Design Con 2015
Breaking News
News & Analysis, Opinion, Teardown
Content posted in March 2014
Page 1 / 4   >   >>
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
News & Analysis  
3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
Tesla Model S Batteries Cleared by NHTSA
News & Analysis  
3/31/2014   2 comments
In a report, the US NHTSA found that road debris likely caused issues with the cars’ batteries. The problems, according to the report, did not originate in the batteries themselves.
IoT Sprinkler Taps the Cloud
News & Analysis  
3/31/2014   7 comments
Droplet launched an automated sprinkler system that uses cloud services to calibrate watering needs, shaving utility bills and saving water.
Xilinx Introduces SDNet & 'Softly' Defined Networks
News & Analysis  
3/31/2014   8 comments
Software Defined Specification Environment for Networking (SDNet) enables "Softly" Defined Networks.
STEM Study Shows Hiring Managers Favor Men Over Women
News & Analysis  
3/28/2014   34 comments
A new behavioral study shows hiring managers of both genders reject women twice as often for STEM jobs.
2013: a Tough Year for MedTech?
News & Analysis  
3/28/2014   2 comments
When it comes to medtech, 2013 proved to be a tough year, with merger-and-acquisition activity down from the previous year. Could the Affordable Care Act have attributed to some of that downturn?
S3 Preps DAC Product With a Twist
News & Analysis  
3/28/2014   1 comment
The Irish firm, which has mostly stuck to its role as a supplier of design services and IP, is looking to sell its own ICs soon. The first product is likely to be a high-speed digital-to-analog converter.
GE Claims Fastest, Highest-Power MEMS Switch
News & Analysis  
3/28/2014   5 comments
General Electric has crafted a micro-electromechanical system switch that can handle an astounding 5 kilowatts of power at 3 GHz.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap?
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   13 comments
Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
dotLEDs Are Built for Wearables
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   10 comments
Plessey has introduced dotLEDS, which could work in the growing wearables market until OLEDs come down in price.
Interoperability in Healthcare Tech Could Save $30 Billion
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   7 comments
A new research paper is urging the healthcare industry to work more closely together in order to foster more interoperability, especially when it comes to promoting new technologies within the field.
Industrial Internet Group Launches
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   4 comments
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel launched the Industrial Internet Consortium to accelerate work on areas such as interoperability standards for the Internet of Things in industrial markets.
Power Week-in-Review: Human Body-Based Portable Generator & IR-Absorbing Silicon PV Cells
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   Post a comment
This week, a triboelectric-based generator that uses the human body to power portable devices, a silicon solar cell that can absorb (and convert to electricity) infrared radiation, a power platform that enables the design of ultra-small 45W power adapters, and much more.
NSA’s Huawei Spying Used Well-Tested Methods
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   32 comments
According to published reports, the NSA investigated China's Huawei for possible spying, creating a backdoor into a large portion of the company's network. It's a method the NSA has perfected.
Samsung, Intel Lead Chip Capex Ranking
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   4 comments
While SanDisk and Micron are expected to increase their capital spending in 2014, Samsung and Intel are still expected to remain the two biggest spenders during the next 12 months.
Intel, Altera Extend 14nm Foundry Deal
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   2 comments
These "multi-die" devices will boost performance and lower manufacturing costs. Intel and Altera originally announced their deal in 2013.
Hacking a SmartTV at EE Live!
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   5 comments
The zombies you watch or play in video games on your smart TV may be less scary than the abilities of hackers using the same device. Researchers from iSEC Partners will go into depth about the vulnerabilities of smart televisions at EE Live!, in a talk titled “The Outer Limits: Hacking a Smart TV.”
Intel Straps on Basis Health Band
News & Analysis  
3/26/2014   5 comments
