Can Curved AMOLED Give Samsung a Clear Edge? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 4 comments Samsung springs a surprise at IFA 2014 in Berlin by revealing the Galaxy Note Edge, a curved 2,560 x 1,440-pixel AMOLED phablet with a wraparound screen that can display notifications, icons, and news scrolling like a ticker.
Consumer-Driven Surveillance Takes Shape News & Analysis 9/4/2014 Post a comment Although recording a crime does not prevent it from happening, banks, shop owners, city administrators, and law enforcement agencies all take for granted that more video surveillance equals more security.
Startup Gestures for Home Control News & Analysis 9/4/2014 Post a comment Clapping to turn lights on and off may too gimmicky in the unfolding Internet of Things, so a Minnesota startup is taking home automation into the 21st century. Playtabase aims to manufacture its Reemo automation system as a bridge product between ease of access and health.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 13 comments By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
Nokia Upgrades LTE-A Systems News & Analysis 9/3/2014 2 comments Nokia today announced upgrades to its network that would allow operators to migrate WiMAX networks to TD-LTE-Advanced. The company’s 3.5 GHz carrier aggregation capable radio with new TD-LTE-Advanced features aims to smooth the transition to more advanced networks as well as improve service in dense user environments.
Photodevice Detects Color With Metal Grating News & Analysis 9/3/2014 1 comment Researchers have created a CMOS-compatible color photodetector that uses aluminium grating technology rather than color filters to make the sensor respond to red, green, and blue light.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil News & Analysis 9/3/2014 5 comments Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
GoPro Puts Consumers in 'Matrix' News & Analysis 9/3/2014 8 comments It’s just a lab experiment today, but camera pioneer Tim Macmillan showed 360-degree stop action effects GoPro is developing with consumer camera arrays.
50G Ethernet Debate Brewing News & Analysis 9/3/2014 11 comments The Ethernet Alliance will host a discussion on the future of Ethernet at which engineers are expected to debate the need for a 50G standard, among other issues.
Anatomy of an ARM Server Chip News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments Four out of the top five server IC companies prefer ARM. The server market bloodied ARM in recent years, but ARM is bouncing back with help from the popularity of the ARMv8 64-bit architecture.
IoT Gives Old Technology New Life News & Analysis 9/2/2014 2 comments Cypress Semiconductor sees a great deal of potential for SONOS technology, dating back to the 1960s, for addressing scaling and power challenges in Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Andes Ready to Rumble in CPU War News & Analysis 9/2/2014 3 comments With ARM reigning as king of the CPU IP market and Android dominating mobile operating systems, is there any room for anyone with new architectures to challenge these leaders’ well established ecosystems? Andes says yes.
IBM Watson Speeds Drug Research News & Analysis 8/29/2014 7 comments IBM Watson moves from supplying known answers to tough questions to making its own discoveries in life sciences and pharmaceutical research.
Display Vendors Predict 10 Bold Directions News & Analysis 8/28/2014 13 comments Display suppliers are in the know. The companies exhibiting at Touch Taiwan might not be willing to spill their best beans, but they know all about the specific screen sizes, thinness, and brightness demanded by Apple.
Rohm Opens MEMS Foundry Operation News & Analysis 8/28/2014 Post a comment Rohm Co. Ltd. created a foundry business at the six-inch Miyazaki wafer fab of its Lapis Semiconductor subsidiary that integrates product design and manufacturing based on the combination of thin-film piezoelectric processes and MEMS.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs News & Analysis 8/28/2014 10 comments Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Apple Preps Jumbo iPad News & Analysis 8/27/2014 11 comments Apple is preparing a larger version of its iPad for release in 2015. The bigger iPad, with a screen as big as those of laptops, could help Apple stir up fresh interest in its tablets.
Google Preps Virtual Network News & Analysis 8/27/2014 2 comments Google described Andromeda, a central server-based controller users will be able to access to create, run, and extend virtual networks running in Google's data centers.
SanDisk Bullish on SSD Adoption News & Analysis 8/26/2014 5 comments Ultra II is aimed at consumers looking to upgrade HDD or first generation SSD with simple migration tools in a PC market that has experienced flat growth at best.
Digital Light Processor Downsizes & Diversifies News & Analysis 8/26/2014 9 comments The digital light processor (DLP) was used in the first and most popular large-screen televisions, but now it has been downsized for pico-applications from projectors built-into smartphones to smart glasses.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort News & Analysis 8/26/2014 12 comments The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
Intel Shrinks 3G Chip for IoT News & Analysis 8/25/2014 10 comments Intel’s latest modem for the mobile Internet of Things, the XMM 6225, aims to grow into the market with cellular communications and high levels of integration. The company is touting the platform as the industry’s smallest, with a 300 mm2 footprint.
Google Glass & Lookalikes Find Niches News & Analysis 8/25/2014 8 comments Google Glass, Recon Jet, and Epson Moverio have been solutions looking for a problem for three years, but by combining these head-mounted output devices with a hands/voice-free input device the secret sauce may have finally congealed.
Murata to Buy RF IC Vendor Peregrine for $471M News & Analysis 8/25/2014 1 comment Passive component powerhouse, Japan’s Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has taken a major step to expand its RF component and wireless business with a $471 million deal to acquire fabless RF IC maker Peregrine Semiconductor Corp.
NAND, DRAM 3D-Transition Roadmaps News & Analysis 8/25/2014 Post a comment IC Insights has done its best to encapsulate the latest information from DRAM and NAND vendors to provide a roadmap for the transition to finer geometry processes and to multi-layered memories.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously? News & Analysis 8/25/2014 24 comments China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
US Military To Launch Open Source Academy News & Analysis 8/22/2014 1 comment Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Mississippi will offer open source training and Linux certification for military personnel and civilians in groundbreaking new program.