Will September's Smart Releases Open Medical Electronic Doors?

shutterstock 93851599We all know the industry buzz right now: What will who come out with over the next few weeks? The anticipation (and rumor mill, especially about the iPhone6) is quite heated around what will and won't be featured in the latest round of smart devices, ranging from watches to phones and tablets from the leading (and those focused on becoming global leaders). Among the developments gaining ground along the sidelines is the important question of how will these latest devices and applications drive medical electronics for consumers and for the medical community?

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New Skin Layers for New NAND

shutterstock 196857266 (230x153)The big news in NAND this month is all about layers. Chip sizes are constantly revised, especially when it comes to going smaller. However, more problems arise in planar (or 2D) construction as the chips shrink. The closer the cells are to each other, the higher the failure rate. This year, we have seen several announcements from NAND manufacturers regarding their plans for smaller chips. In April, Toshiba and SanDisk announced plans for a 15-nanometer (nm) chip and Micron announced a 16-nm triple-level-cell (TLC) chip for their cost-effective, consumer SSDs through Crucial. Production volumes of the 15-16-nm chips should continue to ramp up through the end of 2014.

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IoT Fueling the Smart Home Race

jetsons 2The "smart home" market is quickly picking up pace as this year we have seen a handful of important acquisitions by leading OEMs signaling their strategic goals in this still emerging market place, and more recent activity is signaling continued momentum.

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Smartphone and CE Device Wars Heat Up – Supply Chain Challenges Increase

shutterstock 91500506 (230x151)With less than a month until the anticipated release of major OEM smartphone and tablet PC devices, the buzz is intensifying, the supply chain is busy, and inventory calculators are showing signs of stocking in advance of the releases. From devices to service packages for smart devices, pricing is at the forefront and those competing for higher-priced devices are going to have to show consumers more reasons to upgrade than before, as refresh cycles have slowed.

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Intel Releases New Core for IoT and Low Power Growth Market

shutterstock 196857266 (230x153)This week, Intel released news pertaining to its core roadmap for 14nm process technology, along with the new, fifth-generation CPUs (code named "Broadwell") that will be marketed as "Intel® Core M processors." These new technologies are now in volume production. Tablet and Ultrabook devices will be showcased next month at the Consumer Electronics trade fair, IFA Berlin 2014, according to an Intel media brief. More importantly, Intel announced this week that the new line of consumer electronics devices with Core M technology will be available by the 2014 holiday season followed by PCs and servers in 2015.

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