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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?
Max’s Cool Beans  
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
Max’s Cool Beans  
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."
Power Tips: How to Power the Internet of Things
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
The Internet of Things (IOT) has provided an opportunity for power supply designers to be creative and to develop power solutions for a new market segment.
2016 ACE Awards Finalists Announced
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11/11/2016   Post a comment
Don't miss the announcement of this year’s winners; cheer on your favorites at the ACE Awards ceremony, Wednesday, December 7, co-located during the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.
Who Wouldn't Want a Big Hex Computer?
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/10/2016   27 comments
The Big Hex Computer is complicated enough to be interesting while remaining small enough to be presented on a single panel.
Coating Stops Exploding Batteries
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11/10/2016   7 comments
Forge Nano says its nano coatings boost the thermal breakdown voltage of Li-Ion batteries by 120 Fahrenheit, thereby keeping them from exploding in all ambient conditions short of exposing them into an already burning fire.
IIoT Gets Plug and Play Platform
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
A plug and play sensor network and supporting cloud system may be just what the IIoT has been waiting for.
Google's Mobile VR Still a Wild West
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
A test run of Google’s mobile VR system called Daydream shows mobile virtual reality is still a Wild West of dangers and riches being pioneered.
SMIC Expects Record Roll to Continue
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., China’s largest foundry, predicts that sales in the current quarter will rise as much as 7 percent from the record $774.8 million in revenue it posted during the July to September period this year.
Where Are We with Thread IoT?
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11/9/2016   1 comment
Where are we now with Thread networking protocol-based IoT products? Connected thermostats, door locks, tooth brushes, alarm systems, lighting, you name it. What’s happening? How significant are the updates embedded in the 1.1 spec?
Electronica: CEO Forum Rambles on IoT Security, Safety
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11/8/2016   2 comments
The traditional CEO forum at Electronica continued a theme from two years before: the Internet of Things (IoT) but this time tried to shed some light on how to ensure safety and security.
China Signs IoT Interop Plan
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11/8/2016   Post a comment
The Industrial Internet Consortium signed a deal with China officials that's part of an expanding network of global agreements on interoperabilty in IoT.
IoT: What NXP Has, What Qualcomm Lacks
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11/8/2016   1 comment
A new Modular IoT Gateway NXP announced at Electronica demonstrates the compmany's strong presence in the industrial IoT market, its unmatched expertise in IoT security and the company’s broad MCU portfolio — areas in which Qualcomm seems to trail NXP.
Rad-Tolerant Lockstep Quad Core 8051 Uses Only 12% of FPGA
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/8/2016   29 comments
This rad-tolerant Lockstep Quad Modular Redundancy (Lockstep QMR) system can rebuild itself after experiencing a variety of soft errors, including SEUs and SETs.
AI-Controlled Chessboard for the 21st Century
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/8/2016   4 comments
Using the associated app, you can play against the app's AI or against another human, who could be located anywhere around the globe.
Students Learn to Measure, Troubleshoot, & Solve Problems
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11/8/2016   Post a comment
The Fluke Connect Student Contest gives budding engineers a chance to learn how to use measurements in industrial setting, then present their results in terms of both engineering and business.
IEEE Sensor 2016 Exhibits MEMS
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11/7/2016   1 comment
The IEEE Sensor 2016 conference featured 614 presentations plus a room full of exhibitors hawking everything you need to fabricate, package, manufacture and test both microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and conventional sensors.
Kickstarter Offers Novel Way of Presenting Electronic Components
Max’s Cool Beans  
11/4/2016   21 comments
This way of presenting electronic components could be incredibly useful for high schools and electronics kits targeted at kids and young adults.
10 Intriguing Technologies from ARM TechCon
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11/3/2016   1 comment
ARM TechCon 2016 showcased a wide variety of interesting technologies beyond the chips themselves.
Lattice Semiconductor to be Acquired for $1.3 Billion
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11/3/2016   1 comment
Having serious investment from Canyon Bridge may allow Lattice Semiconductor to evolve and grow its niche and become a major player.
SMIC to Build South China’s First 12-Inch Fab
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11/3/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, said it is proceeding with plans to build South China’s first 12-inch fab at an existing facility in the city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong.
10 Interesting Test & Measurement Products: Fall 2016
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11/2/2016   Post a comment
Oscilloscopes and PXI instruments headline this set of ten new test products.
