Video Compression Feels a Pinch News & Analysis 6/30/2016 3 comments Clouds surround digital video with compression gains currently falling far short, but Microsoft and Google shared promising work on augmented reality and royalty-free codecs.
PCIe 4.0 Heads to Fab, 5.0 to Lab News & Analysis 6/28/2016 2 comments Chips using PCI Express 4.0 are preparing to tape out although the spec isn’t done; work a 5.0 version will start next year targeting 16 or 32 Gbits/second.
How Do You Update 1 Billion IoT Devices? News & Analysis 6/27/2016 3 comments IoT devices need over-the-air firmware and software updates, but that must be done quickly and securely. Resin.io, which just got $9 million in funding from GE Ventures, Ericsson and others, thinks it has answers to such hard IoT problems.
Brexit Ripples Through Tech Community News & Analysis 6/27/2016 18 comments UK voters gave a thumbs up for leaving the European Union, generating concerns in the tech community over the ease of finding jobs and potential company relocations.
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.
ASML Buys Hermes for $3.1B News & Analysis 6/16/2016 1 comment ASML will spend $3.1 billion to buy Hermes Microvision for its e-beam tools that support the roll out of extreme ultraviolet lithography.
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.
Mobileye Chief Engineer Explains EyeQ5 News & Analysis 6/15/2016 Post a comment We followed up with Mobileye on what’s inside EyeQ5, and why now. Our discussion ranged from architecture of a driverless car in 2020 to accelerators in the SoC and Google’s recently unveiled custom ASIC for machine learning.
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.
STMicroelectronics Seeks Revival News & Analysis 6/14/2016 6 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?
The Road Ahead For AI in Cars News & Analysis 6/14/2016 8 comments AI is seen as an enabler for ‘real’ autonomous cars. We asked an IHS analyst to break down automotive AI, including its advancements, applications inside vehicles, and the hardware available to process AI algorithms.
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.
AMD Details Next-Gen APUs News & Analysis 6/8/2016 4 comments AMD still believes in PCs and recently announced its seventh generation of A-series processors targeted for that market. Code-named Bristol Ridge and Stony Ridge, the processors are designed to boost productivity, enhance multimedia, and improve energy efficiency.
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.
Carbon Nanofibers Yield On-Chip Mini-Supercaps News & Analysis 6/7/2016 Post a comment Founded in 2005 after having secured a number of patents leveraging the growth of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) on different substrates, Swedish startup Smoltek believes CNFs will play an essential role in shrinking IC packaging.
Can Rambus Hack Auto Cyber-Security? News & Analysis 6/7/2016 Post a comment Over-the-Air vehicle updates and cyber-security for connected cars are two closely intertwined, red-hot issues in Detroit. Rambus is diving into the field--presumably at an opportune moment in partnership with Movimento, a leader in automotive reflash services.
Got Self-Driving Architecture? Show Me News & Analysis 6/3/2016 17 comments Despite Nvidia, Mobile and NXP talking about their autonomous car platforms, do carmakers already know what their self-driving car architecture will be in 2020? “They don’t. At least, not yet," says Kalray's CEO.
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.
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. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.