Where Are We With Inattentive Driving? News & Analysis 2/4/2016 16 comments Distracted driving -- especially through the growing use of smartphones in vehicles -- is killing people on the road. Where are the technologies designed to combat the problem of inattentive or intoxicated driving?
Why Opt For Chip Stack, FD-SOI in Image Sensors? News & Analysis 1/28/2016 2 comments Before stampeding to FD-SOI for CMOS image censors (CIS), a few key questions need answering: How big is the CIS market? Why chip stacking in CIS? Why use FD-SOI? We asked Yole Développement to help us break it down.
Google's Deep Learning Comes to Movidius News & Analysis 1/27/2016 Post a comment Google will buy Movidius vision processing chips and license the entire Movidius software development environment. Google's goal is to expand its machine intelligence technology beyond the data center, by bringing it to mobile devices.
Sony To Use FD-SOI in Stacked Image Sensors News & Analysis 1/21/2016 4 comments At the FD-SOI Forum held here Thursday, the biggest FD-SOI news, which surfaced as chatter during coffee breaks at the Forum, is that Sony is looking to use FD-SOI for image signal processor on chip stack CMOS Image Sensors.
Microchip Signs to Buy Atmel News & Analysis 1/20/2016 2 comments Microcontroller, analog and flash memory IC vendor Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) has agreed to buy Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) for about $3.56 billion and Dialog Semiconductor, previously set to buy Atmel, has been paid a $137.3 million termination fee.
Consumers Feel Perils of Connectivity News & Analysis 1/14/2016 7 comments Connectivity is the main thing in the Internet of Things . But what if software updates, unbeknownst to users, go haywire, leaving people -- especially seniors, the ill and babies – inside in the cold?
Amazon Now Sells Own ARM chips News & Analysis 1/7/2016 2 comments Annapurna Labs Inc. ( ), a subsidiary of Internet shopping channel Amazon.com, has announced the availability of its Alpine range of ARM-based chips and subsystems aimed at home use Wi-Fi routers and Network-Attached Storage devices.
CES: ASIC Enables Location Services News & Analysis 1/5/2016 3 comments PNI Sensor Corp's new SENtrace application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) keeps GPS systems accurate within one meter per 100 meters traveled while cutting power by 10-fold.
Startup Raises Funds for Battery-Less IoT News & Analysis 12/28/2015 Post a comment PsiKick Inc. (Charlottesville, Virginia), a semiconductor startup formed to work on sub-threshold voltage operation wireless circuits, has raised $16.5 million in Series B financing led by Osage University Partners and joined by existing investors.
Apple Fab Buy: Biometrics, RF MEMS in Play? News & Analysis 12/17/2015 2 comments Apple’s recent purchase of an 8-inch R&D fab from Maxim has sent industry sources sleuthing for what the Cupertino, Calif. behemoth has up its sleeve now. Prototyping biometric sensors and/or RF switches is possible, speculated Semico Research analysts.
China Swarms into IoT News & Analysis 12/7/2015 Post a comment Chinese gadget makers are jumping into Internet of Things (IoT) devices to catch an expected new wave of growth led by connected appliances for homes, some of which can use smartphones as remote controls.
Energy Harvesting For High Power News & Analysis 12/1/2015 Post a comment It’s taking a while to sow the seeds for energy harvesting. While much industry focus may be on powering the Internet of Things, the future may be bigger for energy harvesting.
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?
Japan Focuses on IoT Nuts & Bolts News & Analysis 11/20/2015 Post a comment Is Open IoT a missed opportunity for Japan? Can Japan contribute to the fast-growing world of the Internet of Things? Here's what we found at Embedded Technology 2015 in Yokohama.
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.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT News & Analysis 11/19/2015 8 comments Germany has Industry 4.0. The U.S. is running with Industrial Internet Consortium. Where is Japan? Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
TrulySecure Embeds Biometrics News & Analysis 11/19/2015 Post a comment Sensory Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has been using neural networks since they were invented over 20 years ago to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with first voice activated command-and-control, then dictation and now authentication with voice and facial recognition, all running on the users device with one-second response time snd with no need to be connected to the cloud.
