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KKR Gains 6.8% Stake in Marvell
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12/31/2013   6 comments
Private equity firm KKR & Co. LLP has amassed a 6.8 percent stake in Marvell Technology Group, according to a regulatory filing.
Welcome to the Xmas Return Line
Blog  
12/30/2013   38 comments
The last two consumer electronics products I bought failed miserably. Is it just my bad luck or has quality gone to hell?
5G Dials Up Global Efforts
News & Analysis  
12/24/2013   13 comments
The chair of Europe's new 5GPPP Association explained his group's plans and pointed to others around the world defining the next-gen network.
Semiconductor Ecosystem Tangles Into Sparse Matrix
Blog  
12/23/2013   6 comments
The semiconductor ecosystem itself is shifting toward an increasingly complex yet transparent Internet. That's making it harder for upstart companies to get into the microprocessor business.
Altera CEO Upbeat After Tough 2013
News & Analysis  
12/23/2013   7 comments
The FPGA vendor's chief executive shared his views on the outlook for semiconductors and engineering in a yearend interview with EE Times.
IBM Boosts Mobile Play With Fiberlink
News & Analysis  
12/23/2013   8 comments
With its recent acquisitions, IBM has created a cloud-based mobile device service it claims could make smartphones more secure than today's laptops.
Top 10 Automotive Agendas for 2014 & Beyond
News & Analysis  
12/20/2013   22 comments
Carmakers today languish between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, they face a dizzying array of new technologies to adopt, while they must comply with new regulations.
The Self-Driving Car Will Watch Your Every Move
Blog  
12/20/2013   28 comments
The biggest hurdle for autonomous cars is not whether a car can drive itself from point A to B, but if we can strike a balance in extending human driving abilities into the world of AI.
Indiegogo Propels MedTech Startup to CES
News & Analysis  
12/19/2013   9 comments
Skulpt will stand next to giants such as Samsung at the Consumer Electronics Show, thanks in part to the visibility it gained through crowdfunding.
Power Week in Review: Laptop Charger Standard, Predicting Blackouts & TFET Advance
News & Analysis  
12/19/2013   4 comments
This week, a tunnel field-effect transistor that promises HF operation at very low power, an algorithmic approach for predicting blackouts, a new standard for a single external charger for notebook computers, a Qi-compliant wireless power receiver controller IC, and more.
5G Work Officially Begins in Europe
News & Analysis  
12/18/2013   19 comments
Europe's new 5GPPP Association has a broad charter to define and develop standards for cellular networks, targeting 2020 and beyond.
CES 2014 to Spark Android vs. iOS In-Car Battle
News & Analysis  
12/18/2013   25 comments
Google will roll out its response to Apple's iOS in the Car at CES. The announcement includes the formation of an industry consortium and the adoption of communication standards, connecting Android phones with cars.
How Do I...?
Blog  
12/17/2013   16 comments
What happens when design engineers get fed up with the hacked-together code or process they’ve used for the past two projects, and want to find a better way to do it?
Pedestrian Dead Reckoning Enables Indoor Navigation Without WiFi
News & Analysis  
12/16/2013   12 comments
Sensor Platforms Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) addition to its FreeMotion Library gives original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the means to enable indoor navigation, more detailed activity monitoring, sports/health applications, and a whole range of new location-based services.
Qualcomm CEO: Mollenkopf to Succeed Jacobs
News & Analysis  
12/13/2013   1 comment
Mobile chip giant Qualcomm said its chief operating officer Steve Mollenkopf will become its new CEO on March 4.
ST Offers Integrated IC Energy Harvester
News & Analysis  
12/13/2013   13 comments
ST's new energy harvesting IC blends integration with environmentally-friendly design and is aimed at engineers as the end user.
Startup Puts Wireless Charging in a Box
News & Analysis  
12/12/2013   11 comments
Humavox emerged from stealth mode with an RF-based wireless charging technology it will license for smart watches, hearing aids, and glasses.
Power Week-in-Review: Triboelectric Power Generator, GaN Partnership & Advanced Batteries Growth
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12/12/2013   Post a comment
This week, practical power generators using the triboelectric effect, a report on the continued growth of advanced batteries, two GaN power device manufacturers join forces, an SMU battery simulator add-on, and more.
