MEMS Market: Ups and Upstarts
News & Analysis 11/24/2015 5 comments
The newly renamed MEMS and Sensors Industrial Group hosted IHS, which predicted the growth of the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) growth rates through 2019.
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires
News & Analysis 11/23/2015 7 comments
Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
Japan Focuses on IoT Nuts & Bolts
News & Analysis 11/20/2015 Post a comment
Is Open IoT a missed opportunity for Japan? Can Japan contribute to the fast-growing world of the Internet of Things? Here's what we found at Embedded Technology 2015 in Yokohama.
Military Targets Wearables, Bioelectrics
News & Analysis 11/20/2015 1 comment
Members of the Armed Forces may be the toughest consumers of all, especially when it comes to wearables. The demand for precision technology that isn’t clunky and has a long battery life far exceeds that of the traditional wearable market, and has defined DARPA investment in wearables.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 8 comments
Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
TrulySecure Embeds Biometrics
News & Analysis 11/19/2015 Post a comment
Sensory Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has been using neural networks since they were invented over 20 years ago to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with first voice activated command-and-control, then dictation and now authentication with voice and facial recognition, all running on the users device with one-second response time snd with no need to be connected to the cloud.
E-Textiles Weave Complex Tale
News & Analysis 11/18/2015 Post a comment
While wearables present innumerable opportunities for fashion designers, the supply chain isn’t up to speed, according to a panel of wearable technology and fashion experts.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone
News & Analysis 11/17/2015 1 comment
French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
GlobalFoundries Launches 14nm ASIC
News & Analysis 11/14/2015 Post a comment
GlobalFoundries announced a new ASIC, FX-14, based on technology acquired from IBM and the foundry’s new 14nm LPP process. FX-14 targets wired and wireless applications, as well as compute and storage applications with support for various SoCs including 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processors.
A Therapy Session for Insecure IoT
News & Analysis 11/13/2015 2 comments
Call the doctor, burgeoning Internet of Things devices are having a crisis! During a panel discussion at ARM TechCon, industry experts discussed the challenges of securing millions of devices.
ARM CEO Touts IoT Security, Fire Safety
News & Analysis 11/11/2015 7 comments
ARM couldn’t have done it better if they tried. Just as CEO Simon Segars reached the climax of his TechCon keynote on the importance of security for the Internet of Things, a fire alarm rang out.
Micron Persistent Memory Pairs RAM/Flash
News & Analysis 11/10/2015 10 comments
Micron Technologies Inc. has combined a digital-in-line memory (DIMM) board with an self-backup-powered (with a super-capacitor) solid-state drive (SSD) to create a new memory architecture that can boost up-time by 100-times.
Scaling Down Semi Process Nodes for IoT Apps
News & Analysis 11/9/2015 1 comment
Scaling chips to 20-25 nanometers for Internet of Things devices will take longer than other markets because various elements in the mixed signal microcontroller-based architecture do not scale as easily.
Apple's Investments Turn Unproductive, Observes Good Electronics
News & Analysis 11/5/2015 Post a comment
The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and the Good Electronics Network have published their observations on the financialisation route that an increasing number of large electronic goods corporations are taking, and the adverse societal impact this can have while not proving sustainable for the companies themselves.
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones
News & Analysis 11/5/2015 3 comments
Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
NASA Deep-Space mission challenges: Antennas to MIPS
News & Analysis 11/4/2015 1 comment
The New Horizons spacecraft and its voyage to Pluto is an excellent example of the challenges to electronic systems on a long journey in space. Here we look at the system designs and functionality as well as some of the difficulties an engineer would face in designing such systems.
China's Tsinghua Interested in MediaTek
News & Analysis 11/3/2015 Post a comment
China's Tsinghua Unigroup, a state-controlled conglomerate, has said it would be interested in talks with MediaTek Inc. and that the Taiwanese law that prevents Chinese investment in Taiwanese companies should be relaxed, according to Taiwanese reports.
Micron Extreme NOR Flashes All
News & Analysis 10/30/2015 9 comments
Micron Technology has a new flash memory technology that it claims will replace all NOR flash architectures over the next few years.
Verizon Unveils ThingSpace IoT Platform
News & Analysis 10/29/2015 Post a comment
Verizon wants to connect billions of things within the space of its 4G LTE network. The company announced an Internet of Things development platform, ThingSpace, that aims to lower the barrier to entry for connectivity in smart cities, healthcare, agriculture, energy, and sharing platforms.
Oracle Hedges Server Bets
News & Analysis 10/28/2015 Post a comment
Oracle debuted five new servers and a separate server partnership with Intel. The new servers are based on its latest SPARC M7 microprocessor, while the partnership targets mission critical systems favored by IBM.
Apple Takes Green Initiatives in China
News & Analysis 10/26/2015 1 comment
Apple plans to produce 2.2GW of solar power and other renewable energy in China to cut air pollution brought by factories that have made millions of iPhones and iPads in the past eight years.
Dell Preps Semi-Custom Servers
News & Analysis 10/22/2015 Post a comment
Dell unveiled new servers for the data center market and enterprise at its annual DellWorld conference, targeting custom and semi-custom network infrastructure and storage for tier two cloud providers and others.
PCs Live, Says Dell with Refresh
News & Analysis 10/20/2015 Post a comment
As the PC market continues to decline, Dell is doubling down with a desktop refresh targeting emerging markets including three desktop and three all-in-one PCs.
Xilinx Revenues Driven By Data
News & Analysis 10/14/2015 Post a comment
Xilinx's second quarter fiscal 2016 sales were down 4% from the prior quarter and down 13% year-over-year, but Xilinx's CEO put emphasis on its data-center future.