Core Independent MCUs Come to Power Management
News & Analysis 3/26/2015 Post a comment
Using redundant sets of key power management functions, Microchip has used its core independent peripheral architecture in an 8 bit MCU to bring a high degree of flexibility to power supply, automotive, battery management, and LED display apps.
Intel's Xeon Phi to House 72 Cores
News & Analysis 3/25/2015 11 comments
Intel's Xeon Phi mutiprocessor, with up to 72 cores and integrated Micron Hybrid Memory Cubes, will accelerate both enterprise and supercomputer workloads.
Panasonic: ‘747 Is Our Connected Device’
News & Analysis 3/24/2015 6 comments
Panasonic unveiled its plan to offer royalty-free access to its software and patents to help speed the growth of the Internet of Things. We caught up with Panasonic’s CTO, asked him about the company's IoT patents and software.
Apple A9 Orders Pivot to TSMC
News & Analysis 3/23/2015 1 comment
Apple will ramp up production of A9 for its yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6S. Originally, a majority of A9 orders were said to have gone to Samsung, but sources say TSMC snatched Apple A9 orders from Samsung on yield issues.
Patent Filings: Who Made the Cut for Top 50?
News & Analysis 3/19/2015 5 comments
We often measure the technology prowess – of a nation, a company – by the number of international patents filed and granted. China’s Huawei Technologies was the top applicant for international patents in 2014, according to a WIPO report.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Marvell Touts MoChi, FLC in Shanghai
News & Analysis 3/17/2015 6 comments
The president of Marvell painted broad strokes about its Final-Level Cache memories and a new interconnect technology called MoChi during a keynote in Shanghai. She described them as basic building blocks for the company’s newly proposed scalable SoCs.
PC Drop & iPhone Rumors Color Intel Forecast
News & Analysis 3/13/2015 9 comments
Intel’s forecast warning raise the issue of its ability to diversify its business. A recent report that Intel’s LTE modems “getting into iPhones in 2016” stirred some noise, but it’s still a rumor at this point.
ST's Vigna Wins IEEE Award
News & Analysis 3/12/2015 Post a comment
Benedetto Vigna, executive vice president for the analog, MEMS, and sensors group at STMicroelectronics NV has been given a top IEEE award for his role in the development and commercialization of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).
Marvell CEO: The Tinkerer at The Top
News & Analysis 3/12/2015 10 comments
Marvell CEO has been obsessed with a computer architecture that’s unchanged for decades. Why must its progress depend on more memory and faster CPU? “We are going to fix it for once and all.”
Sigfox, Sequans: Tale of Two French IoT Firms
News & Analysis 3/11/2015 4 comments
There is an underlying thread in both 5G and IoT: Diversification. Diversified networks, network topologies and network infrastructures are necessary to enable both. Carriers realize that there will be no one-size-fits-all network for either 5G or IoT.
Taking on Industrial IoT with Real-Time DDS
News & Analysis 3/11/2015 1 comment
Building on its experience in high reliability Data Distribution Services for the military/aerospace market, Prismtech launchs a "DDS for things" platform for networked devices requiring real-time, deterministic delivery.
NXP to Focus on All CMOS Radar Future
News & Analysis 3/9/2015 9 comments
NXP CEO sees making “big and clunky radars” small is critical for ADAS. NXP has an RF CMOS-based 80GHz radar front-end transmitter chip — a working prototype – in the hands of its lead customers for several months.
2D Material Beats Graphene
News & Analysis 3/4/2015 2 comments
Black phosphorus is a 2D material with advantages over graphene, including a variable bandgap and other photonics characteristics.
Parrot Takes Instant 3D Mapping to the Sky
News & Analysis 3/4/2015 Post a comment
On Nvidia's booth at embedded world, a robot arm was swinging a stereo camera assembly, in a drone-like fashion, demonstrating Parrot’s software capabilities to turn cheap stereovision into real-time 3D mapping using nVidia’s Jetson TK1 development kit.
