Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 7 comments
Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Sony, Panasonic, Japan Display Plan OLED Joint Venture
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 3 comments
Sony Corp., Panasonic Corp., and Japan Display Inc. are working together to create a new company, to be named JOLED, which is expected to be launched early in 2015 to develop small and midsized organic light-emitting diode displays for use in tablet devices.
Sony, TSMC Win Award for Silicon-Plastic Process Development
News & Analysis 7/31/2014 1 comment
Sony and TSMC's paper describing a process to integrate a silicon biosensor into a microfluidic chip with the potential to create cost-effective, mass-fabricated point-of-care devices gets Best Abstract of Interest to the Industry Division Award from American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).
NASA Exec Says, 'Boldly Go!'
News & Analysis 7/25/2014 17 comments
Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center, challenged a Silicon Valley crowd to go beyond our solar system to find life and settle space -- and harness biotechnology along the way.
MIT Wrist-Robot Adds Extra Fingers
News & Analysis 7/18/2014 20 comments
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a wrist-worn robot that adds two fingers adjacent the thumb and pinky to help perform tasks with one hand that would ordinarily require two.
Atmel's Wireless Castle Complete
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 5 comments
With its proposed $140 million deal to acquire Newport Media, Atmel will add two key products to complete its SmartConnect wireless portfolio: 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth modules.
2D-to-3D Conversion Adds Texture on Top
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 2 comments
In an SID 2014 paper, NLT Technologies researchers disclosed how they were able to use a variant of electrovibration on a 4.1-inch-wide touchscreen prototype to create localized friction (at multiple touchpoints) and the perception of texture.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs
News & Analysis 7/16/2014 28 comments
In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
Flexible Displays Going Commercial
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 11 comments
LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Intel's Mobile Losses Mount
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 8 comments
Intel reported significant increases in net income during its second-quarter revenue report, held July 15, as well as record quarterly microprocessor shipments. Despite a generally good quarter, the company showed massive losses in its mobile unit.
Micro Sensor Monitors Properties of Liquids
News & Analysis 7/15/2014 2 comments
Researchers are developing sensors that can measure the quality of lubricants using a microchip aluminium nitride cantilever that vibrates when a liquid exerts mechanical resistance on it.
Can Samsung Get Qualcomm in LTE Market?
News & Analysis 7/11/2014 8 comments
Samsung took the wraps off of a new LTE radio chip. It's noteworthy that the company has integrated its own quad-core application processor and called it Exynos ModAP. The Korean behemoth's intention is clear: Get Qualcomm.
Qualcomm Snaps Up CSR's Imaging Team
News & Analysis 7/10/2014 Post a comment
Cellphone chipmaker Qualcomm is buying the imaging operations of CSR plc, which are based in Israel, according to local reports. CSR announced it would be selling the business for $44 million on July 2.
Ceva Catches RivieraWaves
News & Analysis 7/9/2014 6 comments
Ceva Inc. has acquired RivieraWaves, a red-hot Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity IP vendor in France. The startup, which already has more than 25 licensees, will boost Ceva’s combined 2015 licensing revenue by 25%.
Invensense MEMS Merges With Movea Motion
News & Analysis 7/8/2014 4 comments
Invensense buys Movea and Trusted Positioning to bolster its motion processing algorithms embedded in its micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS), system-on-chips, and future sensor hubs.
Chip Market Growth Moderated in May
News & Analysis 7/8/2014 Post a comment
Europe's three-month average chip sales in May pushed forward showing strengthening growth year-on-year while the rest of world saw growth rates decline, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), that referenced the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
China's SMIC-Qualcomm 28-nm Deal: Why Now?
News & Analysis 7/3/2014 16 comments
SMIC and Qualcomm revealed their collaboration on 28-nm wafer production in China. Since China's antitrust investigation against Qualcomm, speculation abounds that Chinese are probing ways to coerce Qualcomm into collaborating with their electronics industry.
EZchip Buys Tilera
News & Analysis 7/1/2014 6 comments
EZchip Semiconductor, a network processor company, will acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately held US chip company specialized in multicore processors. The two will make "a credible new competitor to Broadcom and Cavium," says an analyst.