Sensor Fusion Goes Open-Source News & Analysis 11/6/2014 8 comments A new industry group has formed to simplify the process by which sensor data is synthesized. The Accelerated Innovation Community is an open-source algorithm cooperative dedicated to improving the accuracy of sensors.
Superconductivity Predicted by Supercomputer News & Analysis 11/5/2014 4 comments Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has started manufacturing the military grade MAXL-OL-2000 MEMS-based accelerometer family for fabless chip company Physical Logic AG (Zurich, Switzerland) using a thick-film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of its 180nm modular MEMS process.
China Blamed for Microchip Dip News & Analysis 10/30/2014 4 comments Microchip Technology Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending Sept. 30. Officials said the company's decrease in sales is a reflection of the economic climate in China rather than internal issues.
Freescale CEO: 'IoT Isn't Just Buzz' News & Analysis 10/29/2014 13 comments Two factors rejuvenating Freescale are the "explosion of connected devices" and "cars so aware of their surroundings that they can't get into accidents," says its CEO.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate News & Analysis 10/28/2014 14 comments While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
China's 5-Year Plan Revealed News & Analysis 10/23/2014 12 comments China's next five-year plan, starting in 2016, will emphasize connectivity, a smartphone for everyone, and the Internet of Things en masse.
Intel, Partners Reveal Privacy Survey News & Analysis 10/22/2014 1 comment The average person’s device ecosystem is expanding, exponentially increasing the amount of data being created as well as associated security risks. In response to a recently released survey, Intel and several of its partner organizations recently discussed big data and ways to mollify the more than 80% of users who are uneasy about who, or what, has access to their information.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom News & Analysis 10/21/2014 6 comments TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
Spansion Expands MCUs With IoT on Its Radar News & Analysis 10/20/2014 2 comments Spansion has unveiled 96 new MCUs, additions to the company's FM4 family based on the ARM Cortex-M4 core. Running at 200MHz, they offer up to 2MB flash memory, a large set of interfaces, security, and 5V I/O.
Nanotube Field Emitters Beat OLEDs News & Analysis 10/16/2014 15 comments Like a cathode ray tube of old, nanotube field emitters energize a phosphorous display for flat-panel lighting that uses 100 times less energy than LEDs and is brighter than OLED panels.
TSMC Capex to Exceed $10B in FinFET Ramp-Up News & Analysis 10/16/2014 6 comments Taiwan Semiconductor said Thursday that it aims to increase its capital expenditures next year to more than US$10 billion as it accelerates its ramp-up to commercial production of 16 nm FinFET chips.
IC Industry Slowdown: True or False? News & Analysis 10/15/2014 10 comments Did Microchip Technology get ahead of itself by suggesting that its downward revenue forecast was a negative bellwether for the whole semiconductor market? Or is there a macro-economic weakness that bodes ill for the chip industry?
In $2.5B Deal, Qualcomm & CSR Mesh News & Analysis 10/15/2014 15 comments Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest cellphone chip vendor, has agreed to buy CSR for $2.5 billion to strengthen its presence in the Internet of Things market.
NYC Shines as Maker City News & Analysis 10/14/2014 2 comments The maker movement is helping redefine manufacturing in New York City and around the world, a panel of city officials and industry experts said last month at MakerCon in New York City. Smaller production volumes, collective workspaces, and refined equipment are paving the way for a new industrial revolution.
Microchip Forecast Dip Triggers Debate News & Analysis 10/13/2014 16 comments Microchip's downward revision in its September quarter revenue forecast spooked flocks of investors, driving down stock prices, not only for Microchip, but also for Intel and TI. The news appears to have caught semiconductor industry analysts by surprise.
Cheap Fusion Beats Fossil Fuels News & Analysis 10/10/2014 51 comments A new fusion reactor design is based on a plasma configuration called a spheromak that is one tenth the size and a whole lot cheaper than alternative fusion reactor designs -- even cheaper than current-day fossil-fuel power plants.
Will Infineon's Power IC Gambit Pay Off? News & Analysis 10/8/2014 16 comments Against several of the financial community's shibboleths (get out of manufacturing, get rid of fabs), Infineon not only kept its fabs but upgraded them. The company is staking its power-chip future in Dresden fab.
HP Plans Split Into 2 Separate Businesses News & Analysis 10/6/2014 1 comment HP announced Monday that it plans to split into two companies: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. It's the culmination of a long-rumored move to separate the personal computer and printer businesses from the rest of the company.
ARM Partners Explore M7 Horizon News & Analysis 10/2/2014 5 comments ARM partners discussed new use cases for the Cortex-M7 MCU, which promises high performance at 5 CoreMark/MHz and 2.14 DMIPs/MHz. Freescale is one of several early ARM partners deploying the M7 in its SoCs; other partners include Dolby and Atmel.
Robots Confront Safety Standards News & Analysis 9/30/2014 7 comments An emerging crop of industrial robots will be more user-friendly tools for novice users in a wide variety of small companies, but they may bump up against safety standards, experts say.
Fairchild Reinvents Itself News & Analysis 9/26/2014 11 comments Fairchild is transforming itself from a discrete component supplier for everyone into a smart-module provider to just the fastest-growing industries, says president and chief operating officer Vijay Ullal.
MEMS Pioneer Raises $25M, Including Debt News & Analysis 9/26/2014 4 comments SiTime Corp., a pioneer of MEMS resonator devices as replacements for quartz timing devices, has closed a $25 million round of financing that includes a $15 million debt facility provided by Capital IP Investments Partners.
IBM Water Cooling Enables a Super Solar Dish News & Analysis 9/25/2014 20 comments A solar disk cuts costs by using fiber-reinforced concrete, supporting polymer-backed aluminum foil mirrors concentrated on four-spectrum InGaAs photovoltaic cells cooled by water in IBM-fabricated micro-channels.
PZT Making Waves in MEMS News & Analysis 9/25/2014 Post a comment ST's announcement that it is offering a piezo-MEMS manufacturing process catapults the company to the front of a wave of uptake for the technology.
NXP Beats Qualcomm, Gets First V2V Design Win News & Analysis 9/23/2014 4 comments The future of car-to-car communication in the United States is getting more real, now that Delphi Automotive has become the first Tier 1 to supply car-to-car communications modules to General Motors' 2017 Cadillac models.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips News & Analysis 9/23/2014 4 comments The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
Cars Made to Order at Retail News & Analysis 9/19/2014 11 comments Local Motors’sporty 3D printed car looks like licorice on wheels and cruised around a rocket playground while eager adults looked on. The vehicle innovation company – not car manufacturing, not motorcycle manufacturing – bills itself as a necessary alternative for consumers who want more choice.