SpaceX 3D Prints Rocket Thruster News & Analysis 5/30/2014 16 comments Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) certified ready for space travel the world's first rocket thruster to be fabricated on a 3D printer.
Intel, You Can Drive My Car News & Analysis 5/30/2014 32 comments Recognizing that the car, once a mechanical device, is rapidly becoming a software-intensive system, Intel unveils a comprehensive plan to help automakers and car OEMs prepare for a future that includes, eventually, self-driving.
Renesas May Sell LCD Chip Unit to Synaptics News & Analysis 5/28/2014 3 comments The Japanese semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics reportedly plans to sell its majority stake in Renesas SP Drivers, its LCD chip joint venture with Sharp and Powerchip Group, to the mobile device chip provider Synaptics.
B'com Powers 3 Wireless Charging Approaches News & Analysis 5/28/2014 3 comments Hoping to further interest in wireless charging among mainstream mobile consumers, Broadcom introduced a multi-standard smartphone charging chip. The new chi[ puts the Association for Wireless Power resonant standard on the forefront while allowing for inductive specifications as well.
Who Owns the Space Above Your Garden? News & Analysis 5/27/2014 23 comments Following the European Commission's recent announcement that it would harmonize legislation regarding unmanned drones, EE Times Europe caught up with Yannick Levy, Parrot's Vice President of Corporate Business Development with a close eye on both professional and hobbyist drones.
Parallel NOR Delivers Performance SPI Can't News & Analysis 5/27/2014 2 comments The focus of systems designers is usually on reducing cost and power consumption by using serial flash, but many automotive and embedded applications require the high performance of a parallel interface.
Roombots Self-Assemble into Furniture News & Analysis 5/23/2014 12 comments Modular robots called Roombots combine with passive parts to shape-change into different types of furniture at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL--Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne)
Analog Devices Posts Strong Fiscal Q2 News & Analysis 5/23/2014 3 comments Analog, mixed-signal, and DSP vendor Analog Devices posted strong second-quarter results on strength in all of its key market sectors, including industrial, automotive, and communications, which accounted for 89% of revenue.
Microchip Buys Taiwan’s ISSC Tech News & Analysis 5/22/2014 3 comments Microchip Technology Inc. makes a $328.5 million deal to acquire Taiwanese fabless chip company ISSC Technologies Corp., which sells Bluetooth chips aimed at the growing IoT sector.
HP Plans 16,000 More Layoffs News & Analysis 5/22/2014 21 comments Hewlett-Packard stunned analysts with plans to lay off 16,000 more employees, but execs insisted the company is on the road back.
Power Week: Toyota Develops SiC Transistor, Structural Supercap & More News & Analysis 5/22/2014 1 comment Toyota unveils an in-house-developed SiC power semiconductor to increase hybrid vehicle efficiency, a structural supercap that handles stresses and vibrations without affecting performance, a supercap charger/backup controller IC, and a high-voltage/high-current connector for commercial vehicles.
Get Free Test & Measurement Software News & Analysis 5/21/2014 4 comments There's plenty of free software available in the form of applications add-ons, drivers, and open-source. Help us compile our list of free T&M software by telling us what you use.
Smartphones Take Large LCDs out of the Game News & Analysis 5/21/2014 4 comments The effects of the penetration of portable smart devices has brought LCD monitor shipments to an historical 10-year low in the 1Q14, reports NPD DisplaySearch in its "Quarterly Desktop Monitor Shipment and Forecast Report."
Patent Reform? Experts Say No News & Analysis 5/21/2014 22 comments A handful of papers presented at a Stanford symposium conclude the US patent system does not need reform, despite broad calls for change.
Broadcom Rides Bluetooth to IoT News & Analysis 5/21/2014 3 comments Broadcom is shipping new Bluetooth Smart SoCs for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices developer platform. The company hopes to make integrated Bluetooth, integrated security, and resonant wireless charging a mainstay in the Internet of Things.
Rohde & Schwarz Joins M2M Alliance News & Analysis 5/20/2014 1 comment By Joining the M2M Alliance, Rohde & Schwarz moves into a burgeoning area where machine will communicate directly with each other, using wireless technologies.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars News & Analysis 5/20/2014 18 comments Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Terahertz Detectors Go Handheld News & Analysis 5/19/2014 Post a comment Terahertz detectors have been downsized from those giant machines you walk through at the airport to palm size in professor Jay Guo's lab at University of Michigan.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision News & Analysis 5/16/2014 5 comments A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
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.