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MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
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1/31/2014   17 comments
MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
3 Google Moves Signal End of Smartphone Era
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1/30/2014   53 comments
Connect the dots among the three big moves Google made this month to dump Motorola, snatch up Nest, and make peace with Samsung, and what do you get? I see the end of the smartphone era.
Qualcomm LTE IC Makes (Auto-) Grade, But Only in Module
News & Analysis  
1/30/2014   8 comments
As car OEMs put together in-vehicle infotainment and telematics systems based on consumer technologies, the question is: Are these consumer chips automotive-qualified?
Slideshow: LEDs Light Up Detroit Auto Show
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1/29/2014   6 comments
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are chipping away at the century-old automotive lighting market in ways that no one foresaw even five years ago.
Is Google-Samsung Licensing a Big Event?
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1/28/2014   19 comments
Samsung entered a broad agreement with Google to cross-license each other’s patents and agreed to put an end to the ongoing battle with Ericsson. Is the mobile industry suddenly seeing the wisdom of “patent peace”?
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.
Nvidia’s G-Sync Nears Gamers' Nirvana
Blog  
1/27/2014   11 comments
The Holy Grail in computer graphics and in particular games is the suspension of disbelief. If the graphics are good enough the player will become immersed and lose himself in the game.
Starting a Company: A Great Adventure
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1/27/2014   7 comments
Anyone who has ever started a technology company knows what it's like to design and assemble that first product.
Tektronix Acquires Picosecond Pulse Labs
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1/24/2014   2 comments
Move puts Tektronix in a stronger position against signal-integrity rivals.
M2M Test Equipment Will Be Needed & Soon
Blog  
1/24/2014   4 comments
The growth of machine-to-machine communications will force test-equipment manufacturers to develop new equipment, particularly for installation and maintenance.
Samsung SDI Climbing Onto China's EV Bandwagon
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1/23/2014   2 comments
Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. has signed a preliminary agreement to build an electric car battery factory in Xi'an, China, where Samsung Electronics is already building a multi-billion dollar fab for NAND flash memory chips.
Feature Phones Are Back?
Blog  
1/23/2014   30 comments
The mobile market has a strange way of refreshing old products and making them new. A case in point is the so-called Bluetooth dialer.
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.
Why SoC Design Teams Still Struggle in a Connected World
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1/22/2014   5 comments
Global SoC design teams now have more ways to communicate with one another. Why, then, is it still so difficult to complete System-on-a-Chip designs?
New Materials, Engines Light Up Detroit Auto Show
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1/22/2014   3 comments
The Auto Show in Detroit last week offered its annual seamless blend of cars, celebrities, bright lights, loud music, short dresses, and variable camshaft timing.
Ametek Acquires Teseq
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1/21/2014   1 comment
With the acquisition, Teseq and its subsidiaries boost Ametek's coverage in EMC precompliance and compliance tests.
MediaTek, Pixelworks Gun for Mobile Video Post-Processing
News & Analysis  
1/16/2014   4 comments
MediaTek is migrating its home-grown Picture Quality engine, originally developed for large-screen HDTVs by its home business unit, into its latest eight-core mobile apps processor called “True Octa.”
Power Week-in-Review: 'Superlens' Extends Wireless Power, Precision Power Scope & Free Battery Dev Code
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1/16/2014   4 comments
This week, a metamaterial "superlens" that extends the distance of magneto-inductive wireless power transfer, plus free lithium-battery development code, the industry's first precision power scope, and Vicor's first ChiP-based power modules.
TSMC: Solid Growth in Q4 Backed Up by Mobile
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1/16/2014   6 comments
TSMC showed a solid 10.9% year-over-year growth in revenue in the fourth quarter, backed up strong mobile growth. But the demand for computer, consumer, and industrial-related products all declined by double digits.
Test Products 2014: Here They Come
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1/16/2014   4 comments
2014 has begun and, with it, new test products have made their appearance.
