Tesla-Mobileye Rift: Divorce or Lover’s Spat? News & Analysis 7/28/2016 2 comments Mobileye’s CTO’s comments about Tesla during its Q2 financial reporting illustrates not just the love lost between the two proud technology companies, but what it would take for them to pursue “safety” in the ear of autonomous driving.
Qualcomm Pursues Boost in Wireless EV Charge News & Analysis 7/27/2016 Post a comment Qualcomm revealed its first wireless electric vehicle charging license agreement with a major tier one. The market momentum behind EV charging has picked up steam, as multiple RFQs from major car OEMs are flying around, said a Qualcomm executive.
Western Digital Claims First 64-layer 3D NAND Memory News & Analysis 7/27/2016 5 comments Disk drive vendor Western Digital Corp. has claimed that it -- with Toshiba Corp. -- has developed the world's first 64-layer 3D NAND memory and that it is in pilot production at joint-venture production facilities at Yokkaichi, Japan.
UMC Sees Jump in 28nm Demand News & Analysis 7/27/2016 Post a comment United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), Taiwan’s second largest foundry, said it’s seeing stronger demand for 28nm products, driven by customers in the smartphone business.
Report: Tsinghua Takes Control of XMC News & Analysis 7/27/2016 Post a comment China's Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-controlled conglomerate that has acquired numerous chip companies, has taken over XMC, otherwise known as Wuhan Xinxin Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., according to a Bloomberg report.
What Separates Huawei from Ericsson News & Analysis 7/26/2016 1 comment On the day its biggest rival Ericsson lost a CEO under mounting pressure from investors, Huawei Technologies based in Shenzhen, China Monday reported a 40 percent jump in first-half sales.
Audio Rises for Event Detection News & Analysis 7/25/2016 13 comments Audio is heading from pure playback to enabling “input, trigger and analytics in contextual awareness,” says an industry executive. But what will take microphones to play as important a role as cameras to add “intelligence” to autonomous cars?
Vitamin Inspires Solar Flow Batteries News & Analysis 7/22/2016 Post a comment Researchers at Harvard University have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind power in large batteries.
NASA, Taiwan to Develop Robotic Lunar Lander News & Analysis 7/22/2016 3 comments Several Taiwanese research institutions have signed an agreement NASA to jointly develop an unmanned lunar lander that could crawl the moon’s surface as early as 2020, according to Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency.
ASML Reports Progress on EUV News & Analysis 7/22/2016 3 comments ASML took orders for four pre-production EUV systems in its latest quarter, fueling hopes the new lithography scanners will be ready for 5nm chips in 2020.
AI Drives Startup to Map Deep Learning Computer News & Analysis 7/21/2016 Post a comment AI is driving hardware innovation. Wave Computing has leveraged the well-understood dataflow technology, and designed a new processing unit, called Dataflow Processing Unit (DPU), that can natively support Google TensorFlow and Microsoft CNTK.
Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash News & Analysis 7/20/2016 1 comment Amid second-quarter results, Intel said it expects a double-digit PC decline this year but sees flash picking up as it continues a 14nm rollout and starts a 10nm ramp.
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic? News & Analysis 7/20/2016 11 comments Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
Cray, Deloitte Don White Hat in Security Service News & Analysis 7/20/2016 2 comments Cray Inc. and Deloitte & Touche offer service that continually probes a subscribers' computer systems as if it were a hacker, identifying potential threat vectors and alerting the subscriber to patch vulnerabilities before they are exploited by the bad guys.
Qualcomm Faces $900 Million Fine from Korea News & Analysis 7/20/2016 Post a comment South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has said that semiconductor and telecoms company Qualcomm is facing a fine of up to 1 trillion won (about $875 million) for allegedly violating antitrust regulations, according to a Korea Times report.
Daimler Demos Semi-Autonomous City Bus News & Analysis 7/20/2016 Post a comment No mirrors, but piles of forward- and backward-looking cameras, long- and short-range radar along with high-precision GPS – these sensors create a exact 260-degree virtual image of the surroundings. This equipment enables Daimler’s newly-designed Future Bus to roll along a 20-km track (about 12.5 miles) through the city traffic of Amsterdam without driver intervention. The technology will enter series production early in the next decade, the company says.
IEDM Explores Silicon Horizon News & Analysis 7/20/2016 Post a comment The annual International Electron Devices Meeting released a preliminary program covering topics from quantum and neuromorphic computing to the 5nm node and the IoT.
Stacking Boosts Polarimetry News & Analysis 7/19/2016 Post a comment Researchers use stacked organic polarization detectors to improve polarimetry for a wide range of sensing applications, from military targets to atmospheric gases to telecommunications and biomedical imaging.
ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank? News & Analysis 7/19/2016 18 comments The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
Infineon Details Plans for Wolfspeed Takeover News & Analysis 7/18/2016 Post a comment Infineon recently announced the intention to acquire compound semiconductor expert Wolfspeed. But how are the perspectives for Wolfspeed, its product range and its staff? During a conference call, Infineon CEO Reinhard Ploss shed light on his plans.
5G Research Gets U.S. Call News & Analysis 7/16/2016 Post a comment The U.S. took a step ahead in 5G cellular research with a $400 government effort drawing praise from experts who called for global harmony on spectrum.
FCC Paves Way for 5G News & Analysis 7/15/2016 Post a comment The U.S Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve a set of rules for wireless broadband communications operating above 24 GHz.
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. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.