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Brazilian Embedded Systems Development Market Study 2014
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10/31/2014   2 comments
Even though the Brazilian economy is the world's seventh largest by nominal GDP, few people truly understand the Brazilian embedded market, so this study is very interesting.
Radiometrix Launches Dynamically Reprogrammable RF Module
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10/31/2014   Post a comment
Have you considered how programmable RF devices might enhance the products that you design?
Why Xiaomi Is World's 3rd Largest Mobile Co.
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10/30/2014   18 comments
Xiaomi's emergence as world's third largest smartphone vendor makes us ask how the rules have changed in global smartphone market.
Modifying the Center of Balance for Surface-Mount Components
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10/30/2014   39 comments
An EE Times community member poses an interesting question: Could the manufacturers of SMD components modify their center of balance?
Analog Faceplate Design Decisions: Art or Science?
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/30/2014   50 comments
Creating industrial designs, like new faceplates for use in antique analog meters, is part art and part science.
Japan's MegaChips to Buy MEMS Timing Leader SiTime
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10/29/2014   2 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.
Why Focus Solely on CPU & GPU When Reducing SoC Power?
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10/29/2014   1 comment
The SoC interconnect is one area in which efforts to reduce power consumption need be re-evaluated.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz'
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10/29/2014   11 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.
Lattice & Forza Announce Fully Reconfigurable Image Sensor
News & Analysis  
10/29/2014   5 comments
Smart sensors open a wealth of application possibilities in automobiles, homes, and factories, to name but a few -- anywhere sensors are to be found, in fact.
Radio Show Nov. 7: EMC Is Every Engineer's Problem
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10/29/2014   2 comments
EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt explains why EMC failures occur and what to do about them in this live radio show on Friday, November 7, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 1900 GMT.
ARM Cortex-M7: Abundance of Memory or Not Enough?
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10/28/2014   30 comments
Whether the Cortex M7 meets requirements depends on who you ask; the myriad answers point to the hairball of decisions and trade-offs in hardware, software and systems today’s developers are confronted with.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate
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10/28/2014   13 comments
While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
Wearables Ready for Work, Survey Says
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10/28/2014   10 comments
A new survey finds that the majority of adults want wearables in their workplace, though the US remains behind in overall wearable acceptance.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup
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10/27/2014   10 comments
Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
Building a Pair of Animatronic Robot Eyes
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/27/2014   17 comments
In order to learn about servos, Max Maxfield decided to build a pair of animatronic robot eyes.
Firtiva Free Video-on-Demand Website Poised to Go Live
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10/27/2014   1 comment
Patented video-on-demand system gives a win-win-win for viewers, sponsors, and content providers.
DIY Practical Joke Project Idea
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/25/2014   32 comments
DIY Practical Joke Project Idea: Having something like this lying around would certainly break up the monotony of one's visitors' days. Deploying it would almost be a public service when you come to think about it.
Terrestrial Broadcast TV Down, But Is It Out?
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10/24/2014   33 comments
Why are we so down on terrestrial TV broadcast? There seems to be a growing consensus that broadcasting isn't just irrelevant but obsolete. Part of me agrees. But another part of me wonders if it's all true.
Are Today's Designs Bound by the Constraints of Yesteryear?
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10/24/2014   37 comments
Are there instances of the way in which we design things today being bound by the constraints of yesteryear?
NASA Spinoffs: 6 Innovations In Health & Medicine
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10/23/2014   2 comments
The concept of applying technologies used in space to enhance the lives of people on Earth drives NASA's spinoff program, a technology originally developed for NASA missions is transferred to the public for commercial use.
iPad Air 2: Biggest Weakness
News & Analysis  
10/23/2014   13 comments
Early reviews of the Apple iPad Air 2 all sing a similar tune: It's thin and light, the screen is better, the cameras are great, and it delivers incredible performance. But two reviews dinged the device heavily on multitasking.
Health Startups Are Unfit, Says MD
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10/23/2014   7 comments
Today's startups pursuing consumer health and fitness generally use poor sensors and algorithms in subpar products, but the area is ripe with opportunity, said a Stanford expert.
prpl Pushes QEMU Into the Limelight
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10/23/2014   1 comment
As prpl pushes QEMU into the limelight, Imagination Technologies invites us to take a ringside seat to watch MIPS grow.
China's 5-Year Plan Revealed
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10/23/2014   12 comments
China's next five-year plan, starting in 2016, will emphasize connectivity, a smartphone for everyone, and the Internet of Things en masse.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know
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10/23/2014   38 comments
As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
Sensors for Wearables Market to Double in 2015
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10/22/2014   3 comments
Market analysis and forecast organization IHS thinks that Apple's Watch will stimulate and set a standard for fitness and health monitoring features on wearable electronics devices.
