Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India News & Analysis 9/15/2014 10 comments Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
5G Rise Slowed by Cost, Regulation News & Analysis 9/15/2014 1 comment Much needs to be done to secure the infrastructure necessary for fifth-generation wireless communications and the use of millimeter wave technology. As researchers at NYU Polytechnic’s wireless research center make strides in mapping and measuring frequencies between 10 and 300 GHz, Moore's Law and governmental regulations are slowing the process.
New 'Runaway Toyota' Case Tests DOJ's Integrity News & Analysis 9/12/2014 29 comments Just as the memory of Toyota's unintended acceleration cases began to fade, at least in the minds of the media and a few million thus far unaffected Toyota owners, in comes Robert Ruginis to dredge it all up again.
Intel Buys Powerwave Patents News & Analysis 9/12/2014 5 comments Intel acquired more than 1,400 patents and patent applications from Powerwave Technologies. The company purchased the patent portfolio for an undisclosed amount from an affiliate of The Gores Group, which obtained the patents following Powerwave's bankruptcy.
Will Artificial Hearts Be Next Big Thing in Medtech? News & Analysis 9/12/2014 8 comments The total artificial heart might be the next medtech goldmine. Shares of artificial heart maker Carmat climbed nearly 20% in midday trading on September 5 amidst recently confirmed rumors that the company’s technology had been successfully implanted in the second human patient.
Connected EVs Drive Farther, Project Finds News & Analysis 9/12/2014 2 comments A research consortium headed by carmaker BMW explored ways to extend the driving range of electric cars at a given battery capacity. The result: Smart driving strategies and connected technologies can extend the range by as much as 15%, even with available batteries.
Moore's Law Has No End in Sight News & Analysis 9/12/2014 20 comments Gallium arsenide (GaAs) will soon outpace silicon as a higher-performance choice for implementing integrated circuits, according to POET Technologies Inc.
Mars Probe Looks for Atmosphere 'Lost in Space' News & Analysis 9/12/2014 1 comment NASA's latest Martian probe is fast approaching the Red Planet to begin exploring its upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind to determine why our once-watery planetary neighbor has evolved into a barren, frozen world.
2 Years of Plenty Coming for Chip Industry News & Analysis 9/11/2014 3 comments Amid an abundance of market opportunities both in terms of applications and regions, the chip market is showing clear signs of a recovery, according to Malcolm Penn, CEO and principle analyst with market research firm Future Horizons.
5G Research Rides MM Waves News & Analysis 9/11/2014 Post a comment Connectivity is difficult in dense urban areas, but using higher frequencies will be the answer to connectivity issues, with 5G in full use by 2020. Following an “enormous response” by attendees at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, researchers at NYU Wireless are furthering their investigation into the 5G spectrum and millimeter wave frequencies.
Power Week: DOE – EVs Everywhere, Anyhow News & Analysis 9/11/2014 1 comment The DOE has announced $55 million in planned investments in 31 new projects (details available) -- including several that are researching "beyond Lithium-ion" technologies -- intended to accelerate the research and development of efficient vehicles.
Intel Opens Door on 7nm, Foundry News & Analysis 9/11/2014 15 comments Intel said it sees a path to making 7 nm chips without EUV lithography and gave its most detailed talk to date on its foundry service to share its chipmaking capabilities.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes News & Analysis 9/10/2014 5 comments Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
GM Spurs Development of Automated Driving News & Analysis 9/9/2014 17 comments General Motors wants to take the lead in highly automated driving: While European carmakers pursue rather long-term plans with automated driving, the US carmaker changes to the fast lane.
Intel Xeon Boosts Workstation & Servers News & Analysis 9/9/2014 5 comments Intel said at its developer conference that it has upgraded its Xeon processors for workstations and servers to version three, and that the new Xeons, with 22nm 3D Tri-Gate technology and "per-core" dynamic regulation, have broken world performance records.
DDR4 Ramps Up, Enterprise First News & Analysis 9/9/2014 1 comment While DDR3 got its start in client devices, DDR4 will hit enterprise servers and datacenters first, driven by in-memory systems and high transaction computing that require better performance and higher density.
Small Cells Tipped by Big 3 News & Analysis 9/9/2014 7 comments Nokia Networks, Ericsson, and Alcatel-Lucent announced updates to their small cell base stations, highlighting migration to LTE-Advanced with features such as carrier aggregation and easier connections to heterogeneous networks.
