Create a Cardboard Energy Harvester News & Analysis 1/26/2016 26 comments École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland has invented a cardboard energy harvester suitable for wireless push-button switches and other similar applications.
Qualcomm, TDK Prep $3bn RF Joint Venture News & Analysis 1/25/2016 Post a comment Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) and TDK Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) have agreed to form a joint venture – RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. – to deliver radio frequency modules and filters for multiple applications, including IoT, drones, robotics and automotive electronics.
Wireless Brain Sensor Monitors Then Dissolves News & Analysis 1/19/2016 Post a comment A team of researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created implantable electronic sensors that can measure intracranial pressure and temperature before being absorbed into the body.
Little Pharm Born News & Analysis 1/15/2016 13 comments Small drug companies (Little Pharm) may now have a tool with which to compete with Big Pharm thanks to National Taiwan University (NTU) professor Yufeng Jane Tseng's program that eliminates the costly animal-trials bottleneck.
Qualcomm, TDK Prep $3bn RF Joint Venture News & Analysis 1/14/2016 Post a comment Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) and TDK Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) have agreed to form a joint venture – RF360 Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. – to deliver radio frequency modules and filters for multiple applications, including IoT, drones, robotics and automotive electronics.
Ultra-Thin Sensors Flex for Medicine News & Analysis 1/12/2016 Post a comment The future of medical monitoring should be small, flexible and very, very thin according to wearable company MC10. The Massachusetts-based announced several flexible body-worn sensors at International CES, one of which is less than half the thickness of human hair.
CMOS-Based Neural Probes Tackle Single Neurons News & Analysis 1/4/2016 Post a comment At last IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting 2015, nanoelectronics research centers in Europe presented a set of silicon neural probes that pave the way to a greater understanding of the brain and may make possible novel treatments for brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism, and epilepsy.
Skin Cancer Biopsied by Optical Scan News & Analysis 12/31/2015 Post a comment Apollo Medical Optics Inc. has invented a low-cost tabletop optical coherence tomography (OCT) system that allows doctors to "see-and-treat" cancer in a single office visit.
Intel Funds Doctor in Your Pocket News & Analysis 12/24/2015 Post a comment Medical diagnostic module adds onto smartphone to enable users to diagnose their own diseases at home, while traveling or even in the remotest parts of third-world countries.
Scope, Not Scale, Drives Freescale/NXP Nuptials News & Analysis 12/7/2015 2 comments As NXP and Freescale completed a merger Monday, NXP CEO Rick Clemmer declined to answer a question about the number of layoffs likely to ensue. The CEO said he won’t yet know absolute numbers for a few months.
Bosch Makes Chinese IoT Deal News & Analysis 12/7/2015 Post a comment The Shanghai Industrial Microtechnology Research Institute (SITRI), a business incubator that is constructing a 200mm More-than-Moore wafer fab, and Bosch China have agreed to collaborate on researching the Internet of Things.
French Startup Plugs Smartglasses into Bikers' Helmets News & Analysis 12/4/2015 Post a comment 2015's Paris Motorcycle Show held Portes de Versailles was, well, full of shiny bikes. But one exhibit that really caught our eye was the in-retina display plug-in helmet accessory that Eye-Lights co-founders Romain Duflot (CEO) and Thomas De Saintignon (CTO) were demonstrating at the Motoblouz stand.
Saleable Wearables: A Surprising List News & Analysis 11/25/2015 8 comments The consumer electronics industry is feeling a little spooked by a drop of 4.36% in year-over-year demand — from October 2014-October 2015, according to Argus Insights — for a wearable market. Where has it gone wrong?
Military Targets Wearables, Bioelectrics News & Analysis 11/20/2015 1 comment Members of the Armed Forces may be the toughest consumers of all, especially when it comes to wearables. The demand for precision technology that isn’t clunky and has a long battery life far exceeds that of the traditional wearable market, and has defined DARPA investment in wearables.
Smartphone Shipments up 15% in 3Q15 News & Analysis 11/19/2015 Post a comment The global market for smartphones was 353 million units in 3Q15, up 15.5 percent over the same period in 2014. For mobile phones in total the market was 478 million units in 3Q15, an increase of 3.7 percent over a year before.
Finnish Startup Develops 1mm Thin Optics for Augmented Reality News & Analysis 11/16/2015 Post a comment Founded a month ago as a spin-off from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, startup Dispelix Oy has developed special gratings and optical waveguides that can route any image from a display engine located in the frame of smart spectacles, directly to the wearer's retina.
MEMS for Million-Dollar Horses News & Analysis 11/13/2015 Post a comment Horse Sense's Pegasus does the same kind of tracking, posture recording and monitoring as Dairymaster's MooMonitor does for cows, plus it measures their temperature -- critical for keeping expensive racehorses in tip-top condition.
MEMS Shrinking Near Microscopic News & Analysis 10/27/2015 Post a comment The mCube three-axis accelerometer is the smallest in the world by a wide margin due to its use of regular vias between the MEMS on CMOS style of ASIC resulting in a size of just 0.9 cubic millimeters.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments