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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
News & Analysis  
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.
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass
News & Analysis  
12/1/2014   11 comments
The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the existing Texas Instruments Omap chip.
Scaling Up Text Rendering on Scaled-Down Devices
Blog  
11/24/2014   1 comment
The need to support a widening range of languages and font sizes is pushing the bitmap approach up against the tight resource constraints in low-end devices.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret
News & Analysis  
11/21/2014   22 comments
In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Qualcomm Takes Aim at Servers
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11/20/2014   8 comments
Qualcomm has become the sixth company to announce plans to build ARM-based server SoCs, likely focusing at least in part on opportunities in wireless infrastructure.
iCub: It's Robotic, It's Cute & It's Italian
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11/19/2014   14 comments
Japan's love affair with robots is well-known. So, predictably, Japanese attendees at Embedded Technology show are gushing over this little Italian -- about as big as a four-year-old child - which they praise as smart, sophisticated and gentle.
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.
Top 500 Supercomputers Sputter
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11/17/2014   6 comments
The latest ranking of the world’s top supercomputers shows little change in the winners and a rate of growth that is slowing in several ways.
ISSCC Tips Hot Circuit Designs
News & Analysis  
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.
14 Views of Samsung's Dev Con
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11/14/2014   11 comments
At its conference, Samsung reached out to developers in an effort to build growth markets around its smartphones and tablets in digital health, the smart home, virtual reality, and wearables.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers
News & Analysis  
11/13/2014   1 comment
An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
8-Bit MCUs Target Industrial Control
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11/12/2014   Post a comment
With peripherals designed to offload the CPU, this 8-bit MCU from Microchip can take on many industrial control challenges.
PowerVR Guns for AMD, Nvidia
News & Analysis  
11/10/2014   11 comments
Imagination Technologies' latest PowerVR Series 7 graphics cores sport a host of new features, including the ability to play in notebooks, consoles, and servers.
Will You Buy Accident-Free Cars?
Blog  
11/6/2014   26 comments
I've often thought of driver assistance systems as high-end "fancy features" -- more convenient than necessary. Can a case be made?
MediaTek Aims for Fast Entry Into China’s LTE Market
News & Analysis  
11/6/2014   1 comment
MediaTek aims to pare Qualcomm’s lead in China’s 4G smartphone market with the launch of a new octa-core processor in the first quarter of 2015.
Why Xiaomi Is World's 3rd Largest Mobile Co.
News & Analysis  
10/30/2014   33 comments
Xiaomi's emergence as world's third largest smartphone vendor makes us ask how the rules have changed in global smartphone market.
Japan's MegaChips to Buy MEMS Timing Leader SiTime
News & Analysis  
10/29/2014   4 comments
MegaChips, Japan's fast-growing fabless, will buy SiTime Corp. for $200 million in cash to leverage SiTime's MEMS timing devices to enhance its own SoCs and ASSPs for wearable and mobile devices.
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.
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