DRAMs Back in Black News & Analysis 10/18/2013 7 comments Dynamic random access memory business posts higher profits again after a three-year slump.
Brain Implants Near Milestone News & Analysis 10/16/2013 28 comments NeuroPace is close to approval for the first brain implant that listens to, then acts, on brain activity -- a milestone in the rising field of neural electronics.
Applied Materials Hawks Metal-Oxide Displays News & Analysis 10/16/2013 6 comments The ultra-high-res displays of the future are switching to metal oxide thin-film transistors, prompting Applied Materials to release chemical vapor deposition and physical vapor deposition systems specialized for producing metal-oxide backplanes.
MEMS Enables Personal Crash Detector News & Analysis 10/15/2013 6 comments Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) are enabling whole new categories of wearable electronics, here an emergency-locator beacon that measures the concussive force of an impact to a sports helmet and notifies emergency personnel in the case of unconsciousness.
Metrology: The Turtle of Engineering News & Analysis 10/14/2013 8 comments We usually think of electronics as a quickly-moving industry, but that's not always so. One area that is notoriously slow moving is metrology, the science of measurement.
Perfect iPad Add-On for Engineers Uses MEMS News & Analysis 10/11/2013 11 comments Kickstarter project leverages MEMS magnetometers from STMicroelectronics to create iSketchnote, an iPad cover that tracks a passive pen with a permanent magnet as the user draws on plain paper.
MEMS-Enabled Electronic Nose Is Nothing to Sneeze At News & Analysis 10/8/2013 9 comments The world's first MEMS vacuum pump is enabling laboratory-bound mass spectrometers to be downsized to handheld size for homeland security, environmental monitoring, and even smartphone detectors of everything from disease to air quality.
Mobile IC Vendors to Alter Automotive SoC Market News & Analysis 10/8/2013 5 comments The rise and fall of smartphone SoC companies has become intricately intertwined with the future of automotive chip suppliers. Many automotive IC companies are racing to dominate the fast-growing segment of in-vehicle infotainment SoCs.
Mike Noonen, GloFo Executive VP, Resigns News & Analysis 10/7/2013 19 comments Mike Noonen has resigned from his position as the executive vice president at GlobalFoundries. Noonen was responsible for global products, design, sales, and marketing at the world’s second largest foundry.
Intel Quark Rides Arduino News & Analysis 10/3/2013 19 comments Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich appeared on the Maker Faire Rome stage to show an Arduino-compatible board using Intel's new Quark processor.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times