China’s Memory Drama: Must-See in 2017 News & Analysis 12/19/2016 3 comments China’s memory chip production plans became evident to close industry observers in 2016. What they’ll be watching for next is, who will make the first move in devising and negotiating technology licensing agreements or joint ventures with China.
Europe to Rethink 10/100/20 Chip Project News & Analysis 12/16/2016 Post a comment The European Commission intends to reconvene a high-level group of European CEOs and executives to exchange views on the nanoelectronics and chip manufacturing project and make adjustments as necessary for a wave of European Union investment supposedly starting in 2020.
Biometrics Won't Kill Passwords News & Analysis 12/15/2016 2 comments The password will not be replaced by biometrics measurements of fingerprints, facial features, the iris, the veins of palm or speech-signature recognition until all of these technologies are matured in the consumer market circa 2030.
Your A List for CES 2017 News & Analysis 12/14/2016 1 comment Ask any market researcher or industry analyst about what to watch for at the CES next month in Las Vegas and the “A” list you’ll almost certainly hear are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality and Automotive.
DoT Shifts V2V Mandate into Gear News & Analysis 12/14/2016 8 comments The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule to advance deployment of V2V technologies. The action put the United States on a path as the first in the world to mandate V2V communication on all new light-duty vehicles.
AI Ethics Effort Starts at IEEE News & Analysis 12/13/2016 1 comment The IEEE is seeking feedback on a broad initiative to develop ethical standards and best practices for designing systems with artificial intelligence.
Lurking Behind Every M&A Is China News & Analysis 12/13/2016 3 comments Despite all the buzz in the global semiconductor industry about the accelerated consolidation of chip vendors, the biggest story this year goes untold — the presence at the negotiating table — in almost every M&A deal — of Chinese investors
AMD Amps up its AI Play News & Analysis 12/12/2016 1 comment AMD announced a suite of boards, software and systems that dramatically amp up its play in machine learning against rivals Nvidia and Intel.
Sweating Big Human-Body Data Challenge News & Analysis 12/7/2016 1 comment Today’s wearable sensors can capturea user’s vital signs. But “none can monitor human health conditions at the molecular level,” said a professor at University of Calif., Berkeley, at IEDM while presenting his teams’ paper on “wearable sweat biosensor.”
What Siemens' Mentor Buy Means to IC Designers News & Analysis 12/6/2016 1 comment Ever since Siemens’ plan to acquire Mentor Graphics became public, many in the semiconductor industry have been parsing its implications. We caught up with Rhines, chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics and Chuck Grindstaff, executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software.
Biometrics Ensure Security News & Analysis 12/6/2016 1 comment ImageWare Systems Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) already has the high-end customers for critical infrastructure access using up to 12 different biometrics, but now its has a server-based version for the rest of the world including mobile devices.
Nanotube Contacts Perfected News & Analysis 12/2/2016 1 comment IBM sees a future full of carbon nanotubes for flexible electronics in wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices today, but also for complementary metal oxide transistor (CMOS) semiconductors for the More-than-Moore era ahead.
RISC-V Expands its Audience News & Analysis 12/1/2016 2 comments RISC-V attracted a stellar list of chip architects and executives to its latest workshop, but the effort to grow an open-source instruction set has a big to-do list.
Intel Snags Exec from ARM to Run IoT News & Analysis 11/29/2016 7 comments Intel will separate its nascent automotive team from the company’s IoT group. Previously, Intel’s IoT and automotive teams were bundled together under one big IoT tent. Intel also named ex-ARM executive Tom Lantzsch to head the company’s IoT branch.
1st Qubits on 300mm CMOS News & Analysis 11/29/2016 1 comment Leti demonstrated the world's first solid-state qubit fabricated on a standard complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) 300 milimeter fabrication (fab).
Open Source SoC Debuts News & Analysis 11/29/2016 Post a comment Startup SiFive released its first open-source SoC based on the RISC-V instruction set and an Arduino development board to go with it.
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag News & Analysis 11/29/2016 1 comment A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
DSRC No Dead End, Says Autotalks CTO News & Analysis 11/28/2016 1 comment Vehicle-to-X communications (V2X) hold the promise of more safety, better traffic flow, and, in certain applications like platooning, significantly better fuel efficiency. Despite such benefits, there is a dissent about the underlying technology.
Researchers Claim Photonics Breakthrough News & Analysis 11/25/2016 7 comments All optimal photonic computers are on the horizon with all the major players contributing the parts that will eventually obsolete the electronic computer and make Moore's Law passé.
1st Photonic Circuits Here News & Analysis 11/23/2016 4 comments IMEC research institute claims to demonstrate the world's first sub-micron photonic circuits encoding "1s" and "0s" on the spin of optical photons.
Renesas Bounces Back, But How High? News & Analysis 11/22/2016 Post a comment Japan’s once ailing Renesas Electronics has been blessed -- unintentionally -- by NXP’s recent acquisition of Freescale. In an exclusive interview, Renesas executive explained the company’s recent rise, its plan for a new embedded vision SoC billed as Mobileye alternative
10 Cool Discoveries at Japan Embedded News & Analysis 11/18/2016 Post a comment The Embedded Technology 2016 showcased a ton of embedded boards, each with a clear focus on how to enable ‘low power’ and ‘embedded’ IoT devices. Highlights include deep learning coming to embedded boards, emergence of smarter IoT building blocks.
ST's Bozotti on 'Back-to-Silicon' Differentiation News & Analysis 11/17/2016 Post a comment Carlo Bozotti, CEO of STMicroelectronics NV, has presided over a difficult period in the chip company's history as he first put together the ST-Ericsson mobile processors joint venture and then had to engineer ST's exit from what had became an ill-fated project. But now the write-offs, reorganizations and product phase outs are just about behind the company and it is starting to resume growth. EE Times Europe interviewed Bozotti at a bustling Electronica in Munich.