Intel officially a announced the purchase of San Franscisco-based smartwatch startup Basis Science. The acquisition comes as Intel attempts to push into the wearables sphere as a market leader.
Facebook Buys Oculus VR: What's Next?
News & Analysis  
3/26/2014   11 comments
Virtual friends socializing in virtual reality? There's a headset for that.
Apple's M-Health Rumors Get Detailed
News & Analysis  
3/26/2014   6 comments
For months, the rumor mill has been churning out stories about Apple entering the healthcare field. However, a recent meeting with the FDA and new image point to a health-monitoring app that the company may include with iOS8.
Continental Cranks Up Radar Sensor Production
News & Analysis  
3/26/2014   1 comment
In a move to put pressure on Bosch, Continental is stepping up its production of short-range radar sensors for the US automotive market.
Cisco's Cloud Plan for IoT
News & Analysis  
3/26/2014   6 comments
Cisco's $1 billion cloud investment is not about competing with Amazon, Google, or Rackspace to supply general-purpose IaaS. Cisco and its partners will offer a global chain of datacenters to serve as a backbone for the Internet of Things.
Wearable Electronics Driving Battery Revenue Growth
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   11 comments
During the next four years, the influx of wearables devices such as Google Glass will help battery industry revenue reach $77 million by 2018. Demand for lithium polymer batteries is set to soar.
Audi Self-Driving Car Rides Nvidia
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   14 comments
Audi's self-driving car drove a few feet on the San Jose Conference Center stage on a Tegra K1 chip, delivering a new Nvidia strategy.
Florida Hospital Tracks Nurses Footsteps, Work Patterns
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   14 comments
Florida Hospital Celebration Health improves nurse scheduling, productivity with sensors that track workflows and patterns.
Micron Italian Job Cuts Get Global Criticism
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   12 comments
A series of proposed job cuts to Micron’s Italian operation are facing protests from unions throughout Europe.
Intel's Custom Chips Highlight Company’s 14 nm Process
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   8 comments
Despite delays in many of Intel’s Broadwell products, 14 nm custom SerDes chips tout the chip company’s fab process.
Hittite Expands Power Amplifier Line With Keragis Deal
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   Post a comment
By acquiring most of Keragis in an undisclosed deal, Hittite plans to expand its power amplifier line and its market for military and commercial applications.
Medical Device Recalls Growing at Slower Pace Than Industry
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   3 comments
Recalls of medical devices always make for good headlines. However, recent reports show that the number of these recalls is actually on the decline.
How IBM Measured the Current Data Speed Record
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   5 comments
Speed records have no value unless they can be measured and verified.
China to Blow $10B a Year on Chips
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   18 comments
Semiconductor business in China is abuzz about the huge chunk of money China’s central and local governments are about to plunk down on the domestic chip industry.
Free Raspberry Pi Training & Giveaways at EE Live! Expo
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   Post a comment
EE Live! 2014 will host six hands-on speed training sessions for the popular Raspberry Pi single-board computer, as well as giveaways for Raspberry Pis, custom accessory boards, and more.
Mentor Graphics Acquires Berkeley Design Automation
News & Analysis  
3/24/2014   1 comment
Mentor Graphics hopes to broaden its customer base into the nanometer sphere with the purchase of Berkeley Design Automation, an analog, mixed-signal, and RF circuit verification company.
Transistor-Cost Declines Slowing, Synopsys Says
News & Analysis  
3/24/2014   10 comments
The cost/transistor is not declining like it used to, forcing shifts and opening opportunities said the chairman of Synopsys at an annual user group event.
PCIe Storage Spec Group Incorporates for Added Clout
News & Analysis  
3/24/2014   Post a comment
The NVM Express Work Group has decided to incorporate itself to further the NVM Express specification for accessing solid-state disks on a PCI Express bus.
LG Smart Lamp: Lighting, Meet Smartphones
News & Analysis  
3/24/2014   1 comment
Control lighting with your smartphone for security and energy-saving purposes.
Europe Seeing Slower Speeds for IC Compiler II Designs
News & Analysis  
3/24/2014   Post a comment
