Graphene Polymer Speeds Electron Transport News & Analysis 2/27/2015 Post a comment Depositing conducting polymers on graphene gives then highly desirable electrical properties, flexibility and strength for future flexible electronics, organic solar cells, protective coatings and other practical applications.
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips News & Analysis 2/26/2015 5 comments The EEMBC consortium rolled out CoreMark-Pro, a benchmark suite for 32- and 64-bit chips, an extension of its six-year old test for MCUs and CPUs.
Mesh Comes to Bluetooth News & Analysis 2/25/2015 6 comments Expect Bluetooth to add mesh networking technology later this year. The Bluetooth SIG’s fast-track effort is a testament to the groundswell of interest in the technology. But it can also be viewed as a pre-emptive strike against the Thread Group.
5 Trends to Watch at Mobile World Congress News & Analysis 2/25/2015 4 comments Anything and everything in the world that demands wireless connectivity – cars, phones, homes, retail transactions, factories, buildings, wearables, public transportation systems, you name it – is descending upon the Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona.
Silicon Labs' First Salvo in IoT SoCs: Blue Gecko News & Analysis 2/24/2015 2 comments Silicon Labs unveiled its first Bluetooth Low Energy wireless SoC, Blue Gecko. Integrating Silicon Labs’ EFM32 Gecko MCU with 2.4GHz radio, it’s the first in a series of IoT SoCs Silicon Labs has promised to deliver in coming months.
AMD Describes Notebook Processor News & Analysis 2/23/2015 1 comment AMD’s next-gen notebook processor, Carrizo, packs a south bridge and HEVC decoder in the same space as its previous Kaveri chip, it said at ISSCC.
Marvell Shakes Up SoCs, DRAMs News & Analysis 2/23/2015 8 comments Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja announced a new SoC interconnect and virtual-memory initiatives aimed to make next-generation chips and systems cheaper.
Parrot Spins Positive on FAA Drone Draft News & Analysis 2/23/2015 2 comments We talked with Yannick Levy, vice president of Parrot (Paris), to find out how the FAA’s draft drone rules are viewed in Europe, and where the focus of the drone debate will move next.
Chip Packs 100, 64-bit ARM Cores News & Analysis 2/23/2015 4 comments EZchip announced it will sample next year a 28nm network processor using 100 ARM 64-bit A53 cores, gunning for sockets with Broadcom and Cavium.
3D E-Beam Enables 3D NAND Flash News & Analysis 2/23/2015 2 comments Applied Materials claims to have solved the last remaining problems around enabling mass production of 3D NAND flash memory cubes. The company says it has leveled the playing field so any semiconductor maker can make 3-D FinFETs as well as Intel already does.
Intel Carves Tiny SRAMs at 14nm News & Analysis 2/22/2015 17 comments Intel will describe at ISSCC advances based on its 14nm process technology including what it calls the world’s smallest SRAM cell and PCI Express circuit.
Quantum Transistor Harnesses New Effect News & Analysis 2/19/2015 2 comments Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new phenomenon--the quantum spin Hall effect--and have used it to create the world's first spintronic topological field effect transistor (TFET), in simulation at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at Texas A&M University.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High News & Analysis 2/18/2015 12 comments Under the FAA’s proposed rules, gone are such antiquated rules as [drone] operators must be “licensed pilots.” Intact are “see and avoid” principles; must fly within line of sight of the operator.
Android to Become 'Workhorse' of Cybercrime News & Analysis 2/13/2015 2 comments As of the end of 2014, 16 million mobile devices worldwide have been infected by malicious software, estimated Alcatel-Lucent’s security arm, Motive Security Labs, in its latest security report released Thursday (Feb. 12).
Nvidia Envisions Self-Driving Cars News & Analysis 2/13/2015 1 comment Automotive and mobile gaming were growth areas for graphics processor company Nvidia in 2014; Nvidia sees Tegra X1 and deep learning leading way to self-driving cars.
China Deal Squeezes Royalty Cuts from Qualcomm News & Analysis 2/10/2015 5 comments China’s National Development and Reform Commission called the investigation “antitrust case.” But more accurately, it successfully haggled with Qualcomm to get the royalty rate cuts for Chinese handset vendors.
Thermoelectric Nanowires to Cool Chips News & Analysis 2/9/2015 1 comment Researchers are finding all kinds or novel cooling methods to pull out the heat threatening to melt down chips that run faster than 3-Gz, but by embedding thermoelectric nanowires into the backside of chip Sandia National Labs hopes to continue scaling to higher speeds.
