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IceStorm: Reverse-Engineering the Lattice iCE40 Bitstream
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7/6/2015   Post a comment
It will be interesting to see how IceStorm plays out, and what the imagination and creativity of the open-source world will give us.
Is the End of IPv4 at Hand? Not Anytime Soon...
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7/6/2015   2 comments
The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has sent out an alert saying its share of the dwindling IPv4 addresses is near rock bottom, so it is going to a stricter procedure for approving requests for those that are left.
Thin Film Solar Cells May Rival Silicon
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7/6/2015   1 comment
A consortium of 11 European institutions in eight countries aim to one-up the cheap Chinese thin-film solar cells with efficiencies rivaling silicon at a fraction of the cost.
Apple Watch Tear Down Reveals European Chips
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7/3/2015   1 comment
The Apple Watch, is the trailblazer of a wearables equipment market set to boom by 2020, according to market research organization Yole Developpement. And several leading European chipmakers are set to benefit, according to a tear down of the watch.
3-D Fingerprint Scanner Beats Apple's
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7/3/2015   3 comments
The University of California at Davis, in cooperation with the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) has created a three-dimensional (3-D) MEMS fingerprint identification system atop a CMOS ASIC.
No Respect!
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7/3/2015   45 comments
Every now and then, you see someone doing something, and you think to yourself, "That person has no respect for anyone else."
Is the Drone an "Everyday" Object Now?
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7/2/2015   Post a comment
How many drones do you have contact with daily?
What Will Clear Drones for Take off?
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7/2/2015   4 comments
Executives from Parrot, Qualcomm, small UAV lobby group and ex-FAA chief will join the drone debate at EE Times radio show, 9:00a.m., Pacific time, on Thursday, July 9th.
Firework Display as Seen by Drone
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7/2/2015   20 comments
Have been thinking about purchasing a drone? If so, watching this video may well push you over the edge.
FinFETs + FD-SOI Proposition: May Save Power
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7/2/2015   25 comments
Ron Martino, vice president of application processors and advanced technology for Freescale’s MCUs says there is room both both FinFETs, FD-SOI and combinations of the two.
IBM Makes Lake George World's Smartest Lake
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7/2/2015   Post a comment
Over 60 researchers, including ones from IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic, are turning Lake George into a sea of sensors.
Intel President, Execs Step Down
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7/2/2015   9 comments
Intel President Renée James is among several top executives who announced plans to resign from the chip giant. Three other executives from various divisions will also leave the company.
High-Speed Converters Aid Record Terabit Field Trial
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7/2/2015   Post a comment
Ultra high-speed digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters from Socionext Inc. (Yokohama, Japan) have been used in communications field trial that achieved 38.4Tbps over 762 kilometers of optical fiber.
Speech Recognizer / Synthesizer Shield for Arduino & Other MCUs
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7/1/2015   22 comments
A Kickstarter project the just launched promises a rather interesting speech recognizer and synthesizer shield for use in hobby projects and embedded systems.
Want a Free GPAK4 Mixed-Signal FPGA Development Kit From Silego?
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7/1/2015   2 comments
25 GPAK4 mixed-signal FPGA development kits will be given by the folks at Silego to members of the EETimes.com and Embedded.com communities.
20% Discount for ESC Silicon Valley 2015 Using Secret Code
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7/1/2015   Post a comment
Max's top-secret-squirrel code for the forthcoming ESC Silicon Valley 2015 will get 20% off All-Access, Conference, and Hardware Startup passes.
USB Protocol Analyzers Show What's Under the Bus
Slideshow  
7/1/2015   1 comment
Get an overview of what's available for troubleshooting and characterizing USB when designing embedded devices. One is free, another is build-your-own.
Talking Sheets, Thinking Shorts
News & Analysis  
6/30/2015   2 comments
The tagging of garments via RFID-based labels has been commonplace for more than a decade. But what if electronic components could be threaded into the very fabric of clothes and even survive the washing machine?
Sneak Peak! RTOS Smackdown at ESC Silicon Valley 2015
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
At ESC Silicon Valley, seven of the leanest, meanest, coolest, hottest contenders in the RTOS multi-universe will take it in turns to explain why their RTOS is the bestest of the best.
Selecting Your M&A Banker
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6/30/2015   3 comments
At some point in the life of a technology startup company, the CEO and the founding team will be confronted with the question of whether to sell the company or not. Hopefully, the question arises in a positive context and comes from an interested buyer driven by the opportunity to deploy the new technology to a much larger user base.
DoT Call for Proposals, Registration Open
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6/30/2015   Post a comment
The IoT, wearables, and 3D printing-focused Designers of Things conference has also partners with the IPSO Alliance to call on entrepreneurs, makers, students, and professional engineers to submit designs using IP.
Automotive King Redefines Future
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6/30/2015   18 comments
By 2030 the cost of an automobile will be mostly from the advanced electronics, according to analysts, with Freescale supplying the Lion's portion of those chips since it will be number one is automotive electronics after the merger with NXP later this year.
8 FD-SOI Questions You're Afraid to Ask
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6/30/2015   12 comments
Paul Boudre, CEO of Soitec, told us last week in Grenoble, “Evidence [for FD-SOI’s advantages] is there. But some choose not to see it.”
