Advanced Packaging Drives SPTS Semiconductor Deal News & Analysis 8/7/2014 2 comments A marriage between two unlikely partners -- a maker of optical inspection equipment for PCBs and a semiconductor etching and deposition company -- could signal just how important silicon is becoming to the function of the board.
Qi Won’t Go for Distance News & Analysis 8/7/2014 2 comments The Wireless Power Consortium announced an update to its wireless charging spec Qi and while it may seem like an incremental change, officials say the new resonant option is on the right track for the safest method of charging.
Woz Riffs on Watches, Engineering News & Analysis 8/7/2014 10 comments Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley icon, gave his unvarnished opinions on smartwatches, engineering, and more in an on-stage interview at the Flash Memory Summit.
Global Chip Sales Hit Record in June News & Analysis 8/6/2014 1 comment Improved economic conditions worldwide, particularly in the U.S., and a booming memory chip market are being credited for the global semiconductor industry’s robust sales growth in the first half of 2014.
E2V Buys Spanish Image Sensor Specialist News & Analysis 8/6/2014 Post a comment E2v Technologies has announced it has agreed to acquire Innovaciones Microelectronicas, which trades as AnaFocus and supplies CMOS image and vision sensors for the industrial, professional, scientific, medical and high-end surveillance markets.
5 Humble Medical Devices Get an mHealth Makeover News & Analysis 8/6/2014 1 comment Transforming legacy medical devices into 21st century tools that have wireless capability has been a topic of interest among R&D engineers and design firms as wireless technology has become ubiquitous. In many cases, the design involves adding sensors capable of transmitting data from the legacy device. But the slideshow below shows device design on steroids.
Flash Fails 5 Ways, Says Alibaba News & Analysis 8/5/2014 4 comments An R&D manager for cloud services at China's Alibaba datacenters gave a laundry list of problems flash vendors need to address in a keynote at the Flash Memory Summit.
Industrial Electronics Chip Sector Rebounds News & Analysis 8/5/2014 1 comment The industrial electronics chip sector continued to rebound in the first quarter of this year, buoyed by stronger business conditions across the global economy, according to an IHS report.
MEMS Imitates Logic News & Analysis 8/5/2014 1 comment There were those who said history would not repeat itself. But evidence continues to accumulate that the MEMS sector will follow a similar path to CMOS logic.
PMC Plugs DRAM Into PCI Express News & Analysis 8/5/2014 Post a comment PMC-Sierra is using its NAND flash controller in a flash-backed DRAM memory card that plugs into the PCI Express 3.0 bus, aimed at memory-constrained systems that demand more performance.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid News & Analysis 8/4/2014 7 comments Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
Wireless Charging Startup Taps RF News & Analysis 8/4/2014 11 comments As products using coil-based wireless charging standards roll out, Bay Area-based startup Energous hopes radio frequency charging will take hold in the burgeoning wearables market targeting devices with relatively modest needs up to 10 Watts.
MEMS Leaders Under Pressure, Says Yole News & Analysis 8/4/2014 Post a comment The MEMS industry is changing as established manufacturing leaders with an emphasis on delivering components are put under pressure by fabless MEMS vendors, as customers become more interested in functionality -- a mix of hardware and software -- than components.
EUV Results Bogus, Says Analyst News & Analysis 8/1/2014 29 comments A veteran industry watcher and an IBM expert are at loggerheads over IBM's recent announcement of a throughput advance with the latest ASML extreme ultraviolet lithography scanner.
Has Sharp Dug Itself Out? News & Analysis 8/1/2014 7 comments Helped by demand for small and midsized LCD panels, Sharp reported for the latest April-June quarter an operating profit of 4.6 billion yen, up 55 percent from the same period a year ago.
Android, China Rise in Smartphones News & Analysis 7/31/2014 5 comments Nearly 300 million smartphones shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2014, with Android OS capturing a record of 85% market share. Record Android shipments also brought changes in major handset vendors, with Chinese brands not three of the six top players.
Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation News & Analysis 7/31/2014 7 comments Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Q'comm Shares a Wearable Strategy News & Analysis 7/31/2014 10 comments The future of ubiquitous wearables will require more innovation than what is currently on the market, with dedicated silicon, interoperability, and beauty leading the charge. EE Times sat down with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok to talk strategy around mainstreaming wearables.
Sony, Panasonic, Japan Display Plan OLED Joint Venture News & Analysis 7/31/2014 3 comments Sony Corp., Panasonic Corp., and Japan Display Inc. are working together to create a new company, to be named JOLED, which is expected to be launched early in 2015 to develop small and midsized organic light-emitting diode displays for use in tablet devices.
Sony, TSMC Win Award for Silicon-Plastic Process Development News & Analysis 7/31/2014 1 comment Sony and TSMC's paper describing a process to integrate a silicon biosensor into a microfluidic chip with the potential to create cost-effective, mass-fabricated point-of-care devices gets Best Abstract of Interest to the Industry Division Award from American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
6 Things to Expect at Flash Summit News & Analysis 7/31/2014 6 comments A coming out party for NVMe PCIe SSDs, more flash appliances and arrays, incremental news on vertical NAND and next-gen memories, and more are on tap for next week's Flash Memory Summit.
Pi in the Sky Over New York News & Analysis 7/30/2014 14 comments Residents of the five boroughs (and even that far away land, New Jersey) viewed the intersection of science and nature earlier this month, with skyscraper-sized cryptic message causing many eyes to gaze upward.
IBM Breaks EUV Throughput Record News & Analysis 7/30/2014 22 comments An ASML NXE3300B extreme ultraviolet scanner exposed 637 wafers in 24 hours in its first test at an IBM facility in Albany, N.Y., but still has miles to go before it is ready for commercial use.
IoT Spec Taps Internet Protocol News & Analysis 7/29/2014 1 comment The IPSO Alliance will release a reference architecture for an IoT software stack based on the Internet Protocol, along with a list of smart objects for functions such as lighting control.
Micron Makes Monolithic 8Gb DDR3 News & Analysis 7/29/2014 6 comments Using a 25 nm manufacturing process, Micron has created a monolithic 8 Gb DDR3 SDRAM component, while a startup is squeezing 8 Gb into a single chipset using proprietary techniques.
Wearables Sing in Smart Clothes News & Analysis 7/28/2014 14 comments The future of mainstream wearable technology may be driven by the fashion industry, keynoters at the Wearable Tech Expo said. Dr. Sabine Seymour discussed the intersection of soundscapes and garments as drivers of wearable technology.
Geotracker Tags Unlicensed Band News & Analysis 7/25/2014 10 comments We’re tracking a startup budding from San Francisco’s Internet of Things gulch – and it’s tracking us. Iotera is banking on the long-range power of its geotracking system to change the way people, animals, and devices are located across cities.
NASA Exec Says, 'Boldly Go!' News & Analysis 7/25/2014 17 comments Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center, challenged a Silicon Valley crowd to go beyond our solar system to find life and settle space -- and harness biotechnology along the way.
Google, Facebook Clash at Con News & Analysis 7/24/2014 12 comments Google and Facebook will share their visions of datacenter networking -- likely similar and competing in some ways -- at the Hot Interconnects event in August.