Microphone glitch hit ST's analog, MEMS sales in 2015 News & Analysis 2/5/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV saw its sales of analog and MEMS chips decline by 22 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 and by 12 percent on a full year basis, partly due to a problem with the supply of microphones to customers, according to chief financial officer Carlo Ferro.
MIT Neural Network IC Aims At Mobiles News & Analysis 2/4/2016 Post a comment MIT researchers have designed a chip to implement neural networks and claim it is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU. This could be used to allow mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms locally, rather than uploading data to the Internet for processing.
Google Fiber Expansion Coming To Public Housing News & Analysis 2/4/2016 Post a comment Google continues the expansion of its Fiber Internet service by offering free connections for families in public housing, starting in Kansas City. The search giant is already offering free WiFi service in some public housing developments.
FinFETs Flow at Samsung, TSMC News & Analysis 2/3/2016 3 comments Production of next-generation FinFET chips is underway in earnest with Samsung and TSMC leading the charge. Although Samsung announced mass production of its 14nm LPP process technology with a major customer win in Qualcomm, TSMC may have the last laugh with Apple driving shipments.
TSMC's 300mm Chinese Wafer Fab Wins Approval News & Analysis 2/3/2016 1 comment The Taiwanese government has given foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) approval to build a 300mm wafer fab in China, according to reports that reference the Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Chip Sales Dipped Slightly in 2015 News & Analysis 2/1/2016 Post a comment Despite formidable economic headwinds, semiconductor sales in 2015 fell just short of the record total established in 2014, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Robots Get A Gentler Grip News & Analysis 2/1/2016 Post a comment École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has devised flexible electrostatic grippers that are as gentle as human hands, yet can lift 100 times their own weight.
NXP Outlines Autonomous Vehicle Advances News & Analysis 2/1/2016 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors has been working with Google on self-driving cars and has interesting progress to report. Speaking in the plenary session of the 63rd International Solid State Circuits Conference, officials said facsimiles of self-driving cars are already on the road.
High-Temperature Electronics Operate at 300°C News & Analysis 1/25/2016 2 comments Sensors and actuators in industrial applications are increasingly deployed in environments with high temperatures. In the joint R&D project HOT 300, five Fraunhofer institutes have developed a number of basic technology components for high-temperature microsystems.
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future News & Analysis 1/21/2016 9 comments The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Al Gore on China, Mobile Web News & Analysis 1/14/2016 4 comments The warming relationship between China and the U.S. is important for continued development of the mobile Internet, according to former vice president Al Gore. Yet new tech companies also play an important role in shaping the future world.
Qualcomm, TDK Prep $3bn RF Joint Venture News & Analysis 1/14/2016 Post a comment Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) and TDK Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) have agreed to form a joint venture – RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. – to deliver radio frequency modules and filters for multiple applications, including IoT, drones, robotics and automotive electronics.
Patent Awards Down, IBM Still No. 1 News & Analysis 1/13/2016 Post a comment 2015 saw a 1% downturn in U.S. patent activity for the first time in seven years, with 298,407 utility patents filed. Perennial patent leader IBM led the year with 7,355 patents, down slightly from 2014.
Amazon Now Sells Own ARM chips News & Analysis 1/7/2016 2 comments Annapurna Labs Inc. ( ), a subsidiary of Internet shopping channel Amazon.com, has announced the availability of its Alpine range of ARM-based chips and subsystems aimed at home use Wi-Fi routers and Network-Attached Storage devices.
China Is Chip Market's Only Growth Region News & Analysis 1/5/2016 1 comment The three-month average of global chip sales for November 2015 declined by 3.0 percent compared with the figure for the same month a year before, according to numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
CES: ASIC Enables Location Services News & Analysis 1/5/2016 3 comments PNI Sensor Corp's new SENtrace application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) keeps GPS systems accurate within one meter per 100 meters traveled while cutting power by 10-fold.
ZigBee 3.0 to Include Energy Harvesting News & Analysis 12/21/2015 Post a comment The ZigBee Alliance industry association has said that it will work to combine EnOcean energy harvesting with ZigBee 3.0 to help address a breadth of IoT applications in smart home, smart city and industry 4.0.
TDK Grasps at Micronas News & Analysis 12/17/2015 Post a comment Magnet sensors apparently are about to assume a key role for industrial and automotive electronics applications: Electronics components manufacturer TDK has submitted a takeover bid for Swiss semiconductor Micronas who possesses significant expertise in this technology.
Microchip Named as Atmel Bidder News & Analysis 12/17/2015 4 comments Microcontroller vendor Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) is the company that has made a $3.8 billion unsolicited offer for Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.), according to a Reuters report that referenced an unnamed source.
Spy Agencies Fund IBM's Quantum Computing Research News & Analysis 12/11/2015 Post a comment Big Blue gets a multi-year grant from the U.S. intelligence community for the development of quantum computing technology. A universal quantum computer could tackle challenges such as safeguarding against cyberattacks and speeding up medical R&D.
Alliance Fast Tracks Ethernet Standards, Products News & Analysis 12/10/2015 Post a comment A year after forming, the NBASE-T Alliance is speeding up the
development and standardization Ethernet specifications with the IEEE 802.3bz standard. On its one-year anniversary, the group announced a new MAC-PHY specification and the addition of 14 new members.
Inside NXP Merger: Dos & Don'ts News & Analysis 12/9/2015 7 comments The first instinct for anyone working at chip companies about to go through mergers and acquisitions would be understandably to assume the worst: There goes your job. What should be your next step?
Scope, Not Scale, Drives Freescale/NXP Nuptials News & Analysis 12/7/2015 2 comments As NXP and Freescale completed a merger Monday, NXP CEO Rick Clemmer declined to answer a question about the number of layoffs likely to ensue. The CEO said he won’t yet know absolute numbers for a few months.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments