Merck Buys Display Quantum Dot Company
News & Analysis 6/30/2015 Post a comment
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) has announced it is acquiring Qlight Nanotech Ltd. (Jerusalem, Israel), a developer of nanocrystalline materials for lighting and display applications.
Augmented Reality Helps Blind See the Light
News & Analysis 6/29/2015 Post a comment
Three hundred or so visually challenged people are getting assistance in seeing the world around them, thanks to augmented reality goggles developed at the University of Oxford in England. Smart Specs by Va-ST use 3D mapping and depth sensing to provide object and facial recognition assistance
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.
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.
'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.
Smart Glasses Strap On AR
News & Analysis 6/10/2015 Post a comment
Emerging technologies like AR comes with a series of challenges and opportunities, executives from smart glasses and AR device companies said during a session. Still, as additional use cases develop the possibilities are endless.
Medtronic Hooks Up with Samsung in Diabetes Management Deal
News & Analysis 6/5/2015 Post a comment
Medtronic must be serious about increasing its penetration in the diabetes management market. The company recently unveiled a collaboration with Samsung related to the development of mobile diabetes apps for Samsung technology along with two other pieces of diabetes related news.
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.
Industry's Most Sensitive MEMS Mic
News & Analysis 6/1/2015 2 comments
Vesper Technologies Inc. claims to have the world's smallest and highest signal-to-noise-ratio microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphone available today.
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.
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?
Force Sensors Make Medical Devices Smarter
News & Analysis 5/25/2015 Post a comment
The practice of medicine has always been an art as well as a science. But, in the age of value-based care, the balance between those two is shifting in favor of the latter. Sensor-enabled medical devices are playing an important role in the trend.
FDA Panel Deems Duodenoscopes to Be Unsafe
News & Analysis 5/22/2015 Post a comment
An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration has recommended drastically improving cleaning techniques for duodenoscopes linked to superbug outbreaks at hospitals in Seattle, Los Angeles, and outside Chicago.
Why Smartwatch Pulses Are Weak
News & Analysis 5/21/2015 2 comments
Bloom Technologies aims to pave the way toward medical-grade wearables that can capture more useful data than today’s gadgets including the Apple Watch.
Wearables Pocket IoT Crowdfunding
News & Analysis 5/20/2015 Post a comment
Incubator Wearable World hosted an event to showcase the intersection of crowdsourced startups and big-name tech scrambling for position in the emerging sector of the Internet of Things.
Wearables Get Low-Power Clock
News & Analysis 5/18/2015 1 comment
SiTime claims to have the smallest, lightest lowest power oscillator in the industry in its SiT8021, designed specifically for the scant power budgets of wearables.
China Wonders: Whither Wearable Wares?
News & Analysis 5/18/2015 5 comments
Tencent’s surveys indicate that 45.7 percent of consumers stop using their wearable devices within a month. In six months, that number swells to almost 99 percent. Chinese designers know they’ve got to rethink wearables.
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.
UltraHaptics Promises Airborne Tactile Interfaces
News & Analysis 5/6/2015 Post a comment
Founded in 2013, Bristol-based startup Ultrahaptics relies on a compact array of ultrasound transducers to send inaudible sound waves through the air, using phase-shift techniques to precisely control the focus and intensity of the acoustic radiation pressure into something tangible.
Apple to Cash on Watch, Says IHS
News & Analysis 5/5/2015 Post a comment
According to a preliminary estimate by IHS and its Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service, the Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product, with actual hardware costs representing just under a quarter of the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).
Vest Uses Haptics for Speech by Feel
News & Analysis 5/1/2015 Post a comment
The Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST) under development at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine represents a new form of wearable haptics, one that could find many applications beyond its initial goal of enabling the profoundly deaf to “feel” and understand speech through their body.
NXP CEO on China, Apple Pay, IoT & V2V
News & Analysis 4/30/2015 1 comment
In unveiling its Q1 earnings, NXP CEO talks about the pending RF power business sales, its China strategy, a new mobile payment market that Apple Play in China may trigger, and its IoT strategy.
UWB Radar Modules Sense Respiration in Next Room
News & Analysis 4/28/2015 Post a comment
Novelda AS, a developer of CMOS impulse radar transceivers, has announced two modules based on its X2 transceivers intended for use in home automation. The company has also raised $12 million in a Series A financing round.
TI Obsoletes FPGA
News & Analysis 4/21/2015 56 comments
Texas Instruments is out to kill the FPGA with a nine processor chip that can downsize avionics, military and medical applications to portable size -- from backpack radars to portable MRIs.
NFC Tags Check Food Freshness
News & Analysis 4/16/2015 Post a comment
In December last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had designed simple gas sensors relying on nanotubes-based chemiresistors (electrical circuits whose resistance changes when exposed to a particular chemical).
Graphene Spintronics Beats All
News & Analysis 4/14/2015 7 comments
Chalmers University of Technology claims graphene's high-electron mobility enables longer wires without repeaters for future spintronics that encode information on the spin of individual electrons instead of their charge like today.
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables
News & Analysis 4/13/2015 1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec
News & Analysis 4/10/2015 14 comments
V-Nova will next week at NAB demonstrate a new video codec called Perseus. It's designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of block-based compression algorithms.