Bloomberg in France Advises Startup Crowd News & Analysis 10/14/2016 Post a comment Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg, and Emmanuel Macron, former French Minister of Economy, came on stage together at a two-day conference in Paris, talked to the entrepreneurs about startups, roles of the government and taking risks.
IoT Startup Taps Blockchain News & Analysis 10/13/2016 1 comment Startup Filament has developed an end node for the industrial Internet of Things than extends the LoRa network and uses blockchain as part of its security.
Did Processor Cause Samsung Note 7 Blowup? News & Analysis 10/12/2016 35 comments It’s far from clear what caused Samsung Note 7 to catch fire. But a new report emerged that the culprit might not be the lithium-ion batteries. Rather, the problem might reside in tweaks made to the processor.
Achronix Brings eFPGA IP to SoC News & Analysis 10/11/2016 5 comments Achronix has declared that the embedded FPGA — which chip designers can simply drop into their own SoC designs with wire-to-wire connections — is no longer a pipe dream. It’s here and shipping, said Steve Mensor, Achronix executive.
Intel's Stratix 10 FPGAs, SoCs Sampling News & Analysis 10/6/2016 3 comments Devices like Stratix 10 FPGAs will help satisfy the insatiable demand for higher computational capabilities, lower latency, greater system flexibility, and increased power efficiencies
Lam/KLA Failure Cools M&A News & Analysis 10/6/2016 Post a comment Regulators struck down a proposed merger of Lam Research and KLA-Tencor, signaling collaboration will be the focus in process technology.
Startup Digs Deep Learning, Snags Big Backers News & Analysis 10/6/2016 3 comments ThinCI, architecture designer for deep learning graph analysis, has come out of stealth mode. The startup picked up Denso and Magna as its investors, while Dadi Perlmutter, former Intel executive vp is giving the startup’s technology a thumbs-up.
NXP Rides Growing Motor Control MCUs News & Analysis 10/5/2016 Post a comment Carmakers are eager to squeeze more comfort and convenience into their cars. Inevitably, they will have to install more motor control chips into their vehicles. NXP is launching new motor control MCUs along with software and new tools.
Flash Extends Life of Magnetic Tape Machines News & Analysis 10/4/2016 1 comment Magnetic tape has long been a stalwart storage technology, and machines are still alive and well in many industries where it doesn't make financial sense to upgrade to more modern technologies
Toyota: Hydrocar as 'Power Bank' 20 Years out News & Analysis 10/4/2016 7 comments Toyota brought to Paris Toyota FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) PLUS. It uses compressed hydrogen as its fuel source. Toyota proposes the FCV PLUS will be also used as a “generator” for homes, other cars and local power grids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple Heralds Dawn of Dual Lens Camera News & Analysis 9/8/2016 1 comment Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus comes with a dual-lens camera, providing both telephoto-zoom and depth of field features. Corephotonics, who pioneered the computational dual camera for smartphones, is enabling Apple’s competitors to develop similar dual camera smartphones.
Globalfoundries Preps 12nm FDSOI Process News & Analysis 9/8/2016 7 comments Globalfoundries has announced a next-generation FDSOI process, called12FDX, to follow on from the 22FDX process that is nearing production. The new process nominally at 12nm minimum geometry is intended for mobile computing, 5G, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles.
IC Insights Trims IoT Chip Market Forecast News & Analysis 9/8/2016 1 comment IC Insights reduced the IoT semiconductor market’s projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) -- between 2014 and 2019 -- from originally projected 21.1 percent to 19.9 percent.
LTE IoT: Sequans Claims 'Big Lead' over Rivals News & Analysis 9/6/2016 3 comments With the recent ratification of the Cat M1 and Cat NB1 standards, Cellular IoT is getting hot. Sequans claims it’s the first to sample CAT M1/NB1 chips, 9 months ahead of its rivals including Qualcomm, Intel and Altair.
Intel Buys Movidius: Automotive Vision in Play? News & Analysis 9/6/2016 Post a comment The Movidius deal is a big win for Intel. Where analysts’ opinions diverge is whether Intel has a long-term ambition to extend Movidius’ technology to autonomous cars, and if Movidius is equally hungry for the automotive market.
2016 IC Industry: Who Grabbed What...So Far News & Analysis 9/2/2016 11 comments Among M&A deals thus far in 2016, we find more transactions that are not an outright “whole” company acquisition. As deals get granular, who owns what becomes more of a tangled web. EE Times attempts to untangle it.
Renesas, Maxim In Duel for Intersil News & Analysis 8/31/2016 Post a comment The courtship of Intersil Corp. is turning into a duel between Japan’s Renesas Electronics and San Jose, Calif.-based Maxim Integrated Products Inc. Intersil may announce a sale to Renesas as early as next week, Reuters reported.
IC Industry M&A: Who's Left to Buy? News & Analysis 8/31/2016 4 comments Only eight months in, 2016 is already looking like another blockbuster year for M&A in the global chip industry. As valuations keep going up, the questions are who’s left to buy and what’s a good buy?
Auto Cybersecurity Dissected: Who, Where & What News & Analysis 8/25/2016 3 comments The automotive industry’s change in perception on cybersecurity, compared to just a year ago, is seismic. We attempt to break down the layers of automotive cybersecurity. We identify where such software will reside, its functions and likely evolution.
SiC Muscles Rohm into Auto Biz News & Analysis 8/24/2016 Post a comment Rohm, a Japanese component vendor whose business could be harmed by the steady decline in market share among leading Japanese CE vendors, has good reason to sweat its own prospects. But Rohm says it has a clear growth strategy.
‘Interscatter’ Tech Lets Implants Talk Wi-Fi News & Analysis 8/19/2016 Post a comment University of Washington researchers have developed what they call “interscatter communication” technology that backscatters (or reflects) existing signals like Bluetooth in the air, transforming wireless transmissions from one technology to another.
Rivals Chasing Velodyne in Lidar Race News & Analysis 8/18/2016 6 comments Velodyne unveiled a combined $150 million investment from co-investors Ford Motor Company and China’s Baidu. A growing number of startups are now chasing Velodyne, the most experienced and best funded lidar tech company.
E-Retailers Automate Fulfillment News & Analysis 8/17/2016 5 comments The co-robot company InVia Robotics Inc. has invented robots-as-a-service whereby warehouses pay a fee, per co-robot, to use its GrabIt and TransIt co-robots to pick items from the shelves and deliver them to the mailroom.
Cypress New CEO to Bring ‘Outsider’ Perspective News & Analysis 8/11/2016 3 comments Cypress’ new CEO said that the key to success for a semiconductor company is to “become relevant to your customers.” Cypress hopes to become “a tech company that customers want to partner with,” he said.
Murata’s Playbook: Smartphones, Auto, Battery News & Analysis 8/8/2016 3 comments The new hope for Japan’s electronics industry is component suppliers who started out making lowly components. We sat down with Murata’s executive vice president and asked him about its post-smartphone strategy, why it wants Sony’s lagging battery business.
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.