Paris on a (Connected Electric) Scooter News & Analysis 5/27/2016 1 comment Start-up Cityscoot is bringing shared electric scooters to Paris. The company designed a black box, which makes every scooter “very smart.” Its box enables Cityscoot to book, track and geo-locate, keeping riders safe, and communicating road conditions.
FDSOI Driving ST's Automotive Biz News & Analysis 5/27/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics says the fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator chip manufacturing process it championed has become almost the default choice for digital manufacturing within its automotive and discrete group.
Globalfoundries Working on Next-Gen FDSOI Process News & Analysis 5/25/2016 1 comment The 22FDX fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) process developed by Globalfoundries Inc. is on track to debut later this year and the company is working on the follow-on process, according to chief technology officer Gary Patton.
Forces Clash over Auto Cyber Security News & Analysis 5/24/2016 6 comments With a growing number of connected cars and autonomous cars planned for rollout, automakers know they have a bulls-eye on their back. The question now is how best to deal with this imminent threat.
Foundries' Sales Show Hard Times Continuing News & Analysis 5/23/2016 2 comments Taiwanese foundries TSMC and UMC, two partial bellwethers of the semiconductor sector, have both indicate with recent sales figures that a chip market slow down that lasted through the winter is not yet over.
NXP Aims to Target IoT News & Analysis 5/23/2016 Post a comment A home gateway solution from NXP allows all the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in a home to be integrated with WiFi making it more valuable and economical to keep the cable as your internet service provider (ISP) and get regular TV to boot.
Mobileye/ST Gun for Sensor Fusion, Go after NXP News & Analysis 5/17/2016 1 comment On the heels of NXP’s Bluebox announcement, Mobileye and STMicroelectronics rushed to reveal a Vision SoC, EyeQ5, touting it as a “sensor fusion central computer for autonomous vehicles.” Unlike Bluebox, already sampling, EyeQ5 won’t be ready until 2018.
NXP Unveils Open, Modular ADAS Car Platform News & Analysis 5/16/2016 1 comment NXP is unveiling a comprehensive ADAS vehicles platform. Central to the platform is its new Bluebox computing engine, capable of fusing data processed from different sensor nodes such as radar, lidar, vision sensing and an onboard V2X system.
LEDs Spur Growth in Power ICs News & Analysis 5/12/2016 2 comments Power semiconductor and power supply vendors are poised to cash in on strong growth anticipated for LED lighting in coming years.
U.S. Investigates Security Update Practices News & Analysis 5/10/2016 4 comments Federal agencies are seriously worried about cyberattacks. Whether such assaults are launched on smartphone or cars, they’ve come to believe that the threats are real. Agencies are asking industries how they’re responding to the vulnerabilities of their connected devices.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story News & Analysis 5/6/2016 6 comments Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
Activist Investor Attacks Vex Chipmakers News & Analysis 5/4/2016 10 comments Beyond Yahoo, Apple and Sony, chip vendors have been targeted by activist investors. The big change now is that hedge fund investors -- whose focus used to be on small to medium companies -- are now getting much bolder.
Chip Sales Edge Up Slightly News & Analysis 5/3/2016 2 comments The Semiconductor Industry Association reported that chip sales increased slightly in March compared with February, but sales for the first quarter were down sequentially and year-over-year.
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.
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. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.