A New Broadcom: The First Cuts News & Analysis 5/28/2015 Post a comment The proposed $37 billion merger of Avago and Broadcom creates the world’s sixth biggest chip vendor and promises to save at least $750 million a year within 18 months.
Micron Bullish On Coming Year News & Analysis 5/28/2015 Post a comment Company president Mark Adams sees poor PC DRAM performance stabilizing in the latter half of 2015 with mobile continuing to perform well, but Micron needs to do some work to regain its leadership in NAND.
FPGAs Ride HP’s Moonshot News & Analysis 5/28/2015 Post a comment SRC Computers announced a new FPGA server card that Hewlett-Packard will sell as an option for its processor-agnostic Moonshot servers.
Daimler, Qualcomm Announce Strategic Partnership News & Analysis 5/28/2015 Post a comment Mercedes-Benz brand owner Daimler AG and Qualcomm Technologies have announced a strategic partnership aiming at vehicle connectivity. Initially both companies will together fathom out which technologies will suit best for future vehicle generations. Possible technologies include 3G/4G mobile radio as well as cable-free charging options such as Qualcomm’s Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology
Avago, Broadcom Combo Praised News & Analysis 5/28/2015 4 comments Reports Avago will bid to buy Broadcom amid an industry consolidation are getting praise from the stock market and semiconductor analysts.
Xray Sensor Startup Raises Funds News & Analysis 5/28/2015 Post a comment MultiX SA has developed a sensor the ME100 based on CdTe and CdZnTe crystal material. This together with a signal conditioning ASIC and high-speed front-end electronics is capable of measuring the energy of each incident x-ray photon.
Rohm Buys Renesas Wafer Fab News & Analysis 5/28/2015 Post a comment Rohm Co. Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan) has moved to acquire a 200mm wafer fab from Renesas Electronics Corp. for 450 million yen (about $3.7 million).
SoC From Russia With MIPS News & Analysis 5/27/2015 5 comments Baikal Electronics of Russia, announced its T1, the first chip to use MIPS Warrior cores, will take on Broadcom and others in WiFi routers and home gateways.
CES Asia: ‘Zero Distance’ to Supply Chains News & Analysis 5/27/2015 Post a comment Conspicuously missing from CES Asia are big name consumer electronics brands -- even local companies like Xiaomi and Lenovo. The show, however, signals the region’s close proximity among product design, manufacturing and supply chains.
Spreadtrum Guns for Intel’s 14nm FinFET in 2016 News & Analysis 5/27/2015 4 comments Working with Intel, Spreadtrum CEO Leo Li sees three things going for his company. “The access to Intel’s foundry, strong IP, and Intel is the only processor architecture company that has its own foundry.”
Sensor Choices Power Industrial Internet Innovation News & Analysis 5/27/2015 Post a comment Whether or not the Internet of Things will live up to its own hype, the notion has certainly got people thinking. Proposals range from the “Internet of Everything” to some more focused concepts such as the Industrial Internet; a term first introduced by electrical giant GE, and now understood to mean the automation of industrial environments using sensor networks and machine-to-machine communications.
Smartening up Power Monitoring News & Analysis 5/26/2015 Post a comment Built around an internal 16-bit PIC MCU, Microchip's new power monitoring IC makes it flexible enough for both industrial and consumer apps requiring power factor correction.
Xiaomi's Spending Spree: Its Logic and Method News & Analysis 5/26/2015 2 comments Xiaomi is on a spending spree lately in hopes of expanding its portfolio beyond smartphones. But textbook business-school investment strategies probably won’t cut it. After all, Xiaomi is no Google –- at least not yet. So what to do?
Smart Factories Meet AI News & Analysis 5/25/2015 1 comment The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has 47 years of experience in smart decision support, smart crowd control, the smart factory and more.
Force Sensors Make Medical Devices Smarter News & Analysis 5/25/2015 Post a comment The practice of medicine has always been an art as well as a science. But, in the age of value-based care, the balance between those two is shifting in favor of the latter. Sensor-enabled medical devices are playing an important role in the trend.
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?
Samsung Ramps 10nm in 2016 News & Analysis 5/22/2015 8 comments Samsung said its 10nm FinFET process node will be in full production by the end of 2016 and offers “significant power, area, ad performance advantages.”
FDA Panel Deems Duodenoscopes to Be Unsafe News & Analysis 5/22/2015 Post a comment An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration has recommended drastically improving cleaning techniques for duodenoscopes linked to superbug outbreaks at hospitals in Seattle, Los Angeles, and outside Chicago.
HP Strikes China Deal, Sales Slump News & Analysis 5/21/2015 2 comments The same day it reported declining quarterly results, Hewlett-Packard announced plans to create a $3.1 billion networking venture in China with an arm of Tsinghua.
Why Smartwatch Pulses Are Weak News & Analysis 5/21/2015 2 comments Bloom Technologies aims to pave the way toward medical-grade wearables that can capture more useful data than today’s gadgets including the Apple Watch.
Crowdfunding Gives IoT a Boost News & Analysis 5/20/2015 Post a comment Wearable startups are getting more attention these days -- from chip makers, vendors, consumers, and even some venture capitalists – and there’s a lot of interest in novel hardware implementations. Speakers at Wearable World Congress, held here May 19-20, said new ways of finding funding have led to an explosion of hardware-related companies.
Security Takes a MIPS Twist News & Analysis 5/20/2015 1 comment Imagination Technologies announced OmniShield, a framework for hardware-backed security covering any virtualized hardware blocks.
Wearables Pocket IoT Crowdfunding News & Analysis 5/20/2015 Post a comment Incubator Wearable World hosted an event to showcase the intersection of crowdsourced startups and big-name tech scrambling for position in the emerging sector of the Internet of Things.
Shenzhen Startup to Keep Copycats Out News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment Shenzhen, flush with money, talent and willing consumers, has become a new hub for the next-generation smartwatches. Startup 3Wearables CEO told us, “Our business model is designed to keep copycats out.”
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
AMD Preps GPU, DRAM Stack News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment AMD plans to combine on a single device one its graphics processors and the SK Hynix high bandwidth memory DRAM stack, aiming to beat to market similar devices described by its rival Nvidia.
EAG Adds IC Analytical Tools News & Analysis 5/18/2015 Post a comment The company that specializes in failure analysis and testing has invested in new IR emission microscopes, scanning acoustic microscopy, and decapsulation tools.
ARM, UMC to Roll 55nm Ultra-Low Power IoT Chips News & Analysis 5/18/2015 Post a comment ARM and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) announced Monday what they say is the first availability of a new ARM Artisan physical IP solution on 55nm for development of embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
FRAM's Slow, Unending Journey to Dominance News & Analysis 5/18/2015 Post a comment Much like MRAM, PCM and RRAM, FRAM has never gained the foothold that was predicted at its inception. Niche applications are providing opportunities for more widespread use as alternatives to other NVRAMs.
Wearables Get Low-Power Clock News & Analysis 5/18/2015 1 comment SiTime claims to have the smallest, lightest lowest power oscillator in the industry in its SiT8021, designed specifically for the scant power budgets of wearables.
Xiaomi Picks Leadcore to Go Vertical News & Analysis 5/18/2015 2 comments When Apple, Huawei and Samsung are already designing handsets using their own processors, Xiaomi, too, wants its own custom-designed processors to differentiate their products and control its own destiny, an executive of Leadcore Technology told EE Times.
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