Embedded World 2014: 5 Hot Trends News & Analysis 2/28/2014 3 comments The Embedded World conference this week offered some details about how the embedded market will involve over the next 12 months. In addition to the whole notion of the Internet of Things, it looks like 2014 will be a good year to brush up on Linux skills.
IoT Is Changing M2M Economics News & Analysis 2/28/2014 2 comments The emergence of the Internet of Things is changing the way mobile network operators are making money from M2M. The next step is moving up the value chain to offer more end-to-end solutions.
MIT Research Looks to Extend Moore’s Law News & Analysis 2/28/2014 5 comments For years, the semiconductor world has waited for Moore’s Law to reach its limit. However, new research from MIT is showing how manufacturers can still shrink geometries past 20-nm cost effectively.
Validity of New Feature Phone Market News & Analysis 2/27/2014 23 comments What once looked like a sky-is-a-limit smartphone market is grounded. If the Mobile World Congress has given us any clue, low-cost mobile handsets are back in the spotlight.
IBM Begins US Layoffs News & Analysis 2/27/2014 28 comments IBM began its first round of United States layoffs Thursday as part of a “global rebalancing” act that could save about $1 billion in costs. The restructuring process could see as many as 15,000 jobs being cut globally, including India, Brazil, and the European region
Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away News & Analysis 2/27/2014 14 comments Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, will speak at EELive! and discuss how the Open XC and open-source platform could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.
Tronics Prototypes Piezoresistive 6DOF Sensor News & Analysis 2/26/2014 Post a comment Tronics Microsystems SA (Grenoble, France) has designed and manufactured its first batch of 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) MEMS chips based on piezoresistive nanowire technology licensed from research institute CEA-Leti.
5G Spectrum Needed, Says Expert News & Analysis 2/26/2014 8 comments US regulators should open up 28-90 GHz bands for cellular applications, paving the way for a wireless renaissance, said a veteran researcher.
IEEE & MEMS Industry Group Team Up on Standards News & Analysis 2/26/2014 2 comments IEEE, MEMS Industry Group team on standards The IEEE Standards Association and MEMS Industry Group trade association have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a working group to develop standards for e-health and the Internet of things (IoT).
RF Micro & TriQuint to Merge in $1.6B Stock Deal News & Analysis 2/26/2014 4 comments A proposed $1.6 billion all-stock merger between TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. and RF Micro Devices Inc. is expected to create a wireless component powerhouse capable of providing all of the critical RF building blocks required to simplify handset and equipment design.
Intel, TSMC Revive EUV Hopes News & Analysis 2/25/2014 28 comments Intel and TSMC shared their latest efforts on extreme ultraviolet lithography, the technology they hope to use to make 7 nm and 10 nm chips.
LTE Built-In GM Cars: No Smartphones Required News & Analysis 2/25/2014 24 comments Smartphones are no longer the only platform hotly pursued by cellular operators eager to boost their revenue. Now, it’s cars. GM has partnered with AT&T, and Qualcomm launched 20nm LTE-A chipset for automotive.
BMW Sparks Laser Light Revolution News & Analysis 2/25/2014 10 comments Osram has been named as the system partner for the first production vehicle in the world equipped with a laser light. German automotive manufacturer BMW plans to put a laser-equipped BMW i8 car on the road by the second half of 2014.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Unveiled at MWC News & Analysis 2/24/2014 12 comments Samsung announced the next generation of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. The water and dust proof S5 has cat 4 LTE coverage and is designed to complement the company's new line of wearable devices.
NAND Up, NOR Down in Flash News & Analysis 2/24/2014 2 comments As the overall memory market stagnates, a marked contrast emerges: NOR is doing very poorly while NAND Flash is growing strong.
Sony Xperia Handset Emphasizes Mobile Media News & Analysis 2/24/2014 1 comment Sony introduced the Xperia Z2 at Mobile World Congress this week, highlighting the handset as the company’s flagship smartphone for advanced multimedia. Sony Mobile CEO Kunimasa Suzuki touted Xperia Z2 as “the best of Sony.”
Teenage CEO Speaks at EE Live! News & Analysis 2/24/2014 9 comments At 17, and chief executive of his own high-performance computer startup, Thomas Sohmers shares his views on Silicon Valley and more at EE Live!
Who Has the Best Android Phone in China? News & Analysis 2/24/2014 3 comments Which company offers the best Android smartphone to Chinese consumers? The Mobile Experience Alliance has launched a new rating system called Certimo that both consumers and OEMs can use.
Startup Stacks Chips Wirelessly News & Analysis 2/21/2014 28 comments ThruChip of Japan wants to license an inductive coupling method for linking 3D chip stacks wirelessly, saving costs and hassles of wired links.
Broadcom Chip Locates Wearables News & Analysis 2/21/2014 4 comments Broadcom announced a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and sensor hub integrated SoC. The 40nm chip is designed for low-power, mass-market wearable devices and aims to fix issues associated with high cost, often inaccurate GPS systems.
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