NXP and Freescale Merging

By Tony Massimini, Semico Research Corp. The semiconductor industry continues to consolidate. Some mergers are stronger than others. On March 1, 2015 it was announced that NXP and Freescale plan to combine forces. Both companies have a significant presence in automotive and microcontrollers. Following this merger the new company would be the leader in automotive semiconductors […]

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WiSpry and SkyeTek Release World’s First RF MEMS-Tuned UHF RFID Antenna

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WiSpry, Inc., the leader in high-performance tunable radio frequency micromechanical (RF MEMS) semiconductor products for the wireless industry, today announced that SkyeTek, Inc. has leveraged the company’s adaptive antenna tuning technology to develop the first RF MEMS-enabled radio frequency identification (RFID) reader. The compact SkyeModuleTM Nova features WiSpry’s RF MEMS products, automatically correcting […]

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Indoor Nav Goes Hybrid

By George Hsu, president and CEO, PNI Sensor Chicago O’Hare Airport has 17 different Starbucks. The line at the Starbucks nearest your departure gate is startlingly long – so what’s the quickest way to find another Starbucks? There’s an interactive map of O’Hare Airport, complete with all the Starbucks, but since you’re so caffeine-deprived, you’re having […]

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Design Challenges for Wearables

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in ecnmag.  This holiday season, most of my friends/family received some form of wearable device as a gift. Even my 84-year-old dad is joining the wearable bandwagon and is finally giving himself what should probably be termed the original “wearable” — a hearing aid. As executive director of MEMS Industry […]

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