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Implementing Super-Efficient FFTs in Altera FPGAs
Blog  
2/12/2015   8 comments
Would you be interested in a technique that allows you to implement an FFT in Altera FPGAs that consumes 30 to 40% less memory than Altera's own FFT IP?
14 Views of Fujitsu’s Forum
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
In its annual Silicon Valley forum, tech giant Fujitsu showed mainly software innovations ranging from realistic models of the heart to augmented reality wearable devices.
CMOS Image Sensors Surpassing Moore's Law
Slideshow  
2/12/2015   11 comments
CMOS image sensors are on the bleeding edge of 3-D chip stacking, so much so that the CMOS imaging may make 3-D TSV obsolete — before the processor and memory industry widely adopts it.
Wearables Don Smart Fabrics
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
What do musical instruments, car seats, and shoes have in common? Each item benefits from smart fabrics invented by a Berkeley, Calif. company BeBop sensors. BeBop layers printed circuits onto polyester felts, synthetic silks weaves, and spandex of various thickness to create a web of sensors that connected to a sewn-in microcontroller.
Fascinating Factoids to Peruse & Ponder
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/11/2015   17 comments
The US Navy's new electromagnetic railgun can launch projectiles at up to Mach 7 and hurl them 100+ nautical miles, and that's just one of the fascinating factoids in this fun-filled extravaganza!
7 Communications Technologies to Watch in 2015
Blog  
2/11/2015   1 comment
LTE & LTE-A, VoLTE & HetNets, 802.11ac, NFV, IoT, and 5G will all make significant forward strides in 2015, from development to deployment.
Voltera Launches Desktop PCB Printer Kickstarter
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2/10/2015   17 comments
The folks at Voltera have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their desktop PCB printer -- they hit their original goal in just 35 minutes!
What the Apple Watch Means for the Industry
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2/10/2015   Post a comment
Is the smartphone rendering dedicated fitness trackers obsolete?
Desktop Pick-&-Place Machine DIY Kit
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2/10/2015   3 comments
Here's a low-cost, machine-vision-based, entry-level desktop pick-and-place machine for prototype builders, hobbyists, developers, and development groups.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead
News & Analysis  
2/10/2015   1 comment
In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
Radio Shack: Not All Bad News
Blog  
2/10/2015   6 comments
While many Radio Shack stores will close, my local store will remain open.
Single-Chip USB Type-C Port Controllers from Cypress Semiconductor
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2/9/2015   Post a comment
CCG1 USB Type-C Port Controllers with PD come pre-loaded with a firmware stack that supports up to two Type-C ports, including power delivery support.
Embedded Tools Target 'Industry 4.0' Development
News & Analysis  
2/9/2015   1 comment
Rising interest in applying the Internet of Things to industrial applications has prompted Mentor Graphics to assemble a suitable runtime and tool framework for developers.
Arm Buys IoT Security Firm
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2/9/2015   2 comments
ARM bought Offspark, a provider of Transport Layer Security ARM will fold into its mbed operating system for Cortex-M cores aimed at the Internet of Things.
Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now
News & Analysis  
2/9/2015   15 comments
From open source software to developing apps, industry professionals urge embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
Alibaba and Meizu Join Forces vs. Android
News & Analysis  
2/9/2015   4 comments
Alibaba Group Holding Limited announced Monday its $590 million investment in Meizu, one of China’s smaller smartphone vendors. Here’s what has driven Alibaba to the deal.
Aiming at Smartphones, PoLight Readies for Mass Production
News & Analysis  
2/9/2015   1 comment
Headquartered in Horten, Norwegian startup poLight AS has raised NOK 146m (USD19M) in a private placement of shares, to fuel the deployment of its piezo-MEMS auto-focus lens technology, TLens.
Thermoelectric Nanowires to Cool Chips
News & Analysis  
2/9/2015   1 comment
Researchers are finding all kinds or novel cooling methods to pull out the heat threatening to melt down chips that run faster than 3-Gz, but by embedding thermoelectric nanowires into the backside of chip Sandia National Labs hopes to continue scaling to higher speeds.
TSMC Plans to Invest $16 Billion More in Taiwan Site
News & Analysis  
2/9/2015   9 comments
TSMC plans to invest an additional $15.9 billion as part of an expansion on the site of an existing fab near Taichung. TSMC expects the investment to create an additional 5,000 jobs at the site.
Green Light for Data-Driven Traffic Signals
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2/7/2015   Post a comment
Could synchronizing traffic signals at crossroads relieve congestion on urban roads?
What does US need to do stay competitive in tech and sciences?
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2/6/2015   2 comments
The United States may be slipping behind other countries in technology research and sciences. What should we do to increase our competitiveness. Vote for one answer below and drop us a comment about you think we should really do.
TSMC Sues Over Trade-Secret Leak to Samsung
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2/6/2015   3 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is suing a former R&D employee on the suspicion that he leaked secrets including but not limited to 28nm process technology to Samsung.
Google Glass Needed Better Vision
Blog  
2/6/2015   6 comments
The failure of Google Glass taught lessons about connecting smart glasses to real applications where they can make a difference, says the head of the MEMS Industry Group.
RTOS Smackdown @ ESC Boston 2015
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/5/2015   26 comments
In this session at ESC Boston 2015, some of the leanest, meanest, coolest, hottest contenders in the RTOS multi-universe will take it in turns to explain why their RTOS is the bestest of the best.
