Wireless Charging Gets Universal Antenna
News & Analysis 4/24/2015 2 comments
Managing the skin effect, or device temperature, may be the secret sauce in managing and popularizing wireless charging. Officials at wireless charging antenna company NuCurrent believe the company’s 50-patents in this area will push them to multi-mode charging success.
Elvis Sees All in Russia
News & Analysis 4/23/2015 17 comments
A Russian company claims it has the first Russian designed smart chip. The video intelligent processor (VIP-1) is sold in surveillance systems in Russia, but may be sold as a bare-chip overseas.
Samsung Details its Flex Display
News & Analysis 4/22/2015 1 comment
Samsung Display released key details about its new flexible AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) display used on Galaxy S6 edge smartphones. The company’s first curved mobile display was first released in 2013 with the Galaxy Round smartphone.
WSTS Marks America Up for 2015 Boom
News & Analysis 4/21/2015 Post a comment
The market for semiconductors in the Americas region will grow by 15 percent in 2015, according to a revised estimate from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
NVM Express SSDs Hit Servers, Workstations
News & Analysis 4/20/2015 1 comment
HGST begins shipping its Ultrastar SN100 series for servers announced last year as part of its flash fabric, while Samsung aims its latest offering at the PC and workstation segment.
TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion
News & Analysis 4/16/2015 4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is cutting its planned capital expenditure for this year by $1 billion, citing improvements in capital efficiency and a faster-than-expected migration to its leading-edge 16nm process technology.
NFC Tags Check Food Freshness
News & Analysis 4/16/2015 Post a comment
In December last year, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had designed simple gas sensors relying on nanotubes-based chemiresistors (electrical circuits whose resistance changes when exposed to a particular chemical).
Apple Buys Array Camera Firm LinX
News & Analysis 4/15/2015 Post a comment
Apple has acquired Israeli startup LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., the developer of an array camera for mobile equipment, for a purchase price estimated at about $20 million.
Energy Harvesters Power Wearables
News & Analysis 4/13/2015 1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing nanotechnology-enabled energy harvesting and storage for ultra-low power sensors. The federally-funded research aims to create battery-free, body-powered wearable health monitors.
Aluminum Battery Recharges in 1sec
News & Analysis 4/10/2015 16 comments
Stanford University has built a flexible battery made from aluminum foil, graphite and liquid salt, making it safe as well as adaptable to any form factor.
On Semi Wins Image Sensor Slot
News & Analysis 4/9/2015 Post a comment
A tear down of the Hero entry-level sports camera from GoPro Inc. by market research firm IHS Technology reveals that Hero is based on the A7LS34 image processing chip from Amberella Inc. and a CMOS image sensor from Aptina, now part of On Semi.
IBM Sets Memory Density Record
News & Analysis 4/9/2015 8 comments
IBM set yet another world record in recording density on magnetic tape, maintaining its dominance for archiving and backup, even in the cloud.
Nokia Demos 10 Gbits on High Frequency
News & Analysis 4/9/2015 8 comments
Nokia Networks will demonstrate several next-generation cellular communications strategies at the Brooklyn 5G Summit, highlighting 10 Gbit/second data rates on over high frequencies. The Summit is co-hosted by NYU Wireless and Nokia to bring together wireless/mobile research and development leaders from around the world.
Samsung Galaxy S6: A New Slate
News & Analysis 4/8/2015 1 comment
Samsung has invested in maturing its Shannon architecture and as such has ousted Qualcomm and others as the phone’s core chipset and system architecture, says analyst team at Teardown.com.
Vote Today! Best Nanotech
News & Analysis 4/7/2015 1 comment
The National Nanotechnology Initiative opens going voting on its best and brightest projects by clicking on its image in a special gallery.
Mentor Graphics Drives ISPD Contest
News & Analysis 4/6/2015 1 comment
The contest winners for the Association for Computing Machinery's ACM's) International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) are enumerated as well as Kurt Antreich who was honored for his outstanding achievements.
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix
News & Analysis 4/2/2015 Post a comment
Ziptronix Inc., a developer and provider of low-temperature direct bonding interconnect (DBI) technology for 3D integration, has announced a patent licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for the application of its technology to image sensors.
Festival Redesigns San Francisco
News & Analysis 4/1/2015 2 comments
Fifty projects -- from a life-size replica of San Francisco Chronicle writer Herb Caen’s typewriter, with seats, to a microhousing installation -- will be on display at the Market Street Prototyping Festival. Organizers hope that some designs will be integrated into the long-term design of SF’s sidewalks.
IoT Snags $25M in Europe
News & Analysis 4/1/2015 3 comments
EuropeCPS aims to spend $25 million over three years helping companies create designs for the Internet of Things using boards from Intel, STMicro and others.
3D Qualcomm SoC Testing on Horizon
News & Analysis 3/31/2015 26 comments
Qualcomm is doing extensive research into how to build 3D structures on a single die without having to use through-silicon-vias (TSVs) and hopes to test 3D SoCs soon.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions
News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment
About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
Robots Go Viral with DNA
News & Analysis 3/24/2015 5 comments
Programming synthetic viruses and bacteria by their DNA sequence could enable engineers to address problems that today must be done with toxic chemicals. But to create an industry from an idea takes more than independent scientists working alone in their separate labs.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch
News & Analysis 3/20/2015 2 comments
Google, Intel, and TAG Heuer on Thursday announced plans to collaborate on a Swiss smartwatch based on Intel electronics and Google's Android Wear software. The Swiss watch industry faces a challenge from Apple, which plans to launch the Apple Watch next month.
Bi-directional RF Doubles Cellular Capacity
News & Analysis 3/18/2015 16 comments
Full-duplex sending and receiving over the same frequency at the same time is possible, unlike what you learned in engineering school. According to researchers at Columbia University, you just have to cancel out the signal from the much more powerful transmitter at the receiver's antenna.