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Made in China 2025: Make or Break for Europe?
AspenCore Global Report  
7/25/2017   3 comments
Whether or not it succeeds, China’s MIC 2025 plan to catapult into advanced manufacturing will have consequences for European companies and the EU’s Industry 4.0 initiative.
Semiconductor M&A Fervor Cools
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
The value of semiconductor industry deals fell markedly in the first half of this year as the absence of "megadeals" brought down the total value of transactions, according to IC Insights.
IoT Needs Unlicensed LPWA Standard
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
The Internet of Things needs an open standard for unlicensed band connectivity.
Patents Detail IoT Security Scheme
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
An independent inventor is licensing a trio of patents to secure the Internet of Things using technology he pioneered at IBM for mag stripe cards.
IoT in Personal Fitness: Where Do We Go From Here?
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7/25/2017   Post a comment
Can you really track food intake passively just by scanning blood flow? In large part, the answer to questions like these comes down to the sensors. This episode of Engineering the Internet of Things features Andrew Baker, executive director of the industrial and healthcare business unit at Maxim Integrated.
NXP to Spend $22 Million to Expand U.S. Fabs
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7/24/2017   Post a comment
European chip maker says expansion will enable it to produce secure ID chips for the U.S. government.
Fake Chips on Amazon Are Nothing New
Semi Conscious  
7/24/2017   2 comments
The "news" that counterfeit semiconductors have been sold on Amazon comes as no surprise to industry insiders.
Report: Samsung Plans to Triple Foundry Market Share
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7/24/2017   20 comments
South Korean giant eyes No. 2 spot in foundry market and market share of 25 percent, according to Reuters report.
Security a Must for Auto GbE Switch
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7/24/2017   1 comment
Bringing popular Ethernet technology to cars seems like a natural progression. But here's why in the auto world, a regular GbE switch won’t work, and even 1000BASE-T1 might not cut it for autonomous cars.
Evolving Radio/Audio for Connected Cars
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7/21/2017   1 comment
Changes in antennas, displays, in-vehicle networks and new digital radio standards have made car radios much more versatile, while bringing new challenges to car radio vendors.
Neural Accelerator Battle Begins
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7/21/2017   7 comments
The embedded market for neural network accelerators is heating up, with more systems — ranging from smart speakers and drones to light bulbs — poised to run neural networks locally instead of going back to the cloud for computation.
Deep-Dive Reporting Delivers Unique Insight
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7/21/2017   2 comments
One of the most challenging aspects of commercializing “tough tech” today: A whole new class of innovators and entrepreneurs, armed with a profound scientific breakthrough, are constrained by their nescience of electrical engineering.
ASML Posts Strong Sales as EUV Orders Surge
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7/20/2017   12 comments
Backlog of extreme ultraviolet tools eclipses $3 billion sales to memory chip vendors bolster top line growth.
Made in China 2025: Who Cares?
AspenCore Global Report  
7/20/2017   6 comments
Is China's "Made in China 2025" initiative a final, looming doom for the West's manufacturing sector or the beginning China's "maintenance mode"? We start our 4-part special report by introducing China 2025 and posing the question: Will all the smart factory initiatives across the world just end up in helping China?
AspenCore Global Reports 2017 Schedule
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7/20/2017   Post a comment
AspenCore Global Reports (AGR) are a series of features written by our media journalists that tackle hot topics, cutting-edge technology, and tough issues in global electronics industry today.
Qualms Becalm Qualcomm at Quarter’s End
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7/19/2017   2 comments
Bad news keeps piling up for Qualcomm. The company lost an appeal in an EU court while in the USA, it faces fresh antitrust allegations by four Apple iPhone contractors. Will Qualcomm’s NXP acquisition be at risk?
AI Arrives in Canada: Will Prosperity Follow?
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7/19/2017   9 comments
There’s no question that AI is redefining processes across a whole spectrum of businesses. There is, however, a question of what that means for the overall economy. Canada is now investing in AI research with the expectation that it will benefit the country in general.
5G Won’t Boost Cellular Until 2021
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
The market for cellular base stations is in the midst of a $10 billion decline waiting for a 5G boost that won’t return the sector to growth until 2021.
Mesh to Thrust Bluetooth in Industrial IoT
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7/18/2017   3 comments
Mesh Networking is finally coming to Bluetooth as a formally ratified, interoperability- tested global standard, allowing Bluetooth proponents to target a whole new machine-to-machine, industrial Internet of Things market. Might it mend IoT mess?
Is Startup Culture in France's DNA?
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7/18/2017   22 comments
By launching "Startup Nation" mantra, Macron might be forcing in vain something that French people – especially the ubiquitous functionaires of corporate and government bureaucracy – simply don’t get. There is no word in French for “customer service.”
IoT Needs To Get More Flexible
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
Flexible hybrid electronics can deliver much of what is promised for the future world of the Internet of Things.
Virtual Prototyping for Fault Analysis, Functional Safety
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7/18/2017   Post a comment
Using the simulation platforms, an automotive design engineer can perform all major tests that can be done on a physical prototype and any test that is difficult to perform or requires specialized testing equipment.
IBM Processor Claims New Level of Data Encryption
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7/18/2017   8 comments
IBM's new z14 microprocessor is the world's first to encrypt all-the-data all-the-time, plus prevent unauthorized intruders from obtaining keys, thus putting hackers out-of-business.
