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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.
PCIe 16G May Take Until 2017
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6/23/2015   1 comment
The PCI Express 4.0 standard, aka Gen 4, may not be complete until 2017, but Cadence and Synopsys will announce PHY and controller blocks for it this week.
Ethernet Opens Door to PAM4
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6/17/2015   Post a comment
The relatively new and complex PAM4 modulation scheme has been adopted for some aspects of the 400 Gbit/second Ethernet standard, setting a direction for new silicon development.
AMD Beats Nvidia to 2.5-D Graphics
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6/16/2015   6 comments
AMD became the first first graphics vendor to ship products using 2.5-D memory chip stacks, beating rival Nvidia.
22 Views of an Augmented World
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6/12/2015   2 comments
This year's Augmented World Expo generated a lot of creative energy and cool demos, attracting Google and Intel, but so far no killer smartglasses, depth sensors or mainstream apps.
Oculus Touch Creates Virtual Hands
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6/11/2015   Post a comment
Oculus is taking another step into the virtual world, adding touch capabilities with a new wearable controller for its virtual reality goggles.
Smart Glasses Strap On AR
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6/10/2015   Post a comment
Emerging technologies like AR comes with a series of challenges and opportunities, executives from smart glasses and AR device companies said during a session. Still, as additional use cases develop the possibilities are endless.
Google Gestures at 60 GHz
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5/29/2015   3 comments
Google unveiled a radar-on-chip for fine gesture control with the goal of expanding increasingly small screens and interfaces. While the radar technology isn’t yet authorized by the FCC, Google’s ATAP team wants to fine tune its Soli chip for wearables.
Matrix LED Lighting Enters the Compact Class
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5/15/2015   Post a comment
Smart lighting in the shape of electronically controlled Matrix headlamps is a feature exclusively found in the automotive top league, right? This perception is about to change: Opel / Vauxhall announced to equip its compact-class Astra with such a lighting system. The VW Golf rival will be introduced at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt (Germany) later this year.
MEMS-Based Laser Headlights Adapt to Speed
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5/2/2015   Post a comment
On the basis of its laser spot high-beam headlight, Audi is developing a system that automatically adjusts the illumination by the speed of the vehicle. The new technology utilizes only a single MEMS mirror to deflect the laser beam.
Sensors, Auto Power Drive ST Revenues
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5/1/2015   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics revenue, totaling $1.71 billion in Q1, came from power and automotive chips.
Microsoft Demos HoloLens
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4/29/2015   Post a comment
In what was otherwise a developer lingo-heavy event, Microsoft showcased updates to its HoloLens virtual reality platform running on Windows 10. The demos were part of Microsoft’s Build developer conference, held here April 29-March 1.
Samsung Details its Flex Display
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4/22/2015   1 comment
Samsung Display released key details about its new flexible AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) display used on Galaxy S6 edge smartphones. The company’s first curved mobile display was first released in 2013 with the Galaxy Round smartphone.
Data Centers Drive SDN, Bandwidth
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4/16/2015   2 comments
A Microsoft engineer described two new networking initiatives Web-scale engineers are driving to lower costs and get more bandwidth.
IC Insights Halves Sensor Growth Forecast
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4/7/2015   Post a comment
Market research firm IC Insights Inc. has more than halved the growth it expects to see in the sensors and actuators semiconductor category during 2015 and 2016.
Reversed Power Converter May Shake Up Power Applications
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4/2/2015   3 comments
The new device, the LT-minus-1000, is a reversed power converter. Operating on normal dark input power, it supplies inverse power on the output. Designed for general purpose inverse power applications, it can supply up to inverse 30 watts.
Philips Offloads LED Lighting Components Unit for $2.8 Billion
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3/31/2015   Post a comment
Philips has agreed to sell an 80.1 percent stake in the company's lighting components division for $2.8 billion to Go Scale Capital, a technology fund that will seek to build the company's automotive LED business.
Convince Me Why I Should Care About VR
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3/26/2015   9 comments
When I go to a conference and see bobble-headed enthusiasts wearing some kind of virtual reality goggles, spinning around in chairs, craning their necks to see some distant corner of a virtual world – I’m both completely disinterested and oddly intrigued.
Nanolaser Enables On-Chip Photonics
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3/26/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington and Stanford has created a new type of laser for easier on-chip communications using electro-modulation.
Optical Specs Plug Into Data Center
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft’s data center group is leading a new effort to define interfaces to plug optical cables directly into server and switch boards.
Bi-directional RF Doubles Cellular Capacity
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3/18/2015   16 comments
Full-duplex sending and receiving over the same frequency at the same time is possible, unlike what you learned in engineering school. According to researchers at Columbia University, you just have to cancel out the signal from the much more powerful transmitter at the receiver's antenna.
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