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ThinkRF, VIAVI Combine Products for 5G
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11/27/2017   Post a comment
The two test companies have integrated an RF downconverter into a cellular analyzer, giving it analysis capability for 5G mmWave frequencies.
Women in Tech: 25 Profiles in Persistence
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11/20/2017   6 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.
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.
Astronics Acquires Telefonix, Upgrades ATE Systems
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10/30/2017   Post a comment
Avionics equipment manufacturer adds in-flight content delivery design and manufacturing. Test subsidiary automates board handling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Synopsys Buys Materials Modeling Tool Firm QuantumWise
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9/19/2017   Post a comment
Deal enables Synopsys to offer customers seamless flow from materials to transistor by creating models for TCAD process and device simulation.
Huawei Tops Apple in Smartphones, Analyst Says
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9/9/2017   Post a comment
Huawei has surpassed Apple for the first time in global smartphone sales to become the new number two, a Hong Kong-based analyst said. “While this could be temporary, it nevertheless underscores the rate at which Huawei has been growing.”
3-D Printing Fast-Tracks Circuit Prototyping
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9/8/2017   Post a comment
Draper Laboratory used 3-D aerosol jet printing and a unique formulation of conductive ink to prototype a circuit in a few days.
3GPP Burns Midnight Oil for 5G
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9/7/2017   Post a comment
In the race to get 5G cellular to market, engineers are working late and streamlining features to meet an end-of-the-year deadline.
DARPA’s ICECool Chills 3-D Stacks
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8/31/2017   6 comments
Working under DARPA’s ICECool program, IBM and Georgia Tech replaced water cooling with a liquid dielectric that can run between the chips in a 3-D stack without shorting them out.
Fab Tool Sales Show Signs of Coming Back to Earth
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8/28/2017   Post a comment
Billings rose for North American semiconductor equipment manufacturers for a 10th consecutive month in July, but declined on a sequential basis for the first time since January.
AI OS ‘Orchestrates’ Cognition
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8/28/2017   Post a comment
The Conductor layer in Veritone’s aiWare artificial-intelligence operating system orchestrates 112 specialized pattern-recognition engines to achieve more accurate results in less time.
WSTS Revises Chip Growth Forecast to 17%
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
Data from more than 50 member companies points to strongest industry growth since 2010.
NIST Repurposes SQUIDs to Sniff Nukes, Solve Big Bang
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8/17/2017   Post a comment
NIST is using microwave SQUID multiplexing in cryogenic microcalorimeter arrays to yield a Spectrometer to Leverage Extensive Development of Gamma-ray transition-Edge sensors for Huge Arrays using Microwave Multiplexed Enabled Readout (Sledgehammer).
Design Now for the Interference of Things
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8/9/2017   1 comment
At the keynote address of the 2017 IEEE EMC/SI/PI Symposium, the FCC's Julius Knapp explained the agency's role in regulating IoT devices.
Room-temp Laser-on-CMOS Achieved
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8/7/2017   7 comments
Researchers from Arizona State and Tsinghua Universities achieved a room-temperature CMOS laser using a molybdenum ditelluride monolayer over a silicon cavity.
Acqiris Reborn: Keysight Spins Off PCIe Digitizer Line
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8/2/2017   Post a comment
The digitizer company acquired by Agilent in 2007 comes back to life as Keysight exits PCIe PC plug-in digtizer business.
Optical Transceiver Modules to Double in Density
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7/28/2017   Post a comment
A multisource agreement will lead to a speed doubling of the small form-factor (SFP) pluggable module used in many datacenters.
Ions Power Machine-Human Interface Demo
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7/27/2017   Post a comment
The University of Maryland’s NanoCenter demonstrated an “inverted” battery that converts electrical signals into the ion power used by the human brain’s synapses to yield what it says is a perfect machine-to-human interface.
Woodie Flowers: Things, Not Theory
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7/17/2017   23 comments
The legendary MIT professor who helped start the FIRST Robotics Competition discusses what engineers need. In Part 1, Flowers explains how engineering is about solving practical problems.
NIST Backs Quantum-level Temperature Measurement
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7/3/2017   23 comments
With the a new temperature measurement unit call the SI set to replace the Kelvin, a NIST apparatus provides a QVNS reference measurement of the Boltzmann constant to gauge SI temperature.
NASA Wants Tricorder for Mars
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7/3/2017   3 comments
A group of researchers working on the Mars mission at NASA wants an all-in-one portable scientific instrument for testing the red planet’s rocks.
Toshiba Fires Back at Western Digital, Seeks $1.1B in Damages
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6/28/2017   1 comment
Feud between partners deepens as Toshiba says it won't meet deadline for selling chip business.
