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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.
Where Are We With Inattentive Driving?
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2/4/2016   16 comments
Distracted driving -- especially through the growing use of smartphones in vehicles -- is killing people on the road. Where are the technologies designed to combat the problem of inattentive or intoxicated driving?
Why Opt For Chip Stack, FD-SOI in Image Sensors?
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1/28/2016   2 comments
Before stampeding to FD-SOI for CMOS image censors (CIS), a few key questions need answering: How big is the CIS market? Why chip stacking in CIS? Why use FD-SOI? We asked Yole Développement to help us break it down.
High-Temperature Electronics Operate at 300°C
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1/25/2016   2 comments
Sensors and actuators in industrial applications are increasingly deployed in environments with high temperatures. In the joint R&D project HOT 300, five Fraunhofer institutes have developed a number of basic technology components for high-temperature microsystems.
Will Apple Drive Analog ICs?
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1/11/2016   5 comments
Analog expert Stephan Ohr turns his oscilloscope on the possible impact Apple could have with its new fab in San Jose.
NXP Unveils a 'Cocoon' of Tiny Radar Sensors
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1/4/2016   Post a comment
NXP’s tiny radar chip, based on CMOS process technology, will open the door for car OEMs and Tier Ones to develop systems consisting of a ‘cocoon’ of radar sensors for self-driving cars.
What's Apple Want With an Old Maxim Fab?
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12/17/2015   12 comments
200mm R&D fab likely to be used for prototyping, building MEMS or mix-signal devices.
TDK Grasps at Micronas
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12/17/2015   Post a comment
Magnet sensors apparently are about to assume a key role for industrial and automotive electronics applications: Electronics components manufacturer TDK has submitted a takeover bid for Swiss semiconductor Micronas who possesses significant expertise in this technology.
Apple Fab Buy: Biometrics, RF MEMS in Play?
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12/17/2015   2 comments
Apple’s recent purchase of an 8-inch R&D fab from Maxim has sent industry sources sleuthing for what the Cupertino, Calif. behemoth has up its sleeve now. Prototyping biometric sensors and/or RF switches is possible, speculated Semico Research analysts.
Wearables Show New Wrinkles
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12/2/2015   Post a comment
More kinds of conductive yarns and people who want to weave with them into wearable electronics are emerging but the yarns lack clear specs.
Delayed Roadmap Set for Debut at TSensors Summit
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11/30/2015   Post a comment
The MEMS and Sensors Industry Group has announced that it will release the outline of the TSensors (Trillion Sensors) Roadmap on December 9 at the 2015 TSensors Summit, being held in Celebration, Florida.
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?
10 Early Stage Technology Innovations Point to Future
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11/23/2015   Post a comment
Emerging technologies, including printed electronics, wearable technology, 3D printing, sensors, energy harvesting, electric vehicles and new advanced materials,are set to change the electronics market. Here's a look at 10 innovative embryonic technologies.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT
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11/19/2015   8 comments
Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
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.
11 Views of Hax Demo Day
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11/13/2015   1 comment
Hax, the first of a crop of hardware startup accelerators, staged its seventh demo day, introducing a handful of new companies addressing the Internet of Things.
Quantum-Dot Image Sensor Launch Threatens Silicon
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11/12/2015   3 comments
After nine years of work and having raised more than $100 million in venture capital, InVisage has launched a 13-megapixel sensor that uses a quantum-dot film rather than silicon to capture images.
Altera Readies FPGAs with In-Package Memory
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11/11/2015   3 comments
Programmable logic vendor integrating DRAM with Stratix 10 FPGAs to be ship in 2017.
Printed Electronics Make a Mark
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11/9/2015   2 comments
A handful of companies will show new kinds of products using printed electronics at an annual Silicon Valley event on the sector.
8 Views of Intel’s IoT Efforts
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11/5/2015   Post a comment
A non-x86 MCU and a partnership with a small building automation company in Sweden were among a handful of insights into Intel's latest efforts to gain traction in the Internet of Things.
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones
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11/5/2015   3 comments
Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
PNI Out Googled Android
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11/4/2015   1 comment
PNI Sensor Corp. is selling sensor hubs--like every other MEMS maker--but with a twist, compatibility with Google growing list of mandates, plus the ability to create custom sensor-fusion recognition algorithms to differentiate products and still pass Google's rigorous compatibility test suite (CTS).
How Camera Phones Changed the World
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11/3/2015   9 comments
In fall 1995 camera phones made their little-noted debut on the global stage. The combination was an unthinkable marriage of two disparate products without an industry interested in developing it.
Smartphone Camera Filter Improves Low-Light Photography
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10/30/2015   1 comment
Engineers at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) have developed a camera filter for smartphones that allows for much brighter and sharper photos in low-light conditions.
Toshiba, Sony Confirm Transfer of Image Sensor Facilities
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10/30/2015   Post a comment
Sony and Toshiba aim to execute legally binding definitive agreements by the end of 2015. Afterward, the two Japanese companies will complete the transfer by March 31, 2016.
