Scope, Not Scale, Drives Freescale/NXP Nuptials News & Analysis 12/7/2015 2 comments As NXP and Freescale completed a merger Monday, NXP CEO Rick Clemmer declined to answer a question about the number of layoffs likely to ensue. The CEO said he won’t yet know absolute numbers for a few months.
What Freescale-NXP Merger Can Teach Us News & Analysis 12/3/2015 4 comments As new NXP, conceived in a merger with Freescale, approaches its day of birth – next Monday, the crucial issue posed by a combined entity $10 billion in revenue is its impact on the competitive landscape in the semiconductor market.
Novel Phase of Carbon Shows Enhanced Electronic Properties News & Analysis 12/3/2015 3 comments Researchers from the North Carolina State University (Rayleigh, NC) have reported the discovery of a novel phase of solid carbon, known as Q-carbon, distinct from the already known phases of graphite and diamond and allotropes such as carbon-60, carbon nanotubes and graphene.
Energy Harvesting For High Power News & Analysis 12/1/2015 Post a comment It’s taking a while to sow the seeds for energy harvesting. While much industry focus may be on powering the Internet of Things, the future may be bigger for energy harvesting.
Bill Gates Backs Multi-Billion Dollar Clean Tech Initiative News & Analysis 12/1/2015 Post a comment A public-private partnership for clean energy research and development kicked off the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris today. Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced that he would donate $2 billion over the next five years to the newly formed Mission Innovation.
NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle News & Analysis 11/26/2015 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the sale of its RF power amplifier business to Chinese state-controlled Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.
MEMS Market: Ups and Upstarts News & Analysis 11/24/2015 8 comments The newly renamed MEMS and Sensors Industrial Group hosted IHS, which predicted the growth of the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) growth rates through 2019.
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires News & Analysis 11/23/2015 10 comments Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
Japan Focuses on IoT Nuts & Bolts News & Analysis 11/20/2015 Post a comment Is Open IoT a missed opportunity for Japan? Can Japan contribute to the fast-growing world of the Internet of Things? Here's what we found at Embedded Technology 2015 in Yokohama.
Military Targets Wearables, Bioelectrics News & Analysis 11/20/2015 1 comment Members of the Armed Forces may be the toughest consumers of all, especially when it comes to wearables. The demand for precision technology that isn’t clunky and has a long battery life far exceeds that of the traditional wearable market, and has defined DARPA investment in wearables.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT News & Analysis 11/19/2015 8 comments Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
TrulySecure Embeds Biometrics News & Analysis 11/19/2015 Post a comment Sensory Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has been using neural networks since they were invented over 20 years ago to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with first voice activated command-and-control, then dictation and now authentication with voice and facial recognition, all running on the users device with one-second response time snd with no need to be connected to the cloud.
E-Textiles Weave Complex Tale News & Analysis 11/18/2015 Post a comment While wearables present innumerable opportunities for fashion designers, the supply chain isn’t up to speed, according to a panel of wearable technology and fashion experts.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone News & Analysis 11/17/2015 1 comment French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
GlobalFoundries Launches 14nm ASIC News & Analysis 11/14/2015 Post a comment GlobalFoundries announced a new ASIC, FX-14, based on technology acquired from IBM and the foundry’s new 14nm LPP process. FX-14 targets wired and wireless applications, as well as compute and storage applications with support for various SoCs including 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processors.
A Therapy Session for Insecure IoT News & Analysis 11/13/2015 2 comments Call the doctor, burgeoning Internet of Things devices are having a crisis! During a panel discussion at ARM TechCon, industry experts discussed the challenges of securing millions of devices.
ARM CEO Touts IoT Security, Fire Safety News & Analysis 11/11/2015 7 comments ARM couldn’t have done it better if they tried. Just as CEO Simon Segars reached the climax of his TechCon keynote on the importance of security for the Internet of Things, a fire alarm rang out.
Micron Persistent Memory Pairs RAM/Flash News & Analysis 11/10/2015 10 comments Micron Technologies Inc. has combined a digital-in-line memory (DIMM) board with an self-backup-powered (with a super-capacitor) solid-state drive (SSD) to create a new memory architecture that can boost up-time by 100-times.
Scaling Down Semi Process Nodes for IoT Apps News & Analysis 11/9/2015 1 comment Scaling chips to 20-25 nanometers for Internet of Things devices will take longer than other markets because various elements in the mixed signal microcontroller-based architecture do not scale as easily.
Apple's Investments Turn Unproductive, Observes Good Electronics News & Analysis 11/5/2015 Post a comment The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and the Good Electronics Network have published their observations on the financialisation route that an increasing number of large electronic goods corporations are taking, and the adverse societal impact this can have while not proving sustainable for the companies themselves.
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones News & Analysis 11/5/2015 3 comments Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
NASA Deep-Space mission challenges: Antennas to MIPS News & Analysis 11/4/2015 1 comment The New Horizons spacecraft and its voyage to Pluto is an excellent example of the challenges to electronic systems on a long journey in space. Here we look at the system designs and functionality as well as some of the difficulties an engineer would face in designing such systems.
China's Tsinghua Interested in MediaTek News & Analysis 11/3/2015 Post a comment China's Tsinghua Unigroup, a state-controlled conglomerate, has said it would be interested in talks with MediaTek Inc. and that the Taiwanese law that prevents Chinese investment in Taiwanese companies should be relaxed, according to Taiwanese reports.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments