Intel, You Can Drive My Car News & Analysis 5/30/2014 32 comments Recognizing that the car, once a mechanical device, is rapidly becoming a software-intensive system, Intel unveils a comprehensive plan to help automakers and car OEMs prepare for a future that includes, eventually, self-driving.
ARM Grabs Duolog for SoC Tools News & Analysis 5/29/2014 1 comment ARM is negotiating to acquire Duolog, a small EDA tools company with which it is developing trace and debug tools for multicore SoCs.
Analog Devices Posts Strong Fiscal Q2 News & Analysis 5/23/2014 3 comments Analog, mixed-signal, and DSP vendor Analog Devices posted strong second-quarter results on strength in all of its key market sectors, including industrial, automotive, and communications, which accounted for 89% of revenue.
HP Plans 16,000 More Layoffs News & Analysis 5/22/2014 21 comments Hewlett-Packard stunned analysts with plans to lay off 16,000 more employees, but execs insisted the company is on the road back.
Power Week: Toyota Develops SiC Transistor, Structural Supercap & More News & Analysis 5/22/2014 1 comment Toyota unveils an in-house-developed SiC power semiconductor to increase hybrid vehicle efficiency, a structural supercap that handles stresses and vibrations without affecting performance, a supercap charger/backup controller IC, and a high-voltage/high-current connector for commercial vehicles.
Patent Reform? Experts Say No News & Analysis 5/21/2014 22 comments A handful of papers presented at a Stanford symposium conclude the US patent system does not need reform, despite broad calls for change.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars News & Analysis 5/20/2014 18 comments Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
Centr Camera, NeoLab Offer New-Look Machine Vision News & Analysis 5/16/2014 5 comments A number of startups are using sophisticated vision capabilities to make small, low cost, low power consumer devices, capable of capturing objects not just in front of you but the surrounding environment as a whole.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth News & Analysis 5/15/2014 5 comments The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Private Equities Cut Ties to NXP News & Analysis 5/15/2014 7 comments Private equity funds, which bought 80.1 percent of NXP Semiconductors in the fall of 2006, are selling off their remaining NXP shares, terminating their control over the Dutch semiconductor company.
Modular Tablet Plugs Into Partners News & Analysis 5/14/2014 2 comments Texas-based Entegra Technologies today debuted a modular tablet built for military and enterprise, based on an open source platform. The Crossfire Pro allows users to choose operating systems, processor ecosystems, I/O ports, wireless connectivity, and accessories.
Serial Links Rev Up to 56 Gbit/s News & Analysis 5/13/2014 3 comments The first public proposals for extending serial links to 56 Gbit/s are expected at the next OIF meeting, laying a foundation for future nets.
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.
Do Auto MCUs Need Proprietary Flash? News & Analysis 5/9/2014 11 comments As the technology moves down to the finer node, Globalfoundries sees the 28-nm process node becoming the "battleground." That might force automotive chip companies to give up proprietary embedded VNM technology.
US Event Flexes IoT Muscle News & Analysis 5/9/2014 2 comments Next month's Smart America Summit in Washington, DC, will demo 24 IoT projects supported by more than 100 companies, colleges, and hospitals.
Microchip Buoyed by SMSC to Record Results News & Analysis 5/7/2014 1 comment Microchip Technology Inc. reported record net sales of $1.931 billion for the three months and fiscal year ending on March 31, 2014. The 22% year-over-year increase points to a winning business strategy based on elbowing-out competitors.
Intel Should Exit Mobile, Analyst Says News & Analysis 5/7/2014 13 comments Over the course of the company’s history, Intel has moved in and out of the mobile market. Following poor earnings per share revenue in the first quarter of 2014, analysts at JP Morgan examined the possibility of Intel shutting down its mobile and communications group.
Graphene-Analog Outperforms Original News & Analysis 5/6/2014 2 comments Graphene analog materials said to outperform carbon by mimicking most of its good properties while adding an essential missing element from graphene -- a usable bandgap.
AMD Takes Swing at Custom ARM News & Analysis 5/5/2014 12 comments AMD described a two-step route to interchangeable custom ARM and x86 64-bit SoCs to come in 2016, seeking a unique spot in a crowded field.
Do Linear's Dust Networks Matter in IoT? News & Analysis 5/5/2014 25 comments Joy Weiss, president and CEO of Dust Networks at Linear, says that Dust and Cisco co-chair an IETF working group in a bid to include in 6LowPAN some elements of Dust's Time Synchronized Mesh Protocol.
When Apps Attack News & Analysis 5/1/2014 16 comments Alcatel-Lucent released Mobile Application Rankings report to expose certain mobile apps’ misbehavior -- its unintended consequences on networks, consumers’ data plans, and hardware designs.
Ethernet Switches to Datacenters News & Analysis 5/1/2014 19 comments The market for Ethernet switches is increasingly defined by a few mega datacenters and a rising set of vendors and users in China, says Dell'Oro Group.