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Lego wheelchair does the YouTube rounds
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7/31/2012   4 comments
Most engineers I’ve ever met can be categorized by two things; their love of problem solving, and their love of Lego.
Spansion Q2 2012 earnings
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7/31/2012   2 comments
Memory maker Spansion reported Q2 2012 revenue up 11 percent from Q1 to $233.4 million. Net income of $26 million compared with a first-quarter loss of $13.1 million.
Altera shipping 14.1 Gbps backplane-capable transceivers in 28-nm Stratix V FPGAs
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The only FPGA with 14.1 Gbps backplane-capable transceivers to meet the high-performance requirements in test and measurement, data centers, and storage area networks.
What's new in automotive electronics (July 30, 2012)
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7/31/2012   2 comments
Automotive electronics news, technology and trends collected from around the web
Apple v. Samsung kicks off innovation debates
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7/31/2012   17 comments
The case asks what’s the line between aggressive benchmarking and copying of a competitor’s product and between filing relevant versus submarine patents.
Statistics, statistics and damned lies
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7/31/2012   15 comments
Piracy is a series issue, but I get annoyed when people twist statistics in ways that support their opinion and don’t stick to the facts…
TI offers power management controllers
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7/31/2012   1 comment
Texas Instruments has made available power management controllers with standby power savings that will help smartphone users use less electricity with their 5-watt cube adapters, even when they are left plugged into the wall.
Toshiba to commence volume production of white LEDs
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7/31/2012   4 comments
Toshiba announced it would start mass production of white light-emitting diodes in the 200-mm wafer fab at subsidiary Kaga Toshiba Electronics in October.
Indian firm launches $125 MIPS-based Android 4.1 tablet
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7/31/2012   4 comments
Intellectual property licensor MIPS Technologies said an Indian firm is now shipping in India a media tablet featuring a MIPS-based processor and running the latest version of the Android operating system for about $125.
Have you got the globes? No, I always walk this way!
Programmable Logic DesignLine Blog  
7/31/2012   31 comments
You tend to forget just how much more information there seems to be when you are looking at globe as opposed to a flat map / projection.
What is JESD204 and why should we pay attention to it?
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7/31/2012   6 comments
As system designs become more complex and ADC/DAC performance improves, the JESD204 standard should be able to adapt and evolve to continue to meet the new design requirements.
ARM microcontroller, IoT exam coming early in 2013
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7/31/2012   2 comments
A second entry-level exam, addressing Cortex-M cores, microcontrollers and the Internet of Things, will be added early in 2013 to the ARM Accredited Engineer certification scheme recently rolled out by ARM.
Green power to the people everywhere
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7/31/2012   2 comments
According to Tony Armstrong at Linear Technology Corp, it is not the energy conversion efficiency of the circuits that is important, but more the amount of “average harvested” energy which is available to power it.
Apple captive Cirrus gagged
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7/31/2012   39 comments
With almost 60 percent of its business is coming from a single customer – in this case Apple, Inc., it’s not quite kosher to call Cirrus Logic an independent fabless chip company any more.
Infineon sales hold firm, profits fall
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7/31/2012   3 comments
Fiscal third quarter sales at chip maker Infineon were slightly ahead of previous guidance but the company confirmed its outlook that the fiscal fourth quarter would be flat.
7 thoughts on VMWare's $1.26B bid for Nicira
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7/31/2012   6 comments
It's Gold Rush time again thanks to VMWare’s proposed $1.26 billion acquisition of Nicira, and I have seven observations on the deal.
We need a simpler and faster approach to formal verification
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7/30/2012   2 comments
The semiconductor industry needs a solution that addresses individual formal verification tasks without the user having to become expert in all aspects of formal verification.
Synopsys buys EDA vendor Ciranova
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EDA and IP vendor Synopsys announced the acquisition of custom IC EDA tool vendor Ciranova. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Cooling EV batteries
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7/30/2012   5 comments
Radio transceiver module is fast-switching, long range for industrial apps
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The WFX2 radio Transceiver module from Radiometrix Ltd. is targeted for industrial applications requiring long range and high-reliability.
Happy Friday
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The 2012 Olympics opening ceremony … WOW!
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7/30/2012   27 comments
Did you see the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games on Friday? I have to say that I was completely blown away…
Analog sector to post modest sales growth, boost 300-mm production
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7/30/2012   2 comments
The worldwide analog semiconductor market is on track this year to grow 5.1 percent, increasing at a slower clip than the overall semiconductor industry, according to a market report from Semico Research Corp.
Smart Storage releases next-gen SATA SSD
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The XceedIOPS2 leverages 24-nm eMLC NAND flash for mainstream workloads.
The (non) persistence of memory
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7/30/2012   1 comment
How do we reliably store information for centuries when our compression algorithms are outmoded in less than a decade?
Apple to acquire fingerprint chip firm Authentec
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7/30/2012   12 comments
Apple signed a merger agreement to acquire AuthenTec, a provider of fingerprint ICs, sensors and software for security, for about $356 million, according to a regulatory filing.
Breaking through the embedded memory bottleneck, part 1
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7/30/2012   1 comment
Memory operations per second (MOPS) provides a better metric for assessing new techniques like algorithmic memory.
