MEMS Spurred by Industrial IoT News & Analysis 12/22/2014 Post a comment Industrial uses of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) still trail consumer ones but are expected to grow to $750 million by 2018 from $350 million in 2014.
WiFi to Switch on IoT Appliances News & Analysis 12/22/2014 1 comment Electrolux says it is one of several white goods vendors about to roll out smart appliances that use WiFi, Linux and AllJoyn to connect to each other and the cloud
Memory Design Trends in 2014 News & Analysis 12/19/2014 Post a comment Memory transitions, increased-density drive design trends: Customers are looking for subsystems that can accommodate both DDR3 and DDR4, while constraint-based design is par for the course as denser memory makes manufacturing more complex.
True 3D Chips Harness Nanotubes News & Analysis 12/19/2014 8 comments Stanford University has learned how to stack any number of layers atop a standard CMOS chip by using low-temperature RRAM for memory and carbon nanotube transistors for logic.
Industrial IoT Framework Near News & Analysis 12/18/2014 4 comments The Industrial Internet Consortium plans to finish a reference architecture for the Internet of Things by March, start identifying standards gaps, and roll out multiple test beds for it.
Sony's Debuts Smartglasses Module News & Analysis 12/18/2014 2 comments Following up on prototypes demonstrated earlier this year, Sony has announced an attachable smartglass module that can turn various eyewear into augmented reality devices.
MIT Discovers Superconductor Law News & Analysis 12/18/2014 14 comments The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has discovered a law governing the relationship between critical temperature at which superconductivity begins, resistivity, and the thickness of the film for superconducting integrated circuits.
Top Robot Stories of 2014 News & Analysis 12/17/2014 4 comments Robots have fascinated us for centuries, but now we are realizing those visions. Here are some of the top robot stories that amazed and delighted us this past year.
Vote for the Engineer of the Year News & Analysis 12/17/2014 2 comments Finalists announced, survey below. The award, sponsored by National Instruments, includes a $10,000 grant and will be given out at DesignCon 2015.
AMD Gives RF Mico Exec Ops Job News & Analysis 12/17/2014 1 comment AMD has hired James A. Clifford as its senior vice president of Global Operations, reporting to President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. The former RF Micro exec will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of AMD’s end-to-end manufacturing and supply chain strategy.
Researchers Superconduct at 140 Degrees News & Analysis 12/15/2014 7 comments Researchers have demonstrated a method of making superconductors at temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit using lasers. If successful, everything from the electric grid to mobile electronics will experience a tremendous speed-up while simultaneously running much cooler.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off? News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
More for IoT: Our Natural Roadmap, Says Cypress CEO News & Analysis 12/15/2014 Post a comment Following the $4 Billion all-stock 50%-split Cypress-Spansion merger, CEO T.J. Rodgers will head the new company under the global name Cypress. The company will keep Spansion’s world leadership in NOR Flash memory and retain Cypress’ huge SRAM memory market.
7 Questions With Broadcom’s CTO News & Analysis 12/15/2014 1 comment Broadcom co-founder and chief technologist talks about Moore’s Law, his plans for 16nm FinFET tape-outs in 2015, IoT platform wars and shifts in the engineering profession.
Sequans: The Startup That Started Over News & Analysis 12/15/2014 6 comments Early one Paris morning in July 2011, Georges Karam, president and CEO of Sequans, got a call from HTC. Kara'’s biggest customer asked him to stop shipping Sequans' WiMax radio chips. That called changed everything.
Tiny Spectrometer Targets IoT News & Analysis 12/12/2014 14 comments NanoLambda has developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer-on-a-chip to measure concentration and density based on wavelength. The chip is accurate to 1 nm with 10nm resolution for consumer and medical uses.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On News & Analysis 12/12/2014 23 comments Startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Spray Solar Cells on Any Surface News & Analysis 12/11/2014 6 comments Canadian Consortium mostly funded by IBM formulates method for spraying solar cells on nearly any surface, from rooftops to automobile bodies.
Obama Net Effort Under Fire News & Analysis 12/10/2014 5 comments More than 60 high tech companies sent a letter to Congress opposing a move by the White House to reclassify Internet service as a basic utility, saying new regulations could slash investments and jobs.
Intel Rolls IoT Platform News & Analysis 12/10/2014 4 comments Intel's new IoT platform aims to improve connectivity and security with an updated gateway, embedded security, and edge management software.
Silicon Startups Get Incubator News & Analysis 12/9/2014 10 comments Silicon Catalyst aims to help about 10 semiconductor startups produce their first chips in 2015, leveraging partnerships with Keysight, Synopsys, and TSMC.
Smart Panel Ponders AI's Future News & Analysis 12/9/2014 7 comments Artificial intelligence is well on its way to entering the market by 2025, but it may look different then much of the public has imagined. AI could give systems the ability to talk to each other quickly and simply, or reason and make inferences.
Freescale Charges 15W Wirelessly News & Analysis 12/8/2014 4 comments Freescale is turning up power with a new set of wireless charging receivers and transmitters for larger mobile devices such as phablets, tablets, and handheld medical equipment. The Qi-compliant system is the first in the industry to reach the 15 Watt threshold.
IBM Plugs Partners Into Power News & Analysis 12/8/2014 7 comments IBM's Open Power Foundation is playing significant roles in the Coral supercomputer program, efforts to find new uses for flash memory, and the proliferation of Power processors in China and beyond.
AMS Acquires Sensor Company News & Analysis 12/8/2014 3 comments Analog chipmaker ams now will acquire acam-messelectronic, a vendor of highly accurate time-based measurement technology and related sensor solutions.
Foundry Sales Growing Faster Than Chip Market News & Analysis 12/8/2014 4 comments Global foundry IC revenues will grow by 13 percent to $47.9 billion in 2014, following on from annual growth of 13 percent in 2013 and 18 percent in 2012, according to a report produced jointly by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and market researcher IC Insights.
Ethernet for Drive-by-Wire? News & Analysis 12/8/2014 22 comments Ethernet is gaining momentum as an in-vehicle network. But beyond being the A/V network for in-vehicle infotainment systems, what’s the potential impact of Ethernet on the whole car? Opinions vary.