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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   22 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.
Apple HomeKit Requires ID Chip
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7/28/2015   7 comments
Apple requires an ID chip in devices using its HomeKit software, one of several observations in a talk on platforms for the Internet of Things at ESC SV.
Rocket Refuels for Student Mission
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7/23/2015   1 comment
After a technical setback in May, a group of Boston University students is raising funds to launch next summer the first amateur rocket to reach space.
Wearables Fail Check Up
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7/21/2015   2 comments
Wearable devices need to deliver medical-grade data then simplify it to relevant recommendations to consumers, said a speaker at ESC SV.
Top 10 Cool Little Gadgets that Got a Kickstarter Push
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7/14/2015   Post a comment
Everyone loves the coolest new electronic gadget. Here's the list of the most popular ideas that showed up on Kickstarter this year.
What About Reliability of Magnetic Position Sensor?
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7/13/2015   Post a comment
A stubborn question about the reliability of magnetic position sensors lingers in the minds of some automotive and industrial system designers. Yet complete stray field immunity is possible in contactless magnetic position sensing.
Makers, Cars Driving IoT
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7/7/2015   Post a comment
Car makers and hobbyists are getting out ahead of embedded systems engineers in driving the Internet of Things.
ARM’s Wish List for IoT
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7/7/2015   4 comments
With his company dominating the market for processor cores in mobile systems, ARM chief executive Simon Segars has his eyes set on the Internet of Things.
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.
Low Temperature 2D MoS2 Now at Wafer-Level
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute have fabricated and characterised large-area 2D films of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), an N-type semiconductor, at room temperature using a process which is scalable to any size wafer.
Smart Shirt Adorns IoT Efforts
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6/24/2015   Post a comment
A smart T-shirt and a new Internet of Things research program with a low cost air quality sensor were announced by researchers at Imec and the Holst Center.
Freescale Adds Comms to IoT MCUs
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6/22/2015   1 comment
Freescale announced a new set of microcontrollers with integrated communications as part of its Kinetis family. The multi-protocol chips are designed for home automation and industrial control devices in the Internet of Things
InVisage, TSMC Join Forces for Image Sensor Attack
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6/19/2015   Post a comment
InVisage Technologies Inc., a startup developing quantum-dot based light capture film for image sensors, has opened its first sensor manufacturing facility QFAB3 in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan.
Google Defines an IoT Layer
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6/16/2015   11 comments
TCP/IP is very good at facilitating communication, but what the end nodes say to each other has largely been left as an exercise for the user. It may be about time for that to change.
Startup Plans Neural Network Front-End for Sensor Systems
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6/15/2015   Post a comment
Analog Computing Solutions Inc. (Bloomington, Indiana), founded in 2013, is developing a neural network IC that monitors sensor data for key events and thereby allows microcontrollers to stay in sleep mode until required.
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.
MEMS and Vision Take Top Awards at Sensors Expo 2015
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6/12/2015   Post a comment
These devices and technologies won the top awards for innovation and application at Sensors Expo 2015.
Motion Engine Beats Gestures
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6/10/2015   1 comment
As the Austin-based startup Quantum Interface (Qi) unveiled its first predictive navigation software and technology, EE Times Europe caught up with the company's founder and CTO Jonathan Josephson to know more about the underlying technology.
Atmel on the Block
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6/9/2015   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. is on the block, looking for a potential buyer, Reuters reported Monday. If true, the move feeds further fuel into the M&A frenzy currently affecting the global semiconductor market.
Video: Panorama Rolls Out MEMS-Based Chemical Sensor
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6/5/2015   Post a comment
Panorama Synergy Ltd. (Perth, Western Australia) has developed a chemical sensor based on the interaction of silicon photonic structures with a microscopic cantilever beam.
Wearables Detect Medical Shift
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6/4/2015   3 comments
Wearable devices have the potential to transform health care but the changes will take time, said experts from Intel, Jawbone. Lumo and Misfit.
IoT Needs New MEMS Approaches
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6/3/2015   3 comments
New approaches to MEMS are needed to drive growth in sensors and the Internet of Things, according a panel of speakers at the upcoming Semicon West event.
