Appeals Court: Conflict Minerals Rule Violates 1st Amendment

A U.S. appeals court ruled this week that the government cannot compel companies to report whether or not their products contain so-called “conflict minerals” — gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten– mined from regions in Africa. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Monday that the requirement that companies state…

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Cyber Insecurity

We are certainly living in interesting times. Over the years I've read a lot of science fiction stories that depicted various flavors of the future, many of which involved the concept of cyber security and nefarious strangers trying to access one's data. Generally speaking, this sort of thing really didn’t affect most of us until…

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China Leads in R&D Spending

Bangalore,  — – Companies Based out of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen Contribute to More Than 95% of the Total R&D Spending in China – Total Global 500 R&D Spend in China to Reach USD 80 Billion by 2020 – Total R&D Investment by Global 500 Companies Reached a USD 614 Billion Mark in FY2014 Zinnov, a leading management consulting firm, released its recent findings on…

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Microsemi FPGAs Achieve DPA Logo Certification

Aliso Viejo, Calif.  — Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced its SmartFusion®2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and IGLOO®2 FPGAs have successfully passed certification for resistance to differential power analysis (DPA) in the DPA Countermeasure Validation Program developed by Rambus Cryptography Research Division. This allows Microsemi to use…

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