Smart Shirts Take the Court at US Open News & Analysis 9/8/2014 2 comments Tennis fans attending the US Open this year in New York may have a reason to give the ball boys a second look. Several of them will be sporting the latest in wearable technology -- Polo Tech smart shirts designed by Ralph Lauren.
Startup Drives Serdes to 50G News & Analysis 9/8/2014 4 comments Credo Semiconductor demonstrated a 50G serdes in a 40nm process, promising a 28G version in 28nm in October with a commercial 56G design in TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process in less than six months.
How Secure Is Your USB? News & Analysis 9/8/2014 3 comments Reverse engineering a USB controller's firmware is a possible route hackers could take into your device. What one chip industry IP vendor partnership is doing about it.
NFC: Locking iPhone Users In News & Analysis 9/8/2014 26 comments The biggest game-changer iPhone 6 is expected to bring is a breakthrough Apple has negotiated with mobile carriers, banks, and credit card companies.
Entrepreneurs Seek Bridge to Iran News & Analysis 9/8/2014 4 comments Iran has the engineers and universities to spawn a Silicon Valley in the Middle East if it can overcome steep political, economic, and cultural challenges, said speakers at the Bridge 2014 conference.
B’com Upgrades WiFi, BT Combo News & Analysis 9/5/2014 2 comments roadcom announced a next-generation WiFi 2x2 Multiple Input Multiple Output combo chip for mobile devices. The BCM4358 chipset aims to improve user experience on various connected devices by partitioning Bluetooth and WiFi communications.
Employees at Apple Supplier Factory at Risk, Report Says News & Analysis 9/4/2014 9 comments A factory in Suqian, China was found to have a number of serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations, according to a report from China Labor Watch and Green America. Catcher manufactures metal iPad covers and other parts for fifth generation iPhones and contracts with Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Sony, HTC, Motorola and others.
Nvidia Sues Samsung, Qualcomm News & Analysis 9/4/2014 9 comments Nvidia claims Samsung and Qualcomm infringe seven of its graphics patents in smartphones and tablets and the chips in them in suits Nvidia filed with the International Trade Commission and the Delaware court.
6 Things I Expect at IDF News & Analysis 9/4/2014 5 comments The annual Intel Developer Conference will put a spotlight on the Internet of Things, Broadwell processors, 14nm process technology, new server CPUs and hopefully more.
Can Curved AMOLED Give Samsung a Clear Edge? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 4 comments Samsung springs a surprise at IFA 2014 in Berlin by revealing the Galaxy Note Edge, a curved 2,560 x 1,440-pixel AMOLED phablet with a wraparound screen that can display notifications, icons, and news scrolling like a ticker.
Consumer-Driven Surveillance Takes Shape News & Analysis 9/4/2014 Post a comment Although recording a crime does not prevent it from happening, banks, shop owners, city administrators, and law enforcement agencies all take for granted that more video surveillance equals more security.
Startup Gestures for Home Control News & Analysis 9/4/2014 Post a comment Clapping to turn lights on and off may too gimmicky in the unfolding Internet of Things, so a Minnesota startup is taking home automation into the 21st century. Playtabase aims to manufacture its Reemo automation system as a bridge product between ease of access and health.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 13 comments By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
Nokia Upgrades LTE-A Systems News & Analysis 9/3/2014 2 comments Nokia today announced upgrades to its network that would allow operators to migrate WiMAX networks to TD-LTE-Advanced. The company’s 3.5 GHz carrier aggregation capable radio with new TD-LTE-Advanced features aims to smooth the transition to more advanced networks as well as improve service in dense user environments.
Photodevice Detects Color With Metal Grating News & Analysis 9/3/2014 1 comment Researchers have created a CMOS-compatible color photodetector that uses aluminium grating technology rather than color filters to make the sensor respond to red, green, and blue light.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil News & Analysis 9/3/2014 5 comments Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
GoPro Puts Consumers in 'Matrix' News & Analysis 9/3/2014 8 comments It’s just a lab experiment today, but camera pioneer Tim Macmillan showed 360-degree stop action effects GoPro is developing with consumer camera arrays.
50G Ethernet Debate Brewing News & Analysis 9/3/2014 11 comments The Ethernet Alliance will host a discussion on the future of Ethernet at which engineers are expected to debate the need for a 50G standard, among other issues.