Wireless Charging IC Targets IoT
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10/28/2015   Post a comment
Wireless charging startup Energous is sampling an RF-to-DC rectifier IC designed to power smaller wearable and IoT devices that require up to 10 Watts over a 15 foot distance.
Toshiba to Sell Image Sensor Unit to Sony
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
Toshiba will sell its image sensor business to Sony for approximately 20 billion yen ($164.69 million), according to unnamed sources in a Reuters report.
IoT Startup Revises 802.15.4 Nets
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
Startup Helium debuts its first product, an end-to-end platform for the Internet of Things using a variant of 802.15.4 networks.
ISM Bands Limit Opportunity
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10/23/2015   1 comment
The rise of narrowband networks for the Internet of Things is poised for a fall, according to a senior software developer for cellular systems.
Privacy Debate Flares in Smart City
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10/16/2015   6 comments
Mia Nyegaard wants her privacy. It’s both a reasonable request and a tall order in this digital age of information.
Dialog, Bosch Collaborate on Wireless Sensor Platform for IoT
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10/14/2015   Post a comment
Helping meet strategic ambitions for the two companies, Dialog Semiconductor plc and Bosch Sensortec GmbH have teamed up to produce a wireless sensor platform for Internet of Things applications.
City Aims to be IoT Petri Dish
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10/13/2015   1 comment
Bristol is installing high-end public wired and wireless networks aiming to create a place where vendors can experiment to the benefit of companies and citizens.
Sony Buys 3D Imaging Startup Softkinetic
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10/9/2015   Post a comment
Sony will use Softkinetic's time-of-flight technology in combination with its own technology for next-generation imaging sensors.
Medtech Event Debuts New Projects
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10/9/2015   Post a comment
The annual Body Computing Conference will discuss work on injectable sensors, virtual clinics and crowd-sourced health research, said Leslie Saxon
Sony to Spin Off Chip Business
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10/6/2015   Post a comment
New company, primarily focused on image sensors, will commence operations in April 2016.
France: All In With ‘Objets Connectés’
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10/2/2015   5 comments
There is mounting evidence for a French fascination with IoT. There are dynamic startups including SigFox, Netatmo, Parrot and Withings. But who else are on horizon?
TSMC Preps 10nm, Tunes 16nm
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9/17/2015   7 comments
The world’s largest chip foundry said it will start “risk” production in 10nm late this year while it fine tunes its 16nm process and plans a basket of IoT offerings.
IoT Lacks Tools, Says EDA Vet
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9/11/2015   3 comments
The coming world of networked sensors demands a new class of design tools, Berkeley researcher and EDA veteran Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli said at a DARPA event.
IoT Nets Snag Wide-Area Player
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9/9/2015   2 comments
On-Ramp Wireless has renamed itself Ingenu Networks and launched plans for a U.S. national network, the latest in a wide field of nets for the Internet of Things.
Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch
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9/3/2015   2 comments
The head of a new initiative to give the U.S. a lead in flexible hybrid electronics talks about the technology, markets and politics of the $165 million effort.
Startup Wants Better IoT Radios
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8/25/2015   7 comments
Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee won’t cut it for next-generation nodes on the Internet of Things that need to run on tens of microwatts from energy harvesters, said a Hot Chips presenter.
SK Hynix Invests in Hyperspectral Sensor Startup
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8/21/2015   1 comment
SK Hynix has invested 2.2 billion won (about $1.8 million) in Stratio Technology Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.), a startup developing germanium-based hyperspectral image sensors, according to Korea Times article. SK Hynix has acquired a 9.1 percent stake the article said.
Intel’s Krzanich: CEO Q&A at IDF
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8/21/2015   25 comments
Intel’s chief executive shares his thoughts on topics ranging from Moore’s Law, EUV, China, 3D XPoint and his effects to expand beyond the PC.
Sony SmartBand 2 Boasts New Heart Rate Monitor
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8/21/2015   Post a comment
The SmartBand 2, Sony's latest fitness wearable, offers a heart rate monitor plus other popular features, including a sleep tracker and activity tracker.
10 Kickstarter Projects Show Hardware Innovation Isn't Dead
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8/13/2015   3 comments
The death of electronics hardware has been highly overblown, if these Kickstarter projects indicate anything. Electronics designers and innovators continue to create new hardware-based electronics--and consumers are wildly enthusiastic.
Forget Hall Effect, Use Magnetic Junction Tunneling
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8/12/2015   1 comment
Novel magnetic sensors and memory are appearing that use quantum tunneling effects.
IoT Networks Debated at ESC
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8/11/2015   12 comments
The Internet of Things lacks a wide area network with broad coverage and low cost, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the recent ESV SV event.
OmniVision Shareholders Approve Seagull Takeover
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8/3/2015   Post a comment
The shareholders of CMOS image sensor vendor OmniVision Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara Calif.) have approved the plan for the company to be acquired by a Chinese consortium.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business
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7/28/2015   Post a comment
he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
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.
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