Audience reverse engineers human hearing for mobile
News & Analysis 3/30/2012 5 comments
Using its earSmart voice processor, using two microphones that work like human ears, Audience’s chip enables analysis of sound in much the same way as the human brain, which when processing audio decides what to remove, what to keep and what to enhance.
Truchard and Kodosky of NI: Enthusiasm undimmed
News & Analysis 3/30/2012 1 comment
Dr. James Truchard and Jeff Kodosky, two cofounders of National Instruments Corp. (Austin, Texas) honored with the lifetime achievement award at the UBM Electronics ACE awards on Tuesday (March 27), sat down with EE Times to discuss a 35-year progress since the formation of their company.
Mars rover to measure climate, study microbial life
News & Analysis 3/30/2012 2 comments
The Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is now halfway to Mars aboard an Atlas rocket launched on Nov. 26 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to study current meteorological conditions and explore the conditions that existed millions of years ago.
Enea adds Linux to OS offering
News & Analysis 3/29/2012 4 comments
Operating system vendor Enea AB (Stockholm, Sweden) announced at the DESIGN West exhibition that it is now supplying Enea Linux together with some complementary technologies.
Report: Toshiba will join Elpida bidding
News & Analysis 3/29/2012 1 comment
After earlier turning down an opportunity to invest in Japanese DRAM vendor Elipda Memory, Toshiba has apparently decided to join the bidding for the bankrupt firm, according to English language news service reports quoting Japan's Nikkei newspaper.
World on cusp of EV tipping point, says Tesla CTO
News & Analysis 3/29/2012 53 comments
Slow, steady improvement in battery technology over the past several decades as brought the world to the cusp of a tipping point that will lead to greater adoption of electric vehicles, according to JB Straubel, chief technology and co-founder of Tesla Motors.
Exar cuts 40% of jobs
News & Analysis 3/28/2012 15 comments
Analog mixed-signal IC vendor Exar said it has eliminated about 40 percent of its global headcount in the past two months.
Panel ponders many-core ICs tripping 'the singularity'
News & Analysis 3/28/2012 9 comments
Will the processing power being enabled by many-core processors cause the advent of machines with super-human intelligence, an event sometimes referred to as the singularity? That was the question put to a panel of some of the best minds in multicore processor theory and design assembled at the Multicore DevCon, part of DESIGN West being held here this week.
Imperas preps fast models of ARM Cortex-A15 processor
News & Analysis 3/28/2012 1 comment
Imperas, a pioneer of high-level modeling and virtual prototyping, has models of the ARM Cortex-A15 processor in beta and expects them to be available in the first half of 2012. The range of available models, together with Imperas tool and operating system support, is helping platform and software developers debug systems in parallel with SoC design, speeding up and improving system development, the company said.
RDA buys Chinese IP to broaden cell phone offering
News & Analysis 3/27/2012 6 comments
RDA Microelectronics Inc. (Shanghai, China), a fabless chip company that markets RF and mixed-signal chips for cellular and broadcast communications applications, has announced the acquisition of all the baseband intellectual property from privately-held Chinese company Coolsand Holding Co. Ltd. for $46 million.
Oclaro, Opnext to merge
News & Analysis 3/26/2012 Post a comment
Oclaro, a provider of optical communications and laser products, said it agreed to merge with optical module and components vendor Opnext in an all stock deal.
Chip rankings: Intel had highest share in over 10 years
News & Analysis 3/26/2012 3 comments
Intel accounted for 15.6 percent of the overall semiconductor market in 2011, as brisk sales of its core chips and the acquisition of Infineon AG's wireless chip business unit helped the No. 1 chip vendor achieve its highest share of the overall chip market in more than 10 years, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Red Micro Wire encapsulates wire bonding in glass
News & Analysis 3/26/2012 1 comment
Red Micro Wire, a Singapore-based company with roots in Israel, has developed a breakthrough technology for the semiconductor bonding wire process that the company claims provides a cost-effective, highly scalable alternative to current solutions.
ST closes in on TI atop MEMS top 30 ranking
News & Analysis 3/26/2012 6 comments
STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments were the leading manufacturers of microelectromechanical systems components in 2011 in a market that grew 17 percent to reach $10.2 billion, according market analysis firm Yole Developpement.
Multi-cores tackle human interface
News & Analysis 3/26/2012 5 comments
The diverse demands of realtime process control which must nevertheless offer a touch-enabled user-interface—from smart appliances to point-of-sale terminals to medical monitors—is best addressed by heterogeneous multi-core processors, according to Freescale Semiconductor, which introduced its new Vybrid family of microcontrollers at DESIGN West 2012.
Eight19 readies printed plastic solar cell R&D center
News & Analysis 3/26/2012 7 comments
Eight19 Ltd. (Cambridge, England), a spin-off from the University of Cambridge chartered with producing printed plastic solar cells, has announced it has commissioned a development and roll-to-roll printing facility at its headquarters.
Autofocus MEMS company selects TI as foundry
News & Analysis 3/25/2012 2 comments
poLight AS (Horten, Norway), a vendor of optical MEMS actuated autofocus lenses, has announced that it is working with Texas Instruments Inc. to produce the optical MEMS part of its TLens assembly.
Movidius signs $25 million Chinese partnership deal
News & Analysis 3/25/2012 2 comments
Fabless mobile multimedia chip company Movidius has signed a deal with electronics manufacturer Keen High Technologies that is expected to generate more than $25 million of equipment sales over the next three years, according to reports.
RIM announces BlackBerry 10 for developers in May
News & Analysis 3/23/2012 3 comments
BlackBerry smartphone maker Research In Motion said it will launch BlackBerry 10 developer tools in beta and will distribute a limited edition developer prototype device at its BlackBerry 10 Jam event in Orlando, Fla., in May.