Underwhelmed by "Mind-Boggling" Invention Claims
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11/2/2016   9 comments
Portable water-powered generators and finger-tip phone calls may be interesting, but they fail the mind-boggling test.
Energy Harvesting Seeks Good Vibes
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11/2/2016   Post a comment
Energy harvesting using vibration is a niche business but one attracting significant research in hopes of pioneering a broader market.
Security & Safety Center Stage at ARM TechCon
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11/2/2016   1 comment
The ARM announcement of chip to cloud security for its new ARMv8-M product line opened a trove of IoT security announcements at ARM TechCon.
DARPA's N-Zero Sensors Use "0" Power
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11/2/2016   5 comments
The Defense Advance Research Project Agency's (DARPA's) Near Zero Power Radio Frequency (RF) and Sensor Operations (N-Zero) initiative aims to sprinkle zero-standby power sensoofrs, communications nodes and Internet of Things (IoT) devices over the battlefield, critical infrastructure and perimeters for 24/7 monitoring without having to change batteries.
Anticipating a More Virtual Moore’s Law
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11/2/2016   5 comments
Nicky Lu, executive director of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association, anticipates the coming era of a “virtual” Moore’s Law. InFO and through interconnect via (TIV) will play key roles in a resumption of growth the chip industry, he said.
AI Chip Startup Shares Insights
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11/1/2016   1 comment
After announcing funding, startup Graphcore executives talked about their plans in machine learning and building a company.
Intel, Qualcomm Head for Car Clash
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11/1/2016   1 comment
As Qualcomm, after its NXP takeover, becomes a $35 billion behemoth and morphs into the world’s largest automotive chip vendor, expect rivalry between Qualcomm vs. Intel to escalate. The two giants will lock horns in fast-moving highly automated vehicles.
Security Risk in the Age of Cloud Computing
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11/1/2016   Post a comment
If supply chain architecture in the cloud is not properly designed, a flaw in one client’s application would not only allow hackers to access their information, but other client’s information as well.
Ford & QNX Bypass Tier 1 Middlemen
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10/31/2016   1 comment
BlackBerry Limited announced Monday an agreement with Ford Motor Company, under which the automotive giant will expand its use of BlackBerry’s QNX and its security software in Ford vehicles.
Analog Devices acquires Innovasic for smart automation, industrial IoT technologies
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) has announced the acquisition of Innovasic (Albuquerque, NM), specialist semiconductor and IP vendor of deterministic Ethernet semiconductor and software solutions. The acquisition, ADI says, adds a suite of multiprotocol Industrial Ethernet solutions and key enabling technologies to ADI’s Smart Automation Solutions portfolio for industrial automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT).
What Is Best & Worst STEM-Related Music Ever?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/31/2016   41 comments
We've all seen hard disk drives being used to play music, but what about robots and Tesla coils? Tell us what your favorite STEM-related songs and music are that you love to hate or hate to love.
EVs Will Innovate on Land, Sea, Air
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10/31/2016   1 comment
Hybrid and pure electric land, water and air vehicles are becoming one business increasingly served by the same companies, but the vehicles and their components are changing out of all recognition.
Samsung, Bosch Bet on AI Chip Startup
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Startup Graphcore announced a $30 million investment from partners including Samsung and Bosch for its processor designed for machine learning.
Watson Wins GM
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10/29/2016   2 comments
At the keynote speech during the World of Watson 2016 conference (Oct. 24-28, Las Vegas) IBM chief executive officer (CEO) Ginni Rometty invited General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra to jointly announce that IBM's augmented intelligence (AI) called Watson would be integrated with every new car equipped with OnStar connectivity (renamed OnStar-Go). The U.S. Secretary of Education also endorsed Watson.
16 Views of ARM TechCon
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10/28/2016   3 comments
ARM’s annual event was all about building and securing the Internet of Things with help from Softbank and little said about its server initiative.
Thank Goodness for Makers
Max’s Cool Beans  
10/28/2016   27 comments
Did you ever fear that hobby electronics was fading away, and were you surprised by the emergence of the Maker Movement?
$35B Qualcomm Question: What Next?
News & Analysis  
10/28/2016   11 comments
Now that Qualcomm has announced its NXP acquisition, it’s time to examine the deal’s potential consequences. Qualcomm, $35 billion chip company, will affect both the combined companies’ internal operations and competitors on the market -- especially in the automotive segment.
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