Sweating Big Human-Body Data Challenge
News & Analysis 12/7/2016 Post a comment
Today’s wearable sensors can capturea user’s vital signs. But “none can monitor human health conditions at the molecular level,” said a professor at University of Calif., Berkeley, at IEDM while presenting his teams’ paper on “wearable sweat biosensor.”
Biometrics Ensure Security
News & Analysis 12/6/2016 1 comment
ImageWare Systems Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) already has the high-end customers for critical infrastructure access using up to 12 different biometrics, but now its has a server-based version for the rest of the world including mobile devices.
10 Cool Discoveries at Japan Embedded
News & Analysis 11/18/2016 Post a comment
The Embedded Technology 2016 showcased a ton of embedded boards, each with a clear focus on how to enable ‘low power’ and ‘embedded’ IoT devices. Highlights include deep learning coming to embedded boards, emergence of smarter IoT building blocks.
Parc: IoT To Be Self-Powered, Flexible, Transparent
News & Analysis 11/17/2016 Post a comment
The inventors of the graphical user interface (GUI), the computer mouse, the computer "desktop," object-oriented programming and amorphous silicon, among dozens of other forecasted breakthroughs, predicted that the future of the Internet of Things will be flexible, transparent and self-powering, according to Parc program manager of novel and printed electronics, Janos Veres at the MEMS Executive Congress 2016 (Scottsdale, Arizona.
Where Are We with Thread IoT?
News & Analysis 11/9/2016 1 comment
Where are we now with Thread networking protocol-based IoT products? Connected thermostats, door locks, tooth brushes, alarm systems, lighting, you name it. What’s happening? How significant are the updates embedded in the 1.1 spec?
IoT: What NXP Has, What Qualcomm Lacks
News & Analysis 11/8/2016 1 comment
A new Modular IoT Gateway NXP announced at Electronica demonstrates the compmany's strong presence in the industrial IoT market, its unmatched expertise in IoT security and the company’s broad MCU portfolio — areas in which Qualcomm seems to trail NXP.
SMIC to Build South China’s First 12-Inch Fab
News & Analysis 11/3/2016 Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), China’s largest foundry, said it is proceeding with plans to build South China’s first 12-inch fab at an existing facility in the city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong.
Anticipating a More Virtual Moore’s Law
News & Analysis 11/2/2016 5 comments
Nicky Lu, executive director of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association, anticipates the coming era of a “virtual” Moore’s Law. InFO and through interconnect via (TIV) will play key roles in a resumption of growth the chip industry, he said.
MediaTek May Be Among First with 10nm SoCs
News & Analysis 10/31/2016 Post a comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest rival in the smartphone silicon business, said it aims to be among the chip industry’s first companies with 10nm products on the market starting in the second quarter next year.
Samsung Chips Offset Smartphone Disaster
News & Analysis 10/27/2016 1 comment
Samsung Electronics said strength in its semiconductor business offset the impact to its mobile phone business caused by exploding batteries in its flagship Galaxy Note 7 products.
TSMC Likely to Lock up Apple A10, A11 Orders
News & Analysis 10/26/2016 2 comments
TSMC will probably make nearly all of the A10 and A11 processors for Apple this year and next because of a competitive advantage the Taiwan foundry has gained in packaging technology called InFO (Integrated Fan Out), according to analysts.
U.S. Protecting Us from AI
News & Analysis 10/21/2016 15 comments
From lost jobs to nuclear holocaust, any negative impact artificial intelligence could have on society is what the U.S. government wants to head-off.
Large Flexible Fingerprint Sensor Reaches 500dpi
News & Analysis 10/18/2016 Post a comment
FlexEnable together with ISORG have jointly launched a flexible fingerprint sensor with an image resolution of 500 dots per inch (dpi). Only 0.3mm thick, the flexible optical sensor is suitable for applications requiring standard-compliant fingerprint enrolment and/or identification.
Bloomberg in France Advises Startup Crowd
News & Analysis 10/14/2016 Post a comment
Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg, and Emmanuel Macron, former French Minister of Economy, came on stage together at a two-day conference in Paris, talked to the entrepreneurs about startups, roles of the government and taking risks.
Did Processor Cause Samsung Note 7 Blowup?
News & Analysis 10/12/2016 37 comments
It’s far from clear what caused Samsung Note 7 to catch fire. But a new report emerged that the culprit might not be the lithium-ion batteries. Rather, the problem might reside in tweaks made to the processor.
Sony-Inside Huami Watch: Is It Time for FD-SOI?
News & Analysis 10/4/2016 2 comments
Without any visible end products, FD-SOI has struggled to overcome the skepticism of many engineers. Finally, it’s official. And it’s a watch. Sony’s GPS chip -- built on 28-nm FD-SOI process -- is powering a smartwatch by Huami, Xiaomi’s sub-brand.
pMTJ Is Where the MRAM Action Is
News & Analysis 9/27/2016 1 comment
Another emerging player is ramping up as another layer memory has presented itself as a destination for MRAM and other alternative technologies such as 3D XPoint
Peratech 'Print' Smart Buttons on Any Surface
News & Analysis 9/20/2016 2 comments
Peratech, which invented quantum tunneling composites (QTC) materials, is now allowing its clients to print a smart button, which people can push with force, on any surface of any materials – including laminated wood.
FCC: Get an App for that Video
News & Analysis 9/9/2016 2 comments
Pay-TV services would be required to provide free apps to access and search their video content under an FCC proposal aimed to open competition in digital media.
Apple Heralds Dawn of Dual Lens Camera
News & Analysis 9/8/2016 1 comment
Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus comes with a dual-lens camera, providing both telephoto-zoom and depth of field features. Corephotonics, who pioneered the computational dual camera for smartphones, is enabling Apple’s competitors to develop similar dual camera smartphones.
Apple Owes $14.5 Billion Back Tax, says Europe
News & Analysis 8/30/2016 6 comments
The European Commission has ruled that over several years Ireland has granted unjustifiable tax benefits to Apple worth up to €13 billion (about $14.5 billion), which the US computer company must now pay back to the Irish state — plus interest.
Micron Moves 3D NAND Into Mobile
News & Analysis 8/16/2016 Post a comment
Micron's first foray into mobile 3D NAND is a 32GB offering aimed at the high and mid-end smartphone segment and is the first to use the Universal Flash Storage 2.1 standard
Murata’s Playbook: Smartphones, Auto, Battery
News & Analysis 8/8/2016 3 comments
The new hope for Japan’s electronics industry is component suppliers who started out making lowly components. We sat down with Murata’s executive vice president and asked him about its post-smartphone strategy, why it wants Sony’s lagging battery business.
ST Buys NFC, RFID Assets from AMS
News & Analysis 7/29/2016 Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV has acquired NFC, RFID reader business from AMS AG for a sum of $77.8 million plus an additional sum based on how the business performs in future.
Samsung Smartphones Gain, as iPhones Slip
News & Analysis 7/28/2016 Post a comment
Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and the second-largest chipmaker, today said its handset business improved just as iPhone maker Apple recorded its second quarterly decline in shipments.
What Separates Huawei from Ericsson
News & Analysis 7/26/2016 2 comments
On the day its biggest rival Ericsson lost a CEO under mounting pressure from investors, Huawei Technologies based in Shenzhen, China Monday reported a 40 percent jump in first-half sales.
Audio Rises for Event Detection
News & Analysis 7/25/2016 14 comments
Audio is heading from pure playback to enabling “input, trigger and analytics in contextual awareness,” says an industry executive. But what will take microphones to play as important a role as cameras to add “intelligence” to autonomous cars?