Google Defines an IoT Layer Blog 6/16/2015 11 comments TCP/IP is very good at facilitating communication, but what the end nodes say to each other has largely been left as an exercise for the user. It may be about time for that to change.
10nm Chips Promise Lower Costs Blog 6/15/2015 36 comments The challenges in the supply chain logistics for semiconductors continue to increase, but the 10nm node will give one more opportunity to gain large benefits from technology scaling.
Using Wi-Fi to Power IoT Blog 6/11/2015 Post a comment An article in the MIT Technology Review presents a power-over-Wi-Fi system that uses existing Wi-Fi chipsets in wireless routers to deliver far-field wireless power to various sensors as well as to recharge coin cell batteries at distances up to 28 feet.
Big Brother at the Wheel Blog 6/10/2015 11 comments 'A car is one's second living room today,' says Audi chief. 'That's private. The only person who needs access to the data onboard is the customer.'
Avago/Broadcom Create Patent Powerhouse Blog 6/8/2015 2 comments With their proposed $37 billion merger, Broadcom Corp. will strengthen Avago Technologies’ patent position significantly in sectors such as mobile, the data center and the Internet of Things.
Simulate Your Buck-Converter Control Loop Blog 6/8/2015 1 comment Stabilizing the control loop of a voltage-mode (VM) or current-mode (CM) buck converter can be confusing, even intimidating, to non-power engineers. This article shows simple VM and CM SPICE simulation models that can predict your results with accuracy and provide a deeper understanding of key power block functions.
IoT Needs New MEMS Approaches Blog 6/3/2015 3 comments New approaches to MEMS are needed to drive growth in sensors and the Internet of Things, according a panel of speakers at the upcoming Semicon West event.
Burn-in Chamber Blog 6/3/2015 Post a comment Product failure follows a "bathtub curve": chances are higher for failure in both early and end stages of its life How would you burn in your product to weed out the early failures?
Get Those Signals Correlated Blog 6/3/2015 Post a comment The correlation function is a useful signal-processing tool that helps determine periodicity, signal-to-noise ratio, propagation delay, and signal detection in unknown waveforms with poor SNR.
On China’s List: Memory, Market Share, M&A Blog 6/2/2015 4 comments In the eyes of Western investors, the semiconductor sector is a lousy business. In contrast, China sees chip vendors, especially Chinese chip vendors, as worthy of big investment. Why a huge gap?
SoC RTL Signoff: Divide & Conquer with Abstract Models Blog 6/1/2015 Post a comment One of the fastest, easiest, and most effective methods to detect and remove bugs early in the design phase, is to run lint checks on the RTL. Besides coding guidelines, these tools catch issues related to simulation, synthesis, and place & route. A robust lint methodology reduces long and costly iterations between RTL design and downstream verification and implementation.
Can Analog Circuits Inspire Budding Engineers? Blog 5/29/2015 7 comments By building, probing, and observing the signals and their changes in these circuits without any code requirements, students can get a real feel for otherwise abstract concepts such as voltage, current, and more.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.