Chip Execs Lower Expectations
News & Analysis  
12/11/2013   8 comments
Semi industry leaders see less momentum today for a sustained industry recovery in 2014 than a year ago, according to an industry survey. This muted confidence is primarily a result of revenue growth.
Mobile Maturity Leads to Extremes
Blog  
12/11/2013   7 comments
The commoditization of the smartphone is driving innovation to extremes and creating a new class of wearable devices, according to market watcher Bill Boldt.
AllSeen, Unseen in Q'comm IoT Bid
News & Analysis  
12/10/2013   11 comments
Qualcomm found 23 backers for its Internet of Things software, but it remains to be seen what they do with it in a new open-source alliance.
Spansion Plays Hardball With Patents
News & Analysis  
12/10/2013   11 comments
Spansion is turning up the heat on anyone misusing its technology without getting consensus from the company, sending letters to a list of memory companies and non-memory end-users, warning them on potential patent infringement.
2014 CES: Cool Gadgets for Fit Fashion
Slideshow  
12/9/2013   12 comments
For technology companies to showcase the power of multiple sensors and low-power wireless chips, there is no better medium than wearable devices.
Cloud Power Issue Looms, Says Cisco CTO
News & Analysis  
12/9/2013   34 comments
Mega-datacenters will demand as much power as small cities in the next few years without technology breakthroughs, warns a Cisco CTO.
Raspberry Pi Connects Oscilloscope to Tablets
News & Analysis  
12/6/2013   20 comments
Open-source microcontrollers can become servers and instrument controllers.
Growth in Memory Sector Spurs 2013 Rebound for Semiconductors
News & Analysis  
12/6/2013   6 comments
IHS predicts that in 2012 the chip market will experience significant growth thanks in large part to growth in the memory sector. This comes on the heels of significant decline in 2012.
Pebble CEO Turns Back Clock
News & Analysis  
12/6/2013   11 comments
The chief executive of Pebble Technology told the story of the launch of the Pebble Watch effort at an event sponsored by Broadcom.
Bluetooth Smart Gets Smarter
News & Analysis  
12/4/2013   11 comments
The latest Bluetooth spec update will improve consumer usability and developer access while paving the way for new devices. Bluetooth 4.1, builds on the current low power consumption model to produce data that’s more visible on mobile devices, improve usability with increased coexistence support for LTE and data exchange, and empower developer innovation.
FDA Charts Mobile Health Progress
News & Analysis  
12/3/2013   17 comments
A top FDA technologist made the case the agency is making progress in its effort to keep pace with the rapidly evolving mobile health sector.
Atmel & the Art of Touch
Blog  
12/3/2013   18 comments
XSense is a high-performance, highly flexible touch sensor on extremely bendable, flexible plastic, allowing engineers to design devices with curved surfaces.
Mobile Boosts Processor Market
News & Analysis  
12/2/2013   12 comments
PCs are down, but smartphones and tablets are up. IHS predicts processor market will have had a 24-percent growth spurt in 2013.
Amazon Prime Air Is a Lot of Hot Air
Blog  
12/2/2013   59 comments
Amazon's announcement of "Amazon Prime Air" is like a car manufacturer showing off a concept car.
Energy Availability vs. Power Needs
Blog  
12/2/2013   19 comments
These two critical parameters are related but different, and obscuring their differences can lead to design confusion.
DCD's Soft IP HDLC/SDLC Controller Targets Telecommunications
News & Analysis  
12/2/2013   Post a comment
Like all DCD IP cores, the DHDLC is technology independent suitable for both ASIC and FPGA implementations.
4 Predictions for 2014 Networks
Blog  
12/2/2013   6 comments
The CTO of Vitesse Semiconductor shares four trends in communications and networking he sees when he looks at 2014 in his crystal ball.
10 Defenses Against Smartphone Theft
Blog  
12/2/2013   7 comments
Thieves see mobile phones as easy cash. Information Week says take these 10 steps to defend yourself. But what can EEs do to design anti-theft into the device?


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