Freescale Multi-Mode MCU Pushes IoT Envelope News & Analysis 10/13/2015 1 comment Freescale launched a new wireless MCU capable of running both Thread and BLE v4.2 concurrently. While running Thread protocol in the background, the host MCU also uses BLE to let devices join the network, allowing “sideband commissioning.”
City Aims to be IoT Petri Dish News & Analysis 10/13/2015 Post a comment Bristol is installing high-end public wired and wireless networks aiming to create a place where vendors can experiment to the benefit of companies and citizens.
Melexis Preps Sony Sensor Deal News & Analysis 10/13/2015 Post a comment Mixed-signal and magnetic sensor chip company Melexis NV (Ieper, Belgium) will make a deal with Sony Corp. to expand an existing agreement to deploy time-of-flight sensor technology in automotive safety and infotainment markets.
VeriSilicon to Acquire Vivante News & Analysis 10/12/2015 1 comment VeriSilicon plans to expand its IP portfolio and customer base, and to make a foray into the automotive market, through the acquisition of Vivante Corp., a leading embedded GPU IP vendor.
Dell/EMC Draw Mixed Reviews News & Analysis 10/12/2015 5 comments Dell’s bid $67 billion for storage giant EMC in a deal billed as the largest tech acquisition to date, but one already getting mixed reviews.
Q'comm Unveils Server Bid News & Analysis 10/8/2015 8 comments Qualcomm officially entered the server market with a single chip SoC server development platform. The company first announced that it would tackle the much-sought after market last year, but had been largely quiet about its progress.
15 Techs, Apps to Steer Automotive Future News & Analysis 10/8/2015 2 comments The ITS World Congress this week offered participants plenty of chances to ride in a driverless vehicle, discuss its implications and see the technology building blocks necessary for automotive future. Here are some samples EE Times spotted.
Carrier Wants to Disrupt Web Giants News & Analysis 10/8/2015 2 comments A carrier proposed a new service model that would disrupt the likes of Facebook and Google with ad hoc communications that also could tap into the Internet of Things and smart cities.
Lossy Adesto Preps IPO News & Analysis 10/8/2015 Post a comment Fabless nonvolatile memory company Adesto Technologies Corp. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has plans to raise up to $56.6 million via an initial public offering of shares in the company.
Autonomous Cars: 'We Will Have Accidents' News & Analysis 10/7/2015 12 comments The only certainty about the interaction of people — drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists — with the autonomously driven cars of the near future is that much of the technology will be in the streets before the human/machine interface (HMI) is fully understood.
Organics To Extend Moore's Law News & Analysis 10/7/2015 9 comments Flexible and transparent electronics was the theme this year here at the SEMICON Europa 2015 (Oct. 6-8, Dresden, Germany), The nearby Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden is also committing to the gamble, going "all in" for using organic devices with government funding of $38 million through 2017.
5nm Test Lights Litho Path News & Analysis 10/7/2015 5 comments Test chips made in a 5nm process showed the value of pushing today’s 193-immersion and tomorrow’s extreme ultraviolet lithography systems to their limits, said researchers at Imec and Cadence.
GE Launches Current for Energy News & Analysis 10/7/2015 Post a comment launched a new energy spin-off company dedicated to developing energy efficient devices. Current will combine GE’s LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle businesses with its Predix industrial analytics platform to focus on commercial, industrial, and government customers.
M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10 News & Analysis 10/6/2015 2 comments Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
Silicon Europe Grows to Cover 12 Regions News & Analysis 10/6/2015 Post a comment The Silicon Europe project – set up in 2012 to link four regional clusters for electronics research and business development – has been transformed into the Silicon Europe Alliance and will now act as an umbrella organization for 12 regional organizations across Europe.
Marvell Debuts MoChi Chips News & Analysis 10/6/2015 2 comments Marvell has announced the first two chips --two 64-bit ARM processors -- to use its MoChi modular SoC approach, one of which also implements its first-level cache technology.
5G for Command & Control News & Analysis 10/6/2015 6 comments Dresden University of Technology professor Frank Fitzek has created a way to compress 5G data using random numbers that can be decoded in less than one millisecond yet are totally secure even if intercepted by bad guys.
ITS: Car OEMs See Role as Service Providers News & Analysis 10/6/2015 4 comments Carmakers have been great at playing two cards -- “Safety” and “lower carbon emissions”—to public funding. They are now adding the third card, “mobility as a service,” to cozy up with regulators while re-inventing the industry.
Battery Market Growth Is Tricky Business News & Analysis 10/5/2015 1 comment Numerous industries are showing an increased demand for Lithium ion automotive batteries, according to Yole Developpment, as many companies aim to diversify into battery-related businesses. However, the burgeoning market may be a tricky investment.
Volvo Shows User Interface for Self-Driving Cars News & Analysis 10/5/2015 1 comment Automated driving poses specific requirements to the user interface of the cars, in particular for the transition phases to and from autopilot mode. Volvo now has revealed an interface to oversee how drivers will transfer control to a car’s autonomous driving (AD) mode in its forthcoming cars.
Put FPGAs In Your SoCs News & Analysis 10/2/2015 5 comments Flex Logix has a new type of FPGA that nearly doubles the number of usable gates per chip. The FPGAs eliminate more than 20% of the room needed for interconnect and switches, and now have nearly 50% more room for gates.
AMD Cuts 5% of Global Employees News & Analysis 10/1/2015 3 comments Advanced Micro Devices has joined the list of large semiconductor companies handing out pink slips. A recently adopted restructuring plan to help improve poor fiscal results calls for a 5% reduction in the company’s global workforce.
ARM Joins Semiconductor Research Corp. News & Analysis 10/1/2015 Post a comment Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has joined the global research collaboration program operated by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (Research Triangle, North Carolina).