Zero Power Listen-Mode Sensor Debuts News & Analysis 6/22/2016 3 comments An acoustic “event-detection” device like Vesper’s new piezoelectric MEMS microphone uses sound energy to wake a system from full power-down mode, thus enabling battery life of a system embedded with the sensor to span not months but years.
FCC Will Vote on 5G Spectrum on July 14 News & Analysis 6/21/2016 Post a comment FCC will vote July 14 on new rules to open up high-band spectrum for high-speed, low-latency 5G wireless applications. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler vowed US will be “first out of gate” with 5G.
Daimler Gets Electrified News & Analysis 6/17/2016 Post a comment Luxury carmaker Daimler intends to add an electric version to all of its model families and develop a specific vehicle architecture for battery-electric cars. Its existing GLC model will be expanded by a new version that combines the fuel cell and the plug-in hybrid approach.
Mobileye Chief Engineer Explains EyeQ5 News & Analysis 6/15/2016 Post a comment We followed up with Mobileye on what’s inside EyeQ5, and why now. Our discussion ranged from architecture of a driverless car in 2020 to accelerators in the SoC and Google’s recently unveiled custom ASIC for machine learning.
MIT's Phase-Locked Laser Array Yields Better Beam News & Analysis 6/14/2016 Post a comment Researchers from MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have demonstrated a natural phase-locking mechanism of closely integrated nanolasers, showing that the typically unwanted lateral emissions could contribute to a long-range global coupling of all the lasers in the 2D array.
Hella Jumps to 77GHz Radar News & Analysis 6/14/2016 1 comment Automotive supplier Hella KGaA has announced a new 77GHz radar sensor that for the company represents a second pillar besides the proven 24GHz technology. Inside the sensor, we find NXP’s RF CMOS radar chip that opens up the perspective to new application options for automotive radar.
STMicroelectronics Seeks Revival News & Analysis 6/14/2016 5 comments STMicroelectronics has changed in recent years. In the past five months alone, ST exited some of its biggest business, had less-than-stellar financial results, and is taking on behemoth NXP for dominance in automotive microcontrollers. But where is this sometimes struggling company going?
The Road Ahead For AI in Cars News & Analysis 6/14/2016 8 comments AI is seen as an enabler for ‘real’ autonomous cars. We asked an IHS analyst to break down automotive AI, including its advancements, applications inside vehicles, and the hardware available to process AI algorithms.
SIA Expects Chip Sales to Fall News & Analysis 6/8/2016 Post a comment Semiconductor industry trade group joins chorus of market watchers in predicting that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016 in the face of sluggish demand and macroeconomic headwinds.
Can Rambus Hack Auto Cyber-Security? News & Analysis 6/7/2016 Post a comment Over-the-Air vehicle updates and cyber-security for connected cars are two closely intertwined, red-hot issues in Detroit. Rambus is diving into the field--presumably at an opportune moment in partnership with Movimento, a leader in automotive reflash services.
SRAM Defies Doomsday Predictions News & Analysis 6/6/2016 Post a comment Automotive and Internet of Things continue to present new opportunities for SRAM, particularly where low power consumption is a key requirement, while older devices with long life spans need EOL support
Got Self-Driving Architecture? Show Me News & Analysis 6/3/2016 17 comments Despite Nvidia, Mobile and NXP talking about their autonomous car platforms, do carmakers already know what their self-driving car architecture will be in 2020? “They don’t. At least, not yet," says Kalray's CEO.
FDSOI Grabs European Money for IoT News & Analysis 6/1/2016 Post a comment Globalfoundries and STMicroelectronics are the leading chip companies in a European Commission collaborative research project that aims to create an ultra low-power platform for Internet of Things applications based on 22nm FDSOI chip manufacturing process.
MRAM Seen Leading Embedded Non-Vol Memory Race News & Analysis 5/31/2016 1 comment Spin-torque transfer magnetic RAM is leading a race for inclusion as an embedded non-volatile memory at the 28nm chip production node according to the memory department director for European research institute IMEC.
Paris on a (Connected Electric) Scooter News & Analysis 5/27/2016 1 comment Start-up Cityscoot is bringing shared electric scooters to Paris. The company designed a black box, which makes every scooter “very smart.” Its box enables Cityscoot to book, track and geo-locate, keeping riders safe, and communicating road conditions.
FDSOI Driving ST's Automotive Biz News & Analysis 5/27/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics says the fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator chip manufacturing process it championed has become almost the default choice for digital manufacturing within its automotive and discrete group.
IoT Chip Supports Five Networks News & Analysis 5/24/2016 Post a comment Imec announced a low-cost chip supporting five low-power wide area networks for the Internet of Things and started work with Infineon on a car radar device.
Forces Clash over Auto Cyber Security News & Analysis 5/24/2016 6 comments With a growing number of connected cars and autonomous cars planned for rollout, automakers know they have a bulls-eye on their back. The question now is how best to deal with this imminent threat.
Foundries' Sales Show Hard Times Continuing News & Analysis 5/23/2016 2 comments Taiwanese foundries TSMC and UMC, two partial bellwethers of the semiconductor sector, have both indicate with recent sales figures that a chip market slow down that lasted through the winter is not yet over.
Android N Joins Auto OS Battle News & Analysis 5/19/2016 3 comments This week at its Google I/O Conference, Google upped the ante, revealing that the upcoming Android N will come with an auto-centric variant equipped with hooks that sink much deeper into cars.