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Holiday tablet sales expected to rise 60%
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11/30/2012   7 comments
"Tablet tracker" report by investment firm predicts strong year-over-year growth for iPad and Android-based tablets.
Aging population seen as boon for IC industry
Design How-To  
11/30/2012   2 comments
The IC industry is headed for a dramatic restructuring, and medical electronics will be one of the key drivers for the chip makers over the next five years, according to a market researcher.
Youth, execs meet at chip gala focused on STEM
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11/30/2012   6 comments
Students from San Jose’s Lynbrook High met FIRST organizer Dean Kamen at the annual SIA dinner, where STEM education was in the spotlight.
Printed electronics pilot line starts production
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11/30/2012   3 comments
A pilot line in northern England has started commercial production of printed circuits, but the company involved says it is not revealing details of the functions until 2013.
What were they thinking: Newspapers want a cut of Google’s pie
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/30/2012   6 comments
Greed is at work everywhere and when someone is successful, everyone wants to freeload. That is what is going on with publishers in Europe…
Yoshida in China: Chip guy's quest for end of the rainbow
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Yannick Levy, CEO of a mobile TV chip startup, decided in 2009 to pack up, leave Paris and head to Shanghai to see if China was at the other end of the rainbow.
Infineon expands MCU line
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11/30/2012   Post a comment
New series offers high-resolution PWM unit for efficient digital power conversion.
Shaking up the design services market a la Amazon
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11/30/2012   4 comments
Just as Amazon shook up the world of retail, an enterprising entrepreneur could come along and upend the world of design services.
Nintendo Wii U GamePad boasts world's finest motion control
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STMicroelectronics and PNI Sensor teamed on an ultra-fine resolution e-compass for Nintendo's new Wii-U GamePad controller.
ST sets date for strategy announcement
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Struggling European chip manufacturer STMicroelectronics will announce details of its strategic plan on Dec. 10.
London Calling: Serving busy OEMs pays off
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11/30/2012   Post a comment
A lesson from Ireland: Helping a busy OEM make the transition to system-on-chip can be more rewarding than being an outsource service provider for a savvy but pressured chip design team.
Globalfoundries' FinFET wafers set to roll
News & Analysis  
11/30/2012   17 comments
The first multiproject wafer runs for foundry customers to begin testing the 14XM manufacturing process technology could start as soon as the first quarter of 2013.
Impulse's CoDeveloper compiles ANSI C to Altera's Quartus Qsys
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11/29/2012   Post a comment
Software developers work within a C development tool such as Visual Studio to offload the microprocessor code via parallelized optimization to FPGA.
Lattice Semiconductor to showcase liquid lens technology
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Varioptic liquid lens technology and Helion IP featured on Lattice HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit.
Engineering 3-D brain tissues with chip technology
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11/29/2012   1 comment
Engineers from MIT and Harvard Medical School used chip fabrication techniques to create 3-D brain tissues in a lab dish.
Bugs Be Gone!
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11/29/2012   Post a comment
Smarter debug and synthesis techniques will help you isolate errors and get your FPGA design to work on the board.
Silicon Valley Nation: Baseball, steroids and technology morality
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11/29/2012   5 comments
We argue loudly about technology in sports, not so much the consequences of our own. Why?
Upbeat VCs have cash for a few good chips
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11/29/2012   7 comments
Despite "dismal" forecasts for chips in 2012, venture capitalists said they see lots of opportunities ahead, including some in semiconductors.
Windows 8 failing to boost PC sales
Semi Conscious  
11/29/2012   14 comments
Much hoped for boost to PC sales from the launch of the new operating system has thus far failed to materialize.
Still no takers for idled ProMOS DRAM fab
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11/29/2012   1 comment
Taiwanese government-backed agency plans to reopen bidding after initial deadline passes with no offers.
Smartphones move center stage in cars, even drones
News & Analysis  
11/29/2012   4 comments
The French company Parrot developed a "universal receiver" for car phones and is now trying to expand its applications to consumer gadgets like personal drones.
ST's conundrum: Break up or tweak?
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11/29/2012   15 comments
ST isn't ready yet to break into two separate companies, but it can't continue with business as usual. Start with getting rid of ST-Ericsson.
GAO’s laser source detects fiber faults
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11/29/2012   Post a comment
Aiding the installation and maintenance of optical networks, the Model C0280003 handheld laser source from GAO Instruments emits a visible red light at a wavelength of 650 nm to identify the location of fiber macrobends, breaks, problem connectors, and improperly aligned mechanical splices.
University R&D spending for engineering jumps
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11/29/2012   4 comments
The National Science Foundation said U.S. university spending on R&D rose again in 2011, with engineering research ranking second after life sciences.
AC safety capacitors optimized for use in AC/DC power supplies, RJ11 apps
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11/29/2012   Post a comment
Tecate Group has launched its extensive offering of AC safety capacitors for X and Y class applications.
Arasan Chip Systems extends USB leadership with UFS, UniPro, and M-PHY IP solutions
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Arasan Chip Systems has strengthened the company’s position in the USB market by claiming to be the only IP provider offering a complete USB solution to the market; USB Digital IP, PHY, HSIC PHY, Stack, and Drivers.
