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Beating IoT Big Data With Brain Emulation
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11/17/2017   7 comments
Bosch Sensortec demonstrated its sophisticated three-tiered methodology for solving the real-time Big Data deluge with smart sensors that send summaries every few seconds to hubs, which in turn send trends to the cloud every few minutes, where they are analyzed and fed back to the user as actionable information.
STMicro Augments Low-power MCU Family
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11/17/2017   Post a comment
STM32L4+ devices, part of STMicro's STM32 family, boast significantly higher performance at ultra-low power consumption.
Roomba’s Father Says Robots Will Evolve
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11/16/2017   Post a comment
Robotics veteran Rodney Brooks says industrial robots will evolve toward integrated, easy to use systems driven by China, Amazon and Alibaba.
IBM: Copper Interconnects Here to Stay
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11/15/2017   4 comments
Copper will serve as the interconnect technology for CMOS forever, no matter how small its feature sizes evolve, according to Big Blue.
PA Semi, Apple ‘Interconnect’ at Startup
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11/15/2017   1 comment
With a body of engineering experience at LSI, Cisco, SiByte, Broadcom, PA Semi and Apple, Shailendra Desai is confident of his knowledge in SoC designs and what needs to be done. He unveils Provino, an interconnect IP startup.
IBM's Quantum Computer Goes Commercial
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11/13/2017   2 comments
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Automotive Seen as Strongest Semiconductor Driver Through 2021
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11/13/2017   Post a comment
Sales of automotive electronic systems are forecast to increase the most of six major semiconductor end-use system categories, according to IC Insights.
EE Times Silicon 60: Startups to Watch
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11/12/2017   Post a comment
Twenty-nine startups were added to our annual list of hot silicon startups; readers may nominate emerging companies for next year.
MEMS Sensor Startup mCube Buys Xsens
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11/10/2017   Post a comment
CEO says combination will bring together hardware and software for motion tracking in sports, entertainment and medical, applications, among others.
Low-cost Lifetime Boost for Lithium Batteries
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11/9/2017   2 comments
Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute is seeking a U.S. patent on a composite paste that OEMs can apply to battery electrodes to prevent solid electrolyte interface buildup and thereby extend battery life up to 70%.
Robots Get AI from Startup
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11/7/2017   Post a comment
Startup Embodied Intelligence announced software to embed machine-learning capabilities into industrial robots.
Silicon Labs Bends Micrium RTOS to IoT
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11/6/2017   Post a comment
Silicon Labs is launching new software, designed to dynamically connect IoT devices to Zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy ecosystems at the same time. Competitors also support multiple protocols in hardware, but “dynamic switching is not prevalent,” according to IHS.
Broadcom Launches $103 Billion Bid for Qualcomm
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11/6/2017   6 comments
Broadcom offers $70 per share to acquire larger rival in what would be the biggest tech acquisition of all time.
Broadcom to Moves Headquarters to U.S.
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11/3/2017   1 comment
Chip vendor to shift location of incorporation to Delaware from Singapore as Trump administration pushes corporate tax reform.
Call to Arms on Cybersecurity for Industrial Control
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11/3/2017   1 comment
Made especially visible by May’s worldwide WannaCry ransomware attacks, the security and cybersecurity of industrial control and automation systems have become a topic that can’t safely be ignored.
AT&T Previews Edge Compute Plans
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11/1/2017   Post a comment
AT&T discussed its plans for an edge computing architecture and implications it may have for designers of servers, devices and software.
Semiconductor Sales Hit $108 Billion in Q3
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10/31/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales topped $100 billion for the first time in the second quarter, breaking an all time high.
Winbond Bolsters Flash Security
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10/31/2017   Post a comment
TrustME W75F Secure Flash was created to address the need for a secure, non-volatile storage that is independent of the SoC process node and foundry capabilities
STMicro Sees Growth Across the Board
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10/27/2017   Post a comment
Sales for IoT, smartphones, industrial and automotive lead the way as company remains on track to grow 18 percent in 2017.
Automotive, IoT Continue to Boost Cypress
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10/27/2017   Post a comment
The “Cypress 3.0” strategy is paying off faster than expected, leading to record revenue thanks to its IoT wireless connectivity business growing 80% year over year.
Intel Lifts Sales Forecast After Strong Q3
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10/26/2017   Post a comment
Biggest U.S. chipmaker on track for a record year after sales rise across all product groups.
ARM CEO Sounds Security Alarm
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10/26/2017   1 comment
Simon Segars calls on tech firms to come together to address cyber security, which says threatens the potential of the Internet of Things.
This Garment Pattern Could Power Biosensor Nets
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10/20/2017   6 comments
Georgia Tech used flexible conducting polymers and Hilbert-curve-based, paper-printed circuit patterns in a proof of concept for thermoelectric fabrics that could power biosensors.
Rescue Drones Fly by Vision, Inertial Sensing
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10/20/2017   Post a comment
MIT and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory have developed vision-aided navigation technology for rescue or reconnaissance drones flying in environments where GPS doesn't reach.
Helix Entry Outperforms 'Zero Power' Target in Standby
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10/13/2017   Post a comment
The 90 to 97 percent efficient Helix Semiconductors eMpower HS200 DC/DC converter steps down 48 V to extremely low voltages for modern chips while exceeding the “zero power” goal for standby use by 10 times.
ON Semi Ups Stake in Fujitsu Fab
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10/11/2017   Post a comment
Phoenix-based Chip maker increases stake as part of multi-phase plan to acquire the Japanese 200mm fab outright in 2020.
