Memory Design Trends in 2014 News & Analysis 12/19/2014 Post a comment Memory transitions, increased-density drive design trends: Customers are looking for subsystems that can accommodate both DDR3 and DDR4, while constraint-based design is par for the course as denser memory makes manufacturing more complex.
True 3-D Chips Harness Nanotubes News & Analysis 12/19/2014 Post a comment Stanford University has learned how to stack any number of layers atop a standard CMOS chip by using low-temperature RRAM for memory and carbon nanotube transistors for logic.
Sony's Debuts Smartglasses Module News & Analysis 12/18/2014 1 comment Following up on prototypes demonstrated earlier this year, Sony has announced an attachable smartglass module that can turn various eyewear into augmented reality devices.
MIT Discovers Superconductor Law News & Analysis 12/18/2014 14 comments The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has discovered a law governing the relationship between critical temperature at which superconductivity begins, resistivity, and the thickness of the film for superconducting integrated circuits.
Will Qualcomm's China Investment Pay Off? News & Analysis 12/15/2014 8 comments Qualcomm is vulnerable in China, and the company knows it. It remains to be seen, however, how its $150 million PR gambit to invest in China's mobile ecosystem will actually pay off.
7 Questions With Broadcom’s CTO News & Analysis 12/15/2014 1 comment Broadcom co-founder and chief technologist talks about Moore’s Law, his plans for 16nm FinFET tape-outs in 2015, IoT platform wars and shifts in the engineering profession.
Sequans: The Startup That Started Over News & Analysis 12/15/2014 6 comments Early one Paris morning in July 2011, Georges Karam, president and CEO of Sequans, got a call from HTC. Kara'’s biggest customer asked him to stop shipping Sequans' WiMax radio chips. That called changed everything.
Tiny Spectrometer Targets IoT News & Analysis 12/12/2014 14 comments NanoLambda has developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer-on-a-chip to measure concentration and density based on wavelength. The chip is accurate to 1 nm with 10nm resolution for consumer and medical uses.
Silicon Startups Get Incubator News & Analysis 12/9/2014 10 comments Silicon Catalyst aims to help about 10 semiconductor startups produce their first chips in 2015, leveraging partnerships with Keysight, Synopsys, and TSMC.
Freescale Charges 15W Wirelessly News & Analysis 12/8/2014 4 comments Freescale is turning up power with a new set of wireless charging receivers and transmitters for larger mobile devices such as phablets, tablets, and handheld medical equipment. The Qi-compliant system is the first in the industry to reach the 15 Watt threshold.
Foundry Sales Growing Faster Than Chip Market News & Analysis 12/8/2014 4 comments Global foundry IC revenues will grow by 13 percent to $47.9 billion in 2014, following on from annual growth of 13 percent in 2013 and 18 percent in 2012, according to a report produced jointly by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and market researcher IC Insights.
eSilicon Offers Try-Before-You-Buy IP Tool News & Analysis 12/3/2014 5 comments eSilicon launched the IP MarketPlace web-based tool for SoC designers. It facilitates browsing IP, encouraging designers to tinker, build, and generate a complete memory subsystem before making a purchase decision.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2015 News & Analysis 12/3/2014 3 comments EDN and EE Times explore some of the hot technologies in 2014 that will shape technology trends for next year and beyond as engineers bring even more innovative ideas to reality.
HP Signals Itanium’s Decline News & Analysis 12/2/2014 7 comments Hewlett-Packard announces versions of its high-end, Itanium-based servers running on x86 chips, presaging a shift away from the processor it co-developed with Intel.
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass News & Analysis 12/1/2014 11 comments The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the existing Texas Instruments Omap chip.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion News & Analysis 12/1/2014 13 comments Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
Megachips to Launch DSP-Based Sensor Fusion IC News & Analysis 11/25/2014 2 comments The growing sensor-fusion controller market for smartphones and wearable devices is about to meet a new competitor – this time from Japan. Megachips is rolling out a motion engine and sensor hub chip, dubbed Frizz.
Startup to Open Source Parallel CPU News & Analysis 11/24/2014 53 comments Rex Computing plans a parallel processor that could deliver a 10x leap in performance/watt. It will open source the design through Facebook's Open Compute Project.
Megachips: Japan's Best Kept Secret News & Analysis 11/21/2014 22 comments In a recent interview with EE Times, Megachips’ president and CEO Akira Takata laid out a plan to commit the company’s future growth, not on ASICs for the domestic market, but ASSPs for the global market.
Automotive Industry Drives Chip Demand News & Analysis 11/20/2014 9 comments Among all major end use-applications for integrated circuits, the automotive market exposes the strongest growth, finds market researcher IC Insight in a study to be released later this month.
Qualcomm Rides LTE to Cat 10 News & Analysis 11/20/2014 4 comments Qualcomm announced its fifth-generation LTE modem, a Category 10 chip with global carrier aggregation. The Gobi 9x45 modem and its second- generation RF360 envelope tracker are based on 20nm technology.
iCub: It's Robotic, It's Cute & It's Italian News & Analysis 11/19/2014 14 comments Japan's love affair with robots is well-known. So, predictably, Japanese attendees at Embedded Technology show are gushing over this little Italian -- about as big as a four-year-old child - which they praise as smart, sophisticated and gentle.
Intel Merges Mobile, PC Divisions News & Analysis 11/18/2014 25 comments In a move to streamline business and combat dismal financial results for its mobile in the third quarter, Intel will merge its mobile and PC divisions. The transition is set to occur in early 2015.
Chinese Dream for IC Powerhouse Is Coming True News & Analysis 11/18/2014 3 comments China, which for nearly two decades has aimed to make semiconductor manufacturing one of its pillar industries, may realize the dream in the next 10 years, according to executives and analysts surveyed by EE Times.
Is Sony Too Big to Succeed? News & Analysis 11/18/2014 12 comments Big spenders and financial analysts gathering for Sony's investor relations event next week in Tokyo are preoccupied with one big question: Does Sony's management team have the medicine to cure its ailing electronics business?
ISSCC Tips Hot Circuit Designs News & Analysis 11/17/2014 4 comments The International Solid State Circuits Conference will host papers on new processors from Intel, AMD, and IBM and some of the first designs made in new FinFET processes.
Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared News & Analysis 11/12/2014 3 comments The proliferation of sensors from mobile, medical, and engineering applications will drive an “abundant” world free of pressing issues such as healthcare, according to speakers at the TSensors Summit held here. Sensors will be a key component in curing the world’s ills, and the world needs a roadmap.
Software Has the Last Word for PIN Entry News & Analysis 11/11/2014 Post a comment The Cartes Secure Connexions exhibition had its fair share of hardware exhibitors, but authentication is at the core of every transaction, and software solutions are increasingly taking center stage.
Spansion’s Foray Into e.MMC Market News & Analysis 11/11/2014 Post a comment Spansion has rolled out a family of “industrial-grade” embedded MultiMediaCard memory products by using its high-density MLC NAND flash. The company is playing catchup with Micron and Toshiba.
TSMC Predicts Next Big Thing News & Analysis 11/10/2014 5 comments With MEMS and CMOS on same chip, sourced from a single well-oiled supply chain offering dirt-cheap prices, innovators will create the "next big thing." One-stop shopping at a semiconductor manufacturer is the future, says TSMC.
PowerVR Guns for AMD, Nvidia News & Analysis 11/10/2014 11 comments Imagination Technologies' latest PowerVR Series 7 graphics cores sport a host of new features, including the ability to play in notebooks, consoles, and servers.