World's Wireless Record Breaks 40 Gbit/s
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10/22/2014   11 comments
A whole world of engineers is shooting for the next speedup in wireless communications beyond the LTE Advanced 1 Gbit/s ceiling. Now researchers have demonstrated 40 Gbit/s wireless speeds to be used for backhaul for now but for commercial users someday.
Intel, Partners Reveal Privacy Survey
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10/22/2014   1 comment
The average person’s device ecosystem is expanding, exponentially increasing the amount of data being created as well as associated security risks. In response to a recently released survey, Intel and several of its partner organizations recently discussed big data and ways to mollify the more than 80% of users who are uneasy about who, or what, has access to their information.
Vetinari Clock: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions …
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/22/2014   56 comments
Many actions are proceeding apace, but decisions need to be made with regard to the layout of the front panel.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut
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10/22/2014   2 comments
A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
Tiny Display Rides Maker Wave
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10/22/2014   7 comments
Startup Tiny Circuits looks to bridge the gap between hobbyists and OEMs with a variety of Ardunio-based click-and-play pieces.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
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10/21/2014   6 comments
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
As Revenue Dips, China Mobile Pushes 4G
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10/20/2014   4 comments
China Mobile's 2014 nine-month income fell by 9.7% compared with the same period a year ago, and profits dipped for the fifth-straight quarter.
CodinGame Helps Hone Programming Skills
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10/20/2014   Post a comment
CodinGame's forthcomoing challenge will involve developers from around the world competing in the creation of a tool that gamifies the process of recruiting and interviewing for high-tech jobs.
IoT Group Turns Off TV Band
News & Analysis  
10/20/2014   7 comments
The Weightless SIG is turning away from its TV White Spaces effort and moving up-band to 900 MHz with the help of NWave Technologies, which joins the Internet of Things effort.
Computer Vision Opens New API
News & Analysis  
10/20/2014   3 comments
The Khronos Group has officially released OpenVX, a high-level applications programming interface for computer vision apps.
Spansion Expands MCUs With IoT on Its Radar
News & Analysis  
10/20/2014   2 comments
Spansion has unveiled 96 new MCUs, additions to the company's FM4 family based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. Running at 200MHz, they offer up to 2MB flash memory, a large set of interfaces, security, and 5V I/O.
First 2D Atomic Piezoelectric Discovered
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10/20/2014   5 comments
The world's first 2D monolayer material has been shown to be piezoelectric, enabling a new era of super-sensitive sensors, and when stacked, a new power source for wearables and IoT.
The Best of the Best Videos on YouTube
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/18/2014   7 comments
If you were compiling a list of the best of the best videos on YouTube, which ones would you choose?
Mega MATLAB Release From MathWorks
News & Analysis  
10/17/2014   3 comments
R2014b is an extremely compelling release for both existing MATLAB users and new members of the MATLAB community.
Clicking 'Yes' One Second Before Screaming 'Nooooo!'
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/16/2014   73 comments
It's bad enough if you lose your work due to a computer crash, but it's really frustrating when you are the instrument of your own doom.
Taipei Electronics Show: Betting on the Smartphone as the Hub
News & Analysis  
10/16/2014   8 comments
At last week's Taipei International Electronics Show, vendors were taunting new products designed with smartphones in mind. Here's a look at four new product launches.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up
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10/16/2014   6 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
Apple's Next iPads: 13 Things To Expect
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10/15/2014   9 comments
Assuming Apple releases new iPads this Thursday, as expected, the issue won't be whether the new tablets will be improved -- they will be. Rather, the issue will be whether the new devices are improved enough to justify a purchase. Luckily for Apple, the new devices will likely boast substantial upgrades.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False?
News & Analysis  
10/15/2014   10 comments
Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
In $2.5B Deal, Qualcomm & CSR Mesh
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10/15/2014   15 comments
Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest cellphone chip vendor, has agreed to buy CSR for $2.5 billion to strengthen its presence in the Internet of Things market.
High-Reliability FPGA Designs
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10/15/2014   7 comments
FPGA developers need to build highly reliable systems to address growing market needs.
Why Infineon’s 200mm Fabs Matter
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10/14/2014   9 comments
A recent visit to Infineon's 200mm fabs in Dresden is surprising on two levels: the company's commitment to its older fabs and the level of "factory automation" it has pulled off.
What About MEMs?
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10/14/2014   Post a comment
Let's take a look at what's happening at older technologies, and the innovation there that is also driving advanced modeling techniques. The designs Carey Robertson wants to discuss involve circuits utilizing MEMs.
NYC Shines as Maker City
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10/14/2014   2 comments
The maker movement is helping redefine manufacturing in New York City and around the world, a panel of city officials and industry experts said last month at MakerCon in New York City. Smaller production volumes, collective workspaces, and refined equipment are paving the way for a new industrial revolution.
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