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Comment: Stay in touch - rick merritt - 6/28/2015
Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts
News & Analysis  
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.
Smart Shirt Adorns IoT Efforts
News & Analysis  
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.
PCIe 16G May Take Until 2017
News & Analysis  
6/23/2015   1 comment
The PCI Express 4.0 standard, aka Gen 4, may not be complete until 2017, but Cadence and Synopsys will announce PHY and controller blocks for it this week.
China's SMIC, Q'comm in 14nm Deal
News & Analysis  
6/23/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. formed a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec to develop a homegrown 14nm node ready for mass production by 2020.
Chip Stacks at 30,000 Feet
Blog  
6/22/2015   2 comments
A chance encounter on a plane with Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang shed just a little light on the road to chip stacks as Moore’s Law slows.
Google Reveals Data Center Net
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6/18/2015   1 comment
Google revealed details of Jupiter, its Openflow-based data center network as a leading example of traction for in software-defined networks.
Comment: 10nm delays? - rick merritt - 6/16/2015
Facebook Likes Open Networks
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6/16/2015   Post a comment
A Facebook engineer called for more work on open-source networking hardware and open-source comms software to keep pace with expanding data centers.
Chip, PC Demand Continues Decline
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6/15/2015   16 comments
Deutsche Bank analysts released reports projecting continued weakness in semiconductors, especially for PCs, and shaved its predictions for Intel.
Comment: Good perspective - rick merritt - 6/12/2015
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.
VCs, Startups Hail Intel Diversity Fund
News & Analysis  
6/9/2015   1 comment
Intel’s new a five-year, $125 million fund focused on startups with female or minority executives is a small step in a long journey for the tech investment community, observers said.
Smart Glasses Pack Tablet SoC
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6/9/2015   Post a comment
Osterhout Design Group announced what it claims is the most powerful pair of smart glasses, using a quad-core 2.7 GHz SoC, 2GB RAM and 64 GB storage.
Engineering Shortage Persists
Engineering Job Market  
6/8/2015   24 comments
Lower engineering salaries means managers should brace themselves for the revolving door, especially when 3-7—year itch kicks in.
Wearables Detect Medical Shift
News & Analysis  
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 Gets Sane Forecast at Event
News & Analysis  
6/3/2015   1 comment
At his first ever IoT event, Linley Gwennap will roll out a grounded forecast for the Internet of Things and thoughts on the chip technology behind it.
Comment: Re: overlap - rick merritt - 6/1/2015
Comment: Comments added - rick merritt - 6/1/2015
Comment: Re: Intel fab? - rick merritt - 6/1/2015
Comment: Re: A problem - rick merritt - 6/1/2015
Intel, Altera: Math in Question
News & Analysis  
6/1/2015   35 comments
Analysts said Intel and FPGA vendor Altera will see benefits from their $16.7 billion merger, but question the math and assumptions behind the deal.
Comment: Re: C to FPGA? - rick merritt - 5/29/2015
Comment: Re: A problem - rick merritt - 5/29/2015
Intel/Qualcomm: The Last Big Move
Blog  
5/29/2015   8 comments
In the chip game, two big dominoes are waiting to fall.
Comment: Re: Curious.... - rick merritt - 5/29/2015
Comment: Re: Follow up - rick merritt - 5/29/2015
A New Broadcom: The First Cuts
News & Analysis  
5/28/2015   24 comments
The proposed $37 billion merger of Avago and Broadcom creates the world’s sixth biggest chip vendor and promises to save at least $750 million a year within 18 months.
Comment: Follow up - rick merritt - 5/28/2015
FPGAs Ride HP’s Moonshot
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5/28/2015   18 comments
SRC Computers announced a new FPGA server card that Hewlett-Packard will sell as an option for its processor-agnostic Moonshot servers.
Avago, Broadcom Combo Praised
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5/28/2015   7 comments
Reports Avago will bid to buy Broadcom amid an industry consolidation are getting praise from the stock market and semiconductor analysts.
