The next killer app: Machines that see Blog 3/30/2012 12 comments processor vendors are beginning to focus on embedded vision applications and to tune their processors for such apps, often by incorporating specialized co-processors designed for vision processing.
Why systems need to get smarter Blog 3/22/2012 7 comments According to market researcher IDC, the amount of digital data that will exist in 2020 will be 50 times greater than current levels. Are we ready for all that data? Better yet, are our systems equipped to manage it?
Bio-trek Blog 3/22/2012 1 comment There are many tools available or being developed today that are reminiscent of the tricorder medical apparatus on Star Trek.
Why ST should sell ST-Ericsson to China Blog 3/15/2012 17 comments STMicroelectronics should persuade Ericsson that they sell off their mobile chip joint venture ST-Ericsson, but probably to some aspiring Chinese company. That is likely to produce the quickest and most profitable – or least loss-making – exit for the two parent companies from what has become a failed project.
Video: Hands-on, differentiated devices at MWC Blog 3/15/2012 8 comments While Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona recently was flooded with new devices, some vendors are breaking the mold with products differentiated from the rest of the competition. We decided to highlight three devices we found interesting at the show, not necessarily because they were the best and brightest, but because either through their design, hardware or software, they stood out in some way that made them different.
TI talks disruptive innovation Blog 3/15/2012 7 comments Speaking at the launch of Texas Instruments’ new Silicon Valley labs on Tuesday (March 13), TI executives rallied to deliver one clear message: that true innovation, at its core, would always be a disruptive force, and that TI was committed to playing a big part in both creating and harnessing that destruction.
The IEEE Code of Ethics Blog 3/14/2012 10 comments It's worth taking a closer look at the IEEE's Code of Ethics, because of its position as the supposedly most professionally relevant guide to behavior in electronics engineering.
A hell of a way to run TGV Blog 3/6/2012 14 comments A power supply problem left passengers stuck on Eurostar trains between the U.K. and France for up to 11 hours on Monday and early Tuesday this week.
How do you count cores? Or should you? Blog 3/6/2012 4 comments So far, the number of cores, or CPU cores to be more specific, has been a very important factor in the industry. Increasing core counts has allowed us to increase overall performance while avoiding the thermal limitations of running a single core processor faster. But does it really matter going forward?
Opinion: Did Intel just break my glasses? Blog 3/1/2012 15 comments Decades-old market research cooperations are breaking down. A few of the big guys don't want to play nice any more, perhaps because they think things have come to the point where they are just giving their rivals a helping hand. Peter Clarke says they mess with the system at everyone's peril.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & 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? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times