Zero Power Listen-Mode Sensor Debuts
News & Analysis 6/22/2016 3 comments
An acoustic “event-detection” device like Vesper’s new piezoelectric MEMS microphone uses sound energy to wake a system from full power-down mode, thus enabling battery life of a system embedded with the sensor to span not months but years.
FCC Will Vote on 5G Spectrum on July 14
News & Analysis 6/21/2016 Post a comment
FCC will vote July 14 on new rules to open up high-band spectrum for high-speed, low-latency 5G wireless applications. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler vowed US will be “first out of gate” with 5G.
Intel Xeon Phi Solos
News & Analysis 6/20/2016 2 comments
Intel announced range of stand-alone bootable Xeon Phi processors with from 64-to-72 processors running at up to 1.5-GHz for low-power consumption, 16-Gbytes of 3-D memory, and high-performance computing orchestration for deep learning algorithms.
China Tops U.S. in Supercomputers
News & Analysis 6/20/2016 6 comments
China built the world’s most powerful supercomputer with chips it designed itself and topped the U.S. for the first time in the number and performance of installed systems.
Bluetooth Steps Beyond PAN
News & Analysis 6/17/2016 12 comments
With Bluetooth 5 and mesh chips the former personal area network will extend its reach in home and building automation, challenging Zigbee.
Cavium Buys QLogic for $1B
News & Analysis 6/15/2016 3 comments
Cavium will expand from a range of security, comms and server processors and switches into storage and networking with the acquisition for $1 billion of Qlogic.
Zigbee Mesh Gets Early Praise
News & Analysis 6/15/2016 Post a comment
The JupiterMesh wireless network specification from the Zigbee Alliance is getting early praise from analysts as an alternative to Wi-Sun for smart meters and cities.
MIT's Phase-Locked Laser Array Yields Better Beam
News & Analysis 6/14/2016 Post a comment
Researchers from MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have demonstrated a natural phase-locking mechanism of closely integrated nanolasers, showing that the typically unwanted lateral emissions could contribute to a long-range global coupling of all the lasers in the 2D array.
Hella Jumps to 77GHz Radar
News & Analysis 6/14/2016 1 comment
Automotive supplier Hella KGaA has announced a new 77GHz radar sensor that for the company represents a second pillar besides the proven 24GHz technology. Inside the sensor, we find NXP’s RF CMOS radar chip that opens up the perspective to new application options for automotive radar.
STMicroelectronics Seeks Revival
News & Analysis 6/14/2016 5 comments
STMicroelectronics has changed in recent years. In the past five months alone, ST exited some of its biggest business, had less-than-stellar financial results, and is taking on behemoth NXP for dominance in automotive microcontrollers. But where is this sometimes struggling company going?
Printed Memory to Secure IoT
News & Analysis 6/13/2016 1 comment
In the Internet of Things era, there are still scenarios where a low-cost, unconnected memory might make more sense than a connected device.
Apple Expands in AI, Smart Home
News & Analysis 6/13/2016 9 comments
Apple announced software upgrades for the iPhone/iPad, Macintosh, Apple TV and Apple Watch, expanding its reach in machine learning and the smart home.
IPhone Deal Would Boost Intel
News & Analysis 6/10/2016 9 comments
Growing reports say Apple will use Intel LTE chips in iPhone 7 handsets for AT&T, a deal which could propel Intel into third place in mobile basebands.
NSF Funds 'Wearable Doctor'
News & Analysis 6/10/2016 Post a comment
The National Science Foundation will fund a 10-year $40 million effort to design a wearable doctor that runs off energy harvested from the patient's own body.
SIA Expects Chip Sales to Fall
News & Analysis 6/8/2016 Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade group joins chorus of market watchers in predicting that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016 in the face of sluggish demand and macroeconomic headwinds.
Low-Power Wi-Fi HaLow Radio Ready for IoT
News & Analysis 6/7/2016 Post a comment
Nanoelectronics research center imec, Holst Centre (initiated by imec and TNO), and Wi-Fi IP provider Methods2Bussiness have presented a complete Wi-Fi HaLow radio. The low-power, long-range radio solution uses 10 times less power than state-of-the-art orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) radios on the market.
FDSOI Grabs European Money for IoT
News & Analysis 6/1/2016 Post a comment
Globalfoundries and STMicroelectronics are the leading chip companies in a European Commission collaborative research project that aims to create an ultra low-power platform for Internet of Things applications based on 22nm FDSOI chip manufacturing process.
Xiaomi Buys 1,500 Microsoft Patents, Eyes Global Expansion
News & Analysis 6/1/2016 4 comments
Xiaomi, the Chinese consumer electronics company, is looking to broaden its intellectual property portfolio with the purchase of 1,500 Microsoft patents. The company is also preparing for a global expansion that will include bringing its smartphones to the US.
MRAM Seen Leading Embedded Non-Vol Memory Race
News & Analysis 5/31/2016 1 comment
Spin-torque transfer magnetic RAM is leading a race for inclusion as an embedded non-volatile memory at the 28nm chip production node according to the memory department director for European research institute IMEC.
7 Ways to Skin French Tech
News & Analysis 5/31/2016 2 comments
France now bills itself as a “startup nation” and is backing its tech industry via a confluence of government money and private sector investment.