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New IC for Driverless LEDs
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4/18/2014   4 comments
A Eurolighting module produces flicker-free LED light from 230 VAC.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
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4/18/2014   16 comments
Are you seeing this newborn love among "makers," board vendors, and chip companies? What mystifies me is not so much the love part, but how anyone could eventually mistake this infatuation for good business.
Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor
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4/17/2014   1 comment
In a series of leaked patent documents from South Korea, Samsung is proposing a one-ear "earphone" design that seems to be a response to Google Glass sales. This many replace a two-ear design that came to light during CES in January.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250
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4/16/2014   3 comments
IHS has estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone carries a $251.52 bill of materials price tag thanks to new components such as Qualcomm MSM8974AC processor, as well as a 802.11ac MIMO WiFi module. The device is also packed with sensors.
Google Contact Lens Patent Points to More Wearables
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4/16/2014   3 comments
In a filing from the US Patent Office, Google is looking to create smart contact lenses that include gesture technology and blink interfaces for wearable personal networks. The device could have medical uses.
Land Rover SUV Packs Sensors, Lasers, HUD
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4/15/2014   1 comment
The new Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept SUV is packed with so many high-tech systems it can barely manage to be a car.
Tunable Semiconductors Offer Better Detectors, Solar Cells
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4/15/2014   1 comment
Researchers at Georgia State University have published a paper showing how to get a semiconductor to detect low-energy light sources. These tunable semiconductors could offer better detectors, as well as new types of solar cells.
The LED Patent Landscape
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4/10/2014   1 comment
A new report finds that Philips and Cree hold the highest-quality patents when it comes to LEDs. Samsung and LG are also major patent holders.
Amino-Acid Semiconductors Promise Fast Phone Charging
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4/9/2014   4 comments
At a recent Microsoft showcase in Tel Aviv, startup firm StoreDot showed a new system for charging devices using organic polymer materials rather than traditional silicon.
Samsung Researchers Celebrate Promising Graphene Breakthrough
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4/7/2014   4 comments
A new manufacturing technique could accelerate use of the world's strongest material in computers and other products.
Electronics That Dissolve on Schedule
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4/4/2014   7 comments
The biggest trick in making circuits that dissolve is being able to control how long they stick around.
Perovskite, a New Meta Material, Turns Light Into Power, Lasers
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4/3/2014   7 comments
The amazing properties of perovskite have physics labs scrambling to be the first to put it out as a super-solar cell.
Apple Bidding for Chip Maker Renesas SP Drivers: Reports
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4/2/2014   1 comment
Apple is reportedly bidding for Renesas SP Drivers, a Japanese company that makes the semiconductors for the iPhone display. Competition from co-owners may block such a deal for Apple, which has no other supplier for the chips.
'Thingularity' Triggers Security Warnings
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4/2/2014   7 comments
The Internet of Things is creating 50 billion Internet-connected devices. Who is going to keep them updated and secure?
MEMS, Magnetics Set to Lead Sensor Market Rebound in 2014
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4/1/2014   Post a comment
After two weak years of growth, the market for sensors, discrete devices, actuators, and others are expected to bounce back during the next 12 months.
Datacenters Drive 100G Race
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4/1/2014   6 comments
Intel and Arista are the latest to lead a 100G link for datacenter switches in a race to deploy switches this year to handle a rising tide of Internet data.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
dotLEDs Are Built for Wearables
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3/27/2014   10 comments
Plessey has introduced dotLEDS, which could work in the growing wearables market until OLEDs come down in price.
Smartphones Tap Printed Antennas, Says EE Live! Speaker
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3/26/2014   2 comments
Antennas printed with conductive inks are coming to smartphones, and silicon photonics are headed for datacenters, says the CTO of TE Connectivity.
LG Smart Lamp: Lighting, Meet Smartphones
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3/24/2014   1 comment
Control lighting with your smartphone for security and energy-saving purposes.
LED Industry Innovations: 6 Trends to Follow
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3/19/2014   17 comments
A snapshot of the development forefront for light-emitting diodes and the lighting products based on them.
Experts Look to SDN for Optical Network Future
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3/13/2014   Post a comment
Software-defined networking (SDN) will be the future of optical networking, according speakers at the OFC Conference, held March 11-13 in San Francisco. SDN will help curb ongoing issues bandwidth capacity.
