Battery Research Claims 10x Gain News & Analysis 2/8/2016 Post a comment A Stanford-SLAC team wrapped silicon lithium-ion anode particles in a custom-fit cage made of graphene to alleviate battery issues that sap their performance.
Cavendish MEMS Displace SOI News & Analysis 2/8/2016 Post a comment Cavendish Kinetics claims 2016 will be its breakout year with the backing of traditional radio frequency front-end maker Qorvo, a loyal OEM base of 20 phone designs using two million of their devices, and the likes of Jazz Semiconductor.
Making the Most of GPUs Without Draining Batteries News & Analysis 2/4/2016 Post a comment Launched in January and awarded a grant of 2.97 million Euros from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the "Low-power GPU2 (LPGPU2)" research project is a European initiative uniting researchers and graphics specialists to research and develop a novel tool chain for analyzing, visualizing, and improving the power efficiency of applications on mobile GPUs.
Battery Innovations Power Electric Bike News & Analysis 2/3/2016 3 comments The coolest looking electric bicycle is powered by innovative battery technology developed inside a San Francisco garage. Occasionally called “the Tesla of electric bicycles,” Bolt Motorbikes uses a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery with more proprietary features than the electric vehicle company.
Chip Sales Dipped Slightly in 2015 News & Analysis 2/1/2016 Post a comment Despite formidable economic headwinds, semiconductor sales in 2015 fell just short of the record total established in 2014, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Moore’s Law Goes Post-CMOS News & Analysis 2/1/2016 8 comments Moore's Law can continue if engineers focus on cost per transistor and adopt challenging post-CMOS techniques, Intel's top fav executive said at ISSCC.
Developing The Perfect IoT Battery News & Analysis 1/27/2016 Post a comment The ideal battery for IoT applications would favor energy density over power density, while minimizing battery self-discharge. An excellent battery technology for such applications is lithium thionyl chloride.
Create a Cardboard Energy Harvester News & Analysis 1/26/2016 26 comments École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland has invented a cardboard energy harvester suitable for wireless push-button switches and other similar applications.
Chip Stacks Take New Tacks News & Analysis 1/25/2016 4 comments Chip stacks will be key to advances in semiconductors, but in logic TSVs are waning while fan-out techniques and SiPs are on the rise.
Philips' $3 billion Lumileds Deal Blocked by US News & Analysis 1/25/2016 Post a comment Royal Philips (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has announced that a deal to sell an 80.1 percent interest in Lumileds, a vendor of LED-based lighting, has been terminated, because of concerns within the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future News & Analysis 1/21/2016 9 comments The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Has Samsung Snagged Qualcomm Business with New Process? News & Analysis 1/15/2016 2 comments Samsung Electronics, which has been in a nip-and-tuck race with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to win foundry orders with the world’s most advanced fabrication technology, may have grabbed all of Qualcomm’s business with a second-generation version of its 14nm FinFET process.
Microchip Wins Atmel Bidding War News & Analysis 1/15/2016 1 comment Atmel announced that its board of directors favors an acquisition proposal by Microchip Technology and cancel an existing agreement to be acquired by Dialog Semiconductor.
BMW Funds Battery-less Solar Storage News & Analysis 1/12/2016 2 comments A solar thermal fuel polymer being perfected at MIT with money from BMW could be used to store solar photons before dusk, then release the energy as phonons that defrost car windows in the morning with more applications on the way.
Ultra-Thin Sensors Flex for Medicine News & Analysis 1/12/2016 Post a comment The future of medical monitoring should be small, flexible and very, very thin according to wearable company MC10. The Massachusetts-based announced several flexible body-worn sensors at International CES, one of which is less than half the thickness of human hair.
MediaTek 5G Combines Heterogenous Dark Silicon News & Analysis 1/7/2016 2 comments MediaTek aims to dominate the 5G handset chip market by populating with multiple CPUs, GPUs and specialized accelerators that will only be turned on when needed (dark silicon style) and sold at prices lower than Qualcomm and Broadcom, its to main competitors.
China Is Chip Market's Only Growth Region News & Analysis 1/5/2016 1 comment The three-month average of global chip sales for November 2015 declined by 3.0 percent compared with the figure for the same month a year before, according to numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Broadcom’s Low Power Comms Play News & Analysis 1/5/2016 Post a comment Broadcom announced a new low power Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo chip that targets mobile platforms and accessories. The chip has three times the battery life of previous combo chips, the company said at International CES, held here Jan. 6-9.
Startup Raises Funds for Battery-Less IoT News & Analysis 12/28/2015 Post a comment PsiKick Inc. (Charlottesville, Virginia), a semiconductor startup formed to work on sub-threshold voltage operation wireless circuits, has raised $16.5 million in Series B financing led by Osage University Partners and joined by existing investors.
Radio Powers Autonomous Temperature Sensor News & Analysis 12/24/2015 4 comments Researchers at the Technical University of Eindhoven have developed a wireless temperature sensor that is powered by millimeter wavelength radio waves that are also used for communications.
Samsung Running 28nm FDSOI Chip Process News & Analysis 12/23/2015 2 comments Samsung is running 28nm fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) wafers for STMicroelectronics, the developer of the technology, and has other customers lined up, according to an Advanced Substrate News report.
ZigBee 3.0 to Include Energy Harvesting News & Analysis 12/21/2015 Post a comment The ZigBee Alliance industry association has said that it will work to combine EnOcean energy harvesting with ZigBee 3.0 to help address a breadth of IoT applications in smart home, smart city and industry 4.0.
Leti Strains to Improve FDSOI News & Analysis 12/17/2015 Post a comment French research institute CEA-Leti has reported on two techniques to put local strain in the silicon channel of a fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) manufacturing process.
M&A Pace to Accelerate in 2016, Says Survey News & Analysis 12/11/2015 1 comment Semiconductor industry business leaders predict that the number of mergers and acquisitions in 2016 will match or exceed 2015, according to an annual survey of semiconductor industry business leaders conducted by business.
Flat Tunneling Transistor Operates at 0.1V News & Analysis 12/8/2015 7 comments A transistor designed with a molybdenum disulfide single atomic layer as its channel has been shown to switch at voltages down to 0.1 volt with the prospect of reducing power dissipation by 90 percent compared with state-of-the-art silicon transistors.
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