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IoT Snags $25M in Europe
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4/1/2015   Post a comment
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
Ethernet Masquerading as Chaos
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3/23/2015   1 comment
The chairman of the 400 Gbit/s Ethernet effort describes its status in the context of all four major Ethernet standards efforts in the works.
Optical Specs Plug Into Data Center
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft’s data center group is leading a new effort to define interfaces to plug optical cables directly into server and switch boards.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
13 Images from Nvidia’s GTC
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3/17/2015   3 comments
With new cards and developer systems, Nvidia aims to ride a rising tide of deep learning apps into applications such as self-driving cars it said at its annual graphics event.
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming
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3/16/2015   14 comments
The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches
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3/11/2015   2 comments
Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
ESC Boston is Really 5 Events in 1
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3/11/2015   Post a comment
ESC Boston is co-located with five other UBM Canon events: Quality Expo Showcase Boston, Design & Manufacturing New England, Electronics New England, and BIOMEDevice Boston. Be sure to visit them all.
Altium Updates High-Speed PCB Design Tool
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
Altium next update to its flagship PCB design tool, Altium Designer 15.1, introduces new features the company says improves design productivity, documentation outputs, and high-speed design efficiency.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps
News & Analysis  
2/27/2015   1 comment
Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
Chip Packs 100, 64-bit ARM Cores
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2/23/2015   4 comments
EZchip announced it will sample next year a 28nm network processor using 100 ARM 64-bit A53 cores, gunning for sockets with Broadcom and Cavium.
Wireless Power Transfer From the Antenna
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2/19/2015   Post a comment
The often overlooked key component of wireless power transmitter/receiver ICs is the transmit/receive antenna coil.
Printed Circuit Boards Right Out of the Printer
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2/16/2015   4 comments
A small desktop PCB printer can not only print conductive circuit tracks and insulating masking layers, but also perform solder reflow once the solder paste has been applied.
Ethernet Plot Twists Play Out
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
A wide array of new Ethernet projects are in the works from 2.5 to 400 Gbits/second that will have impacts for big data centers, businesses and consumers.
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015
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2/2/2015   2 comments
At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
Friday Quiz: Inductance and Capacitance in Transmission Lines
BeTheSignal  
1/23/2015   Post a comment
High frequencies bring out the worst in components and signal traces.
USB 3.1 Links Pose Challenges
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
The USB 3.1 spec supports data rates up to 10 Gbits/second but poses new hurdles in link-layer design for chip designers, says an expert in the IP group at Synopsys.
Power Tips: LED Buck Regulator with Current-Mode Control Simplifies Compensation
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1/22/2015   Post a comment
How do you compensate the control loop in a peak current-mode controller to ensure stability when you are regulating current rather than the output voltage?
IoT Carriers Sought by Semtech
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1/20/2015   4 comments
Semtech is courting carriers to support its LoRa wide-area 900 MHz network for the Internet of Things, one of a handful in a race to metro and national IoT nets.
Intel Tips Mini IoT Module
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1/7/2015   13 comments
Intel unveiled the next generation in its wearable hardware ecosystem, a button-sized SoC called Curie. At its International CES keynote, Intel highlighted several initiatives and hardware developments targeted at this burgeoning market.
Lutron Opens to Smart Home
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1/6/2015   6 comments
Lutron is slowly opening up its proprietary wireless building control network to partners and open standards, paving a road to tomorrow's smart homes.
Inside 8 Hardware Accelerators
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1/5/2015   4 comments
We profile a handful of the top hardware accelerators, a new crop of companies cropping up everywhere, most focused on helping startups build devices for the Internet of Things.
CSR to Offer ARM mbed Bluetooth & WiFi Boards
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12/26/2014   1 comment
CSR will shortly offer two connectivity products for the new ARM mbed operating system that will enable developers to produce complete Internet of Things solutions.
