Speaking up for M2M radio innovation Blog 1/27/2012 9 comments Luke D'Arcy, vice president of marketing at Neul Ltd. (Cambridge, England), has argued that some standards bodies are not addressing the need for innovation at the RF level for machine-to-machine communications and the Internet of Things.
Turning down the noise: When 'low' keeps getting lower Blog 1/26/2012 4 comments The desire to extend a wireless product’s battery life by reducing power consumption is driving IC manufacturers to develop devices that operate at extremely low current levels. Characterizing the level of current these devices consume requires test engineers to make very low-level current measurements with high accuracy.
Opinion: ARM is no longer an underdog Blog 1/21/2012 9 comments “If you compare us with Intel we have 2000 people compared to Intel’s 100,000. We have a small fraction of the revenue that they do,” Iain Drew, ARM’s EVP of strategy said at CES last week, repeating an oft heard pitch from the chip architect.
HP responds to memristor debate Blog 1/20/2012 6 comments Hewlett-Packed Co. has responded to a discussion in the online pages of EE Times about the usefulness of the term memristor and theoretical and practical research associated with the term.
MIPI Alliance offers new specs for RF control Blog 1/17/2012 5 comments Today, the MIPI Alliance announced new DigRF and RFFE specifications, and yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with Jim Ross, of Skyworks, and Dr. Dietmar Wenzel, of Infineon about the changes. Both men are part of the MIPI Alliance.
Reporter's notebook: Why we go to CES Blog 1/17/2012 17 comments The absence of Apple from the CES and Microsoft Corp.’s decision to pull out of the CES after 2012 has led many armchair pundits to jump (prematurely) to the facile conclusion that CES has slipped.
Even during the show, some reporters and analysts complained that there wasn’t any “big” news at this year’s CES. Well, I beg to differ.
Memristor brouhaha bubbles under Blog 1/16/2012 30 comments Blaise Mouttet, of Arlington, Virginia, has published a theoretical paper on arXiv.org that seeks to demonstrate that much of the previously accepted wisdom about the memristor, just ain't necessarily so.
CES: Here we go again Blog 1/12/2012 4 comments More photos and observations from Allan Yogasingam on the second exhibition day of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.
RF, meet Analog; and his friend Digital. Blog 1/12/2012 6 comments Techniques like digital predistortion and envelope-tracking draw from all three domains…digital, analog and RF, and allow fundamentally non-linear (but power-efficient) amplifiers to behave like linear amplifiers.
Predictions for 2012: Tools Blog 1/12/2012 7 comments What does 2012 have in store for the IP, EDA and semiconductor industries? See what people inside the industry have to say and we shall see if they are correct…
ARM customer ranking Blog 1/11/2012 32 comments The leading customer of ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) by revenue contribution in 2010, according to Nomura Equities Research, comes as a bit of a surprise.
How random is random? Blog 1/3/2012 24 comments Random number generation is necessary for cryptographic processes, but how do you create a random number in an FPGA…
MEMS will set the world on fire Blog 1/1/2012 27 comments There is nothing more magical than seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center at Christmas time. That magic must have worked its way at 30 Rock into the audience of the Seventh Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 18 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...