ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank? News & Analysis 7/19/2016 18 comments The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
Infineon Details Plans for Wolfspeed Takeover News & Analysis 7/18/2016 Post a comment Infineon recently announced the intention to acquire compound semiconductor expert Wolfspeed. But how are the perspectives for Wolfspeed, its product range and its staff? During a conference call, Infineon CEO Reinhard Ploss shed light on his plans.
5G Research Gets U.S. Call News & Analysis 7/16/2016 Post a comment The U.S. took a step ahead in 5G cellular research with a $400 government effort drawing praise from experts who called for global harmony on spectrum.
FCC Paves Way for 5G News & Analysis 7/15/2016 Post a comment The U.S Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve a set of rules for wireless broadband communications operating above 24 GHz.
FinFET Startup Seeks Partners for Collaboration News & Analysis 7/14/2016 Post a comment FinScale Inc. (Dublin, Calif.), a startup that claims it knows how to build superior FinFETs optimized for quantum effects, has formed an industrial and academic partner program to accelerate development and adoption of its technology.
Huawei Sues T-Mobile US over 4G News & Analysis 7/14/2016 Post a comment China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has filed a lawsuit against T-Mobile US alleging the US mobile phone service operator is using patented 4G technologies without a license, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Quantum Superconducting Advance News & Analysis 7/14/2016 Post a comment The European Union announced it is funding the "world's most sensitive microwave detector" for commercialization as a quit photon detector for quantum computers. An ASP.org paper published on Friday describes it as the "worlds most sensitive photon detector" being 17-times more sensitive than photodetectors today.
Wearables Don Secret Materials News & Analysis 7/14/2016 2 comments Contract manufacturer Flex and fabric maker MAS Holdings partnered to bring printed inks and conductive yarns to wearables later this year.
TSMC to Adopt Extreme Ultraviolet at 5nm News & Analysis 7/14/2016 5 comments Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest foundry, said it will fully implement extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography to make 5nm chips by the end of this decade.
Leti Unveils New 3D Network-on-Chip News & Analysis 7/14/2016 Post a comment Leti’s 3D IC technology fundamentally differs from other 3D chips available on the commercial market. The difference lies in the interposer. Leti’s 3D NoC technology uses a ‘smart interposer,” where active elements are integrated.
Leti Plans Startup Accelerator News & Analysis 7/12/2016 1 comment French research institute Leti is planning to create a startup accelerator organization under the name Innovation Venture Accelerator (IVA).
Ex-Lenovo CEO Takes Avnet Helm News & Analysis 7/12/2016 Post a comment Avnet's CEO Rick Hamada has stepped down after five years on the job, less than three months after Avnet announced it would cut $25 million in personnel and other expenses from its technology business.
Will NTSB Apply Brakes to Tesla's Autopilot? News & Analysis 7/12/2016 11 comments The NTSB’s entry into the investigations on a deadly crash on May 7 involving the “Autopilot” function in a 2015 Tesla Model S will certainly bring extra scrutiny to the automotive industry’s push for semi and full autonomous-driving technology.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Automotive Memory: Still a Niche Market? News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment Micron's latest SLC NAND is aimed at embedded application uses including connected cars, but although automotive is sexy, as a memory segment it's never going to be that large: it comes down to the volume of vehicles built every year.
IMEC, ARM Collaborate on 7nm Design News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has signed up to the INSITE collaborative research program on design at nanoelectroics research institute IMEC (Leuven, Belgium).
Ex-Broadcom Unit to Shape Cypress IoT Future News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment Cypress closed the previously announced acquisition for $550 million of Broadcom’s Internet of Things business unit. The new unit’s directions and strategies will likely tilt toward the Broadcom team, which dwarfs its counterpart at Cypress.
Intelligence Agency Sets 3D Challenge News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has issued a $100,000 challenge to the programming community to improve upon the automatic generation of 2D-to-3D imagery from satellites.
Zinc Doping Boosts GaAs Nanowire Lasers News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment Scientists at The Australian National University have improved the performance of unpassivated GaAs nanowire lasers more than a hundred folds, by adding zinc as a dopant, changing the crystal structure and increasing the device's radiative efficiency.
Startup Debuts Open Source SoCs News & Analysis 7/11/2016 2 comments Startup SiFive aims to use the open source RISC-V core as the heart of two SoC platforms, enabling a broader set of engineers to build custom processors.
Google Glass Lives On In Medicine News & Analysis 7/8/2016 2 comments While Google Glass may have fallen out of favor among the hippest technologists and those that follow them, the wearable technology has found a second life in emergency medicine.
Vision Restoration: Startup Develops Implantable Pixels News & Analysis 7/8/2016 Post a comment French Startup Pixium Vision is moving fast in the field of vision restoration. The company is not only developing two distinct retinal-implant technologies to circumvent retinal degenerative diseases, it also hopes to be able one day to feed visual stimulation (from its proprietary bioinspired neuromorphic imaging sensor) directly to the visual cortex.
Qualcomm Sues Chinese Smartphone Firm News & Analysis 7/8/2016 Post a comment Phone chip supplier and intellectual property licensor Qualcomm Inc. has sued Meizu Technology Co. Ltd. (Xhuhai, Guangdong, China) alleging infringement of patents covering features and technologies used in smartphones.
Google To Acquire Image Recognition Startup News & Analysis 7/7/2016 Post a comment Google announced a deal to buy image-recognition startup Moodstocks. Created in 2009, the French startup first introduced on-device image recognition in 2012, enabling smartphones to recognize whatever their camera sees.
IBM Rolls Out Job-Cutting Plan In The Netherlands News & Analysis 7/7/2016 Post a comment According to a leaked company memo, IBM is imposing involuntary job cuts in the Netherlands for the first time. Does the move serve as a template for Big Blue to impose forced layoffs in regions where local labor laws have made it difficult to impose mandatory cuts?
Tesla's Fatal Crash: 6 Unanswered Questions News & Analysis 7/7/2016 42 comments Tesla’s fatal crash has many automotive industry experts wondering what exactly happened. EE Times makes an attempt to dissect which technologies were at play inside Model S Autopilot, and what limitations each technology was manifested in the crash.
IBM, Samsung Put New Spin on MRAM News & Analysis 7/7/2016 30 comments 20 years after it invented magnetic random access memory (MRAM), IBM adds spin-transfer torque with help from foundry partner Samsung, claiming its MRAM may replace flash someday.
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.