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Apple Drops Imagination
News & Analysis  
4/3/2017   3 comments
Apple has notified Imagination Technologies, a key GPU core licenser to Apple for years, that it will no longer use Imagination’s IP in new products. Analysts are skeptical if Imagination can survive as an independent company without Apple.
Intel Shows Life Beyond CMOS
News & Analysis  
4/3/2017   2 comments
At the International Symposium on Physical Design Intel presented more than dozen different ways to get beyond the limitations of conventional complementary metal oxide semiconductors while using the same fabs.
S8 Displays Smartphone’s Scale
Blog  
3/31/2017   4 comments
Samsung and Huawei provided a glimpse of the microns-to-megabucks complexity in mobile design with their smartphone news this week.
Toshiba Shareholders OK Chip Unit Sale as Bidders Mount
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3/31/2017   Post a comment
With about 10 bidders reportedly interested, stockholders vote to approve spinoff into separate business.
Analog Devices Buys Broadband Amplifier Vendor
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3/31/2017   Post a comment
ADI says acquisition of OneTree Microdevices will enable it to support the complete signal chain for next-generation cable access networks.
Police Report Untangles Uber Crash Mystery
News & Analysis  
3/30/2017   25 comments
EE Times has obtained the police report of Uber traffic collision on March 24. It tells a story different from earlier accounts of the crash. It also reveals details that might prompt more questions about Uber.
3GPP Moves 5G Forward in Dubrovnik
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3/30/2017   Post a comment
5G cellular standards continue to take shape.
Eight Views of Bluetooth World
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3/30/2017   Post a comment
Bluetooth World, coming right after the 5.0 release and before the mesh networking launch in July, focused on startups and new use cases for short-range wireless.
Semiconductor Outlook Lifted on Surging Memory Prices
News & Analysis  
3/30/2017   2 comments
IC Insights doubles market forecast to 11 percent growth due to surge in DRAM and NAND flash ASPs.
Q'comm Names CTO, Girds for NXP Influx
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm appointed James Thompson, EVP of engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, as the company’s new CTO. Thompson is responsible for R&D activities in all wireless chipsets in QCT, semiconductor business. He will oversee the companywide technical and product roadmaps.
MaxLinear to Buy Exar for $700 Million
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3/29/2017   Post a comment
Deal, worth $472 million net of Exar's cash on hand, would increase MaxLinear's scale and diversify its revenue base.
Welcome to the Age of Continuous Innovation
Blog  
3/28/2017   4 comments
Modern applications now are comprised of pre-fab code snippets representing atomized functions delivered as microservices packaged within containers.
Tech's Rocket Docket Hits Spotlight
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3/26/2017   Post a comment
The Supreme Court will hear a case that may signal a death-knell for the Eastern District of Texas as the tech industry’s so-called “rocket docket.”
Intel Creates New Unit to House AI Efforts
News & Analysis  
3/24/2017   1 comment
Artificial Intelligence Product Group will align resources from across the company to focus on AI.
Want More Pi?
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/24/2017   13 comments
Are there any imponderable that you find you cannot stop pondering?
Networking Furiously at ESC Boston 2017
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/23/2017   3 comments
Do you live in the Boston area? If so, you really should attend the Embedded Systems Conference to network furiously with your peers.
TowerJazz Rolls Out Silicon Photonics Process
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3/23/2017   Post a comment
Specialty foundry offering process to complement silicon-germanium BiCMOS process for optical transceivers.
5 IoT Trends to Watch in 2017
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3/23/2017   1 comment
Networking, security and machine learning are among five key areas to track this year as the Internet of Things goes mainstream.
Design Contests: Worthy, Worthless, or In Between?
Blog  
3/22/2017   10 comments
There are many design contests in which to participate, but deciding whether to do so involves many hard-to-assess and personal factors.
ST's SPAD Imager Likely Linked to iPhone 8
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3/21/2017   3 comments
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 with a “3D camera” is the subject of intense speculation. Dots yet to be connected are the explicit relationships among the iPhone 8, single photon avalanche diodes and STMicroelectronics.
Renting/Leasing Electronic Test Equipment
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/21/2017   2 comments
What do you do if you find yourself needing test equipment? Have you tried renting and/or leasing?
Wireless Networks Vie for Air Time
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3/21/2017   1 comment
Debates among wireless competitors at an IEEE event spanned cellular IoT, 5G, and Wi-Fi.
Wearables Market Pivoting Fashionably
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3/21/2017   Post a comment
The market for wearable electronics is evolving, with new products that blend conventional fashion and high-tech functionality.
Peregrine Semi Buys MIT Spinoff Arctic Sand
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3/20/2017   Post a comment
RF chip vendor says deal will expand its power module business in the telecommunications, data communications and industrial electrical markets.
Is ADAS Ready for a Little 'Disruption?'
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3/20/2017   Post a comment
Chronocam, a developer of revolutionary event-driven sensor, is emerging in a red hot ADAS/Autonomous vehicle market where big players – Intel/Mobile -- are now beginning to merge. Is the startup tilting the windmills?
The Heart of a Soldering Station
Engineering Investigations  
3/17/2017   26 comments
The CSI Premier 75W soldering station is a low-cost unit that has a lot of features.
Data Storage: The Hard Disk Drive
Blog  
3/17/2017   4 comments
Currently, the most widely-used storage device is the Hard Disk Drive (HDD), but its popularity is rapidly declining.
Revel in Thought-Provoking Presentations at ESC Boston 2017
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/16/2017   Post a comment
ESC boasts a bodacious bunch of great speakers and we can expect myriad amazing, mind-expanding, thought-provoking presentations.
