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iFixit: Google’s Project Tango Features Apple Chip
Slideshow  
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.
AMD Unleashes Puma in Mobile
News & Analysis  
4/30/2014   9 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced two new mobile accelerated processing units – a low-power chip codenamed Mullins and a mainstream chip, Beema - as its next generation of cores. The Puma generation hinges on integrated security, improved power consumption, and increased processing capabilities.
IoT Couple Nutures Startups
News & Analysis  
4/30/2014   2 comments
Jim Reich and Caroline Fernandes have forged a partnership that includes a lot of time nourishing the fledgling Internet of Things.
Using a Capacitor to Sustain Battery Life
Break Points  
4/29/2014   1 comment
Is it possible to extend coin cell life using a capacitor?
Bluetooth Smart: What’s in a Name?
Blog  
4/29/2014   26 comments
Calling every new development smart is a trend in today’s market that invokes Orwell. As we dumb down technologies and think nothing of doing it, we call them all smart.
Energy Harvesting Needs New Tools
Blog  
4/25/2014   11 comments
IoT systems need to employ new algorithms and logic circuits to squeeze what power they can from energy harvesting.
How Much Energy Can You Really Get From a Coin Cell?
Break Points  
4/24/2014   6 comments
Motivated by what he considers outrageous claims made by a number of MCU vendors that their processors can run for several decades from a single CR2032 cell, Jack Ganssle compares coin cell batteries to see if the claims are legit.
Power Week-in-Review: 5m Wireless Power Transfer & Low-Cost Ultracaps
News & Analysis  
4/24/2014   2 comments
This week, researchers have demonstrated wireless power transfer over a 5-meter distance, low-cost ultracapacitors have been built from graphene and carbon nanotubes, a current-sensing solution for battery management that uses no shunt resistor, and much more.
Ultracapacitor Breakthrough May Recharge Energy Storage
News & Analysis  
4/23/2014   14 comments
A better material for ultracapacitors is a hybrid composite of graphene flakes and single-walled carbon nanotube, according to researchers at George Washington University.
BMW Hybrid, Apple CarPlay: 11 Trends from the NY Auto Show
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4/23/2014   Post a comment
At the 2014 New York Auto show, the focus turned toward hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as infotainment and smartphone integration designs, such as Apple's CarPlay.
Bluetooth LE Promises Fewer Cables, Less Weight in Cars
News & Analysis  
4/22/2014   7 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy technology is about to get exploited for opening and closing doors and windows, or adjusting seats, mirrors and lighting – wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching a wirelessly controlled in-vehicle button.
New IC for Driverless LEDs
News & Analysis  
4/18/2014   4 comments
A Eurolighting module produces flicker-free LED light from 230 VAC.
Will ‘Makers’ Help Chip Guys’ Bottom Line?
Blog  
4/18/2014   44 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.
Quantum-Dot Windows Harvest Solar Energy
News & Analysis  
4/18/2014   12 comments
The windows of the future could harvest the sunlight passing through them, thanks to quantum-dot technology being developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Power Week-in-Review: Wristband TE Generator & Solar Cell Efficiency Record
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
This week, a flexible band-shaped thermoelectric generator that can harvest body heat to power wearables, a solar cell conversion efficiency record using a silicon-based cell of practical size, a multi-topology DC/DC converter, and much more.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 BOM Tops $250
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   5 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 Unveils Modular Phone
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   6 comments
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
Blog  
4/16/2014   1 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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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’
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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
Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
Power Tips  
4/2/2014   3 comments
You may not need to use multiple control loops to meet regulation requirements of multiple-output power supplies.
Toyota Underestimated 'Deadly' Risks
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
4/1/2014   1 comment
The asteroid initiative could be first step to sending humans to Mars, NASA says.


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