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Quantenna Speeds Up WiFi
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4/17/2014   Post a comment
As several major companies roll out 802.11ac solutions with multi-user, multiple input-multiple output (MU-MIMO), local startup Quantenna Communications has announced chip that’s a step ahead.
Google Unveils Modular Phone
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4/16/2014   5 comments
Mod is back, according to officials from Google's Project Ara team. The module developers kit for the open source, build-your-own-phone was on display at the company's first Ara Developer's Conference, held April 15-16 at the Computer History Museum.
Freescale Upgrades Small-Cell SoC
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4/10/2014   1 comment
At its annual trade show, Freescale Technology Forum, Freescale Semiconductor debuted its next generation SoC for multi-standard wireless base stations. Developed in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, the QorIQ Qonverge B4860 chip is designed for widespread deployment in dense metropolitan areas.
Freescale Grabs Mindspeed's ARM
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor will purchase the CPE communications processor business of Mindspeed Technologies, which includes a series of ARM-based multicore embedded processors and associated software.
Windows Opens Console to Phone
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4/4/2014   9 comments
Windows 8.1 and Phone 8.1 come with a host of new tricks and treats, including a $0 royalty licensing program for OEMs developing mobile devices with screens under 9 inches. Among Microsoft’s big reveals was a converged developer platform that allows developers to create universal Windows apps for a common Windows runtime on tablets, phones, PCs and, eventually, wearables.
Nokia Phones Ride Snapdragon
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4/2/2014   Post a comment
Nokia debuted three new smartphones at Microsoft Build Wednesday, each building off the successful Lumia brand. Two of the phones are aimed at eastern markets, with price points below $200 and dual SIM capability.
Russia Sanctions Impact Mulled
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4/2/2014   6 comments
Russian officials and company heads discussed how speculation about sanctions can have unintended consequences for the business community, including the impact on IPOs and sales. Cooperation will be key in preventing innovation slowdown, panelists said.
Apple v. Samsung Case Tackles Stealing, Scapegoating
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4/2/2014   4 comments
Jurors heard opening statements and a first round of testimony in Federal Court Tuesday as part of an ongoing battle royale between Apple and Samsung. Attorneys for the mobile giants contested the use of patented technology in the iPhone and devices such as the Galaxy S II, alleging that each infringed each others intellectual property.
WiFi Chip Tracks Indoor Location
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4/1/2014   4 comments
Broadcom's 802.11ac SoC is designed for pinpoint indoor positioning technology, with a more powerful ARM processor able to process location coordinates within several nanoseconds.
Hacking a SmartTV at EE Live!
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3/27/2014   5 comments
The zombies you watch or play in video games on your smart TV may be less scary than the abilities of hackers using the same device. Researchers from iSEC Partners will go into depth about the vulnerabilities of smart televisions at EE Live!, in a talk titled “The Outer Limits: Hacking a Smart TV.”
Intel Straps on Basis Health Band
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3/26/2014   5 comments
Intel officially a announced the purchase of San Franscisco-based smartwatch startup Basis Science. The acquisition comes as Intel attempts to push into the wearables sphere as a market leader.
Mentor Graphics Acquires Berkeley Design Automation
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3/24/2014   1 comment
Mentor Graphics hopes to broaden its customer base into the nanometer sphere with the purchase of Berkeley Design Automation, an analog, mixed-signal, and RF circuit verification company.
EE Job Titles of the Future
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3/24/2014   17 comments
In an ever-evolving, complex industry such as electrical engineering, specialties and necessary skill sets are bound to change. EE and computer science professors are changing the way they teach as equipment becomes less expensive, fields merge, and new needs are created.
Samsung, Microsoft Charge Up WPC
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3/20/2014   4 comments
Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Microsoft are the newest members of the Wireless Power Consortium’s Board of Directors. WPC, the industry group backing the Qi wireless charging standard.
Toyota Pays $1.2B to Settle DOJ Probe
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3/19/2014   18 comments
The Justice Department issued a deferred prosecution agreement with Toyota, under which the company must pay $1.2 billion, admit to misleading customers, and one count of wire fraud. The ruling follows a criminal investigation into Toyota’s sudden acceleration case, which led to a recall in 2009 and 2010.
Fairchild Refocuses on Mobile, Green Tech
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3/19/2014   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor, one of Silicon Valley’s founding companies, launched a new brand as part of its renewed focus on today's hot markets in mobile and green electronics.
