Freescale pushes wireless recharge News & Analysis 5/31/2012 15 comments Freescale Semiconductor's reference designs for recharging tablets and smartphones allow automobiles, airports, coffee shops and other public areas to supply almost invisible recharging stations built into tables, kiosks or nearly any horizontal surface.
Insufficient baseband chip supply hurting LTE smartphone sales News & Analysis 5/30/2012 9 comments Since there has been greater than originally expected demand for LTE smartphones and tablets, international vendors are worried that their shipments are not enough to meet demand due to short supply of LTE solution chips from Qualcomm, currently the only provider of integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE baseband chips.
Industrial apps go multi-platform News & Analysis 5/30/2012 3 comments Motorola Solutions has crafted a universal app platform for its developers, enabling a single HTML5 app to be deployed on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Windows CE and Blackberry mobile devices.
Ansys to acquire embedded software firm News & Analysis 5/29/2012 2 comments Simulation software provider Ansys said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire France-based Esterel Technologies, a provider of embedded software simulation tools for mission critical applications, for about $53 million in cash.
Intel confirms Ireland for 14-nm silicon News & Analysis 5/27/2012 24 comments The Intel wafer fab complex in Leixlip Ireland is set to receive investment to allow it to manufacture 14-nm silicon and beyond, the company revealed in a presentation to analysts on May 10. The investment is expected to be more than $1 billion.
Inertial measurement unit integrates accelerometer, gyro News & Analysis 5/24/2012 10 comments Bosch Sensortec said it has integrated an inertial measurement unit with a three-axis accelerometer and a three-axis gyroscope into the smallest package yet available for consumer-grade applications such as mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras.
IP being made more accessible Product News 5/24/2012 1 comment For people who wish to try before buying, the whole notion of reference designs and the implementation of them is a great idea…
Intersil to cut 11% of workforce News & Analysis 5/23/2012 4 comments Analog chip vendor Intersil said it would cut about 11 percent of its workforce as part of a plan to reduce operating expenses by about $40 million per year.
TI rolls high data rate CAN transceivers Product News 5/23/2012 4 comments Texas Instruments introduced a pair of turbo CAN transceivers designed for data rates in excess of 1 Mbps, meeting the growing demand for more nodes and greater data transmission length in today's industrial CAN networks.
Dell's results seen as bad news for Intel News & Analysis 5/23/2012 10 comments Disappointing first quarter results and a lower-than-expected second quarter sales target by PC supplier Dell is bad news for Intel, which has forecast growth above the seasonal average for the rest of the year, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Report reveals fake chips in U.S. military hardware News & Analysis 5/23/2012 28 comments More than a million suspect counterfeit electronic components have been used in 1,800 separate cases of bogus parts affecting U.S. military hardware, according to a report produced by the Senate Armed Services Committee.
TI says copper wire bonding momentum growing News & Analysis 5/23/2012 3 comments Texas Instruments said it has shipped nearly 6.5 billion analog, embedded processing and wireless chips using copper wire bonding technology, a milestone that the firm says underscores the semiconductor industry's growing confidence in copper packaging technology as a viable replacement for gold.
UK researchers follow silicon-oxide ReRAM route News & Analysis 5/22/2012 23 comments Researchers from University College London have developed a silicon oxide based resistive RAM by following a promising line of research similar to that pursued by teams at Rice University and the University of Pennsylvania.
HDD densities expected to double by 2016 News & Analysis 5/22/2012 2 comments Maximum areal densities in hard disk drives are expected to more than double during the five-year period from 2011 to 2016, spurring continued growth for HDDs in storage-intensive applications such as video and audio systems, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Handset shipments projected to rise 11% in 2012 News & Analysis 5/22/2012 Post a comment Sales of smartphones continued to drive mobile device market growth in the first quarter of 2012, but global sales of all cell phones declined compared to the first quarter of 2011, according to a report by market research firm Forward Concepts.
ON Semi expands Czech design center News & Analysis 5/21/2012 6 comments ON Semiconductor has expanded its operations in the Czech Republic, opening a 13,000-square-foot R&D and design facility in the town of Roznov, the company said.
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. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.