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PV installations to rise, revenue to drop
Design How-To  
1/29/2013   1 comment
Global photovoltaic installations are expected to represent 35 gigawatts in 2013, up from 32GW in 2012, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Rosy 2013 for SSDs and DRAM?
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1/29/2013   Post a comment
Ultrabooks to double SSD market and push DRAM to double-digit growth.
UMC, Stats ChipPac team for 3-D IC demo
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1/29/2013   8 comments
No need keep everything related to 3-D IC manufacture with one supplier, say a foundry and packaging service provider who have made a demonstration 3-D IC stack.
London Calling: Flash Forward at the leading edge?
Blog  
1/29/2013   4 comments
What is the 1Y generation and who makes the world's most miniaturized chips? Is it Intel, Samsung? Or is it Flash Forward Ltd. of Japan, a joint venture between SanDisk and Toshiba?
Multi-junction is key to record solar efficiency
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1/29/2013   3 comments
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have developed a triple-junction solar cell which they claim has the potential to achieve more than 50-percent power conversion efficiency.
Slideshow: Hanging out at a hardware hackathon
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1/29/2013   4 comments
The Open Compute Summit hosted a hackathon, attracting nearly 100 engineers to spend a day at a design party for data center hardware.
Current-mode controller benefits defined
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Linear Technology explains the benefits that current-mode controllers with low inductor DCR sensing provide over their voltage-mode counterparts.
Speak out about counterfeits and counterfeiters
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The semiconductor counterfeiting problem has been getting more attention in recent years due to the increase in reported cases.
Samsung shipped record 63 million smartphones in Q4
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1/29/2013   3 comments
Smartphones accounted for more than 45 percent of all mobile phone sales in the fourth quarter, a record, according to IDC.
Ruckus aims at Smart WiFi scaling challenges
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Two technologies address multicast network performance and antenna orientation challenges.
MediaTek sets 2013 DTV design agenda
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1/29/2013   9 comments
Multi-screens in the living room, DIAL, 4K x 2K, HTML5, and NFC are among the eight hot features for digital TV designs this year, according to Mediatek.
Cisco packs silicon photonics on 3-D ICs
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1/29/2013   16 comments
Bill Swift, manager of Cisco's transceiver group, said at DesignCon the networking giant is using 2.5-D silicon interposers for silicon photonics.
Silicon Valley Nation: Electric vehicles stuck in neutral
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1/28/2013   37 comments
The "gotta have it" just isn't there for electric vehicles.
Memory test tips #4: Characterizing phase change memory
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Alternative load resistance measurement technique captures I-V and R-I performance curves without snapback.
Electronics manufacturing services opportunities in the medical industry
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Electronic content in medical devices is increasing rapidly. Medical OEMs are under pressure to restructure growth strategies and product portfolios. Demand for affordable medical devices, convergence of electronics, and rising cost pressures have helped bolster EMS providers’ participation in the last few years.
Dimming LEDs with pulse-width modulation
Product How-To  
1/28/2013   1 comment
How to do accurate pulse-width modulation dimming without the use of external signal generators, clocks or microcontrollers.
Smoke re-concentrator refurbishes blown electronic components
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/28/2013   30 comments
As one engineer told me: "It's amazing how much black smoke they can fit into even a small FPGA these days, and once it's out there is no getting it back in again – even if you catch it all in a jam jar."
Stars of DesignCon: Behavioral modeling aids analog/mixed-signal
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1/28/2013   4 comments
Find out which behavioral models and device-level simulators can streamline analog and mixed signal design at DesignCon.
Broadcom rolls SoC switches for enterprise
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1/28/2013   Post a comment
Next-generation switches said to cover all sizes of businesses from wiring closet to core.
Android benchmark gets update, publishes online
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1/28/2013   1 comment
An Android benchmark is getting an update and is now publishing results online that compare performance of mobile devices.
Qualcomm joins IMEC core CMOS R&D program
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1/28/2013   15 comments
Fabless chip giant joins the likes of Intel, Globalfoundries and Samsung in the core CMOS research program operated by the IMEC research institute.
Addressing signal electromigration (EM) in today’s complex digital designs
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1/28/2013   1 comment
At 28 nm and beyond, the impact of Electromigration can no longer be ignored. Interconnects are getting thinner, running longer and switching at gigahertz speeds - all of which amplify the effects of EM. This article highlights Altera’s adoption of Synopsys’ IC Compiler.
Chinese IC market boom predicted
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1/28/2013   Post a comment
The Chinese IC market is expected to grow much faster than the global chip market over the next five years.
Intel says no LTE-processor integration until 2014
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1/28/2013   15 comments
Two years after acquiring Infineon's wireless business unit Intel has begun shipping LTE modem ICs but sees integration of LTE and application processor coming in 2014.
