Google Faces $3.4 Billion Fine News & Analysis 5/18/2016 Post a comment The European Commission is planning to announce it is hitting Google with a record-breaking €3 billion (about $3.4 billion) or thereabouts, according to the UK's Telegraph newspaper.
Mobileye/ST Gun for Sensor Fusion, Go after NXP News & Analysis 5/17/2016 1 comment On the heels of NXP’s Bluebox announcement, Mobileye and STMicroelectronics rushed to reveal a Vision SoC, EyeQ5, touting it as a “sensor fusion central computer for autonomous vehicles.” Unlike Bluebox, already sampling, EyeQ5 won’t be ready until 2018.
NXP Unveils Open, Modular ADAS Car Platform News & Analysis 5/16/2016 1 comment NXP is unveiling a comprehensive ADAS vehicles platform. Central to the platform is its new Bluebox computing engine, capable of fusing data processed from different sensor nodes such as radar, lidar, vision sensing and an onboard V2X system.
Lam, KLA Deal Faces DoJ Scrutiny News & Analysis 5/15/2016 Post a comment Analysts are divided on whether a U.S. request for more information on the proposed $10.6 billion deal to combine Lam Research and KLA-Tencor spells the beginning of the end for the merger.
What Apple Gains by Sinking $1B into Didi News & Analysis 5/13/2016 9 comments Apple’s $1 billion investment in China’s leading ride-hailing service company Didi Chuxing is surprising but it makes one thing clear: “It tips Apple’s hand. Apple is developing driverless cars,” said an analyst.
Diamond ICs May Finally Debut News & Analysis 5/13/2016 12 comments Akhan Semiconductor Inc. is licensing a diamond semiconductor process from Argonne National Laboratory, which the company plans to use first for power transistors and eventually for semiconductor chips such as ultra-low-power high-speed processors.
Nest Shares Thread Code News & Analysis 5/11/2016 Post a comment Google’s Nest released an open source version of software it uses to implement Thread to accelerate adoption of the smart-home protocol.
Magnetic Graphene Possible News & Analysis 5/11/2016 Post a comment By inserting hydrogen atoms into the lattice of a graphene sheet, an array of electrons in nanoscale domains encoded with magnetic spin transforms the material into a spintronic successor to silicon.
Cryptographic IP Speeds Car2x Communications News & Analysis 5/10/2016 Post a comment Semiconductor IP provider EnSilica has launched a cryptographic IP that could help meet the high security communication and latency requirements of automotive Car2Car and Car2Infrastructure (Car2x) applications. These applications form part of emerging Intelligent Transport Systems.
U.S. Investigates Security Update Practices News & Analysis 5/10/2016 4 comments Federal agencies are seriously worried about cyberattacks. Whether such assaults are launched on smartphone or cars, they’ve come to believe that the threats are real. Agencies are asking industries how they’re responding to the vulnerabilities of their connected devices.
DRAM Goes Hot and Cold News & Analysis 5/9/2016 Post a comment The commodity memory has a lot of niche applications, especially when it's protected against heat, moisture, humidity and cold
Cellular Link Paves Road to 5G News & Analysis 5/9/2016 1 comment The Next-Generation Fronthaul Interface (IEEE 1914) promises lower costs for carriers and could enable 5G features such as cloud-RAN and massive MIMO.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story News & Analysis 5/6/2016 6 comments Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
NXP Takes Auto Chip Vendor Crown News & Analysis 5/6/2016 Post a comment Following its takeover of Freescale, NXP Semiconductor has been declared the leading automotive chip vendor for 2015 by market research firm Strategy Analytics.
AMS Wins $77 Million from Intersil News & Analysis 5/5/2016 Post a comment A Texas Judge has ordered power management and analog iC company Intersil Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) to pay Austria's AMS $77 million in damages, including $10 million in exemplary damages.
Graphene Patterned at Room Temp News & Analysis 5/5/2016 3 comments Graphene is easily grown with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on copper foil, but a simple way of etching out the necessary circuit patterns and transferring them to a non-metallic substrate has eluded engineers. Now researchers at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) claim to have a one-step room temperature process for quickly patterning and transferring graphene circuits to flexible substrates using a simple shadow mask.
IoT Network Calls for Sensors News & Analysis 5/5/2016 4 comments Senet said it has found third-party gateway vendors but now needs more connected sensors to fuel its LoRa network service for the Internet of Things.
Analog, MEMS Drag on ST Results News & Analysis 5/4/2016 3 comments One of Europe's top three semiconductor companies STMicroelectronics NV has found that it is now analog and MEMS business unit that is dragging the company down and keeping it in loss.
Former Intel Exec Perlmutter to Chair ReRam Startup News & Analysis 5/4/2016 5 comments David Perlmutter, a former executive vice president and chief product officer at Intel, has agreed to be non-executive chairman of Weebit Nano, a startup formed to commercialize silicon dioxide resistive RAM technology.
Analog Brain to Simulate Real Thing News & Analysis 5/4/2016 3 comments The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) is working on building electronic brains using analog components that operate like real biological brains, unlike the digitally emulated electronic brains being built in the best by companies like IBM.
Activist Investor Attacks Vex Chipmakers News & Analysis 5/4/2016 10 comments Beyond Yahoo, Apple and Sony, chip vendors have been targeted by activist investors. The big change now is that hedge fund investors -- whose focus used to be on small to medium companies -- are now getting much bolder.
Chip Sales Edge Up Slightly News & Analysis 5/3/2016 2 comments The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that chip sales increased slightly in March compared with February, but sales for the first quarter were down sequentially and year-over-year.
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.