Samsung Boosts Batteries with Graphene News & Analysis 7/6/2015 Post a comment Researchers from Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), the company’s R&D hub, have found a way to extend lithium-ion battery life using silicon and graphene. The carbide-free graphene combats expansion to increase battery life by 1.8x over conventional lithium-ion batteries.
Thin Film Solar Cells May Rival Silicon News & Analysis 7/6/2015 3 comments A consortium of 11 European institutions in eight countries aim to one-up the cheap Chinese thin-film solar cells with efficiencies rivaling silicon at a fraction of the cost.
3-D Fingerprint Scanner Beats Apple's News & Analysis 7/3/2015 3 comments The University of California at Davis, in cooperation with the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) has created a three-dimensional (3-D) MEMS fingerprint identification system atop a CMOS ASIC.
Intel President, Execs Step Down News & Analysis 7/2/2015 11 comments Intel President Renée James is among several top executives who announced plans to resign from the chip giant. Three other executives from various divisions will also leave the company.
IBM-GlobalFoundries Deal Finalized News & Analysis 7/1/2015 7 comments Following final approval by U.S. regulators, IBM closed the sale of its chip manufacturing operations to GlobalFoundries. IBM will pay $1.5 billion to the world’s second largest chip foundry.
Nanogenerator Harvests Energy From Rolling Tires News & Analysis 7/1/2015 2 comments Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) have developed a nanogenerator that harvests friction energy from a vehicle's rolling tires, promising a new way for automobile manufacturers to achieve more efficiency from their vehicles.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems News & Analysis 6/26/2015 Post a comment Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Low Temperature 2D MoS2 Now at Wafer-Level News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment Researchers at the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute have fabricated and characterised large-area 2D films of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), an N-type semiconductor, at room temperature using a process which is scalable to any size wafer.
GlobalFoundries’ FD-SOI Revolution News & Analysis 6/23/2015 7 comments Confirming the imminent announcement of the company’s big FD-SOI plan, GlobalFoundries came to Grenoble to discuss its 22nm FD-SOI process scheduled to be qualified by early 2016.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race? News & Analysis 6/23/2015 3 comments How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
AMD Denies Mulling Breakup News & Analysis 6/22/2015 Post a comment Company denies report that it hired a consulting firm to help it consider options for breaking up the company or spinning off part of its business.
Freescale Adds Comms to IoT MCUs News & Analysis 6/22/2015 1 comment Freescale announced a new set of microcontrollers with integrated communications as part of its Kinetis family. The multi-protocol chips are designed for home automation and industrial control devices in the Internet of Things
Freescale i.MX 7 Finally Here News & Analysis 6/22/2015 3 comments Freescale's latest application processor, the i.MX 7 comes with one or two ARM Cortex-A7 microprocessors as well as one Cortex-M4 micro controller resulting in a unique heterogeneous architecture that consumes as little as 250 microAmps in its Low Power State Retention mode (LPSR).
Crocus Gets $21 Million backing for Sensor Push News & Analysis 6/21/2015 Post a comment Crocus Technology SA (Santa Clara, Calif.), a developer of magnetic RAM and related devices has announced it has raised $21 million (about €19 million) in funding. This brings the total raised by the company to date to $194 million (about €180.3M).
IR Cameras Soon a Commodity, Warns Yole News & Analysis 6/19/2015 2 comments Over the next several years, uncooled thermal camera shipments will accelerate rapidly, with volumes growing at 22% CAGR between 2015 and 2020, according to Yole Développement's latest report.
Fairchild Out "Smarts" Dumb MEMS News & Analysis 6/16/2015 7 comments Fairchild announced its entry into the MEMS market -- under its own label -- last year, even though its been a MEMS foundry since 2001 from which it gained the experience to build "smart" high-end devices with built-in DSPs that it claims reduces power over competing high-accuracy six axis inertial measurement units (IMUs).
Intel Memo on Layoffs Reported News & Analysis 6/10/2015 19 comments Intel may cut an untold number of research an administration positions, according to an internal memo obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive. Following a reduced revenue outlook for 2015, the chip company could aim to cut its budget by $300 million
Smart Glasses Strap On AR News & Analysis 6/10/2015 Post a comment Emerging technologies like AR comes with a series of challenges and opportunities, executives from smart glasses and AR device companies said during a session. Still, as additional use cases develop the possibilities are endless.
IBM Renting Its EDA Tools News & Analysis 6/7/2015 5 comments Ever since IBM started designing systems over 100 years ago, it has used it own internally developed toolkits, the envy of designers who have to use brand-x electronic design automation (EDA) suites. Now IBM is renting the use of its famous tools online at one-half the price of licensing brand-x tools.
Nanoscale Sensor Breakthrough May Lower Costs News & Analysis 6/5/2015 1 comment University of Buffalo researchers invent universal nanoscale substrate that acts as a "skeleton key" for one of the most popular substance sensor technologies--surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)--potentially enabling inexpensive single-chip versions.
Batteries Charge for Energy Role News & Analysis 6/4/2015 1 comment Improved technology for smart cities and the decreasing cost of renewable energy installation is rapidly changing the power management market. The resulting decentralization of electricity sources requires new power management solutions and business models, which will drive a multi-billion dollar market in the next 10 years.
City Smarts Marshalled in Germany News & Analysis 6/4/2015 9 comments Germany's smart cities plan aims to make Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg and other cities self-sufficient in energy, integrated in access to mass transit with a single e-token, and totally connected to citizens for communication during normal and times of emergencies.
No American Chip Boom After All, Says WSTS News & Analysis 6/4/2015 Post a comment Only two months after saying the chip market in the Americas region would grow to $79.7 billion in 2015, up 15 percent over its 2014 value, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization has produced figures that show much lower 3.7 percent growth for the region.
Intel to Buy Altera for $16.7B News & Analysis 6/1/2015 11 comments This acquisition opens the door to some very interesting possibilities, such as presenting multiple processor cores and FPGA die in the same package.
Google Gestures at 60 GHz News & Analysis 5/29/2015 3 comments Google unveiled a radar-on-chip for fine gesture control with the goal of expanding increasingly small screens and interfaces. While the radar technology isn’t yet authorized by the FCC, Google’s ATAP team wants to fine tune its Soli chip for wearables.
Rohm Buys Renesas Wafer Fab News & Analysis 5/28/2015 Post a comment Rohm Co. Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan) has moved to acquire a 200mm wafer fab from Renesas Electronics Corp. for 450 million yen (about $3.7 million).
CES Asia: ‘Zero Distance’ to Supply Chains News & Analysis 5/27/2015 Post a comment Conspicuously missing from CES Asia are big name consumer electronics brands -- even local companies like Xiaomi and Lenovo. The show, however, signals the region’s close proximity among product design, manufacturing and supply chains.
Sensor Choices Power Industrial Internet Innovation News & Analysis 5/27/2015 Post a comment Whether or not the Internet of Things will live up to its own hype, the notion has certainly got people thinking. Proposals range from the “Internet of Everything” to some more focused concepts such as the Industrial Internet; a term first introduced by electrical giant GE, and now understood to mean the automation of industrial environments using sensor networks and machine-to-machine communications.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.