IEEE Backs H-1B Visa Reform
News & Analysis 11/18/2015 5 comments
Bill introduced in U.S. Senate would reform the way temporary worker visas are awarded amid allegations that the system is dominated by large global outsourcing firms.
Report: China Has $47bn Chip Fund Focused on U.S. M&A
News & Analysis 11/17/2015 3 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup intends to spend 300 billion yuan (about $47 billion) over the next five years to build up China's position in the chip industry, according to the company chairman speaking in an interview given to Reuters.
GlobalFoundries Launches 14nm ASIC
News & Analysis 11/14/2015 Post a comment
GlobalFoundries announced a new ASIC, FX-14, based on technology acquired from IBM and the foundry’s new 14nm LPP process. FX-14 targets wired and wireless applications, as well as compute and storage applications with support for various SoCs including 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processors.
ARM CEO Touts IoT Security, Fire Safety
News & Analysis 11/11/2015 7 comments
ARM couldn’t have done it better if they tried. Just as CEO Simon Segars reached the climax of his TechCon keynote on the importance of security for the Internet of Things, a fire alarm rang out.
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones
News & Analysis 11/5/2015 3 comments
Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
Chip Sales Declined 3% in Q3
News & Analysis 11/4/2015 Post a comment
Semiconductor sales trended downward in the third quarter amid softening demand and currency devaluation, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
NASA Deep-Space mission challenges: Antennas to MIPS
News & Analysis 11/4/2015 1 comment
The New Horizons spacecraft and its voyage to Pluto is an excellent example of the challenges to electronic systems on a long journey in space. Here we look at the system designs and functionality as well as some of the difficulties an engineer would face in designing such systems.
Building Automation Startup Joins IoT Networks Game
News & Analysis 10/26/2015 Post a comment
Founded in 2009 to offer building automation solutions, including connected sensors or or co-developed customized solutions, French startup Qowisio is hoping to finalize the installation of its first public IoT network by the end of 2015.
More-than-Moore Will Lead, Argues GloFo's Wijburg
News & Analysis 10/15/2015 8 comments
At the opening press conference for the Semicon Europa exhibition being held here in Dresden Germany Rutger Wijburg, senior vice president and general manager of fab management at Globalfoundries Inc., made the case for More-than-Moore semiconductors as the enabler of the next wave of electronics.
GE Connects Industrial IoT
News & Analysis 9/30/2015 Post a comment
Connecting manufacturing and industry to the Internet is the next great frontier for OEM and manufacturer General Electric. The company showcased analytics platforms alongside hardware at an industrial Internet event.
Synopsys Touts IP Portfolio for IoT
News & Analysis 9/22/2015 Post a comment
Stable of intellectual property, cobbled together largely from acquisitions, targets connectivity, security and sensor processing requirements of the Internet of Things.
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.
Intel-led Group Touts OIC 1.0 Over Rival IoT Specs
News & Analysis 9/10/2015 1 comment
The Open Interconnect Consortium has made public its long-waited Internet of Things candidate specification 1.0. "The big unresolved problem with IoT is not about ‘things.’ But it’s about the network,” said OIC executive director.
Nokia Shows Next-Gen Network
News & Analysis 9/9/2015 Post a comment
Nokia Networks announced a programmable 5G architecture for next-generation networks. Its 5G system will automatically adapt to legacy network’s separate parts to achieve lower latency and higher reliability.
Apple TV: 8 Questions to Ask
News & Analysis 9/7/2015 8 comments
Consumers’ TV viewing patterns have already changed. The key question to ask is: If Apple plans to bring its magic touch, or an “iPhone moment,” to TV, what will they have to do with their next Apple TV?
USB Ain't So Simple Anymore
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 17 comments
Cypress, TI, NXP and Lattice have all rolled out new USB Type-C chips. Loaded with new features, USB Type C offers promises to system vendors. But for consumers, it may bring potential confusions, industry analysts cautioned.
Intel CEO Sees A Bright Future For IoT, Developers
News & Analysis 8/19/2015 Post a comment
Tiny computers, real-time depth sensing, and breakthrough memory technology are among the innovations featured at this year's Intel Developer Forum. CEO Brian Krzanich detailed how connected devices will change the way we all do business.
Should Altera Worry About Intel's M&A Record?
News & Analysis 8/17/2015 14 comments
Altera’s fate after its pending acquisition by Intel is anybody’s guess. But the big worry is if Intel squashes Altera -- pushing newly acquired talent, products and technologies into oblivion as though they had never existed.
An Operator's View of 5G
News & Analysis 8/5/2015 1 comment
The Telecommunications Industry Association surveyed 58 operators globally on the future of 5G cellular, and found that the next-generation technology will begin rollout in Asia and require great effort from network operators.
Smarter Sensor Hub Cuts Power
News & Analysis 7/30/2015 4 comments
QuickLogic has a new sensor hub Eos, named after the Greek Goddess of the new dawn, which packs so many hardware accelerators--including it own field programmable gate array (FPGA)--on an SoC with an ARM Cortex-M4F, that it can serve as the application processor for wearables as well as significantly offload the app processor on a smartphone.
Bell Labs Bucks Short-Term Research Trend
News & Analysis 7/15/2015 Post a comment
Solving networking problems is both an immediate and long-term goal for Bell Labs, as well as an interesting insight into its research strategy. While some legacy laboratories favor 2- or 3-year projects, Bell Labs emphasizes longer-term research.