Tabula Set for March Shutdown News & Analysis 1/30/2015 2 comments Programmable logic company Tabula is rumored to be closing its doors on March 24. Tabula garnered industry interest with a unique 12-level FPGA architecture that dramatically shortened interconnects.
Sony Joins FDSOI Club News & Analysis 1/30/2015 7 comments Sony Corp. revealed that the company’s next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip will use 28-nm Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator (FDSOI) process.
FPGA Debug Goes Outside with New Hardware News & Analysis 1/30/2015 Post a comment For 10 years, Belgium company Byte Paradigm has operated as a design center for high-end FPGA-based systems as well as an electronics test and debugging service. Under a new name Yugo Systems, the company is about to expand its offering for FPGA debug.
Qualcomm Outlook Exposes 5 Trouble Spots News & Analysis 1/30/2015 4 comments Although Qualcomm showed strong Q1 results, the company -- facing several trouble spots in China -- lowered its chipset division’s operating margin guidance to 16-18% and its 2015 annual revenue guidance by $800 million.
Rambus Readies Lensless Image Sensor Platform News & Analysis 1/30/2015 3 comments Intellectual property licensor Rambus is going to provide a "platform" for the maker community and others to use to experiment with its previously announced lensless image sensors, according to CEO Ron Black.
Broadcom Flips on Future Set Tops News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment Broadcom is nestled between traditional cable companies and newer over the top content providers, which are both battling and enabling each other in a fight for viewers and dollars.
GaN Pumps Power Revolution News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment Gallium nitride is ramping up a revolution in power conversion, enabling new apps from wireless charging to autonomous vehicles, said a DesignCon keynoter.
Intel 5th Gen vPro Goes 60GHz Wireless News & Analysis 1/29/2015 2 comments Intel has incorporated Pro Wireless Display (WiDi) and Wireless Docking capability is based on its Wireless Gigabit (60-GHz) technology to automatically connect to monitors, keyboards, mice and USB accessories without the need for a mechanical dock, cutting the last cord to all x86-based computers.
Backplanes Hit a Wall at 56G News & Analysis 1/29/2015 10 comments Backplane-based systems are hitting a wall at 56 Gbit/second speeds, driving a debate over a need for new materials, signaling and equalization, said a Rambus engineer at DesignCon.
Can Kevlar Prevent Lithium-Ion Battery Fires? News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment University of Michigan researchers have used nanofibers extracted from Kevlar to develop a barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery that is capable of preventing the type of fires linked with the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Wi-Fi Alliance Radiates Outward News & Analysis 1/28/2015 Post a comment The Wi-Fi Alliance is one of several industry groups grappling with an explosion of connected devices. The group faces increasing challenges in complexity, performance needs, and diminishing power requirements for new and existing smart home and IoT devices.
Connected Car: Dramatic Growth Ahead News & Analysis 1/28/2015 7 comments Market research and IT consultant firm Gartner predicts a dramatic growth in connected car sales — and many new business opportunities for hardware and software vendors.
UMC Boosts Capex to Capture More 28nm Orders News & Analysis 1/28/2015 3 comments UMC's large capex increase to capture more 28nm orders indicates the company is optimistic about strong demand this year. Analysts believe UMC needs to fend off the competition in China which appears to be catching up.
Quantum Entanglement Now On-a-Chip News & Analysis 1/28/2015 6 comments Uncrackable encryption and quantum computers enabled by tiny 20 micron source of entangled photons according to Italian scientist at di Università degli Studi di Pavia.
TSVs to Split More Chips: Re-Integration is the Focus News & Analysis 1/28/2015 1 comment At the European 3D TSV summit which took place in Grenoble's Minatec center last week, all of the speakers seemed to agree on one thing: in many fields including the consumer market, 2.5D integration (through the use of interposers) is going to remain cost-competitive for a while with real 3D vertical integration. And this could lead to major shifts in the electronics manufacturing landscape.
Startup Casts a Better IoT Network News & Analysis 1/28/2015 5 comments Startup IoT Freeway claims it has a better wireless network for the Internet of Things but needs money and partners to support development and deployment.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So News & Analysis 1/28/2015 3 comments Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
iPhone Dials Up Record Apple Sales News & Analysis 1/27/2015 6 comments Apple announced record financial results for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. Record revenues, shipments, and a general bullish attitude were due in great part to iPhone, iPad, and Apple Pay.
