Q'comm Unveils Server Bid
News & Analysis 10/8/2015 4 comments
Qualcomm officially entered the server market with a single chip SoC server development platform. The company first announced that it would tackle the much-sought after market last year, but had been largely quiet about its progress.
GE Launches Current for Energy
News & Analysis 10/7/2015 Post a comment
launched a new energy spin-off company dedicated to developing energy efficient devices. Current will combine GE’s LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle businesses with its Predix industrial analytics platform to focus on commercial, industrial, and government customers.
M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10
News & Analysis 10/6/2015 1 comment
Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
Battery Market Growth Is Tricky Business
News & Analysis 10/5/2015 1 comment
Numerous industries are showing an increased demand for Lithium ion automotive batteries, according to Yole Developpment, as many companies aim to diversify into battery-related businesses. However, the burgeoning market may be a tricky investment.
ARM Joins Semiconductor Research Corp.
News & Analysis 10/1/2015 Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has joined the global research collaboration program operated by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (Research Triangle, North Carolina).
ST to Shift Auto MCU from Power to ARM
News & Analysis 9/29/2015 Post a comment
With an eye toward becoming the world’s third largest automotive MCU supplier by the end of the decade, STMicroelectronics is staking its automotive future on ARM’s new 32-bit ARMv8-R technology.
PCs, Not Profits, Drive Chip Companies
News & Analysis 9/29/2015 4 comments
while PCs are refreshed twice a year and a company could have a design win every six months. When two public companies have to respond to investors and continue to innovate at a rapid clip, even short-term success in a flat market is preferable to long-term innovation that won’t immediately pay off
Solar Cells Made Obsolete
News & Analysis 9/28/2015 13 comments
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers aim to obsolete conventional solar panels with optical rectennas made from carbon nanotubes with integrated metal-to-metal tunneling diode.
Sensor Biz Booms Under Fab-Lite Model
News & Analysis 9/25/2015 Post a comment
ams AG CEO Kirk Laney talks candidly about the company's future. The fab lite company recorded about 170 million euros of revenues during Q2 2015, a 60% increase over the same quarter last year, with gross margins in the 54% region (including acquisition-related costs).
AMD Trims Carbon Footprint
News & Analysis 9/22/2015 Post a comment
A study conducted by AMD’s Power and Performance Lab found that 82% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the consumer use phase of a processor life cycle, while 18% comes from manufacturing and transportation.
Smart Battery Startup Raises $5.5 Million
News & Analysis 9/18/2015 2 comments
Roost Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), a startup that is trying to retrofit IoT functions and connectivity into consumer electronics by including them in a battery form factor, has raised $5.5 million in a Series A round of financing.
Dresden Memory Startup To Debut At Semicon Europa
News & Analysis 9/15/2015 4 comments
A startup company that is working on a ferroelectric non-volatile memory technology based on hafnium oxide is set to make its debut at the Semicon Europa exhibition taking place in Dresden, Germany, October 6 to 8.
Software Regulates Voltage in Everyday APUs
News & Analysis 9/14/2015 Post a comment
Instead of using a higher-speed application processor or a dedicated co-processor just for voltage regulation, reasearchers demonstrate how to reduce system cost by using real-time interrupts to the applications processor to regulate voltage.
Smart Inks Monitor Glucose
News & Analysis 9/10/2015 Post a comment
Researchers at the University of California San Diego are working toward the holy grail of sensor technology – non-invasive glucose testing. A team at the school’s Jacobs School of Engineering developed high-tech bio-inks that react with several chemicals, including glucose, to create temporary sensors.
GaN For Power To Show Extended Market Boom
News & Analysis 9/10/2015 Post a comment
Specialist companies will benefit from a forthcoming boom in gallium nitride for power semiconductors, but will find themselves under competitive or acquisitive pressure from larger players such as Infineon/International Rectifier.
Apple Unveils New Chips For Mobile
News & Analysis 9/9/2015 2 comments
Apple rented out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium -- a 7,000 person capacity arena in downtown San Francisco -- to unveil a handful of devices that are much, much smaller. The company’s new iPad and iPhone will run new processors with an updated architecture.
Green Gaming is Possible
News & Analysis 9/8/2015 17 comments
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has described how to save up to $18 billion annually by convincing gamers to make more energy efficient choices in their hardware without sacrificing high performance.
LED Displays Get Wearable
News & Analysis 9/3/2015 14 comments
A flexible, stretchable fabric-based light-emitting-diode (LED) display is built into a comfortable fabric by Imec and partners.
Cree Divests RF, Power Business
News & Analysis 9/3/2015 Post a comment
LED manufacturer Cree (Durham, N.C.) announced that the company’s power and RF division has been re-branded as Wolfspeed. The company announced in May that it would separate the business into a standalone company.
SiC/GaN Poised for Power
News & Analysis 9/1/2015 6 comments
Power transistors consume less space while supplying more power when using silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) substrates over ordinary silicon wafers.
LEDs Get As Cheap as Bulbs
News & Analysis 9/1/2015 11 comments
Researchers at Florida State University have cut the cost of making LEDs for lighting, promising to deliver white lighting systems for the same price as incandescent bulbs.
Superconductivity Temp Record Achieved
News & Analysis 8/26/2015 Post a comment
Researchers have found that hydrogen sulfide loses its electrical resistance at high temperatures when placed under high pressure -- a discovery that could pave the way for superconductors that operate at room temperature.
Will Apple Build an Entire Car?
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 20 comments
Whether its creators call it ‘iRod’ or ‘iCar,’ Apple has launched a pedal-to-the-metal drive into the automotive industry, while keeping typically mum, according to industry analysts.
iPhone6 Powered by Hydrogen
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 17 comments
Intelligent Energy, the company that already sells external fuel cells to recharge iPhone in Apple Stores, wants to put one inside the phone, demonstrating a prototype fuel cell exactly the same size as an iPhone6's lithium-ion battery.
Cellular, Asia Drive RF Sales
News & Analysis 8/25/2015 Post a comment
Basestation proliferation in China and the Asia-Pacific region are driving demand for RF power devices, according to a report from ABI Research. The market for RF power devices grew by approximately $1 billion in 2014, over 50% growth year-over-year.
Albany Research Hub Drives Collaboration
News & Analysis 8/24/2015 Post a comment
The College of Nanoscience and Engineering has grown from a physics department at the State University of New York’s Albany Polytechnic campus to the hub of research and development for New York state.
Smart-Meter ICs on Rise, Predicts Report
News & Analysis 8/21/2015 Post a comment
The global market for smart meters is going to be 132 million units in 2015 rising to 150 million units in 2019 providing significant growth opportunities for ICs, according to research firm IHS.
Cypress Solar PMICs Charge Indoors
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor announced a new family of solar energy harvesting power management integrated circuits to provide power to wireless sensors nodes that may be in the field for years at a time.