Startup Runs MCU on 5 MicroW
News & Analysis 8/18/2017 Post a comment
Startup Eta Compute will demo at Hot Chips a Cortex-M3 running at 5 microW, targeting SoCs run on energy harvesters for the Internet of Things.
NAND Clash Spans Chip to Code
News & Analysis 8/14/2017 4 comments
The Flash Memory Summit saw NAND chips move toward four bits/cell as new options for solid-state drives and software emerged for data centers.
IBM Deep Learning Breaks Through
News & Analysis 8/11/2017 2 comments
IBM claims records in efficiency and accuracy for its distributed deep-learning (DDL) algorithms compared with the respective results of previous record holders Facebook and Microsoft.
Gen-Z Points to New Memories
News & Analysis 8/10/2017 2 comments
The Gen-Z Consortium has first prototypes for its interconnect, pointing toward a disruptive future of many persistent memories.
Apple Under Investigation by ITC
News & Analysis 8/9/2017 3 comments
The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate charges by Qualcomm that Apple iPhone and iPads violates six of its non-standards-essential patents.
Room-temp Laser-on-CMOS Achieved
News & Analysis 8/7/2017 7 comments
Researchers from Arizona State and Tsinghua Universities achieved a room-temperature CMOS laser using a molybdenum ditelluride monolayer over a silicon cavity.
ST Sprints While Q’comm Deal Hobbles NXP
News & Analysis 8/1/2017 Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is sprinting toward the winner’s circle in MCUs, NFC and sensors, while NXP is hobbled by its pending acquisition by Qualcomm. ST, claiming No. 3 share in volume MCU market, disclosed a plan for 64-bit MCU, and FD-SOI.
Ions Power Machine-Human Interface Demo
News & Analysis 7/27/2017 Post a comment
The University of Maryland’s NanoCenter demonstrated an “inverted” battery that converts electrical signals into the ion power used by the human brain’s synapses to yield what it says is a perfect machine-to-human interface.
Startup Campus Beckons Int'l Inventors
News & Analysis 7/27/2017 1 comment
From Shenzhen to New York and Silicon Valley, incubators are popping up, providing affordable space for entrepreneurs to build and nurture startups. Among them, what makes Station F — recently opened in Paris as the world’s largest startup campus — different?
IoT Growth Slower Than Expected
News & Analysis 7/25/2017 7 comments
Analysts said that the Internet of Things will crack a billion units a year in 2019, slower than expected, as Andes rolled out four new IoT processor cores.
AMD’s CTO on 7nm, Chip Stacks
News & Analysis 7/24/2017 9 comments
AMD’s chief technologist talks about the company’s needs in 7nm foundry processes, multi-die packaging and EDA for its x86 and graphics processors.
Qualms Becalm Qualcomm at Quarter’s End
News & Analysis 7/19/2017 2 comments
Bad news keeps piling up for Qualcomm. The company lost an appeal in an EU court while in the USA, it faces fresh antitrust allegations by four Apple iPhone contractors. Will Qualcomm’s NXP acquisition be at risk?
Mesh to Thrust Bluetooth in Industrial IoT
News & Analysis 7/18/2017 3 comments
Mesh Networking is finally coming to Bluetooth as a formally ratified, interoperability- tested global standard, allowing Bluetooth proponents to target a whole new machine-to-machine, industrial Internet of Things market. Might it mend IoT mess?
Woodie Flowers: Things, Not Theory
News & Analysis 7/17/2017 23 comments
The legendary MIT professor who helped start the FIRST Robotics Competition discusses what engineers need. In Part 1, Flowers explains how engineering is about solving practical problems.
Baidu's Voice Exec Speaks Out
News & Analysis 7/17/2017 Post a comment
The Baidu engineer in charge of its DuerOS group called for all-embedded Wi-Fi chip to pre-install software for its voice-activated cloud services.
TSMC Logs First 10nm Sales
News & Analysis 7/13/2017 5 comments
TSMC said that 10 nm accounted for one percent of its overall revenue during the second quarter of this year. In March, Samsung announced its first 10-nm products, including the company’s Exynos 8895 SoC and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835.
Sensors, Blockchains Meet Tomatoes
News & Analysis 7/12/2017 12 comments
When Amazon announced the Whole Foods acquisition, Alice Waters defined its significance as a chance for Jeff Bezos to launch a food revolution. Elements of basic technology are here. What would it take to pull off such a massive change?
China Makes Two IoT Calls
News & Analysis 7/6/2017 5 comments
Alibaba debuted asmart speakers the same day Baidu expanded its DuerOS, both attacking Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
NASA Wants Tricorder for Mars
News & Analysis 7/3/2017 3 comments
A group of researchers working on the Mars mission at NASA wants an all-in-one portable scientific instrument for testing the red planet’s rocks.
Expert Panel Debunks AI Hype
News & Analysis 6/26/2017 6 comments
Neural networks will see broad use, but they have real limits and are far from fulfilling the dream of artificial intelligence, said a panel of experts.
Intel Banks on Artificial Intelligence
News & Analysis 6/23/2017 14 comments
Intel is investing in artificial-intelligence startups, acquiring others, and blending the mix with its own AI expertise to ensure a leadership position in machine learning, deep learning, and brainlike neural networks based on its AI hardware and software.
SiLabs CEO Plots Slow, Steady IoT Strategy
News & Analysis 6/23/2017 5 comments
“IoT is in a bit of a trough right now,” Silicon Labs’ CEO said, just as he was leaving the ballroom where he delivered a keynote entitled “Accelerating the IoT.” Is he sensing a whiff of IoT backlash?
Much Ado About China’s Big IC Surge
News & Analysis 6/22/2017 10 comments
It’s been two years since China announced a huge capital investment intended to kick-start an indigenous semiconductor industry. So, how’s that working out for China?
Intel Brings VR, 5G to Olympics
News & Analysis 6/21/2017 8 comments
Intel will build experiences using virtual reality, 360-degree video, 5G cellular, and drones for the Olympics starting with the 2018 winter games.
iPhone Team Recalls Steve Jobs
News & Analysis 6/21/2017 2 comments
Four engineering managers from the original Apple iPhone team recounted their work on the landmark smartphone and interactions with Steve Jobs.
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
News & Analysis 6/21/2017 1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.