How Google Made Chromecast Cool News & Analysis 5/2/2016 Post a comment Since the release of the first generation of the Chromecast, Google has old more than 20 million units to customers looking to make their tired old TVs a little smarter.
MediaTek Expects Increase in Smartphone Shipments News & Analysis 4/29/2016 1 comment MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest competitor in the smartphone silicon business, said it expects to increase shipments during the second quarter this year from the first quarter even as global growth in the segment has stalled for the first time.
UMC: Business to Bounce Back This Year News & Analysis 4/27/2016 Post a comment United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the world’s third-largest foundry, said that by the second half of 2016, it expects business to recover from a slump that impacted demand for communications chips starting last year.
IoT Security Spending to Skyrocket News & Analysis 4/25/2016 6 comments The amount that enterprises and consumers will spend on security around the Internet of Things is projected to grow rapidly after 2020, according to Gartner.
Fab Tool Book-to-Bill Rises News & Analysis 4/22/2016 1 comment North American manufacturers of semiconductor capital equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio above parity for the fourth consecutive month in March, according to the SEMI trade group.
IDT Backs WiGig Chip Vendor News & Analysis 4/22/2016 1 comment Funding round worth $20 million marks second time in two weeks that venture capital has smiled on the semiconductor industry.
Mie Fujitsu, CSEM to Combine DDC, Low Voltage for IoT Chips News & Analysis 4/21/2016 Post a comment Japanese chip manufacturer Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor and Swiss research institute CSEM have agreed to collaborate on Deeply Depleted Channel technology and near/sub-threshold voltage technology for integrated circuits aimed at the Internet of Things and wearables markets.
Intel Cuts 12,000, 11% of Staff News & Analysis 4/19/2016 6 comments Intel Corp. officially cut its PC business loose today announcing a cut of 12,000 employees, 11% of its staff amid a sequential decline in quarterly revenues and profits.
Quakes Hit Japan's IC & Auto Makers Hard News & Analysis 4/18/2016 3 comments Japanese electronics and automotive manufacturers are struggling to assess damages to their manufacturing facilities after a series of earthquakes--as high as 7.3 magnitude on the Richter scale--struck Kyushu, Japan’s southern island.
Spiraling Data Costs Imperil IoT News & Analysis 4/14/2016 4 comments IoT system designers and service providers often don’t realize until much too late in the design cycle that their data costs are “quickly spiraling out of control,” Windspring CEO observed.
FD-SOI Expands, But Is It Disruptive? News & Analysis 4/14/2016 5 comments The ecosystem for fully-depleted silicon on insulator (FD-SOI) process technology has tipped from a too-late technology to a viable alternative to finFETs for the Internet of Things and automotive markets. To many, the presence of officials from major companies at an industry event signaled a coalescing around the technology.
TSMC Expects Second Half Surge News & Analysis 4/14/2016 Post a comment TSMC expects that it will emerge from an industry slowdown sometime during the second half of this year. The company faces overall sales growth in its business segment that slowed to 4.4% in 2015 from 16% in 2014.
Foundry Sales Growth Slows News & Analysis 4/13/2016 Post a comment Foundry sales grew by a meager 4.4% in 2015 amid a slowdown in the overall semiconductor market, according to market research firm Gartner.
Superconductor Nearing Room Temp News & Analysis 4/12/2016 1 comment Superconductors are getting closer and closer to room-temperature operation now that University of Houston has found errors in its theory and Universidad del País Vasco has uncovered its quantum-wave nature.
Sayonara, Japan Semiconductor Inc. News & Analysis 4/12/2016 20 comments The Japanese semiconductor industry’s downfall is undeniable. EE Times went back to Japan and explored what remains of Japanese chip vendors, how Japan Inc. has crumbled and if we grade recent restructuring programs, who comes out on top.
Renesas to Hire Kure, 3rd CEO in a Year News & Analysis 4/8/2016 Post a comment Renesas Electronics Corp. will appoint Bunsei Kure, a former CEO of Calsonic Kansai, a large Japanese automotive component supplier, as its new president and CEO, Nikkei, Japan’s economic newspaper, reported Saturday
Chip Market Decline Deepens News & Analysis 4/7/2016 3 comments A chip market decline that began mid-2015 looks set to continue through the first quarter of 2016 at least, with falling markets on an annual basis in all geographies except China.
MEMS Energy Exchange Shows PV Promise News & Analysis 4/7/2016 2 comments An academic team reported building a nanoscale MEMS device that transfers heat radiatively at 100 times the theoretical level and that could impact electricity generation.
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. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.