What Siemens' Mentor Buy Means to IC Designers
News & Analysis 12/6/2016 1 comment
Ever since Siemens’ plan to acquire Mentor Graphics became public, many in the semiconductor industry have been parsing its implications. We caught up with Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics and Chuck Grindstaff, executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software.
Harman 'Heads Up' with Navdy Deal
News & Analysis 12/6/2016 Post a comment
Harman, soon to be acquired by Samsung, has partnered with Navdy for their co-branded heads-up display (HUD) devices. Navdy’s team — many are Apple alumni — is armed with expertise ranging from computer vision to optics and machine learning.
Can Intel Win Auto Brain Chip Race?
News & Analysis 11/30/2016 11 comments
Can Intel take the checkered flag in the race for a brain chip in the automotive market? 18 months ago, the answer would have been… not so fast. The odds were bleak. That narrative, however, is beginning to change.
Intel Snags Exec from ARM to Run IoT
News & Analysis 11/29/2016 7 comments
Intel will separate its nascent automotive team from the company’s IoT group. Previously, Intel’s IoT and automotive teams were bundled together under one big IoT tent. Intel also named ex-ARM executive Tom Lantzsch to head the company’s IoT branch.
MediaTek Entering Automobile SoCs
News & Analysis 11/29/2016 1 comment
MediaTek announced its first products for the automobile market. The earliest version of the SoCs, slated for launch in Q1 in 2017, will support vision-based ADAS, high-precision millimeter wave radar, in-vehicle infotainment and telematics.
DSRC No Dead End, Says Autotalks CTO
News & Analysis 11/28/2016 1 comment
Vehicle-to-X communications (V2X) hold the promise of more safety, better traffic flow, and, in certain applications like platooning, significantly better fuel efficiency. Despite such benefits, there is a dissent about the underlying technology.
Renesas Bounces Back, But How High?
News & Analysis 11/22/2016 Post a comment
Japan’s once ailing Renesas Electronics has been blessed -- unintentionally -- by NXP’s recent acquisition of Freescale. In an exclusive interview, Renesas executive explained the company’s recent rise, its plan for a new embedded vision SoC billed as Mobileye alternative
10 Cool Discoveries at Japan Embedded
News & Analysis 11/18/2016 Post a comment
The Embedded Technology 2016 showcased a ton of embedded boards, each with a clear focus on how to enable ‘low power’ and ‘embedded’ IoT devices. Highlights include deep learning coming to embedded boards, emergence of smarter IoT building blocks.
ST's Bozotti on 'Back-to-Silicon' Differentiation
News & Analysis 11/17/2016 Post a comment
Carlo Bozotti, CEO of STMicroelectronics NV, has presided over a difficult period in the chip company's history as he first put together the ST-Ericsson mobile processors joint venture and then had to engineer ST's exit from what had became an ill-fated project. But now the write-offs, reorganizations and product phase outs are just about behind the company and it is starting to resume growth. EE Times Europe interviewed Bozotti at a bustling Electronica in Munich.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
News & Analysis 11/17/2016 Post a comment
The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
3D Printed Buses Here
News & Analysis 11/16/2016 8 comments
Local Motors has been a solution looking for a problem since its inception, but may have finally hit the nail on the head with its Olli substitute for traditional transit systems at just 20% of their cost, but with more convenience, faster times and free-ride driverless capabilities.
DSRC’s ‘Dead End,’ Says Qualcomm Exec
News & Analysis 11/15/2016 5 comments
As carmakers learn more about highly automated vehicles, they no longer dismiss the idea of V2X. But the radio war between DSC and LTE camps continues. Qualcomm’s takeover of NXP isn’t making the path to V2X any clearer.
Samsung's Naked Auto Desire: $8B Harman Buy
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 4 comments
Within the last 24 hours, two global conglomerates announced M&A deals in the automotive tech field. Samsung will pay $8 billion for the U.S. car technology group Harman, while Siemens agreed to acquire Mentor Graphics in $4.5 billion deal.
Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5B Deal
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 14 comments
Siemens agreed to buy Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion deal. Europe’s largest industrial conglomerate has been beefing up its industrial software capabilities, sees Mentor’s tools as critical for developing “smart” and “connected” products -- including autonomous vehicles.
Xilinx to Dive in Hyperscale Race
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 Post a comment
Xilinx is pursuing Altera (Intel), who took an early lead in the hyperscale computing by getting designed into Microsoft’s hyperscale acceleration fabric. Xilinx also goes after the inference side of machine learning where it believes it can beat Nvidia.
Rohde & Schwarz Show Test System for Remote Keyless Entry Systems
News & Analysis 11/11/2016 Post a comment
At electronica 2016, Rohde & Schwarz is presenting a universal solution for testing vehicle keys and the associated electronic control units with their various wireless technologies. Thanks to the modular and scalable approach, the test system can be used to test at the printed board and device level in all product phases -- from development to product qualification to mass production.
IoT: What NXP Has, What Qualcomm Lacks
News & Analysis 11/8/2016 1 comment
A new Modular IoT Gateway NXP announced at Electronica demonstrates the compmany's strong presence in the industrial IoT market, its unmatched expertise in IoT security and the company’s broad MCU portfolio — areas in which Qualcomm seems to trail NXP.
