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Samsung & Apple Drive Robust Growth in Light Sensors
News & Analysis  
7/31/2013   2 comments
The value of light and proximity sensors used mobile handsets and tablets is set to grow rapidly in the coming years due to increased use by the likes of Samsung and Apple, according to IHS.
MEMS in Mobiles to Be $6B Market
News & Analysis  
7/30/2013   13 comments
The market for MEMS sensors in smartphones and tablets is ramping fast but will be accompanied by increased competition and declining prices, according to market analysis firm Yole Développement.
Chip Market Projected to Grow 7%
News & Analysis  
7/30/2013   19 comments
IDC says the semiconductor market will grow by 6.9 percent in 2013, thanks in large part to smartphone and tablet growth.
10 Tiny Development Boards That Are Up to the Task
Slideshow  
7/29/2013   41 comments
Development boards are getting smaller every day. Here are a collection of 10 so small they might disappear into your sofa if you're not careful.
Silicon Valley Makes Beer, Not Chips
Blog  
7/26/2013   24 comments
It's still frothy times in the home of Apple, Cisco, Google and Facebook, but now we wear jeans and T-shirts, not bunny suits, when we go to work.
Slideshow: Google Upgrades Android, Nexus, TV
News & Analysis  
7/25/2013   29 comments
We take a look at the new Nexus 7, Android 4.3, and Chromecast and share a brief chat with Google's Mr. Android and the chairman of Asus.
Reference Designs, Anyone?
Blog  
7/24/2013   8 comments
Devices are often at a virtual parity with competitive offers. A more complete, intelligently deployable reference design could tip the balance in the selection process.
Medical Bloggers Wanted Stat
Blog  
7/23/2013   2 comments
I'm looking for a few good bloggers to report to the digital operating room of our Medical Designline. All specialists are welcome.
Live Online Chat With Max Friday, July 26
Blog  
7/23/2013   11 comments
This week's live online chat will take place Friday, July 26, at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT).
Loss-Making ST Forecasts Flat for Q3
News & Analysis  
7/23/2013   4 comments
As STMicroelectronics strives to move on from its wireless misadventure, the company has reported losses in its Q2 results and sees no sequential growth in Q3.
Crash Sensor, First of Many Wearables
Blog  
7/23/2013   17 comments
The Icedot is the first of what may someday be a trillion sensors, many of which we will wear.
TI Looks for Q3 Sales Uptick
News & Analysis  
7/23/2013   9 comments
Texas Instruments reported that second quarter sales were down 9 percent year-over-year, but the company forecast a third quarter sequential increase of about 6 percent.
Java Grabs ARM in Embedded Drive
News & Analysis  
7/22/2013   10 comments
Version 3.3 of Oracle's Java Micro Edition Embedded supports ARM-based SoCs targeting a broad range of microcontroller-class devices.
MEMS Sensors Secure Structures
News & Analysis  
7/19/2013   21 comments
Infrastructure monitoring firm Resensys claims to be preventing bridges from collapsing with advanced warning using wireless networks of micro-electro-mechanical system sensors and smart monitoring software.
How ARM's Cortex-A7 Beats the A15
Blog  
7/19/2013   5 comments
You get more raw performance at about the same power consumption and in the same die area with four Cortex-A7s.
Intel Results Continue to Slide
News & Analysis  
7/18/2013   35 comments
Intel cuts 2013 capex and revenue forecasts as it reports falling profits in second quarter.
Creating a Prototype? Consider This
Blog  
7/17/2013   7 comments
You can begin to relax after testing at speed, but you can never truly relax, even after all the qualification testing has been performed.
Startup Aims to Unsnarl IoT Code
News & Analysis  
7/17/2013   21 comments
WigWag plans open source software to ease to job of addressing devices using any protocol on the Internet of Things. It also described the innards of its home automation devices.
Taking the Hype out of 3D Printing
Blog  
7/17/2013   24 comments
3D printing is fascinating, but for now its impact is likely to be limited to particular low-volume, lightweight applications because of materials issues.
An Embarrassment to the Electronics Community
Blog  
7/16/2013   15 comments
PDF and Gerber -- is this the best the industry and professionals who collectively all but created the Digital Revolution can put forth?
Japan Firm Offers Personal 3D Printer
News & Analysis  
7/16/2013   17 comments
Japan firm is offering a 3D printer plus design software for less than 200,000 yen, or less than about US$2,000, in the form of the Scoovo C170 model.
MRAM Pioneer Doubles Funding
News & Analysis  
7/16/2013   13 comments
French MRAM firm Crocus Technology has raised about $45 million, which it plans to use for volume production in Israel and R&D at its joint venture fab in Russia.
