Where Are We With Inattentive Driving? News & Analysis 2/4/2016 11 comments Distracted driving -- especially through the growing use of smartphones in vehicles -- is killing people on the road. Where are the technologies designed to combat the problem of inattentive or intoxicated driving?
Battery Innovations Power Electric Bike News & Analysis 2/3/2016 2 comments The coolest looking electric bicycle is powered by innovative battery technology developed inside a San Francisco garage. Occasionally called “the Tesla of electric bicycles,” Bolt Motorbikes uses a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery with more proprietary features than the electric vehicle company.
34 Automotive Startups to Watch News & Analysis 2/2/2016 2 comments The automotive sector has been going through something of a renaissance with automotive tech startups mushrooming at unprecedented speed. In collaboration with IHS Automotive’s analyst Egil Juliussen, we put together a list of 34 startups to watch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Qualcomm, TDK Prep $3bn RF Joint Venture News & Analysis 1/14/2016 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.
Cypress Unveils Traveo OTA Update MCUs News & Analysis 1/12/2016 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor Corp. rolled out the first series of Traveo MCUs with embedded flash on the 40nm process technology node, designed to enable mid-range to mass-market cars to implement over-the-air software updates.
Mobileye, Nvidia (and Others) Spar over Cars News & Analysis 1/11/2016 5 comments The field of autonomous driving technologies revealed its substantial expansion at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Mobileye’s new mapping technology is potentially “most dangerous,” cautioned CEVA CEO, as it can lock in car makers using Mobileye’s EyeQ chip.
ARM Exec’s Straight Car Talk at CES News & Analysis 1/7/2016 1 comment In a one-on-one interview with EE Times at the CES, Ian Drew, ARM’s executive vice president of marketing and business development, posed five questions that the automotive industry -- or the tech industry in general -- would rather not hear.
Sound of Silence Greets Ford-Google Deal News & Analysis 1/6/2016 1 comment The biggest news of Ford Motor’s press conference at the International Consumer Electronics Show turns out to be the announcement Ford didn’t make: A partnership deal with Google on self-driving cars. The company laid out a deal with Amazon and a vehicle-to-drone strategy.
Toyota Presses R&D, Hydrogen at CES News & Analysis 1/6/2016 8 comments The fully autonomous car is a long way from reality, says Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute. One reason: drivers aren't ready to "trust something they don't understand."
Qualcomm Adds Smartphone Power To Auto News & Analysis 1/5/2016 Post a comment Chip giant Qualcomm announced a new family of automotive processors and a design win at International CES. The company aims to shift the pace of development in the smartphone market to the automotive arena with modular designs.
Ford, Google Car Deal: Who Needs Whom News & Analysis 12/22/2015 4 comments Google and Ford Motor Co. are expected to announce a partnership deal at the CES. While the industry sees the deal inevitable, they point out enough differences in the two companies’ visions on ‘autonomous’ cars and liability.
7 Automotive Tech Vendors to Watch in 2016 News & Analysis 12/21/2015 6 comments The spotlight at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas will be shining blindingly on cars. EE Times has put together a list of automotive tech companies to watch for at CES and/or 2016.
TDK Grasps at Micronas News & Analysis 12/17/2015 Post a comment Magnet sensors apparently are about to assume a key role for industrial and automotive electronics applications: Electronics components manufacturer TDK has submitted a takeover bid for Swiss semiconductor Micronas who possesses significant expertise in this technology.
Apple Fab Buy: Biometrics, RF MEMS in Play? News & Analysis 12/17/2015 2 comments Apple’s recent purchase of an 8-inch R&D fab from Maxim has sent industry sources sleuthing for what the Cupertino, Calif. behemoth has up its sleeve now. Prototyping biometric sensors and/or RF switches is possible, speculated Semico Research analysts.
Software Upgradable Cars Launch Platform Race News & Analysis 12/16/2015 Post a comment By rolling out over-the-air autopilot features, Tesla Motors changed the conversation around automobiles in 2015, or that Nvidia caught a ride on Tesla’s coattails. How do NXP and Renesas plan to compete in the new automotive CPU platform?
Inside NXP Merger: Dos & Don'ts News & Analysis 12/9/2015 7 comments The first instinct for anyone working at chip companies about to go through mergers and acquisitions would be understandably to assume the worst: There goes your job. What should be your next step?
Scope, Not Scale, Drives Freescale/NXP Nuptials News & Analysis 12/7/2015 2 comments As NXP and Freescale completed a merger Monday, NXP CEO Rick Clemmer declined to answer a question about the number of layoffs likely to ensue. The CEO said he won’t yet know absolute numbers for a few months.
Bosch to Focus on Cloud for Connected Car Services News & Analysis 12/4/2015 Post a comment Automotive supplier Robert Bosch group has announced to develop cloud-based services for the connected car, such as real-time traffic data or infrastructure data. In contrast to its competitors, Bosch offers two different types of gateways for the Internet connection. For the car-to-x technology, Bosch’s strategy might have interesting consequences.
French Startup Plugs Smartglasses into Bikers' Helmets News & Analysis 12/4/2015 Post a comment 2015's Paris Motorcycle Show held Portes de Versailles was, well, full of shiny bikes. But one exhibit that really caught our eye was the in-retina display plug-in helmet accessory that Eye-Lights co-founders Romain Duflot (CEO) and Thomas De Saintignon (CTO) were demonstrating at the Motoblouz stand.
What Freescale-NXP Merger Can Teach Us News & Analysis 12/3/2015 4 comments As new NXP, conceived in a merger with Freescale, approaches its day of birth – next Monday, the crucial issue posed by a combined entity $10 billion in revenue is its impact on the competitive landscape in the semiconductor market.
Energy Harvesting For High Power News & Analysis 12/1/2015 Post a comment It’s taking a while to sow the seeds for energy harvesting. While much industry focus may be on powering the Internet of Things, the future may be bigger for energy harvesting.
Bill Gates Backs Multi-Billion Dollar Clean Tech Initiative News & Analysis 12/1/2015 Post a comment A public-private partnership for clean energy research and development kicked off the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris today. Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced that he would donate $2 billion over the next five years to the newly formed Mission Innovation.
Driven by IEEE Standards, Ethernet Hits the Road in 2016 News & Analysis 12/1/2015 2 comments A new trend emerging in the automotive market in 2016 is the migration of Ethernet, a tried-and-true computer network technology, into connected cars. The proliferation of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features in many vehicles is also expected to expand Ethernet use.
NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle News & Analysis 11/26/2015 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the sale of its RF power amplifier business to Chinese state-controlled Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.
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