TSMC races up MEMS foundry ranking News & Analysis 4/27/2013 1 comment ST still leads the MEMS foundry business but TSMC nearly doubled its MEMS sales in 2012, moving the world's largest logic foundry into third place as a MEMS foundry, according to Yole's annual sector ranking.
Spreadtrum sacks CTO News & Analysis 4/26/2013 3 comments The sudden firing of Qiuzhen Zou, Spreadtrum's chief technology officer, hints at internal turmoil within the Chinese fabless chip firm.
What’s the story behind Spreadtrum’s sudden sack of its CTO?
Wolfson to become primary Samsung audio partner for the Galaxy range News & Analysis 4/24/2013 Post a comment Wolfson Microelectronics and Samsung Electronics have agreed a multi-year IP License and a Component Supply Agreement which establishes Wolfson as a primary Samsung audio partner, which will turn Wolfson as a major audio component supplier for the company's Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets, including the Galaxy S4, in 2013.
Add radio on-a-chip to any design News & Analysis 4/23/2013 7 comments Designers can add FM radio to any of their consumer gadgets with a $5 software-defined radio-on-a-chip, an antenna-to-audio solution from mixed signal semiconductor maker, Silicon Labs (Austin, Texas).
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.