Parrot Takes Instant 3D Mapping to the Sky News & Analysis 3/4/2015 Post a comment On Nvidia's booth at embedded world, a robot arm was swinging a stereo camera assembly, in a drone-like fashion, demonstrating Parrot’s software capabilities to turn cheap stereovision into real-time 3D mapping using nVidia’s Jetson TK1 development kit.
NXP CEO: ‘Security, IoT, Cars’ Drove Freescale Deal News & Analysis 3/3/2015 1 comment NXP CEO spoke with on the overlapping businesses with Freescale, once the merger goes through. Products that don’t belong to NXP’s focus on “security and connectivity with a smarter world” are Freescale’s network processors and NXP’s standard products.
Spansion Adds RAM to HyperBus News & Analysis 3/2/2015 Post a comment Combination of new HyperRAM and HyperFlash connected to a common HyperBus interface reduces pin counts and means smaller packages for use in automotive and Internet of Things devices
NXP, Freescale: Bigger Not Better News & Analysis 3/2/2015 13 comments The proposed merger of NXP and Freescale creates a embedded chip vendor that is significantly bigger than most, but not all, its rivals and not substantially different.
Freescale Unveils Vision SoC for Accident-Free Cars News & Analysis 3/2/2015 Post a comment Freescale has unveiled an automotive vision system-on-chip. Besides advanced vision algorithms and sensor data fusion features, the new SoC provides protection against external wireless attacks, a much needed feature in the era of “Connected Cars.”
NXP, Freescale Plan Mega Merger News & Analysis 3/1/2015 19 comments NXP bid to acquire Freescale to create a $10 billion embedded chip giant that would be a world leader in automotive chips and microcontrollers.
Tessera Buys Smart Sensors for Iris Recognition News & Analysis 2/26/2015 Post a comment FotoNation Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of chip packaging company Tessera Technologies Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has acquired Smart Sensors Ltd. (Bath, England), a developer of iris recognition biometric technology.
Radar Can't Spot Mystery Drones over Paris News & Analysis 2/26/2015 4 comments Unidentified drones were spotted in the skies above Paris two nights in a row this week. The French authorities don’t know who is controlling them, the number of drones involved, or even if they were all coordinated.
5 Trends to Watch at Mobile World Congress News & Analysis 2/25/2015 4 comments Anything and everything in the world that demands wireless connectivity – cars, phones, homes, retail transactions, factories, buildings, wearables, public transportation systems, you name it – is descending upon the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona.
Parrot Spins Positive on FAA Drone Draft News & Analysis 2/23/2015 2 comments We talked with Yannick Levy, vice president of Parrot (Paris), to find out how the FAA’s draft drone rules are viewed in Europe, and where the focus of the drone debate will move next.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High News & Analysis 2/18/2015 12 comments Under the FAA’s proposed rules, gone are such antiquated rules as [drone] operators must be “licensed pilots.” Intact are “see and avoid” principles; must fly within line of sight of the operator.
Volvo Cars Share Road-Condition Info in the Cloud News & Analysis 2/13/2015 Post a comment In a joint project, carmaker Volvo and the Swedish and Norwegian public agencies combine V2X communications and cloud-based data storage and processing. The purpose: spreading information about hazardous road condition as quickly as possible.
Nvidia Envisions Self-Driving Cars News & Analysis 2/13/2015 1 comment Automotive and mobile gaming were growth areas for graphics processor company Nvidia in 2014; Nvidia sees Tegra X1 and deep learning leading way to self-driving cars.
Rear Axle Becomes Steerable… by Wire News & Analysis 2/11/2015 3 comments In an innovative approach to automotive kinematics, ZF Friedrichshafen, which recently took over mechatronic systems supplier TRW Automotive, introduces a steerable rear axle design in which decisive elements are controlled by software.
ST Extends MEMS Pilot Line Project News & Analysis 2/10/2015 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV is set to benefit from an extension of the Lab4MEMS pilot project that has been agreed by the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) Joint Undertaking (JU), a public-private partnership in nanoelectronics.
Scalable Electric Powertrain Targets Utility Vehicles News & Analysis 2/5/2015 Post a comment While electromobility gains traction, the development of commercial vehicles with electric powetrain lags. Their powertrain is just too expensive, clumsy and heavy. Fraunhofer researchers addressed this problem with an optimized axle module with integrated motor.
CMOS Image Sensor Market on 10.6% CAGR News & Analysis 2/2/2015 Post a comment The rapid uptake of CMOS image sensors in automotive applications has raised the predicted growth rate for a market already transitioning with the rise of the smartphone, according to Yole Developpement.
SanDisk's Flash to Go Auto-Grade News & Analysis 2/2/2015 5 comments Now with its memory chips AEC-Q100 certified, SanDisk hopes to make automotive a strong focus, meeting the design and supply needs of Tier Ones and car OEMs.
Sony Joins FDSOI Club News & Analysis 1/30/2015 48 comments Sony Corp. revealed that the company’s next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip will use 28-nm Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator (FDSOI) process.
Rambus Readies Lensless Image Sensor Platform News & Analysis 1/30/2015 4 comments Intellectual property licensor Rambus is going to provide a "platform" for the maker community and others to use to experiment with its previously announced lensless image sensors, according to CEO Ron Black.
Connected Car: Dramatic Growth Ahead News & Analysis 1/28/2015 7 comments Market research and IT consultant firm Gartner predicts a dramatic growth in connected car sales — and many new business opportunities for hardware and software vendors.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So News & Analysis 1/28/2015 4 comments Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
Maxim Exits Consumer MEMS, Touch Sensors News & Analysis 1/27/2015 3 comments Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has decided to get out of consumer MEMS and consumer touch sensor markets and focus its sensor business on the automotive sensor. Meanwhile Maxim is making moves into wearable equipment, mainly with the provision of power management ICs.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety News & Analysis 1/22/2015 3 comments In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
CMOSIS Considering IPO News & Analysis 1/20/2015 Post a comment CMOSIS, a developer of advanced CMOS image sensors for applications in machine vision, digital cinema, aerospace, scientific and medical applications, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) of shares according to local newspaper De Tijd.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions News & Analysis 1/20/2015 43 comments Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
CES Chips Charge Wirelessly News & Analysis 1/12/2015 8 comments Wireless charging powered up International CES this year, with booths demonstrating multiple standards and charging methods across the conference’s multiple locations. Like many technologies at CES, wireless charging is at an inflection point.
Broadcom CEO: Life After LTE, 5G Cellular Exit News & Analysis 1/12/2015 14 comments Although Broadcom's connectivity business has been excellent, the company may face stiff competition from Chinese fabless companies that are licensing connectivity IP cores. We caught up with Broadcom CEO at CES.