NFC Players Welcome Broader iPhone Support
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
Near field communications chip makers are applauding Apple's announcement that iPhones will be able to use both NFC tag mode and reader mode.
Baidu's Voice Exec Speaks Out
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
The Baidu engineer in charge of its DuerOS group called for all-embedded Wi-Fi chip to pre-install software for its voice-activated cloud services.
Does NVMe Have a Place in Industrial Embedded and IoT?
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7/17/2017   Post a comment
NVMe was considered overkill for industrial embedded designs as storage-capacity demands didn't justify the performance at the expense of power consumption, but that's changing as the data industrial IoT products are collecting grows exponentially
Megatrends Drive 200mm Fab Renaissance
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7/14/2017   1 comment
The past year has seen a resurgent interest in 200mm fabrication. In this paper, I will discuss why this is and answer the question, “Can 200mm fabs have a profitable future?”
PC Sales Slide as Chip Costs Drive Prices Up
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7/13/2017   Post a comment
Higher average selling prices for components such as DRAM and flash memory chips began driving system costs up, adding to the headwind facing declining PC sales.
TSMC Logs First 10nm Sales
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7/13/2017   5 comments
TSMC said that 10 nm accounted for one percent of its overall revenue during the second quarter of this year. In March, Samsung announced its first 10-nm products, including the company’s Exynos 8895 SoC and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835.
Flash Remains Smart Home Memory Storage of Choice
News & Analysis  
7/13/2017   1 comment
CBRAM and MRAM have potential, but low voltage serial NOR flash offers proven retention and endurance as well as battery efficiency
Suppliers Beware: The Perils of Vertical Integration
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7/12/2017   7 comments
Be careful what you wish for -- that big fish might eat you!
Sensors, Blockchains Meet Tomatoes
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7/12/2017   12 comments
When Amazon announced the Whole Foods acquisition, Alice Waters defined its significance as a chance for Jeff Bezos to launch a food revolution. Elements of basic technology are here. What would it take to pull off such a massive change?
Chip Sales Now Expected to Top $400 Billion
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7/11/2017   Post a comment
Revised forecast from Gartner is most aggressive prediction to date for market in 2017.
Rambus Reportedly Exploring Sale Possibilities
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7/10/2017   2 comments
Technology licensing chip vendor works with financial adviser to evaluate possibilities for its sale, according to a Bloomberg report.
Memory Prices Drive Samsung's Record Q2 Profit
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7/7/2017   Post a comment
South Korean electronics giant appears on pace to surpass Intel and become world's No. 1 semiconductor vendor.
China Makes Two IoT Calls
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7/6/2017   5 comments
Alibaba debuted asmart speakers the same day Baidu expanded its DuerOS, both attacking Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
Combined Handset, PC Shipments Expected to Decline
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7/5/2017   1 comment
Gartner expects rate of PC decline to slow while smartphone market posts strong growth in 2017.
A Hearty Hello from EEWeb
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7/5/2017   2 comments
New content is posted on EEWeb.com daily, so please take the time to visit. Don't be shy. Sit down, pull up a chair, and say 'Hello.'
Four Technologies for Industry 4.0
Blog  
7/5/2017   2 comments
The challenge of merging IT with OT domains is to assemble in one place four requisite industrial IoT technologies: networking, processing, user interface, and security.
Macron, CEA-Leti Push Startup Movement
Blog  
7/3/2017   8 comments
How real is startup movement in France? Is it sustainable? For entrepreneurs, 39-year-old President Macron and 50-year-old research institute CEA-Leti are their needed tailwind.
ReRAM Goes 3D
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6/30/2017   14 comments
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has reinvented its resistive-RAM process to achieve a ReRAM that is amenable to 3D stacking, giving the “universal” memory an edge over flash.
13 Views of Sensors Expo 2017
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6/30/2017   2 comments
Sensors Expo showed the broadening range of motion, environmental, biological and other sensors flooding the emerging Internet of Things and wearables markets.
‘Europe First’ Emerges as Theme of Tech Reboot
News & Analysis  
6/29/2017   5 comments
The joint collaboration agreement announced by Europe’s two large research institutes this week has amplified an upbeat “pro-Europe” sentiment. “For Europe, it’s no longer about CMOS,” said CEA-Leti CEO.
Embedded MRAM Can Take the Heat
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6/29/2017   6 comments
A Globaldoundries technical paper outlines how it addressed a fundamental hurdle for eMRAM, making it feasible for broader uses including automotive MCUs and SoCs.
Toshiba Fires Back at Western Digital, Seeks $1.1B in Damages
News & Analysis  
6/28/2017   1 comment
Feud between partners deepens as Toshiba says it won't meet deadline for selling chip business.
Fatal Tesla Crash: That’s Not All, Folks
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6/27/2017   4 comments
The NTSB's report contains a few surprises, including how and where Tesla’s captured data is stored, routed and saved inside a vehicle.
Nvidia Deals Tilt Robo-Car Race
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6/27/2017   Post a comment
Claiming that robo-car development by automakers has already moved from R&D phase to production, Nvidia this week unveiled three new partnership deals – all aimed at leveraging its AI car-computing platform. What does this mean to the autonomous car landscape?
Purple-emitting LEDs Get Closer to the Sun
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6/27/2017   3 comments
Seoul Semi has paired its purple-emitting LEDs with Toshiba Materials-engineered RGB phosphors to more closely mimic natural daylight spectrum.
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