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Comment: Good update - rick merritt - 10/30/2014
HP Tiptoes Into 3D Printers
News & Analysis  
10/29/2014   9 comments
Hewlett-Packard sketched out plans for 3D printers coming in 2016 based on its thermal inject technology and announced a novel 3D workstation for advanced consumers.
Clouds Gather in Cellular Nets
News & Analysis  
10/29/2014   1 comment
Carriers say cloud radio access networks will be important for the future of cellular nets, but they still face real-time and software challenges.
Comment: Local content - rick merritt - 10/28/2014
Comment: Mag strip intertia - rick merritt - 10/28/2014
Comment: Re: Reactions? - rick merritt - 10/28/2014
Comment: Re: Reactions? - rick merritt - 10/28/2014
Comment: Re: Your view - rick merritt - 10/28/2014
Comment: Second biggest? - rick merritt - 10/28/2014
Comment: Seattle bound - rick merritt - 10/28/2014
AMD Hires Dell's Server Chief
News & Analysis  
10/27/2014   5 comments
The new manager of AMD's server and embedded group, Forest Norrod, is the former manager of Dell's server business where he recently shared skeptical views on ARM-based servers, one of AMD's new target markets.
Inside a $125 Million Silicon Startup
News & Analysis  
10/27/2014   10 comments
Soft Machines has come a long way on the persuasiveness of its CEO and the passion of its CTO, but now it must build real commercial products and convince big, established players to license them.
Comment: Re: Tools suck - rick merritt - 10/24/2014
Comment: Tools suck - rick merritt - 10/23/2014
Health Startups Are Unfit, Says MD
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10/23/2014   7 comments
Today's startups pursuing consumer health and fitness generally use poor sensors and algorithms in subpar products, but the area is ripe with opportunity, said a Stanford expert.
Startup Creates Virtual Cores
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10/23/2014   1 comment
Soft Machines describes its approach to creating virtual cores that bring a new level of parallelism to single-threaded code for any processor architecture.
Microsoft Eyes Expanding FPGA Role
News & Analysis  
10/23/2014   14 comments
Microsoft will explore using FPGAs to replace networking chips in its million-server datacenters to deliver new speeds and network functions.
Comment: Re: Reactions? - rick merritt - 10/22/2014
Comment: Your view - rick merritt - 10/22/2014
EEs Explore Life After CMOS
News & Analysis  
10/22/2014   20 comments
Technologists at an IEEE event explored the technical and social challenges engineers face as Moore’s Law gradually comes to an end.
IoT Core, ARM SoCs Debut
News & Analysis  
10/22/2014   2 comments
A handful of embedded SoCs, cores, and buses will debut from ARM, Freescale, Marvell, and others at this week’s Linley Tech Processor Conference, including an ultra-low-power IoT core and a RapidIO effort aimed at 6-bit ARM SoCs.
Comment: IPad a speed bump? - rick merritt - 10/21/2014
Comment: Re: Reactions? - rick merritt - 10/20/2014
Comment: Re: Reactions? - rick merritt - 10/20/2014
Comment: Reactions? - rick merritt - 10/20/2014
Comment: Re: Your feedback - rick merritt - 10/20/2014
IBM, GlobalFoundaries Strike Historic Fab Deal
News & Analysis  
10/20/2014   20 comments
IBM will transfer its two loss-making fabs to GlobalFoundries along with $1.5 billion in cash and related patents in a deal that could take a year to get regulatory approval and even longer to sort out its implications for both companies’ roadmaps.
Comment: Re: Micro vs macro - rick merritt - 10/20/2014
IoT Group Turns Off TV Band
News & Analysis  
10/20/2014   7 comments
The Weightless SIG is turning away from its TV White Spaces effort and moving up-band to 900 MHz with the help of NWave Technologies, which joins the Internet of Things effort.
Computer Vision Opens New API
News & Analysis  
10/20/2014   3 comments
The Khronos Group has officially released OpenVX, a high-level applications programming interface for computer vision apps.
