Content posted in July 2014
Google Opens Google Glass Basecamps
Blog 7/30/2014 1 comment
Google has set up three basecamps to help long-term Explorers, those new to the program, and those just interested in learning more about its first wearable tech.
GM's Powermat Deal Falls Short
Blog 7/29/2014 6 comments
General Motors will include multimode wireless charging in its 2015 Cadillacs and several other models. Adding standard wireless charging (to a luxury vehicle) is a step in the right direction, but an inductive-based system may not be as forward thinking as GM would hope.
Memory System Design Methods
Blog 7/29/2014 4 comments
Are you working with DDR4? Interested in NVDIMMs? Designing at 100 Gbps? Wishing you knew more about data acquisition modes? Well, here are summaries of some systems design articles regarding memory that were published across the UBM Tech network this month.
Mobile Benchmarks Need Work
Blog 7/29/2014 10 comments
The industry needs to put more effort into building better mobile benchmarks. The recent AndEBench-Pro is a step in the right direction, but more work is needed.
7 Insurance Issues With Your Self-Driving Car
Blog 7/28/2014 49 comments
People talk about the significant reduction in automotive insurance rates (if you drive a self-driving car, that is) and how it will add momentum to autonomy. Is the assumption correct? I popped the question to the insurance industry.
Think Different, Innovate by Reuse
Blog 7/28/2014 9 comments
It's time we slow down the fevered pace of new technology and product introductions and learn a lesson from Apple about useful products based on proven components.
Samsung's Silicon Valley Home
Blog 7/25/2014 11 comments
Samsung is building a 10-story complex in the heart of Silicon Valley that will be home for some of its memory and display researchers and a whole lot of ecosystem efforts.
Life After 28nm: Think Network-on-Chip
Blog 7/25/2014 Post a comment
As Moore’s Law reverses beyond 28nm, consider network-on-chip (NoC). While more and more content in SoC designs is coming from third-party IP providers, interconnect-fabric is one area that is still in transition.
Are We Ready to Give Up Driving?
Blog 7/22/2014 63 comments
In a Strategy Analytics survey, 40% of Americans said they were not at all interested in fully autonomous driving. It's hard to picture those opposing gun control abdicating the freedom of turning their own steering wheel.
The Risks & Rewards of Early Tapeout
Blog 7/22/2014 12 comments
Verification remains a key issue in system-on-chip development. The time taken to verify a high-density SoC design to a high level of confidence can lead teams to think the unthinkable. One of these counterintuitive options is to not exhaustively verify a chip before taping out but use the resulting silicon itself as a cornerstone of the verification process.
Future of PCM: Optoelectronic?
Blog 7/22/2014 4 comments
Work by a team at the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter may well become recognized as the first steps on the road to a new and bright optoelectronic future for phase-change memory materials.
Nvidia Raises Android Gaming Ante
Blog 7/22/2014 7 comments
The Nvidia Tegra K1 inside the Xaomi MiPad and now Nvidia's own Shield Tablet will drive Android toward being a gaming platform comparable to PCs and consoles.
Smart Grid Lessons From a Utility
Blog 7/18/2014 3 comments
A smart grid project in Sacramento provided many lessons, especially in ways to test and select consumer energy systems, said a lead technical adviser on the project.
Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak
Blog 7/17/2014 4 comments
Babak Parviz, one of the fathers of Google's Project Glass, left the company for Amazon this week, presumably spreading the DNA of wearables. Meanwhile, Android Wear continues to gain buzz if not market traction yet.
Boost & Modify Square Waves
Blog 7/17/2014 1 comment
Build your own signal-conditioning modules to provide the amount of voltage, current, and power you need. See schematics for the circuits.