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Marvell Buying Cavium for $6 Billion
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11/20/2017   Post a comment
Latest semiconductor industry blockbuster would result in firm with $3.4 billion in annual sales.
Women in Tech: 25 Profiles in Persistence
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11/20/2017   3 comments
EE Times profiled 25 women in tech. Our goal is to trigger discussions in the workplace, and around the dinner table about women in engineering — not as numbers, but as real people, as colleagues and bosses, mentors and protégés.
Beating IoT Big Data With Brain Emulation
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11/17/2017   8 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.
Intel Updates 5G, LTE Roadmaps
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11/16/2017   Post a comment
Intel disclosed a few details of its plans for advanced LTE and 5G baseband chips, aiming to close the gap with market leader Qualcomm.
Roomba’s Father Says Robots Will Evolve
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11/16/2017   2 comments
Robotics veteran Rodney Brooks says that industrial robots will evolve toward integrated, easy-to-use systems driven by China, Amazon, and Alibaba.
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.
China Passes U.S. in Supercomputers
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11/13/2017   7 comments
China is running more of the world’s Top 500 supercomputers, cranking out more overall performance than systems in the U.S. for the first time.
Samsung Shows EUV Design at ISSCC
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11/13/2017   6 comments
Samsung will describe a 7nm SRAM cell made using EUV lithography at ISSCC amid advances in processors, sensors and specialty memories.
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.
Baidu to Release Voice Data for AI
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11/9/2017   Post a comment
Baidu will release three large datasets of spoken Chinese as part of its open effort to rally developers around its DuerOS services.
Facebook Likes $1K Base Stations
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11/9/2017   3 comments
Facebook showed its design open source cellular base station that could cost less than $1,000 at a summit of carriers working on software-defined networks.
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.
Apple iPhone X Packs Intel, Q’comm
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11/3/2017   4 comments
Teardowns of Apple’s iPhone X show two boards stacked in a microvia sandwich with separate models using Intel and Qualcomm cellular modems.
Apple Reports Records, Mum on X
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11/3/2017   Post a comment
Apple reported record quarterly sales but gave few insights into issues ramping its iPhone X or expectations of their sales.
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.
Q’comm Profits Dive Amid Patent Disputes
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11/2/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm reported 57-89 percent declines in annual and quarterly profits, largely due to lost royalties from Apple and an unnamed customer.
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.
Apple May Drop Qualcomm Chips
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10/31/2017   3 comments
Apple is creating designs of next-generation iPhones and iPads that use Intel and Mediatek's baseband modem chips, cutting out longtime supplier Qualcomm amid a legal dispute, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Drone Challenge Rides Soft Radio
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10/31/2017   Post a comment
DARPA will host a hackfest and drone flight challenge at Moffett Field later this month to seek new uses for software-defined radio.
Nanodiamonds Found to Prevent Lithium Battery Fires
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10/31/2017   Post a comment
The dendrite formation that causes lithium batteries to overheat can be prevented by mixing nanodiamonds with the Li-ion electrolyte at a concentration of at least 1 percent, says a Drexel nanomaterials researcher.
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
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.
IoT May Need Sub-50-Cent SoCs
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10/27/2017   9 comments
The Internet of Things will demand radically cheaper, lower power SoCs by 2027, but the road to get there is unclear, said technologists from ARM.
Qualcomm's NXP Buy May Slip to 2018
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10/27/2017   Post a comment
NXP’s CEO, while announcing the company’s Q3 financial results, reversed a long-held position in conceding that Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP Semiconductors will not happen — as promised — this year. The deal is likely to slip to “early 2018.”
ARM Unveils New AI Group
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10/26/2017   Post a comment
ARM created a machine learning group recently that plans accelerator cores as well as enhancements for CPU and GPU cores and software.
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.
Bitcoin ASIC Maker Bets on AI
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10/25/2017   Post a comment
Bitcoin ASIC designer Bitmain of Beijing announced it is sampling its first accelerator for deep neural networks, the BM1680.
