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LG, Samsung Debut Smartwatches, Apple Lurks
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8/29/2014   Post a comment
LG's G Watch R and Samsung's Gear S do little to shake up the wearable market. Perhaps Apple's upcoming device will.
9 Insights From Hot Interconnects
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8/29/2014   4 comments
Facebook described its network switch, while experts picked apart flaws in Ethernet, WiFi, InfiniBand, Linux, last-mile connections, and more at Hot Interconnects where one next-big-thing was silicon photonics.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions
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8/28/2014   13 comments
Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs
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8/28/2014   9 comments
Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Forget iPhone: 4 Megatrends in China’s Smartphone Market
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8/27/2014   19 comments
Touch Taiwan is exposing some of Asia’s techno-political tensions, focused on one question: Who will own the display technologies likely to dominate the rapidly changing smartphone market in China?
Digital Light Processor Downsizes & Diversifies
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8/26/2014   7 comments
The digital light processor (DLP) was used in the first and most popular large-screen televisions, but now it has been downsized for pico-applications from projectors built-into smartphones to smart glasses.
Startup Promises Sub-$20 DNA Test
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8/20/2014   11 comments
Startup InSilixa described a silicon bio-sensing array that promises to bring molecular diagnostics to the point of care with tests that cost less than $20.
Laser Sensor System Scans Railway Tracks
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8/18/2014   18 comments
An innovative optical sensor system surveys the tracks quickly and safely. A laser scanner acquires geometrical irregularities and transforms them into 3D images.
Wearables for Video Capture Smart Glasses Debate
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8/18/2014   4 comments
Pivothead’s HD video glasses are more honest about intent when compared to Google Glass, an executive said. The sporty glasses exclusively capture pictures, voice, and video but forsake a heads-up display.
Acer Chromebook Breaks New Ground
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8/11/2014   12 comments
Acer on Monday announced the Chromebook 13, a family of laptops meant to tempt the budget- and performance-minded buyer. The Chromebook 13 is among the first to use a Tegra K1 processor under its hood.
What Next? Robot Cemeteries?
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8/6/2014   15 comments
Japan daily discovers more unintended consequences associated with the aging population of pet robots. It's hard enough to see your parents age. It's equally hard to see your pet robot grow old.
EUV Results Bogus, Says Analyst
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8/1/2014   29 comments
A veteran industry watcher and an IBM expert are at loggerheads over IBM's recent announcement of a throughput advance with the latest ASML extreme ultraviolet lithography scanner.
Has Sharp Dug Itself Out?
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8/1/2014   7 comments
Helped by demand for small and midsized LCD panels, Sharp reported for the latest April-June quarter an operating profit of 4.6 billion yen, up 55 percent from the same period a year ago.
Sony, Panasonic, Japan Display Plan OLED Joint Venture
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7/31/2014   3 comments
Sony Corp., Panasonic Corp., and Japan Display Inc. are working together to create a new company, to be named JOLED, which is expected to be launched early in 2015 to develop small and midsized organic light-emitting diode displays for use in tablet devices.
Massive Job Cuts: Dark Clouds Over Lighting Business
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7/30/2014   8 comments
Amid the decline of conventional illuminants like incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tubes, the lighting manufacturer Osram said it will cut 7,800 jobs worldwide, or 22% of its global workforce.
IBM Breaks EUV Throughput Record
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7/30/2014   22 comments
An ASML NXE3300B extreme ultraviolet scanner exposed 637 wafers in 24 hours in its first test at an IBM facility in Albany, N.Y., but still has miles to go before it is ready for commercial use.
25G Ethernet Looks Back to Future
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7/30/2014   8 comments
The chairman of the group that set 40 and 100 Gbit/s Ethernet standards gives his perspective on the recent decision to explore a 25G interface.
Google, Facebook Clash at Con
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7/24/2014   12 comments
Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.
Silicon Photonics Acquires Key Subsystems
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7/23/2014   3 comments
Silicon photonics will someday replace the expensive gallium arsenide photonics components used today, but all the subsystems have to be created in silicon, which Imec is doing one-by-one.
Future of PCM: Optoelectronic?
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7/22/2014   4 comments
Work by a team at the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter may well become recognized as the first steps on the road to a new and bright optoelectronic future for phase-change memory materials.
Power Week: Solar Roadways – Sci-Fi or Future Reality?
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7/17/2014   30 comments
This week, the concept of roadways paved with solar panels recently received a boost after a crowdfunding campaign in support of one such project raised more than double its $1 million goal.
2D-to-3D Conversion Adds Texture on Top
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7/16/2014   2 comments
In an SID 2014 paper, NLT Technologies researchers disclosed how they were able to use a variant of electrovibration on a 4.1-inch-wide touchscreen prototype to create localized friction (at multiple touchpoints) and the perception of texture.
Flexible Displays Going Commercial
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7/15/2014   11 comments
LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Vishay to Buy Capella for $205M
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7/14/2014   Post a comment
In a move aimed at strengthening its optical sensor business, Vishay Intertechnology has agreed to acquire Capella Microsystems Inc. of Taiwan for $205 million.
3D Tetrapod Quantum Dots Outperform
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7/11/2014   2 comments
Tetrapod quantum dots offer brighter more colorful organic light emitting diode displays as well as anti-counterfeiting capabilities for currency, microchips, 3-D printed objects and nearly anything else.
