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Japan's Chip Fabs Turn to Growing Lettuce
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5/19/2014   5 comments
Two of Japan's chip companies have decided to grow lettuce and other vegetables in idle semiconductor clean rooms, using specialized lighting to replace sunlight.
Implant Gets Power Through Flesh
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5/19/2014   9 comments
A Stanford team claims it has developed a new approach to sending wireless power through living tissue, enabling smaller, deeper implants.
Photons Coming Down Cloudy Path
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5/16/2014   8 comments
Systems designers see high-speed optical interconnect between chips coming soon, but there’s little agreement on how best to do it.
Startup Faces SoC, Gender Challenges
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5/15/2014   8 comments
NetSpeed's Sundari Mitra wants to reshape the way SoCs are designed as she faces down challenges of a male-dominated industry.
Fairchild Confirms Fabless MEMS Entry
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5/13/2014   2 comments
Fairchild Semiconductor has confirmed it will enter the inertial MEMS market with mass production in 2014 as it formally announced the acquisition of Xsens Technologies.
Serial Links Rev Up to 56 Gbit/s
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5/13/2014   3 comments
The first public proposals for extending serial links to 56 Gbit/s are expected at the next OIF meeting, laying a foundation for future nets.
Teledyne Dalsa's CEO Retires
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5/7/2014   1 comment
Teledyne Dalsa, a pure-play foundry for the manufacture of MEMS, high voltage CMOS, and advanced CCDs, announces retirement of CEO Brian Doody after 29 years with the company.
CPU Vet Still Scaling CMOS
Blog  
5/6/2014   1 comment
Challenges conquering 14/16 and even 10nm processes nodes haven't dampened enthusiasm for veteran microprocessor designer Jim Keller.
AMD Takes Swing at Custom ARM
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5/5/2014   12 comments
AMD described a two-step route to interchangeable custom ARM and x86 64-bit SoCs to come in 2016, seeking a unique spot in a crowded field.
The Quirks of Quarks
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4/30/2014   Post a comment
Quarks follow a whole different set of rules than electrons. Electrons repel, and the farther you separate them, the less force they feel. These behaviors are probably synonymous with your concept of “force,” but not after you read this article.
Startups Pioneer Printed Electronics
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4/29/2014   4 comments
Kalamazoo, Mich., was once known as a paper mill town, but these days it is emerging as a center for a coming wave of printed electronics.
China Takes Lead in Carbon Nanotubes & Graphene
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4/25/2014   7 comments
China has for the first time edged out the US in patents and published papers regarding carbon nanotube and graphene research and manufacturing.
Slimming ICs to a Single Molecule Wide
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4/23/2014   1 comment
Conductors with a layer of built-in insulation are helping chip developers control the power of nano-circuits, according to recent research from the University of Rochester.
10nm Process Described in June
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4/23/2014   6 comments
IBM, GlobalFoundries, Samsung, and others will describe work on a 10 nm FinFET process, one of several notable papers at the VLSI Symposium.
Startup Makes First MEMS Bio-Tag Sales
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4/22/2014   Post a comment
Bluechiip, an Australian startup, has started selling its own passive ID and temperature-sensing devices using MEMS technology. The company is targeting the healthcare and research markets.
Neuromorphic Roadmap Plots Analog Path
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4/21/2014   9 comments
Human-brain-like cognitive computers will employ mixed-signal neuromorphic SoCs, according to the roadmap plotted by Georgia Tech researchers.
Google’s Project Tango Helps Robots Fly on ISS
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4/21/2014   2 comments
Google's experimental, 3D-navigating Project Tango will form the brains of NASA's SPHERES robots.
Smartphones, 28nm Tech Drive TSMC 1Q Revenue
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
Thanks to demand for high-end smartphones and investment in technology such as 20nm manufacturing, TSMC posted first-quarter net income of $1.59 billion. That momentum is expected to continue in the second quarter.
IMEC Adds Image Sensors to Commercial Development Service
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
The Belgian company has published a brochure that boasts of the facility adding image sensors and visions systems to its commercial development and foundry services.
Samsung, Globalfoundries Prep 14nm Process
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4/17/2014   9 comments
Putting heat on TSMC, Samsung and GlobalFoundries are putting a single 14nm process in production this year, but former partner IBM is out.
NASA Tests Technologies for Deep Space Exploration
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4/17/2014   1 comment
An oxygen recycling system, optical communications, and a deep space atomic clock top the space agency's list of priorities.
Wearable Computing Market on 78% CAGR Through 2018
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4/17/2014   1 comment
By the end of 2014, shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach more than 19 million units, roughly tripling from 2013. Fitness monitors are the hottest devices, but Google Glass and other accessories and devices are looking to catch on.
Google Contact Lens Patent Points to More Wearables
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4/16/2014   4 comments
In a filing from the US Patent Office, Google is looking to create smart contact lenses that include gesture technology and blink interfaces for wearable personal networks. The device could have medical uses.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
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4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
Google Has Plans for Titan Drones
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4/15/2014   2 comments
Titan Aerospace's drones are expected to help deliver Internet connectivity to remote regions.
