FPGA Interfaces Speeding Up Blog 11/16/2015 18 comments IBM and Xilinx have joined the race to bring FPGA accelerators to data centers. The problem they and their competitors have yet to solve is delivering an easy-to-use standard interface for them, according to a Red Hat executive.
Chinese Spending All-Out on HPCs Blog 11/16/2015 10 comments China wins top spot again and nearly triples its number of systems on the TOP500 list of supercomputers. The number of supercomputers in U.S. falls to lowest point ever--201 down from 231 in July 2015.
Android, Chrome OS Merger: Why It Makes Sense Blog 11/13/2015 Post a comment Google has not confirmed reports that it intended to merge Chrome OS and Android. Is the idea really that far-fetched? Here's how the resulting products of such a marriage would be beneficial to users and the enterprise.
Is Detroit Dead Meat? Blog 11/12/2015 17 comments Calling Detroit’s auto industry ‘dead meat’ presumes that car OEMs lack the skills to develop software-centric cars. I don’t disagree. But any conclusion that requires an almost blind faith in Google and Apple makes me leery.
Cisco, Ericsson Flirt with Merger Blog 11/9/2015 4 comments In a rapidly consolidating tech industry, sometimes the biggest players are at a disadvantage. Such is the case with Cisco Systems and Ericsson the world’s biggest makers of infrastructure for wired and cellular networks.
A Look at Metal eFuses Blog 11/8/2015 3 comments TechInsights reverse engineers chips to understand how they are made and in some cases why certain structures are the way they are. This article examines two electrically blown fuse structures (eFuse) used in metal gate logic processes. This first eFuse structure that we look at is made by Intel and the second by TSMC.
Autonomous Vehicles Vs. Helping Humans Drive Better Blog 11/5/2015 2 comments For automakers, creating self-driving cars may be an appealing technical challenge, but creating better-driving cars is a more attainable goal. In a report released Nov. 3, global consultancy McKinsey suggests that technology for helping drivers navigate is likely to become critical for car buyers.
PNI Out Googled Android Blog 11/4/2015 1 comment PNI Sensor Corp. is selling sensor hubs--like every other MEMS maker--but with a twist, compatibility with Google growing list of mandates, plus the ability to create custom sensor-fusion recognition algorithms to differentiate products and still pass Google's rigorous compatibility test suite (CTS).
Apple's iRing...A Bit Late Blog 11/3/2015 9 comments OK, I am a bit late writing about the “iRing” patent application that was published at the start of October, but that is life. Armed with this set of information I had some fun thinking about what Apple might be telling us about an iRing’s potential.
IoT Promises ROI, Hurdles for IT Blog 11/2/2015 Post a comment A recent survey commissioned by Aeris shows that executives are finding the Internet of Things to be an ally in helping reach their business objectives and stay ahead of the competition, but it also uncovered that IoT’s true value has yet to be fully realized.
Breaking Down Power, Efficiency Trends Blog 11/2/2015 Post a comment We all know that every microwatt counts in consumer electronics, particularly in mobile devices. There is plenty of lip service paid to the need for more efficient power conversion and less power-hungry devices, but there is typically very little content devoted to digging into just what those needs mean and how we can achieve them.
Open Source Quality Blog 10/28/2015 Post a comment Discussions about the quality of programs get polarized between proprietary software vs open source proponents with more anecdotes than facts in play.
NASA's Orion Flight Software Production Systems Manager Darrel G. Raines joins Planet Analog Editor Steve Taranovich and Embedded.com Editor Max Maxfield to talk about embedded flight software used on the Mars on EE Times Radio. Live radio show and live chat. Get your questions ready.