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As Revenue Dips, China Mobile Pushes 4G
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10/20/2014   3 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   6 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   2 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 Cortext-M4F 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
News & Analysis  
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   4 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   1 comment
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   67 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
News & Analysis  
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   7 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
News & Analysis  
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   4 comments
FPGA developers need to build highly reliable systems to address growing market needs.
Why Infineon’s 200mm Fabs Matter
Blog  
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   1 comment
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.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress & Malt Vinegar Is a Harsh Corrosive
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/14/2014   165 comments
Max's latest brass-aging experiments include the use of ammonia, Himalayan rock salt, English malt vinegar, and other substances of a dubious nature.
China Leads the Charge Into Ultra HDTV – Really?
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10/14/2014   6 comments
What’s driving the rampant hyperbole over the size and growth of the Ultra HDTV market? Market analysts’ answers range from China’s growing affluent consumer base to the pricing strategies of consumer electronic giants pushing the next wave of product onto eager consumers worldwide.
Microchip Forecast Dip Triggers Debate
News & Analysis  
10/13/2014   16 comments
Microchip's downward revision in its September quarter revenue forecast spooked flocks of investors, driving down stock prices, not only for Microchip, but also for Intel and TI. The news appears to have caught semiconductor industry analysts by surprise.
Biology, Deceit & Security in the Internet of Things
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10/13/2014   2 comments
Biology-inspired and deceit-based strategies offer new ways to think about defense against Internet of Things (IoT) "pathogens" at a system-level.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines
News & Analysis  
10/13/2014   1 comment
The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Priceless Nuggets of Knowledge Re Antique Analog Meters
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/10/2014   30 comments
Here is some extremely useful information for anyone interested in using analog meters -- both for hobby projects and for commercial systems.
Slideshow: Maxim Integrates IoT
Slideshow  
10/10/2014   3 comments
The Internet of Things in its industrial and consumer flavors was a main focus for Maxim's annual demo day for its chips and reference designs.
The Solution to Your Analog Meter Woes
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/9/2014   24 comments
The folks at Instrument Meter Specialties are experts in anything and everything to do with antique and modern meters, including repairing and restoring the little beauties.
Encrypting Telecoms
Blog  
10/9/2014   6 comments
The introduction of an IP core optimized for OTN systems lets equipment manufacturers differentiate their products with cost-effective, low-latency security features.
Free E-Book: Adam Taylor's MicroZed Chronicles
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/9/2014   13 comments
This free e-book teaches all about working with the Zynq SoC FPGA, all the way from the "Hello World" basics to asymmetric multiprocessing and the addition of several real-time operating systems (RTOSs).
Power Week: Solar Battery Recharges Itself Using Light & Air
News & Analysis  
10/9/2014   1 comment
A hybrid device integrating both a battery and solar cell is claimed to both lower the cost of solar by 25% and increase its energy efficiency.
Apple HealthKit Has Good Prognosis
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10/9/2014   2 comments
Apple's new mobile health platform looks like too good an opportunity for developers to pass up, but it is not without its open questions and competitors.
Nobel Physics Fracas
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10/8/2014   1 comment
As reported, three Japanese-born researchers are to share the $1.1 million prize for their work inventing the blue LED. But questions have been asked as to why Professor Nick Holonyak, the "Father of the LED," was overlooked.
Nokia’s Largest Plant to Shut Down in India
News & Analysis  
10/8/2014   11 comments
One of the world's biggest cellphone manufacturing plants, located in Chennai, India, will stop production of mobile phones and down shutters after Nov. 1. Microsoft, its lone customer, has terminated a subcontract agreement.
What? You Missed ESC Brazil 2014? Check Out This Video!
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/8/2014   18 comments
Finally, Max's mother will be able to see a video of him 'strutting his stuff' on the conference stage.
Beyond Li-ion: Design Challenges of New Battery Chemistries for Mobile Devices
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10/8/2014   Post a comment
Higher-energy-density batteries will soon become a necessity for handset manufacturers, but adopting them at the component level will not be a straightforward process.
Why Do Big Companies Make Their Own Sensors?
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10/7/2014   2 comments
The reasons big companies make their own sensors vary from the need for a guaranteed supply to the addition of a product they can sell to others to just another aspect of verticalization as a company policy.
Mega-Cool Transistor-Level Classic Chip Kits
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/7/2014   40 comments
In addition to being great to play with oneself, these kits provide an absolutely brilliant tool for teaching basic principles to newcomers to electronics.
Applied Micro to Move ARM Into Single-Board Computers
News & Analysis  
10/7/2014   4 comments
Applied Micro will end the PowerPC family by moving all its products to the ARM architecture by 2018. It's a significant step, because Applied is the largest supplier of PowerPC chips after Freescale.
Kickstarter Gives Tips for Startups
News & Analysis  
10/7/2014   3 comments
Design and tech projects make up 25% of the projects on crowdfunding site Kickstarter and account for 30% of funds raised. The trend is gaining steam, with many ARM-based devices, officials from Kickstarter and ARM said at ARM TechCon.
Smart Cities Merge IoT, Cloud
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10/7/2014   Post a comment
A research collaboration in Europe and Japan is trying to create smarter cities by using tools that merge cloud computing with the Internet of Things.
Is There a Doctor Duino in the House?
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/6/2014   26 comments
While creating a set of animatronic robot eyes, Max realized he was out of 10KΩ potentiometers. If only there had been a Dr. Duino in the house.
MaxLinear Acquires Physpeed, Aims at Data Centers
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10/6/2014   Post a comment
In hopes of building a solid presence in the enterprise and telecom infrastructure markets, MaxLinear Inc. is buying Physpeed Co., a Camarillo, Calif., developer of high-speed physical layer interconnect products.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
Slideshow  
10/3/2014   6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
Why Turn Cars Into Smartphones?
Blog  
10/3/2014   14 comments
Nowadays, no trade show ends without producing a plethora of "car-becomes-smartphone" stories. This week's Paris Motor Show is no exception. But really, why should a car turn into a smartphone?
Analog Meter Faceplate Solution for Vetinari Clock
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/3/2014   11 comments
Everything is starting to come together -- the materials for the box used to house the Vetinari Clock, the graphics for the new meter faceplates, and the process by which these faceplates will be created.
Myo: More Muscle For Wearables?
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10/3/2014   Post a comment
Myo armband aspires to become the mouse of the mobile world, but it has a way to go to get there.
Lack of Manual Labor
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
10/2/2014   2 comments
The lack of quality manuals and documentation for developer tools greatly diminishes our ability to work well in subtle but important ways.
Internet of Tomorrow Tour Hits Road Today
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10/2/2014   Post a comment
Freescale's Internet of Tomorrow Tour launched today at ARM TechCon. Here's a slideshow giving you a quick look.
7 Tricks for Estimating Battery Life Accurately
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10/1/2014   1 comment
Here are seven tricks that -- if followed -- can help guarantee an accurate estimation of battery life.
Wearables & IoT Boom Creates Supply Chain Challenges
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10/1/2014   Post a comment
Great ideas for new wearables or connected electronic devices can die on the vine if designers neglect manufacturability and product availability.
ARM Extends Into IoT Software
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10/1/2014   16 comments
ARM has announced plans for IoT device and cloud software under its mbed platform that is already making waves with embedded software vendors.
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