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MEMS Market: Ups and Upstarts
News & Analysis  
11/24/2015   5 comments
The newly renamed MEMS and Sensors Industrial Group hosted IHS, which predicted the growth of the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) growth rates through 2019.
TrulySecure Embeds Biometrics
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11/19/2015   Post a comment
Sensory Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has been using neural networks since they were invented over 20 years ago to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with first voice activated command-and-control, then dictation and now authentication with voice and facial recognition, all running on the users device with one-second response time snd with no need to be connected to the cloud.
Comment: Re: Typo? - R_Colin_Johnson - 11/17/2015
Comment: Re: Scalable ? - R_Colin_Johnson - 11/17/2015
Intel Scales System Framework
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11/16/2015   5 comments
Intel is defining a scalable system framework that all its vendors can participate in to create and interoperable ecosystem for all computers, from handhelds to supercomputers.
Menta eFPGAs Win Over E.U.
11/16/2015   2 comments
Menta offers electronic design tools (EDA) tools that enable you to put an FPGA accelerator on any chip you want.
Chinese Spending All-Out on HPCs
11/16/2015   10 comments
China wins top spot again and nearly triples its number of systems on the TOP500 list of supercomputers. The number of supercomputers in U.S. falls to lowest point ever--201 down from 231 in July 2015.
MEMS for Million-Dollar Horses
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11/13/2015   Post a comment
Horse Sense's Pegasus does the same kind of tracking, posture recording and monitoring as Dairymaster's MooMonitor does for cows, plus it measures their temperature -- critical for keeping expensive racehorses in tip-top condition.
Write-Once Memory Speeds Up, Powers Down Reads
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11/11/2015   Post a comment
Wearables, Internet of Things (IoT) and even conventional read-only memory (ROM, flash, one-time programmable--OPM) need ultra-low power consumption for reads.
Micron Persistent Memory Pairs RAM/Flash
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11/10/2015   10 comments
Micron Technologies Inc. has combined a digital-in-line memory (DIMM) board with an self-backup-powered (with a super-capacitor) solid-state drive (SSD) to create a new memory architecture that can boost up-time by 100-times.
Comment: Re: i3 Drive - R_Colin_Johnson - 11/9/2015
Oculus Originator Gives Away MEMS Version
News & Analysis  
11/9/2015   16 comments
What does a millionaire who made his fortune selling his company to Facebook do afterwards? He invents an even better version and gives it away, of course.
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones
News & Analysis  
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.
Comment: Ain't no Blog - R_Colin_Johnson - 11/5/2015
PNI Out Googled Android
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).
Comment: Re: i3 Drive - R_Colin_Johnson - 11/2/2015
Micron Extreme NOR Flashes All
News & Analysis  
10/30/2015   9 comments
Micron Technology has a new flash memory technology that it claims will replace all NOR flash architectures over the next few years.
Audio Digital Signal Processing Without the Experts
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10/29/2015   Post a comment
Is it the new CAD for sound? DSP Concepts is selling its secret sauce by wrapping a graphical user interface around all its hard-earned, 400+ audio algorithms, compiled for major audio processors.
MEMS Shrinking Near Microscopic
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10/27/2015   Post a comment
The mCube three-axis accelerometer is the smallest in the world by a wide margin due to its use of regular vias between the MEMS on CMOS style of ASIC resulting in a size of just 0.9 cubic millimeters.
Slideshow: BMW's Hybrid EVs
10/26/2015   9 comments
BMWs i3 and i8, their electric hybrid vehicles (EVs), are manufactured with windmill-driven green energy, use carbon-fiber bodies and are glued instead of bolted together.
Comment: Re: ... - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/22/2015
IBM's Watson Tackles Sports
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10/22/2015   12 comments
IBM has partnered with Triax Technologies, Spare5 and 113 Industries to bring Watson's sports expertise to the playing field.
Fraunhofer Downsizes Lab Equipment
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10/16/2015   Post a comment
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft has 67 institutes across Germany each specializing in a different kind of applied technology with the Electronic Nano Systems (ENAS) Chemnitz Campus specializing in micro- and nano-miniaturizing devices.
Comment: Re: SOI on Rise - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/16/2015
Saxony Leads Germany's Semis
10/16/2015   5 comments
The Saxony state ("federal district") in Germany is the country's central location for innovation. Here is an inside look at the institution.
IBM Flash Downtime 30-Seconds per Year
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10/14/2015   1 comment
IBM accelerates flash memory arrays enabling one-second access time to petabytes of memory with total downtime per year of just 30 seconds
Comment: SOI on Rise - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/8/2015
Silicon on Insulator Penetrates Apple/Intel/IBM
10/7/2015   4 comments
In a exclusive interview, Soitec's CEO and board chairman reveals that the Apple iPhone 6s has multiple RF chips built on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrates and even long-time rejector of SOI--Intel--and IBM are using SOI for their silicon photonics push.
Comment: Re: latency - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/7/2015
Organics To Extend Moore's Law
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10/7/2015   9 comments
Flexible and transparent electronics was the theme this year here at the SEMICON Europa 2015 (Oct. 6-8, Dresden, Germany), The nearby Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden is also committing to the gamble, going "all in" for using organic devices with government funding of $38 million through 2017.
5G for Command & Control
News & Analysis  
10/6/2015   6 comments
Dresden University of Technology professor Frank Fitzek has created a way to compress 5G data using random numbers that can be decoded in less than one millisecond yet are totally secure even if intercepted by bad guys.
Comment: Re: tunneling - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/3/2015
Comment: Re: tunneling - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/3/2015
Put FPGAs In Your SoCs
News & Analysis  
10/2/2015   5 comments
Flex Logix has a new type of FPGA that nearly doubles the number of usable gates per chip. The FPGAs eliminate more than 20% of the room needed for interconnect and switches, and now have nearly 50% more room for gates.


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