Sony-Inside Huami Watch: Is It Time for FD-SOI? News & Analysis 10/4/2016 2 comments Without any visible end products, FD-SOI has struggled to overcome the skepticism of many engineers. Finally, it’s official. And it’s a watch. Sony’s GPS chip -- built on 28-nm FD-SOI process -- is powering a smartwatch by Huami, Xiaomi’s sub-brand.
Biometrics May Replace Phone Passwords News & Analysis 10/3/2016 4 comments FotoNation, a wholly owns subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has unveiled a suite of face- and iris-recognition algorithms that it hopes to license to every major smartphone maker to obsolete the password without the added hardware of fingerprint recognition.
For IoT, Silicon Labs Buys RTOS Vendor Micrium News & Analysis 10/3/2016 2 comments Silicon Labs announced Monday the acquisition of Micrium, a supplier of real-time operating system software. The move effectively positions Silicon Labs as the only IoT chip vendor offering multiprotocol wireless MCUs complete with an embedded RTOS.
5G Powered by MEMS News & Analysis 10/3/2016 1 comment SiTime claims to have beat quartz crystals at their own game with its Elite line of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) oscillators for 4G and 5G applications.
Universal Memristor Models All News & Analysis 10/3/2016 Post a comment University of Massachusetts says it has cut in half the number of components needed to model the human brain for deep learning algorithms with its diffusive memritor.
Deep Learning: Achilles Heel in Robo-Car Tests News & Analysis 10/3/2016 5 comments Advancements in machine learning have made autonomous driving almost a near reality. But when it comes to “safety testing,” machine learning is the Achilles Heel of autonomous driving. Safety experts are finding several “holes” in DoT’s Automated Policy.
Retro & Electro at Paris Auto Show News & Analysis 9/30/2016 Post a comment Despite rampant tech talk about software-driven cars, the Paris Auto Show has revealed automakers comfortable occupying a parallel universe -- where luxury trumps autonomy, where they still describe a new car’s styling as if it were a sensuous wine.
Topic Teardown: Fed's Robo-Car Policy News & Analysis 9/28/2016 1 comment It’s been a week since the Department of Transportation unveiled its ground-breaking policy on autonomous cars. Here are five issues in the Fed’s policy that are likely to trigger hot debates among automakers during the coming comment period.
pMTJ Is Where the MRAM Action Is News & Analysis 9/27/2016 1 comment Another emerging player is ramping up as another layer memory has presented itself as a destination for MRAM and other alternative technologies such as 3D XPoint
Allied with Intel, CEA-Leti Shoots for Moon News & Analysis 9/27/2016 3 comments CEA-Leti's CEA calls the new five-year research contract with Intel a "moonshot." Included in the research framework is for the French institute to provide technologies that enable the next-generation communicationo for Internet of Things.
Baidu Releases AI Benchmark News & Analysis 9/26/2016 2 comments Calling for 100x faster processors, Baidu released DeepBench, a benchmark for how fast processors train neural networks.
Chip Market to Go Down, says Future Horizons News & Analysis 9/26/2016 Post a comment Malcolm Penn, the founder and CEO of Future Horizons Ltd. and usually one of the most bullish of chip market forecasters, thinks 2017 could be a third year of decline for the global semiconductor industry.
Imagination 2.0 Update Ships News & Analysis 9/26/2016 Post a comment Imagination Technologies predicts profits this year with streamlined operations under a new CEO and thoughts of new core IP licensing models.
Massive Sensor Fusion for Cars Is HERE News & Analysis 9/26/2016 1 comment HERE’s new live traffic/map offerings are the world’s first services created from real-time sensor data from competing car brands. From technical perspectives, though, bigger issues include: how open the specifications will be for collected sensory data.
TSMC Expands its 3D Menu News & Analysis 9/22/2016 14 comments TSMC showed an expanding array of foundry process technologies, packaging options and applications-specific platforms at an event.
Wide-Bandgap Boosts EVs News & Analysis 9/22/2016 1 comment North Carolina State University (NC State) has invented a power inverter for electric vehicles that almost meets the Department of Energy's (DoE's) 2020 mandate by using wide-bandgap silicon-carbide components.
Amazon Echo & How It Resonates News & Analysis 9/22/2016 4 comments Amazon’s Echo-like smart speakers are on the rise. The voice interface is emerging as one of the most natural interface to control IoT devices. Analysts expect the voice interface in home automation hubs, TVs, set-top boxes, HVAC/environmental control hubs and more.
Robo-Car's Safety Challenges DoT News & Analysis 9/21/2016 27 comments The federal policy places self-driving cars directly under the purview of federal regulators. Stripped from the privilege of “self-certifying” their vehicles, carmakers will need “pre-market approval” from the DoT. The key question, however, is testing of AI cars’ safety.
Persistent Memory Needs Apps News & Analysis 9/20/2016 6 comments A researcher from Hewlett Packard Enterprise called for apps that use persistent memory on servers although the chips are still more than a year away.
Peratech 'Print' Smart Buttons on Any Surface News & Analysis 9/20/2016 2 comments Peratech, which invented quantum tunneling composites (QTC) materials, is now allowing its clients to print a smart button, which people can push with force, on any surface of any materials – including laminated wood.
Emerging Memories: Ship First, Perfect Later News & Analysis 9/20/2016 1 comment MRAM maker Everspin sees perfection as a barrier to getting traction; Everspin sees putting its technology into production as a way to improve processes and lower costs--the keys to adoption.
ARM Raises Bar for Safety, Determinism News & Analysis 9/19/2016 4 comments ARM is rolling out what the company describes as its “most advanced processor for safety.” The new processor, dubbed Cortex-R52, is aimed at automotive, industrial and healthcare applications that demand functional safety.
iPhone 7 Sports Intel, TSMC News & Analysis 9/16/2016 4 comments Apple put Intel inside its iPhone 7 for a baseband processors and used TSMC for at least some of the work making its A10 Fusion SoCs, a teardown said.
5G Cellular 'Still in Early Stages' News & Analysis 9/16/2016 1 comment Despite talks of early trials and even commercial systems, the work on a 5G standard at the 3GPP is still in an early phase, said a Qorvo engineer attending the meetings.
Transistor Trick Beats Moore News & Analysis 9/14/2016 7 comments Zeno Semiconductor, a Zvi-OrBach startup, claims it has discovered a More-that-Moore architecture that can instantly convert any MOSFET to a high-power bipolar-junction transistor (BJT), or even FinFETs.
Intersil Deal: Renesas' Survival Bid News & Analysis 9/13/2016 Post a comment In an exclusive telephone interview with EE Times, Renesas CEO said the Intersil deal won't be the last big M&A for Renesas. Intersil CEO will stay with the new company in a senior management position.
Chip Process War Heats Up News & Analysis 9/12/2016 Post a comment Fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator is on the rise but FinFETs are strong and planar will be the big winner, says veteran chip watcher Handel Jones.
Web Giants Drive Optical Nets News & Analysis 9/12/2016 Post a comment Microsoft and Facebook are driving separate efforts for a new generation of simplified 400G coherent optical transceivers and optical transport systems.
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.