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 7 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.
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.