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ON Semi's Aptina Acquisition Aims at Automotive
News & Analysis  
6/11/2014   2 comments
ON Semiconductor's $400 million acquisition of Aptina Imaging makes ON Semi the world's repository of CMOS image sensor experts.
Know Cost & Options Before You Design SoC
Blog  
6/10/2014   1 comment
eSilicon launches new Web-based tools letting IC designers explore design and delivery options before they start designing new SoCs. It's equivalent to what Kayak is to consumers when travel shopping.
TI to Redefine Infotainment for Economy Cars
News & Analysis  
6/9/2014   9 comments
Consumer demand for advanced IVI systems, the bring-your-own-device trend, the auto industry’s pressing need to consolidate a growing number of ECUs, and the further progress of ADAS are key factors driving the automotive chip market.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
News & Analysis  
6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
Marvell to Hitch Apple's Smart Home Ride
News & Analysis  
6/3/2014   3 comments
As Apple guns for a big stake in technology for monitoring health and home, Marvell, Broadcom, and TI are looking to piggyback on the Apple campaign. Marvell launched three separate IoT SoCs made for iDevices.
Smart Way to Drive ECU Consolidation
Blog  
5/29/2014   Post a comment
Many cars incorporate more than 125 ECUs. Consolidation is an obvious answer. We explore how to integrate more functionality on fewer ECUs without complicating the testing effort.
Why Intel-Rockchip Tie-Up Matters
Blog  
5/28/2014   14 comments
After Miya Kong discussed the latest Intel-Rockchip announcement with China's industry insiders, we know the two companies have agreed on three points: X86 architecture, 3G modem license, and 14-nm capacity support.
DesignCon Issues 2015 Call for Abstracts
News & Analysis  
5/22/2014   7 comments
The annual conference on high-speed digital design, signal integrity, and power integrity is now taking submissions for paper abstracts.
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   6 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.
Managing Vehicle Networking
Blog  
5/13/2014   1 comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
$6 Billion Problem for Mobile Carriers
Blog  
5/8/2014   10 comments
The real issue of the three-device (smartphone, tablet, and notebook) endgame is not the form factor but a $6 billion revenue loss for carriers -- and potentially a huge problem for device manufacturers.
Fully Autonomous Car? Don't Buy Shotgun Yet
Blog  
5/6/2014   29 comments
I suspect what’s discussed today as an “autonomous car” is likely to emerge in phases. These cars in each phase will come with fine print stipulating the conditions under which they must be driven.
Slideshow: Ethernet's Present & Future
News & Analysis  
5/5/2014   2 comments
The Ethernet Summit discussed struggles that ranged from defining 400GE and getting 10Mbit links deployed as well as cloud and SDN issues.
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.
Neuromorphic Roadmap Plots Analog Path
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4/21/2014   9 comments
Human-brain-like cognitive computers will employ mixed-signal neuromorphic SoCs, according to the roadmap plotted by Georgia Tech researchers.
Slideshow: 10 Embedded Design Trends
Slideshow  
4/21/2014   22 comments
Among 10 trends in the 2014 version of our annual survey, Bluetooth is on the rise and FPGAs on the decline in embedded systems designs.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
News & Analysis  
4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
ISPD-14 Focuses on FinFETs, Security, Supply Chain
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4/9/2014   Post a comment
The 2014 International Symposium on Physical Design explored many areas in the development of next-generation integrated circuits. In addition to securing the chip supply chain and the latest FinFET developments, the discussion looked at cyberphysical system design.
Micron Improves in Latest Chip Vendor Rankings
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4/3/2014   Post a comment
With improved sales, memory chip maker Micron moved into the top five of IC Insight’s latest chip maker rankings. Intel and Samsung ranked first and second respectively.
Meet Me at Shanghai IC Café
Blog  
3/28/2014   19 comments
The Shanghai IC Coffee Club was patterned after the Beacon Street bar in Boston that served as the model for Sam Malone’s bar in the popular TV series Cheers.
Intel, Altera Extend 14nm Foundry Deal
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   2 comments
These "multi-die" devices will boost performance and lower manufacturing costs. Intel and Altera originally announced their deal in 2013.
Can Connected Car Save Fuel?
Blog  
3/26/2014   3 comments
A connected car can help save a lot of fuel and time, along with keeping you safe. These factors will drive the adoption of connected car solutions more than anything else.
Intel's Custom Chips Highlight Company’s 14 nm Process
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   8 comments
Despite delays in many of Intel’s Broadwell products, 14 nm custom SerDes chips tout the chip company’s fab process.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   20 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
News & Analysis  
3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
ARM to Drive Tablet & Set-Top SoC Convergence
News & Analysis  
3/5/2014   14 comments
The players doggedly chasing the DTV and set-top market are no longer traditional TV chip vendors. Instead, mobile (i.e., tablet) SoC vendors have emerged to take the lead.
