Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’ News & Analysis 3/24/2015 6 comments Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA News & Analysis 3/20/2015 1 comment Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50? News & Analysis 3/19/2015 5 comments We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Layoffs Hit 1,600 in Cypress Deal News & Analysis 3/13/2015 1 comment Cypress and Spansion are expected to lay off more than 20% of combined staff or about 1,600 people following their recently approved merger.
Vehicle-in-the-Loop Speeds Automotive Design Cycles News & Analysis 3/13/2015 Post a comment Confronted with increasing complexity and safety requirements for tomorrow’s vehicles, car designers increasingly use virtual test approaches to assure the correct functions of their systems. Complementing the known tool array of Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) and Software-in-the-Loop (SiL), technology company IPG GmbH suggests an approach it calls Vehicle-in-the-Loop (ViL), allowing users to significantly reduce the time to develop their Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
ST's Vigna Wins IEEE Award News & Analysis 3/12/2015 Post a comment Benedetto Vigna, executive vice president for the analog, MEMS, and sensors group at STMicroelectronics NV has been given a top IEEE award for his role in the development and commercialization of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).
Sigfox, Sequans: Tale of Two French IoT Firms News & Analysis 3/11/2015 4 comments There is an underlying thread in both 5G and IoT: Diversification. Diversified networks, network topologies and network infrastructures are necessary to enable both. Carriers realize that there will be no one-size-fits-all network for either 5G or IoT.
NXP to Focus on All CMOS Radar Future News & Analysis 3/9/2015 9 comments NXP CEO sees making “big and clunky radars” small is critical for ADAS. NXP has an RF CMOS-based 80GHz radar front-end transmitter chip — a working prototype – in the hands of its lead customers for several months.
Harman: Connected Car to Alter Infotainment News & Analysis 3/6/2015 Post a comment With the Connected Car becoming reality, the infotainment landscape in the vehicles will undergo massive changes. At the recent Euroforum industry meeting on automotive electronics in Munich, Harman sketched they way from today's relatively simple infotainment systems to the connectivity hubs of the future.
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 2 comments 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 23 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 5 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 50 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.
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...