TI Obsoletes FPGA
News & Analysis 4/21/2015 46 comments
Texas Instruments is out to kill the FPGA with a nine processor chip that can downsize avionics, military and medical applications to portable size -- from backpack radars to portable MRIs.
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs
News & Analysis 4/21/2015 6 comments
We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
TSMC Outlines 16nm, 10nm Plans
News & Analysis 4/8/2015 2 comments
TSMC announced plans to roll out updated low-power versions of existing chips and announced its roadmap for smaller process nodes. The company will begin volume production of its 16nm FinFet+ in the middle of this year while breaking ground on 10nm development.
Robots Go Viral with DNA
News & Analysis 3/24/2015 5 comments
Programming synthetic viruses and bacteria by their DNA sequence could enable engineers to address problems that today must be done with toxic chemicals. But to create an industry from an idea takes more than independent scientists working alone in their separate labs.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Marvell Shakes Up SoCs, DRAMs
News & Analysis 2/23/2015 10 comments
Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja announced a new SoC interconnect and virtual-memory initiatives aimed to make next-generation chips and systems cheaper.
Self-Directing Antennas Prep for 5G
News & Analysis 2/17/2015 Post a comment
Ethertronics is leveraging experience developing embedded antennas to create a line of dedicated beamforming chips. The company’s EtherChip EC482 aims to improve RF signal for Wi-Fi and 5 GHz backend applications.
Hollywood Hands Engineer an Oscar
News & Analysis 2/10/2015 4 comments
Texas Instruments engineer Larry Hornbeck will receive an Academy Award of Merit for his work in improving color and projection in digital films through optical semiconductors.
Tabula Set for March Shutdown
News & Analysis 1/30/2015 8 comments
Programmable logic company Tabula is rumored to be closing its doors on March 24. Tabula garnered industry interest with a unique 12-level FPGA architecture that dramatically shortened interconnects.
FPGA Debug Goes Outside with New Hardware
News & Analysis 1/30/2015 2 comments
For 10 years, Belgium company Byte Paradigm has operated as a design center for high-end FPGA-based systems as well as an electronics test and debugging service. Under a new name Yugo Systems, the company is about to expand its offering for FPGA debug.
Windows 10: Compact OS Does Holograms
News & Analysis 1/21/2015 20 comments
Microsoft demonstrated several applications for Windows 10 at a live event today, highlighting the operating system’s cross-device compatibility and ease of use in new areas of technology such as holographics.
Drone Debate to Pose 6 Basic Questions
News & Analysis 1/20/2015 43 comments
Drones are gaining the public’s growing interest in the new product category and its awareness about pending regulations. The drone panel at CES raised six basic questions you were afraid to ask.
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.
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.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off?
News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments
Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
Smart Panel Ponders AI's Future
News & Analysis 12/9/2014 7 comments
Artificial intelligence is well on its way to entering the market by 2025, but it may look different then much of the public has imagined. AI could give systems the ability to talk to each other quickly and simply, or reason and make inferences.
IBM Plugs Partners Into Power
News & Analysis 12/8/2014 9 comments
IBM's Open Power Foundation is playing significant roles in the Coral supercomputer program, efforts to find new uses for flash memory, and the proliferation of Power processors in China and beyond.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2015
News & Analysis 12/3/2014 3 comments
EDN and EE Times explore some of the hot technologies in 2014 that will shape technology trends for next year and beyond as engineers bring even more innovative ideas to reality.
Megachips to Launch DSP-Based Sensor Fusion IC
News & Analysis 11/25/2014 2 comments
The growing sensor-fusion controller market for smartphones and wearable devices is about to meet a new competitor – this time from Japan. Megachips is rolling out a motion engine and sensor hub chip, dubbed Frizz.
Cypress Announces PSoC 4 BLE & PRoC BLE
News & Analysis 11/13/2014 14 comments
The PSoC 4 BLE combines a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor with programmable analog fabric, programmable digital fabric, and a Bluetooth low power core, all on the same silicon die.