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Analog Devices CEO Jerry Fishman dies
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3/29/2013   6 comments
Semiconductor industry's longest-tenured CEO succumbs to an apparent heart attack after more than 35 years at ADI.
Tweet if you're an engineer
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3/29/2013   8 comments
Social media, and all its codes and shortcuts, have caught fire, even among engineers, who tend to be viewed as, well, anti-social.
The death of beta testing?
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Short release cycles, continuous deployment, automatic updates, and a fear of social media tattling on beta defects are causing vendors to forgo beta testing and find new ways to get useful user feedback.
Silicon Valley Nation: Memoir's CEO shift, new direction
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3/29/2013   3 comments
Memoir Systems has replaced its CEO with founder Sundar Iyer and charted a new course.
Wireless sensor network challenges and solutions
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3/29/2013   1 comment
Multichannel time-synchronized mesh networks based on 802.15.4 radios address many of the challenges involved in building flexible, reliable, low-power wireless sensor networks.
Facebook may launch smartphone
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3/29/2013   2 comments
Social media firm hints at announcement, invites media to Android-related event.
Free webinars – Introduction to Functional Verification
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3/29/2013   3 comments
I just heard that my good friend Brian Bailey will be the lecturer presenting a series of webinars next week.
Exclusive: Lenovo to design own chips
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3/29/2013   21 comments
While beefing up its senior management team to prepare itself to become a leading consumer electronics vendor, Lenovo is growing its IC design team to about 100 engineers by mid this year.
What were they thinking: A memory without a cache
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3/29/2013   3 comments
Normally you get a patent for creating something new. This patent appears to want to patent the removal of something...
Slideshow: Solar plane warms up for U.S. tour
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3/29/2013   10 comments
The sun-powered Solar Impulse aircraft will barnstorm America this summer while a next-generation design is in works to circumnavigate globe.
Yoshida in China: What’s your Africa strategy?
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3/29/2013   6 comments
The African market is much closer and more accessible to many Chinese fabless companies than we think.
Vishay WSL1020 Power Metal Strip resistor features wide side terminal construction
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Vishay's new surface-mount Power Metal Strip resistor features a wide side terminal construction that yields a high 2W power rating in the compact 1020 case size.
Are iPads region locked?
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3/28/2013   9 comments
Recently, I ran across something that I found to be a tad strange.
FCI expands Mini-SAS HD line with an active optical cable assembly
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FCI’s Mini-SAS HD active optical cable offerings are fully compliant to the SFF-8644 standard and meet all signal integrity performance requirements outlined in both SAS 2.1 and SAS 3.0 protocols.
Controller enables real-time monitoring, process control through web browsers, mobile devices
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Lantronix has launched xSenso controller, an industrial analog I/O server for process control and automation markets.
Diodes AH1898 programmable Hall switch
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Diodes' programmable omnipolar Hall effect switch enables designers to use the same contactless detection circuit in multiple applications or with different field strengths.
My ASIC+SoC reassessment
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3/28/2013   1 comment
ASIC and SoC have become "buzzwords" as ICs their distinction has morphed and merged over the years--Bill Schweber puts back the meaning.
What is the future for Network-on-Chip?
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Sonics recently conducted a survey to find out what people are looking for in commercial on-chip networks...
Lithium-Ion batteries overheated in Mitsubishi vehicles
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3/28/2013   4 comments
In another setback for lithium-ion battery technology, Mitsubishi Motors acknowledges a fire and an overheating incident involving the high-energy batteries.
How a MicroBlaze can peaceably coexist with the Zynq SoC
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It's a fairly simple matter to add MicroBlaze processors to a design based on Xilinx's Zynq All Programmable SoC.
ISPD: Contest yields actionable technologies
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ACM's International Symposium on Physical Design tackles ultra-low gate leakage with 2013 contest to advance the state-of-the-art.
NAND flash market surged in Q4
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3/28/2013   3 comments
Strong pricing was one of the reasons behind an unusual and unseasonal jump in the value of the he NAND flash memory market in 4Q12, according to market researcher IHS.
ADI designs ADMP801 MEMS microphone for hearing aid apps
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Analog Devices’ tiny MEMS microphone features low equivalent input noise and power consumption.
National Instruments adds baseband to vector transceiver
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Interface enables NI's vector signal transceiver to test both upconverted RF and downconverted baseband signals with a single instrument.
Using parallel FFT for multi-gigahertz FPGA signal processing
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Synopsys introduces the parallel Fast-Fourier Transform as a way to increase throughput, lower latency, or lower power, of embedded FFT capability. A case study is included to illustrate the architectural tradeoffs in FPGAs.
