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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250
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4/16/2014   Post a comment
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 Unveils Modular Phone
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4/16/2014   Post a comment
Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
Faster Cryptocurrency Mining With Digital Power
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4/16/2014   Post a comment
Mining for digital currency has created the latest race for computing power. This new contest will ask much of microprocessor and ASIC designers and power system architects.
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.
Archer Supercomputer Is Fastest in UK
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4/11/2014   4 comments
The University of Edinburgh has installed a Cray XC30-based supercomputer, which is now the fastest supercomputer in England.
Power Week-in-Review: 30s Smartphone Charge, Compact EV Motor Prototype & Class-D Driver
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4/10/2014   1 comment
This week, a smartphone battery that recharges in 30 seconds, a compact EV motor that weighs 77 kg and fits in a notebook backpack, a Class-D audio driver IC, and more.
China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’
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4/10/2014   10 comments
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
Slideshow: 10 Things I Saw at Bluetooth World
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4/9/2014   4 comments
Bluetooth is moving into the Internet of Things in a big way with mesh technology on the horizon and plenty of traction in wearables.
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.
Breaking the 100A Barrier in POL Converters Requires Fresh Thinking
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
Exceeding 100A will take many new strategies, including the development of new topologies, new control strategies, and even new physical orientations if the challenge of high-current POL power delivery is to be met.
Freescale Grabs Mindspeed's ARM
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor will purchase the CPE communications processor business of Mindspeed Technologies, which includes a series of ARM-based multicore embedded processors and associated software.
Startup Unveils CPUs for Wearables
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4/8/2014   5 comments
SoC startup Ineda targets wearables with a new SoC and backing from others, including Imagination, Qualcomm, and Samsung.
Micron Reorg Focuses on 4 Key Businesses
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4/7/2014   4 comments
During its recent earnings report, Micron executives announced a company-wide reorganization that will focus resources on four key businesses: computing and networking, mobile, storage, and embedded.
Power Week-in-Review: The Ampere Redefined & PV Power Plant in a Box
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4/3/2014   1 comment
This week, the venerable electrical base unit of current -- the ampere -- may be looking at a definition makeover, a portable solar plant for use in areas without electricity makes its debut, and the introduction of what is claimed as the industry's most efficient ultra-low-power boost regulator for photovoltaic and thermoelectric energy harvesting systems.
Stringent Requirements Needed for the Industrial Internet of Things
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4/3/2014   3 comments
One of the big misconceptions about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is that it's the same as the consumer IoT, but located on a factory floor somewhere. It's not that simple.
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.
Power Tip 70: Use Weighted Feedback in Multiple-Output Supplies to Meet Regulation Specs
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4/2/2014   2 comments
You may not need to use multiple control loops to meet regulation requirements of multiple-output power supplies.
Toyota Underestimated 'Deadly' Risks
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4/1/2014   20 comments
A software expert whose testimony led to a guilty verdict against Toyota said in his keynote at EE Live! that the best assurance for preventing similar "deadly" outbreaks must be stronger, smarter oversight by federal regulators.
NASA Solicits Concepts for Asteroid-Capture Mission
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4/1/2014   1 comment
The asteroid initiative could be first step to sending humans to Mars, NASA says.
Tesla Model S Batteries Cleared by NHTSA
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3/31/2014   2 comments
In a report, the US NHTSA found that road debris likely caused issues with the cars’ batteries. The problems, according to the report, did not originate in the batteries themselves.
IoT Faces 4 Key Challenges
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3/31/2014   21 comments
Wearables need to become independent of smartphones, find alternative power sources, ride the flood of data, and tap new sources of innovation, says an exec from a startup accelerator.
FinFETs Not the Best Silicon Road
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3/27/2014   42 comments
The move to 20nm bulk CMOS and 16/14nm FinFETs brings one of the most serious challenges the semiconductor industry has faced in 20 years.
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.
Power Week-in-Review: Human Body-Based Portable Generator & IR-Absorbing Silicon PV Cells
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3/27/2014   Post a comment
This week, a triboelectric-based generator that uses the human body to power portable devices, a silicon solar cell that can absorb (and convert to electricity) infrared radiation, a power platform that enables the design of ultra-small 45W power adapters, and much more.
Intel, Altera Extend 14nm Foundry Deal
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3/27/2014   2 comments
These "multi-die" devices will boost performance and lower manufacturing costs. Intel and Altera originally announced their deal in 2013.
Wearable Electronics Driving Battery Revenue Growth
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3/25/2014   11 comments
During the next four years, the influx of wearables devices such as Google Glass will help battery industry revenue reach $77 million by 2018. Demand for lithium polymer batteries is set to soar.
AC Grounds: So Essential, Except When They're Not
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3/25/2014   4 comments
"Ground" has become one of those terms that gets used so often that it means everything and nothing at the same time, but it's a very important issue whenever you have an AC line in the system -- and sometimes even when you don't.
Hittite Expands Power Amplifier Line With Keragis Deal
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3/25/2014   Post a comment
By acquiring most of Keragis in an undisclosed deal, Hittite plans to expand its power amplifier line and its market for military and commercial applications.
