EUV Breaks Through to Angstrom News & Analysis 8/27/2015 10 comments A new type of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) microscope designed at the University of Colorado can take optical images with angstrom resolution.
FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below News & Analysis 8/24/2015 5 comments Twenty-four hour farming, autonomous tractors and driverless combines are no longer the stuff of agro-science fiction. Agriculture today is moving toward all these innovations.
Quantum Highway Frictionless News & Analysis 8/24/2015 4 comments Marrying topological insulators with ferromagnets yields a quantum highway that could be adapted to encode, transmit and receive qubits using novel transistor designs, according to MIT researchers.
Smart-Meter ICs on Rise, Predicts Report News & Analysis 8/21/2015 Post a comment The global market for smart meters is going to be 132 million units in 2015 rising to 150 million units in 2019 providing significant growth opportunities for ICs, according to research firm IHS,
MediaTek Faces Eroded Smartphone Growth News & Analysis 8/19/2015 4 comments MediaTek’s rapid growth in 4G smartphones is likely to be undermined by handset makers in China who design their own chips, according to an analyst who covers the tech industry in Asia.
USB Ain't So Simple Anymore News & Analysis 8/19/2015 17 comments Cypress, TI, NXP and Lattice have all rolled out new USB Type-C chips. Loaded with new features, USB Type C offers promises to system vendors. But for consumers, it may bring potential confusions, industry analysts cautioned.
Should Altera Worry About Intel's M&A Record? News & Analysis 8/17/2015 14 comments Altera’s fate after its pending acquisition by Intel is anybody’s guess. But the big worry is if Intel squashes Altera -- pushing newly acquired talent, products and technologies into oblivion as though they had never existed.
Intel Said to Unseat Q'Com in iPhone News & Analysis 8/12/2015 6 comments Speculation about Intel Corp.’s design win for next Apple iPhone has resurged with a vengeance. A Northland Capital Markets’ analyst wrote in a research note that Intel will capture roughly 50% of Apple’s modem business in the upcoming iPhones due to launch September.
SMIC Expects First 28nm Revenue by Year End News & Analysis 8/12/2015 3 comments Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., China’s largest foundry, will start commercial production of 28nm -- its most advanced technology node -- in Q3 and expects its first revenue contribution from 28nm by the end of this year.
Intel's Skylake Debuts at Gamecon News & Analysis 8/5/2015 5 comments Intel unveiled its new Skylake microarchitecture, the successor to Broadwell, at the Gamescon Congress 2015. The quad-core 6th generation i5 and i7 quad-core processors target gaming and e-sport.
Semiconductor-less Transistors the Goal News & Analysis 8/5/2015 1 comment Michigan Tech is creating semiconductor-less heterojunctions using graphene and boron nitride nanotubes that they hope will supersede silicon at the end of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) circa 2028.
Indian Fab Project Hires Former GloFo Exec News & Analysis 8/3/2015 7 comments Indian foundry fab will be located near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The company reports that talks are moving the project forward on all fronts including: funding, technology and customers.
NASA Preps Venus ICs News & Analysis 8/3/2015 Post a comment NASA is sending a mission to Venus, where the surface temperature is up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit--hot enough to melt lead and to turn aluminum into a slurry. What electronics could survive? One company uses silicon carbide wafers and a mystery metal to fabricate the mixed signal chips for the Venus Landsailing Rover.
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst News & Analysis 7/30/2015 6 comments Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
NXP Touts Mixed Signal, Auto Gains News & Analysis 7/30/2015 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors announced financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting $1.506 billion in revenue, a 12% year-over-year increase. Much of the company’s growth was driven by growth in the mixed signal and automotive markets.
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.
UMC Cuts Expectations for 28nm Ramp on Weaker Demand News & Analysis 7/29/2015 Post a comment United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s second-largest foundry, said its ramp of 28nm process technology will slow as the outlook for demand is likely to remain weak until the first half of 2016 while the chip industry works its way out of an inventory correction.
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.
90+GHz Photonic Emitters On-chip News & Analysis 7/27/2015 2 comments Instead of integrating lasers on silicon chips, Duke University researchers propose using 90+ GHz nanopatch plasmonic antennas coupled to quantum dots.
Freescale Takes on the Network Edge News & Analysis 7/27/2015 Post a comment Freescale Semiconductor's new multicore QorIQ network processors use up to eight ARM A-53 cores in a design targeted at network edge applications in virtual customer premises and Internet Service Provider equipment.
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?
Smartphone Processor Sales Climb, Players Ranked News & Analysis 7/23/2015 1 comment The market for application processors for smartphones jumped by 20 percent in 1Q15 compared with a year before, while the same market for tablet computers fell 6 percent in 1Q15 on the same basis, according to Strategy Analytics.
Can GloFo and Europe's Chip Firms Unite? News & Analysis 7/22/2015 Post a comment Globalfoundries' Dresden wafer fab could become the European More-than-Moore foundry that the local chip companies lacked the courage to commission. As such Globalfoundries could yet receive financial support from the European Commission to expand its presence in Europe.
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.
Germany Promises €400 Million Boost for Microelectronics News & Analysis 7/21/2015 5 comments With a nod to Globalfoundries and Infineon – two chip manufacturers that still have wafer fabs on German soil – the Germany's research ministry has said it will find additional cash to help promote microelectronics over the next few years.
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.