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Qualcomm revs Gobi for LTE
Product How-To  
2/25/2013   2 comments
Fabless chip giant shows Gobi modem running LTE at up to 150 Mbits/s over 20 MHz and talks about software for the Internet of Things.
Broadcom joins small-cell basestation fray at MWC
Design How-To  
2/25/2013   1 comment
Broadcom becomes the latest chip maker to announce SoCs competing for the emerging market of small-cell base stations.
Intel upgrades 32-nm SoC for smartphones
News & Analysis  
2/25/2013   5 comments
Intel will show an upgraded 32-nm processor for smartphones at Mobile World Congress and talk about an upcoming new 22-nm Atom core and SoC.
Slideshow: ISSCC spotlights nanotubes, wireless comms
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2/22/2013   9 comments
Carbon nanotubes, video processing, 60 GHz and processors featured among the highlights from this year's ISSCCC presentations.
Qualcomm integrates RF for world LTE phone
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2/22/2013   2 comments
Fabless giant aims to ease the job of creating a phone that can roam LTE’s 40 global spectrum bands.
ADLINK embedded systems support multiple operating systems
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2/21/2013   Post a comment
ADLINK’s latest Smart Panel series provides high-value cost/performance with a powerful CPU and multiple OS support.
Tessera, Amkor argue over $130-million
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2/21/2013   Post a comment
Packaging companies continue to argue even after an arbitration ruling on a now-terminated patent license agreement.
Power Tip 56: Estimate PWB interconnect inductance
Power Tips  
2/20/2013   3 comments
Having a ground-plane layer reduces trace inductance and is critical for optimal performance in power supplies. Here's why.
Baidu taps Marvell for ARM storage server SoC
News & Analysis  
2/20/2013   8 comments
China’s Internet search giant will use a Marvell Armada XP ARM-based SoC to power a storage server, one of the first big design wins for an ARM-based server SoC.
App developers to be given Google Glasses
News & Analysis  
2/20/2013   6 comments
Google is developing a version of its prototype wearable computer that it will share with application developers in an effort to spread interest and create an ecosystem for the concept.
China's Godson processors to power servers in 2014
News & Analysis  
2/20/2013   11 comments
Loongson Technology is sampling a 32-nm Godson server processor and plans to ship a 28-nm version this fall to as many as 10 server makers in China.
LSI packs 16 A15 cores in basestation SoC
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2/19/2013   Post a comment
Hoping to leapfrog rivals Freescale and TI, LSI has packed 16 ARM A15 cores on an ARM CCN-504 interconnect, targeting wireless basestations.
Ceva targets basestations with FP cores
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2/19/2013   Post a comment
IP company adds floating-point and multicore features to its DSP offering to help address wireless basestations and other computationally intensive equipment.
Slideshow: Google updates fiber offer
News & Analysis  
2/18/2013   5 comments
Milo Medin, former cable Internet entrepreneur and head of the Google Fiber program, gave engineers an update on the search giant's progress testing the waters as a carrier.
Intel research improves moisture-tracking in PCBs
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2/15/2013   2 comments
A senior Intel Corp. executive raises moisture sensitivity concerns in PCBs and explains Intel’s approach based on determining and controlling PCB insertion loss.
Making use of advances in the integrated engineering desktop
2/14/2013   Post a comment
The availability of integrated, sophisticated and easier to use engineering tools on the desktop has far-reaching implications for most industries…
Clouds shift in Taiwan’s favor, says Quanta exec
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2/14/2013   8 comments
The head of the cloud computing group at Quanta shines a light on Taiwan’s growing server makers and what they want in software and silicon.
Ericsson demos Gbit LTE, talks OpenFlow at MWC
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2/14/2013   Post a comment
Firm plans to show capabilities to deliver Gbit/s data rates to future handsets and embrace OpenFlow in hybrid software-defined networks.
Slideshow: IBM outlines fab future beyond FinFETs
News & Analysis  
2/12/2013   28 comments
Foldable wafers, CMOS continuing to scale, and double patterning tricks were spotlighted at the recent Common Platform Technology Forum.
