Automotive King Redefines Future News & Analysis 6/30/2015 2 comments By 2030 the cost of an automobile will be mostly from the advanced electronics, according to analysts, with Freescale supplying the Lion's portion of those chips since it will be number one is automotive electronics after the merger with NXP later this year.
Somnium Soups Up Kinetis Code News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment The designers of the Kinetis Design Studio (KDS) have invented a software technology that analyzes an entire program, then optimizes the order of execution of the statements to save space, increase performance and lower the power requirements.
Leti’s FD-SOI Lesson: Build Ecosystems News & Analysis 6/26/2015 Post a comment Annual open-house events hosted by CEA-Leti and IMEC collided this week, exposing the growing rivalry between the two laboratories. As they court the same partners in the electronics industry, at stake are big contracts and government grants.
Woz Wows with Humanitarianism News & Analysis 6/25/2015 11 comments Steve Wozniak single-handedly designed the Apple-I and after forming Apple with Steve Jobs also designed the Apple-II personal computer (PC), although Jobs oversaw the design of the case for the Apple-II.
Freescale Networks on 16nm News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment Freescale’s next generation of multicore processors will use 16nm FinFET process technology, officials announced at the company’s annual conference, Freescale Technology Forum. Two QorIQ chips, LS1048A and LS1088A, are designed for Internet of Things networking at the edge.<
Secure IoT MCUs Drive Freescale-NXP News & Analysis 6/24/2015 Post a comment The future of Freescale Semiconductor and NXP is in connecting and securing the Internet of Things, with a major focus on automotive. The CEOs of both companies outlined their collective vision for the merger, which will likely close in November.
GlobalFoundries’ FD-SOI Revolution News & Analysis 6/23/2015 7 comments Confirming the imminent announcement of the company’s big FD-SOI plan, GlobalFoundries came to Grenoble to discuss its 22nm FD-SOI process scheduled to be qualified by early 2016.
Where's Atmel in IoT Race? News & Analysis 6/23/2015 3 comments How does Atmel stack up in IoT? Does it really beat "other companies" as Atmel seems to imply? By breaking its competition in two, Atmel’s senior vice president Reza Kazerounian elaborated Atmel’s place in IoT.
Freescale MCUs Secure IoT News & Analysis 6/23/2015 Post a comment Freescale announced a new family of microcontrollers designed with a focus on security for the Internet of Things. The Kinetis K80, K81, and K82 sport several layers of hardware security.
Freescale S32 Ups Automotive Ante News & Analysis 6/23/2015 Post a comment Freescale has created what it calls the first complete family of ARM processors and all the software drivers, middleware functional-safety, and security algorithms automobile makers need for free.
'Smallest SoC for IoT' Adds Memory News & Analysis 6/23/2015 9 comments Freescale's new i.MX 6D SoC is called a Single Chip System Module, (SCM) because it also has a 1-gigaByte Micron low-power double data rate chip stacked on top of three Freescale die for its dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores, power management chip and 16 megaByte of serial peripheral interface NOR flash nonvolatile memory.
AMD Denies Mulling Breakup News & Analysis 6/22/2015 Post a comment Company denies report that it hired a consulting firm to help it consider options for breaking up the company or spinning off part of its business.
Freescale Adds Comms to IoT MCUs News & Analysis 6/22/2015 1 comment Freescale announced a new set of microcontrollers with integrated communications as part of its Kinetis family. The multi-protocol chips are designed for home automation and industrial control devices in the Internet of Things
Wearables, Home Devices Likely to Lead IoT Growth News & Analysis 6/12/2015 1 comment Wearables and home devices are likely to lead growth in the IoT business during the rest of this decade, according to semiconductor companies and industry analysts at the Computex Taipei show that wrapped up last week.
Xiaomi 1, Qualcomm 0 News & Analysis 6/11/2015 4 comments The shift of momentum in smartphone market couldn’t have been more explicit: Qualcomm named its former executive as the new China chairman, while Xiaomi announced it hired Qualcomm’s China chief as its new senior vice president.
Atmel on the Block News & Analysis 6/9/2015 Post a comment Atmel Corp. is on the block, looking for a potential buyer, Reuters reported Monday. If true, the move feeds further fuel into the M&A frenzy currently affecting the global semiconductor market.
