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Obama Set to Block Acquisition of Aixtron by Chinese Firm
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
U.S. President reportedly will prohibit acquisition of German semiconductor equipment supplier on U.S. national security grounds.
SMIC Establishes Specialty Foundry JV
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
China's largest foundry sets up joint venture with the city of Ningbo to address specialty technology applicable to the Internet of Things.
Is Mobileye-Intel New ‘Wintel’ of Auto?
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12/2/2016   9 comments
What technologies do Mobileye and Intel offer to autonomous driving? And what’s the division of labor between Mobileye’s EyeQ chip and Intel’s yet-to-be-announced automotive SoC?
No, The Sky Is Not Falling
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12/2/2016   1 comment
If Apple is slashing semiconductor orders, TSMC would bear the most impact. Is this what's happening?
Power Management: Electronica's Not So Hidden Subtext
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12/1/2016   Post a comment
Power management devices, though, remain a strong interest item at the biennial tradeshow. Here are some of the interesting power developments from Electronica 2016.
RISC-V Expands its Audience
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12/1/2016   Post a comment
RISC-V attracted a stellar list of chip architects and executives to its latest workshop, but the effort to grow an open-source instruction set has a big to-do list.
QuickLogic Introduces eFPGA (Embedded FPGA)
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11/30/2016   Post a comment
The burgeoning IoT market's extremely wide variety of end products and product variants can be addressed using SoCs containing embedded programmable logic.
Tomatoes: A Viable IoT Test Bed
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11/30/2016   Post a comment
We read so much about sensors, measurement, big data, and big IoT, but there's lots of good and useful work being done on a much smaller scale.
Intel Snags Exec from ARM to Run IoT
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11/29/2016   6 comments
Intel will separate its nascent automotive team from the company’s IoT group. Previously, Intel’s IoT and automotive teams were bundled together under one big IoT tent. Intel also named ex-ARM executive Tom Lantzsch to head the company’s IoT branch.
IoT to Get Security, Gateway Benchmarks
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11/29/2016   1 comment
The EEMBC group has started work on benchmarks for Internet of Things security and gateways and has existing work in measuring IoT connectivity.
Half-Ton Megaprocessor is Finally Finished
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11/29/2016   44 comments
Boasting 42,400 transistors, 50,500 resistors, 10,500 LEDs, and 272,300 hand-soldered joints, the Megaprocessor is a computer to be reckoned with.
1st Qubits on 300mm CMOS
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11/29/2016   1 comment
Leti demonstrated the world's first solid-state qubit fabricated on a standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) 300 milimeter fabrication (fab).
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag
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11/29/2016   1 comment
A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
DSRC No Dead End, Says Autotalks CTO
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11/28/2016   1 comment
Vehicle-to-X communications (V2X) hold the promise of more safety, better traffic flow, and, in certain applications like platooning, significantly better fuel efficiency. Despite such benefits, there is a dissent about the underlying technology.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for engineers
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11/28/2016   2 comments
It’s that time of again where businesses offer discounts for the holidays. Welcome to Cyber Monday: here are some deals to tempt an engineer DIYer's resolve.
Apple's T1: A Chip With Room to Grow
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11/28/2016   Post a comment
Touch screen or no touch screen the Apple Event brought us another, new Apple IC; the T1, which might be part of the groundwork for things to come.
The Algorithm Ate My Homework
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11/28/2016   9 comments
Algorithms are useful tools. But who’s watching how they’re used?
Ray Tomlinson, the @ Sign, and Technical Progress
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11/27/2016   7 comments
It may take a committee and years to develop standards, but sometimes the most pervasive ones are the result of one person's quick decision.
Weighing China’s 1.1 Million Patents
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11/25/2016   6 comments
U.S. innovators should not misconstrue the higher absolute number of patents filed in China in 2015 to imply anything about the strength of U.S. innovation or the U.S, IP marketplace.
Researchers Claim Photonics Breakthrough
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11/25/2016   7 comments
All optimal photonic computers are on the horizon with all the major players contributing the parts that will eventually obsolete the electronic computer and make Moore's Law passé.
Wireless Charging Market Still Seeks Use Cases
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11/25/2016   5 comments
Outside of cell phone users, the user base for wireless charging has not grown. Is this a lost opportunity?
China’s Patent Record Won’t Travel
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11/24/2016   3 comments
China hit an impressive but limited milestone in intellectual property.
Deep Thoughts Regarding the Bodacious Brain
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/23/2016   29 comments
There's more to building a brain than one might think. Should each cell reside in blissful ignorance or have some level of spatial awareness, for example?
1st Photonic Circuits Here
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11/23/2016   4 comments
IMEC research institute claims to demonstrate the world's first sub-micron photonic circuits encoding "1s" and "0s" on the spin of optical photons.
Renesas Bounces Back, But How High?
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11/22/2016   Post a comment
Japan’s once ailing Renesas Electronics has been blessed -- unintentionally -- by NXP’s recent acquisition of Freescale. In an exclusive interview, Renesas executive explained the company’s recent rise, its plan for a new embedded vision SoC billed as Mobileye alternative
Photonics 3-D Modeler Born
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11/22/2016   Post a comment
Coventor Inc. has the world's first modeling and simulation tool specifically designed for photonic optical circuits.
Smart Home Needs Data Standards
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11/21/2016   Post a comment
There is a compelling need for companies to come together to develop and enforce a system of ethical data collection and processing in the smart home.
