Huawei’s Everything-Connected Game Plan News & Analysis 5/22/2015 4 comments As Chinese Internet companies like Tencent, Alibaba and Xiaomi bulldoze into the local consumer electronics market with online strategies, the position of China’s telecom giant Huawei grows ever more intriguing. Will Huawei join them or stand on its own?
MBtech Boosts Electromobility With New Competence Center News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment Engineering and consulting services company MBtech is bundling its electromobility expertise in a new competence center. The center’s engineering topics range from high-voltage systems and power electronics to the development of high-voltage battery management systems.
Cypress Eyes ISSI News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment On the heels of its Spansion acquisition, Cypress has made an offer for the fabless semiconductor company that focuses on the automotive, communications and industrial markets with its DRAM, SRAM and NOR flash products
Matrix LED Lighting Enters the Compact Class News & Analysis 5/15/2015 Post a comment Smart lighting in the shape of electronically controlled Matrix headlamps is a feature exclusively found in the automotive top league, right? This perception is about to change: Opel / Vauxhall announced to equip its compact-class Astra with such a lighting system. The VW Golf rival will be introduced at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt (Germany) later this year.
EEs Wanted for High Speed Rail News & Analysis 5/14/2015 25 comments A June seminar in Silicon Valley aims to prepare engineers to participate in California’s high-speed rail project, the first in the nation.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts News & Analysis 5/13/2015 2 comments Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
BMW Pushes Tri-Motor Concept News & Analysis 5/12/2015 5 comments In a shift of emphasis from conventional to electric drive, BMW believes using two electric motors for high acceleration from a standing start, while the combustion engine for additional power at high speeds.
Vision Core Tightens its Focus News & Analysis 5/12/2015 Post a comment CogniVue released the first details of Opus, its next-generation vision processing core that targets the rapidly emerging ADAS market of car safety subsystems.
LTE-WiFi Debate Exposes Spectrum Land Grab News & Analysis 5/11/2015 7 comments A new document circulated among members of the 3GPP working groups, entitled as “Precluding standalone access of LTE on unlicensed carriers,” shows cell operators’ desire to revise 3GPP’s own rule and prohibit non-LTE carriers from using LTE-U.
Samsung Breaks Ground on $14 Billion Fab News & Analysis 5/8/2015 13 comments Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feet for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
Microchip to Acquire Micrel News & Analysis 5/8/2015 2 comments Microcontroller and analog semiconductor company Microchip Technology Incorporated has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the analog semiconductor company Micrel for $14.00 per share--an acquisition price of $839 million.
Surround View Camera Integrated into Driver Assistance News & Analysis 5/8/2015 Post a comment Automotive supplier Continental has demonstrated a potential new application for surround view cameras: Their signals can be used in advanced driver assistance systems such as automatic braking when reversing, cross traffic assistant and automated parking.
ST Falls to 4th in 2014 Sensor Sales Ranking News & Analysis 5/7/2015 Post a comment Market leader Bosch grabbed 20 percent of worldwide sales of sensor components in 2014, according to IC Insights. At the same time a 19 percent drop in the dollar value of its sensor sales in 2014 sent ST falling from second to fourth.
UltraHaptics Promises Airborne Tactile Interfaces News & Analysis 5/6/2015 Post a comment Founded in 2013, Bristol-based startup Ultrahaptics relies on a compact array of ultrasound transducers to send inaudible sound waves through the air, using phase-shift techniques to precisely control the focus and intensity of the acoustic radiation pressure into something tangible.
NXP-Qualcomm Partnership to Drive NFC News & Analysis 5/5/2015 3 comments Expect droves of Android phones featuring secure NFC mobile transactions a la Apple Pay to hit the global market soon. NXP and Qualcomm have partnered to bring NXP’s NFC and secure element technology onto Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform.
MEMS-Based Laser Headlights Adapt to Speed News & Analysis 5/2/2015 Post a comment On the basis of its laser spot high-beam headlight, Audi is developing a system that automatically adjusts the illumination by the speed of the vehicle. The new technology utilizes only a single MEMS mirror to deflect the laser beam.
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V News & Analysis 4/30/2015 1 comment In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
How the 3 Cs Drive IC Consumption News & Analysis 4/29/2015 1 comment The communications, computers and consumer electronics sectors are set to be responsible for more than 70 percent of IC sales in every geographic region -- Americas, Europe, Japan, and Asia-Pacific -- in 2015, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Topic Teardown: Connected Cars' Pros & Cons Teardown 4/28/2015 11 comments We illustrate the benefits of connected cars. We analyze the driving force behind the connected car. We will scout security measures necessary inside cars in order to make connected cars less vulnerable to external malicious attacks.
