Socionext Bleeds Top Network SoC Talent to Acacia News & Analysis 8/1/2016 Post a comment A top slice of technical/management people at Socionext’s Network SoC group already left and they’ll be working at Acacia Communications. The move affects the survival of Socionext, while Acacia gains an upper hand in optical networking equipment chips.
ST Buys NFC, RFID Assets from AMS News & Analysis 7/29/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics NV has acquired NFC, RFID reader business from AMS AG for a sum of $77.8 million plus an additional sum based on how the business performs in future.
Wearables Try On Package Options News & Analysis 7/28/2016 1 comment The fragmented market for wearable computers is pushing innovations in device packaging and interconnects said Qualcomm, Mediatek and others.
Samsung Smartphones Gain, as iPhones Slip News & Analysis 7/28/2016 Post a comment Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and the second-largest chipmaker, today said its handset business improved just as iPhone maker Apple recorded its second quarterly decline in shipments.
Tesla-Mobileye Rift: Divorce or Lovers' Spat? News & Analysis 7/28/2016 12 comments Mobileye’s CTO’s comments about Tesla during its Q2 financial reporting illustrates not just the love lost between the two proud technology companies, but what it would take for them to pursue “safety” in the ear of autonomous driving.
What Separates Huawei from Ericsson News & Analysis 7/26/2016 2 comments On the day its biggest rival Ericsson lost a CEO under mounting pressure from investors, Huawei Technologies based in Shenzhen, China Monday reported a 40 percent jump in first-half sales.
Audio Rises for Event Detection News & Analysis 7/25/2016 14 comments Audio is heading from pure playback to enabling “input, trigger and analytics in contextual awareness,” says an industry executive. But what will take microphones to play as important a role as cameras to add “intelligence” to autonomous cars?
AI Drives Startup to Map Deep Learning Computer News & Analysis 7/21/2016 Post a comment AI is driving hardware innovation. Wave Computing has leveraged the well-understood dataflow technology, and designed a new processing unit, called Dataflow Processing Unit (DPU), that can natively support Google TensorFlow and Microsoft CNTK.
Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash News & Analysis 7/20/2016 1 comment Amid second-quarter results, Intel said it expects a double-digit PC decline this year but sees flash picking up as it continues a 14nm rollout and starts a 10nm ramp.
SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic? News & Analysis 7/20/2016 14 comments Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank? News & Analysis 7/19/2016 20 comments The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
5G Research Gets U.S. Call News & Analysis 7/16/2016 Post a comment The U.S. took a step ahead in 5G cellular research with a $400 government effort drawing praise from experts who called for global harmony on spectrum.
FCC Paves Way for 5G News & Analysis 7/15/2016 Post a comment The U.S Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to approve a set of rules for wireless broadband communications operating above 24 GHz.
Wearables Don Secret Materials News & Analysis 7/14/2016 2 comments Contract manufacturer Flex and fabric maker MAS Holdings partnered to bring printed inks and conductive yarns to wearables later this year.
Leti Unveils New 3D Network-on-Chip News & Analysis 7/14/2016 Post a comment Leti’s 3D IC technology fundamentally differs from other 3D chips available on the commercial market. The difference lies in the interposer. Leti’s 3D NoC technology uses a ‘smart interposer,” where active elements are integrated.
Will NTSB Apply Brakes to Tesla's Autopilot? News & Analysis 7/12/2016 11 comments The NTSB’s entry into the investigations on a deadly crash on May 7 involving the “Autopilot” function in a 2015 Tesla Model S will certainly bring extra scrutiny to the automotive industry’s push for semi and full autonomous-driving technology.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Automotive Memory: Still a Niche Market? News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment Micron's latest SLC NAND is aimed at embedded application uses including connected cars, but although automotive is sexy, as a memory segment it's never going to be that large: it comes down to the volume of vehicles built every year.
Ex-Broadcom Unit to Shape Cypress IoT Future News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment Cypress closed the previously announced acquisition for $550 million of Broadcom’s Internet of Things business unit. The new unit’s directions and strategies will likely tilt toward the Broadcom team, which dwarfs its counterpart at Cypress.
Zinc Doping Boosts GaAs Nanowire Lasers News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment Scientists at The Australian National University have improved the performance of unpassivated GaAs nanowire lasers more than a hundred folds, by adding zinc as a dopant, changing the crystal structure and increasing the device's radiative efficiency.
Startup Debuts Open Source SoCs News & Analysis 7/11/2016 2 comments Startup SiFive aims to use the open source RISC-V core as the heart of two SoC platforms, enabling a broader set of engineers to build custom processors.
Chip Sales Remain Stagnant News & Analysis 7/8/2016 3 comments Chip sales posted a slight sequential uptick in May, but were down nearly 8% compared with May 2015, according to the SIA.
Google Glass Lives On In Medicine News & Analysis 7/8/2016 3 comments While Google Glass may have fallen out of favor among the hippest technologists and those that follow them, the wearable technology has found a second life in emergency medicine.
Google To Acquire Image Recognition Startup News & Analysis 7/7/2016 Post a comment Google announced a deal to buy image-recognition startup Moodstocks. Created in 2009, the French startup first introduced on-device image recognition in 2012, enabling smartphones to recognize whatever their camera sees.
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. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.