LEDs Get As Cheap as Bulbs
News & Analysis 9/1/2015 11 comments
Researchers at Florida State University have cut the cost of making LEDs for lighting, promising to deliver white lighting systems for the same price as incandescent bulbs.
Apple Joins Pentagon Alliance to Develop Wearable Tech
News & Analysis 8/31/2015 Post a comment
The Pentagon has announced a Silicon Valley-based manufacturing institute and partnership with a consortium of over 160 companies, universities, and non-profit organizations -- including Apple and Boeing -- to develop high-tech military wearables and ultimately "an end-to-end stretchable electronics 'ecosystem' in the U.S."
Cellular, Wi-Fi Spar Over Spectrum
News & Analysis 8/28/2015 6 comments
Debate around spectrum sharing for next generation communications systems continues, following a recommendation by the industry group Wi-Fi Alliance to withhold certification of LTE-Unlicensed equipment. Licensed and unlicensed spectrum management is a critical concern ahead of an expected boom in data needs and connected devices by 2020.
Cellular, Asia Drive RF Sales
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 Post a comment
Basestation proliferation in China and the Asia-Pacific region are driving demand for RF power devices, according to a report from ABI Research. The market for RF power devices grew by approximately $1 billion in 2014, over 50% growth year-over-year.
FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below
News & Analysis 8/24/2015 5 comments
Twenty-four hour farming, autonomous tractors and driverless combines are no longer the stuff of agro-science fiction. Agriculture today is moving toward all these innovations.
Albany Research Hub Drives Collaboration
News & Analysis 8/24/2015 Post a comment
The College of Nanoscience and Engineering has grown from a physics department at the State University of New York’s Albany Polytechnic campus to the hub of research and development for New York state.
SK Hynix Invests in Hyperspectral Sensor Startup
News & Analysis 8/21/2015 1 comment
SK Hynix has invested 2.2 billion won (about $1.8 million) in Stratio Technology Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.), a startup developing germanium-based hyperspectral image sensors, according to Korea Times article. SK Hynix has acquired a 9.1 percent stake the article said.
Inside GlobalFoundries' Fab 8
News & Analysis 8/18/2015 5 comments
We tour GlobalFoundries' Fab 8, one of the largest chip fabs in the United States, in Malta, N.Y. and a hub for innovations developed at R&D centers in Albany.
IoT Networks Debated at ESC
News & Analysis 8/11/2015 12 comments
The Internet of Things lacks a wide area network with broad coverage and low cost, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the recent ESV SV event.
'Black Dart' Counters Drones
News & Analysis 8/11/2015 2 comments
Joint U.S. military "Black Dart" exercises demonstrated and tested the latest countermeasures against enemy operated drones on July 26th through August 7th at the Naval Air Station (Point Mugu, California).
Building-Integrated Photovoltaics About to Take-off, Say Analysts
News & Analysis 8/7/2015 6 comments
In its latest report, industry analyst firm n-tech Research predicts the total market for building-integrated solar photovoltaic (BIPV) systems will triple from about USD 3 billion in 2015 to over USD 9 billion in 2019, and surge to USD 26 billion by 2022, as more truly "integrated" BIPV products emerge that are monolithically integrated and multifunctional.
An Operator's View of 5G
News & Analysis 8/5/2015 1 comment
The Telecommunications Industry Association surveyed 58 operators globally on the future of 5G cellular, and found that the next-generation technology will begin rollout in Asia and require great effort from network operators.
Your Smartphone Battery Could Be Tracking You
News & Analysis 8/5/2015 Post a comment
Your Smartphone Battery Could Be Tracking You
Security researchers have found a way to track a user's smartphone Web usage through battery life.
Wireless Charging Metrics Debated
News & Analysis 8/4/2015 Post a comment
The Wireless Power Consortium has co-authored a study that aims to create a standard for measuring the efficiency of wireless charging systems. The study found in favor of the WPC's Qi system, but analysts aren't sure whether the methods will be absorbed by the rest of the industry.
Will The World Coalesce Around USB Type C?
News & Analysis 8/3/2015 5 comments
USB Type C is still too new for any market forecast numbers. But some analysts anticipate that USB Type C with its alt modes could “bring some ‘consolidation’ in the connector market,” where consumers need just one cable.
Hybrid Solar Cells Capture More
News & Analysis 7/31/2015 1 comment
Solar cells today waste as much as 44 percent of the solar spectrum--the infrared (IR)--but by combining inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules that lost energy can be unconverted to the visible spectrum for conversion to electricity, according to researchers at University of California, Riverside, (UCR).
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains
News & Analysis 7/30/2015 Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Metallic Nanoparticles May Lower Solar Cost
News & Analysis 7/29/2015 1 comment
While the domestic solar energy industry grew 34% last year, fundamental technical breakthroughs are still needed to hit the national goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Researchers at Rice University say they have found a way reduce the costs of photovoltaic solar cells.
Demand for Radar Systems Boosts Infineon’s Chip Production
News & Analysis 7/28/2015 1 comment
Radar systems are experience rapidly growing acceptance among car buyers. While passenger cars with a radar sensor can be bought since the nineties, production figures as well as take rates reached significant numbers only by 2013. But since radar-based driver assistance systems are available at affordable prices, the numbers are skyrocketing. Infineon now has produced the ten millionth radar chip.
Smart Meters Can Destabilize Grid, Study Says
News & Analysis 7/28/2015 11 comments
In some geographies including Germany, smart meters are mandatory for new buildings – being an ingredient of smart grids, they allow energy suppliers to match energy generation and consumption by implementing differentiated tariffs and help users to optimize energy consumption profiles.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business
News & Analysis 7/28/2015 Post a comment
he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
SK Hynix Starts 3D NAND Flash Production
News & Analysis 7/27/2015 Post a comment
Memory chipmaker SK Hynix Inc. has said it will prepare for its first production volumes of 3D NAND flash memory in the third quarter of 2015. It joins the ranks of Samsung, Toshiba and Micron.
Qualcomm Plans 15% Layoffs
News & Analysis 7/22/2015 9 comments
Qualcomm announced a realignment plan that aims to reduce costs by $1.4 billion by 2016 and will deliver pink slips to 15% of employees.
Can GloFo and Europe's Chip Firms Unite?
News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment
Globalfoundries' Dresden wafer fab could become the European More-than-Moore foundry that the local chip companies lacked the courage to commission. As such Globalfoundries could yet receive financial support from the European Commission to expand its presence in Europe.
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’
News & Analysis 7/22/2015 1 comment
In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
Wi-Fi Rings in NYC Phone Booths
News & Analysis 7/17/2015 Post a comment
A new company with ties to Google will convert 10,000 payphones throughout the five boroughs into gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots. The ad-based links will provide free phone call and public Wi-Fi with seamless roaming.
Taiwan Chipmakers Leery of M&A Wave
News & Analysis 7/17/2015 1 comment
Taiwan chipmakers say they’re worried that the ongoing wave of global merger and acquisition activity in the semiconductor industry may leave them stranded.
Q'comm's Sales Practices Under Scrutiny
News & Analysis 7/16/2015 1 comment
The European Commission, the administrative and executive body of the 28-nation European Union, has opened two antitrust investigations into the behavior of Qualcomm with regard to its market dominance of semiconductors used in consumer electronics.
TSMC Trims 2015 Outlook
News & Analysis 7/16/2015 7 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. the world’s largest chip foundry, said the outlook for the rest of this year is worse than the company previously expected because customers are digesting an inventory glut that built up earlier this year.