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7/2/2015

Apple's next iPhone, expected to debut this fall, will be powered by a Qualcomm Long-Term Evolution chip that will have double the download speed of the iPhone 6, sources say. The new phone could reach speeds of 300 megabits per second and boast a better battery life, a 9to5Mac report states.

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CNET, Forbes, 9to5Mac
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iPhone, Qualcomm, Apple
7/2/2015

Researchers at South Korea's Sungkyunkwan University have developed a micro supercapacitor with high electrochemical performance, the structure of which is inspired by the vein system of leaves. The research team used a graphene-hybrid film and copper hydroxide nanowires, with the film placed on a plastic layer and gold strips laid out on top.

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New Electronics
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Sungkyunkwan University
7/2/2015

The life of data storage systems based on NAND flash memory devices could be extended with a solid-state drive controller built around a field-programmable gate array, running NAND flash optimization software, according to Altera. The chip company has come up with a reference design using its Arria 10 system-on-a-chip, Mobiveil's SSD controller and NVMdurance's optimization software.

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Altera, flash memory, data storage
7/2/2015

Violin Memory said Wednesday that its Violin 7300 Flash Storage Platform is certified for VMware Ready Status, meaning it is compatible with various VMware products. The platform was also certified for VMware Horizon Fast Track 2.0 Proven Storage, according to Violin.

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The VAR Guy
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Violin Memory, VMware
7/2/2015

The microarchitecture of a processor is more significant than whether it has a complex instruction set computing architecture or reduced instruction set computing architecture, according to a study by the Vertical Research Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "While there may have been differences in the past between RISC and CISC ISAs in current architectures, there certainly aren't now in terms of the parameters we focused on: performance, power and energy," said Karthikeyan Sankaralingam, a co-author of the study.

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EE Times
7/2/2015

Qualcomm will invest up to $89.5 million in South Korean startup companies to "foster the mobile ecosystem in the country," the company said Wednesday. Qualcomm Ventures will directly invest about half of that amount during the "next few years," it added.

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Qualcomm, Qualcomm Ventures
7/1/2015

Qorvo, the chip company formed in the merger of RF Micro Devices and TriQuint Semiconductor, gets about 80% of its revenue from mobile devices, and analysts expect Qorvo to post about $3 billion in revenue for this fiscal year. "We think that over the next three or four years, we’ll grow at a 15% to 20% per year rate in our mobile business, all driven by smartphones," Chief Financial Officer Steve Buhaly said.

7/1/2015

IDC estimates that 28.3 exabytes of data storage were shipped during the first quarter, a 41.4% increase from a year earlier. Revenue for vendors of enterprise storage systems was nearly $8.8 billion in the quarter, up 6.8% from the first quarter of 2014, the market research firm reports.

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Computerworld
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IDC, data storage
7/1/2015

Primo1D, a spinoff from CEA-Leti, is a startup supplier of "E-Thread," which combines Impinj's passive radio-frequency identification chips with a proprietary packaging process to produce yarn for wearable electronics clothing. CEO Emmanuel Arene expects the company to have revenue next year.

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EE Times
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Impinj, CEA-Leti
7/1/2015

Somnium Technologies has introduced a device-aware resequencing tool which it says can reduce power consumption, lower memory requirements and improve performance for Freescale Semiconductor's Kinetis line of processors.

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EE Times
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Freescale Semiconductor

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