Back in the Driver’s Seat on Global Trade
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is a major victory for free trade and the semiconductor industry, says CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Gobsmacking Graphic Novels
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6/29/2015   9 comments
Max recently became enthralled with a bunch of new graphic novels; now he wants to make contact with someone with whom he can discuss the little rascals.
Rounding Algorithms Can Be Tricky
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6/29/2015   11 comments
There's a lot more to the topic of rounding than most people think, like the fact that different software applications may do things in different ways.
DAC Trip Report: Expanding EDA's Charter & Topical Hardware Emulation
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
Dr. Lauro Rizzatti paid close attention to trends at DAC two weeks ago and wrote them up in a trip report for EETimes readers.
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
GaN Converters Charge Simultaneously
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
Mobile devices have gotten slimmer over the years but chargers have remained in the same clunky form factors. Zolt, a subsidiary of gallium nitride fab Avogy, has developed a lipstick tube sized charger capable of powering three devices at once at up to 70 Watts.
Bold Brit Builds Bodacious 16-Bit Mega-Processor
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6/26/2015   12 comments
Once again, Britain is leading the world with regard to creating extremely large, painfully slow, and excruciatingly expensive computing technology.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems
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6/26/2015   Post a comment
Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
From Volts and Amps to Furlongs per Fortnight
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6/25/2015   29 comments
Engineers often work with very small or very large quantities. As an alternative to writing endless zeros, we annotate these quantities with special qualifiers.
USB Type-C Could Change Laptop/Smartphone Supply Chain
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6/25/2015   1 comment
USB Type-C could solve the connectivity nightmare most users face when buying a new device. The new standard could disrupt the manufacturing and distributing of USB devices, but that is a good thing.
Woz Wows with Humanitarianism
News & Analysis  
6/25/2015   13 comments
Steve Wozniak single-handedly designed the Apple-I and after forming Apple with Steve Jobs also designed the Apple-II personal computer (PC), although Jobs oversaw the design of the case for the Apple-II.
Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts
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6/25/2015   2 comments
Imec researchers hope to deliver within two years active contact lenses that detect where the user is looking and deliver the correct near or far focus.
Freescale Networks on 16nm
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Freescale’s next generation of multicore processors will use 16nm FinFET process technology, officials announced at the company’s annual conference, Freescale Technology Forum. Two QorIQ chips, LS1048A and LS1088A, are designed for Internet of Things networking at the edge.<
Looking at the Amazon Echo from a Different Perspective
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Amazon's Alexa AppKit allows developers to create their own apps that leverage Alexa voice services to respond to custom commands with custom actions.
IEEE Recognizes Outstanding Engineer
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6/24/2015   1 comment
Bob Zeidman recognized by Santa Clara Valley Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with Outstanding Engineer Award.
Ben Hacks Hardware Pinball
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
The element14 Ben Heck Show went on the road at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) with a special challenge on display--the Super Space Shuttle built with a single Freescale microcontroller. So far, yours truly got the highest score at FTF of 70,000, at least for the first day.
Smart Shirt Adorns IoT Efforts
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
A smart T-shirt and a new Internet of Things research program with a low cost air quality sensor were announced by researchers at Imec and the Holst Center.
Secure IoT MCUs Drive Freescale-NXP
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
The future of Freescale Semiconductor and NXP is in connecting and securing the Internet of Things, with a major focus on automotive. The CEOs of both companies outlined their collective vision for the merger, which will likely close in November.
Why Don't EEs Live in Cities?
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6/23/2015   39 comments
I'm becoming more and more convinced that EEs don't live in cities. Here's my anecdotal evidence.
GlobalFoundries’ FD-SOI Revolution
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6/23/2015   7 comments
Confirming the imminent announcement of the company’s big FD-SOI plan, GlobalFoundries came to Grenoble to discuss its 22nm FD-SOI process scheduled to be qualified by early 2016.
The Amazin' Amazon Echo... Echo... Echo
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6/23/2015   20 comments
The Amazon Echo is a tempting taste of things to come -- a step along the path to embedded systems that boast true embedded speech and embedded vision.
ESC Silicon Valley 2015 Sneak Peek: Obfuscated C Code
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6/23/2015   22 comments
The IOCCC, which is one of the longest running contests on the Internet, awards those who submit the most obfuscated working C program in 4096 bytes or less.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race?
News & Analysis  
6/23/2015   3 comments
How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
Renesas APIs Bring RTOS Development to the Masses
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6/23/2015   1 comment
Renesas Electronics' Synergy MCU family and API aims provide a simplified platform for developing code for an integrated RTOS kernel and services in an application.
Startup Taps Into Home Energy Circuit
News & Analysis  
6/23/2015   1 comment
Startup Curb wants to help you find the energy hog in your home -- whether that be your spouse or a space heater. The home automation company has developed a hardware system that attaches to a home circuit breaker to monitor energy consumption.
Freescale MCUs Secure IoT
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6/23/2015   Post a comment
Freescale announced a new family of microcontrollers designed with a focus on security for the Internet of Things. The Kinetis K80, K81, and K82 sport several layers of hardware security.
IoT Security: Gone in a Wink
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6/23/2015   Post a comment
The recent security lapse of an Internet of Things vendor teaches three key lessons any IoT designer should learn.
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