Zero Power Listen-Mode Sensor Debuts
News & Analysis 6/22/2016 3 comments
An acoustic “event-detection” device like Vesper’s new piezoelectric MEMS microphone uses sound energy to wake a system from full power-down mode, thus enabling battery life of a system embedded with the sensor to span not months but years.
FCC Will Vote on 5G Spectrum on July 14
News & Analysis 6/21/2016 Post a comment
FCC will vote July 14 on new rules to open up high-band spectrum for high-speed, low-latency 5G wireless applications. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler vowed US will be “first out of gate” with 5G.
MIT's Phase-Locked Laser Array Yields Better Beam
News & Analysis 6/14/2016 Post a comment
Researchers from MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have demonstrated a natural phase-locking mechanism of closely integrated nanolasers, showing that the typically unwanted lateral emissions could contribute to a long-range global coupling of all the lasers in the 2D array.
SIA Expects Chip Sales to Fall
News & Analysis 6/8/2016 Post a comment
Semiconductor industry trade group joins chorus of market watchers in predicting that semiconductor sales will decline in 2016 in the face of sluggish demand and macroeconomic headwinds.
Carbon Nanofibers Yield On-Chip Mini-Supercaps
News & Analysis 6/7/2016 Post a comment
Founded in 2005 after having secured a number of patents leveraging the growth of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) on different substrates, Swedish startup Smoltek believes CNFs will play an essential role in shrinking IC packaging.
Can Rambus Hack Auto Cyber-Security?
News & Analysis 6/7/2016 Post a comment
Over-the-Air vehicle updates and cyber-security for connected cars are two closely intertwined, red-hot issues in Detroit. Rambus is diving into the field--presumably at an opportune moment in partnership with Movimento, a leader in automotive reflash services.
FDSOI Grabs European Money for IoT
News & Analysis 6/1/2016 Post a comment
Globalfoundries and STMicroelectronics are the leading chip companies in a European Commission collaborative research project that aims to create an ultra low-power platform for Internet of Things applications based on 22nm FDSOI chip manufacturing process.
7 Ways to Skin French Tech
News & Analysis 5/31/2016 2 comments
France now bills itself as a “startup nation” and is backing its tech industry via a confluence of government money and private sector investment.
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.
Android N Joins Auto OS Battle
News & Analysis 5/19/2016 3 comments
This week at its Google I/O Conference, Google upped the ante, revealing that the upcoming Android N will come with an auto-centric variant equipped with hooks that sink much deeper into cars.
Google Faces $3.4 Billion Fine
News & Analysis 5/18/2016 Post a comment
The European Commission is planning to announce it is hitting Google with a record-breaking €3 billion (about $3.4 billion) or thereabouts, according to the UK's Telegraph newspaper.
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.
Former Intel Exec Perlmutter to Chair ReRam Startup
News & Analysis 5/4/2016 5 comments
David Perlmutter, a former executive vice president and chief product officer at Intel, has agreed to be non-executive chairman of Weebit Nano, a startup formed to commercialize silicon dioxide resistive RAM technology.
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.
Intel to Exit Mobile SoC Business
News & Analysis 4/29/2016 16 comments
As it proceeds with a massive restructuring plan announced earlier this month, Intel will exit the smartphone and tablet mobile SoC business by ending its struggling Atom chip product line. Intel is likely to keep its modem team.
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.
JEDEC Adds UFS Card Spec
News & Analysis 4/28/2016 Post a comment
The Universal Flash Storage (UFS) family of standards have been updated along with the introduction of a new removable memory card option for the mobile device market
Apple iPhone Shipments May Fall
News & Analysis 4/19/2016 4 comments
Shipments of the Apple iPhone may have fallen for the first time since the iconic smartphone went on the market in 2007, analysts are saying.
Quakes Hit Japan's IC & Auto Makers Hard
News & Analysis 4/18/2016 3 comments
Japanese electronics and automotive manufacturers are struggling to assess damages to their manufacturing facilities after a series of earthquakes--as high as 7.3 magnitude on the Richter scale--struck Kyushu, Japan’s southern island.