AMD Climbs Bristol Ridge News & Analysis 4/6/2016 1 comment AMD unveiled its new mobile 7th generation of FX A-Series processors, code named Bristol Ridge. The Bristol Ridge AMD FX processors will be featured in a new notebook design by HP and offer improved multitasking performance, ultra-HD video streaming and all day battery life.
Printed Pressure & Temp Sensors Added to Tires News & Analysis 4/5/2016 1 comment Silent Sensors has moved to CPI’s National Printable Electronics Centre in the UK to scale up the London-based company's patented tire sensor technology, which has been developed to measure tire pressure and temperature.
Open-Source Processor Core Ready For IoT News & Analysis 3/31/2016 4 comments Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna have developed PULPino, an open-source processor optimized for low power consumption and application in wearables and the Internet of Things.
Marvell licenses startup's SerDes News & Analysis 3/29/2016 1 comment Marvell Technology Group Ltd. has licensed the Glasswing chip-to-chip SerDes technology from startup company Kandou Bus SA (Lausanne, Switerland).
Semi Market Breakdown and 2016 Forecasts News & Analysis 3/24/2016 Post a comment The 2016 global chip market will grow 0.3% compared with 2015 to reach a value of $341.0 billion, but the European region will see its part of that market contract by 1.6%, according to industry association SEMI.
3D NAND Fab Seen as Milestone for China News & Analysis 3/22/2016 3 comments Breaking of ground for construction of XMC fab that will eventually produce 200,000 wafers per month signals new phase in development of China's domestic semiconductor manufacturing industry, says analyst.
12 In-Car Devices to Watch Drivers News & Analysis 3/18/2016 2 comments Automakers know that drivers get tired, they get sleepy and, more often than not, their attention wanders. But technologies to monitor drivers have taken on a whole new meaning, as more automated features come into cars.
Drones' Challenge: Add 'Autonomy' in Flying News & Analysis 3/16/2016 1 comment Most consumer drones today are flying blind. Taking on the challenge of autonomous flying are DJI, the world’s leading drone maker in Shenzhen, China, and Movidius (San Mateo, Calif.), a designer of low-power computer vision SoCs.
Driverless Car Hearing: Did Right Qs Get Asked? News & Analysis 3/16/2016 1 comment Members of the Senate panel and companies urged policy makers to develop uniform national, regulations for autonomous cars. Duke University robotics professor criticized the current status of driverless car testing consists of “superficial demonstrations,” not “evidence-based tests and evaluations.”
Smart Glasses May Replace Smartphones News & Analysis 3/15/2016 4 comments The nascent virtual and augmented reality market will explode by 2018, according to a panel at Game Developers Conference. While still in the prototyping and developer kit stage, VR/AR headsets will eventually account for a large market.
4K Rides USB-C for Handsets News & Analysis 3/14/2016 Post a comment Lattice Semiconductor and MediaTek have eyes on 4K ultra-high definition for mobile devices. People are already streaming 4K video from their smartphones, but demand for content and data requires fast new connections.
5G mmW Models Go Open Source News & Analysis 3/11/2016 Post a comment In an effort to speed 5G development, NYU Wireless will provide its
channel models and measurements for cellular propagation in the millimeter wave (mmW) band as free, open source software. The simulation will help product developers understand the behavior and capabilities of the mmW radio spectrum.
Temperature Sensors Improving, But Buyer Beware News & Analysis 3/10/2016 Post a comment Temperature sensors, from thermistors and thermocouples to RTDs, are ubiquitous, but designers would be wise to look closely at the characteristics of each before making a selection as improvements in both design and associated software and algorithms tend to change their respective advantages.
Failed Risk Analysis that Felled Fukushima News & Analysis 3/8/2016 33 comments It’s been five years since a 2011 earthquake hit Japan, including a devastating tsunami that led to the meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant. So, where stands the aftermath of the power plant disaster? Has the crisis subsided?
Everke Takes Over as CEO of AMS News & Analysis 3/2/2016 1 comment Alexander Everke has taken over as CEO of analog, mixed-signal and sensor company AMS AG (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) replacing Kirk Laney.
Startup, with Mixed-Signal ASICs, to Boost 4G Capacity News & Analysis 2/29/2016 3 comments Blue Danube Systems, a startup with a unique 3D beamforming based on its own mixed-signal ASICs, is pitching high-definition antenna systems that increase by tenfold the average LTE spectrum efficiency of a typical base station.
Cisco Explains 5G Auto Potential News & Analysis 2/26/2016 1 comment If the Mobile World Congress this week is any indication, the discussion of 5G’s physical connectivity, while still important, has decidedly begun to shift to such topics as 5G network slicing and network virtualization.
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. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.