10 Creative Single-Board Computer Projects from Makers
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12/24/2014   2 comments
2014 was no slouch for DIY designs for single-board computers. From in-pocket security to robots for the arts, open-source hardware provided the basis for a plethora of interesting devices.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
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12/16/2014   2 comments
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
Tiny Spectrometer Targets IoT
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12/12/2014   35 comments
NanoLambda has developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer-on-a-chip to measure concentration and density based on wavelength. The chip is accurate to 1 nm with 10nm resolution for consumer and medical uses.
Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810
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12/12/2014   5 comments
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is not only a killer part, it has raised the bar on what a mobile SoC has to be in 2015.
WiFi Is King at Kaiser
News & Analysis  
12/5/2014   11 comments
Medical device makers should embrace WiFi but generally stay off Bluetooth, said a wireless specialist from healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion
News & Analysis  
12/1/2014   13 comments
Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
Qualcomm Takes Aim at Servers
Blog  
11/20/2014   8 comments
Qualcomm has become the sixth company to announce plans to build ARM-based server SoCs, likely focusing at least in part on opportunities in wireless infrastructure.
Intel Guns for InfiniBand
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11/17/2014   5 comments
Intel announced the 10 nm version of Xeon Phi will integrate a 100 Gbit/s version of its Omni-Path interconnect with 56% lower latency and higher port density than InfiniBand.
Top 500 Supercomputers Sputter
News & Analysis  
11/17/2014   6 comments
The latest ranking of the world’s top supercomputers shows little change in the winners and a rate of growth that is slowing in several ways.
Ethernet Revs Base-T Rates
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11/14/2014   Post a comment
A standard in the works called Enterprise Access BASE-T is meant to support next-generation WiFi access points.
Facebook Weaves New Fabric
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11/14/2014   5 comments
Facebook announced it is using a new fabric in its latest datacenter, using smaller existing 40G switches in a new topology rather than driving toward the bigger, faster aggregation switches datacenters sometimes use.
14 Views of Samsung's Dev Con
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11/14/2014   11 comments
At its conference, Samsung reached out to developers in an effort to build growth markets around its smartphones and tablets in digital health, the smart home, virtual reality, and wearables.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers
News & Analysis  
11/13/2014   1 comment
An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
MEMS/Sensor Interface I3C Rocks
News & Analysis  
11/12/2014   3 comments
The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance has upgraded to the I3C interface to handle modern high-speed data transfers from MEMS and other sensors.
Cypress Jumps on BLE Bandwagon
News & Analysis  
11/11/2014   6 comments
Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers discussed his new PSoC microcontrollers supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and a $9 node for what he calls the Internet of Plants.
Big SBC RAM Roundup
Slideshow  
11/4/2014   4 comments
Single-board computers gaining more random access memory as the newest models hit the market.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets
News & Analysis  
10/29/2014   5 comments
Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup
News & Analysis  
10/27/2014   10 comments
Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
DesignCon Trick for a Treat Contest Opens
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10/24/2014   2 comments
Got a quick design trick to share with the EDN/EETimes community? Now's your chance to show off. DesignCon has opened its Trick for a Treat giveaway.
Microsoft Eyes Expanding FPGA Role
News & Analysis  
10/23/2014   14 comments
Microsoft will explore using FPGAs to replace networking chips in its million-server datacenters to deliver new speeds and network functions.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut
News & Analysis  
10/22/2014   2 comments
A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks
Slideshow  
10/17/2014   15 comments
At least a half dozen new efforts are sprouting up to patch gaps in Ethernet, forcing engineers to reconsider the road map for the ubiquitous networking technology.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs
Blog  
10/16/2014   1 comment
At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
Big-Data Benchmark Brewing
News & Analysis  
10/15/2014   1 comment
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium hopes to deliver by April the first part of a suite of benchmarks for big-data server clusters.
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines
News & Analysis  
10/13/2014   1 comment
The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Apple Inspires Startup's PC TV
News & Analysis  
10/11/2014   17 comments
The $1,600 Piixl G-Pack now available on Kickstarter is what a long time hobbyist essentially built for himself in lieu of the long rumored Apple iTV.
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