Wireless Charging Metrics Debated News & Analysis 8/4/2015 Post a comment The Wireless Power Consortium has co-authored a study that aims to create a standard for measuring the efficiency of wireless charging systems. The study found in favor of the WPC's Qi system, but analysts aren't sure whether the methods will be absorbed by the rest of the industry.
Will The World Coalesce Around USB Type C? News & Analysis 8/3/2015 4 comments USB Type C is still too new for any market forecast numbers. But some analysts anticipate that USB Type C with its alt modes could “bring some ‘consolidation’ in the connector market,” where consumers need just one cable.
Hybrid Solar Cells Capture More News & Analysis 7/31/2015 1 comment Solar cells today waste as much as 44 percent of the solar spectrum--the infrared (IR)--but by combining inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules that lost energy can be unconverted to the visible spectrum for conversion to electricity, according to researchers at University of California, Riverside, (UCR).
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains News & Analysis 7/30/2015 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Metallic Nanoparticles May Lower Solar Cost News & Analysis 7/29/2015 1 comment While the domestic solar energy industry grew 34% last year, fundamental technical breakthroughs are still needed to hit the national goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Researchers at Rice University say they have found a way reduce the costs of photovoltaic solar cells.
Demand for Radar Systems Boosts Infineon’s Chip Production News & Analysis 7/28/2015 1 comment Radar systems are experience rapidly growing acceptance among car buyers. While passenger cars with a radar sensor can be bought since the nineties, production figures as well as take rates reached significant numbers only by 2013. But since radar-based driver assistance systems are available at affordable prices, the numbers are skyrocketing. Infineon now has produced the ten millionth radar chip.
Smart Meters Can Destabilize Grid, Study Says News & Analysis 7/28/2015 10 comments In some geographies including Germany, smart meters are mandatory for new buildings – being an ingredient of smart grids, they allow energy suppliers to match energy generation and consumption by implementing differentiated tariffs and help users to optimize energy consumption profiles.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business News & Analysis 7/28/2015 Post a comment he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
SK Hynix Starts 3D NAND Flash Production News & Analysis 7/27/2015 Post a comment Memory chipmaker SK Hynix Inc. has said it will prepare for its first production volumes of 3D NAND flash memory in the third quarter of 2015. It joins the ranks of Samsung, Toshiba and Micron.
Qualcomm Plans 15% Layoffs News & Analysis 7/22/2015 8 comments Qualcomm announced a realignment plan that aims to reduce costs by $1.4 billion by 2016 and will deliver pink slips to 15% of employees.
Can GloFo and Europe's Chip Firms Unite? News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment Globalfoundries' Dresden wafer fab could become the European More-than-Moore foundry that the local chip companies lacked the courage to commission. As such Globalfoundries could yet receive financial support from the European Commission to expand its presence in Europe.
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’ News & Analysis 7/22/2015 1 comment In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
Wi-Fi Rings in NYC Phone Booths News & Analysis 7/17/2015 Post a comment A new company with ties to Google will convert 10,000 payphones throughout the five boroughs into gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots. The ad-based links will provide free phone call and public Wi-Fi with seamless roaming.
Taiwan Chipmakers Leery of M&A Wave News & Analysis 7/17/2015 1 comment Taiwan chipmakers say they’re worried that the ongoing wave of global merger and acquisition activity in the semiconductor industry may leave them stranded.
Q'comm's Sales Practices Under Scrutiny News & Analysis 7/16/2015 1 comment The European Commission, the administrative and executive body of the 28-nation European Union, has opened two antitrust investigations into the behavior of Qualcomm with regard to its market dominance of semiconductors used in consumer electronics.
TSMC Trims 2015 Outlook News & Analysis 7/16/2015 7 comments Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. the world’s largest chip foundry, said the outlook for the rest of this year is worse than the company previously expected because customers are digesting an inventory glut that built up earlier this year.
Bell Labs Bucks Short-Term Research Trend News & Analysis 7/15/2015 Post a comment Solving networking problems is both an immediate and long-term goal for Bell Labs, as well as an interesting insight into its research strategy. While some legacy laboratories favor 2- or 3-year projects, Bell Labs emphasizes longer-term research.
