Hybrid Solar Cells Capture More News & Analysis 7/31/2015 Post a comment Solar cells today waste as much as 44 percent of the solar spectrum--the infrared (IR)--but by combining inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules that lost energy can be unconverted to the visible spectrum for conversion to electricity, according to researchers at University of California, Riverside, (UCR).
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst News & Analysis 7/30/2015 1 comment Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
Graphene Lights Up Chips News & Analysis 7/30/2015 Post a comment A group of national and international researchers have demonstrated an on-chip visible light source using graphene as a filament. The team attached small strips of graphene to metal electrodes, suspended the strips above the substrate, and passed a current through the filaments.
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains News & Analysis 7/30/2015 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
Smarter Sensor Hub Cuts Power News & Analysis 7/30/2015 2 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.
UMC Cuts Expectations for 28nm Ramp on Weaker Demand News & Analysis 7/29/2015 Post a comment United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s second-largest foundry, said its ramp of 28nm process technology will slow as the outlook for demand is likely to remain weak until the first half of 2016 while the chip industry works its way out of an inventory correction.
Metallic Nanoparticles May Lower Solar Cost News & Analysis 7/29/2015 1 comment While the domestic solar energy industry grew 34% last year, fundamental technical breakthroughs are still needed to hit the national goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Researchers at Rice University say they have found a way reduce the costs of photovoltaic solar cells.
Demand for Radar Systems Boosts Infineon’s Chip Production News & Analysis 7/28/2015 1 comment Radar systems are experience rapidly growing acceptance among car buyers. While passenger cars with a radar sensor can be bought since the nineties, production figures as well as take rates reached significant numbers only by 2013. But since radar-based driver assistance systems are available at affordable prices, the numbers are skyrocketing. Infineon now has produced the ten millionth radar chip.
Intel, Micron Launch "Bulk-Switching" ReRAM News & Analysis 7/28/2015 26 comments Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. have launched a new class of non-volatile memory that they call 3D Xpoint and which the companies said would be available as samples later this year for special customers.
Smart Meters Can Destabilize Grid, Study Says News & Analysis 7/28/2015 8 comments In some geographies including Germany, smart meters are mandatory for new buildings – being an ingredient of smart grids, they allow energy suppliers to match energy generation and consumption by implementing differentiated tariffs and help users to optimize energy consumption profiles.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business News & Analysis 7/28/2015 Post a comment he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
Apple HomeKit Requires ID Chip News & Analysis 7/28/2015 7 comments Apple requires an ID chip in devices using its HomeKit software, one of several observations in a talk on platforms for the Internet of Things at ESC SV.
Earnings: Hynix Down, Cypress Up News & Analysis 7/28/2015 1 comment A sluggish DRAM market for PCs hurt SK Hynix earnings, much like it hurt Micron’s, while Cypress posted a strong quarter following the integration of Spansion
Rohm Semiconductor Acquires Powervation News & Analysis 7/28/2015 Post a comment Analog IC manufacturer Rohm has acquired digital power IC company Powervation for approximately $70 million in cash. The deal will bolster Rohm’s share of the power market as high density systems increasingly call for a digital power.
Hacked Jeep: Whom to Blame? News & Analysis 7/27/2015 23 comments So, where, exactly, find a crack in the firewall of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee? How did they infiltrate and who’s at fault for failing to foresee the breach? Failures apparently occurred in multiple places.
SK Hynix Starts 3D NAND Flash Production News & Analysis 7/27/2015 Post a comment Memory chipmaker SK Hynix Inc. has said it will prepare for its first production volumes of 3D NAND flash memory in the third quarter of 2015. It joins the ranks of Samsung, Toshiba and Micron.
Freescale Takes on the Network Edge News & Analysis 7/27/2015 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor's new multicore QorIQ network processors use up to eight ARM A-53 cores in a design targeted at network edge applications in virtual customer premises and Internet Service Provider equipment.
Nanoparticle Imaging with Graphene News & Analysis 7/24/2015 1 comment Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using a monolayer of graphene as a see-through lens-like cap -- called a graphene liquid cell -- to create a new imaging system that can see the individual atoms in a single nanoparticle while it is still in solution.
Freescale to Merge with NXP at Top of Game News & Analysis 7/24/2015 9 comments In what might become the last quarterly financial call for the awaiting acquisition by NXP Semiconductors, Freescale delivered strong second-quarter financial results, backed by record-breaking gross margins, operating profits, and design wins.
Near-Collision Poses Need for V2V in Google Cars News & Analysis 7/24/2015 22 comments Both Google and Delphi downplayed what took place last month between their self-driving cars that almost collided on the streets of Palo Alto. But could they have avoided an evasive action caused by suddenly aborting the lane change?
Rocket Refuels for Student Mission News & Analysis 7/23/2015 1 comment After a technical setback in May, a group of Boston University students is raising funds to launch next summer the first amateur rocket to reach space.
Smartphone Processor Sales Climb, Players Ranked News & Analysis 7/23/2015 1 comment The market for application processors for smartphones jumped by 20 percent in 1Q15 compared with a year before, while the same market for tablet computers fell 6 percent in 1Q15 on the same basis, according to Strategy Analytics.
Research Project Tackles Driver Takeover Issue News & Analysis 7/23/2015 4 comments Automated driving promises a more relaxed mobility, but what if a situation occurs that exceeds the capabilities of the electronic chauffeur? German aerospace research centre DLR has developed a system that alerts the driver in the case of an emerging problem.
Qualcomm Plans 15% Layoffs News & Analysis 7/22/2015 8 comments Qualcomm announced a realignment plan that aims to reduce costs by $1.4 billion by 2016 and will deliver pink slips to 15% of employees.
IBM Frees Open Source Apps News & Analysis 7/22/2015 2 comments In 2015 IBM will contribute 50+ free programming projects focusing on analytics, mobile and cloud technologies to the open-source community plus include them on its Bluemix cloud development--free to individuals/students, up to $120,000 free to developers--as well as free developerWorks Open community to users for sharing open-source code, ideas and advise from IBM experts.
Can GloFo and Europe's Chip Firms Unite? News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment Globalfoundries' Dresden wafer fab could become the European More-than-Moore foundry that the local chip companies lacked the courage to commission. As such Globalfoundries could yet receive financial support from the European Commission to expand its presence in Europe.
Cypress Dual Mode PMICs Win ACE Energy Award News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has been honored with UBM Canon’s ACE Award for energy technology. The San Jose, Calif.-based company produces dual mode energy harvesting power management integrated circuits for the Internet of Things.
Startup Award Goes to Incubator News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment An incubator for semiconductor startups launched in December was itself named the startup of the year in the annual ACE Awards hosted by EE Times and EDN.
Marvell CEO Named Exec of Year News & Analysis 7/22/2015 1 comment Sehat Sutardja, founder and chief executive of Marvell, was named executive of the year in the annual ACE Awards in part for driving innovation with two new technology initiatives this year.
RFID Chip Tags IoT Award News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment The Monza R6 tag chip from Impinj was named Internet of Things Product of the Year in the annual ACE Awards, in part for the company’s sustained efforts to nurture the fledgling market for UHF RFID tags.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.