SoftBank’s Son: Quixotic or Prophetic? News & Analysis 7/20/2016 11 comments Unlike most investors, SoftBank’s CEO gets the importance of hardware. He emphasized ARM will become “central to SoftBank’s core biz," hardware is key to the platform definition, and Alibaba hopes to play a role in bridging ARM with China.
ARM Acquisition: What's In It for SoftBank? News & Analysis 7/19/2016 18 comments The most vexing question about SoftBank’s deal with ARM is SoftBank itself. Who are these guys and what’s in it for them? Put more bluntly, why does plunking down $32 billion for ARM really make sense for SoftBank?
Quantum Superconducting Advance News & Analysis 7/14/2016 Post a comment The European Union announced it is funding the "world's most sensitive microwave detector" for commercialization as a quit photon detector for quantum computers. An ASP.org paper published on Friday describes it as the "worlds most sensitive photon detector" being 17-times more sensitive than photodetectors today.
Ex-Lenovo CEO Takes Avnet Helm News & Analysis 7/12/2016 Post a comment Avnet's CEO Rick Hamada has stepped down after five years on the job, less than three months after Avnet announced it would cut $25 million in personnel and other expenses from its technology business.
ST Grows STM32 MCU Family News & Analysis 7/11/2016 Post a comment STMicroelectronics has introduced a development ecosystem for its latest low-power, high-performance STM32L4 microcontrollers and expanded the series with five product lines comprising a range of package and memory-density options.
Startup Debuts Open Source SoCs News & Analysis 7/11/2016 2 comments Startup SiFive aims to use the open source RISC-V core as the heart of two SoC platforms, enabling a broader set of engineers to build custom processors.
Vision Restoration: Startup Develops Implantable Pixels News & Analysis 7/8/2016 Post a comment French Startup Pixium Vision is moving fast in the field of vision restoration. The company is not only developing two distinct retinal-implant technologies to circumvent retinal degenerative diseases, it also hopes to be able one day to feed visual stimulation (from its proprietary bioinspired neuromorphic imaging sensor) directly to the visual cortex.
IBM, Samsung Put New Spin on MRAM News & Analysis 7/7/2016 30 comments 20 years after it invented magnetic random access memory (MRAM), IBM adds spin-transfer torque with help from foundry partner Samsung, claiming its MRAM may replace flash someday.
Co-Robots Tend 3-D Printers News & Analysis 7/5/2016 Post a comment Bold Robotics LLC has created a cloud-based software-as-a-service business that tends the emerging world of automated manufacturing devices -- such as 3-D printers -- with a co-robot arm.
Paper-Based Microbial Fuel Cell Produces 1.3μW News & Analysis 7/5/2016 Post a comment Researchers from the Iowa State University have developed a 3D paper microbial fuel cell (MFC) that could take advantage of capillary action to guide the liquids through the system, eliminating the need for external power.
Micron to Cut Jobs News & Analysis 7/1/2016 Post a comment Memory chip maker will shed unspecified number of jobs in cost-cutting move amid challenging market conditions.
Google Fellow Talks Neural Nets, Deep Learning News & Analysis 6/28/2016 2 comments We are already living with deep learning and large-scale neural networks, as evidenced by the growing number of applications that rely on computer vision, language understanding, robotics and more. Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean discusses what he wants most from neural networks and machine learning.
Researchers Develop Reliable Rechargable Zinc Battery News & Analysis 6/21/2016 3 comments Researchers from Stanford University and Toyota developed a novel battery design for grid-scale energy storage. The battery has electrodes made of zinc and nickel, inexpensive metals, which are available commercially but few are rechargeable.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.