Apple Watch Tear Down Reveals European Chips News & Analysis 7/3/2015 1 comment The Apple Watch, is the trailblazer of a wearables equipment market set to boom by 2020, according to market research organization Yole Developpement. And several leading European chipmakers are set to benefit, according to a tear down of the watch.
3-D Fingerprint Scanner Beats Apple's News & Analysis 7/3/2015 2 comments The University of California at Davis, in cooperation with the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) has created a three-dimensional (3-D) MEMS fingerprint identification system atop a CMOS ASIC.
Intel President, Execs Step Down News & Analysis 7/2/2015 8 comments Intel President Renée James is among several top executives who announced plans to resign from the chip giant. Three other executives from various divisions will also leave the company.
Talking Sheets, Thinking Shorts News & Analysis 6/30/2015 2 comments The tagging of garments via RFID-based labels has been commonplace for more than a decade. But what if electronic components could be threaded into the very fabric of clothes and even survive the washing machine?
Automotive King Redefines Future News & Analysis 6/30/2015 18 comments By 2030 the cost of an automobile will be mostly from the advanced electronics, according to analysts, with Freescale supplying the Lion's portion of those chips since it will be number one is automotive electronics after the merger with NXP later this year.
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
GaN Converters Charge Simultaneously News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment Mobile devices have gotten slimmer over the years but chargers have remained in the same clunky form factors. Zolt, a subsidiary of gallium nitride fab Avogy, has developed a lipstick tube sized charger capable of powering three devices at once at up to 70 Watts.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems News & Analysis 6/26/2015 Post a comment Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Woz Wows with Humanitarianism News & Analysis 6/25/2015 13 comments Steve Wozniak single-handedly designed the Apple-I and after forming Apple with Steve Jobs also designed the Apple-II personal computer (PC), although Jobs oversaw the design of the case for the Apple-II.
Researchers Focus on Smart Contacts News & Analysis 6/25/2015 2 comments Imec researchers hope to deliver within two years active contact lenses that detect where the user is looking and deliver the correct near or far focus.
Freescale Networks on 16nm News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment Freescale’s next generation of multicore processors will use 16nm FinFET process technology, officials announced at the company’s annual conference, Freescale Technology Forum. Two QorIQ chips, LS1048A and LS1088A, are designed for Internet of Things networking at the edge.<
Smart Shirt Adorns IoT Efforts News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment A smart T-shirt and a new Internet of Things research program with a low cost air quality sensor were announced by researchers at Imec and the Holst Center.
Secure IoT MCUs Drive Freescale-NXP News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment The future of Freescale Semiconductor and NXP is in connecting and securing the Internet of Things, with a major focus on automotive. The CEOs of both companies outlined their collective vision for the merger, which will likely close in November.
GlobalFoundries’ FD-SOI Revolution News & Analysis 6/23/2015 7 comments Confirming the imminent announcement of the company’s big FD-SOI plan, GlobalFoundries came to Grenoble to discuss its 22nm FD-SOI process scheduled to be qualified by early 2016.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race? News & Analysis 6/23/2015 3 comments How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
Startup Taps Into Home Energy Circuit News & Analysis 6/23/2015 1 comment Startup Curb wants to help you find the energy hog in your home -- whether that be your spouse or a space heater. The home automation company has developed a hardware system that attaches to a home circuit breaker to monitor energy consumption.
Freescale MCUs Secure IoT News & Analysis 6/23/2015 Post a comment Freescale announced a new family of microcontrollers designed with a focus on security for the Internet of Things. The Kinetis K80, K81, and K82 sport several layers of hardware security.
'Smallest SoC for IoT' Adds Memory News & Analysis 6/23/2015 9 comments Freescale's new i.MX 6D SoC is called a Single Chip System Module, (SCM) because it also has a 1-gigaByte Micron low-power double data rate chip stacked on top of three Freescale die for its dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores, power management chip and 16 megaByte of serial peripheral interface NOR flash nonvolatile memory.
AMD Denies Mulling Breakup News & Analysis 6/22/2015 Post a comment Company denies report that it hired a consulting firm to help it consider options for breaking up the company or spinning off part of its business.
