Cars Made to Order at Retail News & Analysis 9/19/2014 2 comments Local Motors’sporty 3D printed car looks like licorice on wheels and cruised around a rocket playground while eager adults looked on. The vehicle innovation company – not car manufacturing, not motorcycle manufacturing – bills itself as a necessary alternative for consumers who want more choice.
Elastomeric Camouflage Switches Texture & Color News & Analysis 9/18/2014 Post a comment Inspired by nature's most skillful camouflage artists, MIT researchers harness elastomers' ability to change surface texture when voltage is applied to a make a flexible material that simultaneously changes its color and texture on demand.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India News & Analysis 9/15/2014 17 comments Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
Can Curved AMOLED Give Samsung a Clear Edge? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 4 comments Samsung springs a surprise at IFA 2014 in Berlin by revealing the Galaxy Note Edge, a curved 2,560 x 1,440-pixel AMOLED phablet with a wraparound screen that can display notifications, icons, and news scrolling like a ticker.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry? News & Analysis 9/4/2014 13 comments By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
4 Big Trends From ESC Brazil News & Analysis 9/3/2014 5 comments Brazil’s vibrant embedded systems engineering community was out in full force at ESC Brazil 2014 last week. Here’s a look at four of the biggest-buzz-generating trends we saw at the show.
Apple Preps Jumbo iPad News & Analysis 8/27/2014 11 comments Apple is preparing a larger version of its iPad for release in 2015. The bigger iPad, with a screen as big as those of laptops, could help Apple stir up fresh interest in its tablets.
Microcontroller Market Resurges News & Analysis 8/19/2014 4 comments A full-blown recovery in the microcontroller sector is underway as sales to industrial and automotive customers rebound amidst the upturn in the global economy. And it isn't confined to just the 32-bit market.
China Moves to Buy Omnivision News & Analysis 8/19/2014 1 comment CMOS image sensor developer Omnivision Technologies has received a takeover bid from Hua Capital Management at $29 a share, which would value the company at about $1.64 billion.
Semiconductor Funding Deals Dip News & Analysis 8/16/2014 1 comment Venture capitalists are still a bit wary about investing in the semiconductor industry. The GSA reports that, despite a 2.4% drop, companies are receiving more financing on average.
Free Process Design Kit Hits 15nm News & Analysis 8/15/2014 10 comments University of North Carolina has upgraded its FreePDK to a 15 nm scale. The previous PDK was used by thousands of universities and startups around the world.
Intel's Big Data to Fight Parkinson's Disease News & Analysis 8/14/2014 6 comments Intel is collaborating with The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to use big data analytics in research and treatment for Parkinson's disease. A multi-phase study used the specially created analytics platform to detect patterns in participant data collected from wearable technologies used to monitor symptoms.
Destroying Data Is Hard Work News & Analysis 8/13/2014 2 comments Spinning media retains data despite corruption and damage, but flash and SSDs are more complex when it comes to guaranteeing sensitive information is truly banished from a device.
How to Ride a Comet News & Analysis 8/11/2014 16 comments After ten years and billions of kilometers traveled, the Rosetta Spacecraft’s successful rendezvous last week with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gersaimeno was a breeze for the mission control team compared to its next task.
Canada Ahead of US in Chip Ed News & Analysis 8/8/2014 19 comments The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC, Kingston) helps academics--professors and graduate students to build semiconductor prototypes including all steps from conception, to EDA to testing.
Advanced Packaging Drives SPTS Semiconductor Deal News & Analysis 8/7/2014 2 comments A marriage between two unlikely partners -- a maker of optical inspection equipment for PCBs and a semiconductor etching and deposition company -- could signal just how important silicon is becoming to the function of the board.
Movidius Vision Processing Unit Enters 2nd Generation News & Analysis 7/31/2014 7 comments Movidius announces a new chip and lays claim to the vision processing unit, a self-proclaimed new category of chip architecture that can handle heavy computing for vision in real-time, but at the low power levels needed for mobile and wearable devices.
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital News & Analysis 7/24/2014 17 comments Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini.
2D-to-3D Conversion Adds Texture on Top News & Analysis 7/16/2014 2 comments In an SID 2014 paper, NLT Technologies researchers disclosed how they were able to use a variant of electrovibration on a 4.1-inch-wide touchscreen prototype to create localized friction (at multiple touchpoints) and the perception of texture.
Flexible Displays Going Commercial News & Analysis 7/15/2014 11 comments LG is first out of the gate with a completely flexible large-scale (18-inch) display that can be rolled up for transport into a three-centimeter (1.2-inch) scroll.
Vishay to Buy Capella for $205M News & Analysis 7/14/2014 Post a comment In a move aimed at strengthening its optical sensor business, Vishay Intertechnology has agreed to acquire Capella Microsystems Inc. of Taiwan for $205 million.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench News & Analysis 7/3/2014 Post a comment National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.