Microchip adds advanced third-party code to Embedded Code Source
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3/28/2013   1 comment
Microchip’s Embedded Code Source application store provides a one-stop-shop for cost-effective and free pre-written code from Microchip as well as third parties that can be used immediately to shorten design times.
LED-on-microwire startup raises $13 million
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3/28/2013   1 comment
Solid-state lighting without a need of phosphors and at lower cost than planar LEDs is the promise from a startup that makes LEDs on a sea of sub-micron pillars
Qualcomm, GloFo are stars of 2012 chip supplier ranking
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3/28/2013   3 comments
IDMs and fab-lite companies suffer as pure-play fabless and foundry companies are the star performers in a 2012 ranking of chip suppliers from IC Insights.
APEC's new power MOSFET
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N-Channel Enhancement Mode Power MOSFET for low power applications is also RoHS compliant .
Digital power modules ease power configuration
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One-click digital power modules from CUI provide system-level power management.
Nvidia R&D chief sketches road to chip stacks
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3/28/2013   6 comments
Organic substrates with new I/O techniques could pave the road to a 2.5-D chip stack for Nvidia, said Bill Dally in exclusive interview with EE Times.
Exclusive: China rising with branded products strategy
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3/28/2013   13 comments
Chinese companies seeking to upgrade from ODMs making non-branded boxes to designers of branded products will write next chapter in story of China’s electronics industry.
Samsung plans first Tizen-based handset this year
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3/28/2013   7 comments
Open-source operating system to be used in high-end handset in possible shot at Android.
Inside PlayStation 4 with console's architect
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3/27/2013   2 comments
Sony's MarK Cerny explains how he began the process of designing the gaming system.
MEMS oscillators go mobile
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3/27/2013   1 comment
SiTime claims to have penetrated the mobile market for the first time with a tiny, low power and inexpensive MEMS clock chip.
Analog and digital MEMS microphone design considerations
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3/27/2013   3 comments
This article examines the differences and design considerations to consider when integrating analog and digital MEMS microphones into a system design.
EDA/IP weekly roundup – March 27th 2013
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Analog Devices, ARM, MorethanIP, OCP-IP, Synopsys, Tabula, Toshiba and Xilinx made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Power device market to bounce back in 2013
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Following a contraction in 2012 the market for power devices is set to grow strongly for the next three years, according to market analysis firm Yole.
What to consider when selecting medical device interconnects
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Connecting healthcare professionals and patients remotely means selecting the right interconnects for the job. Biocompatibilty, durability, and reliability are key.
FinFET race holds promises, perils
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3/27/2013   9 comments
Rising capacitance is one of the challenges ahead in realizing the promises of the first process node to use 3-D transistors, said a group of experts.
14-nm node brings host of design challenges
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3/27/2013   6 comments
Achieving 14-nm chip production may be more difficult than iimagined, according to experts at the International Symposium on Physical Systems.
Slideshow: Next ARM CEO's 10 toughest tasks
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3/27/2013   9 comments
Simon Segars will take over a firm that has been pointed in the right direction for some time--but that doesn't mean the job will be a walk in the park.
Analog Devices collaborates with Mathworks to offer engineering students low-cost learning platform
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3/27/2013   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. has introduced a low-cost hardware-software solution focusing on circuit testing designed for the engineering education market.
Tensilica partners with Sensory to drive industry’s lowest power DSP-based voice activation solution
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3/27/2013   Post a comment
Tensilica, Inc. has worked together with Sensory to provide the lowest power voice activation solution based on Tensilica’s HiFi Mini DSP (digital signal processor) IP core and Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree always-on voice activation technology.
Smallest MEMS mic supports hearing aid apps, offers low EIN and power saving benefits
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Analog Devices, Inc. has introduced a high performance MEMS microphone developed specifically for hearing aid applications.
Audio processor IC slashes overall system cost for TV soundBar applications
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Ismosys partner ESS Technology has released a new generation of TV SoundBar SoCs for home-cinema digital sound and TV SoundBar applications.
Acoustic troubleshooting solution visualizes sound fields in 3D
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3/27/2013   Post a comment
LMS International has introduced a patented acoustic troubleshooting solution, the LMS SoundBrush, designed as a complete tool that enables engineers to map sound propagation around an object and localize acoustic sources.
NXP claims sound quality breakthrough with 9.5-V boost voltage in mobile micro speakers
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3/27/2013   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors is launching a speaker driver IC that enables a 9.5 V boost voltage from an integrated DC/DC converter.
Software lowers power used by cellular comms
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An analog and mixed-signal IC design services and IP company has developed some software that could improve cellular communications. It is now looking for a partner and first customer to help it get the technology to market.
Google leads 'white-space' trial in South Africa
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3/27/2013   4 comments
Pioneers of "white-space" radio are working in a South African trial to provide broadband connectivity that is being led by internet giant Google.
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