Low-power outdoor digital signage solution uses flexible plastic displays
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Serelec and Plastic Logic have collaborated to develop an innovative, low-power outdoor digital signage solution based on Plastic Logic's flexible plastic displays, called ZED.
Compact dual-mode Wi-Fi network controller targets home appliances
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Murata's SN8200 series of compact low power certified Wi-Fi controller modules are capable of providing 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n internet connectivity to a broad host of home appliances, industrial automation machines and healthcare equipment.
Wi-Fi modules with Intel 7-year longevity and wide temp support
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Advantech has added four new industrial grade embedded wireless modules from Intel with 7 years longevity support for the industrial and enterprise embedded market.
Robust and low-cost 'plug-and-play' digital signage system
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Powered by the fanless FitPC3 computer running WireSpring’s FireCast EasyStart software, the FitSignage from andersDX offers quick, easy and affordable digital signage for small numbers of screens, ranging from point-of-sale advertising and digital menu boards to tradeshow signs and public safety information displays.
Hardware platform brings the cloud to life for M2M
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Kontron a platform for cloud computing hardware that is designed from the ground up to transform and simplify how providers of network equipment and cloud services deploy web-based, machine-to-machine (M2M), and mobile applications in cloud infrastructure.
Silicon photonics vendors face tough call at IEEE
News & Analysis  
2/8/2013   6 comments
An IEEE group hopes to take a first stab at a key standard for 4 x 25G optics by May, but competing silicon photonics wannabes are divided over modulation schemes.
Flash will ride DRAM bus in 2014, says Micron
News & Analysis  
2/7/2013   19 comments
Micron will put flash on the DDR4 bus in 18 months, and it expects Windows support, leapfrogging today’s solid state drives on PCI Express.
Smaller Raspberry Pi board drives cost under $25
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2/7/2013   Post a comment
A smaller version of the Raspberry Pi computer built in the UK is driving the cost to under $25.
Intel microserver leaves $2.5B door open for ARM
News & Analysis  
2/7/2013   24 comments
ARM server SoCs will have a $2.5 billion addressable market by 2016, said a market watcher who called Intel’s competing Centerton CPU a step backward.
Short reach chips to drive low cost 10G switches
News & Analysis  
2/7/2013   3 comments
A new class of short reach 10 Gbit/second Ethernet chips is on the way, opening the door to smaller, cheaper, lower power switches for data centers.
Which FPGA/MCU development boards are you using?
2/6/2013   Post a comment
Comparing notes on which FPGA and microcontroller dev boards members of All Programmable Planet are using.
The well-engineered µCurrent
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
2/6/2013   Post a comment
A $60 tool makes measuring low levels of current consumption easy.
Raspberry Pi goes low power
Design How-To  
2/5/2013   5 comments
See our GertBoard video and read about the low-power $25 version of the stripped-down single-board computer.
Are automotive 'black boxes' secure?
Design How-To  
2/4/2013   2 comments
Today, data can be easily collected with legitimate data retrieval systems that link up to a vehicle's onboard diagnostics connector.
Boeing's battery problems shouldn't be an indictment of electric cars
Design How-To  
2/4/2013   2 comments
The issue is that engineers are supposed to determine the energy level, and then build in mechanisms to make the situation safe for users.
Cisco packs ASICs at 40G, embraces OpenFlow
News & Analysis  
2/4/2013   5 comments
Cisco announced a dense 40G switch using two 40-nm ASICs and a software controller supporting the OpenFlow protocol for software-defined networks.
Metcalfe seeks peace between warring comms camps
News & Analysis  
2/1/2013   8 comments
Bob Metcalfe, who helped invent Ethernet in 1973, is trying to bring together competing comms interests in software-defined networking.
Slideshow: Lessons learned, fun had at DesignCon
News & Analysis  
2/1/2013   6 comments
The view from the show floor included excitement over copper traces, silicon optics and beer.

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Max Maxfield

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Bernard Cole

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