China Fab Boom Fuels Equipment Spending Revival
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3/16/2017   Post a comment
With 26 fabs scheduled to come on line in China in the next four years, the SEMI trade group is projecting the first three-year run of consecutive semiconductor equipment spending growth since the mid-1990s.
Shoot! What's the Dash Cam Say?
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/16/2017   31 comments
Higher or lower resolution, wider or narrower field of view -- there are so many Dash Cam options to choose from.
China's Gamble on Industrial IoT
News & Analysis  
3/16/2017   1 comment
The Chinese government projects the country’s Industrial Internet of Things to grow to 450 billion RMB by 2020 – occupying roughly one quarter of China’s whole IoT market. Here’s a report from EE Times China's Editor-in-Chief Yorbe Zhang.
NXP Goes All In on FD-SOI
News & Analysis  
3/15/2017   1 comment
By launching the lowest power general-purpose applications processors yet developed for IoT, NXP’s senior executive has unveiled a sweeping plan to broadly migrate design and production of general-purpose processors and microcontrollers from CMOS nodes to the FD-SOI process.
Intel/Mobileye Duopoly: Dream or Nightmare?
News & Analysis  
3/15/2017   8 comments
Intel’s Mobileye acquisition has stirred mixed emotions and contrasting reviews among those who cover the industry. Semiconductor Advisors LLC, for one, said “Intel is taking a leap of faith to go very far outside its core business.”
Six Ways to Secure Big Networks
Blog  
3/14/2017   1 comment
Despite their confidence, communications service providers had an average of 93 attempted breaches over the last year, with one in three attacks successful.
SIA Backs House Republicans’ Tax Plan
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade association says the "Better Way" corporate tax reform blueprint is a good starting point for creating more jobs and helping chip companies innovate.
Silicon Labs Beefs Up IoT SoCs
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
After a year of selling multiprotocol wireless IoT SoCs, Silicon Labs is back in Nuremberg with a better mousetrap. It’s rolling out new Gecko SoCs, with more memory, support for switched multiprotocol and a full featured MCU.
PSoC 6: Lowest Power, Most Flexibility, Built-in Security (Mic Drop) -- SPONSORED CONTENT
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
The creation of PSoC 6, Cypress’ newest PSoC MCU aims to bridge the gap between power-heavy application processors and performance-lite microcontrollers. PSoC 6 is a single-chip solution targeted at a wide array of IoT applications, offering longer battery life, more data processing, and built-in security features.
The Arrow Quadro IoT Wi-Fi Kit: A Faster Route to Success in the Internet of Things Market -- SPONSORED CONTENT
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
The Arrow Quadro IoT Wi-Fi Kit is based on a two-level solution, with each level composed of two types of wireless modules. All of these modules are specifically tailored to meet the requirements of the IoT world with their combination of wireless and wired communications, processing capabilities, and cloud-based application technology.
PSoC 6 is Purpose-Built for the IoT
News & Analysis  
3/13/2017   2 comments
The PSoC 6 is the first PSoC family to support dual, heterogeneous processors -- an ARM Cortex-M4 and an ARM Cortex-M0+.
Intel Rocks World with $15B Mobileye Buy
News & Analysis  
3/13/2017   5 comments
Intel and Mobileye dropped a bombshell Monday by announcing that the world’s largest processor giant plans to spend roughly $15 billion to acquire Israel-based Mobileye, the world’s leader of computer vision chips and algorithms for ADAS and autonomous driving.
Standard Proposed to Link Fab, EMS
Blog  
3/13/2017   2 comments
The industrial Internet of Things is poised to take a step linking the wafer fab to the printed-circuit board factory.
Xilinx AI Engine Steers New Course
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3/13/2017   Post a comment
Combining computer vision with machine learning mostly remains a theoretical and elusive goal for many system designers. Xilinx is hoping to change this perception by rolling out “reVision” stack, offering resources for platforms, algorithms and application development.
Semiconductor Shipments Projected to Top 1 Trillion in 2018
News & Analysis  
3/10/2017   1 comment
Total semiconductor shipments, dominated by optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discretes, are expected to top the 1 trillion mark for the first time next year, according to IC Insights.
Your Money or Your Brakes
News & Analysis  
3/10/2017   3 comments
Worrisome isn’t WikiLeaks’ revelation that the spy agency might have contemplated hacking vehicles. A scenario that scares the automotive industry is ransomware targeted at vehicles. Security experts have said that 2017 is the year that this will happen.
WikiLeaks, the CIA and Trust
Blog  
3/10/2017   4 comments
This week’s news begs the core question of security--one beyond the reach of the cleverest technique--who do you trust.
Now I'm Lusting Over a Laser Harp
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/9/2017   5 comments
When you see a laser harp, several; thoughts spring into your mind, including 'Ooh, Shiny' and 'I want one!'
ZTE Agree to Pay U.S. $892 Million Over Iran Charges
News & Analysis  
3/9/2017   4 comments
Chinese telecommunications giant agrees to pay more than $892 million and plead guilty to charges that it violated U.S. export controls on Iran.
Auto SoCs: Race to ASIL D
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3/9/2017   Post a comment
Where does the automotive industry stand today on the Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) of the SoCs in their current ADAS models or in the autonomous cars on their drawing boards?
Low-End Oscilloscope Market Gets More Crowded
News & Analysis  
3/9/2017   7 comments
The sub-$1000 market for oscilloscopes just got pushed around with the entry of Keysight Technologies. The sub-low-end for makers and hobbyists hasn't changed.
One Metallic Step Closer to the Robot Apocalypse
Max’s Cool Beans  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
For anyone contemplating a new career, working with robots can be fun, interesting, challenging, and rewarding, until...
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