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Littelfuse Takes Majority Stake in Monolith Semi
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3/2/2017   Post a comment
Power control and sensing chip and component supplier increases stake in developer of silicon carbide chips.
Cool Beans -- Electric Surfboards
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3/2/2017   14 comments
These electric surfboards boast watertight 5 kW jet propulsion units that allow them to reach speeds of 35-40 km/h (21-24 mph).
Q’comm CTO on Non-Standalone 5G, LTE-U, IoT
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3/2/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm calls it Pre-5G. Nokia calls it 4.9G. Verizon pushes 5GTF. This year’s Mobile World Congress spoke volumes of the cellular industry’s desire to boost the current LTE business while milking the promise of 5G, which isn’t here yet.
Smartphone Shipments Projected to Rebound
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3/1/2017   Post a comment
After slipping last year, smartphone shipments are forecast to grow around 4 percent per year through 2021, according to IDC.
An Invitation to be the Inimitable Me
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3/1/2017   10 comments
IOT Day in NC will boast a full day of tutorials presented in three tracks: IoT at 'C' Level, Engineering the IoT, and Making the IoT.
Intel, Spreadtrum Demo Brainchild
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3/1/2017   4 comments
Intel Corp. is showing a new mobile SoC chip developed by China’s Spreadtrum. Manufactured by Intel, using its 14nm process, this may pave the way for Intel to manufacture its own new modem later this year in its own fab, targeting Apple.
Lattice Shareholders Approve China Takeover
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2/28/2017   3 comments
FPGA vendor moves one step closer to acquisition by China-backed equity firm; U.S. government approval still pending.
Handsets at MWC: Same But Different
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2/28/2017   Post a comment
As smartphones start to mature, what can vendors possibly do to differentiate their phones from their rivals’ devices? Here's what we've found at the Mobile World Congress this year.
Evolution of Microcomputers: Personal Histories
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2/28/2017   47 comments
It's easy to forget how fast things are moving and how (relatively) pathetic were the computer and networking systems of yesteryear
FCC’s Pai Debuts as ‘Light Touch’ Heavyweight
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2/28/2017   Post a comment
The new chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai, virtually claimed the copyright on the term “light-touch regulation” here at the Mobile World Congress, guaranteeing that he will strive to roll back “net neutrality” restrictions on Internet service providers.
Optimal+ Joins Industrial Internet Consortium
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2/28/2017   Post a comment
The company known for its manufacturing data-analysis software brings is expertise to a wider industry.
Industrial IoT Gets Comms Guide
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2/28/2017   Post a comment
The Industrial Internet Consortium released a connectivity framework to help developers create products and deployments with complete communications software stacks.
Why Conflict Mineral Rules Improve the Supply Chain
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2/28/2017   1 comment
Conflict minerals regulations were designed to reduce the use of raw materials sold to fund war crimes. However, a long-term benefit may be the dramatic improvements in visibility into supply-chain issues.
IoT in Industry Still 'Infant,' But a Big One
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2/27/2017   Post a comment
IoT in industry poses great potential but could be stalled by interoperability issues and the "human factor," according to a panel at the Mobile World Congress.
Ultrasound: Can Chirp Usurp UI?
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2/27/2017   Post a comment
Chirp Microsystems is rolling out a single-chip ultrasonic time-of-flight sensor. “Touchless” – based on ultrasonic sensing – can “add another modality” to UI for wearable, AR/VR, smartphones and even automotive, believes the startup CEO.
Q’comm, Samsung, MTK Offer Hints on iPhone 8
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2/27/2017   Post a comment
The 10nm process technology – common to all three chips announced by Qualcomm, Samsung and MediaTek – and faster speeds enabled by the advanced LTE modem are two likely elements to be leveraged in iPhone 8.
3-D Interactive Projection Redefines MEMS
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2/27/2017   11 comments
Bosch’s combo micro-scanner/laser-projector is said to be capable of transforming any surface into a virtual user interface.
UMC Begins Mass Production of 14nm
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2/24/2017   3 comments
Foundry begins shipping 14nm wafers to lead customers ahead of original schedule.
IEEE Director to Step Down
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2/24/2017   1 comment
E. James Prendergast will retire next year after nearly nine years at the helm of the prestigious technical organization.
Alexa, Rivals Speak to OEMs
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2/24/2017   1 comment
Amazon's Alexa is growing in both partnerships and rivals this year for embedding smart voice services in consumer products.
5G Might Be Buzz Saw for Carriers
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2/24/2017   1 comment
In the IoT era, mobile carriers’ customers are no longer just people. They’d have to deal with machines, vehicles, sensors, hot spots, ‘things’ – in an orchestrated ecosystem.
Smart Waggle Boosts IoT
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2/23/2017   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory claims a turn-key Internet of Things breakthrough in remote sensing, with its Waggle concept spreading among smart industry and government sensor arrays.
UNH-IOL Adds 2.5G, 5G Ethernet Testing to its Lineup
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2/23/2017   Post a comment
Often seen as the final arbiter for data communications testing and compliance, the University of New Hampshire's Interoperability Lab can now help manufacturers bring NBase-T and IEEE 802.3bz products to market.
Game-Changing RFSoCs from Xilinx
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2/23/2017   2 comments
RFSoCs are applicable to a wide variety of applications, from 5G mobile networks to radar, telecommunications, and electronic warfare.