Gfast: First Products Certified, Ready for Deployment
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6/21/2017   1 comment
The next generation in copper-based internet access now has certified products. Gfast could replace DSL in the last 200 m, so long as 5G doesn't get there first.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
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6/21/2017   1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.
Cypress Stockholders Elect T.J. Rodgers' Nominees to Board
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6/20/2017   Post a comment
Camillo Martino and J. Daniel McCranie elected to board after long and bitter proxy battle.
Cray Moves to Lasso 'Big Data Deluge'
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6/20/2017   1 comment
Cray’s Urika Big Data Analytics Suite, for its biggest XC supercomputers, brings all the analytic tools necessary to handle the deluge of data today including deep learning and artificial intelligence in a free open-source downloadable package.
Western Digital Sues to Halt Toshiba Sale
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6/15/2017   Post a comment
Complaint filed in California Superior Court asks court to prevent Toshiba from transferring assets that are part of joint venture between the firms.
IMS 2017: 10 Things Not 5G
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6/14/2017   Post a comment
The 2017 International Microwave Symposium, billed as #Hawaii5G, had much more. Here are 10 samples of things that don't fall under the 5G hype.
Germanium Displacing GaAs for RF Transistors
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6/13/2017   1 comment
The world's first sub-10 nanometer Germainium gate-all-around (GAA) nanowire transistors accompany the world's lowest source/drain contacts claims the International Micro-Electronics Center (Imec Intl., Belgium) at this month's 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Kyoto, Japan.
Apple, Amazon to Join Foxconn's Toshiba Bid
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6/5/2017   7 comments
Foxconn's CEO reportedly tells Nikkei that the electronics powerhouses are participants in the contract manufacturers' $27 billion to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business.
DRAM Price Surge Continues
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5/26/2017   2 comments
Global DRAM sales reached record heights in the first quarter, thanks to a 30 percent increase in the average contract price of PC DRAM modules, according to DRAMeXchange.
NI's New CEO: Automotive To Be Key Opportunity
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5/25/2017   14 comments
National Instruments' new CEO spoke about his transition to the top, what's driving the company, and about engineering education, in an interview with EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe.
Samsung Targets 4nm in 2020
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5/24/2017   5 comments
Samsung's foundry unit updates tech roadmap, including the addition of 4nm process with "post FinFET structure" to begin production in 2020.
Western Digital Reportedly Ups Bid for Toshiba Memory
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5/24/2017   3 comments
Bid worth about $18 million would resolve dispute with NAND partner but would likely heighten regulatory scrutiny.
Fake IC Battle Gets a New Weapon
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5/22/2017   3 comments
A new technology lets engineers identify rogue devices with the speed and resolution needed to make it practical for industry and university labs.
Imagination Sells SoC Design Group
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5/19/2017   2 comments
UK-based IP vendor sells group to design services firm for undisclosed firm.
Record Wafer Shipments Continue
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5/17/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers defied typical first quarter seasonality to remain at record levels.
With Ixia Acquisition, Keysight Moves Up the Protocol Stack
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5/11/2017   Post a comment
Keysight's acquisition of network-test company Ixia moves the company into network testing at layers 2 through 7.
Quantum Molecules Compute
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5/10/2017   3 comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found a way to manipulate molecules with lasers that is as accurate as its control of atoms allowing entire molecules to be used in future quantum computers.
SMIC Names Haijun Zhao CEO
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5/10/2017   1 comment
COO moves up the ranks as Tzu-Yin Chiu steps down. Chiu will remain vice chairman of SMIC's board of directors.
DSL Pioneer Describes Terabit Future
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5/9/2017   16 comments
DSL pioneer John Cioffi described at a Paris summit concepts for driving terabit/second data rates over future twisted pair connections.
Tablet Shipments Decline for 10th Straight Quarter
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5/4/2017   14 comments
First quarter tablet shipments were down 8.5 percent year-over-year as enthusiasm for the once hot products continues to wane, according to IDC.
Researchers Create Artificial Synapse For Electronic Brains
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5/3/2017   3 comments
The University of Arkansas has formed a ferroelectric memristor that acts as an artificial synapse for electronic brains.
3-D Graphene Boosts Electronics
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5/2/2017   1 comment
A three dimensional form of graphene is being explored as a next-generation electronics material by Nobel Prize winners for graphene research at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
DoE Claims 1nm Fab Record
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5/1/2017   3 comments
Department of Energy's (DoE's) Brookhaven National Laboratory has demonstrated how to use an electron beam microscope to lithographically pattern at the 1nm feature size, thus creating novel new materials and devices.
Bozotti to Remain CEO as ST Elevates Heir Apparent
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4/28/2017   Post a comment
European chip maker elevates heir apparent to deputy CEO.
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