Tiny GPU Targets IoT, Android Wear News & Analysis 7/16/2014 4 comments Imagination Technologies announced a new Android-compatible graphics core for wearables and the Internet of Things. The PowerVR Series5XE GX5300 core is 0.55mm2 - what Imagination dubs the smallest chip in the industry - and designed for low-cost, area constrained applications.
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices News & Analysis 7/10/2014 8 comments This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
Inductive Charging Takes Shape at BMW & Daimler News & Analysis 7/9/2014 8 comments BMW plans to launch series production for inductive charging schemes for electric vehicles. The project is conducted along with competitor Daimler. Each company plans to provide a uniform charging technology for the garage at home.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench News & Analysis 7/3/2014 Post a comment National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices News & Analysis 7/3/2014 10 comments This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
AMS, Dialog Confirm Merger Talks News & Analysis 6/30/2014 6 comments Mixed-signal, power, and RF chip companies AMS AG and Dialog Semiconductor plc have announced that they are in discussions over a possible merger.
Cirrus to Take Half Audio IC Market, Says Report News & Analysis 6/26/2014 6 comments Price pressure in the growing audio IC market is leading to consolidation and will continue, according to SensiAn Research. And it is happening top-down with the acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics by Cirrus Logic.
World's Highest-Performance MOSFET Is III-V News & Analysis 6/13/2014 9 comments The world's highest-performance metal-oxide-semiconductor-field-effect-transistor is no longer silicon. It's made from indium-gallium-arsenide on a indium-phosphide layer, which can be grown atop a standard silicon wafer.
Intel Goes Wireless With Resonant Power News & Analysis 6/12/2014 13 comments Intel announced a technology licensing agreement with wireless charging company WiTricity, further driving adoption of magnetic resonance technology. While consumer acceptance of wireless charging currently suffers because of a lack of standardization, Intel may provide the big name appeal to push loosely coupled coil charging.
Thin-Film Device Eyed as Power Source for Wearable Tech News & Analysis 6/11/2014 2 comments Researchers are exploring ways to provide small, flexible power sources. Rice University has approached the problem by using nickel-based electrodes to develop a flexible supercapacitor that acts much like a battery without the need for lithium.
Analog Engineers: Too Few or Too Many? News & Analysis 6/11/2014 66 comments After years spent encouraging engineering students to focus on digital electronics, many analog mixed-signal design jobs now stay open longer or are simply going unfilled, while some senior analog designers can't find work.
Intel & Georgia Tech Advance Spintronics News & Analysis 6/3/2014 9 comments Intel and Georgia Tech, with funding from the Semiconductor Research Corp., have created a platform that can be used to develop spintronic interconnects with standard Spice simulators.
B'com Powers 3 Wireless Charging Approaches News & Analysis 5/28/2014 3 comments Hoping to further interest in wireless charging among mainstream mobile consumers, Broadcom introduced a multi-standard smartphone charging chip. The new chi[ puts the Association for Wireless Power resonant standard on the forefront while allowing for inductive specifications as well.
Analog Devices Posts Strong Fiscal Q2 News & Analysis 5/23/2014 3 comments Analog, mixed-signal, and DSP vendor Analog Devices posted strong second-quarter results on strength in all of its key market sectors, including industrial, automotive, and communications, which accounted for 89% of revenue.
Power Week: Toyota Develops SiC Transistor, Structural Supercap & More News & Analysis 5/22/2014 1 comment Toyota unveils an in-house-developed SiC power semiconductor to increase hybrid vehicle efficiency, a structural supercap that handles stresses and vibrations without affecting performance, a supercap charger/backup controller IC, and a high-voltage/high-current connector for commercial vehicles.
Broadcom Rides Bluetooth to IoT News & Analysis 5/21/2014 3 comments Broadcom is shipping new Bluetooth Smart SoCs for its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices developer platform. The company hopes to make integrated Bluetooth, integrated security, and resonant wireless charging a mainstay in the Internet of Things.
Fiber Supercapacitor Aims to Power Wearable Devices News & Analysis 5/13/2014 1 comment Scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Tsinghua University in China, and Case Western Reserve University in the USA claim to have developed a fiber supercapacitor that can be woven into clothing and power wearable medical monitors and communications.