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ARM tips 'gods and giants' roadmap for 2012
News & Analysis  
1/31/2012   8 comments
Processor and related IP licensor ARM Holdings plc has disclosed the names, but little else, on the roadmap of cores it is working on in 2012 and revealed a gods and giants theme. The roadmap includes high performance processors, a low power microcontroller and graphics cores.
Programmable logic, SoC simplify power steering, accessory control
Design How-To  
1/31/2012   1 comment
Using an integrated system-on-chip reduces both product and project costs.
Dream devices that would revolutionize healthcare
Design How-To  
1/27/2012   6 comments
Sometimes, wishes can come true; so read what experts wish for
Modularity provides functional, economical tire-pressure monitoring
Design How-To  
1/27/2012   4 comments
A building block approach allows mixing and matching features in affordable tire pressure monitoring system packages.
Targeting RF key security
1/27/2012   3 comments
How secure are your RFID car key and other devices—to be afraid, or not?
Implantable MEMS senses body fluids to rap music
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1/26/2012   2 comments
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a MEMS sensor that uses the low bass sounds of rap music to selectively power the device when implanted in the body.
Printed electronics startup plans pilot production line
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1/26/2012   1 comment
PragmatIC Printing Ltd., a developer of printed electronic technology, has announced plans to begin pilot-scale production at the government-backed Centre for Process Innovation in Redcar, Northern England.
Elpida announces ReRAM chip, aims to enter market 2013
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1/25/2012   8 comments
Struggling DRAM maker Elpida Memory Inc. has announced the development of a non-volatile resistance memory (ReRAM) prototype. The company said it plans to work with Sharp Corp. on commercialization with a view to volume production of a gigabit-scale ReRAM in 2013.
Qualcomm buys MEMS display startup, reportedly for $175M
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1/25/2012   7 comments
Communications technology company Qualcomm Inc. has bought fabless MEMS display startup Pixtronix Inc.
Mars probe completes critical trajectory tweak
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1/25/2012   3 comments
Mission planners say the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft completed a successful maneuver that will hasten its encounter with Mars in August.
Fabless firm offers MEMS optical IC platform
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1/25/2012   1 comment
Si-Ware Systems Ltd., a fabless chip and design service company, has announced its SiMOST platform for the creation of single-chip optical systems.
Samplify offers speed up for multicore processors
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a startup fabless chip company with expertise in compression, has announced it can provide application acceleration technology called APAX that can more than double the performance of multicore processors.
Imec makes photonics biosensors for Genalyte
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
Imec and Genalyte have developed and produced a set of disposable silicon photonics biosensor chips to be used in Genalyte diagnostic and molecular detection equipment.
Researchers find bilayer graphene acts as insulator
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
Research physicists at the University of California, Riverside have identified an insulating property of “bilayer graphene” (BLG) formed when two graphene sheets are stacked in a special manner.
MOST150 points to technology tipping point
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
Carefully balancing technological possibilities, real market requirements, and economic considerations, it is important to show a clear cost-down technological roadmap. But several aspects need to be addressed, including data transport capacity (bitrate), physical media, and topology options.
Test solution troubleshoots cellular networks
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
The MW8208A aims to help wireless network field technicians and engineers accurately and quickly locate the source of passive intermodulation (PIM) either in the base station antenna system or in the surrounding environment.
European startup attempts processor revolution
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1/24/2012   15 comments
French startup Kalray is attempting to break through the many-core barrier with a 256-core processor array integrated on a 28-nm CMOS chip.
Plastic memory firm signs partners for printed systems
1/24/2012   5 comments
Thin Film Electronics ASA (Oslo, Norway), a developer of ferroelectric polarization polymer memory, has joined forces with a number of partners to develop a low-cost printed electronic sensor platform that could be used to monitor the temperature of perishable goods such as food and pharmaceuticals.
Auto show musings
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
1/23/2012   14 comments
You may have missed these under reported developments coming from the recent auto shows.
Researchers cool semi membrane by laser interaction
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1/23/2012   2 comments
Researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, have discovered a new method for laser cooling semiconductor membranes--by heating the membrane.
Could 450-mm wafers make sense away from the leading edge
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1/20/2012   6 comments
When 450-mm diameter wafers come, will it be for only the most advanced digital manufacturing processes? Future Horizons think there is a case to be made for 450-mm wafers away from the leading-edge.
Ultracapacitor boasts 3,000F, low ESR in rugged design
Product News  
1/20/2012   2 comments
MIL spec qualified ultracap designed for auto, transportation, alternative energy, medical, industrial, and consumer markets.
NSF: U.S. losing ground as more R&D jobs head overseas
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1/20/2012   27 comments
A new report on global R&D competitiveness paints a bleak picture for the future of U.S. based science and engineering R&D.
TSMC process in trouble, says analyst
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1/20/2012   21 comments
Mike Bryant, technology analyst with Future Horizons Ltd. has said that foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is in trouble with its 28-nm manufacturing process technologies, which are not yet yielding well.
