NXP, Freescale Merger Clears FTC Hurdle News & Analysis 11/26/2015 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has received clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for the sale of its RF power amplifier business to Chinese state-controlled Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd.
Saleable Wearables: A Surprising List News & Analysis 11/25/2015 6 comments The consumer electronics industry is feeling a little spooked by a drop of 4.36% in year-over-year demand — from October 2014-October 2015, according to Argus Insights — for a wearable market. Where has it gone wrong?
MEMS Market: Ups and Upstarts News & Analysis 11/24/2015 7 comments The newly renamed MEMS and Sensors Industrial Group hosted IHS, which predicted the growth of the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) growth rates through 2019.
Tsinghua, Infineon Kicking Renesas' Tires News & Analysis 11/23/2015 7 comments Renesas Electronics has become an investment target to suitors outside Japan, including China’s Tsinghua Unigroup and Infineon Technologies in Germany, as Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed turnaround fund, plans to draw down its investment.
Micron Commits to Pushing OpenMP Standard News & Analysis 11/23/2015 1 comment API for popular shared-memory parallel programming model has gained widespread use for developing parallel applications for platforms ranging from embedded systems and to multicore systems and shared-memory systems
Japan Focuses on IoT Nuts & Bolts News & Analysis 11/20/2015 Post a comment Is Open IoT a missed opportunity for Japan? Can Japan contribute to the fast-growing world of the Internet of Things? Here's what we found at Embedded Technology 2015 in Yokohama.
Samsung on Intel's Heels in Chip Vendor Ranking News & Analysis 11/19/2015 2 comments Samsung is set to make in-roads into Intel's lead as the world's largest chip manufacturer in 2015, according to a list of chip companies ranked by forecast chip revenues from market research firm IC Insights.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT News & Analysis 11/19/2015 8 comments Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
IEEE Backs H-1B Visa Reform News & Analysis 11/18/2015 5 comments Bill introduced in U.S. Senate would reform the way temporary worker visas are awarded amid allegations that the system is dominated by large global outsourcing firms.
China's Buying Spree: 2014-15 Top Tech Deals News & Analysis 11/18/2015 2 comments The history of the electronics industry will mark 2014-15 as the watershed year of China’s great leap forward in the global market. In addition to Chinese shopping spree, Qualcomm and Intel are allying with Beijing to invest more in China.
Parrot Unveils Bebop 2 Drone News & Analysis 11/17/2015 1 comment French drone company Parrot unveiled its next-generation consumer drone, Bebop 2. The 500 gram, four propeller device is designed to take photos and video with 25 minutes of fly time.
Sarawak-Backed X-Fab Invests in Wafer Fab News & Analysis 11/17/2015 Post a comment More-than-Moore chipmaker X-Fab Silicon Foundries SE (Erfurt, Germany) has announced it will invest $114 million in its wafer fab in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, to meet demand for 0.18-micron and 0.35-micron manufacturing.
Report: China Has $47bn Chip Fund Focused on U.S. M&A News & Analysis 11/17/2015 3 comments Tsinghua Unigroup intends to spend 300 billion yuan (about $47 billion) over the next five years to build up China's position in the chip industry, according to the company chairman speaking in an interview given to Reuters.
GlobalFoundries Launches 14nm ASIC News & Analysis 11/14/2015 Post a comment GlobalFoundries announced a new ASIC, FX-14, based on technology acquired from IBM and the foundry’s new 14nm LPP process. FX-14 targets wired and wireless applications, as well as compute and storage applications with support for various SoCs including 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processors.
MEMS for Million-Dollar Horses News & Analysis 11/13/2015 Post a comment Horse Sense's Pegasus does the same kind of tracking, posture recording and monitoring as Dairymaster's MooMonitor does for cows, plus it measures their temperature -- critical for keeping expensive racehorses in tip-top condition.
