The Limits of Moore's Law Limits News & Analysis 8/13/2014 20 comments Moore's Law has limits, some of which are quickly approaching. Several other limits, however, are more flexible, giving room to continue progress. Igor Markov explores limits of fundamental limits for future chip scaling.
Destroying Data Is Hard Work News & Analysis 8/13/2014 1 comment Spinning media retains data despite corruption and damage, but flash and SSDs are more complex when it comes to guaranteeing sensitive information is truly banished from a device.
M'soft Plugs FPGAs in Datacenter News & Analysis 8/12/2014 31 comments FPGAs from Altera and Xilinx are getting plugged into the datacenter servers run by Microsoft and China's Baidu, pioneering a new dimension in distributed computing, according to talks at Hot Chips.
Nanoceramic Startup Gears Up for Growth News & Analysis 8/12/2014 2 comments The UK startup Cambridge Nanotherm hopes to commercialize its nanoceramic technology, which converts aluminum into a dielectric adept at carrying heat, by targeting high-end LED system makers.
SanDisk Expands ULLtraDIMM Reach News & Analysis 8/12/2014 Post a comment Supermicro is the latest to adopt SanDisk’s enterprise SSDs using a memory channel storage architecture, while its Fusion-io acquisition addresses latency using PCIe.
Nvidia Flexes Custom 64-Bit ARM News & Analysis 8/12/2014 2 comments Nearly four years since work began, Nvidia announced results of Project Denver, a 64-bit custom ARM core, initially aimed at tablets in an upgrade of the Tegra K1 SoC.
Internet of Things: Batteries Not Required News & Analysis 8/11/2014 14 comments Researchers at the University of Washington have developed WiFi Backscatter, a technology that culls energy from existing radio, TV, and wireless signals to connect low-energy devices to the Internet without the need for batteries.
Intel Outlines 14nm, Broadwell News & Analysis 8/11/2014 18 comments Intel provided first details of its 14nm process technology now qualified for volume production in at least one fab and gave a sneak peak at Broadwell, its first CPU to use it.
Acer Chromebook Breaks New Ground News & Analysis 8/11/2014 12 comments Acer on Monday announced the Chromebook 13, a family of laptops meant to tempt the budget- and performance-minded buyer. The Chromebook 13 is among the first to use a Tegra K1 processor under its hood.
How to Ride a Comet News & Analysis 8/11/2014 16 comments After ten years and billions of kilometers traveled, the Rosetta Spacecraft’s successful rendezvous last week with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gersaimeno was a breeze for the mission control team compared to its next task.
Graphics API Gets Makeover News & Analysis 8/11/2014 1 comment The Khronos Group is calling for help with an OpenGL makeover to create a viable cross-platform standard in the face of proprietary APIs coming from Apple, AMD, and Microsoft.
Microchip Taps Semtech's Long-Range RF News & Analysis 8/8/2014 Post a comment PIC microcontroller vendor Microchip Technology Inc. continued to shore up its RF expertise for the Internet of Things market with plans to develop products based on long-range technology from Semtech.
Canada Ahead of US in Chip Ed News & Analysis 8/8/2014 19 comments The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC, Kingston) helps academics--professors and graduate students to build semiconductor prototypes including all steps from conception, to EDA to testing.
IBM Puts Brain On-a-Chip News & Analysis 8/7/2014 19 comments IBM demonstrates its second-generation neurosynaptic chip modeled on the human brain yet consuming 5,000 times less power than a typical microprocessor.
Chinese Government Rejects Apple's iPad News & Analysis 8/7/2014 6 comments Ten Apple products, including its iPad and MacBook line, have been excluded from Chinese government procurement, reflecting deepening distrust of American technology among foreign officials in the wake of leaks about expansive US intelligence gathering.
Advanced Packaging Drives SPTS Semiconductor Deal News & Analysis 8/7/2014 2 comments A marriage between two unlikely partners -- a maker of optical inspection equipment for PCBs and a semiconductor etching and deposition company -- could signal just how important silicon is becoming to the function of the board.
Qi Won’t Go for Distance News & Analysis 8/7/2014 2 comments The Wireless Power Consortium announced an update to its wireless charging spec Qi and while it may seem like an incremental change, officials say the new resonant option is on the right track for the safest method of charging.