Intersil's Restructure Powers On
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3/17/2014   6 comments
After being off the tech radar in recent years, Silicon Valley-based Intersil is reemerging as a streamlined power management company. On the eve of his year anniversary Necip Sayiner, Intersil’s new president and CEO, said he is hopeful about the company’s trajectory.
Wireless Charging Revenue to Rise 40-Fold in 4 Years
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3/13/2014   13 comments
New products and industry partnerships are paving the way for mass increases in global market revenue for wireless charging solutions. According to IHS, the market for wireless charging hardware used in mobile devices will rise nearly forty fold during the next four years.
Experts Look to SDN for Optical Network Future
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3/13/2014   Post a comment
Software-defined networking (SDN) will be the future of optical networking, according speakers at the OFC Conference, held March 11-13 in San Francisco. SDN will help curb ongoing issues bandwidth capacity.
Sony SmartEyeglass, Others Featured at Wearables DevCon
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3/12/2014   1 comment
Wearable designs, devices, and prototypes were on display at Wearables DevCon March 5-7 in Burlingame, Calif.
Google Glass Success Depends on Niche Apps
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3/6/2014   1 comment
Prototyping applications will be key to the success of Google Glass and other wearable glasses, speakers at Wearables DevCon said. The conference was designed for wearable makers, software developers and app creators.

Intel Reportedly Buying Smartwatch Startup
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3/4/2014   2 comments
Intel may have purchased smartphone startup Basis, as part of the tech giant’s new focus on wearables and the Internet of Things. San Francisco-based Basis may have sold for between $100 -$150 million.
Engineers On The Big Sceen
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3/1/2014   13 comments
This is the perfect time to cuddle up with a few flicks, but don’t get caught up in the Oscar bru-ha-ha. Check out these films about engineers who save the day, create new machines, and face seemingly insurmountable challenges.
IBM Begins US Layoffs
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2/27/2014   28 comments
IBM began its first round of United States layoffs Thursday as part of a “global rebalancing” act that could save about $1 billion in costs. The restructuring process could see as many as 15,000 jobs being cut globally, including India, Brazil, and the European region
Samsung Drops Android From Wearable OS
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2/25/2014   15 comments
Samsung’s move to drop Android OS for its latest generation of wearables could have a major effect on the future smartwatch and fit band market, according to analysts.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Unveiled at MWC
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2/24/2014   12 comments
Samsung announced the next generation of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. The water and dust proof S5 has cat 4 LTE coverage and is designed to complement the company's new line of wearable devices.
Sony Xperia Handset Emphasizes Mobile Media
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2/24/2014   1 comment
Sony introduced the Xperia Z2 at Mobile World Congress this week, highlighting the handset as the company’s flagship smartphone for advanced multimedia. Sony Mobile CEO Kunimasa Suzuki touted Xperia Z2 as “the best of Sony.”
Broadcom Chip Locates Wearables
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2/21/2014   4 comments
Broadcom announced a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and sensor hub integrated SoC. The 40nm chip is designed for low-power, mass-market wearable devices and aims to fix issues associated with high cost, often inaccurate GPS systems.
Intel Drives Xeon to Big Data
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2/19/2014   11 comments
In an effort to increase data analysis power, Intel has achieved breakthrough computing speeds on its recently announced Xeon E7 v2 family of server processors. The Xeon processors can analyze large, diverse amounts of previously inaccessible data.
Wireless Charging Shift Ahead
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2/18/2014   29 comments
Several wireless charging solutions are in development or on the market, but consolidation is necessary before the technology can become ubiquitous.
5 Hot Papers from ISSCC
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2/14/2014   9 comments
More than two dozen scientific papers are on display at this week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. These five technologies showcase the latest innovations from research institutions, startups, and big market players.
Broadcom, Mediatek Dial Up LTE
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2/13/2014   7 comments
Two semi industry players vying for a larger share of the US market have announced LTE SoCs, increasing competition in the ongoing LTE rollout. Broadcom and MediaTek’s LTE solutions come in different forms but promise to make a sizeable dent.
ISSCC Keynote: No Silicon, Software Silos
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2/10/2014   10 comments
As consumers and the technical community expect the next generation of computing devices to become cheaper and smaller, technology has hit a wall with energy efficiency. Specialization will be key.