Developing FPGA applications for Edition 2 of the IEC 61508 Safety Standard
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1/25/2013   Post a comment
FPGAs are increasingly being used in safety-critical domains. Advancements in design methodologies and tools help achieve the requirements of the IEC 61508 Edition 2 safety standard with a smooth design flow.
Silicon Valley Nation: 787 battery-fire probe deepens
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1/25/2013   8 comments
Thermal runaway and electrical shorting have been found, but cause remains elusive; a whistle blower surfaces.
Apple fires supplier for using underage workers
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1/25/2013   17 comments
Apple is stepping up efforts to improve its image by showing that its campaign to support fair labor practices has some teeth.
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
1/25/2013   6 comments
I am currently wearing my sleep-deprived face (and let's not talk about my hair).
Video: Brain control aids disabled
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1/25/2013   1 comment
Researchers report progress in using electronics to allow paralyzed patients to regain control of their limbs.
What were they thinking: Crazy method patent
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1/25/2013   10 comments
There is a lot that can be learned by looking at the simple and stupid. This is one of those. A great example of a method patent...
Graphene enables electro-opto-mechanics
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1/25/2013   Post a comment
Researchers say breakthrough can allow graphene to be combined with polymers for electro-mechanical applications such as artificial muscles for robots.
Cisco sells Linksys to Belkin, ending home networking run
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1/25/2013   10 comments
A big 10-year effort to expand into consumers markets, build on core router business, comes to a close.
Cambridge jumps into graphene research race
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1/25/2013   3 comments
Cambridge University plans to open a graphene research center next week to work in parallel with the UK's National Graphene Institute.
Kotura preps fab deal amid silicon photonics surge
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1/25/2013   8 comments
A “large CMOS foundry” will make 100G silicon photonics chips for Kotura that will sample later this year, facing competition from Cisco, Intel and Luxtera.
London Calling: Nokia's Lumia hit by supply chain woes
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1/25/2013   7 comments
Mobile phone company Nokia has posted a profitable quarter but things are not looking so good for the firm's Lumia smartphone line, which has been hit by supply chain constraints.
Excess chip inventory set to hurt Q1
News & Analysis  
1/25/2013   1 comment
Global economic woes across mutliple sectors drove chip inventory high in 2012 and is set to hurt global chip sales in the first quarter of 2013, according to market analysis firm IHS.
Qualcomm preps ARM server SoCs
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1/25/2013   17 comments
Qualcomm has posted job openings that make it clear it will join at least seven companies making 64-bit ARM server SoCs.
How HEVC could remake Internet video—or not
Blog  
1/25/2013   12 comments
If the many patent holders around the next big video codec don’t get too greedy we might see some really cool Internet video products in the next few years.
Semi equipment market gets a December bounce
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1/25/2013   Post a comment
Sales and orders up for first time in months but still well below 2011 levels.
Altera's results, forecast disappoint
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1/24/2013   Post a comment
Executives say first quarter should be bottom of down sales cycle, but analysts thinks it could take longer.
PCIe 3.0 equalization Webinar
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1/24/2013   Post a comment
This live webinar this morning was packed with information about what you need to do to deal with equalization in the PCIe 3.0 implementation if you hope to achieve 8Gbps…
Free lunches happen – two events
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1/24/2013   Post a comment
There is such a thing as a free lunch and here is your opportunity to get two in one month if you live in Silicon Valley. Find out about design data management and the challenges of DDR memories…
Silicon Valley Nation: VCs still hate you
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1/24/2013   7 comments
VC investment fell nearly across the board in 2012, but the electronics industry remains especially neglected.
PSA unveils air-powered car
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1/24/2013   7 comments
PSA Peugeot Citroen introduced a full-hybrid powertrain that uses petrol and compressed air.
Renesas MOSFETs deliver 50% lower on-resistance
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1/24/2013   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics is sampling low on-state resistance power MOSFETs for more power efficient and compact server power supplies.
Video: "Our Story" – History of the world in just two minutes!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/24/2013   14 comments
I honestly don’t think it's possible to watch this all the way through without pausing for a few minute's thought, reflection, and rumination.
Yoshida in Japan: Second-coming of Steve Jobs
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1/24/2013   16 comments
We are suddenly seeing home appliances masquerading as red hot new products at CES. Why is that? Observe how Colin Angle and James Dyson are treated in Japan.
Open ARM development platform targets industrial applications
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1/24/2013   Post a comment
Silica has expanded its range of microcontroller development tools by introducing a low cost ARM-based board for industrial applications.
Improvements to Lattice Diamond and iCEcube2 tools accelerate design of low density FPGAs
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1/24/2013   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor has added an array of advancements to its Lattice Diamond and iCEcube2 design tools, including improved power calculations and design productivity.
Smart sensor packs motion sensing and intelligence into 9 mm3
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1/24/2013   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is getting ready to sample an ultra-compact 3-axis accelerometer with embedded microcontroller for advanced motion-recognition capabilities and sensor hub.
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