Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers News & Analysis 11/13/2014 1 comment An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared News & Analysis 11/12/2014 3 comments The proliferation of sensors from mobile, medical, and engineering applications will drive an “abundant” world free of pressing issues such as healthcare, according to speakers at the TSensors Summit held here. Sensors will be a key component in curing the world’s ills, and the world needs a roadmap.
MEMS/Sensor Interface I3C Rocks News & Analysis 11/12/2014 2 comments The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance has upgraded to the I3C interface to handle modern high-speed data transfers from MEMS and other sensors.
Alca-Lu Puts Edge Router on X86 News & Analysis 11/12/2014 1 comment Alcatel-Lucent plans to deliver all the functions of its custom-built edge routers on to x86 servers by the end of 2015 in a suite of software it calls its Virtual Services Router.
Will Google’s Thread Become Threat? News & Analysis 11/12/2014 14 comments Freescale’s Thread beta development program marks a milestone for Thread supporters, as the new protocol for the first time becomes tangible for developers.
China, US Strike Tech Trade Deal News & Analysis 11/12/2014 6 comments Negotiators from China and the US strike a preliminary agreement to end tariffs on as much as $1 trillion in annual sales of high-tech goods including semiconductors.
Software Has the Last Word for PIN Entry News & Analysis 11/11/2014 Post a comment The Cartes Secure Connexions exhibition had its fair share of hardware exhibitors, but authentication is at the core of every transaction, and software solutions are increasingly taking center stage.
Spansion’s Foray Into e.MMC Market News & Analysis 11/11/2014 Post a comment Spansion has rolled out a family of “industrial-grade” embedded MultiMediaCard memory products by using its high-density MLC NAND flash. The company is playing catchup with Micron and Toshiba.
Sensors See Gestures, Barcodes News & Analysis 11/11/2014 3 comments AMS AG announced a new family of intelligent sensors for gesture control at this week's Electronica in Germany. The next-generation TMG399x line adds sensing functionality and barcode emulation for mobile and other consumer electronics.
Cypress Jumps on BLE Bandwagon News & Analysis 11/11/2014 6 comments Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers discussed his new PSoC microcontrollers supporting Bluetooth Low Energy and a $9 node for what he calls the Internet of Plants.
Dell Research Updates Progress News & Analysis 11/10/2014 2 comments A year after its formation, Dell’s research arm is making strides in communications and focus on big data in medicine. Dell Research head Jai Menon talks future development in mobility, security, and machine learning.
Dense Flash Arrays Find New Niches News & Analysis 11/10/2014 1 comment Skyera's latest all-flash array is an example of how lower prices, as compared to spinning disks, are not the only factor driving adoption of flash arrays inside and outside the data center.
TSMC Predicts Next Big Thing News & Analysis 11/10/2014 5 comments With MEMS and CMOS on same chip, sourced from a single well-oiled supply chain offering dirt-cheap prices, innovators will create the "next big thing." One-stop shopping at a semiconductor manufacturer is the future, says TSMC.
Is ASE No Longer a ‘Serial Polluter’? News & Analysis 11/10/2014 Post a comment ASE, the world’s largest assembly/test company, received a guilty verdict last month for dumping wastewater containing strong acids and heavy metals into the Houjing River. ASE’s CEO blames the Taiwan government for not improving industry regulation.
PowerVR Guns for AMD, Nvidia News & Analysis 11/10/2014 11 comments Imagination Technologies' latest PowerVR Series 7 graphics cores sport a host of new features, including the ability to play in notebooks, consoles, and servers.
Smart Battery Charges Up for IoT News & Analysis 11/7/2014 11 comments Startup Roost is developing a new twist on the Internet of Things -- a smart, networked battery that will put existing smoke alarms on home WiFi networks.
Globalfoundries Wins Design Partner News & Analysis 11/6/2014 8 comments Invecas, an IP core and SoC design firm formed by combining two companies and a small group of ex-IBMers, has set up shop exclusively supporting Globalfoundries, which is racing to deliver 14nm FinFET node.
Sensor Fusion Goes Open-Source News & Analysis 11/6/2014 8 comments A new industry group has formed to simplify the process by which sensor data is synthesized. The Accelerated Innovation Community is an open-source algorithm cooperative dedicated to improving the accuracy of sensors.
China Owes Us, Qualcomm Says News & Analysis 11/5/2014 18 comments In an otherwise glowing quarterly financial report, Qualcomm said China device makers are not reporting hundreds of millions in sales to avoid royalties.
Superconductivity Predicted by Supercomputer News & Analysis 11/5/2014 4 comments Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has started manufacturing the military grade MAXL-OL-2000 MEMS-based accelerometer family for fabless chip company Physical Logic AG (Zurich, Switzerland) using a thick-film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of its 180nm modular MEMS process.
Fabless Pipsqueaks Grow Up News & Analysis 11/5/2014 14 comments The trade association of fabless semiconductor companies celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, declaring victory in its goal to establish its sector and the business model behind it.
IoT Data Must Be Prioritized News & Analysis 11/3/2014 2 comments The proliferation of Internet of Things devices may contribute to the big data onslaught, but ultimately this growth of information to be processed by memory and flash must be triaged like any other incoming data.
China Blamed for Microchip Dip News & Analysis 10/30/2014 4 comments Microchip Technology Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 ending Sept. 30. Officials said the company's decrease in sales is a reflection of the economic climate in China rather than internal issues.