Fried Cable Sparked EE Profession News & Analysis 1/27/2015 6 comments The electrical engineering profession was sparked in the late 1800s by a fried transatlantic telegraph cable, said a DesignCon keynoter and Stanford professor.
Maxim Exits Consumer MEMS, Touch Sensors News & Analysis 1/27/2015 3 comments Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has decided to get out of consumer MEMS and consumer touch sensor markets and focus its sensor business on the automotive sensor. Meanwhile Maxim is making moves into wearable equipment, mainly with the provision of power management ICs.
Increased Functionally Drives Flash Array Adoption News & Analysis 1/24/2015 1 comment Early all-flash arrays were dedicated to a single application, but enterprises are looking for vendors that support mixed workloads and offer data services, and evaluating flash beyond just the cost per gigabyte
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games News & Analysis 1/23/2015 4 comments Imagination Technologies continues to hedge its bets on graphics-based processing, showcasing a variety of demonstrations based on its PowerVR GPU at International CES.
Wide-Spread SSD Encryption is Inevitable News & Analysis 1/23/2015 2 comments As vendors have steadily released self-encrypting SSDs for client devices over the past year, the trend is starting to hit enterprise storage and all-flash arrays, driven by customer demand and regulatory changes
Startup Expands 3D to the Room News & Analysis 1/23/2015 Post a comment With still 26 days to go, Kickstarter project Immersis from French startup Catopsys has almost reached its funding goal of USD100.000, promising to turn any room into a fully immersive 3D interactive environment.
Fraunhofer Develops MEMS Optical Grating for Medium Infrared News & Analysis 1/23/2015 Post a comment The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS is developing a scanning grating spectrometer that operates in the medium infrared range from 3-microns to 12 microns wavelength. Many chemical substances that are significant for security monitoring have characteristic absorption lines in this region.
IoT Hears Two Cellular Calls News & Analysis 1/23/2015 5 comments 2G and LTE standards efforts promise lower cost, lower power versions of cellular links geared for the Internet of Things but won’t be ready until at least 2016.
Intel, Microsoft, Autodesk Creating Life News & Analysis 1/23/2015 28 comments Microbial Robotics has created microscopic robots from living viruses (ViruBots) and bacteria (BactoBots) that can clean toxins from water, hunt down and kill (only) cancer cells or perform nearly any other humanitarian environmental or therapeutic task.
Spectrometer Lights Up IoT, Smartly News & Analysis 1/22/2015 Post a comment Analog circuit, MEMS, and sensors manufacturer AMS announced an integrated spectrometer for smart lighting management, the AS721x. Company officials believe smart lights could become the center of a home Internet of Things ecosystem.
$2 Waves 3D Gesture Into Any Device News & Analysis 1/22/2015 1 comment With the wave of a hand, Microchip's GestIC controls anything -- tablet to light bulb. Microchip claims its GestIC turns any device into a 3D mid-air gesture recognizer.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety News & Analysis 1/22/2015 2 comments In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
Windows 10: Compact OS Does Holograms News & Analysis 1/21/2015 20 comments Microsoft demonstrated several applications for Windows 10 at a live event today, highlighting the operating system’s cross-device compatibility and ease of use in new areas of technology such as holographics.
AMD Upbeat Despite $330M Loss News & Analysis 1/20/2015 1 comment Advanced Micro Devices today announced revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014 and year end. Despite large operating losses, AMD officials were hopeful about the company’s trajectory for 2015.
CMOSIS Considering IPO News & Analysis 1/20/2015 Post a comment CMOSIS, a developer of advanced CMOS image sensors for applications in machine vision, digital cinema, aerospace, scientific and medical applications, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) of shares according to local newspaper De Tijd.
IoT Carriers Sought by Semtech News & Analysis 1/20/2015 4 comments Semtech is courting carriers to support its LoRa wide-area 900 MHz network for the Internet of Things, one of a handful in a race to metro and national IoT nets.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions News & Analysis 1/20/2015 43 comments Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.