IBM Demos III-V on Silicon News & Analysis 6/9/2015 9 comments IBM has fabricated a variety of nanowire structures from III-V compounds of indium (In), gallium arsenide (GaAs) atop a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer that it claims proves the concept for advancing Moore's Law with smaller devices with increased performance.
IBM Renting Its EDA Tools News & Analysis 6/7/2015 5 comments Ever since IBM started designing systems over 100 years ago, it has used it own internally developed toolkits, the envy of designers who have to use brand-x electronic design automation (EDA) suites. Now IBM is renting the use of its famous tools online at one-half the price of licensing brand-x tools.
Xiaomi: Behind Closed Doors News & Analysis 6/5/2015 1 comment How Xiaomi, a barely known Chinese company, has burst into the most competitive mobile handset market to become -- in just five years -- the world’s third largest smartphone vendor is the sort of classic underdog story everyone loves.
Intel Unveils Cores and Xeons News & Analysis 6/3/2015 3 comments At Computex 2015 (June 1-7, Taipei, Taiwan) Intel announced five new members of its Xeon E3 family, dubbed v4, as well as 10 new members of its Core family, both with integrated graphics that typically double graphics performance albeit at higher power envelopes.
AMD Unveils Carrizo Power Details News & Analysis 6/2/2015 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices filled in details about its latest x86 processor, Carrizo, highlighting the chip’s single, scalable architecture and video processing capabilities for the notebook segment. The company divulged a few of its engineering secrets for squeezing out more performance at lower power at a media event last month.
Pixelworks Scores Design Win with Asus News & Analysis 6/2/2015 Post a comment Asus is using MediaTek competitor Pixelworks’ mobile display processor chip to eliminate judder and mobile blur in ZenPad S 8.0. Already designed into other mobile products, Pixelworks' Iris gets its first public shout out from Asus.
Intel to Buy Altera for $16.7B News & Analysis 6/1/2015 11 comments This acquisition opens the door to some very interesting possibilities, such as presenting multiple processor cores and FPGA die in the same package.
Google Unveils Smart Fabric Program News & Analysis 5/29/2015 7 comments In what might be the largest development in smart fabrics, Google announced a project to scale manufacturing of fabrics that use broad gestures to control mobile devices, lights, and more.
CES Asia: ‘Zero Distance’ to Supply Chains News & Analysis 5/27/2015 Post a comment Conspicuously missing from CES Asia are big name consumer electronics brands -- even local companies like Xiaomi and Lenovo. The show, however, signals the region’s close proximity among product design, manufacturing and supply chains.
Spreadtrum Guns for Intel’s 14nm FinFET in 2016 News & Analysis 5/27/2015 4 comments Working with Intel, Spreadtrum CEO Leo Li sees three things going for his company. “The access to Intel’s foundry, strong IP, and Intel is the only processor architecture company that has its own foundry.”
Smartening up Power Monitoring News & Analysis 5/26/2015 Post a comment Built around an internal 16-bit PIC MCU, Microchip's new power monitoring IC makes it flexible enough for both industrial and consumer apps requiring power factor correction.
Xiaomi's Spending Spree: Its Logic and Method News & Analysis 5/26/2015 2 comments Xiaomi is on a spending spree lately in hopes of expanding its portfolio beyond smartphones. But textbook business-school investment strategies probably won’t cut it. After all, Xiaomi is no Google –- at least not yet. So what to do?
Huawei’s Everything-Connected Game Plan News & Analysis 5/22/2015 4 comments As Chinese Internet companies like Tencent, Alibaba and Xiaomi bulldoze into the local consumer electronics market with online strategies, the position of China’s telecom giant Huawei grows ever more intriguing. Will Huawei join them or stand on its own?
Shenzhen Startup to Keep Copycats Out News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment Shenzhen, flush with money, talent and willing consumers, has become a new hub for the next-generation smartwatches. Startup 3Wearables CEO told us, “Our business model is designed to keep copycats out.”
Is D-Wave a Quantum Computer? News & Analysis 5/14/2015 9 comments Critics say that D-Wave is not a "real" quantum computer because it can only solve optimization problems, but D-Wave Systems, Inc. counters that its an appropriate start to build and application-specific quantum computer on the way to a "universal" one.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts News & Analysis 5/13/2015 2 comments Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
IBM Demos CMOS Silicon Photonics News & Analysis 5/12/2015 10 comments After 30 years of research IBM has unveiled the inexpensive, commercializable solution to silicon photonics that encodes and translates both electricity and light on a single CMOS chip.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times