Freescale Reveals NXP Mega Merger Details News & Analysis 4/24/2015 9 comments Five companies, aside from NXP, were in talks with Freescale, and CEO Gregg Lowe will be leaving post merger. Freescale reveals details of the NXP merger during its quarterly results call.
Elvis Sees All in Russia News & Analysis 4/23/2015 17 comments A Russian company claims it has the first Russian designed smart chip. The video intelligent processor (VIP-1) is sold in surveillance systems in Russia, but may be sold as a bare-chip overseas.
TI Obsoletes FPGA News & Analysis 4/21/2015 49 comments Texas Instruments is out to kill the FPGA with a nine processor chip that can downsize avionics, military and medical applications to portable size -- from backpack radars to portable MRIs.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs News & Analysis 4/21/2015 6 comments We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion News & Analysis 4/16/2015 4 comments Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is cutting its planned capital expenditure for this year by $1 billion, citing improvements in capital efficiency and a faster-than-expected migration to its leading-edge 16nm process technology.
Apple Buys Array Camera Firm LinX News & Analysis 4/15/2015 Post a comment Apple has acquired Israeli startup LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., the developer of an array camera for mobile equipment, for a purchase price estimated at about $20 million.
Intel Does Balancing Act News & Analysis 4/15/2015 Post a comment In its Q1 results, predictably Intel's PC business is down but data center, IoT, and nonvolatile memory made up for PC loses. Surprisingly capex goes down.
MEMS Startup Selects MIPS for Sensor Hubs News & Analysis 4/10/2015 Post a comment A South Korean startup has licensed a MIPS Warrior M-class CPU core from Imagination Technologies Group plc for use in sensor hubs it is developing to address IoT, wearables and automotive applications.
On Semi Wins Image Sensor Slot News & Analysis 4/9/2015 Post a comment A tear down of the Hero entry-level sports camera from GoPro Inc. by market research firm IHS Technology reveals that Hero is based on the A7LS34 image processing chip from Amberella Inc. and a CMOS image sensor from Aptina, now part of On Semi.
TSMC Outlines 16nm, 10nm Plans News & Analysis 4/8/2015 2 comments TSMC announced plans to roll out updated low-power versions of existing chips and announced its roadmap for smaller process nodes. The company will begin volume production of its 16nm FinFet+ in the middle of this year while breaking ground on 10nm development.
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix News & Analysis 4/2/2015 Post a comment Ziptronix Inc., a developer and provider of low-temperature direct bonding interconnect (DBI) technology for 3D integration, has announced a patent licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for the application of its technology to image sensors.
How Will Deep Learning Change SoCs? News & Analysis 3/30/2015 5 comments Deep learning is changing the way computers see, hear and identify objects -- but will it ever migrate into smartphones or vision SoCs for cars? Has anybody come up with SoCs optimized for neural networks?
Robotic Bacteria Senses Humidity News & Analysis 3/27/2015 Post a comment A bacterial spore studded with graphene quantum dots makes the world best humidity sensor according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Bosch Rides Apple to MEMS Dominance News & Analysis 3/26/2015 5 comments How did Bosch achieve a future “MEMS titan” status? Why is STMicroelectronics slipping? Get the lowdown of MEMS Industry status and technology breakdown.
Core Independent MCUs Come to Power Management News & Analysis 3/26/2015 Post a comment Using redundant sets of key power management functions, Microchip has used its core independent peripheral architecture in an 8 bit MCU to bring a high degree of flexibility to power supply, automotive, battery management, and LED display apps.
Intel's Xeon Phi to House 72 Cores News & Analysis 3/25/2015 12 comments Intel's Xeon Phi mutiprocessor, with up to 72 cores and integrated Micron Hybrid Memory Cubes, will accelerate both enterprise and supercomputer workloads.
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’ News & Analysis 3/24/2015 6 comments Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.
Amazon Drones Need a Few Breaks from the FAA News & Analysis 3/20/2015 2 comments Amazon received an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the FAA, but it isn't quite a breakthrough?. Not so much. Here’s why Amazon Prime Air’s dream of package delivery via drones is still a long shot.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50? News & Analysis 3/19/2015 5 comments We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Marvell Touts MoChi, FLC in Shanghai News & Analysis 3/17/2015 6 comments The president of Marvell painted broad strokes about its Final-Level Cache memories and a new interconnect technology called MoChi during a keynote in Shanghai. She described them as basic building blocks for the company’s newly proposed scalable SoCs.
ST's Vigna Wins IEEE Award News & Analysis 3/12/2015 Post a comment Benedetto Vigna, executive vice president for the analog, MEMS, and sensors group at STMicroelectronics NV has been given a top IEEE award for his role in the development and commercialization of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).
Sigfox, Sequans: Tale of Two French IoT Firms News & Analysis 3/11/2015 6 comments There is an underlying thread in both 5G and IoT: Diversification. Diversified networks, network topologies and network infrastructures are necessary to enable both. Carriers realize that there will be no one-size-fits-all network for either 5G or IoT.
Taking on Industrial IoT with Real-Time DDS News & Analysis 3/11/2015 1 comment Building on its experience in high reliability Data Distribution Services for the military/aerospace market, Prismtech launchs a "DDS for things" platform for networked devices requiring real-time, deterministic delivery.
Infineon: Why It's Back at MWC News & Analysis 3/10/2015 1 comment Since 2011, when it sold its wireless business to Intel, Infineon’s name – along with its baseband and RF technologies — has faded into the memory of the mobile world. But they are back in Barcelona this week. Why?
Intersil Fined for TAOS Patent Infringement News & Analysis 3/10/2015 Post a comment Intersil Corp. has been found guilty of infringing patents held by Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions Inc. (TAOS) and fined $58.8 million in a court case that dates back to 2008. Taos was acquired by AMS AG (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) in 2011.
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