ST Rolls MCUs for Car Safety

Geneva – STMicroelectronics has introduced new members in its multi-core microcontroller (MCU) family aimed at making cars safer. These new devices are the first to be launched with ST’s proprietary in-house 40-nm embedded Flash process. The new automotive MCUs comply with the most stringent automotive safety standards, encryption for security, and increased memory size for the…

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The Changing Face of Computer Storage

For three decades, computer storage was very predictable. Capacity doubled every three years and, while there was an initial price premium, the drive prices dropped to the same level as their predecessor. The status quo took a tumble when solid-state drives (SSDs) arrived, changing the rules for measuring drives from capacity to performance metrics. Within…

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Smartwatches to Outpace Trackers

SAN FRANCISCO – Smartwatch ownership is on the rise and will likely surpass activity trackers, according to market researchers. A report from The NDP Group projected that 2016 activity tracker ownership will have peaked at 32 million in 2016 while nine percent of US consumers will own a smartwatch. “The smartwatch will clearly begin to…

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Semiconductor Market Posts Strong Growth in 2014

El Segundo, Calif. — The worldwide semiconductor market grew by 9.2 percent in 2014, slightly below the growth projection of 9.4 percent, led by sales of memory devices, according to IHS Technology. The fourth quarter, alone, showed 9.7 percent year-over-year growth. This translated into global revenue of $354.5 billion in 2014, up from $324.7 billion in 2013. “The…

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