Ions Power Machine-Human Interface Demo
News & Analysis 7/27/2017 Post a comment
The University of Maryland’s NanoCenter demonstrated an “inverted” battery that converts electrical signals into the ion power used by the human brain’s synapses to yield what it says is a perfect machine-to-human interface.
Startup Campus Beckons Int'l Inventors
News & Analysis 7/27/2017 Post a comment
From Shenzhen to New York and Silicon Valley, incubators are popping up, providing affordable space for entrepreneurs to build and nurture startups. Among them, what makes Station F — recently opened in Paris as the world’s largest startup campus — different?
Semiconductor M&A Fervor Cools
News & Analysis 7/25/2017 Post a comment
The value of semiconductor industry deals fell markedly in the first half of this year as the absence of "megadeals" brought down the total value of transactions, according to IC Insights.
Security a Must for Auto GbE Switch
News & Analysis 7/24/2017 1 comment
Bringing popular Ethernet technology to cars seems like a natural progression. But here's why in the auto world, a regular GbE switch won’t work, and even 1000BASE-T1 might not cut it for autonomous cars.
Neural Accelerator Battle Begins
News & Analysis 7/21/2017 7 comments
The embedded market for neural network accelerators is heating up, with more systems — ranging from smart speakers and drones to light bulbs — poised to run neural networks locally instead of going back to the cloud for computation.
Qualms Becalm Qualcomm at Quarter’s End
News & Analysis 7/19/2017 2 comments
Bad news keeps piling up for Qualcomm. The company lost an appeal in an EU court while in the USA, it faces fresh antitrust allegations by four Apple iPhone contractors. Will Qualcomm’s NXP acquisition be at risk?
Mesh to Thrust Bluetooth in Industrial IoT
News & Analysis 7/18/2017 3 comments
Mesh Networking is finally coming to Bluetooth as a formally ratified, interoperability- tested global standard, allowing Bluetooth proponents to target a whole new machine-to-machine, industrial Internet of Things market. Might it mend IoT mess?
Does NVMe Have a Place in Industrial Embedded and IoT?
News & Analysis 7/17/2017 Post a comment
NVMe was considered overkill for industrial embedded designs as storage-capacity demands didn't justify the performance at the expense of power consumption, but that's changing as the data industrial IoT products are collecting grows exponentially
Imec Aims 2-D FETs at Sub-5-nm Node
News & Analysis 7/13/2017 4 comments
Imec crafts a demo architecture using anisotropic monolayers of black phosphorus to show that 2-D FET channels can extend Moore’s Law beyond the 5-nanometer node.
Sensors, Blockchains Meet Tomatoes
News & Analysis 7/12/2017 12 comments
When Amazon announced the Whole Foods acquisition, Alice Waters defined its significance as a chance for Jeff Bezos to launch a food revolution. Elements of basic technology are here. What would it take to pull off such a massive change?
ReRAM Goes 3D
News & Analysis 6/30/2017 14 comments
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has reinvented its resistive-RAM process to achieve a ReRAM that is amenable to 3D stacking, giving the “universal” memory an edge over flash.
Embedded MRAM Can Take the Heat
News & Analysis 6/29/2017 6 comments
A Globaldoundries technical paper outlines how it addressed a fundamental hurdle for eMRAM, making it feasible for broader uses including automotive MCUs and SoCs.
SiLabs CEO Plots Slow, Steady IoT Strategy
News & Analysis 6/23/2017 5 comments
“IoT is in a bit of a trough right now,” Silicon Labs’ CEO said, just as he was leaving the ballroom where he delivered a keynote entitled “Accelerating the IoT.” Is he sensing a whiff of IoT backlash?
Siemens Lays Out Vision for Mentor
News & Analysis 6/21/2017 1 comment
The executive chairman of Siemens PLM Software used his keynote address at the Design Automation Conference to lay out the company's plan for the newly acquired Mentor Graphics.
Alibaba Fuels China's CPU Gambit
News & Analysis 6/20/2017 Post a comment
C-Sky, designer of China’s home-grown 32-bit embedded CPU processing cores, is quite possibly China’s best kept secret. Its CEO explains why its unique tie with Alibaba is C-Sky's ace in the hole in winning China’s IoT market.
Cray Moves to Lasso 'Big Data Deluge'
News & Analysis 6/20/2017 1 comment
Cray’s Urika Big Data Analytics Suite, for its biggest XC supercomputers, brings all the analytic tools necessary to handle the deluge of data today including deep learning and artificial intelligence in a free open-source downloadable package.
MediaTek Chooses TSMC for 7nm
News & Analysis 6/16/2017 6 comments
MediaTek, the second-largest designer of mobile phone chips after Qualcomm, says it has chosen the world's biggest chip foundry to make 7nm products.
Paris Accord: As U.S. Drops Out, Chipmakers Double Down
News & Analysis 6/14/2017 3 comments
The semiconductor industry has responded to President Trump’s plan to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord with resounding reaffirmations of the industry’s commitment to sustainable and energy-efficient manufacturing practices.
Riding Mobileye Coattails, MIPS Juices CPU IP
News & Analysis 6/14/2017 1 comment
Imagination Technologies has rolled out a high-performance, multi-threaded MIPS CPU IP, driving MIPS cores further into automotive and industrial applications that require functional safety. The new CPU core is at the heart of Mobileye’s EyeQ5 SoC.
Achronix Growth Spurt More Than 'Luck'
News & Analysis 6/14/2017 2 comments
Achronix Semiconductor, a privately held FPGA company founded in 2004, reached a critical juncture this year with projected 2017 revenue in excess of $100 million -- a 700 percent increase in 12 months. What's going on here?
Germanium Displacing GaAs for RF Transistors
News & Analysis 6/13/2017 1 comment
The world's first sub-10 nanometer Germainium gate-all-around (GAA) nanowire transistors accompany the world's lowest source/drain contacts claims the International Micro-Electronics Center (Imec Intl., Belgium) at this month's 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Kyoto, Japan.
TI’s Shrewd Robo-Car Strategy
News & Analysis 6/12/2017 5 comments
While Nvidia and Intel are busy sparring for glory as innovators of fully autonomous vehicle platforms, TI has kept its profile low. What are the plans for TI to shift its current ADAS platform to Level 4/Level 5 autonomy?
EC Refs Whistle Qualcomm-NXP Deal
News & Analysis 6/10/2017 4 comments
The European Commission Friday (June 9) officially opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of NXP by Qualcomm. Qualcomm's increased isolation in the world is palpable.
DARPA Funds Development of New Type of Processor
News & Analysis 6/9/2017 27 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is building the world's first graph-analytics processor in its Hierarchical Identify Verify Exploit (HIVE) program that is 1000-times faster than today's CPUs and GPUs.