Apple’s A9: Story Within A Story Teardown 11/12/2015 9 comments On a basic level it's a story of a sixth generation APU that is fabricated in a FinFET process. It's also a bigger story of Apple's semiconductor design ambitions.
Thread Gets Real with Certification Rollout News & Analysis 11/11/2015 Post a comment IoT isn’t exactly a market thing yet, due to the absence of a standardized platform both on the application and network protocol layers. But the industry may be coalescing around Thread, when it comes to network protocols.
ARM Flexes Handset, IoT Cores News & Analysis 11/10/2015 1 comment ARM announced a new entry-level, 64-bit smartphone core, the A-35, and an architecture for supporting hardware-based TrustZone security on 32-bit microcontrollers.
Scaling Down Semi Process Nodes for IoT Apps News & Analysis 11/9/2015 1 comment Scaling chips to 20-25 nanometers for Internet of Things devices will take longer than other markets because various elements in the mixed signal microcontroller-based architecture do not scale as easily.
Google Walks Fine Line in Android Chip Quest News & Analysis 11/8/2015 8 comments There are three questions on Google’s reported plan for Android chips: whether it can help Google catch up with Apple’s iPhone; if it stops Android fragmentation; whether Google is looking at an application processor or something else?
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones News & Analysis 11/5/2015 3 comments Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
Smartphone Slide Proceeds, Says Q’Comm News & Analysis 11/4/2015 1 comment Growth of smartphone sales will continue to slow as China OEMs take a bigger share of the market and selling prices decline next year, said Qualcomm reporting drops in annual sales and profits.
Chip Sales Declined 3% in Q3 News & Analysis 11/4/2015 Post a comment Semiconductor sales trended downward in the third quarter amid softening demand and currency devaluation, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Intel Fills Out IoT Portfolio News & Analysis 11/3/2015 5 comments Intel filled out its platform for the Internet of Things with a new SoC, two microcontrollers and software for end node operating systems as well as cloud computing and analytics.
How Camera Phones Changed the World News & Analysis 11/3/2015 8 comments In fall 1995 camera phones made their little-noted debut on the global stage. The combination was an unthinkable marriage of two disparate products without an industry interested in developing it.
12 Steps of Recovery from Self-Driving Car Hype News & Analysis 10/29/2015 10 comments “Autonomous car” comes in many shades. Advocates pick one to make us believe what they want us to believe. We offer 12 self-driven steps you can take to recover the never-ending story of The Little Engine That Could (All By Itself).
UMC Meets Expectations on 28nm Ramp as Demand Slumps News & Analysis 10/28/2015 Post a comment United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s second-largest foundry, is meeting its expectations for a slowed ramp of 28nm process technology because of weak demand that’s likely to persist until 2016 while the chip industry recovers from an inventory correction.
Wireless Charging IC Targets IoT News & Analysis 10/28/2015 Post a comment Wireless charging startup Energous is sampling an RF-to-DC rectifier IC designed to power smaller wearable and IoT devices that require up to 10 Watts over a 15 foot distance.
Oracle Hedges Server Bets News & Analysis 10/28/2015 Post a comment Oracle debuted five new servers and a separate server partnership with Intel. The new servers are based on its latest SPARC M7 microprocessor, while the partnership targets mission critical systems favored by IBM.
MEMS Shrinking Near Microscopic News & Analysis 10/27/2015 Post a comment The mCube three-axis accelerometer is the smallest in the world by a wide margin due to its use of regular vias between the MEMS on CMOS style of ASIC resulting in a size of just 0.9 cubic millimeters.
Broadcom Rolls 100Mbit Auto Ethernet, Gigabit Later News & Analysis 10/27/2015 1 comment Broadcom introduced its second-gen automotive Ethernet switches. By using 28-nm process geometry, Broadcom has “the world’s smallest and most power efficient” switches. Asked about Gigabit automotive Ethernet, Broadcom said it’d be ready when the industry is ready.
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