Video Compression Feels a Pinch
News & Analysis 6/30/2016 6 comments
Clouds surround digital video with compression gains currently falling far short, but Microsoft and Google shared promising work on augmented reality and royalty-free codecs.
UL Bringing ‘Adult Supervision’ to IoT--Really?
News & Analysis 6/29/2016 2 comments
In early April when UL launched its new cybersecurity standard, dubbed UL 2900, reactions from the IoT market were split. Three months later, is it proving an extra burden or a benefit to the IoT community?
BASF Sells Its OLED IP to Universal Display
News & Analysis 6/29/2016 Post a comment
US-based Universal Display Corporation announced it has acquired the OLED intellectual property assets of German chemical company BASF SE, through its wholly-owned subsidiary UDC Ireland Limited for approximately €87 million.
Google Fellow Talks Neural Nets, Deep Learning
News & Analysis 6/28/2016 2 comments
We are already living with deep learning and large-scale neural networks, as evidenced by the growing number of applications that rely on computer vision, language understanding, robotics and more. Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean discusses what he wants most from neural networks and machine learning.
PCIe 4.0 Heads to Fab, 5.0 to Lab
News & Analysis 6/28/2016 2 comments
Chips using PCI Express 4.0 are preparing to tape out although the spec isn’t done; work a 5.0 version will start next year targeting 16 or 32 Gbits/second.
How Do You Update 1 Billion IoT Devices?
News & Analysis 6/27/2016 5 comments
IoT devices need over-the-air firmware and software updates, but that must be done quickly and securely. Resin.io, which just got $9 million in funding from GE Ventures, Ericsson and others, thinks it has answers to such hard IoT problems.
Brexit Ripples Through Tech Community
News & Analysis 6/27/2016 18 comments
UK voters gave a thumbs up for leaving the European Union, generating concerns in the tech community over the ease of finding jobs and potential company relocations.
Atmel Employees Sue, Protest Microchip
News & Analysis 6/22/2016 7 comments
Former employees of Atmel in Dresden are suing Microchip for severance while a group in the U.S. is negotiating for similar benefits and a team in Shanghai protested layoffs.
Zero Power Listen-Mode Sensor Debuts
News & Analysis 6/22/2016 4 comments
An acoustic “event-detection” device like Vesper’s new piezoelectric MEMS microphone uses sound energy to wake a system from full power-down mode, thus enabling battery life of a system embedded with the sensor to span not months but years.
Researchers Develop Reliable Rechargable Zinc Battery
News & Analysis 6/21/2016 4 comments
Researchers from Stanford University and Toyota developed a novel battery design for grid-scale energy storage. The battery has electrodes made of zinc and nickel, inexpensive metals, which are available commercially but few are rechargeable.
FCC Will Vote on 5G Spectrum on July 14
News & Analysis 6/21/2016 Post a comment
FCC will vote July 14 on new rules to open up high-band spectrum for high-speed, low-latency 5G wireless applications. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler vowed US will be “first out of gate” with 5G.
Intel Xeon Phi Solos
News & Analysis 6/20/2016 2 comments
Intel announced range of stand-alone bootable Xeon Phi processors with from 64-to-72 processors running at up to 1.5-GHz for low-power consumption, 16-Gbytes of 3-D memory, and high-performance computing orchestration for deep learning algorithms.
China Tops U.S. in Supercomputers
News & Analysis 6/20/2016 5 comments
China built the world’s most powerful supercomputer with chips it designed itself and topped the U.S. for the first time in the number and performance of installed systems.
Daimler Gets Electrified
News & Analysis 6/17/2016 Post a comment
Luxury carmaker Daimler intends to add an electric version to all of its model families and develop a specific vehicle architecture for battery-electric cars. Its existing GLC model will be expanded by a new version that combines the fuel cell and the plug-in hybrid approach.
Bluetooth Steps Beyond PAN
News & Analysis 6/17/2016 12 comments
With Bluetooth 5 and mesh chips the former personal area network will extend its reach in home and building automation, challenging Zigbee.
ASML Buys Hermes for $3.1B
News & Analysis 6/16/2016 1 comment
ASML will spend $3.1 billion to buy Hermes Microvision for its e-beam tools that support the roll out of extreme ultraviolet lithography.
Cavium Buys QLogic for $1B
News & Analysis 6/15/2016 2 comments
Cavium will expand from a range of security, comms and server processors and switches into storage and networking with the acquisition for $1 billion of Qlogic.
Mobileye Chief Engineer Explains EyeQ5
News & Analysis 6/15/2016 Post a comment
We followed up with Mobileye on what’s inside EyeQ5, and why now. Our discussion ranged from architecture of a driverless car in 2020 to accelerators in the SoC and Google’s recently unveiled custom ASIC for machine learning.