Virtual jobs fair offers engineers work in Singapore News & Analysis 6/26/2012 21 comments Engineers with experience in the consumer electronics and semiconductor sectors and who are prepared to continue their careers in Singapore could benefit from the first ever online recruitment event being organized by Contact Singapore.
Why TI does MCU designs in Shanghai News & Analysis 6/26/2012 32 comments Multinational chip companies who’ve consigned some of their design work to China tend to do so quietly; but a few leading companies are clearly making deeper inroads in China, and they’re not especially shy about it.
Rambus names Ronald Black CEO News & Analysis 6/25/2012 Post a comment Rambus named Ronald Black, a 20-year veteran of the semiconductor and mobile industries, to the position of CEO, replacing Howard Hughes, who announced earlier this year he would retire.
Video: '7 minutes of terror' for next Mars probe News & Analysis 6/25/2012 58 comments Curiosity, the Mars rover scheduled to land in August, will rely on a rocket-powered sky crane to slow its velocity from 13,000 mph to zero in seven minutes. A NASA video explains the unprecedented landing sequence.
Sony, Panasonic join hands to print OLED displays News & Analysis 6/25/2012 10 comments Sony and Panasonic have said they will collaborate in the development of organic light emitting diode (OLED) panels and modules for TVs and large-sized displays and, at the same time, consider the oossibility of collaboration in mass production of OLED displays.
Milan startup offers radiation hardened SRAM Product News 6/25/2012 3 comments A radiation hardened 512-kbit SRAM designed by Italian fabless chip startup RedCat Devices srl withstands a 15-Mrad total ionization dose. The chip was manufactured for RedCat by foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. in its 180-nm CMOS manufacturing process.
Former Movidius executive joins haptic startup as CEO News & Analysis 6/25/2012 1 comment Paul Costigan has become CEO of Senseg, a Finnish startup company that has developed touch interface technology that generates the feeling of virtual buttons on smooth surfaces. The technology has potential in smartphones, tablet computers and many other consumer and industrial applications.
Reports: Olympus-Sony partnership News & Analysis 6/22/2012 6 comments Olympus Corp. is negotiating a roughly 50 billion yen investment from Sony Corp. The move, if materialized, will make Sony a partner in Olympus’ efforts to rebuild itself from last year’s accounting scandal.
Freescale, Vivante, Rightware team on automotive display News & Analysis 6/22/2012 3 comments Automotive displays have been getting a lot more dynamic and flexible and long gone are the days of a physical needle twitching in front of circular dial. That trend is set to continue thanks to Rightware, a developer of user interface graphics, Freescale and Vivante. The three companies have joined forces to create an automotive infotainment and instrumentation display platform.
Dial 'M' for MediaTek News & Analysis 6/22/2012 12 comments MediaTek’s bid to buy Mstar is likely to cement the supremacy of the combined power of the two Taiwan-based companies -- often described as the “M brothers” -- in the digital consumer market,
Leti codevelops sun-powered roller shutter News & Analysis 6/22/2012 9 comments Transferring technological value to SMEs is an objective per se for France-based CEA-Leti research center. One illustration is the co-development of a solar-powered roller shutter with France-based Bubendorff SAS.
Reports: MediaTek bids to buy rival MStar News & Analysis 6/22/2012 2 comments Fabless consumer chip company Mediatek Inc. has announced it has offered to buy local Taiwan rival MStar Semiconductor Inc., according to a Reuters report that cited a statement from MediaTek as its source.
Switching to smart lighting News & Analysis 6/22/2012 9 comments Lighting is becoming the largest consumer of electricity in buildings, accounting for 25 percent or more of total costs. At the 14th Leti Annual Review, the CEA-Leti research center demonstrated its engagement in research leading to smart lighting systems with adaptive and controllable properties.
Fab tool book-to-bill slipped in May News & Analysis 6/22/2012 Post a comment The three-month rolling average book-to-bill ratio for North American semiconductor manufacturing equipment declined to 1.05 in May, down from 1.10 in April, according to the fab tool vendor trade group SEMI.
Cypress ups offer for Ramtron News & Analysis 6/21/2012 1 comment Cypress Semiconductor said it commenced a tender off to acquire all outstanding shares of Ramtron International for $2.68 per share, or about $95 million.
Broadcom BCM43242 WiFi chip Product News 6/21/2012 Post a comment Broadcom has launched two new WiFi devices to enable a consumer video experience that spans mobile devices, smart TVs and other consumer electronics (CE).
Report: Renesas closes in on cash for cuts News & Analysis 6/21/2012 8 comments Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric, two of the three major shareholders in struggling Japanese chip company Renesas Electronics Corp., have agreed in principle to provide a support package worth 50 billion yen (about $630 million), according to a Reuters report that referenced unnamed sources.
Freescale grapples with auto safety mandates News & Analysis 6/21/2012 3 comments While automobile makers worldwide grapple with meeting the safety standards set by the International Standards Organization, Freescale Semiconductor aims to help auto makers meet the emerging safety mandate with a new system basic chip thatworks hand-in-hand with its Power Architecture.
Cellular grapples with spectrum scarcity News & Analysis 6/21/2012 3 comments The industry urgently needs to rally around an effort to find more spectrum and set standards for emerging broadband antennas, said speakers in the overheated mobile data market.
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.