UCSB Laser Research Paves Path for Next-Gen Silicon Photonics
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3/13/2014   Post a comment
Quantum dots grown on silicon can boost integrated laser devices, according to a new research paper from UCSB scientists.
UW Researchers Create World's Thinnest LED
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3/13/2014   1 comment
Researchers at the University of Washington have demonstrated electroluminescence in a flexible, mechanically strong construct of the semiconductor tungsten selenide only three atoms thick.
2D Material Promises Next Generation of Optoelectronics Devices
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
A recent paper from MIT researchers is showing how a novel material called tungsten diselenide can help create a new generation of LEDs and other optoelectronic devices.
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.
Roll-up Digital Screens Now Closer to Reality
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3/6/2014   3 comments
Will you soon be able to roll up your tablet and put it in your pocket? New research suggests that roll-up, flexible screens are possible and even closer to reality than you think.
BMW Sparks Laser Light Revolution
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2/25/2014   10 comments
Osram has been named as the system partner for the first production vehicle in the world equipped with a laser light. German automotive manufacturer BMW plans to put a laser-equipped BMW i8 car on the road by the second half of 2014.
Sony Xperia Handset Emphasizes Mobile Media
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2/24/2014   1 comment
Sony introduced the Xperia Z2 at Mobile World Congress this week, highlighting the handset as the company’s flagship smartphone for advanced multimedia. Sony Mobile CEO Kunimasa Suzuki touted Xperia Z2 as “the best of Sony.”
Sochi Olympics: 6 Technologies That Caught Our Eye
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2/21/2014   4 comments
The 2014 Winter Olympics are coming to an end, but that doesn't mean we can't still marvel at the technology under the collective hood of the competition out there on the slopes and the ice.
What’s Happening at SPIE?
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2/20/2014   Post a comment
As we march down the shrink roadmap, foundries are faced with the unenviable task of having to maintain their time-to-mask targets while managing the lithography related computational complexities and doing so with limited resources.
Design Engineers Take On Component Police
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2/17/2014   13 comments
Design engineers want to use parts that work. Component engineers and purchasing agents want as few parts as possible. Put the two together, and trouble ensues.
Google Glass Gets Korean Upgrade
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2/10/2014   5 comments
Researchers in Korea develop a custom accelerator chip geared to providing a next-generation user interface for wearable glasses.
Chips Break Sales Record in 2013
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2/5/2014   12 comments
The semiconductor industry posted record sales in 2013, climbing 4.8% to reach $305.6 billion. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that global sales in December 2013 were the strongest on record at $26.6 billion.
Capacitive Sensing: Combine Self & Mutual to Your Advantage
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2/3/2014   Post a comment
Combining self- and mutual-capacitive sensing offers distinct user advantages. Here's why.
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.
Imaging Goes Hyperspectral
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2/3/2014   6 comments
Hyperspectral imaging promises to open up a diverse set of new applications and opportunities for an evolving imaging industry, says an Imec researcher.
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.
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.
Automated Face Analysis Gets Real
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1/27/2014   2 comments
Face analysis algorithms can now make a pretty good guess at age and gender, but face recognition is admittedly not yet perfect.
Intersil Sensor Brightens Mobile Display
News & Analysis  
1/27/2014   8 comments
After being off the tech radar in recent years, Silicon Valley-based Intersil has released a new RGB light sensor that aims to optimize screen brightness and improve resolution, battery life, and color quality for mobile device displays through management of ambient light.
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.
CES Unveiled: Toys, Fitness, Surveillance & IoT
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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
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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.
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1/2/2014   1 comment
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Will You Take the Password Pill?
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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.
The Self-Driving Car Will Watch Your Every Move
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12/20/2013   28 comments
The biggest hurdle for autonomous cars is not whether a car can drive itself from point A to B, but if we can strike a balance in extending human driving abilities into the world of AI.
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.
Startup Claims Bandwidth Breakthrough
News & Analysis  
12/17/2013   27 comments
Magnacom described a digital modulation scheme that offers up to a 10 dB boost over today's QAM for less than a square millimeter of silicon.
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.
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