Nanotubes May Self-Organize into Synthetic Life News & Analysis 2/13/2015 5 comments Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, home of the sentient HAL 9000 computer, are now trying to create living things with nanotubes that self-assemble into organisms that reverse entropy.
IoT Network Snags $115M News & Analysis 2/13/2015 5 comments A $115 million round Sigfox closed to build out its proprietary 900 MHz wide-area network is the latest leap in a race to link the Internet of Things.
Android to Become 'Workhorse' of Cybercrime News & Analysis 2/13/2015 2 comments As of the end of 2014, 16 million mobile devices worldwide have been infected by malicious software, estimated Alcatel-Lucent’s security arm, Motive Security Labs, in its latest security report released Thursday (Feb. 12).
Nvidia Envisions Self-Driving Cars News & Analysis 2/13/2015 1 comment Automotive and mobile gaming were growth areas for graphics processor company Nvidia in 2014; Nvidia sees Tegra X1 and deep learning leading way to self-driving cars.
Samsung Pumps $3.6bn into OLED Panel Productions News & Analysis 2/12/2015 Post a comment South Korea's Samsung Display has unveiled plans to invest $3.6 billion into making organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels to support the company's parent Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to boost components sales to offset weaker smartphone earnings.
Wearables Don Smart Fabrics News & Analysis 2/12/2015 Post a comment What do musical instruments, car seats, and shoes have in common? Each item benefits from smart fabrics invented by a Berkeley, Calif. company BeBop sensors. BeBop layers printed circuits onto polyester felts, synthetic silks weaves, and spandex of various thickness to create a web of sensors that connected to a sewn-in microcontroller.
Rear Axle Becomes Steerable… by Wire News & Analysis 2/11/2015 3 comments In an innovative approach to automotive kinematics, ZF Friedrichshafen, which recently took over mechatronic systems supplier TRW Automotive, introduces a steerable rear axle design in which decisive elements are controlled by software.
ST Extends MEMS Pilot Line Project News & Analysis 2/10/2015 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV is set to benefit from an extension of the Lab4MEMS pilot project that has been agreed by the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) Joint Undertaking (JU), a public-private partnership in nanoelectronics.
China Deal Squeezes Royalty Cuts from Qualcomm News & Analysis 2/10/2015 5 comments China’s National Development and Reform Commission called the investigation “antitrust case.” But more accurately, it successfully haggled with Qualcomm to get the royalty rate cuts for Chinese handset vendors.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead News & Analysis 2/10/2015 1 comment In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
DelfMEMS Shows SP12T RF MEMS Switch News & Analysis 2/10/2015 Post a comment DelfMEMS SA (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France), a supplier of radio frequency switches made using MEMS techniques, is set to demonstrate a twelve-throw RF ohmic contact switch at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015.
1st MEMS Spectrometer Debuts News & Analysis 2/10/2015 7 comments Si-Ware (Cairo, Egypt) has created the world's first microelectromechanical system (MEMS) spectrometer chip, which it sells in a handheld module under the Neospectra brand name.
Hollywood Hands Engineer an Oscar News & Analysis 2/10/2015 4 comments Texas Instruments engineer Larry Hornbeck will receive an Academy Award of Merit for his work in improving color and projection in digital films through optical semiconductors.
Software Radio Debuts at MWC News & Analysis 2/10/2015 15 comments UK-based Cambridge Consultants developed an all-digital radio transmitter using off-the-shelf chips that could cost less than $1, aimed at conserving precious spectrum.
Arm Buys IoT Security Firm News & Analysis 2/9/2015 2 comments ARM bought Offspark, a provider of Transport Layer Security ARM will fold into its mbed operating system for Cortex-M cores aimed at the Internet of Things.
Thermoelectric Nanowires to Cool Chips News & Analysis 2/9/2015 1 comment Researchers are finding all kinds or novel cooling methods to pull out the heat threatening to melt down chips that run faster than 3-Gz, but by embedding thermoelectric nanowires into the backside of chip Sandia National Labs hopes to continue scaling to higher speeds.
Open-Silicon: ‘No Software Runs Without Hardware’ News & Analysis 2/9/2015 1 comment As the valuation of high-tech companies goes increasingly lopsided -- disproportionately favoring the software business -- the obvious question is: Who nowadays is willing to get their hands dirty designing high-cost, low-margin hardware?
Stanford Prez Grades U.S. Tech News & Analysis 2/6/2015 13 comments Stanford President John Hennessy warned the U.S. is falling behind in basic research and need to fix issues ranging from immigration to education.
1.5 nm Metrology Extends Moore's Law News & Analysis 2/6/2015 1 comment Even a ruler can nix Moore's Law. Rulers need to be as much as 10 times finer than the semiconductors they are measure. Thanks to researchers at some US national labs collaborating with industry, the finest metrology tool is now at 1.5 nanometers.
Scalable Electric Powertrain Targets Utility Vehicles News & Analysis 2/5/2015 Post a comment While electromobility gains traction, the development of commercial vehicles with electric powetrain lags. Their powertrain is just too expensive, clumsy and heavy. Fraunhofer researchers addressed this problem with an optimized axle module with integrated motor.
Silicon Labs Deploys M&A to Crack IoT News & Analysis 2/4/2015 Post a comment Silicon Labs has acquired a Finnish wireless module vendor Bluegiga Technologies, picking up the last missing link for its IoT play. Silicon Labs’ other IoT-related mergers include Energy Micro AS in 2013 and Ember in 2012.
2nd TransAsia To Crash in a Year News & Analysis 2/4/2015 35 comments The second TransAsia Airway's French-made ATR-72 aircraft to crash within a year indicates technology problems with engines despite pristine record for craft over last decade.
Silicon Valley Expands Unevenly News & Analysis 2/4/2015 4 comments The annual Silicon Valley Index revealed the region continues to be one of the nation’s most innovative and prosperous areas, but its wealth is unequally shared.
ARM Cores Take on PC Processors News & Analysis 2/3/2015 18 comments ARM today announced a new processor, GPU, and IP suite targeted for mobile SoCs. The 64-bit Cortex-A72 processor, Mali-T880 GPU, and Cache Coherent Interconnect aim to usher in an era where mobile devices “serve as your primary and only compute platform.”
Rambus ReRAM Attracts First Commercial Customer News & Analysis 2/3/2015 8 comments Emerging memory has potential in niche applications for aerospace and military customers, according to licensee Tezzaron, with broad uses in the future to replace flash and perhaps DRAM in commercial applications
IBM Shifts SUNY Chip Researchers News & Analysis 2/2/2015 1 comment Researchers at New York’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute are developing chip technology at 7nm for IBM. The organizations announced that more than 220 of these engineers and scientists at SUNY Poly's Albany Nanotech campus will become part of IBM Research.
CMOS Image Sensor Market on 10.6% CAGR News & Analysis 2/2/2015 Post a comment The rapid uptake of CMOS image sensors in automotive applications has raised the predicted growth rate for a market already transitioning with the rise of the smartphone, according to Yole Developpement.
SanDisk's Flash to Go Auto-Grade News & Analysis 2/2/2015 5 comments Now with its memory chips AEC-Q100 certified, SanDisk hopes to make automotive a strong focus, meeting the design and supply needs of Tier Ones and car OEMs.