Infineon Buys International Rectifier News & Analysis 8/21/2014 12 comments Infineon Technologies will buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash. Through the merger, the German chip company is pushing toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
Semiconductor Funding Deals Dip News & Analysis 8/16/2014 1 comment Venture capitalists are still a bit wary about investing in the semiconductor industry. The GSA reports that, despite a 2.4% drop, companies are receiving more financing on average.
Bitcoin ASIC in Chips-to-$ Race News & Analysis 8/14/2014 5 comments Startup Cointerra described its bitcoin mining ASIC at Hot Chips, painting a picture of the headlong race to virtual money -- and logic power density -- that the emerging bitcoin economy has spawned.
The Limits of Moore's Law Limits News & Analysis 8/13/2014 20 comments Moore's Law has limits, some of which are quickly approaching. Several other limits, however, are more flexible, giving room to continue progress. Igor Markov explores limits of fundamental limits for future chip scaling.
Internet of Things: Batteries Not Required News & Analysis 8/11/2014 14 comments Researchers at the University of Washington have developed WiFi Backscatter, a technology that culls energy from existing radio, TV, and wireless signals to connect low-energy devices to the Internet without the need for batteries.
Qi Won’t Go for Distance News & Analysis 8/7/2014 2 comments The Wireless Power Consortium announced an update to its wireless charging spec Qi and while it may seem like an incremental change, officials say the new resonant option is on the right track for the safest method of charging.
Wireless Charging Startup Taps RF News & Analysis 8/4/2014 11 comments As products using coil-based wireless charging standards roll out, Bay Area-based startup Energous hopes radio frequency charging will take hold in the burgeoning wearables market targeting devices with relatively modest needs up to 10 Watts.
Smartwatches Suck, Says Pebble Backer News & Analysis 7/23/2014 30 comments There are only two significant platforms in the smartwatch arena and neither are up to snuff, according to Pebble’s Myriam Joire. The chief project evangelist discussed the past, present, and future of smartwatches at Wearable Tech Expo.
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 9 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.