Free Process Design Kit Hits 15nm News & Analysis 8/15/2014 8 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.
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.
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.
Tiny GPU Targets IoT, Android Wear News & Analysis 7/16/2014 4 comments Imagination Technologies announced a new Android-compatible graphics core for wearables and the Internet of Things. The PowerVR Series5XE GX5300 core is 0.55mm2 - what Imagination dubs the smallest chip in the industry - and designed for low-cost, area constrained applications.
Ex-Apple Engineers Find Life After Jobs News & Analysis 7/16/2014 28 comments In executives' bios and investment pitches for any new projects, aspirants who can do so never fail to mention the magic phrase "ex-Apple engineer." Do we think they still operate under the spell of the late Steve Jobs?
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.
Brazil Wins in LFoundry Rousset Sell-Off News & Analysis 6/20/2014 1 comment South American wafer fab Six Semiconductores of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has been selected by the Commercial Court of Paris to buy the assets of the bankrupt LFoundry Rousset wafer fab site.
Analog Engineers: Too Few or Too Many? News & Analysis 6/11/2014 66 comments After years spent encouraging engineering students to focus on digital electronics, many analog mixed-signal design jobs now stay open longer or are simply going unfilled, while some senior analog designers can't find work.
Analog Chip Markets on the Up, Says WSTS News & Analysis 6/10/2014 10 comments The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization raises its forecast of how sub-markets will perform in 2014 – including the Europe, Asia-Pacific regions and the analog, logic and memory product classes.
Get Free Test & Measurement Software News & Analysis 5/21/2014 4 comments There's plenty of free software available in the form of applications add-ons, drivers, and open-source. Help us compile our list of free T&M software by telling us what you use.
Rohde & Schwarz Joins M2M Alliance News & Analysis 5/20/2014 1 comment By Joining the M2M Alliance, Rohde & Schwarz moves into a burgeoning area where machine will communicate directly with each other, using wireless technologies.
Brazil Drives to 4G for World Cup News & Analysis 5/14/2014 5 comments The eyes of soccer fans around the globe will be on Brazil June 12 when at least 3.7 million people descend for the World Cup. A race is on to deploy new networks to ensure the influx of fans will be able to get on the mobile web, but the outcome is still uncertain.
Will Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup? News & Analysis 5/12/2014 1 comment The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
PCIe Still Strong Despite Alternatives News & Analysis 4/25/2014 1 comment Diablo Technologies sees its Memory Channel Architecture as a solution to PCIe limitations, but PCIe still has a five-year roadmap and inherent scalability that will keep it alive for years to come.
IBM's 3D Printer to Revolutionize Chip Prototyping News & Analysis 4/25/2014 7 comments IBM Research in Zurich has invented a microscopic 3D printer for patterning semiconductor substrates for fast prototyping with nanometer-scale resolution and licensed it to SwissLitho AG under the NanoFrazor name.
The Ampere, Redefined News & Analysis 4/11/2014 24 comments As the International Conference on Measures and Weights looks to agree on a new definition of the ampere, German researchers have devised a means to measure it.