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B'com, Freescale Clash in Comms
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4/8/2014   7 comments
With their latest SoCs, Freescale and Broadcom are going head-to-head to capture sockets in communications systems aimed at software-defined networking.
Slideshow: Tour Nvidia's GTC 2014
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3/26/2014   1 comment
Pascal, a 2016-class GPU on a 2.5-D stack with DRAM, was the headliner at Nvidia's annual tech conference here.
Intel, Mellanox, Vello Ride Optics
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3/11/2014   1 comment
Intel, Mellanox, Vello, and others detailed new standards efforts in optical networking at the OFC 2014 event.
Netronome 100GE Cards Target SDN
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3/4/2014   4 comments
Netronome announced what one analyst called the fastest network interface cards to date, targeting network virtualization jobs on x86-based systems.
Embedded World 2014: 5 Hot Trends
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2/28/2014   3 comments
The Embedded World conference this week offered some details about how the embedded market will involve over the next 12 months. In addition to the whole notion of the Internet of Things, it looks like 2014 will be a good year to brush up on Linux skills.
400G Ethernet Effort Begins
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2/27/2014   2 comments
Work to define a 400 Gbit/s Ethernet standard formally begins in March, says John D'Ambrosia, outlining some of the key issues ahead.
Startup's Cluster Trumps InfiniBand
News & Analysis  
2/25/2014   24 comments
A3Cube has developed an extension of PCI Express it claims supports latency of 100 nanoseconds in server clusters, far less than InfiniBand.
Startup Promises Bandwidth Boost
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2/18/2014   30 comments
Kandou Bus says it can boost data rates or cut power fourfold in many chip interfaces thanks to an insight from its founder, a math professor.
DesignCon 2014: Test Equipment on Display
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2/5/2014   4 comments
As always, you can find the world's widest-bandwidth test equipment at DesignCon, but there's more.
Slideshow: DesignCon Hits 100G Targets
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2/3/2014   14 comments
A tour of the show floor at DesignCon revealed boards, testers, and other enabling technologies for high-speed systems hitting 100G rates.
Stretchable wiring uses liquid metal
News & Analysis  
2/1/2014   4 comments
Stretchable wiring that could be developed for use in a range of applications from headphones to phone chargers has been developed by researchers from North Carolina State University.
Memory Shifts Coming, Says Keynoter
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1/30/2014   28 comments
Abstracted memory interfaces, DRAM alternatives, and new kinds of processors are in the works, a Micron fellow said at DesignCon.
Slideshow: Facebook Drives Open Hardware
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1/29/2014   5 comments
At the fifth annual summit of the Facebook-led Open Compute Project, Microsoft joined the movement, contributing its latest server designs.
DesignCon Revs to 28 G, Beyond
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1/27/2014   7 comments
Here are eight hot sessions on high-speed design -- many driven by the move to 100G Ethernet -- at least some of which Rick Merritt hopes to see this week.
Properly Track Test Capacity
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1/23/2014   2 comments
There are three things you need to know about to get the most out of your ATE.
Power Over Ethernet Group Forms
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1/22/2014   18 comments
The Ethernet Alliance has launched a Power Over Ethernet Subcommittee as part of the alliance's work in Power over Ethernet (PoE). PoE is the delivery of power over Ethernet cables, which has has potential for less power-hungry remote devices, such as wall-mounted cameras and automotive advanced driver assistance systems
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design
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1/6/2014   5 comments
Freescale, seeing opportunity in enabling a yet-to-be-defined wearable market, is rolling out at CES the industry’s first reference platform for wearable device design, flexible enough for a host of applications ranging from fitness and healthcare to infotainment.
60 GHz DuoTargets Small Cells
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1/3/2014   15 comments
InterDigital and BluWireless may design a 60 GHz board for backhaul on small cell base stations, part of a growing set of efforts around 5G nets.
Welcome to the Xmas Return Line
Blog  
12/30/2013   38 comments
The last two consumer electronics products I bought failed miserably. Is it just my bad luck or has quality gone to hell?
Will You Take the Password Pill?
Blog  
12/26/2013   23 comments
The password pill and the display-cover display are two of the stranger extreme features on the way for differentiating mature mobile devices.
Has Signal Integrity Killed the Breakout Box?
Blog  
12/24/2013   8 comments
The trusty breakout box, once common for RS-232 testing, has fallen victim to the high-speed digital signal.
Intel Seeks Big Slice of Microservers
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12/20/2013   30 comments
Intel's director of cloud marketing and a couple of analysts discuss the company's upcoming offerings in the microserver and server segments. As ARM-based SOCs come gunning for Intel, the leading chipmaker looks to expand its portfolio and avoid overlap at the same time.
Calxeda Ends ARM Server Bid
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12/19/2013   20 comments
One of the first startups to pursue ARM-based SoCs for an expected wave of low-power servers will close, because it could not get traction for its 32-bit chips.
Indiegogo Propels MedTech Startup to CES
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12/19/2013   9 comments
Skulpt will stand next to giants such as Samsung at the Consumer Electronics Show, thanks in part to the visibility it gained through crowdfunding.
5G Work Officially Begins in Europe
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12/18/2013   19 comments
Europe's new 5GPPP Association has a broad charter to define and develop standards for cellular networks, targeting 2020 and beyond.
