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IoT package provides 'actionable data'
11.05.2015 - 22:31

Fujitsu has developed an IoT solution called Ubiquitousware, which is said to enable the creation of devices that can sense the status of people and things and their environments, then analyse the data to provide actionable data. The solution consists of core modules that work in tandem with middleware that uses sensors to learn and analyse d...



Microchip set to acquire Micrel
11.05.2015 - 22:28

Microchip Technology has signed an agreement to acquire Micrel for $839million. Commenting on the announcement Microchip Technology's President and CEO, Steve Sanghi said that Micrel's portfolio of linear and power management products, LAN solutions and timing and communications products, as well as their strong position in the indust...



Altium Designer upgraded to version 15.1
06.05.2015 - 23:18

Altium has released version 15.1 of its flagship tool Altium Designer. Included in the release are features intended to improve design efficiency, with expansions to productivity, documentation and high speed design. "Altium Designer 15.1 is building upon the solid foundation we've had in place since the original release of Altium De...



Wrinkly transistors could find application in wearable electronics
06.05.2015 - 23:15

Materials scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have investigated how micro-scale wrinkling affects electrical performance in carbon based, single crystal semiconductors and believe the work could have application in wearable electronics. Post doctoral student Marcos Reyes-Martinez said: "We worked with a crystalline semi...



Eight colour LCD module for wearables
06.05.2015 - 23:12

Sharp Microelectronics has unveiled a 1.33in diagonal colour memory LCD. According to the company, the eight colour module has ultra low power consumption, allowing designers to use it to create 'always on' devices that show data at a glance. The device is said to deliver smooth graphics and to support simple video, allowing the displ...



EEMBC working on IoT edge node benchmark
06.05.2015 - 23:09

The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) has announced a benchmark that looks at the efficiency of Internet of Things edge nodes. The benchmark, currently in development, aims to provide a standardised way for application developers to compare the efficiency of systems targeted at IoT end point applications. "EEMBC's ...



Architectural improvements boost A72 performance, cut power consumption
06.05.2015 - 23:01

Microarchitectural improvements applied in ARM's Cortex-A72 core are said to increase efficiency such that it can deliver the same performance of a Cortex-A15 processor while consuming half the power on a 28nm process. And the company suggests the A72 will consume 75% less power when manufactured on 14/16nm FinFET nodes.  In a blog p...



Packaging development could enable increased qubit densities
05.05.2015 - 22:58

According to researchers from Georgia Tech Research Institute and Honeywell International, the development of quantum computers has been limited by the ability to increase the number of qubits. However, the team says it may have solved the problems by creating a way that allows more electrodes to be placed on a chip – and hence qubit densi...



Euro semi sales show 'healthy' growth
05.05.2015 - 22:55

European semiconductor sales in March 2015 amounted to $2.954billion, an increase of 2.7% over February sales, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).  European semiconductor sales in March 2015 amounted to $2.954billion, an increase of 2.7% over February sales, according to the European Semiconductor Industr...



Design suite brings 'major productivity advances'
05.05.2015 - 22:52

Xilinx has released the Vivado Design Suite 2015.1, said to include major productivity advances. Included in the release are: the Vivado Lab Edition; accelerated Vivado Simulator and third party simulation flows; interactive clock domain crossing analysis; and advanced system performance analysis with the Xilinx Software Development Kit. The ...



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