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China Goes on an M&A Diet
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1/24/2017   Post a comment
A decade-long trend of the China government encouraging Chinese businesses to expand globally by acquiring resources, advanced technologies, and distribution channels overseas is hitting a speed bump.
Silicon Labs Expands IoT Portfolio
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1/23/2017   Post a comment
Silicon Labs bought Zentri, a 20-person company making mainly software for Wi-Fi modules for the Internet of Things.
Automotive ECU Updates: Keeping the Hackers Out
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1/23/2017   Post a comment
A new software security technology called Uptane aims to keep hackers away from firmware updates and keep manufacturers and suppliers in control.
Dragonfly Surveillance Cyborg Could Aid Pollination
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1/23/2017   1 comment
Who needs bees. Just use technology to pollinate? The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (Draper, Cambridge Mass.) has embedded an optrode in a dragonfly with the idea of guided pollination.
EDA Firm ATopTech Files for Bankruptcy
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
Privately held EDA vendor expects to be sold after losing long-running legal battle with Synopsys.
It's Year Five of Paul Salopek's Round-the-World Walk
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is on the fifth year of his decade-long, 21,000-mile walk spanning continents, languages, and cultures.
5G Calls for Silicon in 2017
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
This year, work on silicon and antenna architectures for 5G cellular networks begins in earnest, said a Nokia CTO.
NHTSA Lets Tesla Off The Hook
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1/20/2017   3 comments
The NHTSA concluded a months-long investigation of a fatal crash in Florida, and reported that the agency found no defects in Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking and Autopilot systems. Did NHTSA let Tesla off the hook too easily? Absolutely.
Tsinghua to Build $30 Billion Memory Fab in China
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1/20/2017   10 comments
State-controlled Chinese chip firm has committed to $54 billion to two memory fab projects in past two months.
Carbon-on-Wafer Tech Said to Make RF Compatible with CMOS
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
The world's first commercial carbon-on-silicon wafers use aligned nanotubes, which can be lithographically fabricated into super-fast transistors alongside normal CMOS circuitry.
Automotive Power Semi Market Keeps Soaring
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
The global market for power semiconductors used in cars and light passenger vehicles will grow by more in $3 billion USD in the next six years, predicts market research company IHS Markit.
The Future of FPGAs and the Coming Data Avalanche Per Forbes
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
By 2020 it's predicted that there will be as many as 50 billion devices connected to the Internet, each of which will be generating data.
Chip Sales Grew 1.5% in ‘16, Gartner says
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
Global chip revenue increased by 1.5% in 2016 as a late-year surge enabled the semiconductor industry to avoid widely anticipated contraction, according to market research firm Gartner.
IoT Network Reboots Its Efforts
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1/19/2017   1 comment
The Weightless-P network for the Internet of Things gets a new backer as the special interest group behind it carves out a broader role for itself.
IoT Will Grow by Collaboration
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1/19/2017   Post a comment
As with most new technologies, growth for the Internet of Things will be linear to start before we hit an inflection point that will lead to mass adoption.
Future of Chip Research Group Questioned
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1/19/2017   6 comments
Questions surround the future of SUNY Poly's semiconductor industry research after the resignation and arrest of its CEO and the disintegration of two high-profile projects.
How to Build DIY Switches and Potentiometers from Household Materials
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1/18/2017   16 comments
By constructing homemade versions of components like switches and potentiometers, it should be possible to reduce the cost of a new Arduino kit.
IoT Startup Rides LoRa
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1/18/2017   1 comment
Startup TrackNet got $7 million in funding from two OEMs who aim to help it build and sell IoT systems for consumers and business users.
What Autonomous Driving Implies in 2017
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1/18/2017   4 comments
System aware development, industrial application and beyond autonomous, are a few perspectives on 2017 and autonomous driving implications.
Startup Looks to Shake Up IP Paradigm
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1/18/2017   Post a comment
A novel concept in semiconductor design is taking shape that could potentially have a dramatic impact on the costs associated with prototyping and building hardware.
Steep Rise of Drones Boosts Other Business
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1/17/2017   Post a comment
A new report by Grand View Research predicts anti-drone technologies, such as electromagnetic shields, lasers, and "net-firing bazookas,” could reach $1.85 billion by 2024.
Racing to Offer Mobileye 'Killer Chip'
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1/17/2017   1 comment
With Mobileye acknowledged as the king of the hill in the hottest automotive vision market, it has become incumbent upon competitors to say they’ve got “a Mobileye killer solution.” But what would it take to become the next Mobileye?
5G Report Gauges Trillion-Dollar Impacts
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1/17/2017   6 comments
A report sponsored by Qualcomm said 5G networks ultimately will have economic benefits measured in trillions of dollars.
Consortium Releases Sensor Interface Spec
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1/16/2017   Post a comment
MIPI Alliance I3C specification said to streamline sensor integration in smartphones, wearables, Internet of Things devices and automotive systems.
IIoT Development Lab Opens for Business
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1/16/2017   Post a comment
NI has opened a lab to foster cooperation in developing the Industrial Internet of Things.