Ruggedized Tire Pressure Sensor Raises Bar News & Analysis 4/28/2015 1 comment Heavy trucks, buses and construction vehicles can now have the luxury of automatic tire pressure monitoring with Freescale's new chip that it claims also issues warnings that can prevent blowouts.
Freescale Reveals NXP Mega Merger Details News & Analysis 4/24/2015 9 comments Five companies, aside from NXP, were in talks with Freescale, and CEO Gregg Lowe will be leaving post merger. Freescale reveals details of the NXP merger during its quarterly results call.
QCOM Seeks Options Beyond Apple, Samsung News & Analysis 4/23/2015 3 comments Qualcomm’s recent earnings reports suggest significant vulnerabilities. Qualcomm is heavily dependent on a single market segment (smartphones), while its revenues are susceptible to the whims of the two top-tier smartphone vendors – Apple and Samsung.
Elvis Sees All in Russia News & Analysis 4/23/2015 17 comments A Russian company claims it has the first Russian designed smart chip. The video intelligent processor (VIP-1) is sold in surveillance systems in Russia, but may be sold as a bare-chip overseas.
MINI Giving Drivers a Peek at 'Augmented Reality' News & Analysis 4/19/2015 8 comments Although most drivers have yet to embrace the idea of head-up displays on windshields, MINI is leapfrogging to the next phase of futuristic motoring, with its introduction this week of AR eyewear – powered by Qualcomm
Automotive Chip Reliability: A Matter of Design Methods News & Analysis 4/17/2015 Post a comment Up to 90% of all innovations today are generated through novel applications of semiconductors and electronic circuits. In the project Resilient Integrated Systems (RESIST), ten partners jointly strengthen the role of nanoelectronic components as the key to future developments. The research focuses on design processes for microchips and next-gen systems that will meet even higher requirements in terms of quality and reliability.
Power Electronics Market Surges News & Analysis 4/15/2015 Post a comment The power electronics market is recovering after several tough years and will continue to expand, according to analysts at French research firm Yole Developpment. The power market will surpass 17 billion Euro by 2020, largely driven by electric and hybrid vehicles – which require power modules and new business integration methods.
Is Head-Up Display Future ADAS Screen? News & Analysis 4/15/2015 5 comments Texas Instruments, rolling out a new automotive-qualified DLP chipset, is banking on head-up display, predicting it to become “the ADAS display of the future.” But can DLP redefine the HUD market?
Aluminum Battery Recharges in 1sec News & Analysis 4/10/2015 16 comments Stanford University has built a flexible battery made from aluminum foil, graphite and liquid salt, making it safe as well as adaptable to any form factor.
MEMS Startup Selects MIPS for Sensor Hubs News & Analysis 4/10/2015 Post a comment A South Korean startup has licensed a MIPS Warrior M-class CPU core from Imagination Technologies Group plc for use in sensor hubs it is developing to address IoT, wearables and automotive applications.
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix News & Analysis 4/2/2015 Post a comment Ziptronix Inc., a developer and provider of low-temperature direct bonding interconnect (DBI) technology for 3D integration, has announced a patent licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for the application of its technology to image sensors.
Reversed Power Converter May Shake Up Power Applications News & Analysis 4/2/2015 3 comments The new device, the LT-minus-1000, is a reversed power converter. Operating on normal dark input power, it supplies inverse power on the output. Designed for general purpose inverse power applications, it can supply up to inverse 30 watts.
Delphi Selected to Build Audi’s Autopilot Computer News & Analysis 4/1/2015 1 comment Automated driving is ante portas – but how will the computers look like that steer the vehicles through the evening rush hour and across the high-speed autobahn? Audi now introduced the electronic brain of future self-driving cars.
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs? News & Analysis 3/30/2015 5 comments Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
Robotic Bacteria Senses Humidity News & Analysis 3/27/2015 Post a comment A bacterial spore studded with graphene quantum dots makes the world best humidity sensor according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Vehicle Reliability Is Up, Especially in Powertrain News & Analysis 3/27/2015 1 comment Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year's Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware.
Battle-hardened veterans of the electronics industry have heard of the “connected car” so often that they assume it’s a done deal. But do we really know what it takes to get a car connected and what its future entails? Join EE Times editor Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of movers and shakers in the connected car business. Executives from Cisco, Siemens and NXP will share ideas, plans and hopes for connected cars and their future. After the first 30 minutes of the radio show, our listeners will have the opportunity to ask questions via live online chat.