Big Iron Shines at Hot Chips Slideshow 8/29/2013 6 comments IBM and Oracle showed competing Power 8 and M6 server CPUs at the annual Stanford event where Microsoft and others put in a few surprises.
The Archives of Factory Automation Slideshow 8/29/2013 7 comments I love slideshows. Here’s one on what automated manufacturing, robotics, the factory floor, automotive, and production used to look like. Can you imagine working in these environments today?
Sixense Kickstarts Wireless Controllers News & Analysis 8/29/2013 14 comments Even established company's are now using Kickstarter to raise funds, here Sixense to market its second generation wireless motion tracking platform called STEM (for Sixense tracking embedded module).
GPU-Compute on Exynos Made Easier News & Analysis 8/29/2013 2 comments Imagination has developed OpenCL extensions related to camera operations and computational photography that apply to its PowerVR Series 5 GPUs -- in use in such platforms as the Odriod development board and the Samsung Galaxy S4.
CMOS Timing Startup Turns to Crystal News & Analysis 8/28/2013 9 comments A developer of CMOS replacements for crystal oscillators has a new CEO, taken on more VC funding, and extended its business plan to include crystal oscillators.
Qualcomm Opens DSP Core Slideshow 8/27/2013 8 comments The mobile chip vendor will invite third-party programmers to write apps for its Hexagon core and has been asked to license the part to other chip vendors.
Inside M'soft Xbox One Slideshow 8/26/2013 25 comments Xbox One sports a new Kinect with a homegrown time-of-flight sensor and an SoC that puts CPU and GPU cores on one coherent memory bus.
3D Graphene Could Make Solar Cells Cheaper News & Analysis 8/26/2013 16 comments Michigan Tech has created a novel 3D graphene material that can replace the expensive precious metals in solar cells as well as improve battery performance and perhaps even enable less expensive superconductors.
Miniature SiP for Electric Vehicles News & Analysis 8/21/2013 13 comments Infineon, together with 40 partners, developed basic technologies that enable much more compact and reliable SiP solutions than those available on the market today.
Flow Batteries Going Grid Scale News & Analysis 8/21/2013 27 comments A new flow battery from MIT aims for grid-scale applications by storing energy from solar arrays and wind farms during lulls and then supplying it during peak demand.
DARPA Funds Neural Image Processor News & Analysis 8/20/2013 2 comments The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) granted University of Michigan a $5.7 million four-year contract to build a prototype neural network capable of processing images 1,000-times faster than today.
Atomic Clocks Double as Quantum Simulators News & Analysis 8/19/2013 4 comments Atomic clocks can simulate quantum states in real time, according to researchers at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Big Deals of 2013 Slideshow 8/19/2013 12 comments EE Times takes a brief look at five big acquisitions made or announced in 2013 that are likely to impact the electronics landscape for years.
Q-MEMS Downsizes Inertial Measurement Units News & Analysis 8/19/2013 9 comments Epson lays claim to the world's smallest high-performance inertial measurement unit (IMU)--the V340 is a six-axis high-precision gyroscope/accelerometer combo that measures just twelve-by-ten-by-four millimeters.
Applied Materials Appoints CEO News & Analysis 8/16/2013 8 comments Gary Dickerson was appointed to replace Michael Splinter as CEO of the leading chip-making equipment firm. Splinter is to serve as executive chairman.
ARM Preps Near-Threshold Processor for IoT News & Analysis 8/15/2013 17 comments ARM has been researching logic operation at near-threshold voltages and at clock frequencies of the order of tens of kilohertz. Its CTO says a core that uses such low voltages and clock frequencies could support low-power processing in applications that rely on energy harvesting.
MEMS Nixes Quantum Light Fluctuations News & Analysis 8/14/2013 9 comments Caltech researchers harnessed MEMS resonators to nix the tiniest quantum fluctuations in laser light, potentially enabling a new generation of ultra-precise measurement instruments.
Apple to Boost Pure-Play Foundry Growth News & Analysis 8/14/2013 9 comments Thanks largely to expectations that Apple will move at least some of its chip manufacturing to TSMC, overall pure-play foundry sales are expected to grow more than 20 percent this year.
Mobile Rising in Processor Market News & Analysis 8/13/2013 11 comments Mobile processors are becoming more significant in an expanding microprocessor market, because the PC market is in the doldrums, and non-x86 processors are failing to penetrate PCs, IC Insights says.