Battery Startup Gets Ex-Fab Exec News & Analysis 7/14/2015 Post a comment Albany battery startup BessTech announced that Doug Grose, former CEO of GlobalFoundries, has joined the company as its chief technology officer. Grose retired from GlobalFoundries and served as CEO for three years
M2M Shifting Quickly from 2G to 4G, Says Sequans News & Analysis 7/8/2015 Post a comment Although M2M devices are still largely dependent on 2G cellular links for device-to-device communication, M2M system vendors must decide soon to move their network “from 2G to something else,” said Georges Karam, CEO at Sequans Communications.
Samsung Boosts Batteries with Graphene News & Analysis 7/6/2015 Post a comment Researchers from Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), the company’s R&D hub, have found a way to extend lithium-ion battery life using silicon and graphene. The carbide-free graphene combats expansion to increase battery life by 1.8x over conventional lithium-ion batteries.
Thin Film Solar Cells May Rival Silicon News & Analysis 7/6/2015 3 comments A consortium of 11 European institutions in eight countries aim to one-up the cheap Chinese thin-film solar cells with efficiencies rivaling silicon at a fraction of the cost.
3-D Fingerprint Scanner Beats Apple's News & Analysis 7/3/2015 3 comments The University of California at Davis, in cooperation with the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) has created a three-dimensional (3-D) MEMS fingerprint identification system atop a CMOS ASIC.
Intel President, Execs Step Down News & Analysis 7/2/2015 11 comments Intel President Renée James is among several top executives who announced plans to resign from the chip giant. Three other executives from various divisions will also leave the company.
IBM-GlobalFoundries Deal Finalized News & Analysis 7/1/2015 7 comments Following final approval by U.S. regulators, IBM closed the sale of its chip manufacturing operations to GlobalFoundries. IBM will pay $1.5 billion to the world’s second largest chip foundry.
Nanogenerator Harvests Energy From Rolling Tires News & Analysis 7/1/2015 2 comments Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) have developed a nanogenerator that harvests friction energy from a vehicle's rolling tires, promising a new way for automobile manufacturers to achieve more efficiency from their vehicles.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems News & Analysis 6/26/2015 Post a comment Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Low Temperature 2D MoS2 Now at Wafer-Level News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment Researchers at the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute have fabricated and characterised large-area 2D films of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), an N-type semiconductor, at room temperature using a process which is scalable to any size wafer.
GlobalFoundries’ FD-SOI Revolution News & Analysis 6/23/2015 7 comments Confirming the imminent announcement of the company’s big FD-SOI plan, GlobalFoundries came to Grenoble to discuss its 22nm FD-SOI process scheduled to be qualified by early 2016.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race? News & Analysis 6/23/2015 3 comments How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
AMD Denies Mulling Breakup News & Analysis 6/22/2015 Post a comment Company denies report that it hired a consulting firm to help it consider options for breaking up the company or spinning off part of its business.
Freescale Adds Comms to IoT MCUs News & Analysis 6/22/2015 1 comment Freescale announced a new set of microcontrollers with integrated communications as part of its Kinetis family. The multi-protocol chips are designed for home automation and industrial control devices in the Internet of Things
Freescale i.MX 7 Finally Here News & Analysis 6/22/2015 3 comments Freescale's latest application processor, the i.MX 7 comes with one or two ARM Cortex-A7 microprocessors as well as one Cortex-M4 micro controller resulting in a unique heterogeneous architecture that consumes as little as 250 microAmps in its Low Power State Retention mode (LPSR).
Crocus Gets $21 Million backing for Sensor Push News & Analysis 6/21/2015 Post a comment Crocus Technology SA (Santa Clara, Calif.), a developer of magnetic RAM and related devices has announced it has raised $21 million (about €19 million) in funding. This brings the total raised by the company to date to $194 million (about €180.3M).
IR Cameras Soon a Commodity, Warns Yole News & Analysis 6/19/2015 2 comments Over the next several years, uncooled thermal camera shipments will accelerate rapidly, with volumes growing at 22% CAGR between 2015 and 2020, according to Yole Développement's latest report.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.