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Comment: Fbook CTO on VR - rick merritt - 3/27/2015
Linux Seeks Security, Unity
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
Linux needs greater security, unity and interoperability to meet its potential in the emerging Internet of Things said speakers at the Embedded Linux Conference.
Micron, Intel Flash 3D NAND
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3/26/2015   1 comment
Micron and Intel have co-developed a 3-D flash NAND chip sampling now that is denser than the parts Samsung has been shipping since July.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions
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3/25/2015   Post a comment
About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
Optical Specs Plug Into Data Center
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Microsoft’s data center group is leading a new effort to define interfaces to plug optical cables directly into server and switch boards.
14 Views of the Open Power Summit
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3/18/2015   1 comment
IBM and its partners unveiled a handful of Power-based boards and chips headed for the market, mostly from China, at its first Open Power Summit.
Broadcom v ASICs, Part 2
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3/18/2015   Post a comment
Broadcom announced the first 28nm versions of its StrataDNX chips from its Dune acquisition, driving deeper into competition with OEM ASICs.
Comment: Other inages - rick merritt - 3/17/2015
13 Images from Nvidia’s GTC
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3/17/2015   3 comments
With new cards and developer systems, Nvidia aims to ride a rising tide of deep learning apps into applications such as self-driving cars it said at its annual graphics event.
Comment: Update - rick merritt - 3/16/2015
SoC Spec Hits Version 1.0
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3/16/2015   2 comments
The AMD-led Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation has finished its 1.0 spec, turning attention to what SoCs will support it.
Layoffs Hit 1,600 in Cypress Deal
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3/13/2015   1 comment
Cypress and Spansion are expected to lay off more than 20% of combined staff or about 1,600 people following their recently approved merger.
Smart Glasses Go To Work
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3/12/2015   1 comment
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches
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3/11/2015   2 comments
Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
Comment: Another comment - rick merritt - 3/10/2015
FinFETs Race Toward Silicon
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3/10/2015   Post a comment
As Cadence announced a new physical-design tool, Synopsys said it has 100 production tape outs in FinFET processes, 90% of the advanced chips made to date.
Comment: Re: Dick Tracey - rick merritt - 3/10/2015
Apple Watch: Time Will Tell
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3/9/2015   15 comments
Apple showcased significant software and hardware engineering behind its new Watch and Macbook, but the products don’t establish new categories.
Comment: I'm not alone - rick merritt - 3/6/2015
TV Reboots with Web-Like Service
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3/6/2015   12 comments
The next-generation U.S. standard for terrestrial TV will embrace Web standards and support 4K video in hopes of delivering more compelling services.
Smartphone, Samsung in Trouble
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3/5/2015   27 comments
With its Galaxy S6 announcement at MWC, Samsung and smartphones in general look to be in trouble and that’s bad news for the electronics industry.
VR is New Reality at GDC
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3/5/2015   1 comment
Oculus, Sony, Google and an open source project showed virtual reality offerings at the Game Developer Conference where analyst Jon Peddie sized up the traditional games hardware market.
Comment: Re: So... - rick merritt - 3/4/2015
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Comment: Re: Disconnect - rick merritt - 3/3/2015
Comment: Re: Merger - rick merritt - 3/3/2015
Comment: Re: Disconnect - rick merritt - 3/3/2015
Comment: Security budget - rick merritt - 3/3/2015
Graphics API Gets Makeover
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3/3/2015   Post a comment
With new proprietary graphics interfaces out from AMD, Apple and Microsoft, Khronos Group is previewing Vulkan as an open follow on to OpenGL.
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better
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3/2/2015   13 comments
The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
NXP, Freescale Plan Mega Merger
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3/1/2015   23 comments
NXP bid to acquire Freescale to create a $10 billion embedded chip giant that would be a world leader in automotive chips and microcontrollers.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps
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2/27/2015   1 comment
Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
IoT Terrain Still Shifting
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2/27/2015   3 comments
The Internet of Things continues to fragment with competing networks and frameworks from 6LoWPAN to Zigbee, Apple Homekit and Google’s Thread.
Comment: Re: 5G - rick merritt - 2/26/2015
Comment: What did I miss? - rick merritt - 2/26/2015
18 Views of ISSCC
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2/26/2015   4 comments
Engineers showed advances in lower power, higher performance and media-rich silicon at this year’s ISSCC, despite struggles advancing Moore’s Law.
Comment: Outlook - rick merritt - 2/26/2015
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips
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2/26/2015   6 comments
The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
5G Horizon Seen at ISSCC
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2/25/2015   3 comments
Research on 5G is coming to a head as companies prepare to make proposals next year that will shape the next-generation cellular standards, said experts at an ISSCC panel.
Silicon Seeks to Outsmart Brain
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2/24/2015   Post a comment
Researchers are engaging many challenges that stand in the way of silicon implants with interfaces that can listen and respond to the brain for a wide variety of uses.
Comment: The x86 outlook - rick merritt - 2/24/2015
AMD Describes Notebook Processor
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2/23/2015   1 comment
AMD’s next-gen notebook processor, Carrizo, packs a south bridge and HEVC decoder in the same space as its previous Kaveri chip, it said at ISSCC.
Marvell Shakes Up SoCs, DRAMs
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2/23/2015   10 comments
Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja announced a new SoC interconnect and virtual-memory initiatives aimed to make next-generation chips and systems cheaper.
Chip Packs 100, 64-bit ARM Cores
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2/23/2015   4 comments
EZchip announced it will sample next year a 28nm network processor using 100 ARM 64-bit A53 cores, gunning for sockets with Broadcom and Cavium.
Intel Carves Tiny SRAMs at 14nm
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2/22/2015   17 comments
Intel will describe at ISSCC advances based on its 14nm process technology including what it calls the world’s smallest SRAM cell and PCI Express circuit.
Comment: Octal approaches - rick merritt - 2/20/2015
Comment: Another day - rick merritt - 2/19/2015
Comment: Update - rick merritt - 2/18/2015
IoT Network Snags $115M
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2/13/2015   5 comments
A $115 million round Sigfox closed to build out its proprietary 900 MHz wide-area network is the latest leap in a race to link the Internet of Things.
14 Views of Fujitsu’s Forum
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2/12/2015   Post a comment
In its annual Silicon Valley forum, tech giant Fujitsu showed mainly software innovations ranging from realistic models of the heart to augmented reality wearable devices.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead
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2/10/2015   1 comment
In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
Comment: Re: Yen for Yun - rick merritt - 2/10/2015
Comment: What's the app? - rick merritt - 2/10/2015
Comment: More details TK - rick merritt - 2/9/2015
Arm Buys IoT Security Firm
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2/9/2015   2 comments
ARM bought Offspark, a provider of Transport Layer Security ARM will fold into its mbed operating system for Cortex-M cores aimed at the Internet of Things.
Comment: Yen for Yun - rick merritt - 2/9/2015


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