Graphene Lights Up Chips News & Analysis 7/30/2015 Post a comment A group of national and international researchers have demonstrated an on-chip visible light source using graphene as a filament. The team attached small strips of graphene to metal electrodes, suspended the strips above the substrate, and passed a current through the filaments.
Smarter Sensor Hub Cuts Power News & Analysis 7/30/2015 4 comments QuickLogic has a new sensor hub Eos, named after the Greek Goddess of the new dawn, which packs so many hardware accelerators--including it own field programmable gate array (FPGA)--on an SoC with an ARM Cortex-M4F, that it can serve as the application processor for wearables as well as significantly offload the app processor on a smartphone.
Smart Meters Can Destabilize Grid, Study Says News & Analysis 7/28/2015 11 comments In some geographies including Germany, smart meters are mandatory for new buildings – being an ingredient of smart grids, they allow energy suppliers to match energy generation and consumption by implementing differentiated tariffs and help users to optimize energy consumption profiles.
Ams Buys NXP Sensor Business News & Analysis 7/28/2015 Post a comment he acquisition adds advanced monolithic and integrated CMOS sensors to ams’ sensor lineup, which already includes a variety of light management chips. The NXP chip business includes a single sensor to measure relative humidity, pressure and temperature.
Apple HomeKit Requires ID Chip News & Analysis 7/28/2015 7 comments Apple requires an ID chip in devices using its HomeKit software, one of several observations in a talk on platforms for the Internet of Things at ESC SV.
Hacked Jeep: Whom to Blame? News & Analysis 7/27/2015 25 comments So, where, exactly, find a crack in the firewall of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee? How did they infiltrate and who’s at fault for failing to foresee the breach? Failures apparently occurred in multiple places.
Nanoparticle Imaging with Graphene News & Analysis 7/24/2015 1 comment Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using a monolayer of graphene as a see-through lens-like cap -- called a graphene liquid cell -- to create a new imaging system that can see the individual atoms in a single nanoparticle while it is still in solution.
Freescale to Merge with NXP at Top of Game News & Analysis 7/24/2015 10 comments In what might become the last quarterly financial call for the awaiting acquisition by NXP Semiconductors, Freescale delivered strong second-quarter financial results, backed by record-breaking gross margins, operating profits, and design wins.
Near-Collision Poses Need for V2V in Google Cars News & Analysis 7/24/2015 22 comments Both Google and Delphi downplayed what took place last month between their self-driving cars that almost collided on the streets of Palo Alto. But could they have avoided an evasive action caused by suddenly aborting the lane change?
Research Project Tackles Driver Takeover Issue News & Analysis 7/23/2015 4 comments Automated driving promises a more relaxed mobility, but what if a situation occurs that exceeds the capabilities of the electronic chauffeur? German aerospace research centre DLR has developed a system that alerts the driver in the case of an emerging problem.
Qualcomm Plans 15% Layoffs News & Analysis 7/22/2015 9 comments Qualcomm announced a realignment plan that aims to reduce costs by $1.4 billion by 2016 and will deliver pink slips to 15% of employees.
IBM Frees Open Source Apps News & Analysis 7/22/2015 2 comments In 2015 IBM will contribute 50+ free programming projects focusing on analytics, mobile and cloud technologies to the open-source community plus include them on its Bluemix cloud development--free to individuals/students, up to $120,000 free to developers--as well as free developerWorks Open community to users for sharing open-source code, ideas and advise from IBM experts.
Cypress Dual Mode PMICs Win ACE Energy Award News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has been honored with UBM Canon’s ACE Award for energy technology. The San Jose, Calif.-based company produces dual mode energy harvesting power management integrated circuits for the Internet of Things.
RFID Chip Tags IoT Award News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment The Monza R6 tag chip from Impinj was named Internet of Things Product of the Year in the annual ACE Awards, in part for the company’s sustained efforts to nurture the fledgling market for UHF RFID tags.
ACE Awards Names NXP ‘Company of the Year’ News & Analysis 7/22/2015 1 comment In a year distinguished by a wave of mergers in the chip industry, NXP fired the opening salvo by announcing a merger plan with Freescale. The news stunned the world, but won overwhelming approval from shareholders, customers and employees.
Freescale Truck Wins ACE News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment Freescale's Internet of Tomorrow traveling showcase and training facility inside big rig trailer wins the ACE award for marketing at EE Times.
Wearables Fail Check Up News & Analysis 7/21/2015 2 comments Wearable devices need to deliver medical-grade data then simplify it to relevant recommendations to consumers, said a speaker at ESC SV.
3D Printed Electronics Are Here, Researchers Say News & Analysis 7/21/2015 Post a comment 3-D printers were used to print electronics circuit using polymers as the structural base and wax as a sacrificial material that they later filled with silver paste with a syringe to realize a proof-of-concept passive wireless sensor measuring food spoilage.
Drones’ Agenda: New Spectrum News & Analysis 7/20/2015 2 comments As the term unmanned aerial vehicle suggests, drones are supposed to fly autonomously. And there’s the rub. Unresolved questions are: a) how drones can maintain a reliable communication link with the ground, and b) if so, what communication spectrum is available.
Wi-Fi Rings in NYC Phone Booths News & Analysis 7/17/2015 Post a comment A new company with ties to Google will convert 10,000 payphones throughout the five boroughs into gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots. The ad-based links will provide free phone call and public Wi-Fi with seamless roaming.
PC, Mobile Slump Hits Chips News & Analysis 7/15/2015 3 comments Semiconductor sales are in a two year slump due to weak demand for PCs and mobile systems and the IoT and China won’t help much, says Gartner.
Better FRAM MCU State Recovery After Power Loss News & Analysis 7/13/2015 1 comment TI’s Compute Through Power Loss (CPTL) library incorporates a context save-and-restore algorithm that brings a FRAM-based 16-bit MSP430 MCU back to its original operating state before a power interruption.
5G Moves Out of the Lab News & Analysis 7/8/2015 7 comments 5G cellular networks will move out of the lab and into formal standards work and field trials starting over the next several months.
M2M Shifting Quickly from 2G to 4G, Says Sequans News & Analysis 7/8/2015 Post a comment Although M2M devices are still largely dependent on 2G cellular links for device-to-device communication, M2M system vendors must decide soon to move their network “from 2G to something else,” said Georges Karam, CEO at Sequans Communications.
Thin Film Solar Cells May Rival Silicon News & Analysis 7/6/2015 3 comments A consortium of 11 European institutions in eight countries aim to one-up the cheap Chinese thin-film solar cells with efficiencies rivaling silicon at a fraction of the cost.
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 3 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 11 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?
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.