IoT Security Spending to Skyrocket
News & Analysis 4/25/2016 6 comments
The amount that enterprises and consumers will spend on security around the Internet of Things is projected to grow rapidly after 2020, according to Gartner.
Fab Tool Book-to-Bill Rises
News & Analysis 4/22/2016 1 comment
North American manufacturers of semiconductor capital equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio above parity for the fourth consecutive month in March, according to the SEMI trade group.
NI's mmW Radio Speeds 5G Research
News & Analysis 4/21/2016 1 comment
National Instruments announced a software defined radio for the millimeter wave spectrum. The transceiver system that can transmit and/or receive wide-bandwidth signals at 2 GHz real-time bandwidth, covering the 71-76 GHz spectrum. The system comes with accompanying software.
Facebook Roadmap Eyes AR/VR, Connectivity
News & Analysis 4/13/2016 2 comments
Facebook's CEO said the company will target three major areas in the next 10 years: connecting everyone to the Internet, artificial intelligence, and virtual and augmented reality.
EDA Group Broadens Mission
News & Analysis 3/31/2016 10 comments
The EDA Consortium renamed itself the Electronic System Design Alliance, taking on a broader role including semiconductor IP, embedded software and advanced packaging.
Why Autonomous Cars Are ‘Absolutely Not Ready’
News & Analysis 3/22/2016 27 comments
Prof. at Duke Univ. laid out seven “limitations” in current self-driving car technologies, tests, and evaluations—enough to make the public question if the current industry’s rush to deployment of autonomous cars is warranted.
VR Not Ready for Standards
News & Analysis 3/17/2016 2 comments
Virtual reality may have been big enough to get its own sub-track at Game Developers Conference and require a last-minute move to a set of larger rooms. But VR hasn’t developed enough to create standards.
NASA Engineer Honored With Washington Award
News & Analysis 2/26/2016 1 comment
Chicagoland engineers will present the Washington Award to aerospace engineer Dr. Aprille Ericsson. Ericsson has made significant contributions to the aerospace field and was also the first female, and the first African-American female, to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first black female to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
4th ICE Age Upon Us
News & Analysis 2/25/2016 Post a comment
Mentor Graphics is claiming that it has entered the 4th ICE Age with its accelerated, deterministic in-circuit-emulation apps like accurate design-for-test.
MWC to Focus on Making 5G Real
News & Analysis 2/17/2016 2 comments
OEMs, telcos and semi companies will continue to pave the yellow brick road toward 5G communications at this year’s Mobile World Congress. While last year featured heavy discussion around standardization, much of the 5G talk at the 2016 conference will center around commercialization.
Battery Research Claims 10x Gain
News & Analysis 2/8/2016 Post a comment
A Stanford-SLAC team wrapped silicon lithium-ion anode particles in a custom-fit cage made of graphene to alleviate battery issues that sap their performance.
FinFETs Flow at Samsung, TSMC
News & Analysis 2/3/2016 3 comments
Production of next-generation FinFET chips is underway in earnest with Samsung and TSMC leading the charge. Although Samsung announced mass production of its 14nm LPP process technology with a major customer win in Qualcomm, TSMC may have the last laugh with Apple driving shipments.
Fingerprint Sensor Market on 31% CAGR
News & Analysis 2/2/2016 2 comments
Unit shipments of fingerprint sensors have grown from 316 million in 2014 to 499 million in 2015 and will continue to increase each year to peak at 1.6 billion in 2020, according to IHS Technology.
Developing The Perfect IoT Battery
News & Analysis 1/27/2016 Post a comment
The ideal battery for IoT applications would favor energy density over power density, while minimizing battery self-discharge. An excellent battery technology for such applications is lithium thionyl chloride.
Over-The-Air Charging Is The Future
News & Analysis 1/21/2016 9 comments
The future of wireless charging doesn’t lie in current coil-based systems, which aren't "really revolutionary." Further, standardization won’t drive wireless charging adoption among consumers.
Ultra-Thin Sensors Flex for Medicine
News & Analysis 1/12/2016 Post a comment
The future of medical monitoring should be small, flexible and very, very thin according to wearable company MC10. The Massachusetts-based announced several flexible body-worn sensors at International CES, one of which is less than half the thickness of human hair.
CMOS-Based Neural Probes Tackle Single Neurons
News & Analysis 1/4/2016 Post a comment
At last IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting 2015, nanoelectronics research centers in Europe presented a set of silicon neural probes that pave the way to a greater understanding of the brain and may make possible novel treatments for brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism, and epilepsy.