EU Privacy Rules Can Cloud Your IoT Future
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2/23/2017   Post a comment
Looming large for the MWC crowd are two unresolved issues: the security and privacy of connected devices. EU’s privacy rules will affect not just big data companies like Google but also IoT companies, even when located outside Europe.
Wi-Fi, LTE Spar over Location
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
Wi-Fi chip makers and an LTE software startup announced ways of delivering location services they claim are superior to Bluetooth and ultrawideband.
The 2017 Embedded Markets Study Needs You
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
The portal just opened for this year's survey, so this is your chance to contribute your hard-earned knowledge regarding what's really going on in Embedded Space.
T.J. Rodgers Sues Cypress, Slams Chairman
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2/22/2017   Post a comment
Company founder says Chairman failed to disclose role in China-backed equity firm attempting to acquire rival Lattice Semiconductor.
Are Kids No Longer Learning Multiplication Tables in School?
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2/22/2017   46 comments
Have you heard anything about schools in your corner of the globe no longer teaching students to memorize their twelve times tables?
Cellular IoT Chip Battle Escalates at MWC
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2/22/2017   5 comments
The 3GPP completed the standardization of NB-IoT last June. ARM, Sequans Communications and Altair Semiconductors are all rushing to the cellular IoT market. IHS sees NB-IoT technology in 2017 as “an inflection point in the LPWAN market.”
Former Globalfoundries CEO to Lead SEMI Trade Group
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2/21/2017   Post a comment
Ajit Manocha will replace as CEO of semiconductor equipment vendor trade group Denny McGuirk, who is retiring.
Three Cheers for Engineers... Hip Hip Hooray
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2/20/2017   14 comments
Based largely on the labors of engineers, we are currently living in a Golden Age, so a little appreciation might be in order.
Peer-to-peer IBM App Bypasses Carriers
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2/17/2017   3 comments
Big Blue has a new mesh network technology for its Weather Channel subsidiary that allows its app to propagate weather and disaster information among all cell phone users even when Internet and cellular networks are down.
Chemical Gas Sensors on the Rise
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2/17/2017   Post a comment
Advances in miniaturization and manufacturing technologies are opening new markets to players in the MEMS sensing industry with foundries expected to produce millions of gas sensors in the coming years.
Thread Adds Stitch to Spec
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2/17/2017   Post a comment
Thread Group set its goal high in enabling not just conformance but also interoperability among Thread 1.1 products.
Smart Home: The Race to Control the Space
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2/16/2017   Post a comment
The question for Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft is which one will be first to command and dominate the voice-controlled smart home.
IBM Bets on Cognitive Computing
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2/16/2017   10 comments
IBM is sinking all its efforts into cognitive computing, offering new services based on Watson that were written by users.
IoT Apps Pose Unique Challenges
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2/16/2017   Post a comment
The Internet of Things opens up exciting new opportunities in the world of software development, but it also presents some new challenges.
IoT Group Sets Broad Agenda
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2/15/2017   Post a comment
The OpenFog Consortium released a reference architecture it will use to guide efforts on standards and product design for the Internet of Things.
Microsemi's PolarFire FPGAs Target Mid-Range Markets
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2/15/2017   Post a comment
In the case of its FPGAs, Microsemi has set its sights firmly on the mid-range market, cumulating in the introduction of its PolarFire family.
Altair Readies Cellular IoT IC with GPS Inside
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2/15/2017   1 comment
Altair is rolling out a highly-integrated cellular IoT chip, designed for easy transformation into an IoT module. Executing on Sony’s vision, it also features a GPS receiver. Altair’s future IoT chip may use FD-SOI.
Toshiba May Sell Majority Stake in Chip Unit
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2/14/2017   4 comments
Japanese conglomerate says it may part with controlling interest in chip group to raise capital after $6.3 billion write down.
Security Experts Cite IoT Risks
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2/14/2017   4 comments
The Internet of Things and critical infrastructure represent two of the biggest security vulnerabilities, said experts at the RSA Conference.
IDT to Buy Optical Interconnect IC Vendor GigPeak
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2/14/2017   1 comment
All cash deal, worth $250 million, has been approved by both companies' boards.
Winners & Losers of GloFo's China Deal
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2/13/2017   18 comments
Globalfoundries’ $10 billion Chengdu fab announcement is a reminder of China’s inexorable arms race for semiconductor production capacity. Who just gained from the deal? Who's losing ground as the fab tsunami sweeps over China?
The 2017 ACM FPGA Symposium is Nigh
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
Machine learning and artificial intelligence will be two of the topics at the 25th annual ACM International Symposium on FPGAs, which will take place February 22-24.
SoC Could Power Star Trek-like Medical Scanner
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
At ISSCC 2017 this week, University of Irvine researchers announced a millimeter-wave emitter that could realize Dr. McCoy's Star Trek medial diagnostic scanner which he merely waves over your body to diagnose.
TSMC Says Impact from Quake Not Material
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2/13/2017   Post a comment
TSMC, the world’s largest foundry, said that an earthquake on the southern tip of the island that occurred on Feb. 11th had no material impact on its operations.
Are Norberts and Norbertinas the Future of the Human Race?
Max’s Cool Beans  
2/10/2017   11 comments
Can you imagine a world in which personal artificial intelligence assistants prompt you with things to say and tell you how your audience is responding?
AI, Automotive Boost Nvidia
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2/10/2017   1 comment
Nvidia continued it's roll by reporting record quarterly sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.
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