When compared to the United States and Japan, European engineers are seeing less speed-up in their chip designs from a new version of IC Compiler. Here’s a look at the reasons why.
Synopsys Upgrades Place & Route Tool
News & Analysis  
3/24/2014   1 comment
Synopsys announced the IC Compiler II and an upgrade of its flagship place-and-route chip design tool, boasting faster throughput while using less memory.
IoT Cloud Blooms, Says EE Live! Speaker
News & Analysis  
3/24/2014   9 comments
The range of IoT markets and protocols are challenges for those linking smart systems to the Net, says a cloud IoT executive speaking at EE Live!
Semi Makers Spend Big on Capex
News & Analysis  
3/21/2014   5 comments
Capital spending in the semiconductor industry is on the rise... which is good news for the industry.
Planning the Internet of Things' Supply Chain
News & Analysis  
3/21/2014   1 comment
M2M and mobile devices are driving the Internet of Things trends, and by all accounts, it's going to be big.
Planning the Internet of Things' Supply Chain
News & Analysis  
3/21/2014   7 comments
The growing market for the Internet of Things and M2M connectivity is starting to alter the way supply-chain managers view the tech sector. From sensors to batteries, it’s time to look at the world very differently in the supply chain.
Topological Insulators Boost Spintronic Devices
News & Analysis  
3/21/2014   3 comments
In a new paper, researchers from three different universities detailed a new way to control the surface electronic states of TIs. Eventually, this could lead to their use in a range of spintronic devices.
Huawei Kills Dual-OS Windows-Android Smartphone
News & Analysis  
3/21/2014   9 comments
Huawei cancels its Android-Windows Phone plans, just days after Asus put a dual-OS device on hold.
Samsung, Microsoft Charge Up WPC
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   4 comments
Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Microsoft are the newest members of the Wireless Power Consortium’s Board of Directors. WPC, the industry group backing the Qi wireless charging standard.
Wintel Rides Again, Now to IoT
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   38 comments
Microsoft is expected to announce a push into the Internet of Things in April, riding along with Intel, its old PC partner, and its Quark processor.
Will China Conquer MEMS?
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   8 comments
After a mad rush to develop apps processors for tablets and smartphones, Chinese entrepreneurs are now concluding that the rapidly growing number of MEMS inside a smartphone is too huge an opportunity to pass up.
What Would EE Live! Be Without Tech Swag?
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   Post a comment
When you attend EE Live! in just two weeks, you can win prizes like $200 gift cards and iRobot Programmable Robots with your Tour Game Card.
Power Week-in-Review: Universal Phone Charger & EV Battery Storage for Data Centers
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   3 comments
This week, another step forward for a universal charger for mobile phones, another use for second-life EV Li-ion batteries, an e-bike battery-monitoring demo kit, and numerous power product announcements coinciding with APEC 2014.
A Snappy Approach to Low-Cost Wearable Displays
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   3 comments
A company in the UK is putting its own unique stamp on wearables with an early look at a wristband display that takes the idea of the smartwatch to a different level. However, the device might need NFC technology to make a difference.
Page 1 / 4   >   >>


Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Analog Faceplate Design Decisions: Art or Science?
Max Maxfield
12 comments
My degree is in Control Engineering -- a core of math with "surrounding subjects" of electronics, mechanics, and hydraulics and fluidics. The only official programming I did as part of ...

Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock

Jolt Awards: The Best Books
Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock
1 Comment
As we do every year, Dr. Dobb's recognizes the best books of the last 12 months via the Jolt Awards -- our cycle of product awards given out every two months in each of six categories. No ...

Engineering Investigations

Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
Engineering Investigations
3 comments
It's autumn in New England. The leaves are turning to red, orange, and gold, my roses are in their second bloom, and it's time to remove the air conditioner from the window. On September ...

David Blaza

The Other Tesla
David Blaza
5 comments
I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...