Google Android Support Completes Bluetooth Low Energy Picture
Blog  
7/15/2013   7 comments
Google's announcement that Android will offer native support for Bluetooth LE sees the final piece of the Bluetooth LE jigsaw puzzle snap into place.
A Trillion Sensors Are on the Way
Blog  
7/15/2013   25 comments
Even the nano-nerds at Semicon West are getting excited about IoT, inviting a Fairchild MEMS expert to talk about the road ahead.
How to Launch a Hardware Startup in 2013, Part 2
Blog  
7/15/2013   4 comments
Simon Barker tells us more about how to launch a hardware-oriented startup. We could be living in a golden age, so take your courage and your open-ource hardware in both hands.
Swimming in a Patent Suit Tsunami
Blog  
7/15/2013   10 comments
We need some fresh thinking about how to navigate the rising tide of patent infringement suits.
What Do You Do With Hundreds of Pix You Take?
Blog  
7/12/2013   31 comments
How many photos do you take a year -- 500? 1,000? 3,000? More importantly, what you do end up doing with them?
How to Launch a Hardware Startup, Part 1
Blog  
7/10/2013   9 comments
Launching a hardware-based startup is hard, but the Internet, social media, and open-source movements are making it easier.
Image Processor IC Startup Snags Funding, New CEO
News & Analysis  
7/10/2013   4 comments
Movidius Ltd. puts the former GM of TI's OMAP in the chief executive chair and moves its headquarters to Silicon Valley.
ARM's Lead Engineer Discusses Inexact Processing
Blog  
7/8/2013   7 comments
ARM's lead processor architect has told us that the company has thought about creating an inexact processor; a processor that curtails precision in the interest of saving power.
The Internet of Things: Embedded Engineers, Are You Ready?
Opinion  
7/3/2013   2 comments
The coming Internet of Things (IoT) is quite possibly the biggest change that will impact embedded designers over the next decade.
Big-Data Meets the Internet of Things
Blog  
7/3/2013   2 comments
Recent events in Boston, Delft, and Wuxi gave researcher Stephen Miles a global view of issues and developments in the Internet of Things.
It's Crunch Time for Information Technology Agreement Negotiations
Blog  
7/3/2013   Post a comment
There are many reasons to extend the Information Technology Act, a highly successful trade pact. But time is growing short.
London Calling: Google Doesn't Take Electricity for Granted
Blog  
7/3/2013   2 comments
Change is never essay, but the need to rework electrical distribution infrastructure to make it ready for smart grid operations presents a compelling reason we should.
What's Strange or Unique in Your Office?
Blog  
7/3/2013   28 comments
Do you have any strange and/or unusual and/or unique items in your office that make your guests gasp with surprise and delight and ask, "What on Earth is that?"
Complex Chips Make Tangled Business
Blog  
7/3/2013   5 comments
As chip complexity has increased, design has climbed in abstraction, and it has created a Byzantine network of business models and opportunities. But are too many entities trying to take profit across the design process killing the goose that lays the golden IC?
Chip Sales Boom in May
News & Analysis  
7/2/2013   7 comments
Americas and Asia-Pacific regions drive May three-month average of global chip sales above expectations and produce the largest sequential monthly increase in averaged sales since March 2010.
Dialog to Pay $310 Million for PMIC Pioneer
News & Analysis  
7/2/2013   1 comment
Germany-based Dialog Semiconductor has agreed to buy power management IC pioneer iWatt for $310 million in cash plus up to an additional $35 million based on subsequent business performance.
Immigration Rally Raises One of Many Voices
Blog  
7/2/2013   12 comments
I marched for an afternoon in front of the Silicon Valley office of Rep. Zoe Lofgren, one of millions of voices on immigration reform.
Caveman Seeks Man Cave Upgrade
Blog  
7/2/2013   22 comments
At the risk of letting the whole world know I'm an utter Luddite cheapskate, I will open the kimono on the state of my digital home.
IoT Landscape Defies Mapping
News & Analysis  
7/1/2013   17 comments
The Internet of Things represents one of the most fragmented market landscapes in electronics today.
Mobile, Cloud Define New Comms Reality
Blog  
7/1/2013   1 comment
We’ve redesigned the Communications Designline to be a news-centric, blog-heavy hotspot for what’s happening in today’s mobile/cloud era.
WigWag Kicks Off Home Automation Campaign
News & Analysis  
7/1/2013   6 comments
WigWag has quickly blown through the modest goal of its Kickstarter campaign, but whether the startup sparks an IoT firestorm remains to be seen.
Artificial Pancreas Dials Up Smartphones
News & Analysis  
7/1/2013   15 comments
Diabetes researchers are tapping mobile devices to link insulin monitors and pumps as they work toward an artificial pancreas.


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