Startup's Cluster Trumps InfiniBand
News & Analysis  
2/25/2014   15 comments
A3Cube has developed an extension of PCI Express it claims supports latency of 100 nanoseconds in server clusters, far less than InfiniBand.
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   3 comments
Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
Did Apple Steal DLNA's Thunder?
Blog  
2/13/2014   23 comments
Within its closed iOS device universe, Apple has delivered an "interoperable" experience, "or at least the belief in such" among its users, says an analyst. Does that mean Apple stole DLNA's thunder?
Qualcomm Answers 'Auto-Grade Dilemma'
Blog  
2/10/2014   1 comment
Qualcomm is ideally positioned to answer what I call the "auto-grade dilemma." It's a dilemma because moving technologies originally designed for smartphones to automotive use is a big challenge -- especially for a company like Qualcomm.
Embedded Vision: Detect Pedestrians
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2/10/2014   Post a comment
Recently published European New Car Assessment Program test results reveal significantly better detection performance from Subaru Outback's vision-based system versus radar and Lidar.
MediaTek Going Wearable, Chinese & Cheap
News & Analysis  
1/31/2014   17 comments
MediaTek is quietly going after the emerging market of under-$50 wearable devices. The company’s new "all-in-one" SoC, called Aster, is sampling now only to a select group of customers.
3 Google Moves Signal End of Smartphone Era
Blog  
1/30/2014   54 comments
Connect the dots among the three big moves Google made this month to dump Motorola, snatch up Nest, and make peace with Samsung, and what do you get? I see the end of the smartphone era.
Qualcomm LTE IC Makes (Auto-) Grade, But Only in Module
News & Analysis  
1/30/2014   8 comments
As car OEMs put together in-vehicle infotainment and telematics systems based on consumer technologies, the question is: Are these consumer chips automotive-qualified?
Facebook Attracts Server Startups
News & Analysis  
1/28/2014   4 comments
Servergy and Rex Computing showed 32-bit Power- and Adapteva-based low power servers at the Open Compute Summit and promised 64-bitters.
Properly Track Test Capacity
Blog  
1/23/2014   2 comments
There are three things you need to know about to get the most out of your ATE.
MediaTek, Pixelworks Gun for Mobile Video Post-Processing
News & Analysis  
1/16/2014   4 comments
MediaTek is migrating its home-grown Picture Quality engine, originally developed for large-screen HDTVs by its home business unit, into its latest eight-core mobile apps processor called “True Octa.”
Auto UI at Digital Cusp
News & Analysis  
1/13/2014   8 comments
As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
Standards & Travels
Blog  
1/10/2014   Post a comment
Technical standards bring engineers closer together through a common language.
Take a Smartphone & Wrap a Car Around It
Blog  
1/8/2014   22 comments
Tesla's Elon Musk is no longer the only gearhead thinking of the car as a smartphone. The perception of a car turning into a smartphone (or a smartphone turning into a car) is a prophecy fulfilling itself at 90 miles an hour.
LG Revives webOS for Smart TV
News & Analysis  
1/7/2014   13 comments
LG Electronics has breathed new life into webOS – a mobile operating system originally developed by Palm, by redesigning it as an OS for its new smart TV platform.
CES Unveiled: Toys, Fitness, Surveillance & IoT
Slideshow  
1/7/2014   19 comments
From cleverly designed toys and wellness devices to alternative energy ideas and device virtualization software for the Internet of Things, International CES has got it.
2.5-D Stacks Pile Up at Event
Blog  
12/24/2013   6 comments
More than a dozen companies presented results of test chips or support capabilities for 2.5-D and 3-D chip stacks at a recent event.
Altera CEO Upbeat After Tough 2013
News & Analysis  
12/23/2013   7 comments
The FPGA vendor's chief executive shared his views on the outlook for semiconductors and engineering in a yearend interview with EE Times.
Top 10 Automotive Agendas for 2014 & Beyond
News & Analysis  
12/20/2013   22 comments
Carmakers today languish between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, they face a dizzying array of new technologies to adopt, while they must comply with new regulations.
The Self-Driving Car Will Watch Your Every Move
Blog  
12/20/2013   28 comments
The biggest hurdle for autonomous cars is not whether a car can drive itself from point A to B, but if we can strike a balance in extending human driving abilities into the world of AI.
3D Stacks & Security Key for IBM in Server Market
News & Analysis  
12/17/2013   4 comments
Top technologist at IBM discusses the future of server design with particular attention to security and 3D integration.
Amazing Race Toward Autonomous Car Design
News & Analysis  
12/17/2013   17 comments
Chip companies are finding 2014 a critical year to drive their technology into semi-autonomous car platforms -- currently in development by a number of different carmakers.
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