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China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds
News & Analysis  
8/13/2014   12 comments
Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
Zapping Things With ESD – Just One More Service I Offer
Max’s Cool Beans  
8/13/2014   83 comments
While Max was mulling things over while driving into work, he had a simple yet (he thinks) brilliant idea...
Freescale's 2 Billionth MEMS/Sensor
Slideshow  
8/12/2014   1 comment
Freescale ships its 2 billionth MEMS/sensor and celebrates by recounting its accomplishments in a slideshow.
EE Times Radio Friday: Do My Washer and Grill Have to Talk?
Blog  
8/12/2014   11 comments
We are taking our "Convince Me Why Washer Must Talk to Grill" debate to an EE Times online Radio Show Friday, Aug. 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Join our interview with Rick Walker, senior product marketing manager for IoT and home automation for CSR, and Jim Reich, CTO and co-founder of the Internet-connected grill maker Palatehome.
Experimenting With an XMOS Multi-Core MCU
Blog  
8/12/2014   4 comments
Working with a multi-core device can be a daunting concept for a small-MCU jockey, but the xCORE system does a good job of mitigating the intimidation factor.
Internet of Things: Batteries Not Required
News & Analysis  
8/11/2014   14 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed WiFi Backscatter, a technology that culls energy from existing radio, TV, and wireless signals to connect low-energy devices to the Internet without the need for batteries.
Actions to Split in Two, Break Up With Nasdaq
News & Analysis  
8/11/2014   8 comments
EE Times has learned that Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd., a Chinese fabless chip company, is planning to split in two and delist itself from Nasdaq.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
News & Analysis  
8/11/2014   1 comment
The Khronos Group is calling for help with an OpenGL makeover to create a viable cross-platform standard in the face of proprietary APIs coming from Apple, AMD, and Microsoft.
Microchip Taps Semtech's Long-Range RF
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8/8/2014   Post a comment
PIC microcontroller vendor Microchip Technology Inc. continued to shore up its RF expertise for the Internet of Things market with plans to develop products based on long-range technology from Semtech.
Freescale Japan Chief Breaking Barriers, Storming Castles
Blog  
8/8/2014   7 comments
Japan, once the leader in the high-tech world, has lost that distinction. “Japan needs to put that giant belt back,” says David Uze, president of Freescale Japan, “by leading the world in IoT.”
Nvidia Q2 Profits Rise on Gaming, Datacenter Demand
News & Analysis  
8/8/2014   1 comment
Gaming chipmaker Nvidia Corp. couldn’t ward off the seasonal decline in the consumer PC market, but gaming and datacenters still drive profits in Q2 of 2014.
IBM Puts Brain On-a-Chip
News & Analysis  
8/7/2014   19 comments
IBM demonstrates its second-generation neurosynaptic chip modeled on the human brain yet consuming 5,000 times less power than a typical microprocessor.
Microchip Eases Bluetooth Development With PIC32 Starter Kit
News & Analysis  
8/7/2014   2 comments
Although wireless communications has spread, developers of wireless products still need a lot of expertise to incorporate wireless into designs.
To Stay Alive, Renesas Negotiates End-of-Life Deals
News & Analysis  
8/7/2014   22 comments
The most urgent task for Renesas, “still fighting for survival,” is “to improve our gross profit rate,” says Renesas Electronics CEO Hisao Sakuta during quarterly financial results press conference.
Engineering for the Next-Generation Network Base Station
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
The base station and the hardware inside have the chance to make or break the effectiveness of an IoT.
The Increasingly Interconnected Datacenter
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
To understand the challenges posed by an IoT within the datacenter one needs to appreciate where the value of an IoT is generated. To facilitate the need for high bandwidth, low latency, and energy efficient interconnect within a datacenter, AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 servers incorporate state-of-the-art Freedom Fabric.
Apple iPhone 6 Expected Sept. 9
News & Analysis  
8/6/2014   2 comments
Apple will follow its annual release schedule and show off new iPhones in early September, reports say.
Programmable Wireless Systems Set to Change the Landscape
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
Combining an FPRF with an FPGA that has on-chip processors and high-speed serial transceivers provides a powerful solution to small-cell design challenges.
Samsung Loses Grip on China
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8/6/2014   Post a comment
Xiaomi has usurped Samsung's smartphone lead in the world's largest market.
5 Humble Medical Devices Get an mHealth Makeover
News & Analysis  
8/6/2014   1 comment
Transforming legacy medical devices into 21st century tools that have wireless capability has been a topic of interest among R&D engineers and design firms as wireless technology has become ubiquitous. In many cases, the design involves adding sensors capable of transmitting data from the legacy device. But the slideshow below shows device design on steroids.
MEMS Imitates Logic
News & Analysis  
8/5/2014   1 comment
There were those who said history would not repeat itself. But evidence continues to accumulate that the MEMS sector will follow a similar path to CMOS logic.
Watch & Learn: Reducing Time-to-Support
Blog  
8/5/2014   1 comment
If you are a chip designer trying to find answers about how to use EDA tools to solve a design problem, then time is of the essence, especially if your questions are pertinent to your own design flow.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
News & Analysis  
8/4/2014   7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
MEMS Leaders Under Pressure, Says Yole
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8/4/2014   Post a comment
The MEMS industry is changing as established manufacturing leaders with an emphasis on delivering components are put under pressure by fabless MEMS vendors, as customers become more interested in functionality -- a mix of hardware and software -- than components.