Open-Silicon: ‘No Software Runs Without Hardware’ News & Analysis 2/9/2015 1 comment As the valuation of high-tech companies goes increasingly lopsided -- disproportionately favoring the software business -- the obvious question is: Who nowadays is willing to get their hands dirty designing high-cost, low-margin hardware?
1.5 nm Metrology Extends Moore's Law News & Analysis 2/6/2015 1 comment Even a ruler can nix Moore's Law. Rulers need to be as much as 10 times finer than the semiconductors they are measure. Thanks to researchers at some US national labs collaborating with industry, the finest metrology tool is now at 1.5 nanometers.
Silicon Labs Deploys M&A to Crack IoT News & Analysis 2/4/2015 Post a comment Silicon Labs has acquired a Finnish wireless module vendor Bluegiga Technologies, picking up the last missing link for its IoT play. Silicon Labs’ other IoT-related mergers include Energy Micro AS in 2013 and Ember in 2012.
ARM Cores Take on PC Processors News & Analysis 2/3/2015 18 comments ARM today announced a new processor, GPU, and IP suite targeted for mobile SoCs. The 64-bit Cortex-A72 processor, Mali-T880 GPU, and Cache Coherent Interconnect aim to usher in an era where mobile devices “serve as your primary and only compute platform.”
IBM Shifts SUNY Chip Researchers News & Analysis 2/2/2015 1 comment Researchers at New York’s SUNY Polytechnic Institute are developing chip technology at 7nm for IBM. The organizations announced that more than 220 of these engineers and scientists at SUNY Poly's Albany Nanotech campus will become part of IBM Research.
SanDisk's Flash to Go Auto-Grade News & Analysis 2/2/2015 5 comments Now with its memory chips AEC-Q100 certified, SanDisk hopes to make automotive a strong focus, meeting the design and supply needs of Tier Ones and car OEMs.
China Clouds Chip Outlook News & Analysis 2/2/2015 3 comments The SIA reported semiconductors grew at a respectable 9.9% rate in 2014, but its new CEO is headed to China to address trade policies raising concerns.
Sony Joins FDSOI Club News & Analysis 1/30/2015 39 comments Sony Corp. revealed that the company’s next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) chip will use 28-nm Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator (FDSOI) process.
FPGA Debug Goes Outside with New Hardware News & Analysis 1/30/2015 2 comments For 10 years, Belgium company Byte Paradigm has operated as a design center for high-end FPGA-based systems as well as an electronics test and debugging service. Under a new name Yugo Systems, the company is about to expand its offering for FPGA debug.
Qualcomm Outlook Exposes 5 Trouble Spots News & Analysis 1/30/2015 4 comments Although Qualcomm showed strong Q1 results, the company -- facing several trouble spots in China -- lowered its chipset division’s operating margin guidance to 16-18% and its 2015 annual revenue guidance by $800 million.
Broadcom Flips on Future Set Tops News & Analysis 1/29/2015 1 comment Broadcom is nestled between traditional cable companies and newer over the top content providers, which are both battling and enabling each other in a fight for viewers and dollars.
UMC Boosts Capex to Capture More 28nm Orders News & Analysis 1/28/2015 3 comments UMC's large capex increase to capture more 28nm orders indicates the company is optimistic about strong demand this year. Analysts believe UMC needs to fend off the competition in China which appears to be catching up.
TSVs to Split More Chips: Re-Integration is the Focus News & Analysis 1/28/2015 1 comment At the European 3D TSV summit which took place in Grenoble's Minatec center last week, all of the speakers seemed to agree on one thing: in many fields including the consumer market, 2.5D integration (through the use of interposers) is going to remain cost-competitive for a while with real 3D vertical integration. And this could lead to major shifts in the electronics manufacturing landscape.
Freescale Come Back? Stock Market Thinks So News & Analysis 1/28/2015 4 comments Freescale Semiconductor, burdened by large debt repayments since it was bought by private equity funds in 2006, still has the debt, but it has halted a decline in product revenue and it’s deleveraging effectively.
Spectrometer Lights Up IoT, Smartly News & Analysis 1/22/2015 Post a comment Analog circuit, MEMS, and sensors manufacturer AMS announced an integrated spectrometer for smart lighting management, the AS721x. Company officials believe smart lights could become the center of a home Internet of Things ecosystem.
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety News & Analysis 1/22/2015 3 comments In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.