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 3 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.
Renesas to Exit Microwave Device Biz News & Analysis 8/3/2016 Post a comment Renesas plans to stop the production and supply of microwave devices, shutting down the business in the summer of 2018. Renesas' microwave device division has been pulling back from product development for some time.
Socionext Bleeds Top Network SoC Talent to Acacia News & Analysis 8/1/2016 Post a comment A top slice of technical/management people at Socionext’s Network SoC group already left and they’ll be working at Acacia Communications. The move affects the survival of Socionext, while Acacia gains an upper hand in optical networking equipment chips.
Startup Releases Vehicle-Agnostic Autopilot Software News & Analysis 7/30/2016 1 comment Technology company Oxbotica has launched its mobile autonomy software Selenium. Though the developers demonstrated the software in a purpose-built concept car, they claim that it can be applied to more or less any vehicle. Another unique feature: the software gets its bearings without relying on GPS.
ST Buys NFC, RFID Assets from AMS News & Analysis 7/29/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV has acquired NFC, RFID reader business from AMS AG for a sum of $77.8 million plus an additional sum based on how the business performs in future.
Tesla-Mobileye Rift: Divorce or Lovers' Spat? News & Analysis 7/28/2016 12 comments Mobileye’s CTO’s comments about Tesla during its Q2 financial reporting illustrates not just the love lost between the two proud technology companies, but what it would take for them to pursue “safety” in the ear of autonomous driving.
What Separates Huawei from Ericsson News & Analysis 7/26/2016 2 comments On the day its biggest rival Ericsson lost a CEO under mounting pressure from investors, Huawei Technologies based in Shenzhen, China Monday reported a 40 percent jump in first-half sales.
Audio Rises for Event Detection News & Analysis 7/25/2016 14 comments Audio is heading from pure playback to enabling “input, trigger and analytics in contextual awareness,” says an industry executive. But what will take microphones to play as important a role as cameras to add “intelligence” to autonomous cars?
NASA, Taiwan to Develop Robotic Lunar Lander News & Analysis 7/22/2016 4 comments Several Taiwanese research institutions have signed an agreement NASA to jointly develop an unmanned lunar lander that could crawl the moon’s surface as early as 2020, according to Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency.
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.