BMW's Software Security Patch A Sign Of Things To Come
Blog  
2/5/2015   1 comment
BMW takes a proactive approach, using HTTPS for encrypted mobile communications.
Silicon Labs Deploys M&A to Crack IoT
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2/4/2015   Post a comment
Silicon Labs has acquired a Finnish wireless module vendor Bluegiga Technologies, picking up the last missing link for its IoT play. Silicon Labs’ other IoT-related mergers include Energy Micro AS in 2013 and Ember in 2012.
IoT Data Model Fills a Gap
Blog  
2/4/2015   1 comment
The IPSO Alliance is making freely available a data model for creating interoperable smart objects geared for systems and software that are part of the Internet of Things.
Out Googling Google on Big Data Searches
News & Analysis  
2/4/2015   4 comments
Northwestern University professor Luis Amaral has come up with a superior search algorithm that out Google's Google and he is giving it away free.
Sony to Ramp CMOS Image Sensor Production
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2/3/2015   Post a comment
Sony is spending in FY15 on image sensor production to meet smartphone demand and reinforce its number one position, while closing down an IC development site.
Who Gains the Most from ARM's New IP?
Blog  
2/3/2015   11 comments
Introducing new IP, ARM also forecasts tablet’s demise.
GE's Open-Source Smart Refrigerator
Slideshow  
2/3/2015   12 comments
General Electric creates a smart refrigerator with built-in USB ports for accessories that enables you while you shop to ask your fridge what's left inside it.
IIoT and Maker Movement Will Revamp Tech World
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2/3/2015   Post a comment
The IIoT and the Maker Movement are two of the emerging disrupters that will significantly change industry and business, according to National Instruments.
Brief Takes: More Tech Stories You Should Know About
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2/3/2015   Post a comment
Six technology stories you may have missed on advanced high-tech research.
Samsung Set To Launch 'Samsung Pay' With Galaxy S6 at MWC
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2/3/2015   8 comments
Can Samsung create a payment service similar to Apple Pay and be successful?
IoT Invades the Kitchen
Blog  
2/3/2015   5 comments
A session on “Cooking with IoT” at the Embedded Systems Conference in Santa Clara in July will bring together a handful of IoT startups invading the kitchen.
Voice & Graphical User Interface MCUs Available
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
Human machine interface design using graphics or voice just got cheaper and easier.
Intel to Buy Lantiq, Get Ready for Smart Gateways
News & Analysis  
2/2/2015   2 comments
Intel will acquire German-based Lantiq, with a goal to drive a smart gateway that connects a growing number of devices and services in the home.
CMOS Image Sensor Market on 10.6% CAGR
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
The rapid uptake of CMOS image sensors in automotive applications has raised the predicted growth rate for a market already transitioning with the rise of the smartphone, according to Yole Developpement.
Tizen Phones Selling in India Compete with Android One
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2/2/2015   Post a comment
Samsung is introducing their second Tizen OS smartphone, the Z1, initially just for the Indian market.
Sony Joins FDSOI Club
News & Analysis  
1/30/2015   39 comments
Sony Corp. revealed that the company’s next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip will use 28-nm Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator (FDSOI) process.
Feast Your Orbs on My Vetinari Clock Prototype
Max’s Cool Beans  
1/30/2015   33 comments
Things are really starting to come together with regard to Max's Vetinari Clock. The meters and vacuum tube are mounted in the prototype awaiting the installation of the electronics.
Qualcomm Outlook Exposes 5 Trouble Spots
News & Analysis  
1/30/2015   4 comments
Although Qualcomm showed strong Q1 results, the company -- facing several trouble spots in China -- lowered its chipset division’s operating margin guidance to 16-18% and its 2015 annual revenue guidance by $800 million.
Broadcom Flips on Future Set Tops
News & Analysis  
1/29/2015   1 comment
Broadcom is nestled between traditional cable companies and newer over the top content providers, which are both battling and enabling each other in a fight for viewers and dollars.
Introducing USB Type-C -- USB for 21st Century Systems
Blog  
1/29/2015   89 comments
Industry leaders are poised to start rolling out devices enabled with a new form of USB -- USB Type-C -- featuring a small, robust connector that can handle 20 Gbps and 100W.
Chinese Walls and Back Doors
Blog  
1/29/2015   15 comments
Qualcomm and U.S. industry are the losers as China’s antitrust regulators help build a new wall around China's semiconductor industry.
Is Internet of Things an Economic Bubble?
Flash Poll  
1/28/2015   Post a comment
Is the Internet of Things creating an economic bubble along the lines of the dot.com boom and bust of 10 years ago?
Connected Car: Dramatic Growth Ahead
News & Analysis  
1/28/2015   7 comments
Market research and IT consultant firm Gartner predicts a dramatic growth in connected car sales — and many new business opportunities for hardware and software vendors.
What Drove CES 2015 Innovation? IP and IP Subsystems
Blog  
1/28/2015   8 comments
How do we manage all those blocks in an age of exploding block usage?
The Problem with Big Data
Blog  
1/28/2015   9 comments
There is a lot of potential in Big Data, but only if we dial down the hype and focus on building solid analytic foundations.
Startup Casts a Better IoT Network
News & Analysis  
1/28/2015   5 comments
Startup IoT Freeway claims it has a better wireless network for the Internet of Things but needs money and partners to support development and deployment.
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