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.
AMS Wins $77 Million from Intersil News & Analysis 5/5/2016 Post a comment A Texas Judge has ordered power management and analog iC company Intersil Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) to pay Austria's AMS $77 million in damages, including $10 million in exemplary damages.
Graphene Patterned at Room Temp News & Analysis 5/5/2016 3 comments Graphene is easily grown with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on copper foil, but a simple way of etching out the necessary circuit patterns and transferring them to a non-metallic substrate has eluded engineers. Now researchers at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) claim to have a one-step room temperature process for quickly patterning and transferring graphene circuits to flexible substrates using a simple shadow mask.
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.
Analog Brain to Simulate Real Thing News & Analysis 5/4/2016 3 comments The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) is working on building electronic brains using analog components that operate like real biological brains, unlike the digitally emulated electronic brains being built in the best by companies like IBM.
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.
IoT Security Spending to Skyrocket News & Analysis 4/25/2016 6 comments The amount that enterprises and consumers will spend on security around the Internet of Things is projected to grow rapidly after 2020, according to Gartner.
Roll-to-Roll Flexible Electronics to Hit 100GHZ? News & Analysis 4/25/2016 Post a comment Researchers from the University of Wisconsin Madison have leveraged the high carrier mobility of flexible silicon nanomembranes (NM) with the scalability of nanoimprinting lithography (NIL) to produce thin-film flexible RF transistors capable of operating at 38GHz.
Paying, Building 5G for Autos News & Analysis 4/22/2016 Post a comment Industry experts at the Brooklyn 5G Summit expect, unsurprisingly, that 5G will play a major role in the future of automotive communications. Just how next-generation cellular systems will help form autonomous or automated driver assistance is still being constructed.
Fab Tool Book-to-Bill Rises News & Analysis 4/22/2016 1 comment North American manufacturers of semiconductor capital equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio above parity for the fourth consecutive month in March, according to the SEMI trade group.
IDT Backs WiGig Chip Vendor News & Analysis 4/22/2016 1 comment Funding round worth $20 million marks second time in two weeks that venture capital has smiled on the semiconductor industry.
NI's mmW Radio Speeds 5G Research News & Analysis 4/21/2016 1 comment National Instruments announced a software defined radio for the millimeter wave spectrum. The transceiver system that can transmit and/or receive wide-bandwidth signals at 2 GHz real-time bandwidth, covering the 71-76 GHz spectrum. The system comes with accompanying software.
Mie Fujitsu, CSEM to Combine DDC, Low Voltage for IoT Chips News & Analysis 4/21/2016 Post a comment Japanese chip manufacturer Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor and Swiss research institute CSEM have agreed to collaborate on Deeply Depleted Channel technology and near/sub-threshold voltage technology for integrated circuits aimed at the Internet of Things and wearables markets.
Cutting Antenna Design Time News & Analysis 4/21/2016 5 comments A time-saving algorithm may help designers of the multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antennas, which have become necessary for all the different frequencies a worldwide 4G (and 5G) mobile phone must receive.
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.