Microchip’s PIC32 GUI Development Board With Projected-Capacitive Touch
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High-performance 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller eliminates cost and complexity of external graphics controller.
Powering LED luminaires: What’s the best option?
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11/29/2012   3 comments
Workarounds required to meet the requirements of electromagnetic compatibility can impair the reliability and efficiency of power circuits in LED luminaires.
MEMS variable capacitive accelerometers with eight-pin connector
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11/29/2012   Post a comment
Designed to provide high-precision shock, vibration and acceleration measurements in three orthogonal directions, the units are available in eight unique ranges from ±2 to ±400g.
PSS controller targets lower cost USB chargers for new generation smartphones
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11/29/2012   Post a comment
CamSemi's PSS controller features an integrated active Ultra High Voltage (UHV) device that allows charging to start in under 0.1 seconds.
Slideshow: A brief history of memory
Design How-To  
11/29/2012   21 comments
Early memory technologies range from punched cards to vacuum tube-based digital devices capable of storing 4,096 bits.
Is Renesas Mobile's LTE gambit paying off?
News & Analysis  
11/29/2012   9 comments
It's been a tough year for mobile chip vendors like Renesas Mobile. Without a design win in Apple or Samsung smartphones, Renesas and other have no other volume sockets to go after.
'Signum' ARM digital quarterly launches
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Working with the ARM architecture? Then subscribe for free to our multiplatform digital edition, covering low-power, intelligent devices.
Cadence donates multi-patterned lithography technology
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11/28/2012   1 comment
Cadence Design Systems has donated extensions to the Open Access community which enable physical design tools to represent Multi-Patterned Technology.
You too can be a "Layaway Santa"
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
I think this is a jolly good idea, and that any of us with a few extra dollars in our pockets should think seriously about spreading a little cheer.
Boosting CMOS Power Across the 2nd Dimension
Design How-To  
11/28/2012   4 comments
A new method for layering magnetic components atop CMOS wafers is showing promise for improved power management in devices.
Android cutting deeper into iPad's market share
News & Analysis  
11/28/2012   8 comments
Apple's share of the tablet market fell to 55 percent in the third quarter, the lowest it has been since the original iPad introduction.
Thinking about Gift Cards? Think again!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
11/28/2012   3 comments
I'm not sure if all of these issues are true in every case, but I will absolutely be reading the fine print before shelling out any more of my hard-earned cash.
DIY laser mic, visualizing sound waves, iPhone 5 DAC
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Some recent audio-related items that caught my eye include a DIY laser microphone "spy" system, a video showing how to make sound waves visible, and a close-up look at the DAC inside the iPhone 5.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – November 28th
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Accellera, ASSET, Atrenta, Cadence, EDALab, eSilicon and IAR made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Mentor's FloEFD targets UAV design simulations
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Mentor Graphics Corp. said it has donated its FloEFD Computational Fluid Dynamics software to over 700 U.S. high schools as part of the Real World Design Challenge contest.
IBM flash interconnect aims to bust bottlenecks
News & Analysis  
11/28/2012   2 comments
Following its acquisition of Texas Memory Systems, IBM is developing a storage I/O technology geared for flash memory subsystems.
3-D printing electronic devices...that work!
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/28/2012   8 comments
Scientists at the University of Warwick say they have invented a simple and inexpensive conductive plastic composite able to work in even today’s low-cost 3-D printers.
Low self noise: The first step to high-performance MEMS microphone applications
Design How-To  
11/28/2012   2 comments
MEMS microphones offer plenty of advantages, but their audio specifications have not been sufficient for certain designs. Now high-performance MEMS mics are changing what is possible, and many acoustics experts would say self noise is the first specification to consider.
MEMS microphones go HD
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Akustica is offering a line of high-definition MEMS mics for consumer electronic devices.
Harsh military environments demand high performance power conversion
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Military vehicles are platforms for increasingly complex electronic systems Heat management and power distribution are critical. High performance power conversion technology helps designers develop thermally efficient, reliable systems.
Thought-controlled arm helps amputees
Design How-To  
11/28/2012   1 comment
Max Ortiz Catalan of Chalmers University (shown) is developing a robotic arm that can be controlled by thought. The first operations on patients are due to take place over the winter.
London Calling: Pass me that 100 billion euro note
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11/28/2012   Post a comment
Europe needs to turn nanoelectronic research into gigawealth to maintain its standard of living and provide for its aging population. A positioning paper has just come out advocating megaspending over the next eight years.
GM's Chevrolets first to get Siri
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
11/28/2012   1 comment
The firm made the announcement at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on Tuesday, saying it would be the first of nine car makers to adopt Apple’s talking butler service, starting with the Chevrolet Sonic LTZ, RS, Spark 1LT and 2LT.
HP Labs sees ARM, Atom, memristors in server future
News & Analysis  
11/28/2012   14 comments
Disruptive changes in data center technologies are upcoming, this week's Server Design Summit revealed.
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