NXP Outlines Autonomous Vehicle Advances News & Analysis 2/1/2016 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors has been working with Google on self-driving cars and has interesting progress to report. Speaking in the plenary session of the 63rd International Solid State Circuits Conference, officials said facsimiles of self-driving cars are already on the road.
Russians' Report Memristors News & Analysis 1/29/2016 2 comments Marvin Minsky, inventor of the Perceptron, may have died, but Russian scientists report they've made the first polymer memristor based Perceptron come alive.
Why Opt For Chip Stack, FD-SOI in Image Sensors? News & Analysis 1/28/2016 2 comments Before stampeding to FD-SOI for CMOS image censors (CIS), a few key questions need answering: How big is the CIS market? Why chip stacking in CIS? Why use FD-SOI? We asked Yole Développement to help us break it down.
FDSOI Carries on Despite ST Re-org, Says COO News & Analysis 1/28/2016 6 comments STMicroelectronics' withdrawal from the set-top-box business and the transfer of engineers to microcontroller and digital automotive work will not stop the adoption of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) manufacturing process, according to Jean-Marc Chery, ST's chief operating officer.
VC Funding Up, Investing Down in Q4'15 News & Analysis 1/27/2016 Post a comment Dow Jones Venture Source announced figures for venture capital funding in the fourth quarter of 2015. Fundraising rose sharply while the number of funds remained the even, though investments in U.S.-based companies decreased.
Set-Top Era Over, Says FCC News & Analysis 1/27/2016 14 comments The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced a proposal to force pay-TV operators to adopt open formats so any systems or software developer can access their content.
Developing The Perfect IoT Battery News & Analysis 1/27/2016 Post a comment The ideal battery for IoT applications would favor energy density over power density, while minimizing battery self-discharge. An excellent battery technology for such applications is lithium thionyl chloride.
ST Exits Set-Top Box Chip Biz, Plans Layoffs News & Analysis 1/27/2016 1 comment STMicroelectronics NV has said it will stop developing products for the set-top box and home gateway markets and plans to lay off up to 1,400 workers out of its total headcount of more than 43,000.
Google's Deep Learning Comes to Movidius News & Analysis 1/27/2016 Post a comment Google will buy Movidius vision processing chips and license the entire Movidius software development environment. Google's goal is to expand its machine intelligence technology beyond the data center, by bringing it to mobile devices.
India Preps RISC-V Processors News & Analysis 1/27/2016 34 comments An India government lab expects to get up to $45 million to develop a 64-bit RISC-V microprocessor, while a team of academics is developing similar chips released as open source.
SMIC to Benefit from $3 Billion Investment News & Analysis 1/26/2016 2 comments The Shanghai Integrated Circuit Investment Fund (SICIF) has announced a plan to invest 20 billion yuan (about $3 billion) in foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and two other Shanghai-based chip manufacturers, according to a Moody's Investors Service report.
Create a Cardboard Energy Harvester News & Analysis 1/26/2016 26 comments École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland has invented a cardboard energy harvester suitable for wireless push-button switches and other similar applications.
High-Temperature Electronics Operate at 300°C News & Analysis 1/25/2016 2 comments Sensors and actuators in industrial applications are increasingly deployed in environments with high temperatures. In the joint R&D project HOT 300, five Fraunhofer institutes have developed a number of basic technology components for high-temperature microsystems.
Qualcomm, TDK Prep $3bn RF Joint Venture News & Analysis 1/25/2016 Post a comment Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) and TDK Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) have agreed to form a joint venture – RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. – to deliver radio frequency modules and filters for multiple applications, including IoT, drones, robotics and automotive electronics.
Chip Stacks Take New Tacks News & Analysis 1/25/2016 4 comments Chip stacks will be key to advances in semiconductors, but in logic TSVs are waning while fan-out techniques and SiPs are on the rise.
Philips' $3 billion Lumileds Deal Blocked by US News & Analysis 1/25/2016 Post a comment Royal Philips (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has announced that a deal to sell an 80.1 percent interest in Lumileds, a vendor of LED-based lighting, has been terminated, because of concerns within the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Toshiba to Gut Chip Biz Sans NAND News & Analysis 1/22/2016 2 comments Toshiba Corp. has decided to gut the company’s semiconductor business—except for its NAND flash memory products, Japan’s economic newspaper Nikkei reported Saturday morning.
Security Outlook Bleak, Improving News & Analysis 1/22/2016 1 comment The rise of the Internet of Things with more devices and data means many more security breaches are ahead but so are more secure SoCs, said an expert at DesignCon.
IoT Shoots for the Stars News & Analysis 1/21/2016 1 comment Arrayent, the inventor of the Connect Platform for Internet of Things brands such as Whirlpool, Pentair, Maytag Commercial Laundry, LiftMaster, and more just landed $15 million in Series C funding.
Sony To Use FD-SOI in Stacked Image Sensors News & Analysis 1/21/2016 4 comments At the FD-SOI Forum held here Thursday, the biggest FD-SOI news, which surfaced as chatter during coffee breaks at the Forum, is that Sony is looking to use FD-SOI for image signal processor on chip stack CMOS Image Sensors.
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future News & Analysis 1/21/2016 9 comments The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Microchip Signs to Buy Atmel News & Analysis 1/20/2016 2 comments Microcontroller, analog and flash memory IC vendor Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) has agreed to buy Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) for about $3.56 billion and Dialog Semiconductor, previously set to buy Atmel, has been paid a $137.3 million termination fee.
Intel Protege Pitches Wireless SoC for IoT News & Analysis 1/20/2016 Post a comment Fabless chip company Telink Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China) has launched the TLSR8269 a system-on-chip intended to provide low power wireless connection for the Internet of Things applications in the smart home.
Wireless Brain Sensor Monitors Then Dissolves News & Analysis 1/19/2016 Post a comment A team of researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created implantable electronic sensors that can measure intracranial pressure and temperature before being absorbed into the body.
Intel Thwarts Hackers News & Analysis 1/19/2016 4 comments Intel has secretly built hardware into its 6th Generation vPro Core processors that it claims guarantee uncrackable authentication plus the ability up to share your screen with any WiDi equipped display in the world.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments