Cirrus Logic Purchases Wolfson Microelectronics
August 26, 2014
Cirrus Logic reported that it has completed its acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics. According to a release from the company, Cirrus Logic believes that the acquisition will strengthen its position as a market leader with a highly differentiated global customer base and signal processing solutions, including integrated circuits and software for portable audio applications.

NEC Earns Top Rank in NIST Fingerprint Matching Technology Benchmark Test
August 26, 2014
NEC Corp. of America (NEC) reported that its fingerprint identification technology has garnered the top place for matching accuracy in the Proprietary Fingerprint Template Test (PFT II).

USPTO to Issue NIRC of Network-1's Remote Power Patent in Ex Parte Reexamination Proceeding
August 25, 2014
Network-1 Technologies reported that the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") issued Notice of Intent to Issue a Reexamination Certificate ("NIRC") rejecting a challenge to the patentability of Network-1's Remote Power Patent (U.S Patent No. 6,218,930). In its release, Network-1 said that the Remote Power Patent had been reexamined by the USPTO as a result of an unknown third party's request for ex parte reexamination of certain claims of the Remote Power Patent, which was granted by the USPTO in September 2012. The request for reexamination was stayed by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB") of the USPTO in December 2012 pending its Inter Partes Review ("IPR") of the Remote Power Patent. In May 2014, the PTAB issued its decision in favor of Network-1 in the IPR rejecting that challenge to the patentability of the Remote Power Patent. As part of its IPR decision, the PTAB ordered that the stay of the ex parte reexamination be lifted and that the reexamination proceed. On July 24, the Petitioners in the IPR proceeding each filed a Notice of Appeal of the Patent Board's decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

ABI Research: Automotive Head-unit Processor Sector Poised for Growth
August 24, 2014
Automotive head-unit processor revenues are expected to grow from $680 million in 2013 to $1.95 Billion in 2020, according to a release from ABI Research. "Automotive head-units are transitioning from proprietary architectures requiring long development cycles and Tier1-led integration efforts towards platform designs. Ford set the tone back in 2007 with its SYNC solution based on CPU hardware from Freescale and the Windows Embedded OS allowing quicker development time frames and independence from the previously dominant Tier1 suppliers. With head-unit infotainment, HMI, clusters, safety, and telematics complexity continuing to increase, hardware approaches are consolidating and evolving towards reference designs and open platforms such as the open source GENIVI stack, already adopted by BMW. This allows car OEMs to increase the reuse of software and middleware while decreasing costs and time-to-market and at the same time leveraging open ecosystems of suppliers," said VP and practice director Dominique Bonte.

ABI Research Releases Automotive Infotainment and Automotive Safety and Autonomous Driving Market Research
August 24, 2014
ABI Research reported that automotive head-unit processor revenues are expected to grow from $680 million in 2013 to $1.95 Billion in 2020.

Service Delivery Hinged On ICTs
August 24, 2014
The City of Harare (COH) can benefit from harnessing the benefits that come with the use of information communication technologies (ITCs) by enhancing the participation of ordinary citizens, enhancing ICT use in revenue collection, improving the quality and delivery of critical services like water and health. In sub-Saharan Africa over 40% of the population have access to a mobile device.

Memsic Unveils Monolithic 3D Accelerometer
August 24, 2014
Memsic has reported the availability of its MXC400xXC, calling it the world's first monolithic 3D accelerometer, and also the first 3D accelerometer to utilize WLP technology.

Star-News (Wilmington, NC)
August 23, 2014
Whether or not a Navassa bar and dance club should get a mixed-beverage permit, or liquor license, was the major topic of discussion at the Navassa Town Council meeting Thursday.

Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee)
August 22, 2014
Man charged in gas thefts A former member of the Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department/Marine Rescue has been arrested and charged with theft after Hamilton County Sheriff's investigators say he stole fuel from Hamilton County gas pumps.

Mergers and Collaborations Dominate Landscape at IMS 2014
August 01, 2014
FULL TEXT The "Powering the Waves" theme was cleverly executed at IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium with an opening reception that featured a water skiing show starring IMS general chair Larry Dunleavy. The IMS 2014 team did an excellent job of running the event and the Tampa Convention Center was laid out well with the session rooms and exhibition in close proximity. IMS 2014 reported total attendance of about 7,500 in Tampa (including WAMICON which is typically held separately). These numbers are consistent with die last two years when the event was held in Seattle and Montreal. The total number of exhibiting companies reported was 587, with 74 of them first time exhibitors. The Microwave Week Monday evening reception was preceded by the plenary session featuring Vida Ilderem, vice president and Intel Labs director, Integrated Computing Research, Intel Corp. Her lecture, "How Data, Devices and Personalization are Fueling Demand for Innovation" was a highlight of the night. She discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) connects everything from appliances to cars and medical devices, stressing that industry and academia need to innovate faster to keep up with increasing expectations of users. With her company leading the effort, Ilderem also covered the required technology innovations for a digitized world where everything can be made intelligent and connected.


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