Woz Riffs on Watches, Engineering News & Analysis 8/7/2014 10 comments Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley icon, gave his unvarnished opinions on smartwatches, engineering, and more in an on-stage interview at the Flash Memory Summit.
Global Chip Sales Hit Record in June News & Analysis 8/6/2014 1 comment Improved economic conditions worldwide, particularly in the U.S., and a booming memory chip market are being credited for the global semiconductor industry’s robust sales growth in the first half of 2014.
E2V Buys Spanish Image Sensor Specialist News & Analysis 8/6/2014 Post a comment E2v Technologies has announced it has agreed to acquire Innovaciones Microelectronicas, which trades as AnaFocus and supplies CMOS image and vision sensors for the industrial, professional, scientific, medical and high-end surveillance markets.
5 Humble Medical Devices Get an mHealth Makeover News & Analysis 8/6/2014 1 comment Transforming legacy medical devices into 21st century tools that have wireless capability has been a topic of interest among R&D engineers and design firms as wireless technology has become ubiquitous. In many cases, the design involves adding sensors capable of transmitting data from the legacy device. But the slideshow below shows device design on steroids.
Flash Fails 5 Ways, Says Alibaba News & Analysis 8/5/2014 4 comments An R&D manager for cloud services at China's Alibaba datacenters gave a laundry list of problems flash vendors need to address in a keynote at the Flash Memory Summit.
Industrial Electronics Chip Sector Rebounds News & Analysis 8/5/2014 1 comment The industrial electronics chip sector continued to rebound in the first quarter of this year, buoyed by stronger business conditions across the global economy, according to an IHS report.
MEMS Imitates Logic News & Analysis 8/5/2014 1 comment There were those who said history would not repeat itself. But evidence continues to accumulate that the MEMS sector will follow a similar path to CMOS logic.
PMC Plugs DRAM Into PCI Express News & Analysis 8/5/2014 Post a comment PMC-Sierra is using its NAND flash controller in a flash-backed DRAM memory card that plugs into the PCI Express 3.0 bus, aimed at memory-constrained systems that demand more performance.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid News & Analysis 8/4/2014 7 comments Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
Wireless Charging Startup Taps RF News & Analysis 8/4/2014 11 comments As products using coil-based wireless charging standards roll out, Bay Area-based startup Energous hopes radio frequency charging will take hold in the burgeoning wearables market targeting devices with relatively modest needs up to 10 Watts.
MEMS Leaders Under Pressure, Says Yole News & Analysis 8/4/2014 Post a comment The MEMS industry is changing as established manufacturing leaders with an emphasis on delivering components are put under pressure by fabless MEMS vendors, as customers become more interested in functionality -- a mix of hardware and software -- than components.
EUV Results Bogus, Says Analyst News & Analysis 8/1/2014 29 comments A veteran industry watcher and an IBM expert are at loggerheads over IBM's recent announcement of a throughput advance with the latest ASML extreme ultraviolet lithography scanner.
Has Sharp Dug Itself Out? News & Analysis 8/1/2014 7 comments Helped by demand for small and midsized LCD panels, Sharp reported for the latest April-June quarter an operating profit of 4.6 billion yen, up 55 percent from the same period a year ago.
Android, China Rise in Smartphones News & Analysis 7/31/2014 5 comments Nearly 300 million smartphones shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2014, with Android OS capturing a record of 85% market share. Record Android shipments also brought changes in major handset vendors, with Chinese brands not three of the six top players.
Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation News & Analysis 7/31/2014 7 comments Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Q'comm Shares a Wearable Strategy News & Analysis 7/31/2014 10 comments The future of ubiquitous wearables will require more innovation than what is currently on the market, with dedicated silicon, interoperability, and beauty leading the charge. EE Times sat down with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok to talk strategy around mainstreaming wearables.
Sony, Panasonic, Japan Display Plan OLED Joint Venture News & Analysis 7/31/2014 3 comments Sony Corp., Panasonic Corp., and Japan Display Inc. are working together to create a new company, to be named JOLED, which is expected to be launched early in 2015 to develop small and midsized organic light-emitting diode displays for use in tablet devices.
Sony, TSMC Win Award for Silicon-Plastic Process Development News & Analysis 7/31/2014 1 comment Sony and TSMC's paper describing a process to integrate a silicon biosensor into a microfluidic chip with the potential to create cost-effective, mass-fabricated point-of-care devices gets Best Abstract of Interest to the Industry Division Award from American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).