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Macom Buys Applied for Comms
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11/21/2016   1 comment
Macom has bid $770 million for Applied with plans to sell off its X-Gene ARM server SoC unit but cherish its "gold nugget" of networking chips.
15 Views of Printed Electronics
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11/21/2016   10 comments
Printed electronics showed progress in manufacturing gear and processes, e-textiles, sensors, batteries, and printed NFC tags at the IDTechEx event.
Google's Mobile VR Still a Wild West
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
A test run of Google’s mobile VR system called Daydream shows mobile virtual reality is still a Wild West of dangers and riches being pioneered.
Ethernet Flexes Network Muscles
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10/3/2016   2 comments
Chip vendors are designing a new class of Flexible Ethernet DSPs and ASICs that will let users dial in desired data rates.
Samsung Calls for New CPU Design
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9/28/2016   6 comments
Samsung is working on a new processor architecture that leverages its dominance in memory, said a corporate strategist.
Display: Custom Doesn't Always Cost More
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9/23/2016   1 comment
Customized displays don't need to be a complicated and expensive choice for designers and procurement professionals.
LED-Based ToF Sensor Network Detects Room Occupants
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9/22/2016   3 comments
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have been awarded a US patent for a system of LEDs and sensors that generate an elevation map of the space being lit by the luminaires.
Sunic System Promises 2,250ppi OLEDs for VR
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8/31/2016   Post a comment
At the 16th International Meeting on Information Display (IMID 2016) held in South Korea, OLED deposition equipment manufacturer Sunic System unveiled its technical solution for the production of 11K (2,250 ppi) AMOLEDs.
Microsoft Gives Peek at HoloLens Chip
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8/23/2016   4 comments
The HoloLens processing unit uses 24 Tensilica DSPs and an assortment of accelerators to deliver a trillion pixel-operations per second, Microsoft disclosed.
Why Choose LED for Automobile Front Lighting
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8/16/2016   1 comment
Automotive manufacturers aren’t just adding LED lighting to the new models but they are also looking to upgrade the models that are already in production, retrofitting them with LEDs.
Renesas to Exit Microwave Device Biz
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8/3/2016   Post a comment
Renesas plans to stop the production and supply of microwave devices, shutting down the business in the summer of 2018. Renesas' microwave device division has been pulling back from product development for some time.
VR Helps Treat Poor Vision
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7/20/2016   1 comment
Five students supported by an IEEE program used a VR system to create a fun and inexpensive way to treat a vision problem in young people.
Google To Acquire Image Recognition Startup
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7/7/2016   Post a comment
Google announced a deal to buy image-recognition startup Moodstocks. Created in 2009, the French startup first introduced on-device image recognition in 2012, enabling smartphones to recognize whatever their camera sees.
Lossy Imagination Says There's Good Signs in Graphics
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7/5/2016   Post a comment
Licensing revenue halved, royalties decline year-on-year, but processor intellectual property company Imagination sees signs of hope in its GPU business.
Startup Aims to Simplify Networks
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7/5/2016   1 comment
Startup Barefoot Networks will sample its Tofino chips late this year to enable software-defined networks using the P4 language.
Nano-structured InGaN LED Yields White Light
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6/30/2016   Post a comment
The holy grail of LED lighting, achieving white light in the most efficient and cost-effective way is a hot topic, both among established manufacturers and in academia.
Google Fellow Talks Neural Nets, Deep Learning
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6/28/2016   2 comments
We are already living with deep learning and large-scale neural networks, as evidenced by the growing number of applications that rely on computer vision, language understanding, robotics and more. Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean discusses what he wants most from neural networks and machine learning.
iPhone 7 Photos Leak, Indicating Camera Improvements
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6/27/2016   Post a comment
Leaked photos purportedly show the rear casing for Apple's upcoming iPhone 7, which features a much larger opening for the camera sensor.
Rambus Prototypes 2x2mm Lens-Less Eye Tracker for Headmount Displays
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6/21/2016   Post a comment
At VLSI Symposia, Rambus presented a poster titled "Lensless Smart Sensors: Optical and Thermal Sensing for the Internet of Things" in which the company not only detailed the underlying technology but also demonstrated a working sensor prototype.
Will OLEDs Improve TV Profit Margins?
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5/30/2016   Post a comment
Display Week speakers debate where the TV and car display industries are headed.
Microsoft Shines Light on HoloLens
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5/25/2016   2 comments
The head of Microsoft’s HoloLens team gave his first public talk on the hardware inside the novel augmented reality headset and the accelerator chip that drives it.
iPhone 7 Could Have OLED Display
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5/24/2016   2 comments
Apple watchers can add "OLED display" to the list of features we're expecting in the iPhone 7, as hinted by the CEO of Applied Materials.
4 Traps in Installing Capacitive Touchscreens for Auto
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4/30/2016   1 comment
Capacitive sensing touchscreens are given for the “iPhone generation.” But there are four key technical issues automotive manufacturers should consider when implementing them.