Sensor Data Analytics -- Unlocking Value in 'Big Data'
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5/29/2015   1 comment
With data flowing from ubiquitous sensors, the new field known as sensor data analytics, or SDA, is beginning to show its ultimate promise.
When Did Analog Steal Digital's Mojo?
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5/28/2015   8 comments
Name two semiconductor companies whose names begin with the letter T that used to mainly make digital ICs but now think analog electronics is more exciting and remunerative!
Xray Sensor Startup Raises Funds
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
MultiX SA has developed a sensor the ME100 based on CdTe and CdZnTe crystal material. This together with a signal conditioning ASIC and high-speed front-end electronics is capable of measuring the energy of each incident x-ray photon.
Sensor Choices Power Industrial Internet Innovation
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
Whether or not the Internet of Things will live up to its own hype, the notion has certainly got people thinking. Proposals range from the “Internet of Everything” to some more focused concepts such as the Industrial Internet; a term first introduced by electrical giant GE, and now understood to mean the automation of industrial environments using sensor networks and machine-to-machine communications.
Implanted Biosensor Can Be Wirelessly Charged
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
A laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed an implantable biosensor that can report measurements wirelessly and powered by a battery worn on the skin.
Force Sensors Make Medical Devices Smarter
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5/25/2015   Post a comment
The practice of medicine has always been an art as well as a science. But, in the age of value-based care, the balance between those two is shifting in favor of the latter. Sensor-enabled medical devices are playing an important role in the trend.
Why Smartwatch Pulses Are Weak
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5/21/2015   2 comments
Bloom Technologies aims to pave the way toward medical-grade wearables that can capture more useful data than today’s gadgets including the Apple Watch.
Maker Movement Turns 10
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5/18/2015   11 comments
Maker Faire and Arduino both celebrate tenth anniversaries this year with youthful energy and do-it-yourself values intact at an annual gathering.
Robotic Vacuum Keeps it Simple
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5/15/2015   1 comment
The man who oversaw electronics design on Dyson’s first robotic vacuum cleaner came to Silicon Valley this week to deliver a blunt message: keep it simple and test relentlessly.
Smart Cities Show Progress at Events
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5/15/2015   1 comment
Teams from more than 40 smart cities projects will gather near Washington DC to share work, said an IoT pioneer who will discuss their advances at the Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley.
ST Falls to 4th in 2014 Sensor Sales Ranking
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5/7/2015   Post a comment
Market leader Bosch grabbed 20 percent of worldwide sales of sensor components in 2014, according to IC Insights. At the same time a 19 percent drop in the dollar value of its sensor sales in 2014 sent ST falling from second to fourth.
Dialog, Foxconn, Lite-On to Form Sensor Joint Venture
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5/7/2015   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor and Foxconn are set to transform Dyna Image, a Lite-On subsidiary making optical, inertial and environmental sensors for sale in the Chinese market, into a joint venture.
Emergency Brake Relies Solely on Video Signal
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5/5/2015   1 comment
Bosch succeeded in implementing an emergency brake assistant that gets all necessary data exclusively from a stereo video camera; no radar or lidar signals required.
IoT Security Calls for Action
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5/4/2015   1 comment
To enable the full potential of the Internet of Things, engineers need to address the security challenge through a combination of interoperability, education and good design.
Dell Targets Network Function Virtualization
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5/4/2015   Post a comment
Researchers at Dell Labs in Santa Clara, Calif. want to make networked devices easier to use, seamless in mobility, and simpler for developers. Dell’s year-old research division is hard at work on machine learning software and tools for network function virtualization = to drive the server, telco, and Internet of Things industries.
Vest Uses Haptics for Speech by Feel
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5/1/2015   Post a comment
The Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST) under development at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine represents a new form of wearable haptics, one that could find many applications beyond its initial goal of enabling the profoundly deaf to “feel” and understand speech through their body.
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.
UWB Radar Modules Sense Respiration in Next Room
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4/28/2015   Post a comment
Novelda AS, a developer of CMOS impulse radar transceivers, has announced two modules based on its X2 transceivers intended for use in home automation. The company has also raised $12 million in a Series A financing round.
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