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Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
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4/21/2015   1 comment
We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
MINI Giving Drivers a Peek at 'Augmented Reality'
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4/19/2015   7 comments
Although most drivers have yet to embrace the idea of head-up displays on windshields, MINI is leapfrogging to the next phase of futuristic motoring, with its introduction this week of AR eyewear – powered by Qualcomm
'Connected Home' Key to Intel’s Lantiq Deal
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4/17/2015   Post a comment
Intel has formed a freshly minted “Connected Home Division,” which will become a home for Lantiq’s employees and those who are currently working at Intel’s Service Provider Division.
Odds of Success of Mie Fujitsu, Japan’s Pure-Play Foundry
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4/16/2015   2 comments
Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor is a foundry born from Fujitsu’s lack of any better options. Its genesis raises questions about the odds of Mie Fujitsu’s survival. We asked Mie Fujitsu President hard questions.
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec
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4/10/2015   13 comments
V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
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4/1/2015   3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Analysts Cool on Intel/Altera Combo
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3/30/2015   14 comments
Analysts gave a chilly reception to the idea of Intel acquiring Altera, the world’s second largest FPGA maker and a new foundry customer for Intel.
Why MediaTek Pushes Cross-Device Sharing
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3/30/2015   5 comments
MediaTek is creating a technology, called CrossMount, that will link and share software and hardware resources of televisions and handheld devices in ways that would fulfill their unrealized potential. What’s behind the Taiwanese IC giant’s ambition?
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’
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3/24/2015   6 comments
Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.
Bringing Sub-Threshold Voltage to Any MCU
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Based on the same subthreshold voltage technology used in its ARM-based Apollo Cortex-based processors, Ambiq's real-time clock family brings its low power benefits to any MCU-based design.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
SoC Spec Hits Version 1.0
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3/16/2015   2 comments
The AMD-led Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation has finished its 1.0 spec, turning attention to what SoCs will support it.
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming
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3/16/2015   14 comments
The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches
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3/11/2015   2 comments
Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
Apple Watch: Time Will Tell
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3/9/2015   15 comments
Apple showcased significant software and hardware engineering behind its new Watch and Macbook, but the products don’t establish new categories.
Low-Power Wireless MCUs Proliferate
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3/4/2015   Post a comment
Wireless device developers now have a new range of RF options that are low-power and easy to design with.
IoT Security a Prime Focus for Freescale
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
Security is a major concern in the Internet of Things, and Freescale intends to provide developers with the answers.
Embedded Job Market Expands, But Boomers Feel the Squeeze
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3/2/2015   12 comments
By almost any measure, the job market appears to be looking very good right now for embedded engineers. But not for everyone.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps
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2/27/2015   1 comment
Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
18 Views of ISSCC
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2/26/2015   4 comments
Engineers showed advances in lower power, higher performance and media-rich silicon at this year’s ISSCC, despite struggles advancing Moore’s Law.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips
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2/26/2015   6 comments
The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
NeuroMem IC Matches Patterns, Sees All, Knows All
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2/17/2015   7 comments
NeuroMem, a startup, spun out of General Vision, is betting the farm on the growing demand for pattern recognition in data analytics.
China Deal Squeezes Royalty Cuts from Qualcomm
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2/10/2015   5 comments
China’s National Development and Reform Commission called the investigation “antitrust case.” But more accurately, it successfully haggled with Qualcomm to get the royalty rate cuts for Chinese handset vendors.
Intel to Buy Lantiq, Get Ready for Smart Gateways
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2/2/2015   2 comments
Intel will acquire German-based Lantiq, with a goal to drive a smart gateway that connects a growing number of devices and services in the home.
UMC Boosts Capex to Capture More 28nm Orders
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1/28/2015   3 comments
UMC's large capex increase to capture more 28nm orders indicates the company is optimistic about strong demand this year. Analysts believe UMC needs to fend off the competition in China which appears to be catching up.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So
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1/28/2015   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
Intel, Microsoft Improve Odds for AR
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1/26/2015   20 comments
Microsoft unveils HoloLens and Intel invests in AR glasses. Are we seeing 2015 finally becoming the year when AR/VR starts going mainstream in earnest?
