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posted in December 2013
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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
Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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.


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