Audience reverse engineers human hearing for mobile
News & Analysis 3/30/2012 5 comments
Using its earSmart voice processor, using two microphones that work like human ears, Audience’s chip enables analysis of sound in much the same way as the human brain, which when processing audio decides what to remove, what to keep and what to enhance.
Truchard and Kodosky of NI: Enthusiasm undimmed
News & Analysis 3/30/2012 1 comment
Dr. James Truchard and Jeff Kodosky, two cofounders of National Instruments Corp. (Austin, Texas) honored with the lifetime achievement award at the UBM Electronics ACE awards on Tuesday (March 27), sat down with EE Times to discuss a 35-year progress since the formation of their company.
Mars rover to measure climate, study microbial life
News & Analysis 3/30/2012 2 comments
The Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is now halfway to Mars aboard an Atlas rocket launched on Nov. 26 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to study current meteorological conditions and explore the conditions that existed millions of years ago.
Enea adds Linux to OS offering
News & Analysis 3/29/2012 4 comments
Operating system vendor Enea AB (Stockholm, Sweden) announced at the DESIGN West exhibition that it is now supplying Enea Linux together with some complementary technologies.
TI THS4531 ADC driver
Product News 3/29/2012 Post a comment
TI's fully differential amplifier uses only 250 uA of quiescent current while providing 36 MHz of bandwidth to support the low power needs of portable and high-density systems
Report: Toshiba will join Elpida bidding
News & Analysis 3/29/2012 1 comment
After earlier turning down an opportunity to invest in Japanese DRAM vendor Elipda Memory, Toshiba has apparently decided to join the bidding for the bankrupt firm, according to English language news service reports quoting Japan's Nikkei newspaper.
World on cusp of EV tipping point, says Tesla CTO
News & Analysis 3/29/2012 53 comments
Slow, steady improvement in battery technology over the past several decades as brought the world to the cusp of a tipping point that will lead to greater adoption of electric vehicles, according to JB Straubel, chief technology and co-founder of Tesla Motors.
Exar cuts 40% of jobs
News & Analysis 3/28/2012 15 comments
Analog mixed-signal IC vendor Exar said it has eliminated about 40 percent of its global headcount in the past two months.
Signalion LTE tester covers 3.5-GHz
Product News 3/28/2012 Post a comment
Used for testing LTE mobile communications infrastructure and network elements, the Sorbas LTE Test-UE from Signalion now supports 3GPP LTE TDD bands 42 and 43, spanning 3.4 GHz to 3.8 GHz.
Panel ponders many-core ICs tripping 'the singularity'
News & Analysis 3/28/2012 9 comments
Will the processing power being enabled by many-core processors cause the advent of machines with super-human intelligence, an event sometimes referred to as the singularity? That was the question put to a panel of some of the best minds in multicore processor theory and design assembled at the Multicore DevCon, part of DESIGN West being held here this week.
Imperas preps fast models of ARM Cortex-A15 processor
News & Analysis 3/28/2012 1 comment
Imperas, a pioneer of high-level modeling and virtual prototyping, has models of the ARM Cortex-A15 processor in beta and expects them to be available in the first half of 2012. The range of available models, together with Imperas tool and operating system support, is helping platform and software developers debug systems in parallel with SoC design, speeding up and improving system development, the company said.
Mobile MotionEngine empowers apps
Product News 3/28/2012 2 comments
The Freespace MotionEngine has already empowered the smart TV revolution at LG, Roku and Sony by enabling remote controllers to point-and-click on-screen air-mouse style. Now Hillcrest Labs has repurposed it for tablets and smartphones running the Android and Windows Phone operating systems.
RDA buys Chinese IP to broaden cell phone offering
News & Analysis 3/27/2012 6 comments
RDA Microelectronics Inc. (Shanghai, China), a fabless chip company that markets RF and mixed-signal chips for cellular and broadcast communications applications, has announced the acquisition of all the baseband intellectual property from privately-held Chinese company Coolsand Holding Co. Ltd. for $46 million.