Sensors & Actuators Market Forecast on 11% CAGR to 2018
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4/15/2014   Post a comment
After a two-year slump, sales of acceleration, yaw, and magnetic sensors are expected to explode this year and for the next three years.
Medtronic Spine Device Restores Function in Paralyzed Patients
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4/14/2014   2 comments
In a new report, researchers found that a spinal stimulator from Medtronic has been shown to help patients with paralyzed limbs. The scientists are planning additional tests.
French Team Developing Geo-Location Without GPS
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4/14/2014   2 comments
A group of researchers based in France is looking to spend more than $8.5 million to develop new technology that will allow people to geo-locate when a GPS satellite is unavailable.
Obokata Scandal Puts Research in Peril
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4/12/2014   30 comments
The STAP stem cell research scandal has exposed a number of important issues fundamental to science and the politics of science. Critically, it poses questions about the apparent lack of research rigor in Japan.
Google Glass for Parkinson's: 10 Findings
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4/11/2014   2 comments
Google Glass offers more health benefits than awkwardness, Parkinson's patients in UK study find. Sensors have a major role to play.
Chip Experts Cautiously Optimistic
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4/10/2014   14 comments
Scaling looks good down to 5nm but the outlook is dim for alternative technologies such as FD-SOI and mixed for 450mm wafers, experts say.
Biomedical Sensors Analyze Vascular Deposits
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4/10/2014   2 comments
A new European program, called ESSENCE, looks to combine electrical engineering and healthcare expertise to create sensors for a range of medical applications.
Amino-Acid Semiconductors Promise Fast Phone Charging
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4/9/2014   4 comments
At a recent Microsoft showcase in Tel Aviv, startup firm StoreDot showed a new system for charging devices using organic polymer materials rather than traditional silicon.
Samsung Researchers Celebrate Promising Graphene Breakthrough
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4/7/2014   4 comments
A new manufacturing technique could accelerate use of the world's strongest material in computers and other products.
MEMS Mics Pass $1B Milestone
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4/2/2014   8 comments
The micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) microphone market it on track to top the $1 billion milestone in 2014.
MEMS, Magnetics Set to Lead Sensor Market Rebound in 2014
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4/1/2014   Post a comment
After two weak years of growth, the market for sensors, discrete devices, actuators, and others are expected to bounce back during the next 12 months.
GE Claims Fastest, Highest-Power MEMS Switch
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3/28/2014   5 comments
General Electric has crafted a micro-electromechanical system switch that can handle an astounding 5 kilowatts of power at 3 GHz.
FinFETs Not the Best Silicon Road
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3/27/2014   42 comments
The move to 20nm bulk CMOS and 16/14nm FinFETs brings one of the most serious challenges the semiconductor industry has faced in 20 years.
Apple's M-Health Rumors Get Detailed
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3/26/2014   6 comments
For months, the rumor mill has been churning out stories about Apple entering the healthcare field. However, a recent meeting with the FDA and new image point to a health-monitoring app that the company may include with iOS8.
Florida Hospital Tracks Nurses Footsteps, Work Patterns
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3/25/2014   14 comments
Florida Hospital Celebration Health improves nurse scheduling, productivity with sensors that track workflows and patterns.
Medical Device Recalls Growing at Slower Pace Than Industry
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3/25/2014   3 comments
Recalls of medical devices always make for good headlines. However, recent reports show that the number of these recalls is actually on the decline.
Will China Conquer MEMS?
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   8 comments
After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
UC Berkeley Scientists Advance On-Chip Inductor Technology
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3/20/2014   6 comments
New research from UC Berkeley is showing how magnetic particles can enable miniaturization while boosting inductance and performance.
MEMS Combo Market Growth Spurred by Mobile, Wearables
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3/19/2014   Post a comment
Growth of MEMS sensors has exploded recently. IHS research finds that growth, driven by use in mobile devices, is likely to continue.
IBM: 11 Historic Changes at Big Blue
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3/18/2014   28 comments
With a track record lasting more than a century, IBM has reinvented itself many times.
Sensor Fusion on EE Live! Menu
News & Analysis  
3/17/2014   4 comments
Sensor fusion is rapidly becoming the secret sauce for the Internet of Things, a recipe experts will describe at an EE Live! panel.
Tech Comes to the Hinterlands
Blog  
3/17/2014   16 comments
High tech is revitalizing Kalamazoo, Mich., after the polar vortex of Detroit's decline as the global automotive capital.
Has Indoor Navigation Lost Its Way?
News & Analysis  
3/14/2014   11 comments
In the MEMS market, indoor navigation seemed like a good bet just a few years ago, but times have changed. Now, it seems that smartphone makers may drop pressure sensors from their designs.
MEMS Panel Outlines Opportunity & Threat
News & Analysis  
3/13/2014   1 comment
At the MEMS Executive Congress Europe show in Germany, panelists debated the latest developments in the field, including new opportunities, falling average selling prices, and how long it will take for the Internet of Things market to mature.
New Med App Tackles Maternal Health Improvements
News & Analysis  
3/11/2014   4 comments
Dubbed the Phone Oximeter, a new mobile app has garnered funding and is poised to provide an affordable option to developing nations.
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