Comment: Re: 8 percent - Jessica Lipsky - 2/6/2014
Chips Break Sales Record in 2013
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2/5/2014   12 comments
The semiconductor industry posted record sales in 2013, climbing 4.8% to reach $305.6 billion. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that global sales in December 2013 were the strongest on record at $26.6 billion.
China Bets on Homegrown OS
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1/31/2014   30 comments
A new operating system designed in China for smartphones, tablets, set-tops, and PCs could exercise a disruptive influence worldwide.
Broadcom Reports Steady Quarter
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1/31/2014   1 comment
Broadcom Corporation reported strong financials across the board during its quarterly earnings call on Jan. 30. President and CEO Scott McGregor said the company delivered record revenues across its three business groups and continues to build momentum in LTE and ultra HD.
IoT Spells Opportunity, Intel VP Says
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1/29/2014   8 comments
The pace of change is accelerating and providing engineers with new challenges to surmount, Intel’s Hermann Eul said at Tuesday’s DesignCon keynote speech.
Intersil Sensor Brightens Mobile Display
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1/27/2014   8 comments
After being off the tech radar in recent years, Silicon Valley-based Intersil has released a new RGB light sensor that aims to optimize screen brightness and improve resolution, battery life, and color quality for mobile device displays through management of ambient light.
Qualcomm Drives LTE-A to 5 GHz
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1/23/2014   9 comments
With the goal of addressing an expected 1,000x increase in mobile data traffic, Qualcomm has announced the development of a new technology to extend LTE Advanced to the 5 GHz band of unlicensed spectrum.
Intel Sells Media Assets to Verizon
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1/21/2014   18 comments
Verizon Communications will purchase the assets of Intel Media, a division dedicated to the development of Cloud TV products and services, Verizon and Intel officials announced Jan. 21.
Comment: Re: patents - Jessica Lipsky - 1/16/2014
IBM, Samsung & Qualcomm Among Top Patent Recipients
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1/15/2014   5 comments
Analyst firm IFI Claims Patent Services released its annual list of the top recipients of US patents in 2013. IBM remains the top awardee for the 21st year in a row as Google and Apple break into the top 20 for the first time.
Making Smartphones Smarter
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1/13/2014   2 comments
A panel of experts discussed trends in handset development at International CES and debated what will spark public interest in 2014 and beyond. Executives from Intel, Samsung, Microsoft and Ad Colony agreed that managing data and making meaningful consumer experiences will be the deciding factor in manufacturer and advertiser success.
Wellness Products at CES Weigh In
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1/12/2014   16 comments
If you weren't walking miles already at this year's International CES, hundreds of vendors offered wares to keep you healthy. From fitness to improved sleep and at-home medical care, click through to read about the gadgets we liked best.
Toshiba Flash Marries Q'comm SoCs in Vegas
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1/9/2014   3 comments
Toshiba's UFS solution will be added to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 802 chipset. The Ver2.0 solution will go into production for smartphones and tablets in the second quarter of 2014.
Wireless Execs Make Waves at CES
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1/7/2014   Post a comment
Here are excerpts from a panel at CES on the status and outlook of wireless technology that included experts from Broadcom, Ericsson, and the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Intel Edison Aims to Dress Wearables
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1/7/2014   15 comments
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich outlined a vision for a wearable world at Monday's pre-CES keynote, the cornerstone of which centers on a SD-sized computing system.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 802 Powers Smart TVs
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1/7/2014   2 comments
Qualcomm faces tough competition as it steps into the smart TV market with a chip that might not be so unique after all, says one analyst. So why the move into TV?
Nvidia Unveils 192-Core Processor
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1/6/2014   6 comments
Nvidia introduced its next generation mobile processor, Tegra K1, at International CES. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the 192 core super chip, built on Kepler architecture, brings “the heart of GeForce and the soul of Tesla to mobile computing.”
Industry Analyst Predicts Hotspots at CES
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1/3/2014   3 comments
At CES 2014, focus shifts from larger, more traditional CES staples such as television and PCs to smaller, personalized devices.
Gesture Interface at CES Taps Ultrasound
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1/3/2014   3 comments
Gesture recognition software for Android and Windows from Elliptic Labs will be on display at CES using ultrasound speakers, standard MEMS microphones, and transducers.
Check Out the CEO's Paycheck
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12/25/2013   88 comments
Across the world, the economics of commerce show that executive officers in large companies make substantially more than the average worker. Click to the next page to read what some of the top semiconductor companies are paying their chief executive officers.
