Intel to Exit Mobile SoC Business News & Analysis 4/29/2016 3 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.
Auto & Cloud Companies' Alliances Untangled News & Analysis 4/28/2016 2 comments In the era of the Internet of Everything, big data has thrown together a roster of once-strange bedfellows, including Rolls-Royce with Microsoft, Hyundai with Cisco, Toyota with Microsoft, Amazon with the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, and BMW with Microsoft.
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.
IoT Sparks Clash of Carriers News & Analysis 4/25/2016 2 comments The Internet of Things is pitting cellular carriers against each other and new classes of low power wide area network providers.
Paying, Building 5G for Autos News & Analysis 4/22/2016 Post a comment Industry experts at the Brooklyn 5G Summit expect, unsurprisingly, that 5G will play a major role in the future of automotive communications. Just how next-generation cellular systems will help form autonomous or automated driver assistance is still being constructed.
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.
Samsung Details Foundry Roadmap News & Analysis 4/22/2016 4 comments Officials from Samsung Semiconductor Inc. detailed the company’s foundry roadmap, which includes expanding FD-SOI production and offering low-cost alternatives to existing FinFET technologies.
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.
NI's mmW Radio Speeds 5G Research News & Analysis 4/21/2016 1 comment National Instruments announced a software defined radio for the millimeter wave spectrum. The transceiver system that can transmit and/or receive wide-bandwidth signals at 2 GHz real-time bandwidth, covering the 71-76 GHz spectrum. The system comes with accompanying software.
Cutting Antenna Design Time News & Analysis 4/21/2016 5 comments A time-saving algorithm may help designers of the multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antennas, which have become necessary for all the different frequencies a worldwide 4G (and 5G) mobile phone must receive.
Intel Reorg Shows Clouds Ahead News & Analysis 4/20/2016 12 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 6 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.
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.
Spiraling Data Costs Imperil IoT News & Analysis 4/14/2016 3 comments IoT system designers and service providers often don’t realize until much too late in the design cycle that their data costs are “quickly spiraling out of control,” Windspring CEO observed.
FD-SOI Expands, But Is It Disruptive? News & Analysis 4/14/2016 5 comments The ecosystem for fully-depleted silicon on insulator (FD-SOI) process technology has tipped from a too-late technology to a viable alternative to finFETs for the Internet of Things and automotive markets. To many, the presence of officials from major companies at an industry event signaled a coalescing around the technology.
TSMC Expects Second Half Surge News & Analysis 4/14/2016 Post a comment TSMC expects that it will emerge from an industry slowdown sometime during the second half of this year. The company faces overall sales growth in its business segment that slowed to 4.4% in 2015 from 16% in 2014.
5G Work Starts in Earnest News & Analysis 4/13/2016 1 comment This week engineers started hearing proposals on everything from radio access technologies to network architectures for 5G cellular standards expected before 2020.
Broadcom Drives Enterprise Wi-Fi to 2 Lanes News & Analysis 4/12/2016 Post a comment To handle an ever-increasing number of devices connecting in public, Broadcom announced a new dual-channel 5 GHz Wi-Fi access point platform for enterprise. Broadcom’s 5G-HD platform is based on a quad-core 64-bit Cortex A-53 CPU and a flexible architecture for routing different kinds of mobile traffic.
Sayonara, Japan Semiconductor Inc. News & Analysis 4/12/2016 20 comments The Japanese semiconductor industry’s downfall is undeniable. EE Times went back to Japan and explored what remains of Japanese chip vendors, how Japan Inc. has crumbled and if we grade recent restructuring programs, who comes out on top.
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.