storage and protection challenges. Here's how to tackle those issues.
OCZ Storage Solutions Bundles PCIe SSD With Software
News & Analysis  
3/4/2014   Post a comment
Newly acquired by Toshiba, OCZ Storage offers a new form factor and management software in its latest enterprise SSD.
Showtime for the Micron-Sony 16Gb ReRAM
Blog  
3/4/2014   20 comments
New 16Gbit ReRAM is an impressive piece of design and a clear demonstration of lithographic and fabrication skills, yet absence of important details suggests the appearance of this device in standard product form is still some way ahead.
Research Suggests New Class of Magnetic Materials
Blog  
3/3/2014   2 comments
An international team of scientists led by University of York claims to have paved the way for a new class of magnetic materials and devices that promise energy-efficient thermally induced switching and offer improved performance and power efficiency.
RONNIEE Card Shares Memory Across Networks
News & Analysis  
3/3/2014   Post a comment
Startup A3Cube's intelligent fabric blurs the lines between network and memory architectures to improve I/O performance and latency as placing applications closer to memory becomes increasingly common.


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Max Maxfield

What's the Best Traveling Toolkit?
Max Maxfield
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A few years ago at a family Christmas party, I won a pocket knife as part of a "Dirty Santa" game. This little scamp was a Buck 730 X-Tract. In addition to an incredibly strong and sharp ...

Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer

Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
41 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Karen Field

July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Karen Field
153 comments
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