Did Processor Cause Samsung Note 7 Blowup? News & Analysis 10/12/2016 36 comments It’s far from clear what caused Samsung Note 7 to catch fire. But a new report emerged that the culprit might not be the lithium-ion batteries. Rather, the problem might reside in tweaks made to the processor.
Daimler: First to Go Wireless Charging News & Analysis 10/12/2016 6 comments The upcoming 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e will become the first commercially available plug-in hybrid featuring Qualcomm’ wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) technology.
Toyota: Hydrocar as 'Power Bank' 20 Years out News & Analysis 10/4/2016 7 comments Toyota brought to Paris Toyota FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) PLUS. It uses compressed hydrogen as its fuel source. Toyota proposes the FCV PLUS will be also used as a “generator” for homes, other cars and local power grids.
TSMC Staffing R&D for 3nm Process News & Analysis 10/4/2016 9 comments TSMC will actively develop 5nm process technology, while dedicating R&D personnel to work on 3nm, ultimately aiming at 1nm, reports Taiwanese magazine CTimes.
Wide-Bandgap Boosts EVs News & Analysis 9/22/2016 1 comment North Carolina State University (NC State) has invented a power inverter for electric vehicles that almost meets the Department of Energy's (DoE's) 2020 mandate by using wide-bandgap silicon-carbide components.
Intersil Deal: Renesas' Survival Bid News & Analysis 9/13/2016 Post a comment In an exclusive telephone interview with EE Times, Renesas CEO said the Intersil deal won't be the last big M&A for Renesas. Intersil CEO will stay with the new company in a senior management position.
2016 IC Industry: Who Grabbed What...So Far News & Analysis 9/2/2016 11 comments Among M&A deals thus far in 2016, we find more transactions that are not an outright “whole” company acquisition. As deals get granular, who owns what becomes more of a tangled web. EE Times attempts to untangle it.
Renesas, Maxim In Duel for Intersil News & Analysis 8/31/2016 Post a comment The courtship of Intersil Corp. is turning into a duel between Japan’s Renesas Electronics and San Jose, Calif.-based Maxim Integrated Products Inc. Intersil may announce a sale to Renesas as early as next week, Reuters reported.
Sunic System Promises 2,250ppi OLEDs for VR News & Analysis 8/31/2016 Post a comment At the 16th International Meeting on Information Display (IMID 2016) held in South Korea, OLED deposition equipment manufacturer Sunic System unveiled its technical solution for the production of 11K (2,250 ppi) AMOLEDs.
IC Industry M&A: Who's Left to Buy? News & Analysis 8/31/2016 4 comments Only eight months in, 2016 is already looking like another blockbuster year for M&A in the global chip industry. As valuations keep going up, the questions are who’s left to buy and what’s a good buy?
3D Composite Promises High-temp Energy Storage for EVs News & Analysis 8/30/2016 1 comment Researchers from Penn State University have found a way to prevent the dielectric breakdown and leakage of high-density supercapacitors as they are submitted to the high temperatures found in hybrid and electric vehicles, while increasing their energy density.
SiC Muscles Rohm into Auto Biz News & Analysis 8/24/2016 Post a comment Rohm, a Japanese component vendor whose business could be harmed by the steady decline in market share among leading Japanese CE vendors, has good reason to sweat its own prospects. But Rohm says it has a clear growth strategy.
Micron Moves 3D NAND Into Mobile News & Analysis 8/16/2016 Post a comment Micron's first foray into mobile 3D NAND is a 32GB offering aimed at the high and mid-end smartphone segment and is the first to use the Universal Flash Storage 2.1 standard
Will Next Tesla Speak Mandarin? News & Analysis 8/10/2016 1 comment China’s dream of creating the “next Tesla” is generating a global rush to develop and manufacture EVs in China. How much of this enthusiasm is an inflated reality created by Chinese audacity, however, remains to be seen.
OLEDs to beat LCDs in smartphones by 2020, says IHS Markit News & Analysis 8/9/2016 2 comments Although liquid-crystal display (LCD) has dominated mobile phone displays for more than 15 years, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology is expected to become the leading smartphone display technology in 2020, according to IHS Markit's recent figures.
2-D PV to Rival Graphene News & Analysis 8/8/2016 1 comment Department of Energy (DoE) funded researchers have discovered that thinning out the photovoltaic (PV) material called halide perovskite could provide a high-mobility high-power material for future transistors that rivals graphene, but is easier to fabricate.
Murata’s Playbook: Smartphones, Auto, Battery News & Analysis 8/8/2016 3 comments The new hope for Japan’s electronics industry is component suppliers who started out making lowly components. We sat down with Murata’s executive vice president and asked him about its post-smartphone strategy, why it wants Sony’s lagging battery business.
Big Three Chipmakers Likely to Boost Capex News & Analysis 8/8/2016 1 comment The big three chipmakers — Intel, Samsung and TSMC — are likely to increase capital expenditures during the second half of this year while the rest of the semiconductor industry tightens the belt, according to a market research firm.
Tiny Solar Cells Could Power Personal Devices News & Analysis 8/5/2016 Post a comment Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created high-performance, micro-scale lateral solar cells that could be used for wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, and even auto-focusing contact lenses.
GaN Power Amplifier Addresses 5G News & Analysis 8/5/2016 2 comments Researchers in Germany have developed one of the building blocks required to roll out 5G networks: An integrated circuit for power amplifier transistor implemented in gallium nitride technology.
Field Data Proves GaN FET Reliability, Says EPC News & Analysis 8/2/2016 Post a comment Gallium nitride power FET maker Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has published its reliability report documenting GaN technology reliability after millions of device hours of stress testing, and based on analysis of all field returns.
Oxides Make Ultra Conductor News & Analysis 8/1/2016 Post a comment University of Utah researchers discover how to interface two insulators can make an ultra-high electron density conductor at their interface.
Qualcomm Pursues Boost in Wireless EV Charge News & Analysis 7/27/2016 Post a comment Qualcomm revealed its first wireless electric vehicle charging license agreement with a major tier one. The market momentum behind EV charging has picked up steam, as multiple RFQs from major car OEMs are flying around, said a Qualcomm executive.
Startup’s IoT SoC Packs a Punch News & Analysis 7/25/2016 1 comment Startup Greenwaves is working on a high performance SoC to make nodes on the Internet of Things capable of machine learning and high data rates.
Vitamin Inspires Solar Flow Batteries News & Analysis 7/22/2016 1 comment Researchers at Harvard University have identified a new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources like solar and wind power in large batteries.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Zinc Doping Boosts GaAs Nanowire Lasers News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment Scientists at The Australian National University have improved the performance of unpassivated GaAs nanowire lasers more than a hundred folds, by adding zinc as a dopant, changing the crystal structure and increasing the device's radiative efficiency.
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. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.