Autonomous Cars: 'We Will Have Accidents' News & Analysis 10/7/2015 1 comment The only certainty about the interaction of people — drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists — with the autonomously driven cars of the near future is that much of the technology will be in the streets before the human/machine interface (HMI) is fully understood.
Organics To Extend Moore's Law News & Analysis 10/7/2015 2 comments Flexible and transparent electronics was the theme this year here at the SEMICON Europa 2015 (Oct. 6-8, Dresden, Germany), The nearby University of Technology is also committing to the gamble, going "all in" for using organic devices with government funding of $38 million through 2017.
5nm Test Lights Litho Path News & Analysis 10/7/2015 Post a comment Test chips made in a 5nm process showed the value of pushing today’s 193-immersion and tomorrow’s extreme ultraviolet lithography systems to their limits, said researchers at Imec and Cadence.
M'soft Attacks Apple with Win 10 News & Analysis 10/6/2015 Post a comment Microsoft unveiled new Surface, Lumia and Microsoft Band devices on Tuesday, highlighting how its new hardware will take advantage of Windows 10 for enterprise.
Silicon Europe Grows to Cover 12 Regions News & Analysis 10/6/2015 Post a comment The Silicon Europe project – set up in 2012 to link four regional clusters for electronics research and business development – has been transformed into the Silicon Europe Alliance and will now act as an umbrella organization for 12 regional organizations across Europe.
Marvell Debuts MoChi Chips News & Analysis 10/6/2015 2 comments Marvell has announced the first two chips --two 64-bit ARM processors -- to use its MoChi modular SoC approach, one of which also implements its first-level cache technology.
5G for Command & Control News & Analysis 10/6/2015 6 comments Dresden University of Technology professor Frank Fitzek has created a way to compress 5G data using random numbers that can be decoded in less than one millisecond yet are totally secure even if intercepted by bad guys.
ITS: Car OEMs See Role as Service Providers News & Analysis 10/6/2015 4 comments Carmakers have been great at playing two cards -- “Safety” and “lower carbon emissions”—to public funding. They are now adding the third card, “mobility as a service,” to cozy up with regulators while re-inventing the industry.
Battery Market Growth Is Tricky Business News & Analysis 10/5/2015 1 comment Numerous industries are showing an increased demand for Lithium ion automotive batteries, according to Yole Developpment, as many companies aim to diversify into battery-related businesses. However, the burgeoning market may be a tricky investment.
Volvo Shows User Interface for Self-Driving Cars News & Analysis 10/5/2015 Post a comment Automated driving poses specific requirements to the user interface of the cars, in particular for the transition phases to and from autopilot mode. Volvo now has revealed an interface to oversee how drivers will transfer control to a car’s autonomous driving (AD) mode in its forthcoming cars.
Put FPGAs In Your SoCs News & Analysis 10/2/2015 5 comments Flex Logix has a new type of FPGA that nearly doubles the number of usable gates per chip. The FPGAs eliminate more than 20% of the room needed for interconnect and switches, and now have nearly 50% more room for gates.
AMD Cuts 5% of Global Employees News & Analysis 10/1/2015 3 comments Advanced Micro Devices has joined the list of large semiconductor companies handing out pink slips. A recently adopted restructuring plan to help improve poor fiscal results calls for a 5% reduction in the company’s global workforce.
ARM Joins Semiconductor Research Corp. News & Analysis 10/1/2015 Post a comment Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has joined the global research collaboration program operated by the Semiconductor Research Corp. (Research Triangle, North Carolina).
IBM Nanotubes May Redefine Future of Moore's Law News & Analysis 10/1/2015 22 comments A new carbon nanotube transistor breakthrough from IBM Research could leave silicon transistors behind in the dust. IBM researchers say they can achieve angstrom (1/10 of a nanometer) scale nanotube transistors someday, starting at the 3-to-5 nanometer node.
ASICs Memory Bandwidth Issue Fix Offered News & Analysis 10/1/2015 Post a comment Open-Silicon claims to have solved the memory bandwidth problem to ASICs by integrating 3D stacked memory chips inside the same system-in-package with a 1,024-bit wide interface that beats all off-chip memory architectures.
iPhone 6S: A9 May Be Dual Sourced News & Analysis 9/30/2015 2 comments The list of components that make up the iPhone 6S is similar to that of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to a teardown of a unit performed by engineering consultants Chipworks.
GE Connects Industrial IoT News & Analysis 9/30/2015 Post a comment Connecting manufacturing and industry to the Internet is the next great frontier for OEM and manufacturer General Electric. The company showcased analytics platforms alongside hardware at an industrial Internet event.
Who Is Dumber, You or Your Home? News & Analysis 9/30/2015 12 comments It’s time to set aside the false hope that billions of connected devices installed in smart homes will save the electronics industry. Smart homes won’t carry the chip industry -- in need of the next market driver -- at least for now, possibly not ever.
3D Memory Chips May Beat 3D Hybrid Memory Cube News & Analysis 9/30/2015 Post a comment A memory chip goes beyond Micron's 3D Hybrid Memory Cube by doubling the number of memory die to eight, but now its adding analog, mixed signal, MEMS and the sensors to the mix--enabling systems-on-chip to pack at lease 18 layers into the same footprint of its Integrated Sensor Platform.
ST to Shift Auto MCU from Power to ARM News & Analysis 9/29/2015 Post a comment With an eye toward becoming the world’s third largest automotive MCU supplier by the end of the decade, STMicroelectronics is staking its automotive future on ARM’s new 32-bit ARMv8-R technology.
Self-Driving Cars Rev CPUs News & Analysis 9/29/2015 1 comment Self driving cars are steering toward a 2022 market, fueling an emerging class of visual processors, said an analyst on the eve of an annual conference.
MotionEngine Wear Debuts News & Analysis 9/29/2015 1 comment Hillcrest specifically targets wearables with a special version of its MotionEngine called Wear, which accommodates always-on functions from battery-powered devices without running them down typical wearables including accurate activity tracking, advanced sleep monitoring, context awareness, intuitive gesture controls, precise compass heading and orientation.
PCs, Not Profits, Drive Chip Companies News & Analysis 9/29/2015 4 comments while PCs are refreshed twice a year and a company could have a design win every six months. When two public companies have to respond to investors and continue to innovate at a rapid clip, even short-term success in a flat market is preferable to long-term innovation that won’t immediately pay off
Berkeley Lab Unveils 2D Atomic-Thin Semiconductor News & Analysis 9/28/2015 Post a comment Researchers at the Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have managed to grow atomically thin 2D sheets of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites from a solution. The ultrathin sheets are claimed to be of high quality, large in area, and are square-shaped.