NXP CEO: ‘Security, IoT, Cars’ Drove Freescale Deal
News & Analysis 3/3/2015 2 comments
NXP CEO spoke with on the overlapping businesses with Freescale, once the merger goes through. Products that don’t belong to NXP’s focus on “security and connectivity with a smarter world” are Freescale’s network processors and NXP’s standard products.
Chip Market Contracts in Europe, January
News & Analysis 3/3/2015 Post a comment
The three-month average European chip market contracted in January 2015 when compared with same period in 2014, in contrast to the global market increased by 8.7 percent, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), reporting data compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
Imagination Dons Wearable GPU
News & Analysis 3/2/2015 1 comment
Imagination Technologies announced a suite of video IP cores for the next generation of graphic displays at Mobile World Congress. Alongside a set of video encoder cores, the UK company also announced a new PowerVR GPU for mobile and wearables.
Graphene Polymer Speeds Electron Transport
News & Analysis 2/27/2015 Post a comment
Depositing conducting polymers on graphene gives then highly desirable electrical properties, flexibility and strength for future flexible electronics, organic solar cells, protective coatings and other practical applications.
Hi-Speed Transistors from Liquid Processing
News & Analysis 2/26/2015 10 comments
A University of Chicago lab has invented a new kind of solder that can electronically join disparate semiconductors that were impossible to solder before plus print crystalline-like high-speed transistors as well as revolutionize 3-D printing.
Radar Can't Spot Mystery Drones over Paris
News & Analysis 2/26/2015 5 comments
Unidentified drones were spotted in the skies above Paris two nights in a row this week. The French authorities don’t know who is controlling them, the number of drones involved, or even if they were all coordinated.
Silicon Labs' First Salvo in IoT SoCs: Blue Gecko
News & Analysis 2/24/2015 2 comments
Silicon Labs unveiled its first Bluetooth Low Energy wireless SoC, Blue Gecko. Integrating Silicon Labs’ EFM32 Gecko MCU with 2.4GHz radio, it’s the first in a series of IoT SoCs Silicon Labs has promised to deliver in coming months.
Parrot Spins Positive on FAA Drone Draft
News & Analysis 2/23/2015 2 comments
We talked with Yannick Levy, vice president of Parrot (Paris), to find out how the FAA’s draft drone rules are viewed in Europe, and where the focus of the drone debate will move next.
3D E-Beam Enables 3D NAND Flash
News & Analysis 2/23/2015 2 comments
Applied Materials claims to have solved the last remaining problems around enabling mass production of 3D NAND flash memory cubes. The company says it has leveled the playing field so any semiconductor maker can make 3-D FinFETs as well as Intel already does.
Quantum Transistor Harnesses New Effect
News & Analysis 2/19/2015 2 comments
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new phenomenon--the quantum spin Hall effect--and have used it to create the world's first spintronic topological field effect transistor (TFET), in simulation at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at Texas A&M University.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High
News & Analysis 2/18/2015 12 comments
Under the FAA’s proposed rules, gone are such antiquated rules as [drone] operators must be “licensed pilots.” Intact are “see and avoid” principles; must fly within line of sight of the operator.
Nanotubes May Self-Organize into Synthetic Life
News & Analysis 2/13/2015 5 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, home of the sentient HAL 9000 computer, are now trying to create living things with nanotubes that self-assemble into organisms that reverse entropy.
Nvidia Envisions Self-Driving Cars
News & Analysis 2/13/2015 1 comment
Automotive and mobile gaming were growth areas for graphics processor company Nvidia in 2014; Nvidia sees Tegra X1 and deep learning leading way to self-driving cars.
China Deal Squeezes Royalty Cuts from Qualcomm
News & Analysis 2/10/2015 5 comments
China’s National Development and Reform Commission called the investigation “antitrust case.” But more accurately, it successfully haggled with Qualcomm to get the royalty rate cuts for Chinese handset vendors.