Auto Cybersecurity Dissected: Who, Where & What News & Analysis 8/25/2016 2 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.
AI Drives Startup to Map Deep Learning Computer News & Analysis 7/21/2016 Post a comment AI is driving hardware innovation. Wave Computing has leveraged the well-understood dataflow technology, and designed a new processing unit, called Dataflow Processing Unit (DPU), that can natively support Google TensorFlow and Microsoft CNTK.
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic? News & Analysis 7/20/2016 14 comments Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank? News & Analysis 7/19/2016 18 comments The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
FCC Paves Way for 5G News & Analysis 7/15/2016 Post a comment The U.S Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve a set of rules for wireless broadband communications operating above 24 GHz.
FinFET Startup Seeks Partners for Collaboration News & Analysis 7/14/2016 Post a comment FinScale Inc. (Dublin, Calif.), a startup that claims it knows how to build superior FinFETs optimized for quantum effects, has formed an industrial and academic partner program to accelerate development and adoption of its technology.
Leti Unveils New 3D Network-on-Chip News & Analysis 7/14/2016 Post a comment Leti’s 3D IC technology fundamentally differs from other 3D chips available on the commercial market. The difference lies in the interposer. Leti’s 3D NoC technology uses a ‘smart interposer,” where active elements are integrated.
Will NTSB Apply Brakes to Tesla's Autopilot? News & Analysis 7/12/2016 11 comments The NTSB’s entry into the investigations on a deadly crash on May 7 involving the “Autopilot” function in a 2015 Tesla Model S will certainly bring extra scrutiny to the automotive industry’s push for semi and full autonomous-driving technology.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Ex-Broadcom Unit to Shape Cypress IoT Future News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment Cypress closed the previously announced acquisition for $550 million of Broadcom’s Internet of Things business unit. The new unit’s directions and strategies will likely tilt toward the Broadcom team, which dwarfs its counterpart at Cypress.
Intelligence Agency Sets 3D Challenge News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has issued a $100,000 challenge to the programming community to improve upon the automatic generation of 2D-to-3D imagery from satellites.
Startup Debuts Open Source SoCs News & Analysis 7/11/2016 2 comments Startup SiFive aims to use the open source RISC-V core as the heart of two SoC platforms, enabling a broader set of engineers to build custom processors.
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.