Freescale Adds Comms to IoT MCUs News & Analysis 6/22/2015 1 comment Freescale announced a new set of microcontrollers with integrated communications as part of its Kinetis family. The multi-protocol chips are designed for home automation and industrial control devices in the Internet of Things
Freescale i.MX 7 Finally Here News & Analysis 6/22/2015 3 comments Freescale's latest application processor, the i.MX 7 comes with one or two ARM Cortex-A7 microprocessors as well as one Cortex-M4 micro controller resulting in a unique heterogeneous architecture that consumes as little as 250 microAmps in its Low Power State Retention mode (LPSR).
IR Cameras Soon a Commodity, Warns Yole News & Analysis 6/19/2015 2 comments Over the next several years, uncooled thermal camera shipments will accelerate rapidly, with volumes growing at 22% CAGR between 2015 and 2020, according to Yole Développement's latest report.
Intel Buys Smart Glasses Company News & Analysis 6/17/2015 1 comment Intel has acquired smart eyeglass maker Recon Instruments for a reported $175 million. Recon created smart eyewear with a heads–up display for sports.
Fairchild Out "Smarts" Dumb MEMS News & Analysis 6/16/2015 7 comments Fairchild announced its entry into the MEMS market -- under its own label -- last year, even though its been a MEMS foundry since 2001 from which it gained the experience to build "smart" high-end devices with built-in DSPs that it claims reduces power over competing high-accuracy six axis inertial measurement units (IMUs).
HTC: Asus Can't Buy Us News & Analysis 6/15/2015 Post a comment HTC issued a thanks but no thanks-style response after an Asus executive floated the idea that it could purchase the smartphone manufacturer.
Wearables, Home Devices Likely to Lead IoT Growth News & Analysis 6/12/2015 1 comment Wearables and home devices are likely to lead growth in the IoT business during the rest of this decade, according to semiconductor companies and industry analysts at the Computex Taipei show that wrapped up last week.
Yole Predicts the 'Sensorization' of Modern Life News & Analysis 6/12/2015 Post a comment After the consumerization of electronics – which took the semiconductor industry from something driven by enterprise computing to its current position as the supply of components of mobile devices – comes the sensorization of electronics, and of our lives. That is according to Jean-Christophe Eloy, CEO of market analysis firm Yole Developpement.
Cypress and ISSI: On Again, Off Again News & Analysis 6/11/2015 Post a comment After citing anti-trust concerns as a barrier to a potential Cypress acquisition, ISSI briefly was open to a merger, but is now advising stockholders to vote in favor of an amended Uphill agreement, which was first floated in March.
Xiaomi 1, Qualcomm 0 News & Analysis 6/11/2015 4 comments The shift of momentum in smartphone market couldn’t have been more explicit: Qualcomm named its former executive as the new China chairman, while Xiaomi announced it hired Qualcomm’s China chief as its new senior vice president.
Full-Duplex Comm Almost Here News & Analysis 6/11/2015 4 comments Kumu Networks (Sunnyvale, Calif.) offers full-duplex operation for traditional wireless networks with add-on modules that allow the use of same frequency at same time for transmit and receive thus doubling bandwidth.
Motion Engine Beats Gestures News & Analysis 6/10/2015 1 comment As the Austin-based startup Quantum Interface (Qi) unveiled its first predictive navigation software and technology, EE Times Europe caught up with the company's founder and CTO Jonathan Josephson to know more about the underlying technology.
Smart Glasses Strap On AR News & Analysis 6/10/2015 Post a comment Emerging technologies like AR comes with a series of challenges and opportunities, executives from smart glasses and AR device companies said during a session. Still, as additional use cases develop the possibilities are endless.
Atmel on the Block News & Analysis 6/9/2015 Post a comment Atmel Corp. is on the block, looking for a potential buyer, Reuters reported Monday. If true, the move feeds further fuel into the M&A frenzy currently affecting the global semiconductor market.
IBM Renting Its EDA Tools News & Analysis 6/7/2015 5 comments Ever since IBM started designing systems over 100 years ago, it has used it own internally developed toolkits, the envy of designers who have to use brand-x electronic design automation (EDA) suites. Now IBM is renting the use of its famous tools online at one-half the price of licensing brand-x tools.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.