15 Views of Printed Electronics
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11/21/2016   10 comments
Printed electronics showed progress in manufacturing gear and processes, e-textiles, sensors, batteries, and printed NFC tags at the IDTechEx event.
Bosch CEO: Hanging on to Lead
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11/21/2016   4 comments
The world's largest producer of automotive MEMS devices describes how it plans to hang onto the lead.
10 Cool Discoveries at Japan Embedded
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11/18/2016   Post a comment
The Embedded Technology 2016 showcased a ton of embedded boards, each with a clear focus on how to enable ‘low power’ and ‘embedded’ IoT devices. Highlights include deep learning coming to embedded boards, emergence of smarter IoT building blocks.
The Time Has Come to Build My Own Electronic Brain
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/18/2016   28 comments
Can you imagine a tall glass dome jam-packed with a three-dimensional array of LED-based neurons frantically flickering away in response to sound?
IoT Networks Start to Sprout
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11/18/2016   Post a comment
The rise of multiple types of LPWAN networks, each with its own competing network protocol, has complicated the IoT picture.
Smartphone-Bound VR/AR to Be Boosted by Lasers
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11/18/2016   3 comments
Microvision has teamed with STMicroelectronics to put an always-in-focus laser-based projector in every smartphone, for augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) headset.
Microsemi Offers First FPGA-Based RISC-V IP Core
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The RISC-V was designed from the ground-up to be useful in modern computerized devices, ranging from warehouse-scale cloud computers to the smallest embedded systems.
ST's Bozotti on 'Back-to-Silicon' Differentiation
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
Carlo Bozotti, CEO of STMicroelectronics NV, has presided over a difficult period in the chip company's history as he first put together the ST-Ericsson mobile processors joint venture and then had to engineer ST's exit from what had became an ill-fated project. But now the write-offs, reorganizations and product phase outs are just about behind the company and it is starting to resume growth. EE Times Europe interviewed Bozotti at a bustling Electronica in Munich.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
15 IoT Devices Running on 7 Apps?
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11/17/2016   1 comment
At Embedded Technology conference here, NXP executive broached the touchy topic of “smart home delays.”
Samsung Makes 10nm Q’comm SoC
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11/17/2016   6 comments
Qualcomm announced it is in production with its next generation mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 835, in Samsung’s 10nm process.
What Are the Coolest Engineering Gifts?
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11/16/2016   47 comments
What products or DIY creations do you think techno-weenies would most appreciate as gifts this coming Crimble?
Electronica Settles into Automotive, Industrial, IoT Roles
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11/16/2016   4 comments
In a week when the biennial Electronica trade show in Munich, Germany, was overshadowed by a presidential election on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean and amid supposed long-term decline of Europe as a power in semiconductors and electronics, it seems reasonable to ask if Electronica is still busy – and still relevant.
3D Printed Buses Here
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11/16/2016   8 comments
Local Motors has been a solution looking for a problem since its inception, but may have finally hit the nail on the head with its Olli substitute for traditional transit systems at just 20% of their cost, but with more convenience, faster times and free-ride driverless capabilities.
Qualcomm Boss Brainstorms on 5G
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11/16/2016   Post a comment
In 2008, Paul Jacobs as CEO of Qualcomm worked with HTC CEO Peter Chou to make the world’s first Android smartphone. Last week, Jacobs, as executive chairman of Qualcomm, and Chou, now chairman of Digital Domain Holdings, swapped ideas on the future of 5G.
Cosmopolitan Collaboration Companies
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11/15/2016   3 comments
Co-workers from around the world add variety and creativity to the workplace; also, company pot-lucks are tasty affairs.
DSRC’s ‘Dead End,’ Says Qualcomm Exec
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11/15/2016   5 comments
As carmakers learn more about highly automated vehicles, they no longer dismiss the idea of V2X. But the radio war between DSC and LTE camps continues. Qualcomm’s takeover of NXP isn’t making the path to V2X any clearer.
The Future of Fingerprint Scanning
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11/15/2016   1 comment
What happens to fingerprint sensing, when a physical home button is replaced with a virtual or “soft” button under the glass?
Samsung's Naked Auto Desire: $8B Harman Buy
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11/14/2016   4 comments
Within the last 24 hours, two global conglomerates announced M&A deals in the automotive tech field. Samsung will pay $8 billion for the U.S. car technology group Harman, while Siemens agreed to acquire Mentor Graphics in $4.5 billion deal.
Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5B Deal
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11/14/2016   14 comments
Siemens agreed to buy Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion deal. Europe’s largest industrial conglomerate has been beefing up its industrial software capabilities, sees Mentor’s tools as critical for developing “smart” and “connected” products -- including autonomous vehicles.
Dual-Port 2A USB Chargers Only $1.95
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11/14/2016   34 comments
These chargers really do produce 2A as claimed; they have two USB connectors, a power indicator, foldable prongs, and they’re UL listed.
Xilinx to Dive in Hyperscale Race
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
Xilinx is pursuing Altera (Intel), who took an early lead in the hyperscale computing by getting designed into Microsoft’s hyperscale acceleration fabric. Xilinx also goes after the inference side of machine learning where it believes it can beat Nvidia.
AT&T: SIMs are Key to IoT Future
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
AT&T pronounced the Internet of Things (IoT) as already here in massive enough numbers to make it a sure thing for all future devices, but in need of tools it is providing like its "flow designer."
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