Reduce Automated Test Rack Size
Blog  
1/15/2014   10 comments
Many automated test stations consist of racks of individual test instruments. In many cases, you can replace them with modular instruments.
Tesla Recalls Overheating Chargers
News & Analysis  
1/14/2014   19 comments
Tesla Motors announced on Tuesday that the company sold almost 6,900 vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing the total number of Model S's delivered worldwide during 2013 to 22,300.
Google Acquires Nest Labs for $3.2B
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1/14/2014   45 comments
Let the battle begin over the so-called "conscious home" -- a vision held by Nest Lab’s co-founder Tony Fadell. Now that Google is that "home" picture, through the acquisition of Nest, expect the market segment to heat up.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp
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1/13/2014   8 comments
As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
In Praise of Airlines, the 50Ω Kind
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1/13/2014   Post a comment
The fastest way to a verified VNA measurement is with an airline, but not the kind that flies.
CES Mobile Wrap: DSP, GPU, CPU Redefined
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1/13/2014   4 comments
Apps processor designers are prompted to rethink DSP, GPU, and CPU cores. This year’s CES saw Nvidia’s Tegra K1, MediaTek’s octa-core apps processor, and new generation of Ceva-TeakLite-4 DSP architecture.
Standards & Travels
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1/10/2014   Post a comment
Technical standards bring engineers closer together through a common language.
CES Panel: Autonomous Cars Are 'Long Way Off'
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1/9/2014   11 comments
Acknowledging the "critical issue" of reconciling the average car's lifespan of seven years with the barely 18-month lifecycle of a CE device, an executive at BMW said: "I don't see any solution. We need your help."
Take a Smartphone & Wrap a Car Around It
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1/8/2014   22 comments
Tesla's Elon Musk is no longer the only gearhead thinking of the car as a smartphone. The perception of a car turning into a smartphone (or a smartphone turning into a car) is a prophecy fulfilling itself at 90 miles an hour.
Engineers in America: Too Young, Too Old
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1/8/2014   118 comments
When trying to hire engineers, do you find that they either have too little or too much experience?
The New T&M Company Name Is…
News & Analysis  
1/7/2014   27 comments
The new electronic measurement company to split from Agilent Technologies will be called Keysight Techologies. Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe spoke with an executive of the new company.
LG Revives webOS for Smart TV
News & Analysis  
1/7/2014   13 comments
LG Electronics has breathed new life into webOS – a mobile operating system originally developed by Palm, by redesigning it as an OS for its new smart TV platform.
Toyota Suddenly Accelerates Fuel-Cell Race
News & Analysis  
1/7/2014   45 comments
Toyota announced at International CES that it will put on the road a mass-market hydrogen fuel-cell car in 2015.
Oscilloscopes, Sensors, Noise, and Football
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1/7/2014   Post a comment
Get the in-depth word on connecting sensors to oscilloscopes, measuring phase noise, measuring first downs, going beyond ADC specs, and designing instrument user interfaces.
CES Unveiled: Toys, Fitness, Surveillance & IoT
Slideshow  
1/7/2014   19 comments
From cleverly designed toys and wellness devices to alternative energy ideas and device virtualization software for the Internet of Things, International CES has got it.
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design
News & Analysis  
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.
Ford, GM Diverge on App-Intensive Cars
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1/5/2014   8 comments
GM, armed with its own SDK, is courting software developers to write unique automotive apps for its cars. Ford is offering its SDK for developers to write smartphone apps to be used in Ford cars.
The Future of Backplanes
BeTheSignal  
1/3/2014   5 comments
As speeds reach 25 Gbit/s, wired backplanes may replace etched PCBs.
Must-See TV at CES: Mobile Display Processing
News & Analysis  
1/3/2014   10 comments
Not-to-be-missed at CES next week is this demo on how motion video quality of movies and NFL football games, displayed on smartphones or tablets, can be sharpened with display processing technology.
LinkedIn Poll: Windows OS for Test
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1/2/2014   5 comments
Take our poll on which version of Windows you use for automated test.


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