Cobot Invasion at Japan's CEATEC
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10/6/2017   Post a comment
Most noticeable on CEATEC Japan for those of us who don’t live in Japan was a host of robotic and sensor products programmed to talk, think, and behave like Japanese people, mirroring Japanese sensibilities, preferences, and habits.
Dialog Semi to Buy Silego for up to $306 Million
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10/5/2017   Post a comment
U.K.-based chip maker acquires Silicon Valley based developer of configurable mixed-signal ICs in what is described as a "highly complementary" buy.
Smooth Succession Expected at TSMC
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10/4/2017   Post a comment
Foundry giant likely to likely to see a smooth transition to new management once Chairman Morris Chang retires next June, according to analysts who cover the company.
NAND Market Expected to Regain Balance in 2018
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10/3/2017   2 comments
The NAND flash market is expected to move into better equilibrium in 2018 as the production of NAND ramps up to meet demand, according to DRAMeXchange.
Monthly Chip Sales Hit $35 Billion for First Time
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10/3/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales increased sequentially in August for the 13th consecutive month as the chip industry's strong year continues.
Semiconductor Industry Backs Trump's Tax Reform Plan
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9/29/2017   7 comments
Semiconductor Industry Association President John Neuffer comes out in support of framework for reducing corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent.
Averna, PTC Bring Test & IoT to Manufacturing
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9/28/2017   8 comments
The test & measurement company is joining forces with a manufacturing software to integrate IoT devices and analyze sensor data.
Toshiba Inks Acquisition Deal with Bain-led Group
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
Deal to sell chip unit for about $18 billion structured to proceed before legal challenges brought by Western Digital are resolved.
Samsung, Intel Back Process Control Vendor
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
Startup Reno Sub-Systems' investors include three of top five chip makers, two of the top four vendors of etch tools.
Does Japan Get Industrial IoT?
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
When it comes to sensor data and automation technologies, Japanese companies know how to use them effectively to improve productivity -- especially on the factory floor. Unfortunately, all that knowhow doesn’t necessarily translate to the Industrial Internet of Things.
Western Digital Still Hopes to Block Toshiba Chip Sale
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9/26/2017   Post a comment
Western Digital still believes it can block the sale of Toshiba's chip unit to a consortium led by Bain Capital through arbitration tribunals at the International Chamber of Commerce.
Nvidia CEO in China: Big Push for AI Inference
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9/25/2017   Post a comment
Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang came to Beijing this week to put Nvidia’s new AI inference platform --TensorRT3 -- front and center at the company’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC).
Will Imagination Deals Deliver MIPS to China?
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9/25/2017   2 comments
Imagination will sell itself to Canyon Bridge, while simultaneously agreeing to sell MIPS to Tallwood VC. Has Imagination structured both deals in such a way to let Canyon Bridge –China’s government-backed buyout – have access to MIPS CPU IP?
Sondrel’s CEO Takes the Long View
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9/25/2017   3 comments
As Sondrel integrates the IMGWorks design team and invests to hire 100 more engineers in Europe, CEO Graham Curren weighs in on China, Brexit, and the benefits of market-driver diversity.
Globalfoundries Reportedly Asks EU to Probe TSMC
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9/21/2017   5 comments
Globalfoundries has asked European regulators to investigate rival chip foundry TSMC, accusing its larger competitor of unfair competition, according to a report by the Reuters news service.
Nest Targets Home Security Market
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9/21/2017   1 comment
Nest unveiled the next phase of its strategy to enable the connected home, rolling out a suite of products for the retail home security market.
DeepScale on Robo-Car: Fuse Raw Data
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9/21/2017   Post a comment
DeepScale has developed a perception system for ADAS/autonomous vehicles. It offers pre-trained AI algorithms, based on raw data, not object list, coming from multiple sensory data types, and accelerates its fusion on an embedded processor like Snapdragon.
Toshiba Agrees to Sell Chip Unit to Bain-led Group
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Latest twist in months-long saga has Toshiba agreeing to sell for $18 billion to group that includes Apple, Dell and sk Hynix, leaving Western Digital out in the cold.
Smartphones: Have NFC Will Travel
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9/20/2017   Post a comment
Vendors of smartphones — both Android and iPhone — are putting an NFC reader in the hands of consumers, making NFC a globally interoperable platform to connect, commission, and control things with NFC tag. IoT is NFC’s next big opportunity.
Too Many Cars, Too Few Resistors
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9/19/2017   5 comments
The increasing amount of electronics in vehicles is creating a shortage of resistors, reports EBN.
Agricultural Goes High Tech
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9/15/2017   3 comments
At Germany’s Geisenheim University, an agricultural institute situated in a wine region, vineyards are a test bed for the effects of rising CO2 levels on plant growth.
Toshiba Hopes to Finalize Chip Unit Sale to Bain-led Group
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9/13/2017   Post a comment
Toshiba said it signed a memorandum of understanding to move forward with a proposal by a consortium led by Bain Capital to finalize a deal for its chip business by the end of this month.
Robo-car Early-Birds Flock Together
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9/11/2017   12 comments
Those who came to a small automated vehicle event ranged from a former Microsoft executive to a simulation expert and a startup in Silicon Valley, illustrating the changing balance of power and new constituents in the mobility ecosystem.
Toshiba Plans Next Memory Fab
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9/8/2017   1 comment
Even as the future of Toshiba Memory remains unclear, firms chooses Kitakami City in Japan's Iwate prefecture as site of Toshiba's next memory chip fab.
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