Digital Light Processor Downsizes & Diversifies News & Analysis 8/26/2014 7 comments The digital light processor (DLP) was used in the first and most popular large-screen televisions, but now it has been downsized for pico-applications from projectors built-into smartphones to smart glasses.
China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously? News & Analysis 8/25/2014 21 comments China’s news agency reports that China’s home-grown operating system will be unveiled in October this year, first on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier News & Analysis 8/21/2014 12 comments Infineon Technologies will buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash. Through the merger, the German chip company is pushing toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
Mesh Network Key to Winning IoT Race News & Analysis 8/20/2014 8 comments As competing wireless networking technologies gun for the smart home market, many contenders believe mesh networking is the heart of the matter for the Internet of Things.
China Moves to Buy Omnivision News & Analysis 8/19/2014 1 comment CMOS image sensor developer Omnivision Technologies has received a takeover bid from Hua Capital Management at $29 a share, which would value the company at about $1.64 billion.
China Fabless Go 'Private' to Gain Public Funds News & Analysis 8/13/2014 11 comments Feeling little love from the US investment community while being drawn to a pot of gold promised by the Chinese government, some Chinese fabless companies have left Nasdaq after being acquired by state-owned funds.
Nanoceramic Startup Gears Up for Growth News & Analysis 8/12/2014 2 comments The UK startup Cambridge Nanotherm hopes to commercialize its nanoceramic technology, which converts aluminum into a dielectric adept at carrying heat, by targeting high-end LED system makers.
Intel Outlines 14nm, Broadwell News & Analysis 8/11/2014 18 comments Intel provided first details of its 14nm process technology now qualified for volume production in at least one fab and gave a sneak peak at Broadwell, its first CPU to use it.
How to Ride a Comet News & Analysis 8/11/2014 16 comments After ten years and billions of kilometers traveled, the Rosetta Spacecraft’s successful rendezvous last week with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gersaimeno was a breeze for the mission control team compared to its next task.
Canada Ahead of US in Chip Ed News & Analysis 8/8/2014 19 comments The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC, Kingston) helps academics--professors and graduate students to build semiconductor prototypes including all steps from conception, to EDA to testing.
E2V Buys Spanish Image Sensor Specialist News & Analysis 8/6/2014 Post a comment E2v Technologies has announced it has agreed to acquire Innovaciones Microelectronicas, which trades as AnaFocus and supplies CMOS image and vision sensors for the industrial, professional, scientific, medical and high-end surveillance markets.
Industrial Electronics Chip Sector Rebounds News & Analysis 8/5/2014 1 comment The industrial electronics chip sector continued to rebound in the first quarter of this year, buoyed by stronger business conditions across the global economy, according to an IHS report.
MEMS Imitates Logic News & Analysis 8/5/2014 1 comment There were those who said history would not repeat itself. But evidence continues to accumulate that the MEMS sector will follow a similar path to CMOS logic.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid News & Analysis 8/4/2014 7 comments Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
MEMS Leaders Under Pressure, Says Yole News & Analysis 8/4/2014 Post a comment The MEMS industry is changing as established manufacturing leaders with an emphasis on delivering components are put under pressure by fabless MEMS vendors, as customers become more interested in functionality -- a mix of hardware and software -- than components.
Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation News & Analysis 7/31/2014 7 comments Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Sony, Panasonic, Japan Display Plan OLED Joint Venture News & Analysis 7/31/2014 3 comments Sony Corp., Panasonic Corp., and Japan Display Inc. are working together to create a new company, to be named JOLED, which is expected to be launched early in 2015 to develop small and midsized organic light-emitting diode displays for use in tablet devices.
Sony, TSMC Win Award for Silicon-Plastic Process Development News & Analysis 7/31/2014 1 comment Sony and TSMC's paper describing a process to integrate a silicon biosensor into a microfluidic chip with the potential to create cost-effective, mass-fabricated point-of-care devices gets Best Abstract of Interest to the Industry Division Award from American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
NASA Exec Says, 'Boldly Go!' News & Analysis 7/25/2014 17 comments Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center, challenged a Silicon Valley crowd to go beyond our solar system to find life and settle space -- and harness biotechnology along the way.
MIT Wrist-Robot Adds Extra Fingers News & Analysis 7/18/2014 20 comments The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a wrist-worn robot that adds two fingers adjacent the thumb and pinky to help perform tasks with one hand that would ordinarily require two.
Atmel's Wireless Castle Complete News & Analysis 7/16/2014 5 comments With its proposed $140 million deal to acquire Newport Media, Atmel will add two key products to complete its SmartConnect wireless portfolio: 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth modules.
2D-to-3D Conversion Adds Texture on Top News & Analysis 7/16/2014 2 comments In an SID 2014 paper, NLT Technologies researchers disclosed how they were able to use a variant of electrovibration on a 4.1-inch-wide touchscreen prototype to create localized friction (at multiple touchpoints) and the perception of texture.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs News & Analysis 7/16/2014 28 comments In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
Flexible Displays Going Commercial News & Analysis 7/15/2014 11 comments LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Intel's Mobile Losses Mount News & Analysis 7/15/2014 8 comments Intel reported significant increases in net income during its second-quarter revenue report, held July 15, as well as record quarterly microprocessor shipments. Despite a generally good quarter, the company showed massive losses in its mobile unit.
Micro Sensor Monitors Properties of Liquids News & Analysis 7/15/2014 2 comments Researchers are developing sensors that can measure the quality of lubricants using a microchip aluminium nitride cantilever that vibrates when a liquid exerts mechanical resistance on it.
Can Samsung Get Qualcomm in LTE Market? News & Analysis 7/11/2014 8 comments Samsung took the wraps off of a new LTE radio chip. It's noteworthy that the company has integrated its own quad-core application processor and called it Exynos ModAP. The Korean behemoth's intention is clear: Get Qualcomm.
Qualcomm Snaps Up CSR's Imaging Team News & Analysis 7/10/2014 Post a comment Cellphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying the imaging operations of CSR plc, which are based in Israel, according to local reports. CSR announced it would be selling the business for $44 million on July 2.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves News & Analysis 7/9/2014 6 comments Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
Invensense MEMS Merges With Movea Motion News & Analysis 7/8/2014 4 comments Invensense buys Movea and Trusted Positioning to bolster its motion processing algorithms embedded in its micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS), system-on-chips, and future sensor hubs.
Chip Market Growth Moderated in May News & Analysis 7/8/2014 Post a comment Europe's three-month average chip sales in May pushed forward showing strengthening growth year-on-year while the rest of world saw growth rates decline, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), that referenced the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.