Facebook Roadmap Eyes AR/VR, Connectivity
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4/13/2016   2 comments
Facebook's CEO said the company will target three major areas in the next 10 years: connecting everyone to the Internet, artificial intelligence, and virtual and augmented reality.
Data Centers Drive Broadband Fiber
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3/22/2016   4 comments
Inphi’s ColorZ will pack 100 Gbits/second on a single fiber optic wavelength, one of several new broadband devices for linking data centers.
U.S. to Temporarily Relax Restrictions on ZTE
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3/21/2016   Post a comment
A senior U.S. Commerce Department official said the U.S. will temporarily lift exports restrictions imposed earlier this month on Chinese telecom giant, according to published reports.
Optics See 56G Demos at OFC
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3/15/2016   3 comments
Two major next-generation optical communications standards will be up and running at the sector’s annual gathering next week.
4K Rides USB-C for Handsets
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3/14/2016   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor and MediaTek have eyes on 4K ultra-high definition for mobile devices. People are already streaming 4K video from their smartphones, but demand for content and data requires fast new connections.
ZTE Ruling Rattles Optical Component Suppliers
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3/11/2016   1 comment
A ban on exports by U.S. suppliers to China's ZTE is expected to hit small and mid-sized optical transceiver suppliers hardest, analysts say.
Facebook Likes Intel's 3D XPoint
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3/10/2016   7 comments
Facebook endorsed Intel’s 3D XPoint memories and got Google to join its Open Compute Project at its annual event that included new processors from Intel and networking code from Microsoft.
19 Views of ISSCC
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2/5/2016   3 comments
Chips for smart cars, fast wired and wireless links, cool cameras and more appeared at at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
Google Fiber Expansion Coming To Public Housing
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2/4/2016   Post a comment
Google continues the expansion of its Fiber Internet service by offering free connections for families in public housing, starting in Kansas City. The search giant is already offering free WiFi service in some public housing developments.
Taiwan Pursues White LED
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2/2/2016   1 comment
Philips' $3 billion Lumileds Deal Blocked by US
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1/25/2016   Post a comment
Royal Philips (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has announced that a deal to sell an 80.1 percent interest in Lumileds, a vendor of LED-based lighting, has been terminated, because of concerns within the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future
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1/21/2016   9 comments
The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Apple Finds Home At Former Q'comm Display Lab
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12/21/2015   Post a comment
Apple has started work in a small-scale production facility in Longtan near Taipei, Taiwan on display technologies, according to a Bloomberg report.
Alliance Fast Tracks Ethernet Standards, Products
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12/10/2015   Post a comment
A year after forming, the NBASE-T Alliance is speeding up the development and standardization Ethernet specifications with the IEEE 802.3bz standard. On its one-year anniversary, the group announced a new MAC-PHY specification and the addition of 14 new members.
IoT Meets 40,000 Streetlights
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11/24/2015   3 comments
What would you build if you could get access to 40,000 streetlights?
3D Printers Spit out Small PCBs
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11/22/2015   6 comments
Two companies showed 3D printers that can make small printed circuit boards and others including Qualcomm showed advances in plastic electronics at an IDTechEx event here.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone
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11/17/2015   1 comment
French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10
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10/6/2015   2 comments
Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
60 GHz Tested for 5G Backhaul
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9/16/2015   Post a comment
The XHaul Project, a €7.3 million euro program based in Bristol, UK, will test millimeter wave backhaul and fiber optic networks for 5G cellular networks.
Apple Unveils New Chips For Mobile
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9/9/2015   2 comments
Apple rented out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium -- a 7,000 person capacity arena in downtown San Francisco -- to unveil a handful of devices that are much, much smaller. The company’s new iPad and iPhone will run new processors with an updated architecture.
Facebook Likes 100G at $1/G
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8/28/2015   2 comments
Web giant Facebook has helped define a short, reach 100 Gbit/second optical Ethernet transceiver that can hit $1/Gbit costs in volume.
Graphene Lights Up Chips
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7/30/2015   Post a comment
A group of national and international researchers have demonstrated an on-chip visible light source using graphene as a filament. The team attached small strips of graphene to metal electrodes, suspended the strips above the substrate, and passed a current through the filaments.
Graphene Sensor Detects Nano Molecules
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
Teams from the Swiss University EPFL and the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona used graphene to improve upon infrared absorption spectroscopy for molecule detection.
Wi-Fi Rings in NYC Phone Booths
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7/17/2015   Post a comment
A new company with ties to Google will convert 10,000 payphones throughout the five boroughs into gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots. The ad-based links will provide free phone call and public Wi-Fi with seamless roaming.
Bell Labs Plugs in to the Network
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7/9/2015   Post a comment
The famed Bell Labs is not dead, President Marcus Weldon said. While some may think the multi-Nobel Prize winning research institute has fallen from glory in the past few years, the Alcatel-Lucent facility has kicked networking research into high gear.
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light
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6/29/2015   Post a comment
Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts
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6/25/2015   2 comments
Imec researchers hope to deliver within two years active contact lenses that detect where the user is looking and deliver the correct near or far focus.
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