Power noise reduction by optimizing the dynamic power signature of digital ICs
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Power Noise Integrity (PNI) is becoming a number one IC design focus, as product quality, circuit reliability and lifetime robustness are increasingly important parameters of strategic business value in high-volume IC products…
UMC seeks partners, offers 10% share in business
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7/30/2012   1 comment
Foundry chip maker UMC has announced that it is offering a private equity placement for up to 10 percent of the company. There has been speculation that Qualcomm could be persuaded to purchase the stock as a means of investing in manufacturing.
Lattice announced serial image sensor bridge support for Sony IMX136/104
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7/30/2012   3 comments
Design uses low cost, low power MachXO2 PLD
Wireless is bright sector in slow chip market, says IHS
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7/30/2012   2 comments
Global semiconductor component revenue is expected to rise by 3 percent to $320.8 billion 2012, according to IHS iSuppli. The market research firm said that wireless market growth would be a highlight in an otherwise lackluster year.
Semtech rolls sub-GHz multi-PHY mode transceiver
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7/30/2012   1 comment
Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Semtech Corp. said it has introduced the SX1257, a low power digital I/Q RF multi-mode PHY transceiver. Suitable for smart metering applications, the SX1257 supports mandatory and optional 802.15.4g PHY modes, including orthogonal frequency division multiplexing.
Understanding the IP3 specification and linearity, Part 2
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7/30/2012   2 comments
Learn how to evaluate and interpret IPn to assess the linearity of your electronic device.
Intel upgrades 3G RF chip with power amplifiers
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7/30/2012   7 comments
Intel has announced the integration of a 3G HSPA radio frequency transceiver with power amplifiers on a single 65-nm die.
Clemmer: NXP debt under control, focusing on design wins
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7/27/2012   6 comments
NXP CEO Rick Clemmer (shown) said the chip maker has reduced its debt by $900 million, allowing it to devote more of its resources to key design wins.
Auto IC gains breathe new life into car market
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7/27/2012   5 comments
Entrenched suppliers like ST, Freescale and Renesas are providing new kinds of auto electronics that are sustaining the global car market. That will make it harder for aspiring Chinese suppliers to enter a market with high barriers to entry.
Best of the web -– July 27th
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Blogs from around the web that made my “best of the web” list this week…
Controlling multiple LED strings with C2000 MCUs
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7/27/2012   2 comments
This whitepaper explores the different LED driver topologies and digital control methods available for driving multiple LED strings efficiently to reduce system cost, lower operating expenses, increase color accuracy, and improve overall reliability.
What were they thinking: Brain Optimization
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7/27/2012   3 comments
We see Groupons for everything these days, but this one really caught my eye. Can someone really perform brain optimization on me…
What Intel's 'Me The Musical' leaves out
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7/27/2012   14 comments
Wow. Talk about alternative reality… or, should I say, revisionist history? I am talking about Intel’s recently launched ‘Me The Musical’ campaign, which piggy- backs on Facebook.
More than a third of Android apps host malware
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7/27/2012   45 comments
More than a third of all Android apps contain some form of malware, according to tests conducted by BT, but a new generation of firewalls could help block the code.
Safer vehicles through aircraft technology
Design How-To  
7/27/2012   8 comments
The growing number of electronic control devices in vehicles calls for a short-term solution that allows several functions to be integrated onto one chip. Avionics provides one model: in that field, the technology of partitioning has already been in use for ten years. A microkernel, acting as the basic operating system, generates partitions in which other operating systems can run.
FinFETs-on-SOI can double battery life, says GSS
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7/27/2012   12 comments
Fully depleted FinFET style transistors made on SOI wafers are likely to allow about one-third the leakage current of FinFETs made on bulk silicon according to TCAD simulations performed by Gold Standard Simulations.
Researchers claim smallest semiconductor laser
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7/27/2012   7 comments
Physicists at the University of Texas-Austin say they have developed the world's smallest semiconductor laser in collaboration with colleagues in Taiwan and China.
Ethernet group crafting cloud, SDN specs
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7/26/2012   2 comments
The Metro Ethernet Forum has started technical work on standards to support cloud computing and software-defined networking over carrier-grade Ethernet.
IEEE forecasts ten-fold data growth by 2015
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7/26/2012   12 comments
Data traffic is expected to grow ten-fold from 2010 to 2015 and up to 100-fold by 2020, according to a new report from the IEEE’s Ethernet standards group.
ARM adds weight to IoT debate
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7/26/2012   2 comments
ARM has invited four U.K. companies to help it form an industry forum to help shape the Internet of Things. The work is being done within the U.K. initially partly to help align it with government initiatives and regulation.
First public access release to Xilinx Vivado design suite
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7/26/2012   2 comments
Accelerates time to implementation from C and RTL up to 4x and improves performance up to 15 percent.
Global CO2 emissions up 3% in 2011
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7/26/2012   21 comments
After a 1-percent decline in 2009 and an unprecedented 5-percent surge in 2010, global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) increased by 3 percent in 2011, to 34 billion tons, according to the European Commission's Joint Research Center.
What’s happening at OCP-IP
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7/26/2012   2 comments
Ian Mackintosh updates me about four developments in the world of OCP-IP and a sneak peak at his new book on management…
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