Qualcomm unveils health subsidiary, cloud hub News & Analysis 12/5/2011 5 comments Qualcomm has announced the spin-off of its wireless health division into a wholly owned subsidiary called Qualcomm Life. The firm said Qualcomm Life would be in charge of a $100 million fund, managed by Qualcomm Ventures, to invest in wireless health technologies.
PLX refreshes 40nm 10GBase-T chips News & Analysis 12/5/2011 1 comment PLX Technology announced three transceivers for 10 Gbit/s Ethernet over copper, cutting die size and cost nearly in half while adding features and shaving power consumption.
Report: Taiwan to offer consumer spending incentive News & Analysis 12/4/2011 9 comments Throughout the first quarter of 2012 the Taiwan government plans to provide its citizens with subsidies for the replacement of old air conditioners, refrigerators and washing machines, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
Freescale files claim against MediaTek, Zoran – again News & Analysis 12/4/2011 1 comment Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) accusing MediaTek Inc., Zoran Corp., and others of patent infringement, the ITC has said by way of an online posting of pending complaints.
October global chip sales fell back, says WSTS News & Analysis 12/4/2011 4 comments Global chip sales in October were $23.41 billion down 20.5 percent from the preceding month and down 4.1 percent on the $24.40 billion recorded for October 2010, according to figures published by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics.
Avago beats expectations, but see sales decline News & Analysis 12/3/2011 2 comments Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies reported sales for its fiscal first quarter that beat analysts' expectations, but said it expects sales for the current quarter to decline by at least 10 percent.
Research may yield thermo PVs sans mirror arra News & Analysis 12/2/2011 2 comments MIT researchers are theorizing that using an array of precisely spaced microscopic holes to concentrate sunlight in thermophotovoltaic devices would potentially make for simpler and less expensive systems than systems that depend on mirrors.
Report: Kindle Fire tablet sparks unique business model News & Analysis 12/2/2011 2 comments Amazon will ship 3.9 million Kindle Fire tablets during the last three months of 2011, giving the company a 13.8 percent share of global media tablet shipments in the fourth quarter, second only to Apple’s commanding 65.6 percent of the market.
BMW, Toyota to team up on green technology News & Analysis 12/2/2011 7 comments Carmakers BMW and Toyota have signed a medium to long-term agreement to jointly conduct R&D activities targeting an environmental-friendly automotive technologies. BMW will also sell fuel efficient diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe.
China's Vimicro to spin off handset IC business News & Analysis 12/1/2011 Post a comment Chinese fabless chip vendor Vimicro International said it would spin off its mobile-phone multimedia processor business into a joint venture as part of an ongoing effort to reduce expenses and focus on the PC notebook multimedia processor and Internet Protocol-based surveillance businesses.
Report: Chinese foundries to merge News & Analysis 12/1/2011 4 comments Shanghai Hua Hong NEC and Grace Semiconductor, China's second and third largest semiconductor foundries, have agreed to a merger that is currently awaiting regulatory approval, according to a report by the Reuters news service.
3D printing meets robot design News & Analysis 12/1/2011 17 comments Though 3-D printing has generated a lot of buzz and interest in the industry, the lack of widely available equipment has made the process inaccessible to most regular would-be consumers. My Robot Nation from Kodama Studios, however, could be changing that, bringing out printable 3D robots just in time for the holidays.
U.S. chip firms beat rivals in 2011, says IHS News & Analysis 12/1/2011 7 comments Chip companies from the Americas region, which in terms of the semiconductor industry is dominated by the United States, are set to achieve a successful 2011 with aggregated growth of 8.5 percent while all other global regions declined, according to market analysis firm IHS.
Amazon attempts to block Kindle Fire hack News & Analysis 12/1/2011 10 comments No sooner had the Kindle Fire tablet been hacked to allow access to the Google Android market, Amazon has released required software updates for the device which effectively block the root file, dismantling the hack, and which also force the device to update over Wifi only.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.