mCube says it has shipped more than 60 million extremely small semiconductor chips-comparable to a
grain of sand, not the fingernail-sized variety that the likes of Intel and its competitors sell.
The company makes motion-sensor chips, also known as accelerometers, which are used in just about
every smartphone these days. The devices help detect speed and movement by the physical motion of
tiny components on the chips, a category of product known by the acronym MEMS, for micro-electro-mechanical systems.
Debate: How Many Open Source Platforms Are Enough?
EnterpriseTech, June 23, 2014
Representatives of competing open source cloud controllers debated the merits of each and whether multiple
open cloud platforms are even needed.
The platform debate often comes down to which application-programming interface (API) is supported
along with overall platform stability and ease of use.
One executive speaking during the recent Gigaom Structure conference called the issue of multiple
open platforms a false question. “Nobody asks Microsoft or VMware, ‘Are there too many proprietary
cloud solutions out there?’” argued Sameer Dholakia, general manager at Citrix Systems representing the
CloudStack platform. “This is the first time in the cloud era -- in the history of software -- where open
source is leading. There’s not going to be one [open source platform], there will be multiple.”
Altera and Lime Microsystems Team Up to Accelerate and Simplify the Development of Wireless Networks
Altera Press Releases
Altera, June 19, 2014
Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) and Lime Microsystems, a leading provider of field programmable
RF (radio frequency) transceivers headquartered in the UK, have entered into a Strategic Cooperation
Agreement focused on jointly developing and promoting programmable solutions for a diverse range of
broadband wireless markets. The agreement will result in the development of optimized field programmable
radio frequency (FPRF) transceivers, digital RF and baseband solutions that will enable system designers
to reduce their overall costs, lower power, shorten time-to-market, and customize designs for key wireless
infrastructure, enterprise, military, industrial, test and medical applications. As part of the agreement,
Altera has also made an equity investment in Lime Microsystems.
Altera has announced that it is making an equity investment in Lime Microsystems -- the creator
of the Field Programmable RF (FPRF) chips that are popping up all over the place. So, how might
this impact the design community?
From a hardware perspective, there are already boards available that combine an Altera FPGA and
the original Lime device, such as the very popular “bladeRF” from Nuand. No doubt, there will be a
raft of boards featuring the new Lime chip -- the LMS7002M -- to exploit MIMO technology. However,
I think that the biggest innovations will be in design support.
Study: Vast Ocean of Water is Trapped Inside Crystal “Sponges” in Mantle
DailyTech, June 17, 2014
Trapped crystalline water is believed to be enough to fill the Earth’s oceans 1 to 3 times over
A freakish find -- a mineralogical surprised tucked inside a dirty, seemingly worthless gemstone -- has shown
highly compelling evidence that the Earth’s water may have sprung not from space, but from a mantle.
Now mankind is finding out how little it knew about the Earth’s innards, as it slowly discovers that
sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.