EU: Mobile Phone Manufacturers Will Use Only One Charging Connector
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3/24/2014   21 comments
While all eyes remain on Apple to see what the company does with its iPhone and iPad chargers, the Europe Parliament is moving ahead with plans to implement a common charger standard for all mobile devices by 2017.
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.
Planning the Internet of Things' Supply Chain
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3/21/2014   7 comments
The growing market for the Internet of Things and M2M connectivity is starting to alter the way supply-chain managers view the tech sector. From sensors to batteries, it’s time to look at the world very differently in the supply chain.
Topological Insulators Boost Spintronic Devices
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3/21/2014   3 comments
In a new paper, researchers from three different universities detailed a new way to control the surface electronic states of TIs. Eventually, this could lead to their use in a range of spintronic devices.
Samsung, Microsoft Charge Up WPC
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3/20/2014   4 comments
Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Microsoft are the newest members of the Wireless Power Consortium’s Board of Directors. WPC, the industry group backing the Qi wireless charging standard.
Power Week-in-Review: Universal Phone Charger & EV Battery Storage for Data Centers
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3/20/2014   3 comments
This week, another step forward for a universal charger for mobile phones, another use for second-life EV Li-ion batteries, an e-bike battery-monitoring demo kit, and numerous power product announcements coinciding with APEC 2014.
Fairchild Refocuses on Mobile, Green Tech
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3/19/2014   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor, one of Silicon Valley’s founding companies, launched a new brand as part of its renewed focus on today's hot markets in mobile and green electronics.
Android User Lawsuit Highlights Personal Data Perils
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3/19/2014   6 comments
In a 2013 lawsuit, Android users claimed that Google had gained access to personal information from their smartphones and tablets and then gave it to a third party. These users claim that they never gave permission for this, highlighting the perils of having personal information on mobile devices.
Startup Plugs Chip Security Hole
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3/19/2014   2 comments
ChaoSecure is a new standard cell library from startup ChaoLogix that masks a chip's EMI signature to prevent power differential attacks.
APEC 2014 Update: EV Charging
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3/18/2014   2 comments
Wireless EV charging is a hot topic in the industry and it kicked off this year's APEC show.
NC State Research Points the Way to More Energy-Efficient Devices
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3/18/2014   1 comment
In a paper, researchers from North Carolina State University describe how they were able to reduce the coercivity of NFO films. Eventually, this could lead to more energy-efficient sensors, antennas, and other devices.
Intersil's Restructure Powers On
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3/17/2014   6 comments
After being off the tech radar in recent years, Silicon Valley-based Intersil is reemerging as a streamlined power management company. On the eve of his year anniversary Necip Sayiner, Intersil’s new president and CEO, said he is hopeful about the company’s trajectory.
1TB Archive Disc Avoids Format War
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3/17/2014   2 comments
Sony and Panasonic are developing new disk storage technology that can store up to a terabyte of data on a disk, and the two companies are doing it without a fight.
Ex-Nokia Designer Leads Shenzhen Media Lab
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3/14/2014   8 comments
Ex-Nokia researcher based in Shenzhen knows something about Shenzhen, and about the city’s potential in the next 10 years. He’s betting on Shenzhen’s shift from the world’s low-wage factory to a global prototyping center.
Wireless Charging Revenue to Rise 40-Fold in 4 Years
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3/13/2014   13 comments
New products and industry partnerships are paving the way for mass increases in global market revenue for wireless charging solutions. According to IHS, the market for wireless charging hardware used in mobile devices will rise nearly forty fold during the next four years.
Embedded V2X Systems Hinge on US Regulations
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3/13/2014   6 comments
The global market for Vehicle to X embedded systems could reach nearly 19 million units by 2020, but that depends on the rules the US Department of Transportation implements.
Power Week-in-Review: Paper Battery, 'Nanobox' Energy Storage & HV SiC MOSFET
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3/13/2014   Post a comment
This week, a hybrid Li-ion battery pack/supercapacitor system that promises to extend mobile battery performance, a "graphene origami" technique that could pave the way toward practical and efficient hydrogen energy storage, and a high-voltage high-temp SiC power MOSFET.
Power Tip 69: A Simple Oversight Can Ruin EMI Performance
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3/12/2014   3 comments
It's pretty easy to find 100-fF capacitors as a parasitic element in your power supply. You need to recognize that you'll have to address them in order to have an EMI-compliant power supply.
Channeling Higher Power Into Smaller Packages
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3/12/2014   1 comment
EE Times Europe speaks to Phil Davies, VP Global Sales & Marketing of Vicor plc.
Spin Waves Cut Logic Power
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3/7/2014   7 comments
In a new research paper, UCLA scientists explain how they used electron spin to slash the power consumption of logic devices.
Micro Smart Grid Plugs Renewables Into EV Fleets
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3/6/2014   2 comments
In Germany, researchers are developing new ways to charge 30 electric cars at a time. With more and more EV hitting the pavement, there's a growing need to charge more automobiles at a much faster pace.
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