IEEE Backs H-1B Visa Reform News & Analysis 11/18/2015 5 comments Bill introduced in U.S. Senate would reform the way temporary worker visas are awarded amid allegations that the system is dominated by large global outsourcing firms.
China's Buying Spree: 2014-15 Top Tech Deals News & Analysis 11/18/2015 2 comments The history of the electronics industry will mark 2014-15 as the watershed year of China’s great leap forward in the global market. In addition to Chinese shopping spree, Qualcomm and Intel are allying with Beijing to invest more in China.
Google Walks Fine Line in Android Chip Quest News & Analysis 11/8/2015 8 comments There are three questions on Google’s reported plan for Android chips: whether it can help Google catch up with Apple’s iPhone; if it stops Android fragmentation; whether Google is looking at an application processor or something else?
Gas Sensors Penetrate Smartphones News & Analysis 11/5/2015 3 comments Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. claims to have a 1-by-1 millimeter die that can sense any pollution gas, in a package small enough to fit inside any smartphone.
How Camera Phones Changed the World News & Analysis 11/3/2015 9 comments In fall 1995 camera phones made their little-noted debut on the global stage. The combination was an unthinkable marriage of two disparate products without an industry interested in developing it.
Loud About IoT: LoRa Takes Over Sigfox' Noise says Bouygues News & Analysis 10/22/2015 6 comments Judging from the numerous statements issued by low power, long range RF Internet-of-Things (IoT) connection enablers and competitors Sigfox and Semtech, both companies are securing their way to global IoT network domination, with every month witnessing a new territory claim.
ARM Squeezes GPU For IoT News & Analysis 10/20/2015 Post a comment ARM has released a new low power GPU for wearables and the Internet of Things that merges smartphone-quality graphics. The 32-bit Mali 470 requires half the power of ARM’s previous graphics processor generation using the same process geometry.
Intel's Curie Powers Arduino News & Analysis 10/16/2015 2 comments Intel’s mini Internet of Things module, Curie, will power two forthcoming Arduino development boards. Arduino 101 and Genuino 101 are designed for entry-level makers and education environments.
Will Intel, with CDMA, Gun for iPhones? News & Analysis 10/14/2015 8 comments Now that Intel bought VIA Telecom’s CDMA assets, earlier market speculations pointing to Intel’s partial design win in iPhones next year may get more credible. Without CDMA, no smartphones can get into Verizon’s huge network.
Who Is Dumber, You or Your Home? News & Analysis 9/30/2015 12 comments It’s time to set aside the false hope that billions of connected devices installed in smart homes will save the electronics industry. Smart homes won’t carry the chip industry -- in need of the next market driver -- at least for now, possibly not ever.
Synopsys Touts IP Portfolio for IoT News & Analysis 9/22/2015 Post a comment Stable of intellectual property, cobbled together largely from acquisitions, targets connectivity, security and sensor processing requirements of the Internet of Things.
China Warms Up, Slowly, to FD-SOI News & Analysis 9/17/2015 7 comments Participants at the Shanghai FD-SOI Forum this week doggedly pursued three key questions. Namely, FD-SOI’s IP, entry cost and roadmap beyond 22nm. And here’s a list of eight FD-SOI stakeholders best positioned to answer them.
Q&A with GloFo CEO: ‘IoT Is No Mystical Animal’ News & Analysis 9/16/2015 13 comments PC shipments are going down all over the world. The smartphone market is losing steam. The IC industry is expecting a down year in 2016. Globalfoundries CEO discussed what chip vendors should do about it.
4K Video Drives Up LPDDR4 Densities News & Analysis 9/14/2015 1 comment Mobile phones producing high-quality video make them a high priority target for DRAM, although devices such as smart appliances and automotive systems are also a growing market.
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.
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