ARM Extends Mbed to Gateways
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10/24/2017   Post a comment
ARM will expand ts Mbed embedded software to include a framework of modules for gateways on the Internet of Things.
MIPI Takes the Wheel to Drive Interface Specs
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10/19/2017   Post a comment
New Birds of a Feather Group pulls together OEMs, suppliers and other industry experts to solicit input for automotive applications, including autonomous driving projects
Samsung Secures IoT Node-to-Cloud
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10/18/2017   3 comments
Samsung announced security spanning end nodes, gateways, and cloud services for its ambitious Artik platform for the Internet of Things.
Hearables Cue Knowles Audio SoC
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10/17/2017   5 comments
Seeing a rising tide of consumer systems with voice interfaces, MEMS microphone vendor Knowles is expanding into audio SoCs.
Future Auto Radar Goes Back to Analog
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10/16/2017   Post a comment
Metawave, spun out of PARC, thinks that it can alter what the automotive industry perceives as the “limitations” of conventional radars, by using metamaterial-based analog beam-forming and AI engine built into a complete radar package.
WD Gives Hard Drives New Spin
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10/12/2017   1 comment
Western Digital said it will start shipping in 2019 a new recording head technology that will enable 40 TByte hard disk drives by 2025.
Taiwan Hits Qualcomm With $774 Million Fine
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10/11/2017   1 comment
Qualcomm, which has also been fined by China, South Korea and is being sued by the U.S. Fair Trade Commission for anti-competitive behavior, has said it will appeal decision.
Homeland Security CTO Gets IT
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10/11/2017   Post a comment
The CTO of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security talked about his work trying to beef up the government’s use of information technology.
Fire Temporarily Shuts Down Keysight HQ
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10/10/2017   1 comment
Santa Rosa, California, has been devastated by wildfires, but damage to the Keysight Technologies headquarters appears to be minimal.
Japanese Gems Surface in Unlikely Places
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10/9/2017   2 comments
Japan’s electronics industry is floundering. Time to write off Japan? Perhaps. But the first step in finding Japan’s diamonds in the rough is to seek out corporations whose main business is not in electronics.
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.
Apple Watch Packs Q’comm LTE
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10/5/2017   3 comments
The Apple Watch 3 uses a Qualcomm LTE modem, PMIC and RF transceiver, according to a teardown from TechInsights.
RISC-V Boots Linux at SiFive
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10/4/2017   2 comments
Startup SiFive has taped out and started licensing a version of the RISC-V core that runs Linux, expanding its set of target markets.
Optical Standard Boosts Data to Instruments, SDR, 5G
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10/2/2017   Post a comment
The Optical Data Interface standardizes data connections, has support from test, FPGA, and connector firms.
Q&A: Ray Bingham on Canyon Bridge, Imagination
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10/2/2017   2 comments
EE Times caught up with Ray Bingham, partner at Canyon Bridge. Our discussion covered questions about his firm’s relationship with Tallwood VC which bought MIPS, how Canyon Bridge plans to rebuild Imagination, who Canyon Bridge really is.
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.
5G Sprint Led by Marathon Man
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9/28/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm engineer and 3GPP chair Wanshi Chen is on the hook to deliver by the end of the year a draft of requirements for a 5G cellular transceiver.
IPhone 8 Chips Come into View
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9/26/2017   Post a comment
Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus sports an A11 processor 30% smaller than in the A10 in the iPhone 7, according to a TechInsights teardown of it and other chips.
Intel Refreshes Desktop CPUs
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9/26/2017   1 comment
Intel rolled out six new desktop processors, boosting CPU frequency at the high end and adding more x86 cores elsewhere.
Qualcomm Extends Offer for NXP
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9/26/2017   Post a comment
Speculation growing that Qualcomm may have to sweeten the offer to close the $38 billion deal.
MIT Spins Second Wireless Charger Start-up
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9/25/2017   3 comments
MIT spin-off Pi Inc., promises a wireless recharging station that works over about a foot.
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