Comment: Whose hiring? - rick merritt - 10/17/2014
Comment: Chiplets - rick merritt - 10/17/2014
Comment: Your feedback - rick merritt - 10/17/2014
Comment: Re: Celebrate - rick merritt - 10/17/2014
Ethernet Dike Sprouts Cracks
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10/17/2014   15 comments
At least a half dozen new efforts are sprouting up to patch gaps in Ethernet, forcing engineers to reconsider the road map for the ubiquitous networking technology.
Comment: Re: Whither ATI? - rick merritt - 10/17/2014
Comment: Xilinx doing fine - rick merritt - 10/16/2014
AMD Plans 7% Layoffs
News & Analysis  
10/16/2014   26 comments
AMD will lay off 7% of its staff by the end of the year it said following a third quarter report of a slight profit amid a fall in revenue and expects revenue to fall 13% in its next quarter.
Comment: Big bets - rick merritt - 10/16/2014
Comment: 14nm update - rick merritt - 10/15/2014
Big-Data Benchmark Brewing
News & Analysis  
10/15/2014   1 comment
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium hopes to deliver by April the first part of a suite of benchmarks for big-data server clusters.
Intel Results Cool Downturn Fear
News & Analysis  
10/14/2014   3 comments
Intel reported record third quarter revenues and said revenues should increase by $100 million next quarter, allaying fears of a general industry downturn.
Comment: How long? - rick merritt - 10/14/2014
Solar Rising in Village Microgrids
News & Analysis  
10/14/2014   8 comments
Solar panels are on the rise in microgrids bringing electricity to remote villages in Africa and India, sparking interest in designs for low-power DC-based homes.
Comment: Analyst response - rick merritt - 10/13/2014
Comment: Re: Questions - rick merritt - 10/13/2014
Cellular Group Rolls IoT Guidelines
News & Analysis  
10/13/2014   1 comment
The GSMA published guidelines for designing devices for the Internet of Things that ride on cellular networks while Samsung claimed it will roll 60 GHz WiFi IoT products in 2015.
Comment: Re: track record - rick merritt - 10/12/2014
Apple Inspires Startup's PC TV
News & Analysis  
10/11/2014   17 comments
The $1,600 Piixl G-Pack now available on Kickstarter is what a long time hobbyist essentially built for himself in lieu of the long rumored Apple iTV.
Slideshow: Maxim Integrates IoT
Slideshow  
10/10/2014   3 comments
The Internet of Things in its industrial and consumer flavors was a main focus for Maxim's annual demo day for its chips and reference designs.
Comment: Big challenge - rick merritt - 10/9/2014
UMC Joins $6.2B China Foundry
News & Analysis  
10/9/2014   Post a comment
United Microelectronics Corp. said it will invest US$1.35 billion over five years in a 40nm foundry joint venture planned in Xiamen.
Comment: Analyst comment - rick merritt - 10/9/2014
Comment: Re: why? - rick merritt - 10/8/2014
Lisa Su Named CEO at AMD
News & Analysis  
10/8/2014   11 comments
AMD named Lisa Su as chief executive and president, making her the first female CEO among the top 20 semiconductor companies. Analysts hailed the move but scratched their heads over the timing, given Rory Read's successful but short tenure.
Chip Options Sought as Costs Rise
News & Analysis  
10/8/2014   14 comments
At the S3S Conference, engineers explored advances in silicon-on-insulator, sub-threshold voltage design, and monolithic 3D integration as costs of making chips rise and the industry consolidates.
Comment: Well deserved! - rick merritt - 10/7/2014
Comment: Re: switches? - rick merritt - 10/7/2014
Comment: Re: Your take? - rick merritt - 10/7/2014
Comment: HP stories - rick merritt - 10/7/2014
Gigabit Ethernet Seeks a Boost
News & Analysis  
10/7/2014   18 comments
Broadcom and Cisco are leading a call for interest in 2.5G and 5G Ethernet to give a boost to business-class access points swamped by throughput from emerging 802.11ac WiFi links.
Comment: Great report! - rick merritt - 10/6/2014
Comment: Your take? - rick merritt - 10/6/2014


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