Datacenters Drive Switch, ODM Growth
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12/17/2013   1 comment
Big cloud computing datacenters are driving growth in Ethernet switching and white-box servers, according to a quarterly update from Dell'Oro Group.
Avago/LSI Points to Maturing Industry
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12/16/2013   10 comments
Avago's $6.6 billion deal to acquire LSI creates a broad wireless and wired communications and storage chip vendor well suited to a maturing industry.
Memory Companies Seek Approval
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12/13/2013   2 comments
This week, one company sought the approval of Wall Street, another passed advanced testing, and a third issued a reminder to use approved parts in Intel motherboards.
Startup Puts Wireless Charging in a Box
News & Analysis  
12/12/2013   11 comments
Humavox emerged from stealth mode with an RF-based wireless charging technology it will license for smart watches, hearing aids, and glasses.
Intel Revs Up Comms Coprocessor
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12/4/2013   8 comments
Coleto Creek raises the ante for Intel's bid to get its x86 processors used more broadly in a wide variety of communications systems.
Google Searches for Robots' Home
Blog  
12/4/2013   4 comments
Andy Rubin, the man behind Android and a robot enthusiast, will try to leverage Google's clout to bring robots into the mainstream.
Make a Frequency Plan
Blog  
12/3/2013   17 comments
Spending the time up front to develop a frequency plan for your system can save you lots of headaches.
Carriers Switch on Small Cells Slowly
News & Analysis  
12/3/2013   5 comments
The Small Cell Forum expects 11.5 million small-cell base stations will be in use by 2018, up from just 168,000 today.
Startup Drives 60 GHz to Small Cells
News & Analysis  
12/2/2013   3 comments
Peraso Technologies packed its 60 GHz transceiver in a waveguide module to get an edge of Hittite and Infineon in backhaul for small cell base stations.
4 Predictions for 2014 Networks
Blog  
12/2/2013   6 comments
The CTO of Vitesse Semiconductor shares four trends in communications and networking he sees when he looks at 2014 in his crystal ball.
3D Printers 'an Acorn' for Ailing HP
News & Analysis  
11/26/2013   38 comments
Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman calls plans to release 3D printers in 2014 "an acorn" while reporting mildly upbeat financial results.
3D Stacks Need Lower Costs, Broader Backing
Blog  
11/26/2013   13 comments
A recent gathering at Georgia Tech showed the emerging technology for 3D chip stacking needs to come down in costs and get broader backing from designers and managers.
Flash Shortages Drive SSD Shifts
News & Analysis  
11/26/2013   13 comments
A tighter supply of NAND flash has spiked chip prices and is driving consolidation among dozens of independent solid-state drive makers.
IoT Challenge Sparks Ongoing Discussion
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11/25/2013   Post a comment
Join an ongoing conversation about the Smart America Challenge and what lies ahead for the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems.
Slideshow: DesignCon 2014 Mobile App
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11/21/2013   1 comment
Download the DesignCon 2014 Mobile App and have all the conference and exhibition information at your fingertips.
Sony Makes $18 on PS4, IHS Estimates
News & Analysis  
11/19/2013   11 comments
Sony stands to make a marginal profit on each of its new PS4 consoles, a shift from past practices, according to a teardown analysis from IHS.
ARM's Got Leverage in Intel Battle
Blog  
11/19/2013   16 comments
ARM currently has an edge over industry heavyweight Intel in a battle of architectures and ecosystems that is reshaping mobile and server industries.
Nvidia, Micron Debut High-End Processors
News & Analysis  
11/18/2013   24 comments
Nvidia is shipping its latest Tesla for high-end computing, but Intel may counter with an integrated Xeon Phi, and Micron tipped a novel part coming in 2014.
China Retains Lead in Supercomputers
News & Analysis  
11/18/2013   19 comments
At more than 33 petaflops/s, China's Tainhe-2 retains the lead as the world's most powerful computer, but Cray was a new entrant at No. 6.
Chat With Presidential Fellows on IoT
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11/18/2013   8 comments
This Friday EE Times is hosting a Twitter chat on the Internet of Things with two veteran entrepreneurs and US Presidential Innovation Fellows behind the Smart America Challenge.
Industrial Internet Group Debuts Soon
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11/15/2013   12 comments
A 10-company US consortium to set standards for the Industrial Internet aims to debut in January, said a GE executive driving a business in the area.
AMD Secures PC Notebooks, Tablets With ARM
News & Analysis  
11/13/2013   8 comments
AMD announced two new mobile x86 processors using a new ARM Cortex-A5 security block, including a 2W tablet SoC.
AMD Tips Client, Server Chips for HSA
News & Analysis  
11/11/2013   8 comments
AMD announced client and server processors shipping in 2014 will be its first using technology from the HSA Foundation for mixed-core SoCs.
Power Over Ethernet for Automotive for Free
Blog  
11/11/2013   4 comments
The automotive market can significantly profit when deploying standard Ethernet coupled with power over Ethernet (PoE).
Facebook Likes Broadcom, Intel, Mellanox Switches
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11/11/2013   4 comments
Broadcom, Intel, and Mellanox propose software-agnostic switch designs to the Facebook-led Open Compute Project, which meets this week.
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