Using FPGAs in Mobile Heterogeneous Computing Architectures
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1/13/2017   Post a comment
Since "context-aware" systems must be "always on" to track changes in the environment, these capabilities represent a potentially significant drain on system power.
Labs, 'Spaces,' and Innovation Around the World
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1/13/2017   4 comments
Once the space occupied by a 'Space' becomes saturated, like so many forms of life the 'Space' needs to undergo change, evolve, and grow
Biggest Robo-Car Roadblock Is Human
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1/13/2017   11 comments
Despite all the robo-car announcements, this year’s CES revealed that more companies – including Toyota and Mobileye – are scrambling to address the inconvenient truth that robo-cars pose a man-machine relationship more complicated than we care to admit.
TSMC Expects Flat Year for Foundry
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1/13/2017   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. expects 2017 to be a flat year for the foundry business as momentum in the chip business stalls.
PC Shipments Decline for 5th Straight Year
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1/12/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of PCs declined about 6% in 2016, though some signs of stabilization emerged during the fourth quarter, market researchers said.
T.J. Rodgers Backs Renewable Energy Firm
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1/12/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor pioneer to join firm's board of directors after taking stake.
IoT Spending Hit Estimated $737 Billion in 2016
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1/12/2017   2 comments
Global spending on IoT infrastructure and deployment is on a trajectory that will bring it to nearly $1.3 tillion by 2020, according to IDC.
IoT Apps Need Good Metadata
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1/12/2017   Post a comment
The lack of metadata when collecting sensor data can lead to wrong decisions and missed opportunities for analysis.
QCOM CEO Likens 5G to Electricity Discovery
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1/11/2017   Post a comment
"5G will have an impact similar to the introduction of electricity or the automobile, affecting entire economies and benefiting entire societies," said Qualcomm CEO at the company’s keynote address at CES, pitching it for AR/VR, IoT and automotive.
IBM Leads as U.S. Patents Rebound
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1/9/2017   Post a comment
After a 1% dip last year, U.S. utility patent grants rebounded nearly 2% to a new all-time high with IBM still the top winner.
Securing Over-The-Air (OTA) Software Updates
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1/9/2017   Post a comment
Over-the-air update expert reminds us that the software update process is a critical component in deploying IoT devices.
ARM Exec Dizzy for Open-Source Twizy
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
At this year’s CES, ARM brought Renault’s Twizy to its booth, typically full of mobile devices. Calling Twizy “the world’s first OEM open-source vehicle,” ARM said Renault is seeing a wave of open-source hardware and software developments.
Bosch Dev Kit to Ease IoT
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
Bosch unveils Internet of Things (IoT) innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017).
2G Sunset a Slow Burn
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1/7/2017   6 comments
Subscribers around the world rely on 2G cellular, a still-vital technology for machine–to-machine (M2M) communications and network availability in rural parts of many countries--and that won’t change for some time.
IoT Trumps Mobile App Debates
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1/7/2017   Post a comment
While the debate over native versus Web apps continues, the Internet of Things is raising more important questions about the future of software development.
AI-Enhanced Wearables Offer Personal Fitness Coaching
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1/6/2017   5 comments
We could all benefit from having personal coaches to keep track of the food we eat and the exercise we take, to praise us for our efforts, and to cajole us into doing more.
White House Report Warns of China’s Threat to Chip Industry
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1/6/2017   16 comments
Much-anticipated report includes recommendations for bolstering U.S. semiconductor industry in face of challenge posed by China's industrial policies.
Gecho Loopsynth -- a Theremin for the 21st Century
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1/6/2017   2 comments
In unskilled hands, traditional Theremins can sound a bit like a cat being used as a set of bagpipes (don’t ask).
Friday Quiz: Bluetooth Low Energy
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1/6/2017   Post a comment
BLE improves on the original Bluetooth by adding a burst mode. Test your knowledge on BLE in this quiz.
Nvidia CEO Rocks CES Crowd with GPU, AI
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1/6/2017   6 comments
Nvidia's CEO, sporting his familiar black leather jacket, rocked a whooping and cheering crowd of 2,500 during his opening keynote speech at CES. He promoted two scenarios for AI: Auto-Pilot & Co-Pilot.
Wi-Fi Providing Precision Time Synchronization
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1/5/2017   Post a comment
The Wi-Fi Alliance announced a new Certified TimeSync capability at CES.
Electronic Device Markets Seen as Stagnant in 2017
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1/5/2017   1 comment
Combined shipments of PCs, mobile handsets and tablets are predicted to be flat in 2017, according to Gartner.
New Automotive-Grade FPGAs Debut at CES
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1/5/2017   Post a comment
New FPGAs coupled with Intel GO family of offerings span car, connectivity, and cloud to help automakers develop automated driving systems.
CES 2017 Connects with AI
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1/5/2017   3 comments
"CES Unveiled" showcased a host of wearables, hearables and robots. App-intensive and connected to the Internet, many are programmed to get smarter with built-in artificial intelligence that will learn and recognize a user's speech, face and daily habits.
Can We Trust the Cloud for Video Analytics?
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1/5/2017   Post a comment
Concerns regarding response time and vulnerability of sensitive data make a strong case in support of edge processing for many different use cases of video analytics.
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