Whisper Shouts Flexibility Sacrificed in Pursuit of Volume
Blog  
8/1/2014   4 comments
Imagination is moving away from software defined radio and back to a more traditional approach with its Whisper radio processor unit.
The Coming Revolution in Desktop Pick-and-Place Machines
Blog  
8/1/2014   9 comments
For today's super-small components, hobbyists desperately need a Maker version of an assembly robot -- a 3D printer-type device that makes and assembles circuit boards.
Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation
News & Analysis  
7/31/2014   7 comments
Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Q'comm Shares a Wearable Strategy
News & Analysis  
7/31/2014   10 comments
The future of ubiquitous wearables will require more innovation than what is currently on the market, with dedicated silicon, interoperability, and beauty leading the charge. EE Times sat down with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok to talk strategy around mainstreaming wearables.
3D Printing in Space
Blog  
7/31/2014   13 comments
Among the technological advances that will make our dreams of cosmic voyages a reality is 3D printing.
Metaio Brings Augmented Reality to the Smartwatch
Blog  
7/31/2014   1 comment
Leading augmented reality software developer, Metaio, is bringing its visual search capabilities to the smartwatch.
Google Glass Goes to the Opera
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7/30/2014   Post a comment
Italy’s Teatro Lirico di Cagliar will become the first in the world to hold an interactive opera using Google Glass.
Kid-Friendly Science Museums We Love
Slideshow  
7/30/2014   51 comments
In summer, parents find themselves groping for the perfect spot to take the kids -- some science or tech museum where they might learn something. We asked our editors to recommend favorites in their neighborhoods.
Tesla Gets Its First Android Wear Smartwatch App
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7/30/2014   Post a comment
The car of the future, Tesla, just got even cooler with the launch of the first Android Wear app for the vehicle.
Google Opens Google Glass Basecamps
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7/30/2014   Post a comment
Google has set up three basecamps to help long-term Explorers, those new to the program, and those just interested in learning more about its first wearable tech.
Repurposing an FM Radio Chip for an RC Submarine Receiver Project
Blog  
7/29/2014   21 comments
Adam is currently working on a 75MHz receiver for his RC submarines.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol
News & Analysis  
7/29/2014   1 comment
The IPSO Alliance will release a reference architecture for an IoT software stack based on the Internet Protocol, along with a list of smart objects for functions such as lighting control.
Wearables Sing in Smart Clothes
News & Analysis  
7/28/2014   14 comments
The future of mainstream wearable technology may be driven by the fashion industry, keynoters at the Wearable Tech Expo said. Dr. Sabine Seymour discussed the intersection of soundscapes and garments as drivers of wearable technology.
7 Insurance Issues With Your Self-Driving Car
Blog  
7/28/2014   49 comments
People talk about the significant reduction in automotive insurance rates (if you drive a self-driving car, that is) and how it will add momentum to autonomy. Is the assumption correct? I popped the question to the insurance industry.
Connecting Islands of Industrial IoT
Blog  
7/28/2014   4 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things often starts with a wealth of non-IP-based links users can leverage on their way to an IoT nirvana, Echelon's chief executive says.
Teardown.com: Amazon Brings Fire to Phone Market
Slideshow  
7/25/2014   31 comments
Qualcomm is the primary provider of the key integrated circuits in Amazon's Fire phone, with both Invensense and OmniVision noted for their role in Amazon’s Dynamic Perspective display technology.
Sony Invests in Stacked Image Sensor Manufacturing Capacity
News & Analysis  
7/25/2014   7 comments
Sony Corp. has said it plans to invest 35 billion yen (about $340 million) to increase its production of stacked CMOS image sensors in support of demand for them in smartphones and tablet computers.
Life After 28nm: Think Network-on-Chip
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7/25/2014   Post a comment
As Moore’s Law reverses beyond 28nm, consider network-on-chip (NoC). While more and more content in SoC designs is coming from third-party IP providers, interconnect-fabric is one area that is still in transition.
Freescale, with Solid Q2 Growth, Milks Auto IC Boom
News & Analysis  
7/25/2014   3 comments
Revenues of Freescale’s five key product groups grew across the board by double digits during the first half of 2014. Freescale’s CEO said, “We are growing our business at twice the speed of the market.”
7 Black Hat Sessions Sure to Cause a Stir
Blog  
7/24/2014   5 comments
At Black Hat, researchers will point out the weaknesses in everything from the satellites in outer space to the thermostat in your home.
Jibo Wants To Be Your Family’s First Robot
Blog  
7/24/2014   6 comments
Meet Jibo, a connected personal assistant that aims to be your family’s first robot.
Nadella's Windows 9 & Device Plans Explained
News & Analysis  
7/24/2014   10 comments
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says his company is "streamlining" Windows into a converged OS, and "right-sizing" its device efforts. But what does this really mean?
Apple OS X Yosemite Beta Debuts
News & Analysis  
7/24/2014   1 comment
Apple's obsession with secrecy gives way to involving customers in the software development process.
Apple in China: Best Is Yet to Come?
News & Analysis  
7/24/2014   21 comments
Apple CEO Tim Cook described Apple’s business prospect in China as "a watershed moment."
Power Week: Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting's Bright Future
News & Analysis  
7/24/2014   9 comments
This week, the future of sub-watt thermoelectric energy harvesting as a battery replacement in various markets -- including infrastructure, transportation and consumer -- is looking promising.
Apollo 11 Inspired Generations of Innovators
Blog  
7/23/2014   4 comments
Neil and Buzz were on the moon. Orbiting above, there was Michael Collins. For a teenager, that summer posed no limits on the reach and social benefits of applied engineering and technology.
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