Mediatek Going 64-Bit, LTE in 2014
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12/23/2013   6 comments
Mediatek will drive LTE and 64-bit cores into its mobile SoCs in 2014 as the rising Taiwan chip vendor makes a bid for more business outside Asia.
Low-Power eCompass Modules Used in Xiaomi Handsets
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12/17/2013   1 comment
STMicroelectronics recently introduced its LSM303D accelerometer and magnetometer combo module to Xiaomi (Mi1S). The device meets minimal size constraints and allows significant reductions in power consumption without compromising performance in other areas.
Qualcomm Kicks Off Midrange 4G Fight
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12/16/2013   11 comments
Qualcomm kicked off the next round of competition in smartphones with its announcement of high-end and mid-range LTE chips last week. Broadcom, Mediatek and others are expected to join the 4G handset battle in 2014.
Comment: Other venues - Jessica Lipsky - 12/12/2013
Chip Execs Lower Expectations
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12/11/2013   8 comments
Semi industry leaders see less momentum today for a sustained industry recovery in 2014 than a year ago, according to an industry survey. This muted confidence is primarily a result of revenue growth.
Comment: Re: musicians - Jessica Lipsky - 12/11/2013
Best of Silicon Valley: Music Venues
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12/11/2013   10 comments
The southern San Francisco Bay Area is be known for its plethora of startups and high-tech giants, as the creative hub behind many of the devices we use daily, but rarely is it heralded for its live music scene. We're here to debunk the myth that all the "good venues" are only in San Francisco and the East Bay.
Supreme Court to Hear Patent Case
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12/9/2013   17 comments
In a huge step toward patent reform, the Supreme Court has agreed to take on the question of software patents in the case of Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International. The case will decide whether software is an abstract idea, which are not covered by patent law.
'Jury Still Out' on Microsoft/Nokia Combo
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12/4/2013   7 comments
Microsoft purchased Nokia's devices and services division Dec. 2 for just over $7.17 billion. The acquisition could lead to more apps, faster computers, and improved mobile devices, according to analysts.
Sony May Buy Renesas Fab
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12/4/2013   11 comments
Sony is considering the purchase of a chip fab from Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas, with plans to expand CMOS image sensor production at a cost of $96 million. Sony already has around 30 percent of the CMOS image sensor market.
Bluetooth Smart Gets Smarter
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12/4/2013   11 comments
The latest Bluetooth spec update will improve consumer usability and developer access while paving the way for new devices. Bluetooth 4.1, builds on the current low power consumption model to produce data that’s more visible on mobile devices, improve usability with increased coexistence support for LTE and data exchange, and empower developer innovation.
Tablets to Make Up Half of 2014 PC Market
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11/26/2013   31 comments
Industry analysts predict that tablets will take up half of the market share in 2014, with 285 million tablets expected to ship in 2014 and 396 million in 2017.
Apple Buys 3D Depth Sensor Company for $345M
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11/25/2013   12 comments
Apple has confirmed the purchase of israeli motion sensor tech developer PrimeSense for approximately $345 million. PrimeSense’s technology could be used in an iTV or next generation Apple TV as well as future iPhones and iPads.
Semi Industry Well Positioned for Conflict Mineral Reporting
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11/25/2013   6 comments
A semi-fixed set of resources and smaller list of factories that manufacture ICs may have the semiconductor industry uniquely positioned for conflict mineral reporting.
Apple Awarded $290M in Patent Dispute with Samsung
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11/22/2013   6 comments
A federal jury awarded Apple over $290 million Thursday in an ongoing patent dispute with Samsung Electronics regarding technology used in iPhones and iPads. This latest legal win brings Apple's damages against Samsung to $929 million.
NY Senator Seeks $70M Grant for Semiconductor Manufacturing Institute
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11/21/2013   8 comments
New York state and SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering are gunning for a $70 million federal grant to build a Power Electronics Manufacturing Institute. The public-private partnership aims to develop more effective methods for transmitting electricity.
China's Tianhe-2 Holds Top Spot on Supercomputer List
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11/21/2013   Post a comment
China's Tianhe-2 is the world's most powerful supercomputer, according to a biannual list that measures systems' ability to solve a set of linear equations. Tianhe-2 has a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark.
Chip Firms & OEMs to Make Strong Finish in 2013
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11/21/2013   1 comment
Chip makers and electronics original equipment manufacturers will enjoy significant revenue growth in 2013, says IHS.


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