Datacenters Drive 25GE Effort
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7/3/2014   11 comments
Ethernet products running at 25 and 50 Gbits/s could emerge within 12 to 18 months, thanks to a consortium driven by datacenter rivals Google and Microsoft.
Magnetically Responsive Liquid Crystals Enable Novel Display Apps
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6/30/2014   2 comments
Scientists at the University of California have constructed liquid crystals with optical properties that can be instantly and reversibly controlled by an external magnetic field, paving the way for novel display applications.
Intel Future Showcase Is Solar, Secure, 3D
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6/26/2014   3 comments
The Intel Future Showcase looked at how the intersection of hardware for mobile devices and the IoT will power innovation. From advanced tablets to connected prototyping boards and smart cars, the company hopes the future will be a more secure and immersive experience.
Augmented Reality Gets Physical With Haptics
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6/26/2014   7 comments
If all of us are already familiar with the basic silent-mode of most mobile phones, a crude form of haptics, there is much more to come on the display side.
GaN LEDs: Sputtering Cuts Costs on Larger Displays
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6/25/2014   7 comments
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a technology for creating GaN LEDs on glass substrate which could not only cut manufacturing costs but also help to develop OLED light panels.
Avago Targets Servers in PLX Buy
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6/24/2014   3 comments
Avago Technologies has acquired PLX Technology in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $309 million.
Make Way for Autonomous Cars
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6/17/2014   1 comment
Google's recent announcement that it would produce approximately 100 self-driving cars came as a surprise to the general public, but it's hardly a new idea within the auto industry.
Wearables Get a New Interface
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6/17/2014   1 comment
A researcher in augmented reality at Metaio describes how he first came up with the idea for a thermal touch interface for wearable devices.
Brazilian Telecoms Go LTE-A, Rural
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6/17/2014   4 comments
With the World Cup well underway, soccer fans and telecom companies are testing 4G infrastructure mandated by the Brazilian government to handle massive user increases. Officials are optimistic about the strength of wireless networks and, despite delays, are moving forward with LTE rollout.
Engineer Hackers Rejuvenate DLP
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6/16/2014   11 comments
Over the last two decades, largely unbeknownst to TI, Digital Light Processing technology has gradually found its way into unintended applications -- industrial and medical included -- thanks to persistent hacking by engineers.
Head-Up Displays Made Affordable by Combiner
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6/15/2014   3 comments
Bosch's "Combiner"-type automotive head-up display, developed with BMW, is smaller and cheaper, Bosch claims. It could soon appear in other manufacturers' small cars.
Conductive Polymer Beats Indium Tin Oxide by 10x
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6/11/2014   2 comments
Embedded, self-assembling, silver network enables transparent conductive films that offer 10x the conductivity of indium tin oxide films for faster, more responsive tablets and touchscreens.
DNA Chip Will Plug Into Handsets
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6/9/2014   7 comments
Illumina discussed its early research on a chip that could plug into a smartphone, delivering genomic diagnostics to consumers in clinics.
Leap Motion Gives Gesture Update
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6/2/2014   1 comment
Motion sensing company Leap Motion is testing advanced software that will identify complex movements. Founder and CTO David Holz spoke with EE Times about his vision for changing the way humans interact with technology.
Slideshow: Beyond Google Glass
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5/29/2014   14 comments
A half dozen headset makers demoed devices that aim to leapfrog Google's Project Glass into an emerging 3D augmented-reality market.
Renesas May Sell LCD Chip Unit to Synaptics
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5/28/2014   3 comments
The Japanese semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics reportedly plans to sell its majority stake in Renesas SP Drivers, its LCD chip joint venture with Sharp and Powerchip Group, to the mobile device chip provider Synaptics.
IoT on Display at SolidCon
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5/23/2014   10 comments
In the growing Internet of Things, devices that were once strictly mechanical are now blends of hardware and software -- packages of microcontrollers, sensors, and networked software. The result is a connected world full of possibilities for medical, industrial, and commercial verticals.
Smartphones Take Large LCDs out of the Game
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5/21/2014   4 comments
The effects of the penetration of portable smart devices has brought LCD monitor shipments to an historical 10-year low in the 1Q14, reports NPD DisplaySearch in its "Quarterly Desktop Monitor Shipment and Forecast Report."
Japan's Chip Fabs Turn to Growing Lettuce
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5/19/2014   5 comments
Two of Japan's chip companies have decided to grow lettuce and other vegetables in idle semiconductor clean rooms, using specialized lighting to replace sunlight.
Photons Coming Down Cloudy Path
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5/16/2014   8 comments
Systems designers see high-speed optical interconnect between chips coming soon, but there’s little agreement on how best to do it.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP
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5/15/2014   7 comments
Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Brazil Drives to 4G for World Cup
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5/14/2014   5 comments
The eyes of soccer fans around the globe will be on Brazil June 12 when at least 3.7 million people descend for the World Cup. A race is on to deploy new networks to ensure the influx of fans will be able to get on the mobile web, but the outcome is still uncertain.
Will Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup?
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5/12/2014   1 comment
The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
Startup to Sell Sub-$10 Induction Light Bulb
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5/6/2014   1 comment
Finally Light Bulb Company, a Boston-area startup, has announced an incandescent replacement for less than $10.
iFixit: Google’s Project Tango Features Apple Chip
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4/30/2014   4 comments
An iFixit teardown of Google's project Tango finds that a 3D imaging chip from Apple's PrimeSense. The question is whether Apple got the one up on Google with superior technology, or did Google beat Apple to the punch in using the chip first.
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