Leverage Ethernet to improve passenger safety, comfort, and convenience
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1/19/2012   4 comments
As homes become more digitally sophisticated, consumers are developing higher expectations for connectivity and greater levels of safety and comfort in their home away from home—their vehicle. As a result, in-vehicle electronics are growing in number and complexity. Collision warning, comfort controls, infotainment, and advanced driver assistance are just some of today’s sophisticated and diverse applications generating an increasing need for bandwidth and connectivity within and between in-vehi
ST creates smart-home network of self-powered nodes
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1/18/2012   4 comments
STMicroelectronics NV has developed a platform for smart buildings called GreenNet that includes self-powered wireless sensor nodes that can be used to monitor a variety of parameters including temperature and movement.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Jan 18th
1/18/2012   Post a comment
Agilent, ASELTA Nanographics, Carbon Design Systems, lots of space people and David Yeh made the lineup today. See here for their news…
Samsung budgets for logic and OLED investment spree
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1/17/2012   12 comments
Amidst a troubled global economy Samsung has set a record investment budget for 2012 of 47.8 trillion won (about $41.7 billion) for its operations, according to reports.
Flexible OLED displays
1/17/2012   7 comments
A program of research into flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays has begun at Holst Center (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and IMEC (Leuven, Belgium).
DC/DC converter handles load-dump and cold-crank conditions
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1/16/2012   Post a comment
Linear Technology adds step-down switching regulator that delivers 3.5A and transient protection to 60V.
Memristor brouhaha bubbles under
1/16/2012   30 comments
Blaise Mouttet, of Arlington, Virginia, has published a theoretical paper on that seeks to demonstrate that much of the previously accepted wisdom about the memristor, just ain't necessarily so.
Baolab buried MEMS in production on CMOS line
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1/16/2012   2 comments
Baolab Microsystems SL (Barcelona, Spain) a startup pioneering the creation of MEMS within the metal interconnect layers of CMOS wafers, has announced that will offer evaluation kits for its tri-axis compass by the end of February 2012.
IBM reports on atomic magnetic memory
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1/13/2012   9 comments
Scientists from IBM Research have demonstrated the ability to store information in as few as 12 magnetic atoms. This is significantly less than today's disk drives, which use about one million atoms to store a single bit of information.
ST offers audio processor for multiple MEMS microphones
Product News  
1/12/2012   5 comments
STMicroelectronics NV has introduced a digital audio processor IC that is intended for use in multi-microphone applications.
Capacitive proximity detection spurs automotive convenience features
Design How-To  
1/12/2012   4 comments
A broad range of motion detection depends on an astute application of technology. Moisture and rapid temperature changes are challenges.
Ballmer foretells new era in computing, entertainment and smartphones in final Microsoft CES keynote
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1/10/2012   6 comments
Steve Ballmer’s delivery of the last Microsoft CES keynote, 17 years after Bill Gates first took to the stage in 1995 with a CES workshop, signified the end of an era, and the beginning of a new stage in Microsoft’s story, a stage in which it emerges fully from behind the WinTel duopoly and competes toe to toe in the smartphone, entertainment and mobile computing arenas, a competition defined as much by ecosystems as it is by technology.
Toyota accelerations revisited—hanging by a (tin) whisker
Design How-To  
1/10/2012   18 comments
Several accelerator pedal position sensors had tin whiskers that could cause short circuits.
Hands on RF: Handle multiple waveforms in a software-defined radio platform
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1/9/2012   3 comments
This paper steps through a software defined radio project that used the secure Xilinx® Zynq™-7000 Extensible Processing Platform (EPP).
HTML5 platform for infotainment systems debuts at CES
Product News  
1/9/2012   1 comment
QNX software platform allows automakers to customize user experience and leverage rapidly evolving mobile applications.
Toshiba accelerates flash memory devices
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1/9/2012   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) unveils its new lineup of USB flash memory products – the TransMemory-EX TM series
NXP validates MEMS timing market
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1/9/2012   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors legitimized the silicon oscillator market by demonstrating a resonator it claims is higher-frequency, lower noise and more stable than conventional MEMS resonators.
DesignCon memory preview
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1/9/2012   Post a comment
It's nearly time for DesignCon 2012, and the place to be is the Santa Clara Convention Center January 30-February 2nd.
Power-management functions for energy harvesting
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1/8/2012   Post a comment
Understand the functional blocks needed for this role in a harvesting design
New metric for phase-change memory
Design How-To  
1/8/2012   2 comments
A team from IBM Research-Zurich proposes a new non-resistance-based cell-state metric for phase-change memory.
Forty-nm flash memory IP developed for automotive real-time applications
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1/7/2012   Post a comment
MONOS technology is scalable and provides reliability and performance.
ST offers dual-function MEMS gyroscope
Product News  
1/6/2012   1 comment
STMicroelectronics NV has introduced the L3G4IS MEMS gyroscope with two output paths; one optimized for user-interface functions and the other for image stabilization in cameras.
Kodak's travails provide multiple lessons
Engineering Pop Culture!  
1/6/2012   18 comments
Change is hard to stop, while hindsight is always so smart
GM calls back Chevy Volts to fix battery problems
News & Analysis  
1/5/2012   6 comments
GM will improve protection for the lithium-ion batteries in existing and pending Chevy Volts to address fire concerns
Fluorescence imaging improves prostate cancer diagnosis
Design How-To  
1/5/2012   1 comment
Understand how a combination of electronic and optical techniques combine for a more effective instrument for this complex imaging challenge
Define drain-current conditions when calculating power for multi-core SoCs
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1/5/2012   Post a comment
Automotive electronics for safety applications are increasingly implementing multi-CPU architectures with on-chip redundancy to ensure applications using minimal software overhead. Such redundancy is good for safety, but on the other hand has disadvantages such as higher die area, noise, and power consumption.
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