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Monolythic MEMS Sensor Cuts Size/Cost
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6/25/2014   12 comments
mCube hopes to expand into low-end smartphones and wearables with new round of series C funding.
TRW Launches Its Largest R&D Center -- in China
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6/24/2014   2 comments
TRW Automotive Holdings has opened an R&D center in China. Placing its largest technology center in the Middle Kingdom provides a clear hint about where the automotive supplier expects further growth.
MEMS Microphones Busting Out All Over
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Once portrayed as a dead-end market destined to become a mere commodity where the most important parameter was cost, MEMS microphones today are driven by smartphones/tablets/laptops with IoT/wearables/automotive quickening pace. MEMS mics' added value has no bound in sight.
Radios Give IoT New Channels
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6/19/2014   2 comments
Researchers at Imec described work on a basketful of radios for the Internet of Things from 79 GHz radar to 900 MHz wireless charging.
First Ultrasonic MEMS Controller to Make Mobile Hands Free
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6/17/2014   Post a comment
Knowles, the world's biggest supplier of MEMS microphones, has announced the world's first ultrasonic MEMS microphone designed to extend the control of mobile devices into the 3D space above and around the screen.
DNA Chip Will Plug Into Handsets
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6/9/2014   7 comments
Illumina discussed its early research on a chip that could plug into a smartphone, delivering genomic diagnostics to consumers in clinics.
Haute Couture Meets High Tech
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6/4/2014   8 comments
According to Dutch fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht, fashion lacks microcontrollers. Using microcontrollers, sensors, and 3D printing, Wipprecht believes that the future of fashion is in technology.
MEMS Clock Cuts Wearable Power in Half
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6/4/2014   10 comments
SiTime Corp. has created world's most accurate MEMS real-time clock with just plus or minus five parts per million of a TCXO class part.
Cavium Thunder Rattles Xeon
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6/3/2014   24 comments
Cavium will challenge Intel's Xeon server processors with Thunder, its first server and networking SoCs based on a custom 64-bit ARM core.
100G Effort Eyes One Optical Lane
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6/2/2014   10 comments
A June workshop will scope out the possibilities and challenges for sending 100 Gbits/s over a single lambda focusing on data centers.
ARM Grabs Duolog for SoC Tools
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5/29/2014   1 comment
ARM is negotiating to acquire Duolog, a small EDA tools company with which it is developing trace and debug tools for multicore SoCs.
Regulators May Stymie 60 GHz Use
Blog  
5/28/2014   4 comments
Emerging 60GHz communications could be a prime example of how a market can be held back by subtle differences in government regulations.
Materials Hunt on for 10-5 nm Chips
Blog  
5/23/2014   1 comment
Finding the right materials will be one of the keys to delivering chips from 5 to 10 nm, say researchers who will present at SemiCon West in July.
Cyborg-Like Bionics Harness Sunlight
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5/21/2014   2 comments
Terminator cyborgs may be on the horizon as a result of bionics supra-particles invented at the University of Michigan and Pittsburgh.
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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.
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