Talking Sheets, Thinking Shorts News & Analysis 6/30/2015 Post a comment The tagging of garments via RFID-based labels has been commonplace for more than a decade. But what if electronic components could be threaded into the very fabric of clothes and even survive the washing machine?
Ericsson Layoffs Target R&D, Supply News & Analysis 6/30/2015 2 comments Ericsson will release 10% of its Swedish workforce as part of an efficiency and cost-reduction plan first announced in March. The plan will cut approximately 2,100 job and save an equivalent of $301 million USD in the second quarter of 2015.
Merck Buys Display Quantum Dot Company News & Analysis 6/30/2015 Post a comment Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has announced it is acquiring Qlight Nanotech Ltd. (Jerusalem, Israel), a developer of nanocrystalline materials for lighting and display applications.
Automotive King Redefines Future News & Analysis 6/30/2015 7 comments By 2030 the cost of an automobile will be mostly from the advanced electronics, according to analysts, with Freescale supplying the Lion's portion of those chips since it will be number one is automotive electronics after the merger with NXP later this year.
Wafer-Level Packaging Not Enough, say OSATS News & Analysis 6/29/2015 1 comment Large format fan-out packaging was the focus of discussion at IC packaging and semiconductor processing experts gathered at European's largest for this year's SEMI Packaging Tech Seminar.
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
GaN Converters Charge Simultaneously News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment Mobile devices have gotten slimmer over the years but chargers have remained in the same clunky form factors. Zolt, a subsidiary of gallium nitride fab Avogy, has developed a lipstick tube sized charger capable of powering three devices at once at up to 70 Watts.
Somnium Soups Up Kinetis Code News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment The designers of the Kinetis Design Studio (KDS) have invented a software technology that analyzes an entire program, then optimizes the order of execution of the statements to save space, increase performance and lower the power requirements.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems News & Analysis 6/26/2015 Post a comment Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Woz Wows with Humanitarianism News & Analysis 6/25/2015 11 comments Steve Wozniak single-handedly designed the Apple-I and after forming Apple with Steve Jobs also designed the Apple-II personal computer (PC), although Jobs oversaw the design of the case for the Apple-II.
Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts News & Analysis 6/25/2015 2 comments Imec researchers hope to deliver within two years active contact lenses that detect where the user is looking and deliver the correct near or far focus.
Freescale Networks on 16nm News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment Freescale’s next generation of multicore processors will use 16nm FinFET process technology, officials announced at the company’s annual conference, Freescale Technology Forum. Two QorIQ chips, LS1048A and LS1088A, are designed for Internet of Things networking at the edge.<
Low Temperature 2D MoS2 Now at Wafer-Level News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment Researchers at the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute have fabricated and characterised large-area 2D films of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), an N-type semiconductor, at room temperature using a process which is scalable to any size wafer.
Smart Shirt Adorns IoT Efforts News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment A smart T-shirt and a new Internet of Things research program with a low cost air quality sensor were announced by researchers at Imec and the Holst Center.
Secure IoT MCUs Drive Freescale-NXP News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment The future of Freescale Semiconductor and NXP is in connecting and securing the Internet of Things, with a major focus on automotive. The CEOs of both companies outlined their collective vision for the merger, which will likely close in November.
GlobalFoundries’ FD-SOI Revolution News & Analysis 6/23/2015 7 comments Confirming the imminent announcement of the company’s big FD-SOI plan, GlobalFoundries came to Grenoble to discuss its 22nm FD-SOI process scheduled to be qualified by early 2016.
PCIe 16G May Take Until 2017 News & Analysis 6/23/2015 1 comment The PCI Express 4.0 standard, aka Gen 4, may not be complete until 2017, but Cadence and Synopsys will announce PHY and controller blocks for it this week.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race? News & Analysis 6/23/2015 3 comments How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
China's SMIC, Q'comm in 14nm Deal News & Analysis 6/23/2015 3 comments Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. formed a joint venture with Huawei, Qualcomm and Imec to develop a homegrown 14nm node ready for mass production by 2020.
Startup Taps Into Home Energy Circuit News & Analysis 6/23/2015 1 comment Startup Curb wants to help you find the energy hog in your home -- whether that be your spouse or a space heater. The home automation company has developed a hardware system that attaches to a home circuit breaker to monitor energy consumption.
Freescale MCUs Secure IoT News & Analysis 6/23/2015 Post a comment Freescale announced a new family of microcontrollers designed with a focus on security for the Internet of Things. The Kinetis K80, K81, and K82 sport several layers of hardware security.
Freescale S32 Ups Automotive Ante News & Analysis 6/23/2015 Post a comment Freescale has created what it calls the first complete family of ARM processors and all the software drivers, middleware functional-safety, and security algorithms automobile makers need for free.
'Smallest SoC for IoT' Adds Memory News & Analysis 6/23/2015 9 comments Freescale's new i.MX 6D SoC is called a Single Chip System Module, (SCM) because it also has a 1-gigaByte Micron low-power double data rate chip stacked on top of three Freescale die for its dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores, power management chip and 16 megaByte of serial peripheral interface NOR flash nonvolatile memory.
AMD Denies Mulling Breakup News & Analysis 6/22/2015 Post a comment Company denies report that it hired a consulting firm to help it consider options for breaking up the company or spinning off part of its business.
Freescale Adds Comms to IoT MCUs News & Analysis 6/22/2015 1 comment Freescale announced a new set of microcontrollers with integrated communications as part of its Kinetis family. The multi-protocol chips are designed for home automation and industrial control devices in the Internet of Things
Freescale i.MX 7 Finally Here News & Analysis 6/22/2015 3 comments Freescale's latest application processor, the i.MX 7 comes with one or two ARM Cortex-A7 microprocessors as well as one Cortex-M4 micro controller resulting in a unique heterogeneous architecture that consumes as little as 250 microAmps in its Low Power State Retention mode (LPSR).
Crocus Gets $21 Million backing for Sensor Push News & Analysis 6/21/2015 Post a comment Crocus Technology SA (Santa Clara, Calif.), a developer of magnetic RAM and related devices has announced it has raised $21 million (about €19 million) in funding. This brings the total raised by the company to date to $194 million (about €180.3M).
IR Cameras Soon a Commodity, Warns Yole News & Analysis 6/19/2015 2 comments Over the next several years, uncooled thermal camera shipments will accelerate rapidly, with volumes growing at 22% CAGR between 2015 and 2020, according to Yole Développement's latest report.
Bidding War for ISSI Wages On News & Analysis 6/19/2015 Post a comment Just when it looked as though ISSI was set to let stockholders favor of the Uphill transaction, Cypress came back with a higher offer, only to be trumped again by Uphill
SSD Standards Poised for Update News & Analysis 6/18/2015 Post a comment JEDEC's call for input on follows confusion over SSD data retention, the release of the NVMe specification, and broader adoption of SSDs and flash in both clients and enterprise data centers
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times