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety
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1/22/2015   3 comments
In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions
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1/20/2015   43 comments
Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
7 Takeaways From ISS 2015
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1/16/2015   2 comments
Samsung and GlobalFoundries will win the race to ship 14/16 nm chips, but TSMC and Qualcomm have a kicker in store, I learned at ISS 2015.
IBM Renews Mainframe With z13
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1/13/2015   4 comments
IBM’s latest mainframe, the z13, is its first to use dual, threading, and vector processing as well as embedded 1U x86 servers for systems management.
The Hot, the Odd and the Risky -- Spotted at CES
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1/13/2015   27 comments
A ton of interesting stuff always surfaces at the International CES. Taken together, it weaves into a tapestry of technology whose threads offer clues to the possibilities we might explore in 2015.
Marvell Shrink-Wraps IoT Gateway Product
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1/9/2015   2 comments
Marvell designed a highly integrated device -- as a reference design -- allowing consumers to manage their wireline and wireless network connectivity, store their home media, automate home devices and access digital home entertainment.
China Grabs 9 Spots in Fabless 50
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1/8/2015   2 comments
China grabbed nine spots among the Top 50 fabless semiconductor suppliers last year, an indication of its fast pivot into a new chip strategy, said market watcher IC Insights.
Auto IC Market: Revving Up Product Line Means Revving Up Reliability
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1/6/2015   Post a comment
Many of the challenges faced by new entrants in the automotive IC market are attributed to the industry’s safety and reliability standards.
The Key to a 'Cool Car' Is a Cool Key – NXP
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1/6/2015   7 comments
The car key is seemingly destined to become the most visible object differentiating one car brand from another. At least, that’s what car OEMs expect -- and NXP Semiconductors is banking on it.
Q'comm Allies in Cars, Health, IoT
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1/5/2015   1 comment
Qualcomm's silicon is in everything, and its ecosystem is growing, officials said at the International CES. The company didn't have any huge chip announcements, but it highlighted partnerships that will allow continued growth across markets.
Fonts Could Set IoT Devices Apart
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1/5/2015   10 comments
Aesthetically pleasing and scalable typefaces might be the factor that makes one IoT device stand out from others, according to Monotype Imaging.
Broadcom Goes Pedal-to-the-Metal With Ethernet & NFC
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1/5/2015   10 comments
Through the announcement of two new auto-grade chips that include an Ethernet physical layer transceiver IC and an NFC chip, Broadcom is demonstrating at the International CES a strong commitment to its automotive initiative.
Pitfalls in Internet of Things for 2015 & Beyond
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12/23/2014   12 comments
EE Times in recent weeks asked several companies and analysts what hurdles they see ahead of them in the IoT market. Here are the key pitfalls identified by them.
Road to Auto Market Paved With Fault-Tolerant SoCs
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12/19/2014   3 comments
Data protection and redundancy features implemented across entire SoC designs will help teams implement functional safety faster and at a higher quality level
Successful With Phones & Drones, Parrot Ponders Farming
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12/18/2014   13 comments
Parrot is a 20-year-old startup that has the passion of "makers" backed by intimate knowledge of telephony connectivity, digital signal processing, and in-house ASIC design.
Apps Layer: '800lb Gorilla' in IoT Nobody Talks About
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12/16/2014   25 comments
Plenty of people and companies in the technology world tend to come at the Internet of Things by dwelling on "Internet." But what if we started with the "Things" instead?
How New-Gen MCUs Handle Security in Cars
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12/16/2014   2 comments
The incessant evolution of communication networks inside vehicles is quickly reducing the capacity of current security measures.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off?
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12/15/2014   8 comments
Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
Sequans: The Startup That Started Over
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12/15/2014   8 comments
Early one Paris morning in July 2011, Georges Karam, president and CEO of Sequans, got a call from HTC. Kara'’s biggest customer asked him to stop shipping Sequans' WiMax radio chips. That called changed everything.
Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810
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12/12/2014   5 comments
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is not only a killer part, it has raised the bar on what a mobile SoC has to be in 2015.
TSMC to Use EUV for 7nm, Says ASML
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12/8/2014   9 comments
ASML says that TSMC plans to buy two EUV scanners next year to extend the boundaries of its process technology, potentially to 7 nanometers.
HP Signals Itanium’s Decline
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12/2/2014   7 comments
Hewlett-Packard announces versions of its high-end, Itanium-based servers running on x86 chips, presaging a shift away from the processor it co-developed with Intel.
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