Vehicle Reliability Is Up, Especially in Powertrain News & Analysis 3/27/2015 1 comment Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year's Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware.
Core Independent MCUs Come to Power Management News & Analysis 3/26/2015 Post a comment Using redundant sets of key power management functions, Microchip has used its core independent peripheral architecture in an 8 bit MCU to bring a high degree of flexibility to power supply, automotive, battery management, and LED display apps.
Intel's Xeon Phi to House 72 Cores News & Analysis 3/25/2015 11 comments Intel's Xeon Phi mutiprocessor, with up to 72 cores and integrated Micron Hybrid Memory Cubes, will accelerate both enterprise and supercomputer workloads.
Ericsson on Power: We Need To Rethink Structure News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment Next-generation cellular communications will require a drastic reduction in energy consumption, something researchers at Ericsson are calling “ultra-lean transmission.” A focus on power management software could alleviate some of these issues.
Sensor Network on Board of ISS Secures Air Quality News & Analysis 3/23/2015 Post a comment Environmental conditions such as temperature, atmospheric pressure, and air composition are vital for the life at the International Space Station (ISS). To collect these data at high accuracy and reliability, the German aerospace research centre DLR and Airbus Defence & Space developed and installed the Wise-Net wireless sensor network at the ISS; the measurement campaign was more successful than expected.
Startup Lights New Way to Wireless Charging News & Analysis 3/10/2015 2 comments Israeli company Wi-Charge developed transmitters and receivers that use laser light to charge a variety of devices. Originally based in lightbulb and plug-in form factors, the transmitters are designed to provide a constant charge while eliminating the unsafe radiation associated with infrared light.
AMD Describes Notebook Processor News & Analysis 2/23/2015 1 comment AMD’s next-gen notebook processor, Carrizo, packs a south bridge and HEVC decoder in the same space as its previous Kaveri chip, it said at ISSCC.
GlobalFoundries Teams with IMEC on RF CMOS News & Analysis 2/17/2015 1 comment GlobalFoundries has announced a partnership with nanoelectronics research center IMEC for joint research on future radio architectures and designs for highly integrated mobile devices and IoT applications.
Smart Doorbell Streams Video News & Analysis 2/16/2015 4 comments Home automation startup Skybell has developed an always-on device that streams video with only an 800 milliamp battery. The secret sauce for managing the company’s Wi-Fi-enabled doorbell is already in the home.http://img.deusm.com/eetimes/2015/02/1325689/action-large.jpg
Samsung Pumps $3.6bn into OLED Panel Productions News & Analysis 2/12/2015 Post a comment South Korea's Samsung Display has unveiled plans to invest $3.6 billion into making organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels to support the company's parent Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to boost components sales to offset weaker smartphone earnings.
Wearables Don Smart Fabrics News & Analysis 2/12/2015 Post a comment What do musical instruments, car seats, and shoes have in common? Each item benefits from smart fabrics invented by a Berkeley, Calif. company BeBop sensors. BeBop layers printed circuits onto polyester felts, synthetic silks weaves, and spandex of various thickness to create a web of sensors that connected to a sewn-in microcontroller.
Thermoelectric Nanowires to Cool Chips News & Analysis 2/9/2015 1 comment Researchers are finding all kinds or novel cooling methods to pull out the heat threatening to melt down chips that run faster than 3-Gz, but by embedding thermoelectric nanowires into the backside of chip Sandia National Labs hopes to continue scaling to higher speeds.
Scalable Electric Powertrain Targets Utility Vehicles News & Analysis 2/5/2015 Post a comment While electromobility gains traction, the development of commercial vehicles with electric powetrain lags. Their powertrain is just too expensive, clumsy and heavy. Fraunhofer researchers addressed this problem with an optimized axle module with integrated motor.
GaN Pumps Power Revolution News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment Gallium nitride is ramping up a revolution in power conversion, enabling new apps from wireless charging to autonomous vehicles, said a DesignCon keynoter.
Can Kevlar Prevent Lithium-Ion Battery Fires? News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment University of Michigan researchers have used nanofibers extracted from Kevlar to develop a barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery that is capable of preventing the type of fires linked with the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Imagination Sees Life Beyond Games News & Analysis 1/23/2015 4 comments Imagination Technologies continues to hedge its bets on graphics-based processing, showcasing a variety of demonstrations based on its PowerVR GPU at International CES.
Fraunhofer Develops MEMS Optical Grating for Medium Infrared News & Analysis 1/23/2015 Post a comment The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS is developing a scanning grating spectrometer that operates in the medium infrared range from 3-microns to 12 microns wavelength. Many chemical substances that are significant for security monitoring have characteristic absorption lines in this region.
MEMS Group Targets IoT News & Analysis 1/19/2015 Post a comment MEMS Industry Group Executive Director Karen Lightman sat down with EE Times at International CES in Las Vegas to discuss the sensor-rich future and how sensor fusion will meet function in the Internet of Things.
FeFET to Extend Moore's Law News & Analysis 1/15/2015 10 comments The successful prototyping of a ferroelectric gate aims to extend Moore's Law beyond the end of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) circa 2028.
CES Chips Charge Wirelessly News & Analysis 1/12/2015 8 comments Wireless charging powered up International CES this year, with booths demonstrating multiple standards and charging methods across the conference’s multiple locations. Like many technologies at CES, wireless charging is at an inflection point.
True 3D Chips Harness Nanotubes News & Analysis 12/19/2014 14 comments Stanford University has learned how to stack any number of layers atop a standard CMOS chip by using low-temperature RRAM for memory and carbon nanotube transistors for logic.
MIT Discovers Superconductor Law News & Analysis 12/18/2014 19 comments The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has discovered a law governing the relationship between critical temperature at which superconductivity begins, resistivity, and the thickness of the film for superconducting integrated circuits.
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...