Qualcomm Sues Chinese Smartphone Firm News & Analysis 7/8/2016 1 comment Phone chip supplier and intellectual property licensor Qualcomm Inc. has sued Meizu Technology Co. Ltd. (Xhuhai, Guangdong, China) alleging infringement of patents covering features and technologies used in smartphones.
Google To Acquire Image Recognition Startup News & Analysis 7/7/2016 Post a comment Google announced a deal to buy image-recognition startup Moodstocks. Created in 2009, the French startup first introduced on-device image recognition in 2012, enabling smartphones to recognize whatever their camera sees.
IBM Rolls Out Job-Cutting Plan In The Netherlands News & Analysis 7/7/2016 Post a comment According to a leaked company memo, IBM is imposing involuntary job cuts in the Netherlands for the first time. Does the move serve as a template for Big Blue to impose forced layoffs in regions where local labor laws have made it difficult to impose mandatory cuts?
Tesla's Fatal Crash: 6 Unanswered Questions News & Analysis 7/7/2016 42 comments Tesla’s fatal crash has many automotive industry experts wondering what exactly happened. EE Times makes an attempt to dissect which technologies were at play inside Model S Autopilot, and what limitations each technology was manifested in the crash.
Brexit Threatens London's Data Center Market News & Analysis 7/5/2016 8 comments The future of the UK, and specifically of London, as the leading market for data centers in Europe could be affected by Brexit, according to an analysis by 451 Research. However, the split could also provide opportunities for the US.
Auto Security Demands All-Over Answer News & Analysis 7/5/2016 Post a comment In automotive security, the state of play has significantly altered. If Harman’s acquisitions of three auto-security tech companies are any indication, the industry is demanding a comprehensive answer covering over-the-air update and intrusion-detection systems to in-vehicle network protection.
Why Intel Got Inside BMW-Mobileye Deal News & Analysis 7/1/2016 Post a comment The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will collaborate to bring fleets of fully self-driving vehicles to the streets by 2021. While the BMW-Mobileye connection has been known to industry observers, Intel was a surprise element in the three-way deal.
Micron to Cut Jobs News & Analysis 7/1/2016 Post a comment Memory chip maker will shed unspecified number of jobs in cost-cutting move amid challenging market conditions.
UL Bringing ‘Adult Supervision’ to IoT--Really? News & Analysis 6/29/2016 2 comments In early April when UL launched its new cybersecurity standard, dubbed UL 2900, reactions from the IoT market were split. Three months later, is it proving an extra burden or a benefit to the IoT community?
Google Fellow Talks Neural Nets, Deep Learning News & Analysis 6/28/2016 2 comments We are already living with deep learning and large-scale neural networks, as evidenced by the growing number of applications that rely on computer vision, language understanding, robotics and more. Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean discusses what he wants most from neural networks and machine learning.
How Do You Update 1 Billion IoT Devices? News & Analysis 6/27/2016 5 comments IoT devices need over-the-air firmware and software updates, but that must be done quickly and securely. Resin.io, which just got $9 million in funding from GE Ventures, Ericsson and others, thinks it has answers to such hard IoT problems.
Brexit Ripples Through Tech Community News & Analysis 6/27/2016 18 comments UK voters gave a thumbs up for leaving the European Union, generating concerns in the tech community over the ease of finding jobs and potential company relocations.
Zero Power Listen-Mode Sensor Debuts News & Analysis 6/22/2016 3 comments An acoustic “event-detection” device like Vesper’s new piezoelectric MEMS microphone uses sound energy to wake a system from full power-down mode, thus enabling battery life of a system embedded with the sensor to span not months but years.
Mobileye Chief Engineer Explains EyeQ5 News & Analysis 6/15/2016 Post a comment We followed up with Mobileye on what’s inside EyeQ5, and why now. Our discussion ranged from architecture of a driverless car in 2020 to accelerators in the SoC and Google’s recently unveiled custom ASIC for machine learning.
IBM Watson Health Tackles Diabetes News & Analysis 6/15/2016 Post a comment IBM Watson Health is teaming with the American Diabetes Association to apply cognitive computing to the ADA's 66 years worth of research and data. The results will be used to learn more about diabetes, prevention, complications, and care.
MIT Researchers Turn Graphene Light on and off News & Analysis 6/15/2016 Post a comment A team of international researchers have discovered that under certain circumstances, a flow of electric current running through a sheet of graphene can exceed the speed of slowed-down light and produce a kind of optical “boom."
MIT's Phase-Locked Laser Array Yields Better Beam News & Analysis 6/14/2016 Post a comment Researchers from MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have demonstrated a natural phase-locking mechanism of closely integrated nanolasers, showing that the typically unwanted lateral emissions could contribute to a long-range global coupling of all the lasers in the 2D array.
NXP Sells Biz Unit to China, Downsizes 25% News & Analysis 6/14/2016 Post a comment NXP Semiconductor NV has agreed to sell its standard products business unit to a Chinese consortium. This will involve the transfer of about one quarter of NXP's total workforce that is responsible for about one-fifth of NXP revenues.
STMicroelectronics Seeks Revival News & Analysis 6/14/2016 6 comments STMicroelectronics has changed in recent years. In the past five months alone, ST exited some of its biggest business, had less-than-stellar financial results, and is taking on behemoth NXP for dominance in automotive microcontrollers. But where is this sometimes struggling company going?
The Road Ahead For AI in Cars News & Analysis 6/14/2016 8 comments AI is seen as an enabler for ‘real’ autonomous cars. We asked an IHS analyst to break down automotive AI, including its advancements, applications inside vehicles, and the hardware available to process AI algorithms.
Printed Memory to Secure IoT News & Analysis 6/13/2016 1 comment In the Internet of Things era, there are still scenarios where a low-cost, unconnected memory might make more sense than a connected device.
China Dominates Smartphone Suppliers List News & Analysis 6/10/2016 2 comments China-based smartphone suppliers represented eight of the top 12 slots for smartphone IC suppliers in the first quarter of 2016, according to a report from IC Insights. Chinese companies Huawei, OPPO and Xiaomi were all in the top five suppliers.
AMD Details Next-Gen APUs News & Analysis 6/8/2016 4 comments AMD still believes in PCs and recently announced its seventh generation of A-series processors targeted for that market. Code-named Bristol Ridge and Stony Ridge, the processors are designed to boost productivity, enhance multimedia, and improve energy efficiency.
SIA Expects Chip Sales to Fall News & Analysis 6/8/2016 Post a comment Semiconductor industry trade group joins chorus of market watchers in predicting that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016 in the face of sluggish demand and macroeconomic headwinds.
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.