Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story News & Analysis 5/6/2016 Post a comment Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
Graphene Patterned at Room Temp News & Analysis 5/5/2016 1 comment Graphene is easily grown with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on copper foil, but a simple way of etching out the necessary circuit patterns and transferring them to a non-metallic substrate has eluded engineers. Now researchers at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) claim to have a one-step room temperature process for quickly patterning and transferring graphene circuits to flexible substrates using a simple shadow mask.
Former Intel Exec Perlmutter to Chair ReRam Startup News & Analysis 5/4/2016 4 comments David Perlmutter, a former executive vice president and chief product officer at Intel, has agreed to be non-executive chairman of Weebit Nano, a startup formed to commercialize silicon dioxide resistive RAM technology.
Analog Brain to Simulate Real Thing News & Analysis 5/4/2016 Post a comment The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) is working on building electronic brains using analog components that operate like real biological brains, unlike the digitally emulated electronic brains being built in the best by companies like IBM.
Activist Investor Attacks Vex Chipmakers News & Analysis 5/4/2016 10 comments Beyond Yahoo, Apple and Sony, chip vendors have been targeted by activist investors. The big change now is that hedge fund investors -- whose focus used to be on small to medium companies -- are now getting much bolder.
Chip Sales Edge Up Slightly News & Analysis 5/3/2016 2 comments The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that chip sales increased slightly in March compared with February, but sales for the first quarter were down sequentially and year-over-year.
How Google Made Chromecast Cool News & Analysis 5/2/2016 Post a comment Since the release of the first generation of the Chromecast, Google has old more than 20 million units to customers looking to make their tired old TVs a little smarter.
Intel to Exit Mobile SoC Business News & Analysis 4/29/2016 16 comments As it proceeds with a massive restructuring plan announced earlier this month, Intel will exit the smartphone and tablet mobile SoC business by ending its struggling Atom chip product line. Intel is likely to keep its modem team.
MediaTek Expects Increase in Smartphone Shipments News & Analysis 4/29/2016 1 comment MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest competitor in the smartphone silicon business, said it expects to increase shipments during the second quarter this year from the first quarter even as global growth in the segment has stalled for the first time.
UMC: Business to Bounce Back This Year News & Analysis 4/27/2016 Post a comment United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s third-largest foundry, said that by the second half of 2016, it expects business to recover from a slump that impacted demand for communications chips starting last year.
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.
IDT Backs WiGig Chip Vendor News & Analysis 4/22/2016 1 comment Funding round worth $20 million marks second time in two weeks that venture capital has smiled on the semiconductor industry.
Mie Fujitsu, CSEM to Combine DDC, Low Voltage for IoT Chips News & Analysis 4/21/2016 Post a comment Japanese chip manufacturer Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor and Swiss research institute CSEM have agreed to collaborate on Deeply Depleted Channel technology and near/sub-threshold voltage technology for integrated circuits aimed at the Internet of Things and wearables markets.
Intel Reorg Shows Clouds Ahead News & Analysis 4/20/2016 11 comments Intel's $1.2 billion plan to cut 12,000 employees amid an accelerating PC decline got a mixed reception from market watchers noting issues in memory, IoT and data center markets.
Intel Cuts 12,000, 11% of Staff News & Analysis 4/19/2016 5 comments Intel Corp. officially cut its PC business loose today announcing a cut of 12,000 employees, 11% of its staff amid a sequential decline in quarterly revenues and profits.
Apple iPhone Shipments May Fall News & Analysis 4/19/2016 4 comments Shipments of the Apple iPhone may have fallen for the first time since the iconic smartphone went on the market in 2007, analysts are saying.
Quakes Hit Japan's IC & Auto Makers Hard News & Analysis 4/18/2016 3 comments Japanese electronics and automotive manufacturers are struggling to assess damages to their manufacturing facilities after a series of earthquakes--as high as 7.3 magnitude on the Richter scale--struck Kyushu, Japan’s southern island.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.