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.
Smartening up Power Monitoring
News & Analysis 5/26/2015 Post a comment
Built around an internal 16-bit PIC MCU, Microchip's new power monitoring IC makes it flexible enough for both industrial and consumer apps requiring power factor correction.
Smart Factories Meet AI
News & Analysis 5/25/2015 1 comment
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has 47 years of experience in smart decision support, smart crowd control, the smart factory and more.
Huawei’s Everything-Connected Game Plan
News & Analysis 5/22/2015 4 comments
As Chinese Internet companies like Tencent, Alibaba and Xiaomi bulldoze into the local consumer electronics market with online strategies, the position of China’s telecom giant Huawei grows ever more intriguing. Will Huawei join them or stand on its own?
Cypress Eyes ISSI
News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment
On the heels of its Spansion acquisition, Cypress has made an offer for the fabless semiconductor company that focuses on the automotive, communications and industrial markets with its DRAM, SRAM and NOR flash products
FRAM's Slow, Unending Journey to Dominance
News & Analysis 5/18/2015 Post a comment
Much like MRAM, PCM and RRAM, FRAM has never gained the foothold that was predicted at its inception. Niche applications are providing opportunities for more widespread use as alternatives to other NVRAMs.
China Wonders: Whither Wearable Wares?
News & Analysis 5/18/2015 5 comments
Tencent’s surveys indicate that 45.7 percent of consumers stop using their wearable devices within a month. In six months, that number swells to almost 99 percent. Chinese designers know they’ve got to rethink wearables.
EEs Wanted for High Speed Rail
News & Analysis 5/14/2015 25 comments
A June seminar in Silicon Valley aims to prepare engineers to participate in California’s high-speed rail project, the first in the nation.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts
News & Analysis 5/13/2015 2 comments
Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
IBM Demos CMOS Silicon Photonics
News & Analysis 5/12/2015 10 comments
After 30 years of research IBM has unveiled the inexpensive, commercializable solution to silicon photonics that encodes and translates both electricity and light on a single CMOS chip.
Samsung Breaks Ground on $14 Billion Fab
News & Analysis 5/8/2015 14 comments
Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feet for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
Microchip to Acquire Micrel
News & Analysis 5/8/2015 2 comments
Microcontroller and analog semiconductor company Microchip Technology Incorporated has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the analog semiconductor company Micrel for $14.00 per share--an acquisition price of $839 million.
Surround View Camera Integrated into Driver Assistance
News & Analysis 5/8/2015 Post a comment
Automotive supplier Continental has demonstrated a potential new application for surround view cameras: Their signals can be used in advanced driver assistance systems such as automatic braking when reversing, cross traffic assistant and automated parking.
Can TI Obsolete FPGAs?
News & Analysis 5/7/2015 33 comments
Field-programmable gate arrays are a blank slate that solves any computing problem at super-high speeds but for a cost. Texas Instruments to create a family of ARM+DSP+programmable accelerator chips to that perform the same jobs as the FPGA but in a cheaper, smaller package that is easier to program. Here's what industry analysts think of it.
Startup's Webcams Move to 4K Panoramic Video
News & Analysis 5/7/2015 3 comments
Founded in 2013 and having secured two rounds of funding, including a Series B round of $10.5M from Intel Capital back in 2014, California-based startup Altia Systems has just launched its PanaCast2 Personal Panoramic Video System.
ST Falls to 4th in 2014 Sensor Sales Ranking
News & Analysis 5/7/2015 Post a comment
Market leader Bosch grabbed 20 percent of worldwide sales of sensor components in 2014, according to IC Insights. At the same time a 19 percent drop in the dollar value of its sensor sales in 2014 sent ST falling from second to fourth.
UltraHaptics Promises Airborne Tactile Interfaces
News & Analysis 5/6/2015 Post a comment
Founded in 2013, Bristol-based startup Ultrahaptics relies on a compact array of ultrasound transducers to send inaudible sound waves through the air, using phase-shift techniques to precisely control the focus and intensity of the acoustic radiation pressure into something tangible.