Comment: Re: questions - rick merritt - 5/27/2015
SoC From Russia With MIPS
News & Analysis  
5/27/2015   7 comments
Baikal Electronics of Russia, announced its T1, the first chip to use MIPS Warrior cores, will take on Broadcom and others in WiFi routers and home gateways.
IoT Security Groundswell Gathers
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5/27/2015   Post a comment
After plenty of talk, a wave of real action aimed at solving the Internet of Things's security problems is on the rise.
Comment: Re: Necessary ? - rick merritt - 5/23/2015
Comment: The big split - rick merritt - 5/23/2015
Intel, Altera, Moore...and Drinks
Blog  
5/22/2015   7 comments
The on-again, off-again Intel/Altera acquisition was the talk of a cocktail hour sponsored by Imagination Tech where tech execs talked of Moore’s Law and VR.
HP Strikes China Deal, Sales Slump
News & Analysis  
5/21/2015   2 comments
The same day it reported declining quarterly results, Hewlett-Packard announced plans to create a $3.1 billion networking venture in China with an arm of Tsinghua.
Why Smartwatch Pulses Are Weak
News & Analysis  
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.
Security Takes a MIPS Twist
News & Analysis  
5/20/2015   1 comment
Imagination Technologies announced OmniShield, a framework for hardware-backed security covering any virtualized hardware blocks.
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.
Comment: Smart cities - rick merritt - 5/15/2015
Smart Cities Show Progress at Events
News & Analysis  
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.
EEs Wanted for High Speed Rail
News & Analysis  
5/14/2015   25 comments
A June seminar in Silicon Valley aims to prepare engineers to participate in California’s high-speed rail project, the first in the nation.
13 Views of IoT World
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5/13/2015   5 comments
Plans for thousands of high end WiFi kiosks and low data rate Sigfox base stations were highlights 0f the Internet of Things World event here.
Vision Core Tightens its Focus
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5/12/2015   Post a comment
CogniVue released the first details of Opus, its next-generation vision processing core that targets the rapidly emerging ADAS market of car safety subsystems.
Silicon Valley Makes My Head Spin
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5/8/2015   3 comments
With a single column, our Silicon Valley reporter tries to catch up with a hard disk full of stories he did not file. ;-)
14 Views of the Virtual Network
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5/8/2015   Post a comment
Japan’s NTT Docomo promised at the NFV World Congress to roll out network functions virtualization features in its network by March, leading a charge to NFV.
Facebook Shares Storage Recipe
News & Analysis  
5/7/2015   4 comments
Engineers at Facebook shared details of their recipe for creating massive storage systems at bargain basement prices, defying traditional OEM hard drive arrays.
Carriers Race to Flexible Nets
Blog  
5/6/2015   1 comment
Telecom carriers are racing to develop open source virtualization code to create cheaper, more flexible networks with cultural and reliability hurdles ahead.
Cloud Service Shrinks Set-Tops
News & Analysis  
5/5/2015   2 comments
Startup Netzyn showed code running on ARM servers delivering the functions of a cable TV set-top box as a cloud service.
Comment: Your wish list - rick merritt - 5/1/2015
Engineer Building Google for Chips
News & Analysis  
5/1/2015   25 comments
An engineer-turned-entrepreneur aims to develop a Google for semiconductors, making it easier for engineers to find and evaluate chips.
Chip Incubator Debuts Startups
News & Analysis  
5/1/2015   3 comments
Semiconductor incubator Silicon Catalyst officially announced its first startups working on integrated power, low cost chip stacks and ID tags.
Comment: Cisco repsponds - rick merritt - 4/29/2015
Ethernet Geared for Cars, Factories
News & Analysis  
4/29/2015   7 comments
A new class of Ethernet chips and software will emerge next year, opening the networking technology up to use in time-sensitive applications in cars, factory robots and more.


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