NXP Drives Truck Platooning
News & Analysis 11/7/2016 4 comments
NXP believes there’s no better place than truck “platooning” to demonstrate the merits of autonomous driving, as it can showcase its latest advances in autonomous technology in a realistic application.
Comma.ai Fiasco Leaves None Unscathed
News & Analysis 11/3/2016 12 comments
The comma.ai incident exposes the contentious intersection between Silicon Valley companies with untested technologies and established carmakers who may have already won the trust of regulators. The hitch is that these old-line companies now also have untested autonomous-driving technologies.
Intel, Qualcomm Head for Car Clash
News & Analysis 11/1/2016 1 comment
As Qualcomm, after its NXP takeover, becomes a $35 billion behemoth and morphs into the world’s largest automotive chip vendor, expect rivalry between Qualcomm vs. Intel to escalate.
The two giants will lock horns in fast-moving highly automated vehicles.
Ford & QNX Bypass Tier 1 Middlemen
News & Analysis 10/31/2016 1 comment
BlackBerry Limited announced Monday an agreement with Ford Motor Company, under which the automotive giant will expand its use of BlackBerry’s QNX and its security software in Ford vehicles.
Making Lithium-Ion Batteries Fireproof
News & Analysis 10/31/2016 Post a comment
Lithium ion batteries are indispensable as energy source for millions of electronic devices as well as for electromobility. Their drawback: They are not overly safe in that they are easily inflammable – we remember the recent wave of headlines about burning smartphones from Samsung. In a joint research effort, the University of Ferrara and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have found a way to tame the batteries.
Eye-Catching Chronocam Grabs $15M Series B
News & Analysis 10/31/2016 Post a comment
Chronocam AS (Paris, France) is a startup company that develops vision sensors and systems for machine vision based on an asynchronous pixel sensor technology, has obtained $15 million in Series B funding.
$35B Qualcomm Question: What Next?
News & Analysis 10/28/2016 11 comments
Now that Qualcomm has announced its NXP acquisition, it’s time to examine the deal’s potential consequences. Qualcomm, $35 billion chip company, will affect both the combined companies’ internal operations and competitors on the market -- especially in the automotive segment.
Do Automakers Still See Hackers as a Hoax?
News & Analysis 10/27/2016 5 comments
Earlier this week, when the Department of Transportation laid out cybersecurity guidance for carmakers, U.S. Transportation Secretary called cybersecurity “a safety issue.” The latest survey, however, found that automakers still haven’t made cybersecurity a priority in vehicle development.
Cadence Breaks Down Automotive ISO 26262
News & Analysis 10/26/2016 Post a comment
As automakers start adding more and more ADAS features, the complexity of software code and SoCs deployed inside vehicles has been skyrocketing. Chip suppliers are under tremendous pressure to prove the functional safety of their products.
V2X Radio War Still Smoldering in China, Europe
News & Analysis 10/25/2016 2 comments
The battle over radios for connected cars is hardly over. For the cellular industry, V2X is a nice-to-have “feature” for its networks. But V2X advocates see it a life-saving system ready for deployment by using IEEE 802.11p.
Movidius to Push AI at Edge of Network
News & Analysis 10/24/2016 1 comment
Movidius has partnered with China’s Hikvision to penetrate artificial intelligence deeper into surveillance cameras. Movidius CEO Remi El-Ouazzane says deploying AI at network edge is massive trend.
Germany Hits Tesla, Raises Bigger Issues
News & Analysis 10/17/2016 16 comments
The German Transport Minister requested Tesla to stop advertising its EV’s Autopilot function. The question is whether this is a result of concerted efforts by German automakers “looking for a way to ‘clip Tesla’s wings,’ asked one analyst.
V2X Mandate: It’s Now Or Never
News & Analysis 10/13/2016 12 comments
Connected Car proponents insist that the V2X mandate should be issued in the last 100 days of the Obama administration. Without the federal government’s commitment, they warn that V2X might never come to fruition in the United States.
Daimler: First to Go Wireless Charging
News & Analysis 10/12/2016 6 comments
The upcoming 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e will become the first commercially available plug-in hybrid featuring Qualcomm’ wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology.
Achronix Brings eFPGA IP to SoC
News & Analysis 10/11/2016 6 comments
Achronix has declared that the embedded FPGA — which chip designers can simply drop into their own SoC designs with wire-to-wire connections — is no longer a pipe dream. It’s here and shipping, said Steve Mensor, Achronix executive.
Infineon Acquires LidarExpertise Through Innoluce Takeover
News & Analysis 10/11/2016 Post a comment
With the takeover of Dutch fabless MEMS company Innoluce is Infineon complementing its sensor assortment for the booming market of technology for automated driving? Innoluce’s expertise will help Infineon to close its gap in the future-prone field of lidar sensors.
Startup Digs Deep Learning, Snags Big Backers
News & Analysis 10/6/2016 3 comments
ThinCI, architecture designer for deep learning graph analysis, has come out of stealth mode. The startup picked up Denso and Magna as its investors, while Dadi Perlmutter, former Intel executive vp is giving the startup’s technology a thumbs-up.
NXP Pushes Hardware Isolation in i.MX8
News & Analysis 10/5/2016 4 comments
In response to the growing demand for advanced HMI, NXP launches new apps processors dubbed i.MX8. Its beauty lies in the safety and reliability inherent in its architecture. It comes with built-in hardware-based virtualization and domain protection.